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January 31, 2018  5:37 am   PST

When the Sun is shining bright in Aquarius even though we are  still cold in winter…the Moon is reflecting the light in Leo reminding us when we were still hot in summer six months earlier…polar opposites of the Aquarius/Leo axis. Thus we continue the current lunation cycle that began 14 days ago at the New Moon. Where Aquarius proclaims freedom and love of community…Leo roars with need of attention and love of friends.
Leo rules the heart and is associated with the Sun. I like to think of this Full Moon as a night of  lighthearted  fun!  With the Sun (our core identity) in Aquarius and the Moon (our mood) in Leo…it will be the eternal drama between the head and heart…the heart hath its reason, which reason knows nothing of…an act of love whether for humanity or vanity is still a form of love. This is the time to act and attract the change that you feel in the Heart Chakra/Solar Plexus (both located just above the belly button and near the heart).

All the world’s a stage and we all play our part in it. Leo wants to be in the spotlight and receive attention. Some of us will create drama in our lives in order to feel the recognition that we need. It is a fire sign that can make us somewhat restless and frisky. Romance can be extra hot on this fiery Full Moon which ignites the first signs of spring  fever. This Full Moon occurs during the midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox. In fact, the month of February is named after the Ancient Roman Goddess Februa who presided over the fever and passion of Love…

Sun lights up the daytime…Moon lights up the night…Everybody’s got the fever…That is something you should know…Fever isn’t such a new scene…Fever started long ago…

It is no wonder that we celebrate the Festival of Romance with white, red and pink hearts on Valentine’s Day. Vali was a Norse archer god (Valiant, Valour)  while Cupid/Eros was the pansexual Roman/Greek deity of erotic love. Personally, I feel that this celebration of Love has been corrupted by the belief system that love is so conditional; that showering someone with flowers, candy, cards or dinner professes one’s undying love. It is more than simply a Hallmark holiday. Should love be exclusive to couples only? There are so many ways to show that you love someone without having to buy their affection. Remember, there are many degrees of love and it is not to be measured by the monetary value of a gift or extravagant dinner. What an honour it would be to have a loved one create a heartfelt dinner, and then for us to return the favour with a hot bubble bath and an erotic massage. There are a multitude of ways to say: I Love You!

 Personally, it is more of a celebration of the One Heart that beats and loves us all unconditionally on this magickal and mysterious tour between birth and death. Love is the absence of fear, so be fearless. To have courage literally translates to have heart. It takes courage to risk being hurt when dealing with affairs of the heart. If you want to be loved, then love. Some people are too proud to risk wearing their heart upon their sleeve. They claim that they have been hurt and betrayed too many times and are unwilling to open their own heart chakra.  They would rather be fierce and allow that proverbial thorn in the lion’s paw to keep them wounded. Perhaps the thorn that pierces their wounded heart could be gently removed by an act of compassion and love. when the heart is full..the eyes overflow…

This is a great night to gather with lovers and friends. As I mentioned, Leo is a fire sign and can ignite this Full Moon night. This is no time to play mind games with ourselves or with others. We all can become a bit self-centered during this time, so play fair. It is the Moon to entertain and to be entertained by going to a concert, the theatre, a sports game or a night on the town dancing. Sitting around a fire with a group of friends would definitely warm up the night. Focus on being creative and having fun…and yes…even a heart to heart with a lover or friend can channel the restless energy.

The Sun in Aquarius (Freedom) is being mirrored by the Moon in Leo (Loyalty) and reminds me of the lion in the film Born Free. Don’t we all just want to be…free? Maybe even a bit wild? With the Sun in the sign of Humanity  and the Moon in Leo of taking heart…is what courage requires with seeds of compassion. In the jungle, no lion sleeps tonight. Remember, not everyone can be the King or Queen of the Jungle all of the time, so make room on your personal stage to allow others to shine in the moonlight too!

A note on Eclipses and Blue Moon: Due to its orbit this full moon will appear bigger and brighter. Some astrologers believe that a blue moon is when two consecutive full moons fall in the same astrological sign rather than the same calendar month. Eclipses are very symbolic of being mindful of not eclipsing the light of others nor allowing others to Eclipse your light.

