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New Moon In Gemini – 50/50

New Moon in Gemini

On 13 June 2018, we have a New Moon at 22° Gemini.

New Moons are about new beginnings. Every month, every time the Moon rises from the darkness, you have a chance to start something new.

The zodiac sign where the New Moon takes place gives clues about what kind of energy you will work with in the coming month.

This New Moon is in Gemini. Gemini is the 3rd sign of the zodiac.

The 1st sign of the zodiac is Aries. Aries is the spark of life, the impulse to leave the dark, watery Pisces, and emerge as a new soul. Aries corresponds to the phase of conception.

Taurus is the 2nd phase – Taurus takes what is initially only an idea, and makes it real. Five to six days after fertilization, the embryo finds a safe zone and implants itself in the uterus.

The 3rd phase of development is Gemini. Gemini is similar to the cellular division process. In order for life to grow, it has to divide and multiply until it reaches a stage where differentiation can take place (Cancer).

The Paradox of Duality 

Gemini is the sign of duality. The Gemini Glyph is represented by the Roman number two, signifying the sign’s dual nature. The two parallel vertical lines are joined by two crescents. One cannot exist without the other.

Geminis are known for their ability to shape-shift and change in a flash. One personality is there one minute, only to be taken over by the other, the next minute. To the outside world, they seem as though they have a split personality.

But it is only in this space of duality and apparent conflict that life can emerge. Before we make a decision, we are firstly faced with the paradox of duality. The Yin / Yang symbol is a great representation of the constant change of balance between one state of being to another.

“I can’t split myself in two”

One day, the lion, the king of the jungle, asks all the animals to come together. All the animals in the jungle gather at the expected date in front of the lion. Then the lion says: “Now, I want you two split into two groups. The smart group and the beautiful group. If you think you’re smart, go to the right. If you think you’re beautiful, go to the left.” All animals do as they are told. They form two groups. Only the monkey stays. The lion asks: “What about you? Please choose your group”. And the monkey, desperate, with tears in her eyes, says. “I cannot do that. I cannot split myself in two”.

New Moon in Gemini

Jokes aside, this is a good example of a Gemini duality conflict.

Duality is a condition of life. Most of the time we don’t like it. We want to make a decision just because we are uncomfortable with not knowing.

But by rushing in, we skip an important phase of the individualization process which can otherwise teach us so much about ourselves and about the world.

Be a little bit ‘schizophrenic’

Interestingly enough, Gemini is also the sign of research, numbers, and unbiased data. If the opposite sign, Sagittarius is all about dogma and information you don’t question, Gemini is about raw data and information you do question. It is about approaching everything with curiosity, from a position of ‘not knowing’.

It’s about believing the numbers, even if they go against your beliefs.

The lesson Gemini can teach you is one of embracing duality. Learning to work with the two twins inside of you. Let them co-exist, even if you feel a bit schizophrenic at times. Let them both investigate, research, discover the world, build on their own experience, and grow.

The New Moon in Gemini is a great opportunity to start a project on a topic you feel uncomfortable with, on a topic you know little about. All you need to do is start with a beginner’s mind. Make sure you track information in an unbiased way. And then take in the outcome, even if it goes against what you believed to be true.

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The Astrology Of June 2018 – Mars Goes Retrograde

Can you believe we are almost halfway through the year? In 2018 we had an unusual amount of time with all planets in direct motion. Time went by so fast!

The 2nd half of the year will be pretty much the opposite. Things will start to slow down already this month as Mars, the planet of action, goes retrograde. Mars retrograde is not common, that’s why it’s much more significant than let’s say, Pluto or Uranus retrograde. Yes, even more important than Mercury retrograde.

If transpersonal planets spend almost 50% of the time in retrograde motion, if Mercury spends 20% of time retrograde, Mars only spends 9% of time retrograde! So this is going to be big, especially because Mars retrograde is also closely linked to this summer eclipse season.

But let’s have a look at the most important aspects of the month of June 2018:

June 2018

On 5 June 2018 Mercury is conjunct the Sun. We are in the middle of the Mercury synodic cycle that started on April 1st 2018. Mercury is now in the heart of the Sun. The Mind the Self become one. Time to ask (Mercury) yourself (Sun) some questions: Who are you? Who are you, really – behind conditionings, false identities, rigid beliefs and preconceived ideas?

On 6 June 2018 Venus, now at 20° Cancer is opposite Pluto in Capricorn. Venus in Cancer is about nurturing love and emotional comfort, and Pluto in Capricorn is about power and … well, power.

Venus opposite Pluto can mean anything from wearing a perfume to seduce your boss, to obsessing over your 7th-grade crush. Your relationships can undergo some tests – this is your opportunity to face your fears and embrace the darker side of love.

In the same day, Mercury at 16° Gemini is square Neptune in Pisces. Right now Mercury is moving at the speed of light (more than 2° in a day) so you may just get a quick glimpse of this transit – an inspiring idea, a confusing conversation, a mind-blowing youtube video – some apparently trivial event will shift your perspective about life.

On 13 June 2018 we have a New Moon in at 22° Gemini. The New Moon is separating from a square to Neptune and from a quincunx to Pluto. New Moons in Gemini are about understanding the duality of life. Things are not black or white, they are black AND white. Opposites do not only co-exist but are a condition of life.

The New Moon in Gemini only makes aspects to transpersonal planets – you can make the best out of this New Moon if you go with the universal flow and follow the path of least resistance. The New Moon is great for starting something to help you integrate what you have learned in the last couple of months.

On 15 June 2018 Venus, now at 1° Leo is square Uranus in Taurus. Venus is love and relationships, and Venus in Leo is about authentic love and relationships. Uranus will shake your beliefs about what authentic love and relationships really are.

There is no reason to fear this transit, because Uranus ultimately brings divine insight and truth. It is much, much more to this aspect than you will be able to grasp on June 15th. That’s because Venus and Uranus have an intense relationship this year.

Between September – November Venus will oppose Uranus three times – that’s a very long transit. This is going to be ‘interesting’, to say at least! On June 15th you will only get the first glimpse of this energy.

On 18 June 2018 Neptune goes stationary retrograde at 16° Pisces. When a slow-moving planet changes direction, we feel the energy stronger than at any other time during the year.

Neptune is the planet of inspiration, dreams, ideals, illusions and delusions. Neptune challenges your reality to show you there is another reality you were not even aware of. You can call it an illusion and dismiss it as flimsy. Or you can get inspired to find a higher order and a higher meaning in what you’re doing.

Neptune is about in-betweenness. Neptune is not Pluto, it is not black or white – it has a little bit of every color. Don’t take it all in, but don’t dismiss it either, because if you do, Neptune will completely dissolve what you think your reality is.

Neptune transits can make you feel lost, but instead of being afraid of getting lost, take this transit as an opportunity to discover new dimensions and new possibilities.

