A New Year, A New Moon: Welcome to 2019

The first new moon of 2019 offers us a solar eclipse in mid-Capricorn, sandwiched between structured Saturn and potent Pluto. An image akin to ‘between a rock and a hard place’ arises here, as the first month of 2019 reveals challenging commitments, worthy struggles, and valued goals that will demand our deep and consistent engagement over the next two years.

our talk of 'mental 'health'

I don't really think there is a stigma concerning 'mental health' - people are talking about mental illness and mental health all the time. In my line of work at least, there are excellent supports for people with different kinds of temporary and lifelong challenges falling under the umbrella of ‘mental illness’.

However I don't think we are speaking truthfully about the deeper causes of mental un-wellness. I still see the issue of depression and suicide framed too much as an individual issue when we need to discuss it in terms of our society's failure to meet BASIC HUMAN NEEDS.

New Moon in Late Pisces: Maturation & Surrender

On March 17th, 2018, we are offered a new moon in late Pisces near wounded healer Chiron and in the same sign as dreamy Neptune. Slow-moving, faithful Jupiter floods the new moon with Scorpionic intensity, emphasizing our capacity for intimate exchange as well as necessary severance. Potent Pluto deepens our willingness to surrender to the deep-healing dynamics at play. Overwhelmingly so, this new moon seed contains themes of themes of faith, wisdom, healing, compassion, surrender, and self-acceptance.

New Moon in late Capricorn

The first new moon of 2018 occurs on January 16th late in the sign of Capricorn. Capricorn is the sea-goat – combining ancient wisdom of the waters with the expanded perspective gleaned from the mountaintops. As the third oldest sign of the zodiac wheel, Capricorn is about making practical and socially-relevant use of individual talents, applying lessons from relationships and spiritual insights, and gaining influence and mastery over one’s physical realm.

New Moon in late Sagittarius: Saturn's Final Words

Welcome to the final lunation of 2017. Every 4 weeks, the Moon and Sun come together in the same area of the sky for a new moon. A new moon is a seed that just might blossom at the full moon two weeks later, depending on its intrinsic qualities, the nurturance or severity of the surrounding environmental conditions, and the fit between the seed and soil. Astrology lends symbols to this pulsing rhythm of conception, growth, birth, life, death, and re-birth, and the truth involves interconnected and overlapping cycles.

Today’s new moon takes place in the very late degrees of Sagittarius, joining retrograde Mercury, Venus, and Saturn. Sagittarius is about the merger of beastly strength and speed with the luminous human intellect. When we set our eyes upon a goal, a dream, or an ideal upon the distant horizon, we must gather up our courage and will and direct all power and attention toward attaining that vision.