The Spring Equinox–A perfect time to set goals.

 Let’s take a moment to talk about vision boards, goal setting and what that has to do with astrology.  If you created a vision board at the beginning of the year or set goals and intentions of things you wanted to achieve in 2021, how is that going for you?  Congratulations if you’re still doing the work and chipping away at those goals you set in January.

For those that do create vision boards or set New Year Resolutions, we typically do this at the beginning of each calendar year. It’s not something we would start in the middle of March or April so why am I bringing this up now?  Well, it’s not something you would start at this time of the year unless you have the astrological New Year in mind and that’s just what I’m suggesting.  Astrologically speaking, the new year starts with the Sun’s Ingress into Aries each year. That just means the time of year around the Spring Equinox, when the Sun moves into the zodiacal sign of Aries. When you think about Spring, it’s during this time of year when things come alive.  The grass and trees start greening up and we begin to plant seeds. We plant gardens and farmers start planting their fields. We feel a little extra spring in our step and feel motivated to take action.

 Aries is an archetype of action that feels bold, courageous and determined.  Aries wants to start something. As a cardinal sign, Aries likes to initiate. The Sun is also exalted or lifted up in Aries, so you may feel you have the resources or potential to find your inner strength. Aries is also a fire sign. Visualize fire and picture the smoke ascending upwards. There’s a sense of reaching up, striving and being motivated to do better. When you think about it, this time of year makes a lot of sense in setting intentions and goals.

I have to say, I’ve  never been much on vision boards. I’ve tried them here and there in the past and really had no luck at all with them. However, last year I decided to create one  at the beginning of the astrological New Year and found that I achieved nearly everything that I had intended and included on that board. 

What I do

When the Sun moves into Aries on (March 20, 2021, I’ll start thinking about what I want to achieve and tailor it to the area of my natal chart that has been activated since my most recent birthday. If you’re coming up on a birthday in the next few months, look ahead to that date. I start thinking about themes and collecting photos that I want to use for my vision board. If you don’t have magazines, start collecting images from the internet saved to a folder to be printed later. I also consider the characteristics of the planet highlighted for me this year and incorporate those colors into my board. If that planet also rules another area of my chart I’ll consider those topics as well.

I also meditate on the Sabian symbol of the Moon. This Moon’s symbol is, “A woman in pastel colors carrying a heavy and valuable but veiled load.” I picture a pregnant woman with this symbolism and the idea of bringing something to life–creating something new. Pregnant with possibility. Creating something of value.

Within 8 hours of the New Moon in Aries which is April 11, 2021 at 9:31 PM CST, I’ll start cutting out my pictures and creating my vision board. Once completed, I like to take a picture of it and create screen savers on my phone and computer as a daily reminder of my goals. 

If you’d like to try this method and want to add in this extra personalized layer to your vision board, email me your birthdate, time of birth and place of birth and I’ll be happy to tell you what planet and area(s) of your chart are currently active.

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1st Quarter Moon and Covid-19

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Approximately 9 months ago, the reality of Coronavirus 19 hit home for most of us here in the United States. Headlines at that time focused on developing a vaccine. Chloroquine and Remdesivir were mentioned as possible treatments.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration began allowing more testing of drugs they felt might be effective against the virus as the world eagerly awaited the testing to begin.

Astrologically, March 24, 2020 marked a New Moon in Aries at 4 degrees 12 minutes. New Moons are interesting to watch as you often see a story piece together every 9 months that follow each phase until a complete moon cycle has finished.

New Moons are like the beginning of something. A seed is planted. We don’t really know which direction it’s going until some time has passed. As the Moon takes on more light, we can better see how things are looking. So, with this New Moon back in March of 2020, there was focus on developing a vaccine and we really didn’t know how, when or if it might happen.

Nine months later on December 21, 2020 we have the 1st Quarter Moon in Aries and the general public is beginning to receive the vaccine for the first time. 1st Quarter Moons are about taking action and moving forward with something. Nine months ago we were just discussing a vaccine. Today, we’re distributing it.

In 9 more months with the Full Moon on September 20, 2021 we should know even more. Full Moons bring clarity. More about the vaccine or the virus in general will be revealed.

Full Moons also mark the culmination of things so hopefully by that time, we’ll start to see a significant reduction of cases or know more about this virus and the success of the vaccine in preventing new cases. All cards are on the table in the Full Moon phase. It should become even clearer which direction this is going at that time.

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Aries Full Moon 2020

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The first day of October brings in the Harvest Full Moon in Aries. Yes, Full Moons tend to be emotional and this Full Moon will be no exception with its ruler Mars Rx still in a square aspect with Saturn.

It won’t be unusual to see in others or feel within yourself a heightened level of frustration. Mars Square Saturn can feel like having one foot on the brake pedal with the other pushing down on the gas. You want to move ahead, but feel blocked or stuck.

