Sunday, 29 January 2017

New 'Art n Soul' Collage Meet-up in Calgary

See 'Art n Soul' Collage tab at top of webpage for info  about upcoming meet-up on  
Sunday, Feb 12th... 

just two days after the Lunar Eclipse on February 10, 2017 @22Leo.


The theme for the coming weeks is all about connecting to the greater collective of humanity while also finding and defining our own special light and purpose. Eclipses always indicate a letting go process. Lets all let go of any remaining feelings of inadequacy, inferiority or separation.

We will make cards about about expressing our personal Magnificence (Leo) - how and where we can Shine! - and then - where we fit into the group (or not). There are leaders and followers. both are necessary. The key is to recognize that we are all in this together.  One world, one people. One heart (Leo).

Be there or be square :)

p.s. Online classes coming soon to a planet near you!

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Seize the Day! 

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We are still in the energy field of yesterday's  New Moon in Aquarius, which  highlights community as well as individuality. We are who we are and we are all in this together!



A New Moon is the time to set intentions!

Aquarius indicates  how we can move forward in our own unique way, while recognizing our connection to each other. Its a quirky, intelligent, and unusual sign that wants us to think outside the box.  Aquarius is not a rule follower, although it represents co operation within the collective force of humanity.  This is about freedom within unity.

Saturn and Uranus are the planetary rulers  active in this New Moon energy field. Uranus is combining with Jupiter to bring fantastic new possibilities into our lives. They may do so by disrupting our patterns and habits to shake us out of our stuck places.

Saturn  reflects our lessons, restrictions, limitations. Now in contact with both Venus (feminine receptivity), Mars (masculine drive) and Chiron (wounded healer),   putting us in touch with our inescapable flaws and where we feel unfairly wounded by life. The current focus  on male/female relationships comes with a particular emphasis on healing the feminine and dealing with the wounds inflicted by the patriarchy (power over, might is right, suppression, oppression etc).  Father issues, authority issues, old angers, buried rage, deep resentments are up for healing.

Saturn is throwing up checks and stops  as we face some difficult aspects of new growth. Saturn can be the repressive energy that wants to keep you down. With Venus it tells you that you are not worthy of love. Do not listen!!  And remember, it's always  darkest just before the dawn! As we  face and heal old ancient pain...  we make way for a new healthier way of being.  A New era is dawning.

Aquarius enlivens our rebellious spirit and brings out the maverick in all of us. Just be sure that you are not rebelling just for the sake of it. Patience and persistence required (Saturn), plus a healthy dose of discernment (North Node in Virgo). Rome wasn't built in a day.  Keep on keeping on!

As the shadow reveals itself we must not be daunted. Now is not the time to give up.  And beware of becoming  polarized as everyone gets caught up in hyper-reactivity. Shock waves are reverberating around the world as the USA, a supposedly progressive modern country,  elects a narcissistic madman who has already begun to strike down human rights, eco-protections  and particularly, women's rights that were years in the making. He wants to grab us all by the pussy!


Let him try!

Yet it's also important to remember that when one projects hatred onto another, it bounces back onto us. This is just a very old shadow coming into full focus due to the increasing of the light. The edges are getting sharper. It's up to us to own our dark places ... even as we bring in the light.

"Its time to rebalance the feminine/masculine dynamic in each of us and between each of us as we find our way into a new level of consciousness..." (Astrograph Astrolology)

The feminine has many faces. Fierce and wild, nurturing and loving, sexual and willful, soft and sweet.

The current focus  is on Eris - a small female warrior planet  (sister of Aries god of war)-  that is powerfully active at this New Moon and for the coming year. As the goddess of discord,  she disrupts, distracts, disentangles us from the false narratives of patriarchy (power over). She is combining her energies with Uranus to wake us up and shake us up.  The feminine has been held down for too long. She is is rising!

Millions of women all over the world marched together  last Saturday to express their solidarity and protest the new regime. https://www.nytimes.com/…/21/wo…/womens-march-pictures.html…


There was never a more appropriate time for visioning a new way forward, for both men and women (and anyone in-between). Remember the Aquarian theme:  'We are all in this together. ' The feminine presents our intuitive, receptive, inward feeling self that can guide our way forward. Listen to her voice...

As things accelerate, she can help us to stay centered and grounded.   Mars (action, aggression) has just moved into its own sign of fiery Aries;urging us to Go, Go, Go. All planets are now moving in direct motion (no retrogrades). Mercury has retraced its steps and is now moving full forward. Its full steam ahead!

