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Mercury Retrograde ~ May 7 to May 30, 2009

It's about that time again. The fastest moving planet in the zodiac slows down. Even Mercury needs a rest. This time, he will station on May 7, 2009 as he prepares for the retrograde movement and will again station on May 30, 2009 in preparation for moving forward. The complete retrograde cycle, including the shadow cycle, is April 23, 2009 to June 15, 2009.

Following the standard with any retrograde planet, this Mercury retrograde period is a time for the prefix "re" -- reflect, rethink, re-plan, review, retool, reorganize, redefine, re-examine, rewrite, reread, repair. So reassess, as necessary and as much as you want, but avoid starting new projects, signing any contracts, or entering into any major agreements or commitments. It's easy to overlook details or neglect to include information pertinent to the terms. A change of mind is also common. If you must enter into an agreement during the retrograde period, it is important to re-read all fine print, have another set of eyes go over it, and get all your questions answered before completing the transaction.

This period does not need to be daunting and feared or cause you to suspend living your life in any way. Simply make allowances and/or preemptive actions to minimize the unavoidable retrograde effects. Do not underestimate the frustration, inconvenience, and havoc a Mercury retrograde can produce, however.

Mercury rules mental processes, communication, commerce, trade and affects all of these plus travel and electronics. Allow for delays, especially on the station days (May 7 & May 30). Expect miscommunication so, ensure that all details are understood. Ask detailed questions to prevent misunderstandings. Wait until the retrograde period is over before buying a new computer, mp3 player, cell phone, or any other electronic items. If this is unavoidable, make sure the return/exchange/refund policy coverage is extensive enough that the purchased item can be returned/exchanged should it requires repair or replacement later. Consider buying the extra warranty offered, if the item is a costly one.

Mercury retraces the steps he's taken beginning at 1 degree of Gemini and all the way back to 22 degrees of Taurus. Which of your natal houses will be revisited? This retrograde might play out in the natal houses Mercury transits in. For me, it's houses 8th (death & rebirth) and 9th (higher education & personal growth). I've done a lot of soul searching and personal growth this year, including the past weeks, thus far. I may be encouraged to reflect upon the changes I've made, redefine what I value in life and how I balance their inclusion as I live my life, restore what's been forgotten but significant to me, rethink personal goals, re-plan what actions I will take to achieve them.

Who might be most influenced by this retrograde? Those with Mercury-ruled personal planets and house angles; and with personal planets or house angles between 22 degrees and 29 degrees of Taurus or 1 degree of Gemini.

Depending on other natal planetary and house placements, those with Mercury retrograde natally may not feel as much of Mercury's retrograde effects. However, they are not immune to it.

Venus Square Pluto ~ May 2, 2009

Total absorption. Power play. Transformational love. Obsessiveness. Possessiveness. Sensory overdrive. Values questioned. Empowerment. Passion. Surrender. Love affairs starting during a Venus-Pluto alignment are passionate and all-consuming, but will they have lasting power? Will the push-pull, fight or flight intensity be essential to keep the flames burning, interest piqued?

Existing relationships, especially those with a "rocky" history, may find this square very trying. Couples in the early stages of developing a relationship may find this time exciting, ardent, intense ... difficult not to be drawn into it. Individuals struggling with self-worth, consciously or not, may find their value system challenged. Those set in their ways -- attached or single -- may find that what has given them comfort and safety is now lacking and some sort of change is required.

When the planet of love duels with the planet of transformation, it is almost impossible to come through it unscathed. Perhaps it's necessary to battle and measure the true depth of our love, lest our relationships -- intimate, platonic, familial, or with the self -- stop growing, evolving, becoming.

Supporting this empowered energy for change are the growing conjuctions (cohesion) between Jupiter (opportunities/expansiveness), Chiron (wounds/healing) and Neptune (spiritual/insightful) in Aquarius (the awakener). We are awakened (Uranus) with insight (Neptune) on what needs healing (Chiron) within the self and where personal growth (Jupiter) is required. The stubborn Leo-Moon opposing (requiring balance) Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune may encourage over-optimism, escapism, and confusion. Yield to the strengthening Taurus-Sun (ego/self) link to Virgo-Saturn (reality/structure) which allows for constructive assessments and pragmatism, as we dig deep to reveal what lies beneath and become awakened.

