This Time I Mean It!

Every Post I publish on a New Moon I say the same thing: “Set your intentions.” But this time I seriously mean it!

The December 3/4, 2021 New Moon is not only the second and final Super New Moon of 2021, it’s also a Solar Eclipse. Both the Sun and Moon are in the sign of Sagittarius, The Archer, and his motto is “I Philosophize”. Ruled by the expansive planet Jupiter, Sagittarius symbolizes the growing philosophical outlook of the human spirit – its expansiveness, optimism, and refusal to get bogged down in details (seeing “the bigger picture”).

Solar Eclipses are like supercharged New Moons so you can see this MOMENT is full of potent juju.

December’s Solar Eclipse will be taking place over Antarctica; only people living at the most southern tip of South America, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand will see it. When eclipses occur near the South Node of the eclipse axis, these new beginnings are often accompanied by some sort of ending. You are entering a new chapter in your life and it will be transformational.

The hardest aspects to this New Moon are quincunx Uranus in Taurus and Saturn square Uranus, which portent unexpected changes. Your intuition may be on high alert making you nervous, tense, and anxious. Indeed, your body may be feeling the change coming. Saturn will remain square with Uranus until December 24. So above all, be open to sudden change and remain flexible. Go with the flow and avoid taking risks. Challenges can be turned into opportunities to rid yourself of the negative, restrictive, and limiting things in your life.

Themes: Healing, sorcery, and manifestation rituals. The powerful Magick of this New Moon/Solar Eclipse wans with each passing day. What do you wish to ATTRACT into your life? Write your intentions down on a piece of paper and carry it with you in your purse or wallet. Load it onto your phone if that’s more your style. Hell, write it on the bathroom mirror in lipstick! The point is, if you write down an intention it’s ability to manifest into reality will be stronger. That’s the power of Magick. That’s the power of YOU.

This Solar Eclipse is in the 1st House for Sagittarius (my Rising/Ascendant):

“This Solar Eclipse is very much like a rebirth – a seed moment where you can make some powerful manifestation Magick! Any strong intentions made now will grow. This is the dawn of a new cycle and is probably the most powerful eclipse you could ever have in your life. This is all about being true to who you are and not having to wear a MASK.”
(I am speaking figuratively here. Mask refers to Persona.)

The card I pulled for myself today is The Emperor,
Zodiacal Trump of Aries and ruled by Mars.

Intense willpower
Fiery spiritual drive
Establishes the potent creative power of the Magician – giving it structure and authority.
Fighting spirit, personal fortress, and inner Empire
Time to re-charge your Life Force
Archetype: The Warrior

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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)

“Virtue”
Self-confidence
Principled
Honest
Honorable
Aligned with the Sun in Aries, this card has the energy of the true pioneer.

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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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Cats are like Puzzle Boxes

I have many things to share but first let’s celebrate all the Felis lynx and Panthera onca in the world by wishing them a joyful

International Lynx Day
and
World Jaguar Day

Yesterday we not only entered a New Moon phase (in Gemini) but also experienced a Solar Eclipse! As you know, New Moons mark the beginning of a new lunar cycle, bringing with them new opportunities and fresh starts. Today is a good day for self-reflection, course correction, and setting goals. Start generating your own magic instead of waiting for the magic to happen on its own! A New Moon Solar Eclipse is especially potent. It is during this time that you can dream your biggest dreams and set your most powerfully-charged intentions. Create new habits, start new projects, and initiate life changes. VIBRATE ON PURPOSE.

“The Universe knows all things and is responding
to the vibration that you are sending.
When you are sending your vibration on purpose,
you are orchestrating what the Universe is aligning for you.”

– Esther Hicks

(Keep in mind that while sowing the seeds of creation is in line with the energies of a New Moon, it’s not an especially good time for stopping something you care about, avoiding opportunities for expansion and growth, or wasting time on energy-draining people or activities.)

I also ran across this some time ago – I don’t remember where I found it so my apologies to the originator.

