Finding Worth with the Lunar Eclipse

At 21:39 (GMT not BST) on 16 July, we will enjoy the full moon at 24 Capricorn 10.

Full moons bring things to fruition, things you might have commenced at the new moon (the total solar eclipse) in Cancer two weeks ago. This probably had something to do with some personal housekeeping in any number of areas, depending upon what part of your chart was highlighted by the eclipse. 

As you probably know, with this eclipse the full Moon passes directly behind the Earth and into its shadow. This eclipse is a penumbral eclipse where the Moon only enters the partial shadow of the earth. Because it is difficult to see, it often doesn’t get much attention. But astrologically, every eclipse is a ‘wild card’, playing out someplace in our natal charts.

With this eclipse, you might expect experiences and events questioning the true worth in things in the sense of whether you find them truly valuable or just give them lip service, because everyone else does.

Junk is the ideal product…the ultimate merchandise. No sales talk necessary. The client will crawl through a sewer and beg to buy.

William S Burroughs.

Like that earlier solar eclipse two weeks ago, this lunar eclipse is part of the 19-year Saros Cycle. So, if you’re wondering how this might play out for you, think back 19 years. Also remember that you may start to feel the effects of an eclipse up to six months prior and 12 months after the actual event.

If you’ve any questions or concerns about this, when not undertake some astrological coaching. Coaching is about change, not just any change, but structured and well-considered change that you want to implement in your life. Astrology provides the perfect picture of where you are right now as well as where you might want to be in the future. Put astrology and coaching together and you have a road map, one that you might well wish to follow!

Eclipse of the Day

Today (2 July 2019) we will experience a powerful solar eclipse. It will occur at 19:24 (GMT not BST) at 10 Cancer 42. The moon comes between the earth and the sun and quite literally, the ‘lights go out’.

phases of an eclipse

This eclipse will fall someplace in everyone’s chart but if it effects a sensitive natal aspect (planet or midpoint) or falls on your angles (i.e. the cusps of the 1st, 4th, 7th, or 10th houses), you’ll really feel it.

The eclipse will function like a power surge, provoking a crisis of some sort, something with which you’ll be forced to deal.

Remember that with a solar eclipse the conscious (Sun) is obscured by the unconscious (Moon) in such a way that you can expect your true feelings about something – or someone – to come through loud and clear. In addition, a solar eclipse always occurs on a new moon so if this eclipse impacts you powerfully, take it as a fantastic opportunity to use this information to commence a whole new 19-year cycle. If you cold use some help in this regard, consider astrological coaching!

The effects of an eclipse can be felt as much as six months prior to the actual date and up to one year later.

Do you have natal planets that are between 8-12 degrees of Cancer, Libra, Capricorn, or Aries? If so, check out the following carefully:

  • Sun: You were born to be the hero of your life story – but sometimes from fear or false modesty, you delegate this role to another. When an eclipse makes an aspect to your natal Sun, you can no longer avoid assuming the starring role in your life. Expect issues with authority figures like parents or bosses, all those to whom in the past, you’ve abdicated your personal power.
  • Moon: Throughout life, you seek the security and safety that you enjoyed in your mother’s womb. You feather your nest, stock the pantry with yummy foods, and surround yourself with all that which makes you feel comfortable. But when an eclipse makes aspects your natal Moon, something – a new living situation, a change in health – will leave you feeling exposed.
  • Mercury: You define yourself through your names, rank , and serial number – your position in the pecking order at home, school, or in the workplace. When eclipses aspect natal Mercury, prepare for a changes in the way in which you define yourself.  Mercury is the storyteller. It’s time start writing your life story from a different perspective.
  • Venus: Wouldn’t you just love it if you’d been born with self-confidence, great relationships, fabulous looks – not to mention oodles of cash?! Eclipse aspects to Venus remind you that you don’t always get that which you might think that you deserve. This realisation usually comes through financial challenges, relationship transitions, or flagging self-esteem.
  • Mars: Mars operates as your personal guard dog – protecting your home, your reputation, your family, defining your boundaries. When an eclipse makes an aspect to your natal Mars, the watch dog is stirred up and straining at his leash; take what’s yours, but just make sure no one gets hurt.
  • Jupiter: Do you love an adventure? Taking a chance, making a gamble, an exotic trip to somewhere you’ve never before been? When an eclipse makes an aspect to your natal Jupiter, you’re revved up to have a go, take that chance, do whatever you think is needed to get your life back on track.
  • Saturn: When an eclipse makes an aspect to your Saturn, you may feel worn out and/or discouraged. Maybe you’ve your outgrown your present life  it or maybe you’re still playing by outdated rules? Just remember that you’ll never get anywhere by blaming others for your difficult situation. Regardless of how things got this way, only you can take the positive action needed to make your life better.
  • Uranus: When an eclipse makes an aspect to your natal Uranus, you may feel like a misfit, a clown, a scapegoat – and, well…let’s be honest –  that hurts. Recognising who are and are not your friends, is a key challenge now. Identify only with groups that allow you be yourself.
  • Neptune: Now is the time to examine your blind spots, examine your faith, and dispute that which you’ve always believed was indisputable. If you’ve been fooling yourself  – hiding away from reality, then expect a wakeup call.
  • Pluto: We all have a darker side; feelings of rage, jealousy, and/or fear. These make us weaker, slaves to our emotions, not to mention allowing those who are self-possessed to further manipulate us. When an eclipse makes an aspect to your natal Pluto, expect to confront the dark side – either in yourself or in those you’ve allowed to embody it for you. Power struggles are the order of the day.

