Transits for the Virgo-Libra Lunation

The world is an interplay of illumination and shadow, and the intermingling of darkness with light creates the dazzling spectrum of colors we know. As the seasons turn, the balance of day and night are equal, showing us the value and necessity of both diurnal and nocturnal consciousness.

The next lunation cycle begins with the Virgo New Moon, before the Sun enters the sign of Libra and the cycle continues through the cardinal signs. The dominant alignment through the entire month is Mars retrograde in a square to the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto stellium, which will be highlighted at hard angles by both Mercury and the Sun as the weeks progress. There is no denying the times are difficult and filled with uncertainty, and finding grace and equilibrium in the midst of the turmoil and heaviness can be challenging. Libra is a Venus-ruled sign, and if we find ourselves struggling or down-hearted, it can be important to remember our connections with loved ones and community.

Transits of the Virgo-Libra Lunation

*September 17 @ 4:00 am PT* The New Moon in Virgo offers a fertile, mutable soil in which to plant the new seeds of intention. Mercury in Libra aligns in a square to Jupiter in Capricorn, calling forth grand ideas, inflated thoughts, philosophical musings, and an optimistic perspective on the growing potential of the newly seeded intentions. Plant kernels of hope in abundance now, for although not all may come to flower, some of these ambitious ideas may grow to great heights.

*September 21 @ 11:13 am PT* As the Moon in late Scorpio forms a sextile with the Sun in Virgo, Mercury in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn. Gossip and intrigue, paranoia and slander can taint and corrupt the thinking mind. Who pulls the strings of our thought patterns, and do we have the power to think for ourselves?

*September 22 @ 6:31 am PT* The Sun enters Libra with the autumnal equinox, marking the shift of seasons and the fading of light. A Venus-ruled air sign, Libra oversees the fall winds scattering many-colored leaves in complex patterns across the dappled ground. The elves are on the road in autumn, and some may hear the call to adventure echoing in their hearts.

*September 23 @ 6:55 pm PT* The waxing quarter Moon in Capricorn squares Libra Sun, while Mercury simultaneously squares Saturn. Hard problems, difficult conversation, misperceptions and miscommunications can make nuanced communication challenging. Saturn negates the voice, calling for silence and quiet contemplation instead.

*September 24 @ 3:53 am PT* As Mercury still lingers in Saturn’s and Pluto’s rays, it perfects an opposition to Mars in Aries, bringing heightened tempers and argumentative debate into an already frustrating communicative environment. Instead of getting caught in a shouting match, writing a rage-filled letter and burning it to ashes may help to release and redirect the fiery energies.

*September 25 @ 12:11 am PT* The Moon in Capricorn spends the entirety of the day traversing the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto conjunction, and forming a T-square with both Mercury and Mars. If it all feels like too much and your emotions boil over and break down, know that you may be feeling not only your own emotional whirlpool but that of the collective as well.

*September 26 @ 6:30 am PT* The Gibbous Moon in early Aquarius forms an airy trine with the Libra Sun, which may offer some breathing room and a little perspective on the previous day’s emotional turmoil—although the Moon’s simultaneous square to Uranus may still lead to unexpected and erratic emotional outbursts and sensations.

*September 27 @ 12:41 am PT* Mercury descends into the underwater grotto of Scorpio, the sign in which it will turn retrograde in a fortnight. What hidden and obscured information and ideas have been secreted away within these caves of the mind, and what is the measure of your impassioned desire to know?

*September 28 @ 6:01 pm PT* Venus in Leo forms a fire trine with Mars in Aries, taking the next steps in the erotic dance initiated just three weeks prior when these two planets formed a dynamic square. Perhaps this relational dance can express a greater harmony, a balancing between the allurement of Venus and the initiatory desire of Mars.

*September 29 @ 2:50 pm PT* Mars in Aries perfects its square to Saturn for the second time, just hours after Saturn stations direct. These stubborn, frictional energies are pulling in opposite directions, grinding action to a halt and enforcing patience with an aggressive hand. If no forward motion is possible, how instead will you plan for the long game?

*October 1 @ 2:05 pm PT* The Full Moon in Aries opposes the Sun in Libra, culminating the lunar cycle initiated with the Virgo New Moon. This highly activated Full Moon in Mars’s home sign reflects the agitated state of the world, currently dominated by the archetypal principles of the red planet. How to cultivate Libran balance and harmony when so much needs to be done?

*October 2 @ 1:48 pm PT* Venus steps into the earthy realm of Virgo, bringing a logical and measured approach to love and aesthetic sensibilities. Everything has its right place, and all that is beautiful must also be practical, while all that is practical ought to be aesthetically pleasing as well. As a Mercury-ruled sign, Venus in Virgo desires to be expressed through carefully chosen words. What words would you choose to write a love letter to your own heart?

*October 7 @ 2:18 am PT* The Disseminating Moon in Gemini forms a trine with the Sun in Libra, while Mercury in Scorpio opposes Uranus in Taurus. Mental activity may accelerate, taking on an electrified, frenetic pace that can at times disturb sleep as sparks fly off of new insights and realizations.

