This week’s full moon in leo

This Full Moon at 27 Leo is Square to the LUNAR NODES asking us to take action.

Mars-Venus Conjunct in Capricorn at 16 degrees, seeking connection between heart, values and action.

This Full Moon is Inconjunct the Mercury-Pluto conjunction at 27 Capricorn, which will leave us sifting though the mental chatter on the grapevine or on the media or internet.

Ignore the chatter and mental confusion this week and be ready to drop into the body and express yourself. Be yourself fully and courageously. Expand your heart. Do not worry about being SEEN. Express yourself to the fullest that you can. Ultimately, if you are in your truth then your full radiance will benefit others and you need not worry about acceptance, have faith and courage.

Taking a Look Back

Here is a look back at the covers of the previous Holy Nights guides I have worked on, which all started as a purely selfish experiment that kept evolving.

For three years I tried different formats and styles, this year using short video clips on Instagram. I have tried to keep it succinct, feeling less is more.

There are different ways to display the charts, different charts to use (geocentric, heliocentric, tropical, sidereal), and an obvious need to simplify for non-astrologers. None of these have been easy problems to solve.

Choosing an overarching theme based on the transits alone can be difficult, since transits can mean such different things to different people. As is true with sun sign astrology, it becomes impossible to generalize and one has to turn to the natal chart in relation to the transits and progressions to get specific.

Yet, when I look at other guides to the Holy Nights, I am still not all that satisfied. Something big is missing. Perhaps I will continue to create and share a guide again in the future, but I am less and less convinced that I have the answer when it comes to these things. I am more certain we each have to find it for ourselves.

I have noticed more and more a desire to encourage others not to rely on anyone else’ prescriptions too much. We have a tendency in our culture to want a recipe, but we all have the means to unfold ourselves beautifully, if we just listen and respond with thoughtful action at the right time.

Making the most of the holy nights

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Taurus 2021 and venus out of bounds

In the early hours of Friday morning we have the eclipse on November 19, 2021 at 27 Taurus.  The Moon is exalted in Taurus and Mars and Saturn are in rulership, with Mars opposing Uranus at 12 Taurus. Jupiter is square to Moon, Sun, and Mercury. Venus is trine Uranus at zero degrees.  It’s a curious and complex arrangement.   This eclipse is on the closing degrees of Taurus.  Even though the moon is exalted in Taurus, Venus is out of bounds and it is the ruler.  We should definitely expect the unexpected.

People with sensitive points in their natal charts at late degrees of of the Taurus-Scorpio axis, and early degrees of Gemini-Sagittarius will be influenced as will those at 12-13 degrees of Taurus-Scorpio where the Mars-Uranus are currently positioned.

Tower mentioned the January 2020 Pluto-Saturn conjunction.  A lot of people might confuse that conjunction with the Saturn-Jupiter conjunction in December of 2020, since  the latter was so visible to the naked eye and got more media hype. Don’t be confused. Remember, by January 2020 we were entering world wide pandemic.  By December 2020, we began to change from Trump whitehouse to Biden whitehouse following the election and January 2021, we had the storming of the Capitol.

In regard to Pluto, Rick Tarnas mentioned in a lecture I attended that the changes 2020 would bring would force America to come to terms with its own “dark night of the soul.” We are fully two years into it and I truly think this now an understatement.  I postulate that by the end of 2023 we may have much more perspective and clarity on what we have been birthing and burying.

We ended the holy nights last year with the storming of the Capitol and now we see the ring leader Jacob Chansley just received a sentence of 41 months in prison for his involvement right before the onset of the eclipse.  

Some people have asked me, “So when will all of this be over?” (“This” being Covid, and all of the consequences that it has brought with it.)  This question reveals an expectation or assumption that what we are currently experiencing is all just a passing phase.   I’ve told at least a few people that I thought things will start to look better in 2023, but in truth, I don’t believe we are ever going back.  Some, like Astrologer, Kaypacha, have equated this time to a birth canal. As we all know, there is no going back to the womb once that journey has begun.

Last Christmas during my study of the holy nights, I viewed Venus as being a significant mover and influencer for this whole year of 2021.   Some astrologers who have noticed a correlation between the dates of many of the George Floyd events and the significant turning points of the Venus cycle.  These correlations may have some merit. Could this be the dark night of the soul?  It’s that and more.

Limited resources this year have also been a major issue, as I mentioned in my School Year Forecast back in August, with supply chain delays causing major economic difficulties in many businesses and in people’s daily lives.  Prices have gone up dramatically and we are only in the mid degrees of Uranus in Taurus (Revolution in Resources).  Will see more revolutionary tendencies as it relates to our resources?  I think so.