Get fired up

At 8:32 (GMT not BST) on 17 June, we will enjoy the full moon in Sagittarius.

Full moons bring things to fruition. Expect this one to fire you up about that which absolutely needs to be said. This may not be easy, but if it’s honestly important to you, it will prove worthwhile. The possibilities are endless. Take a chance and make it happen now.

Stand up and fight for that in which you believe, shout it from the rooftops, and mean what you say. 

If you have leadership potential, now is the time to demonstrate it regardless whether those whom you seek to impress seem to notice or care. Simply being willing to be ‘out there’ – ‘up front’ – ‘in the line of fire’ – carries its own tangible rewards.

Just don’t get defensive, fanatical, or violent. That’s not what this is about.

Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, but rather the hero’s heart.


BEWARE: Some folks will try to shoot the messenger if they don’t like the message delivered. Even though you’re speaking from the courage of your convictions, stay safe and know when to back off.

  • What would make you feel most empowered in this situation?
  • Do you honestly believe what you’re about to say?
  • What does this situation tell you about yourself? 


At 10:03 (GMT not BST) on 3 June 2019, we will enjoy the new moon in Gemini, and what a pleasure this will be.

With this new moon, you have an opportunity to commence polishing your skills on what until now, might have been a long-forgotten talent. Get back in touch with your natural strengths and abilities and ensure that you are always in a position to use them to your best advantage.


Imagine a pianist who has been diligently practicing on her instrument since childhood finally getting her once-in-a-lifetime chance to play at Carnegie Hall. To enjoy a smashing success that night, she needs not only to have learned her craft to the highest standard, but also be able to concentrate on the flow of her music whilst at the same time being attentive to her audience. Most importantly, she must be passionate about her music and utterly able to share that passion. Our pianist has stories to tell, emotions to elicit, and drama to be played out on her keyboard.

Rewards come to she who is well-rehearsed and confident in her performance.

  • What would it take to enjoy such a moment?
  • What plans do you have to make it happen?
  • Which of those plans will you put into action on such an auspicious day?

Make Magic with the Full Moon

At 21:13 (GMT not BST), we will enjoy the full moon in Scorpio.

When you discover the place in which you feel truly at home – you’re in a unique position to move into your own and quite literally ascend to your throne.

Happiness is not about reaching the castle gate, but instead the magic of finding it. 

Yet how often do we spend the better part of our lives searching for the perfect place (or job or relationship) only to discover we’ve been trying to fit into places and situations where we do not (and never will) fit?

By the light of this full moon, you have an opportunity to find the place where you truly belong, even if it’s only in your dreams. Once you know where it is – what it looks like – how it feels – you can move toward it in real time.

  • As you move toward your most inspired goal, what do you notice about who you are becoming?
  • When was the last time you were in a situation like this?
  • What would your heroine do next?

