Out With The Old – Resolutions and A New Cycle: New Moon in Capricorn 2016

Build your Foundations.pngWhat better time to consider your New Year’s resolutions than under the beams of the disciplined, ambitious and supportive Capricorn New Moon, which will exact on 29th December 2016 at 04:53pm (AEST)?

Not only is Capricorn energy great for taking responsibility, setting boundaries and for putting foundations into place (Where do you see yourself at the close of 2017?), but Mercury is also travelling retrograde through this sign calling us to review where we’re at and to contemplate our future.

On top of that we also have Jupiter (planet of growth/expansion) activating both Pluto and Uranus from now until the middle of 2017 pushing us to new adventures, change and transformation … And!!

(Yes!!, there’s more)

Numerologically speaking 2017 is a year of beginnings (2+0+1+7 = 10 = 1+0 = 1).

Change is undoubtedly in the air and if you’re feeling anything like me, you’re certainly ready for it!!

What do you wish to bring forth for this new cycle?

Each numerological cycle lasts for 9 years, so you may not only want to consider your plans for 2017, but also where you’re headed until 2026.

The New Moon will fall at 7 degrees and 59 seconds of Capricorn and forms an easy opposition with the current Mars/Neptune/South Node conjunction in Pisces and the North Node in Virgo.

What did you come here to do? What seeds will you now plant towards making those dreams a reality?

What work is needed?

Remember to check where this New Moon energy falls in your chart. Which house (life area) is up for change and are any of your natal planets being activated (look for planets between 7 and 8 degrees).

If you’re new to astrology, you can sign up for my newsletter and receive my free E-Book ‘Introductory Tips for Astrological Self Awareness’ to help you to understand this further.

You can also request my Lunar Updates and receive an update at each of the 8 stages of the monthly Lunar Cycle that will help guide you and keep you on track with those intentions.

Mercury will be retrograde until 8th January 2017, so I’d personally hold off on instigating those new beginnings until after this date (if that’s possible of course).

Instead, I’d spend the next two weeks seriously considering how you can redefine your life, so that you can open to greater personal freedom.

Researching possibilities and reviewing what isn’t working could lead to some fresh, new insights once Mercury turns direct (see a picture of Mercury’s retrograde timeline here).

Also be mindful of where pessimism, fear, duty, guilt, a lack of personal authority (i.e. constantly wanting others’ approval) and feelings of inferiority may be holding you back from creating a life you love, as these can be negative expressions of Capricorn energy.

Wishing you a beautiful, inspiring year and a 9 year cycle of adventure, growth and freedom.

Much Love, Toria xo

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The Potential For Powerful Growth, Bounty and the Realising of Ambitions – The Arrival of the Jupiter/Pluto Square

Are you Ready for Powerful Growth, Unexpected Opportunities and a Chance to Break Out of Restriction? – Move over Saturn – Hello Jupiter 🙂

Mercury is now Retrograde – Time to Check Those Lists – Twice!!

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Inspire me NOW!! The Call to Adventure and the Arrival of the Uranus/Jupiter Opposition

The call to Adventure.pngI apologise for my late post in relation to this energy.

Not only  have I been in a Balsamic Moon Coma that saw me pinned to the sofa watching season 6 of Pretty Little Liars for much of the last two days, but I haven’t been able to entertain the thought restricting myself to sitting in front of a computer.

I’m craving adventure and the great outdoors.

I want a holiday – right now!! I want to move and stretch, to jump on an aeroplane and explore!!

The last thing that I want to feel right now is bored and yet, I am just that.

I’m restless and twitchy and if you’re feeling that too then chances are you’ve just been hit by the latest big transit to illuminate our skies – The Uranus/Jupiter Opposition, which exacted at 02:30am yesterday morning (27th December 2016) AEST.

Falling at 20 degrees and 33 seconds of Aries (Uranus) and Libra (Jupiter) this transit is activating my Sun and has just taken my own personal Uranus/Jupiter transit to a whole new level – I want growth, I want change and I want it with immediate effect!!

So, if you’re out there craving change, feeling uninspired and bored, please take heart –  take a life review and look where those changes are needed.

How can you make your beautiful life even more awesome? Even more inspirational and even more exciting?

