Friday, 16 October 2020

New Moon- New Moment (sort of)

The New Moon in Libra today brings another chance to press the reset button. Someone online called it a "fresh start with our old baggage."  Haha! That's kind of what this whole year is about, as all our past karma gets dredged up and thrown in our face. Sorry,  I know its not really funny, but if we can see that this madness is in fact a karmic reckoning - perhaps we will do the work of sorting ourself out and facing our own sh*t. Avoidance is futile!!

Every month there's a New Moon in the next sign - flowing around the zodiac wheel and showing the progression of energy around a repeating cycle or circle. Around and around we go- hopefully learning something new with every passing. At this time last year many astrologers were putting out warnings about 2020, and though no one really knew what form the shake-up would take, we knew it was coming.


 
So here we are,  trying to maintain some sort of equilibrium as things get rattled and shook from every direction.  Libra is all about balance, harmony, and love ~ which gets  tricky when you’re being poked and prodded from all sides. With the Sun and Moon opposite warrior Mars and his crazy sister Eris, and  at right angles to the Capricorn Crunch (Saturn Jupiter Pluto)  things are extremely volatile, even with Libras soothing presence.

All of  these powerful planets facing off against each other at the beginning of a new cycle tells us that the  coming month promises to continue to be both unstable and volatile. Any Libran attempt at balance or holding the tension will require our A-game: Awake. Aware. Alert. 
 
Find your center ~ and stay there!

 

Despite these dire warnings, the New Moon can bring new energy and fresh starts to our relationships, as long as are willing to let go of whatever is causing us problems (a new look at old baggage). It’s so easy to fall into unconscious patterns with those we are close to; ironically they are often the people we take our most unconscious sh*t out on. Saturn says we need to do the inner work on ourself, via Mercury retrograde in Scorpio... if we hope to learn how to be with another. This may bring up old wounds and secrets that need to be released into the light of day. The more we hold onto stuff the heavier we feel. So this karmic blast can be a freeing from old stuck stuff and an opening for better communication and better connections. Whatever you're holding onto ~  
Let it go- let it go.

 
Mercury Retrograde will turn us back on ourself- we can use the next few weeks to review and reflect on whatever  is coming up. With Mercury and Mars retrograde things will be slowed down and upside down (like they haven't been all year lol). Just more of it.

Control dramas are high on the agenda, as are brooding resentments or secret judgements (all the realm of Scorpio). It's easy to be overly hurtful with words right now - you may feel jarred, shocked or surprised by what someone is revealing. If there is something simmering below the surface- this is a time that it may bow sky high!  Uranus the Awakener can hit us like a lightning bolt to shock us awake,  or send us into fight, flight, or freeze. Self care in essental in stressful times.
 
There's  a beautiful grand trine fluidity between two of the more sublime planets (Venus Jupiter) and Uranus -  which promise moments of  peace, beauty, grace - joy - even in the midst of the madness. 
 
That's where I wanna be :)
 

 
Staying  grounded is so important right now.  Walk in nature, feet on ground, do yoga or dance like no one is watching - whatever helps you shake off tension and reconnect to your body.  Allow the breath - your most constant companion - to bring you back to yourself. This whole year is so destabilizing - its going to take all of our inner resources to rise above petty differences and find the gold in the shadow.

You know you want to...
 


	
		
		
	
	
		

I Ching #5 WAITING.

If you are sincere,
You have light and success.
Perseverance brings good fortune.
It furthers one to cross the great water.

Waiting is not mere empty hoping. It has the inner certainty of reaching thegoal. Such certainty alone gives that light which leads to success. This leads to the perseverance that brings good fortune and bestows power to cross the great water.

One is faced with a danger that has to be overcome. Weakness
and impatience can do nothing. Only a strong person can stand up to her fate, for her inner security enables her to endure to the end. This strength shows itself in uncompromising truthfulness [with ourself]. It is only when we have the courage to face things exactly as they are, without any sort of self-deception or illusion, that a light will develop out of events, by which the path to success may be recognized.

This recognition must be followed by resolute and persevering action. For only the one who goes to meet her fate resolutely is equipped to deal with it adequately. Then she will be able to cross the great water--that is to say, she will be capable of making the necessary decision and of surmounting the danger.

