We'll have a full moon on August 15th (8:29AM ET) in air sign Aquarius, and this full moon may have us focused on the future and what we hope for. We may think more about ways we can do things differently, or see the results of changes we've already made. We may be more concerned with how what we do impacts the world at large, and can feel more charitable.
We may want to come together with those who share our views, but also to focus on a cause. We can work to look at emotional situations more objectively, without being taken in by the emotions of it, though we may need to make sure we're not being too clinical or cold. Some emotion is good.
The full moon is opposite transit (moving) Venus in Leo, so when we are upset, we may get extra indulgent, extra stubborn, and extra stuck. We need to make sure we don't dig in our heels and end up putting ourselves in a bad position. And exercise a little moderation!
The full moon occurs at 22 degrees 24 minutes Aquarius. The major aspects made to this full moon are:
Conjunction: 20 degrees 24 minutes - 26 degrees 24 minutes Aquarius
Sextile: 20 degrees 24 minutes - 26 degrees 24 minutes Aries or Sagittarius
Square: 20 degrees 24 minutes - 26 degrees 24 minutes Taurus or Scorpio
Trine: 20 degrees 24 minutes - 26 degrees 24 minutes Gemini or Libra
Opposition: 20 degrees 24 minutes - 26 degrees 24 minutes Leo
August's new moon comes on the 30th (6:37AM ET) in earthy Virgo. Virgo likes to get things done, get organized, and get practical, and that's energy we'll likely need desperately after this midyear wonkiness! So we can focus on trying to make lists, bring in some structure and order, and tend to the little tasks and chores that have piled up. We can be more hard-working, focused, and detailed.
It's likely that a lot has piled up over the last few months (thanks Mercury retrograde!), and we've got a lot to do. We can tend to daily life, to our schedules and routines, and try to get things moving forward st a steady pace. Onward!
This new moon is conjunct (aligned with) Mars in Virgo, and trine (positive aspect, 4 signs away) Uranus in Taurus. This brings great energy and drive to get things done and start new projects and plans, and we can work on doing things in new ways and feel independent. This new moon wants things to happen!
This new moon occurs at 6 degrees 46 minutes Virgo. The major aspects to this new moon are:
Conjunction: 4 degrees 46 minutes - 8 degrees 46 minutes Virgo
Sextile: 4 degrees 46 minutes - 8 degrees 46 minutes Cancer or Scorpio
Square: 4 degrees 46 minutes - 8 degrees 46 minutes Gemini or Sagittarius
Trine: 4 degrees 46 minutes - 8 degrees 46 minutes Taurus or Capricorn
Opposition: 4 degrees 46 minutes - 8 degrees 46 minutes Pisces
With all of the wonky energy swirling, I wanted to focus on a positive position in this article, so here we are: Progressed Jupiter. Jupiter doesn't get a lot of attention in the progressed chart because Jupiter doesn't move very fast. Jupiter spends about one year in a sign or house, so progressed Jupiter doesn't move too much from the natal position. For most of us, Jupiter will remain in the same sign and house; but for some people, progressed Jupiter will change (this is the same for progressed Saturn, which you can read about HERE.)
If you were born with Jupiter at the end of a sign (say 20-something degrees), and Jupiter moves forward, it may move into a new sign in your life. If you were born with Jupiter early in a sign (say under 10 degrees), and it turns retrograde early, it may move back to the previous sign in your life.
If you were born with Jupiter under 10 degrees from a house cusp, Jupiter may move forward into a new house (if Jupiter is in the previous house); if Jupiter is in a house and under 10 degrees from the cusp, it may move backward into the previous house (if turning retrograde).
What do progressed charts mean?
A progressed chart is created by adding one day to your date of birth for every year you've been alive to create a new chart that reflects your maturation and growth into adulthood. We all change with age, and the progressed chart reflects that. It's used in predictive astrology, and tracking the movement of the progressed chart can indicate events in your life and shifting focuses over time.
So wait, can your natal chart change?
