Pisces Balsamic Moon
—May 23

Today’s energies invoke an inner “reliance upon one’s inner source of inspiration or guidance…”

And when moving through the last lunarly phase through the last zodiacal sign—inner guidance is absolutely something one may seek or need or somehow doubt.

As astrologer Dane Rudhyar transcribed, one must “have faith in one’s own subjective strength.”

We don’t always know the answers, nor do we always understand them—but that inner compass is rarely ever wrong, even when it doesn’t exactly make sense.

The path of spiritual awakening involves uncovering the values and ideas that are authentic to you, regardless of what others think.❞
——Danielle Kloberdanz

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Rudhyar, D. “An Astrological Mandala.” Vintage Books; ©1973.


Pisces Last Quarter Moon at 1°39′
—May 22

This year’s Piscean last quarter moon occurs quite abruptly within the degrees of Pisces—because the sun has only just recently moved into Gemini from Taurus…

Further, a retrograded Mercury is in conjunction with the sun today by a degree—as the sun and Mercury met in an inferior conjunction yesterday through the zero point degree of Gemini—and thereby truly oxygenating geminian airs.

Allow me to delineate.

Squares represent tensions and a need for adjustments, while mutability suggests an easy enough ability to be flexible, or otherwise needed toward flexibility.

Both Gemini and Pisces energies are cooperative toward change—in fact, one could argue that these energies sort of crave change, or seek it out… depending upon your nativity, however, will determine how you might need to manage these dubiously nebulous adjustments… or (un)necessary busyness.

Further, Jupiter—Pisces’ traditional ruler—is newly in Aries while Mercury—Gemini’s ruler—is retrograde, and now moving back into Taurus…

Just this basic information informs one that whatever changes or adjustments that could arise—there may be no time to think anything thoroughly through, but rather, you’ll likely be ‘taken by the tide’ or ‘carried by the current’… this could cause some frustration, perhaps, as many of you might prefer to think things more thoroughly through, and there could be reason for this—yet there is simply too much going on, too much to do, or too much to try to make sense of.

Further still, you could be finding yourself in brand new territory harkening entirely new experiences or environments.

Yesterday’s sun/Mercury inferior conjunction occurred through the zero point degree of Gemini, a degree that associates itself to ‘a new dimension of reality’, and this is to refer to a new insight upon a consciousness not previously known, or understood—a consciousness ‘outside’ one’s own consciousness… astrologer Dane Rudhyar speaks of discovery being a process these energies deserve, that there is a translucency of a psychic kind being offered—of course this is not to imply that psychic abilities will be so freely obtained; however, seemingly unlikely insights could be offered and received—should one be open to receiving in the manner meant to be received.

This translucency, also, is not to imply such clear clarity… and Rudhyar says as much, that it is “not direct openness…” but a potential personal revelation nevertheless—again, revelations that you would not typically otherwise entertain, be open for, or even notice.

The degree through which today’s Piscean last quarter moon is illuminating is one which represents self-protection.

Rudhyar titled this degree with the phrase ‘a squirrel hiding from hunters’, noting that “the individual’s need both to ensure his future subsistence and to protect himself from aggressive social elements” is the essence of this degree… in circling back around to all the busyness and need for adjustments, the sudden insights, the potential for revelations—and the probability of being carried along with almost a literal current—there is indeed reason to protect oneself while simultaneously seeking to both abundantly sustain and simply maintain oneself.

I’m not sure I’m a fan of the reference to hiding, exactly, as there are many other proactive ways in which one can protect oneself from more realistically personalized probabilities of risk… though the tendency through either Geminian or Piscean energies can suggest distraction or confusion, respectively.

Still. This is the time to take a moment—not to hide—and really take it all in, and ask yourself all of the important and pertinent questions… and to be curious—and curiosity never minds a little distraction or a smudge of confusion, curiosity isn’t interested in whether an idea is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ necessarily—because curiosity is absolutely flexible and changeable, malleable, and adjustable… and sometimes that’s simply how the current of curiosity is carried.

