The Sun moved into Virgo on August 22, 2022.
Virgo is the archetype of self-improvement, adjustment, crisis, perfection/imperfection, and discernment.

Virgo is also Ceres/Demeter, Mother of Persephone, Sister of Pluto. She (Virgo is a Yin sign), represents the healer, herbalist, traditional healer, servant, apprentice, nun, nurse, craftsman, soldier, and so much more, including the Garden of Eden.

She is always working toward a state of perfection or stated in Evolutionary Astrology terms: She is inclined to return to Source energy. This occurs through the focal point of self-improvement, service, and discernment.
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New Moon in Capricorn

The first New Moon of 2022 is in the sign of Capricorn.

This New Moon is in a flowing aspect – a trine with the planet Uranus (community, humanity, we the people, outside the box thinking, sudden and unusual things, and insights etc.).

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Full Moon Aquarius Demands Growth

Today is Sunday, August 22, 2021.  It is a Blue Herron Full Moon as described by indigenous people.

The Full Moon is at 29 degrees Aquarius, which is the second full moon this month.  This full moon is relatively rare and thus, we have rare opportunities to contribute something special to the world around us.

Since Aquarius rules innovation, technology and the common good, what will your contribution to society be at this time?

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WOW! This is a Cancer New Moon and we have really been through some intense and powerful aspects over the last several weeks – two Eclipses and several aspects that have brought in some very transformative and at times volatile energies. Depending on your chart, the energies can activate many changes and challenges within your life at this time. After a tense first week of July, we have a chance to go inward and comfort ourselves with the nurturing and loving energies of this Cancer New Moon. This is a powerful message from the Universe about Nurturing, Caring, Home, Family, Protection, Emotions, and Mother Earth. NEW MOONS mark the beginning of a new cycle. New Moons are also the most spiritual and intuitive moons of the whole Lunar cycle. It is a wonderful time to manifest, meditate and create! THIS NEW MOON IS IN CANCER (and traditionally the Moon rules the sign of Cancer), making this a very watery, intuitive, and healing Moon. Cancer is about the Great Mother, the nurturer, and the protector of life. Cancer is associated with the feminine, and that all parts of our physical bodies along with the Earth are sacred. Cancer is about our emotional body, our families, tribes, and homes. This Cancer New Moon will stir a lot of feelings, and feelings let us know what needs to be addressed. With the Water element of Cancer, we are given the ability to adapt to, and be fluid, with the ability to discern what is healthy and what is toxic. THIS CANCER NEW MOON IS OPPOSING PLUTO and SQUARING ERIS, forming a Cardinal T-Square! This is a major aspect with Pluto (planet of transformation, deep Soul Work, intensity, and sex), opposing the Cancer New Moon. Oppositions are about two groups of planets whose energies oppose each other. The goal is to bring them into balance. The Universe is emphasizing that the energies of radical change. Evolution is at the forefront right now! The Cancer New Moon also Trines (a harmonious energy) Neptune (high Spirituality, channeled creativity, unconditional love for all, psychic etc.). This brings in an extremely high energy of intuition, meditation, manifestations. ANOTHER MAJOR ASPECT IS THE FIXED T-SQUARE…. which consists of Saturn (rules the government,) in Aquarius (we the people), squaring (stressful and friction) Venus/Mars (Venus-our love, attraction, money, creativity, beauty) and Mars (how we initiate action) in Leo (fun, big heart) and all of them squaring Uranus (sudden changes), indicating that there could be a lot of sudden and unusual changes having to do with relationships of all kinds and some changes that need to be made. WITH THIS CANCER NEW MOON, it is a good time to create new initiatives around your family, and higher ways in which to nurture them. This is also a time to think about all relationships and how you can nurture them. This also holds true with self-nurturing also. It is a time to take extra care of our bodies, our food, our families, and the Earth. It is also a time to be careful and cautious….as things can be a bit chaotic, volatile, and emotional. Be careful how you drive and watch the other drivers also. Watch where you are walking and what you are saying as you may speak in ways that are a bit more aggressive than you normally would speak. Just be safe during this period over the next several months!

 

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INSTABILITY PIVOTS TO NEW IDEALS (December 21)

When Saturn (structure) and Pluto (transformation) joined up in early January of 2020, the consistency of our lives was disrupted.

Soon, we will pivot again. The “Great Conjunction” of Saturn (structure) and Jupiter (expansion) at 0° Aquarius (the common good) on December 21 is the beginning of a new era.

This is a time of reorientation and adjustment. This is a new 20-year cycle that will shape the world for the next 200 years.

Knowledge, communication, and ideals will shape the next two centuries as we release our focus on centuries of materialism.

We can expect our strength as a human race to be driven by diversity. Everyone is involved in the change.

