Saturday, 6 February 2016

New Moon in Aquarius: Whats your vision?

Monday's New Moon in Aquarius is going to put the 'kick' in 'kick start!'  Mars in in the mix to make sure we really do finally get going after a month of delays and reflections and inner musings. Now its time to get a move on!

We are getting ready for some NEW Energy.

Aquarius is  the 'quirky' in all of us, and helps us think outside the box. Its time to break free of whatever has been holding us back, although it may take some effort, the planets are lined up in our favour. Aquarius is the maverick who doesn't like to follow the crowd, and yet, ironically, also represents the collective, the group. But its a different kind of group. Think 60's and hippies and free love, united in a cultural revolution. Don't worry, you dont have to grow your hair and start wearing beads (unless you want to). The age of Aquarius is about defining our individuality as well as recognizing our unique connection to all humanity, based on equality and love for all.

We're all in this together.

Hmmmmm. Mars presence may challenge all this peace and love stuff, although it will help us fight for what is right! Use the Mars energy to benefit the whole group in some way and you will be on the right track. For example:  my friend Angie  is working to support Syrian refugees in Calais; raising funds, bringing over coats, shoes, clothing, collecting old cell phones etc. She has a lot of Mars in her chart and I so admire the way she is using it in combination with some good ol' human compassion to help those in need.

Aquarius, is called The Water Bearer. That's funny, giving Aquarius is an air sign. The image signifies the universal waters of life, and Aquarius  represents the whole of us as we wander through our journeys here on planet earth. We are 'one',  yet we are also 'alone'.  There's always a time for standing on our own two feet and a time for joining with others. Aquarians are a visionary sort. They see outside the box. Unconventional is an understatement. Even if on the surface they seem rather ordinary, there is always something quirky about this sign.

Aquarius will help bring us the detachment and discernment needed to make clear decisions. That will be most helpful in the midst of so much  fiery reactivity brought on by Mars (and Venus Pluto).  It also represents the internet and the way we can all connect globally. Our thoughts and words can travel far, with much potential for good (or bad)

The Mercury retrograde urged us to reflect and  think about how we use our constructive energy (Capricorn). Now Aquarius bring alive the visionary in all of us as we endeavour to do something positive in our lives and in the world.

On this New Moon its time to plant the seeds that will soon sprout  new possibilities.  We've had to wait a bit so we could be clear on what and who we wanted. As Mercury moves forward over lost ground,   its full steam ahead, with the caveat to take things step by step (Saturn) and plant your seeds in fertile soil (Venus Pluto Capricorn)

Well almost full steam ahead. Just until Monday we are  sitting in what is called the 'Dark of the Moon', a pregnant pause before the new Moon cycle begins; one last reflection.  Many are now looking to see where exactly the chips have fallen after an intense Pluto ruled week.  Old loves may have reappeared (Venus Pluto) only to be vanquished again. Or maybe they are sticking around this time. Some are still in the process of figuring it all out. As I said in the last post, there is a fated quality about these recent energies, as we come to forks in the road of our destiny.

Jupiter's influence showers blessings on all, and rekindles our faith in humanity. Saturn is there to temper our enthusiasm with a bit of caution. Best to look before you leap.



Overall,  New Moons are  pure alchemy. As the Sun (masculine) and Moon (feminine) conjoin they create seed energy to carry us forward.

Good to know there are transformative forces at work within us and around us. Make a wish and let your New Moon intention carry you forward!

You know you want to! 


Friday, 5 February 2016

How deep is your love?

This weekend we are entering a powerful, passionate field of love. We can expect lots of fireworks this weekend as 
Moon (emotions) 
Venus (Love), 
Pluto (death transformation) 
and Mercury (communication) 
all meet up in Capricorn.



If you can't handle the heat, get out of the kitchen.
This may be a fateful weekend  as these powerful energies let loose.   An old flame could reappear under this transit. Time to finally let go? Or perhaps those flames get rekindled! Some wont be able to handle it, and will walk away, while others will stick around to enjoy the play. 

Financial losses or gains could also be dramatic and sudden. (Venus rules love and money).  Let the chips fall where they may. 





On Sunday,the New Moon in Aquarius will kickstart a new wave of energy that signifies a fresh start.  New Moment, New choice!

 Jupiter lined up with the North Node destiny Point is about realigning  our relationships to  our life purpose. What doesn't fit has to change or go. This process has been going on for a few years now, as we take the next step in peeling away the layers surrounding our authentic core.

