New Moon in Capricorn and Uranus Turns Direct

On the 29th of December we have the final New Moon of the year. A New Moon, and a new year with new beginnings. Say  goodbye to  2016 once and for all and start your brand new journey into 2017.

The energy of the New Moon in Capricorn blends with the energy of Uranus which turns direct immediately after the new Moon. Uranus stationing direct also activates the mighty Uranus – Jupiter opposition (I will say it again, Jupiter opposite Uranus will be THE astrological event of 2017). Thus, the New Moon will set the tone for the upcoming year, so pay attention to the themes that emerge around this date.

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The Capricorn New Moon will ask us to break the chains of the past and reinvent new structures and new rules. The New Moon is also conjunct Mercury retrograde, pointing towards what we need to start with if we want to achieve the long awaited freedom:  with our mind.

Capricorn plus Uranus will invite us to be authentic and original. Even a bit weird. In 2017 authenticity will become the replacement for enlightenment as the true goal of spiritual practice. 

And how can you express your authenticity? Again, the planet closely conjunct the New Moon will give us some hints, and this is Mercury. Which part of yourself needs expression? How can you use words (Mercury) to show the world who you are? Mercury retrograde will now help us dig into old perceptions and patterns and see what needs to be cleared out.

Another way Mercury can play out is by encouraging us to have deep conversations with the others.

The Capricorn New Moon energy encourages the need for structure, discipline and organization. It is a good time to set goals and plan for the future. (What a good timing for New Year Resolutions!)

What else can we learn from the Capricorn energy? Capricorns are very good at assessing reality and seeing what needs to be done to get from start to finish. We all know it, succeeding on our own merits is so much more rewarding than winning a quick buck. By having ownership and  getting things done, we achieve something far greater: a sense of empowerment, a sense that we can do whatever we set our minds to.

A New Moon always brings something new into our life. And because this New Moon is in Capricorn, it is likely that a new situation or an external circumstance arising in our life will require more responsibility, inviting us to take charge.

But the Capricorn New Moon will not simply leave us there with things to finish. She will also show us the way. Just like the mountain goat, from the reign of great highs, can have a panoramic view of the land stretching in front of her eyes, so will we now be able to see the bigger picture, and realistically plan how are we going to get there.

The New Moon in Capricorn is ultimately teaching us how to be our own master, how to turn discipline, tenacity and drive into something sustainable that is there to stay.

The New Moon in Capricorn is a lesson of the power of undying commitment. If you allow the “if” to interfere with your goals, you will never achieve them. There is no 99%. There is only 100%.

The New Moon is making  pretty awesome aspects to Jupiter, Venus and Uranus. We only have  Saturn (which is also the ruler of this New Moon) applying a challenging square to Chiron, the wounded healer. Feeling weak or being in a position where others think we are incapable can be very hurtful for us right now.

The New Moon  is also sextile Mars; and Mars is conjunct Neptune and South Node. This is why I mentioned at the beginning of the blog that authenticity will ultimately replace enlightenment as the true goal of spiritual practice. The theme of Mars with South Node and Neptune is letting go of the past and of unhealthy spiritual beliefs that don’t even belong to us. Only then we can move into tomorrow with fresh perspectives.  Mars is the planet of action, the South Node represents the past and our Karma, and Neptune is  and the planet  of spirituality. What do you need to forgive or forget to move on?

2016 was a 9 universal year in numerology – the end of a cycle. 2017 will be a 1 year. A new cycle is about the begin. This New Moon can empower us to move in a bold direction. For this, we need to break free from bad habits – and the New Moon will help us form new ones. Our life can be much freer than we have ever thought. We just need to move out of our comfort zone.

Few things to keep in mind and reflect upon, because Capricorn is a serious and reliable sign and wants you do to your homework: do you keep you commitments? When not, what makes you give up and when yes, where does the determination come from? What keeps you going?

When you set goals, how do you know if they are appropriate? Are your goals realistic? Do you have any sort of mechanism in place to make sure you recognize true opportunities when they arise?

The New Moon in Capricorn is teaching us that intention is a great start, but is not enough. The transformation of that intention into reality is the key, and is only by putting together intention and action we will achieve what we have committed to.

If you want to keep track of all the Moon Cycles of 2017, check out the Astro Butterfly Moon Phase Calendar. More details here

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The Astrology of 2017 – A Brave New World

Astrologically 2017 will be a positive and progressive year. For most of us, 2017 will be a better year than 2016. 2017 will be marked by the Jupiter Uranus opposition, which will bring excitement and hope, and in the same time will ask us to let go of the past to move toward a brighter tomorrow.