Today’s Tarot spread for the next few days…

The Ten of Grails (Cups) suggests tranquility, peace of mind, lasting success, and long-term contentment. This card is about satisfaction especially on an emotional level. It can also symbolize an awakening of the soul. Our thoughts are directly connected to what is manifested in our lives.

Major Arcana cards represent life lessons, karmic influences, and the big archetypal themes that are influencing your life right now – and no card is more representative of this than Justice, the Law of Karma. This is cause-and-effect in action. Know that the vibrations you send out will come back to you ten-fold.

I am very excited to announce a new series of posts in which I’ll be talking about the Earth’s wild cats – both large and small. Each post will honor a particular feline, starting tomorrow with Puma concolor. The Puma, which is particularly appropriate as tomorrow is National Cougar Day. Additionally, it was while watching a National Geographic documentary on the puma that I first came up with the notion of cats being like little “puzzle boxes”.

I hope you will enjoy reading about each amazing feline as much as I will enjoy writing about them! M-iao!

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Everything’s Coming Up Aries…A New Moon & 5-Planet Stellium

Our calendar year begins on January 1st. Chinese New Year celebrates the beginning of a new year on the lunisolar Chinese calendar. In astrology Ostara, or the Spring Equinox, begins the Astrological New Year which happens every year on March 20th (or March 21st in some years). This date also marks the time the sun moves into Aries, the sign of the Ram. Is it any surprise then, that when Spring arrives we feel a spring in our step, as well? After all, the presence of Aries is dynamic and energizing.

I’ve talked about how a New Moon always sparks beginnings, but when it occurs in the first sign of the zodiac the desire to begin anew is even stronger. To add “fuel to the Fire”, today’s New Moon (Aries 22°) is joined by four other planets in Aries:  Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Chiron – forming an Aries Stellium.

courtesy Astrodienst

Last week I suddenly developed this urgent need to create a new version of myself. This is Mars’ potent life force at work and will be felt by Aries-born (like myself) most strongly.

In keeping with the notion of “reinventing yourself” AND in honor of today being National Pet Day, I’ve asked Ramses to give us some “words of feline wisdom”:

This is SO appropriate as Aries is the “newborn” of the zodiac. Babies are naturally curious, as everything is new to them.

In addition to the enthusiastic, optimistic, and passionate energy of this Aries New Moon/Stellium, all planets are in forward motion! Every other 2021 New Moon will have at least one planet in retrograde. The Universe is giving us all a BIG GREEN LIGHT. All systems go and full speed ahead (for Aries is all about ACTION)! Are you ready for a re-birth? Start by digging deep and assessing who it is you truly wish to be. Ask yourself:  “Why am I here?”, “Why am I doing what I’m doing?”, “What brings me the most joy?”, and “What am I really passionate about?” One can maintain their inner identity and still re-invent one’s self. This is what Ramses meant by “Let curiosity guide your life.” It’s time to exhibit curiosity about the world around you AND the world within you.

From Cultivating Delight: A natural history of my garden (Diane Ackerman)

Most animals have strong life forces and will fight to survive. But humans also struggle to grow in understanding and fulfillment, sometimes making great sacrifices. Not always rewarded by happiness or pleasure, this growth is a pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, a quest for insights with no need to exploit them.

The Tarot card for this New Moon is the 3 of Wands – a card of vision, new beginnings, and hope. Hope Springs Eternal


I am sitting here burning Dragon’s Blood, a resin which has a connection to Mars, and leafing through Annie’s Annuals and Perennials‘ 2021 Summer catalog making note of which plants might do well in my Concrete Jungle. It’s Spring and I’m in the mood to re-invent myself AND my garden! I had my eye on a beautiful brugmansia relative, Iochroma cyanea ‘Royal Blue’, but I see it’s out of stock. DAMN! The early bird gets the worm…guess I got up too late.

The unexamined life is not worth living.
– Socrates

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