As we go through this release of old habits and core beliefs, there is an automatic shift in awareness, Jupiter can trigger completions by  expanding us beyond the current situation or dynamic. Whatever happens, this energy  requires a release of some kind.  Its exact conjunction to the North Node in Virgo signifies we are at an important fork in the road moment. There is a possibility of deep healing through joyful expansion. The desire to be of service in this world (Virgo) could inspire us to step up to the plate in some way.

And even if the Pluto Venus energy brings you some kind of ending, you can be sure it is opening the way for glorious new beginnings.

This doesn't necessarily mean the literal death of a relationships (or of your money) although it might.  It does  mean that old patterns are no longer tolerated and will get swept way to make room for a joyous renewal of some kind.

This energy wants to free us up to love deeper and more profoundly than we ever have.  


Although there is no doubt this could be a juicy weekend for some, these fires are not just burning for those in one to one relationships. It's really about transforming the way we love, be it with another or in connection to  our own self. 'Love' is much more than our romantic fantasies. In fact it may be those old projections that need to go to make room for something completely different.

 Uranus offers the chance to free ourselves from self limiting patterns, as we go through an awakening around  how much we love and value (or don't) our own self.



I will be back tomorrow  to talk about Sunday's New Moon in Aquarius. Where it falls in your chart (see house list in top menu)  will show where to revision some aspect of your life (most probably the one that is currently undergoing this transformation) 

The Chinese New Year is also upon us as we step into the playful year of the Fire Monkey. There is a fresh breeze on its way that will  blow away the ashes of the old structures in our lives. This new perspective  will  help shift us into the next stage of development. All this is moving toward fulfilling the mandate of the new era (age of Aquarius)  based on a deeper, broader  understanding of universal love and the  recognition that we are all in this together.  

Meanwhile,  sit back, let go and  enjoy the ride!

You know you want to!  

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Feb 2nd Imbolc, Candlemass, Groundhog Day

Today is Imbolc, the halfway point between the Winter Soltice and Spring Equinox.


At this time we pause and look hopefully toward the coming spring. It may still feel cold and dark in the northern hemisphere, but we can feel a shift as each day gets incrementally longer.

 A Celtic ritual at this time is to light a candle  to invoke the light and say a prayer or blessing. In The catholic version called Candlemass,  candles were blessed, there was much feasting to be had, and the drab days of February suddenly seemed a little brighter.


The Irish goddess Brighid is the keeper of the sacred flame, the guardian of home and hearth. To honor her, purification and cleaning are a wonderful way to get ready for the coming of Spring. In addition to fire, she is a goddess connected to inspiration and creativity.

Brighid is known as one of the Celtic "triune" goddesses -- meaning that she is one and three simultaneously. The early Celts celebrated a purification festival by honoring Brighid, or Brid, whose name meant "bright one." She was honored with a sacred flame maintained by a group of priestesses...

http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/imbolcfebruary2/p/Imbolc_History.htm




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IMBOLC BLESSING
 

Blessings of the growing light
Blessings of the quickening earth
Blessings of the morning chorus
Blessings of the first shy flowers
Blessings of Nature waking
Blessings of Maiden singing
Briganti’s fire light your path
Briganti’s blessings on your hearth


 In North America, we have replaced the goddess with a rodent! 

On Groundhog Day it is said that if the groundhog comes out of his hole and sees his own shadow, he scurries back inside for six weeks more winter.  The film 'Groundhog Day' is a moral tale about repeating  mistakes over and over again until we 'get it". It's totally hilarious,  while also demonstrating how easy it is to stay stuck in old patterns.


This theme of facing the shadow fits well with current Scorpionic themes of  change, death and transformation.  Sun/Mars and Mercury/Pluto influences continue to bring  deep transformation (and confrontation) to some of us. (see last post)

 How's that moral inventory going?


 Do we face our shadow or go back underground  till we are ready to come up into the light?  Though the Pluto Mercury influence is beginning to wane, we can still feel the pressure to go deep, let go of our old stuff, and speak the truth. We are clearing the way for the fresh new energies that are on their way. 

Till then, light a candle, honour the goddess, and say hello to your inner rodent!

You know you want to!!


Thursday, 28 January 2016

The Rainbow after the Storm


Are you caught up in the 'Mercury Storm'? On Monday Mercury  started moving forward again, and its contact with Pluto is bringing extra intensity to this weeks communication. There is an opportunity for deep insights and profound shifts at this time but we need to tread carefully. I spoke about this last week but I thought I should remind you. What was brought to a head by last Sunday's Full Moon is now ready to shift in a powerful way.

Extreme caution required!

If you find yourself at cross purposes with someone or something this week, take a step back and get some distance  from the storm.  As I said last week, if you were able to take advantage of the recent  Mercury Retrograde to review and reflect, there is a good chance this temporary static can result in a positive outcome. Sometimes ya gotta breakdown to breakthrough!! But there will be a rainbow after the storm.