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.❞
——Albert Einstein

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Rudhyar, D. “An Astrological Mandala.” Vintage Books; ©1973.


Aquarius Disseminating Moon
—May 21

Today’s energies could be… interesting.

Typical Aquarian moon moods would suggest an ‘out of nowhere’ preference to do something different, to break boundaries in some way—yours or an/Others, or otherwise push the envelope in a way that is not routine or ordinary…


Today’s typical lunarly Aquarian preferences will likely either be or feel thwarted.


True to Aquarian energies—today’s energies will feel a bit off.

It may help to tell you to try to keep an open mind—because a natural tendency of resistance, steering instead toward narrowness or closed-mindedness, may sneak in on your efforts under the guise of ‘practicality’ or ‘reasonableness’… however, remaining open, too, might inadvertently resist so many options, under the exact same guises—it may be trying for you to find a comfy balance.

Also classic with Aquarian energies—perhaps even more so when lunarly—there could be a heavy dose of emotional detachment toward conversational points, informational insights, and/or emotionality overall… and this sort of responsive behavior could absolutely provoke reaction.

Try to keep an open mind, particularly, toward these very thick Aquarian energies and natural resulting frequencies—Aquarian energies seek to organize, and make sense of something utterly puzzling or bewildering… and these complexities require an emotional detachment, as emotions tend to consume our ability to see things clearly, and to feel things honestly, and to understand things transparently.

Even further—something unexpected could emerge, either throwing something off or adding a bit of a stir to an otherwise organized arrangement, likely something you would benefit more from understanding transparently, or feeling honestly, or seeing clearly… rather than reacting—responding warmly would be more receptive than resisting, especially if detachment techniques are evident; expressing warmth, even toward the coldest chill out chilliest freeze, might even help dissolve any emotional detachment, and open these energies to navigate with love—rather than cold, reasonable logic…

Again. Being open to finding the balance.

And maybe this centered and loving warmth being genuinely expressed could be the unexpected glitch in an otherwise impersonal transaction, proper procedure, or systematic response.

All the statistics in the world can’t measure the warmth of a smile.❞
——Chris Hart

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Capricorn/Aquarius Disseminating Moon
—May 20

Continued channeling today—particularly toward breakthroughs.

As the moon moves from Capricorn to Aquarius, from its conjunction with Pluto and toward its conjunction with a retrograded Mercury—that which you learned within structured depths or punished realisms can now be understood and appropriately applied in a new way.

Just as Alice was so entranced with the white rabbit—today’s insights or innovations will likely be worth following… and if it’s in alignment with the cosmos, with the clockworks, and with the channeling of your inner heart-centeredness—well, by golly, you might be on to something…

Be the sun breaking through the clouds.❞
——A.D. Posey

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Venus through 15°-23° Aries
—May 15th-21st

The eclipse eclipsed enough of my intended inner scheduling to distract my attentions from the Venusian post, which I had in mind to post on Sunday evening…


Alas, all Venus has been up to since Sunday is separating from a conjunction to Chiron, and moving through the second decan of Aries, while Mars separates from its conjunction with Neptune.

Remember that Venus struggles in Aries, especially when Chiron is involved… to reflect upon last week’s Venus/Chiron midpoint degree conjunction—a conjunction through which would describe the efforts, obstacles, or pains you would be willing to endure for that which you desire—occurred through a degree which astrologer Dane Rudhyar transcribed as “projecting into everyday living the realization of wholeness and fulfillment…”

Would this, then, describe a new and everyday routine/reality of seemingly out literally ‘paying the price’ for what you want/desire/seek?

Venus struggles in Aries because Aries is a Mars ruled sign—because Mars takes what it wants and charges after what it wants, without any regard whatsoever for anything or anyone else… and Venus, inherently, seeks harmony.

