New Moon in Virgo - September 2018

Let's Kick it into Gear!

Fresh energy is powering the intention-setting for this Virgo New Moon. Virgo Sun and Virgo Moon will be exactly conjunct at about 17 degrees on September 9th, 11:00am mountain time. Saturn is about to go direct, there are may planets in the earth signs and there is a challenging yet secretly helpful opposition from Neptune occurring.

Virgo is a mutable earth sign, associated with the planet Mercury. It is a bit tough, yet wonderful. I like the 'get it done' vibe of Virgo, but it can be tedious at times. Health, hygiene and well being are important. Of course, the out of balance thing can hit, meaning things can feel challenged in health, as well as overwhelm to be organized. As in, perfection is 'so hard to achieve,' so why try? But, if you are reading this, you're putting forth the awareness in order to direct the energy to your well being and to getting some fall setup and organization done. My grandma once shared a Chinese proverb in a moment I was feeling overwhelmed, it went something like: "A person can eat an elephant one bite at a time". Piece by piece we can accomplish so much by focusing our attention to the first thing we can get done.

Earth signs bring vibes that make doing and creating very possible in the reality realm. This New Moon chart is very earthy. Mercury is also in Virgo, just 10 degrees away from the Sun and Moon. It is speeding though at its quickest right now, briefly making a Grand earth trine to Uranus in Taurus and Saturn in Capricorn. Both of which are at 2 degrees while Mercury will already be at 6 degrees and moving on at the time of the New Moon. None-the-less it gives us a little kick in the 'mind-pants' connection to ideas we want to get done. What structures may need breaking down to do it (Uranus in Taurus), and the powerful determination of Saturn in Capricorn can help task master our way to our goal. Lastly, Mars will be at the 29th and last degree of Capricorn, with Mars exalted in Capricorn (meaning at its strongest). The focus of Capricorn allows Mars' 'fresh initiation' to follow through and complete things (as opposed to starting a bunch of new projects left unattended). This is great energy to kick off some new intentions. Oh, also, Saturn is moving out of retrograde and beginning to move forward again! This brings some big flow. I enjoy the Leo King's example that Saturn going direct in Capricorn (its home sign) is like the train arriving at the station. We've been ready with our bags packed to board the train, and now the train is in ear shot. Finally, all those things you've been intending to build in your life, and all the de-procrastination you may have done, can now begin its manifestation and work.

Also I want to touch a little on some of the challenges some of you may be experiencing, which in part may have to do with Chiron making a trine to the north node in Leo and a sextile to the south node in Aquarius. There can be an edgy flow hitting our wounds and making us panic and want to jump off from what we've been building. Second guess or dealing with unexpected situations. The kind that aren't debilitating, but feel like a set back in some way. Keep going. Frequently, we want to ignore these things as you keep going--but if you didn't jump off--it would be of great benefit to call yourself out so you can build a way to support yourself the way you need to be, so you follow your definition of success (which sometimes, your definition of success needs to be redefined).

How to set your intentions: What have you been wanting? What do you feel you need? How is your emotional, spiritual, mental and physical health? What do you want your work time and free time to be like? What feels like the key priorities? What are the next steps to supporting these goals, and what can you do now?

There are a handful of other things to keep in mind with the charts. For instance, the dark lord Pluto is in Capricorn making a trine to the Sun and Moon. This will bring out our deep survival need. Feeling passionate about how bad we want those things in our life. So, know that what you are setting your intentions for now, may soften in its passionate need for better or for worse, as this aspect transitions. Also, there is a big deal watery aspect in the mix. The inter-dimensional Neptune is hanging out in its home of dreamy Pisces in a direct opposition to the Sun and Moon. I've heard a handful of astrologers mention this aspect as a warning that you may feel disillusioned and lost in your our version of reality. So yeah, that may be a possibility, but I get a different feeling with this aspect amongst the rest of the chart. I find that this Neptune in Pisces opposing Sun and Moon in Virgo brings a balance to the chart. There is so much in earth going on, that I think one could get overly caught up in the story of what is real, and this contradiction of Neptune knocks on the door of our minds and offers imagination! It is a reminder that "imagination lays the tracks for the reality train to follow". It allows us to be inspired and imagine what could be. Actually visualizing and experiencing many possibilities for the future--in our minds and hearts! Sure, it may not happen exactly that way, but it is beautiful how the journey grows as we follow our inspiration. Take one step at a time in reality and use this utilize these dreams and your connection to spirit to enjoy the challenge to help you grow into your path.

 

Happy Star Living,

AJ Caprikorn

 

Other Resources:

  • Leo King Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hETN7RHCcZc

 

  • Rick Levine's September forecast:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mB2CvqrDTxg

Full Moon in Pisces - August 2018

A little bit of ease, finally. It has been quite the squeeze, maybe like living the experience, of being made into lemonade.

The Moon is in exact opposition to the Sun on Sunday, August 26th at about 5am mountain time, each will be at 3 degrees in opposite signs (the Sun in Virgo and the Moon in Pisces). The Moon will appear the most full Saturday night the 25th. For ceremonies, the time leading to the Full Moon is the building and full maturation of past intentions. While the time after, is the release and letting go which creates space for the seed of the New Moon to come. The time of the Full Moon is great for charging and reseting any precious stones, laying them out directly in the moonlight is most powerful, but be aware of stones that 'melt' in water (and maybe just place those on a windowsill that sees the moonlight).

The Sun has moved into Virgo as of Wednesday the 22nd. I don't know about you, but I felt it. Maybe it was the Sun's shift into Virgo and maybe it was also because the Sun made a trine with Uranus in Taurus and Saturn in Capricorn to form a grand earth trine. But dang, it was like the 'power get-shit-done bug' bit me hard in the hiney. I'm feeling ready and focused for this Full Moon. If you've followed along you may remember that 6 planets and Chiron were retrograde!! Well, they still are but Mercury went direct and Mars goes direct following the Full Moon. Yes, something finally gave. I mean, even if you haven't followed along I can only imagine your version of 'what the heck life!?' that you have experienced the past two months or so. Anywho, back to some of the basics. 

Summer isn't over but you may have noticed the slight shift in the air. That would be the Sun in Virgo, making way for the season to change. Virgo is a mutable earth sign associated with the planet Mercury. With the Sun's shift, the essence of fall is becoming real and a buzz of preparing and organizing may be hitting your senses. If you recall or know already, Mercury is associated with both Gemini and Virgo. When in the form of Virgo, Mercury takes its information-loving-self to a detailed orientation. It sorts out the muck, and only wants the refined and perfected. The Moon, on the other hand, is in the sign opposite to Virgo on the zodiac wheel, which is Pisces.

Pisces is a mutable water sign. It not only ends a season, but also is the end of the zodiac cycle. Pisces ends winter (in the northern hemisphere), creating the stage for the new beginning of spring. Pisces is the culmination of all the signs and associated with the planet Neptune. It is dreamy, otherworldly and can be challenged to differentiate self from other because of its interconnectedness and understanding. The Moon stationed here may be calling you to feel more connected to others and feeling compassionate. It may spark some creativity and a need to express your personal art. On the flip side of the Neptunian/Piscinian feeling of being connected to everything, one can also become overwhelmed and depressed as 'over-compassion' gets bombarded and confusing. This leads to the escapist nature of Neptune. So, how to work this to your advantage? Go to your 'what helps me feel balanced' list or make one. Some examples could be: Hang out with friends, alone time, craft night, morning mediation, pajama dance off with the mirror, trying something new, organizing, doodling, bath time, petting the cat and breathing. Of course there can be many more. You are worth carving a little chunk of time, so there is no need to deprive yourself. Be smart enough to know how much-ish brings the balance you need, and then get back in the game!

On to the other planets. Mercury is picking up speed out of retrograde! Yay! Before, when Mercury was retrograde, shit felt pressured. Like it had to happen now and random annoying detours were happening. We made it through that, and all those eclipses. Now, things are softening and easing up a bit and the same life scenarios are feeling more manageable in comparison. But dang, that was intense, especially with all the other planetary movements. In other good news, Mars is stationary and about to move forward again around the time of the Full Moon. While Mars was retrograde, tempers were especially sensitive and easily set off. There was this feeling of wanting to take over the castle, yet really needing to retreat or being forced to retreat in some way (and retreating can be very beneficial, but at the same time hold frustration). So yes, four of the planets (Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) plus Chiron are still retrograde, but with Mercury and Mars out of retrograde, it is like removing the vice grip on our thoughts, and what we are doing. Thereby allowing some flow in how we are thinking and manifesting our life in the world. 