Venus and Pluto last squared on February 6, 2009 and April 3, 2009. What life events were prominent during those two time periods? A progression of those events or similar energies from those time periods may arise again now. For me, during Venus' first pass through squaring it off with Pluto on February 6, my heart and thoughts were filled with my trip home to be with family for my father's 45-day memorial. My father passed soon after the new year began. Although I was at his funeral, it is customary for the family to hold a remembrance ceremony 45 days after one's passing. Early in April, I found it difficult not to be reminded of him every place I went -- grocery store, Barnes & Noble, and other common places while doing mundane errands. While he was alive, it was clear we didn't see eye to eye, but I loved him tremendously, as he had loved me dearly. Despite our very different views on life, we always found a way to stand on a common ground and treat each other with kindness and respect. Though I couldn't understand why all those emotions, memories, and revelations were surfacing months after his death, I knew it took an important role in my process of grieving, letting go, and moving on. I've realized since then that I stalled from achieving certain goals because I believed my father would not have approved and would have viewed my actions as a fault in his parenting. Our father-daughter relationship did not only have a generational gap between us, but also cultural and religious ones. I was not natively born in the U.S., but for all intents and purposes, I am an American (am Americanized). I did not want to hurt him; however, I do realize what a disservice I had done to myself in preventing myself from following the path I inevitably find myself in now. I wonder how this alignment will play out this weekend...

Relationships (Venus) of all types are now in the spotlight. In which areas do we hold ourselves back? Are we complacent and too comfortable? What do we fear? Where do we lack awareness and require transformation (Pluto)? It is not an easy task to deconstruct one's self, let go of what's unnecessary, and morph into an improved version of the self. However, combined with the recent Venus retrograde motion, this Venus-Pluto square, occurring for the third time already this year, might just give us that extra push. For those who have made strides in these past months, this may be a time to reflect on how far we've come and envision what lies for us ahead.

Sometimes in surrendering, we invite energies that propel us closer to the improved version of our selves and/or the life we imagine us living.

Who might be most influenced by this Venus-Pluto square? Those with Venus or Pluto ruled Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars; have Venus or Pluto ruling 1st, 5th, and 7th houses; have planets or house angles within the 1-3 degrees of cardinal signs.

Illustration courtesy of Hard Kiss in C Minor.

New Moon in Taurus - April 24, 2009

New moons signify rebirth, beginnings, a clean slate, the start of a new cycle. This new moon highlights Taurean qualities (stable, determined, practical) and 2nd house themes (finances, possessions, values). On a spiritual level / higher plane, Taurus seeks to find inner peace by being content and grounded. The Moon is exalted in Taurus.

The day begins with Mercury squaring Chiron and Neptune. We may struggle to keep mental clarity and acuity, which may result in our inability for self-expression. This influence remains strong throughout the course of the day. Choose words wisely when expressing thoughts and ideas. With Neptune in play, stay aware, be present, and avoid excessive escapism, or unhealthy perceptions of reality. This should help keep our minds from becoming too clouded with dreams or fantasies. The Taurus Sun and Moon blending energies hold the truths held within our hearts and minds. Entertain these truths. Hold fast to them for they will give us the resolve to move toward inner peace, contentedness, stability, an improved financial situation, a redefinition values, etc.

This New Moon also trines Saturn, allowing us to build structure and create meaning as we plan our next steps to achieve our goals. Mars in Aries is enthusiastic and ready to help us get things moving along.

Elsewhere in the sky, Venus (ruler of Taurus) joins Mars in the fearless sign of Aries. We might give more focus to our relationships, including that with the self and how we value the self. We may become more assertive in insisting that the self's basic needs be satisfied within our interactions with family, friends, coworkers / superiors, partner, and even with the self.

Allow this New Moon to give us healing (Chiron) or hope (Neptune) or a renewal in our relationships (Venus) or a plan (Saturn) of action (Mars) toward achieving a goal or an improved way of self-expression (Mercury) or any combination of these.

This new moon occurs at 5 degrees & 3 minutes of Taurus. What natal house will the new moon occupy in your birth chart? Click here to read about the New Moon in Houses.

For those doing the new moon wishes ritual, the moon will be new on Thursday, April 24 at 11:22 p.m. EDT and void-of-course on Sunday, April 26 at 11:42 a.m. EDT.

"Zen Garden Moon" illustration courtesy of Casey Kochmer.

