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New Moon in Monthly Moon Phases – New Moon in Libra September 2014

The New Moon

If you followed the Moon through the 12 Houses of the zodiac, you may want to follow the 8 Lunar Phases as I blog my way through those over this next 8-phase cycle in the next 30 days.  It’s a good time to start this journey–the Moon is just entering the NEW PHASE.

NEW MOON [in LIBRA] lunar phase starts early tomorrow, September 24th, 2014,  around 2 AM EASTERN.  But this information is applicable to any New Moon in any month as far as learning more about the New Moon itself.

It is time to plant new seeds for the new lunar cycle.  There are 8 lunar phases; therefore each phase lasts about 3 to 4 days.

The quality of the seeds of the mind and heart today and tomorrow set up mood for the month….. especially with regard to relating to others [Libra] since this (September 2014) New Moon is in the sign of Libra.

Understanding where we’ve been to know where we’re going

As the New Moon relates to ‘the psychic’ and doing readings, etc., it is good to remember that when there’s a New Moon, our psyche has just exited the Balsamic phase.  What does that mean?  Well, I just posted about the 12th house Moon transit and so that gives the idea because the 12th house of the zodiac is like the balsamic phase of the Moon.  [Familiar territory for me for another reason:  my Moon is Balsamic to my Sun in my natal chart, indicating my whole life is like one big ole' 12th house/balsamic phase.]  But before I digress further,  back to the topic.  The New Moon phase follows the Balsamic.  In order to understand the New Moon properly, the Balsamic Moon from which it births needs to be understood a bit.  The Sun and Moon merge during the balsamic phase and there is an opening to spirit world at that time.

From the Balsamic Phase to the New Phase

The balsamic lunar phase, where the Moon is just exiting, began with a very deep psychic sensitivity where alternate realities make themselves known to the psychic in the process of divination.  Ghosts show up in this phase; its like Halloween the veils have been thin. Balsamic is the phase most associated with mediumship.

Communication from loved ones on the other side, spirit guides and angels are more common for everyone during this lunar phase but more so for the psychic.  Imagination and visions are at their peak.  The archetype here is one of merging with Divine Will, surrender and a willingness to go into the abyss.  More than any other time of the month, the psychic in the balsamic phase wants to withdraw from life.  Those, like myself, who were born when the Moon is in the Balsamic Phase, as mentioned above, may grapple with these feelings their entire life.

In the balsamic phase there is a search for ultimate meaning and the desire is strong to turn ones back to the physical world.  We are more willing, when the Moon is in the balsamic phase, more than at any other time to ask questions like, “What is the nature of reality?”, “What is the nature of the mind?” Or “Where do we go when we die?” 

We recognize the illusion of time and physical matter much more easily when the Moon is balsamic.  A psychic who is comfortable in this realm already is able to, very lovingly,  go so deeply that they enter into “the universes of spirit world” and experience a liberation and freedom as well as wisdom  that… well, that helps one keep going through the next lunar cycle starting again with the New Moon.

Now the New Phase — The Dark of the Moon, also known as the New Phase 0 to 45°  

This time of the month the doors to the other worlds still are open (see Balsamic Phase above).  The Moon is starting to separate from the Sun and the impulse is to bring ‘that’ something divine which the merging of Sun and Moon created into the world.  Things are conceived in the dark of the balsamic and new phase.

It is a good time to trust the heart over reason.  The psychic work in this phase should be permitted to be instinctual.  Dane Rudhyar says, in describing the energy of this phase, that we see an impulse for action, challenging the old with an eagerness to overcome obstacles

The mood may be one of initiation–a desire to initiate something new,give it a try, see how it works.  Something was born in the last few days as the moon was balsamic and now the emotional desire is to initiate something new in some way.  And we have the clue of Libra since this month’s new Moon occurs here–we have partnerships or other people in some way which will likely be part of a new idea or the emotional birthing… like a baby taking it’s early first steps.


