Thursday, 22 September 2016

'The Return'

Equinox Blessings to one and all.


 This is a time of blessing and harvest. A PAUSE to gather ourselves when all things are in balance.


 Some will notice that in the background there is still a fair bit of disruption and tension  in the air. Soon that will all settle down and we can return to some sort of regularity, although  after two powerful eclipses and a lot of mutable energy, nothing will ever be the same.

Yet the seasons continue their yearly cycle and the planets their orbits around the Sun.



The Sun now in Libra  is about to join Jupiter, planet of joy and expansion. Libra is ruled by Venus, planet of LOVE.  Real Love can melt away even the toughest armour and open the most stubborn heart.

They meet at a special point that represents a deep hunger for love. The irony is that  'everything you are looking for is already inside of you!'  On other words, all the love we could ever want is an essential part of who we are.

Seek and ye shall find....


We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. T. S. Eliot
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We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. T. S. Eliot
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We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. T. S. Eliot
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We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. T. S. Eliot
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"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."        T. S. Eliot  

We return again and again to our own self.

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. T. S. Eliot
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"The idea of RETURN is based on the course of nature. The movement is cyclic, and the course completes itself. Therefore it is not necessary to hasten anything artificially. Everything comes of itself at the appointed time. This is the meaning of heaven and earth.

The return of health after illness, the return of understanding after an estrangement: everything must be treated tenderly and with care at the beginning, so that the return may lead to a flowering." 24. The Return  I Ching
Be patient. All will be well.
 
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We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. T. S. Eliot
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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

EQUINOX!

This thursday is the Autumnal Equinox ... when day and night are equal. As we head into Autumn... and  the Sun enters the sign of the scales,   it's time to pause and take stock. Libra calls on our deep need for balance and harmony in our lives. Finding equilibrium is key in an increasingly chaotic world. Libra is also about that other balancing act of  SELF and OTHER. Who am I and who am I with (or not with)?

Just a few days ago we had a  powerful Harvest Moon Eclipse. Something  shifted. Something changed.  (scroll down to read last two posts on the Full Moon eclipse).

At harvest time we celebrate the fruits of our labour. This is traditionall the time to separate the wheat from the chaff as we begin to prepare for the change of seasons. Whatever you have been working on, or through, whatever has taken all your energy for months and months... can now be harvested.
Sort of...

As it happens, Mercury  turns direct on Thursday as well,  amidst some very challenging aspects. The mutable craziness will have one last blast at us before things start to steady up a bit,  so we aren't going to feel completely settled for at least another few weeks.

When will it all end you say? How much longer have I got to keep up this balancing act?

Not too much longer. We are at the turning point, we are at the shift. But there is still a bit of wierdness inthe air and all we can do it wait it out.  In the meantime, keep your wits about you. This is not the time to be passive, even if thngs are difficult. Pay CLOSE attention as Mercury turns around... this is a time when hidden information often comes to light.

Mercury retrograde =  communication  reversed. It  had us going back over the miriad details until our heads were spinning. The usual chaos oand confusion has ensued.  Lost information may emerge now. Slowly but surely we will now begin to figure it all out... as Mercury retraces its steps back throgh Virgo. Patience required.

Sun square Mars has been VOLITILE. Turns out the projectiles were quite  literal (for some)  :(
Take this moment to STOP.  BREATHE. APPRECIATE! (that you are alive) It is a gift of great proportions.

Then...  ACCEPT. RELEASE.  GRIEVE....  We must learn to let go of what has passed. It's gone now. The good, the bad. Soon something new will take its place. It already is. Whats that saying about the seeds of the new lying in the husks of the old|? The Sun will join Jupiter in a few days...  bringing a new wave of optiism and hope. Till then....

I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.                         T.S. Eliot
 
Use this Equinox pause to find STILLNESS in the midst of the MADNESS. HARMONY in the midst of CHAOS.
 

You know you want to !

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Healing Emotional Patterns Full Moon Eclipse prt 2

I really want to emphasize that at its core, this eclipse is about the healing and release of old emotional patterns. 

