Sunday, 30 October 2016

Pheonix Rising: New Moon in Scorpio

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We are still in the 'Dark of the Moon' ... just hours before the New Moon in Scorpio. We are entering the darkest time of the year in the Northern Hemisphere as we head toward Samhain, Halloween, The Day of the Dead. The veils between this world and the 'other' world are thinning,  and we can almost feel the spirits around us.  This is a time to remember those who have passed as the mists of time  swirl about us and envelope us in a parallel world of magic and mystery.


This year, Nov 6th marks the half way point between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter Solstice... called a Cross Quarter, and between now and then we get to spend some time in the most shadowy sign of the zodiac.

Scorpio rules sex, death and transformation and is more at home under the covers than out in broad daylight.  Scorpios can be intense and threatening to some, due to their uncanny ability to penetrate beneath the surface of things, but they can't help it if they have night vision.



 At this time of year we all get to explore the taboo side of things or tickle our nerves with scary films and spooky stories.  While kids in North America dress us as goblins and ghoulies, in Mexico they celebrate the 'Day of The Dead'  with parades and food, flowers skulls and other  symbols of death   and altars dedicated to family members who have passed.  It's all part of honouring those who have gone before us while remembering that one day we will go too, and strikes me as a very healthy approach to living and dying.

 As I have lost quite a few friends over the past few years,  last year I made an altar with a skeleton  pumpkin... putting out names and pics of so many that have gone before me (much more than I would have anticipated at the tender age of 60!) I found this a very cathartic and healing experience and will do the same this year.

Scorpio presides over the inevitable  death and decay that clears the  way for new growth in the spring, as well as the life and death forces involved in sex and sexuality. Orgasm is called the 'little death' and represents the risks and pleasures involved in merging with another or  creating a new life. Stepping outside our familiar boundaries to connect to another is part of the process of growth and transformation encouraged under a Scorpio Moon. This is not always easy as Scorpio does not trust others so readily;  the ability to see what is hidden can have its draw backs.

However you approach it, this time encourages a more inward focus, and we can use this to examine our too often un-examined life.

The joining up of Sun and Moon that occurs each month creates a seed time, where we  set intentions and initiate new projects. Because the Moon is usually behind the Sun (in front would be an eclipse) we wont even see it until a  day or two later. Perhaps at Halloween on Monday night a slight sliver crescent will  appear in the dark sky to draw our attention to the shadowy  Scorpio New Moon.


Scorpio represents deep and profound transformation and  requires us to root through our unconscious to uncover blocks or fears that could get in our way of moving forward.

The New Moon encourages us to set clear intentions as we enter the next phase of change that has been unfolding over many  months.  If you have made key emotional shifts or decisions recently or come to significant forks in the road....  Scorpio now asks us to dig deeper into the process of creating a truly  new beginning. We may need to re-calibrate  as new information enters the picture, or as new resources are uncovered that will help keep us on the path we have chosen. One thing is for certain: there's no going back,  and yet the way forward still remains a bit of a mystery.

Scorpio loves magic and mystery. There's a sexy, sultry wariness in the air as we try to sniff out whats under the surface, certain there is something there that can aid us in achieving our goals. Whether those goals are sexual in nature or of a more practial kind, passion and intensity go along with the sign of the Scorpion.

Another symbol for Scorpio is the eagle, and/or the phoenix who dives into the fire and rises again out of the ashes. Some of us will undergo a needed pruning to enable more efficient movement along on the road ahead. Something is being let go of to make way for MORE!

Mars/Pluto joined together recently added tremendous drive and oomph that continues to push us to the next stage. Mars/Uranus in tension are impatient and raring to go, increasing the compelling urge for radical change. Eris (chaos) will make sure nothing happens as planned. Even if you have your own crystal ball,  you can expect the unexpected.