Clouds rise up to heaven:
The image of WAITING.
Thus the superior man eats and drinks, Is joyous and of good cheer.

When clouds rise in the sky, it is a sign that it will rain. There is nothing to do but to wait until after the rain falls. It is the same in life when destiny is at work. We should not worry and seek to shape the future by interfering in

things before the time is ripe. We should quietly fortify the body with food and drink and the mind with gladness and good cheer.

Fate comes when it will, and thus we are ready.

Saturday, 3 October 2020

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Happy Harvest Moon!
Did you see the juicy ripe Moon last night? This is the time of year when farmers pull in their crops. What are you harvesting in your life? Are you feeling abundant or a victim (of circumstance)? Are you finding something positive in the midst of this crazy sh*t storm called  2020?! I hope so. There is a saying in Jungian therapy - about finding the gold in the shadow. We should all be bloody rich by now lol. 
 
 
I'm afraid the intensity is going to continue until the end of the year,  and it looks like October is especially pressurized. The month opens and ends on a Full Moon (so there will be a Blue Moon for Halloween) with the first one (yesterday) conjunct Chiron - wounded Healer) and the Blue Moon on Oct 31st conjunct Uranus - the Awakener!  Mars is retrograde through November and will be in great tension with Saturn Jupiter and Pluto (some call these the Covid Clump!). Mars square Saturn is like driving with the breaks on and Mercury  retrograde in mid Oct. promises more chaos and confusion!  
 
There have been  majour retrogrades (Mars Saturn Jupiter Pluto) since March 2020 that are in the process of  shifting and all will be direct by the end of the year. Retrogrades turn us back on ourselves; this has certainly been a year for that! It feels like the whole world has been stood still (for good or ill) -  a time for self reflection and evaluation as the pattern of how we do life gets shaken up (so we waken up).
 
The winds of disruption will continue to blow so hold onto your hats!
 

A majour theme of this Full Moon is around Chiron ~ the wounded healer. Chiron in Aries is about healing a damaged sense of self, rooted in our childhood and/or our relationship to our mother (moon). The archetypal mother-wound is a deep chasm we often avoid for fear of falling in. This is a time for self-healing through facing the hurts of the past - to clear the way for a better future. Aries can be feisty and impatient.... but right now we must tread carefully. Gently ~ gently does it at this time of deep vulnerability.  Hidden memories that come up now might be around anger (Mars) or self esteem (Chiron) or lack of nurturing (Moon). 
 
(If you have Sun Moon or Aries rising around 8 - 12 degrees- you'll be really feeling this one).

“It is important to move past the resentment caused by early wounding into a more conscious and compassionate reconciliation with the walled off parts of your own nature. Therefore, deep psychological work of some variety is strongly indicated. Once you have begun to make conscious the pain and alienation surrounding events from the long-buried past, you can begin to truly help others as well as yourself. A creative side of your nature may emerge for the first time.Time Passages
 

 
If the Full Moon in Aries  brings up some delicate feelings,  take some time to gently self-soothe - through music - nature - touch- meditation - whatever helps you regulate your connection to yourself.  Trauma caused a dis-regulation of our system when we were too young to know what was happening. Now it’s time to get support and learn to self-parent. There are many new modalities emerging around healing trauma these days - we don't have to try and do this alone. At the same time - the first step must be ours.
 
"On a personal level, these times are calling us to cultivate our inner gardens, our own inner resources, and our abilities to self-soothe and heal.
We are learning to listen and trust the truth inside us." 
Mystic Mamma

We are being forced to slow down and  look at what needs attending to.  When we come from our unconscious wounds we are often blind to how we affect others. Hurt people hurt people. We have been compensating for so much internal pain - so much easier to grab onto a cause and  jump into action -  much easier than actually feeling the pain. We can do that for a while,  but things everywhere are so intense that everything brings up our stuff.  Eventually we have to feel what is not always comfortable to feel.  Breathe into it - lean into it. You can do this. You might want to look at authority issues (Saturn Jupiter Pluto in Capricorn) - or trust issues - both are intricately rooted  in our early experience of parental care. We have to be our own parents now.

