Tuesday, 17 February 2015

New Moon in Aquarius/Pisces Wed February 18th

Though it is by mere minutes, today’s New Moon actually takes place in both Aquarius and in Pisces. By the time the Sun arrives in Pisces, the Moon is just ahead of it there, but at the exact time of their conjunction (which is what defines a New Moon)  they both were still in Aquarius.
So this New Moon will have the combined influences of both of these signs, which according to Eric Francis at Planet waves, go together quite nicely

“ What is this telling us? Well, the implication is a seamless union of Aquarius and Pisces, two signs that benefit from one another’s presence and mutual awareness. That is handy — Aquarius is the sign of the water bearer and Pisces is the sign of water. Pisces has the vessel that it needs and Aquarius has the water to fill that vessel. This is an image of fulfillment, of contact, of completion.”

A New Moon is a seed time where the Sun and Moon enact what alchemists  the ‘conjunctio’… the sacred marriage of masculine Yang energy (Sun) and feminine Yin energy (Moon). This energy radiates out into the coming month filling us with the energies of the sign this meeting occurs in.

With this New Moon in both Aquarius and Pisces our ideals (Aquarius) will get infused with inspiration (Pisces) and love. Keeping the dream alive and following your bliss are all part of this New Moon’s mandate.

Ok it may take a bit of time. Many of us have experienced delays during Mercury's Retrograde motion back through Aquarius, but it gave us a chance to rethink our plans and revision our intentions for 2015. Now Mercury is again moving slowly forward and as it gets back to its starting point things will begin to speed up. That plus next month we have an eclipse in Aries right on the Aries point (beginning of the zodiac) that will kickstart whatever it is you have been working on.

Till then , we can use this  Aquarius/Pisces wave to carry us forward via our intuitive and creative processes. Part of the lesson is to relax and trust the flow. It may not be quite the time for full-on action, but the seeds are stirring underneath the frozen ground and soon we will be in the full thaw of spring.

Till then, set your intention, hold onto your vision and have faith that what is meant to be will be. 

Here is the sabian symbol for 30 Aquarius:

Deeply rooted in the past of a very ancient culture, a spiritual brotherhood in which many individual minds are merged into the glowing light of a unanimous consciousness is revealed to one who has emerged successfully from his or her metamorphosis.

Sounds like a wake up call to me. Wouldn’t that be lovely!

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Thursday, 5 February 2015

Full Moon in Leo Candlemass/Imbolc (Come on baby light my fire)

Did you see yesterday’s glorious Full Moon? It was snuggled up with Jupiter in Leo creating a warm, expansive, and dynamic  energy  intent on radiating into and expanding our deepest sense of self.  This is a call to tend the flame of the heart and celebrate our innate sovereignty and magnificence!

This heart celebration brings a boost of confidence to help us move forward into another intense and transformative year. 

This Full Moon is both celebratory and reflective,  coinciding with Imbolc/Candlemas/Groundhog Day, which mark the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.

"In many [Celtic] or Wiccan traditions, Imbolc is celebrated as the point in the year when the Goddess recovers from giving Birth to the Sun [Winter Solstice]. The young Sun God grows from an infant to a child. It is a time when the growing light promises the return of springtime. The goddess, Brighid, is primarily worshiped because of her triple aspect as the patroness of smith-craft (fire associations), healing, and inspiration.  (http://www.angelfire.com/wa3/angelline/imbolc_lore.htm)

 In the Northern Northern Hemisphere where I live, we celebrate a large rodent!! ...

...  in hope that  s/he will choose to stay above ground and bask in the increasing sunlight (one can only hope!) Yesterday I went for a walk at 5 pm and the Sun was still above the horizon! Hurray!!

 I wrote in my last post how several planets in Pisces are creating a very  dreamy, intuitive atmosphere that is making it hard to stay focused on mundane reality.  Mercury Retrograde adds to the pull inward.  With such exquisite, languid fluidity activating our muse, we may feel drawn toward poetry or painting or dancing in the moonlight.  I could warn against the escapist side of this, but perhaps an escape now and then is good for the soul. 

