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!! OMG Stars: New Moon in Scorpio, November 2020 !!

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OMG Stars is an astrology column written by queer astrologer Amelia Ehrhardt (@soft_aspects). Every two weeks, on the new and full moons, Amelia interprets the upcoming astrology with a focus on how to navigate current events (astrological and global). Book an appointment with Amelia here.

New Moon in Scorpio and Mars Stations Direct

Spooky season continues this lunation with a new moon in Scorpio the day after Friday the 13th and coinciding with the Mars station.

I have noticed this Mars retrograde manifesting for my clients with huge variety. Some clients have experienced extreme irritability, some very low energy, some low sex drive, some extra anger. I’ve noticed fights coming out of the woodwork (of the “I thought this was over?” type) and I’ve noticed anger simmering on a backburner. This retrograde has taught me a lot both about Mars and its home sign of Aries, and I feel I’ll be working through these understandings for awhile yet.

Stations are when a planet changes direction in the sky from the perspective of earth. Stationing retrograde is when the planet begins to appear to move backwards, and stationing direct is when it appears to movies the “correct” direction again. On station days, the planet moves particularly slowly as we come to a kind of cosmic stand-still. The US Presidential election showed with starting literalness how a Mercury station day coincides with slow distribution of information. Moments when astrology is just so achingly true.

Mars stationing in Aries, I am hopeful, could be a bit of a pause in arguments. If you’re in the middle of a heated debate, take this weekend off to consider. Mars retrogrades are fairly uncommon, happening only every two years, so think back to June 26th – August 27th of 2018 for personal insight on how you experience Mars retrogrades (with those two dates being the times of the station).

The new moon in Scorpio, meanwhile, feels to me a beautiful lunation given that Mars is the traditional ruling planet of Scorpio (with Pluto being the modern ruler). What do Scorpio and Mars have in common? Mars is all action, all will, all energy, and Scorpio is secretive, passionate, intense. When I think of Mars and Scorpio I think of s e x. This new moon coinciding with a Mars station is, to me, a horny moon. A good time to work with ~sexual energy~.

The new moon also begins new cycles in the part of your chart that Scorpio rules. The horoscopes below, written most specifically for your rising sign, describe which area to look to and how I suggest you take this energy of potential renewal.

And also, of sex.

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!! OMG Stars: Full Moon in Taurus, October 2020 !!

OMG Stars by Amelia EhrhardtOMG Stars is an astrology column written by queer astrologer Amelia Ehrhardt (@soft_aspects). Every two weeks, on the new and full moons, Amelia interprets the upcoming astrology with a focus on how to navigate current events (astrological and global). Book an appointment with Amelia here.

Full Moon in Taurus, October 31, 2020

Happy Halloween. Joyous Samhain.

When people say on the internet that “the veil is thin today,” we aren’t just talking about the spirit realm. @avecastrologie pointed out in an Instagram post today that “ghosts are anything that haunts,” which makes me reflect that being haunted is more than just being a slutty blonde girl living in a mysterious old mansion with a spooky basement.

Our pasts haunt us. Our mistakes. Our exes. Our families. Our wounds. Our choices.

When we are doing poorly, our previous happy times haunt us. Memories haunt our present and make us fearful of the future.

Scorpio, whose season we are in the thick of, is about the occult and the darkness and the dead, but it is also about the past. Of every part of the Zodiac, Scorpio holds the most fervently onto the past and to nostalgia. The present Mercury retrograde, which began its cycle in Scorpio and is now in Libra, has likely brought out all kinds of nostalgias and thoughts of the past. Today’s full moon in Taurus, conjoined with Uranus retrograde in the same sign, is at once a chance to let go of our past comforts, but also to respect them.

Full Moon in Taurus, October 31 2020On Samhain, practitioners honour the dead in many ways, often by setting a place at the table for our ancestors or setting up altars (for some informed and wise words on the significance of Samhain from someone who knows a ton more than I do, read the most recent Instagram post by @catalystcommunityherbals). With today’s full moon, think about how to honour the ghosts of your past in a similar way. Taurus is a sign of comfort and pleasure, and although it is difficult to let go of things which have once been comforting or pleasurable, it is critical to do so in order to make room for the new.

