A First Quarter Moon of Surprises and Development

A First Quarter Moon of Surprises and Development

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By for ASTROGRAPH Horoscopes

Thursday’s First Quarter Moon in Aquarius, taking place early on November 15th, presages an action-oriented week leading up to another dynamic lunation on Thanksgiving Day. That is because this quarter moon configuration possesses both strong Mars and strong Venus, as well as a decided emphasis on the new planet, Eris, which represents a Feminine Warrior archetype in support of soul intention. The astrological cards are stacked toward contention rather than giving in, but with Venus involved, the hope is for the effort to be peaceful and diplomatic as the overriding factor. It is interesting to note that this lunar phase, which follows last week’s powerful New Moon in mid-Scorpio, traditionally tests the viability of what was engendered at that timing, representing a crisis point of the new birth, as the seedling struggles to break through. In the collective and in our individual lives, we are seeing what we can achieve amidst the inherent difficulties contained within the necessary evolution of our life’s direction. What is required, then, is the strength of our convictions in spite of everything as we attempt to make manifest what was implied by last week’s originating impulse. Looking outside of ourselves, we can see this most clearly in the national politics of the United States, as the democrats try to consolidate their gains and the republicans try hard to deny them, by rhetoric and by legal challenge.

This is indeed a fascinating First Quarter Moon configuration. The Sun and Moon at 23 + degrees of their respective signs are just 4 minutes off from making perfect aspects to Eris in Aries, an inconjunct and a sextile. Furthermore, the midpoint of Eris and Uranus, 26 + of Aries, continues the same aspects as in the recent New Moon, being opposite Venus and the other prominent new planet in these November skies, Haumea, an Earth Goddess energy, in Hawaiian mythology the mother of Pele. That’s a lot of Eris energy and the zeitgeist has already been acknowledging that influence, with all kinds of people advocating for standing up and being counted, fighting for what they believe, and celebrating their win in the recent US election. Mars is also a large part of this picture, being six degrees away from the Moon, and located at 29 + degrees of Aquarius, in partile sextile to Uranus. With both Mars and Eris so greatly highlighted, this First Quarter Moon signifies a very active time, when everyone is battling for what they want. With Eris emphasized, the additional message is that you are admonished to be sure of what it is you do want. Illusion is prominent in this week’s timing as well, with a stationing Mercury exactly square to Neptune, so that it is difficult to know what is the real truth of the matter, and where we actually stand, but it has never been more important that we comprehend this, and once we know our most sincere intention, to act upon it.

Haumea is also greatly emphasized in this First Quarter Moon, precisely conjunct Venus as she stations one day later on the 16th, and 30 minutes of a degree off from exactly opposing the Eris/Uranus midpoint. Then, too, Mars and the Moon, in Aquarius, with the Moon at 23 + degrees and Mars at 29 + degrees, form nearly exactly the same midpoint degree in Aquarius, 26:29, therefore trine Venus/Haumea. That’s a lot of Haumea. This week, and as well in the Full Moon weekend that follows, gives us an excellent opportunity – through to beyond the end on November – to better understand this new archetype. Haumea has to do with “profound connection to Nature,” a characterization for which I have found a great deal of evidence. Last week, I spoke of earth issues rising to the fore, and one would also say, with Uranus involved, in unexpected ways. Subsequently the worst wildfires in California history have emphasized in an entirely tragic manner that issues of the planet, specifically those concerning global warming, are absolutely vital to the survival of our society. Scientists agree that rising ambient temperatures and dryer conditions will likely be responsible for worsening wildfires in this west coast locale, not to mention rising sea levels that will be devastating to other parts of the world. It is manifestly becoming more and more obvious that no rhetoric on the part of deniers will change this simple and inescapable reality.

It is also relevant that the Haumea archetype has as well a quite positive component of connection to Source, as my research has been able to show. Not all the manifestations that are highlighted this month will be so negative. Another significant theme will be the spiritual implications of recognizing other life forms, and indeed other people, as valuable. With climate change, the important thing to recognize is that we must acknowledge it and begin to work on it, and that the battle will take everything we’ve got. It’s high time for a gigantic “Manhattan Project”-style effort to reverse the effects of the accumulation of methane and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and for that we will need as a society to come together for a change instead of falling apart. As Benjamin Franklin once remarked, in a different context, “we must all hang together now, or we shall surely all hang separately.” That the Venus-Haumea conjunction is in diplomatic Libra might give us cause for hope that even in the relatively short term, the warring factions of this country’s politics could begin to see a way of beginning to work together.

