Leo New Moon Solar Eclipse: Opening our Hearts to Greater Love and Creativity

The Leo New Moon happened yesterday, August 11th, at 2:58 am MST/PDT, at 18 degrees Leo 41 minutes.  Its also a partial Solar Eclipse. 

This New Moon Solar Eclipse is the third and final eclipse of the current ‘eclipse season’ that began last month with the July 12th Cancer New Moon Solar Eclipse.  The second eclipse was the Aquarius Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on July 27th.

Solar and Lunar Eclipses are among the most powerful of astrological events.  Reflecting the ‘As Above; So Below’ natural law of correspondences, eclipses really ‘move’ events here on planet Earth.  Accordingly, a LOT has happened over the last month.  It feels more like six months have passed since the current eclipse season began, not just one!

Eclipses repeat every nineteen years.  This Leo Solar Eclipse carries the same energetic blueprint as the Solar Eclipse that occurred on August 11, 1999.  Think back to what you experienced in 1999.  Doing so can inform your understanding of the meaning and purpose of events currently manifesting or unfolding in your life.  Look for similarities between what happened to you in 1999 and what’s happening to you right now.

Leo is the sign of royalty and nobility, of Kings and Queens.  Leo the Lion is the ‘King of the Jungle.’  It should be no surprise then that Leo is the only zodiac sign ruled by a star, our Sun, instead of a planet.  Indeed all the planets revolve around the Sun! 

Leos shine most brightly when others acknowledge how special they are and recognize their unique individuality.  Ultimately however, Leo must learn to love and appreciate itself.  In order to be truly happy, Leo must fully and joyfully express its own true nature, its authentic self, without fear or favor. 

Leo also rules the heart.  It teaches us to love ourselves enough to be who we truly are, even in the face of relentless pressures to conform to other’s expectations, be they family, friends, lovers or even society.  Being true to your self REQUIRES a healthy self-love.  When Leo is self-assured and confident, it never feels threatened by others who receive praise and attention.  Secure Leos naturally encourage others to shine their own true light as well.  Secure Leos make others feel special.  Secure Leos are dignified, noble, magnanimous, generous, loving and truly supportive of others. 

Insecure Leos?  Well, perhaps the quintessential example of an insecure Leo is President Donald J. Trump.  Often described as a narcissist, a psychological trait rooted in extreme insecurity, he has both Mars and Pluto in Leo.  He also has 29 degrees Leo (the maximum amount of Leo) on his Ascendant or first house cusp.

Retrograde Mercury and the asteroid Pallas Athena join the Sun and Moon in Leo for this New Moon.  Both are square Jupiter in Scorpio symbolizing a deep search for the truth.  Mercury reveals truths through information – facts and words and documents and even recordings!  Pallas Athena will do so through powerful women.  More and more, influential women will take charge, speak truth to power and demand necessary change.  They will hold themselves and others to account for the consequences of their actions and choices.

With so many planets retrograde now (seven out of nine), actions and initiatives may have to wait a bit however.  Retrograde planets require review and reflection, contemplation and processing, planning and pondering.  INNER work is what’s necessary now.  Important choices and decisions, as well as the implementation of new plans, will likely occur once Mercury (August 18th) then Mars (August 27th) and then Saturn (September 6th) begin moving forward once again.  Charging ahead, or forcing your will prematurely will likely bring frustrations or may even backfire.

Meantime, be mindful of intuitive guidance.  Pay attention to signs and synchronicities.  Pay particular attention if plans or ideas stall or become frustrated.  Concerns or demands from outer sources or forces may thwart your best plans if not heeded.  Make the necessary changes and adjustments requested or required. 

Also be sure to consider ALL those who will be affected by your choices and plans.  Realize that collaboration, not competition, will bring success.  And stick to the truth.  Don’t ‘fudge’ or ignore facts or reality.

With challenging connections to both retrograde Pluto in Capricorn and Jupiter in Scorpio, this Leo New Moon also reflects the potential for intense emotional confrontations and epic power struggles.  Here in the United States, these celestial influences may well play out through a constitutional crisis if Special Counsel Robert Mueller decides to subpoena President Trump to testify before a Grand Jury.  What, or whom, might you need to confront?  How powerful, or powerless, do you currently feel?  How are you using your power?  Hint:  what CHOICES are you making?

Watch for significant news, information and announcements around the end of this month when Mercury squares Jupiter for the third and final time on August 27th – the very same day that retrograde Mars stations direct!  July 9th and August 10th marked the first and second squares between Mercury and Jupiter.  Here’s a quick tally of significant news headlines from those previous Mercury/Jupiter connections:

On July 9th, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in for another 5-year term as president, with sweeping new powers.  That same day President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to be the next Supreme Court Justice.  The next day Trump headed to Brussels for what would become another disastrous Summit with our NATO Allies.  Then he was off to Helsinki for a Summit with Vladimir Putin where his shocking performance finally rattled Republicans, some of whom described his behavior as ‘treasonous!’

Keep in mind, it was only three days later, on July 12th, that the Cancer New Moon Solar Eclipse kicked off this current eclipse season.  Again I will ask, “Doesn’t this past month seem like its actually been about six months?!”

On August 10th, Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in contempt of court after learning immigration authorities had already begun the deportation of a Salvadoran mother and her daughter, despite the two being plaintiffs in a pending ACLU lawsuit challenging Sessions’s efforts to stop people fleeing gang violence and domestic violence from qualifying for asylum.

That same day news broke of a leaked audio recording of House Intelligence Committee Chair, Republican Representative Devin Nunes of California, saying that if Attorney General Jeff Sessions won’t unrecuse himself from the Special Counsel’s investigation, and if Mueller won’t clear the President, then Republicans MUST keep control of the House in in the upcoming midterm elections because they’re “… the only ones” who can protect President Trump from Robert Mueller’s investigation!

Later that same day, First Lady Melania Trump’s parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, became U.S. citizens through the same ‘family reunification’ program that’s been repeatedly attacked by President Trump as “chain migration.” Trump has repeatedly called for the end of the longstanding U.S. policy allowing citizens to sponsor their parents and siblings for legal residency. 

Whew!  And these are just a FEW of the headlines!

Look back to July 9th and August 10th.  What was happening in your life then?  Expect a continuation or culmination of what was unfolding at those times when Mercury and Jupiter square one another for the third and final time on August 27th.   

Also watch what happens on August 28th.  That’s when Mercury will cross over 18 degrees Leo for the third and final time during the current Mercury retrograde (it will occur during the post-retro shadow period).  This is the same degree of the Leo New Moon Solar Eclipse.  When planets cross over an eclipse degree, they re-ignite the eclipse energy.  Mercury, the planet of information is the only planet that will cross over the Leo New Moon Solar Eclipse degree before the next eclipse season gets underway in January 2019.  When it does, its likely to bring some bombshell revelations!

News headlines will no doubt continue to shock and surprise us as more secret schemes and nefarious alliances are uncovered and exposed.  With the Leo New Moon’s challenging connection to retrograde Pluto in Capricorn (power and authority, particularly government officials), some in positions of power and authority may experience a karmic ‘fall from grace.’  They will either choose to resign or be forcibly removed from their posts due to misuse or abuse of their power.  This is the same kind of celestial energy that brought down Richard Nixon!

Indeed, those in power who practice a philosophy of ‘the ends justify the means’ will feel mounting pressure as their corrupt intentions are revealed or exposed under the bright light of the Leo Solar Eclipse.  Legal battles, court proceedings and investigations, particularly Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, will no doubt intensify.  The bottom line is that we can expect even more revelations about abuses of power.  And yes, they’re likely to continue to involve sex, money and politics.  Bad actors will experience increasing scrutiny.

Eclipses are like ‘cosmic reboots’ of our human consciousness since our brains are like computers and consciousness is pure energy.  As the light and energy of the Sun is eclipsed, its like a computer being shut down and rebooted.  Old obsolete programs are deleted and new upgrades are downloaded when the computer is rebooted.  Similarly, eclipses upgrade human consciousness with new expanded awareness and new ideas and understanding. 

This Leo New Moon Solar Eclipse is downloading greater love, compassion and creativity.  Its encouraging us to open up our hearts and to give and receive more love.  Remember, Leo rules the heart!  Do you love yourself enough to express your true self more authentically?  What are you ready to create?

Eclipses accelerate the evolutionary pace and potential – for individuals as well as the collective.  Evolution implies change.  Change is necessary for evolution to occur.  Resisting necessary evolutionary change is futile.  This is because, in the end, the forces of evolution are always stronger than the forces of resistance.  Indeed it is too much resistance, for far too long, that breeds revolution. 

We are of course always free to choose.  We can embrace necessary evolutionary change or resist it.  What will you choose?  CHOOSE LOVE!


The Virgo New Moon is on September 9th at 11:01 am MST/PDT!

 Copyright 2018.   Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting.   All rights reserved.



Cancer New Moon Solar Eclipse: Emotional Security or Insecurity?

The Cancer New Moon happened July 12, 2018 at 7:48 pm MST/PDT at 20 degrees Cancer 41 minutes.  It was also a partial Solar Eclipse visible in Tasmania, extreme Southern Australia, islands South of New Zealand, and the edge of Antarctica directly below Australia, the South Pacific Ocean and the Southern Indian Ocean.  Although not visible in the United States, this New Moon Solar Eclipse is nevertheless already dramatically impacting America.  We were, after all, born under the sign of Cancer on July 4, 1776.

Here’s the chart:  CancerNewMoonSolarEclipse2018.

And here’s a diagram of the path of totality of the eclipse:  Solar Eclipse Path of Totality.

Cancer’s evolutionary intention is to develop INNER EMOTIONAL SECURITY.  This sign teaches that true emotional well-being can only be sourced from within, not from any outer person, place or thing.  In the end, Cancer requires that we take complete responsibility for peace and security in our own personal world.

Cancer rules our emotional body.  Cancer is the sign of mothers, home, family, ancestry, land, food, early childhood, self-image and emotional security/insecurity.   It reflects all that we need in order to feel safe and secure.  This Cancer New Moon Solar Eclipse is super energizing our emotions.  Ample evidence of this is the extreme emotional turmoil experienced recently by parents and children separated at the U.S./Mexican border.  It’s brought extreme emotional distress to those witnessing these separations as well.  Reporters, legal advocates, American citizens and people all round the world who’ve watched this crisis unfolding on TV for weeks now are deeply disturbed by what they see.  And they should be because what’s happening is absolutely cruel and heart-breaking.

ALL lunations (new moons and full moons) bring intensified emotions to the surface.  But this Cancer New Moon is particularly emotional since the sign of Cancer directly rules our feelings.  But even more power will be brought to our emotional life in the coming weeks and months because this New Moon is also a Solar Eclipse!

Solar and Lunar Eclipses are super energized New and Full Moons respectively.  Eclipses always intensify the power of lunations and have long been known by astrologers to significantly ‘move’ events here on planet Earth.  According to the natural law of correspondences, often referred to by the “As Above; So Below” principle, events coinciding with the timing of eclipses are typically MUCH more important than they may at first appear to be.  So what’s happening in your life right now?

Eclipses are like computer ‘reboots’ since they disrupt the flow of solar and lunar energy onto our planet, much like a computer reboot turns the electricity off and then back on again.  Most computer reboots automatically delete obsolete programs replacing them with new software upgrades.  Since human consciousness is pure energy (like electricity), eclipses are cosmic reboots that bring consciousness upgrades (new thoughts/beliefs) for humanity!

