Sunday, 26 February 2017

Shift or Get off the Pot!

You could take that title in oh so many ways. I'll leave it up to your imagination!

The New Moon Annular Solar eclipse begins in a few hours: early this morning in NA (7ish EST) and mid-afternoon in Uk/Europe. Only visible from south of the equator... but maybe you feel the waves of Pisces energy washing over you.



I am writing this in the very early morning where i live and am extremely sleep deprived so I hope this will make some sense. If it doesn't, it will be in keeping with the sense of unreality that comes with an eclipse with Neptune in Pisces - hehe.   The Sun, representing our conscious awareness, will be, well - eclipsed! -  allowing usually hidden, more subconscious elements to come to the fore. Something  may be revealed or released.  Big shifts are possible. A new cycle is about to begin.

Watch your dreams : Meditate, write, paint, tune into music, or wander in nature, especially by water if you can - whatever puts you in touch with your feeling self, your inner muse.  This is a potent moment. Ask for a message. See what comes up for healing.
 
And do be careful: there are some very volatile energies in the background (Mars Eris Uranus sq Pluto - and Jupiter exaggerating it all) ) - The psychic vibrations are amped up to a high frequency- as are the  kinetic ones.  Sudden insights can occur like lightning flashes in a storm.  


You may find yourself asking: Is this a dream or a nightmare?  So hard to say these days. Yet, despite the potential volatility, and insanity,  today's eclipse  contains  blessing and magic. Whatever is revealed today, another layer can be removed, of that thing we need rid of,  of those old programs,   moving us into a quantum shift.

This will be a year of surprises, and of acceleration. We are already adjusting to so many changes, and we're only in February. 

The  Pisces /Virgo eclipses that began last year around the time of the Spring equinox, are coming to completion.  At that time last year  we seemed to enter a very strange and unusual energy field.  It was quite a year! This is now the last eclipse of that series, an end to whatever began last year, or to be more accurate, an end to one stage of a larger cycle of radical change.  The effects of this eclipse will still ripple out for months ...  then in  August the next eclipse will be in Leo/Aquarius.

The Nodes of the Moon are about to shift into Leo and Aquarius, and the focus will be around self/other, ideals/social justice/self sovereignty, things I wrote about two weeks ago at he lunar eclipse. 

And so it goes... round and round we go on the carousel of time.
"We cant get off , we can only look behind from where we came, and go round and round and round in the circle game..."


 Or maybe we can!

Anything is possible. A New Moon is  a time of manifestation: so we might be able to channel  this impulsive, wild energy to our advantage.  Not saying it will be easy, but it could be very fruitful.
Or - it could ruin your day.


Be careful what you wish for.

Mercury (thinking, communicating) is in the mix with Neptune (misty fog): that combo could indicate  more lies, more fake news, more confabulations and distortions. Advice: Don't believe everything you read. You shouldn't anyway - and by now you probably don't -  but this energy could turn out to be particularly sketchy/dodgy.  I would extend that warning to signing documents etc. Wait a week, and/or go over everything several times.

 Neptune can make us delusional,  our judgement/discernment  is likely to be impaired, and that on top of all that volatility, so do be careful. Accidents happen when we go too fast or don't pay attention. Please don't drink and drive. Stay home and enjoy the buzz.
 

You know you want to.


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Thursday, 23 February 2017

SOlar Eclipse in PIsces: FInding it in your Chart

The New Moon Annular Solar Eclipse (try saying that three times)  is on Sunday (or early Monday for UK/Europe etc).  Annular means there will be a ring of fire around the edges.  An eclipse is a symbol for  bringing new energy in,  while at the same time asking  letting go of something.

My last post listed the key elements involved. Here is some info re accessing that info in your own chart.  Tomorrow I will be back to wrap it all up with some insights into the deeper meaning.