 Till then, just  remember:  This too shall pass!

 Pluto's involvement means powerful forces are at work here; destruction of the old makes way for something new. Pluto's not called 'The Destroyer' for nothing!  Remember that what is truly yours can never be lost.

Personally, I have just had a moment of insight that clarifies an underlying issue I have been dealing with for sometime now. I feel a huge sigh of relief  even though nothing has changed on the outside (yet); at least I now understand what I am dealing with. I love seeing astrology in action.

If you have been operating in the fog for too long, trust that the insights will come and the necessary changes will definitely arise out of this.   If we use this energy wisely and not get tangled up in the reactive atmosphere, there is much to be gained.  Change can be challenging, but at least the writing is on the wall. No more acting in the dark.

On Sunday 31st,  Mercury squares Uranus (The Awakener) and the energy will suddenly shift into clarity.

 As the penny drops, sudden insights into what is really going on will allow us to make clearer choices. As far as that goes, the shift can happen any time this week, as it did me, and  hopefully by Sunday you will have gained the information necessary to move forward. Meanwhile, revelations that arise out of this 'storm' can help us understand what has been going on under the surface.  There's a saying in Jungian Psychology about 'finding the gold in the shadow'. The shadow of this storm is part of the rainbow...  and Uranus says there is gold at the end of the rainbow.

 Till then... keep your integrity intact during all communications,  and don't take anything personally.






Saturday, 23 January 2016

Leo Full Moon:'Roar like a Lion' (The Truth will Out!)



Tomorrow (Sunday January 24) is a Moon to be aware (beware?)of. A Full Moon is when energies come to a head, and it looks like this one will fulfill that expectation. 

There's an intensity brewing that has the capacity to become verbally explosive. Mercury (planet of communication) is about to turn direct on Monday.  This means it traveled  backward into Capricorn, crossed over Pluto, then will turn around and cross back again over Pluto's position as it retraces its steps. This will intensify the Pluto effect on our thoughts and communications. Pluto is deep!

Pluto is also nicknamed 'The Destroyer'
as it acts as a catalyst for change, death and transformation.  Due to its power and intensity, this so called 'minor' planet can activate our survival energies and trigger a side of us that is compulsive and controlling, or at the least, intensely probing. 

There may be something from the past that needs revealing, facing, expressing. Now is the time!

As Mercury changes direction within this Plutonian field, things are going to be stirred up as the urge to express secrets or previously hidden (or forbidden) information increases. Or there could be a sudden eruption of withheld feelings (Moon = emotions) that have long been left unspoken. 

If there is something you have needed to say but have been holding it inside, you may find yourself blurting out the truth over the next few days.


The effect of our expressing long withheld feelings can have a clearing effect and can be ultimately positive, making way for new energy to enter.

But if you are in a situation where you need to be more circumspect about what you say or do not say, as in perhaps a legal situation, or dealing with someone who is highly reactive, do tread carefully. 

Leo is a highly dramatic sign. During a Leo Full Moon everything is amped up and on display. Leo is, after all, the king of the jungle. 


 Leo's crave the limelight and love attention, and the king or queen n us will brook no fools who try and block our light! And rightly so! There is also a very loving, playful side to this majestic persona, and as long as their pride is not challenged, those ruled by Leo will be your loyal friend forever.

What all this is saying is that under this Leo Full Moon, emotional hubris could get some of us in trouble if we feel our ego needs are not being met. With the controlling aspect of Pluto at play, those ego conflicts could trigger explosive reactions and set simmering emotions into flames.

Saturn squaring the Moon's nodes says there is something important to be worked out, yet our core beliefs may be challenged in the process (Saturn in Sagittarius) ; 'You said'... ,  'You were supposed to'... ,  'I thought' ...!
(Yes you did)

Yet despite this intense dynamic, Jupiter on the North Nodes can open a portal or gateway out of where we have been feeling stuck. Jupiter expands whatever it touches, and  in the process,  we may expand right out of the old situation completely. Suddenly we realize the old container no longer fits! Seems more than a few lately have taken that opportunity to leave the planet entirely. May their journey be smooth an clear! 

Meanwhile, if your own situation or relationship is at a turning point, the next few days could be critical in terms of communication. Now is the time to speak up and let the chips falls where they may. Let the truth be told. 

Hopefully you have used the Mercury Retrograde to review and reflect, so that current changes won't take you by surprise.

The light touch of Sun in Aquarius can help us stay objective and help mitigate the effect of Pluto on our interactions. If there's something important that needs to be said, do try and do it with kindness and care. Leo rules the heart!

