Friday, 19 September 2014

Autumn Equinox: Weighing all things to make them Equal

The Autumn Equinox falls on September 23 rd this year.

This is the yearly moment when the Moon and Sun will be once again be together (conjunct) in Libra, the sign of the scales.  Amongst other things, those scales represent the equal day and equal night of the Equinox.

At this time we can take a pause in our busy-ness to reflect on our life and express gratitude for all we have been given. Whether a little or a lot(everything is relative), each of us has exactly what we need to grow and develop into the best that we can be.

Both Neptune and Chiron were linked to the last New and Full Moons. Many people I know have been dealing with health crisis’ that took them by surprise. My housemate had a series of small strokes and is going in this weekend for surgery. Another has been sidetracked by sciatica. I had a kidney infection. 

Both those Moons connected in Virgo, which rules our health, and both Chiron and Neptune can bring out our vulnerabilities and sensitivities. If you have been suffering through something I hope it is starting to clear now. No time to dally we are on to the next lesson....

This New Moon is in the sign of relationship, also represented by the scales. Self and other. Where would be without those we love (or hate)?  Cant live with em and we cant live without em? That is exactly what this New Moon is about.

We have made it through (so far) the chaos and confusion of the  upheaval and breakdown of the world around us (Uranus Pluto squared)  have been washed in the emotional waters of last years Grand Cross in Water, and recently have had Saturn rubbing our noses in our deep doo-doo that we would prefer to ignore. 

On top of that,  Mars hovered in Libra for months and months, forcing us to make changes and set clear boundaries in our interpersonal relationships. Some never made it through the threshing out process. For the ones that did, we now have a moment of pause to  reflect on all we have been through. Stop and look at who is sitting across from you. Are they friend or foe? Do you see yourself in the mirror  they held up for you? Did you like what you saw?

All of this growth stuff is so boring sometimes isnt it? Thing is... the whole point is to offload our old programming (Saturn in Scorpio) and emotional baggage ( you know the stuff that holds you back and weighs you down?)... so we can be freer and more able to love.  And of course that starts with ourselves.  

This New Moon now offers us the chance to start fresh. Make a wish, set an intention, see things from a new perspective. Mercury (thinking and communication) is close to the North Node (Destiny Point) and opposite Uranus, the awakener.  It is our destiny to have wonderful open honest loving relationships that reflect the magnificent human being that we each are. If you just choked on that, there is  still work to be done. Ask Saturn in Scorpio to give you a hand!

Neptune is softening our egos  (Mars) and bringing our desires in alignment with spirit. Our more spiritual needs will surface now as we seek to connect on a deeper, more heart felt level. And if you are ready for something completely different, this current energy can  create new pathways between and around each other.

Why not? If not now, when?

Make a wish and let it be so.

Happy Equinox!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Mars in Sagittarius

I am a bit under the weather so this will be short and sweet.

The main news is that Mars, warrior planet of desire and action, has moved into Sagittarius, the cosmic adventurer and Seeker of Truth! This weekend Mars sits opposite the Moon in Gemini and Squared to Neptune in Pisces. This will cause some consternation,  as on one hand, we feel let out of school now that Mars has left the intensity and pressure of Scorpio.

On the other hand, despite being fired up in Sagittarius, our drive to action is being undermined by a Neptunian fog.  This can amplify our compassion for other's suffering and will certainly deflate a few egos, just not so great for charging ahead and having adventures as Mars in Sag is wont to do. When Neptune and Mars combine this way there can sometimes be sneakiness and passive aggressive type behaviour because Mars feels unable to act directly.

Moon (feelings) opposite Mars (aggression) is a bit testy, while Moon square Neptune (the infinite universe) is basically confused, dreamy, spaced out. Keep your emotional communications (Moon in Gemini) on the up and up. Be careful, be clear, be kind,

This sounds like a fairy tale...where the hero (Mars) heads off on an adventure (Sagittarius) and is thwarted (Neptune) by all sorts of mystical creatures or events. He/she/they are tested on every level: and it takes honesty, integrity, courage, plus  compassion and not a small amount of wily skills to make it to the desired goal.

The game is up!!! The adventure has begun.