Not to fear, your natal chart is still your natal chart. The progressed chart is a brand new chart used in conjunction with your natal chart and transits for predictive analysis.
What the planet Jupiter represents in astrology
Jupiter is the planet of expansion, at its core. Jupiter wants to expand whatever it touches. Jupiter is the happy planet, and wants everything that's expanding to be positive, but that largely depends on other aspects and what you choose to do with the energy. In your natal chart, the sign and house position of your natal Jupiter can show where you expand, have opportunities, and generally want to see the positives.
When your progressed Jupiter moves into a new sign or house, this can show a shifting in expansive energy, and you may start unraveling more opportunities for new experiences and growth in your life.
If Jupiter is moving forward into a new sign, when at the very end of the sign it's leaving, it'll be at 29 degrees. This is the anaretic degree, a point of extreme energy in the progressed chart, and for that period when progressed Jupiter is at 29 degrees, you may feel super motivated to take action and pursue opportunities right away before you feel you lose the chance (meaning before Jupiter changes signs).
If Jupiter is moving backward (retrograde) into a new sign, when it very first enters that new sign, it'll be at 29 degrees. This can bring that intense energy to pursue opportunities right off of the bat, but it'll be focused on the new sign instead of the old one (likely the original natal sign).
When your progressed Jupiter moves into a new house, this can put Jupiter conjunct (aligned with) the house cusp for some time (years). When progressed Jupiter is within 1-2 degrees of the house cusp, you'll start to feel it more, and want to expand in those areas of life the house rules, and can be presented with more opportunities.
Progressed Jupiter moving through the signs:
From Aries to Taurus, you may find more opportunities now come through patience instead of impulsive; from Taurus to Aries, you may find more opportunities now come through action instead of steadfastness.
From Taurus to Gemini, you may find more opportunities now come through plans and intellect instead of caution; from Gemini to Taurus, you may find more opportunities now come through tangible effort instead of mental effort.
From Gemini to Cancer, you may find more opportunities now come through strong foundations and emotional support instead of ideas and the mind; from Cancer to Gemini, you may find more opportunities now come through mental effort instead of being guided by emotions.
From Cancer to Leo, you may find more opportunities now come through positive creativity instead of emotion; from Leo to Cancer, you may find more opportunities now come from letting emotions guide you instead of ego.
From Leo to Virgo, you may find more opportunities now come through practical hard work instead of creativity; from Virgo to Leo, you may find more opportunities now come through creativity instead of practicality.
From Virgo to Libra, you may find more opportunities now come from working with others instead of for others; from Libra to Virgo, you may find more opportunities now come from detailed solo work instead of partnerships.
From Libra to Scorpio, you may find more opportunities now come from close intimate relationships instead of superficial ones; from Scorpio to Libra, you may find more opportunities now come from equal partnerships instead of unequal ones.
From Scorpio to Sagittarius, you may find more opportunities now come from being open to the positives instead of being intense; from Sagittarius to Scorpio, you may find more opportunities now come from being passionate instead of noncommittal.
From Sagittarius to Capricorn, you may find more opportunities now come from planning and ambition instead of flying by the seat of your pants; from Capricorn to Sagittarius, you may find more opportunities now come from being open to expansive adventures instead of being so carefully planned.
From Capricorn to Aquarius, you may find more opportunities now come from individuality and change instead of tradition and conformity; from Aquarius to Capricorn, you may find more opportunities now come from planning and responsibility instead of wild focuses.
From Aquarius to Pisces, you may find more opportunities now come from intuitive guidance instead of group guidance; from Pisces to Aquarius, you may find more opportunities come from independence instead of sacrifice.
From Pisces to Aries, you may find more opportunities now come from acting in self interest instead of sacrificing your self interest; from Aries to Pisces, you may find more opportunities now come from listing to intuition instead of impulse.
P.S. If your progressed Jupiter will turn retrograde or direct, you may want to check out this article about progressed planets turning retrograde or direct.
Marketing and advertising are governed by Jupiter and the 9th house. This doesn't only apply to you if you work in marketing or advertising - we all have to promote ourselves in some way, shape, or form at various parts of our lives, whether you're trying to get a promotion, get into college, or get followers on social media.
