Monday, 26 June 2017

Push comes to Shove

Watch what you say - and be careful what you believe.

This week - simple misunderstandings can trigger volatile reactions. 

Mercury in Cancer makes us very sensitive to what others are thinking and saying (or not saying).  Mercury  (thinking/ communicating) in tension with Jupiter(expansion/ exaggeration) ~ with the added influence of Neptune (creativity/ deception) is stirring up and confusing our emotions with our thinking. 

This is an excellent mix for stimulating creativity and self expresso - unleashing a multitude of ideas and images to be harnessed and expressed. So get out your journal m, your camera, your paints  and have at er!  

If you haven't been paying enough attention to your creative side - nows a great time to start!  
(see link above for Art n Soul Collage - an excellent method  anyone can use  to get in touch with the creative part of themselves. You know you want to! There's online resources and gatherings all over the world that anyone can do ir attend. 

Meanwhile -  things can get a bit  tricky  in our interpersonal dynamics (Jupiter in Libra)

Mercury - when added to Jupiter - tends to exaggerate. Bigly!  Add Mars - highly reactive - and Neptune (deception/ denial) and things can easily get out of hand. 

Always double check facts and be willing to admit you could be wrong- no matter how right you think you are!

Thankfully - Jupiter's benevolent  presence also bestows good luck and protection - just don't push your luck - lol!  A sense of humour can get us out of those right spots we may find ourselves in.

Joke

As we  head toward a somewhat volatile Full Moon on July 8/9 (Mars opposite Pluto) we need to be extra conscious of what we put out there in the next days/weeks leading up to it. 

Both the Summer Solstice  and the New Moon in Cancer brought an emphasis to emotional integration and healing. Many (most?) of our triggers and reactions tend to be rooted in the past - patterns laid down in childhood underlay many if the core beliefs that are still with us today. 

Who told you you weren't  good enough - smart enough - attractive enough - strong enough? 

The recent New Moon in Cancer reoresents a chance to press the reset button.  It's time to let go of all that negative programming and undertsand our intrinsic value as human beings. We don't have to remain victims of our past.

Yet to move forward consciously - there may be inner work to be done so we can be more aware of how those triggers effect and control us in those subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

It's very easy to self sabatoge or get sideswiped by others emotional baggage right now - and we'll never know what hit us! (You know like those people on the train or subway with a huge backpack and they turn around and knock you off your feet!) 

Yet there is tremendous potential for big shifts and breakthroughs if we can use this energy rather than let it use us!

According to Evolutionary Astrology - Pluto represents the souls evolutionary  journey - showing where we've been - and where we are going. It's polarity point (opposite) points to where we need to focus. Right now that point is in the sign of Cancer (opposite Pluto in Capricorn).

The sign of Cancer is about home, family and nurturing, and is ultimately about getting in touch with our feelings. Emotional intelligence requires we and heal those wounded parts, so we can be whole and healthy human beings. Self love is the message of the day - which may sound narcissistic - and could be if it's merely self aggrandizatiin (to cover up feeling small)- but ultimately it's about knowing our own worth.

As Pluto, also known as 'The Destroyer', breaks down and shakes down old structures, authority systems , governments etc. (Capricorn) - we may be left feeling vulnerable, insecure, and uncertain. And that mix - when stirred up by Mars as it is currently - can make us extremely reactive and defensive. 

Mars in Cancer will help us to stand up to defend our family, and our loved ones, si can be useful when facing any adversity or challenge in our home life. 

As our survival instincts get triggered (Mars/Omuto) we must choose between love or fear. Ever hear that saying that fear is the opposite of love?

True self love is our natural state. Every child reflects so much innocence and purity and beauty - and that's who we all are inside.

So - as always these days- the call is to stand up - wake up know who we are - honour who we are - and therefore - honour each other.

Cause we are all in this together! 

P.s. A majour solar eclipse in Leo - is crossing the US on August 21st. Between now and then the focus will continue to be  emotional healing and release. 

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Solstice - New Moon Healing

The Summer Solstice is on Tues - June 20th - then there's a New Moon two days later on Thurs June 22nd. 
 

New Beginnings. Forks in the road. Powerful transformation. Everything - and nothing. 

Everything - if you can tap into Saturn's presence at the Galactic Core. That is all about finding and claiming our soul purpose. Time to step up! Get grounded. Be present. Get real!

Nothing - if you let yourself get tangled up in control dramas.  Right now there's a deep tension and disruption (Moon in a  'Grand Square' with Mars Jupiter Pluto) - tempers can flare - and there's a potential for violence (Mars/Pluto) Moon in Aries is aggressive and impatient.

Count to ten and 

 

Now take another!  That's better :)

A Grand Cross (four planets all at right angles to each other) is like a diamond - intense pressure builds up and triggers some kind of transformation - especially with Pluto involved. If you can harness this energy you can accomplish a lot. 

