July 16 - The Moon is in the sign of Gemini over the next couple of days. This is a time of inspiration. A time to indulge your curiosity, your imagination and your sense of play. Conjure the carefree, easygoing, endlessly optimistic energy of healthy youth now. Such is the essence of summer and of Cancer Season. Remember, the world is still a beautiful place, even if for the moment we must walk through it wearing a small cloth mask.
June 24 - Moon in Leo, Sun in Cancer conjunct the North Node.
It is time for something new. We can feel it. It was a long hard spring, our senses were battered, our faith shook. But the summer Season of Water is here and with Mercury retrograde in Cancer we are in the dream realm now. All things are possible here. We feel we can even begin to believe in magick again.
Float with your senses. Envision new pathways. Then take the first step, a leap of faith. The journey toward the heart's desire always begins there.
The Moon in Libra trines Jupiter in Capricorn and Saturn on May 31st and this new Gemini Season energy shifts our focus beyond our self, beyond our own needs and our own life, to the bigger picture, to the greater good and the causes we care most deeply about. This is a time to speak out. This is a time to embrace our activism in a safe socially-distanced manner, reflective of the times we live in.
Saturn's binding energy will help us to forge a deep commitment to do our part on a daily basis to combat racism and to contribute more effectively to the long-term well-being of the planet through personal life-style changes.
The goal should be a better world for all, in both the near and distant future. It is time the scales were balanced. It is unacceptable to turn a blind or indifferent eye to what is clearly wrong
As Mercury moves into Cancer we take a deep dive into our dreams and emotions. We enter a sixty-eight day period where feeling and intuition reign over logic and reason, for better or worse. Some will find it hard to be objective during this time. Many will just believe what they want to believe. The first forty-eight hours of the shift will leave most feeling raw, highly sensitive, exposed even. This is a natural reaction to the planetary segue from Gemini to Cancer. The story-tellers among us will thrive now. There will be a tremendous fascination with all things ancestral. The mid-June retrograde of Mercury will take us even deeper into the past. It has been a difficult spring, to say the least, due of course to rampant spread of the COVID-19 virus throughout the world. After all we have been through in our necessary isolations what we crave most is connection. Once Venus goes direct on June 25 and with Mercury deeper in Cancer by that point it becomes a good time to move toward love, if it is available to us and appealing.
Jupiter is now retrograde. Venus is retrograde. Mars is in Pisces. This is a time of the Moon, not the Sun.
We are all deep in our feelings. Emotions move to raw. Sensitivity peaks. We do not even understand some of what we are feeling. There is a lack of context, and our responses to stimuli are disproportionate to the reality of the situation. It's only water. It's only our life story. It is only the history of all of our trauma, loss, suffering and pain rising up from the unconscious. It's only water. Don't fear it, flow with it. It will take you somewhere important.
The world has been on pause for a while, today the Planet of Love goes retrograde. Venus retrograde in Gemini will have us stepping back and looking in. We will feel drawn to love, but love as a concept. We will find our self considering what love means to us, what we need from it, what our values are toward it and whether what we have now measures up.
Venus is an inner planet, which means it moves pretty quickly, helping to create the short term zodiac weather rather than defining a year of our life or an era in our journey. However as Venus retrogrades usually last about six weeks inner planet Venus now becomes a more major player in the zodiac sky-scape.
Venus retrogrades are poor times to bring new love into your bed and your life and poor energy periods for moving in together or marriage. Likely the Coronavirus pandemic will render all of that moot in most cases now. In fact, if Venus had to go retrograde (and it did), this was probably the best time for it.
Venus retrograde should be a time of reflection, with particular focus on our sexual romantic relationships, but yes our friendships too. Relationships should sustain us, nourish us, inspire us, help us grow, help us to become better and live better lives in the world. Relationships should not undermine our well-being, our self-confidence or self-esteem. Relationships should not leave us emotionally impoverished and they should never have us feeling inadequate, or dumb, or questioning our sanity.
Beyond Love, Attraction and Values Venus is also the planet of Artistic Creativity and Venus retrograde offers unique creative opportunities due to the deep nature of our pondering. This is a fine time to write a love story, perhaps the story of you and love.
If we have followed Venus's direction by the time Venus moves into Cancer (August 8) we should be much better equipped to create the love we need and deserve. Hopefully by that time we will be able to start touching each other again, consensually of course.
I would never use the Seeker card of the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot in a session, for the Seeker is the person across the table from me, or the person across a digital Zoom meeting room from me, or it is me. But the Seeker, essentially an extra or bonus card in this particular tarot deck, is a perfect metaphor for this Neptune influenced Full Mòon.