Heres a Neptunian perspective on all of it.
The Known Universe:

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Harvest Moon: Bringing order out of Confusion

On Monday we have a Full Moon in Pisces, sitting opposite the Sun in Virgo. It is the third and final Super Moon (closest to the earth) and will appear very large on the horizon. This is the time of the harvest, where the wheat is separated from the chaff. 

The Moon is our intuitive feeling self, while the Sun is our conscious logical function. As the Moon in watery Pisces washes us with cosmic vibrations, our intuition, dreams and our creativity will be highly active. This energy can also blur reality and make it hard to discern what is real and what is not. Our activated imagination will draw some to escape the confines of the physical three dimensional world. This can lead to addictions as well as supreme creative output. Many an artist struggles to avoid the first while they access the latter. Many fail.

Virgo on the other hand, is all about discernment.  Virgo is fussy and fastidious and organized, and wants us to focus on the practicalities of life. We will be pushed to integrate  these very different energies  … to somehow get them to meet in the middle.  If you can get these opposites to work together, you can manifest your dreams.

 Strong links from the Full Moon to Saturn in Scorpio add a sense of completion, of something ending right now.  All endings can lead to new beginnings if we handle them well.

When one door closes, another one opens.

 Those beginnings cannot happen, however, until we have let that something go.  That’s what Scorpio is all about. Ruling the root chakra, Scorpio takes us into the realm of sex, shared money, and basic survival. It is here where we give up something of ourselves to join with others (our bodies, our money). Saturn’s position here activates fears and attachments… challenging the need to let go. Yet no matter how hard we hang on, Scorpio’s ruler Pluto brings a death force to remove what is no longer useful or necessary for our further evolvement.  

This is therefor a time of pruning and cleansing. Health issues are highlighted in Virgo, and it is a good time to do some sort of cleanse before the onset of winter.

And if you have ever done a cleanse, you know that at first you can feel worse than before you started. That is because all the sludge and toxins in the body are being stirred up in the process of eliminating them. One must have a commitment to the cleanse to go through this initial stage.

With our vulnerabilities literally in the spotlight due to Chiron sitting very close to the Moon, we might feel extra sensitive and moody. Chiron is a minor planet in the outer Solar System, though Chiron’s effects are not at all minor. This powerful dwarf planet symbolizes where we are wounded or vulnerable, and also where deep healing is possible. Neptune in Pisces brings us compassion for ourselves as we move through our stuff!!

An overall sense with this Full Moon is of clearing away something that is no longer working for us.  Sometimes we cling to what is familiar out of habit... even if it hasn't been working fr a long time. A part of us may be holding onto dysfunctional beliefs, jobs we don't even like, or relationships that are holding us back. Saturn in Scorpio has been rather merciless in forcing us to face these things over the past year or so, and the Full Moon could bring to a head whatever you have been grappling with for a while.

 As Chiron’s proximity to the Full Moon focuses our awareness on that which needs to be healed and released, there is a blessing to help us get there. As a symbol of unity consciousness, Moon in Pisces connects us to our inner self. Pisces helps us trust in the universe enough to ‘let go and let god’ (or whatever you want to call source).

Both Neptune and Pisces work through our diffuse awareness. This is a good time to record your dreams or access your muse in some sort of creative endeavour. The Virgo influence will give substance and focus to this Piscean inspiration, as long as you can get the two working together.

The key to this is integration… of what is coming up for healing, and involves both our cognitive and intuitive brains.  We need to think clearly and intuitively. There is great opportunity here for spiritual growth as we grapple with these parts of our psyche.

Facing our vulnerabilities often comes via some sort of crisis, illness or sudden changes beyond our control (loss of job, relationship, money etc) . Uranus and Pluto are taking care of those these days.

Chiron in Pisces opens the penultimate wound a human being can feel, that of separation from source and thus from each other. It also offers healing and redemption by showing us our innate connection to all that is. You are not alone.
That knowledge will give us the strength to do the letting go that will move us forward in our life.

This is a profound and life changing time where we are being called to wake up and know who we are. Let the gentle yet powerful forces of Pisces and Chiron activate that deepest longing to go home.   And home is really not just a place or location. Home is where the heart is.

