Sunday, 20 April 2014

Easter Weekend with Uranus and Pluto

This weekend the Sun has entered the earthy sign of Taurus. Taurus represents the great mother; her arms spread wide to nurture and ground us in sensual delights. This is a perfect segue into Easter … also said to be originally a goddess centered celebration. Rabbits and eggs are both symbols of fertility, and are likely a holdover from ancient spring festivals. And chocolate is about as Taurean as anything can get.

Many  early religions were goddess centered, and most cultures and religions have stories about people (or gods) dying and coming back to life; the ancient Egyptian story of Osiris being one of many; of course the Christ story is what we commonly associate with Easter.

Easter falls upon the first Sunday after first Full Moon to occur on or after the Vernal Equinox, which some say links into the old Anglo-Saxon lunar calendar, and thus means that the date of Easter is derived from paganism.  Another source insists that the date of Passover was 'basically the first full moon of Spring', and the basis for Easter is derived from the Hebrew lunar calendar, rather than an Anglo -Saxon one.

The meaning of the word Easter/Eostre/Ostara is 'opening buds'; also, and April has been linked to "apere" (open) in Latin, so it makes sense that, whatever the origins,  this would be ‘opening-month.’

 Many celebrations in April are connected to the resurgence of life that happens in spring, Christianity included, and even if it is a bit hard to pinpoint an exact genealogy  to what we now call Easter, there is a consistent thread that runs throughout the varied mythologies. They all contain a profound message of hope and renewal. It is time to begin anew!

Which brings us to our current astrological forecast.

This is the weekend of the fourth exact Pluto Uranus Square. I have written a lot about this powerful aspect that defines these crazy times. If you scroll down over the last few posts you will get a good idea of the energies involved.

The New Moon in Aries a few weeks ago began an important opening in the ongoing pressure chamber we call the Cardinal Grand Cross. Pluto and Uranus, the main protagonists, have been at right angles to each other for a couple of years now. The last time these two movers were in such a powerful contact was the sixties; a time of profound personal, cultural and political change and unrest.

Now they are back to complete what they began at that time.

On Tuesday April 15th we had a Full Moon Lunar eclipse in Libra, exactly conjunct the North Node of the Moon (destiny point). This provided another  moment of awakening,  helping out the Grand Cross formation as it began  to remove some of the old energies that are holding us back (see last post). There are two more eclipses to come, which means there will be more to release.

Everything is speeding up, and though the pressure is intense, there are indeed signs of hope … and renewal. 

Venus with Chiron and Neptune in Pisces continue to bring us into direct contact with divine love and infinite mercy. Chiron activates feelings of vulnerability around our deep longing for love (Venus in Pisces) and Neptune draws us deep into our soul self where love reigns eternal.  Both bring the message that, even in the midst of chaos and confusion and even great darkness, there is always hope. There is always light.

“Even at your darkest hour, I will not abandon you.”
                    Krisna to Arjuna: Bhagavad Gita

These archetypal gods and goddess are all reflections of the power of the infinite which resides inside of us. We are all sparks of the divine… and  co-creators in this amazing life.

The 'Grand Cross' has been called the most significant astrological influence of our time. Although daunting and unsettling, this powerful astrology represents a gateway moment where we have the chance to rewrite the script of our life. As the crack in the cosmic egg widens and grows, anything and everything can happen. Count on it!

Happy Easter!

Monday, 14 April 2014

Out with the Old. In with the New: Full Moon Eclipse in Libra

An eclipse is a time of death and rebirth as we release parts of ourself that we have outgrown  and begin to enter into something new.

At around 2 am EDT/ 7 am GMT April 15th,  as the earth comes between it and the Sun,  the Moon will gradually disappear until all that remains is a glowing red ball hanging in the sky. This is a moment of profound pause as the Moon  gets transformed before our eyes. The remaining red orb  is akin to the glowing embers of a fire; something will be changed or removed from our life forever.