In Aries, Venus is somewhat forced to ‘take charge’ of itself—which is to say: of all things Venusian… particularly those directed toward Self—be this a taking charge of harmony through:

self-gratitude or self-pleasure

As you can see, these are related in zodiacal order toward your own nativity, in regard to where Venus was when you were born.

Because this conjunction occurred within the middlemost degree of Aries implies that whatever self-directed journey you are taking charge upon—that you’ve already began… and the Chironic influence, again, could imply something of a struggle, a hardship, an unexpected setback, an obstacle, or otherwise pain.

Rest assured, Venus is moving beyond Chiron… and so struggles are being worked through, hardships are being processed, unexpected setbacks are exploring unintended solutions, obstacles are being navigated, and any pain is being addressed and appropriately treated.

Venus, however, makes no aspects to anything this week, and so forward motion in a regard we are accustomed to may not present itself as an option, most assuredly not a time-efficient option—so this could be an auspicious time to simply focus inward, unapologetically, whatever this might mean for you in regard to your self-directed journey.

Further, these Venusian energies, this week, may be influencing what Rudhyar described as being ‘clothed in light’, as he transcribed that “in however small a degree, every individual may be confronted with the potentiality of a fulfilling act of self-realization and may, ever so relatively, find himself ‘clothed in light’ for an instant… we are told by it that the fulfillment of desire is a possibility, at whatever level and in however incomplete a manner it may be experienced.”

As this week comes to its end, Venus will be moving through the twenty-first degree of Aries, which can imply a defeat…

And finally, however, the next aspect Venus makes, next week, is to Saturn, through the twenty-sixth degree… a degree which Rudhyar offered the phrase of ‘a man possessed of more gifts then he can hold…’

Also—an obsession by potentiality.

Word to the wise, however, all of this abundance and potential comes with its share of necessary adjustments… as it is all, likely, unfamiliar to you, exactly what you’re dealing with—and what, precisely, this will mean for you, and what it will require of you, and how you will take it on in ways that work for you despite the inexperience—it would not be helpful to you to rush toward any of it.

But you might… because, Venus in Aries.

Rudhyar warns that this would only further complicate matters, and I’ll take this further in next week’s Venus post.

To learn new boundaries and limitations, restrictions, and expectations would be wise… slowly, carefully, and intentionally, and only taking on as much as you can embrace a bit at a time—ultimately, Rudhyar warns that there’s no reason to rush toward what is already yours.

You can’t always get what you want—but if you try some time, you might just find—you get what you need…❞
——The Rolling Stones

Rudhyar, D. “An Astrological Mandala.” Vintage Books; ©1973.


Capricorn Disseminating Moon
—May 19

Those uncomfortable obligatory duties you may be drawn to, or obligated to, now… well—now it’s more specifically down to the more essential ‘practice what you preach’ points.

Are you listening to your inner voice?—your inner knowing?

Are you practicing what you’re preaching?

Are you fully committed to whatever is consuming your energies?

If you’re being totally honest with yourself, it’s likely that you’ll be given a type of insider nudge… you’ll ‘see the signs’, as they say.

In fact, you may be able to see things from an entirely new perspective that you were unable to see, previously, for whatever reason… and please try not to take things too literally—though a Capricorn moon may want to do just that… try to trust.

Still, you may feel as though something just isn’t adding up.

You might need some time alone to reflect, take in, and ponder…

When we’re interested in something, everything around us appears to refer to it… the mystics call these phenomena ‘signs’, the sceptics ‘coincidence’, and psychologists ‘concentrated focus’… although I’ve yet to find out what term historians would use.❞
——Paulo Coelho

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Capricorn Disseminating Moon
—May 18

Yesterday’s overly optimistic—or overly eager or overly idealistic or overly overly overly—mood, overnight, turned sober, somber, and much more realistic…

Particularly exponentiated through a lunarly square to Jupiter—newly moving in Aries—today’s Saturn-ruled moon experiences this aspecting harshly, in need of foundational repairs, as well as a potential loss of faith… but also feeling the seemingly paralyzing need to ‘fortify oneself; see the bigger picture; see eternal archetypes; and stand firm…’

It’s important, now, to look after your responsibilities—possibly even in an entirely new light.