Jupiter in Libra is expanding our relationship energy, increasing our capacity for joy as well as for change. Look to see where people or situations have outgrown their usefulness. We have all sorts of relationships in our lives besides  romantic ones. Look in the Houses section above to see where Jupiter is pushing for expansion and growth. For example if you have Jupiter in the 3rd house of communication, siblings, immediate neighbours, you may experience an increase in communication with a sibling or a neighbour.  Or you may go on a short trip.

If Jupiter is crossing over your Moon in Libra, you may be experiencing a broadening of your emotional world. If it's in your 7th house of relationships you might meet someone , or... your relationship could suddenly feel too confining etc etc. I've said a few times recently that Jupiter can often bring endings as we outgrow certain situations. It all depends what our expansion requires of us.
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Venus,  planet of love and money, is now hanging out with Saturn, the Grim Reaper. This is where we reap  karmic lessons, face restrictions or limitations, or are asked to live up to our responsibilities.   This pairing of love and limitation can add a sad or serious tone to relationship or money matters. If you are facing difficulties in love, you may be  asked to own up to something that you have been avoiding. or you may be in a process of letting go and mourning lost love. Or it may be an idea or expectation around love that needs releasing to allow you to appreciate what is right in front of you.


Some might fall into sadness or depression. The good news is Saturn can bring us to a deeper level of commitment. or relieve us of something that a was holding us back. It's that 'one door closes and a window opens sort of thing. Patience required.

“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 Elliot

As you sit in that dark stillness,  continue to observe both your thoughts and your feelings. This energy can help us face those unloved parts and get to the roots of our conditioning. The next step is we  get to discover  positive new ways of loving and being.  If you have recently ended a relationship, take some time to be alone ... don't try to fill the gap quite so quickly. As we move into new territory,  Jupiter promises much growth as we seek the bigger picture.

Let the Scorpio New Moon help you begin again.

You know you want to.


Sunday, 16 October 2016

A Kick-Ass Full Moon in Aries (cont'd) Something's gotta give...

The exact time of the Aries Full Moon/Super Moon is  4:23 Universal time. By the time you read this it will have already occurred, but its effects will ripple out for several days. A‘Super Moon’ is when the Moon is closer to the Earth than usual and therefore has a more powerful impact. This is definitely going to be a Kick-Ass-Full-Moon, radical and revolutionary and full of surprises.


Hehe.
Seriously though... there is some intense energy here that we need to watch out for. Aries is the sign of the warrior, the leader, the entrepreneur ... with an emphasis on independence and going your own way.  The Sun opposite is in Libra, sign of balance and harmony, with an emphasis on relationships.
 This creates a  push-pull dynamic between our need to be with others and our need to go it alone, and this polarity gets added tension from Mars and Pluto together in Capricorn. Watch out for jealousy, obsessive compulsive behaviour, power struggles and angry confrontations.  The urge to break free is tremendous right now, as is the tendency to resist!

A lightning bolt from Uranus close to the Full Moon could ignite simmering resentments as unspoken issues propel us into conflicts we didn't see coming, forcing us to make  decisions we've been avoiding making.

 'Something Gotta give!'


 If you've  been  hesitating over something for some time,  if an attachment to some precious ideal or idea or relationship  has you tied up in knots....  this Aries Full Moon is gonna get you off your ass, push you to take the initiative and liberate yourself from whatever has been holding you back.

Aries says its time to step forward and claim your power.  Time to step up to the plate! The trick is to do it without shoving everyone or everything else aside (power struggles courtesy of Mars/Pluto). Sun in Libra seeks harmony and balance, which will take significant conscious effort to achieve right now!


Uranus with Eris (goddess of discord)  is highly rebellious and disruptive,  so we need to tread carefully. This is dynamic, explosive stuff. The energy has been  building all week (Sun [ ] Pluto) and now  Mars  Pluto  is becoming explosive. With Uranus involved, there will be an element of the unexpected; some people are going to get blindsided.

Don't waste time arguing. Sometimes you just have to break free and go bravely forward on your own.