Without going into too much detail, many aspects are pointing to a profound opportunity to resolve a release the roots of stuff we've been repeating all our lives, which we probably had passed on to us from our parents and their parents and their parents etc. Some say we choose our family for karmic reasons, so this is about clearing our family karma.

      Time to emerge from the crysalis. 

 This is why some of us of been feeling so vulnerable lately. Because what is so familiar is dissolving and coming up to the surface to be released. 

Our relationships are the ground upon which all our patterns get reflected. This is a rebirth, a chance to step into our true nature as we release the layers of who we are not. 

An image has come to me of one of those old English mazes where the hedges are so high all you can see is just in front of you. Each turn could be the wrong turn, or the right turn. It's like we are in a maze right now, and the best way to navigate it is to tune in to your intuition. Listen. You will be directed.


A Pisces Moon is 'extraordinarily sensitive and a Full Moon even more so and an eclipse even more so.

This eclipse is also linking to the Galactic Core in Sagittarius, which is the centre of our galaxy, and represents our deep search for meaning. This is where a message beams out to "Know Thyself!" 

As this is also so close to the Autumn Equinox, we are entering a beautiful moment of balance and harmony  where so much can be dissolved. As I've said before, it could be a subtle awakening. You might not even notice it. Maybe your wings are still sticky and delicate and need some time to strengthen. But then again, you might just begin to fly.  Once we get some altitude, we will no longer feel trapped in an emotional maze! 

Amazing! 

'Emergency'  becomes 'emergence!'

Full Moon  Blessings on everyone!


Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Full Moon Eclipse Pisces



"Between the Retro Mercury/Virgo, Eclipses in Virgo/Pisces and Saturn/Neptune square, nothing is clear, real or to be trusted."

Yup! 

I'm writing this on my iPhone cause my computer has a virus ... perfectly Mercury retrograde ! Ahhhhhh. Please excuse typos and glitches. It's a 'very small screen' lol!    I'll be back to edit tomorrow!

As far as the current astrology goes, right now things overall are weird and tense and exciting all at the same time. Mars is VERY STRONG right now.  I notice a lot of people are pretty edgy. Or maybe it's just me! Watch out for projectiles heading your way.

REFLECT...DON'T PROJECT!

                   Claim your power!

As the energy  builds toward the Full Moon Eclipse on Fri/Sat... Mars (AGGRESSION) is in a tense angle to both Sun and Mercury (COMMUNICATION) ... in Virgo.    

PIcky, picky, picky. Aggressively so!  

As I said, people are PROJECTING all over the place! Try not to TAKE THINGS PERSONALLY... Its just a  MOVIE ... and not even about you! (Well your movie is, just as theirs is about them) We are all projectors!


"What you think of me is none of my business! " 

MERCURY RETROGRADE is about using this  opportunity to reflect on  our own issues, our own story. Our own stuff! 

This eclipse is in water sign Pisces, which represents the luminous world of the unconscious. On this level we are all connected by some kind of golden web. Neptune wants to wash away divisions and link us to each other. And yet, even as we seek to connect to each other, we also are each alone  (Saturn) ... as we search for our own self.

Perhaps there's a way to meet in the middle. 

Eric Francis over at Planet Waves described this as where the ocean meets the shore. Neptune is the water, Saturn the shore. 

This is a special meeting place where we hold the tension between seemingly opposite worlds. Beware of extremes: Rigidity vs fluidity. Rules vs imagination.  Structures vs the formless. Us vs them. 

Relationships can get testy as the stuff that's been swirling around for months and months  finally comes to a head!  In  the midst of the confusion, as we try to relate to each other ...  try to let go of the tension, let go of the great effort. Just let it be. 

It's not either or, it can be both/and. Let the lapping of the waves of infinity soothe you and calm your struggle as you ground yourself in the here and now. 

Even if you feel exposed and vulnerable, even as Chiron (wounded healer) brings out your most tender wounds, know that this is part of your healing.



