Sunday, 17 September 2017

Increase

I just posted what I wrote about Venus position on the North Node (Collective Destiny Point) and want to add one last bit.

Venus  is about  love, relatedness, beauty, art. It is essentially about how we receive and exchange energy with each other, and as money is a means of exchange - Venus can also be about money. We often look at a persons value in terms of their income, but our true value is something else.

Ultimately -  Venus is about that which  makes us rich - which  is LOVE - and which cannot be measured in worldy terms. 

 Anyway - I just got this from the I Ching as it seems to fit the theme of today I thought I'd share it:

42. Increase

A person brings about real increase by producing in him/herself the conditions for it,
that is, through receptivity to and love of the good.

Thus the thing for which s/he strives
comes of itself, with the inevitability of natural law.

Where increase is thus in harmony with the highest laws of the universe1, it cannot be
prevented by any constellation of accidents. But everything depends on you not letting
 unexpected good fortune make you heedless; you must make it your own through inner 
strength and steadfastness.

Then you acquires meaning before God and man, and can accomplish something for the good of the world.

New Moon in Virgo - Autumn Equinox- Love is the Answer

-->I just spent an hour on a swing in the local park, gazing at the night sky and marvelling at the wonder of it all. It’s so vast and so incomprehensible – I almost feel silly to be trying to explain any of this stuff .  What do I know? Yet, at the same time – although I admit it’s often beyond my comprehension – there is something about Astrology that rings true the more I study it. That fact both astounds and confounds me. Don't ask me how it works or why -  but I do know there is definitely some sort of crazy perfect synchronicity to all this. We can explore parts of it and leave the rest to wonder about.
There remains a danger in getting too caught up in looking for explanations for everything- a boyfriend used to joke that there is an astrological explanation for everything (there probably is). My goal here is to explore and describe the general forecast – but what each person does with each day is totally going to be unique and different. I can only suggest some possibilities. As  far as exact predictions go – wouldn't that take the fun and surprise out of it all?

In that light - just a reminder that this  blog is very general in nature and cannot possibly apply to everyone -  if you resonate with certain things - it is probably because they are being activated in your own chart. If not, they're not.
For an in depth and personal look at what your birth chart says about the gifts and challenges you came here with - as well as an exploration of your personal life purpose - I suggest a personal reading.

Otherwise- please take my offering here with a grain of salt and don't forget to feel your way through. And do stop and take a look up at the stars at night – they are totally awesome!



The Astrology Forecast:

The Autumn Equinox is just around the corner folks – (2 pm/Sept 22) – and we also have a New Moon in Virgo just before that - on Wednesday Sept. 20th. As we approach the new season – the New Moon gives the chance to press the reset button. A lot was stirred up by the August Solar Eclipse, and we are still integrating that energy.  Meanwhile, the days are getting shorter – and crisper – everyone is back to school or work or something – and it’s time to bring in the harvest – both metaphorically and literally.




At this time of year there’s a need to pull in our energy and focus on the task at hand, yet there are also such divergent energies swirling about that we will have to make an effort to stay focused. Luckily, despite distractions, the  predominance of Virgo energy will be able to ground and focus us – get us organized and help us hone in on details.  Sun in tension with Saturn is tricky - it can be negative in that we might doubt ourselves - even as it pushes us to  ‘get ‘er done’. 

The New Moon in Virgo is all about getting focused- with some challenges to that due to Neptune’s dreamy and definitely unfocused presence.A positive benefit of Neptune is how it amplifies our imagination and creativity. Add that to the Saturnian drive to do something concrete and I can envision some powerful artworks about to be born. 

 


We are being asked to try and stay on track and not drift too far into the nether realms of our dreams and fantasies. Jupiter and Uranus  bring a cornucopia of endless creative possibilities –  but there is work to be done to make those dreams a reality. Virgo helps us discern what we need to let go of and what we need to keep (hopefully). Neptune, although highly creative, may tend to obfuscate.  Try and stay focused while you create your masterpiece.