And...  the Chinese New Year starts this weekend in the Sign of the Rooster.  What does a Rooster do?   It wakes us up!!  





Saturday, 21 January 2017

Patience, Creativity, Redemption

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We began 2017 with an invitation to explore our creativity, imagination and power of manifestation, courtesy of the very electric, high vibration energy of Uranus and Jupiter.  A sense of excitement and trepidation fill the air.

As you know, when we set out on any adventure,  there will inevitably be many challenges to overcome and hurdles to cross. Chances are,  the road ahead will probably not be a straight one. And how boring it would be if it was! What grand adventure  or mythic tale doesn't have a giant or a wizard or a sleeping dragon to get past before the hero/ine gets to the desired goal?



It's all part of the adventure, and we will have to keep our wits about us. We may even eventually thank the obstacles in our way for what they have to teach us about ourselves, such as our ability to find creative ways to get around, over or through whatever appears to be impeding us.

The first test came this past week with a rather tense angle from Saturn to Mars putting the brakes on our  forward action. Mars  is not currently feeling  particularly driven (Pisces), so you may not mind too much being slowed down to a snail's pace. If however, you got excited and amped up about by the  possibilities offered by Jupiter/Uranus, you may be may be  minding very much. 

Patience required. 

With such a feeling of possibility in the air, it's easy to get discouraged at the first sign of trouble.  Don't worry, the Jupiter/Uranus configuration is going to be active all year, and it is also the Year of the Rooster. Later in the year there will also be a shift of the North Node Destiny Point into Leo (where we shine) ...  confirming  that 2017 is definitely a Year to Crow Loudly. This is our time to Awaken and Shine.

If you are feeling (temporarily) stymied by Saturn's slowing down effect, know that this too shall pass; in fact its effects are already fading.  In the meantime, Saturn/Mars in combination can be harsh or cruel,  so please go easy on yourself as well as on people around you. It's easy to snap at others when we feel frustrated. Despite Saturn's propensity to shame and blame... there's a chance its nobody's fault. Sometimes shit just happens. 

For those who might be developing a martyr complex  (Mars in Pisces) … please give yourself a break. Throwing a pity party isn't going to get you out of the stuck place you are in.  Yes, Saturn  is making things harder than usual… he wants us to take responsibility for whatever tangles we've got ourselves into.










If  things are not going the way you planned, this is an excellent opportunity to turn instead to your inner world, courtesy of four planets in Pisces (Venus, Mars, Neptune, Chiron). This is the realm of intuition and imagination  where we dream big and access our creative muse.

Venus in Pisces can bring us the harmony we really need and seek. The planet of love in the sign of compassion and creativity is the one of most absolutely lovely combinations there are. This is a pure and elevated love, a poetic artistic beauty, the sweet inner longing to connect to the universe... which is  inside of us and all around us, even when we cant see or feel it  (like when Saturn is breathing down our neck).


Pisces is the sign of redemption.

It's also very prone to escapism. Beware of negative voices in your head. We all have a melancholy side...  a part of us that thinks 'nobody loves me'.  If you're feeling lonely, Jupiter in Libra says reach out and find a friend. Or two. Or three.

 The Sun in Aquarius emphasizes groups and connecting to our community. Try meetups to find like minded others. Today women around the world are joining the Women's March. Whatever helps you feel connected.

Or... another option: Mars /Venus together in Pisces can be sweet and sexy. Today's Moon  in sultry sexy Scorpio adds sizzle and passion  to get us out of the dumps. Getting u close and personal with your main squeeze  might be just the medicine you need.

The key is to remember that there's always more than one way to approach/overcome  an obstacle:  Uranus /Jupiter represents a multiplicity of outcomes.

I hope you enjoy  your potent imagination today as you  dive into magical  realms through the  rich world of touching, painting, meditating ...   or reflecting … on what makes the world go round.


Could it be love?



Thursday, 12 January 2017

Full Moon in Cancer: Mother Yourself.

The  Moon is Full  in the early hours today in its home sign of Cancer, which  governs our emotions.

This is the realm of family, of mother, our emotional sensitivity, our home life. Its about emotional integration, feeling our feelings, about memories, the past, our childhood issues etc. All these will be in heightened focus over the next twenty four hours.

A powerful Grand Cross formation promises the possibility of  intense emotional transformation and deep changes at the core of our being... brought to us by Pluto/Uranus (one corner of the cross). Some deep emotional patterns have the capacity to  shift over the next few days.