If you would like to read more about the LUNAR PHASES, HERE IS A LINK to the newsletter that I wrote in which I describe each of the Lunar Phases as it applies to doing psychic-type work:

http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=3d2e4805e90d05c3a892356b6&id=b7121b16f0


 

[On a personal note, I've been feeling the intensity of the 12th house very acutely lately.  I didn't realize until this moment that not only was the Moon transiting my 12th house but it has been in the balsamic phase which relates acutely with 12th house energy.  No wonder I feel a huge emotional shift right now.  The Moon moved out of the 12th house and out of the balsamic phase and into the New Moon phase.]


When the Moon transits the 12th house

Moon in the 12th House

The Moon is transiting my 12th house right now as I finish up this blog series of Luna through the houses during her monthly jaunt through the zodiac.  Compassion, unconditional love, innocence, openness, the hermit, the mystic, the spiritual healer–we rarely hear those archetypes spoken of regarding the 12th.  Ominous–that’s instead what you hear about the 12th.  The house of Halloween, trick or treat and ‘things that go bump in the night’–the places in our life where things that are freaky, scary, sorrowful, sad, happen.  Where we are in isolation, on the edge of the abyss!  Confusion, distortion, escapism–those are a few more word associations for this part of life that is ruled by Neptune/Pisces.  Jails, prisons, institutions–that too comes through the astrological grapevine about the 12th. The motion of the energy of Neptune and Pisces is inward and on the highest level represents the totality of consciousness, universal mind and the collective unconscious.  People who are comfortable here are often though of as crazy and end up being institutionalized in some way, thus the connection with jails, prisons and institutions.  The feelings of being alone and cut off; some folks are actually comfortable in that state and relish it, thrive in it.  It’s the area of “mind”. Personally, I think we could look at the 12th house in someone’s birth chart and get a feel for what type of “mind” or inner-consciousness the person has—if there is such a thing as a “mind type”.   I say that in a very general way since of course there can be more than one sign in a house, intercepted signs, and planets with their aspects.  But right now we are talking about the Moon as she transits through the 12th, so better stick to that topic and not wander off as Luna in 12 tends to do. :)

Pisces/Neptune’s association with the Universal Mind can lend the 12th the flavor of faith an inspiration–perhaps god-consciousness if you will.  The archetype of Neptune/Pisces also correlates with the 3rd eye/pineal gland.  There’s hypersensitivity here as Luna moves through the 12th–and since that Neptune/Pisces has no boundaries (the archetype of totality), the Moon here could have a person feeling like a psychic-sponge.

If a person has a highly pronounced Neptune/Pisces signature in the chart or is born with a number of planets in the 12th house and does not understand the energy or perceive the self as a spiritual being then mental illness or psychic distortions can occur.

Pisces/Neptune and 12th house energy relates to addictions–using substances rather than spiritual means in an attempt to reach a transcendent and peaceful state.  Nervous breakdowns due to oversensitivity to everything expressing as feelings of being deeply lost, confused and disillusioned.  Yet, the sensitivities of the 12th house can engender deep compassion, love, openness, innocence and result in the mystic, the healer, the teacher.  One will find it necessary to be hermit like with the sensitivities carried when the 12th is stimulated.

I have 3 planets in my 12th house and currently Jupiter is transiting here along with the Moon.  Usually a Moon in the 12th increases all my senses but add Jupiter to the mix which further intensifies and expands everything within it’s reach… adding the sign of Cancer on this cusp and we have some strange tasting emotional tea!  Yet the ability to feel unconditional love for self and others is very acute right now.

As I type these words the Moon/Jupiter conjunction is sitting right on my natal Pluto/Saturn conjunction in my 12th house.  I do have the feeling of wanting to escape and moments of feeling borderline crazy surge between other moments of seeing how it all is here on Earth for all of us and tears form in my eyes and start to roll down my cheek.  The feeling of being a stranger in a strange land are usually part of my psyche but are more acute than usual, more pronounced.

When the Moon transits the 12th, the emotional desire is to recognize that spiritual growth is the main purpose of life and other factors that do not fit into or match that desire tend to fall by the wayside.

The Moon transiting the 12th house causes a person to feel strong psychic undercurrents and the energy of others.  Luna, the Queen of Mystery, here in the last house picks up on all subtle energy influences.