These multiple influences can bring feelings of overwhelm - as we are pulled in many directions at once. If the atmosphere gets tense because you are trying to do too much - beware of feelings of defeat (Saturn) or the urge to escape (Pisces). Make sure you take some time out to retreat, meditate,  and tune into your muse. Just remember this needs to be balanced with  a bit of discipline.  And watch out for the tendency to be too hard on yourself - the Saturn influence represents the 'Super Ego' Freud described- the internal authoritative voices based on our parents teachers etc  - in other words, the inner critics- that push us around. Kaypacha spoke of this in  a recent broadcast (which made me feel sort of smart because I had   already considered the same thing but couldn't remember what it was called) . Anyway the point is - beware of the inner taskmaster that never gives you a break!




When dreamy idealism (Neptune in Pisces) combines with the sense of boundless possibilities (Jupiter opp Uranus), we can get very excited about projects - then possibly stall out of  frustration  when we encounter obstacles. The feast or famine atmosphere can set us up for disappointments  and there's a tendency  to feel defeated when things don't work out as we imagined. You've got to be in there for the long haul- watch out for unrealistic expectations (Neptune) – or on the other hand – the  ‘cup half empty’ syndrome (Saturn).

This is where it gets tricky - Neptune's escapist tendencies might decide to quit and go get drunk or find some other way to escape those harsh voices. Luckily that more negative influence  is only for a few days.  And meanwhile the good thing about Virgo’s fastidiousness is how it can keep us on track, as long as we don't let it drive us crazy (picky, picky, picky).  Perseverance required.



 Another factor affecting our moods is the  Mars (aggression) /Mercury (communication) combo  in critical and perfectionist Virgo -  triggering irritable, defensive reactions . Watch out for the tendency to be overly picky and impatient with your own  or other people’s mistakes.

If you can be satisfied with small and steady gains – and go easy on yourself and others – you will feel more satisfaction than if you measure everything against impossible ideals.  Slow and steady wins the race.




I SAVED THE BEST TILL THE LAST! In the midst of all this pressure -   a lovely blessing of beauty and soothing energy flowing down  to us from Venus – planet of Love - Beauty, Music - Art –sitting on the North Node of the Moon (Collective Destiny point)  in a lovely Grand  Fire Trine with Uranus and Saturn. Venus at this spot in Leo wants to shine her light into the world.


This aspect symbolizes the re-awakening (Uranus) of the need for love (Venus) in our lives. Not necessarily romantic love- on the Destiny Point it speaks more to BIG LOVE and  the possibility of MAKING LOVE REAL (Saturn). This configuration  is asking us to take responsibility for inviting love into our lives and into the world. The Collective Destiny Point (North Node of Moon) now in Leo is still very close to where the recent solar eclipse occurred. This ties Venus (and todays Moon in Leo) into the new energy  surging forward. If we are going to save this planet and learn to work together- we will need to understand the transforming power of Love. 



One last thing: There was also a super charged solar flare last week- messing with our electro -magnetic fields -  (which includes our body).  Restlessness- loss of sleep- feeling high strung. 
Let Saturn and Virgo ground you 

 These are challenging times and the astrology is saying : 

Seek a New Vision 

Be true to what you believe in 

Your dreams may be tested. 
Use your imagination but - Dont get lost- 
Stay grounded - Make it real.
And most of all:




Tomorrow the Moon will cross over the solar eclipse point (in Leo), reigniting that energy field yet again. Remember what the key message was?



It was about shining our light into the world - enjoying our own life -  knowing our true worth. And most of all - about opening our heart.



Venus is showing us the way. LOVE with all your being. Start with yourself - then pass it on.



You know you want to.


