The Sun–Moon Lunation Cycle

The Sun–Moon Lunation Cycle

      Both the Sun and the Moon infuse our day-to-day world with potent energies. If you follow the ongoing trajectory of these two planets, you already know this.(1) However, for some of us (myself included), it often helps to have a consistent astrological reminder for the occurrence of New and Full Moon lunations — what their symbolic astrological significations are — and how we can consciously apply this language to our individual and collective lives.(2) 

     Although every lunation is symbolically powerful, eclipses are especially so! In the mundane astrological world of countries, politics, etc., these super–intense eclipse lunations can be disruptive to stock markets, political agendas, and cause unexpected earth events.

     Individually, if we follow the celestial dance between the Sun and Moon, we can know when and how to intentionally embark on important creative prospects and align with our soul’s evolutionary intent —  our destiny.

Following is a brief description of all eight (waxing and waning) lunar phases. Please note that each one of these phases also relate to the lunar cycle that you were born under:

  • New Moon: This is the first phase of the lunar cycle and is generally an auspicious time to begin something new. Imbue your psyche with positive ideas, begin new projects, start new relationships, initiate new ways to be free and independent.
  • Waxing Crescent: During this period, you will want to continue to integrate the New Moon energies into your life. Give all your attention to nurturing the dreams that you began under the New Moon phase.
  • First Quarter: The focus now is for self-renewal, self-love, and self-confidence. Attend to your own needs and practice self-care.
  • Waxing Gibbous: A great time to continue with your creative ideas and initiate new artistic interests. Focus on being true to yourself. Relish in your unique authentic expression.
  • Full Moon: Refine your hopes, wishes, dreams, and desires. Focus on attracting love, friendship, and prosperity. Practice gratitude for all you currently have and celebrate your life.
  • Waning Gibbous: Use this time to attune to the needs of others. Altruism and philanthropic endeavors flourish now.
  • Last Quarter: Place your attention on your inner world: go within, meditate, journal, pay attention to your dreams — tap into your inner power!
  • Waning Crescent: Hidden secrets and knowledge are revealed. Past life memories and prophetic visions can arise.

1. Here is a website that tracks the phases of the Moon for your location.
2. For a reminder of the important monthly lunations you can sign up for my newsletter here.

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© by Linda Kaye

Christmas Solar Eclipse

Christmas Solar Eclipse

9:12 p.m. PST
° Capricorn

The Winter Solstice initiated what is proving to be a powerful Astrological end to this decade and the Christmas Solar Eclipse is ushering in a much-anticipated and potent New Year.  What’s interesting about these two Astrological events is that they are both occurring in the sign of Capricorn. Several themes are at play here: indicating the need to let go, tear down, restructure, and rebuild; and facing your fears, taking responsibility, and embracing your true authenticity.

Under this Eclipse you’ll want to be cognizant of family, work, or other security and responsibility dynamics. Evaluate if you are in right relationship with yourself and others. You may feel the powerful buildup of paradoxical energies — similar to a volcano — that can allow you to release your emotional and financial insecurities, while simultaneously motivating you to root out self-defeating anxieties and irrational fears. In short, this Christmas Day Eclipse is asking each of us to search deeply and awaken to our personal and collective paradigm shifts.

Powerful psychic energies give birth to new information as the light of the luminaries darken during an Eclipse. Once an Eclipse is complete, you are presented with an opportunity for rebirth. An Eclipse occurs when the Sun, Moon, and Earth are in alignment with the nodal axis of the Moon. The nodal axis points define your own personal destiny. With this New Moon Solar Eclipse occurring in the sign of Capricorn, you are each being called to use the gifts of your destiny with integrity and wisdom.

The Sun symbolizes creativity, strength and outward expression. It is the energy that gives you the confidence to plan for your future. During a Solar Eclipse, you can find yourself searching for your inner light among the shadows and darkness created by the mind and ego. The discomfort of this situation is designed to quicken your evolutionary journey since, ideally, you will strive to eliminate the limitations that create suffering in your life.

The ancient sages felt that Eclipses were a time for meditation and learning; it is a special time to honor the spiritual aspects of your life. Try to keep your schedule light, remain internally focused, eat only pure foods, and do not consume alcohol. The veil between earth and the heavens is thinner during an Eclipse, allowing you to more easily connect to the eternal universal wisdom that is your divine essence.

The energies of an Eclipse can be felt a few days before and after they occur. They happen in pairs and the second — a Lunar Eclipse — will occur on January 10, 2020.

Copyright 2019 by Linda Kaye

Full Moon in Gemini

Full Moon in Gemini

19°51′ Gemini
Wednesday, December 11, 9:12 p.m. PT

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.  ~ Buddha

The study of Astrology and the planetary cycles offers an amazing opportunity to understand the evolutionary and spiritual purpose of each zodiac sign. This understanding provides a capacity to see beyond the veil and to release judgments, opinions, and criticisms of others. When we truly understand that everyone around us is on a unique individual evolutionary journey and we focus on our own individual spiritual path, we become liberated.