2017 will continue the theme of change that started a couple of years ago when Saturn and the North Node moved into Sagittarius and Virgo, but it will be less chaotic and a bit more pragmatic.

In 2015 and 2016 we had Saturn in Sagittarius, The North Node AND Jupiter in Virgo, Neptune and Chiron in Pisces. No more of this chaos! In 2017 we will have less of the excess mutable energy which made 2016 so imbalanced. With the North Node ingress into Leo, of Jupiter into Scorpio and of Saturn into Capricorn (its domicile) the outlook of 2017 is definitely more balanced.

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“All the love we need” – Alina Noir  alinanoir.com

In 2017 we will also say goodbye to the Saturn/Neptune square that has been fooling with our hopes, dreams and general sense of direction in the last year. In 2017,  we will want to do something about those dashed hopes and dreams. As our new reality finally begins to emerge, we will feel ready to act upon it. If we don’t like what we see, in 2017 we will either take action to change it or at least find new ways to deal with it.

Marked by mutable, cardinal, fire and water energy,  metaphorically speaking, 2017 will be a quest for a new spiritual paradigm. In 2017 we will continue to question the status quo. We will no longer accept a society in which a few control the fate of the many, a society that excludes and discriminates and where the individual is just “another brick in the wall”.

But there is a danger here. Because we will be so much into spirituality and what is not to be seen, but felt with the heart, the risk is to lose our common sense. 2017 will be all about emotions, about inspiration, about jumping from one thing to the next in our quest to find meaning and fulfill those dreams we were too fearful to pursue. In 2017, we can easily lose our cool and even get fanatical about our version of the reality.

If there is one thing I recommend doing in 2017 when things go off track is this: go in nature. Meditate. Do something to keep yourself grounded and in the present moment. Build a shed or why not, a house, try landscape architecture or plant some new flowers or vegetables in your garden. Start crafting. Anything that is a combination of planning and researching, and then actually doing whatever is that thing you have planned for, will really help each one of us deal with 2017 in a healthy way.

Love and relationships will be another trademark of this year.

Relationships will be in focus thanks to Jupiter opposite Uranus on the relationship Aries / Libra axis. We will also have Venus, the planet of love and relationships, retrograde in March and April. This important Venus cycle will bring to surface all unfinished businesses related to relationships of all kinds.

Romantic love and dating will be a highlight of 2017.

Firstly, the North Node of the Moon will move into Leo . After we did a lot of self-work in the last 1 year and a half when the North Node was in Virgo, now it’s time to have fun, express ourselves and go for whatever our heart desires. The North Node enters Leo in the same time with the Full Moon in Scorpio, more exactly, on the 10th of May. This cosmic reset is going to be intense!

Secondly, many of the New and Full Moons of 2017 are accompanied by some “love aspects”. Only to mention two of them: At the time of the New Moon in Aries on the 25th of March we also have Sun conjuncts Venus. This is the 1st New Moon of the Astrological year and the most important one, because it will set the tone for 2017. To have Sun and Moon conjunct Venus with the New Moon is just magnificent. In October we have another stellar event: Venus will conjunct Mars in the same time with the Full Moon in Aries. This is going to be HOT! Mark the date: 5th of October 😉 With so much fresh Aries energy some of us will experience love at first sight and completely throw caution to the wind.

But because thankfully Jupiter is in Libra most of us will fell a mix of the two energies: Libra-like “relationships and commitment come first” and Aries-like “I want some fresh romance to feel young and alive” – and this will make us want to keep our relationships fresh, in addition to honoring true love.

The top 7 astrological events of 2017 are:

  • Jupiter Uranus opposition – on 2nd of March and again on the 27th of September (the last aspect in a sequence of three) – which will move things forward, bringing progress and unexpected outcomes, especially in the areas of relationships, negotiations and deal-making.
  • Jupiter square Pluto – on the 30th March and on the 4th of August (the last square in a sequence of three) – calling for fairness, and asking us to stick to our values, and in the same time try to fit them in the existing structures. The Jupiter Pluto cycles activate and push forward generational themes. In essence, Jupiter / Pluto square speaks of what Darwin called “survival of the fittest”. The fittest will not only survive, but will also thrive in a Jupiter / Pluto environment.
  • Venus retrograde – from 5th of March until 15th of April, marking a phase of transformation in relationships.
  • North Node ingress into Leo – on the 10th of May.
  • Saturn trine Uranus – on the 18th of May and on the 11th of November (the last trine in a sequence of three) – a harmonious and constructive aspect which will reward adaptability and ultimately lead to sustainable progress.
  • Jupiter ingress into Scorpio – on the 10th of October, shifting the beneficial energy of Jupiter from relationships to intimacy and “other people’s resources”, either physical, intellectual, emotional or spiritual.
  • Saturn ingress into Capricorn – on the 19th of December, and the real change of the world structures will begin. Saturn is in domicile in Capricorn and he knows what he is doing in his home sign.