Tuesday, 5 September 2017

NOT the 'Harvest Moon' (oops)

Full Moon for September 2017 (Midnight PT- MT- 3 am ET - 8 am UTC)



Turns out the 'Harvest Moon' is September 20th - just before the Autumn Equinox. This one is the 'Full Corn Moon'. So we get to play Neil Young again next month :)
 Tonight and tomorrow it will look equally full. Always an awesome sight.
Happy Full Moon!

"Here are Moon phase dates and times (ET). See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city’s dates and times.
Full Moon: September 6, 3:04 A.M.
Last Quarter: September 13, 2:26 A.M.
New Moon: September 16, 1:30 A.M.
First Quarter: September 27, 10:55 P.M.

The September Full Moon is usually known as the 'Full Corn Moon' because it traditionally corresponds with the time of harvesting corn. It is also called the Barley Moon because this is the time to harvest and thresh ripened barley.

Some other traditional September Full Moon names used by Native Americans include:

“Moon When the Plums Are Scarlet” by the Lakota Sioux Native Americans.
“Moon When the Deer Paw the Earth” by the Omaha Native Americans.
“Moon When the Calves Grow Hair” by the Sioux Native Americans

NOT the 'Harvest Moon' (oops)

Often, the September Moon is also called the Harvest Moon, but this year the Harvest Moon occurs in October. The Harvest Moon is the Moon that falls nearest the autumnal equinox; this full Moon provides the most light at the time when it’s needed most—to complete the harvest!"
 
https://www.almanac.com/content/full-moon-september

Monday, 4 September 2017

Dreamy PIsces - Harvest Moon

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“There is a new energy inside each one of us - whether it is tangible at this point or not. This new energy requires that your environment, whatever that may be, adjust itself to you in a new way.” Lena Stevens from Mystic Mamma




If August was a Reboot/Reset – then September is about Adjustment - as we make an effort to move into alignment with the new energies ushered in by the New Moon/Solar Eclipse.



The Full Moon on Wednesday brings to peak what was stirred up by the eclipse. It is in dreamy, romantic Pisces and exactly conjoined with Neptune – the planet whose attributes give Pisces that spaced out feel. Neptune can bring a sublime spiritual flow or a disorientation and  lack of direction. If you find yourself drifting off to space that could be why.



This is also the  Harvest Moon - appropriate title for harvesting the powerful energies unleashed at the eclipse. Sun in Virgo is all about the details and can assist us in sorting and separating out what has been stirred up.  Virgo asks us to discriminate between what is essential and what is not. 

 On the other side of the sky - Pisces activates our dreams and our imagination, as we feel into the changes that are occurring. You may feel a strong tendency to float away in day dreams and fantasies…



Yet just as we begin to drift  into  a blissful reverie - something seems to block our escape. That would be Saturn (limitations/duties/rules). Saturn 's strong influence on  this Full Moon can trigger  feelings of dissatisfaction and restriction - stirring up old beliefs that we always have to struggle in life, that we never get what we want , or we always seem to want something that we can never have. Saturn insists on Maturity and Mastery - he is not called the  Grand Taskmaster for nothing. We must face our responsibilities and limitations - yet not be limited by them (if that makes any sense)






If you find yourself in conflict between letting go and holding on, or having to balance the urge to totally dissolve yourself by merging with something or someone (Neptune) - with an equally strong need for clearer boundaries (Saturn) - attempts to indulge our fantasies could get a rude awakening. Beware of becoming entangled in deception or dodgy dealings which could have negative consequences.




 As we teeter- totter between this issue of being spaced out and undisciplined -  or  too restrictive - a shift in our thinking might help bring some perspective. As Mercury turns direct exactly on the eclipse point today - new information may come to light that helps bring us more clarity. This is the time to review the facts to discriminate between what is true and what is false. 





These are testy times.  Mars (warrior planet) has been stirring up tension all weekend, especially for people born in the mid 50’s who have Pluto in late degrees of Leo (where the eclipse was). Ouch! Have you noticed you are reacting to everything or going a little OCD? Power struggles and compulsive energies  trigger conflicts as people try to control each other. 

