HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Astronomy: “Super Moon” Perigee = closest to the earth in it’s monthly cycle; biggest of the year!
Magic & Spirituality: “Wolf Moon” (“Snow Moon” / “Cold Moon”)
Colors: silver, black, white, violet, royal purple
Numbers: 9, 13
Tarot: High Priestess, the nines
Chakra: Ajna (‘third eye’)
Alchemy: conjunction, coagulation
Stones: hematite, moonstone, pearl
Trees: birch, hazel, willow, magnolia
Herbs: opium poppy, periwinkle, watercress, marjoram
Incense: camphor, jasmine, ylang ylang
Diety: Isis, Artemis, Diana, Selene, Astarte, Cybele, Arianrhod, Inanna, Freya, The GODDESS/DIVINE FEMININE
Pregnant with ideas and purpose
- what is essential and beneficial
- what is a deterrent or toxic
- next steps on projects
- new or re-newed direction
- relationship issues highlighted demanding resolution
- navigating a balance between the stress of productivity and self-care
FULL MOON in CANCER
Ancient but timeless…
Mysterious but ripe in wisdom..
Legend and lore have crystalized into the powerful archetypes we associate with the moon til this day..
She is first and foremost the Divine Feminine/Goddess energy, the Mother, women, the subconscious, the anima, wisdom, mystery, instincts, intuition, night, & magic who bears particular sway over fertility, growth, conception, waters and bodily fluids (including menstrual cycles), dreams, the ‘ebb & flow’ of life, the stomach and the digestion.
“As if you were
The moon lives
in the lining
of your skin”
Cancer is the zodiacal sign falling under the moon’s natural rulership so similar to what we said about Saturn being amped up like Popeye with a can of spinach in his native sign, Capricorn, the moon in Cancer gains the same amplified charge to her natural expressions. Add to that, the moon is at the peek of her power in FULL illumination and the closest to the earth she ever gets at perigee! While this will not be the only spectacular moon we’ll get to enjoy this year, (*hint: BLUE MOON ON THE HORIZON later this month!!!), this will appear to be the biggest! All that said, the energetic impact of the moon physically, emotionally, psychologically, psychically should not go unnoticed!
The full moon is traditionally a time where we find matters related to where the moon resides in our charts come to fruition, manifestation, and/or we gain the clarity needed to implement the action.
A Cancerian influence brings matters related to family or the tribe (of origin and/or adopted), traditions, preservation, and resources needed for sustained protection and security; especially material and emotional. As always, any influence that has us taking stock of our emotions also calls us to get clear with what our hearts are saying to thereby base future actions and self-expressions on the truth we discover.
Full Moon opposite Sun, Saturn, & Venus (widely Pluto)
As we said, amplified in her own energy, the moon is especially “moon-like” with heightened intuition and emotional responses. Already moody and susceptible to sensitivities being triggered, with so many planets in Capricorn sitting in opposition – and almost all of those planets being heavy weights in their own right – we can expect undulating emotions as a normal expression of ‘what’s in the air’ and stop questioning our own sanity!
And why wouldn’t they be?
As we all know, to say there has been a lot to “adapt to” in 2017 – both on personal and global scales – would be comedic. And a little insulting.
So the full moon now raises our awareness to all we have been feeling about these transitions as we’ve experienced them to date, where we find ourselves today as a result of said transitions, and our feelings about how we want our futures to take shape from here on..
Within these considerations we are also likely to continue the progress made through Venus’s conjunction with Saturn offering clarity about the beneficial essentials needed for our evolution to carry forward and what can fall away.
Current transits may inspire us to take a closer, harder look at the work and obligatory commitments that are draining our resources (i.e. time, attention, money) to the extent that we cannot also afford the same self-care we have been giving out. While dedication to a Saturnian purpose may still be strongly in play, we are pulled powerfully now to remember to maintain the balance of self-awareness and care (if we hadn’t felt it before at winter solstice!)
With themes like work, progress, and productivity coming from Saturn, our relationship to others coming at from Venus, and an intensified need for emoting and self-care brought on by the full moon, we may find ourselves struggling to reconcile the see-saw balance of trying to live presently in response to nurturing ourselves while trying to appease a world that wants ‘instant-gratification-level’ movement.
“IS IT possible to do both? …or does living presently necessitate living at a slower pace?”
This question will likely be a core topic we will get to re-address as the year goes by, each time with gained wisdom anchored in new experiences.