The last Full Moon of this decade is in the communicative and versatile sign of duality — Gemini. Gemini is driven to discovery through curiosity and enjoys gathering and dispersing information. However, if it takes in too much information, too quickly, it can experience mental fluctuations and unrest. Gemini is flexible, playful, and ever youthful.

A Full Moon always occurs when it opposes the path of the Sun on the zodiac ecliptic. This month’s Full Moon occurs with the Sun in the fiery sign of Sagittarius. Sagittarius is the Astrological sign associated with the quest that takes us in search of our individual cosmic truth. This pair is emphasizing the need to see our true nature and to eliminate any limiting thought patterns (Gemini) and outmoded belief systems (Sagittarius) that are keeping us from the purest essence of our authentic self.

Mercury, the “Messenger of the Gods” is the ruling planet of Gemini, and it’s also moving though the sign of Sagittarius during this Full Moon. Gemini and Mercury are both associated with our thinking and communicative processes. Experts have proven that our thoughts can create positive or negative effects within our lives, the lives of others, and nature. Therefore, this thought-provoking Full Moon in Gemini, with its emphasis on Sagittarian — truth vs. belief — is an excellent time for each of us to contemplate the following:

   What are my individual beliefs at this moment in time?
   What stories and thoughts am I currently creating about my reality?
   Are my beliefs and thoughts reflecting my individual desires and
   destiny — my personal truth?
   If not, what is needed for me to allow a change of those thoughts and

There is a criterion by which you can judge whether the thoughts you are thinking and the things you are doing are right for you. The criterion is: Have they brought you inner peace?  ~ Peace Pilgrim

Schedule your 2020 Astrological Consultation!

Copyright 2019 by Linda Kaye

Trick-or-Treat with the Ultimate Trickster — Mercury

Trick-or-Treat with the Ultimate Trickster — Mercury

Mercury moved into the sign of Scorpio
on Thursday, October 3 and will make its retrograde station in Scorpio on October 31 or All Hallow’s Eve,” a Scottish term that most of us know as Halloween. Yes, we are in for some interesting trickster shenanigans during this upcoming retrograde period (Oct. 31 – Nov. 20). You may also wish to note that Mercury’s total duration in the sign of Scorpio is just over two months, since he doesn’t move into Sagittarius until December 9.

Scorpio is the zodiac sign most associated with all things Halloween — specifically, the underworld. Mercury travels about with the intent of delivering clear and concise messages. Known as “the messenger of the gods,” he’s not afraid to travel to the places that many fear — beyond the veils of our physical realms — the deep Scorpionic unconscious.

Masks, monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and haunted houses are deemed the dominion of traditional Halloween spirits and spooks. Fortunately, these are generally metaphors for the unsettled feelings that Scorpio seeks to make conscious. Facing our personal demons, shadows, and “the truth” can be quite scary at times. Life and death (transformation), power, passion, deep intimacy, and all things associated with these dynamics, are Scorpio’s domain. Corruption, money, sex, obsession, abuse of power, disempowerment — these uncomfortable themes, and more, may be unveiled in our external and internal environments during the next two months.

Scorpio is the water sign that relates to deeply buried emotions and the destructive patterns attempting to mask them. This Mercury period has the potential to suddenly illuminate hidden agendas and encourage long overdue transformation. If you desire change, you will want to embrace this powerful Mercury Retrograde cycle to transmute and transform your life. Ask that any hidden actions or thought processes be illuminated, so they can be acknowledged. Once acknowledged, a deep transformation can occur.

Facing personal truths and purging yourself of addictions or manipulative habits require strength, courage, humility, faith, and other qualities of a soul with stamina, because you are not just changing yourself; you are changing your universe. Your soul is a compass. Change one coordinate in your spiritual compass and you change your entire life’s direction.   — Caroline Myss

Click here to learn more about Mercury Retrograde.



Copyright 2019 by Linda Kaye

Passion and Prosperity with the Scorpio New Moon

Passion and Prosperity with the Scorpio New Moon

Sunday, October 27, 2019
8:38 p.m. PDT

4°24′ Scorpio 

“Scorpio teaches us that passion happens only when we bring all of who we are to what we are experiencing.” — Olivia Matus

This month’s New Moon in Scorpio ushers in an annual and auspicious celestial event known by the Hindus as Diwali or The Festival of the Lights. It is a time of celebration and lighting of lamps to honor the light of consciousness that exists within each of us. Diwali also marks the beginning of a new financial year. Households and businesses begin new accounting ledgers dedicated to the Divine Mother and Lakshmi — the goddess of love, grace, and financial abundance.

