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Last week was focused on healing and getting better. Mission accomplished ;-) My eye is doing much better and my energy seems to be back to normal. The Leo Full Moon helped make things less painful and more optimistic -- and Mars separating from Chiron certainly helped too.
This week's headline items: We have two events on Wednesday: Mercury comes to a halt again and the last Quarter Moon in Scorpio becomes exact. On Sunday, starts the Balsamic Moon phase, and we have three Moon VoC phases: Monday morning (for 19 hours), Wednesday night/Thursday very early morning (11 hours), and Saturday late morning (7 hours).
Monday very early in the morning, a Venus/Chiron alignment in 15.5 degrees of Pisces becomes exact at 12:02am EST. We started to feel this connection from last Friday evening on; it will be strong until this Wednesday. This alignment reminds us of wounds around relationships or our sense of self-worth. Social situations might feel awkward.
We may experience emotional triggers, so as best as you can, bring compassion and understanding to yourself, to others, and to those past experiences that wounded you. We need to learn to love ourselves, and heal deep fears of being "not good enough". Healing happens much faster when we are open to forgiving ourselves and others.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 12-19 degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Gemini or Sagittarius? If so, you will feel this alignment quite strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus or Libra (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra)
Monday: the Moon remains in harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra all day. It will journey there until Tuesday very early morning. The energy of the Libra Moon wants to maintain equal relationships: we thus tend to spend more time on diplomacy -- making compromises, negotiating, practicing graciousness, balancing, etc.
We can better set aside our emotions, to achieve the peace we desire; the shadow side of this is a tendency to avoid direct confrontations. We see both sides -- and may also fear loss of approval -- so we can't decide. As best as you can, find your inner balance with this... and communicate what needs to be said with grace and charm.
Monday at 6:58am EST, we enter a 19-hour Moon void of course (VoC), which ends at 2:05am EST (Tuesday very early morning). During this intuitive time, bring a collaborative spirit and charm to connections with like-minded souls; as always during VoC, take it easy -- go with the flow and avoid starting anything brand-new. Routine tasks work very well during this time -- and if at all possible, plan your day ahead of time…
Tuesday at 2:05am EST, the Moon moves into passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio, where it will journey until Thursday late morning. We feel emotions on a deeply personal level. We are motivated by the desire to get to the bottom of things -- superficiality won't work for us now -- and we instinctively read between the lines.
The Moon in Scorpio urges us to uncover our own power; it's an excellent time to rid ourselves of old fears and limiting habits. This tends to be an emotionally colored, all-or-nothing, black or white experience -- it can therefore be an intimate, passionate time. As best as you can, avoid manipulation, brooding and suspicion; instead, open to the wealth of your innermost feelings -- decide to go deeper, allowing all feelings to surface, if they need to.
Embrace all of who you are. Know thyself, love thyself and you shall be set free. Remember: a deep love of all that we are will connect us to the Power within; Fear causes "Force" to show up -- and is ultimately what disempowers ourselves and others. This Moon placement starts the build up towards the last Quarter Moon, exact Wednesday late evening…more on that later…
Tuesday morning, a somewhat challenging Venus/Jupiter aspect becomes exact at 5:19am EST. We started to feel this aspect from last Sunday on; it will be strong until Thursday evening. This aspect operates more on an internal level. We feel uneasy about something, almost awkward -- and we need to make a choice. An inner awareness needs to be developed in order to see what needs adjusting.
This aspect is a fork in the road: One path leads within, where we learn to trust that our intuition will connect us to others and ourselves soulfully. The other sees us increasing our expression of our inner child, our unique spark, and thus taking some risks. Awareness is key with this aspect: What is needed? How can we serve the broader view?
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 16-18 degrees of Pisces or Leo? If so, you will feel this aspect quite strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Sagittarius (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius).
One last thing for Tuesday, as you go through the day, do your best to bear in mind that Mercury will come to a halt tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday); this may bring some frustrations and stagnations for the next three days around things connected to the Mercury energy (travel, transportation, communication and its devices, mail, etc.)
Wednesday: the Moon remains in passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio all day (see Tuesday early morning for details).
As already mentioned on Tuesday, Mercury comes to a halt in 1 degrees of Aquarius today (Wednesday) at 9:57am EST, andslowly starts its direct motion, after its 3-week retrograde phase. As best as you can, go with the flow, keep an open mind and pay attention to anything that is in your face right now -- you may need to address those issues again, when Mercury moves through its shadow phase…more on that later.
We are slowly ready to shift our focus back towards the outer world again, taking in new information and sharing from a new perspective. What did you learn about your inner dialog over the past 3 weeks? How can you share your newly found inner vision in a healthy way with the world? What needs to be addressed, with regards to the future, collaborations and communications?
When Mercury gets back to its regular speed (by Feb.16th), communication and transportation will get back to normal; the same is true of any associated gadgets, vehicles, etc.
Some of us will feel the effects of this station more than others: those of us with Gemini or Virgo as our Sun- or Rising-Sign (Ascendant) -- and those of us with personal planets (or angles) in 0-2 degrees of Aquarius, Leo, Taurus, or Scorpio
As you may recall, I mentioned Mercury shadow phases in this update a few weeks back: If you want to buy, sell or ship big-ticket items, it's best to avoid the periods shortly before and after Mercury goes retrograde. This is especially true if the items are connected to transportation (cars, plane tickets, etc.) or communication (phone, computer, iPad, etc.) This particular shadow phase ends on March 3rd. Click here to read my blog on the subject.