Don’t worry you wont float away (unless you want to)  Saturn’s influence will keep us grounded (like the groundhog?) via blockages and rules and regulations that force us to make our dreams real or see them dissolve into the ethers.

Good ol' Pluto and Uranus continue in the background to wake us and shake us into new ways of being on planet earth. Some of us are not amused.

We, each of us, must face what it is that we need to change in our own individual lives, that we might live up to the potential that we have as human beings to make the best out of this individual incarnation, for ourselves and for the possibilities of service to the surrounding collective. This is a daunting mandate that can only be fulfilled by an increase in consciousness on the part of everyone. 
                                    Henry Seltzer Astro Graph.com

Sometimes that increase in consciousness comes via a few shocks and surprises. As the current madness of Mercury Retrograde continues,  the trickster is having fun confusing our communication and muddling our affairs (just enough to get us to stop and smell the coffee hehe). It’s path leads us back to where we were at the start of the year, making this a good time to reflect again on our intentions and commitments for 2015.

As I unpack from my recent move and sift through papers, artwork and photos etc., I find myself reviewing my whole life with a sweet sense of reflection and nostalgia.  My heart (Moon in Leo) is filled with  gratitude (Jupiter in Leo, Mars in Pisces) for the life I have lived (both the good and the not-so-good), mixed with anticipation for the adventures yet to come (Uranus in Aries).

Who knows the way the wind blows!

Soon Mercury will turn direct (Feb 11th)),  and once it has made its way back to where it started from two weeks ago the energies will be  moving forward again. By then it will be a New Moon and another cycle will kick in. 

 Until then, we will continue a  process of two steps forward, one step back; dissolving and building, dissolving and building. 

Sometimes when we are in the dissolving part it can be a little bit scary.  Imbolc reminds us that  even in our greatest darkness, a light is shining.   There is powerful feminine energy available to us now (via Venus and Neptune in Pisces) that balances the dynamic fire of Leo... and helps us get in touch with our inner self.

There's still time to do a  Candelemas/Imbolc ritual  of lighting a candle, adding ( if you want)  some sort of prayer or invocation to the goddess… to guide us through the last days of darkness and help us contact our deeper realms.  We then refocus our intention for the future, all the while celebrating the eternal NOW. 

And of course if that ol’ groundhog sees his/her shadow we are in for six more weeks of winter (wink, wink)

Imbolc Prayer to the Goddess

An echo of Winter lies
upon the land as earth
is made ready to receive
the seed of rebirth.
Your womb, the dark of earth,
remembers sweet innocence
and the flowering of unnamed days.
You rise majestic from the mist
of the soul
enfolding all in Your bright shadow.
Time becomes a mosaic of images
and promises yet to be fulfilled.
You engender the birth of Spring
and welcome life into the world

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Change your mind, change your world! New Moon in Aquarius! Mercury Retrograde!

There is so much craziness and upheaval going on in the world right now, thanks to the current Uranus/Pluto square. Nothing is stable, everything is in flux. Yup. Just like the sixties! The times they are a changing! Monday's New Moon in Aquarius set the tone for the coming month(s). 

What's new for you?  Lots in my life has changed or is changing. I have been offline for a while as I moved house recently. Moving is so intense!!! Whew! This move was totally unexpected… Saturn Return has been kicking my butt since the autumn, culminating in a rather sudden change of circumstances (square to Pluto and Jupiter... if thats means anything to you ... basically Pluto forces change, Saturn resists it!). Sometimes change is hard (when you are in it!), yet also well worth the effort.

I’ll try to catch you up a bit re the current Astrology, starting with: Happy 2015!

The New Moon on Monday was our second New Moon in Aquarius and was a Super Moon (closest to earth, so extra gravitational pull and effect). The very next day (yesterday) Mercury turned backward, meaning that while experiencing exciting new visions of forward movement, we are being asked to go back and review our intentions. Damn!

