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).

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.

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).

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.

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.)


 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.

  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.

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?


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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Full Moon in Libra

Full Moon today in Libra, ruled by Venus, planet of love, peace and harmony.

More later ....

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Mercury Retrograde Today in Taurus (Earth)

Listen to your mother.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Unconditional Love and Finding our Way Home (Venus heads into Pisces)

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Venus (love,relating) is still retrograde and about to slip back into cosmic, dreamy Pisces.  Searching for love in all the wrong places? 
or -  discovering that the love you've been seeking - was already inside of you.

Once in Pisces, Venus will meet up again with Chiron, the wounded Healer.

Chiron was a centaur in Greek mythology who was famous as a mentor/teacher for the Greek heroes like Hercules, Achilles etc. and  known for his knowledge and skill with medicine, as well as his intelligence and peaceful nature (compared to the other, generally wild centaurs). Chiron  was accidentally wounded and spent his life seeking a cure for the poison that was killing him. In the end, in an act of sacrifice, and to escape his endless suffering, Chiron exchanged his immortality for the life of Prometheus, who had been chained to a rock and left to die for stealing fire from the gods.

Chiron represents sacred justice and the healing of our  hidden vulnerabilities and wounds, many of which were accumulated in childhood.  In Pisces, Chiron points to a deep sense of loss and separation, from others, from source energy, from ourselves.

In association with Venus, Chiron represents an endless seeking for love, and the ensuing pain and disappointment that comes from seeking it in an imperfect world. Many would say - just accept the imperfections and get on with living -  and in many ways that is good advice. Yet inside of us the longing remains.

Venus/Chiron in Pisces represents unconditional love, and points to our deep need for connection, and an ever present hope that it will be met somehow, someday.  Saturn's shadow falling on on this dynamic can trigger negative expectations, a fear of of failure, bringing up disappointments, depression or  false conclusions that "nothing will ever work out. "

Although Saturn can be a downer, it also points to the  solution.

As Saturn (cause and effect)   turns backward  exactly on the Galactic Core (centre of our galaxy), it asks us to take responsibility for the life we lead and the love that we seek.  Saturn in this sacred location is asking us to look into our very core for the answers.  Again and again the message is given: 'Everything you are looking for is inside of you. ' 'Know thyself.'  'To thine own self be true.' 

Look at a little child and tell me they don't innately embody pure love. Everyone is magnetically drawn to their innocence and purity ('yet ye be as little children...'). That used to be us!  So how did we get so far away from that?

 This is a golden opportunity to  open our hearts and let love in.  Venus and Chiron aligning together in Pisces can help us release the painful past so we can move toward a more fulfilling future. Perhaps that will come as an aha moment , or a turning point in a relationship. Some of us  are learning to gracefully let go and move on, while others are moving  into more authentic connections with others.

  The key message is that we must first turn within to find the love we seek,  and  it is actually part of our life purpose to do so.

 'As within so without'. Once we have filled our own cup, we will begin to find love everywhere we turn. And in fact the biggest blessing may be to discover that we are already blessed.

Venus in Pisces  says that our inherent value is linked to a connection with something larger. Chiron  brings healing to the parts of us that believe we are separate, or that we don't deserve love.  Venus in Aries,  which begins and ends this particular Venus cycle, tells us that finding a true self love is the beginning and the end of the story.

'Wherever I go, there I am.'

Venus in Aries can be very self centered, yet that in itself is not true self love. Narcissism  is merely a mask and a charade to cover up deep feelings of low self worth. 

Venus backward journey can represent a descent into the shadows, bringing us face to face with our pain and suffering as an important step in moving beyond old wounds. This is not always an easy journey, and there is a danger of getting stuck there. Don't despair. When Venus resurfaces on the other side of the Sun as the Morning Star, it  represents a new start, where we get to discover, like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, that we had the solution all along.

 Home (and love)  is where the heart is, and the heart is inside of us.

Just click your heels and say after me:

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

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Venus / New Moon in Aries : Let Love Win.

We are still in the energy field of Monday's New Moon in Aries. There's a volatility in the air that can take us way off course if we're not careful. This powerful energy can be highly productive but needs to be consciously harnessed to be of use. Prudence is advised. Set your intentions wisely.

A New Moon in Aries means New Beginnings. New initiatives. New ideas. This  warrior energy is  all about taking courageous action!  After  much back-and-forthing, we now have a chance to press the restart button for the whole year.  Set your intention. Let it be so.