Jupiter at another corner  adds blessings of positive joy and expansion,  while it also amplifies the intensity of the other planets. Our feelings and emotional reactions will be hugely expanded (i.e. over the top) right now.

Uranus, along with dwarf planet Eris, guarantee more exciting and potentially disruptive changes as we continue to expect the unexpected! The extra sensitive energy of Cancer will be exaggerated big time by so many powerful planets all in tension with each other.   Whatever has been peculating over the  last few weeks will feel like its  coming to a head. 

This will help us sweep the slate clean and truly face forward into 2017.

So much has been let go of, shaken up and changed. Now, as we begin to take steps in a new direction, doubts and fears can arise. The intensity will  push us to get in touch with our unconscious stuff (blocks,fears etc) .  It's time to stop looking backward and allow the powerful energy thrust to move us into fast forward motion.  If you have any  hesitations this Full Moon will stir them up and also help clear them out. Sudden emotional outbursts are possible. 

You may want to to take some time out for yourself.


 Do it! Let yourself FEEL! This is a good  time to focus on what nurtures you.

The part of us that wants comfort and cuddles and hot chocolate can now be heard  loud and clear. Listen to that prompting.  Stop thinking for just a moment and get in touch with what's really going on inside of you.  Your inner child may need some attention as old unresolved issues come to the surface.


Inside each of us is a tender need for love... and the ability to both give and receive it. Now's a good time to honour that need in ourself and in each other. Ask for what you need. Go ahead and mother yourself a little.

You know you want to!

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Mercury Direct: Onward and upward!


2017 is being called the Year of Awakening.


'There is only one moment in time when it is essential to awaken. That moment is now.'
 -The Buddha.


The planetary influences at the start of a year show us what we may be in for over the next twelve months. The year started off  with the planet of communication (Mercury) in backward motion, indicating the need to reflect on where we are and where we are going before we plunge forward into new territory. 

There is a Full Moon later this week in the sign of Cancer. More about that in a few days. 

 Currently, Mercury  has reached its turning point very close to the Galactic Core (center of our universe), which,  astrologically speaking, represents the universal search for purpose and meaning. As Mercury turns direct today,  and the Moon enters Gemini, our thoughts and feelings are driven by an deep underlying need to understand, as well as fulfill, our personal destiny. The urge to find our own fulfillment includes the need to contribute in some way to the greater good; there's a sense of anticipation and  horror as the world seems to slip closer and closer to the abyss.

Yet there is an aura of hope ... a gentle light glimmering on the horizon, reminding us that every ending is a new beginning. As I said in my last post, this is a 1 year... a time of new beginnings. As Mercury slowly gathers speed, our  communication and thought processes should start shifting gears as we shake off the dust of our reverie ( and/or depression)  and start focusing forward. 

As the trickster planet  retraces its steps back through the sign of Capricorn,  it may still have some more surprises up its sleeve. Capricorn, the sign of ‘get er done’, fills our thoughts with what we want to accomplish in the coming year, yet due to the continuing unsettled atmosphere around us,  things may not unfold in an entirely  straightforward manner. That doesn't mean we shouldn't make the effort, or plan our next steps. Just be forewarned that the blast of new energy represented by Jupiter and Uranus can be as unsettling as it is enlightening.  Things are still being shaken up.

 For the moment, Mercury’s retrograde movement  has hopefully provided the impetus to once and for all understand and let go of what has been holding us back,  allowing us to move forward in a fresh way.


 

The background remains one of radical change and shifts on all levels. Depending on where or if the outer planets are hitting our own charts,  many of us could still be caught off guard,  as the Pluto/Uranus effect (revolution, radical change, breakdown ) continues to ripple out into both personal and collective spheres. This clash of titans continues to be both exciting and challenging , since most of us tend to cling to our older and more established ways of being, and resist the pressure of the new with all our of change.
 
As these energies unfold over time, we often find ourself confronted by something we have put off or avoided  that we would rather not face.  Sometimes these life changes will manifest more on an internal level, or they can occur as outer events, such as a death in our immediate family, accidents or loss, or some other form of radical alteration to our circumstances.

Most people don’t change until they are absolutely forced into it through some sort of event or crisis. The following are some pointers about clearing and releasing energy to make way for something entirely different. They are taken from an advertised course on doing just that . I have no affiliation with this course, nor can I recommend it as I haven’t done it. I just found these points pertinent to the current discussion. Take from them what you will….

