Progressed Full Moon Phase

I’m coming up on a very rare event: my progressed full moon phase (read what natal progressions are here). Just like the sun and moon in the sky, your progressed sun and moon go through phases: new moon, first quarter, full moon, etc.

As explained in more detail in this article, the progressed moon is the fastest moving progression at a speed of two and a half years spent in each zodiac sign. So it takes about 30 years for your progressed moon to move all the way around your chart. The progressed sun takes 30 years in each sign! So when they make connections with one another, it’s really significant and the energy lasts a few years. The progressed sun represents your evolving ego identity and life purpose. The progressed moon represents your evolving needs and relationships.

My PR sun is at 27º Taurus, and my PR moon is at 27º Scorpio (exact November 25th). This is a personal culmination, just like the Full Moon is in general. All my efforts over the last 15 years (since my progressed new moon phase) are coming together, and supposedly I will either see great success and recognition, or significant loss and the crumbling of everything I’ve worked for. No pressure!

This progression phase for anyone begins 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. The action happens at the beginning of the phase, and then the following few years are pretty smooth, because whatever happened is over and you can go from there. It seems kind of like Christmas, to me: you anticipate it for a while, then it happens and you get to open your presents. The aftermath is either being satisfied you got what you want, or dealing with disappointment, but either way you know for sure.

This is what my progressed chart looks like right now. You can see the Sun and Moon glyphs in opposition from one another (with the bold red line between them), in Taurus and Scorpio, respectively. You can also see that my progressed moon is conjunct Uranus, which I will talk about in a minute:

Progressed Full Moon Phase

I’ve known this phase was coming for a while, just being an astrologer who looks all this stuff up way in advance. But I have been terrified of it! Because up until the beginning of this month I literally didn’t which way my life would go. Over the last few years during my progressed Scorpio moon phase things have been really shitty, to be perfectly frank with you. I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.. But it looks like I am going to be okay…I have a new job, I managed to keep my home through a financial struggle, and of course I’m still alive (the ultimate win!).

On a side note, it’s interesting that the U.S. election has coincided with my own personal culmination, in a weird synchronicity. 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 emotionally taxing for everyone, and on a personal level it falls on my progressed Ascendant and sextiles my natal Ascendant. Bottom line…I was very emotionally tied up in the events of my nation.

Another weird coincidence is the element of surprise in this election is also clearly present in my own progressed chart. My PR moon at 27º Scorpio is conjunct Uranus, which represents the unexpected. Also – because things are always mirrored multiple times in astrology – transiting Uranus in the sky is conjunct my natal Sun in Aries, right now. Hey, it keeps things interesting, right?

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Full Moon in Taurus, and the Feminine Standoff

There is a Full Moon coming up on the Monday the 14th, at 22º Taurus. There’s also a lot going on worldwide, right now, but especially in the U.S. Our election didn’t go as anticipated, people are hurt and angry, and minorities are terrified about what this government means to their personal safety. Other people – who were hurt and angry – are ecstatic that a new regime has begun in Washington.

This full moon falls on Hillary Clinton’s Lunar North Node (aka her karmic path forward), and at the time I – as many others, no doubt – was fairly certain she was a shoe in for the presidency. Well, her destiny is pointing in another direction, but this moon phase is a significant step. First of all, Black Moon Lilith will be conjunct the sun at 19º Scorpio, and therefore opposes the full moon. BML is the apogee of the moon’s orbit (a point in space, not a celestial body), and in Judaism, represents Adam’s first wife before he made Eve. Lilith was wild and refused to submit to him, insisting upon being treated as an equal; when Adam tried to dominate her, she left Eden.

In astrology, she represents untamable, raw female sexual energy, often becoming angry over being ostracized because she refuses to conform. In Scorpio, she’s essentially in her element, but fits into the “scapegoat” role too well. Lilith’s anger is dangerous in Scorpio, simmering under the surface with one finger on the trigger to a nuke. When she opposes the Taurus full moon this Monday, she represents a standoff between traditional female roles (Taurus moon) and the scapegoat female who threatened to destroy the sanctity of the establishment (Lilith in Scorpio).