The New Moon in Houses

In astrology, the Moon represents our emotional core, inner drives, intuition, home, family, roots, and connection to the past. New Moons signify rebirth, beginnings, a clean slate, the start of a new cycle. Each month's New Moon falls in one of the twelve houses of the zodiac. The focus of that New Moon may manifest or be felt most in the house that the New Moon falls in.

Check your birth chart to see where the next New Moon will fall on your birth chart (matching the sign and degree).

If you don't have a birth chart, but know your Rising/Ascendant sign or you may use your Sun sign to match the house the New Moon will occupy (although this method might not be as accurate). For example, if you are a Cancer or Cancer Rising and the New Moon is in Virgo. Begin with Cancer occupying the 1st House then move down the zodiac until you reach Virgo (Cancer-1st House; Leo-2nd House; Virgo-3rd House); the New Moon in Virgo falls in Cancer/Cancer Rising's 3rd House. Scroll down to the 3rd House to find out the themes of that house and how/where in your life the next New Moon might influence.*

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Alternatively, you may cast your own birth chart by clicking here (opens a new window) for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required.

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The New Moon in Natal Houses*

*Does not account for intercepted birth charts
or house cusps decanate placements

New Moon in the 1st House
A new moon in the 1st house bestows a renewal within the self. Reinvent yourself. Try new things. Be bolder, more confident. Start new projects. Begin walking, talking, thinking, acting, and being the version of yourself you envision. Go on, try it out; see how it feels.

New Moon in the 2nd House
In the physical realm, the 2nd house represents our material security, possessions, and income. On a slightly higher level, it rules our value system and self-worth. In the spiritual arena, it represents stability, inner peace, and being grounded through our own self-sufficiency.

New Moon in the 3rd House
For those with siblings (biological or otherwise), the new moon might highlight a renewal in relationships and interactions with them. The 3rd house also represents all manners of information gathering, communication, commerce, writing, speaking, thinking, planning, and creation of ideas.

New Moon in the 4th House
In the physical realm, a new moon in the 4th house might involve the family (present or recurring issues) or the home (buying/selling a house, moving, re-financing, re-decorating, remodeling, etc.). On an emotional/personal level, the 4th house represents coming to terms with the past or unresolved family issues.

New Moon in the 5th House
Self-expression, creative projects, love and romance, fun, playfulness, and children are all ruled by the 5th house. Allow this new moon to awaken creativity, spark love, boost confidence, and/or bring simple pleasures back into your life.

New Moon in the 6th House
Health, busy work, service, comfort in routines, and finding order in the details are all ruled by the 6th house. A new moon here encourages lifestyle changes, healthier habits, becoming comfortable with taking on the role of someone who "services" others, or perhaps learning to establish boundaries with those who might take advantage of kind gestures.

New Moon in the 7th House
Partnerships (business or otherwise), marriages, committed relationships, and known enemies are all representatives of the 7th house. Changes to relationships -- equality, cooperations, compromises, agreements, how we relate to others, how they relate to us -- are issues that might surface during the new moon cycle.

New Moon in the 8th House
The 8th house is multi-faceted and multi-layered. In the physical realm, the 8th house represents sex and shared resources/finances. In the psychological plane, it represents power struggles within our own psychological makeup and our ability to embrace the "darker" version of our self without it overpowering us. On a spiritual level, it represents "death and rebirth", transformation, regeneration -- the need for something to "die" in order for a "rebirth" to occur -- as in a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly. A new moon in the 8th house is generally intense and difficult but also powerful.

New Moon in the 9th House
A new moon in the 9th house focuses on personal growth (spiritual or otherwise) through higher education, intellectual curiosities, travel, and cultural experiences. The 9th house also represents publishing.

New Moon in the 10th House
A focus on professional pursuits, long-term goals, establishing public reputations might take center stage with a new moon in this house.

New Moon in the 11th House
New moon in the 11th house might influence your friendships and associations; the way you view the world and its varied societies; or humanity as a whole and your place in it, as well as your joint responsibility to it.

New Moon in the 12th House
The 12th house, like the 8th house, is also multi-faceted and multi-layered. It is the house of the subconscious, solitude, spiritual consciousness, secrets (ours and those kept from us), hidden enemies, and represents institutions like hospitals and prisons. A new moon in the 12th house might require "solitude" in order to "recharge" and sort through issues subconsciously and psychologically. The most effective way to process a transit through this house is surrender ... give in to the much needed spiritual healing offered and clarity will follow.
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Sun Trine Pluto ~ April 23, 2009

Empowerment. Control. Power. Transformation. Sounds daunting for a Thursday. Well, it doesn't have to be. Have there been rumblings? (of things unsatisfactory, requiring change) Have there been some things nagging? (demanding attention, improvement) Unnecessary baggage weighing you down? (holding you back) Or maybe you have already unloaded (perhaps, it's been done for you), but now feeling a little "stuck" or unsure about having cut ties ... hmm ... well, today is the day to grab life and make strides toward making changes and/or moving forward!

