Willpower Astrology

SL,UT based Astrologer and Tarot Artisan


May 2016

Full Moon in Sagittarius

The full moon is currently exact at 1° Sagittarius. Full moons happen when the sun and moon are in opposite places in the sky. The sun just entered Gemini yesterday, and the moon got round to Sag today.

As opposed to a new moon where plans get made, full moons are the time to take action. The full moon should be the time we enact the intentions we made during the new moon, and wind down those actions to a close to prep for the next new moon. This is also the time when our primal, inner nature (moon) is illuminated by consciousness (sun). We’re more aware of our subconscious at these times, the shadow within us gets lit! That’s why full moons seen to make people act over the top-because they’re charged with the full energy of the sun.

The last new moon in Taurus (check out that post, too) should help us with self-esteem, willpower, and even our self-worth in terms of money. This Sag full moon is the zenith of this lunation. If we have our Taurus energy in tune, the path to this Sag life should be set before us. Sagittarius is the sign of higher truth. It’s opposite sign, Gemini, wants to talk it out and express their viewpoint by juxtaposing the ideas of those around them. Sag doesn’t take others into account so much. Sag wants to expand, travel, and understand the world according to a brighter, more ‘divine’ truth. Sag rules things like foreign places, higher education, philosophy, belief systems including religion, and there is also a strong medical bent. Sag wants to see the world and come to its own conclusions about it.

If you are standing on stable ground, like we’ve been working on during this Taurus new moon, then the path to your higher truth should be easier to tread. If your self-worth is intact, you won’t question these harder truths that get brought to light under the Sag full moon. There’s also a sense of secrets coming out of the dark moving from the previous sign of Scorpio into Sag. We dig things out and look at them under the light. We might be more enmeshed with others under a Scorpio influence, but this Sag full moon is about trusting your intuition and unentangling yourself from others. Freedom is a huge facet of Sagittarius energy, and under the bright power of the full moon, your wanderlust might be ignited, especially if you have a lot of Sag in your chart.

An aspect of this full moon that is quite interesting is that it is conjunct Mars. This means that the full moon becomes inextricably entwined with the energy if Mars, which is currently retrograde, backing up from Sag into its sovereign sign of Scorpio. Mars retrograde makes us reevaluate our will and how we fight, flee, or f#$!. We will be especially fiery during the next couple of weeks during the waning moon. If someone gets in our way, we might be inclined to take it personally and attack them with this Mars. However, if we can realize that our feelings/intuition/subconscious (moon) are linked with our aggression/passion/lust (Mars), these situations might not turn ablaze. Just remember that fire can keep us warm, but it can also scorch if we’re not careful. And we’ve got plenty of fire to spare for awhile.

Also, tomorrow is crazy because Mars will be directly opposite the Sun. This opposition brings the god of war very close to the earth, making his energy very immediate and urgent. The tension of the opposition can be very frustrating, like the outside world is conspiring against you. Don’t give up hope! Just remember that a opposition is a tug of war or a perfect balance-keep your consciousness in balance with your drive (even though the latter wants to take over), and you’ll be able to keep your wits about you.

So go out there and get it done! You are the one who knows what’s best for you right now. Now’s the time to do what you need, and not to check in with others for feedback. Your path to the higher plane is lit up, don’t get distracted by what seems to be setbacks or people opposing your will. Disengaging with others and engaging with yourself and what you know to be true is the ticket now. No one knows as well as you where it is you need to go.

Godspeed and Cheers,


New Moon in Taurus

The new moon this evening occurs at 16° Taurus. New moons are a time to plant seeds that will grow into the full moon and pass my the next new moon. These cycles are said to be a time when the light of consciousness (sun) shines over the dark of our subconscious (moon), so we are more primal and less aware at this time. It’s important to channel your intentions in a way that is constructive, rather than excessively or destructively compulsive. New moons are also good times for gauging what is working and what isn’t from the last moon cycle. 

With the new moon in Taurus the focus is on creating and relishing in your personal value, developing the senses, and finding solidity within yourself.  

Taurus is related to the 2nd House of Values. This isn’t in relation to anyone else, this is only within yourself. It’s what you value and how you value it. This is what’s ‘mine.’ My money, my self-esteem (how much I value myself), my food, my drinks, my stuff, my my my, etc. This isn’t to say that Taurus folks aren’t generous, they just know what’s theirs, y’know? The new moon here gives new impulses to how you value what is yours. 

Taurus folks are very sensual, being ruled by Venus, the goddess of love, beauty, and aesthetics. If you have a lot of Taurus in your chart, you might be a foodie or wine connoisseur, you might be into your fashion, the point is you really love your senses and you always want them to be stimulated in a way that is comfortable and usually stylish. A new moon here can stimulate the senses, giving new appreciation for old things or deeper appreciation of how your body can make you feel. 