This Cancer New Moon Solar Eclipse chart contains several distinct and important celestial patterns.  Perhaps the most powerful of these is a precise opposition (180 degrees apart) between the Sun and Moon in Cancer and retrograde Pluto in Capricorn.  This planetary opposition symbolizes many things but overall it is likely to manifest in epic power struggles – between people, between nations and between competing political ideologies or governing philosophies.  It reflects conflicts between those in authority and those who feel vulnerable.  Simply put, it is reflecting conflicts between inner and outer sources of security.

Think Cancer, which rules homes, families and communities, in opposition to a powerful (Pluto) government (Capricorn) and it’s policies.  The Sun and Moon in Cancer opposite retrograde Pluto in Capricorn also generally reflect the push/pull between our inner and outer lives – work and career versus home and family – and the increasing difficulties in managing all of our various duties and responsibilities – to self and loved ones, as well as to our  communities and the larger whole of society.

Grand Water Trine in the Cancer New Moon Solar Eclipse chart. The Sun and Moon are together in Cancer at bottom, Jupiter in Scorpio is at the upper right and Neptune in Pisces is to the left.

Fortunately, the Sun and Moon are also part of a benevolent Grand Water Trine that includes Jupiter stationary in Scorpio and retrograde Neptune in Pisces.  Planets in a Grand Trine form a triangle pattern in the heavens.

Water is the element associated with feelings so this triangle configuration ADDS tremendous energy to the emotional extremes we’re already experiencing.  However, it can just as easily be used for healthy emotional expression and emotional healing for those who choose to use the energies in these ways.

The Grand Water Trine is particularly energized and strengthened by Jupiter, which just ended it’s annual 4-1/2 month retrograde, stationing direct (resuming forward motion) on Tuesday, July 10th. Jupiter’s influence as it stations will be reflected in LOTS of headlines regarding sex, money and power.   

A dramatic case in point occurred this week as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced that the grand jury in Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation just handed down more indictments.  Twelve Russian intelligence officers were charged with conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, money laundering and crimes against the United States.  You can read the full indictment text here:  MuellerIndictmentof12RussianGRUOfficers071318.

Jupiter’s station direct is also evident in recent allegations against Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Jordan.  He’s accused of knowingly turning a blind eye to the sexual abuse of student wrestlers he coached at Ohio State University by their team doctor three decades ago.  Obviously, we’re not yet done with exposures and revelations about sexual misconduct.

Arguably, money and power were key topics for President Trump at the meeting with our NATO allies in Brussels this past week.  He complained mightily about members ‘delinquency’ regarding their levels of military defense spending.  Some NATO members claim he threatened to pull the U.S. out of NATO if they didn’t immediately make the increases he demanded, which would literally DOUBLE their current commitment levels.  The joint statement released by all the other members at the end of the meeting however re-affirmed that members would meet their previously agreed upon spending target of 2% of their GDP, not the 4% demanded by Trump.     

Jupiter’s station was also reflected in Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.  This prime-time TV announcement at 9:05 pm EDT, came 13 hours BEFORE Jupiter resumed forward motion in the heavens.  Keep in mind that planets are most powerful when they ‘station’ or appear to stand still or become stationary from our point of view on Earth.  Referencing the “As Above; So Below” principle again, we would expect that while Jupiter is ‘standing still’ in the heavens, the things Jupiter rules, like courts and judges, will similarly ‘stand still’ here on planet Earth.  Accordingly, it’s likely that this nomination may stall or be delayed in some way. 

Of course Jupiter WILL eventually pick up speed as both it and the things it rules begin moving forward again.  But remember, it was at a complete standstill at the precise time of Trump’s announcement, which of course constitutes the astrological ‘birth time’ of the Kavanaugh nomination.  As Jupiter ‘turns around’ in the heavens, watch for ‘turn-arounds’ in the nomination process. 

With Jupiter’s station occurring in Scorpio, the sign ruled by Pluto (which is precisely opposite the Sun and Moon now representing enormous power struggles), Brett Kavanaugh will no doubt receive tremendous scrutiny and face great challenges during his confirmation process since his nomination was made while Jupiter (rules judges and the courts and congressional hearings) was literally standing still in the sky!

Another quite important celestial event central to this Cancer New Moon chart is Mars in Aquarius, just recently retrograde (June 26th), and currently gaining momentum in a two-month period of review and reflection upon past actions, especially those associated with or contributing to emotional traumas.  Again, we are reminded of all the emotional turmoil at southern border with Mexico. 

Remember Cancer rules families.  To heal, we must OBJECTIFY these painful past events.  We must look at not just WHAT happened, but also and more importantly, WHY it happened.  We must take responsibility for our own actions, and we must hold our government responsible for the actions it takes in our name. 

If we are truly OBJECTIVE regarding what’s unfolding at the border, we must realize that this is NOT the first time the United States government has caused great trauma through forced separation of family members.  For decades, the U.S. government systematically took Native American children away from their parents and put them into boarding schools where they were punished for speaking their own language.  Before that, slave traders routinely separated families as slaves were sold off to different plantations, deliberately separating parents and their children.  And Japanese Americans, many of them natural born U.S. citizens, also experienced separations as family members were sometimes sent to different detention camps during the period of Japanese internment in the U.S. during World War II.  

It’s happening again now as our government is forcibly separating immigrants arriving at our southern border, even those who are legally seeking asylum fleeing life-threatening circumstances.  If we are to heal these traumas, we must, in the end, make different choices and take different actions about how we treat one another. 

With the exception of the indigenous ‘Native Americans’ of this land, America is a nation comprised TOTALLY of immigrants, from all over the world.  Indeed our nation’s founding principles affirm that we are ALL CREATED EQUAL, and proclaim JUSTICE and LIBERTY FOR ALL.  Are we still that aspirational nation?  Do we still believe in our founding principles?

So the bottom line emphasis now is all about getting in touch with our feelings.  How emotionally secure, or insecure do we feel?  This Cancer New Moon Solar Eclipse is pointing us towards greater expression of emotion.  It is encouraging us to take complete responsibility for our own emotional well-being.  It’s teaching us greater compassion.  It’s saying, “No matter what chaos is swirling outside, YOU are the one responsible for peace on the inside.”

This Cancer New Moon Solar Eclipse is NOT about the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  It’s about INNER EMOTIONAL SECURITY!


 The Leo New Moon is also a Solar Eclipse on August 11th at 2:58 am MST/PDT!


Copyright 2018.   Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting.   All rights reserved

Gemini New Moon: Words Matter

The Gemini New Moon just happened on June 13th, at 1:43 pm MST/PDT at 22 degrees Gemini 44 minutes.  Here’s the chart:  GeminiNewMoon2018.

Gemini  rules the mind, specifically the left brain and it’s logical, linear, deductive thought processing.  This sign gathers information about the phenomenal world through the five physical senses. 

Gemini is all about knowledge and information and how it is communicated to others through written and spoken words, as well as all the various electronic devices we use to share info. 

Gemini’s glyph the ‘Twins’ reflect the two halves of the brain.  This sign teaches the power of thoughts and words to co-create reality.  Accordingly, if we wish to change our reality, we must first change our minds.

Gemini’s ruling planet Mercury is currently in emotional Cancer so we’re more inclined to discuss feelings than facts.  Mercury in Cancer represents the potential for emotional intelligence.  We’re likely to speak more passionately and compassionately now, from our heart instead of our head.  Many discussions will focus on home and property, as well as food and family matters.  Of primary concern will be what’s needed in order to feel safe and secure, cared for and nurtured. 

What’s happening on our Southern border is a stark reflection of Mercury in Cancer and the very emotional words, sounds and images that are flooding our consciousness every day as our government continues to arrest parents and to separate them from their children even as they legally seek asylum in our country.  Many Americans are asking, “Is this who we are?”  “Is this still America???”  This questioning of our national identity is a perfect use of Mercury in Cancer.  WHO ARE WE?!  The whole world is watching as we struggle with this fundamental question.  Currently, we appear to be a nation that is deliberately traumatizing families and putting children in secret (where are the girls and babies?) internment camps.  Sadly, history keeps repeating itself…

Mercury is precisely square Chiron in Aries at the New Moon.  It’s also opposite Saturn in Capricorn thus forming a tense cardinal T-Square that encourages us to move in new directions, especially in relationships and responsibilities.  Chiron reflects our wounds and their healing; Saturn represents responsibility and accountability.  It also rules the structural nature of consciousness that creates our reality.

Cardinal sign energy always acts instinctively to initiate new beginnings.  But that which is new is also unfamiliar, which often creates a sense of insecurity.  As a result, cardinal signs typically instinctively move forward, only to step back again.  This ‘two steps forward; one step back’ tendency is natural and appropriate. 

The primary evolutionary intention of this T-Square configuration is to throw off feelings of victimization and to take complete responsibility for ALL that we have co-created and experienced.  The challenge to this intention will come from old, unhealed wounds.  A consciousness (Saturn) rooted in victimization cannot heal itself.  This T-Square offers us both the courage and maturity to face our fears and to change our minds so that healing can occur and new and different realities can manifest.

Fortunately, Mercury is also quite favorably connected to unconventional Uranus in Taurus encouraging us to think outside the box.  Uranus (rules Aquarius) has the intrinsic ability to step back and to detach emotionally.  This trait often results in Aquarius being called ‘aloof’ and misunderstood as ‘uncaring’ or lacking emotion.  Instead, it is precisely what allows us to see people and circumstances more objectively. 

Indeed objectivity is emphasized in the overall Gemini New Moon chart pattern, not just by Mercury’s connection to Uranus, but also because Mars is preparing to retrograde in Aquarius (ruled by Uranus) later this month.  More on Mars later…

Uranus in Taurus is both pragmatic and original, practical and innovative, radical and simplistic.  Mercury and Uranus can bring creative new solutions to those who wish to manifest change.  Focus on what’s sustainable and what has real value and meaning, not just what’s quick and easy and familiar.  Use this helpful mental energy to change your mind!  Release old negative mindsets.  Let go of victim identity.  Use the power of your words to heal and grow.

Four planets change directions in the heavens this month.  Three begin retrograde periods; one completes a retrograde period.  While the cardinal T-Square instinctively desires to move forward and begin anew, the emphasis on retrograde energy requires a great deal of contemplation, review, reflection and revisions before new initiatives or efforts can ultimately succeed. 

Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter were/are already retrograde.  Neptune will station retro on June 18th in mid-Pisces.  Mars, currently in Aquarius, begins its biannual two month retrograde period on June 26th.  And Chiron stations retro on July 4th/5th (depending on your time zone) for the first time since entering Aries this past April. 

Conversely, Jupiter in Scorpio completes its four month annual retro on July 10th (it began on March 8th/9th), promising powerful revelations regarding ongoing justice, legal, financial and sexual issues.  We’ll no doubt hear BIG things from the Mueller investigation as Jupiter stations direct.  The Pope is already experiencing the energy of upcoming stationing Jupiter accepting the resignations recently of three Chilean Bishops.  Clearly, Jupiter in Scorpio reflects sexual abuse of power.  I expect we’ll also hear more from Stormy Daniels and her lawyer Michael Avenatti as their case against the President and his lawyer, Michael Cohen, continue to unfold in the courts.

It’s worth mentioning that because President Trump turns 72 years old on June 14th, his 2018 Solar Return chart very closely resembles the Gemini New Moon chart.  In fact, the time of his Solar Return chart is within just four and a half hours of the precise time of the Gemini New Moon. 

