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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Lilith gives you the power you need to be YOU. Lilith was the first wife of Adam in the Garden of Eden. Adam, being the “man”, tried to make Lilith be sexually submissive, but she wasn’t having that. Some say she left, some say she was exiled, some say she went stark-raving mad. Scary Lilith’s reputation seems to be undeserved. For women, Lilith can show you how you can be your true independent self and find that power within you as a woman. For both men and women, she’s your ability to think for yourself and say it. Your inner Lilith - the person who has their own mind and own power independent of anyone else - can be a source of hidden power that help you become a stronger version of YOU.
In practice, I also find people with strong Lilith in their charts tend to: a, be super feminists (girl power!), b, be super mystics (Lilith is a little witchy), and c, there's usually a difficult relationship with the mother (perhaps linking to the "demon" and stealing babies part of the mythology).
Black Moon Lilith (BML) is the point in the Moon’s orbit that is farthest from Earth (the apogee). There are two versions of BML, Mean and True or Oscillating. The movement of BML is not too stable, so the Mean position averages out her movement, while the True or Oscillating position gives the actual position.
Technically, in astrology, there are three different Liliths: Black Moon Lilith, Dark Moon Lilith (also called Waldemath Moon), and asteroid Lilith (the only physical body of Lilith). Dark Moon Lilith tends to be a little darker while asteroid Lilith to be more symbolic of the story of Lilith.
To find the locations of your Liliths on astro.com, in Extended Chart Selection, click on Additional Objects, then click on Lilith in the menu (gives the Mean BML position), and in the Manual entry box, type in h13 (Oscillating BML), h58 (Waldemath), and 1181 (asteroid Lilith), then generate your chart.
(originally from the October 1st 2018 newsletter)
We're not all attracted to each other (well at least speaking as a woman, anyway), so how can you tell astrologically if you have intense attraction with someone? The first thing is usually a Venus and Mars connection, with your Venus connecting to their Mars or their Venus connecting to your Mars. The strongest is usually a conjunction (in the same sign), then squares and oppositions (hard aspects equal more friction = more heat!). Sextiles and trines can make attraction more pleasant and easy, but it may not have the same kind of heat as the conjunctions, squares, and oppositions.
Second, look to the 8th house. The 8th house rules sex, so when someone's planets fall in your 8th house, that can stir the intrigue. I find this is especially the case when it's Venus or Mars - and it's the strongest when it's both Venus AND Mars! When it's Saturn, it can have the opposite effect (since Saturn restricts); when it's Uranus, it can make for an experimental connection; and when it's Neptune, the attraction can have a spiritual feeling to it.
Third, look at Pluto. Pluto is the natural ruler of the 8th house, so naturally, if someone has a planet conjunct your Pluto, this can create some major heat. BUT there is an issue here, because Pluto does rule power struggles and control issues, so this isn't always a positive connection (it might be one of those relationships where you fight like crazy!).
Lastly, look at Eros (number 433), the asteroid of sex. If someone has a personal planet (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) or Jupiter conjunct your Eros or vice versa, that can create major attraction.
(originally from the September 2018 monthly edition of the newsletter)
November’s new moon comes on the 7th at 11:01AM ET in watery Scorpio. Scorpio is the sign of intensity, and our energy can be intense, passionate, and unrelenting when we focus it on something. We can dive into whatever is of interest, get to the heart of matters, and want to get below the surface to understand and find solutions. Scorpio doesn’t settle for what’s on the surface - there’s always more than meets the eye!
We can use this energy positively if we channel it productively, and we can make progress, take control, and feel more powerful as a result. This can be a big help with Venus no longer retrograde (appearing to move backward) in Scorpio (she moves into Libra October 31st). Some of the wonkiness that may have come about with Venus retrograde in Scorpio, we can work on turning around and doing better with. We can gain more insight, more clarity, and take action.
Scorpio is also the sign of transformation, so we can embark on new transformations for the better, hopefully with some knowledge gained from our experiences, so we can move forward. And Scorpio rules other people’s money, so we may see some developments financially, particularly with countries or in ways that impacts a lot of people.
The new moon is trine (positive aspect, 4 signs away) Neptune in Pisces. This can help us be more compassionate, understanding, sensitive, and sweet, which is energy we can use with Scorpio. We can be artistic and creative, imaginative and spiritual, and in tune with the subtle energies around us.
This new moon occurs at 15 degrees 11 minutes Scorpio. The aspects to this new moon are:
Conjunction: 13 degrees 11 minutes - 17 degrees 11 minutes Scorpio
Sextile: 13 degrees 11 minutes - 17 degrees 11 minutes Virgo or Capricorn
Square: 13 degrees 11 minutes - 17 degrees 11 minutes Leo or Aquarius
Trine: 13 degrees 11 minutes - 17 degrees 11 minutes Cancer or Pisces
Opposition: 13 degrees 11 minutes - 17 degrees 11 minutes Taurus
November’s full moon comes on the 23rd at 12:39AM ET early in air sign Gemini. Gemini is the sign of the mind and full moons are all about emotion, so this full moon connects our hearts and minds. We can be more open with what’s on our minds and in our hearts, and find ways of expressing what we feel. We can identify more strongly with words, ours and others, and can sense the emotions of situations. We need to be mindful of the words we use as they seem to have more power.
Mental energy can be strong, but it may be batted around by our feelings a little bit, so we do have to work on trying to get some control over our minds. Mental outlets can help us avoid getting into needless fights and misunderstandings. Keep busy too - you know what they say about idle hands!
The ruler of Gemini, Mercury, is retrograde for this full moon, so this can increase communication issues and emotions tied into our words and expression. You can overly identify with our ideas, opinions, and plans, and need to listen a lot more than we think we do. We need to keep our minds open, and not insist on being right so much. Mercury opposes the point of this full moon on November 30th, so whatever planet or point in your chart getting hit by this full moon is also being impacted by the Mercury retrograde and may feel strong as the month of November ends.
This full moon is a little wide opposing Jupiter, fresh in Sagittarius, which amplifies some of the communication and expression issues and the lack of listening and being overly defensive of our beliefs. Jupiter is expansive energy at his core, and with an opposition, that’s even more the case. We need to make sure we’re reining ourselves in a little bit so we don’t overinflate! But there’s probably going to be a lot of bravado, braggadociousness, and empty promises. Side note: Also watch for perhaps some legal news or a big travel problem (ruled by Jupiter/Sagittarius).
This full moon occurs at 0 degrees 52 minutes Gemini. The aspects to this full moon are:
Conjunction: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 2 degrees 52 minutes Gemini
Sextile: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 2 degrees 52 minutes Aries or Leo
Square: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 2 degrees 52 minutes Virgo or Pisces
Trine: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 2 degrees 52 minutes Libra or Aquarius
Opposition: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 2 degrees 52 minutes Sagittarius
Since this full moon is so early in Gemini, you may also feel aspects made out of sign, which would be:
ConjunctIon: 28 degrees 52 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Taurus
Sextile: 28 degrees 52 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Cancer or Pisces
Square: 28 degrees 52 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Leo or Aquarius
Trine: 28 degrees 52 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Virgo or Capricorn
Opposition: 28 degrees 52 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Scorpio
January 2019 New & Full Moons
Jupiter in Sagittarius: November 2018 - December 2019
Saturn in Capricorn: December 2017 - March 2020, July - December 2020
Uranus in Taurus: May - November 2018, March 2019 - July 2025, November 2025 - April 2026