Perhaps on December 21 or during the days after, you will find time for quiet contemplation to welcome the new into your own life.

We are all in this together!

Astrology helps us all shift together. The entire world is restructuring as we speak and everyone I know is moving through deep, structural issues of one sort or another: some with family members, some are selling their homes, some moving, some going through health crises, etc.

It is everywhere around us now as we move along this path of relative uncertainty.

What makes this time frame so uncertain is that we as a global community, do not have a template for anything that is going on. It is brand new.

And, since we are all connected now via the Internet, we are experiencing it simultaneously throughout the world so that is adding a lot of energy to the pot. There is a tremendous mass of collective energy, all focused on similar things. This makes events seem almost overwhelming. People can feel this pressure in every corner of the globe.

The Zeitgeist (the spirit of the times) is easily defined in one word: TRANSITION. Whether it is Corona, economic shifts, structural shifts, etc., it is sobering.

All these shifts are affecting everyone, but in different ways. Some will notice it more than others, but everyone alive will be impacted.

People are rather reactive right now as I am sure you have noticed.

That reactivity is fear-based. It will be different for everyone and some will react more than others because of what is being triggered within them.

This is especially true for unresolved feelings from long ago. Old issues are now coming up because of global instability, so it really pays to have a secure foundation of mental health and good self-care lined out.

In fact, good self-care is the basis for inner security during these troubled times. I cannot overstate that enough. I am urging everyone I know including my own family, to look at how they are managing their routine personal issues just to see what needs upgrading during this time of transition.

Evolutionary Astrology is highly effective for laser-focusing on what is happening and why. Hypnosis is highly effective for resolving issues at their root cause.

Both modalities work together to provide an excellent basis for self-care and an essential foundation of inner security, clarity, and confidence in an extremely short period of time.

Hypnosis is one of the most natural ways you can help yourself heal.

We all have an innate ability to heal ourselves and both astrology and hypnosis help you achieve this healing and clarity very, very quickly.

If you would like a little help in transitioning to a positive mindset that serves as your stable foundation going forward, please contact me.

To learn more, schedule a free consultation at: https://calendly.com/annie-103

Is there really such a thing as a 13th Sun Sign in astrology?

Western Astrologers have mostly used zodiac or Sun signs as an underpinning for predictions and interpretations.

But when Ophiuchus came onto our radar in a 2016 NASA blog, everyone went crazy trying to figure out their “new” Sun sign. Ophiuchus is not a zodiac or Sun sign – it is a fixed-star constellation, residing between the constellations of Scorpio and Sagittarius, which means that its constellation boundaries occur between November 29-December 17.

Western astrologers do not use constellations in their work. We use twelve sectors (of approximately 30 degrees each) to understand people and events.  The Sun travels through each of the sectors for about one month in a 12-month period.

NASA experts explain that zodiac signs were invented by the Babylonians more than 3,000 years ago to make sense of the world. These “signs” were then based upon the fixed-star constellations, which were used to create star signs.

However, the Babylonians were aware that their system didn’t quite match up with the earth’s rotation, and so they chose to leave out the 13th sign known as Ophiuchus

The NASA experts explained: “According to the Babylonians’ own ancient stories, there were 13 constellations in the zodiac. (Other cultures and traditions have recognized as many as 24 constellations in the zodiac.) “So, the Babylonians picked one (constellation), Ophiuchus (the serpent bearer/charmer) to leave out.

“What’s more, the Earth’s axis has also altered since the zodiac or Sun signs were coined, meaning that: all the constellations are now in slightly different places in the sky.” “The sky has shifted because Earth’s axis (North Pole) doesn’t point in quite the same direction,” the NASA experts claimed.

Due to “precession” (a slow change in rotation around a fixed point), equinoctial points were slowly shifting in relation to the star constellations, just as they always have been.  This change occurs about 1 degree every 72 years.  

Astronomer and astrologer Claudius Ptolemy (born around 127 AD), knew this and decided to implement a new system.  He began the zodiac with 0 degrees of Aries at the Spring Equinoctial point. Why?

He did this because he believed that the actual fixed-star constellations were not relevant for astrology.  He thought that the Sun signs should be fixed at the cardinal points (cardinal relates to initiating an action) of the Sun’s annual path.

  • Aries begins at the Spring Equinox
  • Cancer begins at the Summer Solstice
  • Libra begins at the Autumn Equinox
  • Capricorn begins at the Winter Solstice

Back to Ophiuchus. It has sometimes been used in Sidereal systems such as Vedic Astrology as a thirteenth astrological sign in addition to the twelve signs of the Tropical zodiac.

So, what is the difference between a sign and a constellation?