There is always a lot of hype around these things. Although eclipses are not rare events, there is definitely something sacred and awe inspiring about them. There are usually two sets of eclipses each year, and some rare years have three. The sets are generally in two opposite signs (the North Node of the Moon moves slowly backward through the zodiac wheel. The North Node is the sign the Moon  in that lies between  the  Earth and the Sun. An eclipse is when the Moon Earth and Sun line up exactly, blocking light from either the Moon (by the earth) or the Sun (by the Moon)

The Moon at far side of earth at the South Node

 So,  eclipses are somewhat regular occurrences that mark shifts and changes,  just as seasons do. We are part of nature, always growing, morphing, changing,  so this is not unusual, although each eclipse is said to bring us into new levels and new awareness. The sign they occur in and the planets that are linked  by similar degree show us the added influences to take into account.

The essential message of any  eclipse: Something is leaving (being eclipsed) and something new is arriving.  We need to make room for what is coming in. To do that requires a letting go or release.


And that requires Trust (especially in Pisces)

At this Solar eclipse, the Sun and Moon are together  in Pisces (a New Moon)  so both whats coming and whats leaving will have a Pisces feel. (see last post for key words). .. with the focus on bringing in new energy.  Look to where 8° Pisces is in your chart to see where you need to make a shift.

A New Moon is called the 'Conjunctio' -  'Sacred Union' of Sun and Moon, Yin and Yang, Masculine and Feminine; a very creative, fertile time. 



It is a seed time where we can set intentions and focus on what we want to create over the next month. An eclipse at this time adds the element of something passing away (being eclipsed).

We also some some powerful fiery energy in the background (see last post re Aries) - promising this to be a significant event. It is also the last of three eclipses that began last spring in the Pisces/Virgo axis -  so whatever has been shifting, morphing, changing in the Pisces or Virgo  area of your chart is now at its final stage. Sagittarius and Gemini are at right angles so also highly impacted.

Check the 'Meaning of Houses' link  above (on website) to see where the event is occurring in your own life. If you don't know how to access that info, the easiest way is to find a free chart offer (try googling that) to get a pic of your chart. The best site I know is Astro.com. They wont send you tons of spam; you just join and then input your Date Place and Time of birth. This is an awesome website with tons of free stuff and lots of educational material. When you have your chart image you can right click to save onto your desktop or work directly from the site.

 If you don't have a time of birth , you can instead use your Sun Sign as the First House (Also knows as Rising sign or Ascendant)  - then go from there. So for an Aries,  the eclipse would be in their 12th house...(all the way around the circle).Just count from the sign your Sun is in.

Houses are areas of focus ... and when planets are moving through those areas they light up those issues.

Once you have your Birth Chart,  find the symbol for Pisces then look for 8°
Pisces Symbol

I'll be back tomorrow for more on the significance of this eclipse. Meanwhile, we are now in the energy field of this event, and if you are feeling a bit spacey or discombobulated, that could be why. Pisces links to the deep unconscious and to 'all that is'. This is not logical, linear energy.

Watch your dreams, take time to draw or paint or write...  sit and meditate, walk in nature...   feel your way through to any messages it may have for you.

You know you want to ...




Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Solar eclipse in PIsces: Warrior for Peace

There's a New Moon Solar eclipse on Feb 26/7th . Focus on healing release. 
Added energy provided by tons of Aries. Polarity caused by abundance of  of two very different elements.

Lots of  Water (Pisces) The Fish.
Strengths: Compassionate, artistic, intuitive, gentle, wise, musical,  lover
Weaknesses: Fearful, overly trusting, sad, desire to escape reality, can be a victim or a martyr
Pisces likes: Being alone, sleeping, music, romance, visual media, swimming, spiritual themes
Pisces dislikes: Know-it-all, being criticized, the past coming back to haunt, cruelty of any kind
 (astrology-zodiac-signs.com/)

Sun/Moon With Neptune:  Sensitive, feeling, emotion,  intuition, kindness, caring,   dreams, deep unconscious, healing, healing symbols, creativity, imagination, compassion, empathy, self sacrifice, selfless service martyrdom, spaced out, addiction, escapism.... Yin.

On South Node: Letting go, release, healing of old wounds.


Goals: Dissolving, letting go, unity consciousness, bliss. Peace and Love.

