Sometimes you've just gotta come clean about something, so when is the time to do it? Asteroids Veritas (490), Truth (249521), and Fides (37) are the asteroids of truth, so when you want to speak the truth about something, you can look for when you'll have a positive aspect (sextile, trine) to your natal Veritas, Truth, or Fides, or when transit Veritas, Truth, or Fides will be making a positive aspect or are conjunct a personal planet, an angular house cusp (1st, 4th, 7th, 10th house cusps), your 1st house ruler, or are transiting the house ruling what you want to open up about, your 1st house (the self), or positively aspecting the ruler of the house ruling what you want to open up about.
You can also look to your progressed Veritas, Truth, and Fides, and when they are making a major aspect to your natal or progressed charts, you may find that you feel you need to speak the truth about something. In a return chart, if they are on an angular house cusp, conjunct the 1st house ruler, or conjunct the planet that the return is for, that can also indicate a period when you feel the need to speak truth.
You can also focus on Jupiter and Mercury connections. Mercury rules communication, and Jupiter is a bit of an honest broker (or more like blunt sometimes!). Conjunctions, sextiles, and trines between transit Jupiter and your natal Mercury or transit Mercury and your natal Jupiter can be good times for telling all; oppositions between them may show you open up a little *too* much! Jupiter touring your 3rd house (house of communication) can also be positive.
(originally from the September 2018 monthly newsletter)
December’s new moon comes on the 7th at 2:21AM ET in happy Sagittarius. Sagittarius new moons are usually a time when we want to focus on the positives, can feel more optimistic, expand our lives, open up to the world, come up with big ideas, and just think bigger in general. Everything can seem a little brighter. Something we probably need!
Some of this energy may be a result of Mercury retrograde ending the day before this new moon, and we’re done with the retrograde madness for 2018. Mercury retrograde began in November in Sagittarius, so the things that may have been put on hold, that may have had to get shelved, or that experienced setbacks, we can focus on picking back up again.
We can open our minds, want to learn more about the world and the way people live, and there may be focus on travel, on higher learning, and on foreign lands, people, and cultures. Stay open to knowledge and wisdom.
The new moon is square (hard aspect, 3 signs away) both Mars and Neptune, who are conjunct (aligned) in watery Pisces. This brings some complicated energy to the new moon, and we may be a little frustrated, a little foggy, and feel like we need to do something, take action with something, but have a hard time figuring out what that should be. We’ll need to trust our instincts more, connect more to our soul, and make sure we’re being smart with what we do and not just jump into anything impulsively. There can also be a focus on an ending of some sort, and we may need to work on being more compassionate with people we may view as “other”. We’re all human, there is no other, so remember that!
This new moon occurs at 15 degrees 7 minutes Sagittarius. The aspects to this new moon are:
Conjunction: 13 degrees 7 minutes - 17 degrees 7 minutes Sagittarius
Sextile: 13 degrees 7 minutes - 17 degrees 7 minutes Libra or Aquarius
Square: 13 degrees 7 minutes - 17 degrees 7 minutes Virgo or Pisces
Trine: 13 degrees 7 minutes - 17 degrees 7 minutes Aries or Leo
Opposition: 13 degrees 7 minutes - 17 degrees 7 minutes Gemini
December’s full moon comes on the 22nd at 12:49PM ET early in watery Cancer. This is the sign of the home and family, so we can focus on the home, matters to do with our family, and want to come together as one big family. We can focus on our countries and homelands, and feel a stronger emotional connection.
Cancer is the sign of emotions, so we can be much more in tune with what we’re feeling, and crave more emotional comfort and support. We may prefer to stick to what we know best to help achieve that. We may be more nurturing and supportive of others, and need it in return.
In the Zodiac Wheel, Cancer represents to bottom of the chart, so we may get back to our roots in some way, get at the core of something, work on the foundation of something that may seem shaky, or feel like something “bottom’s out” in some way. This may be an emotional experience, but is likely something we can learn and grow from.