An eclipse in Libra brings a chance to offload some of the emotional baggage we have been dragging into our relationships for far too long. If we need to walk away from something that is not working, this is a good time to do so. The Full Moon will amplify and bring to a peak whatever going on beneath the surface till now. And the eclipse will then clear way whatever it is that needs releasing.

Some relationships will end under this influence.  Yet, though sometimes we do need to cut our losses and walk away,  the real issue often lies deep  inside of us, and any conflict is merely a reflection of our inner state.  

Mars, masculine planet of initiative and assertion,  has been moving through Libra for a couple of months now, making  relationships a tad bit testy to say the least. At this time of intense polarization, even casual everyday encounters can be fractious , leaving us bewildered, frustrated or  feeling very alone. It is too easy to project any pain and loss we feel inside onto the people in our lives. 

This is why we need to examine our relationship patterns as part of  a more fundamental issue.

We are so conditioned by our upbringing, our culture, our environment, our past experiences etc, that it never occurs to us to question the identity we have taken on, or the possibility of something more.  It is so easy to be so caught up in day to day survival that we never get round to asking:

 Who am I? Why am I here?

  I recently wrote about how the New Moon in Aries two weeks ago started a crack in the facade we hide behind. This fissure will continue to widen until can no longer tolerate any discrepancies or lack of congruence between our true identity and  the old, inherited false values.  There will be many 'fork in the road' moments where we will have to choose who we want to be. Today's eclipse is one of them.

As the Moon becomes dark for a few hours tonight, a small dwarf planet will come to the fore beside her. Ceres (also known as Demeter in earlier Greek mythology),  is the archetype of the  earth Earth Mother. She lost her daughter Persephone when Pluto abducted her into the underground. As she wept and grieved there was no grain and no harvest... because no spring came. After a year of winter the inhabitants of earth petitioned the gods to intervene, which they did by granting Persephone(the daughter) release from Pluto’s imprisonment.

But there was a stipulation; because Pluto had fed her pomegranate seeds(symbols of fecundity and sexuality) she had to return to the underground for half the year. When she goes back underground, Demeter Ceres grieves, and it is winter until she returns. When she rises,  spring returns once again.

There are many layers and meaning in this story. The main one today is around Ceres/Demeter , who symbolizes life cycles of the earth itself, and the process of death and rebirth.

“Ceres is not only representative of the life and death cycle, she protects it. In the myth she could not stop Pluto or the Underworld taking her progeny for a while, BUT she did influence Proserpine`s return.”

 If you like to work with symbols or rituals, this is a time to call on Demeter/Ceres to aid you in any process of  any release you may be undergoing.  She can hep us call up lost or fragmented parts of ourself that have been lost in the depths;  this archetypal mother energy (in us) can help nurture the fragile self that has been in the dark for so long...

Part of the lesson here is to claim our power to do so. During/after an eclipse we have the opportunity to break out of one more layer of our conditioning and step more fully into our authentic self. At this time of renewal and release, and  spring ( in the northern hemisphere),  everything is blossoming and flowering. It is time to plant seeds and water them so they will grow. 

Ceres presence at this eclipse is part of the greater 'wake-up 'that is occurring on our planet and in our innermost beings. If we have become disconnected from our original innocence,  and lost in the shadows for too long, this is a chance  to rise again.

Look at the tabs labeled ‘houses’ at the top of this blog to see the arena in which this shift wants to occur. If you do not know your chart, you can go to (you will need date, time and place of birth) or contact me for an astrology session(see sidebar).

Meanwhile, allow the mirror of relationship, reflected in any current discord, to guide you to what patterns you are repeating. Let the Full Moon Eclipse  activate the release you so desire as you walk away from anything that is not serving your best interests.  Use this energy to invoke the mother (Ceres/Demeter)  to help you grieve your losses, and to embrace your inner self as s/he returns to you. All is not lost. There is always hope.

 'Out with the old, in with the new,' ... the journey continues.