There is another give. The grand earth trine the Sun went into brings a sense of stability. Not only that, it gets triggered by the Moon making the the aspect of a kite (which the aspect lines literally look like a kite) between the Sun, Moon, Uranus and Saturn. This is useful because it helps stimulate the grand trine, helping us to avoid the lazy side that can occur under this transit. A grand trine of any sort creates stability and ability to get things done. In the element of earth, it is more focused on the reality plane, grounded in the senses and manifestation.You may have been feeling more stable or sometimes, due to the self-efficiency factor of a grand trine, one can get more relaxed, comfortable and lazy. If this has been the case for you, do something about it, that way it can pay off once the trine shifts and goes away. As I mentioned before, the Moon is stimulating the Trine, (which, is in exact opposition to the Sun) supporting some get-it-doneness through our emotions. The Moon is the governor of our feelings and mood, and in Pisces is more intuitive and creative.

In recap, there are still planets retrograde so the theme of manifestation is still most effective when tending to procrastinated to-do's (vs brand new projects). This and regular living, has been made easier with Mercury out of retrograde and Mars just about to go direct with the Full Moon. Intention setting should be easier after all the crap you've been through in the last month or so as experience has hopefully brought some clarity in what you want in your life. Getting squeezed and shaped so you have a clearer idea of what is important to you, and buckling down to do the current possible steps to begin your climb to your goals, while taking time for activities which help you to feel balanced. We can do it!

 

Happy Star Living,

AJ Caprikorn

New Moon in Leo - August 2018

We are on the merry-go-round of life, and it's going backwards!

The peak of the New Moon is on Saturday, Aug. 11th at about 4 am in Fort Collins, CO mountain time.  The Moon will appear most empty the night of Friday, Aug 10th. For those of you that like to have a ritual, the time before the peak of the New Moon is more of a final completion and emptying, as opposed to the time after the peak of the New Moon which is new beginnings and sewing seeds of intention. With this Moon, there is a partial solar eclipse. An eclipse happens when the Moon and Sun are near or conjunct the lunar nodes. In this case, the Sun and Moon are 13 degrees away from the lunar North Node, so it is a partial eclipse. The closer the Sun and Moon are to sharing the same degree as one of the lunar nodes, the fuller the eclipse will be. The partial solar eclipse will be visible to the most north of North America, as in the Greenland area and Canada, as well as in north west Russia, and a bit of China. For more details on location visibility, you can visit this link: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/globe/2018-august-11. If you have had the pleasure of viewing a partial solar eclipse, you may know it is not very visible to the naked eye and requires special sun viewing glasses. Though it is neat none-the-less! There is much going on in Leo, many planets are retrograde and there is some intensity on the horizon.

Mercury, the Moon and Sun are all nestled in Leo, conjunct one another while they are a little over 10 degrees away from the lunar North Node which is also in Leo. Leo is a fixed fire sign, it is the middle of the season, for the northern hemisphere it carries us through summer. The fixed signs generally feel like the strongest part of its season. The fire is burning strong, we are not yet feeling the window of the fall (or spring in the southern hemisphere) vibes that Virgo brings. Leo is heartfelt, loving, playful and can bring some drama as well. The drama of Leo is apart of the shining in life. It's not always a bad thing the way the word drama can be associated, maybe thinking about drama as meaning bold and passionate, which can have many connotations. Mercury is 4 degrees away from an exact conjunction with the Sun and Moon. Mercury can make conversations and thoughts more heartfelt and passionate (knowing that passionate often means intense) around this time. Also....Mercury is still in retrograde!

With Mercury retrograde there becomes this unknown pressure of 'oh goodness I gotta do it now, hurry!'. Things feel urgent and needing immediate decision. Information overload, too many cars trying to go the same place and random detours. To work with this, it is a time to resist the rush and honor contemplation. It will bring long term value to contemplate decisions and read the fine print. If it still feels right then go through with it. So often this retrograde will put us in a big hurry and this is exactly when the trickster Mercury puts us in scenarios where we feel 'set back', like in a traffic jam, or having to go on teaching a dance class without music because somehow you forgot your phone. And, if you happen upon such a situation, we can discover yes we really need those things or yes it is possible without it! Also, lateness can get emphasized with Mercury retrograde. While in American culture and in some others it is rude to be late, sometime the planets are against you. So, as an anti-stress reminder, respect those waiting on you and know it is more harmful to shame yourself about being late. If you can help it do, if you can't, try to show up anyway and know there can be real beauty to 'lateness' in this story of time. Lateness can add to a cascade of intimacy that could have never been planned. What do we do with Mercury retrograde (which happens 3x/year), gosh darn it: laugh, flow, read the fine print. Holding onto attachments so hard as they shatter, will only ruin your day. Allowing things to be odd and cooky with loose plans around when and how things will exactly happen will secretly free you! 

Mercury is not the only planet retrograde, in fact another planet joined the retrograde club. Guess who? Uranus. The dear sudden-awakening and surprising Uranus, and while in the sign of Taurus. It is to no surprise to be expressing itself by shaking up our home and morals. Initiating situations that break and surprise our own personal values, money, home life, the home itself and what we believe on a deep level. This is our core, what you know as right, wrong and important in any of those categories, suddenly shaken up and feeling like they are going backwards! Holy wow and gee wiz, that's not all.

Of the 11 celestial objects on which I base my readings, only 4 (sun, moon, venus, and jupiter) are moving forward from the view of earth (the plants are not ever actually going backwards, they just appear that way form earth's point of view, like passing someone on the freeway, they look like they are going behind us, but they are going the same direction, just slower!). Our feelings, our lucky positive expansivness, our soul's path and what we like, are moving forward. So, with 7 objects moving backwards (Chiron, Pluto, Mars, Uranus, Mercury, Neptune and Saturn) makes this a great time for getting things done that we meant to before. Finishing old projects and intentions. Tying up loose ends. Clearing out old crap that was pushed aside and by finally getting to the things you said you would do. The energy is flowing in this direction, supporting this. Starting a new thing can meet bizarre and unforeseen challenges, while the old and 'I meant to do this' can flow naturally. Also, don't get too much in your head about it, let your natural sense of living occur. You will notice your internal radar.

Another highlight, going deeper into Chiron retrograde, which is opposing Venus. Man, what we like and what feels good may be confusing or causing a problem right now. And it is coming out karmically through relationships. Venus is in libra, the sign of relations and our outward balance and harmony, which is triggering experiences to learn from. It feels like it has an urgency and may be triggering big internal shifts. This is a chance to exit a karmic loop or repeat it to be learned again. Finding a way to shift something can feel confusing and straight up impossible, but there is a way. It can be done, and many a time it requires some space and openness to new ideas. Opening up to hear and see ways out of the impossible but solvable problem. So, 3d thinking in a 2d world. What we think of first during the drenching emotions often is the programming we have relied on, when, we must see more and be present with our wound, not just reacting. Frequently it is not the present situation we have a problem with, the situation is merely the trigger to something seeded deeper. You can ask yourself 'what is really bothering me', listen to your first natural response and think critically if there is there a deeper layer and if there is something you can do about it. And, are you resisting being able to help yourself? Honesty breaks most chaos and illusion. If one can tell the truth, especially to themselves the world of "he said, she said' drama is softened and stopped.

The partial solar eclipse is like having a foot in both worlds. The eclipse doesn't bring us all the way over as it doesn't come to full maturation. Never the less, we still experience this lapse and pull from the North Node to the Sun. As in, our souls journey (Sun) and our feelings and embodiment (Moon) being pulled with what we should be directing our life and energy towards(North Node). Which, can be very intense. For many of us, the North Node asks us to do that which we are not comfortable doing(there are those with charts that allow them to follow their North Node with ease). And with all this retrograde planetary energy, it can feel a lot like going backwards to revamp so much. At the same time, it is wonderful to tie up loose ends so we can have a cleaner, true beginning when the planets shift forward again.

If you remember back to the beginning of the year, we had some real 'go' to plant more seeds and grow into our destiny. Now, we are called back to clean up all the 'shit we've built up', so we can actually move forward. Sure, it might be nicer to forget about the old things we were going to do years ago, but this time (all the retrogrades) are demanding some clean up attention. So how best set your intentions and flow with the drive of reality? Ask yourself what needs cleaning up or attention so you can support moving forward later. And man, if you can put a little inertia towards it, I think it will take off and be of great benefit as we take care of and clear out some 'procrastination boxes'. Before we finish, remember Mars being retrograde can really heat up tempers, so if you've been more angry, it doesn't mean its ok to lash out, instead recognize your anger and see if you can cool it in kind ways to yourself and others. Lastly, it has been intense out there, and it can be hard to remember that it is only temporary. It will pass, even if it feels all life consuming at the moment. It will pass.

