Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Full Moon in Gemini Shut up already!

Full Moons bring to fruition the energy activated by the previous New Moon. The New Moon in Scorpio was all about death, and transformation (or release) and there has certainly been a fair bit of that going around! Now the Sun is in sunny Sagittarius things should be getting a bit lighter, but unfortunately they don't seem to be (yet).

The Gemini Full Moon, exact tomorrow (Wed)  at 5:44 pm EST (22:44 UTC)  will bring a focus on communication and the expression of personal beliefs and ideas. Because it aligns with a Saturn-Neptune square that is becoming exact the very next day (Thurs), that expression is going to be full of challenges.

Sun in Sagittarius is the truth teller.
Moon in Gemini also wants to communicate.
The conversation will be rather serious (Saturn)
Misunderstandings are rife with Neptune in the mix.

This is therefore not the best time to get caught up in ideological discussions, although it is also probably when we are most likely to do so!

Saturn is where we can be rigid and inflexible. Sagittarius is  about beliefs systems, and is also the part of us that seeks to know the truth. Saturn here can make us sure we are in the right.  My truth is THE Truth.  A square with Neptune  shows where we can seriously be deluding ourself.

 Neptune  dissolves what appears to be solid and pulls us into a numinous ethereal world of spirit. This can become escapist and fanciful or it can inspire profound meditations and activate creative expression like no other. Illusions and delusions fall under Neptune’s rule, as does the most sublime poetry expressions of the mystics.

When this authoritarian rigidity (Saturn) clashes or combines with  delusional thinking (Neptune) and a profound belief in being ‘right’ (Sagittarius) … the need to communicate (Gemini) and express a ‘truth’ becomes the need to convince others of it. Fanaticism and righteousness abound.

What we need here are discipline, maturity (positive Saturn) and compassion and empathy (positive Neptune)  Unfortunately squares create friction, not harmony, and we can expect this Full Moon to bring  tensions to a peak.

If you have planets or angles at or close to 7 degrees of Sag or Pisces – or the other mutable signs of Gemini and Virgo – then you are probably already well in the thick of it.

Some advice: 
The Gemini Sagittarius axis will help us to know and speak our truth, while at the same time challenging us to accept that there are many truths. Gemini style communication is about being a good neighbour and recognizing the humanity in each person we meet. Sagittarius reminds us to see the bigger picture. There is a larger world out there.

Do not try to be all knowing. Let many things pass. This too shall pass.

Although Saturn and Neptune will be in this stuff for a good while and these issues are not going away any time soon, once this Full Moon is over and the Sun slips past Saturn and out of Neptune’s reach (next week), things will start to look a lot brighter and clearer.

Till then, keep your head up, your mouth shut and your heart open.

Happy Full Moon!

Monday, 23 November 2015

Make it real! Full Moon in Gemini

Venus Opposite Uranus right now (planet of freedom and rebellion) sparks our need for personal space.
Full Moon in Gemini on Wednesday encourages us to 'talk about it' ...  then challenges us to 'walk our talk'.

Full blog post coming later today. Watch this space!

Thursday, 12 November 2015

New Moon in Scorpio: Letting go

Whether you live in the northern or southern hemisphere, things are shifting and changing at a rapid  pace right now. In the North, where I live, we are heading into the dark days of winter, with the sharp chill that comes at this time of year. On the surface at least, nature seems to be in a state of decline.

This fits well with the sign of Scorpio, who rules sex, death and transformation. We have passed the half way marker between  equinox and solstice (Samaine, Celtic New Year), our Halloween masks are back in their boxes, the Day of the Dead is done and we await the inevitable blanket of cold, wind, rain (or snow) that will chase the small creatures underground.  Some of us want to go down there too. 

Yet despite this sense of an approaching end, underneath everything life is stirring and moving and morphing; as planets are moving into new signs  exciting new possibilities are afoot.

 It’s a New Moon, a time for new starts, new visions, new endeavors.

Venus has arrived in her home sign of Libra, bringing a message of peace and love and harmony, next Mars will follow to make sure we don't get too bored by all that peace and love stuff.   The Sun is already partway through Scorpio (13 degrees) and the North Node (Destiny Point) has now officially landed in Virgo. Change is afoot. 

(more on North Node in Virgo next week)

As we witness to the ongoing dance of the seasons,  our galaxy itself is spinning through an even greater universe which is also  morphing, stirring, moving.  All is change, all is movement. Nothing is static.

I have had quite a few friends  pass on in the last few years, the most recent  just a few weeks ago. It was unexpected and a shock to find out she had gone (and before I could say goodbye).  Such is life… we may think we are in control but are we really?