This full moon occurs at a special degree, 0 degrees Cancer, which is a critical degree, the Aries Point in Cancer. We may feel the need to bring out our emotions and our personal perspectives into the world to make others understand what we’re feeling, but need to make sure we’re not being completely subjective. It can be easy to get wrapped up in our emotions, and we need to consider everyone’s feelings, not just our own.
This full moon is sextile (positive aspect, two signs away) Uranus retrograde in Aries, but this aspect is out of sign, so it may be more subtle. It helps us to find some of the objectivity that we need, and we can be more true to ourselves and our individuality.
This full moon occurs at 0 degrees 49 minutes Cancer. The aspects to this full moon are:
Conjunction: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 2 degrees 49 minutes Cancer
Sextile: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 2 degrees 49 minutes Taurus or Virgo
Square: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 2 degrees 49 minutes Aries or Libra
Trine: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 2 degrees 49 minutes Scorpio or Pisces
Opposition: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 2 degrees 49 minutes Capricorn
Since this full moon is so early in Cancer, you may also feel aspects made out of sign, which would be:
ConjunctIon: 28 degrees 49 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Gemini
Sextile: 28 degrees 49 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Aries or Leo
Square: 28 degrees 49 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Virgo or Pisces
Trine: 28 degrees 49 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Libra or Aquarius
Opposition: 28 degrees 49 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Sagittarius
In 2010 I visited London’s Natural History Museum with friends, one of whom was an engineer from France. To my untrained eye, the architecture at this museum is the most stunning in London. My French friend commented that:
“This building isn’t that old, look at the use of iron,” she pointed at an arch.
“Oh, when do you think it might have been built?” I asked.
“Late 1700’s” she replied. “That type of welding didn’t exist before 1760.”
I laughed. To my California-raised mind, anything before the 1950’s was old, and anything before the 1920’s was ancient. But for my French friend, who grew up in a large city that predates the United States by a thousand years, the 1700’s belong to modern architecture. Along the same lines, natal astrology, as we know and practice it today, could be viewed as a modern development. Before the 1700’s birth data was less precise. It wasn’t all that common for people to know their exact date or place of birth, let alone the hour. Astrology consultations were largely focused on Horary Astrology, where one asked a question (i.e. Can I trust this person in business?) – then using the question’s birth chart to glean a reply.
Astrology Before Psychology Was “A Thing”
Astrology was also used to ask: “Is it a good time to begin X, Y or Z?” The answer to this type of question was found by looking at planetary transits. The belief was that if the planets were well placed, good fortune was likely to follow.
This approach can be used to:
1) Minimize risk associated with new projects (keep in mind, the analysis goes far beyond a single transit). This could include anything: when to marry, negotiate a contract, ask for a raise, or sail across the Atlantic.
2) Download the undiluted energy of a planet as it travels through compatible Zodiac signs so that we can benefit from the planet’s qualities.
The second use is pure magic. It allows us to complement our personalities with skills or qualities that we might be short on, for example, confidence, business acumen, and communication skills - or soft skills such as empathy and diplomacy.
Empowering Yourself With Astrology
We can download and integrate any given planet’s qualities and attributes when that planet transits the Zodiac signs that enhance its energy – usually rulerships and exaltations. So for example, we might look to the Sun for courage, Mars for ambition, Venus for friendship, or the Moon for intuition – just as we would turn to Mother Earth for grounding. In this case, we use Jupiter in Sagittarius to spread our wings and fly.
This week, Jupiter begins a 13-month transit through its rulership in Sagittarius. Jupiter takes 12 years making the rounds through the Zodiac, presenting us with a unique opportunity to harness its lovely energy.
Jupiter can give us a boost in many ways. Here are a few ideas.
Want To Go Deeper?
If you’d like to learn more about planetary magic, Christopher Warnock’s book, Secrets of Planetary Magic, gives a thorough introduction to pre-1700 astrology and how best to connect with the traditional planets. This includes an overview of themes for each planet, and how to go about selecting the right time and day.
We can then combine this with energy healing meditations, as discussed in an earlier Dark Pixie Astrology blog post on Chakras, Energy Healing and Planetary Magick.
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