 

 Then there is the Mars retrograde. Mars is  the energy that drives us forward, and in retrograde motion it throws us back on ourselves. And on top of that a tense angle to Saturn is blocking forward movement - which be very frustrating. The planet of lessons and obstructions can activate guilt, depression, negativity... as well as determination.  Mars wants us to look at what we want, what we desire, and how we go about getting it. 
 
 Yo, I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want.
So, tell me what you want, what you really really want.
I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want.
So, tell me what you want, what you really really want.
("Wannabe" - Spice Girls) 

And when we don't get what we want - we can throw temper tantrums. Or sulk. Or get depressed. Or we can find a new way of doing things.  If you're having trouble getting it together,  use this time to sort yourself out.   'When fishermen cant go fishing, they mend their nets.'  
 
See if there are holes in your net.  Wherever the  Moon Chiron Aries Full Moon conjunction is  in your chart - will show where you self sabotage and also where there is a possibility of deep healing. Mars Saturn can be frustrating but can also give us the determination to see things through. Sometimes a little bloody mindedness can be useful.  Great shifts generally require a great effort. And if you need to be forced into it  - I am sure the universe will co-operate!
 
 

All of this powerful  tension is building toward a climax at the end of the month. By the next Full Moon the pressure cooker will come to a peak and something will blow/shift/change. Then at the end of the year the gang of Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto will begin to separate,  and tensions will start to ease. Sort of...
 
In the meantime - our open wounds become doorways to growth.   Mercury in Scorpio is a natural investigator who sees beneath the surface. It can  provide us with the perseverance we need to endure these triggering factors. We can not only survive - we can thrive.  Chiron was a centaur and  renowned healer and teacher  wounded by a poison arrow - yet who spent his entire life teaching, healing and helping others.  Our own Chiron wound can help us develop compassion and empathy for others - we can turn our vulnerability into our strength.
“Real learning is not something added, it is a reorganization of the system.…living systems adapt by transforming themselves, and thus does learning happen."
Joanna Macy from World as Lover, World as Self

The surprise factor is yet to come. Uranus brings both instability and a sense of future possibility.   Right now if we listen carefully, we can hear the rumblings of change. Expect the unexpected. And if all is well in your world, and you are not mired in the mud - good for you. You can go help your neighbour. 
 
You know you want to!





 
 






Wednesday, 23 September 2020

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Happy  Equinox 🙏🏻


 The Autumn Equinox (equal day and night) occurs as the Sun slips into the sign of Libra (represented by the scales) . This is a time to pause ~ find our centre ~ balance extremes.
 
If you reside in the Northern Hemisphere, this is the fall or autumn equinox.  For people south of the equator, this equinox signals the coming of spring. The length of day will vary a little depending on where you are of course.

I haven't been posting much on here for the last six months ~ between Crazy Covid, the passing of my mother, and traveling to join my siblings to pack up the family home,  I've been a bit distracted.  
 
What a year!  Such a powerful time for everyone ~  I know we all have our stories!


The 2020 Autumn  Equinox occurs as the Moon moves through the sign Sagittarius.  Sag is a storyteller extraordinaire - a grand adventurer and eternal seeker of truth.  There are big dramas and big stories (true and false) being played out on on planet earth!  Not unlike  other majour turning points in the human story ~ things are being shaken up and spun around at an alarming rate as we sit on the cusp of a new era.   The year began with a warning that this is a time of karmic reckoning (Saturn Pluto on the South Node of Moon) and it's been a crazy ride ever since. Sagittarius is about the long view - today's Moon can help us gain a broader perspective as we try to rise above the madness.

Today ~ as day and night balance each other  (equi - nox) we can benefit from taking a moment to pause and breathe and reconnect to who we are. When things are this intense we can get stuck in survival mode,  where its easy to lose sight of any sort of higher purpose.  Moon in Sagittarius is about the search for meaning, as well as the finding of it. We came from the stars and we will return there (wherever there is)... Sagittarius reminds us to seek for the true knowledge of self. Yet its symbol is a centaur: half-horse/half man,  carrying a bow and arrow.  The message is to honour and ground into our physical nature - yet not lose sight of our true humanity (hu means divine). We are a mix of both. So stay grounded but don't forget to aim for the stars. 
 
