Thursday, 12 January 2017

Full Moon in Cancer: Mother Yourself.

The  Moon is Full  in the early hours today in its home sign of Cancer, which  governs our emotions.

This is the realm of family, of mother, our emotional sensitivity, our home life. Its about emotional integration, feeling our feelings, about memories, the past, our childhood issues etc. All these will be in heightened focus over the next twenty four hours.

A powerful Grand Cross formation promises the possibility of  intense emotional transformation and deep changes at the core of our being... brought to us by Pluto/Uranus (one corner of the cross). Some deep emotional patterns have the capacity to  shift over the next few days.

Jupiter at another corner  adds blessings of positive joy and expansion,  while it also amplifies the intensity of the other planets. Our feelings and emotional reactions will be hugely expanded (i.e. over the top) right now.

Uranus, along with dwarf planet Eris, guarantee more exciting and potentially disruptive changes as we continue to expect the unexpected! The extra sensitive energy of Cancer will be exaggerated big time by so many powerful planets all in tension with each other.   Whatever has been peculating over the  last few weeks will feel like its  coming to a head. 

This will help us sweep the slate clean and truly face forward into 2017.

So much has been let go of, shaken up and changed. Now, as we begin to take steps in a new direction, doubts and fears can arise. The intensity will  push us to get in touch with our unconscious stuff (blocks,fears etc) .  It's time to stop looking backward and allow the powerful energy thrust to move us into fast forward motion.  If you have any  hesitations this Full Moon will stir them up and also help clear them out. Sudden emotional outbursts are possible. 

You may want to to take some time out for yourself.


 Do it! Let yourself FEEL! This is a good  time to focus on what nurtures you.

The part of us that wants comfort and cuddles and hot chocolate can now be heard  loud and clear. Listen to that prompting.  Stop thinking for just a moment and get in touch with what's really going on inside of you.  Your inner child may need some attention as old unresolved issues come to the surface.


Inside each of us is a tender need for love... and the ability to both give and receive it. Now's a good time to honour that need in ourself and in each other. Ask for what you need. Go ahead and mother yourself a little.

You know you want to!

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Mercury Direct: Onward and upward!


2017 is being called the Year of Awakening.


'There is only one moment in time when it is essential to awaken. That moment is now.'
 -The Buddha.


The planetary influences at the start of a year show us what we may be in for over the next twelve months. The year started off  with the planet of communication (Mercury) in backward motion, indicating the need to reflect on where we are and where we are going before we plunge forward into new territory. 

There is a Full Moon later this week in the sign of Cancer. More about that in a few days. 

 Currently, Mercury  has reached its turning point very close to the Galactic Core (center of our universe), which,  astrologically speaking, represents the universal search for purpose and meaning. As Mercury turns direct today,  and the Moon enters Gemini, our thoughts and feelings are driven by an deep underlying need to understand, as well as fulfill, our personal destiny. The urge to find our own fulfillment includes the need to contribute in some way to the greater good; there's a sense of anticipation and  horror as the world seems to slip closer and closer to the abyss.

Yet there is an aura of hope ... a gentle light glimmering on the horizon, reminding us that every ending is a new beginning. As I said in my last post, this is a 1 year... a time of new beginnings. As Mercury slowly gathers speed, our  communication and thought processes should start shifting gears as we shake off the dust of our reverie ( and/or depression)  and start focusing forward. 

As the trickster planet  retraces its steps back through the sign of Capricorn,  it may still have some more surprises up its sleeve. Capricorn, the sign of ‘get er done’, fills our thoughts with what we want to accomplish in the coming year, yet due to the continuing unsettled atmosphere around us,  things may not unfold in an entirely  straightforward manner. That doesn't mean we shouldn't make the effort, or plan our next steps. Just be forewarned that the blast of new energy represented by Jupiter and Uranus can be as unsettling as it is enlightening.  Things are still being shaken up.

 For the moment, Mercury’s retrograde movement  has hopefully provided the impetus to once and for all understand and let go of what has been holding us back,  allowing us to move forward in a fresh way.