Live by the Sun, Love by the Moon…

(c) Richard Barrett  2018

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Artist: Josephine Wall

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July 31, 2015  3:42 am  PDT

Once in a Blue Moon…no…the moon isn’t the colour blue…but maybe because it is alone in the Sign Aquarius this time round. There are usually three moons each season. Many farmers and early agriculturists gave names to the full moons. The first summer moon was Early Summer Moon…next Midsummer Moon…and finally Late Summer Moon. Sometimes there are four moons in a season and this moon is called a Blue Moon.

Aquarius is associated with the planet Uranus which was discovered in 1781 only a few decades after electricity was harnessed and began the flow of energy that would invent and power the light bulb (popping up over the heads of the inventors, genuises and other scientists with ideas that were considered eccentric during that time) and charge such inventions as the battery, camera and hot air balloon.  Uranus was also discovered between both the French and American Revolutions. So Aquarius came to be associated with freedom, revolution, rebellion, electricity, eccentricity, technology, the New Age and last (but not least) community and being humanitarian. Some Aquarians can send a shocking bolt out of the blue because many of them are great thinkers with eccentric ideas. As Einstein said: imagination is far greater than knowledge.
Here we are, centuries later, shifting into the Age of Aquarius. Change is taking place at a more rapid pace, we spend our valuable energy on trying to change so many things at once but as the saying goes: the more things change, the more they remain the same.  Even Shakespeare said: Striving to be better, oft we mar what is well.  So we expend our resources attempting to change the world around us.  Many  people attempt to change others out of fear and ignorance.  Our differences are Our similarities.  Change our attitude and we change our world.  Nothing is constant but change.  Therefore, as a human ( man or woman) we create and affect change everyday.  We engage in change all the time… if you want to make change… this Full Moon is a perfect opportunity.  If you follow the Solar/Lunar Way this is the day…we are all a part of the global community.

Commune means to come together, not only as a group but to honour and respect (take a closer look) the Free Spirit within us all.  Perhaps this is why Moon in Air Signs such as Aquarius are emotionally reserved taking the time to allow the waters of the unconscious to pour out of the urn of their subconscious mind (air).  Aquarius is the Water Bearer…nothing is as soft as water, but who can withstand the raging flood?   Water represents the emotions.  I feel it is important in this Age of Communication to be not only mindful but also heartful. This is why many people feel disconnected and want to belong.  Social Networking is a result of the Leo/Aquarius axis.  The Sun in Leo wants to receive love and attention…deep down yearning for acceptance…recognition and approval in a very competitive society…and willing to risk all individuality to belong to a group, cult or even a gang.  This is not the lion’s roar…this is the rebel’s yell.

Aquarius is also the sign of the humanitarian. Many persons with Moon in Aquarius can antagonize others when it comes to their somewhat aloof personality with Other becoming emotionally shocked at times when they feel intimidated…losing their sense of freedom. Like many Air Signs they are easily bored and crave excitement. Mercury (Communication) is still in Leo. Here is where the Leo/Aquarius axis comes into play and the mood changes like the flip of a coin…one moment attached and the next detached…flying like a bat out of hell screaming: freedom!     

The Full Moon in Aquarius reflects the Sun in Leo and illuminates the mind with the changes we feel compelled to make while in a state of playfulness in the summer heat.  We want to be engaged with others while at the same time needing our freedom. Remember…a whole lot of something can be a whole lot of nothing. Friendship is key…loyalty fundamental. If you are seeking an affair then shine and make certain to be in the spotlight flirting for a summer fling.  So the cycle continues in the eternal ebb and flow of evolution and revolution.  Gather with friends in positive action rather than negative reaction.  There is a time to dream and a time to awaken.  Be a part of the solution. Be a Rebel with a Cause!

(c) Richard Barrett 2015

Artist: Josephine Wall

Artist: Josephine Wall

February 18, 2015  3:47pm  PST

“I didn’t change…I just woke up.”