(Note: The house that Mercury is moving through will tell you what area you might need to rethink or make some changes. Go to www.astro.com to get a chart for free, then see top tab here labeled  ‘houses’ for meanings)

Aquarius ruler Uranus, currently stirring up the 'doodoo' in feisty Aries keeps getting into tense standoffs with Pluto (the Destroyer)in Capricorn. Pluto’s job is to break down and transform our current authority systems and structures (as represented by Capricorn i.e. money, governments etc) Of course those in power are resisting with all their might (bring in the guns) and there is a right wing backlash in many countries.

Many of us will resist change as much as we want to see it happen. And as reactionary forces continue to destabilize the world on many fronts, sometimes it’s hard to figure out who is right and who is wrong, what is real and what is fake, as towns, cities and countries become polarized on all number of issues.

The Aquarius/Uranus archetype is an ‘evolutionary force’ that allows things to move beyond what is old and outdated. The Age of Aquarius, via its rulership over communication and technology, brings accelerated change, and brings us into immediate contact with global  news and events on a daily basis. Even if we don’t tune into the ‘news’ everyday, most everyone else does , which sends ripples of tension throughout our communities.

In the midst of all this upheaval, the last Full Moon in Capricorn reflected a deep need for structure (Capricorn) and security(Cancer). As the current  energy breaks down our outdated structures and security systems, a void is created that threatens to unbalance us.  It can be difficult to accept such rapid change that shifts everything in an instant, and we can sometimes experience emotional trauma as a result. If this is happening to you, Mercury Retrograde will give you some time to reflect on and re-arrange  priorities.

With both  Mercury (logic) and Jupiter (intuition) in a reflective (retrograde) state, our focus is moving inward. The  planet Uranus; which represents the liberation of old thought forms (mercury retrograde), is bringing a deeper awareness re what might be holding us back. (Jupiter Retrograde = reviewing old belief systems) While erasing the writing on our walls (past conditioning) to make way for creative new ideas and solutions, we are also  integrating the past to make sure we don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Mars snuggled up with Neptune in Pisces at the New Moon to set the tone for the coming month in terms of action and desire. This adds a somewhat foggy and also deeply spiritual energy to this next wave, with a strong warning i.e look before you leap. Things can become distorted in this dreamy misty atmosphere.

Neptune’s (and therefor Pisces) deepest desire is to be liberated from the body and from the temporal (temporary) world. It’s a tricky line to walk and an inebriated state will cause you to wobble. Many an artist or addict has become lost in a dream as they pursue the ethereal at the cost of the concrete.

Yet the true goal of Neptune is not to disengage us from the physical. In fact, proper care of the body is very  important in the process of connecting to spirit, as it frees the soul to focus on that deeper connection.  To be fully and completely ‘here’,  while also in touch with that which is ‘beyond’ is definitely a balancing act, and the integration of both allows us to become more fully who we are.

Without some kind of container, or form of grounding, Mars/Neptune can trigger a profound sense of alienation. We could end up feeling we have lost our way as plans and dreams seem to dissolve into nothing.

A link to Saturn helps tether us so we don’t float away (or sink ).

The Sun now in Aquarius reminds us of both our connection to  all humanity, as well as to our unique self. I heard a talk today about how ‘the parts given to each soul are their portion of the whole, narrowed down into a localized self, as the unique portrait that looks like a human being. Living in harmony with the physical universe, you get to celebrate both your temporal existence as well as your eternal nature’ (or something like that!)

My point? Escaping is not the answer. Mars Neptune may want to … but it won’t help to disengage from the physical universe. The ‘point’ is to manifest so perfectly what and who you are, that you become a vehicle of that creative universal force called life, (as within so without) and thus get to participate in a world creating process. Neptune will soften the edges and help us find a more creative, non linear approach. Listen to your intuition, write down your dreams. There are answers there. 

Pluto is Squaring the nodes…(of the Moon) which represent the past and the future. In layperson’s terms… this tells us this is an extremely important time in the evolution of the human race. Everything is in flux and we are being called to wake up and smell the coffee. Decisions we make will have a lasting and important impact on both our own lives and on the planet we live on.

The retrograde energy says …  Call in your vision. Examine it. Align with your highest self. Feel your existence. Take your time. Breath it in. 

You are not alone!

