Lilith’s Mourning Moon

A partial Lunar Eclipse is taking place tomorrow. Astronomers say it will be the longest one in several centuries, lasting almost 3-1/2 hours. North America and Canada will see this full red moon in all its glory. (For us here on the West Coast, it begins just after 11pm TONIGHT and reaches its maximum blood-red peak at 1:00am.)

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Generally speaking, Lunar Eclipses do a great job of purging and releasing things from our past which no longer server our higher selves and the effect of one can last up to three months. Lunar eclipses can affect us emotionally, so if you’re feeling a bit “off” take a moment to sit quietly and listen to what your psyche is telling you. Our feelings are our psychic barometer so let your emotions bubble up from within. If you need a good cry, let it all out. If you feel like screaming – let er rip!

This Full Moon occurs in Taurus decan 3 which is supportive of those who are SURVIVORS! But its Trine Pluto (transformation/rebirth) carries with it a tinge of the Underworld. Psychic perceptions may be enhanced. Dreams can be extraordinarily lucid and predictive. Shadow work will prove liberating.

The strongest influence on tomorrow’s Full Moon is Fixed Star Algol.

Known as the “blinking demon” it is said to be the most destructive star in heaven, and is associated with Lilith who was branded as a vampire and succubus from the Underworld. (I have a fondness for vampires…)

Fright Night (1985)

Who’s that there?
Take a good look. Lilith
Lilith? Who is that?
Adam’s wife, his first. Beware of her.
Her beauty’s one boast is her dangerous hair.
When Lilith winds it tight around young men
She doesn’t soon let go of them again.
Faust: The First Part of the Tragedy (Goethe, 1808)

“In ancient Greek mythology, Lamia was a beautiful queen of Libya who became a child-eating daemon. In the myth, Lamia is a mistress of the god Zeus, causing Zeus’ jealous wife, Hera, to kill all of Lamia’s children and transform her into a monster that hunts and devours the children of others…Later traditions referred to many lamiae; these were folkloric monsters similar to vampires and succubi that seduced young men and then fed on their blood.” [source]

Whether you love vampires or not, Algol’s influence tends toward misfortune, violence, and sickness. My advice is to “keep it real”. Generate positive energies and work on your soul’s progression – with the help of your Shadow, of course. (And turn off the damn TV – especially MSM. Give it a rest for a day or two until Algol’s energies wane a bit.)

Wear or carry Apache Tears (a type of obsidian). It will absorb negative energy and protect the body from unwanted vibrations, energies, and entities.. (I always carry one in my purse.)

Lunar Eclipse November 2021 at Darkstar Astrology
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Push Me, Pull Me. Are you ready for the Hunt?

Wednesday’s Full Moon is the Hunter’s Moon and it arrives at 7:56am PST on October 20, 2021. Oh, did I mention it’s transiting in Aries? The Sun’s in Libra (diplomacy, equality, fairness) which is opposite Aries in the Zodiac. Opposite signs create a mirror reflecting back to one another the traits each is lacking. For instance, Libra represents diplomacy, equality, and compromise while Aries is all about assertiveness, direct action, and passion. Libra is ruled by Venus (Goddess of Love) while Aries is ruled by Mars (God of War). In Roman mythology Venus and Mars were lovers. They say opposites attract and that was certainly the case here. Yin and Yang.

Both Aries and Libra are Cardinal signs – Initiators – which set things in motion. In astrology, modalities (modes) indicate how one deals with their environment and these two have a strong need to control what’s happening around them.

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So with this Full (Hunter’s Moon) we have the opposing energies of Libra and Aries, with both wanting to be in control of the action. Push-Pull. While we’re at it, let’s throw in Pluto (God of the Underworld) which forms a T-square with the Moon. Pluto is the planet of death/rebirth, so with Mars and Pluto we have a witch’s brew of fiery transformation going on! The intensity will propel us forward with great momentum.

Anger is a Gift. Use it Wisely.

Things will feel intense and more than a little chaotic. Libra’s need for balance and harmony will be put to the test. Being the God of War, Mars will want to engage in battle while Pluto may unearth old wounds and destructive behaviors. Use that aggression to create something positive. Embrace the changes that ultimately come when truths are unveiled. Both within or without.

The only constant is Change.

The Lord of Earned Success is governed by Mercury (thought) in Aquarius (originality).

Communicating concepts and ideas effectively between opposing forces is highlighted. Your higher consciousness (Symbolized by the crow.) will be sending you signs such as hidden messages and “coincidences”. A vision of the future effects a turning point in your Destiny. The 6 of Knives (Swords) is a card of freedom, optimism, discovery, movement, and insight.

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Let’s Get Physical

Arriving at 4:05am on the West Coast, today’s New Moon is in the sign of Libra (The Scales of Justice). It is conjunct Mars and quincunx Uranus. Both the moon and Mars are aligned with a star in Constellation Corvus the Crow (The Trixster): Algorab.

Libra represents aesthetic beauty, harmony, and diplomacy in astrology; and symbolizes the creation of social harmony and the expression of justice. The best time for starting new endeavors is during the waxing phase of the moon (from October 6 up to the October 20 full moon), so this Libran New Moon provides the perfect opportunity to:

  • Work on re-balancing our relationships.
  • Learn to make peace with those around us, as well as our environments.
  • Establish a sense of order and equilibrium in our lives.

Mars conjunct adds abundant energy, initiative, and courage to your efforts.

However, there are some difficult aspects that come with this New Moon.

Fixed star Algorab has a Saturn-Mars energy (scavenging, destructiveness, repulsiveness, malevolence, fiendishness and lying, suicide, greed, injuries). As a Behenian star, it has magical properties and is used in medieval magic; carries witchy vibes; is good for driving away evil spirits; and protects against the evil intentions of men and demons. Its gemstone is onyx.