Lots of Fire (Aries) The Ram.
Strengths: Courageous, determined, confident, enthusiastic, optimistic, honest, passionate
Weaknesses: Impatient, moody, short-tempered, impulsive, aggressive, bloody minded
Aries likes: Comfortable clothes, taking on leadership roles, physical challenges, individual sports
Aries dislikes: Inactivity, delays, work that does not use one's talents  
(astrology-zodiac-signs.com/)

With Uranus Eris Mars and Venus:
Action, reaction, passion, initiative, leadership,  combative, impatience, anger, aggression, warrior,  restlessness,  energetic, drive, disruption, turbulent, discord, sudden upsets. Sudden surprises, Awakenings. Yang.


Goal: Action. Movement. Radical change 

 Fire and Water together:  Rainbow

When light (fire) shines through water - it becomes all the colours of the Rainbow. 
A Rainbow is a symbol of hope. 

 This eclipse, at its most basic, is saying: Use your warrior energy to bring about a positive change. Be a warrior for Love. Be a warrior for peace. Be a Rainbow warrior!

 You know you want to. 

"One day... there would come a time, when the earth being ravaged and polluted, the forests being destroyed, the birds would fall from the air, the waters would be blackened, the fish being poisoned in the streams, and the trees would no longer be, mankind as we would know it would all but cease to exist"
There is some question as to the true source of the so called "The ‘Rainbow prophecy’  as it has come to be known, but whatever the origins, we can use the symbol as a gathering call: 

"It refers to the keepers of the legends, rituals, and other myths that will be needed when the time comes to restore the health on Earth.  It is believed that these legendary beings will return on a day of awakening, when all people will unite and create a new world of justice, peace and freedom, and they will be named the ‘Warriors of the Rainbow’. They will reteach the values and the knowledge that has been lost in time, demonstrating how to have wisdom and extra-perception, and how unity, harmony and love is the only way forward.


The rainbow reference relates to the different colours of the  peoples all joining together:

"At the beginning of this cycle of time, long ago, the Great Spirit came down and He made an appearance and He gathered the peoples of this earth together, they say on an island which is now beneath the water, and He said to the human beings, "I'm going to send you to four directions and over time I'm going to change you to four colours, but I'm going to give you some teachings and you will call these the Original Teachings and when you come back together with each other you will share these so that you can live and have peace on earth, and a great civilization will come about. "
Prophecy as told by Lee Brown of the Salish Tribe at the 1986 Continental Indigenous Council, Alaska .




These are the key points. I will be back to flesh it all out in a few days. Till then... observe what is coming up for healing. Look at the houses at top of website to see where you may undergo some kind of shift/healing/release.  Use your intuition (Pisces) to feel your way through. Watch your dreams over the next week. Then use your Aries/Fire  to make it happen.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

'Keep the faith baby.'

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We are at the halfway point between eclipses. Eclipses always mark key shifts and indicate areas in need of change. The in-between time is particularly potent, as we hold the tension between what is dissolving and what is coming into being.  This process will come to a turning point at the New Moon Solar eclipse on Feb 26th.


Meanwhile, the Sun has moved into Pisces and the Moon is currently in freedom loving Sagittarius, and in a 90 ° angle to where the next eclipse will be. That angle creates a tension and an urge to act or react to the planets involved.  Both now and at the eclipse, the Moon will be linking with Neptune in Pisces, which signifies the dreamer (or escapist) in us all.



 Pisces points to our soul journey on planet earth. Both Pisces and Sagittarius are considered to be the two ‘spiritual’ signs of the zodiac (understanding that 'spirit' is in everything and every sign) ... in that they point to our deep longing to connect to all that is.



Sagittarius is a more conscious knowing as it directs us to our higher self, and to higher learning. It represents both codified belief systems and the universal meaning that lies at the heart of all religion. The meaning of Sagittarius thus stretches our core beliefs to become deeper knowing itself,  urging us forward on a quest for meaning and adventure. Sagittarius  has a fiery drive to be always expanding, learning, traveling, exploring. 



 
Pisces, on the other hand,  floats in an eternal mist, representing the elemental of water that surrounds the embryo. In Pisces we may be dreaming we are in a body yet ultimately and forever connected to  universal life force energy.   Where Sagittarius links us to conscious knowing, Pisces brings us to into the deep unconscious, and represents a primal longing for blissful melting into the cosmic ocean.  