There will be a desire within the emotional body to find some way to commune with the deep psyche’, with God if-you-will, and to go deep into the soul.  There will be an inner call to withdraw, to escape in some way from the world of others and mundane existence.  It will be easy to become psychically overwhelmed.

When the Moon transits the 12th house it is a good time for a retreat, a rest, to be quiet and to figure out what is going on.  Examining motivations and emotions and trying to bring into conscious some of what has previously been unconscious.

The 12th house is the house of uncertainty and faith at the time of a lunar transit here faith is a priority because natural uncertainty takes a big emotional hit from the Moon; therefore there is a natural vulnerability to worries, fears, doubts and unavoidable obstacles. Deeply felt anxieties can be triggered by the Moon transiting the 12th but it is also the time when we are most sensitive to the messages from the unconscious or from universal mind (spirit guides, angels, etc.).

The 12th house archetype includes a naked vulnerability but this nakedness and innocence can be a huge source of power–the ego cannot exist well here.  The conscious and unconscious mind being as one is where, if it’s going to happen, it’s going to be in the 12th house.  Letting to and trusting the divine–having faith–not attempting to control a single thing!  That’s the only way to negotiate the 12th house.  (And I speak, again, from experience having 3 powerful natal planets aspect-ing my lunar nodes.)  Trust me when I speak from firsthand experience about the 12th house.

One benefit of the 12th house is that we can see humor in the chaos if we can just “go with it” without the ego expressing anything.  My sister said to me a little while ago as we spoke by phone about some difficulty I am personally experiencing these words:  “…it’s all in the mind.”  Hearing that from her when I actually teach this stuff–at first i wanted to cry and then after a few moments burst out laughing at the ludicrous reality and non-reality of that little comment.  So there’s a little 12th house joke for ya’.

It is also thought that the life-force seems to be a bit diminished in the 12th house; so we may find a weakened immune system when this house is active.  It is thought that the body’s natural defenses to bacteria is lowered.
Along with the 4th and the 8th houses, the 12th forms what is called the OCCULT TRIANGLE and favors mysticism and as mentioned psychic sensitivities are acute here:  i.e. the claire sisters (clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairsentience).  Moon moving through the 12th house is a good time to meditate and to divine information i.e. to do “readings” and spirit message work.

Sorrow and unhappiness through confinement is an archetype well-known in this house so feelings of entrapment and/or mental bondage can happen if this house is not being negotiated well;  those feelings come from ego and the flip side of that coin is spirit.  This, too, is the house of ‘hidden enemies’ it is said and this comes from the abuse of drugs or fantasy and then one feels that suicide is the way to escape the difficult feelings that can arise here.

We also hear of the 12th house as being the house of karma–mostly that which is created from the conflict between ‘my will’ versus ‘Divine Will'; thus we also hear that the 12th house is the house of ‘surrender’ or letting go’.

Moon in the 12th adds to the intense fluctuation of emotion and a person feeling the effects of the Moon moving through their 12th house can feel lost, vulnerable and unsupported. This may, of course, be real or it may be imaginary and it relates usually to family since the Moon rules Cancer and the 4th house of the ‘home’ and ‘family’.   So what is the answer to these feelings?  Well, the opposite of Moon is Saturn which relates to boundaries and there must be a willingness to let go of people, even family.

Personally, I find that to balance out my 12th house which contains Cancer with Leo is to turn to the polarity–6th house and Capricorn with Aquarius.  Often times, for me, that means writing–such as writing this blog post today!

Jupiter will remain in my 12th intensifying and expanding all my 12th house natal energy, so as for me Luna’s exit tomorrow morning will not be the end of it for me, but perhaps the emotional aspect will decline a bit.  Jupiter hangs out in my 12th house until next summer — what with its retrograde business and all that jazz.  They said Jupiter is the planet of luck, good fortune and I’m ready for some (more) of that! :)  Meanwhile, counting blessings, feeling grateful in all ways that I can and yep–work and boundaries!  Writing always helps and one of my natal 12th house planets is transiting my 3rd right now–writing therapy but always with humanitarian flare is how it goes for me.