Stormy Weather

Today, on 4 May at 22:47 GMT (not BST), we enjoy this year’s new moon in Taurus.

Smile and the whole world smiles with you…

Stanley Gordon West

This new moon reminds us that even in times of hardship and discomfort, we can still choose to present a brave face.  Even the darkest cloud has a silver lining (albeit, perhaps, well concealed) and when you find it, your situation starts to improve.

Even the darkest cloud has a silver lining

This is not about faking your feelings. Neither is it about putting on a superficial show of strength. Instead it is about taking advantage of research that suggests that your body chemistry actually changes so as to reflect what’s showing on your face.

In addition, your facial expression and body posture effects what other people think of you and this, in turn, plays back in a way that impacts your self-image. The message you choose to project to the world at large always goes a full 360 degrees.

  • What are you doing well?
  • How were you successful this past week?
  • What would your hero or heroine do in this situation?

Plato was a bore

At 11:13 GMT today, 19 April, we will enjoy the full moon in Libra.

Surely it is a good thing to have developed your own philosophy of life and even better when you strive to adhere to it. There’s nothing worse than someone who spouts platitudes and then conveniently forgets them when it comes to taking action.

Plato was a bore.

Friedrich Nietzsche

But there is a danger to thinking too much, not the least because it then becomes all too easy to justify everything and anything.  


Every full moon brings things to fruition, and with this one you can expect insight as to just how much you live in your head.

Every full moon also brings emotions to the forefront and to the extent there’s any clash between your head and heart, pay very close attention. The chances are good that you’ve been overthinking something and to continue that approach is no longer in your best interest. 

  • What resonates for you?
  • What does it feel like?
  • How else could a person handle this?

Fairy Godmothers

You pray in your distress and in your need: would that you might pray also in the fullness of your job and in your days of abundance.

Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

On 5 April at 8:52 GMT (not BST), is this year’s new moon in Aries.

Now is the perfect time to get in contact your fairy godmother and/or guardian angels. Guides, nature spirits, and magical helpers of all sorts are almost always around, especially when you believe in them and trust in their presence.

So, if you’ve been struggling to get all that you need to do done, have faith that if you ask for help, you’ll get it.

Equally, keep in mind that God (and fairy godmothers and guardian angels) prefers to help those who help themselves, so don’t forget that you’re asking for help to get your work done, not someone to do it for you.

Where’s your fairy godmother?

While you’re at it, you might also ask your fairy godmother or guardian angel to support someone else also in need and to set a good example for her (or him), you might get the ball rolling by offering that someone your own helping hand. 

  • What action will you take?
  • What is the next step?
  • When (time and date) will you have completed this?

Beauty Slips Away

At night the watchmen of the city say, ‘Beauty shall rise with the dawn from the east’. And at noontide the toilers and wayfarers say, ‘We have seen her leaning over the earth from the windows of the sunset.’

Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet.

beauty slips away

With this full moon in Libra (1:44 GMT) on 21st March, catch a fleeting glimpse of beauty before it slips away. 

If you see it, make mental note of how it looks and feels because the moment something becomes manifest it is already in the process of decay. 

Let this be a reminder that however much you might not wish to let go of something or someone, time never is on your side. It is only in your memory that you are able hold fast to anything but then the question immediately becomes whether or not it is in your best interest to try.

  • If you had it to do over again, what would you do differently?
  • In the bigger scheme of things, how important is this?
  • What will you think about this five years from now?

Quiet Moments

At 15:05 GMT on Wednesday, 6 March, is the new moon in Pisces.

Where shall you seek beauty, and how shall you find her unless she herself be your way and your guide?

(Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet)

New Moon in Pisces

With this new moon, you have the opportunity to open yourself to higher forces. Such gifts come with quiet moments, when you’ve taken time out for meditation and contemplation.

Under this influence, creative projects that have failed to come together (or even get started), may find a new lease on life, a new form. Solutions to problems that have long evaded you, could come in a flash, when you least expect them.

Be prepared. Write them down.

  • What would it mean to take full advantage of your inspirations? 
  • Why not turn on the tap of creativity and let blockages become unblocked?
  • Where is your muse?