December 2019 Full Moon – Ending A Decade


The December 2019 Full Moon occurs on December 12th at 12:12 am, in the sign of Gemini. Called the “Cold Moon”, or the “Long Nights Moon”, it is the last full moon of 2019, and the last full moon of the decade. In essence, we are releasing not only what currently no longer serves us well, but what no longer serves us well from the past decade. What we do now helps us enter the year 2020, and indeed the next decade, with minimal baggage.

The Full Moon shows us the concentrated/peak energy of that particular cycle. While New Moon energy builds, Full Moon energy wans, or decreases as we move through it. Under the influence of Gemini, our thoughts and how we express them predominate. (Gemini is a very chatty sign!) This woud be a good time to take a deep breath before saying anything! Being tactful and being tactless are the opposite ends of a very wide spectrum, with serious consequences.

The challanges for this Full Moon come in the areas of love/relationsip and finances. Any fine tuning that you will be doing will be in this area. This is an emotional time – use your instincts to guide you, don’t try to “logic” it out.

What works for us this Full Moon is its inherent healing energy. We can make best use of this Full Moon by making time for ourselves, to recharge and restore who we are. The blessing of this enrgy is that we enter 2020 on a high note, filled with energy, ready to set new goals and move forward.

For those that want to do a Full Moon ritual, here are some for this Full Moon that I found inresting:

(c) December 2019 Bonnie Cehovet
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Chinese New Year 2012 – Year of the Water Dragon

January 23rd is the first day of the Chinese New Year for 2012. It is also a new moon, and the first day of the first lunar month in the Chinese calendar. The year 2012 is the 4709th year in the Chinese system, and is the Year of the Water Dragon. The dragon is a legendary creature, and is considered to be a symbol of power from heaven.

The dragon Is said to have nine sons: (1) the first son loves music, (2) the second son loves fighting, (3) the third son loves adventure and being a guardian, (4) the fourth son loves howling, (5) the fifth son loves quietness, sitting, fire and smoke, (6) the sixth son loves strength and power, (7) the seventh son loves justice, (8) the eighth son loves literature, and (9) the ninth son loves water.

The Chinese New Year is a fourteen day celebration, welcoming wealth, longevity, and prosperity, and releasing any negative chi from the past. (Very much a concept that we also honor here in the west – not wanting to carry over negative issues into the new year.) While New Year’s celebrations in the west do not have a lot of rules attached to them, the Chinese New Year celebration does carry with it a whole list of does and don’ts.

The dragon is associated with the element of Fire – a dragon year is noted for its intensity, excitement, and unpredictable nature. Lots of drama with the dragon – all created by people taking unnecessary risks! This is a year to not get  too carried away – take a moment, think things over, and look before you leap! The drama that we face in our lives is created by us.

I have a friend who was born under the sign of the dragon. From my perspective, this will be a very good year for him.  He also exhibits the traits that are associated with the dragon – confidence and passion. He also tends, as they say, to rush in where angels fear to tread! Never a dull moment! I should note here that this is a Water Dragon year – the element of Water will temper the fire of the dragon. It opens them up to listening to others, which gives them the perspective to be better leaders.

I spent my teenage years in Seattle, which has a strong Chinese community. One of my fondest memories (and something that I still like to watch) is the presence of a stunning dragon running in local parades.  This is a very long dragon, held up by many, many community members. The dragon not only runs the whole parade, but the different sections are also moved up and down. There is constant movement – one of the most interesting things to watch is team members as they pace themselves to run in and take over a position to give another member a rest period. Incredible timing, incredible group effort.

I look forward to the combination of the western new year (the Year of the Hierophant for the Tarot community), and the Chinese New Year (the Year of the Water Dragon). Bring it on!


© January 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

New Moon In Aquarius

On January 23rd we have two “happenings” – the beginning of the Chinese New Year (Year of the Water Dragon), and the New Moon in Aquarius. The Year of the Water Dragon brings us passion, and a need to be out there “doing thing”. The Water element adds enough of a tone to the passionate element of Fire in the Dragon that the risks we take will be, for the most part, calculated.