And, further still, simultaneously, there remains a continued need to wait…

Finally, shamanic astrologer Raven Kaldera suggests that this is a moon that is good “for doing work that may be uncomfortable, but that one is duty-bound to carry out to ensure protection…” and so who’s to say the type of dirty work that is needing taken care of—I suppose it would depend on what kind of character you have inherently; if you’re a responsibility avoider—responsibilities are likely piling up all around you…

So… not exactly the happiest or most delightful of moods, today—but you’ll have that… things still need to get done—especially if you’re wanting anything to change.

And a step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction.❞
——Kurt Vonnegut

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Goldsmith, M. “The Zodiac by Degrees.” Weiser Books; ©2004.
Hill, L. “360 Degrees of Wisdom.” A Plume Book; ©2004.
Kaldera, R. “Moon Phase Astrology.” Destiny Books; ©2011.


Sagittarius Disseminating Moon
—May 17

Today’s lunarly energies, tainted with the basic misunderstandings stemmed from typical Sagittarius whimsy—carry such an eager obliviousness… it requires something of a safeguarding.

Be these energies a result of frustration and a reaction toward movement, however unprepared, or a natural response of eagerness to begin—either way these first thoughts that (should) come well before any actual first steps need to be considered with care…

Considered with care, freshly upon the surface.

Further, you or an/Other within your current circumstances “may feel that you/they are doing what is necessary, however it is probably not the real thing—but more of a training session…”

Most simply transcribed—continued pause should be considered, and preparing for a much needed respite and repair before rash and oblivious eagerness be acted upon.

When you hit a wrong note, it’s the next note that makes it good or bad.❞
——Miles Davis

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Hill, L. “360 Degrees of Wisdom.” A Plume Book; ©2004.


Sagittarius Disseminating Moon
—May 16

Despite the moon moving into Sagittarius, beyond the Scorpio depths and eclipsed enlightenments… “you may be moving into a new phase of learning that, despite all your previous experience, is surprisingly difficult.”

And as many times as I can strongly stress to you, again and again, again, and one more time for good measure that above all: patience is the mindset most needed now—you will likely and most directly ignore it.

Impatience may not entirely define the energies… it could also be a kind of inner whirly eagerness—an eagerness to begin.

Open-mindedness and open-heartedness—this should help you navigate these current and upcoming learning curves… though forward motion isn’t necessarily what will result—not yet.

Further, “don’t focus on things continuing to be hard or difficult, as this can lead to it actually happening… don’t read too much into things, as they may not be as they seem—however, acknowledging your shadow, and your projections and perception, will bring clarity…”

Remember, open-mindedness and open-heartedness require trust… whereas fears and failures require trust, as well—and these learning curves, too, will require trust.

Take your time.

To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.❞
——Alan Wilson Watts

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Hill, L. “360 Degrees of Wisdom.” A Plume Book; ©2004.


Scorpio Lunar Eclipse at 25°18′
—May 15

David Steindl-Rast, an American Catholic Benedictine monk, once stated that “wherever we come alive, that is the area in which we are spiritual…”

Albert Einstein once said that “the most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious… [that] it is the source of all true art and science—he to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead… his eyes are closed.”

And diarist Anaïs Nin once said that “the personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself…”

Only when we are truly honest with ourselves about ourselves, and the reality surrounding ourselves, are we able to actually experience the divine within ourselves in our realities.

But that’s the trick and the catch, right!?

The degree through which today’s lunarly eclipse occurs is a degree that celestially describes “the ability to adjust swiftly to a new situation by tuning in to its requirements…” seemingly regardless of how unfamiliar or foreign it may be…

Astrologer Dane Rudhyar transcribed this degree to describe “he who lives in harmony with nature, moving on as new needs arise, finds himself intuitively at home everywhere; he does not make demands upon life, for he has identified himself with the great rhythms of the biosphere and he functions at peace with what they produce.”