We can do this.


·      For clearing to last you need to put yourself first. You won't make a dent in reducing the stress and stuff until you've healed the patterns that created it. If you don't feel safe, you won't let go. Clearing is an inside job that begins and ends with you.
  • For clearing to last you need to change your mindset. Clearing is not something you "do" or squeeze into your life. It's a way of life - a journey - that doesn't always add up, make sense, or go in a straight line. Clearing is not about "getting rid of." It's about letting go of the things and thoughts that get in the way of realizing your true nature and best life.
  • For clearing to last you need to slow down. Clearing old habits and resisting behaviours is not possible until you slow it ...way... down. In a world that is all about speed, this requires awareness. Daily doses of it. "Slow drip" efforts applied consistently over time are the real game changer here.

  • Cultivate the "5 Ss of Clearing  ": slow down, simplify, sense, surrender, self-care.”
  • Learn to unplug, detach, disidentify, depersonalize, do less and be (a lot) more.
  • Learn to identify and bypass fight-or-flight triggers that keep you stuck and unable to move forward.
  • Learn to read different energy signatures in a space; and experience how clearing just one thing or thought changes the energy in the space.
  • Cultivate extreme self-care.
  • Learn to set clear energetic boundaries with others; recognize what is "yours" and what is not.
  • Develop one-minute clearing habits that will work exponentially to nourish and support you in letting go.
  • Expand your awareness of who you are and realize at the deepest level what you came here to be.

Onward and upward!

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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Happy New Year!

Whew! We made it! 2016  is over!!  What a year! 

We have thankfully now entered a New Year and new energy cycle. The numerology  of 2017 is the Number 1 - which signifies New Beginnings; called 'The Creative' in the I Ching, and  'The Magician' in tarot.


       The Magician is associated with the planet, Mercury and carries with it skill, logic, and intellect. The number of the Magician is one, the number of beginnings. The Magician is the bridge between the world of the spirit and the world of humanity. His right hand holds a staff raised toward the sky and his left hand points to the earth. He takes the power of the Universe and channels it through his own body and directs it to the physical plane. 

Above the Magician’s head is the symbol of eternity and around his waist is a snake biting its own tail, another symbol of eternity. His magical table holds all four suits of the Tarot, each of which represents one of the four primordial elements of the alchemists – earth, air, fire and water. These symbolise the appropriate use of mind, heart, body and soul in the process of manifestation. 

The Magician’s robe is white, symbolising the purity and innocence found in the Fool but his cloak is red, representing worldly experience and knowledge. In the bed of flowers at his feet this duality is repeated in the mix of pure white lilies and thorny red roses. (Biddy Tarot) ('he' is also 'she')

The message for 2017 is: You are the creator of your own destiny!



We begin the new year looking back on what has been a very intense and strange year of extreme events and unusual outcomes.  2016 was called 'The year of Purification'. As a number 9 year,  it was about completions, endings and letting go. So many left us last year and so much changed in unexpected ways. (Uranus Eris).

Now Jupiter and Uranus will be working together in the coming year to open and activate fantastic and expansive new energy streams that will fill up the space left by that which has left us... and bring us much more. We are being stretched in ways we could never have imagined as we continue to move through waves of change and transformation.





Neptune on the South Node of the Moon helped dissolve so much of what was familiar, bringing with it a sense of sorrow and loss as we say good bye to situation, friends, popular icons, things we thought were true but turned out not to be.   


As Mercury retrograde (until Jan 8) slows down our thinking processes, we can use this tendency toward introversion  to reflect, review and rethink our strategies. Although it is obvious that we can no longer fall back on old ways of thinking and acting, there is much uncertainty as to how to move forward.

The planetary outlook for 2017 says we can continue to 'expect the unexpected' as exciting and highly creative energy flows continue to transform our world . In the midst of more disruption and discord, we will be challenged to find new ways of thinking, communicating and connecting (Jupiter in Libra)  as we struggle to deal with this higher frequencies that are shaking things up. There is work to be done...  and change doesn't always come easily. 

Despite those warnings, the overall picture is extremely positive and powerful. Now is the time to break free from whatever is holding you back.


The first imperative is to align yourself with your true soul purpose (North Node/Destiny Point). In so doing, you can more easily access the powerful planetary influences that are working to help us through this time of transition.

Jupiter in Libra reminds us that we all all in this together. Uranus opposite says:
Lets do this!