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Full Moon in Gemini: Celebrate your life... its the only one you've got!! (at the moment!)

A LOT of planets are now in either Fire (action, enthusiasm) or air signs (communication, intelligence). The Full Moon in Gemini (air) is peaking as I write this. The Sun, sitting opposite in cosmic Sagittarius (fire), adds to mix to create an atmosphere of enthusiasm, a urge for activity and an increasing eagerness for interpersonal connections. 

That sounds like a party to me!

Even if your Full Moon celebration is a party of one, I hope you are able to tap into the expansive and buoyant sense of joy inherent in this Full Moon. Turn on some music and dance a little. Common, you know you want to…

Recent tensions (like the past two years lol) have worn us all down a little and we deserve a bit of a break now and then.  So hurray, here comes this lovely circle of moonshine to chase away those shadows that have been getting some of us down. Time to step outside the fray, let down your hair a little and remember that life can be fun. FUN!

I will be at my granddaughter’s birthday party all afternoon. Hanging out with an exuberant Sagittarian two year old is definitely my idea of a good time! She is constantly exploring every surface to be climbed, book to be flipped through, dog to be cuddled, ball to be thrown, food to be enjoyed… and on and on (and on). Yes it’s a bit exhausting but in the very nicest of ways. She is really just pure joy… (mostly) …  so inherently happy.

Hey… that was us once. Remember?

Ok, I know there is still some pretty heavy stuff going on. With the Pluto and Uranus square moving closer and closer again there is bound to be some tension in the background.

But, for just this weekend, take some time off from the worry and seriousness of it all and find a way to let down your hair a little and recharge your batteries. This is just the Full Moon to do the job!

Mercurial Gemini is the supreme communicator as well as the playful child. Sagittarius is the wisdom seeker in us all who leads us on the road to adventure. When these two meet in the middle, when childlike play meets joyful wisdom….

All you can do is DANCE!!!

p.s. here's something to dance to that will make you...http://youtu.be/ZbZSe6N_BXs   ... 'Happy' 

Thursday, 20 November 2014

New Moon in Sagittarius: From Darkness to Light

How are you all doing? Still on the planet and hanging on for the ride?  Since early September everything seems to have been amped up again as the acceleration continues. Many a person's  life has been turned upside down and inside out. 

At this time of year in the Northern hemisphere where I live, the days are getting shorter and shorter, as we head toward the longest night of the year. Its seems the darkness is fuller at this time of year as branches are stripped of leaves and the ground lies bare or covered with snow. 

Halloween, Samhain, and the Day of the Dead all recently celebrated the process of death of decay as a key part of the cycle of life. And yet even in the darkness a candle flickers.  The New Moon in Sagittarius shines a light  in the darkness, reminding us that the winter solstice is only a month away, and that even in times of  death and endings, there is always hope.

There has been so much  intense emotional cleansing in the past few years is to make way for a new way of functioning... both in the world and of the world. The old way is not working and we are being prepared for something entirely different (Uranus in Aries).  It is going to take some time for a total shift to happen and in the meantime there is much work to be done.  

In this necessary clearing process we need to release the old patterns and ways of thinking,  to be better equipped to move into the new paradigm. The  Age of Aquarius is about raising our consciousness to be based on the collective good, and the betterment of humanity, so must be rooted in a deep connection to source and to each other, rather than on separation, survival, greed and fear. Looking around us (and  inside us)  there is clearly a fight going on between the forces of contraction and expansion, between darkness and light, as some parts move more easily into new ways of being and other parts resist the changes.

This fight can be seen as ultimately within the self (as within, so without)  as we strive to integrate disparate parts of our psyche that have become fragmented and alienated from each other. 

