Sunday, 22 April 2018

Happy Earth Day! 

The Sun is now in Taurus – the Earth Mother. The Moon is in Cancer- Water Mother. Both are calling us to mother ourselves and mother the earth . This is a perfect time to celebrate the planet we depend on for our very existence. 

Take some time to feel your feet upon the earth and thank her for her longstanding devotion to feeding us - housing us- holding onto us as we orbit around the Sun. Bless her with ritual and song and shower her with love and praises. Without her we do not exist (at least not in physical form).

 I don't have to tell you that planet earth – and we who live upon her  - are in the midst of  very powerful changes – partly due to natural cycles  – and partly due to human effects.

Astrologically- 2018 has been called the Year of Transformation. There are many levels to that – essentially it means diving deep- moving through more changes - shedding old skins - making room for new growth. 

Are we there yet?!

 There are some big shifts  coming over the next few months -  as several planets change signs or directions.

Chiron into Aries- Uranus into Taurus. Sun into Taurus. Venus into Gemini. Pluto turning backward. Jupiter retrograde in Scorpio. As always- there's a LOT going on.

Zooming in to this weekend - we could bump into some emotional tension - as the Moon in Cancer sets off planets sitting opposite in Capricorn (Pluto Mars Lilith). Cancer can be very emotional- while Capricorn is very dry and pragmatic (and not particularly sympathetic to Cancer's sensitive nature). Adding to this are  powerful and even violent influences have been affecting us over the last month. That intensity has mostly passed - but the Moon  is going to triggering them one last time.

There may be a tendency right now toward aggressiveness – confrontations - acting out. Control dramas arise as people vie for power. Emotions run high. This is the stuff of headaches. If you feel triggered by anger - rage - aggression- martial arts are a great release. Or anything that involves moving with force and intention to channel emotions in a positive manner. Nothing is better for this than digging in the garden.  Or drumming  - dancing – any kind of intense physical activity  can help channel the intensity.

I went out dancing tonight and it was just what the doctor ordered.

Taurus energy also activates our sensuality and sexuality -  providing another excellent way to move pent up energy. With Jupiter opposite Venus - love (or lust) is in the air! 

Beltane is coming up soon (May 1-5) - a time to celebrate our trusty- lusty side.  Why not start now?  Or take  a walk in nature to ground and soothe your frayed nerves. The snow is finally melting where  I live and I am so enjoying all the sweet smells of spring.

As we adapt to challenges,  and  learn to harness these intense forces, they  can help us blast through obstacles – as long as we are careful.  To Mars in Capricorn, challenges are character building. This fiery planet - if well directed-  can help us to break through obstacles . We just need to reign in our impulses and  act with integrity and purpose. 
No problemo!

Remember -  ‘Slow and steady wins the race.’     

Meanwhile - we can honour Gaii today by celebrating Earth Day,  and  thanking her for all she is giving us. We must commit to taking better care of her. Buy less plastic (or none at all). Recycle what we can. Avoid toxic chemicals. Eat organic. Ride a bike instead of drive .  It's the little things that count.

And while you do all that –  don't forget to take care of yourself. Nurture yourself. You can't take care of anybody or anything if you are not ok yourself.

 ‘As within – so without’.

A tree without deep roots is easily blown over.  
Find your root. Find your ground. Begin from there. 

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Sunday, 15 April 2018

New Moon in Aries Onward and Upward!

Every New Moon gives us the chance to press the reset button and begin again. This last month has been one of the most challenging time periods that we have been in for some time (and that's saying a LOT)  There’s been a feeling of intense internal pressure - causing both anxiety and discomfort - as old hurts and vulnerabilities rose to the surface.  What we are facing- and hopefully healing- are the unresolved emotional issues that have been affecting us on a deep soul level.  Although part of us knows this is something we must face in order to heal - the urge to avoid or escape has been tremendous. 

Today’s turbo charged New Moon in the fiery sign of Aries may be just the catalyst we need to finally shift out of whatever quagmire we've been stuck in. Thankfully- one of the worst Mercury retrogrades that I can remember in a long time - turns direct on Monday. Hurray and good riddance! 

A shift in attitude is about to become possible.  New information may come to light that helps us see things from a new angle.

Sometimes it's only when we let go of a problem and move to a new vantage point,  that we can see the solution. 

"All the greatest and most important problems are fundamentally unsolvable. They can never be solved, but only outgrown. This out growing proves on further investigation to be a new level of consciousness. Some higher or wider interest appears on the horizon, and the unsolvable problem loses its urgency, fades out when confronted with a new and stronger life urge." Carl Jung

Enter  Uranus-  Pluto -  Eris  - the shit disturbers of the 21st century! 
Its shake-up  and wake-up time again folks.

