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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The Bear and The Ox

Today’s New Moon appears at 23° Aquarius whose Sabian Symbol is A Big Bear Sitting Down and Waving Its Paws.

THE DISCIPLINE OF SELF-CONTROL

The more we learn to control our animal nature the more we can have it available as a resource. We could use our emotions in frantic efforts to gain and hold attention, as so many people do. But it’s better to use it to cultivate an appetite for life, by following the desire nature to the point of crisis, and then in full awareness, resolving the issues arising – of darkness and light.  [source]

Today’s New Moon is part of a stellium:  Three or more heavenly bodies grouped in a single Zodiac sign. This Aquarian stellium is comprised of no less than six heavenly bodies (Venus, Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter, Sun, and the Moon). Aquarius energy is progressive, original, quirky, and independent – and we have it going on in spades!!! If you have major planets in Aquarius or other Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, or Scorpio) you’re sure to feel this lunation stronger than most.

New Moons open portals which represent new beginnings, but you can’t just show up to the party and expect things to happen. You’ve got to put in the effort and show the Universe your intent. Being that freedom-loving Aquarius governs community and humanitarian efforts, there will be a focus on friendship, group activities and projects, and social pursuits – so if you’ve been thinking about getting involved with any of those types of endeavors today’s New Moon is giving you a green light. Remember:  The more you give out, the more that will come back to you.

♂ Mars is square to this New Moon so watch out for impulsive behavior.


Well, that takes care of The Bear – let’s turn our attention to The Ox.

Tomorrow, February 12th, is Chinese New Year where we will enter the Year of the Ox.

“According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Ox was about to be the first to arrive, but Rat tricked Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox. Thus, Ox became the second animal.” [source]

The Ox is highly valued in Chinese culture due to its important role in agriculture. Those born in the Year of the Ox are honest, sincere, hard-working, reliable, and stubborn. (Sounds a bit like Taurus.) They are most compatible with those born under the Rat, Snake, and Rooster; and are least compatible with Goat, Horse, and Dog people.

Colors:  Blue, yellow, and green
Numbers:  1 and 4
Flowers:  Lily of the Valley and Lucky Bamboo
Lucky Months:  April, September, and December
Careers:  Doctors, lawyers, businessmen, and teachers

Celebrate Chinese New Year by serving popped rice, ginger candy, Spring Rolls, dumplings, noodles, steamed fish and chicken, Nian gao (rice cakes), steamed vegetables (leeks, Chinese cabbage, mushrooms, bamboo shoots), Baijiu (Chinese white wine) or other white wine, rice wine (saki), Tsingtao beer, and of course tea (green or oolong). For dessert:  Fruits (such as kumquats, tangerines, oranges, grapes, and pomegranates), turnip cake, Osmanthus Jelly, Jujube Flower Cakes, rice balls, sesame balls, and almond cookies.

Gung hay fat choy!

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