 
This is the Hero/Heroine's Journey. (If you haven't read Joseph Campbell I highly recommend you do). And in every grand adventure there are challenges and obstacles to be overcome.  There are such intense elements at work right now   shaking up our foundations and challenging our dearly held beliefs.
 
Everyone is testy and reactive - some are using this energy to stand up as social justice warriors- others become keyboard warriors. Social Media is nuts! Censorship is rife. Fake news abounds. Does it make you feel better knowing it is all written in the stars? Take the  the ongoing weirdness and distortions going on - they are basically down to Neptune's confusing influence.  Lines get blurred, facts get fiddled. Reality gets distorted. Check - check - check your facts. Question everything. Don't assume anything.

Then there is Mars -  the warrior planet ~ and his sister Eris the female warrior (minor) planet ~ the goddess of chaos and discord.  Both are  disruptive and fiery and hanging out together in their home sign of Aries stirring up trouble.  Mars is now heading backward to do it again. And again. Fights. Fires. Fury. F*ck! Everyone is fired up and ready for battle.And everyone thinks they're right.  Help!


And now Mercury has stepped into the fray. Mercury represents the mind - our thoughts and words. This quicksilver planet is in great tension with Mars at the moment (anger aggression conflict) and challenging Saturn Jupiter Pluto (fear dread amplification) all of which is  creating enormous mental pressure. People have been  reactive for quite a while now - and this could push some people over the edge. Mental health is not so healthy- and distortions and projections are everywhere.
 
"The mind is a filter and can only broadcast a very small portion of what is real. No different than a television set can broadcast a movie. If the television set is not a good quality, then the picture will not be good."   (author unknown) 
 
Time to tune into a different channel?
 
Please use this Equinox moment to find equanimity in the midst of the madness. Don't let your thoughts eat you alive, and try (if you can) to avoid arguments. They are unlikely to be fruitful and you may  say things you will later regret.

And ~ in the midst of it all ~ A gift! Even in our greatest darkness ~ there is always hope.
And the healing power of love.  An aspect called a Finger of God (or yod)  ~ on this day of equanimity~ reminds us of a thing called Grace.  It involves Venus (love) Neptune (higher love) and Jupiter (joy). it is saying that these difficulties can bring out the best in us. The finger  is pointing to Venus in Leo - which is about Self worth. Self love. We are stardust ~ We are golden... 
Hang onto that. Trust in that. Know that!    Focus on that!
 
And if you have your Sun or other personal planets in the late degrees of Cancer - you will become the fourth corner of a Grand Cross configuration. This represents a kind of highly pressurized energy - like that which creates  a diamond. Hmmm  bit of a theme here. Diamonds and gold! Bejewel yourself?
 

 Become a diamond. Strong, clear, beautiful!
 
You know you want to!💕

Saturday, 8 August 2020

Lions Gate Portal 8.8.2020

Every year on and around the 8th day of the 8th month of the year (August 8th), there is a cosmic alignment called “the Lions Gateway”. This gateway is marked by an alignment between the Earth and the star Sirius. As the star Sirius rises in the sky, Orions Belt directly aligns with the Pyramid of Giza, and from our perspective on Earth, it appears that Sirius (the brightest star we can see)comes closer to the Earth.


                                 

“This alignment is called the Lions Gate, or Lions Gateway because it occurs when the sun is in the sign of Leo (the Lion). As a Zodiac Sign, Leo is associated with the heart center and represents the individualized expression of the Divine.


Since ancient times, it has been taught that Sirius is the “Spiritual Sun” because of its alignment at particular times with the spiritual and physical plains. Its energetics, like most other cosmic events, comes directly from the “Great Central Sun” which is also called “Alcyone”—itself a major portal of LIGHT which sends energy to the Sun of our galaxy and then on to Earth/Gaia.


When this alignment happens, there is an intense surge of lightwhich awakens DNA, activates the human energy field, and transmits high vibrational frequencies and codes of awakening. The Lions Gateway energy is all about more fully awakening your Divine Light and embodying Divinity within a physical form.”


Leo energy is associated with royalty, and is about our personal sovereignty. Leo’s rules the Heart - and as it happens, Venus, symbol of Love and Beauty, is currently passing over the Collective Destiny Point (North Node of the Moon)


And the Moon is in Aries right now ~ very close to Chiron ~ the Wounded Healer. 