There is a need for caution. What we put into motion now will ripple out for some time to come.  In this highly reactive and impatient  atmosphere,  we must take care to see our way clearly and not get sidetracked by our impatience to get going. Go we must, but in the right way , and at the right time.

Slow and steady wins the race (Mars in Taurus).

I am doing an course in the Tarot where we are using Soul Collage (see link at top) to make our own Tarot cards. There seems to be a synchronicity between the images I am making each week and the current astrology.

The Chariot card (above) expresses the intensity and drive that Aries brings to the table.  Boadicea, warrior priestess of the Celts, represents the fiery passion that dominates at this New Moon. Boadicea  fought and almost won the battle of the Celts against the invading Romans in early Briton... after  being driven into a rage by the rape of her daughters. As the story goes, blood-lust and greed and the glory of the battle sidetracked the Celts and gave the Romans time to regroup, which led to the downfall of the Iceni tribe.

Right now, that which has been led back for so long may be bursting at the seams right now ... and we must be careful what we do with this powerful yet somewhat unstable energy.

The Strength card in the tarot represents  the necessity of harnessing this primal force. In the image, the wild, instinctual energy is being tamed by the heart centred, feminine principle.

Venus presence in this New Moon adds a yin, receptive element to the  more  yang action orientated Aries energy.  Venus represents peace and love and beauty...  qualities that can offset the aggression and fear that often get us into trouble.

There's always a the price to pay for our actions (karma?) so choose wisely.

'Justice' by Stephanie Anderson Ladd
All in all, with Venus retrograde, and Jupiter also retrograde in Libra (ruled by Venus) our relationships are under quite a bit of pressure, as we continue to change and morph in ways that make the old dynamics impossible.  Radical change is in the air, and we must find a way to be true to ourselves while finding a way to live in harmony with those around us.

Venus Retrograde wants us to reflect on how we exchange energy with others, starting with our own self worth.  It wants us to recognize the beauty in our lives and in ourselves. If our cup is full we can more easily love another. This Venus retrograde, as well as the New Moon, are presenting an opportunity to start fresh.

New moment, new choice.

It's time to grow up and let go of the fantasies and fictions we often get lost in (Pisces). The Nodes of the Moon (Destiny Points) are now on the very cusp of Pisces/Virgo and about to shift into Leo/Aquarius, bringing even more focus onto our relation to self/other. Aquarius is our sense of community,  and Leo is where we shine and claim our magnificence. Venus is preparing us for that shift as we speak.

We  are being asked to rise above our petty ego drives and find a higher aspect of love, one that includes  and recognizes that we all are one.

This New Moon promises more fiery times ahead, so if you find yourself in a battle, let love win!

You know you want to!

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Venus Sun in Aries

Today Venus retrograde (inward) joins with the Sun in Aries to shine a light on LOVE.

 It's hidden (Venus is passing behind the Sun) and its deep - and it is what we are all looking for.

And - it is inside of us. All we have to do is look.

“If you find me not within you, you will never find me. For I have been with you, from the beginning of me.” Rumi  

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Spring has sprung!

Happy spring everyone!

On Monday  March 20th (yesterday now) the Sun crossed from Pisces into Aries… over what is called the Aries point, where the collective unconscious (Pisces) meets the  uber - personal (Aries).   

Pisces is where we lose our edges, Aries is where we find them.

If your birthday is today you are full of vim and vigour -  you take initiative and are on a fast track to get- er-done.  You are are also a bit dreamy and romantic and prone to escapism (Pisces influence), and might also be feeling a bit serious - due to the Moon’s recent conjunction with Saturn, the planet of cause and effect. 

Saturn’s position on the Galactic core says this is going to be a key year for all of us. The galactic core is the centre of our galaxy and represents a kind of tuning fork - or energy beam – tuning us into - calling us back - to our true soul purpose and meaning.

The Moon in Capricorn  and Moon/Saturn focus on mastery - gained through lessons, restrictions, duties and responsibilities. The emphasis is on maturity and accountability for both ourselves and for our collective purpose. This is a year to step up. Biggly! The radical changes will continue to shake us out of our complacency and we will need to be steady and clear enough to make our way through to the other side.

For the last few months many of the planets have been in either Pisces (water) or Aries (fire).   If you’ve felt either super sensitive, spaced out or dreamy (Pisces) - or over stimulated, impatient  and restless (Aries) - or both at once - its because of these two opposite  influences affecting us all together.

We have a moment now, in the midst of these extremes, to find  that balancing point in ourselves,  just as night and day are perfectly balanced. Finding a way to stay focused and clear in the midst of increasing acceleration is going to be our key task in 2017.