Open your heart and trust in the universe… and all will be well.

…Works supreme success,
Furthering through perseverance.          
Nothing should be undertaken.  
It furthers one to appoint helpers. 

Times of growth are beset with difficulties. They resemble a first birth. These difficulties arise from the very profusion of all that is struggling to  attain form . Everything is in motion: therefore if one perseveres there is a prospect of great success, in spite of the existing danger.

When it is a person’s fate to undertake such new beginnings, everything is still unformed, dark.  Hence he must hold back, because any premature move might bring disaster.  Likewise, it is very important not to remain alone; in order to overcome the chaos you need helpers.

This is not to say, however, that you should look on passively at what is happening. You must lend your hand and participate with inspiration and guidance.           

Clouds and thunder
The superior person brings order out of confusion. 

Within the chaos of difficulty at the beginning, order is already implicit. So too the superior person has to arrange and organize the inchoate profusion of  such times of beginning, just as one sorts out silk threads from a knotted  tangle and binds them into skeins.

 In order to find one's place in the infinity  of being, one must be able both to separate and to unite.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Play or Penance?

This may have been a tricky weekend for many. The Sun in Virgo is urging us to focus in and get things done, while Neptune sitting opposite is blurring our attention and distracting us with fantasies and dreams. Neptune activates our creative urges as well, and if we can get those to meet in the middle with Virgo, something concrete and beautiful can result.

The Moon (our emotions)  is hanging out with Mars (action) and Saturn (boundaries) in Scorpio (depth) and all of them together agree strongly with the need to get to the work at hand.  

Then again, with Jupiter in  Leo (play), personal enjoyment could take precedence over work  or details.

Which one was it for you?

The Moon in Scorpio (serious) square Venus in Leo (me, me, me) has added inner stress and tension around our social and intimate relationships. Venus in Leo's sense of entitlement 'wants what she wants' and will accept no substitutions. Moon in Scorpio has no patience for this waste of energy. Our emotions can so easily become a battleground in this push-pull dynamic between seriousness and play,

With our feelings (Moon) so  powerfully polarized, a fear of losing control over them may result in repressive behavior. For instance, it could seem easier to retreat from anything or anyone that brings up a strong inner reaction, than face the core issues these reactions point to.  

Saturn in Scorpio can block our own feelings as we do our best avoid situations that trigger or awaken these deeper emotional responses.  Ironically, Saturn will at the same time, push us to take responsibility for the dramas we are creating. Seems like we just can’t win!!!

So Moon Mars and Saturn are busy aggravating our dark hidden stuff, Venus and Jupiter in Leo just want to have fun, and Neptune has us ignoring everyone by distracting us with pure escapism.

It doesn’t want to feel the rejection, judgment or failure that comes to us now via someone we respect or look up to (Saturn). Our pride (Leo) does not like this. Yet through this whole pruning process, if we face down our inner demons of shame, fear, guilt etc , we have a chance to reclaim all the parts of ourselves we have rejected.  Saturn is a hard task-master but also gives us the strength and maturity to face ourselves and persevere to the other side.

I watched a video on Netflix last night about a plant called Ayawaska that is used in healing rituals in South America. This plant brings people into deep trance where they come face to face with buried layers of their psyche. Under the care and guidance of a shaman or healer, they each grapple internally with hurt, fear etc that they had managed to avoid till then. It also puts them in touch with something far greater than themselves. Through a kind of ego death and surrender of control brought about by the power of the plant medicine (not for everyone), many of them expressed a deepened connection to universal love/oneness of all (Neptune) .
 It was that opening that seemed to allow them to let go of the false ego protection that hides so many layers of hidden hurts and wounds. The depth their emotional expression was truly touching…  and was interestingly (and synchronistically)  in line  with the  energies we are surrounded by right now.

I have not experienced this particular process myself, though I have had my own ego deaths via years of meditating.  I am also familiar with12-step programs, where they do a different kind of soul searching called a ‘moral inventory’.  ("Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.")
 This process is to honestly and fearlessly list your own positive and negative traits and habits, and then share them with a neutral person).