Celebrate this time of renewal by honouring the death of your past self as you would a loved one. Your old life, your old routines, your old comforts are gone now, perhaps forever. Culturally, we must allow these old ways to die so that we may envision a future of comfort for all instead of few.  Let go of the comfort of convenience, of immediacy, of consumption, and move towards a comfort in slowness, a comfort in patience, a comfort in care.

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!! OMG Stars: New Moon in Libra, October 2020 !!

OMG Stars by Amelia EhrhardtOMG Stars is an astrology column written by queer astrologer Amelia Ehrhardt (@soft_aspects). Every two weeks, on the new and full moons, Amelia interprets the upcoming astrology with a focus on how to navigate current events (astrological and global). Book an appointment with Amelia here.

New Moon in Libra, Friday October 16th
Mercury retrograde in Scorpio, until November 3rd

The golden light of Libra season is one of the ways that I best understand this sign. Where I am now writing this, I’m north of the city in a cabin, the sunset is brilliantly orange on yellow trees: it’s almost offensively pretty. This feels so apt for me for Libra season, a sign I’ve often described as The Carrie Bradshaw of the Zodiac.

On the one hand: Aesthetics! Pretty! Harmony! On the other hand: Indecision! Dependency! Surface level! The beauty of Libra season in this part of the world quickly gives way to Scorpio season death time and I love the way that Libra shows us that the skin between beauty and transformation is always very fragile.

The new moon this past Friday brought the moon into a pattern with the big players of 2020 – Mars, Pluto, Saturn, and Jupiter – meaning feelings (the sun) and our center (the sun) were implicated in the big patterns of the year. The way that patterns of anger, defensiveness, destruction and fear have been playing out throughout this year on the global stage has been reflected in our personal lives since Mars entered Aries in June, and anytime the Sun and the Moon have joined the conversation, these dynamics have increased.

New Moon in Libra October 2020Meanwhile, Mercury stationed retrograde in Scorpio last week. The ways the Internet describes Mercury retrograde are forever a gift to me: Mercury is rollerblading; Mercury is doing the renegade. The urgency of Mercury retrogrades mean that this backwards dance is always so palpable – I think especially lately given that Mercury rules communication and technology (i.e. the Internet) so when it is retrograde and the Internet becomes unreliable it’s particularly stressful.

In the sign of Scorpio, Mercury retrograde will absolutely intensify conversations. Disagreement will be so possible, misunderstanding will feel like a personal affront. As best you can, work to not take disagreements personally, and remember to take everything as a learning opportunity.

Scorpio is here to teach you the depths of possibility, and if you resist it, those depths feel like a cold plunge instead of a cleansing bath.

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!! OMG Stars: Full Moon in Aries, October 2020 !!

OMG Stars by Amelia EhrhardtOMG Stars is an astrology column written by queer astrologer Amelia Ehrhardt (@soft_aspects). Every two weeks, on the new and full moons, Amelia interprets the upcoming astrology with a focus on how to navigate current events (astrological and global). Book an appointment with Amelia here.

Full Moon in Aries, Thursday October 1st

Mars Retrograde in Aries, through November 14th / Mercury Stations Retrograde in Scorpio, October 13th / Saturn Square Mars, through October 7th / Neptune Sextile Jupiter, through October 27th

Looking at the chart for the full moon, I’m immediately struck by how un-aspected it is: the planets are not particularly speaking to each other, not in relationships where they’re able to see eye to eye, or even see each other at all: they’re just barely even speaking. It isn’t just that there’s conflict, it’s that no one is even willing to come to the room. It’s pretty hard to work through disagreement when people aren’t even willing to talk to each other.

Few things could characterize this full moon in Aries more. Lately when describing the archetypes of Aries to my clients, I’ve been describing this moment in Legally Blonde:

Elle Woods, determined and driven, marching through a crowd shouting the word, “ME!!!!”.  This, perhaps even more than the bend and snap, should be one of our major takeaways from this canonical piece of cinema.