Hillary certainly fits the description of the woman who threatened to take down the country, in the eyes of many. But from the viewpoint of others, women on the whole have been ostracized by the establishment once again, by not being allowed to take part in yet another male-dominated arena: the presidency. This full moon is a culmination of the outpouring of emotion that women around the world are feeling and sharing, the pain of – as Hillary said in her concession speech – not yet breaking that final glass ceiling. There is a lot of fear, as I said, for many minorities, but for women it means someone who unapologetically speaks about sexual predation is now their leader. It is intolerable and they, like Lilith, are refusing to submit and are angry at the injustice of not being accepted for who they are.

On a positive note, Chiron will be giving a little aid via a sextile to the full moon from Pisces, which always promotes healing, compassion, and empathy. It’s not just women that are hurting right now, nor all women (many will be on the Taurus side of this polarity and welcome a return to traditional values). But if those that are hurting and those that have compassion for their fellow Americans and global neighbors who are in pain can come together, we can find a resolution for all of this. I didn’t watch it, but I heard that Trump’s acceptance speech was filled with a lot more humility and inclusion for all citizens than anything he said in his campaign. Hopefully that’s true, and we can start to rebuild a more loving and inclusive country.

Numerology Life Path 6

This article is part of a numerology series about the Life Path number and what it represents.(the essence of who you are, and your purpose). To calculate your Life Path, add up the day, month, and year of your birth, then keep reducing until you get to one number. For example, if you were born on November 25th, 1992 (11-25-1992), you would add: (1+1) + (2+5) + (1+9+9+2). This reduces to 2 + 7 + 3 = 12. Twelve reduces as follows: 1 + 2 = 3. You would be a Life Path 3.

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If you have a 6 Life Path, then congratulations, because you have the most attractive number! This is the number of love, and your purpose – and challenge – throughout your life will be opening your heart to give and receive love freely. You also have the most responsibility on your hands, and duties/obligations will be your biggest stress point throughout your life. The number 6 is centered around the family unit, and as a 6 you tend to be the matriarch. Even if you are a man, there is less of the stark traditional father figure in you and more of the loving (but forever worrying) family leader.

As a life path 6, you are constantly seeking justice/balance (think Libra) and are often thrown into positions of leadership, because you are naturally like a sheep dog, trying to herd others to safety. As a result, you can also be a bit overly controlling and condescending, because you think you know what’s best for everyone. I think of LP 6s like perpetual eldest children…they shoulder a lot of responsibility and have to worry about their younger siblings, have the most chores, but in a way enjoy being the one their parents rely on to make things run smoothly.

6’s find it hard to let go and let others live their lives, and as a result can get a bit too judgmental at times. They don’t seem to realize how much their good opinion affects others, and how words of criticism can tear down those who look up to them. If you are a 6 and you don’t have a family, you’ll make a family of your friends, or if you don’t have a spouse you’ll uber-focus on your kids. You can easily become a helicopter parent, or that person that is always trying to rescue or “fix” others. Careful, that’s not love! Get yourself a creative project to focus on because on top of being the most attractive number, you’re also good at art and music and anything aesthetic (because life is fair). The payment for your many gifts is, of course, that you’re a perfectionist and are just as critical of yourself as you are of others.

Life path 6s care a lot. When people don’t let your love in, however, you can get very annoying to be around. You have high expectations of yourself and others, and people just can’t live up to that. You also (like Libra) blow icy cold when you aren’t happy, which is just another form of trying to control the people around you. Try letting go instead of tightening your grip when you get disappointed or stressed out, and remember that the ones you love are only human! If you must control something, let it be your business or hobby, and watch it flourish. I like 6s (I’m a 9) but they can be some of the most smothering people.

I think there’s also something Neptunian in the 6 energy because of the idealism and creative energy. You can use this to be really compassionate to others and successful in creative endeavors, or like Neptune/Pisces, you can let yourself become disappointed over and over when reality doesn’t live up to your high ideals. Or, you don’t take any action at all – in typical Libra fashion – because circumstances aren’t perfect. When you embrace the messiness of life and realize that on a larger scale it is perfect that way, you’ll be able to let the love flow more easily.