On 21 June 2018 Sun enters Cancer, bringing us the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. The Sun is reaching an all-time high or an all-time low in the sky.

This is a turning point, a time to reflect on what you have been doing in the 1st half of the year and what you plan on doing going forward.

In the same day, Venus is opposite Mars. Venus and Mars started a cycle on October 5, 2017 and the Venus-Mars opposition means we are half way through this cycle. Venus and Mars are all about relationships.

The energy of the solstice combined with the energy of Venus opposite Mars suggests that this is the time to make some decisions in your relationships. But there is more to come – don’t forget that both Mars and Venus are going retrograde this year.

On 26 June 2018 Mars goes retrograde at 9° Aquarius. Mars retrograde will last for 2 months – Mars will go direct on 27 August at 28° Capricorn.

Unless you have the patience of a saint or the inner peace of a monk, this transit is going to push your buttons.

When Mars is retrograde, it is, in fact, the closest to the Earth in its cycle. This means it will influence you stronger.

And you know what Mars stands for: assertion, action, fire, heat, war!

Mars is suuuper important this summer not only because it is retrograde, but because it activates the 27 July Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius. Mars will be in fact less than 1° away from the Lunar Eclipse!

This is the most powerful eclipse of the year and Mars plays the lead role. Mars is not only about impulsiveness and anger, Mars is also about being true to your intentions.

Some of your actions or other people’s actions might surprise you – but is important to remember that behind anger and resentment, behind harsh words and fists, your actions (or other people’s actions) come from a place of truth. There is a reason why you lash out. Mars will bring that reason to the surface, so you can work with it, and deal with it.

There is so much to talk about Mars retrograde and this July Eclipse – I will dedicate at least few blog posts to explore these themes in detail.

On 27 June 2018 Sun in Cancer is opposite Saturn in Capricorn. Cancer is all about security and comfort, and Capricorn is about going into the world and making a name for yourself. Sun represents your unique Self, what makes you special. Pluto is about the higher powers you can’t do anything about.

Sun opposite Saturn will ask you to get out of your shell, to step outside your comfort zone. 100% security is an illusion. The higher the walls you’re trying to build around yourself, the more dramatic the demise of your establishment will be.

The aspect is a call for authenticity, but not the type of authenticity “this is who I am, take me or not”. It is about being authentic while fulfilling your mission. It is about finding the right role for you to play in this world. Doing what society expects you to do is not about losing yourself – but about growing up and taking responsibility for your life.

On 28 June 2018 we have a dramatic Full Moon at 6° Capricorn. The Full Moon is conjunct Saturn, and this is, in fact, the first Full Moon we have since Saturn moved into Capricorn in December last year.

You will now see the pure manifestation of Saturn in Capricorn. Both Moon and Saturn are material planets, and while the Moon is about your private life and Saturn is about the society, Moon and Saturn share many things in common.

Moon and Saturn are both about taking responsibility. If you neglect your body’s (Moon) rhythms – sleep, food – you cannot function. If you neglect the role you are expected to play in the world (Saturn) sooner or later, you run into problems.

A Saturn conjunct Full Moon is about taking responsibility, in fact, taking a LOT of responsibility for your life. Have a look at the house you have Capricorn in your chart to see what you need to take responsibility for.

On 30 June 2018 Mercury enters Leo and squares Uranus. Uranus is at 1° Taurus, so any planet that moves into Leo is going to square Uranus. Mars and Venus already did it, now Mercury, and the Sun will follow soon. These personal planets transits are a wake-up call for authenticity.

With Mercury square Uranus, you may feel an urge to express yourself, to tell everyone what you really think. The transit favors intellectual work and communication. If you’ve been feeling stuck or bored, this is the spark of genius you were waiting for.

Although you can feel more inspired and hyped up than ever, try to stay away from arguments or from winning for the sake of winning. You will feel the energy stronger if you have personal planets or angles around 1° in the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius).

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Full Moon in Sagittarius – Something To Believe In

The Full Moon in Sagittarius takes place on May 29th 2018 at 8° Sagittarius

The Full Moon in Sagittarius is one of the most auspicious Full Moons of the year. If Uranus’ move into Taurus has left you shattered, the Full Moon in Sagittarius will restore your faith.

Jupiter, the ruler of the Full Moon, forms a beautiful water trine with Neptune in Pisces and Venus in Cancer. Water signs are the feelers of the zodiac – they find meaning in emotions, in psychic insights, in intuition.

Having both benefics – Jupiter and Venus – in a trine is just WONDERFUL. And Neptune will add a touch of magic to an already artistic and idealistic mood.

The Full Moon itself is not engaged in any strong aspect. Not that you need MORE change in your life now, right?

You know the scenario: something turns your life upside down. But after the storm is over, you can see the beautiful rainbow.

If the lunar cycle started in a dramatic fashion (the New Moon on May 15th literally coincided with Uranus’s epic ingress into Taurus), the Full Moon in Sagittarius will come to reveal the bigger picture. There is always a bigger picture.

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“Everything happens for a reason” – you’ve probably heard this saying so many times that it has lost its meaning. For religious people, it is just another way of saying “It’s God’s will”. Science inclined people refer to it to describe the relationship between cause and effect. For spiritual people, the ‘reason’ has to do with learning important lessons about life.

The Full Moon in Sagittarius is exactly about finding that reason, about finding that meaning. Sagittarius is the truth seeker of the zodiac.

We have a natural tendency to reject randomness and chaos, and seek meaning and purpose. From the beginning of times, people searched for a meaning, for something to believe in.

From Aztec rituals, sacrifices and ceremonies, to divination tools, to religion, people tried to deal with uncertainties, to manage risk, and get an answer to their concerns.

The need to believe in something greater than oneself is deeply rooted inside each one of us. It is in our DNA.

Sagittarius is traditionally associated with teachers, gurus, traveling, higher studies, religion, philosophy – generally speaking, with everything we do to expand our horizons and find answers to the big questions of life.

And this pull to keep on seeking, to keep on exploring, comes from a deep need to find that ONE thing, that magic formula, that perfect theory that can explain everything.

Sagittarius deeply believes that behind personal experiences and relative truths there is one single truth. A theory of everything.

As a fire sign, this pursuit is deeply spiritual. As a mutable sign, Sagittarius relentlessly seeks for the truth everywhere.

There is a part of you which will never be satisfied with easy answers. That part of you will push you to keep on searching, to keep on looking for ultimate answers and definite truths.

That part of you will never settle. Trying to keep it quiet will not work. We are inherently programmed to experience the world, to grow and expand.

The Full Moon in Sagittarius is an opportunity to honor that part of you, to embrace the seeker of truth inside of you. To express gratitude for the wanderer who always wants to go to new places and who will always stretch you out of your comfort zone.