Aquarius brings with it the theme of seeking knowledge and experiences. Convention will be set aside so that the new and unique has room to shine. It is a time to put down the foundation for creative projects that push the envelope, that will take you into some very unfamiliar territory. Be willing to walk you talk, and stand behind your work! We are moving away from the Capricorn need for structure, and into the Aquarius need for individual freedom of thought and expression.

During this New Moon we will have the ability to see the bigger picture – to see things with greater clarity, to move into the collective unconcious. This may well help us to settle issues that are shadowing us that we have not been able to put to rest.

What questions might we want to look at this New Moon?

  1. What am I passionate about at this time?
  2. Where and how do I want to express that passion?
  3. What new avenues do I want to explore?
  4. How do the new avenues of exploration fit into my life path?
  5. What old issues need to be revisited, wrapped  up, and released?

What a great start to the new year!

© January 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

January 2012 Cancer Full Moon

The full moon for January, 2012 occurs on the 9th, in the sign of Cancer. This is very much a time of “out with the old, in with the new”! We will be looking at what we need to change in our personal lives to meet the changing world around us – to become more aligned with it. We are looking at issues surrounding our emotional security, and at family issues. We need to look back over our own experiences and claim our personal power. The energy of this full moon helps us to release anything that might be holding us back from making these changes.


How we feel and sense things are going to be in focus during this full moon. As we note our reactions to the changing world around us, we begin to see where we need to make changes in our own “modus operandi” – what we need to release, what no longer works for us. This is a very emotional time – we need to be aware of this so that we do not allow other people to push us into saying or doing something without thinking it through first.


Cancer is all about emotions and personal issues, while the Capricorn moon brings in the energy of career and dealing with the physical world. We will need to focus on bring balance between these two worlds. What we are reacting to the strongest tells us the issues that we need to address first.


Question we might want to ask ourselves are:


  1. What am I nurturing?
  2. What needs nurturing?
  3. What am I currently nurturing that I need to release?
  4. Where am I being creative?
  5. Where do I want to be creative?
  6. What do I need to release to be more creative?
  7. What am I protecting?
  8. What do I need to protect?
  9. What do I need to release?
  10. How do I fit into the changes that I see in society around me?


© January 2012 Bonnie Cehovet





Capricorn New Moon December 2011

Christmas Eve (a big deal with my family – we have Sloppy Joe’s for dinner and then open presents!) brings us the New Moon in Capricorn (to join the Sun that already is in Capricorn). This really makes me happy, as I have a Capricorn Sun and Moon (yes, I do – I was born practically in Canada!), and am very much winter’s child. BTW – in case you have not noticed, I am not an astrologer, I am a commentator. The hard core info re this (or any) new (or full) moon will have to come from someone else.

So, just what does a Capricorn New Moon bring us? The usual energy of new beginning that all new moons are, with a touch of Cappie tenacity, and determination. Whatever we sow this New Moon will have a very powerful intent behind it. Cappies do not do anything half-way, so it should be fairly easy to get a clear vision of where whatever seeds you are sowing are going to take you. Make these seeds the best of the best, and there is great power here.

Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn, asks us to pay attention to our role in society, to what we can contribute to the overall well being of our community. Saturn also asks us to own our personal authority – to walk our talk, to speak up, rather than keeping silent. Be aware that while a new moon is all about new beginnings, when you walk your talk there are things that you will recognize as no longer serving you well, things that need to be released.

Over the past years I have seen change in myself regarding holidays, and I have seen this same change in others. We are not exactly “reinventing” holiday celebrations, but we are fine tuning them and developing new traditions, while at the same time releasing some of the old traditions that no longer serve us well. For me, this was not an easy process, but the world has changed, and I opted to change with it … albeit kicking and screaming at times.

With patience and persistence we can enter the New Year full throttle, filled with intent and purpose, and with a clear vision of that which we wish to create.

Questions that we might want to ask ourselves are:

  1. What do I need to honor in myself?
  2. What do I need to honor in my community?
  3. How can I share my wisdom with others?
  4. What no longer serves me, and needs to be released?
  5. What no longer serves my community, and needs to be released?
  6. What do I wish to accomplish in the year 2012? (Dream the big dream here … don’t hold back!)