How comfortable you are with it and how your style is can be found with the sign and house location of your Jupiter, and the sign on the 9th house cusps and any planets in the house. Jupiter or the 9th house in earth and water signs tends to be more traditional and not loud or flashy, and may not be super comfortable promoting yourself, preferring to deflect attention and promote others (especially water signs). Earth signs can be more comfortable for promoting for business purposes, but not too keen for personal reasons. Fire and air signs can have an easier time with promoting. Fire signs can take action and expose their personality; air signs can make good use of social media.
(Note: Fire signs are Aries, Leo, Sagittarius; earth signs are Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn; air signs are Gemini, Libra, Aquarius; and water signs are Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)
Jupiter in the 1st house (self) and 9th house (the house Jupiter naturally rules) can be naturals with promoting; in the 2nd, 6th, and 10th house, it can come out through work (and these positions can show working in marketing/advertising); in the 3rd or 5th, it may be done with humor; if the 4th or 8th, it may be infused with emotion; in the 7th or 11th, it may be done with/for others; in the 12th, you may shy away from it completely, or only want to do it for others and not yourself.
The Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, or Jupiter in the 9th house can make you much more comfortable with promoting and a natural marketer. Saturn in the 9th house can make you super uncomfortable with it and struggle with it until later in life. Uranus in the 9th house can show you need to do it in a different, unusual, unconventional way, and may be good at online marketing. Neptune in the 9th house can show a strong intuitive marketer, but struggling with it on a conscious level. Pluto in the 9th house can show being a powerful promoter, strong and intense, but sometimes encountering opposition from those who feel threatened by you.
(originally published in the March 25th 2019 newsletter)
I've gotten you started with how Black Moon Lilith influences you in the natal chart, so now we move to transit Black Moon Lilith. A transit position in astrology is the one that's currently moving through the Zodiac. As it moves, it goes through the 12 houses in your natal chart, lighting up the areas of life each house rules in its own way, and coming to certain angles to your natal planets and positions, which can bring beneficial or challenging energy to that planet or point.
Lilith stood up for herself (to un-woke Adam), so in transit, as a baseline, transit Black Moon Lilith can show where you may stand up, speak out, maybe scream and shout! (at least if you're feeling victimized, traumatized, or boxed in) If you've been holding something back, that can come out with Lilith. Speak now! This tends to be most shown through the areas of life ruled by the house Black Moon Lilith is touring in your natal chart. You can be a lot more outspoken about what you really think and feel and experience. This can also come out with Black Moon Lilith conjunct, square, or opposing a natal planet. Then you might get a little heated about it too! But it's not just for the sake of screaming and shouting. It's for the sake of trying to make seen what needs to be seen, and make people think and be more introspective so something may change for the better. We may push for honesty, revealing reality to accomplish this.
Remember that Black Moon Lilith is also a little witchy, so under Lilith transits, we may be more in tune with our inner mystic (and this can come out in the areas of life ruled by the house Lilith is touring). Under conjunctions by Lilith, that inner mystic melds with our true being. Under squares and oppositions, the mystic may come roaring out, fighting with us to get us to see something, or challenging us to embrace that side of ourselves when we're trying to be a little too practical or exert a little too much control. We need to release a little of that control (or a lot!) and trust the mystic.
Lilith transits can be great times to turn inward and start something that sets us down a new path spiritually, in a personal way, or professionally - whatever is being touched will usually set off which road you go down. This may be challenging, even painful, and we may want more understanding from those around us for what we're going through. There can be a little Plutonian energy to this though, and we likely have to do it on our own, and we have to make some deep transformation. That's much more important under conjunctions.
To note about transit Black Moon Lilith: There are two positions for Black Moon Lilith, True/Oscillating, which is the exact position, and Mean, which is the averaged out position. Lilith's movement is suuuuuuper wonky, so both are used in natal astrology. In predictive astrology, you may want to stick with Mean Lilith in transit because it can be incredibly difficult to track her movement in the True/Oscillating position (for example this year, 2019, True/Oscillating BML goes back and forth between Aquarius and Pisces several times).
