Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Wolf Moon- Full Moon Eclipse Jan 20/21st

On January 20-21,  people in NA, Northern Europe and the Arctic will be treated to a lunar eclipse. It will occur in NA just after midnight EST - on the night of  the 20th, and in Uk, Europe and around 5-6 am UT on Jan 21st. Earths shadow will begin moving across the surface of the Moon at 9:36 p.m. EST.(4:36 am UT) and will be officially Full at 12:16 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, 7:16 am UT.

This Full Moon is called the Wolf Moon by aboriginal cultures, representing wolves that howled with hunger outside the villages in the dark of winter. Here in Canada wolves still roam, and if you've ever heard their mournful call - you know how beautiful and powerful it can be.

This is our second eclipse of the year – we already had a partial Solar Eclipse on Jan 5-6. We are now in the portal between eclipses – where everything is turning and shifting and morphing.

The New Moon represents the end of one cycle and the beginning of a new cycle. A Full Moon is a peak in the New Moon energy. It is said that a  New Moon influence lasts approximately  four weeks,  but a Solar Eclipse lasts about six months.

In this time between eclipses - something old  is being released and something new is coming into being. There is now a pause, an interval, a liminal space - in which we are nether here nor there. Its good to go slow right now and hold back from making commitments or plans as we move through this non linear energy field.

That doesn’t mean we are not meant to be focusing on the year ahead- Saturn presence at the New Moon solar eclipse Jan 5/6 was all about commitment and focus. But it also represents prudence and caution, and the need to stay grounded and contained. It it feels like you are being held back; patience grasshopper - all will come to pass.

Links to the nodes of the Moon by Uranus, the Awakener -  brings a fated feeling as  our destinies seem to unfold at an amplified rate. It feels like we are being   thrust forward at mach speed – and at the same time blockages may be coming at us just as quickly, increasing the need to stay anchored and steady. Intuition is peaking right now -  messages await  if we listen carefully and  use this high frequency to tune into our higher self.  Uranus is the higher mind,  Neptune links us to our soul and our imagination, and Jupiter brings an urge to expand and explore.  All are highly active now and pushing us out of our normal frames of reference as we dive into the unknown. 

This is  a time of both creation and manifestation; our minds and our intentions are particularly powerful now.  Yet without the necessary prudence, all will be for naught. Step by step – steady as she goes! Yadayadayada!

What a powerful way to begin the New Year! Even though the Gregorian calendar is rather arbitrary – not being based on natural cycles – because we are all tuned into the change of date/year (can you believe its 2019!) we are all visioning the year ahead,  setting intentions,  making plans and setting long term goals.  

These two eclipses increase this impetus for visioning forward, though it's not exactly business as usual.  I don't have to tell you that the whole world is topsy-turvey right now – which makes it hard to make plans or be sure of anything. Yet we now, courtesy of the two eclipses,  have access to untapped resources of creativity,  imagination and intuition, as well as a promise of more solid footing to move forward with. As the creator of your own story - what will you write for yourself this year?

The New Moon, Partial Solar eclipse on Jan 5/6 occurred in the middle of  practical earth sign Capricorn.  Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn dominated-   emphasizing responsibility, rules and authority, governments, parents, structures, duties. These are not the most glamourous aspects of life - yet without some sort of structure or container,  everything would fall apart. Look to see where house the middle of Capricorn is in in your chart (astro.com) , to see where you were being asked to wo/man up and take some serious thought to what you want to manifest,  and where your ego (Sun) might be getting in the way of you accomplishing the tasks at hand.Eclipses ask us to let go of something- Sun indicates it is ego related. 

The  lunar eclipse is at the 1st degree of fiery, confident (and somewhat self centered) Leo. When you combine enthusiasm and drive of Leo with the pragmatic down to earth skills of Saturn - anything is possible. Look to the beginning of Leo in your chart to see where this glorious Full Moon energy is lighting your way forward. The ‘house’ (see link at top of webpage)  indicates where you need to let go of old blockages so you can start to see your way forward.