The signs are a man-made concept, equally divided by 12 (12 months), each being 30 degrees.  Each sector or Sun sign is the distance (in the sky), that the Sun travels in one month’s time. Signs are travel-based, and their foundation is set upon the seasons. They are not visible, but rather, imagined.

Constellations are visible in the nighttime sky and are configurations comprised of multiple stars and points.  They are position-based. Positions change slightly over time due to precession.

Bottom line: This “discovery” does not appear to impact Western astrology at all. Whatever your Sun sign was at birth, it will remain so, except for natural progressions (that is information for a different blog).

Although Ophiuchus has a full profile like the other signs of the zodiac, it will refer mainly to current Scorpios and Sagittarians.  Ophiuchus’s qualities are a blend of Scorpio and Sagittarius: depth-oriented and a bit secretive as well as expansive and living life out-loud!  Ophiuchus also contains qualities of being highly goal-oriented, motivated, and dynamic.

Hint: If you read about your Sun sign, please note that the predictions are based upon your Rising Sign or Ascendant.  That is usually (although not always) different than you Sun sign.  Need some help finding your Rising Sun?

Contact me: annie@answersthroughastrology.com

“September 9th – November 13th – Mars is on a retrograde journey through his home sign of Aries, from 28 degrees to 15 degrees.

Mars represents our ability to act and we will all notice a change in how we act. Due to Mars’s war-like influence, our actions may not always be pleasant. Think, drill sergeant rough!

Mars’ energetic signature is fiery, piercing, and stinging. On the positive side of Mars, acting can be extremely focused, but on the flip side, it can also be overly aggressive or even violent. Our inner warrior comes to light during this retrograde period.

There are two strong aspects with retrograde Mars in the remaining months of 2020 that deserve attention.The first of these is Mars in close proximity to Eris (at 24 degrees of Aries). Eris is now known as the Goddess of Discord so when she and Mars rub elbows, all kinds of non-harmonious or frictional energy is created.Eris has also been in tight square (more friction) with Saturn-Pluto (structural transformation). There were San Francisco fires that occurred during the few days surrounding the actual retrograde station (event) of Mars, on September 9th itself. Mars of course rules Aries and the Fire element. Retrograde Mars will contact Eris once again during the first weekend in October, when Pluto also stations to direct motion. (begins to go direct again).

A second powerful aspect, is the square (frictional) connection that happens the rest of the year between Mars (action) and Saturn (structures). These two planets make several exact mathematical aspects to each other – one is September 28th, and the final one, passing more quickly in January. The tension created by Saturn and Mars (retrograde) in a frictional connection, especially the end of September, when Saturn is also slowing its speed, is indeed a massive collision of energy.Saturn says “let’s slow down and be very calculated in our dealings; let’s preserve what we already have.” Mars says, “no way”. The resulting clash will likely forge our very being into some new shape.

Both Saturn (in Capricorn) and Mars (in Aries) are in signs that they rule, giving them the strength of titans on steroids. Saturn is going to go direct (stop moving backwards) and may be the stronger influence because whenever a planet moves forward instead of backward, it is stronger. Imagine running downhill forward rather than backward. You get the picture.

The last half of September may feel like being pinned up against a wall. We will need all the strength we can muster. Next, we have a Full Moon October 1st and it’s also in Aries. Do you get the picture? There is a ton of war-like energy surfacing now and for the next month to fuel us all into a frenzy. We may feel very inflamed. Mars/Aries rules inflammation and fevers. Get a handle on your responsiveness and work to ensure that it does not become reactivity.

To add another layer of “what next?”, Mercury will go retrograde October 13-November 3. Yup, you heard that correctly – right on Election Day. Mercury challenges all of us 3-4 times a year with respect to communication, transportation, electronics, and contracts.

Mars retrograde always brings the baggage of uncertainty with its hibernation (retrograde). This causes us to want to act out, but rather, we should be “acting inwardly” by thinking, preparing, planning, organizing, and marshaling our resources. Think: squirrels collecting nuts for the winter.This retrograde period will be a time for greater inner reflection. Exercise good self-care and think about areas of your life that are influenced by Mars. Plan safe and calm activities with responsible others. Act later, after the retrograde is complete in mid-November.

We will all have a lot to be thankful for when we sit down to celebrate the holidays if we take care to regulate our energy now, collect our reserves, plan accordingly, practice patience and consider a more mindful approach to daily living. If this does not sound very appealing to you as a lifestyle choice, consider making a short-term commitment until mid-November. With Saturn in the mix, discipline is being called for. We all know how well discipline can pay off, don’t we Forrest? “Yes, Drill Sergeant Sir!”

Jupiter and Pluto are in cahoots and have not been practicing social distancing. This has led to a global crisis!