*October 9 @ 5:40 pm PT* The waning quarter Moon in Cancer forms its closing square to the Sun, as Mars perfects its second square to Pluto. Volcanic intensity drives the instincts, and simmering tempers may ignite over pools of shame and rage. The power to take action resides within, but directing this ferocious warrior energy takes self-awareness of unconscious tendencies.

*October 10 @ 4:08 pm PT* Venus in Virgo forms an earth trine to Uranus in Taurus, bringing forth unusual desires and unique aesthetic tastes, sparking unexpected heart connections, friendships, and love.

*October 11 @ 6:34 am PT* The Sun in Libra squares Jupiter in Capricorn, beginning its angular sweep across the Capricorn stellium. While the focus may be on the need for growth, expansion, and the cultivation of joy, the problematic sides of Jupiter may also be highlighted: grandiosity, arrogance, and an inflated sense of one’s egoic identity.

*October 12 @ 9:39 am PT* Jupiter in Capricorn makes its third and final sextile of the year to Neptune, while Mercury perfects its own sextile to Venus for the second time since they came into this configuration in late August. In the midst of this season’s intensified turmoil, these alignments may offer a diplomatic perspective and capacity to perceive a broader, unified vision.

*October 13 @ 4:26 pm PT* The Sun in Libra opposes Mars in Aries, the same day as Mercury stations retrograde in Scorpio. The flow of information slows into quagmires of confusion, bringing the need to review and reflect critically. With the Sun highlighting retrograde Mars, encounters with misinformation may inflame the frustrations and ignite the temper.

*October 15 @ 3:15 am PT* The Sun continues its angular journey to the Capricorn stellium, squaring Pluto next and intensifying the awareness of the shadowy underworld dynamics of power and corruption. Following the path of descent can bring profound regeneration and rebirth, but only after the outworn ways of being have been dismembered and composted.

*October 16 @ 12:31 pm PT* The New Moon aligns in Libra, still carrying the dynamic energies of the T-square with Mars and the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto stellium. Seeds need darkness to germinate and take root, and although the night may feel long and foreboding, the dawn always comes at last.

Virgo New Moon Workshop

Ouroboros Monthly Forecast

Continuing with the Virgo New Moon, I am offering the next monthly astrology workshop through Ouroboros, our local Nevada City magical arts studio. The workshop will be held online, and all who wish to attend are welcome to join! We will focus on the astrological transits for the month ahead, as we move into the autumn season.

For those who would like to review the transits from last month, the recording of the previous workshop is available here: Leo New Moon Workshop.

Friday, September 18th, 5:00–6:30 pm Pacific time

Description
This monthly workshop with archetypal astrologer Becca Tarnas offers an astrological forecast of the lunation cycle ahead, continuing with the New Moon in Virgo. Learn the meanings of the planets, aspects, and zodiacal signs, and how to navigate the archetypal energies of the month ahead. Participants will gain a basic foundation in archetypal astrology, and leave with an understanding of the astrological conditions of the next month, and how best to integrate this knowledge into their everyday lives. All levels of astrological knowledge are welcome!

For those unable to attend live the video is now available of the workshop!

Suggested donation of $10–15 via PayPal: Ouroborosnc@gmail.com
**Please Note “Becca” and click family & friends**
No one will be turned away from lack of funds.

Homage to the Planets

Composed by Becca Tarnas

The Sun, radiant presence, gold, singularity of vision, shone through me, through everything; nothing else existed in that light.

The Moon, cradling and being cradled, softness, a silver sheen of lavender comfort, holding in warmth, fullness, and settled contentment.

Mercury, a quickening pace as my thoughts raced to catch up, a rapid quill spelling, articulating, word, glance, taste, touch, sound, senses singing.

Venus, a verdant green of flowering beauty, vines growing in curls that turn into exquisite art, the silver sparkling of dew under leaves, mirroring a reciprocity of love and heart-warming presence, the shiver of pleasure and desire.

Mars, a flaming red heat burning through me with energy, action, anger, force, violence, blood, rushing in a hiss of fiery passion.

Jupiter, uplifting to a panoramic sweep of glory and triumph, images of great civilizations flourishing in their crowning moments, a spiraling climb to the grand arches of the Kingdom of Heaven, laughing, just laughing, releasing into giggles, soft joy, lips kissed by a smile.

The smile faded into a serious fixed gaze as Saturn entered my field, making me sit straighter, feeling the structural strength of my bones, my skeleton, holding me erect and steady, the stability of age-old institutions weathering through time, weathered away by time—time who eats his children—feeling my body slowly decay in death, yet somehow feeling reassured by this dying that comes again and again in repetition, knowing that all things must come to an end, and with that final acceptance at last can come wisdom.

Lightning-quick Uranus burst through, not settling into a single color or image, always overturning, breaking out, breaking through, a pace impossible to follow as sparks of creative genius flew off of every new idea to explode in firecrackers opening up ever unexplored future horizons.

All dissolved, and no sense of myself remained as the oceanic oneness of Neptune washed over all that had come before, containing everything in its synchronous holism, a peaceful oblivion of floating in a flowing celestial realm of watery image, ethereal spirit, and imaginal soul, transcending all boundaries.