Upcoming Transits and the U.S. Presidential Election

There are three ingresses this week, leading up to the Full Moon next Monday (Nov 14th). All these planets will be changing signs within a four-day period, starting the day after the U.S. presidential election…which is quite the energy shift!

Mars enters Aquarius on Wednesday, Nov 9th (EST). This is an innovative and go-against-the-grain energy for Mars, planet of initiation and action. But it’s more about concepts than doing, so there’s that. Aquarius is emotionally detached and objective, so it may be easier to think before you make a rash decision. I said maybe: Aquarius is known for its unpredictability and rule-breaking. Mars enters Pisces on Dec 19th.

Venus enters Capricorn on Friday, Nov 11th. This puts the focus for love and friendship on practical, achievable goals, and new connections that double as resources. Sounds a little cold and calculated, but Capricorn is actually a warm earth sign, just the most ambitious one. Venus also rules material things, and Capricorn loves status, so you may be drawn to name-brands (and quality over quantity). Venus enters Aquarius on Dec 7th.

Mercury enters Sagittarius on Saturday, Nov 12th. This opens up communication and puts emphasis on the bigger picture (with much potential for flaws in the details!). Sag is all about ideas and beliefs, so this can also be a time for arguments, all of which will have holes. An excellent time to learn anything new and exciting, or peruse faith and spirituality texts. Mercury enters Capricorn on Dec 2nd.

With the U.S. presidential election in two days, this week ushers in a time of change! I’ve been trying to do the astrology of Clinton and Trump, and unfortunately there’s a lot of argument over Hillary’s birth time, which throws houses and angles out the window. But at poll closing time, the sky favors a female energy; the sun and moon are in Scorpio and Pisces, both water signs. In fact, they are in Hillary’s natal sun and moon signs, which bodes well for her…and the upcoming Full Moon in Taurus is conjunct her Lunar North Node, which represents her destiny.

Donald also has some transits happening, specifically planets entering his natal and progressed 4th house (assuming his birth time is correct)…this indicates a renewed focus on home and family. He also has Jupiter conjunct Chiron, which represents a major flare up of an old emotional pain, and he will soon have his Jupiter return which is the start of a new 12-year cycle. That could be the start of his presidency, or it could indicate he’s packing it in and headed for something new. I guess we’ll see!

I checked the U.S.’s progressed chart, and our country’s ascendant just entered Virgo, a feminine sign. Could we actually see the first female president of the United States get elected this week? What a long-awaited historical moment that will be!

Progressed Moon in Sagittarius or 9th House

This post is part of a series about lunar progressions. Progressions are your natal planets advanced a day for each year you have been alive (aka very slowly), and represent how you have evolved. You can read this post for more about progressions, in general. To calculate your progressed chart you can establish a free account at astro.com and enter your birth data (date, time, and location) to generate a natal chart. Then under “extended chart selection” you can choose progressed chart.

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The progressed moon represents your evolving needs, and takes about 2.5 years to go through each sign. This sign describes your general emotional climate and relationships. The natal house your progressed moon is moving through describes the areas of life that are most important.

When you go from PR moon in Scorpio to Sagittarius, it’s like a breath of fresh air. I am about to go through this transition in a few months, and I absolutely can’t wait because PR Scorpio moon is difficult; it’s all about survival, living on bare bones, and is very solitary. But moving into Sagittarius is when the world opens up again. Sag is a sign about freedom, adventure, optimism and fun!

Sag is ruled by Jupiter, planet of expansion. Jupiter is like the ghost of Christmas present, an enormous man surrounded by a cornucopia of food and drinks and happy people. Sagittarius has this same energy…party, excess, and a lightness of being that can’t be weighed down. Sooo different from the darkness and despair of Scorpio! But Jupiter hates being fenced in, so you can get a bit restless or discontent with day-to-day life during PR moon in Sagittarius, especially if you’re not growing.

