Sunday, 18 June 2017

Solstice - New Moon Healing

The Summer Solstice is on Tues - June 20th - then there's a New Moon two days later on Thurs June 22nd. 
 

New Beginnings. Forks in the road. Powerful transformation. Everything - and nothing. 

Everything - if you can tap into Saturn's presence at the Galactic Core. That is all about finding and claiming our soul purpose. Time to step up! Get grounded. Be present. Get real!

Nothing - if you let yourself get tangled up in control dramas.  Right now there's a deep tension and disruption (Moon in a  'Grand Square' with Mars Jupiter Pluto) - tempers can flare - and there's a potential for violence (Mars/Pluto) Moon in Aries is aggressive and impatient.

Count to ten and 

 

Now take another!  That's better :)

A Grand Cross (four planets all at right angles to each other) is like a diamond - intense pressure builds up and triggers some kind of transformation - especially with Pluto involved. If you can harness this energy you can accomplish a lot. 

Once the Moon moves on tomorrow it will be less contained - less internal - yet potentially more reactive as the Moon bumps into Uranus and Eris. 

Once again - 

 

Luckily- there are beneficicient energies operating behind the scenes - Venus in Taurus brings patience and forebearance and can smooth out potential disruptions. Or grab onto the positive flow of Venus /Jupiter (open heart/big love/unexpected gains)  to help you move around challenging scenarios. An unexpected meeting might bring a smile to your face.
 

The Solstice us a time for release - find a ritual to help you articulate/express what is changing  in your life - and what new energy you want to invite in. Writing it on paper and burning it in a Solstice fire is one example. Some go to sacred sites to line up with the earth meridians (pulse points)
 

The New Moon on Thurs will be in Cancer, sign of emotional nurturing. Our inner child/family issues become the arena for new beginnings. Old wounds can now be healed and transformed. We are more powerful than we know!

 

The focus is on taking care of ourselves and each other - as we go through these intense changes.

I watched a video this morning of all the donations of clothing and food people were bringing to the site of the apartment building fire in London. A very sad and heartbreaking occurrence, yet  beautiful to see how people in the community stepped up.

Sometimes the worst things bring out the best in us.  We are learning to be strong and gentle at the same time! 

 

Friday, 9 June 2017

Full Moon in Sagittarius : Onward and upward!

Today's Full Moon in Sagittarius is asking us to let go of our preconceptions and take a big step out of our comfort zone.  The Sagittarius-Gemini polarity highlights the tension between Gemini rationality versus Sagittarian intuition. 


There is a quantum point that lies between the two and we are sitting on it! 

 Both Sagittarius (Moon) and Gemini (Sun) are two of the most open minded and expansive signs of the zodiac, yet Gemini (Sun), eternally curious,  tends to question everything to the point that we can never quite settle on any one answer. This need for variety brings a welcome multiplicity of view points, yet in the end, choices must be made.  Gemini can be a Peter Pan that never wants to grow up. Saturn right beside the Moon tells us we've got to now - and take responsibility for whats going on in our lives. Choices made now matter.  

Its likely that some will be finding it hard to discern right from wrong;  confusion and wishful thinking (Neptune) can interfere now with clear decision making. Yet at the same time,  rational thinking is not enough. While not throwing out logic entirely, our choices must draw on our deeper intuition; endless fact-seeking wont solve this for you I'm afraid. And nether will your fantasies.

Some part of you already knows the answer to the questions you are asking. Do you want to swim in the sea of questions forever - or do you want to know? Sagittarius is the sign that bridges  belief into knowing - by giving us an expanded view and helping us tap into our higher self.



With our core  beliefs  under scrutiny (Saturn in Sagittarius), we need to challenge those internal authoritative voices (parents, teachers,society) with their pre-programmed ideas of what is "correct".  Are you able to admit that what you 'believe' is not necessarily true? Who told you that in the first place?  It's time to tap into our own inner authority and become the master of our own destiny.  

This Full Moon asks us to step up to the plate once again - and make concrete choices - based on the true wisdom of our own inner authenticity (Sagittarius) - rather than the limited ideas of the ego/conditioned mind (Gemini).  To get into alignment with our highest self means letting go of our limited self. Yikes!  Old doubts, old stories (Gemini) that aren't relevant any more will come to the surface to be released. It may not be readily discernible which ones are real and which are lies.

Sometimes it's hard to see the forest for the trees. Sometimes a forest is a good place to hide.
 


With Neptune creating confusion and uncertainty, and Saturn urging caution,  don't expect easy answers or quick fixes. Sometimes the right choice is not the easy one, or the one we want to hear.