With the aid of
Mercury's approaching sextile to Uranus, synapses are firing, forming brilliant ideas and unconventional solutions to that bit of problem that's been needing a remedy. Mars, at home in Aries and at Aries Point, is ready for action; he's just itching to get started and run with it. Just make sure he runs in the direction intended to produce the expected results.

The Sun, Mercury, and Pluto in Earth signs
are not afraid of working hard to achieve goals. The Sun and Mercury in Taurus may be slow to start but is steady and committed for the longer haul. Pluto, in the tried and true sign of Capricorn, encourages looking beneath the surface, beyond the obvious and visible in seeking truth, in discovering the source not just the symptoms. The approaching conjunction between Chiron and Neptune (approx. 1 degree orb) promotes insight to what needs healing in us; both are in the revolutionary sign of Aquarius, the Awakener (mover and shaker) of the zodiac.

Another Earth-Fire combination in the mix, that may propel Mars into motion is the
quincunx between Saturn and the Moon. It's Mr. Reality in critical Virgo poke, poke, poking at the Moon who is easily roused in Aries.

Lastly, I would be remiss not mention that
Venus is in the last degree of Pisces. She was last in this spot on or around February 2, 2009. Issues coming to a head or resurfacing now may revolve around events from early February, especially for those with strong Venusian-influenced charts.

As with any true transformation, it's a process. Don't expect to get things concluded on the day first steps are taken. It is important, however, to take advantage of the energies offered. This
Sun-Pluto trine can very well be the first step to becoming un-stuck and forward moving.

Do be aware that, although the
Mercury-Jupiter square is weakening, there might still be some lingering influence left. It would be best to write down important information uncovered or decided upon today. Next week, both Mars and Venus will each battle it out with Pluto, where our resolve for transformation and growth may be tested against difficult odds. But that's another blog, written another day, to be read another day...

Mars-Venus Conjunction in Pisces

Mars finally caught up to Venus! A smooch is the perfect reward after a 6-week long Venus retrograde period. In the loving and dreamy sign of Pisces, this kiss cannot be any more romantic! Adding to their sweet meeting in sky is the blending of energies between the Moon and Uranus; both are also in the gentle, insightful sign of Pisces.

These two celestial hookups tug at our idealism and optimism. We each carry varying degrees of hopefulness. Those who are naturally idealistic may easily enjoy and welcome the good feelings evoked. Others who are normally less optimistic may feel the need to question all this seemingly wholesome goodness, but will be unable to resist it :)

There is one caveat, however. Careful that we don't give in to escapism, with the intent of avoiding our realities. While Venus was in retrograde motion, many of us may have reflected on our current attachments, reviewed our value system, reconnected with old friends, rekindled past loves, remembered relationships lost, or stumbled upon secrets that have now been revealed. Some relationships may have gone on a "cooling" period, while others may have ended relationships altogether. Our new realities, which emerged during this retrograde period, might leave little to be desired. A glimmer of hope for what once was may be tempting to pursue. Just remember what was learned, uncovered, or evidenced during the the past weeks. Be reminded of what the decisions made were rooted in.

Perhaps the "cooling" period resulted in strengthening bonds; this romantic meetup may indeed be a new beginning of sorts for that relationship. Alternatively, the "break" may have been a much needed change; therefore, to return or yearn for what was lost is unhealthy and does not promote growth. Regardless of what the case may be, allow the Sun's growing harmonious alignment with Pluto to help us dig deep into the heart of the matter.

Apart from what may be going on with each of us, be encouraged. The sky smiles upon us by giving us hope through this kiss between Venus (how we love & how we want to be loved) and Mars (what drives/motivates us). As above, so below...

Who might be most influenced by this Venus-Mars linkup and the recent Venus retrograde? Those with Venus-ruled Sun, Moon, Venus, and Mars; Venus-ruled 1st, 5th, or 7th houses; or have house angles and/or planets within 0-15 degrees of Aries or 29 degrees of Pisces.