Reflecting the hermetic principle of “As Above; So Below” the world just witnessed Gemini energy in full display this week as historic, high stakes ‘TALKS’ took place between Trump and North Korea’s Chairman Kim Jong Un at the North Korean Summit in Singapore.  Watch for the ‘two steps forward; one step back’ dance to unfold in the coming weeks and months relative to the agreements made at this summit.  

The Gemini New Moon chart isn’t the only celestial event currently impacting our President.  The upcoming biannual Mars retrograde, occurring from June 26th until August 27th, will also significantly personally affect Trump as it stations retrograde at 9 degrees Aquarius, opposite his natal Pluto at 10 degrees Leo.  Occurring in his sixth house, his health may require greater attention. 

The President will also personally feel the affects of the current celestial energies through the U.S. natal chart.  This is due to Mars traversing the U.S. natal South Node which is at 6 degrees Aquarius.  Mars will connect with this South Node three times before the retrograde period is complete in mid-October.

Remember, Aquarius teaches OBJECTIVITY.  Accordingly, as Mars retrograde in Aquarius, connects with the U.S. natal South Node in our nation’s ninth house of laws, beliefs and foreign lands and cultures, we can all expect to experience circumstances that demand greater objectivity regarding these same issues.  We will be pushed to OBJECTIFY our laws and beliefs, and perhaps most importantly, our relationships with foreign countries and their leaders. 

Interestingly, as the United States nears our first ever ‘Pluto Return’ reflecting the rebirthing of our nation’s founding principles, it is perhaps noteworthy to know that our original evolutionary intention, as symbolized by our nation’s South Node in Aquarius, was to break free of the control that King George wielded over the American colonies.  That South Node reflects the colonies desire to liberate (Uranus/Aquarius) themselves from England and to break free of the tyranny of King George.  Ultimately, that Aquarian South Node represents our Declaration of Independence.

Mars retrograde is going to make for quite an interesting Summer.  So buckle your seatbelts! 

One more important insight about Mars retrograde is that it is perhaps the most frustrating planetary retrograde of all.  This is because Mars’ nature (remember it rules Aries, the quintessential sign of instinctive action in pursuit of desires) is go, Go, GO! 

Mars retrograde is like a hot red sports car with its brakes on at a stop light.  It still wants to go, but it cannot! 

The purpose of Mars (desires/actions) retrograde is to SLOW DOWN and think through what actions we want to take — BEFORE WE ACT.  Mars retrograde teaches careful, deliberate, considered action, not it’s usual rash, impulsive, instinctive, head-strong willfulness that chafes at anyone or anything that gets in its way!  Of course when Mars is thwarted, the famous Aries anger is the result! 

Keep that seatbelt buckled!!

So communication is the theme of the month.  Becoming more objectively aware of what we think, how we think and why we think that way is the task at hand.  The information we need to do so will present itself.  Our job is to pay attention well enough to NOT miss that information when it appears.  The best strategy to use is to detach emotionally.  Step back far enough to see the whole picture.  See things and people and circumstances OBJECTIVELY

This New Moon chart encourages us all to CHANGE OUR MINDS.  This will change our realities.  So watch your thoughts.  Watch your words.  They carry great power to hurt or to heal now.  Indeed Gemini rules words.  And this Gemini New Moon is saying, “Words matter.”


The Cancer New Moon is a Solar Eclipse on July 12th at 7:48 pm MST/PDT!

Copyright 2018.   Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting.   All rights reserved.

Pisces New Moon: Dissolving Obstacles, Moving Forward

The Pisces New Moon happens March 17th at 6:11 am PDT at 26 degrees Pisces 53 minutes. 

Here’s the chart:  PiscesNewMoon2018.

The fishes symbolize both the involution, or the descent of Spirit into physical matter, form or structure, as well as the evolution, or ascension of Spirit back into non-physical, universal wholeness or One-ness.

Accurate depictions of the fishes or the Pisces glyph, always shows them tied together, with a string, rope or a bar. 

This is meant to symbolize the absolute CONNECTION between Spirit and flesh or matter.  They are NOT separate or inherently in conflict with one another as man-made religions have taught for millennia.  These moralistic and judgmental religions would have us believe that the ‘flesh’ is a temptation, intrinsically associated with sex which they teach is sinful.  In truth, sex is one of many ways to NATURALLY SPIRITUALIZE.  Indeed, Pisces is the sign associated with the natural spiritual path.

Pisces also rules the natural transcendent impulse in all living beings.  This impulse seeks to transcend or escape the limitations of the physical world.  Humans have always sought transcendence.  In ancient times, the use of psychotropic plants first facilitated an expansion of consciousness.  Even today, drugs and alcohol are frequently used and even abused, in an effort to escape physical reality.  Not surprisingly, most successful drug and alcohol recovery programs include some spiritual component.

As the last sign of the zodiac, Pisces naturally represents culmination, or the ending or completion of any life cycle or intention.  Accordingly, Pisces naturally reflects the Soul’s ultimate and final desire, the desire to return to the Divine Source that created it.  Eventually, all Souls desire to merge back into the unmanifested universal wholeness, reuniting with the Divine Source of Creation.

This Divine Creative Source has many names including God, Goddess, Tankashila, Allah, Spirit, Wakan Tanka, Quetzelcoatl, and Hunab Ku.  All reflect a Supreme Being central to the various creation stories that underpin cosmologies and religious faith traditions throughout different cultures all over the world.

Pisces actually embodies and contains all the other zodiac signs within it.  So Pisces represents the TOTALITY of consciousness and all of the possible experiences it can create.  Indeed Pisces reflects the totality of all creation.  It reflects ‘All That Is.’

So naturally, Pisces is the sign associated with the Spiritual Path.  To facilitate the Soul’s natural spiritual evolutionary development, Pisces DISSOLVES whatever is preventing the return to, and reunion with, the Divine Creative Source.  Often, this dissolution process brings great confusion, disillusionment or a profound loss of meaning.  It requires a surrender to Higher Divine Will.  When the dissolution of barriers is complete, clarity returns with an expanded sense of understanding and purpose. 

As we evolve spiritually, our consciousness naturally expands in awareness.  In fact, the evolution of the Soul is synonymous with an expansion of consciousness awareness.  As we spiritualize, we become more tolerant, forgiving, accepting and compassionate towards ourselves and others.  We become more unconditionally loving.

In the Pisces New Moon chart, the Sun and Moon are closely aligned with Chiron, which is finishing up an eight year stay in Pisces that began on April 20, 2010, the very day the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig blew up and began spewing thousands of gallons of crude oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico for over four months. 

Pisces rules water in all forms including the sea which experienced an epic wounding when Chiron first entered Pisces in 2010. 

The most important evolutionary intention reflected in Chiron’s journey through Pisces is the necessary healing of victim consciousness within the collective of the human species.  Most people carry what I call a hidden ‘malware’ program deep within the subconscious realms of their psyches.  This malware is programmed to make them believe that they’re not worthy and deserving of good things.  This false belief is the result of thousands of years of man-made religious conditioning that has taught us that God is perfect and we are not, and that God is all powerful and we are not, and that we are in fact separate from God.  These distortions of truth also preach that humans are inherently sinful and must atone for their sins of imperfection.   This has created the malware program of victimization…

The word ‘victim’ has become utterly ubiquitous in our everyday language, particularly by news organizations. 

Healing cannot occur when consciousness is rooted in victimization.  To heal, that malware program running those negative ‘self-talk’ tapes, you know, the ones that keep saying, “You’re never ever good enough” must be de-installed!  That malware contains false beliefs that infect consciousness so that it unwittingly co-creates unwanted realities in order to atone!

Instead of falling into deception and delusion, which are un-evolved expressions of Pisces, you can choose to embrace the higher attributes of this spiritual sign – compassion and unconditional love.  Forgive yourself for your human imperfections.  Realize that YOU and all living things are in fact EVOLVING.  Since humans are created in the image of the Divine Creator, it too is evolving as we evolve! 

In truth, evolution and perfection are antithetical; they are mutually exclusive.  One cannot exist in the presence of the other.  Use Pisces energy to develop spiritually.  Accept yourself fully and lovingly as an evolving human being.  Instead of punishing yourself because you are not perfect, simply intend and endeavor to do your best to evolve a little each and every day. 

A wonderful documentary first released in 2004 and then updated and re-released in 2006,  poignantly introduced the masses to the emerging science of consciousness.  It revealed the spiritual connection between quantum physics and consciousness.  It’s a classic Piscean phenomenon.  If you haven’t seen it, check it out!

Chiron will enter Aries on April 17th for the next eight years.  When it does so, it will begin a brand new 50 year cycle around the Sun, a cycle that will precisely reflect and repeat the same energetic influences and celestial patterns associated with Chiron’s last sojourn through Aries, which occurred in 1968, a dramatic and pivotal year in American political history.  Chiron’s last ingress into Aries brought a wave of social and cultural change through political activism.  Most notable were the nationwide student protests against the Vietnam War and for civil rights.  The events of 1968 forever changed the trajectory of our nation. 

We’re already seeing signs of this repeating astrological cycle.  Last week, students organized a massive nationwide “March for our Lives.”  An estimated million high school, middle school and even elementary school students left their classrooms to demonstrate for changes in existing gun laws.  Most of these young people will be old enough to vote in this year’s mid-term elections.  Many more will be eligible to vote in the 2020 presidential election.  ALL are vowing to vote out any lawmaker who has or continues to accept money from the powerful gun manufacturers lobby, the NRA (National Rifle Association).   

These young student activists are gathered outside the White House during their ‘March for Our Lives” on March 14, 2018.  They want to end gun violence in America and ensure school safety.  They were spurred into action after the February 14th massacre at Marjorie Douglas Stoneman High School that left 17 dead.  Several of the survivors of this latest mass shooting have already stepped up and become powerful public spokespeople for their cause.  

As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries always represents new beginnings so it’s the sign of youth.  It’s also the sign that rules instincts, action, courage, anger, protests and weapons.  Chiron’s journey through Aries will bring renewed political activism.  These brave kids are already leading the way.

Representing both wounds and healing, Chiron often helps us discover unique personal abilities.  This discovery typically occurs during or as a result of the process of healing the wounds created by painful or injurious events.  Ultimately personal strengths and gifts are revealed.  Often these gifts are directly associated with the pursuit and fulfillment of an individual’s life purpose.  I have no doubt that some of these students, as a result of the slate of recent mass shootings they have grown up with, endured and even survived, are beginning to realize their life’s purpose.  Some will likely become future leaders and politicians.

The Sun, Moon and Chiron in Pisces are ALL in a challenging square aspect (90 degrees) with Mars in Sagittarius now, while Mars itself is simultaneously in a beneficial trine aspect (120 degrees) Uranus in Aries. 

This aspect has many meanings.  Perhaps chief among them is the growing crisis in mass collective consciousness associated with the normalizing of spin, rhetoric and just plain lies. 

Perhaps chief among those who distort the truth is President Donald Trump.  Notably, last November, the Washington Post reported that the President had lied 1628 times over the course of 298 days last year.

The slogan “Enough is enough” associated with the #MeToo movement, is rapidly becoming the rallying cry to push back against the overwhelming and pervasive falsehoods and deceptions increasing espoused by leaders, businesses, governments and the media.  Have we reached a turning point regarding the truth versus lies?  In we haven’t, I think we’re getting pretty close.

Emma Gonzalez, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School Senior and mass shooting survivor turned student activist, speaks out against gun violence challenging lawmakers to reject the deadly influence of the NRA.