With a rending tear, the ocean ripped apart into a volcanic chasm. Pluto gaped open swallowing all in titanic destruction, a violence so deep it was beyond fear—rather a pulsing of life impulse to survive or perish, pushed and pressured by the unbounded force of desire, fangs, torn flesh, rotting corpses, pushing through the excrement, massive desolation laying waste, decomposing, turning over, evolving through pain, passing through the white hot burning fire and from the dead ashes reborn. . .

Then white light. All the colors melted together, every image unified. Only light.

Jung’s Participatory Imagination

This Sunday, August 30 I will be offering an online presentation for the Carl Jung Depth Psychology Reading Group. The presentation is titled “The Participatory Imagination,” and is based upon the chapter I wrote for the fourth volume of Jung’s Red Book for Our Time: Searching for Soul Under Postmodern Conditions, edited by Murray Stein and Thomas Arzt.

In this talk I will speak about Jung’s Red Book, and how the active imagination fantasies Jung experienced can be understood as a co-creation of the human faculty of imagination in participatory relationship with the archetypes of the collective unconscious. These are ideas that arose while I was writing my dissertation, and while they have implicitly informed many of my presentations and classes, this is the first time I am giving a lecture entirely devoted to this topic! After the presentation we will have time for questions and dialogue.

For those unable to attend the live event, the recording is now available:

Transits for the Leo-Virgo Lunation

Smoke fills the air as I write these words, the archetype of Mars igniting the Earth’s landscape with extreme heat and lightning strikes. The year 2020 has been defined by the great conjunction of Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto, and now that Mars is square to the Capricorn stellium an already inflamed and feverish world catches fire once more. Whether fires in Australia or California, the heatwaves rippling across the globe, or the fevered foreheads and burning lungs of those struck by the crown virus, the world is expressing the intensity and heat of the archetypal zeitgeist in myriad ways.

During this lunation cycle the inner planets Mercury, Venus, and Mars form an intertwining dance with the outer planets in quick succession. Neptune is in a soft sextile to the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto conjunction, and Mercury and Venus form major aspects to the entire set of planets, with Mercury trining the stellium and Venus opposing it, and Mercury opposing Neptune while Venus trines it. Together they form an exquisite and rare mystic rectangle, a complex aspect pattern made up of two oppositions, two trines, and two sextiles. Mars joins the dance, continuing to square Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto, and finally squares his lover Venus on the same day Mercury sextiles her. One can perceive an image of archetypal forces weaving a sophisticated pattern around our Earth, drawing us all into the dance in one form or another.

Transits of the Leo–Virgo Lunation

*August 18 @ 7:42 pm PT* The New Moon in Leo comes at last, closing out the Leo lunation cycle instead of initiating it—as has been the case for every previous lunation cycle this year. Plant your seeds of intention in the sunbaked soil, and offer them the creative fertilizer of the Venus-Uranus sextile that also comes into exact alignment on this day. The heart awakens with new and unexpected desires, bringing breakthroughs, excitement, and experimentation in love, romance, and friendship.

*August 19 @ 6:30 pm PT* The Moon and Mercury both ingress into Virgo by the day’s end, bringing the thought and feel of late summer into our bodies and minds. Our needs must be met in certain and specific ways, following a familiar and logical pattern, as Mercury steps into rulership and enjoys the benefits of exaltation as well.

*August 22 @ 8:45 am PT* Virgo welcomes the Sun into the late summer sign, and the height of Solar dominance begins to dim slightly into the softer hues of a deepening afternoon sky. Virgo is a Mercury-ruled sign, but unlike Mercury’s other domicile Gemini—in which conversations dart back and forth in quick dialogue between the twins—the Virgin is “one unto herself” and thus holds the contemplative conversation within in a space of self-reflection.

*August 23 @ 4:35 am PT* Scorpio Moon forms the waxing crescent sextile to the Sun in Virgo, the first alignment between the luminaries in the Virgo lunation. The wheat stalks send forth their slim leaves, beginning to grow the seeds of intention planted in Leo’s hot summer soil. Deep emotions may feel balanced out by a logical approach to integrating their reasons for arising.

*August 24 @ 11:19 am PT* Mars in Aries squares Saturn in Capricorn, culminating the first of three sweeps across the great stellium. The ferocity that has been building throughout the month meets a firewall, containing and constricting the energies, building frustrations and stamina. But beware the dormant volcano, which may be accumulating greater pressures under the forces of negation.

*August 25 @ 10:58 am PT* As the Moon in Sagittarius squares the Sun in Virgo, Mercury forms a trine with Uranus while Venus opposes Jupiter. The archetypal dynamics are complex and multifaceted, as a quickening rational mind tries to make sense of Venus opposing the Capricorn stellium and Mars squaring it. The lovers Venus and Mars start their tango, while the fate of the whole world is seemingly caught in the balance.

*August 27 @ 2:13 pm PT* Venus in Cancer trines Neptune in Pisces, pulling four of the five outermost planets into major aspect with the principle of love and beauty. The heart may be opening generously and feeling tendrils of romantic daydreams, but the potential of challenge and intense transformation lies on the immediate horizon.

*August 29 @ 6:28 am PT* Mercury in Virgo trines Jupiter just as the Moon passes through the great Capricorn stellium. Emotions and intimate relational dynamics may be intensified, but perhaps Mercury can offer a means to express and interpret those feelings, bringing the insight of the storyteller to reflect on one’s innermost dynamics.

