Lunations

Dark Moon Savasana

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Bird with the Moon by Rafal Olbinski

If you've been studying astrology for a while, or following the Daily Astro-LOA Flash, you'll know that the Dark Moon is a time to release tension and chillax. No matter what sign or what time of year, the two days before every New Moon is the time to unwind. With a restorative vibe, you can reflect on the past 27 days, and prepare for the power and energy about to shift. And it does shift.

Dark Moon in AquariusWhat Exactly is the Dark Moon?

First of all, the Dark Moon is in play for about two days prior to the New Moon, or when it is 30° degrees 'behind'. You can't see it at that time. It's too close to the sun.

Think of it as the culmination of a whole 28 day cycle. In this way, the Moon goes through the entire zodiac, waxing and waning, making every aspect to every planet and point in the chart.

At the end, in the Dark Moon Phases, the moon applies to a conjunction to the sun which marks the New Moon and the beginning of the cycle all over again.

The Power of the Lunar Cycle

Don't underestimate the power of aligning with the moon as it travels through the zodiac. Whole calendars are devoted to this but the gist is: planting seeds and setting intentions on the New and waxing moon. Releasing resistance and pulling weeds on the Full and waning moon, and restoring/resting/de-cluttering on the Dark Moon.

For more details on the transits of the Moon, check out this short Youtube Tutorial - Transits of the Moon.

New Moon in Aquarius

Your Sign, the Moon

In our time of solar/patriarchy, it might surprise you to know of the moon's elevation in the past. Many ancient astrologers regarded the Moon as the chief of the two luminaries. The sun was considered less significant to the Babylonian stargazers, for example. And later, in Roman times, people were not known by their sun signs but by their Moon, or even Ascendant sign.

Why Rest on the Dark Moon?

Dark Moons are definitely for rest. Think recuperation, meditation and quietude with a little retreat and de-cluttering thrown in. Also, it's good to fill the tanks at this time.

Joss Whedon says, "Fill the tanks!" Between projects, he recommends constantly consuming art, and he means art you don't normally watch or read - shows, films, plays, art exhibitions, concerts, poetry readings, novels... The goal is to step outside the normal, everyday routine/genres. "It’s all fodder," he says and this approach applies beautifully to Dark Moon times.

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See Dark Moon as Savasana

I like to think of the Dark Moon as Savasana, pronounced shah-VAHS-uh-nuh. If you've taken a yoga class, you'll know it as that last pose at the end of the session. The pose of the corpse. It's easy, right? You just lay there.

But no.

It's actually not only the most important pose of the practice, it's also the most challenging because you have to relax.

Sort of like 'allowing' or floating downstream.

Here's the definition from DoYouYoga:

"...Savasana is the time to reap all the benefits of the physical practice. Muscular and skeletal tension is consciously relaxed in this pose. Regardless of length and frequency, we can all agree that Savasana is an essential part of every yoga practice."

Let's translate that into Astro-LOA terms.

The dark moon is a time to reap all the benefits of the month's focus and we can all agree that relaxing on the Dark Moon is an essential part of every deliberate creation practice.

It's our chance to consciKimFalconer_fullously float downstream, restore and rejuvenate, and of course, fills the tanks.

I'd love to hear your suggestions for chilling out on the Dark Moon.

See you in the comments.


Solar Eclipse July & August 2018

Raphaël VavasseurSolar Eclipse - Image by Raphaël Vavasseur

Hi Everyone, I wanted to give you all a heads up for the solar eclipse on the 11th of August. Like the July eclipse, it's 'only' partial but because it falls 30 days after, it's a 'double wave' or like some say, double whammy. It can really help to start leveraging the energy now. Check out the Yod, or 'finger of fate' aspect driving it. You want to know where this falls in your chart. Have a listen to the recording for details. GVA Members, you'll find a download link on the forum thread - Season of the Eclipse.

Eclipse Times - August 11, 2018 @18 LEO 41'

LA – Saturday – 2:58 am

NY – Saturday – 5:58 am

LON – Saturday – 10:58 am

SYD – Saturday – 7:58 pm

 

listenliveFor those who missed the live call, here is the recording:

 

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Where is the YOD falling in your chart?

GVA Members can discuss charts on the forum.

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For the partial eclipse of July 12th/13th so I've made a quick podcast with all the details. It covers the timing, how to prep before, during and after, and some details on the astrology that makes this eclipse unique.

Check it out on the GoodVibeAstrology Playlist, or watch below.

Solar Eclipse Times in your Zone

LA - July 12 - 7:48 pm

NY - July 12 - 10:48 pm

LON - July 13 - 3:48 am

Syd - July 13 - 12:48 pm

Key Words for Houses

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Solar Eclipse Grand Trine and Pluto Opposition

Solar Eclipse | Grand Trine

 

Solar Eclipse | Pluto Opposition

I'd love to hear about where this is happening in your chart and the results you're experience.

See you in the comments, or for members, on the GVA Forum.

xxKim


Eclipse Season - Moonwalk by Catrin Welz-Stein

Ready for the Eclipse Season?

Eclipse Season - Moonwalk by Catrin Welz-SteinEclipse Season Image by Catrin Welz-Stein

The 2018 Eclipse Season is upon us. Are you ready?

Eclipse Season Dates

The first eclipse of the year is January 31/February 1 – a (Full Moon) Total Lunar Eclipse @11 Leo linking Sun-Moon-Nodes to Ceres, Venus and Neptune. The last time we had a Lunar Eclipse at this degree was January 1999.

