Progressed Full Moon Phase

Progressed Full Moon PhaseI’m coming up on an interesting and rare astrological progression: my progressed Full Moon phase. I’m currently in the middle of writing a series on Lunar Progressions, in which I go into great depth on how your PR moon will affect you in each sign and house. But I haven’t talked about the PR moon phases. They are determined based on the relationship between your progressed Sun and Moon. For example, if your progressed sun is at 1º Virgo, and your progressed moon is at 1º Sagittarius, then they square one another and you are entering a 1st quarter phase which will last for the next several years. You will be experiencing themes of growth, crisis that clarifies what direction to pursue, etc. (I’ll write a future article that goes into more detail about the different phases, but this one focuses on my personal experience so far with the Full Moon phase.)

Just to clarify, progressions are entirely personal to you, unlike transits. They are calculated by speeding up your natal chart by one day for every year of your life. So if you are 40 years old, your progressed chart is the same as the sky 40 days after you were born. They are a predictive tool, and describe how you are currently using the potential of your natal chart. When your progressed planets (usually just the inner ones) change signs or houses, it’s a big deal because a) they move very slowly and b) they mark significant changes in your life.

Your sun, just like in your natal chart, is the most significant progressed planet, and represents your evolving identity and purpose. It changes signs only once every 30 years. The moon is also important, changing signs every 2.5 years, and describes your evolving needs and relationships as well as your general emotional “climate” for that time period. The relationship between the PR sun and moon is how you determine the phase you are in. The PR sun and moon join up once every 30 years, and this represents your “new moon” phase, or the start of a brand new 30-year cycle.

I am coming up on my Full Moon phase, because my PR sun is at 27º Taurus, and my PR moon is at 27º Scorpio (they will be exact on November 25th). This is a culmination, just like the regular Full Moon. It is a time where all your efforts – over the last 15 years – come together, and you can see great success and recognition, or significant loss and the crumbling of everything you’ve worked for. It begins about a 4-year period of picking up the pieces and starting in a new direction, either in the wake of success or the wake of failure. They say the “action” happens right at the beginning, and then the next few years are pretty smooth, because whatever happened happened and you can go from there. It’s kind of like Christmas: you’ve been anticipating it a while, then it’s finally here and you get to open your presents. After that, whether you got what you wanted and are satisfied, or you didn’t and are disappointed, at least it’s over and you are certain either way!

Progressed Full Moon Phase

As an astrologer, I’ve obviously known this was coming. But I have been terrified of it, because up until really the beginning of this month, I wasn’t sure which way my life would go: success or ruin. Over the last few years in my PR Scorpio moon phase, things have been particularly challenging. I really didn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel for a while, but I had to just hope and keep faith that everything would work out, even when it repeatedly looked like it wasn’t. But it looks (knock on wood) like I am going to be okay. I have a great new job that I love, I managed to maintain my home through a very difficult financial struggle, and I am still alive!

I think it’s so interesting that the U.S. election has coincided with my own personal culmination. There was such anticipation and emotional investment nationwide (worldwide, actually), and now that we all know the outcome, we have to pick up the pieces and move on from here. At least we know…right? The Taurus Full Moon today (a supermoon!) has been extremely emotionally taxing, and I didn’t realize it, but it falls close to my PR Ascendant and sextile my natal Ascendant. I think I was too tied up in the events of my nation, and now I have to go back to minding my own business!

On an interesting note, the element of surprise in this election is also clearly present in my own chart; my PR moon at 27º Scorpio is conjunct Uranus (see my progressed chart above). Surprise, surprise, indeed! In addition, transiting Uranus is conjunct my natal Sun in Aries. I don’t particularly enjoy having my life and emotions so tied up in what is going on globally, but I do enjoy a bit of the unexpected to keep life fresh and interesting. It’s also strange that as my life takes a turn for the better on a personal level, it seems like everything else is crumbling. I hope that’s not the case, but at the moment, my country seems to be in turmoil.

In a few months, my PR moon will move into Sagittarius, and then my natal 9th house. I am looking forward to the change, expansion, hopefulness, and adventure of that phase, which will also resonate very well with all my natal Aries planets and Leo moon. After the storm is indeed the calm, and even though this is obvious in my chart, I think that can be said for anyone who is going through their progressed Lunar Full Moon phase.

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Uranus Rx 2015

Uranus Rx 2015A day after Venus turns tail, Uranus – the Awakener – will follow suit and station retrograde, at 20º Aries. The Rx period: 7/26 – 12/25. Our sense of freedom, individualism, independence, and unique qualities are under review. Uranus Rx intensifies a need for liberation, and asks: What baggage can be cut? One can’t pioneer into fresh territory with dead weight. Uranus in Aries can be violet, sudden, unexpectedly aggressive. You may have to withdraw completely from someone or something in order to gain a sense of liberation.