When your PR moon switches to Sag, the famine turns to feast. Although very private, Scorpio is an extremely emotional sign, and it’s also very obsessive. So it goes to a dark place and it stays there, or becomes fixated on one thing only. Sagittarius is a fire sign so it’s still emotional, but in a passionate, creative way. You are more open about your feelings and way more likely to laugh off the blues, during this lunar progression. When you were in Scorpio PR moon, you got quiet if something bothered you, maybe plotted your revenge…but now, you will be immediately argumentative if you feel like you have to defend your beliefs. Sag loves a debate!

This is also a mutable sign, meaning it goes with the flow. You will find it a lot easier to embrace change now, and even be spontaneous again. Wanderlust is common with this progression. You will feel curious about people from different walks of life, especially different cultures, and want to have easy friendships. Higher education will also be important so you may be drawn to experienced types, or even pursue a higher degree yourself…there’s something about college campuses and learning that Sag is drawn to like a moth to a flame. Travel is also something to plan/expect. Opportunity to broaden your horizons just comes about during this phase, and also to be creative and express yourself.

If your PR moon is transitioning from your natal 8th to 9th house, you’ll experience similar changes, especially more opportunities for growth/higher learning/travel/publishing, because those are the H9 areas. When your PR moon was in H8, you probably had to deal with issues concerning shared resources – your partner’s funds, debts you owe, tax issues, an inheritance after a loved one dies – and generally un-fun things similar to what I described about the Scorpio lunar progression. H8 represents things that aren’t entirely in your control, and where you give up some of your power to someone else. Obviously shared money falls into that category, but also death (loss of a loved one, perhaps), and intimacy with your partner/loved ones, is included.

I think the main thing about the transition from Scorpio to Sagittarius, or 8th house to 9th, is this feeling that you survived. You did it, you went through the dark tunnel and came out on the other side, and you’re just so happy about it! That’s why there’s a renewed sense of faith…you realize that there must be a higher power helping you out, because it looked like it was the end, for a while there. So you abandon the dark cubby hole you’ve been living in and come out into the world, because you’re genuinely curious about what’s new out there. Sag tends to be a popular sign because people can’t help but be drawn to your laid back, “it’s all good” attitude. Only someone who has been through hell can come out and not sweat the small stuff, and now that’s you.

You will be more honest during this progression, but know you may be too blunt or in people’s faces. Explore your faith and beliefs, but try not to force them down other people’s throats, because it’s none of your business what another’s truth is. Give into your wanderlust and thirst for fun, but realize you may be seen as more unreliable or immature by others during this time. You’ll be drawn to new experiences but also excess. Remember more is not necessarily better.

This progression is easy for everyone, but most enjoyable for those with natal moon in another fire sign (Aries, Leo). It will be the most challenging for those with natal moon in another mutable sign (Gemini, Virgo, Pisces), but again, the “challenges” of this lunar progression are negligible compared to other phases.

My Halloween Dream


Happy Halloween!

This is my favorite holiday. The thing I love about Halloween is that all the scary stuff is openly enjoyed. I really love being spooked, and I grew up in the 80’s with movies like Poltergeist, Nightmare on Elm Street, and the Shining…so it wasn’t too hard. I also have an affinity for everything Halloween: witches, ghosts, black cats, pumpkins, fall. I also love that this is a pagan holiday, and that the veil between this world and the nonphysical is the thinnest, tonight.

I have natal Sun opposite Pluto. One foot in each world, one in light, one in darkness. (A major factor is that I grew up with one parent alive and one dead.) I was born on the 13th, and they say a person born on that day inherently understands death. I always felt a bit weird growing up, but Halloween is the time of year when it’s alright to bring out the weird!

There’s another reason I feel connected to Halloween: I have had a reoccurring dream about it my whole life. The dream always begins the morning of October 31st, and usually I forgot that it’s Halloween. I am excited, and get busy because there’s lots to do. When I was little, the dream used to be that my mom hadn’t yet finished my costume and I was worried I wouldn’t get to go trick-or-treating. When I was a teenager, it was about scrambling to make plans with friends. As an adult, the dream typically takes place in Salem, MA (where I’ve been in real life several times on or around Halloween).