With Jupiter in Libra, relationships could be the focus and with this transit being an opposition, it could be easy to want to blame your partner or other relationship for your lack of joie de vivre right now.

But here’s the thing – You are responsible for your life.

You are in charge of your destiny.

Of course, that destiny is all the more awesome if two people are willing to grow together and take some chances, so have a conversation and see where it takes you.

Uranus in Aries tends to bring sudden, unexpected change when it contacts a chart and the impatient urge to break out.

When coupled with Jupiter, it can be the unpredictable and sudden impetus for adventure.

Anything that feels restrictive and unwilling to change is unlikely to last during this transit, which will be in effect from now until mid September 2017.

Do remember not to throw the baby out with the bathwater, however and make sure that you look before you leap.

Sudden opportunities could present themselves right now, so be on the look out for those and make sure that you honour your need for freedom and space or that Uranus in Aries energy could lead to pent up aggression and resentment.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll also be aware that this is one of two big Jupiter transits that we are currently experiencing.

The other being the Jupiter/Pluto square that hit earlier this month.

Remember to check your own personal chart to see where Jupiter is travelling at this time.

For the duration of this transit:

Jupiter will be travelling between 20 degrees, 33 seconds and 27n degrees and 22 seconds of Libra.

Uranus will be travelling between 20 degrees, 33 seconds and 27 degrees and 22 seconds of Aries.

Where are you desiring growth, expansion and adventure?

Not surprisingly he’s in my 9th house of overseas travel!!

Growth can be experienced in all areas of life, however.

Maybe you’re wanting relationship growth (7th house), more inspiring friendships or to join inspiring groups (11th house). Perhaps it’s a change of residence (4th house), the desire to expand your family/creativity (5th) or your mind through study (3rd or 9th house). Perhaps you’re feeling a need to be more than you currently are (1st house), to expand your finances (2nd house) or shared resources (8th house). Maybe you want to improve your health (6th) or work situation (6th/10th) to go deeper with your spirituality (9th/12th) or to deepen your compassion for others (12th).

For help on understanding your personal chart, you can sign up for my Newsletter and receive a free copy of my E-Book “Introductory Tips for Astrological Self Awareness”.

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Are you Ready for Powerful Growth, Unexpected Opportunities and a Chance to Break Out of Restriction? – Move over Saturn – Hello Jupiter 🙂

The Potential For Powerful Growth, Bounty and the Realising of Ambitions – The Arrival of the Jupiter/Pluto Square

Mercury is now Retrograde – Time to Check Those Lists – Twice!!

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Mercury is now retrograde and as we wind down to the end of another year it’s a great time to review where you’re at.

What have you been grateful for this year?

What have you learned and what could you do better?

Spending some time contemplating what you’d like to improve upon and researching some ideas for next year will set you in good stead for our upcoming New Moon on December 29th, as we head into a new year of possibilities.

What will your intentions be?

If you’d like to subscribe to my Lunar Updates and follow the Moon through her 8 cycles each month you can do so here.

If you’d like to understand more about this particular Mercury Retrograde you can check out the related posts below.

Wishing you an insightful 3 weeks 🙂

Much Love, Toria xo

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Mercury Retrograde – You are now in the Shadow Period

Any Communication Difficulties Yet? Mercury Retrograde – Plus Timeline

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The week before a Full Moon can be a little crazy.

Full Moon energy can bring us face to face with the shadow side of our personalities.

It wouldn’t be surprising given the energy of this particular Full Moon,which falls in Gemini (Gemini is the sign ruled by Mercury) and the fact that we are currently in the lead up (the shadow period) to Mercury’s impending retrograde if you have been experiencing communication issues.

Mercury rules communication and his retrograde periods (when Mercury seemingly travels backward across our skies) can be synonymous with delays and communication mayhem, so be on the look out for what is arising around you and within you.

Of course, all of this does not just happen.

It is always a prompt to something that is needing attention.

Something that Mercury is showing to us from within our psyche that is asking us to take responsibility.

Mercury Retrograde works very well with ‘re‘ words.

Words like rework, renovate, research and Mercury often gives us a chance to redo what isn’t working so well.

Often we experience technical glitches and mix ups.