This New Moon is about breaking up stagnation. If you feel stuck in your  job, relationships, family- or have let yourself become hog tied by feelings of fear, guilt, regret -   this blast of energy can all of us forward in a big way. With Saturn  involved,  it  may mean growing up a little and taking responsibility for something that you've been avoiding. If you have been resisting change - it's coming  anyway. May as well hop on board!

Those uncomfortable emotions have been coming up over the last few weeks offer a  significant hint as to what it is you can now begin to release. And if you are noticing that there seem to be a lot of these fork in the road moments lately - that's because there are! This is a time of profound upheaval and change, where everything is in a constant state of flux. The only certainty at the moment is uncertainty! Better get used to it lol!

Saturn has been quite hard on us lately, stirring up our self- doubt and fear.  Some of us may have suffered  a crisis of faith (Chiron Pisces) , the deep confusion triggering a soul challenge of the highest order. It's possible now to  find the courage to shift  from fear to trust - as we learn when to push and when to let go.  Perhaps, as we undergo this stripping down  process,  we will finally discover who we really are underneath  the layers of disguise and conditioning.

And therein lies the healing. 

Wherever 26 degrees Aries falls in your chart (see houses tab at top of webpage) will indicate where radical change is about to enter in your life. Some sort of deep healing or new beginning is coming your way. If you have personal planets at 26 degrees - you are even more likely to experience these effects.

With Uranus (shock, change, awakening)  putting tremendous pressure on  my Sun (sense of self) I can vouch for that!! I am hanging onto the hope of a new beginning  -  after several years of challenging chronic pain and health issues I have sometimes felt like I cant take it anymore. And that is usually when something begins to shift.

If you have a birthday from the 15th to 21st of any month- and particularly Aries Libra Cancer Capricorn- you may know exactly what I mean.

 But there is hope! A beautiful aspect between Neptune Jupiter and Venus brings blessings of love, beauty and joy. Venus in Taurus brings us self love and nurturing. Neptune in Pisces adds compassion and empathy, forgiveness and redemption. Jupiter in Scorpio brings the ability to transform the self.

 When the two lights - Sun and Moon - join in a sign - they merge  in what is called the Sacred Marriage. With the alchemy of this merger so powerful at this time - we must set our intentions wisely. There's an impatience and reactivity in the air (Uranus, Mars, Eris) that could potentially  trip us up.  Sometimes we can be our own worst enemies.  Try to remain focused and clear on the road ahead.

 A man and woman who were given three wishes. He was hungry - so he impulsively wished for a sausage. His wife got so mad at his waste of a wish - she wished it was hanging from the end of his nose. He had no choice but to use the last wish to remove the sausage from his nose - and they went back to their normal life having gained nothing.

Don't do that.


Saturday, 7 April 2018

Little by LIttle You'll Get There

This weekend the mood is focused, determined, serious. With Moon in Capricorn,  the pressure to hunker down and  get real about what we want to accomplish leaves no room for sentimentality. Emotions-schmotions! There are mountains to climb!

 It's not been an easy climb. Obstacles abound! Maybe you're tired and hungry or just  fed up with all the obstructions;  you just want things to  be smooth for a change. Don't worry- as the energy continues to shift, room will be created  for positive flow. Get  your seeds ready for planting. Prepare the ground. 

Oh darn-   the ground is still frozen (at least where I live). Sigh. It will hopefully be thawing soon. 

I know not everyone lives in the great white north as I do - some of you are in Florida or Spain - or some other lovely place where the sun is beating down and the ground is hot to the touch. Sigh. The grass is always greener (literally) lol. 

I feel like the ground hog  who sees her shadow and crawls back into the ground for 6 more weeks of rest and hibernation.  I know that was 2 months ago - but I feel like I am still hibernating - even my car doesn't want to go anywhere.

Wherever you are - take this as a metaphor. Things are beginning to shift. New energy is coming in. The Sun (conscious awareness) will gradually get higher in the sky - and the air will begin to warm.  As the  literal or symbolic winter  slowly releases its hold  on us,  spring breezes carry the promise of  change, expansion and freedom.

In between - the hard stuff.

There's always hard stuff.

 Mars' impatience   can trigger  overreactions.  Arguments. Accidents.  Watch your step. Monitor  your speed.  Sometimes obstacles are there for a reason. Have respect for no-go zones.

What comes out of our mouths right now can get us into trouble (Mercury Mars).