 And, on top of everything else,  we have to do all this while negotiating with other people who are trying to figure out the same stuff! 

 Relationships are always more emphasised at Full Moons (opposites attract) and with Jupiter in Libra (love, harmony, relationships) that emphasis especially strong.   Our interactions with others bring out the best and the worst  of us.  If you want to see what your key issues are, your relationships will show you.


I'm not just talking romance - there are many types of relationships - although Venus, ruler of Libra, IS all about love. Jupiter has been in backward motion in Libra for several months now, and its turning around the very next day after this Full Moon is highly significant -  marking a majour turning point to any interpersonal issues you have been mulling over recently.  If you have felt held back lately - its time to begin moving forward again. That may involve making some difficult choices. Or, given the amount of letting go we've had to do over the last year, it may mean accepting the choices that have already been made.



Either way, wherever the Moon (19 degrees Sagittarius) lands in your chart  a big shift can occur (see tab at top of web page for 'Houses' - which show specific areas of focus) 

Overall-  an open door is beckoning (Full Moon in Sagittarius) and although some of us may hesitate to walk through  due to doubts (Saturn) or confusion (Neptune) - it is possible now to have the courage to move onward and upward into new  territory.  It is time to move through that doorway.





You know you want to!



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Sunday, 28 May 2017

One step at a time!

The Moon has been  in the homey sign of Cancer over the weekend - emphasizing  feelings and family - and today tension with Pluto is likely activating some of our deepest  emotional triggers. 

 

It's easy to feel small in the midst of intense emotions- especially in the midst of so much global upheaval and change. We easily forget that we live in an awesome - (if somewhat overwhelming)  universe. It's hard to see the forest for the trees!

 

Attachments/loss/self defensiveness/ abandonment issues/control issues etc. can make us more emotionally reactive than usual. 

This points to a need to change something about the way we respond to emotional triggers. 

 

Relationship tensions and patterns (Venus/Pluto) can be traced back to childhood  conditioning (love - or lack of)  It is said that by the time we are five - most of our self concept has been etched into our psyche. 

We now have the ability to understand and transform those patterns - so we can begin moving toward the life/love we want to have.

 

Hehe.

The New Moon in Gemini on Wed. brought an opportunity to reset our thinking patterns - and a high percentage of those unconscious attitudes likely arose out of our early conditioning (racism/ sexism/protectionism/ fear/cultural bias/addictions/compulsions etc) 

Although it may not happen all at once - a quantum shift is now possible as we get shaken out of our complacency. Part of this means questioning our assumptions.

When we start asking questions / instead of trying to have all the answers about how life works - we really can expand our reality exponentially. 


It may not be easy but it is necessary. 

 "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step."

Let the adventure begin!

 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Scorpio Full Moon: Feeling Swamped?

 
Tonight's Full Moon in Scorpio brings us deeper into a process of an inner and outer transformation that sees us shifting from old to new (age). Although it seems things usually gets worse before they get better - darker before the dawn? - there is a light shining at the end of the tunnel that can shine our way forward (if we can avoid being blinded by its intensity). 

Scorpio provides the shades we need to see our way forward😎

This Scorpio Full Moon reminds us that the wheel of fortune is forever turning - and how we situate ourself is key to our success.


Scorpio can represent death and loss - as well as rebirth. Both Taurus (Sun) and Moon (Scorpio) are telling us we need to build our inner resources to fortify ourselves against unexpected events and things that seem out of our control. The sign of the Phoenix/ Eagle/ Scorpion  is a survivor, and  triggers our survival instincts to get us through what may seem like surmountable obstacles. 

Some consider Scorpio the most powerful sign in the zodiac because it rules sex and death. When  we risk the safety and security of Sun in Taurus (opposite) to join up with others in some way, there's an edginess that comes with stepping outside our private world. Sexuality is where we explore and risk all -  although there are many ways our trust in other people gets tested now - such as business partnerships, family resources etc

 

In order to risk rejection, loss or failure (Scorpio)  we must have healthy boundaries and feel somewhat secure in our own self (Taurus). Many hedge their bets by only risking so much - layers of protection must be peeled away before we can experience authentic intimacy. That's the transformation that Scorpio can bring about.

Life and death matters may come to the foreground now, or events that trigger life or death - fight, flight or freeze symptoms. 

There's a tendency to feel more  paranoid or self protective than usual -  our spidey sense go into high gear as things change and morph  in ways we cannot control.

 

Serious flooding is occurring where I am visiting family -  people are losing their homes and sometimes even their lives. It's sad and tragic and also part of the natural order of life and death. Easy to say when it's not me trying to save my home or property.  Yet at some time or another, everyone will have their own personal brush with things we cannot control. As much as we want only the 'nice' stuff in life, Scorpio tells us we have to face the shadows as well. Scorpio can help us do that. 