The Sun, Moon and Chiron connected to Mars in Sagittarius, the sign that seeks TRUTH, is compelling us to demand truth and justice. 

The students marching for changes in gun laws are certainly demanding the truth from lawmakers instead of the same old rhetoric and false narratives and political talking points utilized by politicians and gun lobbyists for decades.  One of the most inspiring and heartfelt speeches I’ve heard so far from a survivor of the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas massacre was that of Emma Gonzalez.  She repeatedly called “BS” to all the lies we’ve been consistently told about why gun laws can’t change. 

Those who muster the courage to ACT, with integrity and purpose, based upon their deepest desires and personal truth, will indeed be able to successfully move forward.  They may even move mountains!  In doing so, they can demand change, create new realities and bring about breakthroughs in the status quo, especially if their efforts are pursued together with others of like-mind.

I already mentioned that Pisces literally rules everything!  With so much celestial energy now coming from Pisces, there are MANY Pisces ruled things dominating current headlines.  They include:  chemicals, poisons, lies, fraud, film, water and mental ill-health. 

We see this Pisces energy manifesting in the attempted murder of an ex-Soviet spy in England by a deadly nerve agent developed exclusively by the Russians, as well as in calls for increased funding of mental health services to combat gun violence.  We also see it in the onslaught of lies and distortions we experience on a daily basis, particularly from those caught up in Robert Mueller’s special investigation into Russian election interference. 

Pisces energy is also reflected in recent revelations that most bottled water is contaminated with particles of toxic plastic and rising sea levels that are threatening Easter Island’s iconic Moai statues.  Sadly, it was also evident in yet another chemical plant explosion in Texas last week.  Two employees were injured and a third is still missing and presumed dead following an explosion at  Tri-Chem Industries located in Cresson, 50 miles Southwest of Dallas.

The best way to approach Pisces energy is to turn the focus of your attention inward.  After all, Pisces is a Yin sign whose energy is always moving INWARD towards the center, which explains why Pisces rules meditation and prayer, solitude and inner reflection.  Take advantage of all this Pisces energy by taking some time over the coming days to get quiet, and to contemplate all you’ve experienced over the past year.  Remember, Pisces rules culmination and completion.  What did you learn?  What new insights and understandings were gained?  How can that wisdom be utilized to propel you forward in the coming weeks as the celestial energies shift from Pisces and endings to Aries and new beginnings? 

It’s useful to remember too that Pisces also rules our imagination and both waking and sleeping dreams.  This is the sign associated with the pineal gland.  The pineal gland, which is associated with the Ajna chakra or ‘third eye’ is responsible for all the imagery we see in our minds during both waking and sleeping states of consciousness. It is our imagination that is at the root of all creative and co-creative processes.

What exactly do you desire to co-create in your future, personally and as a part of the collective?  Imagine it to co-create it!  Literally SEE the future you wish to experience.  Meantime, finish up loose ends from the past in preparation for all the new ventures you wish to pursue.

The Sun, Moon and Chiron in Pisces are also making another powerful planetary connection in this New Moon chart pattern.  They are all quite favorably connected to retrograde Jupiter in Scorpio.  Jupiter is all about the search for truth and justice, and Scorpio is all about desire and power.  This sign exposes what’s hidden, especially motivations and agendas.  Scorpio always wants to get the bottom of things, to penetrate to the core of matters.  It’s intention is always to facilitate our ongoing evolution.  It exposes and then heals what’s corrupt or abused.  This is especially true with matters associated with sex, money and power which are all ruled by Scorpio. 

Current examples of Jupiter in Scorpio are Stormy Daniel’s lawsuit against the President, as well as  revelations of Jared Kushner’s White House meetings with foreign nationals from countries who loaned his companies over half a billion dollars!  It’s also reflected in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s recent subpoena of Trump’s business records. 

Each of these events  aptly symbolize Scorpio’s relentless desire to expose what’s hidden.  Chiron’s connection to Jupiter offers success to those who confront corruption and choose to use this transformative energy for good, for healing and for justice.  Altogether, the Sun, Moon, Chiron and Jupiter are promising a higher level of justice that transcends man-made laws.

Another important planetary signature in the Pisces New Moon chart is associated with Mercury and Venus.  They’re moving through Aries now providing lots and LOTS of communication energy as discussions about new goals and directions, particularly relative to resource matters or relationship issues are happening.  However, as Mercury retrogrades, from 17 degrees Aries on March 22nd, to 4 degrees Aries on April 15th, expect to have to review or revisit many of these new plans and initiatives.  Follow-up discussions – again and again – will likely be required in order to determine precisely what steps or actions will be necessary to bring about successful results.

Of course, this entire Mercury retrograde period coincides with the height of tax season!  Adding perhaps even more difficulty, Mercury has and will be in a challenging square aspect (90 degrees) with Saturn in Capricorn three times before, during and after its retrograde period – on March 10th, April 3rd and April 25th.  The IRS will no doubt have enormous difficulties this year as it deals for the first time with all the very recent changes in tax law resulting from the tax reform legislation passed late last year.  If you prepare your own taxes, be sure to check your work and then double-check it and re-check it once again before submitting the final documents!

Adding to Mercury’s retrograde challenges, will be the desire to impulsively forge ahead.  This desire will be further strengthened when the Sun enters Aries on March 20th, heralding the annual Spring Equinox.  Aries always wants to instinctively initiate action!  But while Mercury is retrograde, efforts to do so will probably be frustrated.  Better to wait until Mercury’s retrograde is technically complete on the 15th, or better yet, when it’s totally finished on May 3rd, the day Mercury’s post-retrograde shadow period comes to an end.  

Honor the natural culmination energies of Pisces by reviewing and reflecting upon the past year.  Seek divine guidance to help you discern the lessons learned, to understand the evolutionary growth intended and to dissolve obstacles and barriers to your own evolutionary growth.  Endeavor to heal old wounds, especially those associated with losses and betrayals. 

This Pisces New Moon reflects a powerful time of transition, between the past and the future, what’s old and what’s new, and what’s ending and what’s beginning.  Use this ‘end of the natural year’ time to rest and rejuvenate in preparation for what promises to be a VERY busy Spring season. 

Surrender to your Higher Self.  Allow the past, old wounds and obstacles to dissolve paving the way for a new future.  Dream and imagine what’s next for you and for the world.  Think about and discuss new ideas, plans and goals.  Then get ready to take bold new steps and actions to move forward! 


The Aries New Moon is on April 15th at 6:57pm MST.

 Copyright 2018.   Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting.   All rights reserved.

Aquarius New Moon Solar Eclipse: Be the Change You Wish to See in the World

The Aquarius New Moon is a partial Solar Eclipse.  It happens Thursday, February 15 at 2:05 pm at 27 degrees Aquarius.

Here’s the chart:  AquariusNewMoonSolarEclipse2018.

Aquarius is the third and final AIR sign in the zodiac.  Since the air element symbolizes the intellect and mental plane, Aquarius represents ‘Cosmic Mind’ or the collective consciousness of mankind.

This sign’s wavy glyph reflects FREQUENCY WAVES, NOT WATER WAVES.  Yes, the sign is depicted by a human pouring water from an urn so it’s easy to understand why most people would think Aquarius is a water sign.  Those wavy lines actually represent energetic frequencies, or sine waves.  The water symbolizes cosmic knowledge being poured out from the heavens to Earth.

Of course, we discovered long ago that information is indeed invisibly transmitted through the air energetically.  Accordingly, Aquarius is the sign that rules radio, the internet, computers, satellites, space, mental telepathy, prayer, Reiki and WI-FI, as well as all the electronic devices we use to send and receive information from anywhere to anywhere.

Perhaps the most important Aquarius discovery in recent human history revealed that it is human consciousness that actually creates our reality, both individually, and collectively. 

As we prepare to enter into the ‘Age of Aquarius’ our greatest evolutionary task may well be to take complete responsibility for the wise use of our minds as we fully realize the power our thoughts have to co-create and transform our realities.

Aquarius is ruled by two planets:  Saturn and Uranus.  Saturn rules the past; Uranus rules the future.  This sign rules groups of all kinds, particularly groups within a society.  On the most personal, mundane level, Aquarius rules our friends.  Perhaps the greatest social groups are reflected in national and political parties.  Indeed Aquarius also rules politics.  Political struggles have always existed between those who wish to return to the bygone days of the past and those who want to move forward into the future.

Both Saturn and Uranus are currently connected to Pluto in Capricorn.  The long-term square aspect (90 degrees apart) between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn, has been reflected in all of the unexpected changes we’ve seen in recent years.  This once-in-a-lifetime 127 year cycle between Uranus, the planet of revolution, and Pluto, the planet of evolution, symbolizes the rapid pace of global change we’ve witnessed for the last decade, and will likely continue to experience for several more years.

These extraordinary planet-wide changes began in 2008 with the Wall Street crash that triggered a world-wide economic downturn and the election of the first African American U.S. President, Barack Obama. 

Change continued in 2011 with the Arab Spring and the Occupy Movements that brought the phrase “1% vs. 99%” into our everyday lexicon. 

And change continues today with the legalization of gay marriage and the ongoing explosion of social media and technological advancements like virtual reality and self-driving cars.

Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn has been THE astrological ‘base note’ in the heavens since 2008 when Pluto first entered Capricorn, the sign that rules all structures, including social structures like nations and governments, as well as the very structural nature of human consciousness.  While Uranus is currently finishing up its stay in Aries, Pluto will remain in Capricorn until 2024-2025, a few years beyond 2021-2022, the years in which the United States will experience its first ever ‘Pluto Return,’ an extraordinary astrological event that occurs only once every 248 years.

Of course Pluto represents the Soul and it’s Soul path, or evolutionary growth intentions.  It also rules the very process of evolution itself.  As America experiences its Pluto Return, we’ll face a crucially important collective choice.  Will we renew our nation’s destiny and Soul path by reaffirming our democratic founding principles of liberty, freedom and justice for ALL, or go the way of so many other autocratic and tyrannical nations who have destroyed themselves by succumbing to greed, corruption and despotism?

In short, as the Uranus connection to Pluto continues to wield powerful influence over the coming years, we will see many, MANY more changes in our social realities and social structures.  These changes will reflect the ongoing evolution of our individual and collective consciousness.  The question is, what changes will we choose?  What new realities will we co-create through the power of our collective consciousness?

Perhaps Saturn, the other planetary ruler of Aquarius can offer us some clues.  Saturn moved into Capricorn last December.  Saturn typically takes three years to move through any sign.  It will be in Capricorn until December 2020.  Saturn will catch up to Pluto in 2020, the year of our next U.S. Presidential election and the year preceding our nation’s Pluto Return. 

One of the many important lessons Capricorn teaches is RESPONSIBILITY.  This sign demands emotional maturity that is accountable for its actions.  Through Capricorn, we all learn that in the end, we must each take complete responsibility for the consequences of ALL of our choices, actions and decisions.  After all, it’s our own consciousness that is responsible for co-creating our reality!

As Saturn moves through Capricorn over the next three years, expect an increasing demand for personal responsibility and accountability, especially for those in positions of power and authority like business leaders, religious leaders, politicians and government officials.  Avoidance of or resistance to this necessary evolutionary requirement will only fuel the energy of increasing grass roots movements, political activism and ultimately, the potential for social revolution.

Indeed, this Aquarius New Moon Solar Eclipse is a cosmic ‘shot over the bough’ for those in leadership positions who abuse their power in order to maintain their power.

