Friday, 8 August 2014

Full Moon in Aquarius: We are all in this together!

 This Sunday’s Super Moon is the closest Moon to the earth of the year…(called perigree)  and will appear significantly bigger than usual. it occurs In the sign of Aquarius at 7pm EDT 9 pm GMT etc.

This Full Moon in Aquarius taps into the sacred feminine as well as our collective angst, and we will need our deepest inner strength and courage (Sun in Leo) to overcome feelings of discouragement and despair. (Sun and Moon squared Saturn in Scorpio)

The Moon in Aquarius links us to all humanity and asks us to step out of our self-centeredness (Leo) into a greater awareness of others (Aquarius).

The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is the latest horrific example on the global scale of our need for all of the above… as human beings continue to run amok and kill each other (and particularly women and children)  in droves. It can be more than depressing to watch fellow human beings get destroyed by automated drones designed to totally shred whatever they come in contact with. Yet compassion fatigue can result in apathy and resignation if we feel helpless in the face of ‘mans inhumanity to man’.

More personal battles may also be invoking similar emotions as we face off with whatever challenges our lives bring us. This Full Moon is bringing whatever needs to be dealt with into the open, as forcing us to face issues we would rather avoid.

Aquarius is an air sign and prefers to distance from feelings. Though in extremes that is not helpful, in this case the Aquarian ability to step back from excessive emotions can be useful. The current heaviness of tensions with Saturn (associated with lead) can trigger depression, and fatigue, and some of us may feel completely overwhelmed (or underwhelmed) and shift into avoidance.

If this is you, use the Aquarian energy to step back and see your situation from a different perspective. It can help us avoid taking things so personally. Things are often not what they seem. Then again, sometimes they are worse.

The feeling of blockage coming from Saturn in Scorpio can trigger fear and survival issues, adding depth, intensity, as well as sexual tension, causing us at moments to become numb or paralyzed by the immensity of what is gong on.

Thankfully, the warmth and joy of the Sun shining out from heart centered Leo, though tempered by this Saturnine reality check, still has the ability to keep us buoyant in the midst of adversity. Behind every cloud the sun still shines, and even in the greatest darkness, there is always hope.

So while both Sun and Jupiter in Leo encourage and expand  our urge for personal expression, fun, celebration, etc … and put us in touch with the need to celebrate our unique self, Aquarius reminds us that we are linked us to each other, and to what is going on in the larger world.

The Full Moon will bring things to a peak and it also carries the possibility of a breakthrough, revealing strategies that can move us out of deadlock.
In the meantime, this is a perfect occasion for gathering with others… as we all get more in touch with our humanity.

Other astrological aspects emphasize the rising sacred feminine energy that has been long suppressed, making this a particularly good time for the sacred gathering of women… or anything that involves celebrating our feminine side (whether we identify as male or female)… and the great goddess.   That includes celebrating mother nature, mother earth, our feelings, our intuition, nurturing, birthing new energies, dancing singing etc. Music has a powerful transformative power and can take us out of our stuck places into heart centered connection.(Leo and Aquarius unite)

Venus (love relating) is in sensitive and nurturing  Cancer  and both Chiron and Neptune in Pisces continue to bring transformation and healing to our existential pain.

So although Saturn has injected a somber tone to the proceedings, anything we do this Full Moon weekend, with an awareness of our interconnectedness, promises to bring a deep sense of inner meaning and peace.

Peace starts with each one of us. Pass it on!

Persoid meteor Shower and Super Full Moon in Aquarius

Late at night over the next few days we can see a meteor shower from the constellation of Perseus, a mythological hero who destroyed various monsters. If you have monsters to vanquish, make a wish on a shooting star/meteor!!! Maybe it will help. 

Super Full Moon in Aquarius this Sunday... 
New blog post coming soon ....!

Persius Meteor Shower

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

When Push comes to Shove! Mars and Jupiter square off!

Right now Jupiter (joy expansion travel learning) Mercury (communication) and Sun (our core sense of self, how we shine) are all in tension with both Mars and Saturn in Scorpio. If you have a birthday at the beginning of August or November you might be feeling this tension. Words are sharp, retorts are biting, energies are exaggerated. Grudges get dug down even deeper. Denial grows ever stronger...

We have been dealing with the challenges of Saturn in Scorpio for over a year now as we have been forced to face uncomfortable shadow parts of ourselves (desire, death, destruction, resurrection) No one likes having their dirty laundry exposed, and Saturn here makes us hyper defensive.