 

May tranquility find you amongst the storm,

AJ Caprikorn

Full Moon in Aquarius - July 27, 2018

Happy Full Moon, it is a total Lunar Eclipse! But not visible to us in Colorado or anywhere in the United States. The peak of the Full Moon will occur at about 2:20 pm Mountain time on Friday the 27th, 2018. The Moon may appear at its the fullest on the night of the 26th. Full visibility of the total lunar eclipse will be in parts of Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and up through some of Europe (more details see via this link:  https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2018-july-27 ).

The Sun is in Leo and the Moon is in Aquarius. This is the axis of creativity. Aquarius is a mutable air sign, intelligent and associated with the planet Uranus. The shocking mad scientist with the love for humanity and pushing the envelope with new ideas to better society. Sometimes cold and lacking sensitivity and patience for individuals. Leo is warm and caring, children are important, as are the playful ideas for the next generation to come into power. When out of balance, Leo can be overly prideful or hurt. Leo is a mutable fire sign, associated with the Sun. The Sun and Moon are alining with the North and South Lunar nodes, thereby an eclipse occurs. Firing up this time of full maturation and letting go with what has been easy for us in the past and what we should do to grow into our future. During this time, there are many planets in retrograde, five to be exact.

Jupiter has gone direct already. Though, Jupiter puts a positive spin on things even when retrograde. However, right before the Full Moon eclipse Mercury will be retrograde, joining as one out of the five planets in retrograde ( Mars, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto are the other four). Sound the alarms! What?! Mercury is Retrograde!! EEEEK! Well, while it does usually press the panic button, keep in mind that if anything, Mercury retrograde brings us the loud reminder of patience with bombardment of information, misunderstandings, miscommunications, detours, forgetfulness and other factors that make us slow down and try again. Its not like it is avoidable, but take your time, be kind with mistakes and it too shall pass! With Mercury and the other retrograde planets.

Mars retrograde can bring feelings of retreat whether that is from a physical injury, sickness, fatigue or even doubt. Which, Mars, 'the do it' moving forward planet of our lives, moving backward can get pretty fiery frustrated! Again, retreat can be for the best, it allows us to take another look at things so we can be that much stronger and effective in what we're trying to do, and we get the chance of doing it over again. It is best to keep feeding what seeds you planted this year as fresh beginnings won't strongly be supported until next year. Pluto retrograde is going inside our darkness and secrets. Saturn might have us redoing contracts and looking over our career and responsibilities a few times during its retrograde. And finally Neptune draws us inward to our dreams and illusions enabling longer time to connect to our divine spirituality.

Ok now that we've gone backwards to review all the retrograde 'pressures' in the atmosphere, I'll remind us of a few more things before moving forward. While these planets 'move backwards' they will eventually be stationary and moving forward. However, even when they are moving forward it takes that much more time before they are covering new ground. They spend time retracing the path they've been. Like being mid hike, forgetting-say-the lunch you packed to eat at the top of the mountain, and once you arrive back at the car to get your lunch, well, you have to hike the mountain again to get to that halfway point when you realized you forgot your lunch. Eventually, you take a fresh step on the new path. In the mean time, while covering old territory in life where we've already been can be frustrating; it also allows a second look at things. A chance to see and catch amazing things we missed the first time around. I like the quote 'nature never hurries, yet everything is accomplished'(Lao Tzu) to find a little more peace with this process. Enjoy the ride, it is every moment of your life after all.

Moving forward. Well kinda. The Sun is in Leo and the Moon is just opposite in Aquarius, the exact opposition will occur at about 4 degrees with Mars one degree conjunct the Moon and the North Node one degree conjunct the Sun. And Chiron is in a trine with the North Node and Sun, while squaring Saturn and in a sextile to the Moon and Mars. As a reminder, the North Node is our balancing in our journey's purpose, what we need to do or do to bring more fluidity and ease into our life (which may not always be the obvious choice). Chiron is our wound, known as the wounded healer. It is with little doubt that recent time and the ones coming have been impactful. Ripping open festering battle wounds of life, so they may be cleaned and healed properly. Pushing ourselves to our next step of growth, and facing the world and rules. Of course while in the moment of pain this can feel so defeating. As we allow the processes and support ourselves, we must grab onto the lessons before us. Humble ourselves into feeling empowered by our old wounds and what comes of the proper scars that join us on our journey. Thereby creating new depths we can carry and share in our own appropriate way. We are all deserving. It is ok to take time. You will shine again!

While it may feel like going backwards, utilize it so you may walk forwards with that much more strength. The contrast of dark brings the light. May you have love and appreciation for yourself and all those around you.

As per usual, I am available for personal birth chart readings from anywhere in the world! Get in contact and set up a reading through Live Beyond Limit.

All the best,

AJ Caprikorn

New Moon In Cancer - July 2018

Powerful and enabling, if you're down.

Good day, good day to all! It is eclipse season. With this new moon, a partial solar eclipse occurs,  not a full eclipse as the sun and moon are 15 degrees away from the lunar north node. The partial eclipse will only be visible to those in the Melbourne and Adelaide area in Australia (you may follow this link for more detailed info on the eclipse and visibility). Even if the majority of us don't get to see the partial solar eclipse, it will still impact our lives just as much.

Change isn't easy, though at the same time it is occurring all around in the chemical level of our brains and bodies, to the outside world, and the rotation of the universe. Often, when we get what we want, we're not happy with it. So there is this need to 'appreciate what is' instead of what isn't. Trying our best to enjoy the process, and going for it. There is only so much preparation we can do before approaching the unknown, believing in our capability and making the jump. A bird learning to fly must make the first jump. If you were honored with learning how to read and write, starting that process was challenging and bizarrely unfamiliar. After practice, it became second nature (or more easeful) than when we had never done it before. I swear things gain immortality in our lives by us repeating the practice of it--our morning routine, checking social media, driving, getting dressed--it adds up to a larger and larger portion of our life each time, yet they become forgettable with ease, unconscious. The things that we experience once, and often unexpectedly, stick with us forever. A death of a closed loved one, the first time you see a waterfall or the ocean, a vehicle accident, witnessing a full solar eclipse, a random act of kindness from a stranger and beyond. Impermanence is impactful and change goes around again.

With that to chew on, back to the technical stuff. The New Moon is occurring on July 12, 2018 with the maximum at about 9 pm in Colorado. Both the Moon and Sun are in Cancer, meeting at about 20, almost 21 degrees. The lunar north node will be located at 5 degrees Leo. (As a review the lunar nodes are not physical objects, they are intersection points of the earth's path around the sun and the moon's path around the earth). The north node, in part, represents the challenge--so we choose to accept it--which can bring balance to our life. The time leading up to the new moon is letting go and maturation of previous things. And the peak time and afterwards of the New Moon, is planting the seed of beginnings. 

There is an exact opposition to Pluto in Capricorn and Mars retrograde in Aquarius is opposing the North Node. The Sun and Moon are apart of a grand water trine, and a grand trine in earth is occurring at the same time. A grand trine is when there are three planets aspecting each other 120 degrees apart, each planet being a corner of an equilateral triangle. When grand trines occur each planet is in the same element of Earth, Air, Water or Fire. While there are other things going on, these will be the highlights of what I mention.

Starting with the opposition between the New Moon and Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto, the powerful under lord demanding transformation, you may see this in your home and or workplace. It is not uncommon around this time to experience great change or feeling the need to revamp how we are working things to feel stable in our current work. As well as the classic work/home time tug of war. Things at home or at your job can feel 'ripped out from under you', presumably from 'outside' forces or from our own internal need. Mars retrograde in Aquarius opposing the North Node, can bring up anger and frustration. Feeling limited in what you can do, maybe needing to retreat so you can reproach your 'battle' in life. We may feel challenged to connected to community for support, yet they can be very powerful at this time.  While this is going on, there is tension released and assistance offered through the grand trines. 

The grand earth trine is between Saturn in Capricorn, Uranus in Taurus and Venus in Virgo. Overall, this trine brings stability and manifestation. Venus is more selective in Virgo, holding high standards in what feels good for us and our health.  Traditionally unpredictable, 'out of the box' Uranus finds more stability in Taurus, preserving things a little longer and needing a more thought out plan for change. And finally, Saturn enjoying being king in his home of Capricorn, being able to dictated the rules of ambition and achievement, responsibility and rules.  The cardinal earth sign of Capricorn initiates what needs to be done, the fixed earth of Taurus carry it out and the mutable earth of Virgo decides what can or has come to perfection and gets rid of what has not. Together these are grounding and enable manifestation.  