Wednesday at 10:50pm EST, the last Quarter Moon in Scorpio will be exact. We started to feel this aspect from the moment the Moon entered Scorpio on Tuesday very early morning. The Moon in deep-feeling Scorpio is making a challenging aspect to the Sun in emotionally detached Aquarius. This may bring up some challenges. However, it also energizes us to look at what needs to be completed -- and what needs to be changed. This Moon phase brings us closer to the next New Moon (Feb. 18th).
With the last Quarter Moon, rather than starting major new projects, it serves us take a look at what was started around the time of the last New Moon -- in this case, around Jan. 20th. We now have about a week to wrap those projects up. What -- if anything -- needs last-minute adjustments? What did you discover since Jan. 20th? What did it mean for you? As best as you can, find creative solutions for anything that comes up, whether internally or with others.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 21-25 degrees of Aquarius, Scorpio, Leo or Taurus? If so, you are more affected by this month's last Quarter Moon. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Cancer, since the Sun rules Leo and the Moon rules Cancer.
Thursday: The Moon remains in passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio until 11:46am EST (see Tuesday early morning for details).
Wednesday night/Thursday very early morning at 12:32am EST, we enter an 11-hour Moon void of course (VoC), which ends at 11:46am EST. Use this intuitive time to allow for feelings to surface. This is also a good time for connecting to loved ones and for helping others with releasing any blockages or fears through spiritual endeavors or energy healing. As always during VoC, take it easy -- go with the flow and avoid starting anything brand-new.
Thursday at 11:46am EST, the Moon moves into optimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius, where it will journey until Saturday late afternoon. New experiences and adventures satisfy a deep emotional need. The Sagittarius Moon persuades us to come from intuition and think in a broader manner.
We seek meaning and ideas that expand upon the "here and now"; we pursue truth and a new vision -- the big picture, rather than the details. Spontaneity is key, we'd rather improvise than plan; this may tip into just "winging it". We could also overdo or overstate.
Friday: the Moon remains in optimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius all day (see Thursday late morning for details).
For most of the day, we have lots of energy; we feel optimistic, energized and excited. However, we do need to pay attention to our feelings and sensing faculties, as we are likely more sensitive than we realize. Give yourself a moment in the afternoon, to just close your eyes and get in touch with the vastness of your feelings/energy, and your interconnectedness to all living things. Allow yourself to get really present to that without judgment.
Saturday: the Moon remains in optimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius until 5:24pm EST (see Thursday late morning for details).
The Moon is void of course most of Valentine’s Day (10:15am — 5:25pm EST), so plan your day ahead of time, if you can. If that’s not possible... Go with the flow ;-) Use this intuitive time to make adjustments (and find creative solutions) when it comes to balancing your need for adventure with your desire for romance and unity; if you start to feel impatient, just remember that there is a divine timing in all things.
Saturday at 5:25pm EST, the Moon moves into practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricorn, where it will journey until Monday evening. The Capricorn Moon emphasizes our need for structure and forward planning. We are motivated by a desire for success; achievement and manifestation are paramount.
We are resourceful and pursue economy with time, energy, and other resources. We take things more seriously during Moon in Capricorn: we look reality in the eye. This can be a very productive period. As best as you can, avoid "should-ing" on yourself. Take the pressure off: try saying "I am doing the best I can and that's all I can ever do" ;-)
Saturn (ruler of Capricorn) is transiting through Sagittarius right now, making this a great time to explore our beliefs. It's also a great time to focus on the greater meaning of life and for going beyond conditioned thinking structures. As best as you can, be authentic about what you believe: Do your beliefs actually match your direct experience of life -- as it is for you now, not how it was 5 or 10 years ago?
Sunday: the Moon remains in practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricorn all day (see Saturday early evening for details).
The second half of Sunday we have a strong focus on accomplishing things and getting down to business. As best as you can, refrain from getting too obsessed with anything... Take some breaks ;-) We’ll need to adjust and innovate when working with others.
Sunday late afternoon, we enter the Balsamic Moon phase: this lasts until Wednesday evening of next week, when the New Moon in Aquarius becomes exact for the second time in 4 weeks (…more on that next week). We are being asked to slow down and get quiet, so we can listen to our intuition. For some of us, this might be a stretch. As best as you can: stay grounded, take a deep breath and exhale any tensions.
Rather than starting something brand-new, put all that energy into completing existing projects. This is also a great time for letting go of whatever no longer serves us. What if you could hear the voice of your inner wisdom? What might it be saying?
A head's up for next Monday: the Moon remains in practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricorn until 7:13pm EST (see Saturday early evening for details). Mercury will resume its normal pace through the sky, ending its station: Communication and transportation is now back to “normal”, as are any associated gadgets, vehicles, etc. New ideas and information received during the Mercury retrograde phase can now be reviewed -- What could you do with that now?
Remember Mercury’s shadow phase: If you are planning on buying anything to do with travel, transportation or communication devices... If possible, wait until March 3rd ;-)
At 3:17pm EST, we’ll enter a 4-hour Moon void of course (VoC), which ends at 7:13pm EST. Use this intuitive time as an opportunity to do things that help you get connected to your higher Self. It’s also a great time for bringing a sense of flow and faith to your long-term plans. As always during VoC, take it easy -- go with the flow and avoid starting anything brand-new.
Have a fantastic week!
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