Jupiter, the giant planet and Pluto, the dwarf planet, are colluding again after a 13-year hiatus and this will change our world

They have three date nights set up in 2020: April 4, June 30, and November 13.  Two down and one to go. For those of you tracking your charts, this will occur in the sign of Capricorn, between 20-24 degrees or CAP/20-24

Both Jupiter and Pluto are obsessed with growth no matter how it shows up.

Jupiter always says, “Bigger is better” and “More is better”.

Pluto says, “My way or the highway” and “When I say jump, you say, how high?!”  He is super bossy for a little guy, and his sting can be as deadly as the scorpion, which he astrologically rules.

The intersection of these two planets Jupiter and Pluto, metaphorically describes:

  • Turning crisis into opportunity
  • Amplifying deconstruction
  • Learning from transformation
  • Rising from the ashes

Each of the date partners carries a big stick and loves the opportunity to dig deep beneath the surface to discover the Truth.  Jupiter rules Natural or Universal Law and nature (versus man-made rules) and Pluto rules transformation of the deepest kind imaginable for anything it touches.

Each one individually, can turn anyone or anything into a rags-to-riches story and back again, depending upon the influences of nearby planetary transits.  Together, they can peel back the onion of society’s secrets and reveal the naked truth or in some cases, highlight the untruths (think misinformation and/or conspiracy).

Jupiter relates to international travel, legal matters, higher education, cultural mores and philosophy, spirituality, and ethnicity (think racial equality or inequality, depending again, upon the transiting influences.)

Because these two planets are hooking up in the sign of Capricorn, governments will be involved.  Capricorn rules governments and those who administer them.

Since Jupiter also rules the travel industry, we can expect that the airlines will be involved.  With Jupiter, they will likely be bailed out.  Jupiter likes enhancing anything it touches, for better or worse.

Stand by for a bit more drama yet this year.  It will be for the sake of long-term change, which is always the tune of Pluto’s marching orders.  No flag football here.  Pluto’s reign is down and dirty rugby.  Jupiter, however, prefers a sumptuous banquet with white linen tablecloths, platters of abundance, decadent desserts, and expensive wine.

Do you remember an Internet app sensation years ago where you could click on any two Hollywood celebrities to see what their children would look like, if they got together?  That is a bit like predicting what the progeny of Jupiter and Pluto might be.

Use these keywords: Enhanced Transformation and what do you imagine?

 

We Are Reshaping Society and Here’s What It Means for You

With Saturn in Aquarius for the first time in 27 years, there are hard lessons, accountability and tough love!

Saturn moved into air sign Aquarius on March 21, 2020. Saturn spends more than two years in a sign, and it takes him almost 30 years to complete a tour of all the signs. This is commonly known as the Saturn Return.

The last time Saturn was in Aquarius, was 1993.  When Saturn changes signs, we experience a major cultural shift and the beginning of a new, almost 3-year cycle. (March 21, 2020- March 7, 2023)

For all you Millennials preparing to turn 30 in the next year or two, this is YOUR first Saturn return – your big opportunity to step up into society, take the reins and set your footprint.  What will you accomplish?

Saturn is our official taskmaster. He is the boss at work, the teacher when you arrive late for class (again) and your father when you brought the car home with a little scratch.

Aquarius loves unique things. It loves being out on the leading edge with fuchsia-colored hair, nose rings and neck tattoos. Aquarius is not only the revolutionary, but it also prides itself on developing great solutions that benefit everyone.  Aquarius is our social conscience and the humanitarian in all of us. It champions the underdog.

When we put those two together, we get: “Let’s re-write the rules for society!”  Saturn in Aquarius wants to do something different.

Aquarius also rules technology and the last time Saturn was in this sign in the early 1990’s, the Internet came to life.  What happened when Saturn moved into Aquarius this past March? Everyone flocked to the Internet for Zoom!

Saturn also rules restrictions and limitations so, will Saturn limit our time on the Internet?  Could it become a fee-for-service system to protect the infrastructure?  With Saturn in Aquarius, we will find out.

We will likely see some cool medical advances during this time frame as well as progress in AI.

This is also a time for governments (Saturn) to refresh their agendas (Aquarius) and transcend polarization. This is a time for the world to come together. “This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.”

All these changes will be hard won because that is what Saturn demands: work, accountability, responsibility and putting forth the effort.  Saturn usually leaves a gift by the door when he is ready to leave and not before (March 2023).  You will need to put in your sweat equity before you reap the rewards. You may, however, see evidence of your efforts long before that.

This is the time to make sustainable and progressive change in our world as well as our personal lives. If you prefer to be a couch potato, that is up to you, but when Saturn arrives for dinner and you haven’t bothered to go grocery shopping, he will be very grumpy for a long time.  This can translate into obstacles and a bumpy ride for you until Saturn returns.  That will be in another 30 years!