You may or may not find that ultimate truth, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t spend every single day of your life trying to get closer to it. Life is a journey – keep walking. Be comfortable with that part of you that feels uncomfortable and restless.

There will eventually come a time when you will realize you don’t have to keep on looking for the truth outside yourself. You will know when you have found it.

We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first timeT. S.Eliot.

The teacher comes when the student is ready. When the student is truly ready, the teacher disappears.

To see which area of your life is most affected by this Full Moon look up where Sagittarius falls in your chart. That specific house will show you where you can find your truth. You will especially connect with the energy of the Full Moon in Sagittarius if you have planets or angles around 8° in Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.

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Uranus In Taurus 2018-2026 – Change In The Horizon

Uranus in Taurus is ON! Uranus changed signs and moved from Aries into Taurus on 15 May 2018. Uranus will stay in Taurus until 26 April 2026.

Maybe Uranus’ move into Taurus has disrupted your life already. Uranus transits are like a bolt of lightning. They come unexpectedly to illuminate something that has been kept in the dark.

Uranus in Taurus

In Roman mythology, Uranus was “the great awakener” and to the Greeks, Uranus was the “God of the sky” and the creator of life as we know it. The Greeks said that Uranus (the sky) and Gaea (the Earth) emerged directly from the primordial chaos.

In astrology, Uranus rules everything that comes from the sky: the rain, the clouds, the lightning, electricity, radio waves, meteorites, intelligent life forms.

Uranus’s symbol is a circle, a crescent, and a cross – symbolizing the divine spirit (the circle) which expresses itself on the earth (the cross) through the spiritual and mental realm (Moon). Just like a thunder, Uranus brings the divine truth in our lives.

Uranus’ glyph also resembles an antenna satellite, symbolizing the ability to capture the ‘divine signal’ from the universe. That’s why Uranus is connected to divine intuition and the “the sixth sense”.

Uranus makes it possible for us to connect wirelessly across space and time. Uranus rules the internet!

Uranus also rules intelligent life forms, and some say, even God itself.

Creationism is based on the assumption that life has been created by a supreme being. Intelligent design theory brings the creationism theory further. Although they don’t necessarily identify “God” as the designer, intelligent design advocates say that living organisms are too complex to be reduced to natural selection alone (Darwinist theory).

Sci-Fi authors have advanced similar hypothesis, even before the intelligent design theory emerged. Arthur C. Clarke, in his 1968 book “2001: A space odyssey” writes how a mysterious black monolith fallen from the sky triggered a shift in human evolution.  

In astrology, Uranus is the higher octave of Mercury. If Mercury rules the mind, it is fair to say that Uranus is the Mastermind. If Mercury is the personal computer, Uranus is the server.

Uranus changing signs is similar to a general software update. How do you approach software updates? Are you annoyed when you have to stop everything you’re doing and restart your computer? Or are you excited about the possibilities that come with these new features?

If you are like me and like most people, you resist it at first. Even when you buy the next iPhone! It is something about the ‘new’ that is always annoying. Predictability feels right, while disruptions trigger our fears and anxieties. But if you ‘go with the flow’ and embrace the new, you will soon start to reap the benefits. If you resist it, the process can be very difficult.

Uranus brings progress, progress at any price. Progress, whether you like it or not.

Uranus and Taurus – From Sky to Earth

While Uranus rules the sky, Taurus rules the Earth. Taurus is everything that is stable in our life: our values, our land, our properties, what we rely on.

Taurus is where you feel stable and grounded. It is where you are certain. When Uranus moves into Taurus, it will shake exactly what you thought it was stable and predictable in your life.

But Uranus doesn’t bring change for the sake of change. Uranus brings new perspectives, new outlooks – it upgrades your perception of reality so that you can get a little bit closer to the truth.  

Taurus is the sign of sustainability. Whatever is unsustainable in your life will change. Even if you may not believe it now, we all need Uranian shake-ups from time to time.

What exactly can we expect from Uranus’ transit into Taurus?

Let’s have a look at what Taurus stands for:

Taurus rules the land, so in the next 7 years, we can expect a rise in sustainable agriculture, sustainable living, permaculture, eco farms. More and more people will move out of the big cities to places where they can be closer to nature. It’s not like we will go back in time. Uranus always brings progress! But we will definitely have a paradigm shift in our relationship to nature, land, food.

Taurus rules property and ownership, how you define ‘what is mine’.  Uranus rules data – especially what you can do with the data. In the last 7 years, when Uranus was in Aries, we experienced an explosion of data, especially over the internet. Data has become ‘the new currency’. Companies all over the world raced to capture as much customer data as possible.

But Taurus likes to make clear distinctions. Who owns the data? Who has the right to use it, and under which circumstances?  

The recent Facebook data scandal and GDPR legislation in Europe (which comes into effect exactly after Uranus moves into Taurus) come to help clarify ‘what is mine’ and ‘what is yours’. Companies can not just do whatever they want with customers’ personal data anymore.

You, as a customer, have the right to ask a company to remove your data from a company’s database. The data is ‘yours’. This is exactly what Uranus in Taurus is about.

Taurus rules money. Uranus in Taurus will ask us to reevaluate what money is. We are so used to think of money as a ‘thing’ – we go to work, and somehow money pops up into our bank account. With a swipe of a card, we can buy a nice dress. Or get ourselves into a financial disaster. In the last decades, money has lost its intrinsic value.

We have the stock market, we have housing bubbles, we have movie stars and football players who earn millions – a few years later are forgotten. Uranus will ask us to re-evaluate what value really is. Uranus in Taurus, together with Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn will bring big shifts into the money market.

If Uranus in Aries was all about speculations, risk-taking, and startups spreading like mushrooms, Uranus in Taurus will be about shifting your focus from ideas to practice. About taking ownership. About building something that can stand the test of time. It’s not that we should go back to farming and old ways of doing things. It is about finding creative ways to have ownership.

The best investment you can make with Uranus in Taurus is learning how to become self-autonomous. Learn how to cook. Get a garden. Start your own business, with your own resources (without money from investors).

Taurus rules beauty. The concept of beauty has evolved and will continue to evolve. From cave paintings to Greek sculptures and renaissance, beauty has always changed its meaning. Impressionists for example (with their lovely, colorful nature paintings) were considered radicals in their time, because they didn’t follow the rules of academic painting. Nowadays, art has moved completely outside the painting. With Uranus in Taurus, we will experience another paradigm shift in how we define beauty.

We will all be influenced by these trends, however you will feel the energy of Uranus transit in Taurus stronger if your ascendant sign is in a fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius), or if you have personal planets – Moon, Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars – in fixed signs.

 

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The Astrology of May 2018 – Uranus Enters Taurus

I don’t even know how to start this month’s blog about the Astrology of May, but I promise you that the May 2018 is going to be a month to remember. The month of May might not have started very eventfully (I know, the 1st week of May was pretty quiet – there was was literally not one single major transit)… but things will soon change, and will change BIG time.