Maybe you are still grieving your losses and feel not-quite-ready to move forward, yet, eventually, I know you will... because this Full Moon in Aries completes the cycle begun in the spring and there's no going back.

Something called 'The Grand Irrationality' is linked into this whole configuration, meaning nothing is what it seems and also indicating  we are again at a fork in the road (or we've been going in circles and have returned to the same one we were at a month ago!).

Although its hard  make big decisions under duress,  the spiritual elements present under this Full Moon show deeper forces are at work that will help guide us through.  This is why I have been stressing the need to align with your personal soul purpose, so when these powerful winds blow you can adjust the sails accordingly.

Whatever we  are dealing with now has a more profound meaning for our life than we may realize, and long term consequences that we may not see at the moment. Saturn's square to the Nodes of the Moon (destiny points) adds to the sense of fated-ness present at this time.

These effects will be felt most strongly by those people with planets in the later degrees of  Cancer, Libra, Capricorn and Aries, although I think all of us are feeling that something's got to give.

2016 has been called The  Year of Purification (Jupiter in Virgo), and 2017 will be the Year of Awakening (Jupiter in Libra opposite Uranus in Aries). We are now in the transition between the two. This has certainly  been one of the strangest and most weirdly upsetting years in a long while, filled with a sense of unreality, chaos, confusion, and, in the west,  continuing political shocks. We mustn't become disheartened, despite the craziness all around us. New energies are streaming in,  providing gateways into new ways of doing or seeing things, and these shifts will continue into the new year.

We may not be fully awake yet, but we are certainly being stirred out of our sleep. It's time to take a leap of faith and start moving in the direction of your true destiny.

You know you want to!




Friday, 14 October 2016

Claim your Power. Full Moon in Aries.

Things are heating up as we approach an unpredictable Full Moon in Aries (Sat/Sun)... with Eris, Goddess of Discord, alongside Uranus (The Awakener) in the sign of the warrior.
 Expect the unexpected!


This is called the Hunters Moon, which seems appropriate given the intensely aggressive energy created by Moon in Aries square Mars/Pluto in Capricorn. This grouping can trigger power struggles as suppressed anger, rage, or frustration break through to the surface.  It's time to claim our power! Just remember that  the thing we think we are upset about is usually not the real issue.

Although this intensity  can be tricky to handle, the Full Moon  can shine a light on our DEEPER issues.   If you have felt POWERLESS in your life, now's the time to FACE IT and FIX IT instead of taking out your anger on others!

More tomorrow on this powerful Super Moon.  In the meantime, think about where you feel stuck or trapped. This may be the final push you have been waiting for. Recent eclipses have shaken loose our hold on the past, now this Full Moon pushes us even more in the direction of a majour breakthrough, Liberation is at hand!


The seed of the new is rooted in the husk of the old.

You can get a free chart at www.astro.com. You will need your birth time to look at houses, but if you dont have it you can still see if any planets will be affected. Each sign has 30 degrees marked by small dashes along the outside circle... For those of you interested in the nitty gritty, here's the chart of the Full Moon. You can see the Rising Sign/Ascendant (based on the time  where I live) is 15 degrees Cancer. The Uranus Eris Moon Combo is in the 11th house . That is the house of groups, friendships, hopes and ideals.  Pluto and Mars are in Capricorn in the 6th house of work and service, on the cusp of the seventh house (called the Descendant) which represents relationships. The Sun in Libra  is in the fourth house of home/roots/mother.  I'll go into a bit more detail tomorrow.


If you have got your own chart, put in Oct 16 as the transit date, or look to see where 15-25 degrees  Aries, Libra, Capricorn or Cancer... is in your chart and what planets are in those degrees. These are the key issues that will be affected. and where there will be some kind of tension/breakdown/breakthrough. You can see how the chart houses are marked 1 - 12. A tab at top of this page (on website... not visible on phone apps) marked ;Houses' explains what they represent i.e. what area of your life is under intense pressure to change, or where there can be some sort of breakthrough.

