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!

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Full Moon in Virgo: Health and Healing


The Full Moon at 22 ° Virgo today sits opposite several planets in Pisces, accelerating the intense feelings of polarization that often occur at a Full Moon.

 Virgo is about purification, and perfection: it rules our health, and  brings a focus on organization and details. It also activates a strong urge to be of service to others.

There is a lot of healing energy coming  via Chiron (the wounded-healer) the Sun (essence, vitality) and Mercury (mind) all together in Pisces. The presence of Chiron  could bring up our vulnerabilities, particular around communication and ‘speaking our truth’.


Sometimes we don't know for sure what our truth is...

The other challenge is that our 'truth' may not be the same as another's 'truth';  part of the test will be how  to  hear each other, while also getting heard. Perhaps you will find a way to help someone speak up about something that has been bothering them, and in so doing, fulfill your own need to be of service. Or someone might do that for you. Being in service means putting ones ego aside for a moment.

Pisces is the most sensitive sign of the zodiac, and often feels misunderstood because as they adapt and morph to fit the energy around them, they can easily lose their own sense of self. This gives Pisceans a reputation of being wishy -washy or undependable.They are also known for their compassion and kindness.

Virgos are fastidious in their attention to detail. Where Pisces avoids - Virgo focuses even closer.  This can come out as criticism or nit picking, which although meant to be helpful, Pisces hates.

Full Moons tend to amplify these sorts of polarities, so its good to be conscious of the pressure right now around how we are communicating. 



Saturn in Sagittarius is bringing up our fears and blockages about expressing our vulnerability (Chiron in Pisces), so much so that the slightest hint of not being heard can shut us down.  Situations may come up that require a sensitive negotiation of boundaries and space. 

Underneath  of all those insecurities and vulnerabilities lay our deepest questions (Mercury)  around who we are and why are we here  (Saturn in Sagittarius) . Deep down inside we all crave  a sense of meaning and purpose in life. 

And yet - another part of us  would rather be floating down a river in a blissful fog (Neptune Pisces) than face up to such big life questions.



Although the  heightened sense of uncertainty we all feel right now may be making some of us uneasy, something positive can emerge from ambiguity; creativity often arises out of chaos.  Many a genius idea comes emerges from  random, unfocused moments. 

Still, discipline (Saturn) will be required to bring our creative vision into fruition. 

This wont be easy. Mercury (thinking) in Pisces is not  known for clarity. Or honesty.  It prefers the beautiful dream to  harsh realities. Obfuscation abounds!

And at the same time, Virgo wants to nail everything down to a schedule. There could be feelings of panic if things are not occurring in an orderly fashion. 


Overall, the key is focus and communication. And getting out of your ego. There's a pressure to stay present, stay in our bodies, deal with the here and now, even though we would rather drift off. 

Virgo deals with health and healthy habits, so one way to use this energy is to focus on physical self improvement. Virgo is an earth sign. Spring cleaning or a spring fast is perfect at this time of year.

Today I got down into  lower cupboards that are easy to ignore, took out everything, scrubbed the shelves, reorganized etc. I also made some really healthy food and did chi gong exercises … seems this Virgo energy got a hold of me.   

There will be those will rebel against this of course, and want to do the opposite.



Keep in mind  that this Full Moon may be bringing up issues that began over a year ago (Feb/Mar 2016). A  lot of changes  were set in motion at that time, and as we come back round the wheel, we may   be due for an emotional spring cleaning.

The  series of Virgo/Pisces eclipses - linked with the Nodes of the Moon -(as they do) opened up a portal of energy that propelled us into situations we could never have seen coming.


That cycle is now completing as a new nodal cycle begins (Leo/Aquarius). There's just a few threads left to unwind.

Anyone with key planets in Pisces, Virgo, Gemini or Sagittarius will know what I mean.   I think we have all had quite a year,  but the mutable sings definitely got the worst of it (or the best of it). Donald Trump as a Gemini with his Moon in Sagittarius is flying high! (one man's gain is another one's pain ). 

 One thing we can all agree upon,  the world has shifted in inexplicable ways and there is no turning back.



If you made some big changes around this time last year, you may come back face to face with choices you made.

 Venus (love, relating) will retrograding back into Pisces later in March to give us one last look at the past. There she will activate Chiron (our vulnerability) with a kiss of forgiveness, before moving forward again as the morning star (she can now seen in the evening).

This symbolizes new beginnings , fresh starts, new love etc.

If you have suffered losses, a sense of redemption and blessing are on their way to you. New energies are flooding in to help us maneuver through these  powerful changes.

This Full Moon in Virgo may demand a lot of us, but it has much to offer.


Remember: Communication (Mercury) and compassion (Pisces) are the  key.  Pay attention. Listen. Feel.  
Use your empathy (Pisces).

 
You know you want to.


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Thursday, 9 March 2017

Floating away in PIsces

Have you been feeling a bit spacey and un-grounded this week? Have you been feeling extra sensitive for no obvious reason? Is the urge to escape it all even stronger than usual? Maybe your dreams are extra vivid.



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The Sun in Pisces is currently linking Mercury (thinking/communicating/mind) with Neptune (imagination/intuition/compassion).

Now's a good time to tap into our interior, non-linear spaces. Intuition is strong and leads us to deeper  experiences arising out of the inner psyche. Our creativity lives here. Let your imagination fly.

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Chiron close by can trigger our vulnerability, with the potential of healing old wounds. Be gentle with yourself. Listen to that soft yet insistent  inner voice. Creative therapy can help us access these inner realms. Click on top link to 'Art n Soul' Collage for some simple ideas.


Pisces can activate our innate compassion and caring,  as well as feed our ability to create and dream.  Warning: there is also the added possibility of delusion and denial. Please don't drink /drug and drive.  Your imagination can be a help or a hindrance. Fact check!

As long as you are careful, this is an excellent time to dive deep into these rich waters - let your imagination expand and fill you with wonder!

You know you want to...

A powerful Full Moon this Sunday in Virgo. Stay tuned for more details.
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