President Trump’s former Staff Secretary Rob Porter, Chief of Staff John Kelly, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Porter, whose role was to handle the president’s most sensitive paperwork, resigned two weeks ago due to revelations that he beat up two of his previous wives. Kelly knew this, and kept him on the job, even though he could not get security clearance. Kushner has also been denied full security clearance. Photo by Alex Brandon.

Current headlines provide ample evidence to back up this timely heavenly imperative – from the increased scrutiny of denials of required security clearance for top White House aides, recently revealed in the botched dismissal of Rob Porter, Staff Secretary to Trump, who has been credibly accused of domestic violence by two former wives and a former girlfriend, to revelations that Chief of Staff and retired General John Kelly knew about Porter’s abuse months ago and failed to remove him from the White House. 

In other headlines, South African President Jacob Zuma resigned this week, forced out of office by his own ANC (African National Congress) political party. 

Yet another headline reports that Israeli police have just handed down a recommendation for criminal indictment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on charges of bribery and corruption.

Solar and Lunar eclipses occur when the Sun, Earth and Moon line up precisely on the ‘plane of the ecliptic’ or the orbital path the Earth takes around the Sun.  This occurs every five and a half months during New Moons and Full Moons.  Because the Moon orbits the Earth at a tilt to the Earth’s own orbital path around the Sun, the Moon crosses over the Earth’s plane of ecliptic twice every month, usually above or below the Earth.  When the Moon aligns precisely in front of or behind the Earth, eclipses occur.

The point at which the Moon crosses the Earth’s orbital path moving southward creates the Moon’s South Node.  The point at which the Moon crosses this plane moving northward creates the Moon’s North Node.  Since eclipses always occur when the Sun, Earth and Moon all line up precisely on this plane of the ecliptic that creates the Moon’s North and South Node, eclipses are themselves always associated with the Moon’s Nodes.

One of the ways eclipses are understood is related to whether they are a ‘South Node eclipse’ or a ‘North Node eclipse.’  This is determined by which Node the Sun is nearest.  This Aquarius New Moon Solar Eclipse is a South Node eclipse since the South Node is in Aquarius now. 

Since the South Node always symbolizes what needs to be released in order to move forward and continue evolving, this Solar Eclipse is indicating that we must let go of the past before we can move forward.  Since Aquarius itself is about breaking free, this Solar Eclipse carries a ‘double dose’ of the energy of letting go – of the past and whatever else is preventing our ongoing growth.

Aquarius rules trauma.  Leo rules love.  The Moon’s Nodes always reflect the evolutionary pathway.  The evolutionary trajectory for us now is to move FROM traumas (Aquarius South Node/past) TO love (Leo North Node/future).  And because the energies of any eclipse last at least until the next set of eclipses, the energy and intention of this eclipse will continue to unfold until this Summer when the next set of eclipses occur in July and August.

Human history is full of traumas.  Reviewing the past several thousand years, we find that nearly every chapter, in nearly every corner of the globe, includes devastating traumatic events like war, famine, genocide, disease and countless natural disasters like floods and earthquakes.

Just this week, the latest trauma occurred here in the U.S. as yet another mass shooting took place, this time in Parkland, Florida.  A nineteen year old formerly expelled student opened fire on classmates in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School killing seventeen and injuring over twenty more.

A majority of people alive today carry memories of past traumas in their individuated unconsciousness, as well as within their cells.  This Solar Eclipse offers an opportunity to heal these traumas from the past.  Indeed, they must be healed before we can move forward successfully. 

As just mentioned, the universal antidote to trauma (Aquarius) is love (Leo).  LOVE IS THE ULTIMATE HEALER OF ALL WOUNDS. 

This Aquarius New Moon Solar Eclipse is saying, “Open your heart to greater love, for yourself, for others and for the planet.”

As luck (divine timing) would have it, Mercury, the planet of the mind, thoughts and communication, is also in Aquarius now.  Mercury is also currently in a very favorable connection to Uranus, one of Aquarius’ ruling planets. 

Mercury adds extraordinary mental power to this New Moon Solar Eclipse chart pattern.  In Aquarius, Mercury’s intellectual capacity can think outside the box, breaking through old patterns of thought and old beliefs to create new ideas and innovative solutions to longstanding problems.  Since Aquarius is also the sign that rules groups, its likely that many of these new ideas will both come from and be implemented by those who come together and work together to resolve crises and heal our social wounds.

And speaking of wounds…

Followers of my work know that I speak often about the destructive influence of Patriarchy.   Patriarchal philosophy has underpinned human societies and cultures for thousands of years.  This social organizing paradigm is founded upon four primary principles:  HIERARCHY, DOMINANCE, EXCLUSION AND SELF-INTEREST. 

Patriarchy has brought us man-made religions that teach male-dominance.  They falsely preach that men are superior to women and humans are superior to the plant and animal kingdoms or what is essentially the natural world or nature.  Of course nature is quintessentially feminine.  We call her ‘Mother Nature’ for a reason.  She nurtures us by providing all that’s needed to sustain life. 

If we look closely, it’s easy to see that literally ALL of the problems humanity has experienced in the past, and still faces today, are the result of one or more of these fundamental patriarchal principles.

Here are just a few current examples.

So-called ‘Dreamers’ or DACA (Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals) recipients are currently in a state of crises here in the U.S. since the Trump administration’s Justice Department unilaterally rescinded protections last September for over 800,000 young immigrants who were brought to this country by their parents as young children.  They are facing deportation on March 5th unless Congress or the courts act.  This is a perfect example of a mindset that seeks to EXCLUDE.  In truth, nearly ALL immigration policies are based upon a desire to exclude certain people from a country.

Another stark example of exclusion is easily seen in the current administration. 

Trump’s  cabinet and administration are staffed almost EXCLUSIVELY (pun intended) by white men.  Few women and people of color are employed in this administration.  Unfortunately, this imbalance is also evident in Congress where women hold only one in five seats in the Senate and minorities make up less than ten percent of members.

Male dominance and white dominance is also reflected in the relatively small number of women and people of color who hold top executive or leadership positions in industry, science, academia and government, in many nations across the planet, including here in the U.S. 

And let’s not forget that women are utterly absent in senior positions in the world’s three major religions (Islam, Judaism and Christianity).  This too is astonishing given the fact that over five billion of the more than seven billion people on our planet today claim affiliation with or membership in one of these three religions.  All three of these patriarchal religions forbid women to hold positions of leadership within their institutions.

Woman represent a little over HALF of the entire global population, yet hold only a fraction of positions of power within society in most of the countries of our world!

How about self-interest?  We need look no further than trans-national corporations and Wall Street to see the pervasive greed that is driven by self-interest, or to corrupt governments and their officials whose policies nearly universally benefit the rich and wealthy while ignoring and often exacerbating the plight of the poor and underprivileged.

Notably, the sole legislative achievement in the Trump administration’s first year was a tax bill that exploded the national debt by $1.5 trillion through tax cuts to corporations and the wealthiest individuals in our country.  Now the Republican controlled Congress is cutting social programs in order to address the burgeoning budget deficit resulting from their tax bill.  Indeed the 1% vs. 99% has been a human reality for millennia…

And of course what is war but an act of dominance that seeks to force the values, beliefs, ambitions or ideologies of one group onto another group?

Interestingly, most indigenous cultures live in accordance with natural laws or nature (Matriarchy).  They’re organized around a philosophy that the success and well-being of the entire tribe or clan depends upon their ability to ensure that the needs of everyone are met, not just a few.  These are the very tribes and cultures commonly referred to by ‘first-world’ nations as ‘primitive’ and ‘uncivilized.’ 

Whenever I hear such descriptions, I’m reminded of something Gandhi once said.  When asked by a reporter what he thought about ‘Western civilization’ he replied, “I think that would be a great idea!” 

Hierarchical thinking influences not just genders and races, but also extends to nations and hemispheres of our planet where North is perceived as superior to South and West is superior to East.  Hierarchy and dominance go hand in hand.

All these realities point to perhaps the ONE thing we most need to let go of in order to move forward and achieve necessary evolutionary growth as a species – Patriarchy.  Patriarchy has created many, many traumas.

I referenced ‘Matriarchy’ above.  It’s worth noting that the philosophical principles of Matriarchy contrast completely in comparison with Patriarchy.  And no, Matriarchy does NOT mean female-dominance.  That is a false and distorted patriarchal projection.  Matriarchy is founded upon the principles of GIVING, SHARING, INCLUSION AND GROUP-INTEREST. 

Matriarchy is the social organizing paradigm that underpins the natural world.  In nature, eco-systems are wholistic.  Resources are shared.  Each unique and different part of the whole plays a crucial role in the health and well-being of the entire system.  Diversity reflects strength.  All parts are necessary and contribute to the integrity of the whole.

In truth, everyone and everything IS connected.  In truth, we are ALL ONE.  Science has proven this as fact.  When quantum scientist John Hagelin, PhD. (of ‘What the Bleep Do We Know’ documentary fame) was asked how many minds exist in this universe, his answer was “One.”  Both science and nature validate matriarchal, not patriarchal  values.  Aquarius’ association with groups reflects that the ultimate group is the WHOLE OF HUMANITY.

This Aquarius New Moon Solar Eclipse chart contains another striking set of celestial symbols and patterns.  This pattern is already manifesting in our current reality and will likely continue to be a focal point that will grow in intensity over the coming months.  This focal point is women. 

The New Moon chart has Venus (women) in favorable aspect to Saturn (responsibility).  This reflects the likelihood that women will increasingly lead the way forward towards a new, healthier future.  The chart also has the asteroid Juno, associated with the archetype of the ‘wife’ closely conjunct the Sun and Moon.  And, Eris, a recently discovered trans-Plutonian planet has been traveling alongside Uranus, one of Aquarius’ rulers, for several years now.  Let’s take a further look at these astrological signatures.

Juno, the Roman Goddess of Love and Marriage, symbolizes themes associated with partnership commitments and fidelity. 

Juno was married to Jupiter.  Interestingly, the planet Jupiter is currently in a challenging square aspect to this Aquarius New Moon.

The Romans stole their mythology from the Greeks, whose counterparts to Juno and Jupiter were Hera and her husband Zeus.  Zeus, the God of Olympus, was notorious for his serial infidelities.  Hera’s rage towards Zeus’ many lovers was well-known reflecting the archetype of the ‘woman scorned’ who seeks revenge and wreaks havoc.

Melania Trump and Rob Porter’s ex-wives and ex-girlfriend can surely relate to Juno’s plight.  Of course, all the women of the #MeToo movement also reflect a current manifestation of Juno’s archetypal influence.  Instead of rage and revenge however, women need to stand up, speak out and take responsibility.  They also need to take back their power.

Eris too is reflecting the rage that women are finding the courage to express openly now.  While astrologers are still in the early stages of discerning the archetypal meaning of this new member of our Solar system, the mythology of Eris provides early clues.  Eris was called the Goddess of Discord.  She was famous for creating trouble for others who excluded her or dismissed her.  Women are just fed up with men abusing their power from positions of authority.  Women are increasingly saying, “Enough is enough!”

But let’s go back to Jupiter for a moment.  Jupiter’s current transit (October 10, 2017 to November 8, 2018) through Scorpio, the sign associated with sex, money, power and secrets, is the primary celestial energy being reflected in all of the allegations of sexual misconduct being exposed in many sectors of our society including the news and entertainment industries, as well as business and government. 

