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Full Moon: The Marriage of Leo & Aquarius

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The Leo Full Moon is right upon us and coming just after a Venus-Mars opposition and just ahead of the second exact alignment of the current Saturn-Pluto squares, it’s kind of an intense one. Can you feel it?
The Moon is in Leo and the Sun is in Aquarius and of course, Leo and Aquarius naturally oppose each other. Leo is involved, whereas Aquarius is detached; Leo lives through the heart, Aquarius in the head; Leo wants to lead, Aquarius doesn’t want to put itself above the common herd. For Leo the journey is the lone heroic quest, for Aquarius the path is found in working with the collective. The challenge of the opposition is the integration of these different energies, or perhaps a better way to express it is in terms of a marriage, particularly as this Full Moon has Venus in Aquarius on the side of the Sun and retrograde Mars in Leo on the side of the Moon.
With the full light exposure that a Full Moon brings, we can ask, how do we marry these seemingly disparate forces?

Leo reminds …

ANNOUNCEMENT: The 1st International Astrology Day Blog-a-Thon

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The 1st International Astrology Day Blog-a-thon
March 19-21, 2010

Dealing with the Saturn-Uranus-Pluto T-Square
To celebrate International Astrology Day top astrologers Donna Cunningham and C. J. Wright have come together to coordinate a 3-Day World Wide Web Blog-a-thon.
The blog-a-thon will comprise a collection of online articles on the upcoming Cardinal T-Square of Saturn in Libra, Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn.
The T-Square will be in effect from 2010 to 2014. Many of us are already feeling the energies of these planets reflected in our lives, or we are wondering how these energies might affect us in the next few years.

A number of host blogs will showcase articles on how the transits of Uranus, Saturn and Pluto will affect the lives of individuals and their loved ones, present ideas on how to work effectively with the energies and offer resources to help deal with the challenges:
Friday, March 19: “So you’ve STILL got Pluto Problems?”
Saturday, March 20: Take Care of Saturn and…

Aquarius, Aquarius

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Could've been me!

Aquarius is an odd one! Well, yeah, of course you may be thinking, Aquarius is the confirmed oddball of the zodiac.

But I think there’s a paradox at the heart of Aquarius. I mean, if Aquarius is so unconventional, how come Aquarius is also the sign of the ordinary, common man or woman, the ‘any old Tom, Dick or Harry’ on the street? You see, unlike Leo, his opposite sign, he doesn't want to be the king of all he surveys, he knows that everyone is equal and if everyone is equal, then everyone is ordinary.
Aquarius will fight for equality, will fight for the common good, for the group, but, as one of my first astrology teachers, Sue Tompkins, said, once the battle is won, Aquarius is likely to turn down the invitation to celebrate down the pub with the hoi polloi. This is perhaps the point where Aquarius channels the spirit of Leo. Yes, Aquarius is equal, but doesn’t he sometimes think he’s more equal than others? Perhaps this is also why Aquarius has the repu…

Your New Year Resolutions Start Here

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I always think that the New Year starts for real at the time of the Capricorn New Moon in mid January. Forget January 1st and your pleas to quit drinking for good, go to the gym five times a week and lost 20 pounds by March. By mid Jan we can see how unrealistic most of this is, but instead of giving up, use the energies of this sensible New Moon to make realistic plans with achievable goals.

This particular New Moon on 15th January is helped by the fact that Mercury, also in Capricorn, turns direct on the same day, after being Retrograde since December 26th. A great time, therefore, for a positive turnaround in your mindset and for renewed mental resolve.

But wait, there’s more, because this New Moon is also an Eclipse, which significantly adds to its potency.

The chart for this Eclipse, which features a very prominent Venus and comes just after Saturn turns retrograde, reflects that fact that many of us are looking for a fresh start in the way we relate to others. It also prompts us to…

Venus & The Capricorn Solar Eclipse

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This January's Capricorn New Moon is a Solar Eclipse, which carries a very special message from Venus.

