Spirit-Blaze: Full Moon at 8° Sagittarius

At 8° Sagittarius (decan I), the full Moon is emblazoned by the fiery ferocity of Mars. Sparked by spirit-blaze, this lunation ignites the psyche’s potential liberation from varied realms of restrictive experience.

Forming a grand (fire) trine with Arian Chiron and the Leo North Node, this lunation has the power to pulverize façades, erupting the healing properties of truth. By aligning one’s inner guidance with devoted vulnerability, the ameliorating potential of this trine is activated.

At 9° Sagittarius, fixed star Antares conjuncts Luna, further accentuating the Mars-Jupiter energy of this scorching lunation. Antares, the royal scarlet star of Persia at the core of Scorpio’s constellation, consists of the words Ant and Ares, where the “former means against, or in opposition to, and Ares is the Roman name for the planet Mars and Aries” (Carey). ANT-ares refers to the de-structive energy of Mars, also known as Ta Who, or the Great Fire. Mythologically symbolic of extremes, Antares cautions against self-sabotage via unresolved obsession. However, thematically, this star generates success via transformative regeneration, and, in paran with the moon, a willingness to confront penumbras. In parallel, Jupiter (Sagittarius’ ruler, now retrograde in Scorpio), proposes that the ferocious fire of this lunation is suitably steered into illuminating the psyche’s shadow. Jupiter encourages the expungement of antiquated belief patterns. It facilitates the release of repressed growth by confronting fears and liberating the Self from mental impediments.

The Full Moon is one of speed and erupted vision, birthing ideas through the imagination’s velocity. This decan stirs scenes of physical and mental swiftness, potently swaying in accordance with inner vision. In the Yavanajataka, the imagery presented is that of “a man whose bow is drawn and whose speed is as violent as a horse’s. He has a knowledge of chariots and weapons…” The bow, vehicle for the body, transports swiftness toward its intended target. Analogous to the arrow or bullet, dissuasion is futile once the will’s motion is set, although mobility must eventually cease. Despite the planetary urge for swiftness, Mars’ conjunction to the Aquarian South Node cautions against over-exertion and the necessity to regenerate one’s vitality by adjusting trajectories to a measured pace. Augmenting the internalizing influence of Jupiter retrograde, Mars, ruler of Scorpio, is in retrograde shadow (as of May 12th). Instead of reliance on external acceptance, the preferred path fully aligns with heart-centered authenticity.

The blazing lunation’s journey is cleansed by the brilliant billow of a grand water trine (perfected the following day as Venus reaches 15° Cancer). Jupiter’s trine to Piscean Neptune evokes the potential for potent spiritual expansion, perforating portals to higher consciousness. Cancerian Venus, occupying a third water sign, fosters compassionate grace and altruistic love with depth of emotional expressiveness. Expanding concordance, the Full Moon sculpts a Mystic Rectangle, fortified by the lunar nodes at 7° 33′ of Leo and Aquarius, accentuating elemental fire (Leo and Sagittarius) and air (Aquarius and Gemini). The Fire-air combination is an exceptionally creative pairing that harmonizes ideas, inspirations, and plans with the capacity for execution.

This lunation’s precipice, forming a potent yod with the Gemini Sun and Leo North Node, is governed by Saturn, the final dispositor of this Moon’s chart. The Timekeeper’s somber lessons echo an inner serenity of surrender and wisdom in knowing that the highest possible outcome is naturally embedded in the essence of experience. While Kronus’s cold rings may stir fear in attempts to control life’s natural oscillation during this Full Moon, elevated potential is accessed through the soul’s relinquishment of boundaries from barred experience.

The Sagittarius Full Moon occurs on May, 29th, 2018, at 10:19 AM ET.

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Fire in the Natal Chart

Fire in the Natal Chart

Bestiarius apocalypsi (summer). Etching, dry point, mezzotint, 17x14cm, 2004

Fire in the Natal Chart: Understanding the Four Elements in Astrology

Fire in the Natal Chart

Fire: General Qualities and Associations

Agni, Sanskrit for fire, has three forms: fire, lightning and the Sun. Of the four elements, fire is said to reach the highest altitude of light. The yang, or masculine, diurnal fire triplicity includes Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. In Plato’s Timeaus, fire is represented by the tetrahedron, and considered to be both hot and dry. Likewise, in medieval astrology, heat and dryness, qualities of the choleric temperament, are ascribed to the fire element.

Fire: Its Function and Expression

Fire is the active expression of energy that provides basic comforts: warmth, protection, and nourishment. Fire, the elemental life-force, expresses strength through activity, spirit, and initiation. As an element that requires temperance, fire simultaneously severs and fuels, destroying or enriching with the warmth and vigor that activates existence. Its heat is the elemental ‘armour’ that protects against winter’s frost and decomposition. Fire is the element of motivation, courage, and stamina, it is the innate drive to achieve in the presence of light and vitality.

Fire Equilibrium in the Natal Chart

A balanced quantity of fire in the natal chart affords motivation, strength, ambition, self-reliance, and optimism. Balanced fire offers the successful initiation and promotion of new enterprises, projects, and idealistic ventures that demand a vast reservoir of dedication, courage, and vitality. The native’s strength, when steadily employed, can be endless, and is coupled with forthright honesty and enthusiasm. It is important for the fire native to be granted freedom of self-expression.

Fire-Void in the Natal Chart

The fire-void manifests as a lack of dynamism and the motivation to actualize goals, projects, and endeavors. Self-esteem can be hindered with an underlying current of apathy, resulting from the weakened primordial energy afforded by the qualities of fire. Challenges and obstacles can paralyze the fire void native, while crises may take a relatively longer time to manage and triumph. Usually, the residual psychological effects of major threatening circumstances tend to reside within the individual long after the experience has culminated. Little emphasis in fire often indicates a significant obstacle in the manner which one approaches the scope of experience. All activities, including dietary and exercise regimens, should be performed in moderation, in order to prevent extinguishing energetic reserves.

Excessive Fire in the Natal Chart

An excessive emphasis of fire in the natal chart can exhibit restlessness over-active tendencies, and the need to generate change at all costs. The native’s social interactions can become challenging as a result of unintended impulsivity, unforeseen destructiveness, insensitivity, and crudeness. Under affliction, this uncontrolled force generates extravagance, over-confidence, and self-indulgence. Primitive traits are marked, accentuated by ego-exaltation and excessive self-importance.

Physical Correspondences and Remediations

The digestive system often suffers as a result of little emphasis on fire in the birth chart, resulting in debilitated food assimilation. If the individual is also lacking in earth, simultaneously, dietary intake should be carefully scrutinized since there exists a lack of digestive strength to absorb heavy, concentrated foods. Ayurvedic remediations provide a beneficial aid in ameliorating said imbalance. Additionally, the motivational impetus of fire, when weakened, can affect mood, particularly if coupled with excessive water. Therefore, a combination of moderate exercise and proper nutrition can be invaluable starting points.

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