*August 30 @ 6:31 am PT* Venus in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn, aligning at the midpoint of the stellium, while Mercury opposes Neptune in Pisces. The glistening beauty of the serpent coils around the bleeding heart, while the mind is awash in daydreams, delusions, and fantasies.

*September 1 @ 10:22 pm PT* The Full Moon in Pisces opposes the Sun in Virgo, while Mercury in the same sign trines Pluto in Capricorn, bringing in depth and power to the image-saturated mind. The roots may be planted in solid, fertile soil, but the Lunar blossom unfurls its petals in the realm of dreams. Seek to understand the hidden reaches of the dreamworld, unveiling the symbols that arise from the infinite wellspring of ideas.

*September 2 @ 5:18 am PT* Venus in Cancer opposes Saturn, culminating its journey in opposition to the Capricorn stellium. Bittersweet heartache, the poignancy of loss, the beauty of suffering, the commitment of love beyond death. Venus-Saturn is the withered rose whose scent may be even more beautiful in memory than reality.

*September 3 @ 12:23 am PT* Mercury in Virgo completes its trine to the Capricorn stellium with an exact alignment to Saturn, focusing the mind, bringing precision to the intellect, conciseness to the expression of words, and quiet to the whirling world of thoughts.

*September 4 @ 2:12 am PT* Venus in Cancer squares Mars in Aries, while Mercury in Virgo forms a sextile to Venus. These two alignments, each perfecting on the same day, show the different way that Eros relates to Logos versus the Warrior. Mercury and Venus never find themselves more than a gentle sextile apart, always maintaining a harmonious confluence between the mind and the heart. But Venus and Mars can form any dynamic aspect to one another, igniting the friction, conflict, and active allurement needed for passionate love-making or a burned heart.

*September 5 @ 12:46 pm PT* Mercury leaves its exalted home of Virgo to enter into Libra’s domain of balance, harmony, and potential indecision. Although now in Venus’s domicile, Mercury is charmed to be here, working the room with a honeyed tongue, bestowing pleasing compliments and sweet musings upon those who will listen.

*September 6 @ 12:22 am PT* Venus departs the Lunar realm of Cancer and ascends into the Solar domain of Leo, a shining beacon of beauty, style, and aesthetic taste. Allow your individual and radiant splendor to take up the space it deserves, acknowledging that there is room for everyone to be their gorgeous selves.

*September 9 @ 3:22 pm PT* Mars turns retrograde in the final degrees of Aries, increasing the potency of the square to the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto stellium in Capricorn. Mars will be retrograde until November 13, thickening and coagulating the warrior blood and fire for more than two months. Mars may not be leaping ahead in its usual manner, but its deceleration amplifies and deepens Mars’s anger, assertion, aggression, and energized will to take action.

*September 10 @ 2:26 am PT* The Gemini Moon forms its waning square to the Sun in Virgo, reorienting the energies inward as the Lunar cycle makes its way towards the close. With both luminaries in Mercury-ruled signs, mental activities, conversations, exchanges of ideas, and internal contemplation may feel especially illuminated.

*September 11 @ 1:26 pm PT* The Sun in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces, dissolving the boundaries of the ego and identity, permeating the self with mystical images, visionary dreams, religious callings, symbols and signs, fantasies and mirages. The edges of one’s being become blurred, making it hard to differentiate what is yours, and what belongs to the rest of the world.

*September 12 @ 5:41 pm PT* Jupiter turns direct at 17° Capricorn, the first of the outer planets to return to its normal forward course across the starry sky. Jupiter will now move in closer once more to the Saturn-Pluto conjunction, crossing over each planet in the final months of the year before at last departing the sign of its fall.

*September 15 @ 8:29 am PT* Venus in Leo squares Uranus in Taurus, adding flair, sparkle, and experimentation to Venus’s already dazzling beauty. The heart wants to be unbound and unrestrained, breaking free from any constrictions, and bringing forth unexpected revelations of desire.

*September 17 @ 4:00 am PT* The New Moon in Virgo offers a fertile, mutable soil in which to plant the new seeds of intention. Mercury in Libra aligns in a square to Jupiter in Capricorn, calling forth grand ideas, inflated thoughts, philosophical musings, and an optimistic perspective on the growing potential of the newly seeded intentions. Plant kernels of hope in abundance now, for although not all may come to flower, some of these ambitious ideas may grow to great heights.

Leo New Moon Workshop

Ouroboros Monthly Forecast

Continuing with the Leo New Moon, I am offering the next monthly astrology workshop through Ouroboros, our local Nevada City magical arts studio. The workshop will be held online, and all who wish to attend are welcome to join! We will focus on the astrological transits for the month ahead, as we close out the final lunation of summer and move into the autumn season.

For those who would like to review the transits from last month, the recording of the previous workshop is available here: Cancer Black Moon & Leo Lunation Workshop.

Friday, August 14th, 5:00–6:30 pm Pacific time

Description
This monthly workshop with archetypal astrologer Becca Tarnas offers an astrological forecast of the lunation cycle ahead, continuing with the New Moon in Leo. Learn the meanings of the planets, aspects, and zodiacal signs, and how to navigate the archetypal energies of the month ahead. Participants will gain a basic foundation in archetypal astrology, and leave with an understanding of the astrological conditions of the next month, and how best to integrate this knowledge into their everyday lives. All levels of astrological knowledge are welcome!

