Full Moon in Cancer; Jan. 12th, 2017 ♋

On Thursday morning at 6:34 AM EST, the first Full Moon of 2017 occurs when the sensitive Cancer Moon opposes the cool Capricorn Sun. Bringing oceanic levels of emotions, Cancer energy urges us to feel all the feels and acknowledge our deep emotional needs.

“In the wash of emotions that will rise in this interval, take care to discern which belong to you (i.e., emerging from lived experiences), and which are the emotions of your parents and extended family, your partner, or the social/collective emotional field. The more you’re able to release emotional habits and patterns that do not nourish and sustain you, the better you’ll be able to progress with fluidity and wholeness.” -Moon Quartz

This Full Moon in Cancer also falls under a tricky formation called a Grand Cardinal Cross. A cross occurs when two sets of planets are in opposition; forming a perfect square in the heavens like a four-way tug of war. This rare alignment involves Uranus in Aries, Moon in Cancer, Jupiter in Libra, and Sun with Pluto in Capricorn.

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Venus in Pisces; Jan. 3 – Feb. 3, 2017 💙♀♓

An escape into beauty and fantasy arrives today, as Venus enters the mystical realm of Pisces. Our approach to love is impacted by whatever sign Venus happens to be in, and romance doesn’t get much more enchanting than when Venus is in the sensitive Water sign of Pisces.

Empathy, tolerance and understanding are among the highest expressions of Piscean/Neptunian energy. The most sublime creative potential is available to us during the next four weeks. The ecstasy of self-expression through poetry, photography, or other form of art is enhanced.

“This fantasy-fueled phase will be doubly strong since Venus’ co-pilot Mars is also in Pisces until January 28. Early Valentine’s Day anyone? Cupid could wing in on an earlier flight in 2017—and January is the month to surrender to his charms and get swept away.” -Astrotwins

Venus in Pisces allows us to experience the free-flowing nature of romance with less hesitation or expectation. This is the placement where we yearn for a deep soul mate connection. We may long for whatever we value in the depths of our being, whether that is forbidden love, forgiveness or compassion. However, under these dreamy stars we might lower our defenses a little too much…or too soon.

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New Moon in Capricorn; December 29, 2016❂♑

Early Thursday, a New Moon occurs when the Sun and Moon align in the Earth sign of Capricorn at 1:53 AM EST. This Capricorn New Moon hits the reset button on our dreams and ambitions, giving us a fresh start for the New Year.

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With retrograde Mercury conjunct the New Moon, this marks a time where we can be making adjustments in our career goals and personal accomplishments; perhaps taking a look at how we use our power in the world and what may be inhibiting our success potentials.

Intuition is heightened with the lunation’s sextile to Mars and Neptune in Pisces, but the details of our plans now may be hidden, overlooked, or unclear.

“This new moon wants us to challenge ourselves. That’s what keeps the mission interesting, right? And it’s not just about winning the shiny gold star here, either. With alchemical Pluto and Mercury retrograde also in Capricorn, we need to set soul goals—ones that satisfy our deepest desires while bringing material rewards. Radical Uranus snaps out of a five-month retrograde the very same day, encouraging us to dream outside of the box.” -Astrotwins

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Sun in Capricorn + Winter Solstice; Dec. 21st, 2016 ❄☀♑

Our guiding light begins its climb from darkness into light on December 21st in the Northern Hemisphere. At this very mystical time, the Sun seems to stand still at the Tropic of Capricorn, then reverses its direction as it reaches its southernmost declination of -23.5 degrees, giving just 7 hours and 49 minutes of daylight. The dark triumphs but only briefly. Today, Light is reborn.

“This time of year is associated with light — string lights, sparklers and of course, candles. The timeless traditions during the dark season are thought to be an attempt to balance out the sunless gloom of winter. The lights are reminders of our inner light, and hope for the return of sunny days.”Molly Hall

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Mercury Retrograde; Dec.19, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017

By Mark Lerner

The kick-off campaign to this morning’s Mercury station and shift into reverse occurs about 90-minutes earlier when Mars enters Pisces (1:24AM) until January 27. Then the winged Messenger of the Gods planet halts its forward progress at 16 degrees of Capricorn (2:56AM) in a three-weekly cycle that will conclude on January 8.

These two somewhat ornery sky movements, combined with the Moon in Virgo making its monthly opposition to Neptune in Pisces (3:24AM) as well as Mercury zapping Mars via a frictional, 45-degree tie (5:32AM), reinforces the cosmic signal to be cautious, careful, and conservative across the board. Being reckless and foolish, in all fields of endeavor, is asking for trouble. Since the Messenger of the Gods planet has no motion right now, its archetypes are intensified far and wide.

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Full Moon in Gemini; December 13, 2016 ❂♊

On Tuesday evening, the Moon reaches its climax at 7:05PM ET in curious Gemini, the realm of the Twins. Gemini is the Zodiac’s smooth talker and this Full Moon is one of the year’s peak moments to find our voice and express what’s in our hearts. Fantasies, epiphanies, declarations and confessions may come to the surface.

 

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“If you have been clearing the decks of old energies and eagerly awaiting today’s enlightening Full Moon, then you should be ready for a revitalizing and mind-expanding cosmic jolt. Individual and group meditations are advised around the time-period of this highly resourceful solar-lunar monthly apotheosis. Send out your healing thoughts and prayers to humanity and the kingdoms of nature.” -Mark Lerner

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Venus in Aquarius; Dec. 7, 2016 – Jan. 3, 2017 💜☮♒

“Love her but leave her wild.” ― Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird

Venus, the planet of love and pleasure visits the free-spirited sign of Aquarius on December 7th, 2016. We now move towards novelty, independence and freedom as themes in our interpersonal relationships. The Aquarian motto is take me as I am, and rebels against those that set out to tame them. 

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This renegade Venusian vibe makes unlikely connections fun, without a lot of pressure. Lines between friendship and intimacy become blurred. Crushes and electric attractions happen easily…but love and devotion in this aloof and detached sign can be a bit more tricky and may even feel a bit claustrophobic around clingy or overly emotional types.

During this time many of us will have zero tolerance for friends, partners or family members who are possessive, manipulative or try to dictate our lives. This liberated Venus is completely turned off by power trips, games, or double standards. Giving loved ones more space and room to move is a must for this Venus transit.

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