Let’s put it this way: the first third of May is the silence before the storm. Mid-May is the storm! And the last week of May (when we have a beautiful Jupiter – Neptune trine) is the blessing after the storm.

The event of the month is by far, the ingress of Uranus into Taurus. Unless you are older than your mid-80s, you were not even born the last time  Uranus was in Taurus. Uranus takes 84 years to go around the zodiac, so when it changes signs, it brings big changes.

Last time Uranus changed signs and moved into Aries was 11 March 2011… Fukushima happened on the same day. I don’t want to scare you, Uranus transits are not always bad, but I just want to make you aware of the magnitude of this transit.

You have probably heard it before, and I will remind you again: with Uranus, you can only expect the unexpected. Uranus is the most unpredictable planet. It is the box of chocolates of the zodiac – with Uranus, you never know what you are going to get. What you can be sure though, is that what you will get will bring positive changes in your life, in the long run. Uranus might shake you at first, but Uranus ALWAYS brings freedom and liberation so you can live more authentically and purposefully.

Let’s have a look at the most important aspects of the month of May 2018:

Astrology May 2018

We have the first transits of the month on May 7th 2018: Mercury (21° Aries) is square Pluto in Capricorn, and Venus (16° Gemini) is square Neptune in Pisces. Some little things might start to bother you. Maybe a colleague tries to outsmart you at work, or your partner has stinky breath in the morning.

Try to stay with these feeling of frustration of dissatisfaction. Try to understand where are they really coming from. What is really bothering you? What needs to change? Squares show you different angles of a problem, so you can take action, and do something about it.

On May 9th 2018 the Sun (18° Taurus) is opposite Jupiter in Scorpio. Sun in Taurus is the Builder; Jupiter in Scorpio is the Anthropologist. Sun in Taurus wants to build, Jupiter in Scorpio wants to dig. This conflict will push you to find true stability in your life. The strongest buildings have solid foundations: it is equally important to build on the ruins of the past, AND to erect new structures, designed to better meet your current needs and circumstances.

On May 11th 2018 the Sun (21° Taurus) is trine Pluto in Capricorn. This is a power transit, so make sure you take advantage of it! Today you can get crystal clear about what you should focus your energy on. As a result, you can get a lot done with minimum effort, expense or waste.

On May 12th 2018 Mercury (28° Aries) is square Mars in Capricorn. This transit is the interlude to Uranus’ dramatic entrance into Taurus. Both Mercury and Mars will square Uranus – Mercury immediately before, and Mars immediately after Uranus’ ingress into Taurus. So basically Uranus is sandwiched between Mercury and Mars.

Mercury is about talking and Mars is about action, so when these two get into friction you are asked to walk the talk. Mercury square Mars will point where you are not walking the talk in your life. You don’t have to feel bad about not always walking the talk. You have some reasons for feeling less committed to a particular thing in your life.

Maybe there is something that doesn’t excite you that much anymore, so it is difficult to put your heart where your mouth is. But rest assured, Uranus will change that. Uranus is the breeze of freshness you were longing for.

On May 13th 2018 Mercury applies a conjunction to Uranus just before moving into Taurus. Imagine, Mercury and Uranus meet at the last degree of Aries. This will be the ‘final act’ of Uranus’s transit into Aries. In which house you have Aries in your chart? Get ready to have a revelation about that particular area of your life. Mercury conjunct Uranus will show you what Uranus in Aries was all about.

May 15th 2018 is the big day. We have a New Moon in Taurus and just 3 hours later, Uranus enters Taurus! New Moon = new beginnings and Uranus changing signs = major new beginnings. I will cover this very important transit in future blog posts. But just keep in mind that this is BIG. Something in your life will shift. If you have planets or angles in the first degrees of the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius) you will feel the shift even stronger.

On May 19th 2018 Venus enters Cancer. Cancer is a sensitive, nurturing and maternal sign. Wherever you have Cancer in your chart, you feel ‘at home’. With Venus in Cancer, your love relationships can become more intimate, more connected. Venus also rules money and finances so you can become more careful with your money in the coming weeks. If your Venus is in Cancer, you will have your Venus return, which will mark the beginning of a new cycle in matters of love, relationships, and finances.

On May 21st 2018 Sun enters Gemini. Happy birthday to all Geminis out there! This is the time of the year when opportunities arise everywhere in nature. No one knows better than a Gemini how to seize opportunities – the Sun transit through Gemini is an invitation to be curious, explore the world with a beginner’s mind, and find what works and what doesn’t through trial and error.

On May 25th 2018 Jupiter in Scorpio is trine Neptune in Pisces. This is a wonderful transit and although it may not bring big changes in your life (not that you need more changes now, with Uranus shaking your life…), it will make you feel more at ease, more in touch with your spiritual nature.

This transit is all about faith – and a reminder that whatever you dream of, IS possible and achievable. If you have planets around 16° in water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) you will especially benefit from this blissful transit.

On May 29th 2018 we have a Full Moon at 8° Sagittarius. The Full Moon in Sagittarius is not engaged in any strong aspect. There might be a sense of confusion about what to do next, now that Uranus changed signs and your life was turned upside down. Listen to your intuition! The ruler of the Full Moon, Jupiter is engaged in a beautiful water trine with Neptune in Pisces and Venus in Cancer, helping you with a smooth transition.

On May 30th 2018 Mercury enters Gemini. Mercury has been busy like a bee this month. He changed signs three times! Mercury was at 13° Aries on May 1st, on 14th of May Mercury moved into Taurus, and end of May finds him already in Gemini! Things can happen so fast this month, that you don’t even have time to make proper sense of what’s going on. Wait until Mercury goes retrograde in July to get a clear retrospective of the May events.

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What is Your Chiron Archetype?

In my previous blog post, I briefly introduced the 3 Chiron archetypes: the Wounded Healer, the Shaman, and the Alchemist.

The 3 archetypes represent the transcendental journey of the soul: we firstly suffer and explore our primal wound (the Wounded Healer). We then attempt to heal it and embrace it (the Shaman). Only after we explore the first two Chiron archetypes can we transcend the wound and turn it into a gift (the Alchemist).

You can resonate with one, two, or all 3 Chiron developmental archetypes, depending on where you are in life with your wound and your life’s circumstances.

Your Chiron Archetype

Let’s take some examples.

I will share with you 3 stories – one for each Chiron archetype.

The Wounded Healer: The Wounded Healer describes our first experiences with the primal wound. In this stage, the wound is not yet acknowledged.

Adriana, one of my friends, was born with Chiron in her 4th house, the house of home, family, roots and nurturing. Because she was born in a large family, she never got the level of nurturing she needed. At a deep level, she didn’t feel taken care of.