From Astrology University’s Podcast titled, The Invitation to Descent with Saturn-Pluto and COVID-19, Laurence Hillman commented, “I would much rather see people take personal responsibility to think about what it is in their own psyche, in their own lives, that really needs to die …, (Scorpio being the sign of death and rebirth) where they can declutter not just their physical lives, but also their psyche.”  

November 19 3:57 AM EST

This is a seminal eclipse, the first in a series of eclipses in the sign pair of Taurus/Scorpio that will last through late 2023. While the nodes of the moon are still in the signs of Gemini/Sagittarius (as they have been since May 2020), we are now in a cusp phase where the symbolism of both Gemini/Sagittarius AND Taurus/Scorpio are playing out on center stage. The final Gemini/Sagittarius eclipse is on December 4- a total solar eclipse in Sagittarius. The nodes officially move into Taurus/Scorpio on January 18, 2022.

For a refresher on eclipses : they are new moons or full moons where the alignment between the sun, moon and earth is exact. In other words- an average new or full moon takes place when the earth and the luminaries (sun and moon) are not on the same plane. But during an eclipse, all 3…

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Astrology of the 21-22 School Year

The birth chart of the school year could be said to be the first day of school, so here I have taken the start date for the first day of school for my locality as August 17, 2021 at 8:00am, Tomball, Texas CDT.

Quick Summary:  A positive year for communicating, thinking and learning with a theme of conserving or storing resources for the future and keeping one’s true identity and values foremost in one’s mind as one plans for the future. (See Interpretation Below)

Highlights of this Chart

  • Mercury is the ruler of the chart
  • Mercury and Mars conjunct Virgo on the ASC
  • Sun, Mercury, Venus and Saturn all in Rulership – a bit of a conference
  • Trines with the Nodes to Venus and Saturn
  • Moon & Mars in Accidental Dignity
  • Venus in Libra in the First House, but First House ruled by Mercury
  • Moon at 19 Sagittarius in the 4th House
  • 4 Retrograde outer planets: Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune

New Moon

7/10 Cancer
8/8 Leo
9/7 Virgo
10/6 Libra
11/4 Scorpio
12/4 Sagittarius
1/2/22 Capricorn
2/1/22 Aquarius
3/2/22 Pisces
4/1/22 Aries
4/30/22 Taurus
5/30/22 Gemini

Full Moon

7/24 Cap/Aquarius
8/22 Aquarius
9/20 Pisces
10/20 Aries
11/19 Taurus
12/19 Gemini
1/17/22 Cancer
2/16/22 Leo
3/18/22 Virgo
4/16/22 Libra
5/16/22 Scorpio
6/14/22 Sagittarius

Other Important Dates for the School Year

Uranus Rx – Aug. 20
Mercury Rx Sept 27-Oct. 18
Mars in Scorpio on Halloween
Pluto direct –  Oct. 6
Saturn direct – Oct. 11
Mercury direct and Jupiter direct  -Oct. 18
Eclipses –  Nov 8, Nov. 19, Total Solar Dec. 4
Mercury Rx  – Jan. 14-Feb.4
Venus Rx Dec. 19-Jan. 29
Jupiter in Pisces – Dec. 30
Uranus direct – Jan. 18, 2022
Chinese New Year – Feb. 1, 2022 – Begins Year of the Tiger
Pluto Rx – Apr. 29, 2022
Partial Solar Eclipse – Apr. 30, 2022
Mercury Rx May 10-June 3, 2022
Total Solar Eclipse – May 16, 2022
Summer Solstice – June 21, 2022

Interpreting the Symbolism

The 2021-22 school year has a positive outlook.  With many planets in air signs, it will be a productive year for learning, thinking, and communicating, which brings some hope for integrating all of that was learned by teachers and all that was not learned by students in schools since the pandemic. 

Mercury is the ruler of the chart at 10 Virgo, the symbol for which is a child molded in their parents’ aspirations. There may be pressure to live up to others’ expectations, and a need to go after what you want instead. With Mars conjunct we are given the “oomph” or grit to assert.  But, if we cannot accept our true identity, we may be in trouble as our true identity is exposed.  We are no longer able to hide or pretend because Mars at 11 Virgo’s symbol is a bride with her veil being snatched away.

Here we can imagine the image of the Norse God Thor, acting the part of Freya with a veil in order to trick his enemies.

Thor dressing as the bride, Goddess Freya to trick his enemies.

If you are the bride, accept the new realities and commit without pretense.  If you are the one doing the snatching away of the veil, there may be feelings of violation or a rude awakening to the reality but we need to accept the situation.