Full Moon in Grand Trine with Neptune, Jupiter, and Mars; opposing point in Kite
Neptune, Jupiter, and Mars lend their energies to the moon very easily now which should give solidify our resolve to really get a handle on what our emotions are causing us to project both in how we are behaving and what we are choosing to draw in our lives. Why? Because while each of these planets can bring delight and blessings, they should also each come with a label warning: USE WITH WISDOM AND MODERATION!! (or risk the pain of disillusionment and excess!)
Neptune brings possible notions that the Saturnian purpose we feel around the important work we’re doing finds its roots in the spiritual calling that compels us. Visions and dreams deliver creative inspiration and even the people we may be meeting could be messengers of this kind of light. We may feel a keen sense of idealized, spiritual love that sees the interconnectedness in the collective that makes us ONE and it is this compassion we feel for humanity that fuels our purpose-driven work. Maybe.
Jupiter could be the mature expression of a moral imperative with Mars there to add the fire of movement and passion to the effort. Maybe.
But bear in mind, Mars is a malefic and considered nocturnal in nature; meaning, he is known in traditional astrology to cause mayhem and his motives are less on the surface of conscious awareness. Jupiter, while considered the Great Benefic, expands and amplifies by nature and can easily exacerbate a situation into ‘too much, too fast’ or cause pain from the perils of gluttony. And NEPTUNE?! …… The shape shifter himself bedazzled in teal-purple mist, ready to enchant and beguile in equal whimsy and often at the same time! Neptune is a beautiful muse also known for deception; sometimes from others but most often by our own refusal to see a reality we perceive as ugly or hurtful. We can think of Neptune as a planet of fantasy and respite where we are allowed to ‘vacation’ as long as we want, using whatever ‘tools’ will help keep us there, with no rules and no judgment. Neptune just blows another puff of ringed smoke in our faces because the reality we will inevitably face when all is said and done is not his to mind… That’s our problem. Be careful of his sweet lies. Let us determine as best we can the solidity of the dreams we are following before selling the farm.
Mainly, what I’m leading to is this: energies are strongly present for unrealized emotional agendas to run rampant if we use the energy of this full moon, Neptune, Jupiter, and Mars to launch full throttle into a particular direction without FIRST dialing in our awareness of what is true in our hearts and real in constant and dependable ways in our lives.
Once in alignment with what we truly want/need and we are pursuing true ideals vs pipe dreams, the potency of the full moon’s associated water grand trine can be applied toward the inspired works of purpose that most mirror the best expression of who we are and our true gifts of love to the collective.
So, my lovelies…..
While you work (Saturn), while you play (Sun/Venus/Jupiter), while you dream (Moon/Neptune), while you …….slay? (Mars) lol!! ….ENJOY the kicked up power of this lunar blessing! Use it as another opportunity, nay, your Divine right for nurturing self-care and the cue to act as the agent of alchemical change in your world! Just…. PLEASE COSMICALLY CO-CREATE RESPONSIBLY!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
**PSA Transmission complete.**
An Invitation to the Integrity of Authenticity
….turns out Saturn had a thing or two to say in last night’s mediation!
I wish I could say I enchanted the evening with corresponding energetic symbols to further draw in Saturn’s energy (i.e. Saturnian stones, herbs, colors, music…. etc.. ) but time was limited and I was already feeling pretty damn-well connected via my own strong natal links (as said many times, Saturn is the CEO of my chart!) and his current transited placement?: EXACTLY CONJUNCT MY ASCENDANT! So I just dove in. Saturn’s succinct any way so he’s fine with down and dirty. And it was if he’d been expecting me…..
“So Scarlet, why did you exclaim “MOTHER FUCK!” the other day??? Is Saturn in Capricorn “BAD?”
Essentially, that depends on your relationship with Saturnian energies but I will say that putting Saturn in a sign that is already totally aligned to his style to communicate his lessons is like giving Popeye his spinach! He’s empowered to be “MORE SATURN-Y” in full Saturn-on-Saturn action! If this is energy you’ve been needing and relate to well, you’ll be ready to run with it. If not, you may have some work to do to find ways to get the best result of his energy in your life.
Those of us who have strong Capricorn energy in our charts should at least feel a sense of familiarity of what is required of us, regardless of how that relationship usually goes. We may be familiar but it is also helpful to remember this is another opportunity to mine more wisdom from Saturn by learning to connect and see him in greater depth.
The long and short of it is, Saturn gets A LOT of negative hype. Partly due to his relationship to the astronomers/ astrologers of antiquity when one’s position in life was viewed as fated in stone and partly due to his own doing for going around eating his own kids while artists captured it in paint :P, Saturn has been known to instill fear.