Yet Pisces refuses to be controlled. It will just morph and shift and slip away into the mist.  Addictions are part of this atmosphere. One way to avoid responsibility (or tension) is to check out. Are you addicted to something - or someone? Having trouble walking away from a dodgy situation? Avoiding facing up to the changes you know you want/need to make? Ever notice in the Pisces symbol how two fishes are swimming in opposite directs?




As our eclipse intentions (conscious or not)  enter this ripening Full Moon energy field,  and things  begin to shift and morph,  something positive can emerge out of our ambivalence.  But we must remain alert and aware.  We are in a process of growth that is so new as to be disorienting. That's when the tendency to fall back into old habits can trip us up. If  you are seeking change -  or if change is seeking you - then  something will come to a head now that helps make things more clear.  Be ready to ask the right questions - and be ready to hear the answers.  Somewhere in your life there can be no turning back. When the butterfly is bursting through  its cocoon, it will be a caterpillar no longer.






"Anthem"
by Leonard Cohen

The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don't dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.
Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

We asked for signs
the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
of every government --
signs for all to see.

I can't run no more
with that lawless crowd
while the killers in high places
say their prayers out loud.
But they've summoned, they've summoned up
a thundercloud
and they're going to hear from me.

Ring the bells that still can ring ...

You can add up the parts
but you won't have the sum
You can strike up the march,
there is no drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
That's how the light gets in.
That's how the light gets in.



Monday, 28 August 2017

After the Eclipse


We are still in the energy field of Monday's spectacular solar eclipse. Can  you still feel it? Did you feel it/see it?  I did (80%) and it was magnificent.  As the Moon began to block the light of the Sun - the air cooled, the light was diffused - and there were magical shadows on the ground - little mini eclipse shadows.


What an intense week!  The larger effect will ripple out for up to two years - but there is apparently a more immediate sphere of influence  - for 9 days before the eclipse - and nine days after- when we can direct the energy with focused intention. Before the eclipse we were in release mode  - and  afterwards - (according to a shaman I listened to on Planet Waves FM) we bring in new energy as we set our intentions. Every New Moon represents a reset button - and a Solar eclipse is basically a New Moon on steroids! There are still a couple of days left to focus on what you want to see shift in your life (till Wed Aug 30th).

The Sun - now in Virgo- sign of service and health and paying close attention to details - has joined with  Mercury over the weekend. Have you had the urge to organize and clean? (I have - my fridge is now sparkling clean). Virgo is nothing if not fastidious.  The Sun and Mercury together in Virgo,  call us to really focus in on fine tuning whatever insights or revelations we had over the last week or so. When Mercury is retrograde we turn our thoughts and attention inward - and given the immensity of 'stuff' coming to the surface right now - it a good time to reflect, journal, go for a walk  or sit very very still - to ponder all the feelings and issues that have been stirred up .


Whatever has been 'in your face' this past week or two - is what is ready to be released/transformed - and there is an opportunity for a majour shift in awareness around those issues.   That means the very difficulties you are facing contain many gifts for you - as you let go and allow the transformation to occur -  the pain will become your gain - and you will be the recipient of a new perspective -  or new energy - or new circumstances.

Jupiter says: Ask and you shall receive!

The caveat is: We must let something go...  (there is always a catch lol) to make room for this powerful new energy. So many people have expressed feeling  an increased intensity over these last few weeks, as core issues rose to the surface. Things should start to settle down now (whew) , but  its not finished - its just going underground  to work on a deeper level. Keep working through what is poking at you - if you continue scratch away at it -  you might uncover some rare gold (its called the gold in the shadow) lying beneath the surface.


That shiny person underneath all the muck and dust is You!