 

The background remains one of radical change and shifts on all levels. Depending on where or if the outer planets are hitting our own charts,  many of us could still be caught off guard,  as the Pluto/Uranus effect (revolution, radical change, breakdown ) continues to ripple out into both personal and collective spheres. This clash of titans continues to be both exciting and challenging , since most of us tend to cling to our older and more established ways of being, and resist the pressure of the new with all our of change.
 
As these energies unfold over time, we often find ourself confronted by something we have put off or avoided  that we would rather not face.  Sometimes these life changes will manifest more on an internal level, or they can occur as outer events, such as a death in our immediate family, accidents or loss, or some other form of radical alteration to our circumstances.

Most people don’t change until they are absolutely forced into it through some sort of event or crisis. The following are some pointers about clearing and releasing energy to make way for something entirely different. They are taken from an advertised course on doing just that . I have no affiliation with this course, nor can I recommend it as I haven’t done it. I just found these points pertinent to the current discussion. Take from them what you will….

We can do this.


·      For clearing to last you need to put yourself first. You won't make a dent in reducing the stress and stuff until you've healed the patterns that created it. If you don't feel safe, you won't let go. Clearing is an inside job that begins and ends with you.
  • For clearing to last you need to change your mindset. Clearing is not something you "do" or squeeze into your life. It's a way of life - a journey - that doesn't always add up, make sense, or go in a straight line. Clearing is not about "getting rid of." It's about letting go of the things and thoughts that get in the way of realizing your true nature and best life.
  • For clearing to last you need to slow down. Clearing old habits and resisting behaviours is not possible until you slow it ...way... down. In a world that is all about speed, this requires awareness. Daily doses of it. "Slow drip" efforts applied consistently over time are the real game changer here.

  • Cultivate the "5 Ss of Clearing  ": slow down, simplify, sense, surrender, self-care.”
  • Learn to unplug, detach, disidentify, depersonalize, do less and be (a lot) more.
  • Learn to identify and bypass fight-or-flight triggers that keep you stuck and unable to move forward.
  • Learn to read different energy signatures in a space; and experience how clearing just one thing or thought changes the energy in the space.
  • Cultivate extreme self-care.
  • Learn to set clear energetic boundaries with others; recognize what is "yours" and what is not.
  • Develop one-minute clearing habits that will work exponentially to nourish and support you in letting go.
  • Expand your awareness of who you are and realize at the deepest level what you came here to be.

Onward and upward!

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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Happy New Year!

Whew! We made it! 2016  is over!!  What a year! 

We have thankfully now entered a New Year and new energy cycle. The numerology  of 2017 is the Number 1 - which signifies New Beginnings; called 'The Creative' in the I Ching, and  'The Magician' in tarot.


       The Magician is associated with the planet, Mercury and carries with it skill, logic, and intellect. The number of the Magician is one, the number of beginnings. The Magician is the bridge between the world of the spirit and the world of humanity. His right hand holds a staff raised toward the sky and his left hand points to the earth. He takes the power of the Universe and channels it through his own body and directs it to the physical plane. 

Above the Magician’s head is the symbol of eternity and around his waist is a snake biting its own tail, another symbol of eternity. His magical table holds all four suits of the Tarot, each of which represents one of the four primordial elements of the alchemists – earth, air, fire and water. These symbolise the appropriate use of mind, heart, body and soul in the process of manifestation. 

The Magician’s robe is white, symbolising the purity and innocence found in the Fool but his cloak is red, representing worldly experience and knowledge. In the bed of flowers at his feet this duality is repeated in the mix of pure white lilies and thorny red roses. (Biddy Tarot) ('he' is also 'she')

The message for 2017 is: You are the creator of your own destiny!



We begin the new year looking back on what has been a very intense and strange year of extreme events and unusual outcomes.  2016 was called 'The year of Purification'. As a number 9 year,  it was about completions, endings and letting go. So many left us last year and so much changed in unexpected ways. (Uranus Eris).

Now Jupiter and Uranus will be working together in the coming year to open and activate fantastic and expansive new energy streams that will fill up the space left by that which has left us... and bring us much more. We are being stretched in ways we could never have imagined as we continue to move through waves of change and transformation.





