Happy Full Moon Aquarius!

Greetings,

Today we have two very auspicious occasions occurring, and this gives us insight into what we can do with the year. To begin with we have the full moon in Aquarius, which is a wonderful time to focus on planning what to do with the year. We are at the threshold of a new energetic year, and thus we have an opportunity to decide how we want to bring our light into the world for the upcoming year. What is our agenda, and how do we actualize it? These and many related questions can be used to spur us further in the upcoming year.

The second event that we have occurring is the ancient festival of Imbolc, also known as Imbolg, also known as Candlemas or Candlemass. However you look at it, this is a time to celebrate the return of the first light to the earth after a cold hard winter. While the name of the festival and the basic features are Celtic, other parallels are found throughout the ancient lands, particularly in Egypt. There are two ways of looking at this festival. The first one is that it occurs February 2nd of every year, like clockwork. The second way to look at it is to consider the astrological side. You see, every time we have a season change, the Sun is entering into a cardinal sign in the zodiac; half are equinoxes and half are solstices. While we really don’t have the space to get into the differences between those two, it is enough to see the correlation between the seasons and the cardinal sign ingresses. If that is true, then the other four festivals of the eight spoked year occur when the Sun is at fifteen degrees of a fixed sign because this creates harmony and rhythm. However, this also means that those dates will fluctuate throughout the year, but they will always be at fifteen degrees. Fifteen degrees is halfway between each cardinal sign, or season, as it were. Thus fifteen degrees Aquarius (Imbolc), fifteen degrees Taurus (Walpurgisnacht/Beltane), fifteen degrees Leo (Lughnasadh), and fifteen degrees Scorpio (Samhain) all constitute the standard four part year plus their balances.

Deciding what to do is a very wise move to make during this time. However, please keep in mind that we are on a Mercury retrograde, which tells us that it would be wise to work with tying things up from last year, rather than embarking on new, uncharted territory. This is a fire festival that is known for candles, and thus it would be wise to light one up while contemplating how to bring your light into the world.

Cheers,

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Happy Full Moon Capricorn!

Greetings,

This is going to be a slightly different style of blog than what long time readers may be accustomed to because we’re at the new beginning of a calendar year, and 2014 brought with it a lot of expansion in my world so I would like to take this opportunity to get everyone on the same page. To begin with, though, let’s discuss this full moon. You most likely noticed that I call this the full moon in Capricorn even though the moon itself is in the sign of Cancer. I do this because this is traditional astrology. There is actually an implication here that is a good starting point for learning astrology, and that implication is that the full moon occurs when the moon is in the opposite sign of the Sun. Thus the Sun is moving through Capricorn in the tropical zodiac, and at this time the Moon is moving through the opposite sign of Cancer. Yes, that means that in order to understand this, it would be wise to learn the signs and their opposites. Part of this also entails explaining that for my astrology work I work with the tropical zodiac. I realize this may be something that is confusing to those that are new to astrology, but quite frankly, if you’re new to astrology, the last thing I want to do is burden you with getting into the different types of astrology that are out there. I believe in keeping it simple at first.

It has been scientifically proven and well documented that a lot of things are affected by the Moon, such as ER visits, violent crime, veterinarian visits, and interesting calls to help desks across the globe. Thus you may find that during full moons things seem a little off kilter. This is nature at it’s finest, showing that the Moon affects more than just the tides. During this particular full moon it would be wise to work with the energy of the home life vs. the professional life. Finding a balance between the two, and then again bringing things more in line with your Will are two things that it would be wise to accomplish. However, emotions may be extra strong and/or out of sorts right now too, so it would be wise to be on guard against this. True, you may be fine with things, but you never know when someone in your personal paradigm isn’t, and thus they may bring drama to your door. I realize that all of this are broad strokes, but I simply want to establish a base line for you to work from. It is a new calendar year after all, so let’s all start fresh and renewed.