The grand water trine empowers the flow of the 'seed planting' beginnings of this New Moon, and catalyze our emotional and intuitive connection. Your intention matters, (really they always do, but having awareness of your intention is individually empowering) around this time you're planting a seed that can grow. This grand water trine is between the Sun and Moon in Cancer, Neptune in Pisces and Jupiter in Scorpio. Overall, this trine brings higher connection, intuition, sensitivity and nourishment. Neptune is home in Pisces, deeply connected to the dream world and other realities, allowing connection of self to higher self, and sometimes escaping from the bounds of reality. We do need to check out from time to time, in balance, it brings perspective and creativity! The Moon is a queen in her home in Cancer, as she holds hands with the Sun. This is biorhythms, intuitive knowledge and nurturing, even father Sun takes a more mothering role in his soul drive while hanging out in Cancer. As we are out in the world doing our life creating in the shared reality, Cancer calls us back home to was is comforting. We must remember replenishing in balance enables us to work harder. Lastly, Jupiter is so jovial, even if he is retrograde there is hardly a challenging aspect, as he is in Scorpio allowing the hidden to be revealed, the mysterious to be worked with and enabling us to expand in our power. The cardinal water sign of Cancer washes and nurtures, the fixed water of scorpio deepens in sensitivity picking up signals and holding onto power, and the mutable water of Pisces releases boundaries and reality's rules, receiving connection to everything, dissolving separation. Together these soften us, allow feeling and sensitivity to the larger picture. 

In the past months, I hope you can acknowledge how much has lead you to where you are now, being able to consciously or unconsciously plant a seed for your future. With this New Moon flirting with the North Node, being aware to include self-care, supporting physical self, mental, emotional and spiritual self. In all the 'doing you are planning' include the right amount of hiding. If you haven't attuned to what you're wanting, pay attention to the happenings in your life that may be un-exactly leading you to where you ought to be. All the while knowing where you are is where you should be, (even if where you are helps you realize what you don't want) and everything will work out. Your future can be met with trust and connection or the opposite and resistance. That rests in you!

 

Happy Star Living,

AJ Caprikorn

 

Capricorn Full Moon June 2018

The solstice just occurred on June 21st, announcing summer as the sun shifted into Cancer. Shining with the most daylight for the longest day of the year here in the northern hemisphere, (with a typical a-typical cloudy day in colorado), marking the halfway point in the year. The solstice is the when the earth’s axis reaches its maximum tilt to the sun as we work our way back to the equinox.

And a solstice tidbit with the signs, Sun and Moon. At the beginning of the year the Sun was in Capricorn and the Moon was in Cancer. Now, it is in reverse. The Sun is in Cancer and Moon is in Capricorn. This 'role reversal'  of the signs and the Sun and Moon will continue for the rest of the full moons until the next solstice (which will be the winter solstice for the northern hemisphere).

In Colorado, the peak of the full moon will occur at about 10pm on Wednesday June 27th, 2018. The Sun is in Cancer, opposing the Moon in Capricorn (making it a full moon in the sky). Along with the Moon is Saturn, still retrograde just one degree away from an exact conjunction with the Moon.

It is time for reward! Or, a time to check in and ask ‘did I take on too much?’ This Moon and Sun's passing interaction with Saturn opens a ‘check-in’ of our feelings and life with the karmic elder. Have we been putting in the work to meet those goals from the beginning of the year? Did we set the bar too high? Are you skipping or avoiding foundational steps to climb your mountain to success? Well, here is a time to enjoy the hard work you have put in, or look at what needs attention and adjusting to enable your own success. And it may be a combination of both and in different parts of your life. If all has been coming along, you’ll surly be receiving reward; breakthroughs, connections, feeling possible; as you’re moving on. 

But, that’s not all of what is going on, looking at the chart of the full moon, there are/will be 5 planets in retrograde(“going backwards”): Neptune, Mars, Saturn, Pluto and Jupiter. Overall, it calls for a second look at things in our lives. If we don’t do it of our own initiative, we may experience ‘hiccups’ or ‘setbacks’ that demands our attention to look things over again. Mars is just recently going retrograde, and will be in retrograde or going over territory it has already been in for the rest of the year. This can make things more agitating, the degree of effect and intensity depends on how it interacts and aspects the planets in your personal natal birth chart. Though, it is not a bad idea to have healthy anger habits to express and process your experience anyway. 

In particular, for the chart of the full moon, Mars is opposing the North Node and Venus, squaring Jupiter and Uranus, and quincunx the Sun. Whoa, cowabunga! Those are all agitating aspects that may have what you are doing feeling as though it is taking you away from your main purpose, what you want and like. Possibly, we are avoiding random opportunities that don’t seem significant but could help us towards our goal in the long run, or the surprising changes happening appear to be setting us back. And in the short term they may feel like set backs. Hopefully, these ‘setbacks’ can instead be seen as opportunity for what we’re doing. Mars will pick up speed (moving ‘backwards’), and this time will pass. Don’t get too tied up in those feelings if they come up for you, and if anything use that moment of honing in on what are the 4 most important things and goals in your core of being. It is ok for them to take time and sometimes it requires us to change our definitions of success to realize what we have already achieved. Often we get so caught up in the pursuit, we don’t realize the ground we’ve covered!

The Sun in Cancer is driving the ego to make sure it is carving time into our daily and weekly routine for rejuvenation, as well as reflection. No joke. If you are not, you’re probably feeling it. And if you’ve been over indulgent in hiding from your duties, the sluggish lack of success feeling may be hovering. The Moon in Capricorn is asking us to put emotions aside, deal with them systematically and make sure our work is in align with our needs. It is stirring feelings of whether we are feeling worthy. So don’t get lost in ‘woe is me’ get system-magic, that’s right create a system and watch the magic unfold in your life. That’s a secret to the Saturnian Capricorn energy, draw a map, create rules and foundation, and the great reward of work manifests. Reflect and recall the most important things for you in life. Set some routines and boundaries.  Make sure to create time for both responsibilities and the activities which recharge you, achievement and rejuvenation. You will be so much more efficient and effective in your life if you allow yourself to feel whole and happy. And you can!

The Moon is considered to be at its detriment when in Capricorn, (I, myself, have my natal moon in Capricorn) because it is as far from home as it can get (its home is in Cancer, its traditional ruling sign). Capricorn is not as soft and sensitive as Cancer, to say the least. Capricorn is a cardinal earth sign, earth is associated with the material realm and manifestation. Capricorn is go-getter and restrictive, the planet associated with Capricorn is Saturn, ruler of rules, contracts and boundaries. Cancer is much softer, a cardinal water sign, associated with the moon! The moon is intuitive deep knowledge, feelings and rhythms. 

This is what makes this time good for reflection and making routines. If you already have that in place and it resonates with you, you’re likely reaping the reward of flow. You can be successful, you are successful, and you will be successful. Know that you matter and you are worth the work you put into yourself. Enjoy the fruits of your labor or be inspired to get your ducks in a row so that the reward of hard work can come around to you. 

Happy Living,

AJ Caprikorn

 

Gemini New Moon - June 2018

By: AJ (Ariel) Amber

The peak of the new moon in Colorado, is about 1pm on Wednesday, the 13th, June 2018. The sun and moon will be at about 22 degrees in Gemini, in a conjunction with the midheaven and Mercury which is 10 degrees away hanging out at 2 degrees in Cancer.

There is the overall theme of the past few months--which have been intense for most of us--finally soaking in, and utilizing your intentions thus so for this new moon. Having the knowledge what you have hoped for previously, and being able to polish it with your current self's newfound understandings as you've been journeying through life. 

After watching Rick Levine's June forecast, his main take away was that June is a breath after many 'go-go-go' intense months this year. That this time is like finally arriving at the weekend after your most crazy hectic week, and then getting sick because you were finally able to catch up with yourself.

Well, maybe you have gotten literally sick or were able to absorb and get clarity around circumstances in your life. Hopefully, things have been feeling like they have found some completion, understanding, have been revealed, etc. In any case,  this month and this new moon is letting 'it all soak in'.  The time leading to the new moon is the culmination of past intentions before the new beginning. This would be a good time to review your past intentions. Utilize this absorbed information to re-empower intentions you have made before or modifying them for optimized growth.

The air of the Sun and Moon. There is a twist of 'deep and make it happen' with this information-loving, hard-to-catch Gemini. Gemini is a mutable air sign associated with the planet Mercury. It is the end of spring, pushing out the cool air and switching gears for summer's beginning. Air is a mental sign, Gemini is associated with Mercury, archetype of thoughts, communication, exchange and transportation. Mercury is also apart of this Gemini new moon (10 degrees away) giving it an extra kick of power.

The 'deep and make it happen' comes from Saturn, which is in Capricorn opposing Mercury, and Pluto, which is also in Capricorn quincunx the Sun and Moon (quincunx is an aspect of about 150 degrees, it is generally an annoying aspect in terms of the planetary interaction). Pluto in Capricorn says let's look at the structure and foundation of our life (or a certain aspect of out life) and rebuild it from the ground up. Capricorn is structure, Pluto brings transformation. The Mercury in Cancer/Saturn in Capricorn aspect is demanding to put thoughts and feelings into reality, 'don't just say it, think it, or feel it; do it.' Put your manifestation where your mind is.