This New Moon will be in Aquarius for one minute before moving into dreamy and sensitive Pisces. The Sun which is currently also in Aquarius will be moving into Pisces a few minutes later. Some refer to this as a Blue Moon when the current New Moon is in the same sign as the previous one. Mercury is still in Aquarius but no longer retrograde! Aquarian energy is all about revolution and resolution!  I can feel the season changing as the days grow longer…and feel the energy of the seeds about to break through their shell and germinate with the perpetual gift of life. If you actually take the time to feel the earth beneath your feet…you can almost sense the restless seeds that are breaking open, soon to emerge into the light of day and germinate with the gift of change. It all reminds me of the Persian Proverb: take the time to find a seed within your heart and bring forth a flower

This New Moon begins with the Sun (Motivation) and the Moon (Mood) in the Sign Aquarius…joined by *Mercury (Communication) which is also in Aquarius. This is the Second Chance New Moon also known as the turn around moon…so take a good look at what is happening in our global community…it is a reflection of all the energies in our innerverse. The humanitarian aspect of Aquarius will also stir up rebellious energy to social and political injustices.  If everything is a reflection like the sun’s light upon the moon…then perhaps we could look within and seek communion with our Higher Self…to make change where change begins. It is reconciling both the Masculine and Feminine Principles within each of us…bringing harmony with the yin and yang energy.Aquarius is associated with the planet Uranus which was discovered in 1781 only a few decades after electricity was harnessed beginning the flow of energy that would invent the light bulb (metaphorically popping over the heads of the new inventors and scientists with innovating ideas) charging such inventions as the battery, camera and hot air balloon. Uranus was also discovered between both the French and American Revolutions. So Aquarius came to be associated with freedom, revolution, rebellion, electricity, eccentricity, technology and the New Age. Here we are centuries later shifting into the Age of Aquarius.

Change is taking place at a more rapid pace, we spend our valuable energy on trying to change so many things at once but as the saying goes: the more things change, the more they remain the same. Even Shakespeare said: Striving to better, oft we mar what is well. So we expend our resources attempting to change the world around us. Even some people attempt to change others out of fear and ignorance. Our differences are our similarities. “Change our attitude and we change our world”. Nothing is constant but change. So being human (both man/woman) we create and affect change everyday. We engage in change all the time….yes, nothing is constant but change. Therefore, if you want to make change the Crescent Moon following is a perfect opportunity. We are witnessing change on every level in our world. Revolutions have been happening since the dawn of our existence. We are all a part of the global community. Commune means to come together to honour the Free Spirit within us all. Perhaps this is why a lot of Air Signs such as Aquarius are emotionally reserved taking the time to allow the waters of the unconscious to pour out of the urn of their conscious mind. Aquarius is the Water Bearer…nothing is as soft as water, but who can withstand the raging flood? (Lao-Tse). Some Aquarians can send a shocking bolt out of the blue because many of them are great thinkers with eccentric ideas. In Aquarius we transform energy from water into electricity…we allow our tears to flow out of the chalice of our hopes and fears…we begin to feel the shift of the new calendar year and strive to remain in gear with our resolution and intention that we make with ourselves and others. So the cycle continues in the eternal ebb and flow of revolution and evolution. It is time for a recharge. Be a part of the solution. Be a Rebel with a Cause!

(c) Richard Barrett 2015

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August 20, 2013  6:44 PM  PDT

Once in a Blue Moon…no…the moon isn’t the colour blue…but maybe because it is alone in the Sign Aquarius this time round. There are usually three moons each season. Many farmers and early agriculturists gave names to the full moons. The first summer moon was Early Summer Moon…next Midsummer Moon…and finally Late Summer Moon. Sometimes there are four moons in a season and this moon is called a Blue Moon.

Aquarius is associated with the planet Uranus which was discovered in 1781 only a few decades after electricity was harnessed and began the flow of energy that would invent and power the light bulb (popping up over the heads of the inventors, genuises and other scientists with ideas that were considered eccentric during that time) and charge such inventions as the battery, camera and hot air balloon.  Uranus was also discovered between both the French and American Revolutions. So Aquarius came to be associated with freedom, revolution, rebellion, electricity, eccentricity, technology, the New Age and last (but not least) community and being humanitarian. Some Aquarians can send a shocking bolt out of the blue because many of them are great thinkers with eccentric ideas. As Einstein said: imagination is far greater than knowledge.
Here we are, centuries later, shifting into the Age of Aquarius. Change is taking place at a more rapid pace, we spend our valuable energy on trying to change so many things at once but as the saying goes: the more things change, the more they remain the same.  Even Shakespeare said: Striving to be better, oft we mar what is well.  So we expend our resources attempting to change the world around us.  Many  people attempt to change others out of fear and ignorance.  Our differences are Our similarities.  Change our attitude and we change our world.  Nothing is constant but change.  Therefore, as a human ( man or woman) we create and affect change everyday.  We engage in change all the time… if you want to make change… this Full Moon is a perfect opportunity.  If you follow the Solar/Lunar Way this is the day…we are all a part of the global community.