It’s also associated with all the investigations underway including that of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as well as the three Congressional oversight committee investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential collusion and coordination with the Trump campaign.  Since Scorpio (investigations) also rules money, it’s not surprising that these investigations are ‘following the money,’ ie., the $130k payment of hush money just days before the 2016 election to Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had an affair with Trump in 2007. 

And as mentioned previously, since Scorpio also rules secrets, Jupiter is also manifesting in the growing scandal about White House officials who lack the security clearance required to see our nation’s top secrets. 

Clearly, Jupiter is BUSY!

When Jupiter stations retrograde on March 8/9th, it will mark the end of an unusual nine week period of direct motion of all the major planets in the heavens, a phenomenon that typically lasts for a period of only a few days each year.  This reversal will likely coincide with reviews and revisions to many legal issues.  These may include lawsuits currently moving through the courts, like those challenging the Trump administration’s travel ban and those in support of DACA.  And some of these important investigations may return to previous witnesses or testimonies.  During Jupiter’s retrograde period (March 8/9th to July 10th) many of these Jupiter in Scorpio issues may need to go backward, to review or revisit prior work or efforts, in order to successfully move forward later.

Finally, the remaining significant astrological signature of the Aquarius New Moon Solar Eclipse chart is Mars in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces.  This planetary combination represents the need to ‘walk your talk.’  Actions (Mars) must be in alignment with personal truth (Sagittarius) and integrity to succeed.  Unevolved expression of this energy risks succumbing to the slippery slope of delusions, deceptions and fraud (Neptune and Pisces). 

Mental health is also a potential issue with Neptune and Pisces.  It’s highly likely that Nikolas Cruz, the suspected Parkland, Florida High School shooter suffers from mental illness.  Of course with all the severe cuts to the social safety net in our country, including cuts in funding to local health clinics, it’s also quite likely that even if Nikolas did seek out professional medical help, the services he needed may not have been readily available or available at all.  Traumas are a primary causal factor for mental illness.  Changes in our mental health systems and services must occur if we are to succeed in healing, and preventing, further traumas.

Eclipses are powerful celestial harbingers of change.  I often describe eclipses as ‘cosmic reboots’ of human consciousness.  This is because when eclipses occur, they literally disrupt the continuous flow of the cosmic energies constantly streaming onto our planet for a brief time. 

Using a simple analogy of human consciousness being similar to a computer, it’s easy to see how eclipses, which turn off our primary energy sources, and then turn them back on again, are associated with ‘cosmic reboots’ to human consciousness. 

When you further consider that most computer reboots simultaneously download new program updates and delete or de-install or even overwrite old programs, it helps explain why eclipses are so powerful in our ongoing evolution.  This Solar Eclipse delivered a collective consciousness upgrade!

Uranus rules the brain and Aquarius rules collective human consciousness.  Uranus and Aquarius liberate us from whatever is preventing necessary evolutionary growth and progress.  In short, Aquarius is THE SIGN OF CHANGE.  Some changes occur slowly.  Some changes happen in surprising and unexpected ways.  Sometimes, when necessary change is resisted for too long, Uranus and Aquarius bring about change in ways that are radical and revolutionary, cataclysmic and irrevocable like an earthquake that forever changes the landscape. 

The forces of evolution will always overcome the forces of resistance.  Aquarius also rules groups.  Yes, this New Moon is encouraging us all to be true to our unique individual selves.  But it’s also reminding us that we are all part of the human family.  Let’s use this cosmic reboot of our collective consciousness to break free of the past, to heal old traumas and embrace the necessary changes required to move us all forward into a healthier, happier, more sustainable future – TOGETHER

This Aquarius New Moon Solar Eclipse is a HUGE cosmic opportunity to raise our consciousness and expand our awareness in ways that inspire and encourage us to co-create new realities!  Don’t resist necessary evolutionary change.  Embrace it.  It’s time to heed the wisdom of that old saying about change:

The Pisces New Moon is on March 17th at 7:12 am MST.

 Copyright 2018.   Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting.   All rights reserved.


Capricorn New Moon: Greater Responsibility and Accountability

The Capricorn New Moon happens on January 16th at 7:17 pm MST at 26 degrees Capricorn 54 minutes.  Here’s the chart:  CapricornNewMoon2018.

Capricorn’s symbol is the SeaGoat.  It reflects mankind’s evolutionary journey, from our origins in the sea, to the tops of mountains where our natural spiritual path of development brings us closest to the Divine Source that created all things.

Capricorn energy is greatly emphasized in this New Moon chart pattern! 

This is because the Sun and Moon are not alone.  They’re joined by four other planets also in Capricorn now.  Three or more planets in the same sign comprise what’s called a ‘stellium’ or group of planets.  This New Moon chart has a SIX PLANET stellium in  Capricorn.  That’s over half of our Solar system all in Capricorn now!

From right to left, this stellium includes Saturn at 3 degrees, Mercury at 8 degrees, Pluto at 19 degrees, both the Sun and Moon at 26 degrees and Venus at 28 degrees Capricorn. 

Saturn’s presence in Capricorn greatly empowers this stellium because it is the natural planetary ruler of Capricorn.

Further energizing this New Moon chart is the fact that ALL the planets in our solar system are currently direct in motion, or moving forward, through the zodiac in the heavens. 

Typically, this only occurs for a few days or perhaps a week or two each year.  This year however, this forward motion phenomenon will persist for over two months.  It began on January 2nd when Uranus stationed direct at 24 degrees Aries, and will continue until March 8/9th when Jupiter will station retrograde at 23 degrees Scorpio.

Given the natural law of correspondences, or what is more commonly understood through the biblical phrase, “As Above, So Below” this means that there’s the potential for LOTS of forward movement here on planet Earth over the coming weeks.

Each New Moon pattern typically ‘seeds’ energies associated with the sign the New Moon occurs in for approximately four weeks, until the next New Moon happens.  However, since this Capricorn New Moon is the first to occur since Saturn moved into Capricorn, it’s own sign, where it will remain until December 2020, my sense is the ‘seeds’ planted in this Capricorn New Moon may take a full three years to completely manifest or unfold!

Frankly, we may NEED this much Capricorn energy for three years, because Capricorn is the sign of responsibility and accountability.  It also rules the structural nature of human consciousness, the source quantum science has definitively proven to be responsible for co-creating our realities, both individually and collectively. 

Capricorn teaches us to grow up, to fully mature, and to own completely the consequences of ALL of our behaviors, choices, actions and experiences. 

This ownership becomes increasingly important once we become consciously aware, as a result of our own personal spiritual evolutionary development, that it is our consciousness that is responsible for creating our reality.  This is true on both personal and collective levels.

Capricorn also reflects the need to hold others accountable, particularly those in positions of power and authority. 


Interestingly, the New Moon is currently square Uranus in Aries, THE planet of revolutionary forces and changes.  This third quarter, or waning square aspect carries the energy of a ‘crisis in consciousness.’  The purpose of such crises is to bring about a realization of the need to throw off ‘consensus’ or ‘mainstream’ realities and their associated limitations, corruptions and dysfunctions so that evolutionary growth can continue. 

Most dangerous among these are corrupt individuals and forces that wish to maintain the status quo, and as a result, to also maintain their positions of status and authority.  These individuals are typically motivated by a desire to hold onto power at any cost.  In maintaining the status quo, necessary ongoing evolutionary growth is often prevented and thwarted.  When necessary evolutionary growth or change is resisted for too long however, then Uranus, the planet of revolution, brings the required changes in sudden, forceful and often unexpected ways.  In the end, Uranus ensures the necessary r-evolutionary changes manifest.

Classic examples of such corruption include totalitarian and authoritarian figures whose behavior and dictates are motivated by the desire for absolute power, greed, and a need to maintain complete control over others and their environments.  These individuals often believe “the ends justify the means.”  Ultimately however, such behaviors ensure the evolutionary necessity of a “fall from grace” for those who misuse or abuse the power and authority of their position. 

President Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974 as he faced imminent impeachment reflects the inevitable karmic consequences of such un-evolved Capricorn expression.

The evolutionary intention of third quarter squares requires that we move beyond the limits of man-made beliefs and the expectations to conform to consensus reality.  Third quarter squares encourage us to reach for higher spiritual values of an unlimited, transcendent nature. They encourage us to reach beyond Capricorn to Pisces.

The New Moon’s waning sextile (60 degree angle) to Chiron in Pisces provides just such impetus.  Pisces is the sign associated with the natural path of spiritual development as well as the Divine Creative Source of all things.  It is through Pisces that we return to and reunite with this Divine Source, the ultimate culmination of mankind’s evolutionary journey.  Through Pisces, we remember, embrace and embody the timeless, universal principles of compassion, non-judgment, tolerance, forgiveness and unconditional love for self and others. 

This New Moon is also sextile Mars in Scorpio, which is itself trine (120 degree angle) Chiron in Pisces and inconjunct (150 degree angle) Uranus in Aries.  Mars is also still conjunct Jupiter which is also in Scorpio. 

Both continue to dig deep to expose the truth and to bring about much needed healing, especially sexual healing.

Altogether, these planetary connections portend the ability to release guilt, to let go of judgments of self and others, and to deeply heal old emotional, spiritual and psychological wounds, particularly those associated with losses, abandonments and betrayals.  These energetic influences reflect an ability to make the necessary changes and adjustments required to heal and to evolve.

To affect such healing, Mars compels us to take action.  Right actions and choices will reflect our Soul’s deepest desires.  Mars will provide all the energy needed to move forward towards what’s most important and meaningful to us on a personal level.  Mars is now asking us to heal our heart by following our heart. 

Since Capricorn rules responsibility, it stands to reason that it also rules our careers.  It’s likely that MANY people will change jobs or careers over the coming few years in pursuit of a life path that’s much more meaningful.  These new career paths and life directions will be more closely aligned with their heart’s desires.  They’ll allow them to more fully express their true authentic selves and personal values. 

So if you’re currently in an unfulfilling job or stuck in a career that just isn’t rewarding or satisfying, NOW is the time to begin to make the necessary changes and adjustments required to create your dream job! 

If you’re uncertain about what that new job will look like specifically, take time each and every day to get quiet, get centered and turn your attention inward.  Use the Pisces energy available now to connect with your Higher Self and to seek inner spiritual guidance from your very Soul.  Ask what choices and actions will lead you to ‘right work.’  Ask for help in determining what steps you must take to co-create a better life or career path.

All this Capricorn energy is initiating a new era of self-responsibility and personal accountability!  We will ALL be challenged to develop greater INNER authority.  Instead of deferring to outer authorities to make all the decisions, the next few years will demand that each of us stand up and take charge of our own lives to a much greater degree.

We’ll also be challenged to develop much greater INNER emotional security.  After all, Capricorn is the sign of emotional maturation.  Evolution always naturally occurs by and through the opposite sign in the zodiac.  Cancer opposes Capricorn and teaches that we are ALL responsible for our own well-being and emotional security.  Instead of depending upon outer sources for validation or approval, for protection and security, or even for meaning in our lives, we must learn to further develop and utilize our own resources.  We must learn that the only true source of security comes from within.  We must grow up, mature, and become self-responsible and self-determined.

Accordingly, since Capricorn rules governments and Cancer rules the people in any nation, we can expect more grass roots organizing and greater local efforts over the next three years as more and more communities focus their time, energy and resources on addressing their own needs and resolving their own issues instead of depending upon an increasingly corrupt and dysfunctional federal government.  Arguably, Washington D.C. seems intent only on competing for, wielding, and maintaining power, not solving our nation’s problems or the greater global issues we face.