When we are most conscious in Pisces, we feel the oneness that connects all life. At our most unconscious here, we are lost in a sea of forgetting. 



Today's Moon in Sagittarius wants us to pay attention to what is calling us from those depths. It wants us to know in a conscious way what our soul knows and dreams of.  That 'becoming conscious' part  is very important right now, as the world seems to slip further and further down the rabbit hole.

Both Sagittarius and Pisces are asking us to 'Keep the faith baby" even as everything gets turned upside down as Neptune and Pisces dissolve what we think is solid or concrete. The South Node of the Moon (where the next eclipse is) is about what we are letting go of. 

“Between now and the solar eclipse, you're being asked to give up something that does not work. It's amazing how reluctant we can be to give something up even when we know it's not working for us. Human beings take great comfort in the familiar, often to our own detriment. Yet you may be able to make this process less of a resistance-trigger for yourself. \Sagittarius Moons are known for a love of freedom; last quarter Moons are known to be helpful in moving things toward completion. Tapping into one or both of those energies consciously -- really let yourself imagine the ease you might feel -- could grease the wheels a little."




A Sagittarius  Moon also just wants to have fun... so let your hair down this weekend and get in touch with your ability to expand beyond current dramas.  

You know you want to! 



There is a blessing and a gift in this coming eclipse, as we continue to navigate through radical shifts and challenging times. More on that later in the week. Till then, keep on dancing!


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Friday, 10 February 2017

Leo Full Moon: Hear me Roar

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Today's Full Moon at 22 degrees Leo occurs late  Friday Feb 10th in NA and early morning in UK/Europe.It will also be a subtle eclipse, subtle (called ‘pre-numbral) because it  won't be very visible; the Moon just barely passes thru the earths shadow- ’.


This Leo Full Moon is nonetheless a powerful Full Moon that carries the same sense of shift/release  associated with any eclipse - signaling  a potential healing crisis as we let go of another layer  of whatever emotional baggage  has been holding us back. Any issues that have risen to the surface over the last few days will give you some indication of what needs accepting/forgiving/releasing, particularly around self esteem and our willingness to step into the light (so to speak).   

Note: Click the tab at top of this webpage called 'Houses' to see the area where  release/healing could occur. It could for instance be about shining in your work environment (6 or 10th houses), allowing yourself to be seen and valued in your relationship (7th)  or healing old wounds around feeling invisible as a child(4th house) etc



If your birthday is a few days before or after Feb 10th, you can expect this to be a magnificent year with many positive changes  in store for you.  This really is a time that you can make your dreams come true, if you are willing to let go and forgive the past to make way for a brilliant future. It is also a year to expect the unexpected as new and exciting changes shake you out of your complacency.

Leo is about how we shine in the world and it prompts us to take our place on the stage of life.  Leo is a noble, generous, heart centered sign, inviting us to claim our personal sovereignty and recognize own our true magnificence.

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At the same time this Full Moon eclipse  reminds us to remain humble and  in harmony with the needs of others (Aquarius); our moment in the spotlight should not be at others expense. 

Overall today's Moon amplifies the  inspiring and expanding sense of possibility that I've been writing about (Jupiter/Uranus), combined with providing grounding and stabilizing support  to help us  'concretize'  our recently acquired visions (Saturn). It provides   inspiration as well as the drive and persistence to forge new pathways in the world and in our own lives. 

There will likely  be some discomfort as we experience the growing pains of waking up from a  long sleep (Chiron in Pisces). This stirring up of deep collective wounds  requires vigilance, patience, persistence  - a continuing commitment to the awakening process.  There is clearly a call to all of us to walk our talk.




The Sun opposite in Aquarius reminds us that we are all in this together. Aquarius is the sign of our  collective unity, the need to balance our egos with our humanity. Aquarius is also the sign of the freedom fighter who cares about people and about  social justice.

The crazy maverick energy of Eris/Uranus has been shaking our foundations and stirring up massive social movements all over the globe; it often takes a crisis to get human beings up and moving.  Whatever it takes.