( By the way sister, if you are reading this, when Jupiter entered my 12th house is when we became roommates. )

And I offer this to others with a loaded 12th house (like myself) where Jupiter may also be transiting with the Moon today.  Or for anyone who may find this post on the search engines in an effort to understand the Moon, the 12th house and Lunar Transits, especially when the Moon moves through the 12th house! 

May something here help you with self-understanding. Amen!


When the Moon Transits the 11th House

Moon in the 11th House

The 11th.  I was dreading this moment because I just don’t “get” the 11th.  I have Uranus there in my personal birth chart, so I should get it and that’s what’s so frustrating.  Uranus rules that house!  We’re told this house [meaning this common area of our lives] has to do with community and also with hopes and fears and friends.  Really? all that?  Some of those archetypes come from Horary astrology and some from the opposite of it’s polarity.  Makes sense, doesn’t it that if Leo/5th is about “me” then the opposite polarity is about others, the collective–therefore, groups or humanity.  Could we think of the 5/11 axis in relation to me and them? And could them be friend or those of like mind?  Or those in the community that are a selective group, a singular type identity?   Maybe?  I’m still trying to understand the “hopes and fears” part of the 11th’s archetype but let’s go with what we’ve got.  The group thing.  I have a great example of this.  The Moon just left my 11th house and something happened in my life that relates to this archetype in a pretty significant way.

Without giving unnecessary details let me summarize by saying that as the Moon was passing through my 11th house of community and selective groups of like nature or like mind, I found myself discussing how I may be of service to a selective group of people in the community.  I do have Cancer in the 11th by birth and the Moon there was strongly related to doing a type of nurturing in the community–the Moon/Cancer relates to nurturing, care giving.  And in this case, care giving to a particular group of individuals but on a one-to-one basis which relates to the Uranus/Aquarius archetype of individuation or singularity.  Remember, Uranus rules this part of our life… group but alone in a group would be a way of saying it or a small or selective group.

Generally speaking, when the Moon moves through your 11th house it is a good time to connect with friends or groups.  Giving or receiving “emotional” support–the Moon relates to emotion.  Organizations (group energy) may provide helpful perspective on current conditions at this time.  Or vice versa, you may provide a helpful perspective to a group or organization at this time as well.  That could be a 2-way street, so-to-speak.

An alliance is what the Moon [your emotional nature]  is looking for to find it’s comfort, security and happiness at this time.  Queen Luna is looking for her tribe and wants to feel some sort of meaningful membership somewhere or somehow i.e. this is who i am and this is my group. 

One’s heart can identify with the community at this time to a great extent and the tribe (in whatever way the emotional nature identifies tribe) will be prominent when seeking happiness, security and emotional nurturing.  The only red flag with this one would want to be careful not to be overly influenced by group energy–we’re talking about a Uranian house after all and Uranus/Aquarius is pretty much alone in a group.

Just a bit of trivia:  Aquarius is thought to have a connection to circulation, the blood circulation in the body.  In Horary astrology it is thought to represent the partners ability to have children since it is 5 houses away from the 5th of the other partner.  But, that again is trivia.

The hopes and fears archetype originates from the connection with Jupiter (Horary astrology).  It is said that Jupiter has it’s joy in the 11th  and thus, the house of hopes/fears/wishes comes from this source.

The 11th House is also thought to be the house of the spiritual world servers or servers of humanity–servers of the human race.  And therefore the archetype of group consciousness relates to this house as well as “brotherhood”.  The Moon here finds strangers to bond with who have shared goals and can make friends who seem more like family than biological family.  The 11th house is known to be the house of the ‘soul family’ and finding a niche in relating with humanity or group energy.

I know of some astrologers who start interpreting a chart with the 11th house instead of the 1st house, making the 11th the ascendant. This is because they think of the 11th as the house of the visionary–some people get psychic readings when the Moon is in the 11th because it is though that this house relates to the soul’s vision for the life and the Moon can help them feel the vision as described by the psychic.

Dreams and visions of future can be prominent when the Luna moves through house 11 as well so it is good to pay attention to those on the few days a month that your Moon moves through this house.

The Moon is now in my 12th house and so I will be back to document this last lunar transit through my own houses as a way to help others understand astrology.


 

 

 

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