Cars, computers and white goods can all be affected; often needing repair or replacement.

And… it’s a good time to check and double-check; to reread and to review, so in the build up to Christmas make sure that you’ve ordered everything that you think you have – that it’s the right item, size and colour.

 

Mercury will travel between 15degrees and 17seconds of Capricorn back to 28degrees and 50seconds of Sagittarius during this particular retrograde.

Where does that fall in your birth chart? Which house (area of life) is up for review?

Do you have planets around those degrees? What do those planets represent?

The following keywords are from my Ebook “Introductory Tips for Astrological Self Awareness”, which you can download for free when you sign up to my Newsletter.

Do you have lessons to learn around any of these?

 

Sagittarius

Keywords: Optimistic, Traveller, Freedom-Seeker, Spiritual-Seeker, Religious/Spiritual, Expansive, Exuberant, Adventurous, Inspirational, Unrestrained, Intelligent, Spontaneous, Restless, Explorer, Outspoken, Extroverted, Boisterous, Aware of the Bigger Picture

Negatively: Blunt, Opinionated, Indiscriminate, Clumsy/Accident-Prone, Careless, Extravagant, Exaggeratedly, Unreliable, Self-Righteous, Preaching, Fanatical

 

Capricorn

Keywords: Serious, Disciplined, Responsible, Hardworking, Reliable, Structured, Resilient, Careful, Prudent, Cautious, Ambitious, Incredible Integrity, Self Sufficient, Respectful, Reserved, Honest/Law-Abiding, Honest, Enterprising, Traditional, Conservative, Enduring, Wise, Mature, Achiever, Appropriate Boundaries

Negatively: Burdened, Pessimistic, Stern, Mean, Narrow-Minded, Fearful, Guilt-Ridden, Opportunistic, Hard, Inhibited, Bound, Walled-In

 

It is likely that this particular retrograde will bring up a combination of themes across both signs. These themes are vast and it all depends on your own personal circumstances as to how this may affect you.

You can play around with the keywords and look at the examples that are happening in your life.

Combinations; such as given here in the following examples, may well be playing out for some and more examples can be found in my previous Mercury Retrograde posts on these two signs, which can be found in the ‘Related Posts’ section below.

  • Lessons around loosening what keeps us bound, so that we can open to more spontaneity and adventure.
  • A need to take more responsibility to become more reliable where we have previously been a little lax.
  • Communication problems that may stem from being over-authoritative and strict or that arise from judgement. Is there a need to be more open-minded and open-hearted and less critical?
  • Is more inspiration required? What has become dull?

 

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Mercury Retrograde – You are now in the Shadow Period – Mercury Retrograde Through Sagittarius

Mercury in the Shadow Period – Mercury Retrograde Through Capricorn

Releasing Shackles, The Power of Words and Awakening to a Deeper Love – Full Moon in Gemini – December 2016

Releasing Shackles, The Power of Words and Awakening to a Deeper Love – Full Moon in Gemini – December 2016

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At 10:05pm on 14th December 2016 (AEST) we will be presented with this month’s Full Moon; falling in the sign of communication (Gemini).

 

The Power of Words

With Mercury (due to turn retrograde on the 19th and ruler of this Moon) sitting alongside Pluto, we are being asked to take a good look at the way that we speak to others and at how we communicate our needs.

With Pluto currently calling for us to re-assess society’s structures, situations could arise that highlight misuse of power or where certain structures need to be torn down and transformed.

Are you being called upon to instigate such change in some way?

The Sabian Symbols for Mercury (Capricorn 13: “A Fire Worshipper Meditates On The Ultimate Realities of Existence”) and Pluto (Capricorn 17: A Young Woman Surreptitiously Bathing In The Nude) are powerful symbols that indicate we could all be feeling a little deep right now.

What is life really about?

Are you being your truth and do you feel that the society, within which you live, lets you do so?

What self-imposed shackles do you need to release?

 

The Sun/Saturn conjunction asks “Do you take responsibility for your words and the power that they have?” and the T Square between The Moon, The Sun and Chiron is a reminder that words have the power to heal or to wound.