A related article on Venus Retrograde Period (March 6 to April 17, 2009) may be found by clicking here.

Above illustration of Mars, Venus, and Amor by Titian courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Mars Conjunct Uranus ~ April 15, 2009

In the days approaching Tax Day (April 15) here in the U.S., the meeting in the sky between Mars and Uranus grew closer and became stronger. Both are in the watery sign of Pisces. With the exception of Scorpio (the sign Mars jointly rules with Pluto), Mars is naturally uncomfortable in water signs. He represents action, drive, directness. In a water sign, he feels subdued; his aggression is internalized and becomes passive, non-confrontational. All that energy, just brewing beneath the surface, is now co-mingling with Uranus. Uranus is radical, abrupt, rebellious; he likes to stir things up, break away.

What may have been unsatisfactory for quite some time, might now suddenly require immediate attention. This cohesion of Mars-Uranus energies produces dramatic stirring/awakening, creating a tsunami within the usually calm Piscean waters. Now, a spotlight shines upon what has been neglected and needs doing, needs action, needs changing. What may have been ignored is now a priority! A bit fitting for Tax Day; most wait until the last minute to get it done. It's an unpleasant task for many.

Personally, this meeting occurs in my natal 6th house of health. Late last week, I decided to do a 7-day cleanse. This is drastic for me, who eats whatever and whenever, without any real regard to health consequences. I have been aware that as I age, my physical body and its organs age with me. However, it's been difficult (or maybe I've been unwilling) to give the appropriate attention to making lifestyle changes and developing healthier habits. This cleanse may not reset my body to its optimal state, but it does provide a good start to a healthier way of living. I've already begun plans on substituting what I snack on throughout the day. Replacing other unhealthy habits with healthier ones, I expect will soon follow. Now, if I can just get enough sleep every night... *sigh* ... someday :)

Today's Mars-Uranus meeting is joined by a blending of energies between the Moon and Pluto. Underlying things now surface and confront us with its truth. Mercury forms a harmonious link with Saturn, giving us mental stability and focus needed to follow through. The Sun in Aries is bold, assertive, and confident that we will get whatever needs doing, done. A harmonious alignment between the Sun and Neptune offers up a little bit of faith that there are forces working behind the scenes on our behalf.

A Time for Healing

Late afternoon, Eastern time, on April 14, 2009, the Moon (inner self, emotions) harmoniously links herself to the Sun (outer self, ego), Chiron (wounds, healing), and Neptune (insight, healing). That same evening, the Sun's growing optimistic alignments with Chiron and Neptune become exact. This fortuitous event signals a time to heal the self, internally & externally.

How am I broken? What needs healing in my life? What wounds do I have that hinder me from moving forward? Someone once brokenhearted cannot forget the hurt associated with love and is unable to fully give the self to another in a new relationship. A woman driven by jealousy is unable to trust her partner, who has given no cause for the distrust. A man who made a costly decision is now afraid to take any type or level of risk. An adult, who as a child struggled to have basic needs met, loses hope for a better future. So many ways each of us could be broken, carrying wounds unnecessarily throughout our lives.

While Venus (love) continues to be within Pluto's (empowerment) grasp, we are able to love and value the self enough in order to dig deep -- layer upon layer, past the symptoms to find the true source of whatever may ail us. With Mercury (thoughts) in Taurus, our mind is stable and practical. He begins an easy connection with Saturn (reality) which might help give clarity to what is revealed as we dig deep. Use the Mars-Uranus energy to act and break away from what has become the established norm, push through the pain, the disappointment, the doubt, the fear, and rise above. Heal the self and move freely towards the life of your dreams.

Venus Returns to Pisces at 29 Degrees

The new week begins with Venus (love, relationships, values) returning to the dreamy, gentle, and healing sign of Pisces at 29 degrees, where she will remain until April 24, 2009 before moving on to Aries. During these twelve days, unresolved issues revolving around the first few days of February may resurface. As Venus remains retrograde and still within a square with Pluto (empowerment, endings, transformation), be mindful and refrain from making any life-altering decisions during this period. Reflect, review, remember, re-assess are all standard practice when any planet is in retrograde.

Coming up this weekend, Venus changes directions to start moving forward again. This is indeed a long awaited moment and wholeheartedly welcomed by many.

