Friday, 22 May 2015

Expect the unexpected! Love as a Transformational Force:

Today (Friday) Venus is opposite Pluto and squared to Uranus. This may be a turning point for some relationships

Venus is love and relating, Pluto is the transformer (via death, change, crisis), Uranus is the Awakener (via rebellion, new visions, the unexpected)

All together they symbolize love as a transformational force.  

Our relationships will act as the mirror for what we need to face, own, release, leading to deep personal growth. That transformation will come for some through confrontations or sudden change or unexpected turns in the road. Our efforts to control everything might not get us the results we want. Trust is required.

If we try to force (Pluto) our love (Venus) it could trigger rebellion (Uranus). 

‘Letting go’ becomes a radical form of committing to love.

DEEP SELF LOVE is the only antidote to global (and inter-personal) insanity. Moon in Cancer says Love the one you're with (i.e. YOU!)

Communication issues!  

As the Moon moves into Leo over the weekend, emotions can get exaggerated. Leo is all about drama! This fire sign is also warm and generous to a fault but do not take a Leo for granted! Our best intentions to share our feelings can get complicated, due to the current Mercury  retrograde in Gemini.  Words can become misconstrued, twisted round and tied up in knots.  Leo pride gets in the way. 

Neptune's blurring influence  increases the insanity. Misunderstandings and mix ups will force us to PAY ATTENTION!...  as we deal with  muddled communications,  lost emails, technical failures (Mercury rules technology) etc.  As the trickster planet turns everything topsy turvy,  a sense of humour is required, as we sort back through details with a fine tooth comb (without our glasses!!) 

If you are tangled up in  in endless arguments about absolutely nothing!!!  with way too many words (like this post) or  silly details that have you going round and round in circles,   Saturn in Sagittarius says  stop slow down, look at the bigger picture.  

If you  are clinging stubbornly right now to your point of view remember,  the straightest road is not the shortest. 

Many of our core beliefs are  being challenged right now; (it's not supposed to be like this!);  which makes us  defensive,  and confused. This is when some will try to force things. Not a good idea. What a wonderful opportunity to reexamine how we communicate, and free ourselves from  old  assumptions and prejudices.  Its about time we let go of stuff we were taught a long time ago that isn’t really us.

Neptune squaring (blurring) the same planets that Saturn is blocking, adds to the sense of nothing moving forward in a straightforward linear manner.  While we are wandering around lost in the proverbial forest, time and space both move strangely and our thinking becomes defensive, distorted, delusional.   (I'm sure we passed that same tree an hour ago!!... no I'm sure this is the right way...)

Possibly not the best time make important decisions or  sign important documents, although I would trust your instincts. Not everyone experiences Mercury retrogrades in this way. Still, its not a bad idea to double check everything during this transit. A Mercury retrograde is a time to reflect and review. Saturn sitting opposite the Sun and Mars encourages us to take our time and go slow.  Patience will be required as we take two steps forward one step back. 

This is an opportunity to broaden our horizons and develop our ‘spidey sense’.  Time to surrender our egos and get in touch with that inner voice that knows another route not on the city map.

Oops not that one!!

Everyone makes mistakes. We musn't  let self doubt (Saturn) undermine our innate sense of self worth (Sun) just cause things are not going as planned. 

Remember who you are and it will all turnout well in the end. How do I know?  Jupiter in Leo shines brightly, reminding us that we are all magnificent

And Uranus trine Jupiter is currently buffing that shine to an effervescent glow, and  promising us some unusual surprises.   This combo spells Great Good Fortune.

So pay very close attention to everything. (i.e. be PRESENT!) while letting many things pass.  Keep your head held high, your heart open and your intuition tuned to the highest frequency.

 And expect the unexpected!

Saturday, 16 May 2015

New Moon in Taurus: There's no place like home!

New Moon in Taurus Sunday May 17th at 9 pm EDT, and Monday 4 am  May 18th GMT). 