A quincunx means integration and is often described as “being between a rock and a hard place.” Therefore, Uranus quincunx would be considered in a “hard” aspect to the moon- which means it brings some challenges to the mix. With this New Moon you might be feeling nervous, tense, and anxious. Your intuition senses change or some drama is on the way. (Indeed. Both of us have been feeling perculiarly anxious the last few days.) Practice self-control and patience. Find a constructive outlet for this unstable energy through physical activity

all the more relevant given that the difficult aspect of Uranus (Revolution) and the aggressive fixed star Algorab will bring out the more destructive nature of Mars – with the potential for anger turning to violence.

Pluto (Death/Rebirth/Reincarnation) turns direct on October 6th, seven hours after this New Moon, so any violent acts will be ones of REVENGE. Saturn (Karma) goes direct on October 10th, so any retaliation may be swift and final. Pluto’s influence will also pull back the veil on things that need to be exposed.

Currently we have five plants in retrograde: Mercury (through October 18th), Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus.

For this Libran New Moon I drew the 3 of Scepters (Wands)

Aligned with the Sun in Aries, this card has the energy of the true pioneer.

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Shine on, Shine on Harvest Moon*

Arriving on September 20th at 4:54pm (on the West Coast) this year’s Harvest Moon will be in the sign of Pisces. A “Harvest Moon” is the name given to the Full Moon that occurs closest to the Autumn Equinox (September 22, 2021). According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac around the Autumn Equinox the moon rises soon after sunset, casting a bright light. The name “Harvest Moon” comes from the farmers who worked by the light of the moon to complete their harvest of summer’s crops.

The Moon is Yin (feminine) to the Sun’s Yang (masculine) and governs our emotions, intuition, psychic abilities, and the subconscious. The light generated by Full Moons illuminate that which was previously hidden or not fully acknowledged. When the moon is full emotions are amplified, but she also exposes secrets and reveals hidden agendas. In Pisces (which is ruled by Neptune, The Planet of Illusion) we may see deceptions or false perceptions being exposed. Read between the lines. Listen to your gut. Pay attention to clues given in your dreaming state. Your psychic abilities will be heightened.

The astrological sign of Pisces (The Dreamer) is the 12th sign of the Zodiac marking the end of a cycle. Full Moons also indicate the end of a cycle and this one wraps up everything that began with the New Moon (Pisces) of March 13, 2021. It’s harvest time. Pisces rules the 12th House: The subconscious and unconscious and what remains hidden from conscious awareness; mysticism and the occult. It is referred to as “The House of Darkness” and often associated with challenges that involve deprivation, loss, isolation, hospitals, prisons or institutions, hidden enemies, fear of death or illness, self-undoing or secret enemies.

This Harvest Moon falls just one hour after Mercury (communication) trine Jupiter (luck) which imbues it with optimism, generosity, and good fortune! Focus on the positive. The only catch here is the Moon is conjunct fixed star Scheat (Beat Pegasi) which is located on the leg of the Pegasus constellation.

A true malefic, Scheat’s influence may express itself as worry, loss and gain of friends through criticism, extreme misfortune, murder, suicide, and drowning.

Who is the Muse for this year’s Harvest Moon? Interestingly I pulled the 2 of Wands.

The Moon enters the sign of Aries late Monday and the Sun enters the sign of Libra on September 23rd, so I guess this makes sense. Libra is opposite Aries which will cause some friction – but this need not be negative.

The 2 of Scepters (Wands) glorifies our individuality and uniqueness. This card is ruled by Aries signifying a warlike energy and a fierce driving force of Will. Unlike the passivity of Pisces, Mars in Aries is unabashedly assertive in its nature. A time of challenges lies ahead which should be faced head-on and with a clear head.

“The image of Dracula as Vlad the Impaler is illustrated here. He stands in a fortress surrounded by fiery energy; in the background we see a watchtower, a beacon both as a solid place of energy (representing leadership) and as a lightning conductor, illustrating the card’s qualities as a channel for fiery creative power.” [1]

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* “Shine On, Harvest Moon”


[1] Daniels, Ian (2010). Phantasmagoria. Llewellyn Publications. p. 156.

Virgo Moon powered by Uranus

Today’s New Moon falls in line with the Sun, for they are both in the sign of Virgo (hard-working, critical). Archetypically Virgo is considered to be The Craftsman (As today is Labor Day, this is appropro.) so this New Moon bodes well for the artisan and craftsperson who create intricate, detailed works (such as jewelry or tatting).

We also have a New Moon trine Uranus (The Awakener, rebellion, revolution) which indicates sudden and unpredictable changes will take place. As Uranus rules the forward-thinking sign of Aquarius, our thoughts will turn to making the world a better place. We do that by becoming the best version of ourselves. Intuition and psychic abilities will also be heightened.

Intuition is seeing with the soul.
– Dean Koontz

A long time ago, farmers planted seeds under the darkness of the new moon, giving the sprouts enough time to grow before the Full Moon – which would act like a spotlight for animals looking for something to snack on. Metaphorically, his same process can be applied to planting our “seeds of intention”, giving them time to grow and establish themselves before the next Full Moon.

Focus on regaining power over your life. We are all artisans, crafting the day-to-day intricacies of our lives minute by minute. What special powers do you bring to The Universe and how might you use them to positively transform yourself and others? What seeds of intention will you plant today?

Today’s card is the 10 of Grails (Cups).

A card of emotional well-being and inner bliss. Long-term peace.
Whatever you cultivate within you will radiate outward.

Sudden and rapid change can create fear and anxiety.
If you’re feeling anxious, align yourself with the vibrations of the card.
Reminder: the changes Uranus brings will be forward-moving and positive.

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