Neptune on the South Node of the Moon helped dissolve so much of what was familiar, bringing with it a sense of sorrow and loss as we say good bye to situation, friends, popular icons, things we thought were true but turned out not to be.   


As Mercury retrograde (until Jan 8) slows down our thinking processes, we can use this tendency toward introversion  to reflect, review and rethink our strategies. Although it is obvious that we can no longer fall back on old ways of thinking and acting, there is much uncertainty as to how to move forward.

The planetary outlook for 2017 says we can continue to 'expect the unexpected' as exciting and highly creative energy flows continue to transform our world . In the midst of more disruption and discord, we will be challenged to find new ways of thinking, communicating and connecting (Jupiter in Libra)  as we struggle to deal with this higher frequencies that are shaking things up. There is work to be done...  and change doesn't always come easily. 

Despite those warnings, the overall picture is extremely positive and powerful. Now is the time to break free from whatever is holding you back.


The first imperative is to align yourself with your true soul purpose (North Node/Destiny Point). In so doing, you can more easily access the powerful planetary influences that are working to help us through this time of transition.

Jupiter in Libra reminds us that we all all in this together. Uranus opposite says:
Lets do this!




Wednesday, 28 December 2016

New Moon Capricorn: Walk Your Talk

It's New Moon time again... a time to focus our way forward, set intentions, reflect on where we are and where we are going. The New Moon intentions we put out now will ripple out into the  new year. This is the time of New Year resolutions, which I don't generally ascribe to. .. but I do believe in setting intentions and visioning one's way forward.  Its time to think about what we want to manifest in 2017.

There is some seriously exciting  and unusual energy blasting at us at the time (see last post). Our imagination and vision can be tapped into in a big way.

Capricorn itself  is a more serious sign focused on achievement and concrete results.  Add Pluto nearby brings  to the New Moon and the result is intensity, power and magic. There is tension in the air via  Uranus Eris. .. discord dances with discontent.  All of this unsettling and destabilizing energy is linked to Mercury, planet of communication,  bringing unexpected and unusual thought processes into our sleep brains. Some  are seeing through the cracks of our lives, or of 'the system '... and considering leaps of faith (or leaps of destruction). Our thoughts can get out of control as this accelerating vibrational force pushes our mental boundaries to the breaking point. Some of it makes sense and some of it is pure paranoia .


Luckily Mercury is Retrograde,  slowing us down  a little so we can take stock before we jump forward. Pluto has us reflecting  on the past year with more insight and scrutiny than usual. How did we get here anyway? And why are we still here (while so many are leaving)? It's been such a strange and upsetting year and there's a lot to think about. Much has changed in rather drastic ways.

As our very thought processes become the subject of our inquiry,   we must begin to scrutinize  belief systems in general and ours in particular. We've got to find out what we really know (vs what we believe) if we are going to be able to navigate these crazy times. (such as: do I believe in my government? My job? My marriage? My friends? Am I settling for less? Do I fit in with consensus reality (what everybody says is true) ? Do I think the system is working? My relationship? My habits?  If not, what would I replace them with and how would I do that ? if not, why not? Leaving a situation  can happen too easily right now ...  then suddenly you are on your own and wondering what to do now.

I'm not saying you should go back to the status quo: in fact, I know you can't. Things have shifted too much. The recent past seems a long long way back.  The future is so uncertain so its one step ahead of the other.  That said, there is the possibility of a quantum leap. I'm not even sure what that looks like. I just know its there by the planets involved (Jupiter Uranus)

I do know there are truly exciting as well as disruptive energies about, and its not  always about peace and love.

 So, as we enter 2017, shell shocked and weary, and  knowing there is a LOT going on, what will you hold in your  vision  that can manifest in a concrete way to help shift things in a more positive direction?

I am not trying to tell you what to think... I'm just describing the astrology of the moment. And  that's exactly the point. This lesson is about learning to think for yourself, getting clear, and not just regurgitating something you heard on BBC or CNN.  Or on some blog. This is a time of awakening. Time to BE the change you want to see in the world.I know thats become cliche',  but damn, its the truth.