Whatever your method, the astrology of the moment is pushing us to do this type of honest inner work. Neptune’s influence increases our compassion as it both softens our ego and links us to the divine.

Though it is not an easy process, letting go can be truly liberating. Once we have faced our limitations (as well as our strengths) and can still love and accept ourselves, we will be more able to forgive and allow for others foibles as well.

‘To thine own self be true, and thou canst be false to any person…’

Monday, 25 August 2014

New Moon in Virgo: 'When the going gets tough, the tough get going!'

Have you noticed a sharpness in the air this past week accompanied by the (sad) feeling that summer is ending? As autumn gradually approaches, it is time to reset and refresh our energy, to let go of the lazy days of summer and gather our plans and projects for renewed effort.

Today’s New Moon in Virgo brings us determination, focus, and an increase in both mental and physical endurance. If we plant our intentions in the soil of hard work and clarity something wonderful is sure to result.

Sitting at the same exact degree in Virgo, the Yin energies of the Moon and the Yang forces of the Sun merge together to form a potent seedtime, where we get to plant new intentions and set new goals for the coming month.

Virgo is a perfectionist who likes efficiency and organization. She can be highly critical because she wants us to pay attention to details and get our shit together.  A New Moon here will fine tune our planning strategies as it gets us making lists and sorting out our drawers, closets or filing systems.

Yet even with this Virgo energy sharpening our attention, there is also the urge to dream…  brought to us via Neptune sitting opposite in Pisces. Neptune can be highly creative, deeply inspiring and slightly distracting. The trick will be to find a balance between our creative vision and the need for practicality.

The  reining in of our wild horses (Venus in Leo) 
will be required and brought about by an exact conjunction of Mars and Saturn (will and duty) at 17 Scorpio, which challenges Venus (our money and our love) who is feeling opulent and spoiled in magnificent Leo (its all about me).

Big hearts, big egos, big dreams (Leo, Leo, Leo) combined with intense passions (Mars in Scorpio) could get us caught in the push pull between duty and desire. Saturn represents the limitations and responsibilities we have to face in life. That is the wall that Mars (our physical drives) has just come crashing into. The message is we must slow down take responsibility for what we do and how we act in this world.

Mars is very rash and impatient and always striving to move forward, while Saturn is very critical and cautious, creating doubts, fears or blockages in the best-laid plans. Together in Scorpio, sign of death and transformation, they are a formidable force, pushing us to

 “make firm decisions, understand the right way to proceed forward, and get rid of the BS and take charge of your life.
 Because this conjunction occurs in Scorpio, there is a battle between the good and destructive use of this force.”
                       (The Mountain Astrologer) 

 Scorpio  puts us in touch with our most basic drives, needs and desires, as well as the shadow created by our denial of same. Mars  pushes us to act on those desires. Saturn forces a reckoning.

So if things feel a bit tense, its because our survival issues may be rising up at the same time we are being put to the test. 

Resourcefulness and perseverance  result from working with these energies in a positive way, or defeat, if we let them get the better of us.

“When the going gets tough the tough get going!!! “

This pressure may make us defensive and too quick to judge situations or people. Avoid rashness… a slow and sure approach is best right now. Keep your heart open (Venus/Jupiter in Leo) and avoid taking sides in any conflict. Give everyone extra space and let many things pass...

Extra note: Virgo also rules health issues, which may be brought to a head under all this tension. At the same time, new solutions will appear  as we find the discipline to take better care of ourselves, set up new and better eating habits, start that daily yoga practice etc.

All in all, this New Moon brings us an intense but promising new start, involving determination and self-improvement, a bit of imagination and a whole lot of heart!

Make your intention and let it be so.

Sky's the limit!

Times of adversity are the reverse of times of success,

but they can lead to success if they; befall the right person.
When a strong man or woman meets with adversity,
 s/he remains cheerful despite all danger, and this cheerfulness is the
source of later successes; it is that stability which is stronger than fate.

She who lets her spirit be broken by exhaustion certainly has no success.

But if adversity only bends a person, it creates in them a power to react that is bound in
time to manifest itself.

Thus the superior person stakes their life on following their will.

No 47. I Ching