Now that Mars has moved into Scorpio and into square with Jupiter in Leo at the same time, people are even more reactive . Mars activates those more hidden defenses while Jupiter in Leo brings out our pride, and arrogance. Lines are being drawn!!!

When Mars aggression pushes against that pride or arrogance you know push will come to shove. One will feel bullied or affronted by the other, one will feel righteous indignation and see you as the instigator of it all etc etc

In truth, both parties are responsible for whatever miscommunication or frustration or effrontery that is going on. And isn’t that always the case? There are always two sides to every skirmish, every disagreement, very battle.

Clarifying our own boundaries is a key part of this dynamic, as well as respecting those of others. To avoid stepping on someone’s toes, be aware that that person is entitled to their own space and their own opinions too. And if someone is pushing into your space or your brain… this is energy that will help you stand your ground and speak your truth. Just be aware of these amplifying tendencies. Think before you act/speak.

The recent amplification of the aggression in Palestine began as this dynamic took hold. Everyone thinks they are in the right and those in the middle (women and children) are the ones who suffer. And suffer they do. It is horrific  to see what is happening and equally frightening to see that the war machine doesn’t seem to stop.

 Iraq, Syria, Ukraine. Palestine, on and on it goes….

It will take a lot of faith (Neptune in Pisces) and courage (Jupiter in Leo) to face and deal with these kinds of scenarios, both global and local. If peace is even possible, it has to start within each of us.

If you are being bullied, or someone is pushing into your personal space, or, if you are bullying someone or taking liberties where you know you shouldn't .... a bit of advice:

What goes around comes around!

Conflict develops when a person feels themselves to be in the right (Jupiter in Leo) and runs into opposition. If one is not convinced of being in the right opposition leads to craftiness. (Mars in Scorpio)
If a person is entangled in a conflict, their only salvation lies in being so clear headed and inwardly strong that they are always ready to come to terms by meeting their opponent half way.
To carry a conflict to the bitter end has negative effects, even when one is in the right, because the enmity is then perpetuated.
Conflict within weakens the power to conquer conflict without. (I Ching, No 6, Conflict)

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Full Moon in Capricorn The Last Hurrah!

This morning was a Supermoon (closest to earth) at 20 degrees Capricorn. The Moon has some powerful aspects connecting to well as being linked into the Cardinal Grand Cross... representing tremendous transformational energies that have been accelerating and intensifying our evolutionary process over the last couple of years. This Moon marks a culmination of all that.

Capricorn represents our drive to succeed, our need to work, and our sense of authority, both inner and outer. It represents the father, or the boss, and the patriarchal systems the world has been under the thumb of for so long. Sitting opposite to the Moon, the Sun in the sign of Cancer lights up the Mother archetype and brings out our need to nurture and be nurtured. Jupiter nearby expands the emphasis on feeling and emotion, which is already present in any Full Moon.

All Full Moons represent polarity between opposites and usually bring up relationship stuff. Mercury moving  back into Cancer, where it began its backward journey a couple of weeks ago... also brings up more of the same. And there is also a square (tension) to the nodes of the Moon which are currently in Libra (relating) and Aries (individuality ).

This is also the end of the Grand Cross energy, though the Pluto Uranus square will continue into 2015.

Something is coming to a head now and something is ready to be released.

All the emotional cleansing and healing (and confronting) we have been going through this last year can now come to fruition. All that inner work and mirror work and facing our shadow can finally start to pay off. It is a breakthrough moment which will ripple out for weeks even months. We will look back on this time and say  'I remember when.....'

If you have had the opportunity recently to reflect on family patterns or emotional issues that have come to the surface, now is the time to move beyond all that. As the Full Moon peaks there is a release of energy and an opening now for something new to emerge. We don't have to endlessly repeat the same ol' same ol'.  We have had plenty. Of time to face and recognize the root causes of our neurosis ...and yes... They won't disappear overnight. But we can and will heal the past and this Capricorn Moon says we can turn round to face a brighter future. Really!

Let the drive and focus of Capricorn bring commitment and purpose into your life. Let the soft warmth of the Cancerian mother feed your soul and nurture your heart. Bring the two into balance and we have a formula for success. And what is success?

To thine  own self be true... and thou  canst be false to anyone!

Thursday, 26 June 2014

The New Moon in Cancer is starting just about ... Now!
Welcome her as you embrace your feminine side; she is the soul in all of us.  Cancer is the sign of the mother and is ruled by the Moon. A New moon in its home sign accentuates the possibilities for emotional rebirth and contain a huge potential for new growth.