Let’s not forget about the yearly eclipses. The Moon and Solar eclipses, or turning points, will take place in February and August. In 2017 we will witness a  shift of the eclipse cycle from Virgo and Pisces to, for the most part, in Leo and Aquarius.

In 2017 we have 2 moon eclipses, 1st one on the 10th of February in Leo. The 2nd Moon Eclipse is on the 7th of August in Aquarius, inviting us to embrace and honor our uniqueness.

The solar eclipses will take place on the 25th of February (the last eclipse in Pisces!) and on the 21st of August in Leo. The last solar eclipse will be an extremely powerful one as it occurs at 29° Leo in close conjunction with the fixed star Regulus. This Sun eclipse will be visible across all the United States (this is the 1st eclipse visible in the US since 1979!) Something is definitely going to happen in the world (US especially in focus) around this date, so mark your calendars: 21st of August.

The Mercury retrograde periods (make sure you put them in your calendar) are:

  • 1st to 8th of January –  in Capricorn / Sagittarius
  • 9th of April to 2nd of May – in Taurus / Aries
  • 12th of August to 5th of September – in Virgo / Leo
  • 2nd of December to 22nd of December – in Sagittarius

Every year comes with three of four Mercury retrograde periods, but what is a bit different in 2017 is that almost every Mercury retrograde will effect two signs (instead of one). We will be asked to integrate some practicality into our creativity with both the fire and earth being emphasized.

To recap, 2017 will be a very interesting and progressive year. Although this won’t be the case for everyone (some of us will always have challenging progressions, or some transits will trigger some delicate points in our chart) there is definitely a sense of optimism and hope which will help us get though almost everything , despite any obstacles that may arise along the way.

If you want to go deeper into the astrological events of 2017, the Astro Butterfly calendar for 2017 is available for purchase on Etsy. For details click here.

Jupiter Opposite Uranus – A Cosmic High Five

Feeling hyped up? The clash of the two “astro titans” Jupiter and Uranus might be the reason why.

Jupiter in Libra opposite Uranus in Aries is one of the most important transits of the decade – it only takes place once every 14 years! The transit is exact on the following dates:

  • December 25th, 2016 – at 20° (Jupiter direct, Uranus retrograde)
  • March 2nd, 2017 – at 22° (Jupiter retrograde, Uranus direct)
  • September 27th, 2017 – at 27° (Jupiter direct, Uranus retrograde)

This is one of the most exciting transits you can experience and it will bring rapid changes and breakthroughs of all kinds.

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Jupiter is the great benefactor, the king of all gods, Jupiter magnifies and inflates everything it touches.

Uranus is the rebel, the freedom-seeker, the reformer and the revolutionary.

Together, the two stand for the faith and the courage to break free from the old and reinvent the new.

Jupiter opposite Uranus is a very progressive aspect. Things are likely to happen in a BIG scale and impact our society as a whole.

In 1989 when we had the Jupiter Uranus oppposition on the Cancer Capricorn axis, the Berlin wall and the Communism collapsed and the Cold War was declared over. South Africa’s new prime minister F.W. de Klerk started to dismantle the apartheid regime. The successful Galileo spacecraft was launched in 1989, to be purposefully destroyed 14 years later, in 2003, exactly at the time of the next Jupiter Uranus opposition. No coincidences in astrology 😉

In 2003 when we had again a Jupiter Uranus opposition this time on the Virgo Pisces axis, the US space shuttle Colombia crashed, and the U.S. and Britain launched the war against Iraq.

If we look back in time when we had this transit we notice some common themes: profound changes in societal structures, taking a stand, restlessness, revolutions, techonological progress, scientific discoveries.

The current Jupiter Uranus opposition is on the Aries Libra axis, signifying a revolution in relationships and partnerships, as well as opportunities for those looking for new relationships and partnerships.

If you’re single, things can now move really speedily! Single or committed, Jupiter opposite Uranus is good news if if you’ve been feeling stuck in love or if you want to move your relationship to the next level.

However, let’s not forget that an opposition is an opposition and it will bring friction. Jupiter in Libra encourages you to cooperate with others in an optimistic and generous way. Uranus in Aries wants you to be free and “Do it your way” – Uranus  is NOT that interested in pleasing others.