So welcome this New Moon as the perfect  time to press the reset button. If something about this past year has not been working for you, you can now tap into the tremendous energy pouring down on us  to make a new start.

New Moment, New Choice.

You know you want to.



Monday, 26 December 2016

Seasons Greetings

Wishing you all a safe and Happy Solstice/Christmas/New years. May blessings and joy shower upon you. See you in 2017!

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

"Out with the Old, In with the New" : Winter Solstice Dec 21st 10:44 am UT


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Today is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and the longest in the Southern, as we enter a moment of pause between the year gone by, and the year to come.
 

 This year's Winter Solstice occurs as Jupiter  (joy, generosity and expansion) opposes Uranus (awakening, innovation and surprise). This brings an atmosphere of synchronicity, prosperity and new possibilities; a welcome blessing at the end of what has been for many a very challenging year.  

What those possibilities are, and how to tap into them is up to us.

 Pluto/Mercury, Jupiter/Uranus, Neptune/Moon, Venus/Jupiter, Saturn/Sun ... so many powerful alignments are showing us that we have many choices, both positive and powerful.  There are forces at work here we may not understand, yet they are there to help us create the life we want. With power comes responsibility!

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The Sun has just crossed opposite the centre of our galaxy. When the Sun links up with the Galactic Core  (27 degrees Sagittarius) it activates a deep inner longing to know our true destiny and purpose.  To get in touch with that core, we need to first let go of the false programing that erased our memory of who we really are and why we are here.


There has been much said in the past year about the need to examine our core beliefs.  Saturn in Sagittarius is asking us to really look at what we think and believe vs what we really know. A lot of stripping down has occurred requiring a willingness to become empty and still.

Which leads us to the Winter Solstice,  known as 'The Day the Sun Stands Still'.   This is a perfect time to empty ourselves and wait in the darkness to be filled. 



 The longest night of the year actually stays about the same until Dec 25th and then hurray! -  the days will ever so subtly begin to lengthen. Perhaps that is why we more commonly celebrate Christmas (the Return of the Light) on December 25th.  

Yet long before Christianity put its mark on this celebration,  cultures all over the world (in the Northern Hemisphere) marked the Winter Solstice as the turning point, a moment to celebrate our planet's yearly journey around the Sun. The microcosm mirrors the macrocosm. As above, so below. Over the next four days,  as we hover in-between, it's good to take time to sit still and ponder our place in the universe.  


And this year we have something extra special being added to the celebration. Jupiter and Uranus add  sparkle and synchronicity and a sense of unlimited possibilities.

 “Due to this VERY favorable configuration involving the Sun, Jupiter, and Uranus, unique interactive benefits ... will bless those with planets anywhere near :
29 Sagittarius/Gemini through 1-5 Capricorn/Cancer, 7-11 Aquarius/Leo, 13-17 Pisces/Virgo, 19-23 Aries/Libra, and 25-29 Taurus/Scorpio.”           (http://www.aquariuspapers.com/)

All of us will feel this accelerated energy field in some way or another.  These powerful planetary lineups are pushing us to step outside our comfort zones like never before. Jupiter and Uranus are working synchronistically  to wake us up. Together they can trigger positive events as well as unexpected and sometimes disconcerting outcomes. This energy magnifies whatever it comes into contact with The ‘unexpected’ factor (Uranus plus Eris) has been throwing us for a loop all year,  and I suspect we ain’t seen nothing yet!

Yet despite some seemingly unwelcome outcomes we re seeing, it remains an exciting time of change and manifestation. What we focus on grows.

The key thing to remember is that what we align ourselves to, through what we focus on,  is what we will manifest. It's also good to remember that 90 % of our 'thinking' is unconscious. We may have to do some investigating to uncover the roots of our discontent. Pluto's current link to Mercury will help us dig deep as we reflect on the past year to understand what we are creating in our lives.

If you have had a brilliant year, you get to celebrate that! If you didn't, just more to learn. 

A Solstice Ceremony: Make two lists: 1. Things you’d like to release from your life and 2. What you’d like to manifest. Light a candle or a fire.  Take a moment to feel gratitude for both, and for the universal life force energy that makes all things possible.  Then
bless each and  give  both to the fire.