When she grew up, she decided to become a doctor. Becoming a doctor was her way of coping with the pain. She wanted to take care of others so she could experience, over and over again, the primal wound of nurturing.

Years passed. She tried hard to take good care of her patients, but no matter what, she felt like a fraud. There were always people suffering, people dying, and she thought that if she would only work hard enough, she would feel better about herself. But that never happened. What she was really doing, was taking less and less care of herself. She was not healing her wound, but going into a downward spiral of self-destruction.

One day, she had a wake-up call and decided to completely change her career, so that she could have more time for herself. Her life changed for the better, but her initial struggles to deal with her wound without fully understanding it are characteristic of the Wounded Healer archetype.

The Shaman: The Shaman describes our ‘healing crisis’. A healing crisis, or healing reaction, is a temporary worsening of symptoms when we go through the process of healing. In this phase, we become aware of the wound, and in this way, we finally heal it.

You usually experience this phase when you go through a Chiron transit. The Chiron return at the age of 50 is the most important transit, but you can also experience it when you have a Chiron square, a Chiron opposition or when Chiron transits other planets in your natal chart.

I have a personal story with this archetype. As I mentioned in my previous email, I was born with Chiron on my ascendant. I was transitioning from childhood to adolescence when I had my first Chiron square, and like many other adolescents, I started developing acne.

The first Chiron square usually brings changes to the physical body. Girls have their first period, boys’ voices change.

I was very aware of my acne problem and I started putting foundation to my face to try and hide it. Years passed, and my friends’ skin got cleared, but mine did not. I started piling on more and more foundation to hide my pimples.

I tried everything to heal it – medication, healthy diets, sports, yoga, spiritual healing, homeopathy. But no matter what I did, the pimples didn’t go away. I am still grateful for my first attempts to heal the wound because in the process of healing I developed several healthy habits that still make my life so much better now.

Finally, one day I decided to stop wearing foundation. In the beginning, I was horrified. I still remember when I first left the house, without any makeup. I felt so vulnerable! Only a few weeks later, my face cleared up.

The Shaman describes our attempts to heal the wound. Ultimately, we heal the wound when we accept it and integrate it within us.

The Alchemist: in this phase, we transcend the wound and turn it into something greater. No one is born an Alchemist. We firstly need to go through and learn from the previous phases – only then we are able to transform the wound into a gift.

Becoming an Alchemist is not about trying to heal the wound. You know you are an Alchemist when there is no more conflict. This phase is about effortlessly shining out your light. It is about giving back and healing others, from a place of awareness and compassion.

My client Tom was born with Chiron in the 10th house, the house of status, career, and the role you choose to play in the world. His grandfather and father were very successful businessmen and powerful leaders. In the first 48 years of his life, this is exactly what he tried to become. He graduated from a top university, got a job in a top company and worked hard to climb the corporate ladder. He didn’t want to disappoint his father.

But no matter how hard he tried, he never reached the top. Yes, he was earning a top salary, and he even became an advisor to the board of management, but he never became a leader himself. He was in fact intimidated by power and always struggled when he tried to assert himself.

His father died a few years ago and while he suffered a big loss, he also felt a sense of relief. When he had his Chiron return, he decided to leave the corporate world to become a Kung Fu master. He finally realized that he was never the assertive, powerful leader his father was – his best weapon was his defense, was his ability to stay strong in times of struggle.

He feels happy and accomplished now. Although he finally got the status and the respect he was looking for in his early life, he doesn’t care about it anymore. His passion is to help other people become strong and resilient. He turned his wound into a gift.

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Chiron in Aries – Your Deepest Wound, Your Greatest Gift

Imagine what your life would be like if you healed your deepest wound. Chiron’s long stay in Aries is your opportunity to heal your deepest wound and turn it into your greatest gift.

Chiron in Aries is one of the most anticipated transits of the year. Chiron moves into Aries on 17th of April 2018 and leaves Aries on 14th of April 2027. Chiron moves back into Pisces for a few months later this year, and spends a few more months in Taurus, before finally moving out of Aries in 2027. But all in all, Chiron is here for a long stay.

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac. Aries stands for “I am, I exist”. Aries is probably the most important transit for Chiron, because it’s the longest. Chiron spends very little time in some signs (only 1.5 years in Libra, for example)… but spends up to 8 years in Aries.

Chiron spends so much time in Aries because it has perhaps more work to do here than in any other sign. Aries is the Self. This is where it hurts the most. Wounds related to our identity, to our sense of the Self, take a long time to heal.

If in Pisces, your lesson was to surrender to your pain, to find a higher meaning in your suffering, in Aries, you will want to finally do something about your wound and take personal ownership for your healing.

Chiron crossing the 0° of the zodiac marks a new beginning for all of us.

Chiron archetype comes from the Greek mythology. Chiron was the son of Saturn and the nymph Philyra. Born half man, half horse, Chiron is rejected by his mother. Abandoned by his parents, Chiron suffers his first wound.

Apollo, the god of music, prophecy, medicine, and healing, adopts Chiron and teaches him everything he knows. Chiron carries the Appolo’s legacy forward – and discovers botany and pharmacy, the science of herbs and medicine.

Chiron was highly skilled, educated and kind. But the irony was that even if he could heal everyone else, Chiron couldn’t heal himself.

Ultimately, Chiron gives up his immortality to help Prometheus, who was chained to a rock. Gods agree to release Chiron from suffering and let him die. Upon his death, Chiron is released from his wound that would never heal and honored with the constellation of Centaurus, one of the largest constellations in the sky.

When Chiron gave up his immortality, ironically – he became immortal. Your deepest wound eventually becomes your greatest gift, your legacy, what you leave behind for generations to come.

Chiron rising in the sky and transforming into a beautiful constellation is a message that while your greatest gift can only rise from pain and suffering – this gift is much more than your pain and your suffering.

Chiron, this half-horse, half-God maverick, represents our hope that we can unite the instinctual animal part of ourselves with the divine, immortal part of ourselves.

Healing takes time and awareness. Chiron stands for the different stages of soul development.

Chiron symbolizes our deepest wound – that deep, dark part of us that we’re not only hiding from others – but also from ourselves.

Chiron symbolizes our attempts – conscious and unconscious – to heal this wound.

Last but not least, Chiron represents the key to our spiritual transformation, what we do to transcend our physical, emotional or intellectual limitations.

The house where you have Chiron in your natal chart shows your primal wound – the wound your soul has been called to heal in this lifetime.

Most of us suffer in silence. While you may think you have a miserable life compared to your neighbor, your colleague, or the beautiful movie star on the cover of the magazine, remember that we all have Chiron somewhere in our natal chart. All of us come into this life with a wound to heal.

And all of us came with a promise. That if we would only heal this wound, if we would only allow that divine spark inside each one of us to come out, then we will finally understand what our purpose in this life is.