As a result, you can feel a conflict between your desire to fit in and be a team player, and your desire to express our unique self.

If your everyday reality does not allow you to express yourself, if what you’re doing for a living bores you, right now you can feel compelled to take a stand and radically change your life. During this transit you will feel an urge to improve yourself, to evolve, to upgrade your reality.

But be careful – because your energy levels are very high right now you can be more impulsive than usual.

Like with any Uranus transit, changes will come, and the best way to prepare for Uranus is not to prepare at all. When you are ready to accept an outcome, any outcome, when you allow the unexpected to happen, this is when you realize the full potential of every moment.

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom – William Blake

To find out how the Jupiter Uranus opposition will affect you personally, note the houses where the oppposition falls in your natal chart, as well as any aspect Jupiter or Uranus applies to your personal planets or angles.

If you have planets around 20-29° in Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) – especially Sun, Moon, Venus, Mercury, Mars, the Ascendant, the Midheaven, or if your natal Jupiter makes an aspect with your natal Uranus you will especially be in the focus.

Mars in Pisces – The Spiritual Warrior

Mars enters Pisces on the 19th of December, inviting us to let the guard down and trust that the Universe is constantly working on our behalf to give us what our soul needs.

Mars is traditionally the God of War, but in dream-like Pisces, Mars cares less about getting his way, about rewards and recognition. This is because Mars can see that life is so much more that a single, clear-cut direction. In Pisces, Mars is the alchemist that understands the interconnectedness of all that is, and has the power to transform base metals into gold, something common into something special, struggle and emotions that do not serve us, into the beauty and grace.

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In the following weeks, we will be less interested in worldly affairs, distractions, and more dream-like and tuned in with what is not to be seen. The Mars in Pisces energy will allow us to give up the pressure of being in charge and embrace the comfort of trust and in this way, stay open to the miraculous, serendipitous, unexpected turns of life.

Does that mean that Mars in Pisces in passive? Not at all. Although he is not the “in your face” type of warrior (like Mars in Aries for example), it does not mean he is not an warrior.

In Pisces, Mars is the archetype of the spiritual warrior.

Spirituality and war are two words that are often in conflict –  but is there really a contradiction between the two? In Pisces, Mars explores the crossings of spirituality and war. Most of the prophets of our times were spiritual warriors – as they fought for love. They had the courage, discipline, and openness to love unconditionally even they were rejected and persecuted – and this is because they stood for something larger than themselves.

The first and most vital tool of the spiritual warrior is awareness. And this is what Neptune, Pisces’s ruler does so well. Neptune has the ability to understand the big picture, and accept that we are all part of it, and in the same time we all co-create the Divine Plan in every moment of our existence.

Awareness is about perceiving with clarity the truth of what is happening without interpretation or opinion. We are “seeing” from a point or view separate from the reasoning part of our brain. Conscious awareness allows us to see clearly instead of be blinded by false belief paradigms. Mars is Pisces is not delusional – he clearly sees the truth of our existence, even when the others call him a fool or a conspiracy theorist.

The way to deal with Mars in Pisces transit is by getting in touch with the spiritual warrior inside us, and by finding different creative outlets to express ourselves.

 

Full Moon In Gemini – Let Me Show You The World In My Eyes

On December 13th and 14th, depending where we are in the world, we have Full Moon at 22 degrees in Gemini.

We are invited to open our eyes wide to a world of fascinating experiences. Open your mind to the variety of experiences and wealth of knowledge outside as well as inside you.

Full Moons are times when the hidden comes to light, when things below the surface bubble up to be seen.

The December 13-14 Full Moon will be culminating events, feelings and emotions that took place around the New Moon in Sagittarius on the 29th of November. Back then, you’ve been asked  to awaken that adventure seeker inside you.

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Now, the possibilities you have invited in your life will start to materialize.

We are not only feeling ready for renewal, for a fresh start, but we also have fresh ideas on how to put our intentions into action.

We have a hunger to learn as much as we can, from every source: books, social media, experiences,  people.

We may find difficult to get our brain to shut off, because things we haven’t noticed before start catching our eye.

The ruler of the Full Moon, Mercury is about to turn retrograde in achievement-oriented Capricorn, drawing attention to matters of mind, ideas and communication. In Capricorn, Mercury is very practical and won’t mess around with things which are not likely to move us a step forward.  Mercury in Capricorn loves recognition and, and in most of the cases, he really deserves it. If you are a Gemini or Virgo, or have a Gemini or Virgo rising, this Full Moon will speak to you very strongly.