Saturn in Scorpio is  the grim reaper, bringing endings and  necessary pruning. Experiences triggered by Saturn, in the sign of death and transformation, have faced us with our shadow side; those survival based parts of us that usually lie hidden in the depths of our subconscious. Saturn and then recently Saturn/Mars have forced us into direct confrontation with these less acknowledged aspects of our own nature; our fears; our sexual hangups (shame); our  abandonment issues, our poverty consciousness, our survival issues. And perhaps beneath it all lies a  fear of our own magnificence. 
"Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?"     (rest of poem at bottom of page)

"There is a part of you that resists, that lurks in the shadows, terrified of your greatness.  Do not expect it to announce itself, for that is not its way. It prefers to be cloaked in mystery, revealing itself in seemingly unrelated symptoms or moods.  It is as much a part of your human life as your yearning.  Indeed, without it, there would be no yearning.

It is only through understanding that this beast is tamed.  You know you cannot drive it from the fields of your consciousness.  You have exhausted yourself trying.

One day you come to the realization that the beast is not a thing apart, that the body has not gone rogue, that you did not just "catch" something. This is not how the universe works, no matter what your mind might tell you. What you have "caught" are your own deepest, darkest fears, returning to you in physical form, begging to be acknowledged and released.

Let us shift our persepctive here and now.  Let us decide that this pain is a messenger.  Let us walk together on this path.  Let us hold hands, for we know how difficult this can be."
Ted Slipchinsky, The Other Ted Talks FB

There has  been an ongoing emphasis on relationship that began  last year with Mars and then Saturn moving through Libra. The recent eclipse between Aries and Libra increased the pressure between  'I and Thou'... providing us with many a mirror for this internal cleansing process, as people around us embodied  or triggered  uncomfortable and unconscious feelings via some sort of crisis, confrontation or disappointment.

This has not been a particularly easy process and some relationships have ended under the strain. On the other hand, many  partnerships and relationships will now be even stronger, because, as we take responsibility for our own 'stuff' (Saturn in Scorpio) we free up those projections and are able to see each other with new eyes.

The New Moon in Sagittarius presents an influx of new energy that will help lift us out of these dark crevices and bring us back into the light. Mars is there ahead of the other planets, forging the trail as it charges at mock speed in search of the great adventure.

And what greater adventure could there be than to find out who we are and why we are here? For without that knowing, we wander aimlessly in the dark, acting out scripts we were handed a long time ago that have nothing to do with who we truly are. Sagittarius is about knowing ourself on a soul level and  this Sagittarius New Moon will re activate the quest for truth and meaning!

In the meantime, and parallel to this opening, there  is still some shadow dancing to be done, as Saturn hovers at the end of Scorpio for the New Moon cycle. On Friday, in the 'Dark of the Moon'... and as the Moon passes over Saturn, these shadow feelings could become more pronounced, and a sense of gloom and doom could prevail.  Don't let it.  Know that whenever a door closes, another one opens. The New Moon in Sagittarius will help open that door.

At the same time, the Lord of karma (Saturn) will remain in a push-pull with  Jupiter in Leo until the summer of 2015,  zig zagging back and forth between Scorpio and Sag  within the field of tension we call a 'square'.  Squares impel us to action  and invoke some sort of change.  Saturn is where we resist change, as we contract and toughen up. For some time now we have been learning through restrictions and  challenges that are forcing us to grow up and take responsibility for our lives.

"We may get glimpses of insight and understanding into recent conflicts and jarring challenges, and find ourselves actually more secure, grounded, and seeing a bigger picture."
Robert Wilkinson, Aquarius Papers

 Jupiter is where we expand and grow. In Leo that is a joyous and generous experience, and Saturn's influence means will be grounded even as we are lifted up.   We will feel things lighten as Saturn moves moving out of the shadows and into the lighter and brighter sign of Sagittarius, though the continuing square means the challenge to growth will continue.

 Its not so bad. Jupiter in Leo is bringing us into a new and  glorious sense of self. This is where we learn and grow and gain  spiritual wisdom through a sense of adventure that includes  play and travel  as well as higher learning.  The combination of Saturn and Jupiter will ensure that we integrate both sides of the journey of self, the ups and the downs. Every great adventure has its trials and tribulations, and it is through these that we 'prove our mettle' to become the best that we can be. As we face our limitations (Saturn) we are forced to grow (Jupiter) and  discover new ways of being (Jupiter in Leo). 