 Saturn is about how we deal with rules and restrictions. It wants us to grow up  and deal with the physical world of  time - limitations - challenges - structures.  It pushes us to focus - mature - take responsibility for our life.  If you are feeling thwarted, blocked, frustrated -  see if you can find a way to make that work for you. Even if its one step forward  and two steps back - at least you're trying. Much can be accomplished when we take things step by step. 

Limitations are troublesome, but they are effective. If we live economically 
in normal times, we are prepared for times of want. To be sparing saves us 
from humiliation. Limitations are also indispensable in the regulation of 
world conditions. In nature there are fixed limits for summer and winter, 
day and night, and these limits give the year its meaning. In the same way, 
economy, by setting fixed limits upon expenditures, acts to preserve property 
and prevent injury to the people.
But in limitation we must observe due measure. If a man should seek to 
impose galling limitations upon his own nature, it would be injurious. And 
if he should go too far in imposing limitations on others, they would 
Therefore it is necessary to set limits even upon limitation.

In other words- don't be too hard on yourself. Or others. Leave a little slack or the rope will break. 

Venus in Taurus will help with that. Nothing wrong with a little self indulgence! What harm can a bit of chocolate do?  Find someone to cuddle up with - or get out in nature and feel yourself soothed by her grounding influence. There's always a good book to be read  and a glass of wine to be enjoyed.

Everything is part of a cycle; like the Moon waxes and wanes- so too things speed up and slow down. Every breath teaches us to find our own rhythm.

 Taurus is slow and steady. It knows Rome wasn't built in a day .  So - relax. Take a step back. Don't sweat the small stuff. You will rise again! Spring will come.

And if that Capricorn Moon/Mars combo wont let you sit idle - find something constructive to do , within the situation you find yourself in. 

"When fishermen can't go fishing- they mend their nets. "

Venus in Taurus is about pleasure. Whatever you do - enjoy it.  

You know you want to :)

Monday, 2 April 2018

Unwinding the Full Moon

Blue Moon. You saw me standing alone. 
Without a hope in my heart. 
Without a Love of my own.

Blue Moon.
You knew just what I was there for.
You saw me saying a prayer for.
Somebody that I could care for.

If Saturn's melancholic mood effected you over the weekend (Blue Moon/Full Moon) - you can now breathe a sigh of relief. Change is coming. Things are shifting. 

"All will be well. All manner of things will be well." Julian of Norwich
Julian of Norwich by David Holgate
Over the past week or so,  a rather tense and  uneasy atmosphere (Mars/Saturn) saw  many of us slogging  through countless  challenges and reality checks. Have you been taking two steps back for every one step  forward? If you have been feeling stressed or frustrated   – or like you've been driving with the brakes on (Mars Saturn) - the worst of it comes to a peak today – and will gradually  lighten and shift by the end of the week.

The Full Moon in Libra has pushed some of us to a breaking point,  as it brought  to a head  the highly sensitive energies  that began fermenting at the  New Moon in Pisces two weeks ago. As inner wounds and vulnerabilities (Chiron) bubble to the surface – a  challenging t-square configuration  has put huge stress into an already touchy atmosphere. Some of us sailed through it without a scratch - others were not so lucky. 

It's been a break down or  break through kind of weekend.

Oftentimes, it takes a crisis to get us to shift.  So although things have been rather uncomfortable, we are again being  provided with the opportunity to examine our deeper issues (just in case you haven't been doing that already lol). You know- the cracks  where the light gets in...

Translated to “golden joinery,” Kintsugi (or Kintsukuroi, which means “golden repair”) is the centuries-old Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with a special lacquer dusted with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. Beautiful seams of gold glint in the cracks of ceramic ware, giving a unique appearance to the piece.

This repair method celebrates each artifact's unique history by emphasizing its fractures and breaks instead of hiding or disguising them. Kintsugi often makes the repaired piece even more beautiful than the original, revitalizing it with new life."

Libra helps us to find the beauty in those cracks - as we face the parts of us that need care and healing. Finding the 'gold in the shadow' is a term used by Jungians to describe the powerful process of digging into our dark corners to extract the gift.  

Ever since Jupiter entered Scorpio, the sh*t has been hitting  the fan,  (as if it wasn't already lol),  and as the world spins more and more out of control - we are being asked to both save the planet - and at the same time-  save ourselves. If that seems like a tall order - it is! The first step- and the middle step - and the last step - is  that by doing  deep emotional work  - we can become healed and whole.  That means facing our anger, and feeling our pain. Overwhelm and shut down are a natural response, although that method is probably not going to help.

 Full Moons amplify our emotions, often triggering confrontations with other people;   misunderstandings result from the hurt feelings coming to the surface. A lot of the internal angst  being mirrored in our relationships with others (Libra) and   manifesting in the world at large, comes from inside of us. The intense polarization  online and in the media seem to be reflected in all our interpersonal communication, and vice versa. 