If that's all too much for you, you are welcome to conact me about getting a reading.
aurumastrology@gmail.com


Monday, 10 October 2016

The Urge to Dream

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It is Thanskgiving Weekend here in Canada, appropriately begun under  Friday's Jupiter  square  Moon, representing abundance, gratitude and appreciation. At this time of year we  give thanks for the bounty of the harvest as we begin to prepare for winter.   Bizarrely, we've had an early snow here in Alberta ... I'm sure  (I hope) it won't stay long, but it's a taste of things to come. The change of seasons reminds me of the cyclical nature of life, and gives pause to reflect on times past and future.

We've arrived at the first quarter Moon, the half way point between last week's New Moon, and next week's Full Moon.  It's funny that it called first quarter, but when you look out at the Moon, it looks half full.

Despite these confusing terms, the point is that each month the Moon cycles through these phases as it moves through the zodiac, bringing a focus on each successive sign as it does so. We just had a New Moon in Libra on Sept 30th, and we will have a Full Moon in Aries (opposite sign) next Sunday Oct 16th.

This halfway point is considered a tension point as the energy begins to build toward the Full Moon. That tension is accentuated by several pressurized dynamics that will be building to a peak next week.

In the meantime,  Sun, Mercury and Jupiter are in Libra, bringing a focus on our interpersonal relationships. Venus in Scorpio adds passion and spice to that focus, while  Mars in Capricorn amps up our drive to 'get er done'.


Sun in Libra is concerned with harmony and balance. There is a focus on diplomacy, politeness, beauty and grace. Ironically sometimes Libra can appear to be argumentative because of their  need to always create balance. if you are very strong in a certain opinion for instance, a Libra will feel compelled to offer the opposite point of view. Nonetheless, Libra is generally a very sociable and even tempered sign that values relationships and harmony over winning or competing. 

Sun Square Pluto brings out the shadow side of relationships. There's an obsessive/ compulsive side to this aspect that belies the light hearted-ness of Libra. Watch out for power struggles and  be careful not to push anyone into a corner, as people are likely to lash out under pressure.

Mercury in Libra brings a more rational approach to one-to-one relationships.We can make us of this more objective approach to help us deal with stressful situation and  accommodate differing points of view. Libra seeks harmony above all else, and will do much to keep the peace. Our thoughts drift to art, beauty and love under this gentle influence.

Mercury with Jupiter fill us our thoughts with optimism and gets us to think BiG! This expansive attitude helps get us through difficulties, and feeds a benign,  philosophical atmosphere. Some will take this over the top... Jupiter Mercury can be all-knowing. Use some Libra diplomacy to listen as well as speak.

Jupiter brings a positive mood wherever it touches, which in Libra affects our relationships.  The irony is that with this influence we can  end up expanding (Jupiter) beyond the parameters of the relationships we are in.  The recent eclipses have totally changed the emotional landscape, and now Jupiter's movement though Libra could activate the need to grow into new territory. This bodes well for positive change, although it may come in unexpected ways.



Because Jupiter tends to exaggerate whatever it makes contact with; the recent  square between Mars (aggression) and Jupiter may  have triggered a few tempers last weak.  Things could get even more challenging as Mars moves toward a confrontation with Pluto. Mars (action) Pluto (intensity, power)  is a highly charged combo with potentially violent effects,  creating  confrontations and push-pull power dynamics between people. When I find this in someone's chart I suggest martial arts or some similar type of intense physical exercise as a way to channel this strong energy.

Neptune square Saturn in Sagittarius continues to push  us to examine our belief systems  as we struggle to figure out what is true and what is false in an increasingly foggy landscape.  Neptune may try to delude us, while Saturn makes us face hard cold facts. This pairing demands we walk our talk and pushes us to ground and commit to our dreams, or those dreams may turn out to be total illusions. It's a tricky time as some of us are forced to prune our expectations.