Remember that this new moon is taking us into the year of the Hierophant. He is the conduit between the physical world and the spiritual world. He mentors us in things pertaining to our beliefs, or morals, our faith, and how we reflect this in our lives. This next year is going to be one in which we question our belief systems, in which we question our faith, and one in which we will be making the choice to release that which no longer serves us well, so that we can walk our talk. What better sign than Capricorn to help us do this deep inner examination, so that the seeds we are sowing will take us where we want to go!

© December 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

Winter Solstice 2011

On December 21st we celebrate the Winter Solstice – the longest might, and shortest day, of the year. Soon we will begin to see our days lengthening – time seems to really have flown by! A definite marker for the cycle of the seasons, and the cycle of life. To understand how life has changed, think about how the solstice is viewed. In ancient times it was viewed from the point of view of the earth, and it was honored through the building of markers such as Stonehenge. Today, with our technology, we are viewing the solstice from the point of view of outer space.


The most evident sign of the winter solstice is the length of the day – the beginning of longer days, and shorter nights. Winter solstice is celebrated in the Pagan tradition as the time the return of the sun, and a time of rebirth. It represents the beginning of the new year.


Before I present a new solstice spread for 2011, I would like to share an article that I wrote for Tarot Elements about Winter Solstice 2010 – .


Winter Solstice is a time of transition from the old year to the new year. Picture the ubiquitous images of Father Time, representing the old year, retreating, and the baby in diapers representing the new year coming in. Let’s try and combine the energy of cycles with the energy of honoring our connection with Mother Earth.


11 12 13

8 9 10 1 2 3 4

5 6 7

  1. Where I am right now.

  2. How do I relate to Mother Earth?

  3. What do I need to know about my relationship with Mother Earth?

  4. How can I best honor Mother Earth?

  5. What were my challenges in 2011?

  6. Where were my opportunities in 2011?

  7. Who/what supported me in 2011?

  8. What do I need to release from 2011?

  9. What do I need to honor from 2011?

  10. What do I need to carry into 2012?

  11. What am I birthing in 2012?

  12. How can I best support my path in 2012?

  13. How can I best honor myself?

Have fun with this! May this Winter Solstice bring you peace, joy, and hope for a healing, productive New Year!

© December 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

New Moon / Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius

Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to all of my U.S. friends! The very next day, November 25th, we see a New Moon in Sagittarius, and a solar eclipse, also in Sagittarius. Just how much energy can we handle, here! We are seeing a new beginning (new moon) in a mutable sign (Sagittarius). What exactly is that little Archer up to!

My suggestion would be to look at his positive traits, as we draw to us what we focus on, what we hold in our mind. The Archer is very energetic, and carries a tone of optimism and enthusiasm about him. He moves fast, and he enjoys life! In fact, he does like to keep on the move, to explore and learn. You have to watch him a wee bit, as he can be blunt and outspoken. He simply sees no reason not to be. Can definitely be annoying at times!

Now is the time to focus on deepening our understanding of ourselves, and of our goals. Time for a bit of a time out for some personal time. Personal time to tune in, that is, not to tune out! Use this Sagittarian energy wisely! Take this time to define your goals, to make sure that your goals are in alignment with your current beliefs (our beliefs will change somewhat as we come to understand ourselves and the world around us more and more.)

Move past the minute details of your life and look at the big picture. Are you who you want to be? If not, why not? Answer these questions:

* What would make me happy at this time?

* How can I bring that into my life?

* What is out of balance in my life?

* How can I bring it back into balance?

* Where can I stretch myself … where can I extend my boundaries?

* What is holding me back, and what do I need to do to release it?

The New Moon Solar Eclipse squares Mars (as well as trining Uranus). The square to Mars releases some potent energy – impulsive energy that has a few surprises in store for us! Not being one that takes to change – or impulsiveness – easily, it looks like I am in store for a ride! To ground and center myself, I need to remember that the changes that are going on are important changes that need to be made.

This is all about finding our truth, and living that truth in an ethical manner.

(c) November 2011 Bonnie Cehovet


Taurus Full Moon

The November, 2011 Full Moon occurs on Thursday the 10th, in the sign of Taurus. (How very auspicious – my sister and I are headed up to Canada for a seminar on that day!) There is another reason that this Full Moon is auspicious – on Friday, November 11th, we experience the much ballyhooed 11/11/11. (November 11th, 2011) You can read my thoughts on 11/11/11 here – .

