Sunday, 28 June 2015

Moving right along


I am off for a holiday  during the next week or two. Summer has arrived!

Right now we are seeing pretty much the same stuff as I wrote about last week...  only more so...
The 3/4 Moon means whatever we set into motion at the New Moon in Gemini is starting to come to fruition, and the effects will build till the Full Moon next week on JUly 1st. Things could feel a bit pressurized till then, although there are a lot of escape hatches available. A lot of aspects are urging us  to claim our power to create our own reality. We are now in manifestation mode. In other words: Be careful what you wish for!!!


Meanwhile there are a lot of diverse influences in the sky: more confusion, more joy, more tension, more excitement. Expect the unexpected. Find creative solutions and all will be well.

Sun Mars in Cancer : Family matters. Fighting for your family or with your family. Choose Peace.
Sun  Pluto: Power struggles
Mercury Neptune = Confusing communication, inspired imagination
Mercury Pluto: irritation, aggravation, who's in control here?
Mars Sun= Aggressive egos
Saturn Jupiter = Blockage or expansion. Study how to make things work.
Jupiter Venus Uranus = Surprise. Good luck. Expanding anyway!
Jupiter Venus Moon: Feeling the love
Moon Sun/Mars Neptune = High creativity!

PLuto Uranus: Deep revolution and change on many levels. The old guard is dying and putting up quite a fight.

Next Wednesday July 1st is a Full Moon in Capricorn
Things get serious.  Capricorn represents the manifestation and materialization of ideas. It's time to walk your talk. Actualize!!

Venus (love) exactly conjunct Jupiter (Joy) = 

 Joyous expansion of the heart.



Use your open, joyful heart to expand beyond limitations and your common sense to stop before you go to far! Don't get caught up in power struggles. Let many things pass without losing your own dignity. Let your light shine!!!


Saturday, 20 June 2015

Venus Jupiter Moon in Leo. Claim your Magnificence!


This weekend: Summer Sosltice (Sunday) Longest day of the year!!! (how did we get here so fast???)

The Sun moves into the emotional nurturing sensitive sign of Cancer. Family time. Father's day. We will feel things more strongly now and want to care for those we love. Home is where the heart is.


Three bright glowing objects seen  in the western sky just after sunset (brightest one is Venus)

Venus: Love
Jupiter: Expansion, Joy
Moon: Intuition, Feelings
Leo: Personal sovereignty, Creativity, Play

Bringing us : Expansive Feelings of Magnificent Playful Love and Joy!!!

Let your LIGHT shine!!!



Added feature: Mercury square Neptune:  Our thinking and communicating becomes highly creative, inspired, deeply  compassionate. Feeling good about ourselves, we reach out to help someone in need.

Other side of this : Spaced out people, avoidant, addictive tendencies. Delusional thinking. Misciommunication. (don't drink and drive)

There is an extreme need to be  conscious of not letting an expanded ego parade as our true self. 
Follow your heart (and not your monkey mind) and all will be well.




Tuesday, 16 June 2015

New Moon in Gemini ! Don't hate. Meditate!



The invisible New Moon in Gemini today brings a powerful shift in perspective as we press the monthly reset button once again. Gemini represents the duality of the mind and offers us mulitple points of view. This new energy cycle will be chock full of Cleverness, Curiosity, Connections and unbridled  Creativity. 

Oh and did I mention Confrontation? 
There is some rocket fuel  added to the mix (Mars), so we will need to add a pinch of Caution.

That may not be as easy as task as one might wish.   If your inner warrior has been activated lately you will know exactly what I mean. Time for the peace pipe.


Recent standoffs have shown us how easily we can get triggered by others, leading to polarized situations. Remnants of adversarial, us-and-them way of thinking are activated by Mars presence in Gemini.  Our interpersonal relationships are, as usual, the mirrors that will shows us where these residual tensions lie. Wherever 25 degrees Gemini sits in our chart shows where a new way of seeing things could help us let go of anger or resentments as we move forward in a positive way.

With Neptune blurring our vision and confusing the dialogue, that could be tricky. It may sometimes seem that no matter how hard we try, our efforts to communicate  get all mixed up and suddenly it is like we are each speaking different languages.

Hopefully this New Moon will allow us a fresh perspective so we can move out of conflict into connection. Mercury is now direct so that should help.