This current eclipse is significant because it is not only a total eclipse, but also a 'blue' moon (second full moon of the month in the northern hemisphere) and a supermoon* or at it's perigee. Think of this as activating and heightening emotions, perspectives and sensations while possibly shortening fuses. This may not be negative for you at all. With awareness, you can use a 'short fuse' to release tolerations, setting free pent up emotions and clearing the air. Just know you might cut a wide swath. Without awareness, there could be fallout.

In your natal chart, attention is placed on opposite polarities like yin and yang, home and career, internal and external, Self and Others. You have a chance to balance life, especially in the houses touched by this eclipse. Namely, the houses where you find 11 Leo and 11 Aquarius. If you need help finding those houses, run through the simple steps below, or give a shout out in the comments.

TIMES for the January 31st/February 1st Eclipse

LA – Wednesday – 5.26 am
NY. – Wednesday – 8.26 am
LON – Wednesday – 1.26 pm
SYD – Thursday – 12.26 am

TIMES for the February 15th/16th Eclipse

February 15/16 is the (New Moon) Partial Solar Eclipse @27 Aquarius. This is a powerhouse time to start new projects, especially in in the area of life ruled by the house activated (see how to find that below).

LA – Thursday – 1.06 pm
NY - Thursday – 4.06 pm
LON – Thursday – 9.06 pm
SYD – Friday – 8.06 am

Eclipse Season in Perspective

In ancient times, eclipses were associated with dramatic events, political, geological or existential. Hence the apprehension many feel when an eclipse is impending. Luckily, it's not the 1400s anymore, and we aren't locked into a single perspective. We decide how we will align with these Sun-moon-node cycles. Most importantly, we focus on the gifts they bring.

By checking where the eclipse falls in your chart, we can be open to the positive, creative change on offer. It's easy to do. Just follow these simple steps.

For the Jan 31sr/Feb 1st Total Lunar Eclipse @11 Leo:

  1. Look at your natal chart (created on Astro.com or your favorite software)
  2. Check where 11 Degrees of Leo and 15 degrees of Leo falls
  3. Focus on those HOUSES to see where you will receive your cosmic gifts

For the Partial Solar Eclipse on February 15th/16th:

  1. Look at your natal chart (created on Astro.com or your fav software)
  2. Check where 27 degress of Aquarius is in your chart
  3. Look at that HOUSE to open to the kick-ass fresh start on offer

Prep for the Eclipse Season Gifts

Ways to prepare for the eclipse opportunities include:

  1. Revisit your core values
  2. Make a list of tolerations to release
  3. Think about home live vs. career - balanced?
  4. Clean and de-clutter the house, or even a drawer
  5. Clear up misunderstandings in relationships
  6. Get more rest
  7. Boost your nutrition
  8. Find more time to exercise
  9. Appreciate what is, just as it is
  10. Amp up self love

Let's talk more about this in the comments.

Happy eclipse season gifts! I'd love to hear how this shapes up for you.

xxKim

* A supermoon is a full moon or a new moon that approximately coincides with the closest distance that the Moon reaches to Earth in its elliptic orbit, resulting in a slightly larger-than-usual apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth.[1] The technical name is the perigee syzygy of the Earth–Moon–Sun system or more simply full (or new) Moon at perigee.[a]  - Read More....

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July Full Moon

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Hi Everyone, the July Full Moon at 17 degrees of Capricorn is upon us!

July New Moon Times

L A - July 8 - 9:07 pm
NY - July  9 - 12:07 am
LON - July 9 - 5:07 am
SYD - July 9 - 2:07 pm

Full Moon by Transit

Up until now, since the New Moon in Cancer on June 24th, you have probably been in a building up phase where you add to your projects, start new things, boost attention to established plans or even 'start over' in some area of life. Now, during the full moon phase, you integrate the fresh energy, releasing what isn't working and solidifying what is. In the Cancer-Capricorn dynamic, you want to find balance between successful career or outer life and secure, comfortable, nurturing home/inner life.

Because of the close contacts with Mars, Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto, you'll be emotionally invested. Full moons are about making decisions so we can advance along the path, especially if there's been a period of stasis and you want to get un-stuck.  With Pluto in Capricorn you may feel stronger than usual, more confident. More tenacious too, so be aware. Mars heats things up. You will want to get your way.

This energy could give you the confidence to make a choice that's been hovering in the background for some time. Trust that sure-fired feeling in your guts.

If you experience any level of rage or victim mode, give yourself a time out, and decide later, when the waters calm.

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The July Full Moon with natural houses. Note time is for AEST.

July Full Moon Tips

Remember, the full moon in Capricorn is conjunct Pluto, opposite sun (of course) and Mars, square Jupiter and sextile Neptune. It amps up the Sun/Mars-Jupiter-Pluto T-Square, wherever this is happening in your chart.

Notice any contrast you are feeling. Just notice, that's all.

Breathe, release, let go of any stress or angst. It's not a time to micromanage or try to 'fix' things or 'make them better.'

Be at peace with what is.

There are solutions and pathways that lead you forward, but you won’t see them until you show the grudge match the door.

Stop gnawing old bones and shake yourself free.

Step into to the high clean winds of release.

Not sure where to apply this drop the tolerations energy?

Let's talk about it here, in the comments.

If you want to take it further, focus on where this event is in your chart and practice total release of anger, resentment, frustration or disappointment in that area of life.

Basically, catch and release your judgments, of self and others.

Appreciate everything along the way. It’ll change your life.

Discussion

Can you see where is this happening in your chart? What houses? What aspects does the full moon make?

We'd love to hear your thoughts.

We'll be talking about this more on our next Align with the Stars Call! See you there.

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