This is a seed time. We can release old emotional baggage and come home to ourselves in a big way right now. So much tension and clearing and upheaval may have left you high and dry lately. Here is a chance to nurture yourself and those around you and bathe in the waters of deep feeling values.
Family issues may come to a head or finally clear for once and for all. Let bygones be bygones.
Whatever intentions we put out at this time will ripple forward for weeks... if not months.

It may not seem like it at first but soon this caterpillar will have wings to soar in to the sky. My sister,  a writer about women's processes, calls this stage 'bug soup'. As everything dissolves, it becomes food for something even better.... yet for a while we might doubt that and think we will never get off the ground.
Have no doubt. This powerful New Moon sits right across from Pluto the planet of transformation,  and at a wide  right angle to Uranus the awakener, while also at a similar right angle to Mars , god of war. These movers and shakers have been working of us for a few years now and today, as we press the restart button once again and reset our emotional programming, the sky's the limit.

And yes... given the input from what remains of the Grand Cross energy, some will no doubt experience an emotional death as old parts of us begin to fall way. Let them go. Whatever comes up
at this time brings a chance to clear away more of that old emotional baggage we keep dragging around with us. Jupiter's transit through the sign of Cancer has expanded our emotional intelligence
(hopefully) and washed us in expansive soulful exuberance... enabling our inner child to finally step up and out in full glory. As the Moon moves toward Jupiter in the next couple of days! let your heart
open and your feeling self breathe out in joyful appreciation ... of being alive.

Take a moment to 'feel' your breath. Feel your whole essence from the tip of your head to the soles (souls?) of your feet. Cancer rules the fourth house of hearth and home. It is our root self... our deepest core. Remember Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz? All she had to do was tap her feet together and say...

"There's no place like home. There's no place like home.
There's no place like home..."

And we all know... home is where the heart is.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Searching for the Truth

The deeper purpose of the current astrological  climate has been to push us to penetrate below the surface layer of reality to get to the core of truth where all real knowledge is to be found. This is a good time to study subjects pertaining to deeper knowledge. Much will be revealed.

In our everyday world we can use this energy to examine, scrutinize and probe everything that comes our way. It is not that we should necessarily be overly suspicious,  but there is a strong drive to get at the total truth. If someone makes a proposal, investigate and ask searching questions until you know exactly what the proposal entails. Mercury retrograde in Gemini insists we go over all the minutiae of every situation we are dealing with.  Whether it be an emotional relationship or a practical exchange of resources, our paying such close attention will  make it very difficult for someone to swindle or mislead us.

These days, so many people are struggling with upheaval, loss and fear. As we all undergo  our various and unique transformations, it is important to cut each other a lot of slack. It is very easy to shut down in the midst of so much intensity. Neptune in Pisces can open our hearts by linking us to profound compassion and empathy,  helping us reach out to others in their time of need.

My best advice: If everything is going smoothly in your life... just wait a minute. If things are totally crazy... just wait a minute. And remember, the one constant in life is change.

This too shall pass.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

So much to feel, So much to say

Suff happening this weekend: 
Here is a combination of short posts from the Aurum Astrology Facebook page.
Mars the Warrior (anger aggression desire) moves into exact square with Pluto the Destroyer ( transformation, power and control) this weekend . Buckle up and hang on for the ride!!! ( and if you don't like the heat...stay out of the kitchen...i.e. Keep yer head down!)

With emotional aftershocks still rippling out after last nights Full Moon, there is a need to be very aware of our feelings. The Moon is now crossing over Pluto and this weekend, and many will be experiencing a excess of powerful emotional charge. The square to Mars will increase the possibility of angry outbursts or powerful aggression. This is powerful stuff.  Use this energy wisely. 
"When you feel the rise of unpleasant emotions, take a moment and make an effort to identify their source. The answers are far more available than you may have previously believed. Accept such feelings as your own in the moment. Do not shove them underneath, ignore them or try to substitute what you think of as good thoughts.
As you become more aware of your beliefs over a period of time, you will see how they bring forth certain feelings automatically. A man who is sure of himself is not angry at every slight done him, nor does he carry grudges. A man who fears for his own worth, however, is furious under such conditions. The free flow of your emotions will always lead you back to your conscious beliefs if you do not impede them." ( woman too) The Seth  Chronicles

And don't forget that Mercury is moving backward in the sign of Cancer (ruled by the Moon,  so tying into all of the above)

Mercury Retrograde: 
It's not so much what I say
As what I 'don't' say
But every time I say nothing
What I do not  say 
Leaves so much to be said
That I am speechless!

Groucho Marx