Our core belief systems determine how we interact with the world, and the recent retrograde  of Mercury invited us to examine/deconstruct our habits of thinking and communicating,  particularly around conflict. 

In my own chart Mercury was moving backward through the seventh house of relationships. I had to face how insecure I can be around conflict: it freaks me out. I am learning that just because someone disagrees with me does not mean they are against me. Or just because I don’t agree with all of someone’s professed values does not mean we cannot still find common ground.  And just because I don’t follow the same line of thought does not mean I do not respect yours. 

Big part of the lesson is that  I do not always have to convince you of the rightness of my own point of view.  I can honour you as well as me without having to agree on everything. We can be connected and yet apart at the same time.
 
New Moon Alchemy

 This New Moon energy is about uniting opposites. It can help us see another's point of view or find that third option. Look for the seed that emerges from the union of Moon and Sun.  The masculine Sun  (especially in Gemini)  is all about logic and the feminine Moon represents  our intuition and feelings. Working together they give us both sensitivity (Moon) and clarity (Sun).  The peace pipe (above) also symbolizes this union of  yin and yang, the bowl being the feminine and the stem the Masculine. 

The smoke is the breath of life that unites both.  


Gemini awakens our innocence and  curiously, and helps us let go of our rigidity.  Mercury, as ruler of Gemini, wants us to reexamine our stuck ways of thinking so we can break free of polarized thinking and negative belief systems.   

In my own case I have discovered that sometimes my defensive stance is based on a need to please or to have everyone agree etc. My belief (or fear) is that if I don't go along with someone they wont like me  (which in some cases could be true! ) 

Aggressive reactions (my own or others) have thus put me in conflict with my own self, and the resulting tension makes me feel like a failure. Working through some of that has brought me more freedom and also the strength to detach from others opinions of me (or mine of them).

What you think of me is none of my business.


“This New Moon conjunct Mars and square Chiron can bring us face to fact with wounds we have around asserting ourselves, taking a stand or taking action in our lives.

Alternatively this lunation could also face us with where we run rough shod over others and don’t have enough sensitivity or empathy for other people’s ideas or situations they are in.

That fine line between victimization/passivity, healthy assertion and negative aggression is highlighted right now- and it can be very easy to tip over too far in either direction.  "
                                                                          Divine Harmony

 We also have to master  the art of mixing honesty and diplomacy; not an easy task with so much misinformation around. Beware of Neptune throwing false clues into the game.

Col. Mustard did it in the library with a wrench. 


Oops!

A mindfulness practice is extremely helpful if you are caught in all this mental/emotional obfuscation. It helps to ‘witness’ rather than react.  Start with watching each breath,  and slowing wayyyyy down.

As we become more present we are more able to witness ourselves getting caught up in these random inner (or outer) arguments. As one thought leads to another to another to another, one remark leads to another and to another,  we can get lost in a crazy battle of our own making (its called projection).
If we remain mindful we can learn from what is happening. 

Watch. Observe. Breathe.  

I used to write letters to people in my head… blah, blah, blah… now I write texts or emails,  lol) 

 Of course sometimes it is the other person projecting,  but the result is the same: our body becomes flooded with fight or flight chemicals and we say stuff we wish we hadn’t.  It's all part of the Gemini monkey mind which can be ever so clever and also ever so cruel.   Our heart shuts down to protect ourself.

 'Sticks n stones can hurt my bones but words will never hurt me.'  

 (yeah right!)   











  Neptune in Pisces shows us the answer. Surrender.   Surrender your ego. Surrender your anger.  Surrender being right. 

And sitting opposite the Gemini New Moon is the Galactic Core in Sagittarius. This is the center of our universe and it contains another key to escaping these tensions and petty squabbles.

“The GC whispers that we are part of something larger, and again larger than that.   With Mars and the Sun in this pattern, we have the image of an alternative to anger -- and a hint as to what is at the root of anger: alienation from oneself."

Chiron in Pisces square this Sun can also be part of the answer – maybe the anger and angst is firstly from an alienation from our self, and we are to find that healing with/within our self first; then we can share it with others.”                                       Eric Francis, Planet Waves

Venus (love) approaching Jupiter  (expansion) in Leo (radiant self) wants to shout out to the world:   
 '
Love the life you live, Live the life you love!!!!   Love the one you're with!!  (starting with you)

So in the end this New Moon, yet again,  is ultimately about celebrating and expanding the heart.



Let the heart win. You know you want to!!!