The midheaven has to do with career, ambitions, aspiration, and life goal. Having the moon and sun there brings this feeling of wanting to communicate and bursting out at the seams to share your work. A drive to get ahead and attain your ambitions. And ego expression, as in, being firm in your personality and the 'doer' side of you.There is positive energy and drive that you can put into work if you focus it, and choose to do so. The motivation is available to tap into. Once again, reviewing past intentions can power a ripple effect for the future as you move forward with even stronger reenforced intentions. Like being able to review your crop and only selecting the most juicy, yummy strawberries to move forward with.

Like any planetary transitions, this new moon will be the most significant for those who have major aspects to 22 degrees Gemini in their natal birth chart. However, what has been shared is still a piece of the overall energy of the planet's atmosphere. We can tap into it, or it will play out and be expressed in our personal life unknowingly. 

I am happy to answer questions. I love reading birth charts and can give a reading from anywhere in the world to you or someone you know! Contact me via the LBL Contact Page with questions or to setup your reading!

Happy Living,

AJ Caprikorn

 

Other Helpful Resources:

Rick Levine's June 2018 youtube video: https://youtu.be/42fDybHIFjo

A wonderful and favorite book for reference: "Planets in Transit" by Robert Hand

Full Moon May 29, 2018

By AJ Caprikorn

 Image from:  1463932897829

Image from: 1463932897829

Beginning with the past, because, whoa it has been a doozey. Sustaining our life, and trying new things.

Using some of the ideas the Leo King shared from his May 15-21 2018 YouTube video, for what has been going on we see more with Uranus in Taurus. Taurus is stubborn and it sticks to its values, Uranus likes the new and spontaneous. Confront your ego and inflexibility with what you value in your life, as sometimes what you're attached to is making your life harder and things can be better and easier for you with exploring a different way. There is a slow growth to learning the value of new circumstances and things in our life. Try new things and give it a chance knowing you can always revert if you so choose.

The circumstance of self scrutiny, and personal values has been in the air. 

And the energy has been pushing for trying new ways of doing things, even if we think we know the best way for ourselves.  What do you have to lose? Maybe you learn you prefer your way, maybe you find something better for you, and maybe you discover things you didn't expect or know before. Enjoying the process of shift in keeping your personal understanding of your individual niche of personal support.

Ascending to bettering our circumstance, thus rippling new patterns of opening to a higher quality of life.

Moving forward to where we are now. The full moon peak is a little after 7 am, in Colorado on Tuesday May 29th, 2018. The moon will therefore look its fullest the night of Monday the 28th.

The Sun is in Gemini and the Moon is in Sagittarius. Its a time to shed, the fulfillment of the last moon cycle and shed for the next internal planting time of the new moon.

Gemini and Sagittarius are mutable signs. Moving the energy out, finishing and changing, switching and mutating.  Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign, it has to do with finding the larger meaning, greater truth and it shoots over the horizon to greater perspective. Gemini is a mutable air sign, it is more interested in the details of informational truth, collecting data and interested in any and all information. Gemini is the iconic gossip sign.

This Full moon stimulates our information seeking centers. Hopefully we've been growing with mutable energy now that there's softness to the fixed 'permeant' energy there was. Looking at the chart of this moon there is soooo much energy bouncing around in the air. And the planets in the more stable earthly signs are making 'annoying aspects' or hard aspects (squares, oppositions, semi-squares and quincunx) to the other plants. I would interpret this time to feel like great change and turnover is rattling the cage, best one can do is flow with it, resisting is going to be very effortful, things will soften and be able to be more concrete feeling later.

For now, life is flipping over and our interactions with others are shifting, as well as our internal work with ourselves. Go with it, intention setting with this full moon will be charged towards with information gathering, and seeking the philosophical perspectives that you enjoy, ones that challenge you and some new ones. With the moon and Mercury opposing one another it is very likely to have mind/heart conflicts, so use the chaos to open yourself up and discover more of your personal potential. There may also be circumstances that demand us to be certain and forward while we don't feel certain. Go for it. Making a list of boundaries (what you are open to experience and what you are not), is powerful at this time. Know that reality will likely challenge what you are not open to, demanding you reenforce what you need and weaving a creative journey.

-AJ Caprikorn

 

More Resources:

Leo king video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGBVN6baYPA

New Moon in Taurus May 2018

Potent beginnings in reality.

In the sky, when the sun and the moon conjunct there is a new moon. This occurs at about 5am mountain time on May 15th, 2018, the sun and moon will be at 24 degrees in Taurus. Like most new moons, it is a time when the luminary mother and father of the sky are joined together for creation, but there are some planetary aspects in particular that give this 'seed sowing' a whole lot of bang and emphasis. Specifically, I will mention Uranus, Mars, Mercury and Venus. Uranus is about to end its cycle in Aires and begin its (approximately) 7year cycle in Taurus. It makes this switch right next to the new moon's peak. Any intention setting with the taurus energy is not only holding power through the next lunar cycle, but also for the next 7 years of Uranus's journey through Taurus.

This big beginning of Uranus's transition makes it an important and valuable time for a ceremonial intention setting. To quote Rick Levine from his May 2018 forecast, quoting Carolyn Casey, "the gods don't speak english" but they recognize ceremony. With that said, while it is very beneficial to mentally note or speak out loud what your intentions are, it is even more powerful to perform a ritual to harnesses this planetary energy in your intentions and trajectory in your life. Ritual could include writing down your intentions, placing them somewhere scared or burying them to be 'grown'. It could also be attending a moon ceremony or sweat lodge. If you are in or near the Boulder area you can attend Lisa Schiavone's archetypical moon journey (you can find her on Facebook or message me for details). You can experience it in a group, or make it more solo and personal and do meditative walk. There are many variations to express and honor your intentions ritualistically. I recommend including journaling of some sort as this outward expression or intent can create more integrity and follow through form yourself.

Back tracking a little to address Taurus and the essence it carries. Taurus rules our physical resource: i.e. our home, food and income. Taurus makes things last, it preserves. It is the most stable of the 3 earth signs. Taurus is fixed earth and associated with the planet Venus. It values beauty and comforts, with an emphasis on the sensuality of what feels, smells, sounds and tastes good. It is the stability side of relationships. It works and grows projects, and builds trust and integrity. Taurus is how we value our self and have self esteem. Intention setting should center on these aspects in your life. 

Now here's more on how the planets moving around the new moon support/ are affecting all of this. Uranus is like lightening striking unexpectedly and releasing tension, moving into Taurus it will release energy in unexpected ways sometimes towards direction we desire in the short term and sometimes not.  Being open to theses sudden burst of awakening and knowledge can be beneficial in our long term journey. Mercury, the planet of thought, communication and exchange is passing through Taurus, provoking some deeper and slower thought, and this is strengthened by Venus in Gemini (venus the planet associated with Taurus is hanging out in one of the castles of Mercury (Mercury is associated with Gemini), and Mercury is hanging out in one of the castles of Venus (Mercury is in Taurus). There is this Mercury/ Venus switch of rulership occurring. I would interpret this as our feelings (Venus) and our thoughts (Mercury) working together during this new moon giving us personal 'oomph' for our intention setting.

Lastly Mars, the 'do it' planet is at the last degree in Capricorn and about to jump into Aquarius. Mars has been happy in Capricorn, as the Capricorn nature gives Mars the drive to finish what it begins. Mars moving into Aquarius is very significant at this time, because that is the kingdom of Uranus, so the planet of Mars 'go forth and do it now or die' is powering this Uranus transit. I think it very likely that our actions can help drive the start of Uranus's long journey thorough Taurus, and our own intentions channeling the potentials in our life affecting our home, financial situation and self esteem.

You may think of this as an opportunity, and as an analogy, say uranus is like a bomb going to explode at an unknown time, you could just let it be and explode in your house where it is, or you could stick that bomb next to a wall you've been ready to remove and utilize the release in a helpful way! The vibe is in your favor, might as well ask for what you want. Be open for what you can do to get it there, and know resistance is futile for the energy will be released although a bit more restricted and requiring more maturation before coming forth (because of Taurus grounded earthly and diligent nature), none-the-less, it will find a way.

So what do you want resources to look like in your life? Are you happy with things? What are you growing and bringing into maturation? What more do you need to bring this forth? Are you open to the unexpected, (maybe sudden unexpected) changes that may bring you closer to your goals or what your goals should be? Do you value yourself? What can you bring into your life, and hold space for to feel great self esteem? What can you do to support your self and your self esteem?

