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!

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?

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