We’re in the balsamic moon phase as the moon in
Sagittarius approaches the sun in Capricorn for Sunday’s new moon partial solar
eclipse (at 15Capricorn25 on 6th January, 2019). With Mercury moving into Capricorn the day
before, we have a whole gamut of energy in this sign at the time of this
lunation (Mercury, Saturn, sun, moon, Pluto and south node), reinforcing our
(northern hemisphere) need to be with the dark of the winter for a while
longer, facing endings with integrity and bringing things to completion before
the stirrings of spring.
The north node in Cancer (mentioned in my last full
moon musings) sits high in the chart for the north of England, resonating with
our aspirations to self-nurture, self-healing and to creating a ‘safe space’
that balances the sometimes harsh realities of the south node in Capricorn.
The same chart has Libra rising, with Venus in Scorpio
as chart ruler; Venus at this time making a very close quincunx (150 degrees)
to Uranus in Aries as he gets ready to leave the sign for the last time in this
round of his 84-year cycle. The quincunx
(or inconjunct) is a tricky aspect, pushing away the other planet or failing to
‘see’ it. Some kind of compromise is
needed (or, indeed, a ‘periscope’ 😉 ) for things to come together, although
the fact that both signs (Scorpio/Aries) are traditionally ruled by Mars does
help as it means there’s some common ground.
Venus’ valuing of intensity, privacy and deep transformation might be at
odds, though, with Uranus’ tendency to gung-ho proclamations of his ‘truth’!
We often need something that helps us to see around
corners (a ‘periscope’ of sorts then, and, for the life of me, I can’t remember
where I met this idea in association with the quincunx 😉 ) when we’re tracking
those unconscious signals (Scorpio) that part of us doesn’t want to see. This help might come from: the perspective of
another person, a dream-figure, a repetitive movement/accidental movement or
even a Freudian slip that alerts us to something outside our line of
sight. What looks like ‘absolute truth’
(Uranus) on the outside might hold an inner ‘knowing’ that (when focused on)
helps us find a shift which embraces both ends during this next lunar month.
‘Wild Earth Animal Essences’ do a lovely, supportive
‘Inner Child Healing’ combination to help with embracing the energy of the
Cancer north node, with Capricorn’s energy bringing Bach Flowers’ Mimulus to
mind (for the fear aspect in particular).
ABFE’s Boab is helpful for breaking through hereditary patterns, and
Bluebell, for helping open our hearts when dealing with cut-off or repressed
emotions. And for the feelings of
hopelessness and negativity associated with this sign and this time of year,
Lila Devi’s Orange can help renew our faith in the light at the end of the
For the Venus/Uranus energy mentioned above, I’m drawn
back to Isopogon (mentioned in my new moon musings of November, 2018), with its
capacity to address the fixed views and dominating tendencies of Scorpio, its
help with retrieving forgotten skills and opening up the subconscious mind, as
well as its focus on learning from our past mistakes (perhaps preventing us
from throwing out the baby with the bathwater – one of those extreme Uranian
tendencies 😉 ).
Love and blessings as we move into the ever-increasing
light of this time of year.