 

Much love,

AJ Caprikorn

 

Resources that have helped me create this:

Thank you to Rick Levine for the monthly forecasts he posts on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAreVAmG7wI

Thank you Lisa Schiavone, such and wonderful source of information and talented astrologer!: https://www.facebook.com/lisaschiavone1

And thank you Astrodeist for existing as a free resource for creating charts and more: https://www.astro.com/

Full Moon in Scorpio - April 29th, 2018

The peak of the full moon is just before 6pm mountain time today, Sunday April 29th. The sun is in Taurus and the moon is in the sign opposite it in the astrological wheel, Scorpio.

The moon is considered to be at its detriment in Scorpio. Scorpio is a fixed water sign, like ice, frozen solid. Yet, while large bodies of water may be frozen on the surface, there is fluid, moving water underneath. Such is the nature of Scorpio, all knowing and intuitive, yet functioning with a caveat of repressing its own sense of what it knows. Mysterious and restricted in their emotions yet aware of everything. Scorpio is associated with the planet (in astrology terms we consider it a planet) Pluto, Lord of the underworld and deep transformation.

Taurus is light and pleasant, unyielding, determined and stubborn. It is a fixed earth sign, the deepening of spring. Things that have sprouted and made it to the stage of Taurus are determined to stay, growing buds and bark, thickening and becoming firm and strong. Taurus is associated with the planet venus, loving sensual beauty. Such as the textures that give us pleasure, food and flavors of luxury and comfort. Venus associated with Taurus is not just the aesthetic and balanced beauty venus has with Libra. In Taurus, the beauty is in the physical and experiential tangible senses.

With the sun in Taurus and moon in Scorpio there is bull headed deep determined questions of change. What deeply feels right? Again with pluto ruling scorpio there is an element of sacrifice or death. What in our lives is not suiting our pleasurable sense of the soul and needs to be let go of? Thereby creating space for our own personal growth and transformation. With the other aspects occurring in this transit (such as sun opposed jupiter and trine with saturn, and pluto conjunct mars square with uranus) there is the need for change, formulating ideas about it, knowing it on a deep level, but not quite being ready for it.

So, with the energetic nature of a full moon of previous things coming to maturation and time to let go. I recommend bringing to focus what you should let go of, what in your life (such as physical things, stuff, living situation, job, relationships), is needing to change? You may not be ready, and that's ok. There is likely a deeper knowledge of already knowing what that might be for you. A plan can begin to support you long term of these changes, it doesn't have to happen instantaneously, there can be a process of letting go. Emphasize and reiterate the importance of standing up for yourself and honoring what you need to experience in your life and let go of what no longer 'fits'.

 

Happy living,

AJ Caprikorn

New Moon Forecast - April 15th

Written by: Ariel (AJ) Amber

The new moon is at its peak about 7 pm in Colorado on Sunday the 15th

Hmmm, tension and newness. Drastic sudden new things with the go-getter energy for it, yet there is some uncertainty of "jumping off the cliff of change". 

The Sun and Moon are conjunct in Aries with the unique aspect of Uranus along side them. The Sun/Moon conjunction means there is a new moon in the sky. As per usual, the archetypal masculine and feminine luminaries are overlapping in our view, setting the time to sew seeds of the new. The Aries nature is a strong headed push. The sprout of new ideas bursting through the the seed shell of contemplation and reaching out of the hidden and unknown of the ground to be seen in the daylight of reality. Aries is spring and new ideas.

And who is finishing their time in Aries? Uranus, the planet of shock, awe, awakening and surprise. Uranus is ending its approximate 7 year cycle in Aries, hanging out with the sun and moon, giving this new moon a flavor of unexpected change. Expect the unexpected, this can be small and simple or big changes in your life. All of which is very exciting, and can be so scary at the same time. The unknown shocking happenings can carry that uncertainty with it, but also creates the lightening bolt that rattles our mental cage into awakening. Some of us humans like predictability and will sometimes sacrifice our happiness to maintain it. Here we have a chance to set our intentions and open up our receptive 'antennas' to the unexpected possibility. As Uranus shifts over to Taurus these new ideas have a chance to become more solid like bark growing on soft green twigs that are to become trees.

The planet associated with Aries is the hot-headed, 'do it or die' warrior archetype of Mars. In the chart of the sky, Mars is wedged between Saturn (the planet of boundaries, karma and time) and Pluto (the lord of the underworld, the hidden, secrets and deep transformation, the symbolic death). This cluster of classic malefic planets (which are also important and helpful) are making the hard aspect of a square to the sun, moon and Uranus cluster. 

What does this mean? Well, first off Mars passing Saturn has likely come out in one's life as having had to ram one's head against what feels like a wall of limitations. It doesn't feel nice and appears as limiting, where as this limitation feeling of Saturn can allow us to strengthen and test if what we want to happen actually should and can withstand reality. Mars has already passed that big frustrating wall, so now the effect is felt still, but less intense.

As Mars is approaching Pluto, however, the under-lord wants us to reflect far more deeply on the matters at hand. Experiencing if what we are wanting to do has enough depth, what changes and transformations will be necessary, what must 'die' and be lost, and what debt needs to be paid or might be owed? While reflecting and answering these questions may frustrate the mars nature of 'it needs to happen now', in the long run it is undeniably necessary and will come out into our lives whether we face it or ignore it.

In sum, there are vibrating new possibilities ready for change with unexpected opportunities and turns to spice the adventure, all the while there are challenges to be faced that can appear as big lurking mountains. However, it is this challenge from pluto and saturn that brings so much interest, learning  and fruitfulness into our life.  In this case, it keeps that headstrong drive from Mars in check. Would we fully be able to enjoy the fruit of victory if we did not first burn, try, and challenge ourselves to earn and feel the achievement? Would water taste as good if we were not first parched and in need and ready to receive?

Other tidbits of importance: Mercury is stationary going direct on the 15th--yay! Mercury the ruler of thoughts, communications and transportation is back on the move! Enabling the potential of fluidity and greater ease to the new moon new beginnings!! Mercury is still in Aries bringing an edge of fiery sharpness to our words and thoughts.

Secondly, Chiron, the wounded healer, representing that which is our personal wound and the overall wound of society, is at the critical and last degree of Pisces and about to make the leap over to Aries. This has been buzzing and reinforcing the feelings of death, and bummer, stagnation and need for change or escaping while bothered by larger purpose needs. Yet, if we have been keen enough and able to go inside of ourselves for healing and support on the deepest level, then there has been ease, growth and support initiated from these feelings from Chiron. If not, it can feel like falling in a pit of no-hope. If that has been the case for you, know the 'way out' will be reflection and going inside yourself, and many times giving back and connecting to others, finding your tribe or being with them (they have wounds that hurt too). As Chiron shifts over from Pisces to Aries, we will feel a charge for the changes to come, and a drive forward to heal the wounds of the self. 

Thanks for reading, happy reflections star beings!

~AJ Caprikorn

Full Moon in Libra March 31st - 7:30 am peak

 

Wow, what intense energy flying around lately. Mercury is retrograde, (it goes direct on April 15th). During retrograde, this ruler of ideas, thoughts, transportation and communication has intensified. Meaning detours, things not turing out or happening in the timing you thought, sudden unexpected delays and overwhelm of information. These are all typical factors during a mercury retrograde.

In general, the astrological vibe has been tiring. Feel worn-out for no apparent reason, yet the desire to get things done. Mars in Capricorn gives us the go and will to follow through to the end, though at the same time, Mars is making a lot of hard aspects to other planets bringing tension with the will to go. 

With venus ending its time in Aires there has been a pull to indulging in quick fixes. Avoid the quick fix, think in the long term goals and what will be of the most benefit for what you are working towards. And, if you're still figuring that out, it's ok! Wanting change and shift in your life is also in the stars right now. Furthermore, Venus will be shifting into Taurus emphasizing one's pleasure in the senses and things, physical things. To support this energy you may be attracted to having textures, scents and foods that you enjoy during this transit.

Back to the moon, which is fullest around 7:30am this Saturday morning (March 31st)!

With the Full moon and the planetary aspects to it, there is a push to cutting out what no longer serves your path, and an emphasis of get rid of it, or be dragged down. This is particularly focused on your personal self and relationships outside of yourself. It is often a hard choice to let go of the known. This intention setting of letting go with the full moon energy is best served if you can make a list of all the dreams you have and a list of the things you feel you can focus on now. This can further allow brainstorming of what may be needed to contribute or change to support where your life may be going.

In more detail, the moon is in Libra, which is a cardinal Air sign, like the fresh wind of fall blowing the leaves off the trees.  Associated with Venus, it specializes in ascetic beauty and relationships (romantic and professional). It sees both sides and seeks to balance. It is the center and transition point of the zodiac.