We are now in the 'Dark of the Moon' as we wait for the New Moon energy to begin tomorrow. 
This is an introverted time where our dreams and unconscious wishes, as well as fears,  come to the surface. Pay attention to them now to get in touch with messages from your deep and mysterious self.  Much can be revealed.

 There's some very spacey energy about and hopefully the Moon in Taurus will help ground us a bit.
A New Moon in Taurus wants us to build something concrete out of our dreams and visions.  It needs to feel safe and secure, which starts  with honouring and connecting the ground we walk on and the bodies we inhabit.   How we nurture and take care of both our bodies and our environment reflect our inner values. 'As within so without. ' 

We are far more powerful than we realize. At this New Moon  seed time, our intentions  set the emotional pattern for the coming month, so be clear on what you really want, cause 
'what you focus on grows!'

"This is a celebration of renewal and reinvention, a time to put down the past and to pick up a happier plan for the future. A time for letting go and moving on." Jonathan Cainer 

As Taurus gets us to get in touch with what is important our lives, relationships come to the fore.  At this joining of masculine (Sun) and feminine (Moon) energies, we we will need to be careful of  knee jerk emotional reactivity; Mars proximity adds impatience, aggression and spark  to both our relationships and our endeavours.  It is possible that we are putting too much pressure on each other due to not meeting our own inner needs (what feeds us),  resulting in a push pull between the need to have space vs our need to work things out.   Compromise is the only way to move forward, and laying blame will get us nowhere. 

Warning: Murphy's law is in full force at this New Moon. If anything could go wrong it will!! 
But then again, it could just go right.

 Taurus says 'slow down and smell the flowers'. It is about being grounded in the world we live in and appreciating the beauty in and all around us, about celebrating life as we develop a deeper sense of safety and security.  Thats not always so easy in this crazy world. Its easy to  get distracted now by Mars in Gemini who is busy with so many ideas and plans. Saturn's presence will slow things down and  force us to to stay grounded. This may come  via  complications, blockages and slow downs, and doubts may creep in as to whether we are on the right path.   Saturn in Sagittarius will help us (force us?) to step back to see the big picture, countering Mars in Gemini tendency to worry and to get caught up in  the details. 

 Mercury also has a strong influence on this New Moon.  As the planet of communication slows down to turn retrograde on Monday, it triggers what is called the 'Mercury Storm' . 

The resulting chaos is then amplified by Neptune, the planet of illusion,  meaning what we thought was going to happen is not what is going to happen. On top of that, Neptune’s square to Mars  will add further chaos and  confusion. Luckily, end even though we may resent it, Saturn’s tendency right now to slow down our actions, thoughts and impulses will help  avert mistakes by getting us to  pay attention.   

"Patience, forbearance and perseverance will go a lot farther and be more successful than angry, willful, words and actions." Tom Leshcer, Pele Report  

 Taurus encourages us to develop some stability, and gets us to solidify our efforts and concretize our plans. Yet these other factors adding to the 'Grand Irrationality' could delay the best of plans. Don’t be dismayed at strange turns of events. There is syncronicity even in the midst of madness.  Jupiter and Uranus bring us surprises and good luck just when we think our luck has run out.

If you cannot see an end in sight,  just go very, very slow, step by step, listen closely to your intuition (but not your paranoia) and carefully take this time to review and renew whatever we are working on right now.

Here’s an  example: my son and his family decided to move and at the first eclipse a few months ago, in my sons sign of Pisces, they found and bought a new house fairly quickly. Then on the following new moon, he  put his current house up for sale. Then the market took a down turn and they got a bit nervous.  But amazingly, they solf the house at the next eclipse (endings beginnings) and moved into the new place on the last Full Moon (fruition, completion). Fast and furious and it all worked somehow. How’s that for being in tune with the cosmos?!

Except there were things about the last Full Moon that indicated there would be still things to complete for a while to come. They are now settling into the new house yet are still adjusting to the rapid change (two adults two kids and a dog!) And it turns out a lot of stuff was packed away till the yard got finished. Which it is not… yet. So...  dogs and kids cannot go outside yet. And the last thing to go into the garage was the lawn furniture etc so they cannot access anything else.