First up, what's an Eclipse?
An Eclipse occurs when the Earth aligns with the Sun and Moon during a New Moon or a Full Moon. During a Lunar Eclipse, the Earth passes between the Full Moon opposition of the Sun and the Moon, temporarily blocking the reflected light of the Moon. A Solar Eclipse occurs under a New Moon, when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, blocking out the light of the Sun. Eclipses come in pairs, with a Lunar Eclipse following a Solar Eclipse a couple of weeks later, or vice versa, and we usually experience two pairs of Eclipses each calendar year. The January 15th Solar Eclipse follows the Lunar Eclipse on December 31st.

What is the general meaning of an Eclipse?

Eclipses are very dramatic events to observe, as those lucky enough to have witnessed a Total Eclipse of the Sun or watched on a clear night as the Moon disappeared behind the shadow of the…

Saturn in Libra Retrograde: Relationship Revision Time

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Saturn image from NASA

Saturn, the great lesson-teacher of the zodiac, stationed Retrograde on 13 January at 5 degrees of Libra. He is currently retracing his steps backwards through the first few degrees of Libra and re-enters Virgo on 7 April, before finally regaining his forward trajectory from 30th May.

This Retrograde period is a great time to review our progress under Saturn in Libra so far. First, here’s a reminder of what I wrote when Saturn moved into Libra back in October 2009:

Libra is fair minded and craves peace and balance and harmonious relationship. Saturn is also fair, BUT works us hard and makes us pay our dues. So, don’t expect everything to be automatically lovey-dovey lovely with Saturn in Libra, we are going to have to work at it! Sound like a buzz-kill? Well, remember that Libra needs a bit of conflict and disharmony otherwise it doesn’t have a job to do. Libra needs a balance to find, a peace deal to negotiate, a relationship to build and a compromise to be broker…

Between Eclipse Weirdness

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England under snow January 7th 2010.Photo: NASA
How have the first few days of January been for you so far? 2010 started with an Eclipsed Blue Moon on New Year's Eve and next week, 0n 15th Jan, there is an Eclipsed Capricorn New Moon.
Eclipses come in pairs and the couple of weeks between them can often feel like a bit of a strange time and, from my perspective at least, the beginning of January has been no exception.

Mars is still Retrograde in Leo, reflected I think in the fact that motivation, enthusiam and energy to get stuff done feels a bit off key, low and slow. And as if that wasn't enough, many of us have literally been prevented from moving around at all in the UK due to sustained extremes of weather we're just not used to.

Of course, Mercury started his backward dance through the zodiac on 26th December so we might have expected some travel chaos, but it started early thanks to some heavy snowfall just before Christmas and for a while I seriously doubted that I woul…

Thank You

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It’s the start of another year and I’m yet another year older, having celebrated my Solar Return on Christmas Day…...but my July 2009 creation, Astroair Astrology, is still very much in its infancy.
I’m feeling in a sentimental mood so I would like to take this opportunity to say a HUGE Thank You to everyone who has supported this young blog so far. Thank you for reading, following, commenting, sharing, asking questions, re-tweeting etc etc.
Many of you have also very kindly put links to this blog or quoted me on your own sites. Thank you so much for that, I'm always thrilled and flattered when it happens. I have tried my best to reciprocate, but please let me know if I haven’t, so I can correct that.
You are all wonderful, each and all :D
There are so many wonderful and talented people here in cyber-land who are promoting astrology at its best. For example, http://www.astrodispatch.com/ which collates the work of hundreds of accomplished astrology writers. Also, @astrologyblog wh…

Void of Course Moon Times for January

Happy New Year everyone & I hope the Eclipsed Blue Moon on New Year's Eve heralded a bright new start for a happy, peaceful 2010.

Void of Course Moon times & Moon sign changes for January are now up on my website:
http://www.mandilockley.com/moonpages.html

Blogs on January's astrological happenings to follow as they happen, but for my preview of January and the general Astro Energies for 2010 click here>.

Lots of love,
Mandi xx