The sun is in Aires, which is a cardinal fire sign, the initial spark of fire, it begins Spring. Head strong, it prioritizes the self, it is new ideas, the 'go forth' warrior energy, 'do it or die' and the baby of the zodiac.

In sum, avoid the quick fix, surround yourself with things you enjoy, observe your relationship with yourself and others. Make a list of your dreams, what you can focus on now and let go. With all this intensity--and there are some challenging aspects occurring with the maleficent planets--allow yourself to have breaks and recharge while you are climbing the mountain! 

 

Much Astrological love,

AJ Caprikorn

 

This entry was a challenge for me, feeling the planetary setting myself, I've thought about it awhile but writing this entry seemed delay in my own work, watching the Leo King and RasaLilaHealing on youtube this week was helpful to kick start my wording and what to share.

The Dreamy New Moon in Pisces - March 2018

Written by: Ariel Amber (AJ)

The overall energetic scope of the sky has been to look over the changes we've made in our lives and reassess how we've been expanding into the year, deciding what we actually have space for in our lives (emphasized by Jupiter retrograde beginning on March 8th).

There is also a general tension in the air as things are in their final push in letting go and ending winter as we enter into the vernal equinox with the sun's transition into Aries on the 20th. This is the astrological beginning of the 12 sign cycle, which is considered the 'true new year' of the cycle of the sun. 

Up to the 20th, it is best to try to go with the flow, especially as things may be challenged to be completed systematically with the Pisces moon and sun and its 'other worldly' nature. 

The sun and moon are in the same sign, Pisces, and reach the same degree in the morning of Saturday the 17th,  thus there is a new moon as the moon and sun overlap from our point of view.

Pisces is symbolized as two fish swimming in opposite directions. Associated with the planet Neptune, (and in ancient astrology it was associated with Jupiter). The Neptunian qualities makes this sign dreamy and without boundaries. It can be a time where things feel confusing or it is easy to break a rule by not acknowledging a law (or rule) such as running a stop sign.  The dreamy 'beyond this world-ness' Pisces energy might not fully acknowledge the stop sign. Alcohol is a Neptunian drug, when consumed boundaries are dissolved. With a pull for disassociation or escape, a beneficial option maybe to utilize the heightened sense of creativity. Making this a good time to meditate and connect to that which is beyond us. Participate in yoga, paint, color in a coloring book, maybe begin a dream diary or add to one you have as dreams may be more intense or revealing at this time.

Pisces rules the feet and the eyes (windows to the soul) so focusing this time on loving your feet and your soul shall reap the most benefits, and check in with your mindfulness as to how you can support your feet and soul on a day to day basis.  As part of your new moon intentions you may want to reflect on what you might be able to add to your daily or weekly routine to love and feed these parts of yourself.

In addition, by the mid afternoon the moon will be shifting into Aries, bringing a fiery assertive and maybe aggressive nature to our feelings and need to express them.

Enjoy this dreamy creative push into the vernal equinox, letting go of systematic execution until this time has passed, enjoying the creative incubation period. Don't forget where your feet are as you explore the larger celestial channels available at this time!

 

Happy new moon,

AJ Caprikorn

 

 

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or youtubing....

Kaypacha pele report

Rick Levine

Timothy H. -RasaLilaHealing

David Palmer, The Leo King

Spring cleaning and loving your human-ness - March 1st Full Moon Astrology

Written by:  Ariel Amber (AJ Caprikorn)

Virgo full moon Thursday, March 1st, 2018. What a way to start the month! Change is continuing on the horizon after the new moon partial solar eclipse we experienced back in February.  This change may bring the feeling of ''starting from scratch".

The sun is in the 12th and last zodiac sign of Pisces, the mutable water sign. It is ending winter before the first day of spring when the sun enters Aires on Tuesday, March 20th. With that brings the natural feeling of the spring cleaning vibe; both on our internal plane and in our external surroundings. Stuff, thoughts, friendships, connections, how we are spending our time. It is the transition of out with the 'old and no more' whilst creating space. The Virgo full moon emphasis this weeding out to continually strive towards perfection.

Pisces, associated with the planet neptune, can dissolve boundaries. It can open connection, intuition and compassion. It can get confused between self and other and it is dreamy. Pieces can connect and fully experience any of the zodiac archetypes. We may be able to connect, or desire to connect with our bigger dream and desire. Meanwhile, I recommend touching your feet to the ground and also realizing which parts of the dream can be experienced and created in reality, and which parts must stay in the romantic dream world. 

The rays of the sun in Pisces is shining on the moon in the zodiac opposed to it, Virgo. Virgo is the mutable earth sign, associated with the planet mercury (the planet of transportation, communication and thought). It is a detailed oriented zodiac that eliminates the unnecessary for what is the most pure and useful. This includes purity in being, good health and hygiene.

Avoid getting overly critical with yourself or downing yourself because it wasn't up to a certain personal standard. Realize change is not all that comfortable and celebrate yourself for what you do get to include. For example, maybe you have a goal of increasing your yoga practice to 4 times a week for an hour class. Well maybe you only get one class in or 15mins a day instead of an hour. Instead of getting down on yourself, celebrate what you are able to do to encourage your journey on reaching these goals! Ok maybe you go ahead and have some brownies when you were trying to restrict yourself, what can you do next to feel good about yourself in a different way? this will bring your highest success at this time. Celebrating your own imperfection, existing as a human and allowing your potential to learn and grow! We exist because things are seeking balance, there are opposites occurring. In a simple day to day example, we are awake so we sleep, we eat and excrete, we have time of expansion and times of contraction. Realizing it is natural and embracing the ebb and flow of existence.

Virgo full moon likes routines around health (approach this with some flexibility and intuition), it also will add scrutiny as we shed in our life. And with the sun in pieces, know escaping isn't the balanced answer and that parts of your dream can be expressed in your life!

 

All the best,

Ariel Amber aka AJ Caprikorn

 

Rasa lila healing was a great inspiration in my own interpretation for this full moon, you can watch his full moon video on youtube.

 

New Moon and Partial Solar Eclipse Feb 15th 2018

Written By: AJ Caprikorn

Revolutionizing beginnings:

The sun and moon are going to be conjunct near the south lunar node, thereby a partial solar eclipse will occur. All happening at the edge of Aquarius with the moon being void of course, meaning it does not make other major aspects to planets before moving into Pisces.

Aquarius, an air sign often mistaken as a water sign. It may be known as a water bearer, however it is associated with fixed air. Air is connected to thoughts and the mental body, so archetypically Aquarius is the idealist. Aquarius can be unpredictable, rebellious, and have difficulty staying in the present. It is considered innovative, eccentric, futuristic and freethinking. The sun in astrology represents the soul's life purpose, the moon the embodiment and feelings of that journey and the lunar nodes are the driven pathway of the soul's purpose (where it came from and where it's going, or what falls back as easy and what can help bring balance in our lives).

With these celestial bodies and nodes all sharing space in Aquarius, it creates the collective experience drive towards questioning and reflecting if what we are doing with our lives is working to bring us to our ideal vision. At this time, between the past full moon lunar eclipse and this new moon partial solar eclipse, we may be meeting new connections, loosing ones that no longer feed or align with our life's ideal goals thereby creating space for ones that will. We may be feeling compressed or needing these changes to occur now. Although now this energy is best spent setting up how you would like those changes and shifts to be made into long term goals so that your ideal can occur and sustain you. All the while knowing that there may be some compensations between what is imagined in your mind to what will maturate in your reality.

The sun is conjunct mercury, and venus, while it is sextile to uranus and squared to jupiter. The sun sextile to uranus; uranus is the planet associated with Aquarius, this brings greater flow to all that aquarian pull and thought process mentioned above, new ideas, the need and happening of sudden change, and aligning with our ideal future and truth. Sun conjunct mercury; mercury rules communication and transportation. Mercury is also in Aquarius and is placing greater emphasis on ideas and mental energy communicating with ourselves about these greater life purpose needs and even sharing them outwardly and making plans. Venus has just moved over to Pisces but is still within 10 degrees of the Sun, this is bringing a soft, dreamy and compassionate layer to our desires and bonding with others. It can also create a pull to be over indulgent especially with Jupiter, the planet of expansion, squaring the sun. Jupiter squaring the sun is an aspect of friction, we may be ready to leap and go for our new found ideas or ways to reach our goals, ready to expand and grow. However, we still need to face the process to turn these ideals into reality, it make take more time even though we feel ready now, but with venus sextile to saturn, we also feel good about putting the work in with a bit of mental clarity on ways that could happen. 

Main take away for this new moon is yes that compression, need, and change you're experiencing is for the greater good, and you have the ability to move to what is driving you towards your life goals. You have probably have had some awaking of truth and your needs, although allow time for these to grow as things are going to feel more dreamy and confused as many planets will be moving into Pisces. This is a great time to plan the steps you'd like to take to get there to your truth. Set intentions and plant the seeds. Give it some time and nurture.