This eclipse has the potential to bring about a deep and profound shift that will clear the air and open our hearts once again.

Remember that  everything now is about HEALING and RELEASING  the past ... so we can move forward more freely. 

This is a really good time to keep a dream journal...  as Neptune's presence links us deeply into the unconscious and brings up intuitive messages. There is deep wisdom inside of each of us that can guide us through turbulent waters.

Did I mention not to take things personally?



Mercury retrograde  will help us review and reflect on past and future ...(in between the lost emails, computer crashes, mayhem and mix ups) 

In Virgo the key word is discernment. Virgo grounds our health and work habits and the things we do in service to others. Sometimes that's the key to relationship struggles. Don't think of what you can get, think of what you can give. Be in service!

Don't worry (another Virgo trait) ... 
Jupiter in Libra is  going to help smooth out some of the rougher parts of the ride. It's like having a nice big fat cushion ... even though it's bumpy, you won't feel it so much.

And Mars/Uranus -haha auto correct says 'you're an ass '! - guarantees positive exciting forward movement! (I guess we're  all assholes sometimes)

Part of our healing is to forgive both ourselves and others.  Why carry all that resentment?

Try the Hoponopono prayer. 

"I'm sorry. Please forgive me. I love you. I thank you"

Or...


A sense of humour can get you throu a LOT!

Ok... I know it's been a big difficult challenging year for many of us as the world seems to have swirled out of control. At the same time, there have been openings, doorways, avenues for new growth.... and many Awakenings!

It's all a matter of perspective. Now, after the year of purification (Jupiter /Virgo ) it's time for the harvest.  Have you done the work you needed to do?

It's  time to separate the wheat from the chaff. 


Whatever you put out at the last New Moon, which was also an eclipse, whatever needed resolving, and  is now at a critical turning point... this is where the penny drops. 

"We can choose to choose, or choose not to choose, but we will choose all the same. "

This will especially effect people with personal planets in the last 10 degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Sagittarius or Gemini- 12th to 22nd of the month) ... although, because the nodes of the Moon are involved, there is a universal quality to this shit (oops I meant shift!)

One last thing (I know this is LONG!) ... Neptune on the South Node is all about release,  it's all about letting go. Maybe we'll  leave relationship or situations that aren't working ... for good, or maybe we just let go of the resentments and old baggage that really has no purpose anymore. Whatever the process, change we must. 

Love is letting go of fear.
Remember  to let in the healing. 
You know you want to!


"We're all just walking each other home!"
                 (Ram Das)


Sunday, 4 September 2016

Betwixt and Between

Do you feel like you are caught in a TIME-WARP?
Are you feeling betwixt and between?
Or LOST IN SPACE? 


This  time between eclipses can be a bit surreal.  It  may feel like things in your life are melting and morphing and changing beyond recognition. 

Ever since the  eclipses in April/May,  we've spinning around in a very  strange and unusual energy vortex. Reality (Saturn) and illusion (Neptune) have been dancing around around each other  as we've struggled to make sense of what is true or false.   Nothing has been  working in a linear fashion.

The challenge of Saturn/Neptune  is to find a way to integrate them together.
i. e.

Walk your talk
Make your dreams real.
Do the (inner) work.
Face your illusions ...
Find the truth  etc

'Trust in Allah but tether your camel.'  


Easier said than done!

Many are experiencing anxiety, fear, disillusionment on a grand scale. Who can we trust? Who can we turn to?  WTF  is going on anyway?

It's all about manifestation. What do we manifest? How do we manifest?  And why?

Although it seems like its all happening  on the outside, the real test is with our own self.  We are being challenged to really find out who we are and what we are made of.  In the midst of this uncertainty,  there are markers on the road that require keen eyes of discernment to see. They may not even be visual... they may come as a faint whisper in your ear, an inner voice saying... 'go this way.'

To trust in that inner voice requires stillness, discrimination (the good kind) perseverance. Persistence.