So…  they have the basics, but are sort of in a state of waiting for it all to settle down. And that’s pretty accurate description of the recent astro effects on us all.

Big changes that came fast and furious  are now somewhat complete, yet still a sort o waiting.  Lots has been let go of, lots has been cleared away,  and still waiting for the penny to drop. No biggie! It will just take some patience and a bit of work to sort through it all… that’s what a Mercury retrograde is good for.  Mercury ‘s backward motion gives us all a chance to sort, sift, review. 

Go slow, go steady and enjoy the ride!!

One last thing: 

The North Node (Destiny Point)  in Libra links to the New Moon as well as  Neptune (soul) and Venus (Love).  Sun Moon in Taurus means the homing instinct is strong now, yet sometimes we don't always know where home is.

As we align with our highest, truest self we will be guided. We’ve come this far,  and although the road may be winding, it will get us there in the end (wherever 'there' is!).
Maybe its been right here all along!

Just click your heels... and say after me:

 There's no place like home!
There's no place like home!
There's no place like home!

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Scorpio Full Moon. Going deep.

Tonight is the Scorpio Full Moon (11:45 EST, 3:45 GMT May 4th) It is also Beltane as well as the Wessak festival Moon.

At Beltane we celebrate the meeting of feminine (Moon) and masculine (Sun) energies in this midpoint between the Spring equinox and the Summer Solstice. That meeting is said to fertilize the earth and guarantee  future growth and abundance.

At this time we will be experiencing the intense polarity between Taurus and Scorpio. The Sun in Taurus represents our ego needs at this time,  sitting opposite the  Full Moon in Scorpio, which  signifies our emotional needs. Taurus wants safety and security, while Scorpio wants passion and personal transformation.

The push and pull between these two opposite poles will be exaggerated by Jupiter, bringing up some powerful dynamics.  Our tasks is, as always,  to maintain presence in the midst of tensions.

Taurus, a fixed earth sign,  grounds us and attracts us to seek sensual satisfaction and safety, and can be stubborn to a fault.   Scorpio, a fixed water sign, stirs up deep emotions and  persistently pushes our boundaries. It takes us to the edge (and then some) via death,  sexual encounters and mergers that require some risk.  Death is the ultimate merger.

So we tend to cling to what is comfortable (Taurus)  and fear what is unknown or threatening (Scorpio). That is one of the reasons that sexual surrender is so profound and so scary. Letting go to another human being means trusting in something (or someone).

Scorpio craves deep experiences  and leads us out beyond the safe walls of the city, where creatures roam wild and life is more precarious. Yet if we never risk we never grow.
Meanwhile, Taurus helps us get in touch with our core values, and grounds us in the body, giving us the stability to then meet someone half way. Learning to let go and risk a part of our self protection is easier when we have a strong sense of self.

Jupiter in Leo boosts our self esteem, and amplifies our pride. Don't let false pride stand in your way of authentic connection. Saturn opposite Mercury can cause us to distrust each other. And  if mere lust (Taurus) is what is driving the need to connect (Scorpio), you could get burned.

Jupiter 's amplification and exaggeration of both Sun and Moon will ensure we feel these issues more intensely,  creating a push pull between our urge to merge and our fear of letting go. The transformation that results from the clash of these powerful forces brings us understanding of how to both  survive and thrive in this world.

If we can allow this passionate life force to move through us without fear, we can gain access to deeper realms of feeling usually blocked or avoided in our daily routines. Sacred sexual practices can be useful at this time, as well as contact with nature. Walk in the woods, feel the earth beneath your feet, make love on the soft green grass.

As we celebrate the fertility of mother earth, it is also the Wesek Full Moon, which celebrates the life of the Buddha.

Therein lies the key to managing the intense polarity of this Moon.

Claim your inner buddha. Find your inner peace. Then, celebrate life!

Happy Full Moon!!!

Monday, 20 April 2015

When the going gets tough, the tough get going!