Scorpio is the zodiac sign that symbolizes death and rebirth, so it is no coincidence that the Sun is transiting the sign of the Scorpion during Halloween and Dia de los Muertos, the two holidays that recognize and honor dead souls. This month’s New Moon also falls in the domain of the Scorpion and will highlight personal power dynamics, possessions, other people’s money, passion, love and sexuality, and deep internal transformations (often referred to as alchemy).  As a water sign, Scorpio represents our emotional realm, and most specifically our subconscious – the underworld.

Mercury is also in the sign of Scorpio (along with the Sun, Moon, and Venus), and is preparing to make its third and final retrograde cycle for 2019 on Halloween day. Astrologically, Mercury is associated with communication and our thought processes. Some say that our voice and the words we choose to speak create our karma. Since words are based on our thought processes, we therefore must consciously change our thoughts so that we can affect the words we speak. Karma isn’t a bad thing, rather it’s quite simply the law of cause and effect: To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

“Situations seem to happen to people, but in reality, they unfold from
deeper karmic causes. The universe unfolds to itself, bringing to bear any cause that needs to be included. Don’t take this process personally. The working out of cause and effect is eternal. You are part of this rising and falling that never ends, and only by riding the wave can you ensure that the waves don’t drown you. The ego takes everything personally, leaving no room for higher guidance or purpose. If you can, realize that a cosmic plan is unfolding and appreciate the incredibly woven tapestry for what it is, a design of unparalleled marvel.”
   ― Deepak Chopra 

Additionally, Uranus, the planet of change — in the earthy and personal zodiac sign of values — Taurus, is making an exact opposition to this powerful Scorpio New Moon. We can summarize the importance of this aspect in just a couple of words: change of personal values. Uranus in Taurus is asking us to awaken to our authentic truest values and Scorpio wishes to eliminate that which is no longer in alignment with our personal destiny.

This New Moon is a favorable time to rejoice in your transformative meditations and request that the goddesses of grace and good fortune, (Venus, Aphrodite, and Lakshmi,) bestow their gifts of love, peace and harmony, abundance, and the light of inner awareness into your life.

Scorpio Full Moon Key Words: Passion, Secrets, Illumination, Wealth, Power Dynamics, Possessions, Love & Sexuality, Death & Rebirth — Alchemical Transformation!

Copyright 2019 by Linda Kaye

Mercury Retrograde: 2019

Mercury Retrograde: 2019

Upcoming Mercury Retrograde Period

Oct. 31 – Nov. 20, 2019
(27°38′ Scorpio to 11°35′ Scorpio)
Pre-shadow period begins Oct. 11 – 31, 2019
Retrograde begins on Oct. 31, 2019 (27°38′ Scorpio)
Stationary direct on Nov. 20, 2019 (11°35′ Scorpio)

Completes post-shadow period on December 7, 2019

In general, Mercury is the planet that astrologically represents travel, communication and our thought processes. Known as the Messenger of the Gods, Mercury’s role is to speedily deliver clear and precise information. Retrograding 3-4 times a year, when the planetary trickster strikes, many of our daily activities go haywire.

Mercury also rules electronics and is often blamed for all types of technical mishaps with cell phones, electric devices and computers, warranting an important time to backup your computer files. In general terms, machines of all kinds tend to act strangely and take on a Murphy’s Law theme.

Remain flexible and prepare for delays and miscommunications of all kinds. It is best to avoid signing any contractual agreements as matters begun during Mercury retrograde periods tend to take unexpected twists and turns in the future. During Mercury retrograde periods we often find ourselves revisiting past projects or situations that once again need our attention. It is also a time period, however, when we often hear from or feel compelled to reach out to old friends or lovers whom we haven’t spoken to in some time.

Although Mercury retrograde periods may seem frustrating at times, they provide opportunities to review or finish up old projects, contact old friends or clean out the closet and garage. It’s an opportune time for introspection and deep thought.

Note: Planets do not actually move backwards (retrograde). A retrograding planet is the result of an optical illusion due to its relative speed from our point of view on Earth.


Past 2019 Mercury Retrograde Periods

March 5 – 28, 2019
(29°39′ to 16°06′ Pisces)

Pre-shadow period begins February 19 thru March 5, 2019
Retrograde begins on March 5, 2019 (29°39′ Pisces)
Stationary direct March 28, 2018 (16°06′ Pisces)

Completes post-shadow period on April 16, 2019

July 7 – July 31, 2019
(4°28′ Leo to 23°57′ Cancer)
Pre-shadow period begins June 20 – July 7, 2019
Retrograde begins on July 7, 2019 (4°28′ Leo)
Stationary direct on July 31, 2019 (23°57′ Cancer)

Completes post-shadow period on August 15, 2019

Copyright 2019 by Linda Kaye


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