It's all around me. My son is currently supporting a dying friend through his last days. Inspired by their  creation of a beautiful Día de Muertos  ritual,  I carved my own Day of the Dead pumpkin. I printed pictures of my dear friend, plus other  friends and family who have passed,  in order to acknowledge and  honour them  and remember them  in my heart.  I found it deeply soothing to create this memorial,   meditating as the candle flickered a deep sense of  peace and release. 

To honour life is to honour death. To honour death is to honour life. 
They are but  a breath apart. 

"And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We're captive on the carousel of time
We can't return we can only look
Behind from where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game "

Joni Mitchel

Which brings us back to Scorpio.

Scorpio focuses us on the great mystery of life and death, endings, beginnings and back again.  As it does so it activates deep parts of us,  takes us to the depths of our being. Issues may arise around power and control. We discover how little control we really have.  Scorpio craves and is drawn to what is deep and dark and pushes us to take risks: it urges us to share our bodies, our money, ourselves, even though nothing is really certain.  It asks us to leap beyond boundaries yet also warns us to trust no one. 

Thus, the 'urge to merge' simultaneously triggers unconscious ego defenses and instinctual primal fear. Jealousy  resides here; we fear the loss of what we would possess. We fear death. We fear loss. 
We can join the ancient dance  between the part that wants to run away and be safe, and  the part compelled forward into the unknown. Holding that tension is where power lies. Scorpio wants to transform you.

As you can see this  realm  is not for the feint of heart, but the rewards are many. Perhaps that is why we are both attracted and repelled  by Scorpio. Many treasures are buried in the shadowy depths. We can either withdraw in self-defense or take the leap and risk it all as Scorpio  takes us beyond our safe boundaries.  Perhaps the danger and the risk (and the pleasure)  explains why Scorpio is so compelling.

Hopefully we have learned something from Saturn's recent difficult passage here, and now have the strength to face the dark without flinching.  Mastery is here, as is power.

 Our union creates life, which ultimately leads to death, which is the ultimate merging is it not? In between, we share our bodies, our resources, our hopes and fears,  transforming ourselves in the process.  Awareness of our mortality brings us into sober reflection as Mercury sitting close by gives our thoughts and communications a  deeper, more intense expression. Secrets may come to the surface; what needs to be spoken will be spoken.

As the New Moon in Scorpio calls  forth this powerful  energy,  look to the house it occurs in to show you where something needs transforming or expressing (or both). This is the area where loss may have occurred, and where something new will soon emerge to fill the gap. 

In the meantime, hold the tension and trust that all will be well. Secrets that have been hiding are now waiting to be exposed, or to get buried even deeper.  (see meanings of houses in tab above,  go to to create your chart, or contact me for a reading

The New Moon in Scorpio is a  threshold ... of  a new vision, a new opportunity,  a seed moment. To best access that energy, we must relinquish the past (first honour it, then let it go) and enter into the dark, to await the new, just as we await the faint light of the newly beginning Moon. 

Uranus is active here. Impatience is our Achilles heel. Sit with it. Outcomes may not turn out like what you were envisioning. Expect the unexpected.  

Still, one has to start somewhere. Our intentions can grow into actualities, just as the Moon becomes a crescent shape in the coming days, then will grow fuller and fuller. And so the circle goes.

 Intention is all at a New Moon. Use it wisely.
Make a wish and then let it go!

Friday, 23 October 2015

Full Moon in Taurus 'Get er Done'

We have recently passed through a period of high stress which included confrontations and challenges and a sense of  banging our heads against a wall. Ouch.

Now it's time to 'get er done' as we head toward a luscious Full Moon in Taurus this coming Tues, Oct 27, at 3 am UT, 8 AM Eastern standard. 

The Pluto Uranus square, though waning, has continued to stir up powerful tensions; the Sun and Mercury moving through Libra   reactivated the 'shake up -wake up' message, and some are still feeling the sting. That, combined with Saturn’s recent square to the feel good planets (Venus, Jupiter)  created a rather tense few weeks.

With the North Node/Collective Destiny point hovering at a critical degree in Libra,  interpersonal relationships have been the proving ground as we discovered just how tangled up we still are in our old patterns. Saturn in Sagittarius is there to challenge  core beliefs;  and many are  discovering how hard it really is to teach an old dog new tricks.

The Sun  now in Scorpio, as of today, has a tendency to set off unconscious behaviours and defensive survival mechanisms.  It helps to become  self observing and watch your reactions. That involves being present. Planets in earth sign could help us to do. Others will hinder.

Despite obvious challenges,  there is much positive energy to be had if we know how to move with the energy instead of against it. We do have choice (even if it doesn't always feel like it)  We perhaps cannot manipulate the planets to serve our own devices, but we can adjust our sails. The  point of astrology is to describe the energy fields affecting us so we can feel the current and move with it.