I believe in educating people in astrology in a very applicable way, and thus there are many things that I do for free in addition to my paid services such as classes. When I was learning astrology (pre-internet days), I invested a lot of money in books, etc, and while I have no regrets, in hindsight I also see how the learning process could have been done cheaper. In the age of the internet you’ll find plenty of websites that have astrology information as well as lessons, but I encourage discernment. I spend a lot of time online, and because of this I see crap everywhere, usually brought about by a misunderstanding of astrological principles. It is my intention to help you avoid falling prey to those shoddy sites. Oh, at this point I guess I should have told you that I’m a straight shooter and am generally very direct. Anyway, back to the discussion. Yes, there are quality sites out there too, but until discernment skills are developed, those might not be as flashy as other sites, so they may get missed. Nothing beats human interaction when it comes to learning astrology, which is true of every other science on the planet.

I write a blog monthly, timed with the full moon. I also do daily horoscope posts from my 418 Ascendant Facebook page, as well as monthly horoscopes for the metaphysical resource center Pathways on their website. Beginning on January 12th I will also be writing an astrological forecast column for a local St Louis paper called “The Pulse,” which is also available online. This is a monthly preview similar to what I write on the Pathways website, but the main difference is that it is broken down more on a week to week level. I also send out a free electronic newsletter every time that the Sun changes a sign in the tropical zodiac, which is once a month. To subscribe, simply contact me through here. There are also free basic astrology downloads on this website in the e-books section, so if you’re interested in learning, this may be a good starting point.

Other than all of the free services, I also teach in many different venues. Quite honestly I don’t want to bog you down with all of that in a blog context, so please check out my calendar of events on here, or reach me on my 418 Ascendant Facebook page. I also travel extensively and am expanding into the digital realm more and more, so if you’re curious, just let me know!

Earlier I mentioned that this is a good time to focus on the harmony between the home life and the professional life, and I believe it is now evident that I wanted to take this opportunity to focus on the professional side of things. Having accomplished that, now is the time for me to focus on my home life for the remainder of the day, so I bid you adieu with blessings of success in all endeavors and plans that you formulate and put into action at this time. As has been said many times: “So Mote It Be,” or, alternatively, “Aum Ha!”

Blessings,

Bill

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Happy Full Moon Sagittarius!

Greetings!

Well we certainly have an interesting full moon right now, don’t we? I don’t know about you, but communication and all things related to it have been at the forefront for the last day or so, and on top of that, emotions have been running high for many people. I’ve also had people tell me that it feels like a Mercury retrograde. Let me explain. Mercury has been conjunct, or blended with, the Sun during this full moon, and the moon is in Gemini, which is ruled by Mercury. The aspect that is present, which is present at every full moon, is an opposition. Thus we have a Mercurial Moon in opposition to where Mercury is in the sky right now, so there’s a heavy emphasis on tense communications. There’s also the fact that in traditional astrology Mercury is not in a strong place when its in Sagittarius. Mercury is known as being communicative and adaptable, while Sagittarius is known for its singularity and focus, so it becomes clear why this is generally true. When you add the energetic distortion of the full moon to the mix, you arrive at a very tense full moon. I have taken a step back from social media and have treaded very lightly when it comes to conversations for the last week or so because of this, and this has allowed me to perceive how others have been handling it, and I’ve seen a lot of stress and tension, and particularly out of control emotions. I’m a firm believer in “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law,” so this is something that I perceive, not something I judge, but it has reminded me how important it is to keep my mental energy clear as I go through life. I also take comfort in the fact that from a communication perspective things will be quieting down in the near future, which will bring peace to everyone.

We are moving forward faster as things move through Sagittarius, so it would be wise to remember this so things don’t fall through the cracks. The good news is that the more organized you are, the more you can get out of this period of time. However, if you’re disorganized, you may find this time very challenging. You may also want to make sure you stay disciplined in order to stay true to your goals rather than allowing yourself to get distracted by passing interests that waste time. Winter is around the corner, and it is at this time that we can take stock in what we have and how that will impact the upcoming Winter. This is the season of tying up loose ends and making plans for the next year to come. By riding the rocket ride of time, we can give ourselves a second gust of wind. However, if we don’t pay attention to our physical health, this time period can leave us exhausted, so it would be wise to make sure you’re eating correctly, getting plenty of regular sleep, and drinking plenty of water. In a few days we’ll be out of the orb of influence of this full moon, and things will return to a greater normal state. Well, normal for you, that is.

Blessings,

Bill

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