Mercury’s T Square with Uranus (in Aries) and Jupiter (in Libra) hints at the possibility of sudden and perhaps unexpected conflicts, so if you’re finding yourself amidst power struggles, it may be time to re-assess your communication style.

Can you word things in a different way or is a different delivery-method required?

 

Inspiration and Encouragement

With the Moon forming an Air Grand Trine with Mars (in Aquarius) and Jupiter (in Libra), you may find yourself feeling generous and motivated to helping those around you.

There is a generous bounty of energy available right now to inspire and encourage others and this is a beautiful configuration for responding to the needs of others and for reconnecting with the loving essence of who you truly are.

What a great Full Moon for the lead up to Christmas and for spreading warmth and love around.

The Sabian Symbols for The Moon (Gemini 23: “Three Fledglings In A Nest High Up In A Tree”) and The Sun (Sagittarius 23: “A Group Of Immigrants Fulfilling The Requirements For Entering A New Country”) remind us that we all have the power to help others to feel either safe or rejected.

I hope that we can all create a strong feeling of love around the World this Christmas time and into the future.

To help, embrace and encourage where we can and to defend those, who are more vulnerable within our communities including our animal World.

 

An Abundance of Mind Energy and Ideas

With an abundance of Air energy don’t be surprised if your mind goes into overdrive in the lead up to this Full Moon and with Mercury’s T Square with Uranus and Jupiter there should be no shortage of ideas.

You may also be feeling restless, so remember that activities such as spending time in nature, meditation, Yoga and burning grounding essential oils can help to bring you some intellectual harmony and stop you from feeling so wired.

For some, a period of awakening may be experienced, when you suddenly see the World around you in a different light; transforming your perspective of life and opening you to deeper levels of love.

Mercury in the Shadow Period – Mercury Enters Capricorn

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If you remember from Thursday’s blog post we are now in the shadow period for our last Mercury Retrograde of 2016 and at 07:18am this morning (AEST) Mercury entered Capricorn.

Mercury will climb from zero to 15 degrees of Capricorn before changing direction, re-traversing the same degrees and re-entering Sagittarius.

Therefore, paying attention to what arises between now and 19th December may help you to gauge what this particular area of the retrograde is going to mean for you.

As I pointed out in Thursday’s post, there is likely to be a correlation between this Mercury retrograde and the Jupiter/Pluto square that is currently traversing our skies.

That’s because Mercury will backtrack through both Capricorn (the sign where Pluto is currently resident) and Sagittarius (which is a sign ruled by Jupiter).

In this post, we will focus on Mercury’s journey through Capricorn, as that is where he is currently residing and it is whilst he moves through the initial degrees of this sign (between now and December 19th) that you are likely to start to encounter Capricorn-related mishaps that you may be re-visiting once Mercury backtracks through the very same degrees of this sign.

For information on Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius you can click here.

Mercury relates to the way that we think, speak, learn and communicate (in all forms – email, phone calls, networks…).

Mercury also rules short-distance travel and can be associated with siblings and neighbours.

So, when Mercury backtracks through Capricorn you may encounter one or several of the following examples:

  • Are you taking responsibility for all aspects of your life?
  • Do you go after what you want or are fearful thoughts holding you back from chasing your goals and honouring your ambitions?
  • What exactly are those goals and ambitions? Do they need a re-think?
  • Do you tend to pessimistic thoughts when you feel that things don’t go your way?
  • How controlling are you? Even if you’re initial answer to that question was “Not at all” pay attention over the next two weeks. Maybe you’re more controlling than you realise. Holding on too tightly to expectations can block the flow of life. Sometimes we have to relinquish a little of that control and trust that everything is working out as it should.
  • Do you do things out of guilt? If so, then maybe you need to rethink your relationship responsibilities and relinquish the ones that you’re doing from a place of self-condemnation rather than love and responsibility.
  • Capricorn is an Earth sign, so this retrograde could relate to the structures that you have in place within your life. Does something need to be more structured/better organised? Remember that organisation can actually allow for greater freedom within your life. What’s requiring rework?
  • Is something requiring more discipline or boundaries?
  • Mercury is strongly aligned with health matters, so watch for Capricorn-related symptoms and ailments, which may arise and see if you can find a mind/body or emotion/body correlation. Capricorn is associated with:
    • The Bones,
    • The Teeth,
    • The Skin
    • The Joints
    • The Gallbladder
    • Health issues may arise to highlight where you may be experiencing feelings of stress, over-burden or a lack of support. I.e. Depression, skin disorders, joint issues, bone disorders, frozen shoulder…

Remember to look at which houses in your birth chart that Mercury will retrograde through, as this area of life is likely to be most affected.