In these last days that Venus is in Pisces this year, we are reminded of how interconnected we all are. We are encouraged to uncensor our imagination, reconnect with friends, nurture loved ones, plan a romantic rendez-vous or getaway weekend with our significant other, be generous in expressing to our loved ones how much they mean to us, show compassion, be kind to ourselves, take time for relaxation, enjoy quiet moments, heal our relationship with the self, and heal our relationships with others. Venus represents love, relationships of all types, our values (including how we value ourselves). In the sign of Pisces, Venus is tranquil, imaginative, insightful, self-sacrificing, gentle, intuitive, loving, in repose, and kind.

Moon in Scorpio Weekend

The Moon's entrance to the intense, passionate sign of Scorpio on Friday, 4/10/2009, colors the mood for the weekend. The Moon (inner drives) tenses up with Mercury (communication, thoughts) while harmoniously aligning with Pluto (empowerment, transformation). Misunderstandings, heated communication, heightened sensitivities, emotional reactions are all common during this transit. This may also be a time when we seek more meaningful conversations, lasting connections, deeper interactions. Differences in opinion may yield to a more well-rounded way of thinking, point of view.

Saturday brings more celestial action. Venus (love, relationships, values), still in retrograde motion, returns to Pisces at 29 degrees, revisiting the early days of February. Some unresolved issues from that period may resurface this weekend. Mercury aligns himself with Pluto, urging a deeper look at things. Nothing taken at face value. Intense talks.

Throughout the day, the Moon's movements link her up with the Sun (ego), Mars (action, aggression), Uranus (surprises, innovation), and Saturn (structure, foundation). Expect the unexpected. Possible change of chart. Watch interactions with authority figures, mature adults, parents, etc.

Saturday afternoon brings in the spirit of optimism, opportunities, happiness, and luck as the Aries-Sun harmoniously aligns with expansive Jupiter. It's a great set-up for a fun and active Saturday night.

Sunday begins with the Moon spending her last hours in Scorpio harmoniously linked to Venus. Intense, emotive, passionate, romantic but with a tinge of jealousy or fear of uncertainty. The weekend ends with the Moon leaving Scorpio and entering the happy-go-lucky sign of Sagittarius, allowing us a lighter, more fun, more open, more optimistic way of expressing our emotions.

Illustration by Saara Saimi.

The Full Moon in Houses

In astrology, the Moon represents our emotional core, inner drives, intuition, the feminine energy in us, home, family, roots, and connection to the past. Full moons signify the completion, culmination of what was initiated during the previous New Moon. The zodiac sign the full moon occupies show us the themes and focus for the moon's energies. The house the full moon transits gives us a peek into which aspect of our life the Full Moon's focus might play out in.

Check your birth chart and scroll down below to see which house the Full Moon will occupy. (Match sign and degree)

If you don't have a birth chart, but know your Rising/Ascendant sign or you may use your Sun sign to match the house the Full Moon will occupy (although this method might not be as accurate). For example, if you are a Cancer or Cancer Rising and the Full Moon is in Virgo, begin with Cancer occupying the 1st House then move down the zodiac until you reach Virgo (Cancer-1st House; Leo-2nd House; Virgo-3rd House); a Full Moon in Virgo falls in Cancer/Cancer Rising's 3rd House. Scroll down to the 3rd House to find out the themes of that house and how/where in your life the next Full Moon might influence.*

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Alternatively, you may cast your own birth chart (opens a new window) for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required.

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The Full Moon in Natal Houses*
*Does not account for intercepted charts
or house cusps decanate placements

Full Moon in the First House focuses on the balance between the individual self (where the Full Moon is), and the shared self, (where the Sun is). The past two weeks may have given a focus on "others" or "another". It's important not to lose one's individuality, basic needs, personal goals, and growth within relationships. There is room for the self within any partnership. Assert the self's need to "be" during this full moon cycle.

Full Moon in the Second House represents the balance between the financial houses (2nd and 8th houses), what I own and what we share, a look at what we value in life as well as how we value the self. Issues regarding one's income or major purchases that increases the value of the home, i.e. appliances, cosmetic repairs, etc. may be at hand. As full moons bring endings/closures, there may be a change in one's income or financial status during this full moon cycle.

Full Moon in the Third House encourages the rationalization of our emotions, attaching logic and reason to our feelings, and communicating them -- say it, write it, blog it, email it, tweet it. The third house also represents siblings and neighbors. So, find your voice and express yourself!