Hmmm What does a Full Moon in Taurus bring us? This is a time to remember that not all things are as they seem. We need to develop an appreciation for who we are, for our “authentic self”. If we are not reflecting our authentic self in our day to day life, then we need to take a look at that. One way to ground and center is through how we express our spirituality.

Along with the Full Moon in Taurus, we have the Sun in the sign of Scorpio. Here we see the extremes in emotions (including that little Scorpio stinger!), along with a sense of depth and intimacy. This is a time when we want to get to the truth of things, to “out” all things secret. BTW – Scorpio has a strong will to go along with their (mostly quiet) intensity! All things superficial are out! Scorpio energy can be healing and transformative if positively aspected. If negatively aspected – watch out! Jealousy reigns supreme!

Put together, Taurus brings us patience, while Scorpio gifts us with an astute sense of timing. It will be easy at this time to create calm within the chaos, and to ground and center yourself. This carries importance, as the Taurus Moon/Scorpio Sun can bring with it an internal power struggle, especially relating to material things. Dealing with current or old relationships may be called for, but this is not a good time to begin a new relationship.

Things we may want to look at on this Full Moon:

1. What am I not seeing in my life?
2. How do I feel about power? Do I use it wisely?
3. What am I basing my goals on? Do I need to re-evaluate, release the things that no longer serve me well, and reset my goals?
4. Is trying to achieve my goals costing me more than it is worth?
5. What do I need to take the time to reflect on this Full Moon?

© November 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

Scorpio New Moon



October 26th brings us the New Moon in Scorpio. A New Moon is all about new beginnings, the start of new projects, of being open to new ventures. Sooooo, what energy does Scorpio bring into this mix?

Some pretty passionate energy, I would say. We need to be aware of all of the resources that we have available to us … the people that we know, the experiences that we have had, the skills and abilities that we came into this lifetime with, the finances that we have available to us. Then we need to use focus and intent to put these resources to work for us.


Where is our attention best placed on this New Moon? On ourselves. Yes, we need to place our attention on ourselves. More precisely, we need to look at the areas we feel out of control in. We may be looking at financial, emotional or communication issues, or perhaps some other shadows that are holding us back. The process is to define the issue(s), embrace them, then release them.


After we do this, we need to take a look at what is missing from our life. And I do feel this is a second step – release the old, to make room for the new. Identify the black hole, identify what is missing, then act to bring that into your life. This is a time when we can make changes on both the physical and spiritual levels that will move us forward.


What is your life’s purpose? Do your thoughts and actions fit your path? Are all of your selves (mental, physical, spiritual and emotional) in alignment? Bottom line …. are you an important person in your own life?


© October 2011 Bonnie Cehovet


Full Moon In Aries


I absolutely love October! Tuesday, October 11th, brings us a Full Moon in Aries. Full moon, witches, goblins, pumpkins – woo hoo! (Yes, I had my Halloween decorations up before the end of September!) This Full Moon, as do all Full Moons, will mark the culmination of efforts that we started on the past New Moon. Specifically, Aries energy focuses on things like letting go of blocked emotions, and leaving those more child-like impulses behind. Forget your chronological age – we all have these little impulses, and we need to (a) be aware of them, and (b) not let them influence our lives too much.

If you want to honor the warrior energy of Aries, do so in a manner that shows respect for yourself, and for those around you. Patience, my Aries friends, is the keyword here! Learn to compromise (diplomatically), and know that what you want will come to you if you are willing to wait. Sometimes running after what you want will mean that it takes longer to manifest in your life.

Know that with the Full Moon in Aries opposite the Sun in Libra, that this time is focused oin relationships. Relationships of all kinds. Aries little assertive self brings us just that – focus on self, and the ability to assert ourselves. Libra, on the other hand, is all about balancing the scales, about creating win/win situations, and doing so in a gracious manner. Clearly, this is a situation of self (Aries) versus other (Libra).

Things that we might want to ask ourselves at this time:

1.What am I looking for in my relationship with myself?
2.What am I looking for in my relationship with others?
3.What seems to be out of balance in my relationship with myself?
4.What seems to be out of balance in my relationship with others?
5.How can I best balance my relationship with myself?
6.How can I best balance my relationship with others?
7.What do I need to know about relationship overall?

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© October 2011 Bonnie Cehovet