Your focus is the paintbrush, your thoughts, feelings, and energy the paint, and the world is your canvas...      (from conversation with Rob Michaels aka Healing Rob)





Monday, 1 June 2015

Full Moon in Sagittarius: Which way does the Wind Blow?


Feelings are running high as we enter the Full Moon magic!!

If you have read my last two posts you already have a bit of a heads up re the current chaotic energy that is coming to a head in todays Full Moon in Sagittarius. There’s a strange wind blowing and we will have to keep our wits about us to find our way through. 


A Full Moon is normally a culmination of the energies of the previous New Moon, but for several moon cycles now we are experiencing a reversal of that pattern, in that today’s Full Moon in Sagittarius (opposite Sun in Gemini) precedes the New Moon in Gemini… (normally it’s the opposite).

This adds a sense of New Beginnings to this Full Moon in the sign of the 'Grand Adventurer'. It’s telling us the adventure has just begun.

We have recently had to endure many storms and setbacks, and the damned fog is making it hard to see our way forward. We have been forced to navigate via instinct instead of logic, and forced to tack (zig zag) to catch the wind.

Our gut responses get sharpened in this strange atmosphere as we  listen carefully for subtle clues and changes in the current, ready to respond  to any shifts in the breeze. All of this can be incredibly exhausting, so rest is required in moments of pause.


Meanwhile, the current has taking us back round to places we have been before, or to people we haven’t seen in a long while.  Mercury's Retrograde motion continues to stir up its usual brand of chaos and confusion, with missed calls, electrical screw-ups, plans gone awry etc,  along with the requisite lost emails. It also brings the opportunity for full review, where new information can arise out of the blue that may help us in some way. 

All of this inner reflectivity focuses in the very social sign of Gemini; so we may feel pulled in two directions. Part of us feels compelled to connect with as many people as possible, while another part just want s to retreat to a quiet place and sit the storm out quietly. Our communication skills will be  tested as we are forced to navigate these dichotomies, and at times we will need to reconsider our chosen method of delivery. Let many things pass,  is my advice, without being sucked into to other peoples (or even our own) stories.  Much can be learned if you choose to be a willing student.

Watch and learn and take notes… the information you gather will come in handy sometime in the future. Never has paying attention been so important.

Some of us will have to watch our backs, even while keeping an eye on the path ahead. There’s a possibility of mutiny, and dodgy dealings.  Saturn opposite Sun Mars in Gemini triggers tensions and rebellions and makes all of us a tad bit argumentative, while Neptune’s nebulous influence means misunderstandings are rife, and it will take all our skills not to get lost on the shoals of confusion. 

We are sailing in uncharted waters, and the undertow is strong.  The wind could pick up at any moment, or die completely. It’s that type of weather.  Knowing the ropes and the tides will take us far, though despite our best efforts some of us could end up going around in circles. 



In the midst of the fog and madness, just as we are giving up hope, suddenly a bright light shines. Out of the darkness, the radiant Sagittarian  Full Moon, amplified by Jupiter and Uranus in  Fiery Grand Trine, beams a way forward. Extraordinary good fortune is ours if only we can navigate towards the light. 

This will take trust, and courage and a sense of adventure, all attributes of  Sagittarius. This is the home of the galactic core, the center of our universe, our highest knowing and our deepest truth. Sagittarius represents  our true north, our guiding star. 

And therein lies a clue to how to navigate these strange and unusual times. Find your center, know who you are, and listen for that clarion call beaming out from the galactic core (whose location is conveniently mirrored in your inner heart).

Know who you are, follow the light,  and all will be well.

Happy Sailing!!!



But to every mind there openeth,
A way, and way, and away,
A high soul climbs the highway,
And the low soul gropes the low,
And in between on the misty flats,
The rest drift to and fro.

But to every man there openeth,
A high way and a low,
And every mind decideth,
The way his soul shall go.

One ship sails East,
And another West,
By the self-same winds that blow,
'Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales,
That tells the way we go.

Like the winds of the sea
Are the waves of time,
As we journey along through life,
'Tis the set of the soul,
That determines the goal,
And not the calm or the strife.


by Ella Wheeler Wilcox



Saturday, 30 May 2015

The hurrier I go, the behinder I get!

Chaos and confusion thwarts even the best laid plans right now as Neptune's influence blurs the landscape and muddies the waters! Talk about spinning our wheels! Nothing is what it seems.