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By healing your wound, you are healing the world. By bringing your gift out of the shadows, you are making the world a better place.

There are 3 expressions of Chiron energy, corresponding to the 3 Chiron archetypes:

  1. The 1st expression of Chiron is the Wounded Healer. The energy is similar to Saturn. You cannot heal yourself unless you know where it hurts. The first stage of healing is acknowledging the wound. And although you might think you know what your problem is, you most probably don’t. If only it was that simple! The Wounded Healer is the dormant, unconscious expression of Chiron.
  2. The 2nd Chiron archetype is the Shaman – this is the intermediate expression of Chiron, representing the struggle to accept that pain is part of life, but also the opportunity that comes with this awareness. In this stage of Chironic development, we start to acknowledge our wound, and attempt to heal it. All the struggles we humans go through happen because we fail to integrate the broken parts inside of us. Think about the big decisions in your life, your failures, and missed opportunities. There was one part of you who wanted something, and another part who wanted something else. There are parts of you which you love and accept, and parts of you which you despise and try to dissociate from. But unless you learn to bring together all these broken parts, you can never bring to light your highest potential.
  3. The 3rd Chiron archetype is the Alchemist. The energy is similar to Uranus. This is the highest expression of Chiron. In this form, Chiron has transcended his limitations. He has healed his wound and transformed it into a gift. Just like Chiron transformed into the constellation of Centaurus, the Alchemist-Chiron is a symbol of transcendence, of reaching a higher level of awareness.
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New Moon in Aries – Connecting the Dots

New Moon in Aries – freedom and liberation

The New Moon in Aries takes place on Sunday, 15 April at 26° Aries.

This New Moon in Aries will surprise you, enlighten you, and might just change your life. It will first shake you, and then it will set you free.

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac – Aries energy is initiating and empowering. The journey of the zodiac starts with Aries. Aries is when we break away from the ‘oneness’ of Pisces and choose the manifest the divine in a unique way. My way. Your way.

Aries is the ‘Start before you’re ready’ energy. Action, impulse, expressing your true self, are rewarded when the Sun shines from Aries. The New Moon in Aries will bring the clarity you need to act according to your agenda. No time for hesitation!

The New Moon in Aries is closely conjunct Uranus, the planet of freedom and surprises. Uranus is, in fact, the signature of this New Moon, so expect the unexpected!

I was in Costa Rica, coming back from the jungle to catch my flight back to Europe. I was in the middle of nowhere, with no network connection, and could see no way to get to the airport in time to catch my flight. When I was losing all my hope, a taxi appeared out of nowhere literally in the last minute. I was saved!

A New Moon conjunct Uranus is just like the taxi that comes when you least expected it. Like that text message you receive when you thought it’s all over. Like that email in your inbox landing with an offer that you just can’t refuse.

Mercury goes direct

Mercury is going direct on the same day. So we have two reasons to celebrate: the beginning of a new cycle of manifestation (the New Moon) and Mercury direct!

Mercury direct will bring you the must needed clarity. The last three weeks must have been confusing and irritating – Mercury has been retrograde since March 23. Mercury retrograde in Aries brings a lot of irritation because Aries wants to act, but Mercury retrograde cannot keep up with Aries’ effervescence.

When Mercury is retrograde, it is in fact, crossing the same area of the sky three times, asking you to revisit, and revisit… and revisit the same topics, over and over again, until you gain a new perspective, until you ‘get it’.

Mercury going direct at the time of the New Moon is a promise. Is a promise that this time you can get it right.

Even if everything seems wrong, you still have a chance to make it right. Yes, change is possible, even when you lose all the hope.

You already know the truth

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary”

Steve Jobs

You may be familiar with the Steve Jobs’ story. Despised by many, Steve was a man who lived his truth and created something outstanding not only for his times but for generations to come. He was not successful from the beginning – in fact, he lost everything several times. But in the spirit of true Aries entrepreneurship (he had Mars and Moon in Aries), he started again, and again, and again. Every new beginning was a little bit different. And then he finally ‘connected the dots’. The rest is history.

There are few lessons we can learn from Steve Jobs that resonate with the energy of the New Moon in Aries:

  • Follow your heart and intuition “you already know what you want to become”

  • The so-called normality does not define you – “don’t be trapped by dogma”

  • Live your own truth – ‘everything else is secondary’

  • Be persistent: start again, again, and again… but don’t repeat the same mistake twice

  • Be open-minded – when you start again, start with a beginner’s mind

  • Embrace your failures – your biggest pain can be in fact your greatest gift

With Uranus, you HAVE to beam your light out. Go for your truth, even if you are not prepared for what’s next. Trust the divine insight.

Clarity comes from engagement, not thought. Clarity doesn’t come from doing more of the same thing, nor from doing the same thing over and over again. It comes from you being fully present. It comes from connecting to your heart, to that divine spark of light. That insight that will show you exactly what you need to know.

New Moon in Aries Connecting the Dots

We are living interesting times

The New Moon happens just a few days before Chiron moves into Aries and is the last New Moon in Aries to take place before Uranus moves into Taurus.

“May you live interesting times” is one of the most severe Chinese curses. It definitely doesn’t sound like a curse, at least not by Western standards. But there is a deeper meaning to it. We all know that right not there is an abundance of choices everywhere. There is so much we can achieve – in terms of finances, career, education, traveling, relationships and even spirituality. All this abundance of choice leads to lack of clarity. Hence, the curse. Scientists have backed this up – when we have too much choice, our brain gets confused and we become unhappy.

Uranus in Aries has brought a lot of chaos, and also a lot of opportunities. Now, that we are moving towards the end of the transit, you may wonder “What was this all about? What does it mean to me?”

You may feel an urge to get things straight, to make it right. Before a chapter of your life closes, you want to enter a new chapter of your life ‘in good standing’. You want to feel that you have done your best.

But you may not know what exactly you need to do, what exactly you should focus on, what it is that you need to ‘fix’.

The New Moon in Aries will bring you the breakthrough and the clarity you were waiting for.

Clarity comes when you least expect it

You can get whatever you want if you open yourself to the possibilities which are found beyond what the mind thinks it’s possible. In that place of light, freedom, ultimate love and higher awareness – there is an answer to everything. Possibilities are endless.

The insight always comes, but it comes when you least expect it.

And there is a reason for that. Imagine you anxiously wait for an answer, for a specific outcome. In that space of anticipation, you are in fact trying to frame your reality. How can the divine light come to you? Even if it comes, you will not be able to see it, because you focus all your energy somewhere else.

The divine insight can ONLY come when you least expect it. It is only when your mind is free of expectations, that impossible becomes possible.

Through imagination, a lost opportunity is regained

The Sabian symbol of the New Moon is “Through imagination, a lost opportunity is regained”. What a great metaphor for this New Moon in Aries, featuring Uranus and Mercury going direct!