 Transits (planets in current sky) tend to have the strongest effect when they occur near planets or the angles  in our chart - the top and bottom , left and right midpoint of chart representing Home (IC), Career (MC), Self (Asc) and other Desc). These, plus the planets, are considered the most important areas to look at - and I would also include the nodes of the Moon (destiny points)

If nothing significant in your chart links up with the Eclipse degrees- you may not notice anything at all (besides the awesome beauty of a lunar eclipse that is).  This is how astrology works – it is sacred geometry based on resonances and harmonics between the heavenly spheres. The moment you were born – certain patterns existed in the sky between the planets  - and that became your own personal piece of celestial music.  Each time a planet moves close to those energetic imprints (planetary placements)  - they strike a chord and emphasize the planets and areas(houses)  they occur in.  Sometimes the chords are harmonious- sometimes discordant;  either way,  where they visit in your chart shows where something of note is going to be taking place. Its all about patterns...

The key words for the Jan 5/6 eclipse were patience, discipline (Saturn)  and change /transformation (Pluto). Plus expansion (Jupiter), imagination and creativity (Neptune).  

This Sunday’s Full Moon/Lunar eclipse brings in the generousity and warmth of Leo – the Lion- rules by the Sun- who wants to shine its light in the world. We are again being called to awaken to who we really are. It is our destiny  to cast off the false masks we have been wearing to fit into this dysfunctional world, and step into our own skin. This is the time to claim your sovereignty- be your own authentic self. If we don't value ourself - we can never value each other.

It's time to work together collectively  to shift things in a more positive direction.  It's interesting that the Wolf is symbolic of individuality (lone wolf) and leadership (Leo traits) as well as being a pack animal (Aquarius).  

I am he as you are (s)he as you are me and we are all together (Beatles- I am the walrus)

If  times are dark - perhaps it is your light that is missing. 


Monday, 31 December 2018

Keeping the Dream Alive!

Mars in Pisces : The Power of Soulful Self Transformation 

Mars has just entered the last degree of Pisces, a point that marks the last degree of the zodiac- the final phase of the 360 steps (degrees) of transformation. 

“This is the Omega point, the end of the end of the old year where we prepare for the beginning of the new, as symbolized by the first degree of Aries”

Mars represents passion and action arising from our will and ego drives. Pisces represents our dreams, our soul creativity  and our imagination. 

Mars at this last degree of Pisces therefore represents the manifestation of our dreams and ideals - based on our “alignment to eternal reality.” (Robert Wilkinson)

Key words: Soulful Self Integrity  - Discernment - Imagination- Compassion

“This is the energetic principle around and permeating affirmations, meditation, chanting various mantras, the power of "positive thinking," and every principle offered in the movie on the not-so-secret "Secret." (Willkenson) 

If you build it they will come!

Happy New Year! 🎈 

Friday, 21 December 2018

Winter soltice - Full Moon

The Winter Solstice is occurring RIGHT NOW -  Friday Dec 21st at  5:23 p.m. EST - 10:23 UT.

The Moon is loquacious air sign Gemini -  sign of the mind - communication -   and a multiplicity of views. The Sun is now slipping from Sagittarius into earthy Capricorn - sign of the father/authority/govt's etc - and symbolized by the  rugged mountain goat that seeks to climb the highest mountain.

Interesting that Capricorn symbol has a fishy tail- hinting that behind its stoic appearance,  it is a deeply emotional sign.

Tomorrow there will be a Full Moon in the Sign of Cancer - the more outwardly emotional water sign representing the mother -  our family roots - and emotional nurturing environment of the Moons natural abode.  Cancer and Capricorn represent the mother /father archetypes - and point to our family patterns and ancestral lineages.

The Winter Solstice is a time to pause and retreat - as we look back over the year just passed. It is time to connect to our roots - as we patiently wait for the light to return - and prepare for the year to come.

On this longest night /shortest day of the year - the Sun appears to hover at it lowest point in the sky for four days - then by Dec 25th- the daylight will begin to imperceptible  increase day by day. Hurray for the Return of the Light!

Sun in Capricorn represents a time for harnessing our resources and focusing on your attention on that which furthers your personal goals. Tomorrow's Full Moon in Cancer emphasizes our need for emotional nurturing and the importance of our close sense of kinship with others. 

So find your tribe - get  connected to your roots - and focus your attention on the light on the horizon. It is calling you forward toward your next adventure.

Inward - onward and upward we go! Hey Ho! 

I'm off to meditate on this Solstice Moment.

(I will return to say a bit more about this years  Winter Solstice and Cancer Full Moon.  Stay tuned to a blog near you!)