As we begin to shift into a new perceptual dimension … where we are no longer limited by narrow belief systems and negative mental or emotional programs,  the purging and letting go will seem worth it.  
And once we are clear, we need no longer be distracted by others confusion. 

A lot of the crap that is coming to the surface right now and creating a majour backlash is just the old order fighting to maintain supremacy (either in ourself ... or in the world). If we cling to the old familiar programs,  as the polarity increases, whatever is not in harmony with the new energies will be brought out into the open more and more.

It’s not a pretty picture.

Yet we can choose what we focus on. 

“The best way to get rid of evil is the make energetic progress in the good” (I Ching) 


2017 will continue to amplify our awakening and force us to confront our thoughts and beliefs (good and bad), in order to help us to vision a new future.

2016 is definitely going out with a bang!   

 Take this  Solstice  moment to be still and to reflect on where you have been and where you are going.  Let Retrograde Mercury, ruler of our thoughts,  help you to reflect, review, rethink.. and renew. 

You know you want to!

Solstice Blessings be upon you.


Monday, 12 December 2016

Full Moon in Gemini: Quantum Leap!

                                  
Full Moon in Gemini : Tues/Wed, Dec 13/14 

The Moon is already looking pretty full tonight. It's in the category of 'Super Moon' ... closer proximity to the earth makes it look larger and brighter - although to be honest there seem to be so many super moons - that title is starting to lose its impact.   And actually, that's an important point. Information is blasted at us 24-7.   Some of it is true, and lots of it is false, and the stuff in between is just so much trivia. How do we know the difference?

Gemini is ruled by Mercury, which rules the mind. How we think and communicate, as well as how we filter information,  is up for transformation. Our emotions affect what we let in, our biases influence our perception. This  last Full Moon of the year brings with it the possibility of a quantum shift. 

A  much needed  blast of super charged positive energy   is headed our way thanks to the powerful Grand Trine - positive flow - between Moon, Jupiter and Uranus.  We can get distracted oh so easily. It's time to decide what we give our energy to.  This  Full Moon offers us a highly creative, deeply life affirming mental reboot.

As you think, so you sow. It's manifestation time! 




We may  be hearing some new  information shortly that  increases our understanding of something important. We will have to decide if it is true or false.

At first, it might not feel so positive.  Saturn’s presence close to the Sun  hangs like a heavy blanket in the background;  fear, doubt, and negativity can keep us feeling down or defeated.  Neptune adds a layer of disillusionment and uncertainty. Chiron  brings deep vulnerability. No one trusts anyone anymore. Confusion abounds.  Yet these challenges force us to grow and therefore also bring the possibility of real change, which can be turned into untold possibilities.




At any Full Moon, relationships of all kinds are in focus. Its important to  recognize there is a  tension between the need for freedom and independence, and the equal urge to connect and merge with others. The yin/yang of the Full Moon will amp up that tension and then open the door to a third option.  Not 'either-or'…  but ...  'both-and'. No need to get caught up in polarizing dynamics. We are all in this together.  

"Are we seeing ourselves in the mirror and not recognizing ourselves? 
When we kill each other are we not killing ourselves?  
When we rob each other do we not rob ourself?
... because you and you are you are my reflection." Prem Rawat

This  is the wake up necessary to get us to see more clearly.  Uranus/Eris continues to keep us on our toes via unsettling events, discord, surprises, unusual outcomes. With Jupiter involved, disappointments, conflicts, stand offs (Saturn opp Moon) can evolve unexpectedly into heart felt connections that bring remarkable breakthroughs (in that order). Of course, how you position yourself is what makes all the difference.





Jupiter and  Uranus  bring sudden and unexpected rewards. Yet the biggest reward may be to open our minds to new possibilities. Things don't have to go the way they have always gone.  The Moon is about emotions.  Powerful emotional adjustments ...  can lead to cognitive shifts ...  can lead to stepping out of the box... can lead to great good fortune. This Full Moon in  Gemini could turn our brains inside out (in a good way). Let it open the doors of perception.

It’s time for a quantum leap. 

You know you want to!