Saturn also gets a bad wrap because despite his lessons.
being for our benefit, no matter if the lessons are
delivered through aspects known for comfort & ease
(trines, sextiles) or harder aspects (squares, oppositions,
conjunctions), often the discomfort to Saturnian
experiences doesn’t feel all that different. Admittedly,
there’s always a range and a “worse” to descend to… but
when it comes to taking one’s medicine, Saturn is
essentially the cherry syrup of the zodiac vs. the bubble
gum or the grape! To many, especially those less
acquainted with working with Saturn or less aligned to his
energy, such experiences only ever feel so good… Sort
of the difference between a drill sergeant that has it out
for you on the severe end vs. the overly invested dad at
his son’s football game who has devoted much time and
effort to his son’s disciplined training and now expects a WIN! Both can drive you into the ground with expectation; one just feels more enthusiastically supportive as he’s doing it.
But Saturn is often paradoxically exactly what he appears to be (a lesson) and yet not at all what he appears to be when we learn the truth the lesson was meant to reveal. My last post highlighted this old image in an effort to face the shadow directly and bring it further into the light where we can really examine it.
So why do we fear Saturn?
Those of us who have any working knowledge of him at all know there is truth in his infamy… Saturn rules concepts like order, discipline, and structure. He brings gifts of mastery but they’re typically hard-won and thwart with blocks, limitations, and/or delays leaving a lot of us feeling like his price is too high with the path of least resistance looking better and better.
What I’ve learned to date is that the judgments ‘good’ or ‘bad’ regarding Saturn and how he will show up for you are mostly influenced by one’s personal disposition to Saturnian energies and can be highly subjective. Questions to consider might be:
- Is Saturn challenged by placement or aspect in your chart?
- Is Saturn challenging another sensitive natal planet in your chart? (i.e. Moon, Sun, Venus,Asc) either natally or by transit?
- Do the overarching emphasis of energies in your chart align well with Saturnian energies?(i.e. Do you have a lot a strong Jupiter that refuses to be confined? Are all your planets in Aquarius balking at having to relinquish the freedom to be unconventional because the situation requires a conformity to a societal norm?One key to fostering a healthier relationship with Saturn is to begin to really understand Saturn’s nature, align our thinking to that nature as best we can, and let those insights begin to form a more realistic view of what we can and probably shouldn’t expect from Saturn in order to avoid disappointment.
Truth: Saturn, on his own, is not partial to you for good or bad. We’re not talking about how he may be aspecting your personal natal chart here. For now, we’re just talking about Saturn’s essence. Saturn, while previously considered a malefic, really acts with neutrality. Our suffering around Saturn tends to come from:
– reveal to you the areas where you need to put in practical effort to develop your ability
– challenge you to get clear and strong in your purpose, asking: “Do you really want this? How do you know you know? …because if you want this thing to last, you need to KNOW your why!” and “Do you really BELIEVE you can do this? What makes you think so? Show me! Convince me!” Then while you run off to do just that, in the process you slowly become what you’ve been fearing to create and convince yourself in the most powerful way -your own action- which lends a joyful confidence no one can take from you; and SURPRISE!! …convincing yourself was really what it was about all along anyway, right?! Saturn coyly smiles.
- • Saturn Slows Us Down & Keeps Us RealIronic that the pace of the world, associated symbolically with Saturn itself, currently operates in such a non-Saturnian way when it comes to our expectation for results! Saturn slows us down with limitations, blocks, and delays to:- give us the opportunity to dig deeper to discover our truest wisdom- draw our attention inward through meditation and internal reflection- create a safe, sacred space where we can hold audience for the tender needs of ourhearts and souls (Moons)- reveal to us that the perception of an external block is actually paradoxically linked to
an internal block and something in our resistance is telling us that something about
our end goal or how we’re actively going about achieving it is out of alignment
(ex. You perceive your external block is a lack of finances but digging deeper reveals your block is actually your internal blocks around money that manifests by not charging your full worth or not believing you have the skill to confidently carry out inspired ideas that will generate greater income! *Entreprenuers, I’m looking to you! * :)
• Saturn & the Moon: A Precarious Balance
On that final note, I’d like to offer a reminder that in addition to Saturn moving into his own sign, with the Winter Solstice also upon us, the seasonal balance is heavily in Saturn’s domain as well! Further, the moon is currently in Capricorn and Venus will move into Capricorn on 12/25! With such a concentration of energy in Capricorn, it automatically highlights the imbalance and lack of opposite energy in Cancer, or LUNAR energy!
It has been said that Saturn acts as the polarity to many of the other planets and certainly the Moon is at the top of the list with Cancer directly opposing Capricorn on the zodiacal wheel. Further, the nature of the nurturing nature of the Moon balances the harsher, no nonsense nature of Saturn.