At its moment of inception the Full Moon in Pluto-ruled Scorpio forms a tight trine to Neptune in Pisces, creating a portal through which we can grasp sight of the deeper truths of our life and of our self. What we see may not be pretty, but it will be real and quite likely necessary for our overall progress in our journey. Solitude and ritual over the course of the day will be our passport to these revelations, these intrinsic truths. Of course it may take a number of weeks for what we have learned to rise and register, and so we must be diligent in our daily spiritual disciplines to this end.
A Scorpio Full Moon is a transformative Full Moon, and we can expect to see change in whichever areas of life the House in our Natal Chart over which this Full Moon takes place governs. Expect intensity, this is Scorpio after all.
From a magical perspective Full Moons are points of assessment of the progress of the seeds of intent we planted during our New Moon rituals. What needs to be fed? What needs to be weeded? What needs to be abandoned? And in certain cases, what needs to be undone.?
While Scorpio Moons of any sort come with a certain reputation do not fear this Full Moon, in what is essentially a highly transformative time the Moon of transformation is upon us. Utilize it to see what needs to change in you and in your life to adapt to the coming post-COVID 19 landscape, and then begin the work.
A Fixed Earth New Moon is about grounding one self. In a time of restriction due to the pandemic this Fixed Earth New Moon is asking us to connect with nature and to what is healthy and natural in us.
Though it is set against a difficult back-drop I love this Moon. At its hour of inception there is a gorgeous sextile trine relationship formed with the North and South Nodes. What we plant now, in our honest authenticity, has the potential to bloom magnificently and live on in wondrous longevity.
Venus brings love, creation and creativity into the picture with its rulership of Taurus and Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius as the Ascendant of the New Moon's birth chart infuses positivity, passion and idealism into the mix.
Beautiful children will be conceived tonight. The key is transcending anxiety and fear. There are no certainties in life, but there is life and as long as there is life all things are possible. To what do you wish to give birth to in life?
The Sun shifts from Fire to Earth at 10:47 AM EDT tomorrow and so begins the Season of Taurus for the year 2020. Given the reality we are all living now the commencing of Taurus Season should be seen as a very good thing as the energy of Taurus is very conducive to staying home and getting quite comfortable there.
In the gender-free approach to the Tarot that I prefer Queens represent Yin energy and Kings the Yang, it doesn't matter who is doing the expressing the cards simply represent the expression of a certain type of energy. In the suit of Pentacles, which represents the element of Earth, we see even the more outwardly focused King prioritizes home and family and finds their joy and purpose in life in that realm. Indeed everything this King does out in the world is ultimately about creating stability, security, comfort and prosperity at home and in the local community they are a part of.
The Moon and the Sun are in harmony (Water and Earth) as Taurus Season commences and that can only help us to come to terms with the reality of another 30 days (at least) of necessary home quarantine and of social distancing during the few times each week when we absolutely must be out in public.
Taurus, in its positive manifestation, is a strong, loyal, determined, responsible sign, and one that is given toward creating good habits and sticking to them. Each time the energy of the Sun refreshes with a new astral season we are presented with a fresh start. Use this shift in the astral energy to ground yourself and to create calm within yourself. I have been practicing calm acceptance, while still focusing on being proactive in my life, since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis here and this approach has served me well. I encourage each of you to accept what is, to adapt to the current if temporary reality, and to create healthy disciplines and practices in your daily life so that you will be in the best possible place during the time of COVID-19 and afterward.
Duncan de la Montagne
The Moon has moved into Pisces and we begin to drift deep into the realm of dreams, visions and emotions. Love is a grand and beautiful ballet, one that can play out against any backdrop and certainly has over the course of history. Many will feel a strong yearning for connection now, for others it will be expression, still others to be heard and understood, and for some a need in their life for all of these elements.
A sextile Mercury comes to form with Venus will give us an outlet for the expression of our feelings over the weekend and will help to facilitate the creation of the emotional intimacy we seek and need. We will be writing and singing beautiful songs of love in the medium of our choosing to our partner or to a love who as of yet still only lives as our lover in our fondest and dearest dreams.
The world may be at war with ignorance and an insidious virus now, but art and love and spiritual truth reign all above else, and prevail over all else in the heart of the valiant and the noble and the true. So sing, moon-babies, sing as you drift languorously through the warm soothing waters of the Great Piscian Sea.
Duncan de la Montagne