The Sabian Symbols for this First Quarter Moon are also of great interest. They are, for the Moon in the 24th degree of Aquarius, “A man turning his back on his passions and teaching from his experience.” This symbol is almost self-explanatory, and supports the idea of a cool head that even under the pressure of events will not act from impulse. Marc Edmund Jones, who caused these symbols to be created in the 1920’s, references, “an outer selflessness,” and “a sensitiveness to the world and its exactions.” For the Sun, in the same degree of Scorpio, we find, “Crowds coming down the mountain to listen to one man,” a veiled reference perhaps to the biblical story of the “sermon on the mount,” where the man is the Christ, and which could therefore represent the Christ within each of us. Jones remarks that, “this is a symbol for recognition of intellectual attainment, and of the supremacy of spiritual over other and more tangible forms of authority.” He goes on to state that, “any higher realization must be brought to earth for its initial confirmation and its ultimate sharing among the many.” Indeed, it is also high time that we acknowledge an effective moral compass, rather than gains for merely material circumstances, as we judge our own efforts to move forward with our destined evolutionary development, along with those of our leaders. This takes a great deal of courage, and the road to this ideal is far from easy, and yet the ultimate rewards are essential to life itself.

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sun astrology The Sun

The Sun represents the Self, one's way of being in the world. It can represent, on different levels, both the ego and the higher Self or soul purpose. It rules Leo and is exalted in Aries. The Sun is the most important 'planet' in the chart and symbolizes one's will and sense of vitality. When the Sun is afflicted (poorly placed or poorly aspected) it could indicate problems with the father, or male role model. The Sun energizes your entire chart, and planets in close relationship to the Sun (by planetary aspect) are emphasized in your personality. If your Sun is prominent in your chart, you will exhibit great power to do and to be.

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moon astrology The Moon

The Moon represents the personal self, the feelings and the unconscious. It is a reflection of the true self, represented by the Sun. The Moon also stands for security and instinctual or habitual patterns, as well as the ability to relate to others, and to be nurturing to others. The Moon rules Cancer and is exalted in Taurus. It is often contrasted with the Sun as the female receptive principle versus the masculine or positive principle. The Moon represents the feminine and nurturing part of oneself. In a male chart, the Moon represents the feminine within, or the 'anima' and also indicates the type of partner you will attract. The Moon also represents an attunement from the past, which operates at an instinctive or habitual level in your present life.

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mercury astrology Mercury

Mercury represents the mind and intellect, and rules Gemini, sign of duality also Virgo, and has its exaltation in Aquarius. Mercury is an airy planet, associated with all forms of communication and the in-flow and out-flow of intelligence. Its position indicates how your mental function will be expressed, and where techniques and skills are available to you.

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venus astrology Venus

Venus is the planet of love and relationship. Venus is in-taking, rather than out-going (as represented by Mars), and rules the signs Libra and Taurus. Venus has its exaltation in Pisces, and is associated with aesthetics, beauty, refinement and romance. Its position in the chart indicates the area in which the give and take of love, affection and sensual pleasure will be expressed.

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mars astrology Mars

Mars is the planet of outward activity and animal passion. It rules Aries and is exalted in Capricorn. This fiery planet is masculine in action, versus softer more receptive Venus. When strong in the chart it can indicate a volatile temper, and also great courage. Its position indicates how your personality will assert itself, and what modes of activity will stimulate your physical energies.

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jupiter astrology Jupiter

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saturn astrology Saturn

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uranus astrology Uranus

Uranus is the planet of freedom and revolutionary vision, the urge for change and the ability to visualize new possibilities. Uranus rules Aquarius, and is exalted in Scorpio. It is also associated with mental studies, electricity and astrology. Its position indicates the arena of originality and freedom from conventional thinking in your life.

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neptune astrology Neptune

Neptune represents the universal ocean of oneness with all beings. It is thus highly compassionate, also idealistic, imaginative and self login or even self undoing, and can be associated with drugs or media, as fantasy expressions. Neptune rules Pisces, and finds its exaltation in Cancer. Its position indicates where there may be confusion and also great creativity in poetic or musical fields. Neptune has been called the higher octave of Venus.