All this is making us stronger and more flexible than we could ever imagine as we continue to move through the great shake down (Pluto square Uranus) that is taking us into a new era.

Meanwhile, watch the Moon as it wanes to a thin crescent, then disappears altogether. As we enter the shadows one more time, become aware of what comes up for you that is ready to be released.   These days just before the New Moon require...  

'a total abandonment, total surrender, in order to allow the next Lunar Theme to sprout in its purity. Let go of all fears, worries, and self-judgment. Become empty, a clear vessel.'     (LunarPlanner.com)

The  New Moon in Sagittarius can bring us into an expanded awareness. IT'S TIME TO AWAKEN TO OUR OWN MAGNIFICENCE!   Get ready to set your intention and make it so.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
 Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. 
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. 
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be? 
You are a child of God. 
Your playing small does not serve the world. 
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. 
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. 

It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. 
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.        
                               Marianne Williamson 

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Full Moon in Taurus: Enough is enough!

On Thursday November 6th, the Full Moon sits at the exact midpoint of Taurus, with the Sun sitting opposite at the exact midpoint of Scorpio.

This means we are exactly half way between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter Solstice. We have  arrived at a peak moment that brings to a head all those issues that have been stirred up by the last two powerful eclipses (scroll down to see recent posts).

Key words: surrender, control, assertiveness, attachment, letting go, getting real, getting grounded, patience, forbearance, trust.

This  midpoint is in fixed signs and is similar to the equinox, when we take a pause to look back to see how far we have come, and look forward to see where we are going.  In the Northern hemisphere where I live, at this time of year much is dying as winter approaches.  The days are getting shorter and the night feels somehow darker as we  enter a shadow dance with nature. As you pause before entering the dark, don't forget to stop and touch the earth.

The Full Moon invites us to take a moment out from all our busy –ness, and let mother earth (Taurus) remind us that all is well, as she grounds and nurtures us in her abundant arms. Sit in stillness, walk in nature, enjoy the crunch of fallen leaves as we breath in the fresh autumn air.

Then, have a look at what you have accumulated in your life. Is it enough? Is it too much? Taurus represents the ‘stuff’ we acquire and how it makes us feel. 

Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) represent the holding and consolidation of energy = power.
Are you feeling empowered or power-less?

Trust is an issue here. Will you make it through another cold dark winter?  Even when mother earth whispers in your ear that you are safe and you are loved, do you believe her?  Do you even hear her? Some of us are made deaf by the incessant drone of survival fears and feelings of lack (Saturn in Scorpio) No matter how much you have,  do you hear only the anxiety driven cries of ‘not enough….’  

Taurus says you do have enough.  You are enough! Find our self worth and intrinsic value. That is the source of your true power.

Jupiter in Leo empowers us by reminding us of our true magnificence. Saturn in Scorpio,  tempers us by making us get real and grow up! Claiming our mastery and facing and owning our foibles is challenging, but has many rewards. Be the master of your own ship!

Venus with the Sun and Saturn in Scorpio says ‘love the one you’re with’. Even if you feel alone, there is someone there with you. Look in the mirror … that one is you!!! Then, once you have faced and embraced our own self, you can share that love with the assurance that you are enough, and there is enough (love, food, money, pleasure) to go round.

This can be a big challenge when those negative voices conspire to convince us that we are alone (Saturn Venus).

Time to shed a skin or two to become the one that knows who they are. Release those old voices. Claim your self worth ! 

And if there are people or situations that are not working in your best interests or holding you back, shed them too!!! But before you throw the baby out with the bathwater, make sure that what you are rejecting is not something you will regret later. The Scorpio mirror sitting opposite the Full Moon reminds us that much of what we see in others is actually a projection of our own stuff.(our own shit!)

It gets tricky doesn’t it? How do we measure these things? How do we know what we need to hold onto and what we need to release?

That tension is part of the Full Moon polarity. The Taurus Moon will put us in touch with our inner sense of self and with our core values, so we will be better able to make those choices. 

 Despite appearances to the contrary, we  do live in an abundant universe. We are enough. 

Be patient with yourself and others as you seek this  midpoint of stability.

From that still point… all things are possible.