Due to the current concentrated imbalance, it can be especially important now to bring conscious attention to caring for the needs of our Moon (emotions, soul) because there can be a compulsive tendency to over-emphasize a focus on productivity and work at the expense of tuning in when we really need to! Remember, as two sides of an axis, Saturnian and Lunar energy can work hand in hand to feed each other through the process of DOING & BEING. “Being” is what we are and is often understood through our connection to our hearts (moon) because it is our hearts that carry the secret of our true selves. “Doing” is related to the practical action steps we take to become more of what we need to BE based on who/ what we are. It is very difficult to DO – take action steps – in the right direction until you’ve done the inner work to understand who you ARE. What you then need to DO to BE more of who/what you are then becomes clearer with less wasted time and frustration. This can be a particularly important lesson for entrepreneurs, healers, artists, intuitives, or anyone else involved in the conscious co-creation of their ideal life! Many find that when this balance is maintained, working hard gets replaced with working WISE with energy being channeled purposefully rather than scattered in uncertain starts and stops. Working wisely from heart- centered integrity finds many PRODUCING more than ever giving the appearance of working harder because this time the work feels like joyful freedom making it a pleasure to do!
When it’s all said and done, what we can say is Saturn delivers a mixed bag of experiences that are often perceived to be mostly negative until our own maturity and perceptions can evolve to meet him in understanding. Depending on the person and the type of experience, that understanding can take a lifetime.
So to recap, yes, Saturn can come with criticism, doubt, depression, limitations, delays, blocks, destructive discipline, and hard work. If and when Saturn reveals his harsher side, remember to slow down, be willing to dig deeper to understand the lesson, and counter the hurts with self-care that supports your emotional needs.
Otherwise, Saturn also refines, polishes, sharpens, deepens, enriches fortifies, constructively disciplines, empowers, clarifies, offers certainty, stabilizes, provides structures and systems, gives us purposeful work that, while challenging, feels rewarding and empowering to complete, manifests, grounds, informs about the laws of causes and effect, reveals karmic ties, instills longevity and integrity, and affords self-mastery! So this can be an excellent time to gain success in goals that require these attributes (i.e. your writing project, finding your business’s purpose, committing to a weight loss plan, attending to your financial health by ‘keeping your mind on money and your money on your mind’, etc…. :))))) Sorry, had to. :P )
Day of the Week: Saturday
Element: Earth, Water
Tarot: The World, The Hanged Man, Death, The Devil
Chakra: Muladhara (root), Anahata (heart), Visuddha (throat), Sahasrara (crown)
Colors: black, brown, purple, navy blue, dark grey, dark green, indigo, light yellow
Qualities: Yin, Restricting, Limiting, Firm, Solid, Tangible, Structured
Alchemical Process: Nigredo, Calcination
Incense: Myrrh, Spikenard, Harmal, Copal, Aloe
Trees: Beech, Holly, Poplar, Scotch Pine, Yew, Aspen, Rowan,
Blackthorn, Cypress, Fir, Elm, Magnolia, Mimosa, Witch Hazel
Plants: Datura, Comfrey, Heartsease, Red Root, Uva Ursi, Kava
Kava, Amaranth, Ivy, Lobelia, Horsetail, Quince, Monkshood,
Morning Glory, Rue, Solomon’s Seal, Belladonna, Bittersweet,
Boneset, Buckthorn, Hellebore, Hemlock, Henbane, Knot Weed,
Lady’s Slipper, Mandrake, Mullein, Patchouli, Pansy, Skullcap,
Stones: Onyx, Jet, Diamond, Obsidian, Apache Tears, Azurite,
Hematite, Jasper (brown), Tourmaline (black), Serpentine, Black
Tools: Hourglass, Scythe, Scales, Shadows, Sickle, Veil
Creatures: Goat, Donkey, Bee, Beaver, Tortoise, Wren, Crow,
Body: bones, teeth, skin, knees, ligaments, auditory organs, gall bladder, the body’s protein, parathyroid glands, tendons, joints, spleen, all hardening and aging processes, long-term memory, rheumatism, depression, lethargy
Gods: Janus, Saturn, Kronos (Cronus), Ninib, Amun, Khensu Saturn
Goddesses: Ariadne, Ceres, Demeter, Durga, Hecate, Hera, Juno, Kali, Rhea
Archangel: Tzaphkiel, Cassiel
Archetypes: Father Time, Father, the Oppressor, the Sage, the Crone, Master, Teachers (esp. strict ones!)
Magically, Saturn can be great for any work pertaining to his natural function (i.e. grounding, binding, manifesting, protecting, purifying, karmic work, coming to terms with reality and/or influencing it, etc… )