The irony is that - on one hand - Scorpio is all about risk - yet on the other - it's about  fear and control. I guess they are flip sides of the same coin. And due to Scorpio's fixity as a sign - and the perceived cost of risking it all - we fiercely resist when pushed us into areas we  do not want to go. 

So there's a push- pull element to this sign - and to this Full Moon - as we feel propelled toward people and situations that edge us out of our comfort zone - pushing our buttons or testing our boundaries. 

 

Overall - Full Moons always have intensity - due to the polarity of Sun and Moon pulling at us from opposite directions. Add Scorpio and whatever is coming to a head now will show us where our edges are, where we don't like to be pushed (or we crave being pushed). There's a compulsive energy to all this so watch out for extreme reactions. 

 The intensity should start to shift over the next few days, although the long term picture is - wait for it - more upheaval and change !  Remember - creativity thrives in chaos - so we have an opportunity to create something out of the ashes. Like the Phoenix we can rise again. 
 
Mercury's exact conjunction to Uranus  fires up  our brains and our nervous system - bringing flashes of brilliance and insight and putting us on edge. Have you noticed how reactive people are (yes more than usual) ?  There's a lot of electricity in the air!

 
If  you can find a way to harness that electricity - you can accomplish  a LOT.  A very positive, grounding  link to Pluto in Capricorn (get 'er done) brings concrete manifestation to the feeling that anything is possible.  

The trick is grounding and stabilizing this powerful Full Moon energy. If we can use the brilliance of Mercury Uranus combined with the ability to push through obstacles (Pluto Capricorn) we can do anything!  

Yet, even when  feeling this incredible impetus to move forward, it can still feel like there's a brick wall in our way.


There is so much potential in the air - just be aware that it may be two steps forward and one step back!

That's where Mercury comes in. Joined with the lightning bolt planet (Uranus)  it can provide  the ability to think outside the box and see beyond or around whatever obstacle you are encountering. Keep you antennae raised and your mind open. Syncronicities abound! 

Yet - again - Patience (Sun in Taurus) required. Rome wasn't built in a day (yadayadayada).

If its a relationship issue or a project you are trying to get going, we can use this Scorpio energy to push through obstacles and Mercury/ Uranus to expand our vision. .  Add both together we get laser beam  vision - like a heat seeking missile seeking out its target. 

Just remember  your thoughts are powerful, and our ability to manifest under this Full Moon energy is very strong. We are planting seeds for the future.

Be careful what you wish for!

"Whatever you think you can, or think you can't, you're probably  right!" (Henry Ford)

One more thing : Feminine power (Eris/Lilith) is on the rise - after a long period of oppression/suppression. It's wild, its rich and highly creative - and - it's potentially destructive when not used consciously.  

Stay in integrity - keep your mind open and alert for signals - and stay in touch with your heart - even as you step up and step forward.

You know you want to. 


 

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

New Moon in Taurus

Today's New Moon in Taurus is all about planting seeds of intention in fertile soil.The fire and initiative  of Aries has warmed the earth for planting - now we get to make a fresh start. 

 

Taurus - an earth sign - can help to feel more solid, grounded and connected to our senses that link us to each other, to what we value - to Mother Earth  - and -  most importantly -  to our own self worth. 


It's time to focus on what we want to see grow and flourish in our lives.


 


For some, this New Moon brings a  feeling of personal redemption and healing - after a dark night of the soul moment (or a few of them ) resulting from Venus recent meetup with Chiron (see last few posts) 


The  planet of love, and ruler of this New Moon, is now in the last degrees of Pisces - and after a long downward journey into some dark places, she is reemerging into the light, and bringing us with her.


If you have been suffering through weeks of gut wrenching emotions - (Venus/Chiron/Saturn in Pisces) - hopefully this will mark a turning point. 


 

Around a year ago we entered a series of eclipses in Pisces and Virgo - which began a long process of death/endings/release - and that particular cycle is finally winding down. 


I just watched the film 'Arrival' -  and had a powerful healing epiphany around love, loss and letting go. 


 

The basic message I took from it : Nothing really ends - because everything just 'is' . 


This message underlies all of our current astrology - and that inner knowing - and a feeling of trust in the universe - in spite of evidence to the contrary - might just get us through these tough times.

As Venus gradually moves out of the heavy influence of Saturn, we will begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel (and hopefully it's not an oncoming train) 

 


Hehe - these days you just never know. 