But Reese Witherspoonisms aside, that Big Me Energy can really drown out the words of…well, everybody else. All the planets taking their own “ME” moment so elegantly describes the feeling of this moment. So many of my clients and friends are coming to me to talk about really difficult interpersonal dynamics, bad fights, disagreements, or really confusing behavior from friends and lovers. I’m hearing (and also, I will be honest, saying), a lot of things along the lines of “everybody is so angry right now.”

And, hello, Mars retrograde, it’s definitely true. But looking at the chart for this full moon and reflecting on all the planets in their own little bubbles, I thought…ok, it’s not as though we ourselves are exempt from “everybody”. I know I’ve been working through a lot of anger lately too. And while part of me feels inclined to say, it’s Libra season, we need to find connection, etc…this full moon is not particularly conducive to connection. Particularly with the Mercury retrograde coming up, I am much more seeing a message about autonomy.

Full Moon in Aries, October 2020So with this big firey moon, with astrology of misunderstanding all over, I ask you to lean into the good kind of selfishness. Not the parts that prevent future connection, but the parts that make connection possible. Which is not to say that you should cut yourself off and hermit (not unless you want to) – just consider that if it feels like everyone around is being an asshole right now, um, then you might also be, too.

This full moon in Aries is a huge lunation, with Mars and Chiron both alongside in the same sign, and the big Cardinal energy of 2020 still being activated. The new moon in Aries this year took place on March 24th, 2020. New moons are times for setting intentions, and full moons are times for letting go. Think about how you learned to protect yourself around the end of March.How you started getting yourself through this time.

Now that we are six months (but really, at least a decade) older, and wiser into the Pandemic, think of which of those strategies you can release. Suggestions for which area of your life to look into for this release will be written into your rising sign horoscope, but really, whatever it is that you pulled aboard at the end of March that you now feel needs to be discarded, do that first.

As the witches say, full moon blessings, homosexuals.

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!! OMG Stars: New Moon in Virgo, September 2020 !!

OMG Stars by Amelia Ehrhardt

OMG Stars is an astrology column written by queer astrologer Amelia Ehrhardt (@soft_aspects). Every two weeks, on the new and full moons, Amelia interprets the upcoming astrology with a focus on how to navigate current events (astrological and global). Book an appointment with Amelia here.

The sense of possibility that comes with the start of a new academic year is deeply nostalgic to me. There’s nothing astrological about September that suggests renewal per se, but I can’t help but find the orderly energy of Virgo following the wild energy of Leo to always feel like a reset. With a new moon in the sign, that feeling of renewal begins to make astrological sense to me as we experience the potential collective reset of all things Virgonic.

Virgo is just one part of the Zodiac that is poorly understood. The sign of meticulousness, of detail, of service is often seen as ornery, nitpick, and boring. I personally *love* Virgo and am here to affirm Virgo traits for all my Virgo readers. Virgo will help you move on a dime. Virgo will offer actually useful feedback. Virgo will have remembered to do the thing that you didn’t think needed to get done before you even thought of it. Virgo will pack you a lunch. This sign is helpful.

New Moon in Virgo

This new moon, alongside the sun having formed a brief trine to Saturn this week, gives us opportunity to evaluate the ways that we are in service. The ways we help each other. The ways we take on thankless tasks. Saturn in Capricorn has us clinging to old ways of being that Pluto is telling us are time to go: with this new moon in a fellow earth sign, the astrology offers us a gentle push towards seeing that letting go of these structures can actually be helpful.

The long lasting square between Mars and Saturn is highlighting tensions that are butting heads in distinct parts of our lives. Ways that one conflict highlights trauma in another area: the fact that our lives are interwoven. I hope that the changes 2020 has brought to us can be there to show us that it’s unrealistic to leave our personal problems at home (especially when we work from home), or to not let financial troubles bring us down every day. Some people can compartmentalize but many of us cannot, and should not be punished for it.

We are experiencing massive, existential, ambiguous loss and grief right now. Allow yourself to experience it. To experience and grieve the losses and changes that this year has brought to your own life and to the world around you. It is okay to be afraid of what is happening right now. Do not back down from your feelings. Show up for your grief and fear and feelings with your full self. I’m gonna really show my cards here and quote the Bene-Gesserit Litany against Fear:

“I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

As for me, I’m counting down the days til the new Dune movie is released just before the winter solstice.

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