New Moon & A Kiss From Neptune

Today’s new moon in Pisces occurs with alluring, diffuse, dreamy Neptune.

While January gave us the opportunity to explore the changing landscape of the major foundations that make up our lives, February challenged us with delays and obstacles. March is our opportunity to attune to the more pleasant, expansive, and optimistic vibes of 2019.

As the sap ever so slightly begins to soften in the trees, we too can gently rebound after January and February’s struggles. Perhaps this lunation can act as a chance to refresh your outlook on your current situation and future goals. We have the capacity to feel more trusting of life’s wisdom and rhythm this lunation, and we can dream up rather grand plans and possibilities.

The Mercury retrograde is an interesting one, beginning in the very final degree of the zodiac just after Chiron has left that point. Chiron’s myth shares themes of rejection, struggle, mentorship, pain, and healing. So Mercury, as weaver, connector, and traveller, must backstroke through the oceans of Pisces, contacting Chiron’s wake and slipping into Neptune’s whirling pool. Disorienting? Blurry? Inspired? Wistful? Deceptive? Alluring?

I’d feel foolish to try and ‘predict’ or pin down how this 3-week journey might unfold, but I do feel comfortable suggesting that you set aside time and space to creatively reflect and introspect on your life, dreams, and pains. Non-verbal modes of self-exploration (and in context of relationship) might be especially potent.

Art by Delro Rosco

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.

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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.

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From centerstage to backstage: New moon in Virgo

Ripened fruit upon the vine

Your sleeves are rolled up

The vision is distant

Blurred in its edges

But vast and deep

This dream draws you in

And you are ready

Invigorated and charming

You the discerning one

With the quiet flame

When the wax melts

And the metal tarnishes

You will exhale

Into softer intestines

As rules or delays

Bump into your plans

So perfect the vine

That births the fruit

Even after you weave

Vine into flexible rope

The shadows of decay will

Nip at its junctions

Consuming its strength

And dissolving its function

so what does remain?

gaze at the shadows cast by your proud and waving flag: new moon-solar eclipse in Leo

As creator of ‘nataleo.com’ I’d be remiss not to publish an article about the giant, important, awe-and-fear-inspiring, so-called “Great American Solar Eclipse” that is happening in the late degrees of Leo on Monday, wouldn’t I?

SO MUCH has been written on it, by vague, new-age-y astrologers and excellent, critical, well-researched astrologers and everyone in between. It can be overwhelming to try and contribute something interesting, unique, and fresh.

I don’t wish to repeat what others have said so well, and there are so many layers to this moment in time.

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Rhymes for the New Moon in Cancer

from high skies to fitful streams

sipping on placental dreams

 

though our eyes & minds may agree

our fallen warrior is moist & moody

 

to feel warm and safe and surely held

supports paths on which we are compelled

 

a threat makes our eyes pop wide

do we lash out or run and hide

 

protecting that which we hold dear

turning away from what we fear

 

a sweet, supported new beginning

injected with desires of winning

 

today's lunation in the crab's sign

impresses value on what is mine

 

be wary as we crawl this moon

enough abounds for all to bloom