The usual hijinks of trickster Mercury in retrograde motion have been even more disruptive than usual,  as the planet of communication bumps into Uranus and Eris - the unsettling duo responsible for a lot of the crazy that's going on right now.


It is highly prudent to take advantage of this grounding moment to bend down and kiss the earth - and make a promise - an intention - to not only love yourself more than you ever have - but to love each other, and to love this earth. She needs it, we need it. I need it . You need it! 


 

You know you want to!

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Happy Easter: Happy Spring! Happy Return!

Today's Moon in Sagittarius is light and breezy compared to the last few weeks. Sagittarius is the freedom seeing adventurer of the zodiac. I hope you are enjoying some kind of inner or outer fun this weekend. On Sunday as the Moon hits Saturn things will focus our attention the Venus/Chiron moment occurring this week. With Moon Saturn on the Galactic core tomorrow, the biggest call to adventure will be about finding our way home - to our self - and thus to each other  - and Venus -  goddess of love - wants to show us the way.





I am sure you all know by now about  ancient origins of Easter: Ēostre or Ostara : Goddess of Spring associated with eggs and hares and symbols of fertility.

Ostara, Eástre seems therefore to have been the divinity of the radiant dawn, of upspringing light, a spectacle that brings joy and blessing, whose meaning could be easily adapted by the resurrection-day of the Christian's God. Bonfires were lighted at Easter and according to popular belief of long standing, the moment the sun rises on Easter Sunday morning, he gives three joyful leaps, he dances for joy ... Water drawn on the Easter morning is, like that at Christmas, holy and healing ... here also heathen notions seems to have grafted themselves on great Christian festivals. Maidens clothed in white, who at Easter, at the season of returning spring, show themselves in clefts of the rock and on mountains, are suggestive of the ancient goddess.[8] Wikepedia

By Maggie Bevan

 There is another story that  fits the Easter theme of death and resurrection which is emphasised by  today's big event : VENUS TURNS DIRECT  - after six weeks travelling backward from Aries into Pisces. Before passing behind the Sun on March 25th, Venus was seen as the evening star just after sunset. She is now moving into her new position, sparkling in the early morning sky. 

I've written a fair bit recently about this powerful healing moment - as Venus (planet of love and beauty) -  meets Chiron (Wounded Healer) in the sign of the Soul (Pisces). This journey has activated the archetypes of wounding, loss and redemption (Chiron); coming face to face with our shadow, our lost parts, surrendering our ego (false self) to return healed and renewed by universal love (Venus in Pisces).


Venus retrograde motion is reflected in an ancient tale called  'Inanna's Descent'

 Inanna, Queen of Heaven, was also also known as Ishtar, the Sumerian Goddess of love, beauty, sexual desire, and fertility, and was considered the Mother of Humanity.  The story is about her dark descent into the underworld, where she was stripped bare of all she had and knew,  and hung as a corpse on a meat hook for three days and three nights. This story is seen by some as symbolising the shift from the matriarchy to patriarchy, where all  yin/feminine soul qualities were dismissed, denigrated, destroyed to make way for dominance, power and greed. 

 Inanna  was eventually rescued by her spirit helpers, and after some complicated arrangements, she was released above ground once again.  But her story remains a symbol of the downward spiral life takes sometimes, and how our softer feeling side gets pushed asunder far too often in order to stay functioning in a more linear, materialistic world.  Her death, transformation and rebirth echo the themes of Easter - where  Christ - another symbol of love - was crucified then  buried for three days -  and rose again as a symbol of redemption.  This year Venus links them both.


As we celebrate (and eat) symbols of life, fertility and rebirth, we are reminded that after the death of winter comes the renewal of spring.  'Christ' means 'Light' -  Easter is about the Return/Rebirth/Resurrection of the Light - and  Venus/Pisces/ Chiron marks the return of true love after a long dark night of the soul.  It is time to be reborn.


This  message of hope comes in the midst of increasing confusion and darkness, where everything seems to be getting worse and worse. Last Tuesdays Full Moon  brought these themes up to the surface. We are in a kind of purge, a healing crisis,  a necessary descent that is stripping  us to our very core.  Yet the key message is  that change is possible, healing is possible. It may take some work and some facing of ourselves (Saturn), but we can do it. We have to do it, if we want to see a shift in our lives and in our world. We are facing our  dark side, as Inanna had to face hers.



Yet there is hope: Venus message is that, even in our darkest hour, the light of pure love is always shining.  We just have to turn within to see it.

 On March 25th Venus' conjunction to the Sun marked the fifth point of the five pointed star/flower of life formation created by Venus orbit in relation to the earth, and today she begins her forward motion around the Sun. Tomorrow morning if you rise early enough you will see her twinkling on the horizon, bringing blessings and a healing balm to release us from our separation and suffering. Venus in  Pisces is the  universal love that will free us.