If not us who?
If not now, when?
 JF Kennedy.



This Moon seems to be saying- stand up and keep standing up. Let your light shine. The only way to get rid of darkness is to bring in more light. The Full Moon configuration also something called a 'Mystic Rectangle' -   indicating a sense of protection and  showering of blessings and grace to get us through difficult times.

I hear a beautiful quote this weekend... "The Sun is always rising  somewhere on this earth". 

A simple yet profound  reminder that, even if everything around us seems to be falling apart,  the world keeps on turning and  the Moon and Sun keep on shining. We have a part to play and, whatever it is, know that you can do it.

So, don't hide your light under a bush...
Let it shine. Let it shine Let it shine.

You know you want to.







More to come: There is  another (Solar) eclipse in two weeks, so stay tuned for more info.  If you want to be emailed when there's a new post, leave your info at link on top right of webpage. Or  'like' Aurum Astrology on Facebook (link further down on right) to get short daily quotes/updates.


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Tipping the Balance

Are we having fun yet?



Happy Ground Hog Day!

Also celebrated in Celtic lands as Imbolc  - the midpoint of winter. Shadows and groundhogs and candles in the dark. This is a good time to light a candle, pray for peace.



Today's Moon in Aires links with very volatile and exaggerated energy.

Mercury, planet of communication, has landed mack dab in a crash up with Pluto. Mercury conjunct Pluto can be about repressed speech i.e. being hushed up or threatened if you dare speak out. Pluto in Capricorn links to authority, governments, systems.  There's a sense of those in power and control dominating communication (might is right) while others will be obsessed with uncovering the truth no matter how deeply buried it is.

Hmmmm. Sound familiar?

The Moon in Aries  just crossed over Mars (god of war) ... pushing aggression to the forefront for some and making the rest of us restless, impatient, irritated.  It's damn hard to not react right now.  This energy is excellent for starting new projects or getting things done. Also good for releasing pent up energy.




Warning: Watch your temper. Watch your back!

Mars in early degrees of Aries has been one of the factors stirring up world events. And we ain't seen nothing yet. When Mars gets to Eris (goddess of discord) with Uranus (Grand Awakener, sudden change) on Feb 27th things could become highly explosive . I did say this is a year of New Beginnings. Some of those changes may not be exactly what we may want to see. (enter Eris goddess of discord)



I know, I know - always blame a woman!   Remember- it's just an an archetype -that works  in combo with Uranus to destabilize things big time. It could have been less destructive ... but it seems our collective shadow (Pluto in Capricorn) needs some cleansing before we can step into the  new era/new paradigm.

To that end:  On Feb 10th we have a partial lunar eclipse at 22 degrees Leo 22 - which will ask us to release some shadow part of our ego (false self, pride, arrogance) - that may be  blocking our innate connection to all of humankind. We need to understand that we are ALL in this together. We truly need to get out of our own - and each others -  way. In other words - stop projecting. Own your own sh*t.    Humility required.

More on that soon.


In the meantime, things are a rockin' and a shakin' -  in perfect accord with the powerful forces working to shift us into a new higher frequency. As I said last week, it's always darkest before the dawn.

Meanwhile, everything is in a precarious balance right now... and the smallest thing can tip us into total chaos. Tread carefully. Go slowly. Let many things pass.

You know you want to.


Sunday, 29 January 2017

New 'Art n Soul' Collage Meet-up in Calgary

See 'Art n Soul' Collage tab at top of webpage for info  about upcoming meet-up on  
Sunday, Feb 12th... 

just two days after the Lunar Eclipse on February 10, 2017 @22Leo.


The theme for the coming weeks is all about connecting to the greater collective of humanity while also finding and defining our own special light and purpose. Eclipses always indicate a letting go process. Lets all let go of any remaining feelings of inadequacy, inferiority or separation.

We will make cards about about expressing our personal Magnificence (Leo) - how and where we can Shine! - and then - where we fit into the group (or not). There are leaders and followers. both are necessary. The key is to recognize that we are all in this together.  One world, one people. One heart (Leo).

Be there or be square :)

p.s. Online classes coming soon to a planet near you!