Eventually,  all your work and all your persistence will pay off.  No one can say when that moment will occur, although the Full Moon Eclipse on Sept 17th (again in the sign of Virgo) is the next astrological marker.

 If you have been waiting for some indication of which may to go, the penny may be about to  drop.


Maybe your aha moment will occur immediately, or over many days, or even many months. Maybe you won't even realize it until way in the future. But change WILL occur.

 I've recently heard these eclipses described as 'energy downloads".  And as the frequency increases,  there can be a detox effect,  a healing crisis of sorts.  If you have been feeling a bit strange lately,  this could be why. Both eclipses in Virgo want us to take good care of our health. Go easy on yourself. Drink lots of water and get out in nature to ground your energy. 

This time in-between is  like the period after a caterpillar  has spun itself into a cocoon. The choice has  been made. It has begun. What happens next is very strange and perhaps a bit disconcerting (for the caterpillar). It begins to actually dissolve! Ahhhhh!  This is a necessary step, yet from the inside it is really  hard to see what you are becoming.


 Right now you may be feeling like bug soup!

Perhaps you didn't realize that this was what you signed up for! Yet you did, cause you're here, and  the process is already underway.  Take heart. There is magic at work and you are going to be so thrilled when those wings start to spread wide and you can take to the skies. This is about claiming your magnificence.  This is about becoming who you really are!

Just let go. Trust. And see what happens.







 You know you want to!







P.S. Anyone whose  Sun (self)...  Ascendant (body, how you go into the world) ...  Moon (emotions)  ... or  other key planets...  are in  Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces or Gemini ... are  likely to experience a VERY BIG SHIFT in the area of their chart where the eclipse occurs.

See tab at top for descriptions of 'houses' (areas of focus).

If you want a personal reading to really zoom in on what is going on in your life, you can reach me at aurumastrology@gmail.com 













Thursday, 1 September 2016

New Moon Solar Eclpse in Virgo. Time to clean up our act.

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I am writing this just hours before we enter a Total Eclipse of the Sun. In fact, by the time I've finished,  it will be well underway. So I hope you can feel these eclipse vibes coming through the stratosphere to awaken your sleepy self. Yet again we are being thrust into a period of intense change and upheaval as our inner reality is challenged and stretched to make way for  new ways of being in this world. That's essentially what eclipses do, they get us to pay attention to areas in our life that need to change.

"An annular solar eclipse is where the diameter of the Moon does not completely cover the Sun, resulting in a ‘ring of fire’ effect.  An annular eclipse is quite stunning to view, and requires one to be within the path of annularity to see the main effect of the ring of fire.  " http://www.beingintheshadow.com/eclipses/1-sept-2016-annular-solar-eclipse/



Unfortunately for those of us in the western hemisphere, that 'path of annularity' (i.e. daytime) is somewhere over Africa, so we won't see the eclipse at all.  But we can feel the effects ripple out for some time to come.

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As far as the astrology goes, if this eclipse is in your sign or rising sign, it could mark some sort of vital change in your life  or bring you to a distinct turning point. If you are a Pisces, Virgo, Aries, or Libra, or have key planets in those signs, 2015/2016 have probably been eventful years for you. And you can expect more of the same for the time being.

This eclipse of the Sun is also a Virgo New Moon. At every New Moon we have a chance to set new intentions. At an eclipse, we get jet propelled into the new energy field, which is why we need to be extra clear on what we want to manifest.

All eclipses mark beginnings and endings, and this eclipse is no exception, kick-starting   a process of  release that can result in real change. By the following September 16 Lunar Eclipse, we should be able to look back on a fork in the road taken, as we move into a totally new energy field.




 If you know your chart you can look in the tab marked houses (above) to see what area s shift could/should occur) This solar eclipse is at 9 degrees Virgo.

Virgo represents the feminine Earth Goddess archetype with a focus on getting grounded in the body through  health and healing and finding practical and pragmatic ways to walk upon this sacred planet earth. 