Eastern Daylight Time ( I will let you figure out your own time zone)
Moon enters penumbra: 2014 Apr 14 23:51:46
Moon enters umbra: 2014 Apr 15 00:57:45
Start of totality: 2014 Apr 15 02:06:08 <—
Maximum eclipse: 2014 Apr 15 02:45:25 <—
End of totality: 2014 Apr 15 03:24:44 <—
Moon leaves umbra: 2014 Apr 15 04:33:08
Moon leaves penumbra: 2014 Apr 15 05:38:57

Friday, 11 April 2014

Becoming a Master of Paying Attention!

The astrology right now continues to be INTENSE!!  The Cardinal Grand Cross is in Full activation, plus we have two eclipses coming up. Everything is going so fast right now that it will take a concerted effort to stay focused and centered. 

 All of April will be like this, as  the combined planetary pressures continue to bear down on us (read last post by scrolling down) with the Uranus/Pluto square peaking Easter weekend (April 20th). Mars' extended transit through Libra, sign of relationships, will continue to be active well into July.

Though a bit daunting, this is also a very exciting, dynamic time. Much can be accomplished if the energy is handled well. We will be tested to see if we can be Masters of our own destiny! 
It is time to step up folks.  Seize the day!!  

Caution: there is a highly impulsive, almost primitive streak within these elements as Uranus in Aries clashes with the obsessive/compulsive influence of Mars and Pluto. All three together are extremely reactive and potentially violent; i.e. an immovable object meets an unstoppable force. 

We feel pressured; yet blockages continue to frustrate our ability to act. Impatience or anxiety pushes us to move too soon.  We push too hard, and  end up getting sideswiped by our own momentum,   (or we get pushed there). 

 Try to bring in some of the famous Libran diplomacy. Be careful of your words as well as your actions. Feel your way through rather than listen to your reactive mind. Remember what I said last week about the zen balancing act it will be to stay on two feet in this push-pull energy field.

And when all else fails... DUCK!!

A sense of humour helps as well!

Luckily, alongside all this wacky energy, there is also a beautiful wave of beauty, ease and grace coming our way. Venus is merging with Neptune right now, and both are in sweet harmony with expansive, joyful Jupiter. This lovely fluidity can help smooth out t the oppositional energy field that is triggering some of us.

Neptune brings us into the spiritual realm, Venus is the planet of love. Jupiter expands both by taking us deep into our soul self, which is love and joy. It shows us there is a third option, which can save us from ourselves.

As this aspect taps into the infinite healing potential of love, it also brings forgiveness. So if you are in conflict with someone, and feel stuck, remember,  there is another way. It doesn’t have to be about being right, or getting revenge. Something surprising and beautiful just might  come shining through when you least expect it.

Use this harmonious aspect to access prayer, mediation, music making, artistic expression,writing. Listen to those gut feelings right now. Open your heart. Take time for stillness. Walk in nature. Connect to your feminine side. Breathe in. Nurture yourself.

And stay in the here and now.  With so much tension in the air,  is tempting to try to escape … yet there is too much going on to allow for a total retreat (well you can try)  

We can use our activated creative side to channel some of the angst, as my sister did with her soul collage practice. Her wild images certainly express the powerful feelings that are surfacing for her as Mars crosses her Libra Ascendant (safer than dumping it on someone). Art is one way to claim our power in a creative and positive way. Physical movement helps as well. 

The increased intuition can also help us navigate some of the crazy stuff, as long as we pay attention.  If you try to float away or get too spaced out, the oppositional stuff could hit you from behind.  With so much chaos all around we need to be awake and alert. Use this inner focus to be more present, rather than to escape difficulties.

 "Become the 'Master of paying attention’."          
                    Prem Rawat

P.S. If none of this applies to you and your life is 'ticking along quite nicely, thank you very much', just be aware that some folks are really going through the mill right now. Compassion for others is a huge part of the Venus Neptune conjunction in Pisces. Don't forget to use it.

Part Two:  Tuesday’s Lunar eclipse (Monday for some)
 The Moon is in Libra, and having crossed over Mars (the agitator) the day before, will now be joining  the North Node (Destiny Point), while the Sun sits opposite on the South Node in Aries.  Both amplify the power and meaning of this Full Moon Eclipse, making it a kind of Super Moon....  (to be continued)