Thursday, 13 December 2018

Healing the Sacred Wound

Tension today between the Sun (vitality) and Chiron (Wounded Healer) shines a light on our  tender and vulnerable places. There's a possibility now of renewal and deep healing through acknowledgment of concealed trauma.

Chiron aspects make us more aware of the healing potential that comes through facing our wounds and working through them. The planets are reminding us that it is possible to transform the painful past  into a positive future.

positive link between Moon (emotions) and Venus (love) will aid us in our healing - by reminding us of the beauty and love that lie deep within us. Yet we must keep in mind that Moon in Pisces can be both escapist as well as transcendent. Be careful of a tendency for spiritual bypass - which means to “bypass the reality of their suffering in favour of a spiritualized explanation”

  “The order of the signs runs Cancer-->Scorpio-->Pisces.  That is to say, being in the emotional body first (Moon/Cancer), then entering and confronting suffering deeply (Mars-Pluto/Scorpio), and then - acceptance and recognition of a larger context (Jupiter-Neptune/Pisces).  

“So frequently there's a desire to go the other direction (Cancer-->Pisces) and prematurely transcend -- which seems to come from a deep psychic fear that if I let myself feel how awful that was then once again no one will be there to help me with it.  

That child who suffered needs someone to say “that looks like it was fucking awful and I hear you and that was not okay.” (Jason Holley/ Astrolger/Psychotherapist)

 There was a New Moon last week (Dec6th)  - signifying the new beginnings that come with a fresh lunar cycle. Jupiter’s expansive nature continues to add a sense of possibility - even as we tiptoe through minefields. 

There’s been some very odd energy recently -  sometimes it feels as if Mercury is still retrograde ( even though it is now direct - it is still making up lost ground).  Maybe that’s it/ plus a Neptune influence has been  creating confusion and obfuscation. 

Be gentle (Moon/Pisces) yet  honest with yourself  (Sun/Sagittarius) -  keep tuning into your inner wisdom (Jupiter /Sag) and remember - it’s all a theatre and we the players. 

The winter solstice is just around the corner - we will soon be celebrating the return of the light! 

Saturday, 1 December 2018

What we Focus on Grows

Relationships continue to be at the forefront of change and revision (which literally means to re- vision something - to see it in a new way). Venus - planet of love-opposite Uranus - planet of sudden change and awakening - means we will continue to be surprised by unexpected arrivals and departures.

If sudden gains or losses have shaken your relationships or your finances - you  now have the opportunity to reinvent yourself - as Venus retraces her steps back through Libra and Scorpio. With Venus sitting exactly opposite Uranus (sudden change, insights, shifts in awareness) for the second time in a few months-  changes or surprises can still be expected. Yet we are no longer in Venus retrograde - so the focus is now on forward movement. What was lost can be regained - or re-visioned/re-invented.

When one door closes - another one opens.

Today's Moon in Libra heightens our feelings around personal relationships. Libra craves beauty, love, harmony, connection. Saturn, on the other hand, is lurking in the corner (Moon square Saturn) - trying to convince us we don't deserve the love and beauty we seek. Yet we really do - 'cause its already inside of us!

 Luckily - Sun /Jupiter together in Sagittarius continues to buoy our spirits and help us see the bigger picture. The more we experience and express our joy- the more we will attract it. Jupiter in Sagittarius brings out the adventurer in us- the part of us who wants to learn and grow and see the greater world. 

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

This part of us is seeking the true meaning of life. It says - don't sweat the small stuffThat doesn't mean to avoid or deny our difficulties; just try to balance them with a bit of optimism. 

Is the cup half full or half empty?

Mercury's retrograde motion is now in the shadowy sign of Scorpio - the land of desire and taboos and all things secret or hidden - so we can't deny our shadow stuff,  even if we want to. But we can try to keep things in perspective. There's an element of wistful,  dreamy longing now (Jupiter /Neptune) that is easily disappointed when our fantasies don't pan out.

The Moon in Libra (balance and beauty) today will help us  even out extremes - by finding the middle way between grieving our losses and visioning new possibilities. New horizons beckon.

 Mercury turns direct next week - just before a New Moon in Sagittarius. New possibilities are seeded with every thought - every prayer - every intention. Remember- what you focus on grows!

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Truth or Lies - in the Aftermath of a Powerful and Playful Full Moon

Truth or lies?