Full Moon in the Fourth House represents home, family, our roots, inner drives, and connection to our past. A look at our relationships with family (biological or otherwise) is encouraged now. The past two weeks may have been focused on career, professional life, and achieving our goals. Satisfying the basic needs of our private life is the more important thing during this full moon cycle.

Full Moon in the Fifth House is all about fun, love, and children. Seek pleasures. Bring out the fun and forgotten child-like qualities in you. Be around children as a reminder of what it is to have simple fun, simple pleasures. Foster romantic dalliances. Express devotion to your true love. As full moons bring endings/closures, a love affair may end or you may finally let go of that torch you've carried for a lost love or an inevitable breakup happens.

Full Moon in the Sixth House encourages a look at our health/habits and seeks to have order and comfort in routines, busy work, servicing those in need. It might be necessary to finish up some open to-do items or resolve long-standing issues. Have you been putting off that visit to the doctor or annual dental check-up? Get it done already!

Full Moon in the Seventh House centers on our partnerships (intimate and/or business). Accommodating/meeting the needs of our significant other or business partner, perhaps even sacrificing the self's desires, is what's at the forefront now. It's time to shift the central focus off the self and onto "others" or "another." As full moons bring endings/closures, some relationships may end completely, while others may find that ending one/some things brings a renewal to the relationship.

Full Moon in the Eighth House highlights our shared resources and may require letting go of something/someone in order to move on. The past two weeks may have been focused on what I own, my income, my self-worth; this full moon cycle may be about what we share, our joint financial resources, our material worth together. The eighth house also represents sex, death (not necessarily physical but more like endings), and regeneration. Is there something (habits, associations, thoughts/ideas) you need to give up that is holding you back? This full moon cycle is a good time to address that.

Full Moon in the Ninth House stresses our personal growth, philosophy, religion, higher education, publishing, and travel. How does our belief system/religion/philosophy affect our personal and spiritual growth? Do they help expand our horizons or do they narrow our vision and keep us from living inspired lives? As full moons bring endings/closures, maybe it's time to open up the mind to new experiences that foster growth. Expand mentally to grow exponentially.

Full Moon in the Tenth House focuses on career/professional pursuits and long term goals. How committed our we to achieving our goals or gaining the professional respect/reputation necessary to be a success in our profession and with our colleagues? As full moons bring endings/closures, there may be issues/events that have lingered far too long and are now finding resolutions for.

Full Moon in the Eleventh House celebrates our friendships, associations, and our individual place within the society/world we live in. This full moon cycle is ideal for networking, active participation in social settings, pursuing civic-minded activities, etc. Make connections; meet like-minded people; surround yourself with others sharing similar goals. As full moons bring endings/closures, there may be some ties that will be cut during this full moon cycle.

Full Moon in the Twelfth House emphasizes our need for solitude to recharge, decompress, and rest. The full moon cycle may be a time for aloneness, to reconnect with our subconscious drives, psychological self, and shed light on the deepest parts of us. Escape into our selves, uncover what has been hidden, and unravel the mystery that is the self.

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Full moon image credited of the Lick Observatory via the Astronomy Picture of the Day.

Full Moon in Libra - April 9, 2009

The Moon spends her final moments in Virgo before she enters Libra late this evening and sets the stage for the Full Moon in Libra on Thursday, April 9. This full moon shines the spotlight on balancing the identity of the individual self with the shared self -- being in relationships without losing who we are or being brave enough to be in relationships without compromising our core values. Harmonious alignments between the Moon and Jupiter, Neptune, and Chiron associate an optimistic outlook of our attachments, even in the face of realizing what may be less than ideal.

Saturn Takes Charge

An active sky above us on Monday. We are made aware of our challenges as serious Saturn dampens the day's mood while Mars assumes a fighting stance. Both the Sun and Moon are ill at ease with their individual alignments to Saturn and Mars. Adding to their discomfort is the inevitable and frustrating alignment they will have with each other before day's end. As if all that tension weren't enough, the conflict between Venus (love/relationships/values) and Pluto (obsession/power play/endings) is still lurking in the shadows. Of course, Mercury (thought/ideas/communication) refuses be left out. He joins in on this celestial gathering, bringing with him his growing connections to Chiron (wounds/healing) and Neptune (insight/hope/compassion).