When Mercury changes course things change their course as well. You have the chance to revisit something from the past and ‘make it right’. But if you want a different outcome, you have to approach it differently. Imagination is the best way to create new possibilities.

The mind must first ‘imagine’ what will then be able sooner or later to actually experience.

Uranus is the higher octave of Mercury, representing the higher intellect, the genius trapped inside each one of us, the divine quality of your mind. You can manifest whatever you put your mind to! If you can dream it, you can do it.

Uranus wants to liberate your mind from dogmas so you can think different. Think about a lost opportunity. Something you wanted to have a different outcome. Can you imagine different ways of approaching it? When you get clear about the outcome you are expecting, you can find endless ways of getting there!

New Moon in Aries – What does it mean for you

A shift has already taken place. You know you can no longer ignore it.

The New Moon in Aries is closely linked to Uranus’s transit in Aries. Reflect on the last 7 years of your life – what are the major themes? The New Moon in Aries will be the “final act”, the conclusion, your greatest insight.

Imagine you read a novel – each chapter introduces a new character. In the last chapter of the book, all characters come together. The dots get connected. The big picture is revealed. Same with your life.  If you want to understand the deeper meaning, you have to go through all the chapters of your life, in order.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever”

Steve Jobs

You will feel the energy of the New Moon stronger if you have planets or angles around 26° Aries, Libra, Cancer of Capricorn.

You can find more information about New and Full Moons here

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Astrology of April 2018 – Chiron in Aries, Saturn and Pluto Go Retrograde

Astrology of April 2018 Highlights

April is one of the most intense months of the year. Chiron changes signs, we have three planetary stations, and Mars makes conjunctions with the ‘bad guys’ of the zodiac, Saturn and Pluto.

Things start to precipitate around mid-April when Mercury changes course, Chiron moves into Aries starting a new journey around the zodiac, and Saturn goes retrograde. Your will will be tested! The best thing you can do is to go with the change and commit to it.

End of April brings some well-deserved relief. The Full Moon on April 30 is one of the best full moons of the year. Your strength and determination will be rewarded, in the end, so stay strong!

Let’s have a look at the most important aspects of the month:

April 2018

1 April 2018 – 7 April 2018

On April 1 Mercury is conjunct the Sun. Every time retrograde Mercury makes a conjunction to the Sun, a new Mercury cycle starts. So even if Mercury is still retrograde, Mercury conjunct Sun is a good time to initiate a new project.

In the next 2 weeks, focus on formulating your objective (not on launching your idea to the world!).

If you want to dig deeper into Mercury’ cycles check out an article I wrote on Mercury cycles.

On April 2 Mars is conjunct Saturn. This can be a frustrating transit and you may feel that the whole world is against you! When things get tough, remember how diamonds are made. Just like the carbon needs to survive an immense amount of pressure to become a diamond, so do we need to go through some difficult experiences in order to develop our maximum potential. If you want your true beauty to shine through, remember that every test like this will make you stronger.

On April 4 Mercury is square Mars. The frustration that has been building up over the last week will reach a tipping point. Try to stay away from verbal quarrels if you can. Remember Mercury is still retrograde and you may not have the full picture.

8 April 2018 – 15 April 2018

On April 10 Sun is square Pluto and Venus is trine Mars.

What happens when you go for what you want? As long as what you want is also what others want, you will most likely get it. But when what you want goes against what the world wants, you will encounter hostility.

This might sound obvious, but whenever we want something badly we forget about this basic truth. Sun square Pluto is a test of your inner power. You may get what you want, but you will have to pay the price. How far is “too far”? This is a question to ponder upon during this transit.

On April 15 we have a New Moon in Aries. This is the most unpredictable New Moons of the year because it is in a tight conjunction to Uranus, the planet of surprises.

To make things even more interesting, on the same day Mercury goes direct!

This is great news, especially for Gemini and Virgo ascendants who will feel a sense of relief. However, with Mercury stationing plus strong Uranus – expect the unexpected!

You will most likely find out something that will shock you, especially if you have planets in the last degrees of Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) or around 4° Aries.

16 April 2018 – 22 April 2018

On April 16 Venus in Taurus is opposite Jupiter in Scorpio. An opposition is an intense, challenging transit. On the other hand, Venus and Jupiter are the most positive planets of the zodiac. With Venus opposite Jupiter, you can choose to enjoy this ‘friction’ and indulge yourself in pleasurable experiences. Or you can find that no matter what how much you have, you “can’t get no satisfaction”.

Whatever you go for, it is likely you will question your deep-rooted values (Venus in Taurus) and seek a deeper meaning in your life (Jupiter in Scorpio). Venus opposite Jupiter is about striving to find the balance between material pleasure and spiritual pursuits.

On April 17 Saturn goes retrograde. You have done a lot since Saturn moved into Capricorn in December 2017. Now is time for your first revision.

Think about what has changed in your life in the last months. Do you see any patterns? Can you identify any lessons? Can you see where you need to work harder (or smarter) to turn your goals into reality?

On April 18 Chiron moves into Aries. This is one of the most important transits of the year. Chiron hasn’t changed signs since 2010! This transit is particularly important because Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, so Chiron ‘starts again’ a new cycle of healing.

If you have been stuck with your pain for a while, Chiron’s move into Aries is good news! Now you have the chance to start again, to leave behind any wound you haven’t been able to heal, no matter how hard you tried. Chiron in Aries will show you a new perspective and will open new doors of healing for you.

In the same day, Sun is conjunct Uranus. Uranus is the higher end of Chiron’s expression. Sun conjunct Uranus on the same day of Chiron’s entrance in Aries is a promise that Chiron in Aries is truly about the liberation of the self.

In the coming years, you have the chance to leave behind the Saturnian expression of Chiron and embrace the more evolved, liberating expression of the Uranian expression of Chiron.

On April 20, the Sun enters Taurus. Happy birthday to all Taurus out there! As nature starts to bloom, we feel that same need. We want to take concrete steps in improving our lives.

Taurus is all about concrete steps and concrete results. If in the Aries season we felt inspired to take action, now is the time to make it happen. Take advantage of this energy! Taurus will give you all the practical intelligence and stamina you need.

On April 22 Pluto is stationary retrograde. Whenever a slow-moving planet like Pluto changes direction, we feel the energy of the planet stronger than ever.

Pluto always brings transformation. If you resist it, Pluto will bring fear, anxiety, and obsessions. It is normal to find it difficult to detach from the past, so don’t be hard on yourself during this transit.

But try to remember that what seems to be an ending, is always just a new beginning. You may not be seeing it yet, but trust that the universe always works in your favor!

23 April 2018 – 30 April 2018

On April 24 Venus moves into Gemini. No matter what your Venus natal placement is, you will become a little bit more chatty and experimental during the next few weeks.

You will find more pleasure in reading, learning, trying out different things, reaching out to the world.