This makes for a total of six planets retrograde (counting Chiron). Three of the five remaining direct planets are in Leo. What an odd juxtaposition! Leo is all about living in the moment, and Rx planets are taking stock of the past, reviewing. I think the key message here is to “do you” for a while, at least until more planets transit into Virgo (the sign that lives to serve):

Mercury enters Virgo 8/7
Jupiter enters Virgo 8/11
Sun enters Virgo 8/23
Mars enters Virgo 9/24
Venus re-enters Virgo (direct) 10/7

If all this retrograde internalized (and intensified) energy is dragging you inward, and backward at times, the purpose is so you can fully integrate the past into your present. This will later allow you to move forward with no holds barred (incidentally, after Christmas all planets will be direct again). Right now, Leo reminds us that we are wonderful, worthy, and deserve adoration as we are. This is an important self-esteem message to keep us happy in the moment, even as the Rx planets drag us backward.

Station Direct dates:
Saturn ~ 8/2
Venus ~ 9/6
Pluto ~ 9/25
Neptune ~ 11/18
Chiron ~ 11/28

An Erratic Teenager: Sun Square Uranus

An Erratic Teenager: Sun Square Uranus

This past week has been an interesting mix of tense and flowing aspects: Monday saw the Sun square Pluto: a face-off between personal power and external authority. Wednesday, Mercury entered Cancer.

Sunday, the Cancer Sun will square Uranus in Aries. This is like driving home to enjoy the comforts of family and a nice meal, and getting T-boned by an erratic teenager!

Hopefully that situation won’t actually happen to you, but it gives you an idea of what it’s like to clash with the planet of rebellion. Uranus in Aries is a lot like a teenager, refusing to obey rules of society, demanding to do his own thing. To sensitive (yet matriarchal) Sun in Cancer, it’s like a self-absorbed teenager who won’t listen! But you can’t do the smother-mother thing.

Squares are crises, but a transit like this can “spur” you into action, so if you look at it as an immediate opportunity to grow (rather than issues or people that foil your plans), it takes on new meaning. Squares involving the Sun and another planet can manifest in the form of a quarrel between you and someone else. It helps to recognize that the other person is just an outer projection of your own issues, in those cases!

The Lion, the Fish, and the Liberator

The Lion, the Fish, and the LiberatorThere are some interesting aspects from June 29 – July 1st (leading up to the Capricorn Full Moon). Venus joins Jupiter in Leo, and they trine the Liberator Uranus, and inconjunct Chiron in Pisces. See what happens when the Lion, the Fish, and the Liberator come together:

(Venus + Jupiter) in Leo = Expanding friendships, magnanimous love, extravagant spending, emphasis on self-pride, going all out in appearance, extreme feelings of self-worth.

6/29 – Trine to Uranus in Aries = Flow with your desire for freedom, self-expression, and originality. Uranus adds the element of surprise.

6/30 – Inconjunct to Chiron in Pisces = Chiron just went retrograde, and this doesn’t jive with the Venus/Jupiter agenda: the fish and the lion don’t have much in common. Examining old hurts, and at the same time, want to have an extravagant celebration about yourself? The key is adjustment. Allow your sensitive side to keep your larger-than-life affections in check. Maybe Chiron is projected onto someone you’re attempting to charm, and it’s uncomfortable for that person!

Jupiter Trine Uranus

Jupiter Trine UranusJupiter trines Uranus exact on June 22nd. This harmonious connection between the two slow-moving planets has been building for weeks, encouraging us to explore and expand in unchartered territory. This is the last of three times they trine (the first was September 25, 2014, the second March 3, 2015).

Jupiter entered Leo in July 2014, and has encouraged expansion of creativity, self-expression, the inner child, romance, generosity, pride, and drama. Jupiter magnifies the ego in Leo.

Uranus in Aries is a slow transit (2012-2018) that demands freedom via independence, pioneering, sudden changes, and doing-your-own-thing. Aries is impatient and Uranus tends to burn bridges in pursuit of liberation, via sudden upheavals. Aries is identity, and Uranus wants you to cut all that is old, stale, and conventional.

The two planets harmoniously trine each other at 20º Aries/Leo, creating positive expansion of originality and innovation. This aspect lacks tension, but there may still be growing pains: Jupiter inflates what it touches (good or bad) and Uranus violently shakes the dust off. But the two open new avenues, and encourage you to leave the past behind.

Trines can be taken for granted. If has been difficult to leave your old, comfy, safe way of life, remember that this is a chance to become liberated from what shackles you. Settling for less than you truly desire, all to meet status-quo or other’s expectations, is a self-imposed prison.

Will you stay in your cell, or step outside and face the unknown?

19º – 24º of the Fire signs will feel this strongest.