If you’d like help with that you can sign up for my Newsletter and download my free E-Book “Introductory Tips for Astrological Self Awareness”.

I’ll be sending out a timeline to help you track Mercury’s movements next week.

Until then, stay aware and see if you notice anything arising related to the Capricorn points raised here.

Much Love, Toria xo

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Mercury Retrograde – You are now in the Shadow Period

Mercury Retrograde – You are now in the Shadow Period

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We have just entered the shadow period for our last Mercury Retrograde of 2016.

At 11:02am this morning (AEST), Mercury passed 28 degrees and 50 seconds of Sagittarius.

This is the point, to which Mercury will return on his next backwards journey before he once again turns direct.

Mercury will traverse two signs during this apparent-backwards journey – Sagittarius and Capricorn.

Interestingly, the energy of these two signs is also prominent right now owing to the Jupiter/Pluto square, so there is likely to be a correlation between what this transit is bringing to you and how our upcoming Mercury retrograde plays out.

For now, we will concentrate on his journey through Sagittarius, as that is where he is currently residing and it is whilst he moves through the last degrees of this sign (between now and 07:18am Saturday morning (AEST)) that you are likely to encounter Sagittarius-related mishaps that you may be re-visiting once Mercury backtracks through the very same degrees of this sign later in December.

Jupiter is the natural ruler of Sagittarius, so any planet in Sagittarius is currently disposited by Jupiter’s placement in Libra.

With Mercury in Sagittarius this relates to the way that we think, speak and/or learn, so we may be about to discover a few truths about ourselves. For example:

  • Do you tend to ‘shoot from the hip’ in your speech without giving thought to how the other person may feel? Do you perhaps need to consider being more tactful?
  • How do you handle delays and challenges as they arise? Fiery Sagittarian Energy is naturally spontaneous and optimistic with the ability to think on its feet. During Mercury’s backward motion through this sign you may become conscious of negative thinking or situations that trigger you to go into stress or panic. Are you being shown an area of life where your reaction (and not necessarily the event) is creating a depressive or difficult view of reality? Do you need to work on being more optimistic, more trusting of your life path and less controlling with regards to outcomes?
  • Fire is also representative of inspiration, play and creativity. If you find that you go through a period of feeling stagnant, joyless or blocked whilst Mercury is retrograde,  don’t worry. It’s likely that Mercury is showing you where you need to enliven and revive an aspect of your life. How can you renew your inspiration in this area?
  • There could be delays, confusion or misunderstandings in relation to a study course, your spiritual beliefs, long-distance travel or projects/work where you have neglected to check or confirm the details.  This Mercury Retrograde can highlight where we have tended to be rash or sloppy, so remember to check and double-check the details.
  • Believing yourself to be right (even when you’re not) and issues around judgement could arise.
  • Problems with Writing/Journalism/Publishing.
  • Mercury is strongly aligned with health matters, so watch for Sagittarius-related symptoms and ailments, which may arise and see if you can find a mind/body or emotion/body correlation. Sagittarius is associated with:
    • The Hips, Buttocks and Thighs
    • Accidents that arise from rushing around/recklessness/a lack of focus, so remember to ground and centre yourself – more speed, less haste – how balanced are you at the minute? Remember that Sagittarius’ ruler (Jupiter) is currently in the sign of balance (Libra).
    • Issues with the brain – Sagittarius rules the left hemisphere of the Cerebrum.

Remember to look at which houses in your birth chart that Mercury will retrograde through, as this area of life is likely to be most affected.

If you’d like help with that you can sign up for my Newsletter and download my free E-Book “Introductory Tips for Astrological Self Awareness”.

We’ll look at possible effects of Mercury retrograde through Capricorn later in the week. Until then, stay aware and see if you notice anything arising related to the Sagittarius points raised here.

Much Love, Toria xo