Once the Moon moves on tomorrow it will be less contained - less internal - yet potentially more reactive as the Moon bumps into Uranus and Eris. 

Once again - 

 

Luckily- there are beneficicient energies operating behind the scenes - Venus in Taurus brings patience and forebearance and can smooth out potential disruptions. Or grab onto the positive flow of Venus /Jupiter (open heart/big love/unexpected gains)  to help you move around challenging scenarios. An unexpected meeting might bring a smile to your face.
 

The Solstice us a time for release - find a ritual to help you articulate/express what is changing  in your life - and what new energy you want to invite in. Writing it on paper and burning it in a Solstice fire is one example. Some go to sacred sites to line up with the earth meridians (pulse points)
 

The New Moon on Thurs will be in Cancer, sign of emotional nurturing. Our inner child/family issues become the arena for new beginnings. Old wounds can now be healed and transformed. We are more powerful than we know!

 

The focus is on taking care of ourselves and each other - as we go through these intense changes.

I watched a video this morning of all the donations of clothing and food people were bringing to the site of the apartment building fire in London. A very sad and heartbreaking occurrence, yet  beautiful to see how people in the community stepped up.

Sometimes the worst things bring out the best in us.  We are learning to be strong and gentle at the same time! 

 

Friday, 9 June 2017

Full Moon in Sagittarius : Onward and upward!

Today's Full Moon in Sagittarius is asking us to let go of our preconceptions and take a big step out of our comfort zone.  The Sagittarius-Gemini polarity highlights the tension between Gemini rationality versus Sagittarian intuition. 


There is a quantum point that lies between the two and we are sitting on it! 

 Both Sagittarius (Moon) and Gemini (Sun) are two of the most open minded and expansive signs of the zodiac, yet Gemini (Sun), eternally curious,  tends to question everything to the point that we can never quite settle on any one answer. This need for variety brings a welcome multiplicity of view points, yet in the end, choices must be made.  Gemini can be a Peter Pan that never wants to grow up. Saturn right beside the Moon tells us we've got to now - and take responsibility for whats going on in our lives. Choices made now matter.  

Its likely that some will be finding it hard to discern right from wrong;  confusion and wishful thinking (Neptune) can interfere now with clear decision making. Yet at the same time,  rational thinking is not enough. While not throwing out logic entirely, our choices must draw on our deeper intuition; endless fact-seeking wont solve this for you I'm afraid. And nether will your fantasies.

Some part of you already knows the answer to the questions you are asking. Do you want to swim in the sea of questions forever - or do you want to know? Sagittarius is the sign that bridges  belief into knowing - by giving us an expanded view and helping us tap into our higher self.



With our core  beliefs  under scrutiny (Saturn in Sagittarius), we need to challenge those internal authoritative voices (parents, teachers,society) with their pre-programmed ideas of what is "correct".  Are you able to admit that what you 'believe' is not necessarily true? Who told you that in the first place?  It's time to tap into our own inner authority and become the master of our own destiny.  

This Full Moon asks us to step up to the plate once again - and make concrete choices - based on the true wisdom of our own inner authenticity (Sagittarius) - rather than the limited ideas of the ego/conditioned mind (Gemini).  To get into alignment with our highest self means letting go of our limited self. Yikes!  Old doubts, old stories (Gemini) that aren't relevant any more will come to the surface to be released. It may not be readily discernible which ones are real and which are lies.

Sometimes it's hard to see the forest for the trees. Sometimes a forest is a good place to hide.
 


With Neptune creating confusion and uncertainty, and Saturn urging caution,  don't expect easy answers or quick fixes. Sometimes the right choice is not the easy one, or the one we want to hear.

 And, on top of everything else,  we have to do all this while negotiating with other people who are trying to figure out the same stuff! 

 Relationships are always more emphasised at Full Moons (opposites attract) and with Jupiter in Libra (love, harmony, relationships) that emphasis especially strong.   Our interactions with others bring out the best and the worst  of us.  If you want to see what your key issues are, your relationships will show you.


I'm not just talking romance - there are many types of relationships - although Venus, ruler of Libra, IS all about love. Jupiter has been in backward motion in Libra for several months now, and its turning around the very next day after this Full Moon is highly significant -  marking a majour turning point to any interpersonal issues you have been mulling over recently.  If you have felt held back lately - its time to begin moving forward again. That may involve making some difficult choices. Or, given the amount of letting go we've had to do over the last year, it may mean accepting the choices that have already been made.



Either way, wherever the Moon (19 degrees Sagittarius) lands in your chart  a big shift can occur (see tab at top of web page for 'Houses' - which show specific areas of focus) 

Overall-  an open door is beckoning (Full Moon in Sagittarius) and although some of us may hesitate to walk through  due to doubts (Saturn) or confusion (Neptune) - it is possible now to have the courage to move onward and upward into new  territory.  It is time to move through that doorway.





You know you want to!



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