As the sign of purification, Virgo urges us to clean up our act, eat better, exercise more etc. This is an excellent time to do some sort of cleanse or fast.  She also wants us to clean up our mind with a focus on critical thinking. NOT criticizing everyone, he-he , that's a trait that Virgo is not so proud of. (It's the perfectionist in her that wants everything to be just right).

With Virgo's ruler, Mercury, now moving back through the sign, we are being asked to re-examine our thinking processes and offload anything which does not serve us in a positive way. So many judgements and beliefs are based on false assumptions stemming from our conditioned mind. The irony is that much of what we think actually comes from what we feel. Old hurts, angers, resentments may have warped our ability to see clearly; we then seek safety in rigid, narrow conclusions and  build walls to protect our perception of 'reality'. Well I hate to be the one to tell you but those walls gotta come tumbling down! 



Other people refuse to build walls and end up with no boundaries at all.  It's tricky to get it just right. . A Solar eclipse in Virgo basically says we need to sort ourselves out. Time to clean up our act, get our unruly egos (negative or positive) out of the way, learn to find a balance between giving and receiving (Virgo is a service oriented sign) . We are so often our own worst enemy aren't we?

Part of the lesson now is to balance the yang/masculine more outward focused part of our brain with the yin/feminine, more inward oriented part. There's a saying that 


'the masculine without the feminine is brutal, and the feminine without the masculine is blind'. 

We really need to get these two parts of ourselves working together if we are to have any hope of harmony in our outer world. Right now  logic and linear thought tend to be valued over intuition and feeling, so part of the re balancing is to get back in touch with our softer side.  




On this occasion the conscious mind (Sun) could get totally eclipsed by emotions (Moon), and things could get a little bit messy. Or... they could get wonderfully juicy. Or both!  

It will be interesting to try and hold the tension as things  get stirred up.  Just know that in the end it will be all for the best. In the meantime, we are going to have to walk our talk. Saturn and Neptune are both square this Eclipse, putting intense pressure on us to figure out what is  real and what is an illusion. These days its not always so easy to tell the difference. The world has apparently gone completely bonkers!

Its interesting that this whole 'summer of insanity' has been  book-ended two by sets of  eclipses. In the spring, the focus was  on the Neptune (dreams, illusions)  on the South Node of the Moon (past), marking a dissolving of something (or someone) that we may have previously held dear. I lost a lot of special people this year (and last)... two of them being two of my favourite musicians. I hope  Bowie and Prince are enjoying themselves out there in the ethers. I hope my friends Marylin, Richard and John are enjoying the show.



  Meanwhile,  down here on planet earth, that portal that whisked away so many has transported us into an Alice in Wonderland world of curiouser and curiouser events. This period will be remembered for some of the strangest politics we have seen in a long time in the west. The next group of eclipses will hopefully shift us out of this  strange and distorted time warp and back onto solid ground. Bet we certainly aren't in Kansas anymore!   A lot has changed and will change even more. Some of us are fed up with all of it.


If these planets are hitting anything in your own chart, you will know exactly what I mean.

So... the overall message is to ' let go of the past' and start to really think about what sort of future you want for yourself, or the planet, or both. The trick continues to be how to decipher what is truly possible (Saturn)  from total fantasy and illusion (Neptune). And how not to let fear and anxiety hog tie you so much that you make no decision at all.

This new set of eclipses begins the next phase or shift. Change doesn't happen overnight (well actually sometimes it does, it really does) but usually, even if its a longer process,  there are key moments when we step up and choose a new direction. Timing is everything. This whole year has been about that. If you've got  lost in some kind of time warp; if it has been confusing and disheartening to watch as the inmates take over the asylum, take heart.  Even if you are feeling disillusioned that the changes that are occurring seem to be of the wrong kind, we are not at the end of the story.


OK things are pretty weird... but, there is always hope. Venus (love) and Jupiter (joy) have been joined up in the night sky recently, glimmering and glittering  like a diamond, as if they know a secret. Jupiter helps provide the confidence and  wisdom we  need to succeed, while Venus (love/ open heart)   can smooth our way.  Opportunities could appear that we never expected; this is not the time to  hesitate about trusting that person knocking at your door.