Why is this Moon referred to as the Harvest Moon? During this time of year, the Moon is close to the equator and closer to Earth. The light reflected is brighter. As people were harvesting their crops, this bright Moon provided a little more light which enabled them more time to work into the evening to get their crops in.

This additional light and the increased energy in Mars might allow us more vitality and energy to complete projects. Look to the area that Aries occupies in your own chart for some themes that might help expend this energy.

On the other hand, the Full Moon might also shed some light where we’ve been spinning our wheels. Is there something you’ve been pushing to make happen that’s going nowhere? You may have a realization that it’s time to release this and focus your energy elsewhere or in a new way.

If you’re feeling others are pushing your buttons, Saturn reminds us to set some boundaries. Don’t feel you have to do anything you’re not ready or on board with doing. It’s ok to take your time and think through before taking action.

The Sabian Symbol for this Moon is “A Teacher Gives New Symbolic Forms To Traditional Images.” This is ideal for reinventing something. Spin it your way. Just because it’s been done before, it hasn’t been done your way. This brings in the pioneering energy of Aries. Strike out and make your own mark.

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun which directly opposes the Moon during a Full Moon is, “A Canoe Approaching Safety Through Dangerous Waters.” This feels calming and reminds me of the 6 of Swords in the Tarot. There is a sense of coming out of something difficult and releasing the past. It’s time to rest and release as we begin to do with a Full Moon and move towards the waning cycle.

So while, the ruler of this Full Moon is in a tense aspect with Saturn, it may be a nudge to not give up. We might just need to adjust our approach. Although you’ve felt some frustration, slow down and look at ways you can put your personal mark on what you’re putting your efforts in. How can you still achieve your goal but with a different approach?

Team Black Moon Lilith & Mars Doing Battle in Aries 2020.

We’ve heard a lot about Mars in Aries this year, especially lately as transiting Mars is about to station retrograde in a few days on March 9, 2020. We’re expecting some tension with this Mars. This planet has already made one square to transiting Saturn in Capricorn on August 24, 2020. Both planets in rulership are strong. We’re bound to feel a lot of frustration as Mars in Aries is quick and wants to take action now, whereas, Saturn in Capricorn is so slow and likes to restrict. Mars says yes but Saturn says no. Saturn, being the slower malefic, has the upper hand. September 29th, Mars and Saturn go for round two as they make a second square at 25 degrees.

However, what I haven’t heard much talk about is Black Moon Lilith. Lilith teamed up with Mars during this first square and while Lilith is separating from Mars at this moment, I wanted to share a personal story of what these energies can produce when working together.

As the myth goes, Lilith was the first wife of Adam. Lilith was pretty independent and wasn’t willing to submit to anyone. Lilith stood up to Adam. That didn’t go so well for Lilith who was sent packing.

Transits to or from Black Moon Lilith in your chart can show where you might stand up or speak up for something or someone. If you’ve been holding back, it can come out with Lilith. You’re apt to be much more outspoken for the sake of trying to to let something be known that hasn’t been seen and get people to change something for the better. There is a real push for honesty. Lilith rules the underdog. Adding Mars into the mix is like adding in some rocket fuel and with both Lilith and Mars in the sign of Aries, it might feel like getting ready to do battle.

On a personal note, I have my own Black Moon Lilith/Mars story for 2020. A few days ago, I randomly decide to ride my bike out a route I don’t often ride. As I pass by our City Park, I quickly decide to check it out. I hadn’t been by there in awhile. I noticed the grass was overgrown but what really stood out to me was the Veteran’s Memorial. It has been neglected to say the least. I felt embarrassed and ashamed of what I saw. It screamed total disrespect.

I wanted people to see this and know what was going on. I wanted to change it. I took pictures but didn’t do anything about it right away. I wanted to give myself a little time to think it over. Was this a battle I wanted to take up?

A couple of days later, I decided to go ahead and post the photos of what I saw on Facebook. Imagine my surprise when late that night, I took a look at my own natal chart with the current transits and discovered that transiting Black Moon Lilith was conjunct transiting Mars in Aries, and making trine aspects to my natal Mars and Sun all in Fire signs!

Mars, the God of War is associated with soldiers. Lilith is associated with fighting for the underdog. On top of that, both are in Aries, a cardinal sign that initiates and takes action. It’s almost like the celestial energies dared me to do something about this. And if that’s still not enough, they both connected to my natal Mars in my house of communications and Sun in the area of others. The desire to speak up and be an advocate for others took on a life of its own. No wonder I felt like I had to take action and be a voice for these Veterans. Aries is also my 11th House–an area to do with groups and alliances.

These transits can sometimes play out literally in our charts. Since Mars has already separated within three degrees of squaring retrograde Saturn and Mars and Lilith make a favorable aspect to my natal Mars and Sun, I’m hopeful that Lilith will be heard and something positive will come out of this for the Veterans.