Many key world events can be traced back to significant eclipses,  and as I've mentioned before (see last two posts) - this eclipse is very  strongly linked to the chart of the United States  - not only because it is the only country where the eclipse was seen in totality - but also due to it being exactly opposite America's Moon in Aquarius (Revolution, Freedom) as well as exactly on Trump`s  rising  sign. Far reaching changes are no doubt already occurring  that will direct the course of history in new and unfathomable ways.  It might be difficult to zero on a particular event - there are so many to choose from - admidst the ongoing  upheaval and confusion of these crazy times. It is impossible to  say whether things will become better or worse  (in the case of American  politic - could they get any worse?) but something is being amplified and expanded (and possibly ended)  to make way for a quantum shift. It will be interesting to see what occurs over the next few months - there is no doubt something very significant is in process. 


Meanwhile - for the rest of us mere mortals - Mercury is now reversing back through the sign of Virgo, and will cross back into Leo in a week or so. Virgo is a meticulous sign that wants us to examine every detail of any plan or communication we are working on or toward. As the trickster planet prepares to turn around on Sept 5th -  it will stop dead in its tracks exactly on the eclipse point.  Besides the usual chaos and confusion that Mercury Retrograde stirs up,  there may be some kind of revelation or hidden information coming to light as Mercury changes direction. That information will likely pertain to decisions or shifts that occurred on or around the eclipse.  That should be interesting! Add to all that Neptune's influence - and it is not an overstatement to say that we must all be very careful about what we say,  what we sign and what we think we hear. Looks like things are about to get interesting.

Watch your dreams - tune into your inner vision. Moments of inspiration and  future possibilities may come in flashes of insight.  Expect the unexpected.

There is a Full Moon the very next day (Sept 6th) which will bring to fruition the energy and intentions of the Solar Eclipse ( a New Moon).  By then we should be getting a glimpse or a sense of what has shifted or is shifting,  and be able to take tentative steps (or even giants leaps) in the new direction.

The influence of Neptune and Chiron - at the Sept 6 Full Moon in Pisces - will offer deep healing  around whatever you had to let go of, and  bring a clearing away of the doubts and confusion. Or - if you have been deluding yourself about something-  or clinging to the past -  prepare to be corrected.

If the eclipse landed on a key planet or area of your chart - and things have gone all pear shaped - know that whatever you're grappling with, whatever issues are on fire right now - shows that you are in the midst of something life changing. The area /issues you are feeling so much pressure about now -  the doubts, the fears - contain the key to your future .
*The following chart shows  the houses so you can see what area the eclipse landed in your chart -  or get a complete detailed reading  to fully understand the implications of this rare and powerful event. (aurumastrology@gmail.com )

So - for example -  if you are an Aries Rising then that Sign is House no 1- then Taurus is no 2 and so on. You can make a chart for free at astro.com) Whatever sign is your rising sign is the first house.  Natal planets in the houses describe how you work with that particular energy, and the current transits (planets in the sly) will activate these areas as they pass over them. So for example - Leo (eclipse) in this chart is the 5th house - and if you have a planet there it willbe super charged - showing some kind of new way energy coming in around your children, your creativity, or your ability to have fun. That could be a new child arriving - a new way of understanding your own childhood, releasing old blockages around being able to have fun, new creative ideas pouring in etc. The whole chart has to be considered - but this gives you a basic  idea of how it works.




If you are feeling a bit of pressure  -  remember this moment is setting the stage for a glorious awakening - (Leo is where we shine) - a chance to  shine our light into the world. And as far as what you've had to let go of  - it was something that needed letting go of. You cannot lose what is truly  yours.
So - to conclude this very long post  -  if  you have been on the edge of some kind of change or choice or shift in direction - go with it - trust it. Use the next few days to get clear about what you want - and how you want to get it, and begin to take a few bold steps into new territory.

Leo is about the heart - and about courage - yet it will also take surrender and trust to enter this new phase.  We may feel like we are being asked to leap into the unknown without fully (or even partly)  knowing where we are going, and once we do - there will be no turning back.



There's never been a better time to take that leap -  and chances are excellent  that you will end up exactly where you need to be. It is time to accept your divine and glorious destiny.

You know you want to!



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