Morning becomes afternoon, and the dream changes. I start to panic, because whatever I’m doing is taking much longer than I planned. The sun sinks in the sky, and instead of making progress, new things crop up that I have to do. The last part of the dream is when night comes. I am typically running around desperately trying to finish all my tasks so that I can join in the fun, but in most of the dreams I never seem to make it. I’m searching for someone or something and don’t even know what it is, at that point. I see everyone else having fun and before I know it, Halloween is over and I missed the party.

The dream usually ends here, but sometimes it continues to a post-Halloween night phase. I wander around alone in the cold, never having found that friend or finished my tasks. The streets are now empty, houses are dark, lights are off and the candles in jack-o-lanterns have been blown out. Everyone went home, and I am still out wandering in the darkness. It’s really quite horrifying, and when I wake up I have this harrowing feeling and sometimes I am breathing heavy. But usually the dream ends before this phase. In more recent years, I actually do get to enjoy the night at the end, and it’s a good dream (thank god because I was starting to think I have real psychological problems).

Happy Halloween! 🎃👻🍭

A Skipped Step


I have a personal new beginning on the horizon, so I’ve been pondering the New Moon in Scorpio (October 30th). It squares my lunar nodes (7º Leo and Aquarius), which means it represents a “Skipped Step” on my nodal axis. A square to your nodes offers the chance to leave something in your past behind (like a self-destructive behavior) and take the next step on your soul’s journey. This is an Evolutionary Astrology concept.

Karmically, the Lunar Nodes represent your soul’s path forward (North Node) and the path behind (South Node), and if you don’t believe in karma then you can look at them as what you are familiar with (SN) based on your early life experience, and what is unfamiliar but calls to you because it offers true happiness (NN). Physically, the nodes are not actually celestial bodies, but opposing points of the moon’s orbit that are always exactly 180º apart. The idea is that we are supposed to use the natural gifts of our South Node to propel us towards the true fulfillment that the North Node offers. The further along in life you are, the more you should be traveling towards your NN and away from your SN. But life is a journey and there are many steps on this path, including the Skipped Step.

As an example, my North Node is in Leo as I said. I’m here to embrace self-expression, creativity, passion, living in the moment…all things Leo, but it’s foreign to me somehow, so I find it really uncomfortable (even though my moon is in Leo, go figure). My South Node is in Aquarius, which means I’m used to feeling different, being alone, intellectualizing everything, and just plain being weird, and my safety zone is to be hermit-like and not share my emotions. But in order to find true happiness and fulfillment, I’m gonna have to stop fearing ridicule from others and just express myself openly and creatively, and with passion. Ironically, when I do that people will supposedly embrace me (it’s really hard to do even knowing that from an astrology standpoint!).

A natal square to your nodal axis in your chart usually represents something you didn’t accomplish in your past life, and continue to stumble upon in this life. You have to get it right before you can leave the past behind and finally move forward. Not everyone has a square to their nodal axis, but sometimes (like this New Moon in Scorpio for me), a transit will square your nodes, allowing you to redo a skipped step and move forward. If you do have a natal planet that squares your nodes, this will be a challenge you will have to overcome several times in the course of your life…but you will get better and better at it, more advanced, more skilled. A square can actually be a blessing, in my opinion.

Sometimes people come into your life with personal planets that square your Nodes, and you must accomplish something with that person before you can move on. Although they seem like an outside force, they are really acting as an opportunity to spur you into action that will allow you to propel yourself forward. Incidentally, when someone has a planet that aspects your SN, they are someone from your past life (or lives) and have a familiar feel to them. These are the people you meet that you feel like you have known forever, and just feel natural. If it’s a challenging planet like Pluto, Saturn, or sometimes Mars, then it could be a negative familiar feeling. If it’s the sun, moon, Venus, Mercury, or Jupiter, then it will likely be a positive familiar feeling. When people have planets that aspect your NN you are drawn to them but they can also make you feel uncomfortable because they represent unfamiliar territory that you are drawn to but are also scared to embrace.