For those unable to attend live the video is now available of the workshop!

Suggested donation of $10–15 via PayPal: Ouroborosnc@gmail.com
**Please Note “Becca” and click family & friends**
No one will be turned away from lack of funds.

Crescent Moon

Transits for the Cancer-Leo Lunation

The next lunation cycle opens with a rare Black Moon, a second New Moon in the same sign of the zodiac. The first New Moon in Cancer, which was also a Solar Eclipse, took place late at night between June 20 and 21. The second New Moon in Cancer will take place on July 20, inaugurating the next lunation cycle. The subsequent alignments between the Sun and the Moon—from waxing sextile to closing conjunction—will take place with the Sun in Leo. Thus, this cycle is primarily dominated by that Solar Leonine energy, but our seeds of intention will be planted in the Lunar-ruled soil of the sign of Cancer.

The retrogrades of Venus and Mercury are now behind us, and the Mars retrograde still lies ahead. The inner planets have smooth sailing, while the outer planets will all be moving retrograde against the backdrop of fixed stars before this lunation is out.

The fiery warrior energy of Mars in Aries is dominant throughout this cycle, and with the Sun also in a fire sign the energetic temperature seems to be turning up to higher and greater degrees of heat. Fire can be purifying and cleansing, burning away what no longer serves or what has lingered past its time, but fire also can be destructive, consuming in its flames that which was still meant to grow and flourish. We each have a fire within us that can be directed towards right action, and the long march of Mars in Aries through these coming months will continue to remind us that we have the power to direct that will for good or for ill.

Aquarius Full Moon

Transits of the Cancer-Leo Lunation

*July 20 @ 10:33 am PT* The first New Moon after eclipse season still has an air of the unusual: a Black Moon, shimmering at the surface of the last watery degree of Cancer. The Moon sweeps opposite Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn, before conjoining the Sun in exact opposition to Saturn. A focus on endings, finitude, loss, even pain and suffering may attend this second Cancer New Moon of 2020. The Sun-ruled sign of Leo hosts a New Moon late in the Sun’s sojourn in that sign this year. We have the opportunity to plant seeds of intention twice within Lunar soil, but don’t have a Solar sowing until the rest of the Leo lunation cycle has already passed. Perhaps we are being reminded to look to the community and to care for the whole, rather than focusing so much on individualism and the self.

*July 22 @ 1:37 am PT* Glory be as the Sun ingresses into the radiant sign of its rulership, while Mercury, still lingering in Cancer, makes an intellectually stimulating sextile to Uranus in Taurus. The Sun is home in its midsummer fixed fire sign, the blazing heat drawing all attention to itself as the one light of the day sky. The Sun is the archetype of individuality and identity, it is our will to be, our impulse to exist—“the infinite I AM”*—and when dignified in Leo, the Sun draws our attention to the spiraling center of the Self.
*Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Biographia Literaria

*July 23 @ 10:46 pm PT* Virgo Moon forms a T-square with Venus in Gemini and Neptune in Pisces, luring forward themes last felt in May: the exquisitely dreamy mood, the ethereal wash of poignant emotions, the sensitive emotional attunement to the heart of others. Ophelia drowns in the flower-strewn river of her poetic fantasies, and sylphs mourn her passing.

*July 24 @ 11:33 pm PT* Libra Moon forms a waxing crescent in a sextile to the Sun in Leo, the first alignment between the luminaries in the Leo lunation cycle. The confluence between the air and fire of these signs may bring an energetic harmony and sense of energized balance, although the reprieve may not last long in the heated conditions of this year’s lengthier planetary alignments.

*July 27 @ 5:33 am PT* Scorpio Moon squares off in its waxing quarter phase to the Sun in Leo, opening a day of astrological potency: exact alignments of Jupiter sextile Neptune, Venus square Neptune, and Mercury square Mars set the spheres alight with ringing overtones of archetypal music. Venus-Neptune may be holding forth with romantic ideals and divine love, but Mercury-Mars may want to argue and debate against such fantastical notions. Fortunately, Jupiter-Neptune does offer a broader perspective, a cosmic optimism that may provide the relaxed ease needed to contextualize mortal conflicts.

*July 29 @ 12:47 pm PT* The Moon in Sagittarius points its arrow towards the Sun in Leo, forming a fiery trine between the great lights of our sky. Harmonious and supportive for action, growth, and self-actualization, some seeds planted during the Cancer Black Moon may be starting to sprout, putting forth new leaves and furled buds that extend upwards towards the warm light.

*July 30 @ 7:17 am PT* Mercury in Cancer opposes Jupiter in Capricorn while also forming a trine to Neptune in Pisces. Jupiter takes joy in broadening and expanding Mercury’s mind, while Neptune pours forth its stream of images into Mercury’s consciousness. The ever-widening river of thoughts rushes and flows through the valley of the mind, submerging the intellect in daydreams of grandeur.

*August 1 @ 3:52 am PT* Mercury in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn, deepening the mind, intensifying the intellect, driving one’s curiosity to ferret out secrets and voraciously devour knowledge. Beware of paranoid thinking, but conscious of how your thoughts can be manipulated, especially since the effects of yesterday’s exact alignment of Mercury with Jupiter and Neptune are still immensely potent.