It's a day of tough love from the old man himself. Saturn represents our responsibilities, commitments, awareness of our obstacles, acceptance of our realities, laying foundation for the future, working hard at achieving our goals, and doing what's necessary to get the job done. He is stern, stoic, and determined. He brings our ego (Sun) to its knees and commands our emotions (Moon) to step aside. He teaches us with a heavy hand and expect nothing less than success. No coddling allowed.

The faint of heart would not survive in Saturn's classroom; and the world is his classroom. We're all expected to show up and be present. Saturn's lessons for each of us may differ, but his goal for each of us is similar -- rise above our fears and limitations.

Today and in the few days following, Mercury fills the mind with memories of old wounds, remembrance of past loves, awareness of hidden insecurities, the realization of irresponsible actions, the road not taken, the plans not followed, etc. With Plutonian energies at the ready, we may believe we need to let go or cut ties, in order to grow. Mars is impatient and itching to act. Keep in mind Venus is still retrograde. It would be wise to avoid making life-altering decisions until her direct motion mid-month.

In the immediate, we are encouraged to recognize and learn the lessons Saturn is communicating. Identify the root of the problem and confirm that the source has indeed been found before making a decision on the course of action.

What message does Saturn have for you? Look to the house ruled by Saturn in your birth chart to get an idea of where this Saturnian energy might take place. Those born with Capricorn Sun or Rising or have planets/angles at 15 or 16 degrees might feel this influence the greatest.

It's all a bit heavy for a Monday. In moments of greatest frustration, yield to Neptune's hopefulness to balance the day's intensity and her insight for clarity. May today be a productive and enjoyable day nonetheless.

Tensions Rising

Above us, Mars (drive, aggression) and Saturn (authority, certainty) are in a battle of wills; and it's steadily growing stronger. In the coming days tensions will continue to rise, giving way to fights especially when dealing with authority figures or peers perceiving themselves more powerful. Everyone is easily angered. Everyone's plight is the more valid one. Everyone's opinion or decision is the better choice.

Patience and restraint are what should be practiced now and during this difficult transit. Be mindful of your temper. Become aware of the reasons from which decisions are derived from.

But let's take it a step further than merely managing temper or knowing where thoughts are rooted from. Flip this aggressive "fight or flight" restlessness into doing something productive that benefits YOU/the self. Tackle that project that's been on your "to do" list for some time. Have you been "blocked" from getting it done? Whether the hindrances are self-imposed or from external sources, this is the opportune time to steer things in the direction you want to go. So, muster up the courage and resolve to clear the path in getting that project, or whatever it is, started or reinstated.

Celestial help is at your beck and call. The Sun (ego), Mercury (communication/planning), and Venus (relating) are in the bold, dynamic sign of Aries. Together with the forceful and focused strides of the Mars (motivation/self-assertion)-Saturn (hard work) alignment, we benefit with just the appropriate flow of energy to give us all the swift kick we need to get the ball rolling :)

Go ahead and grab this "make or break" energy. Make it your own. Mold it to satisfy your agenda. Thus, moving yourself closer to achieving a goal you envisioned months or years ago. This is the time. Will you take that first step?

T-Square on April Fool's Day

When I woke this morning, the moon was in its last degrees of Gemini, and I anticipated April Fool's Day pranks from friends and colleagues. However by the time early afternoon came, the moon had moved to the emotive sign of Cancer (which also happens to be my sun sign) and its fight with Venus (relating) was growing stronger and also closer to my natal Sun at 5 degrees. A day I expected to be light and fun had turned into a day of intense and aggressive energy. As if that wasn't enough, the blending of energies between the Sun (ego) and Mercury (communication) while in the feisty, assertive sign of Aries (ruler of Cancer's career house) resulted in my workplace being the hub of activity for me today.

On the plus side, interaction with superiors and colleagues was dynamic and productive, even if at times, heated. I prevailed, however; I proved my role an asset to the company and contributions significant to its operations. Internally, it was a different story. There was quite an inner struggle to keep myself from being too sensitive, reacting emotionally, and speaking hastily. The quarrel between the Moon (emotions, inner drives) and Venus (relationships, relating) were further intensified by Venus' conflict with Pluto, Mr. Intensity and King of Power Struggles himself, who happened to also be opposing the Moon. Hence, the T-Square, a very tense meeting of the planets.

So today's celestial movement played out strongest in my professional life. Everyone asserting, at times bulldozing, their agenda (Aries influence). Communication and interaction pushing people's sensitivities (Moon and Pluto influences). Power struggles between players involved. How did it influence your day?

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