Saturn /Neptune is a  combination of  deliberate, persistent action with creative intuitive, and inspiration. The results could be stunning, if we can get the balance right. Be careful when you feel fear or doubt not to project  those feelings onto others, or  try to impose your beliefs onto them.  If you are feeling a bit dreamy or spacey lately you probably are being affected by Neptune. It's easy to mistake shapes in the mist for solid objects, then run headlong into something you didn't foresee. 


Overall, we can expect the coming week to involve some pressure, some stress, and some unexpected occurrences, amidst many lovely, joyful exchanges. It's a good time to develop your inner 'spidey sense' to help you  feel your way through as you focus on finding a balance between your pragmatic side and the urge to dream. Don't let the serious stuff get in the way of your imagination; just remember to stay grounded. 

You know you want to ;)







Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Get er Done

Sun (energy) in tension with Pluto (intensity) can trigger POWER STRUGGLES, CONTROL ISSUES. This combined with Mercury (thoughts) and Jupiter (EXPANSION, OPTIMISM), fuels the already present 'GET ER DONE' energy (Jupiter/mars) , making some of us feel quite driven and potentially RECKLESS.

If we want to harness these wild horses, we will also need to be very FOCUSED and PRESENT as we navigate the TWISTS AND TURNS in the road.

That could be tricky today as the MOON SQUARED NEPTUNE makes us susceptible to MISCONCEPTIONS, ILLUSIONS, DELUSIONS, resulting in WRONG TURNS, MISTAKES OR MISSED OPPORTUNITIES. Tomorrow, when the Moon bumps into SATURN, there will be CORRECTIONS... leading to possible REGRETS. 

As long as you can LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES, its ALL GOOD! MOON IN SAGITTARIUS says it's all PART OF THE ADVENTURE!

YOU'LL GET THERE IN THE END.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

New Moon New Energy New Choice

Yesterday's New Moon in Libra set a new emotional cycle and brings new energy to our relationships. It can feel like we are free falling as re continue to move through radical shifts.


 Recent eclipses have triggered big changes for some of us , especially Virgos, Sagittarius, Pices and Gemini, or those with key planets in those signs. 

Some doors have  closed, never to be opened again, yet many new gateways are also appearing. We have passed through a portal recently, and as we enter new uncharted territory,  the vibrational  shift is asking a lot of us. Know that it will give much back in return

Time to welcome the New Day!


Speaking of today, the Moon in Libra is currently in a tense angle with Pluto. Pluto's presence is telling us that change right now involves some sort of emotional transformation, and its possible that some of us will resist the changes that are occurring. It's easy to obsess when Pluto is involved. Watch your emotional reactions today and use Mecury in Virgo to help you discern what is real and what is fantasy.


There a tendency now  to hold onto dreams and fantasies, even as they are dissolving.  Neptune on the south node of the Moon (past) describes the letting go necessary to allow the new energies in. It is time to let go and trust and stop trying to control outcomes. Things might not have turned out as expected,  yet somewhere down the road you will thank the heavens for pushing you in this new direction.

There is still much uncertainty around us but the new frequencies will help us find our way through the maze. We just need to learn to tune in!

Life is a circle. Everything comes back around again, yet it is never static. We continually are evolving to new levels, even if we don't realize it.  If you are hoping to maintain a sense of security from everything in your life remaining the same, you are living in the wrong era! I know it takes courage to move forward when so much is uncertain, believe me I know. I also know that we can do it!

There's so much positive support right now to help us keep moving forward.  Jupiter conjunct the Sun and Moon expands our hearts and fills us with courage, hope and joy. 

Nothing is impossible, as long as what we are wishing for is in line with our true purpose (North Node of Moon).  That's the key. Line yourself up with your truest, highest self, set your intention, and start walking!

'The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step!'

And don't forget to have fun along the way! 
You know you want to.