*August 2 @ 4:19 am PT* The Sun in Leo squares Uranus in Taurus, illuminating the revolutionary impulse for change, disruption, and innovation. The pace of life may feel quickened and accelerated, with changes arising unexpectedly and from unforeseen quarters. Electric jolts of new insight spark awakening and jagged impatience.

*August 3 @ 8:59 am PT* The Aquarius Full Moon basks in the Leonine Sun’s glow, just before Mercury in Cancer gazes into the cold stare of Saturn opposing it in Capricorn. This lunation’s crowning flower is a cold pearl, an elusive feeling just beyond reach. Uranus in a T-square with the luminaries catalyzes changes that ripple through the atmosphere like lightning. The intellect focuses with concentrated precision to clasp the airy mood, but mystery radiates through the silent chambers of the mind, evading all but the most calmly persistent inquirers.

*August 4 @ 6:07 am PT* Mars in Aries squares Jupiter in Capricorn, initiating its long angular journey of igniting the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto stellium in three lengthy passes between this August and next January. The last time Mars was in hard alignment to these three planets was in March and April of this year as it moved in conjunction through the stellium, correlating with the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic around the globe. A highly energized transit, arrogance may become enflamed and confidence inflated if the amplified heat is not channeled into positive action and growth.

*August 7 @ 8:21 am PT* Venus completes her long sojourn as Mercury’s guest in the sign of Gemini, now submerging into the sensual waters of Cancer for a month. Sweet, gentle, loving softness; young love and innocent romance; the heart chakra awash with so many feelings and emotions. How do you show tender care to your beloveds?

*August 8 @ 3:49 pm PT* Aries Moon trines the Leo Sun, creating the second fire trine of the lunation between the two luminaries. What have you actualized and ignited during this cycle? As the leaves of your intentions begin to wither in the waning heat, what fruits are you harvesting and how are you sharing them?

*August 10 @ 5:52 am PT* Mercury, having swum out of Cancer on August 4 and now drying off in Leo’s rays, makes an electrifying square to Uranus in Taurus, setting off sparks of insight and awakening in the mind. What new thoughts are you entertaining that you have never dared to engage before?

*August 13 @ 12:14 am PT* Mars in Aries squares Pluto in Capricorn, intensifying the ferocity of this first pass of Mars in angular alignment to the great stellium. What deep rage has been simmering below the surface, that is ready to erupt in volcanic destruction? Instincts are enflamed, libido unleashed, the wild hunting cat bares her fangs at her frightened prey. The lava flows across the landscape, and the shifting of tectonic plates sets the world afire.

*August 14 @ 1:32 am PT* Gemini Moon makes a closing sextile to the Sun in Leo, winding this lunation cycle towards its conclusion. As you hold the airy dandelion globe before you, what wishes will you send out upon the breeze to be planted at the Leo New Moon?

*August 15 @ 7:25 am PT* Uranus in Taurus turns retrograde, joining the rest of the outer planets in their backwards dance across the sky. The outer planets—Jupiter through Pluto—are currently moving retrograde, while the inner planets all wend forward against the backdrop of the fixed stars. The appearance of retrograde motion is caused by the movement of the Earth itself, carried forward in its elliptical orbit by its love affair with the Sun, and traveling faster than the planets that move slowly at the outer reaches of our solar system. Retrogrades remind us that we too live upon a moving planet. As the poet Drew Dellinger writes:
“we are standing on a planet
that is shooting through space,
and it’s time we started acting like it
globalize liberation,
planetize the movement—
you can’t stop
the Earth’s revolution.”

*August 16 @ 7:02 am PT* The Sun-Mercury conjunction in Leo trines Mars in Aries: at the correct angle, sunlight through a magnifying glass can cause a roaring blaze. Mars seems to be igniting anything and everything it can touch right now, but perhaps this intellectual warrior energy can be harmoniously directed towards more heroic usage.

*August 18 @ 7:42 pm PT* The New Moon in Leo comes at last, closing out the Leo lunation cycle instead of initiating it—as has been the case for every previous lunation cycle this year. Plant your seeds of intention in the sunbaked soil, and offer them the creative fertilizer of the Venus-Uranus sextile that also comes into exact alignment on this day. The heart awakens with new and unexpected desires, bringing breakthroughs, excitement, and experimentation in love, romance, and friendship.

Cancer Black Moon & Leo Lunation Workshop

Ouroboros Monthly Forecast

Continuing with the second Cancer New Moon of this year, which is known as a Black Moon (a Blue Moon is a second Full Moon in the same sign), I am offering the next monthly astrology workshop through our local Nevada City magical arts studio, Ouroboros. The workshop will be held online, and all who wish to attend are welcome to join! We will focus on the astrological transits for the month ahead, while also looking forward at how to prepare for the upcoming transits that will dominate the zeitgeist this autumn.

For those who would like to review the transits from last month, the recording of the previous workshop is available here: Cancer New Moon Workshop.