While some will say that only True/Oscillating BML matters in the natal and not Mean BML, I don't find that to be the case in transit. I pretty much only follow transit Mean BML. The standard ephemeris on astro.com includes Mean BML so you can use that to track Lilith's movement (if you want to see the True/Oscillating positions for yourself, you can create an ephemeris on astro.com - go to the Free Horoscopes section, click on 'Ephemeris', then click on 'Ephemerides for other objects' and type 'h13' in the 'Manual entry' box' and generate). And FYI, Mean BML is between 6 and 26 degrees Pisces for the rest of 2019.
P.S. You can focus more on Lilith in the Soul Astrology Masterclass!
Here come the next set of eclipses for 2019! We start early with a solar eclipse in Cancer on July 2nd (3:16PM ET). Cancer rules the home and family, so we can feel extra focused on matters of the home and family. We can make improvements at home, move, spend more time with family, and expand our family. We may want to expand our support systems, and be more supportive as well. Cancer rules our emotions, so we can be more in tune with what we feel, and others as well.
Cancer is the bottom of the Zodiac wheel, so we may be focused on something that we want to start from the ground up, the foundation of something, or "getting back" to something. We can get to the core, and we can understand the roots. This can be a good time to start from the bottom with something and see it rise over time.
This eclipse is sextile (positive aspect, 2 signs away) transit (moving) Uranus in Taurus. This can help us to be more independent and push for what we want, to make changes that can have a positive impact, and to think outside of the box a little bit. Cancer normally doesn't want to go outside of the box at all, but Uranus can help make us feel a little more comfortable with it.
This solar eclipse occurs at 10 degrees 37 minutes Cancer. The aspects this eclipse can make are:
Conjunction: 5 degrees 37 minutes - 15 degrees 37 minutes Cancer
Semisextile: 8 degrees 37 minutes - 12 degrees 37 minutes Gemini or Leo
Sextile: 5 degrees 37 minutes - 15 degrees 37 minutes Taurus or Virgo
Square: 5 degrees 37 minutes - 15 degrees 37 minutes Aries or Libra
Trine: 5 degrees 37 minutes - 15 degrees 37 minutes Scorpio or Pisces
Quincunx: 8 degrees 37 minutes - 12 degrees 37 minutes Sagittarius or Aquarius
Opposition: 5 degrees 37 minutes - 15 degrees 37 minutes Capricorn
Then we have a lunar eclipse on July 16th (5:38PM ET) in Capricorn, and this can be some super reaping of what we've sown. Capricorn rules goals and ambitions, and we can see the results of things we've done with lunar eclipses in big ways. We can make major progress or achieve something, or we can experience failure and loss. It mostly depends on how we've been handling things.
Some may fall from a high place (and a long fall it may be), while some can thrive. We can have extra responsibilities, more on our plates, and we have to take things seriously. We need to stay on focus, stick to plan, and not become reckless, impatient, or irresponsible.
This lunar eclipse is conjunct (aligned with) transit Pluto in Capricorn, so we can be much more intense and passionate. What we're interested in, we can throw ourselves into, and it's a great time for a transformation of something for the better. If we're holding back or feeling frustrated, we can lash our irrationally and full of rage, so try to have a healthy outlet for emotions instead of bottling things up.
This lunar eclipse occurs at 24 degrees 4 minutes Capricorn. The aspects this lunar eclipse makes are:
Conjunction: 19 degrees 4 minutes - 29 degrees 4 minutes Capricorn
Semisextile: 22 degrees 4 minutes - 26 degrees 4 minutes Sagittarius or Aquarius
Sextile: 19 degrees 4 minutes - 29 degrees 4 minutes Scorpio or Pisces
Square: 19 degrees 4 minutes - 29 degrees 4 minutes Aries or Libra
Trine: 19 degrees 4 minutes - 29 degrees 4 minutes Taurus or Virgo
Quincunx: 22 degrees 4 minutes - 26 degrees 4 minutes Gemini or Leo
Opposition: 19 degrees 4 minutes - 29 degrees 4 minutes Cancer
And we'll have a second new moon in July! To end the month on the 31st (11:11PM ET), this new moon occurs in Leo and tries to bring some positive energy into this serious mess (and the eclipses might be a little messy with Mercury also retrograde in July!). Leo wants to focus on the good, the happy, and not get stuck in the serious and boring. Big yawn! Though if there's plenty of drama, that can surely make Leo happy!