The Full Moon on Thurs/Fri  was in Gemini - Gemini who likes to talk and know stuff. Lots of stuff. All about the details... the minutiae - the day to day.  Easily distracted- highly social- super brainiac. A bit of a trickster.

Sun / Jupiter opposite are more about the big picture. The big,   BIG picture. The TRUTH - PURPOSE and MEANING of life. Also- the Know - it - All. (ephasis on All)

Both were/are being challenged by Neptune in Pisces - the liar - the obfuscator (blurrer of reality) - the dreamer. They still are.  Mars is also in there stirring up trouble - anger- irritation. Watch out for extreme reactions.  Misunderstandings. Upsets. Although the Full Moon brought these to a head- they are still in play. This is ggreat for grand adventures - or getting a wonderful fantasy book published- or creating some stunning art or music.

Not so good for dealing solidly with day to day matters. Reality. There remains a strong possibility of  shocks / delays/surprises/confusion - missed aptts or communicstions - misunderstood agreements - downright lies and deciept. Mercury retrograde can turn things up-side-down - the Sun-Jupiter-Neptune exgerations just add to the mayhem. Surrender required.

I had a big one a few days ago with my car mechanic: misunderstood outcomes/costs resulting in   big blow-up - not fun dealing with an irrate,out of control person with huge anger issues (Mars)  - and all due to lousy communication (Merc. retro).  Pluto (power/control) moving opposite my Sun (self) while Uranus (upsets) still squares it - is bringing me lots of these encounters. Help!!

 Only solution - duck!!

Hehe And always keep your sense of homour.

Today retrograde Mercury is sitting exactly on the  Sun and Jupiter connection in Sagittarius. Sun Jupiter will: exaggerate - expand - increase. There's a strong chance today that more than one person will get caught with foot-in-mouth disease. You will overshoot - over promise- over describe. Dont do that (if you can help it)

(Bizarrely - my son- who has a ton of Sag in his chart- actually has Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease right now - a virus which is not fun. Not the same thing, but strangely in line with this astrology).

Sag is a great story teller. The big fish that got away. A little exaggeration never hurt anyone. But - not  so great if you are meeting with your boss and debriefing over a failed project. Or testifying in court. Or talking to your lover about important issues.

Big message?  Tell the truth!

They say Justice is blind? (Sagittarius and Jupiter are linked to justice/courts.legal matters). Ifyou are dealing with any kind of litigation- good luck with that! Seriously - just pay attention and keep your cool. its all in the details. Sun Jupiter say the truth will out in the end. (hopefully)

Fake news has become a standard in the media and in politics. Maybe it always was- only now we are hyper aware of it- thanks to DT. Interestingly-  he has a form of this aspect in his chart. Permanently! Why is that not a surprise?!   (Sun Gemini Mercury square Neptune.) His Leo rising and Moon in Sag need to BIG everything up. BIG EGO. Mercury Neptune square blurs the line between fact or fiction. A great imagination!! A distorted sense of self/ reality!

So let that be a warning to all of us:  Watch your ego. Try not to 'over promise - under deliver'. Watch out for silly arguments where the facts are unclear. And even if you think they are clear - and that you are in the right - try and meet the other personhalfway. Try not to be all-knowing. A little humility never hurt anyone. And don't forget to question everything. Absolutely everything!

And if the mail is late -  don't worry- it will get there eventually (I spent hours trying to track a package sent weeks ago - emails disappeared - the package disappeared- theres a mail strike on where I live). Sigh.

The serenity prayer helps:

Please give me the SERENITY to ACCEPT 
the things I cannot change,The COURAGE to CHANGE the things I can
AND The WISDOM to KNOW the difference.

Sun in Jupiter is very playful and also brings good luck! As long as you check yourself for  overconfidence - you'll be ok. You might even be pleasantly surprised. Expect the unexpected - drive carefully- keep your mouth shut and your hat on - and have fun!

You know you want to!

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Full Moon Gemini

I’ve got a longer post coming - but it’s not quite ready. So I thought I’d send out a few keywords for today’s slightly over-the-top Full Moon in Gemini.

Expect potentially expensive, expansive, explosive,  indulgent, confusing, potentially misleading, highly social, highly opinionated, hugely overrated, totally inflated, fun, mayhem and mix ups! 

The task at hand in this exaggerated energy field is to get grounded - find your centre - and stay there! Let me know how that goes!!

Key word: Gratitude!