Friday, July 17th, 5:00–6:30 pm Pacific time

Description
This monthly workshop with archetypal astrologer Becca Tarnas offers an astrological forecast of the lunation cycle ahead, continuing with the second New Moon in Cancer and the Leo lunation cycle. Learn the meanings of the planets, aspects, and zodiacal signs, and how to navigate the archetypal energies of the month ahead. Participants will gain a basic foundation in archetypal astrology, and leave with an understanding of the astrological conditions of the next month, and how best to integrate this knowledge into their everyday lives. All levels of astrological knowledge are welcome!

For those unable to attend live the video is now available of the workshop!

Suggested donation of $10–15 via PayPal: Ouroborosnc@gmail.com
**Please Note “Becca” and click family & friends**
No one will be turned away from lack of funds.

Black Moon

Transits for the Cancer Lunation

The transition to summer in the Northern Hemisphere is marked by an annular Solar eclipse, when the dark-light of the otherworld can be glimpsed from this side of the veil. Eclipses are potent and powerful alignments, a reminder of the extraordinary physical and symbolic harmonies of our solar system; even though the Moon is many times smaller than the Sun, its distance from the Earth is proportionate to the Sun’s distance—thus from our perspective the two celestial bodies appear in the sky as the same size. These two great lights of day and night join for their coniunctio, a moment that feels to the mortal witness like a mysterious love-making and renewal of sacred cosmic vows.

Powerful, intense, transformative, catalytic, confrontational, consequential: these are but some of the qualities associated with Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto that have been distinctly present this year and will be especially highlighted during this lunation cycle. Finding ground and cultivating enduring foundations will continue to be especially important, so that our works and acts of service can be most effective during this pivotal time.

Annular Solar Eclipse

Transits of the Cancer Lunation

*June 20 @ 11:41 pm PT* The Sun slides into Cancer to mark the Summer Solstice, but falls behind the shadow of the New Moon, creating a Solar eclipse to mark the first day of summer. A Solar eclipse in the Moon’s sign subsumes the Sun’s summer light and brings it down to illuminate a darker realm. Winter comes into the heart of summer for a moment, recalling the last eclipse cycle that fell at the turn of the last year. Mars in Pisces sextiling Jupiter in Capricorn at least can give us some confidence that the heroic light will return, perhaps the wiser for its underworld journey.

*June 22 @ 9:31 pm PT* Neptune in Pisces turns retrograde, joining more than half the pantheon who appear to be moving contrary to their usual motion. Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto, and now Neptune all seem to be traversing backwards against the backdrop of the fixed stars. And while the outer planets average about half the year in retrograde, it is less common to have swifter Mercury and Venus traveling along too—even if just for a few more days in the case of Venus. Everything is slowing down, concentrating, intensifying, a thick culinary reduction of archetypal qualities distilling to their coagulated essence.

*June 24 @ 11:48 pm PT* Minutes before midnight, Venus turns direct in Gemini. How is your heart? How are your relationships? Have you been tending to your loving connections, addressing the challenges, seeking endings and new beginnings? As Inanna-Persephone arises from the underworld, how has she been transformed? Now Venus takes the long path back through Gemini once more, keeping the focus on how we communicate and express our love. As Cornel West states: “Justice is what love looks like in public.”

*June 25 @ 6:33 pm PT* The Virgo Moon in her waxing maiden phase makes a sextile to the Sun in Cancer, the first Solar-Lunar alignment of this lunation cycle. A harmonious and balanced aspect between water and earth signs, one can cultivate and nurture the ideas one intends to embody. How might you be able to bring some grounded feeling to your inner thoughts, focusing attention on the sensitivity and empathy you can in turn extend to others?

*June 27 @ 6:45 pm PT* Mars alights in Aries, the diurnal sign of its rulership, and settles into its fiery home for the rest of the year. Mars has already dominated the archetypal zeitgeist this year, crossing through the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto stellium in March and April, and aligning as the focal point of the last lunar eclipse on June 5. But with Mars in rulership for the rest of 2020, and turning retrograde in September while square the Capricorn stellium, an already scorched year seems likely to burn all the hotter.

*June 28 @ 1:16 am PT* Mars’s first act in Aries is to make an exact sextile to Saturn at 0° Aquarius, just on the heels of the waxing quarter Moon in Libra. Perhaps Saturn can temper some of Mars’s heat from this gentler angle, providing necessary structure for planning and directing actions so they can be more effective and enduring.

*June 29 @ 10:46 pm PT* Jupiter and Pluto conjoin exactly in Capricorn for the second time this year, bringing a union between the heights and the depths, abundance and power, expansion and transformation. Look towards ambitions, charisma, the rise to power, arrogance, pride, and grandeur. The High Priestess walks through the cold night, deciding who will rise and who will fall based on the integrity at one’s core. By her side stalks a panther, she rides a mighty horse, a great hawk soars above her head—the priestess of Jupiter-Pluto is surrounded by charismatic megafauna, symbolic of this rich archetypal complex.

*June 30 @ 7:20 am PT* The submerged Scorpio Moon trines the exact Sun-Mercury conjunction in Cancer, while Uranus awakens these alignments in opposition to the Moon and sextile to the Sun and Mercury. Quicksilver thinking, innovative curiosity, and bright new ideas come to light, although perhaps a darker or hidden intuition hesitates to see how these ideas might really feel if put into motion.