Taurus is the sign of the Bull, and its natives are known for being immovable objects. They might not be aggressive, but when provoked they might gore you through and stomp you to death. This is extreme. Their Venutian qualities tend to prevent such circumstances, but I’d they have made up their mind to something or not, that thing will or will not happen regardless of anyone’s outside input. A new moon in Taurus suggests developing the will. It’s the first earth sign, and first fixed sign, so it’s the solid ground within yourself on which you stand.

Something else about this new moon is that Mercury Retrograde will be passing over the same point, 16° Taurus, around May 14 and 15. If you made a decision now, it might come under review, possibly scrutiny, in about a week or two, and then again right around the end of the month on the 30th and 31st. This will be expressed through Mercury, so thru communication and intellect rather than a more emotional or spiritual channel. You will be learning a lot as Mercury passes over your new moon intentions; about your self-esteem, how you value money and collect it, how your body feels and supports you and vice versa. Get into your senses and trust the ground on which you’re standing. If you can do that, this Mercury Rx over this new moon will be a great time to find out why and make constructive changes.

Hope you have a great new moon, thanks for following my stuff! 



P.S. I used this image from Astrologer Bill Attride. Thanks!

Mercury Retrograde: April 28-May 21

Using my trusty ephemeris, Mercury Retrograde started on April 28 and goes until May 21. The god/symbol of communication appears to go backward in the sky, relative to earth’s orbit. This happens a couple of times each year, and this time it goes back from 23° Taurus to 14° Taurus.

What does that mean? It means the first time Mercury hit 14° Taurus was about April 15. At that point we entered the “shadow zone,” the area that is passed, reversed over and passed again. Three times Mercury goes over the same space! Wherever those degrees of Taurus land in our chart will be evaluated and reevaluated, those degrees get the third degree, you know what I’m saying?

They say that during Mercury Retrograde you shouldn’t sign contracts or make serious life decisions. But there’s almost a month of it this time, you can’t just sit around and do nothing til May. We’re just processing information in a different way. It might seem like there are breakdowns regarding anything to do with communication: actual conversations, emails, texts, etc. People have a harder time understanding others and being understood. Mercury rules communication, rational thinking and information processing, how we think basically and how we express our thoughts. When it backs up and goes over the same area like this, our thoughts collect themselves differently.

There are a lot of different interpretations of this. In ancient times it was considered a bad omen, no transactions would occur if the gods did not agree. In a more contemporary sense, it is a frustrating time because the messages aren’t getting through. Because retrogrades happen when the planets are closer to the earth, some say that the energy is internalized rather than outwardly expressed, the planet goes to the ‘underworld.’ This might account for communication breakdown during Mercury Rx because what normally goes out to other people goes instead to the inner life. We aren’t thinking the same way.

In the sign of Taurus, all I can think with this Rx is “got my mind on my money and my money on my mind.” Taurus is the 2nd zodiac sign and is associated with value: worth, esteem (especially self), your coins, etc. Taurus wants pleasant surroundings to enjoy all the senses, very much in the body. It’s the first fixed as well as earth sign, this makes Taurus generally calm but immovable. So with Mercury flying around in our zone of things that are ‘mine,’ we might have some communications that might not go anywhere. Everyone is reevaluating their self-worth, self-esteem, how those coins are piling up (or not). This makes everyone defensive of what is ‘mine.’ Mercury is going over everything with a fine-toothed comb, and we might bristle as our sense of self worth seems challenged. You also might be thinking about the way you collect money, is it working for you, are you getting paid your value?

The reason they say not to make life decisions during Mercury Rx is because generally when it’s over and we’re back through the shadow zone, you’ll feel more like yourself again. These times of intense scrutiny, especially right now over what we hold to be dear, to be part of us, can be very trying. My thing over the last couple of days when I feel there are hiccups in communication is to kinda shrug it off, jokingly say, “It’s Mercury Retrograde,” and move on. If I can see the conflict, I’m not going to escalate it in any way. Of course, if there’s some major stuff you need to change or confront, you gotta do it. It’s never more important to be perfectly clear than in these times when people are likely to misunderstand. Don’t use your communication to fight, but fight to communicate.

Mercury will go forward, or direct, again on May 22. This will be the last pass, so hopefully everything got settled during your retro. We’ll pass 23° Taurus again on June 8, and at that point our ccommunication, especially in relation to our self-value, will move into new territory.

Thanks for reading my stuff, even when I post about Mercury Rx as it’s already happening.

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