This school year may bring a theme of evaluating the changes that took place during pandemic and taking the best of the past going forward.  Venus is at 1 Libra, Lynda Hill describes the Sabian Symbol this degree:

This wonderful Symbol shows a time of new beginnings with an implementation of a brand new order. Often, this shows people being interested in attaining spiritual transformation and attainment. As you change and grow there’s a need to respect the value of what is waning, and to take the best qualities from the past with you into your future. This often shows being within reach of your ultimate potential. Some aspects of society are left behind for a higher, more evolved state. ” – from SabianSymbols.Com

Loose ends from previous experiments need to be tied up, and so it will be a year of trials, creativity, and problem solving. This requires good communication and a back and forth flow of test and revise, and test again until the fine tuning of right solutions emerge.   The ASC of this chart is 8 Virgo, an expressionist painter making futuristic drawings.   

So with Venus at 1 Libra and taking the best of the past and bringing it forwards into a new order, we can be creative and visionary in drawing up future plans, but we have the danger of being too idealistic as well.  We may be living in the mind too much or overemphasizing the future without considering reality of the present.  Venus at Libra 1 suggests new beginnings and bringing forward collective wisdom in service to the future.

Two trines exist between two planets in rulership to the north node, Venus in Libra, the MC/Nodes in Gemini, and Saturn in Aquarius. This could bring a creative synergy of ideals and values that align with  true purpose. 

The Lunar Node is on the midheaven of this chart at 7 Gemini.  This is the Sabian Symbol for aroused strikers surround a factory.   Social tensions have been high for quite some time, and that is not likely to abate.   We still have Uranus in Taurus which might suggest revolution (Uranus) in the realm of physical resources (Taurus).  Mercury and Venus near the horizon of this chart suggest embracing one’s true identity.  This is also inconjunct to Chiron, at the degree whose symbol is a bomb failing to explode.Note here, this need not be a literal bomb, but could rather a symbolic one and seems to suggest disasters averted rather than things exploding.

There is a back and forth between urgency and fanaticism on the one hand and the need for crowd control, and calm, stable leadership.  

The Moon at 19 Sagittarius gives the Sabian symbol of in winter people cutting ice from a frozen pond for summer use.  This brings to mind the image of planning ahead and conserving resources, which shows up in a few other symbols for this chart. Where can we be like wise Joseph as Pharoah in the Old Testament, storing grain for the drought?

Meanwhile Saturn at 9 Aquarius has the Sabian symbol for a person who had for a time become the embodiment of an ideal is made to realize they are not this ideal.  This repeats the theme of embracing one’s true identity, just as the symbol of the veil being snatched away.  Where can we recognize what is and what is not the ideal? How accurate are our assessments of these ideals?   Judging things by the level of popular support does not always equate to what is truly ideal or what is best.

The Sun is at 24 Leo is opposing Jupiter in Aquarius.  With the Sun in rulership here in the 12th house, we have an image of a large camel crossing a vast and forbidding desert.   We may have to carry the load for a long distance for others.  The warning here is to prepare for the journey, to collect reserves and resources, and avoid mirages. We may have to push ahead in difficult times, be self-sufficient, have mental stamina and exercise mental self-control on a journey through a desert.  This also rings true for the Chinese Astrology for this year – the Metal Ox, next year we move into the Year of the Tiger.  This axis shows the polarity of self (Leo) and the collective (Aquarius). There is also this idea of bringing something of value or great importance across an expanse of desert to someone in need of it, in other words, precious cargo that requires self-sacrifice.     

The Sabian symbol for 27 Aquarius is a tree felled and sawed to ensure a supply of wood for the winter. It is interesting to have so many repeated symbols for conserving and storing resources for future use.  Who is going to need the precious resources and how will we get it to them, who will make that journey or sacrifice to ensure it?

Chiron, Neptune, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto are all moving retrograde suggesting consolidation of ground previously covered in the social  movements and collective of the day.

Venus is in rulership in Libra and her location in the Taurean house of resources seems positive. At the same time we have Pluto in Capricorn requiring transformation.  How can we transform the idea of power based on material resources? Where are we merely creating more waste or peddling our knicknacks and where are we setting a standard for excellence in what we create that is in alignment with values for the future?  Since Venus inches near to the second house it is suggesting that we are not quite there yet.  Rather than focusing on our fears of what we don’t want, have we clearly defined what we value and what we do want? While our values may not all be the same, where can we find common ground and work together?  Here we need a solid sense of identity before entering commitments.  Chiron in Aries points us toward being examples of calm leadership.  Sharing our values and ideals may be one of the most important creative acts of service we can render because to fail to bring these out, or to hide under the veil is to fail to participate. That is like putting your head in the sand, thereby ensuring common ground will never be found.  A move forward begins with conversations that matter and self-assertion (Mars) and revealing our true nature. Having conversations about shared values and conserving physical resources will be relevant this year.

For more information on Sabian Symbols, please see Lynda Hill’s Sabian Symbols.