We 'reap what we sow ' is the message at this time.  Breakdown becomes breakthrough! 

Love IS the answer! (even if it's tough love)

Happy Full Moon!



Friday, 8 January 2016

New Moment! New choice! New Moon!


Welcome to 2016!!

This weekend is a New Moon in Capricorn… the perfect time to set your intentions and visions for the New Year. A New Moon intention carries forward for weeks, sometimes months, and this one will resonate all year.




Capricorn is telling us there is a task at hand; a job to be done, a commitment to be made. The sign of the mountain goat is all about claiming our personal authority. It thrives on words like ‘success’, ‘achievement’, ‘challenge’.

This is where the pedal hits the metal!

But don't expect everything to proceed in a straightforward manner! Three steps forward, two steps back is just the way it goes sometimes. 



Pluto brings an element of tansformation and  change to this New Moon. Sometimes that means endings, often new beginnings. If things aren’t going your way, maybe you need to switch directions. Capricorn is all about taking responsibility, so there’s no use blaming others. Its all up to you!

Speaking of… have you noticed that the last few weeks have been a bit fraught? That has been due to Mars squaring Uranus. This has created an antagonistic, impatient and highly reactive period for those whose charts have been crossed by these aspects.

Now Mercury is being hit by Mars is warrior energy, causing tension with the planet of communication. Under this influence it’s easy to say or do the wrong thing. Or even if you didn’t, someone will perceive that you did, or you them. If Mars Uranus recently brought sudden shocks, unexpected events or accidents, now we get to argue about who’s fault it was!!

Diplomacy is a challenge under this kind of sky. As is staying calm.



Mercury began its retrograde motion (Jan 5th), just after Mars made stressful contact (square) so over the next few weeks some of us will be reflecting on the angry words we said or someone said to us. Or we imagined they did. There is a higher than average chance of missed or understood communications, so please take care to dot your I’s etc.

It is often said that a Mercury retrograde is not the best time to sign contracts, but the whole world cannot stop for three weeks, so just be very, very scrutinizing and don’t forget to read the fine print.

So,  as the  Sun Moon and Pluto meet up in Capricorn, they set the stage for deep personal growth which includes a kind of self scrutiny.



In 12 step work, ‘step four’ is about undertaking a ‘fearless and searching moral inventory’. This is a list drawn up which is then shared with a neutral person…  as a way to get more real with our self. Doing so allows a person to purge bad habits in which we are holding ourselves back.

It sounds daunting but it’s actually very freeing to finally face ourselves head on and look at our foibles. We are already judging ourselves in our heads, so when we put it out there (on paper or to someone) we might even see things are not as bad as we thought. Plus a moral inventory includes the good stuff as well. We can celebrate our strengths as well as admit our weaknesses. This is how we claim our power. 

Wherever the New Moon falls in your chart is where you are being asked to step up to the plate. See Houses above  for descriptions of each area, and ifyou don’t have a chart go to www.astro.com

So, even though we may be bursting to get moving right now, the next three weeks are better spent in a bit more preparation. If you are starting a big project, this time of  reflection means going back over details. It will be time well spent. A stitch in time saves nine etc.


Also: A very positive connection between the New Moon and Jupiter brings a feeling of joy despite the seriousness of the moment.  This is lined up with our collective Destiny (North Node in Virgo at the moment).  Jupiter’s positive presence linking up to the New Moon tells us that whatever we do now has deep significance and will  impact not only our own lives but those around us.  It says choose joy!  Our thoughts have power!


Few last points: 

With Venus squared Neptune some people are going to have some financial challenges as jobs or money disappear, or relationships will be challenging. Venus Neptune is highly idealistic to the point of delusional.

Venus with Saturn will bring us back to earth. It may also bring us down period. Don’t let fear and doubt cloud your vision.

Let this New Moon propell you forward as it takes away anything holding you back.
Set your intention and let it be so.


From  Doreen Virtues Tarot reading for the New Year:  

“It's a time for  moving forward fearlessly, and letting go of former fears. Previous worries about lack are replaced with your clear decision to go for it. Major life changes for you are on the horizon this week.

In some cases, you may move forward because life pushes you that way, or because you have no other choice. You're going through an energy reassignment, where you are shifting where you live and work, so that situations are a better match for you.

As we enter the New Year, the cards show that you'll be deciding to make big life changes for yourself personally. You will be more excited about these changes, rather than nervous about change.

Expect energy reassignments as the overall energies shift things don’t ‘fit’ anymore Relationships, jobs, home. A sense of impending shift/change

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Happy Solstice