This would imply, then, that the entire universe is but within, that heaven, or paradise, or whatever you may call it is simply to be found within yourself… and so, again, the personally honest and sacred soul connection we each hold and sustain with ourselves, should we choose to do so—this connection is divine—this connection is…. everything.

This everything is, quite literally, a mystery…

This everything, then, too, however, is Functioning 101.


These energies might not actually be so exactly smooth and natural, as Saturn moves upon an exact t-square alignment between the sun and the moon, suggesting that whatever adjustments are necessary are either absolutely for real, and thereby without any glimpse of glitch, or may present additional or further challenges to an already tender transformational opportunity—mind you, you very well may not be observing your present circumstances as an opportunity… please do not misunderstand.

But however these energies are twisting and turning or transmuting for you, Saturn’s presence in between how you feel about these circumstances and how these circumstances actually are—suggest that these circumstances, when and only when necessary adjustments are made and that which is broken, decayed, or dis-eased is treated or eliminated… true transformationally transmutational growth awaits.

These transformations, and their requirements, of course, may not be obvious to you at this time—hence, they may be eclipsed… and will emerge from the darkness in their time.

Shamanic astrologer Raven Kaldera states that when “you journey to the depths, and suddenly discover a great truth: that when you go deep enough, you emerge into a place that is far beyond you, and Powers await you there…”

This is when you are touched by the Divine. Sometimes.

This is when the Mysteries become clear. Sometimes.

This is when the clockworks of the cosmos align with your own inner rhythm. Sometimes.

Scorpio energies are often considered starkly darkness or light; good, or evil… Scorpio doesn’t sit on fences well. However, the High Priestess archetype associated with this moon directly stands for just that—the High Priestess is both darkness and light—Scorpio energies, when elevated, evolved, and emerged beyond… know everything simply as it is—and the essence within this knowing: is awe. The origins of the word ‘awe’ involve both ‘fear’ and ‘pain’, but simultaneously evolved to describe both reverence and overwhelming admiration for ‘that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful, or the like…’ and is thus connected to the idea or concept of God, or the universe, and, of course, ultimately—to the Mysteries; to that which we cannot explain.

Regardless of how evolved Scorpio energies are—these energies are inherently orchestrated toward that which can (or should) inspire awe, especially when elevated in vibrational frequency… and in particular, when this energetic force field of sorts is pure, and not forced or manipulated.

For instance, when what I call ‘transcriptions’ come to me—or that which I couldn’t possibly know anything about, or do not know anything about—I feel tingly all over, and this is how I know that the transcription is not being created from my mind or my ego, that it is pure… and this is frighteningly similar to a feeling of awe, and there is no darkness or light—it simply is, and it comes through as it is needed.

With awe, too, there can be, as with the associations of pain and fear, feelings of discomfort or unfamiliarity can be experienced—and the degree through which today’s lunarly eclipse occurs is associated with new territory and making oneself at home therein and so this would suggest that something new is manifesting for you within your personal reality, be it an actual new home or a new way of experiencing your life—what was is no longer… in likely a very severe way, or at least in a cumbersome or uncomfortable way.

What exactly is the discomfort? From where does this discomfort stem, or originate?

In what ways are you familiar? In what ways do you feel comfortable?

In what ways do you feel awe?—in your everyday, or infrequently?

Do you see the gray?—or is it always dark or light?

Are you embracing an inevitable change, or shift, or evolution?

Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.❞
——Rachel Carson

🖋️ by Jamie James; 📷 by sorensolkaer

Goldsmith, M. “The Zodiac by Degrees.” Weiser Books; ©2004.
Hill, L. “360 Degrees of Wisdom.” A Plume Book; ©2004.
Kaldera, R. “Moon Phase Astrology.” Destiny Books; ©2011.
Kaldera, R. “Myth Astrology.” Llewellyn Publications; ©2004.
Rudhyar, D. “An Astrological Mandala.” Vintage Books; ©1973.