Happy traversing! 

~AJ Caprikorn

 

Other great astrology minds and influences:

Lisa Schiavonne in Boulder, Co.

Rick Levine with Star IQ and monthly youtube videos.

Rasa Lila healing youtube channel.

 

Homemade Toothpaste and Going Bamboo

Wanting to cut down on waste and make your own toothpaste?  Here's ONE of many recipes, compliments of our nutritionist Pamela Ballard, that you can give a try to see just how simple and great it can be for your teeth and budget.  

Ingredients

• About 1/2 cup coconut oil

• 2-3 Tbsp of aluminum free baking soda

• 15-20 drops of peppermint, spearmint or cinnamon essential oil

• 10 drops myrrh extract (optional)

 


Instructions

1. Melt or slightly soften coconut oil.

2. Mix in other ingredients and stir well. If using semi-hard coconut oil, use a fork, if

not, use a spoon. If you are using completely melted coconut oil, you will need to

stir several times while the mixture cools to keep the baking soda incorporated.

3. Put mixture into small glass jar 

4. Let cool completely.

5. To use: Dip toothbrush in jar and scrape small amount onto bristles or use

a small spoon to put it on toothbrush. Brush thoroughly.  

 


Bamboo Toothbrush - Giving Brush

Wanting to get even more sustainable? Consider ditching the plastic brushes and investing in these awesome Bamboo Toothbrushes!

 

They even have a special to try their rainbow themed brush for FREE. 

Giving Brush - Bamboo Toothbrush

 

Bamboo is one of the most sustainable resources we have access to.  It's time to think smart, quit putting plastic into our land masses and oceans, and utilize these biodegradable materials for our everyday needs. 

 

Every purchase, action, and example is an opportunity to make a BIG impact.  Change starts with YOU and if we want this planet to be better off, it starts with all sorts of little changes that will then impact bigger economic patterns and lead to amazing results.  It's not too late to start thinking and acting in the best interest of the big picture!

January 2018 Blue Blood Supermoon Lunar Eclipse

Written by: Ariel Amber (AJ)

Hopefully you got to view the lovely eclipse this early Wednesday morning, The Moon is in Leo and the Sun is in Aquarius.

Leo is our inner child, our heart drive and way of being. It invites us to be playful and to have fun! Aquarius is innovative, a scientist, rebel and thinker, wanting to serve and progress to the greater good. It invites analysis over what we are offering and doing and whether it is serving our personal and larger evolution.

This sun-moon opposition is conjunct with the lunar nodes (this is what occurs when there is an eclipse). The nodes represent our soul's journey of where it came from or what is comfortable (south node) and where it is going or what we can do to have balance and have the universe support us (north node). 

This eclipse of the full moon places emphasis on what we wish to let go of as we give more energy towards what we really love and enjoy in life. With venus conjunct the sun in Aquarius it is not uncommon to feel ready to leave work that no longer aligns with your life principals. As well as, it is natural to feel compressed and therefore wanting to take breaks form close relationships with others and even from yourself. This allows us to reflect on what is it we are wanting to continue and what needs to leave. At the same, time venus conjunct the sun may have us feeling more sociable and like connecting with others and ourselves to experiment with new ways that can serve us.

Saturn in capricorn (which will be there another 2.5 years) places a larger component of getting rid of what no longer serves us and to keep the essentials of what we need in this life. It is like a parental energy wanting us to succeed and have the appropriate access to food, shelter and other basic life needs. Meanwhile reminding us to put in the work to receive the rewards  of success and cut out any 'crap' getting in our way. 

Mercury is moving into Aquarius, this will likely feel like a freeing of our thoughts and communication with ourselves and others.

People with Aspects in Aquarius, Taurus, Scorpio, and Leo will likely feel this eclipse vortex the most with this opening to take charge of your life shifts.

 

Wonderful sources and people to listen to to further this information:

Lisa Schiavone

The Leo King (David Palmer)

Rick Levine

Kaypacha

Rasa Lilia healing

New Moon December 2018

Written By:  Ariel Amber

Capricorn New Moon 2018

image from: https://astrolibrary.org/images/capricorn5.jpg


Capricorn Moon and Capricorn Sun, the 'actual' new year. The gust of beginnings with a new moon in Capricorn gives the potential drive to really kick start the year. And really, is the energetic propulsion for the year. While the moon waned from its fullness in cancer, we likely have been processing old memories and nostalgias, hopefully allowing for a fuller view of what we really want to make space for; people in our lives, experiences and ourselves. 

Capricorn is a cardinal earth sign, meaning it brings in the new and can grow and stabilize those changes. Capricorn plans, works hard, and drives up the mountain for achievements. The magic of capricorn is that hard work reaps benefits. (And the opposite is true, lack of work does not produce results.) This makes for the perfect cast off of manifesting our goals.

Now, as a balancing effect I recommend while creating your plan for achievement, include reflection and recuperation moments regularly into your schedule. Don't be fooled by thinking 'I don't have enough time for that' because truly the pauses will create stronger and longer lasting effects of gusto and drive as well as the chance to assess any changes for support that you might need along the way! (but literally carve regular time for it, not making an excuse for 'dooping' out of responsibility).

To emphasize more, there is a ton of capricorn energy with multiple planets traversing capricorn. Saturn is one of those, which is at home and historically the ruler of capricorn, as it will be there at least the next 2.5 years, enjoy it! Saturn in capricorn can really put reality in one's face and thereby experiencing the consequences of laziness or lack of feeding all of our needs and responsibilities. There may be moments when you would rather stay in bed and not be responsible, but really you have got to get up. There is drive to put creations into reality and being able to map out what our dreams will need to be actualized. Being responsible, facing the facts, rules and regulations can seem daunting, but go through all the hoops and requirements and be rewarded at the end! This is the lesson of Capricorn.  If all the 'to do's' get overwhelming, try making a list and order of priority.

This new moon is the energetic propulsion for the whole year. As David Palmer, the Leo king, analogized it is like a rocket ship taking off. So, hopefully you've chosen your trajectory as switching course may create turmoil.

Amazonite: Bring Luck to Your New Year

Written By:  Jean Parker-Renga

Amazonite New Year Stone

Birthstone: N/A

Zodiac: Virgo

Numerical Vibration: 5

Chakra: Heart and Throat

 

Being that we have just entered a new year, I thought it would be nice to feature a stone that can help during this time of the year. Most of us leave the old year behind us and look forward with great ideas, big plans, and grand resolutions. You may stick with that cleanse for awhile, or make it to the gym even into spring, but most of the time we fall back into our old patterns. What are some tools that you can utilize this year to make it the best year yet?

Amazonite is a great stone to help you hold onto those new year hopes and dreams. The water color with earthy tones are soothing, and can assist you in pressing that reset button of your life. Be compassionate with yourself, be true to yourself, and take one day at a time.

If you are wanting to detox this time of year after all the holiday excess, I totally understand, and amazonite can help by filtering away pollutants that are around you all the time. Great way to rid yourself from harmful waves from microwaves, computers and cell phones. I tend to set a nugget on my microwave, which is also usually next to where I work most of the day. I have even started to set my cell phone to airplane mode at night in efforts to lower my family’s contact with negative energy.

Possible uses in meditation can be as simple as holding a nugget of amazonite in your hand while you sit comfortably and quietly reflect on what obstacles you may have in your way this new year. Let the stone free you from that weight, like water cleaning off dirt from your body. Begin to see your path in a new light, with fresh eyes. If you practice japa mantra with a mala, I invite you to use the seed sound to the throat cakra, Ham. Find your ability to free yourself from any limits, break away from the past, embrace the new day.

Remember to have fun in your journey!

 

New Year Full Moon 2018

Authored By: Ariel Amber (AJ)

full moon 2018

This New year is beginning with a full moon. The sun is in capricorn and the moon is in cancer

The Astrological energies are strong in career and karma, and home, restoration and nostalgia.

The moon in Cancer may have you looking back, don't get lost in what was, but rather use that to implement what is important to you and reflect on what you want to call in this new year. It also has a pull to ask yourself what you can do to balance and restore yourself as the sun in Capricorn emphasizes the drive to your ambitions, putting things into reality, planning, focusing and reviewing what steps need to be done and reconciled with for achievement. Or facing the consequences of avoiding the work that needs to be done.

This Capricorn sun is emphasized by Saturn, the planet associated with Capricorn, which will be there for about the next 2.5 years. This year marks the beginning of extra emphasis on facing reality and the rules and steps that need to be honored for one's achievements and choices.

This interpretation was influenced by my own growing knowledge, that which has been taught by Lisa Schiavone, and shared by Rick Levine.