But what is really special about this Full Moon is that we have three amazing and rare configurations – a grand trine, a mystic rectangle and a kite. It is very rare to have one or two of them, but to have all three it is really unheard of.

Firstly, the Moon forms a Grand Air Trine with Jupiter in Libra and Mars in Aquarius. Your mind will be more clear than ever and you will be able to articulate yourself with confidence and ease. Brainstorming and public speaking will come so much more natural to you now.

Secondly, we have a Kite, which is actually an extension of the Grand Trine. In addition to the Moon / Jupiter / Mars trines,  we have of course the Sun/Moon opposition (Sun is also conjunct Saturn) and a sextile Jupiter –Sun/Saturn and another sextile Mars – Sun/Saturn. The influence of the Kite adds extra motivation and potential. The opposition is especially productive in showing us the “how” – what we need to do to put our ideas into practice.

And finally we have one of the most rare configurations, a Mystic Rectangle. A Mystic Rectangle forms  when two sets of oppositions are sextile to each other. With Sun, Saturn, Moon, Jupiter and Uranus in the mix, the Mystic Rectangle is a portal of manifestation of extraordinary insights. We will see things for what they are, we will start noticing nuances, and how things are connected with each other. The combination of tense and harmonious aspects produces the best dynamics for the constructive use of natural talents.

With these amazing configurations, the Full Moon in Gemini will be truly special. Let your mind flow wherever it goes, without any restrictions. Use your voice, speak up, talk about your interests and your ideas. Learn about the interests and ideas of others.

Put yourself in places that spark your interest. Find outlets for your curiosity. Analyze trends and measure data. This is a good time to check out the Astro Butterfly calendar for 2017 here

The Full Moon in Gemini will make our mind run a mile a second and will give us an insatiable desire to learn and discover. Because this Full Moon is supported by some amazing configurations, we are likely to gain tremendous insights and achieve extraordinary results. Gemini rules the cognitive processes in our brain. Visualize yourself succeeding, achieving every goal, completing every task.

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve” – Dr. Napoleon Hill

Venus in Aquarius – In Love There Are No Rules

Venus enters Aquarius on the 7th of December.

After she learned how to reach the highest achievements possible playing by the rules, Venus now makes a step forward. In Aquarius, Venus is teaching us about those things money can’t buy, about those things the status doesn’t make any difference to.

In Aquarius, Venus wants to break free from the same beliefs and habits that made her successful.  That’s because she now knows that there is something bigger to life than fitting in, paying the bills, or wearing expensive clothes.

Going around the same way we’ve been before is comfortable and safe. But if we choose the path we’ve never been is so much more rewarding, and in a sense, the only way to be.

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A society is defined by its rules, and so are we. The decisions we make, the way we define beauty, our likes and dislikes, are very much defined by the norms of the society we live in, not by ourselves.

But there will always come a time when we will want something different, when we will want to make a step forward  to awaken to the next level of existence.

And this is what Venus in Aquarius is about. Venus in Aquarius wants to break free from the norm so that she can re-create the norm. Aquarius and Pisces, the last two signs of the Zodiac, represent the playing field of the Universe who always recreates itself.

Venus rules our values, what we like or dislike. In Aquarius, Venus will therefore like anything that is different, and will dislike anything that conforms to the norm.

In Aquarius, Venus become idealistic and wants to save the world. Venus in Aquarius represents the awakened consciousness put into the service of humanity.

Unusual relationships are another trademark of Venus in Aquarius. She will invite us to find our own path in love and with relationships. We won’t fall for the ordinary, but for the rebel, for the unique, for the misfit.

Venus in Aquarius is a bit more distant and unapproachable but that’s because now she cares about the big, meaningful things in life, and does not have any energy left to bother with the everyday mundane things.

During Venus’s stay in Aquarius (7th of December -2nd of January) we are developing the skills of detachment and objectivity. We need to learn how to detach from the norms around us, so that we don’t get swept into just doing the same old things we are expected to do, which will keep us away from knowing who we really are.

We will now make decisions that can surprise those around us. We might decide to go and date (or marry!) someone our parents or friends don’t like, or we might suddenly (yes, Uranus rules Aquarius)  decide to change our career or just do something completely different.

During this transit our heart will long for the freedom to be ourselves. It is not necessarily about being different for the sake of being different, but about being an individual. Being true to ourselves means never having to pretend we are someone we are not, feeling something we don’t. We will now learn to cherish our uniqueness as the amazing human beings we are.