Leo is great creative energy, so that's traditionally the best way to use Leo energy. Focus on creative projects and ventures that you can work on, and use this as an outlet for your emotions as well (helps with the frustrations). We may want more attention and we may get it, and we can be more comfortable with it (though may want more!).
This new moon is widely square (hard aspect, 3 signs away) Uranus in Taurus, with Uranus slowing and readying to turn retrograde August 11th. So rebellious energy may be high, we may want more independence and push for it, and we can rage against norms. Try not to give in to impulse!
This new moon occurs at 8 degrees 36 minutes Leo. The major aspects the new moon can make are:
Conjunction: 6 degrees 36 minutes - 10 degrees 36 minutes Leo
Sextile: 6 degrees 36 minutes - 10 degrees 36 minutes Gemini or Libra
Square: 6 degrees 36 minutes - 10 degrees 36 minutes Taurus or Scorpio
Trine: 6 degrees 36 minutes - 10 degrees 36 minutes Aries or Sagittarius
Opposition: 6 degrees 36 minutes - 10 degrees 36 minutes Aquarius
*Note that solar eclipse occur with new moons and lunar eclipses occur with full moons, and their impact lasts for 6 months before/after.
Neptune is the planet of imagination, spirituality, and intuition. Neptune is in tune with the subtle energies all around us and within us. Neptune has a delicate touch, and is sensitive, sweet, and compassionate. But when Neptune isn't operating very well, that imagination and sensitivity goes into overdrive! That's when illusion, delusion, and victimization kick in.
What does it mean if a planet is in retrograde?
A planet is called retrograde when it appears to be moving backward from our view here on Earth (it isn't actually moving backward, only looks that way because of the way the planets move in relation to one another). Neptune turns retrograde for almost half of every year.
What does it mean when Neptune is in retrograde?
When Neptune is in retrograde currently, this tends to fill our lives with the very well-known Neptunian fog. The fog fills our heads, our hearts, our souls. We become more easily confused and conflicted, uncertain with our path, our decisions, our actions, our feelings, our ideas. With Neptune being the natural ruler of Pisces, any Pisces areas of your natal chart can get hit by this energy. If you have a Pisces Sun, Moon, or Rising, you tend to feel it most. Normally, when the ruler of your Sun, Moon, or Rising is retrograde, you feel off in a subtle way throughout the retrograde period. When it's Neptune? It's way more than subtly off! That fog rolls in and you're way more trippy than usual.
For everyone, the impact tends to be focused on the areas of life ruled by the house Neptune tours while Neptune is in retrograde. The matters that house rules can become clouded, obscured, and difficult to get a firm grip on. Extra caution needs to be exercised, more care needs to be taken, and often, more time is needed. If Neptune turns retrograde or direct aspecting any of your natal planets, you get this energy directed at you in a very intense way; sextiles and trines can turn it more positive while conjunctions, squares, and oppositions can make it more difficult (though all of the aspects have potential for some fog with Neptune!).
Since Neptune is at home in Pisces, this just reinforces the energy, which can make us extra imaginative, compassionate, intuitive, and sweet - but also give us the extra fog! So for as long as Neptune is in Pisces, it's going to be a little extra.
With Neptune, what usually helps the most is having a strong connection to your intuition. When you can trust your instincts, this can guide you through the fog. That makes it important for all of us to work on that connection so we can get through the fog each year without being mortified by what it was obscuring when it lifts.
(originally from the June 2019 monthly newsletter)
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