*July 1 @ 4:37 pm PT* Saturn crosses the threshold back into its earthy home sign of Capricorn, tightening the grip on Pluto and Jupiter. As Saturn finishes out the final months in its nocturnal sign, what structures will we try to return to, seeking after a “normal” that may no longer exist? What practical, tangible, material, organizational, or disciplinary tasks are at hand? What structural scaffoldings seem to be coming back into place?  What are we trying to hold onto, what is outworn and ready to perish? And what foundations are beyond repair, and require deeper work to unmake and rebuild?

*July 4 @ 9:44 pm PT* The Capricorn Full Moon is another lunar eclipse, making this the third eclipse of the season. This Sun-Moon opposition crosses near the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto stellium that has defined the intense array of hardships this year, making it perhaps the most potent of the season’s three eclipses. Take care of yourself and your loved ones, draw the healthy boundaries, turn away from outward manifestation for a moment and inward towards prayer instead, and await the return of the Moon’s pearly orb once the reddened shadow has passed.

*July 8 @ 3:42 am PT* Mercury in Cancer squares Mars in Aries, sparking argumentative tempers, sharpening the tongue to a spear point, the pen into a sword. Yell, scream, debate, conjure words of fire, use the voice for action, the mind for activism, the hand for fierce articulation. Anger can be righteous, and is most effective when conscious, clear, and direct.

*July 10 @ 3:57 am PT* An especially watery trine forms between a Moon-Neptune conjunction in Pisces and the Sun in Cancer. Flowing, merging, dissolving, dreamy, delusional, emotional energies saturate the collective psyche, leaving the boundaries between self and other more porous than usual.

*July 12 @ 11:43 am PT* Cancer Sun perfects its trine to Neptune just before the quarter Moon in Aries pulls into its closing square. The watery, dreamy, imaginal energies from two days prior may not feel quite as harmonious now that the Moon has moved from a trine to a square, but at least the potential to think more clearly arises as Mercury turns direct and swims forward through Cancer once more.

*July 14 @ 12:58 am PT* The Sun begins its journey in opposition to the great stellium in Capricorn, beginning beneficently with the king of the solar system, grand Jupiter enthroned. Expansive, joyful, regal, haughty, optimistic, Jove’s gifts and blessings offer abundance and wealth of all kinds—although they may be limited considering current Capricornian conditions. With Pluto and Saturn nearby, the Sun may be highlighting where abundance lacks, yet also revealing the obscured riches that endure any material conditions: laughter, joviality, and hope can still be found even in the most hidden places.

*July 15 @ 12:13 pm PT* The Sun shifts its clear attention directly into opposition with Pluto, just after the exalted balsamic Moon in Taurus makes its closing sextile to the Sun. Pluto’s chthonic powers retch into the light of day, showing the rotting underbelly of unconscious forces. The Solar hero faces off with the underworld dragon, but when it comes to slaying the worm we may find that the dragon is not outside of us but within. Fears are not so terrifying when they aren’t projected outwards onto that which we do not know or understand.

*July 17 @ 2:14 pm PT* The Gemini Moon traverses from a sugary sweet conjunction with Venus, before coming into a more nebulously challenging square to Neptune in Pisces. What areas of your life could be softened and eased with some gentle, nourishing, angelic love? Where do you feel the impulse to merge and melt, to disintegrate and dissolve the edges of your soul?

*July 20 @ 10:33 am PT* The first New Moon after eclipse season still has an air of the unusual: a Black Moon, shimmering at the surface of the last watery degree of Cancer. The Moon sweeps opposite Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn, before conjoining the Sun in exact opposition to Saturn. A focus on endings, finitude, loss, even pain and suffering may attend this second Cancer New Moon of 2020. The Sun-ruled sign of Leo hosts a New Moon late in the Sun’s sojourn in that sign this year. We have the opportunity to plant seeds of intention twice within Lunar soil, but don’t have a Solar sowing until the rest of the Leo lunation cycle has already passed. Perhaps we are being reminded to look to the community and to care for the whole, rather than focusing so much on individualism and the self.

Cancer New Moon Workshop

Ouroboros Monthly Forecast

Continuing with the Cancer New Moon, which happens also to be an annular Solar Eclipse, I am offering the next monthly astrology workshop through our local Nevada City magical arts studio, Ouroboros. The workshop will be held online, and all who wish to attend are welcome to join! We will focus on the astrological transits for the month ahead, looking especially at how the eclipses are activating the longer outer planet transits.

For those who would like to review the transits from last month, the recording of the previous workshop is available here: Gemini New Moon Workshop.

Friday, June 19th, 5:00–6:30 pm Pacific time

Description
This monthly workshop with archetypal astrologer Becca Tarnas offers an astrological forecast of the lunation cycle ahead, continuing with the New Moon in Cancer. Learn the meanings of the planets, aspects, and zodiacal signs, and how to navigate the archetypal energies of the month ahead. Participants will gain a basic foundation in archetypal astrology, and leave with an understanding of the astrological conditions of the next month, and how best to integrate this knowledge into their everyday lives. All levels of astrological knowledge are welcome!

For those unable to attend live the video is now available of the workshop!

Suggested donation of $10–15 via PayPal: Ouroborosnc@gmail.com
**Please Note “Becca” and click family & friends**
No one will be turned away from lack of funds.

Annular Solar Eclipse