Hopefully, a BIG part of this growing sense of personal and collective responsibility will be reflected in more and more Americans becoming better, more responsible citizens. 

As we move closer and closer to the time of our first ever Pluto return in 2021-2022 (a 248 year cycle/event), we currently have a President who many believe is authoritarian in nature and universally motivated by corrupt self-interest.  Some even compare Donald Trump to Britain’s King George, the tyrannical leader our founding fathers ‘threw off’ in 1776, when the colonies joined together and declared our independence. 

Indeed the same circumstances that compelled our nation’s founding are being re-created and re-experienced now! 

Since Pluto represents the natural life/death/rebirth cycle, and the Soul’s evolutionary intentions, when Pluto ‘returns’ to it’s natal position in the chart of a nation, it symbolizes a time naturally associated with a cyclic opportunity to either end, or re-birth, the founding principles and core intentions or purpose of that nation. 

As the U.S. Pluto return draws nearer, we would do well to remember the enduring words of Abraham Lincoln uttered in the midst of the Civil War in his historic Gettysburg Address.  It is he who gave us the phrase, ‘of, by and for the people’ when he said, “… we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation shall have a new birth of freedom, and that the government of the people, by the people and for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.” 

May we now resolve to recommit ourselves to this nation’s founding principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and to America’s core values of freedom and justice for ALL.  May we all utilize the abundance of Capricorn energy available now and for the next three years to become more responsible for ourselves and for the realities we are co-creating individually and collectively.  And may we learn to develop a greater sense of inner authority that holds ourselves and others to account, especially those in positions of leadership and authority in our society. 

And perhaps most importantly, may we also remember that “Of, by and for the people” means that those in government, including ALL elected officials, work for the people.  THE PEOPLE represent the ultimately authority in the United States of America!

Finally, Capricorn also represents the past.  And yet, the enormous gathering of energies associated with this sign (SIX PLANETS IN CAPRICORN!) are ALL square Uranus, the planet of rebellion, revolution, innovation and change. 

Uranus rules progress and the future.  It’s time to throw off the past and embrace the future.  It’s time to take full responsibility for co-creating a better future, a more peaceful future for ourselves and for us all!

 The next New Moon, the Aquarius New Moon, is a Solar Eclipse on February 15th!

Copyright 2018.   Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting.   All rights reserved.







Scorpio New Moon: A New Balance of Power

The Scorpio New Moon happens November 18th at 3:42 am PST at 26 degrees Scorpio 19 minutes. 

Here’s the chart:  ScorpioNewMoon2017.

Scorpio is the sign that rules the Soul and the evolutionary process itself.  This is reflected in the various symbols associated with Scorpio including the Scorpion, the Snake, the Eagle and the Phoenix rising from the ashes. 

All these symbols show a natural evolutionary progression from the lowest to the highest, beginning with the vengeful sting of a Scorpion, to the transformation of the Snake who sheds its skin, to the far-reaching vision of the Eagle who soars the highest among all the birds, to the Phoenix who rises from the ashes symbolizing the natural life, death and rebirth process and the natural law of reincarnation. 

The primary evolutionary intention of this sign however is to learn the right uses of power.  All human beings are intrinsically powerful.  This is due to the fact that all human beings have the power and capacity to make FREE WILL CHOICES. 

Our power is expressed through the choices we make each and every day.  Some choices manifest quickly; others take lifetimes to fully manifest.  In other words, the consequences of some choices don’t show up in the lifetime in which they are made.  They instead occur in a later life. 

Nevertheless, ALL choices made ultimately manifest because choices reflect the quality of our consciousness, which is itself, pure energy.  Quantum science has proven that thoughts generate brain waves.  So thoughts are energy too.  Scientists further know that consciousness ultimately creates our reality.   The bottom line is that choices and thoughts manifest.

Some people wield their power consciously.  They make choices deliberately and thoughtfully.  In other words, they are consciously aware of the choices they’re making as they are making them.  Most people however make most of their choices unconsciously, without conscious awareness that they are doing so. 

Choices are not only reflected in the actions we take and decisions we make, but also from feelings and beliefs we choose to have and hold.

Since consciousness creates reality, and choices reflect the very quality of our consciousness, all human beings additionally have the power to CHANGE their reality by CHANGING THEIR CHOICES.  This is true on both a personal and a collective level.  Human evolution greatly accelerates as more and more choices are made consciously, rather than unconsciously.

Because Scorpio has to do with power, this sign also rules all the mundane things we associate with power like money, social status, sex and death.  Sadly, these are the very things most often misused in order to exert power over others. 

Death is the most powerful force any of us can experience.  We experience death’s power through the loss of someone or something that we love, or through the loss of our own life.  Threatening someone’s life is the ultimate misuse and abuse of personal power. 

Sex also holds a position of enormous power in our lives.  After all, sex is  so powerful that it can actually create new life.  But sex is also used to control and manipulate and possess others. 

The recent flood of reports of sexual harassment and sexual assault poignantly reveal the magnitude of misuse and abuse of power by those in positions of authority in order to extract sexual favors from unwilling subordinates. 

Sexual assault is actually never about sex itself.  It’s about POWER.  More to the point, it’s about exerting power OVER another.  Similarly, sexual misconduct allegations made against someone are also powerful.  They can ruin the purported perpetrator’s reputation and social status.  The mere hint of the threat of such an allegation has the power to undermine someone’s social standing, career and financial livelihood.   

And who can successfully argue against the fact that money equals power in our current social, political and cultural reality paradigm?  We continuously see that those with money have more power than those who don’t have money.  A sad political truth in our modern reality is that impoverished people are perceived as the most powerless in society, often completely unable to influence policies and laws that will benefit them. 

Indeed an entire political movement has coalesced around this very truth.  It’s called the ‘environmental justice’ movement and it advocates for the rights of those who are exploited by governments, business and industry.  In particular, the petro-chemical industry has routinely destroyed, with impunity, lands belonging to and inhabited by native and indigenous peoples the world over.  These people are some of the poorest people on our planet.

Additionally, even in developed countries, poor neighborhoods that are primarily populated by minorities and people of color have also long experienced discriminatory zoning policies.  This results in greater levels of air, water and soil pollution from industries that are allowed to build and operate literally in the back yards of those who live in low income districts. 

Stark examples of ‘environmental injustice’ include the devastation that numerous tribes of the Amazon region of South America have experienced as their homelands have been decimated by reckless oil exploration.  Another example closer to home in the U.S. is the toxic radiation fallout from decades of nuclear testing and unregulated uranium mining on Native American lands.  As a result, anomalous and comparatively astronomically high rates of cancer are experienced among the native people who live on reservations.

Since Scorpio’s evolutionary intention is to teach right use of power, particularly through the power of conscious CHOICES,  this Scorpio New Moon is POWERFULLY seeding just such intentions now. 

This is a particularly powerful New Moon chart not just because it is occurring in Scorpio, the sign that actually rules power, but also because the Sun and Moon are not alone.  They are joined by three other celestial bodies which are also now in Scorpio:  Venus, Jupiter and the asteroid Vesta. 

Venus rules our values, our essential needs or what we need in order to survive, as well as what is most meaningful or important to us.  She rules two signs – Taurus and Libra.  Taurus rules resources and Libra rules our relationships with others.  It stands to reason that what we need to survive will reflect what we value and what constitutes meaning in our lives. 

It’s worth noting that Venus is THE astrological symbol of women and the feminine.  It’s also worth noting that our planet, the source of everything we need to survive, is also feminine. 

Some call our planet Gaia, quite a feminine name.  Many refer to her as ‘Mother Earth.’  All of us are nurtured and sustained by her.  She provides us with ALL of the resources we need.

Through Taurus, Venus teaches self-reliance and self-empowerment.  Through Libra, Venus teaches us how to be in relationship with others as an equal, not dominating or being dominated. 

Many people feel humanity is reaching a ‘tipping point’ relative to our survival.  Many contend that if we are to survive, we MUST learn to value and appreciate this precious life-giving planet.  We must treat her with greater respect.  In short, we must change our relationship with and to her. 

Perhaps all the revelations about sexual misconduct being exposed now symbolically reflect or mirror a similar ‘tipping point’ in our relationship with and respect for our planet, Mother Earth?

Jupiter rules Sagittarius, the sign that seeks truth.  This sign expands our understanding through higher education, travel and religious or cosmological pursuits.  Jupiter and Sagittarius represent our beliefs and belief systems including the world’s major faith traditions such as Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam.

The asteroid Vesta is associated with devotion.  In ancient times, women who dedicated their lives to the Goddess were known as Vestals.  They literally offered their bodies as vehicles for sexual communion with the Divine Feminine, the sacred female source of healing and wisdom. 

Centuries of male domination eventually reduced Vestals to a life of enforced celibacy.  They then became known as Vestal ‘Virgins.’  So great was the patriarchal distortion of Vesta’s original purpose, that these women were forbidden to engage in any sexual activity whatsoever.  If they were caught doing so, they were immediately put to death by being buried alive.

Over time, instead of embodying the Divine Feminine and facilitating healing through sacred sexuality, these women became the ‘keeper of the flames’ within communities, tasked with continually tending to hearth fires.  They were also responsible for record keeping duties associated with community properties.  This history of suppression of the Divine Feminine and absolute control of women’s sexuality by men clearly reflects a gross misuse and abuse of power associated with Scorpio themes of sex and death.

Obviously, our modern human condition is wrought with distortions of power.  One of the greatest of these continues to be the extreme imbalance of power between men and women.  This Scorpio New Moon, joined and graced by both Venus and Vesta, both symbols of the Divine Feminine, carries an auspicious and potentially transformative energy regarding the reclamation of power by women. 

No wonder so many ‘powerful’ men are  being ‘outed’ through exposure of countless acts of sexual misconduct. 

Who can forget the infamous Access Hollywood tape released during the 2016 Presidential campaign where Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women saying,  “And when you’re a star, they let you do it.  You can do anything.  Whatever you want.  Grab ’em by the p***y.”  

The current celestial patterns portend that it is time.  As above, so below.  From Hollywood, to Corporate America, to the Halls of Congress, to the White House, women are in fact reclaiming their power by finding the courage to tell their stories.  They are speaking truth to power!  What is remarkable about this timely trend is that most of these women are actually being BELIEVED now instead of being ignored, dismissed, discredited and impugned.  This is true Scorpio energy manifesting.  The powerful truth-telling happening now is healing for all of us, especially for women. 

Indeed MOST of what ails our world has its roots in this imbalance of power between the genders that originated in man-made religions that have distorted the truth and natural law for the sake of POWER and CONTROL.  For millennia, the institutions of organized religions have falsely preached that men are superior to women.  And since Mother Earth is the quintessential physical manifestation of the Divine Feminine, the rape of our planet has been an inevitable result. 

These same religions are also the source of false teachings about the superiority of the white race over races of color.  One of the most devastating manifestations of this lie has been the doctrine of ‘Manifest Destiny.’   This seventeenth century Papal Bull provided pontifical justification for the genocide of Native American tribes as Europeans settled into colonies and then moved West.  This same doctrine has been used throughout the entire world against indigenous peoples and cultures who have been systematically conquered, killed and destroyed by ‘superior’ invading forces.