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pluto astrology Pluto

Pluto is a force for change that can be destructive in its power. Pluto rules Scorpio, and is exalted in Leo. Pluto is related to will, and intense passion, and has a reputation for ruthlessness. As god of the underworld Pluto brings the deepest compulsions into the light. Its position indicates areas of life that must ultimately become transformed as part of the soul's evolution.

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chiron astrology Chiron

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ceres astrology Ceres

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pallas astrology Pallas

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juno astrology Juno

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vesta astrology Vesta

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eris astrology Eris

While the lower expression of Eris might manifest as the lust for struggle and violence, there is also a more positive manifestation in the most basic defense of one's rights in standing up to established power, by violence if necessary. By recognizing and coming to terms with this potentially violent factor in ourselves we can grow as humans and become more whole.

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haumea astrology Haumea

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south node astrology The South Node

The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also known as the dragon's tail, the South Node indicates areas of mastery, often from a previous lifetime.

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aries astrology Aries

Aries people tend to be energetic, forceful and outgoing. They are good at getting things done, although they prefer starting to finishing. Like the energy of the first rush of spring, they move into the world in a headstrong, pioneering way. Aries people are likely to rush into things before reflecting, and may also be impatient or unwilling to sit back and allow events to mature.

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taurus astrology Taurus

Taureans revel in the pleasures of life. They crave the security and comfort of relaxing in the warmth of their home environment. They value the senses and the enjoyment of material things. Taureans are likely to work hard to make their home an attractive one. They also have the makings of a healer and have a large capacity for kindness.

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gemini astrology Gemini

Gemini is the sign associated with communication, logical thought processes (based on duality) and the conscious mind. Gemini people tend to be airy and intellectual, glib of tongue and curious about life and other people. They can experience two sides of things at the same time, and may tend to be flighty.

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cancer astrology Cancer

Cancerians are nurturing and protective of others. Their ruling planet is the Moon, and they tend to be moody, with constantly changing emotions. Cancerians are also likely to be security-conscious and highly value their home life. They may appear passive, and tend to rely on their feelings to make decisions. They are subtle, rather than direct, and are likely to reflect the moods of those around them.

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leo astrology Leo

Leos are likely to express themselves in dramatic, creative and assertive ways. They are also likely to enjoy the warmth of the physical Sun. Leos have great energy, courage and honesty. They are likely to be self-confident and maybe even a bit self-indulgent as they expect to be the center of attention, and often are. Leos can be quite determined and usually get their way when they really want to. They also possess great integrity, and are a natural leader.

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virgo astrology Virgo

Virgos love work, service to others and the gathering of the fruits of the material world, as symbolized by the harvest. They are also likely to be a good conversationalist, with wide-ranging knowledge and interesting ideas. They can be analytical and perhaps overly fond of detail, with perfectionist tendencies, and they may miss out on the big picture by concentrating on the micro. It also benefits them to learn the fine line between discrimination and criticism.

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libra astrology Libra

Libra is the sign of harmony and relationship. The Sun in Libra is at the time of the Equinox, when day equals night, and similarly Libra strives for balance between polarities. Librans are known for their good taste, elegance and charm. They are seekers of harmony and beauty.

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scorpio astrology Scorpio

Scorpio is the most intense sign of the Zodiac, and is associated with sexual activity and with the symbolism of death and rebirth. Their emotions run deep. Scorpios have great personal magnetism and great powers of persuasion or even the ability to coerce others.

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sagittarius astrology Sagittarius

Sagittarius is an optimistic, positive-thinking sign associated with the quest for freedom from all restriction as well as idealism, religion and philosophy. Sagittarians are direct and forthright, good-natured and affirmative in their outlook.

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capricorn astrology Capricorn

Capricorn people are ambitious and practical, and are likely to have an excellent sense of social responsibility. They also tend to be conscious of social mores, perhaps to the point of over-concern. Their natural caution allows them to advance slowly and steadily to the top.

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aquarius astrology Aquarius

Aquarians have a rebellious nature, and are eccentric, spontaneous and original. They are forward thinking and detached, and can seem conservative though they really are not very much so. They are scientifically minded and logical, and confident in manner.

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pisces astrology Pisces

Pisceans are friendly and likable, and yet can be very moody and introspective as well. Pisces is a watery sign, concerned with subtle emotions and secret mystical depths. Pisceans are not entirely at home in this world.

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