       “One ship drives east and another drives west
With the selfsame winds that blow.
Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales
Which tells us the way to go.
Like the winds of the seas are the ways of fate,
As we voyage along through the life:
Tis the set of a soul
That decides its goal,
And not the calm or the strife. ”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I've posted this poem before and I always find it an inspiring reminder that we are in fact captains of our own ship.

Right now we have a powerful earthy force at our disposal. The  grouping of Venus Mars and Jupiter in Virgo are positively linked to Pluto in Capricorn and as they are now out of Saturn's reach, stalled projects can begin to  move forward. This is the time to get grounded in productive activity, this is the time  to 'get er done'. 

The coming Taurus Full Moon could turnout to be a safe harbour in the midst of the storm. And  this weekend will start things off with a healing balm from Venus (love)  and Jupiter (expansion and joy) together  soothing our emotional wounds. 

 Just remember to keep one eye open!  A strong Neptune  influence (dreams, imagination)  could bring up the desire to escape all your worries. There is both positive and negative aspect to that. The higher vibration of Neptune puts us in touch with our spiritual depths and brings us into contact with a numinous  field of love and creativity. If we can focus on creative solutions rather than knee jerk reactivity, much can be accomplished.

On the other hand, Neptune’s lower frequency beckons us to fields of poppies  as it activates our escapist tendencies. Although switching off now and then can be highly therapeutic,  a warning about getting too spaced out.  Sometimes its our inner eyes that need opening. Watch your dreams for solutions not available to the conscious mind.

Those who succumb to the more unconscious energies of Neptune  may also be more vulnerable to the  tendency right now to be highly reactive. Mercury (communication) caught in the Uranus Pluto T square (revolution, rebellion, power struggles)  is going to keep it interesting. A good time to speak your truth but be careful to cause no harm.  If you slip, damage control could include humility and forbearance. A sense of humour will also be most helpful. We all have foibles as my sweet friend Doug would say. Let many things pass. 

As we in the Northern hemisphere head into the darker days of fall and winter, and our hidden survival fears stir, the Full Moon in Tuesday brings the comfort of the great mother (Taurus). She beckons us with open arms. 

 Lastly, as Taurus  activates our sensual nature and  feeds us a cornucopia of yummy delights, just keep in mind the tendency right now toward  over indulgence (addicitions are avoidant behaviours). You can have your cake and eat it too, just  take it one slice at a time!

Be aware of the equal tendency right now to fall asleep  as to be jarred awake, and know that the later will be more likely if the former has already occurred. Holding the tension between these two impulses is tricky, yet can result in a deeply transformative experience. Let it be a positive transformation rather than a rude awakening. 

It’s a bit like bumper cars. If you don’t pay attention someone is going to run smack into you, or you into them (been there, done that) 

 Let the Taurus Full Moon ground you and sooth you as you bathe in the healing waves of love coming from Venus as Jupiter.

You know you want to.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Helpful HInts for dealing with Saturn

Post script to yesterday's article: Getting Back to 'Normal'
re Mercury direct, Mercury Storm, and other weird stuff...
Some of us are feeling  stressed as Saturn's heaviness creates blockage to all the feel good planets: Moon Venus Mars and Jupiter : (

For some of us, it feels good to feel bad!

Here's a link to my sister's blog with some helpful hints for dealing with stressful thoughts and negative vibes.

For details on whats going on  scroll down to previous article.

Getting back to normal (or not) Mercury Direct and other weird stuff.

Just about everyone I have spoken to in the last coupe of days has been experiencing an increase in the upside down craziness of Mercury retrograde. Today I watched my phone screen weirdly flicker and jump all over the place, then my parking app completely froze  (I was of course in a hurry). I just had to laugh. 

I've already had days of Mercury craziness, from missed appointments to lost ipad to backing into someone in my car (or he ran into me we are not sure which it is). I have found this particular  retrograde to have been even more annoying than usual. ( I have Mercury close to my Sun in my natal chart, so am more affected by these cycles) When I got into my appointment (late) today,  the practitioner said they too were behind due to having a really crazy day, so I explained to him about the Mercury 'Storm'.

Mercury, planet of communication, has been moving backward over the last three weeks.  It turns direct tomorrow (Friday), and the day before and after that are  called the 'Mercury Storm'.  

As Mercury slows down to change direction, everything is intensified and the chaos and confusion of the retrograde gets amplified tenfold. Luckily, this only lasts few days, then slowly over the next three weeks,  as it  retraces its steps, we will pick up the pieces and reorder our thoughts and our lives (hopefully),  with the added benefit of insights gained during this time of reflection. At the turnaround point, secrets or hidden information often come to light.  Mysteries will end or begin.  (Agatha Christie eat your heart out).

It is sort of a time of revelation.