If your natal Venus is in Gemini, a new Venus cycle will start for you, bringing new opportunities in the sectors of relationships and finances.

On April 26 Mars is conjunct Pluto in Capricorn. This transit is as intense as you can get! I cannot think of anything more intense than this.

Pluto is the most intense planets out there, although you may not always see it like that. Pluto is like a cooker under pressure. It’s like the lava waiting to erupt. You may not see what is going on – but with Pluto, you bet there is A LOT going on! Pluto just changed directions a few days ago and is stronger than ever.

And here comes Mars, the planet of action. Mars will stir the cooker under pressure even more… so it might be that this time you will make a mess in the kitchen. Instead of getting upset, think about what it is that you have been trying to suppress in your life. That part of you is alive and will always come back to haunt you until you learn how to tame it.

On April 30, we have a Full Moon in Scorpio. This is one of the best full Moons of the year because it makes some great aspects to Saturn, Jupiter, and Neptune.

Yes, you’ve worked hard (Full Moon sextile Saturn) and now the Universe will reward you with something truly special (Full Moon conjunct Jupiter and trine Neptune). Take it, you deserve it!

You will especially benefit from this transit if you have personal planets or angles around 9° Taurus or Scorpio.

April is not an easy month, but knowing what’s coming up will help you better handle these intense energies. Make sure you mark your calendar with the most important transits so you can keep track of them.

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Full Moon in Libra – The Wisdom to Know the Difference

Full Moon in Libra – Freedom or Fairness?

We have a Full Moon in Libra on March 31st. This is the 2nd Full Moon in March and takes place at 11° Libra.

The Full Moon is the most intense phase of the lunar cycle and brings two opposite elements (Libra and Aries) into our awareness.

Aries-Libra axis stands for the self, action, assertion, autonomy (Aries) and ‘the other’, compromise, cooperation, fairness (Libra).

Full Moon in Libra

Associated with the 1st/7th houses, Aries-Libra is a cardinal axis describing the struggle to find a balance between personal freedom, the courage to express oneself, and the support and fairness we need from others.

Because the Full Moon is in Libra, the Libra side of the axis will come into focus. The Full Moon will challenge Aries’ autonomy and will strive to come with a better, thought through, solution.

Full Moon in Libra – it’s Tough, but it’s Worth it

The Full Moon in Libra makes mainly challenging aspects, forming a T-square in Cardinal signs.

The Full Moon is opposite Mercury retrograde in Aries and squares Mars and Saturn in Capricorn.

With so much tension and cardinal energy, this is not an easy Full Moon so prepare to be shaken.

The good thing is that the ruler of the Full Moon, Venus just entered her domicile Taurus and is applying a trine to Mars, the ruler of Aries.

There is hope after all. If you manage to integrate the energy of the T-square, the rewards will come eventually.

A Cardinal T-square is a test of our perseverance and a reminder that when most people fail, the secret of success is to keep on trying.

Mercury Retrograde, Mars and Saturn

The most important aspect of the Full Moon is an opposition to Mercury retrograde, who is challenging Sun’s bold expression of the self. Mercury retrograde will ask the Sun to rethink the notions of courage, self-expression, and autonomy.

Mercury retrograde is about integrating the latest lessons and finding a better way of doing things.

There must be a better way to stand up for yourself, take action, and tell the world who you are, and Mercury retrograde is now inviting you to explore it!

Mars and Saturn in Capricorn stand for perseverance, for forceful action and inner power. When everything around crumbles, Mars and Saturn in Capricorn stay there, to fight until the end.

Both Mars and Saturn feel good in Capricorn. Mars is exalted in Capricorn – and is more determined and focused than ever. And Saturn is in domicile in Capricorn – this is where he can take his time to reach the top and turn dreams into tangible realities. Yes, Mars and Saturn are not easy energies to work with, but right now, you can make them work in your favor.

The Full Moon is a time to reset, re-do, and try harder. If things don’t go as planned, maybe is time to re-adjust and try a different approach. But it is not, by all means a time to give up!

The Full Moon in Libra is about understanding that when things don’t work as planned, it’s time to change the plan. It is a reminder that despite any failure, you haven’t lost the war. Keep the long-term vision in mind, make the necessary changes, and most important – don’t give up!

What is going on in your life at the moment, where do you feel frustrated and tempted to give up? At this Full Moon, make a commitment to give it one more try. Can you think of a different approach to try out?

Full Moon in Libra – the Wisdom to ‘Know the Difference’

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can change, and the wisdom to know the difference”

I love this quote because it captures the essence of human existence. Do we have free will? Or is everything predetermined?

Yes, there are times when we need to accept fate and understand that there are higher forces at work, that the Universe has a higher plan in mind which transcends our individual choices.

This is when we should accept what happens and let destiny take its course.

But there are also times when you can choose. When you can overcome the struggles you are faced with. You do have free will. The free will comes with a condition though. You need to push through your existing limitations and have the courage to step out of your comfort zone.

Free will does not mean you are granted something. It means you can make use of your inner power and determination to change the status quo.

And now comes the big question: “and have the wisdom to know the difference”. How can we know the difference?

Wisdom is very Libran. Libra has a great ability to weigh facts, pros, and cons and come with the best possible solution.

Libras make the best judges, military leaders, and strategists because they simply ‘know’ the difference, more exactly they have the ability to understand the opposing forces at play. When other signs go with their head (air and earth signs), with their heart (water signs) or with their intuition (fire signs), a Libra stays level-headed, understands that the truth is somewhere in the middle, and makes the best possible decision.

Fate or Free Will?

Now coming back to the big question: how to know the difference between fate and free will?

As a rule of thumb, whenever we have transits to outer planets (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto), fate is stronger than free will. This is when we need to let go and surrender to a higher power.

This is also usually the case when we have transits in mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces). Mutable signs bring endings and changes from one state of being to another.

On the other hand, whenever we have transits to personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) and to a lesser extent, to Jupiter and Saturn, life IS under our control. We can take the lead, we can make changes.

Also, when we have transits in Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) we have more free will. That’s because the cardinal sings are very initiating. Things are just starting to unfold and we still have time to make adjustments.

Because the Full Moon makes aspects to Mercury, Mars, and Saturn and is in Cardinal signs, the Full Moon in Libra is such a time when you CAN change your circumstances.

This is the time when you have the wisdom to know (Libra) that life is under your control and have the courage (Aries) to step outside your comfort zone and make the necessary changes.

Yes, life can be challenging at times. Yes, life can feel like a never-ending series of difficulties. But if you want to succeed, if you want to fulfill your potential, if you want to live a life of integrity, try harder. Persevere. When you lose all hope, remember it is never too late to give it one more try. The Full Moon in Libra is one of those times.

You can find other 2018 full moon blogs on the New and Full Moons 2018 page.