Then again... might be a good idea to look through the peep-hole before you open the latch lol. In the end it really comes down to  trusting yourself.  And to trust your instincts you have to be in touch with them first. Neptune says have a little faith. Yet for some of us, that life-changing miracle or dramatic transformation might turn out to be as simple as changing our attitude.  If we truly want to make a break from the past and finally create the 'success' that we've envisioned for so long, we need to ask ourselves  what's holding us back? Who's stopping us but us?


Mercury  moving backward in its home sign of Virgo will get us to rethink things a little, get us to  let go of outcomes and learn to trust in the process. Maybe we can just focus on taking out the garbage,  Ok I know your whole life  hangs in the balance, but if there is no obvious resolution yet, I'm sure there will be soon. It might not be what you expected, in fact it probably wont be. But it might even be something better. We've another eclipse in two weeks where all of what is being stirred up will come to a head. Then it will be decision time. 

Till then, take this time to fine tune the apparatus by which you navigate the world... i.e. your belief systems, which are based on your unconscious emotions, which then influence  your thinking patterns. Time for something completely different. Not too much to ask is it?

Don't worry, as Mercury crosses back over Jupiter's path,  we''ll get all sorts of BIG IDEAS, expanding the possibilities and showing us there are many ways to solve a problem.


In the meantime, keep your heart open, feel your emotions, eat something healthy, honour your body...   and think good thoughts,.

You know you want to.




Wednesday, 17 August 2016

(Full Moon cont'd) This is the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius...yayaya

I forgot to mention that this Aquarius Full Moon (see below) is also an eclipse. It's just a tiny eclipse... the Moon will slip into earths shadow for a short while... just enough to be called an eclipse. You probably wont be even able to see it.

That's kind of fitting in with the rest of the astrology that is making so much around us so strange and inscrutable. Is it an eclipse or isn't it? Is it a truth or a lie?

Haha. The mystery!

If it is... eclipses represent beginnings and endings. The rather electric and somewhat unstable energy right now means anything can and will happen. Expect the unexpected.


Aquarius itself is a maverick. Its the quirky computer nerd or the out-there astrologer or the self employed entrepreneur. Aquarian needs a lot of space and personal freedom. It's the  part of us that doesn't fit it.

And yet, paradoxically, Aquarius also represents the group. The age of Aquarius is all about a shift into a more universal level of connection and consciousness.  The difference is, this is a group that welcomes diversity. No more us and them. We are all in this together.

And despite the somewhat dire warnings I rolled out yesterday, there is much positive potential for this tiny little Full Moon eclipse to kickstart some sort of shift or change in our life in the area it occurs at. If you have personal planets in the late degrees of any sign (middle of each month) there may appear an unusual or unexpected person or occurrence  that somehow changes your trajectory. Watch for the synchronicity of events (in the midst of the insanity!).


Much healing energy is being poured into our old wounds (Jupiter /Chiron) and we have an opportunity to  move on from something that has felt stuck.

This may not happen overnight, but know that something new is definitely in the works. There might be some shakin' to get us to awaken'  (you have to crack some eggs to make a cake) but Venus' location close to the North Node Destiny Point yet again reminds us that LOVE is the supreme goal of humanity. (I know, I am just an old hippie!!!) Yes we certainly do have a long way to go, but look around. The system is self destructing. It's in its last gasps (which is why the old guard is getting so desperate and so extreme).  It's always darkest before the dawn... yadayadayada

Maybe, just maybe, this really  is the time we have all been waiting for. Its up to us to  make it so. When each human being radiates from within with a deep self knowing and love... and is able to see the same in their fellow human beings, perhaps the world can and will change. I know it seems a long way off, but the only way to go now is up.

It all  starts with one person at a time. 


p.s. Try not to get hung up on the words... i.e. Christ means LIGHT!