Commune means to come together, not only as a group but to honour and respect (take a closer look) the Free Spirit within us all.  Perhaps this is why Moon in Air Signs such as Aquarius are emotionally reserved taking the time to allow the waters of the unconscious to pour out of the urn of their subconscious mind (air).  Aquarius is the Water Bearer…nothing is as soft as water, but who can withstand the raging flood?   Water represents the emotions.  I feel it is important in this Age of Communication to be not only mindful but also heartful. This is why many people feel disconnected and want to belong.  Social Networking is a result of the Leo/Aquarius axis.  The Sun in Leo wants to receive love and attention…deep down yearning for acceptance…recognition and approval in a very competitive society…and willing to risk all individuality to belong to a group, cult or even a gang.  This is not the lion’s roar…this is the rebel’s yell.

Aquarius is also the sign of the humanitarian. Many persons with Moon in Aquarius can antagonize others when it comes to their somewhat aloof personality with Other becoming emotionally shocked at times when they feel intimidated…losing their sense of freedom. Like many Air Signs they are easily bored and crave excitement. Mercury (Communication) is still in Leo. Here is where the Leo/Aquarius axis comes into play and the mood changes like the flip of a coin…one moment attached and the next detached…flying like a bat out of hell screaming: freedom!     

The Full Moon in Aquarius reflects the Sun in Leo and illuminates the mind with the changes we feel compelled to make while in a state of playfulness in the summer heat.  We want to be engaged with others while at the same time needing our freedom. Remember…a whole lot of something can be a whole lot of nothing. Friendship is key…loyalty fundamental. If you are seeking an affair then shine and make certain to be in the spotlight flirting for a summer fling.  So the cycle continues in the eternal ebb and flow of evolution and revolution.  Gather with friends in positive action rather than negative reaction.  There is a time to dream and a time to awaken.  Be a part of the solution. Be a Rebel with a Cause!

(c) Richard Barrett 2013

New Moon in Gemini

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June 19, 2012  8:02 AM  PDT

ACT II

The Sun and the Moon are currently doing a double take of the Sign of the Twins, Gemini…the last New Moon was also in Gemini. Being the sign of opposites and duality can become a brain teaser game of thoughts that are lost in translation. I would attempt to integrate any conflicting ideas that do not rest well with our heart. The majority of humans have two eyes, two ears, two nostrils, two hands that are perceived and received by the two brain hemispheres. So we believe what we perceive…or do not. We have two lungs to deeply breathe with receive the life giving air. Whenever I am conflicted regarding opposing energies I think about a battery and how it requires both positive and negative charges to function. Our thoughts become words as we use our two hands and two feet moving into action.

Cogito Ergo Sum translates: “I think, therefore I am”,  which was coined by the French philosopher Renee Descartes. Gemini, being an Air Sign, is a Creative Thinker or Genius. The New Moon is a great time to continue the journey toward the within. Our thoughts may turn inward, only to move outward, as we will want to communicate with others. A lot of Gemini types appear to have their head in the clouds…up to where they belong. However, it is important for Gemini to allow their feelings to be experienced in the heart, rather than the head. The heart hath its reason, which reason knows nothing of ~Blaise Pascal. Mercury, the Winged Messenger, ruler of Gemini is busy playing mind games with our sense of security in the Sign Taurus (Money, Possessions, Security, ). Think about what true security means. We may traverse down memory lane and want to complete any unfinished business both personal and professional.

Venus (Love, Harmony, Attraction)  is also conflicting the heart and head being retrograde in Gemini…yet here the head and the heart can meet upon a common ground which enables us to open up and articulate our emotions.