In addition to the shear energy of the sign of Scorpio itself, the Scorpio New Moon chart pattern contains two significant aspects between the Sun and Moon and other planets.  These include a trine (120 degree angle) aspect to retrograde Chiron in Pisces, and an inconjunct (150 degree angle) aspect to retrograde Uranus in Aries. 

Both Chiron and Uranus are finishing up their transits through the respective signs they’ve each occupied since 2010.  They will both change signs next Spring.  Saturn too is also completing a three year transit through Sagittarius that began in December 2014.  More on Saturn later…

The favorable trine aspect between the Scorpio Sun and Moon and retrograde Chiron in Pisces magnifies deep healing energy.  Our deepest conscious and unconscious fears and wounds and beliefs are surfacing.  Since Chiron is about to station direct in Pisces on December 5th, it’s healing influence is intensely powerful now.   Chiron in Pisces can heal emotional, psychological and spiritual wounds, particularly wounds resulting from losses, abandonments and betrayals. 

With Pisces involved, this aspect links directly into the spiritual realms of the Divine or Sacred Source of Creation.  Some call this God, or Goddess; others know it as Allah or the Great Cosmic Mother.  Still others simply refer to it as ‘Source’ or the ‘Creator’ or ‘Spirit.’  By any name, it reflects an unconditional source of love, acceptance, forgiveness and compassion.  Use this energy to forgive yourself and others for mistakes, failings and transgressions.  Use this healing energy to let go of victim consciousness.

Pisces can also provide inspiration and spiritual guidance through dream messages, intuition, meditation and prayer.  So take some time over the coming days and weeks to be quiet, to go within, and to connect your consciousness with your Higher Self, your Divine Self, or the ‘Universe’ or ‘All That Is’ and receive the comfort and solace it offers.  And know that since you were made in the same image as this Divine Creative Source, that you too are divine and sacred and creative.  Embrace the timeless values and principles reflected in this ultimate source of creative POWER. 

The inconjunct aspect between the Sun and Moon and retrograde Uranus in Aries symbolizes the energy of powerful revolutionary change that may come as a result of push-back from some outer source or force that’s demanding that you change or adjust your plans or goals.  This aspect can also manifest as renewal and regeneration. 

In any case, these outer forces are likely to show up unexpectedly, and forcefully.  They may bring break-ups and break-downs.  In the end however, they reflect a potential for BREAKTHROUGHS that can shatter and reform old realities, paradigms and social, political, cultural and economic structures that are preventing further evolutionary growth and progress. 

Perhaps the most striking planetary aspect in this Scorpio New Moon chart pattern involves both of the planetary rulers of this sign – Mars and Pluto. 

Pluto has become the modern ruler of Scorpio.  But we have only known about Pluto since 1930 when it was discovered by astronomer Percival Lowell right here in Flagstaff, Arizona! 

For the many thousands of years that astrology has existed prior to Pluto’s discovery, Mars was the ruler of Scorpio.   On Sunday, November 19th, Mars in Libra makes a waning third quarter square to Pluto in Capricorn. 

This square aspect carries the energy of a crisis in consciousness.  It challenges us to review and reflect upon our beliefs.  The evolutionary intention of a waning third quarter square is to both recognize and to throw off the limited beliefs held by the consensus, or what is commonly referred to as ‘mainstream society’ in any given country or culture.  Consensus reality is underpinned by organized religion’s values and beliefs that dictate ‘right vs. wrong’ behaviors and the expectation that everyone in society conform to these standards of conduct. 

It is precisely the third quarter square position within the zodiacal wheel that begins the ‘journey home.’  This is because the remaining quarter of the circle represents the culmination of every Soul’s spiritual evolutionary journey.  Pisces is the final sign in this last quarter.  It’s also the final sign of the entire zodiac, and therefore symbolically represents completion or culmination.  In Pisces, the Soul finally returns to and reunites with the Divine Source. 

Pisces is naturally associated with a spiritual Path, not a religious path.  What’s the difference you may ask?  We often use these two words interchangeably.

Religions are man-made.  They reflect man’s interpretation of the phenomenal creation.  Man ‘s interpretation has distorted the truth of the natural laws that actually underpin the creation or the natural world that we simply refer to as nature.  Spirituality is based upon natural laws.  Natural laws exist in and of themselves and do not require interpretation or mankind.  Natural laws reflect and reveal universal truths.   Natural laws are self-evident in the natural world or nature.

If you wish to know if something is actually true, look to see if it exists in the natural world.  For example, reincarnation is a natural law.  It reflects a universal truth.  It exists in nature.  We see it through the life/death/rebirth cycle.  Life in the natural world dies and is reborn cyclically in accordance with the changing of the seasons. 

Conversely, things like sin, guilt, judgment, punishment and sexual taboos do NOT exist in nature.  These are man-made constructions whose purpose is to control mankind through fear of divine retribution for imperfections.  Perfection doesn’t exist in nature either.  In fact, perfection is antithetical to evolution.  They are mutually exclusive; one cannot exist if the other exists.  Evolution is a natural law and is self-evident in the natural world.

So this third quarter square between Mars in Libra (equality in relationships) and Pluto in Capricorn (power and authority and social structures and realities) reflects tremendous forces that can effectively challenge the status quo, speak truth to power, and bring about transformational and revolutionary progress.  Actions taken now will either preserve the status quo or change it.

All the women who have spoken up and spoken out recently about gender imbalances and misuses and abuses of power against women are reflecting the energetic influence of Mars in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn.  And Mars has more to do!  On December 1st, Mars in Libra will oppose (180 degree angle) retrograde Uranus in Aries, symbolizing even more revolutionary impulses! 

Mars opposite Uranus will likely manifest through more social unrest, increased political activism, protests and demonstrations, as ordinary people exert their personal power and choose to co-create change.  The masses, aka the 99%, will push back against those in positions of power, aka the 1%, who wish to maintain the corrupt and dysfunctional status quo, as evidenced in the reprehensible tax ‘reform’ legislation currently moving through Congress that overwhelmingly benefits the wealthiest people in our nation. 

The revolutionary forces of Mars and Uranus will shake things up shocking and surprising us with utterly unexpected events.  These forces can help to further restore a much-needed balance of power – between genders, between races and even between nations.

Now back to Saturn.  Saturn is finishing up a three year transit of Sagittarius, the sign that seeks truth and rules our beliefs. 

We have ALL been reflecting upon and reviewing what we believe over these past few years in some way or another. 

We have ALL been challenged to discern truth from lies. 

We’ve all been bombarded by ‘fake news!’ 

The very purpose and evolutionary intention of Saturn moving through Sagittarius has been to reveal the limitations in our beliefs.  Sagittarius teaches the relativity of truth.  We all see the world differently through the unique lens of our individual consciousness.  Sagittarius always encourages expansion of understanding beyond personal truths, that ultimately enables us to embrace higher and higher levels of universal truths. 

Saturn always teaches responsibility.  Ultimately, Saturn teaches that we are all responsible for our experiences because it is  our own consciousness that created those realities! 

Saturn will leave Sagittarius and enter Capricorn, the very sign Saturn rules, on December 19th.  Saturn will remain in Capricorn until December 2020, just a few weeks after our next U.S. Presidential election!

Meantime, as Saturn finishes up in Sagittarius, a natural culmination is occurring relative to seeking, revealing and understanding ‘truth.’  As a result, we will no doubt experience more lies being revealed over the coming month. 

Be mindful of your own changing beliefs and understanding of the truth. Because as Saturn finishes up his three year transit of Sagittarius, truths will surely come shining through.

This culmination will receive an additional boost from both the Sun and Mercury.  The Sun moves into Sagittarius on at 7:05 pm MST on November 21st.  The Sun always sheds light upon whatever it touches.  Moving through Sagittarius for a month, it will shine its bright light upon, you guessed it, truths and lies! 

Mercury is already in Sagittarius and is slowing down ahead of its upcoming final retrograde of 2017.  Mercury will station retrograde on December 2nd/3rd depending on your time zone at the final degree of Sagittarius.  By the time it goes retrograde, Mercury will have already crossed over Saturn once.  It will connect with Saturn twice more due to its retrograde movement.  The second conjunction with Saturn will happen on December 6th and the final conjunction will occur on January 12th.  Their final conjunction will be in Capricorn. 

With Mercury ruling all kinds of information, data, facts and knowledge, as well as the media and all the devices we use to gather and disseminate info, its reversal through the sign of TRUTH will no doubt manifest in LOTS of ‘breaking news’ stories and LOTS of shocking revelations and LOTS of back-tracking by people relative to previous statements, positions and decisions they’ve previously made.  And even MORE truths and MORE lies will be revealed and exposed!  Do you see a pattern here?!  And with so much Scorpio energy currently afoot, we can be assured that much of what comes out will have to do with SEX and MONEY and POWER!  

As the saying goes, there’s no disinfectant like sunshine.  As hidden or secret (Scorpio) information is brought to light, people who have destructively misused or abused their power will see their lives forever changed.  Those who CHOOSE to speak up and speak out and reveal truths and lies will also see their lives changed and transformed, albeit in more positive and constructive ways.  Those who CHOOSE to wield their power rightly will personally evolve in leaps and bounds.

And finally, both Neptune and Chiron in Pisces will station direct in the coming month.  Neptune resumes forward motion on November 22nd at 11 degrees Pisces completing a four and a half month retrograde period that began on June 16th.  What was happening in your world then?  It’s likely to resurface and further unfold as Neptune stations direct. 

Chiron turns around on December 5th at 24 degrees Pisces, also completing a four and a half month retrograde period that began on July 1st/2nd depending upon your time zone. 

Of course Chiron has to do with wounds and their healing so its station provides opportunities for both.  Will you CHOOSE to re-imprint old wounds.  Or will you CHOOSE to heal them? 

The first week in December also brings the Gemini Full Moon on December 3rd.  Gemini is ruled by Mercury.  This Full Moon occurs as both the Sun and Moon are precisely square Neptune in Pisces.  Distorted Neptune and Pisces energy is the very stuff of lies and deceptions, obfuscations and delusions, so once again, we can expect revelations about secrets and lies during this time, as more liars and frauds and abusers are outed. 

Confusion is also very likely during this emotional Full Moon time period.  Allow the confusion.  Know that when the time is right, clarity will be naturally restored.  Pisces spiritualizes through a natural dissolving process that blurs old forms and structures and realities as they disintegrate.  As this dissolution process unfolds, what is false fades away and what has distracted us from reconnecting with the Divine Source ultimately loses its meaning.  This is a natural process so don’t fight it.  Instead, allow it to unfold with grace and acceptance even if it brings some confusion. 

Neptune and Pisces rule the unconscious mind.  So do be very mindful of dream messages and intuitive promptings.  Take time to meditate or be in prayerful contemplation.  Be quiet and still and turn your attention inward for guidance from Higher Sources. 

And for heaven’s sake, and for your own sake, trust, Trust, TRUST YOUR INTUITION!  

So, as you can see, this Scorpio New Moon is indeed reflecting POWERFUL and transformational energies and influences.  All the simultaneous Sagittarian energy is bringing matters of honesty and dishonesty to a head.  Do not fear these energies.  They are precisely what is NEEDED now!  These powerful influences are bringing to light all the facts and truths we need to know in order to make different CHOICES.  They will help us to heal ourselves and our planet.

Reclaim your power!  Wield it wisely through conscious choice-making.  Use it to heal and transform and evolve.  Choose to use your power in ways that will co-create new realities.  CHOOSE TO CREATE A NEW BALANCE OF POWER! 



The Sagittarius New Moon is on December 17th at 11:30 pm MST.

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