So - there is something to celebrate (love), something to surrender (ego), and, as always, much to learn.

Venus, the sacred feminine - the Love that has been long buried or denied - can now rise and shine. She is the heart. She is the earth. She is the soul. It's time to bless her, receive her, honour her.  And in so doing honour your own soul self.

You know you want to.


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Full Moon in Libra. Chaos, Love, Balance and Healing.


Yesterday 's powerful Full Moon in Libra is still rippling out into the stratosphere, bringing a sense of urgency and expansion to an  already loaded atmosphere. Despite a strong pressure to act/react, we are being pushed back in on ourselves by several retrograde planets. They're saying that before we can change the world, we have to change ourselves (hmm where have we heard that before?).  It's  time for an Inner Revolution. 


Libra's ruling planet (Venus) has traveled back into peace loving Pisces, where it now joins Chiron the wounded healer. The message is that Love really IS the answer. 

I thought I'd use some recently made SoulCollage® tarot cards (part of Stephanie Anderson Ladd's online FB course "SoulCollage® Tarot Journey') to illustrate the energies involved. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did making them.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

We begin with wild, radical, freedom seeking warrior energy (Sun Uranus Eris in Aries).

Chariot
We must face our fears (Saturn/Chiron) so we can move forward with courage ('cour' = heart)

In this era of upheaval and change, constant shocks and unexpected events are keeping us destabilized (Sun, Uranus Eris, Jupiter, Pluto, )


As the wheel keeps on turning -  where it stops no body knows - we must find allies and ways to remain centered in the midst of the increasing chaos.   

Wheel of Fortune: (Leo (Lion)- Courage, Scorpio (Eagle)depth of Vision, Mountain Goat (Capricorn) Perseverance.


Thankfully, its not all bad news. Moon/Jupiter in Libra is FULL of joy and positive emotions. Just beware of  the tendency to go to extremes which will throw you off balance. The huge need for integration and harmony is not easily realized when opposed by a fierce warrior goddess.

Justice
The pressure is on - to balance (Libra) our knee jerk reactions (Aries) with conscious awareness (Sun, Uranus - Moon) and love (Venus) , or we will suffer the consequences (Saturn).

That will require strength and forbearance (Sun in Aries, Saturn trine Sun),  and the ability to deal with the powerful emotional  reactions  going on all around us (and in us). Emotional intelligence required (Vesta in cancer).

Strength
The answer to every challenge does not have to be aggression and war (Aries). We can tame those wild, out of control instincts (ego) once we learn to access the receptive feminine energy of love - Venus - yin/inner calm.

Letting go is part of the Healing. It can be difficult or easy depending on how we approach things. There is wisdom (Jupiter) inside us if we know how to access it. An Attitude of Gratitude helps.

Hanged One

Meanwhile, Venus and Chiron weep for the lonely, the abandoned, the lost - the broken-hearted. Its time to heal those inner wounds and step out of victim-hood.

Lovers
Sometimes the letting go is hard - and  takes time to process -  yet the energy is calling us forward now - we cannot stay locked up in the past forever.

A part of us resists endings and fears death, even though we know they are both necessary parts of life.  Pluto and Uranus are shaking things up to make way for something  newer and better -  deep down we know that something has to give, we have to surrender . (Pluto = Death/Transformation Neptune in Pisces = Surrender.)

Death

 Libra and Venus are about love, beauty, harmony.  Healing  our soul wounds is a priority right now (Venus/Chiron/ Pisces) - and even as Chiron brings up our pain and vulnerability, Venus is there to heal our broken heart.

Venus also represents the divine feminine, the sacred soul of humanity,  and Pisces is eternal source energy. The joining of the two is highly significant,  and can mark a turning point in your life for the better.


“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Therefore, trust the physician and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility.” Kalhil Gibran, The Prophet

 Mercury retrograde in Taurus turns our attention inward and  teaches us to listen to our truest gut instincts - it will help us find ways to ground and nourish both our inner and outer self. This period of contemplation and inner reflection can aid us in getting in touch with our true worth, and lead to a future flowering. A pause is as good as a rest.

Hermit
  It certainly can't hurt to step away from the madness now and then.

Allow the healing energies of Venus/Chiron to sooth you and heal you and help you let go of the past.

Temperance
While the Full Moon in Libra seeks harmony and balance, Sun/Uranus stir things up, bringing in highly innovative, creative energy that can reveal new ways around old problems. We are all magicians if we can think outside the box and let some love and  magic into our lives.

Who knows what possibilities lay in store for us?

Magician




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