Gemini is the social butterfly that loves to flutter around and experience all of the variety of flowers in bloom. Sometimes the Social Gemini Moon can attract gossip and create needless misunderstandings. Make an effort to communicate effectively and to listen to others. Remember the children’s game Whispering Down The Lane? You whisper something into one person’s ear that is passed on to the next person and by the time it reaches the end of the line it has become totally out of context. Be mindful before speaking. In other words, put your mouth in gear before you speak (unless there is room in it for your foot).

Media has become overloaded and our minds downloaded with alot of negativity being reported in the news. There is just too much information at our disposal. We are being left to our own devices and experiencing the world through cyberspace. This is a great time to turn off the TV/Cell Phone/Computer and tune in to the transmission of the planet and all our relations on an organic level. We are the center of our universe. Everything we think and do has an impact upon ourselves and our immediate surroundings. If we are restless and require distraction, then perhaps we could learn to meditate while practising deep breathing. Gemini is associated with the lungs and nervous system. Think of ways to create Positive Action, then breathe life into it. Yes, the universe exists with both positive and negative energy. We need to bring any opposing forces together through integration.

A world in black and white, hath no colour. The Light Spectrum refuses no colour. How would we know day without night? Get outside and bear witness to the beauty that nature paints for us in every moment. As Albert Einstein said: Imagination is far greater than knowledge. Dare to be different. When you change your perception, you transform your world. Remember to respect that other people’s Way may differ from your own. Same planet, different worlds.

There are many myths about Mercury/Hermes, the Ancient Messenger God, who was also known as the Patron of both Merchants and Thieves, as well as surfers and skateboarders in modern time.. Thoughts and ideas can travel fast like quicksilver in the archetype of the Gemini Genius. I suggest reading about his myth, and also the story of his counterparts; the Egyptian Thoth and Norse Loki. This is the New Moon to begin a journal. Many people use journals for calendars, appointments and goals…rather than self-reflection and expression. Forget the attitude and think gratitude. Start focusing on the wins, rather than the losses in your life. Whatever you do, try to do it with an open mind and most importantly with an open heart.

One more time with feeling…

(c) Richard Barrett 2012


Blue Moon in Aries

Friday October 22, 2010
6:36 pm  PDT

Once in a Blue Moon when the Moon is full it will be in the same astrological sign as the previous one…it happens only once a year because there are only 12 months but a 13 Lunation Cycle. You may want to read the Full Moon in Aries blog from last mo(o)nth.

Aries can be a very dynamic sign and its association with weapons, fire and explosion can literally mean dynamite!  It is the first sign with the impulse to act and it all begins with Self. It is from that personal place of individuality that a spark is ignited giving us the energy to act.  Energy can be explosive or implosive. Being a Fire Sign it is associated with inflammation, headaches, fevers, tempers flared and anger. When this type of energy lacks a healthy outlet for positive action it can fester inside us and eventually erupt into a volcano of destruction. It is said: repression leads to depression or even compression of a valuable driving force. Sometimes we need to be quick and impulsive to fuel those desires of self-expression when restless, whether it manifests as passion, exercise or simply moving in some direction.  The planet associated with Aries is Mars. Ares was a Greek god of War however the Romans named him Mars. Mars has been referred to as the red angry planet however, that is because of its link to the sometimes chaotic and aggressive deity. The Martial Arts are a perfect example of directing energy and force in a sporting way without the needless violence.  It teaches that the best fight is no fight.


People with Aries prominent in their birth charts can be pioneers through positive action. They are passionate about whatever they do and the ambition that propels them into action may lead them to careers as firefighters, paramedics, ER workers, athletes, activists, peace corps and the military to name a few. Not all Aries types are as bold and impetuous as described above. It boils down to:  aggression vs assertion.

The Full Moon is again in Aries reflecting the Sun in Libra. In the Spring it was the opposite: the Sun was in Aries and the Full Moon in Libra. All of the energy of Spring was raw and ready to blossom into new life.  Now that energy is being used to prepare for the Season of Autumn.  The trees that blossomed months ago are now on fire with warm yellow, orange and red leaves. The amber sun sets in orange glow with black silhouettes of evening shade…giving us the colours of Samhain or Halloween. The Season of Decay.

The Sun will soon move into Scorpio where Mercury, Venus and Mars are already placed. Powerful, intense energy that can be channeled into profound transformations. May we act with conscience and be the change we seek in the world.

(c) Richard Barrett  2010