Uranus and Eris are going to continue stirring things up  in 2017. Even though they've just had their third and last exact conjunction and wont be together again for another 90 years, they are still conjoined at the moment, and their  influence is going to be felt for years to come. The last time this combination occurred was about 90 years ago, in 1927-28, when Eris first arrived in Aries. Radio came in at that time and radically changed the way information was disseminated, marking a new era of media influence that continues today via a plethora of electronic media.

Uranus is an awakener and Eris a warrior priestess - together they are tweaking our awareness  and keeping things unsettled.  The powerful tension created marks a struggle to maintain a unique  self in the midst of so much distraction and unreality. At the same time, through electronic media,  we have become connected to the whole world in a way that can precipitate profound global change. The question becomes: Are those changes for the better? Is the medium really the message? (Marshal McLuhan) And if so, then what is the message?

Many people now get their sense of self and of reality on social media, which makes us very susceptible, not only to 'fake news' , but to becoming  very un-grounded and  lost in a  reflection that merely imitates reality.

Current events are showing us just how crazy that can get. Jupiter is currently amplifying all of this unsettledness, increasing and  accelerating the disorientation and plunging us into a vortex of uncertainty. With Pluto continuing its shake down of the ‘system’, it can seem like nothing is solid or 'real'.

All of this instability can create  deep feelings of vulnerability and unease (Saturn square Chiron), triggering anxiety and a sort  of disconnect which slowly becomes  a deep spiritual crisis (Chiron in Pisces). This can be a good thing if it triggers a cathartic change for the better. Anything that gets us  to wake up and smell the coffee!  But it can also spiral us down deeper into feelings of separation and distrust, and when people feel threatened, they can turn against one another .

The choice is ours. We know what we have to do. Get connected! First to our self -  and then to each other.

Venus -planet of Love – is once again bringing us  her message of love, blessing and healing and a chance to begin anew. Currently  Venus is retrograde in the sign of Aries, and heading back toward Chiron in Pisces. On April 15th she will give Chiron a powerful, healing kiss,  before she turns back forward and rejoins us as the Morning star.

Venus in Aries is about our need for self love. Not narcissism or self aggrandizement (naming no names - ahem cough, cough) but a true sense of personal value that allows us to give and receive love..

The planet of love traces a perfect pentacle every 8 years.… called a pentagram, or a pentangle, one of the oldest symbols on earth, dating from 4,000 years BC. It represents the sacred feminine and is also linked to what is called divine proportion - as in the Golden section. 

 "The Golden Proportion is one beloved of artists since Renaissance times and also to be found in post-Hellenic art and in the geomantic planning of Templar sites, being those proportions of a rectangle considered most pleasing to the eye. Here, the ratio of the lengths of the two sides is equal to the ratio of the longer side to the sum of the two sides."

 So Venus is about our humanity, our humanness. We don't have to be perfect to be lovable. We can be perfectly imperfect. If we do not feel worthy of love,  we will always find a way to sabotage our life and our relationships in an effort to fulfill those negative expectations (believe me, I know this one).  As Venus represents energy exchanges, it also includes our money issues. Cup half full or half empty?

Venus retrograde is giving us a chance to reflect on what we want to receive - (what we think we deserve?) and gets us to examine how we can open our hearts to let in money/love/abundance. When Venus re enters Pisces and meets up with that vulnerable  part of us (Chiron)  she will bring healing and wholeness to our wounded inner child.

There's something here about letting go of what separates us from the love we seek. Could it have been inside of us along along?

The Moons nodes (destiny points) in Pisces- Virgo- bring home the message about  self- love and self forgiveness.

This is a chance for healing and redemption. It is time to let go of old feelings of worthlessness to  KNOW our true worth. 

We are truly magnificent. Every one of us.

And that's the truth.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Spring Equinox on Monday

Spring is about to be Sprung! Hurray!

It may take a while for all the snow to melt where I am in the great white north,  but we can feel spring stirring nonetheless.

Monday March 20th is the Vernal Equinox - when the Sun crosses over the equator and night and day are equal.  This is also called the Aries point - as the Sun moves from Pisces into Aries it links the universal (Pisces) to the personal (Aries).

 Take a moment to pause - and remember - that I am you - and you are me - and we are all in this together.

I'll be back on Monday to add more details re the astrology of the moment.  Till then, the Moon is in cheerful, expansive Sagittarius, a positive influence to help us all have a great weekend!