Watch out for negative thinking.

If you are feeling exhausted or oppressed by this nonlinear energy, don't despair. It's just different to our usual logical way of functioning. But that's not going to work right now, so we may as well go with the flow.

Stop. Listen. Feel.  There is magic in the midst of madness. Listen to the quiet voice within. Pay attention to your dreams. Trust!


"There are more things in heaven and earth Horatio than you have dreamed of in your philosophy." (Hamlet)

Healing and resolution will come from opening your heart and following the path less taken.

You know you want to!


 On Tuesday, the Full Moon in Sagittarius amplifies our joy!! ( to be cont'd)

Friday, 22 May 2015

Expect the unexpected! Love as a Transformational Force:


Today (Friday) Venus is opposite Pluto and squared to Uranus. This may be a turning point for some relationships

Venus is love and relating, Pluto is the transformer (via death, change, crisis), Uranus is the Awakener (via rebellion, new visions, the unexpected)

All together they symbolize love as a transformational force.  


Our relationships will act as the mirror for what we need to face, own, release, leading to deep personal growth. That transformation will come for some through confrontations or sudden change or unexpected turns in the road. Our efforts to control everything might not get us the results we want. Trust is required.

If we try to force (Pluto) our love (Venus) it could trigger rebellion (Uranus). 

‘Letting go’ becomes a radical form of committing to love.

DEEP SELF LOVE is the only antidote to global (and inter-personal) insanity. Moon in Cancer says Love the one you're with (i.e. YOU!)



Communication issues!  

As the Moon moves into Leo over the weekend, emotions can get exaggerated. Leo is all about drama! This fire sign is also warm and generous to a fault but do not take a Leo for granted! Our best intentions to share our feelings can get complicated, due to the current Mercury  retrograde in Gemini.  Words can become misconstrued, twisted round and tied up in knots.  Leo pride gets in the way. 

Neptune's blurring influence  increases the insanity. Misunderstandings and mix ups will force us to PAY ATTENTION!...  as we deal with  muddled communications,  lost emails, technical failures (Mercury rules technology) etc.  As the trickster planet turns everything topsy turvy,  a sense of humour is required, as we sort back through details with a fine tooth comb (without our glasses!!) 

If you are tangled up in  in endless arguments about absolutely nothing!!!  with way too many words (like this post) or  silly details that have you going round and round in circles,   Saturn in Sagittarius says  stop slow down, look at the bigger picture.  

If you  are clinging stubbornly right now to your point of view remember,  the straightest road is not the shortest. 



Many of our core beliefs are  being challenged right now; (it's not supposed to be like this!);  which makes us  defensive,  and confused. This is when some will try to force things. Not a good idea. What a wonderful opportunity to reexamine how we communicate, and free ourselves from  old  assumptions and prejudices.  Its about time we let go of stuff we were taught a long time ago that isn’t really us.

Neptune squaring (blurring) the same planets that Saturn is blocking, adds to the sense of nothing moving forward in a straightforward linear manner.  While we are wandering around lost in the proverbial forest, time and space both move strangely and our thinking becomes defensive, distorted, delusional.   (I'm sure we passed that same tree an hour ago!!... no I'm sure this is the right way...)

Possibly not the best time make important decisions or  sign important documents, although I would trust your instincts. Not everyone experiences Mercury retrogrades in this way. Still, its not a bad idea to double check everything during this transit. A Mercury retrograde is a time to reflect and review. Saturn sitting opposite the Sun and Mars encourages us to take our time and go slow.  Patience will be required as we take two steps forward one step back. 

This is an opportunity to broaden our horizons and develop our ‘spidey sense’.  Time to surrender our egos and get in touch with that inner voice that knows another route not on the city map.




Oops not that one!!

Everyone makes mistakes. We musn't  let self doubt (Saturn) undermine our innate sense of self worth (Sun) just cause things are not going as planned. 


Remember who you are and it will all turnout well in the end. How do I know?  Jupiter in Leo shines brightly, reminding us that we are all magnificent

And Uranus trine Jupiter is currently buffing that shine to an effervescent glow, and  promising us some unusual surprises.   This combo spells Great Good Fortune.





So pay very close attention to everything. (i.e. be PRESENT!) while letting many things pass.  Keep your head held high, your heart open and your intuition tuned to the highest frequency.

 And expect the unexpected!