Mercury has been moving through Libra, sign of relationships. Its turning point is exactly opposite the Aries Point (0 degrees Aries is the beginning of the zodiac) so this marks this as an important 'critical' moment in time.  It is also on the Lunar North Node/Destiny Point, telling us that not only is this a moment of truth for each of us personally, it is linked to the evolution of humankind. This point was also lit up by the recent Solar Eclipse in early September, so is even more strongly emphasized.

The message of Libra is that we must learn to work together in harmony (Libra) if we are to survive as a species on planet earth. We have to balance our need for autonomy (Aries) with our need for others (Libra), which requires we get in touch with  the underlying field of love (Venus, planet of love rules Libra)  that connects all of us. 

And besides that, its so much more fun when we are getting along, is it not?

In this time of re evaluating how we connect to ourselves and to others, have you learned something new about relating? Did you uncover the roots of some of your own hang ups? Are you overcoming your conditioning enough to step out of those old programs? Have you found a new vision since last weeks eclipse?

It's a new day, its a new dawn, it's a new world.

Right now Saturn points to the most important factor involved with getting along with others, which is (duh) getting along with our own self!    I am not talking about narcism or  egotism here, but of a healthy self esteem that is then able to extend itself to  love, share, work, and communicate positively with others. All that has to first come from inside of us. If I don't like myself I am either going to put others on a pedestal or I am going to find fault with everyone. 

The challenge  is around 'self worth' . When I look in the mirror who do I see?   Venus (love) is being squared (challenged) by Saturn (judgment, lessons, limitations).  There is an emphasis  on 'self-evaluation'. Can I do that with kindness and love? 

The fear of harsh criticism lies heavy in the air. A whole group huddled at the beginning of Virgo are being challenged by Saturn.
                             Moon (emotions), 
                             Venus (love, relating), 
                             Mars (action, desire)  
                             and Jupiter (joyous expansion) 
are all held in check.  The ensuing pressure can trigger fear and self doubt and bring a sense of foreboding to those who are being affected. 

This push pull between Jupiter (expansion ) and Saturn (contraction) has been on and off for the past year. Jupiter brings so much glorious possibility, then  Saturn switches on the naysayer in our head, you know the one that says it isn't possible so why even try.  This rather bi-polar dynamic is being amplified by the presence of the other planets. This is not fun.

To add insult to injury, they are all in Virgo, sign of the perfectionist. Virgo can be highly critical (picky, picky, picky), and quick to find fault. Help!

 If you are being hard on yourself right now, or feel somewhat  defeated,  you can blame it  on Saturn. (you know you want to...)   

Of course not everyone will get caught up in this tension. There are always those who are less susceptible to  melancholy.  A strong Jupiter brings implacability, or an Aquarian influence adds detachment.  Leo Sun always feels lucky.

 Those with a more Saturnian bent (Capricorns for example, or Saturn is a difficult position)  may be more prone to the  negative side of this influence. 

Saturn can also inspire in some a dogged determination to see things through. There are many ways to respond to pressure. 

Watch out for health issues (Virgo), and  feelings of exhaustion or overwhelm. If that is you, take time to slow down and rest and focus on self care. Drink lots of water and eat well, get outside and let nature nurture you. Ironically,  that may be harder  to do with Saturn breathing down our neck. Still, one must try. That is part of the lesson. (When the going gets tough, the tough get going, etc...)

The ultimate lesson of a Saturn Venus square is ‘Self Love’ (or lack there-of).    We are facing self doubt so we can find the cure. 

We must face what needs facing, with an open heart. We must  love what needs loving (!) It is time to  grow up,  face our foibles and take responsibility for our lives.  Just be aware of the potential negativity this aspect can induce. In Sagittarius, we will be examining our core beliefs (oh no not that again!) This aspect can cause us to complain a lot. We could get sideswiped by old programs of 'less than', 'not enough', or 'poor me' etc. Gotta let those go. 

 All this can lead to escapism. Neptune is strong right now as well. And it is interfering with Mars  ability to act (great, just great!!) Obfuscation and confusion and downright dishonesty are all possibilities when Neptune is fogging up the scene.

So basically, things are a bit weird and wacky and downright  heavy right now. If this is affecting you, please  don’t be discouraged.   Keep it honest , keep it real.  A little patience will go a long way. Let Saturn teach you how to take things one step at a time. 

 Neptune in Pisces brings  us gentleness, kindness and compassion;  for ourselves and for others. Sometimes being in service is the perfect antidote for our own problems. Just don't let yourself be manipulated or tricked into doing something you will regret. Discernment is key (Virgo). 

Sometimes Saturn teaches through loss and disappointment,  and demands we  find our personal mastery,  by pushing us till we find  the strength to step into our power. 

Neptune brings us a quiet faith in the unknown.   

And remember, Saturn  can never block Jupiter’s joy completely.  Behind those clouds, the light is still shining brightly. Our magnificence is just waiting to be discovered.


“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”