Saturday April 18th was a New Moon in  Aries. A New Moon is a seed time... whatever we plant now will have extra impetus to grow and bloom. As this event occured in late Aries, we might consider this a late start, but  a good start nonetheless. Whatever you have been working on will start to bear fruit now.

Being the first sign of the zodiac, Aries is a fiesty, asserive,  pioneering type of get and go energy. This is a time for self actualization as we move forward at mach speed. If you have planets or key angles  in the  late degrees of Aries,  on  in fact any of the cardinal signs (Cancer, Libra, Capricorn)  you are probably now  blasting  out of the starting gate after a month of endings and new beginnings. In fact, with two eclipses behind us, many will be finding themselves somewhere completely different from where they were standing just one month ago. We should have offloaded a lot of  excess baggage by now, and are well into your new adventure.

A New Moon in Aries is the perfect grand finalle to add to the plethora of fiery influences we have had recently. Have you felt all worked up or impatient or just plain jittery? Yet despite all that fire (i.e. action) , there's been a bit of a two-steps- forward, one-step- backward type of scenario, so you may welcome one more blast to propell us  beyond stalled  projects or rerouted journeys. Whatever you have been trying to get started or moving is surely moving now.

Risk, adventure, self expression are all favoured under Aries, set against a background of continuing intensity and pressure from Pluto and Uranus.  Although  the worst tension of that square is now past us, these powerful forces will contiue their battle for supremecy for quite some time, so we can expect more of the same upheaval, change and wake em up/ shake em up energy we have come to know and love.

As the saying goes... 'When the going gets tough, the tough get going!'

I love this time of year. So much life bursting at the seams.

Today I was hiking up a small canyon in the rocky mountains with my son and daughter. We live in the northern hemisphere and the long winter is finally over. It was a very warm day and while a small stream trickled down the rocks,  my son told us it would soon be pouring  through the canyon  as the snow higher up in the mountains begins to melt. A short while later he suddenly said ' listen!'  ... and when we did we could hear water rushing.   We looked up just in time to see a wide stream come splashing over the top of the rocks,  where  seconds before it had been just a trickle .   There was no threat ... and we were thrilled to be there at that exact moment it all kicked off. 

Thats exactly what I am talking about,  one minute everything seems quiet and the next minute it's all happening.

Then after all this fiery impulsive energy, we will be gradually moving earthward into a more sustained and grounded period ruled by Taurus, sign of the great mother/earth goddess. She has what it takes to give those seeds (plans, ideas, projects) the earthing and nurturing they need to germinate.  As the sap  starts to  flow  our senses begin to awaken and we renew our connection to the earth. 

Sun (self actualization)  moved into Taurus April 20th. Mercury (thinking, communicating) already in in Taurus from April 14th, and Mars (action, intention)  is  in Taurus until May 11th. Thats a lot of Taurus. The sign of the earth bull says easy does it: slow and steady wins the race.

That said,  Mars current tension with Jupiter can turn initiative into  push and shove. Mars in Taurus extreme stubborness can be at odds with Jupiter in Leo's pride, so be aware that any percieved slights or overstepped boundaries will appear much larger than in fact they are.  Let many thngs pass. Allow room to grown along side each other and remember to say please and thankyou!

Venus in Gemini wants everyone to get along.

In fact, she wants a party. When dealing with difficult people, kindness and good manners can go a long way toward  smoothing things over.   Venus in Gemini's excellent communication skills can help us negotaite the fallout from those angry outbursts or impatiant moments. The North Node (collective destiny point)  in Libra reminds us that we are all in this together. Aries is all about 'me', and Libra is all about 'we'. Finding the middle ground is the key to success.

 And despite all its craziness, it is still a beautiful world, and if we take care of her, mother earth will be there to nuruture and sustain us in our times of need.

 And if we dont, she wont.

Friday, 3 April 2015

New moment, New choice.Full Moon Eclipse in Libra 2015

 Saturday is a Super Full Moon Eclipse in Libra. It’s that time again! New moment , new choice!