'As within so without'. 

It can get very tricky -  people tend to lash out when they feel threatened or vulnerable.  Watch out for knee jerk reactions or defensive stances. Find some compassion(Neptune in Pisces). Try and see the other point of view (Libra). Listen rather than judge. (Mercury vs Saturn)

Libra (Moon) is all about finding love, harmony and balance – she wants everyone to be get along. On the other side of the equation- Sun in Aries (god of war)   is impatient and aggressive and  always revving up for a challenge. The resulting aggro -  made worse by Mars/Saturn - has resulted in stress and strife for everyone within striking range. If you got stuck in any of this - the best advice I could give is try and stay out of it.  Duck! 

 Hehe. A sense of humour helps as well!

If you've been working at cross purposes – with yourself – or with others- now is the time to take a step back and reflect and review (Mercury Retrograde). We are now at the midpoint of the retrograde period-  we are already halfway there.  Use this time to re evaluate what you have been thinking and saying.  The two key issues up for review right now are anger (Mars) and judgement (Saturn).  Can you see where these are helping or hindering the process of healing? Are you stirring the pot - or sharing the soup?
With Venus now cuddled up at home in  Taurus, helps us to relax , read a good book, eat a good meal, take some time out from the battle. Venus wants us to see that, even in the midst of the craziness, there is much to be thankful for (even if it doesn't always look like it). There are always small things to that we can count as blessings.  And even big things :)

 Remember  that everything is temporary; much of the mud that we've been mired in will soon come out in the wash. Clarity is on its way to you.

Toward that end,  the Moon, now in Scorpio,  is giving us x-ray vision that we can use to investigate the underlying sources of  conflict. Please don't use your enhanced vision to judge people. Instead, use it to get a better understanding of why they are doing what they are doing.  Or - why you are. It’s all too easy to see other's mistakes; it takes a bigger person to see into the heart of a person. 

Try it – you’ll like it.  
You know you want to.

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Friday, 16 March 2018

New Moon in Pisces - New Moment - New Choice

Today is a New Moon in Pisces. The sacred union of masculine (sun) and feminine (moon)- is a seed time- a creative impulse that moves us forward. This is when we set our intentions for the coming month. As we are at the very end of Pisces- and about to leap forward  into Aries/Spring- our intentions will propel us into the new Astrological year. Aries is about initiative and action. It's get up and go go go.

But were not quite there yet. First we have some healing to do.

The Sun and Moon  joined together with Chiron to create a profoundly transformative  event. It may occur as a healing crisis - as whatever is wounded rises to the surface. Tension with Mars has recently  been stirring up frustrations, aggravation, difficulty. Anger- impatience and our need to be right may have caused some interpersonal stresses. Water is about emotion - which can be sometimes overwhelming  and uncomfortable.

It's possible to use the fluidity of Pisces to dive deep- overcome our impatience - tune into the divine joy inherent in Pisces energy. If you are fretting about something that you cannot control- time to let that shit go!

I've spoken of Chiron before - he was a centaur who taught and trained  the greek warriors - Hercules- Achilles etc. He was accidentally wounded by a poison arrow -  and as he searched for what would heal his wound - he developed powerful healing skills and methods.

Wherever Chiron is in our chart shows where we are extra vulnerable and where deep healing can occur. It's a bit like the squeaky wheel syndrome-  it gets the grease - i.e.  it is where we focus.  People usually have healing gifts in the area of their Chiron. Those issues that niggle at us and never seem to resolve are the very areas that we grow and learn most, and through that growth can eventually help others to learn and grow. I find it kind of ironic that where we feel the most inadequate is where we can often be of service to others.

Let the healing waters wash everything clean.

In Pisces - the focus is on our core wound/illusion of separation from source.  Sometimes in the thick of all the daily busy-ness- or the crazing stuff going on in the world,   god- source- divine love (whatever you want to call it) - might seem a million miles away. Or non existent.

This New Moon calls us to feel - and heal - that core sadness and celebrate our perfect imperfectness.  Thus may feel a little squirmy- as we hold the tension between our need to feel deeply and the equal urge to run away from pain.

Just Breathe into it . One breath at a time.

Pisces lessons are around trust, faith, humility, compassion.  Surrender is a big one. Sometimes there are things that we just do not or cannot control. As the Sun shines a light onto our hidden most places, lets remember that we are all wounded or fragile in some area of our life. We are all trying. We are all human.   "We are all just walking each other home." Ram Dass

Ring the bells (ring the bells) that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in      
(L Cohen)

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