Deb McBride

May, 2016

Full Moon weekend

May 20, 2016


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Normally I do not send out a blog posting twice in one week. However, we have a rather intense Full Moon this weekend and I felt it was necessary to discuss. This Full Moon falls in the sign of Sagittarius with the Sun having just entered Gemini. It will occur on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 6:45 pm EDT. So it is very early in these signs at 1°. Actually this would be a good time for communication and travel and connecting with people. But this lunation is accompanied by the retrograde Mars, which is also at 1° Sagittarius. This indicates the Full Moon gets an extra punch from the warrior planet. Meaning emotions will be high, relationships could be strained. I wouldn’t recommend this as the time to initiate any sort of dispute or confrontation with anyone you care about. Remember Mars is still retrograde and initiating disputes is not a good idea anyway, but this weekend in particular is a hot time. After the Moon makes its conjunction with retrograde Mars, it continues on through Sagittarius until it reaches Saturn, which is at 14°, where it will arrive 24 hours later on Sunday evening. Since the Moon is separating from Mars and applying to Saturn in 24 hours without a break from a benefic planet, we can say the Moon is trapped, between a rock and a hard place. An old astrological term for this is “besieged” – in this case we say the Moon is besieged because it is trapped between Mars and Saturn. Emotions are squeezed in this trap, the Moon energized from its fullness, not knowing where to release these feelings.

Not only are Mars and the Moon stressed, but Venus is as well. Venus is reaching the end of her annual tour through her sign of Taurus and therefore has aligned herself with the fixed star Algol. Fixed stars are the stars that appear in constellations, they are not planets, but their mythology is present in our lives just the same. Algol is a binary star in the constellation Perseus, and is representative of the eye in the head of Medusa, the Gorgon that Perseus slays and uses the decapitated appendage to turn enemies to stone. Algol was often considered by ancient astrologers to be one of the most dangerous stars in the heavens, often found in the charts of despots and the unfortunate souls who receive their wrath. To be aligned with Venus during an intense Full Moon means the goddess is NOT happy. She will be irritable and snapping, to say the least. 

In the case of this weekend’s lunation, there may be an event that causes a confrontation, perhaps an inevitable one. If so, try to “keep your head” – as opposed to Medusa – and not lose your temper, it’s important to elevate consciousness during this time and act with deepest integrity. Though Algol makes us profoundly aware of life’s suffering, the challenge of Algol is to come to terms with it and not dismiss it. When one has a true and deep knowledge of this human experience, one can use it for good in this world. 

What is the best way to handle all of this energy? You may not have planets at these degrees of the zodiac in your chart. However, if you feel frustrated and want to take action, exercise, walk. Most importantly, keep moving forward on your path of full potential. The support is the grand earth trine between retrograde Mercury in Taurus, Jupiter in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn. Much will be revealed by the shining Moon and don’t forget, Mercury goes direct on Sunday and we shall have the information we need to proceed with our next steps.


May 18, 2016

IMG_7399It’s been an interesting few months, astrologically speaking. I can’t say it’s been fun. I am watching people become paralyzed by anxiety, struggle with decisions, feel impatient and frustrated because they can’t move forward. I wish there was a simple solution. We have many planets in retrograde: Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Pluto and they are speaking to one another. Jupiter just went direct on May 9,  providing some relief and a knowledge that good prevails and we will come out of this. We all must remain optimistic, even though we are exhausted.

Mars retrograde in Sagittarius does not give us energy, hence the exhaustion. It doesn’t let us move forward in the ways we are accustomed to moving. It requires inordinate patience, which is not Mars’ forte. We want to be going about our business in the usual way, but something doesn’t feel quite right. Our plans feel fragmented, we don’t know if we are on the right path and therefore, we are paralyzed. But Mars is helping us review some aspects of our lives where we need to do some tying up of loose ends. So, what were you doing in October/November 2014? Can you recall? This was the period where Saturn was in Scorpio and affecting a portion of everyone’s chart. We will revisit this in June and July, as Mars passes through that same area of the zodiac. It will help us sweep the rest of those issues from our lives and we will have the ability to free ourselves up through Scorpio’s transformational essence. Mars will go direct on June 29.

Mercury retrograde in Taurus slows down our thinking process, so we can attempt making decisions in a very considered way. But it has been a circle of confusion. “Yes, I’m going ahead with plans. No, I can’t do that. Yes, I must go ahead. Wow, I really can’t do this.” Couple this with the Mars story, and your head is spinning. Makes for difficult sleep, awakening with anxiety. Mercury will direct itself on May 22, we can expect some clarity at that point. 

Saturn has been retrograde since the end of March. It is in Sagittarius along with Mars and is caught in a somewhat stressful relationship with Jupiter and Neptune. Those two planets are full of light, optimism and big ideas. They can also be full of poppycock and balderdash. Saturn sits in between questioning both of them, seeing the sincerity of their motives, making practical decisions. We determine what is possible. Saturn will go direct August 13. 

Pluto has been retrograde since April 18 and will station direct on September 26. Pluto is coming to the end of its dance with Uranus that we’ve been experiencing since 2011. I have written much about this aspect on this blog. Now is the time for all the efforts we have made in our evolutionary journey to bear fruit. Where is your life changing? How do you see the fruit of your labor? This is an important step forward onto the next phase of our life paths. If you are in a place in your life where you are ready to let your mastery shine, then you have brought forth an awareness of your expertise during this journey.  It’s time to use that expertise for the good of yourself and others.

These are interesting questions to ponder – remembering 2014, thinking about all you’ve experienced since 2011, using your energy wisely. I believe that spending a little time with the answers will give each of us a fresh perspective, some clarity and a new sense of direction.










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