Eclipses are about endings and new beginnings; a rebirth, a reboot, a new start. What will be eclipsed (overshadowed, blocked, ended) in our lives is in fact what needs to go; this is a release mechanism so we can make our way into new territory. Its about learning how to balance your own needs (Sun in Aries) with your need to connect to others (Moon in Libra). If thats difficult, the eclipse will help remove whatever is standing in the way. 

Libra is all about relationships, so an eclipse here  brings a welcome change in how we are relating to others. If you feel stuck in a rut, you are about to get rocket boosted clear out of it! If you are carrying an emotional  load that's weighing you down,  you can expect some of your personal baggage will be jettisoned at the speed of sound. 

Some relationships could end under/around this eclipse, and  most will be faced with the need to change in some way. Forgiveness and compassion were a key element of the last eclipse in Pisces, and we can use those qualities to move on from old hurts recriminations etc. 

Of course we can work with this energy or against it. We can hold on to those grudges and keep perpetuating the same ol' same ol'. We do have a choice.

That total solar eclipse in visionary Pisces activated the need to move beyond our petty ego stuff and open/surrender to a higher vision. We are being called to step into our true self and let go of outdated outworn layers of adaptation that have nothing to do with who we really are. Whether you are playing the parent or the child, the victim or the abuser, the lover or the loser, know that these are just roles and not who you really are. 

So much is working to bring us into alignment with our true humanity, which is rooted in the divine(whatever that means to you) Its a higher calling and a higher nature that can allow us to move in this world with integrity and grace and a natural authority rather than an imposed one.

 I am sure you have  been feeling it. The last two weeks as we were bridging the  two eclipses ... we also had a big blast of solar flare activity. Has anyone else felt uber sensitized, pressurized and intense? Or have you felt caught between a rock and a hard place, wanting, needing to move forward, impelled to move forward, yet still hesitating?

Now's your moment to finally let go. 

 Time seems to be both accelerated and pressurized. Things are developing at an alarming rate.  Choices are in our face.  

Both Sun and Uranus in proximity the  South Node of the Moon  means we really must release the past to be able to face the future with new energy.  Pluto will help us break us out of those stuck patterns. All this can feel fated or out of our control, yet we really do have a choice. We can stay exactly where we are, doing exactly what we have been doing for oh so long, and get exactly the same results. Hmmmm.

 New moment New choice!

I know you have been trying. There  have been so many stops and starts and frustrations we almost gave up on our plans.  In retrospect we will see that  those obstaccles have allowed us to doublecheck our decisions and reassess our motives so we could be clear about the way forward. Nonetheless, this whole process can be highly destabilizing and trigger feelings of insecurity, making us unsure or hesitant.

The eclipse on Saturday  may be just the release valve you need.

Also, luckily this crazy ride has some ballast. With Venus and Mars in slow and steady Taurus, we are provided with the nurturing quality of mother earth  to help us keep our feet on the ground. This will increase our tendency to try and eat our way out of our stress... try keep it balanced. (Libra is all about balance) Creating ritual around food is another way to honour the earth and ground ourselves in her bounty.

Sun who gave to us this food
Earth who made it ripe and good
Dear Earth, dear Sun, by you we live
Our loving thanks to you we give.
(source unknown)

A long walk in the woods last weekend helped me land back into my body after the last few weeks of mayhem. And then of course I came down with a cold, the natural response after pushing the body too much. Achoo! and actually,  being ill can be another way of grounding into the body, as it forces us to take time off and spend quality time with us. Better to slow down before that happens. 

Overall, this combination of grounding earth and inspiring fire, fanned by airy air... and combined with the releasing potential of the eclipse...  will provide exactly what we need to move forward in new and exciting ways .

This Full Moon Eclipse in Libra is a call to get it together with our community our tribe, our family, our 'other.' And that means getting it together with yourself!! Quit wasting time with old issues. Let go of the past, or deal with it. Forgive, forget, move on. Whatever it takes.

Love the ones your with!!! 

Happy Full Moon Eclipse!!