                                            


Put it all together: Our destiny is to heal the Wounds to Self that keep us separate from who we truly are. We are all part of the universal life force that is pure love. ‘As within so without.’  We are the one we have been waiting for! ❤️


Take some time today to celebrate your sovereign self ~ your true destiny  ~ which is LOVE! ❤️


                                         


You know you want to 😊

Monday, 6 July 2020

How are you all holding up out there?

We are now post-eclipse(s). We've made it through the  'eclipse portal' and out the other side. This has been like moving through a birth canal and we are now in new territory.  Openyour eyes. Look around. We are not in Kansas any longer Toto! It may take some time to figure  out where exactly we have landed and what has shifted. Look to see what area of your chart is effected (see top of blog under 'Houses') Has something new birthed in you? Are you feeling a change in the atmosphere?

Eclipses can be intense-  they often mark powerful turning points, and this year's group of eclipses herald a particularity potent and powerful wake up call,  as the metaphorical ground beneath our feet continues to shudder and shake.  Some are calling this the single most important year of our lifetime; it promises not only a majour paradigm shift - but also a systems shift,  a physical shift, an emotional shift - and- best of all - a spiritual shift. Pay attention to that inner voice that is getting stronger and stronger...


The choices we make now  have an increased impact; we are powerful beings. We may not know it = but by the end of this year we will look back to see from where we came and be surprised to see how much we really have changed inside and out.   The  Solstice eclipse was on the world axis ( 0 degrees Cancer) where the personal becomes political, meaning how we act and think and feel adds to the atmosphere, creating a  ripple effect out onto the whole planet. We are all linked together.  We are the world. We are the people. We are us. No one can tell you how you should be acting or feeling (though they will try) - we all have our part to play. Maybe you're the props person, maybe you're in costumes, you could be centre stage, or perhaps you do makeup. Everyone who is here is part of the  production. Maybe your just a witness. Every play needs an audience.

Whatever your story- the  Full Moon eclipse late Saturday night in NA and early Sunday in UK marked a new chapter, another critical turning point in the ongoing  drama (karmic reckoning) we are in. Key players at this time are Saturn Jupiter Pluto - in the sign of Capricorn). Some are calling these the Covid planets! They are a big part of the show right now.


 
We hope you will enjoy the show!!

The stage is set in Capricorn - where we 'do' life on planet earth. The planets being lit up right now are the same ones already bringing  huge shifts around our structures, systems, institutions and governments.  That's why this eclipse is so significant. And as it happens, Saturn also rules Capricorn - so it is especially strong. Saturn is our karma; i.e. our lessons, limits, challenges, results of past actions-  - all the stuff we need to 'get' in this life if we want to evolve which includes growing up and learning to take responsibility. It recently moved into - then back out of Aquarius - which is about our groups, ideals, and collective lessons. So many marches and protests have  amped up globally around the need to reform and rebuild our social systems (more Aquarius) 

All while Pluto is trying to dismantle them lol. I know it's not really that funny. Then again, a sense of humour might just be what is needed to get us through all this stuff. Saturn itself tends to be a bit dour and humourless, but luckily, sitting right beside him is Jupiter, the jovial planet.  Jupiter wants us to expand and play and have fun,  and to learn in a joyful way. That's a little tricky as the shit hits the fan - but we really do need to take breaks from the heaviness, to walk in nature, play with our kids, have a laugh. We're no good to anyone when we're down in the dumps. Which is not to diminish the seriousness of what's going on; thiings are bloody intense as we simultaneously  and collectively experience the death  of the old (self, age, planet - take your pick) alongside the birth pangs of a new future. It’s going to take some doing to get through and out the other end -  but there's no going back; the change has begun. 


This Full Moon eclipse in Capricorn can bring up past actions that are coming back to show us where we’ve taken wrong turns, and where we need to make corrections and face the results of our choices. Saturn and Pluto together can instill fear and dread - they bring up issues around death and mortality. We are all very vulnerable,  as well as highly reactive. Mars warrior planet is stirring things up big time; it is feisty, impatient and ready to go to war. and the volatility will continue  and even increase throughout the coming months.

Meditation is an important tool to help us stay centred and grounded. If we take time to stop and tune in- there is a window open to the soul and the light is pouring in. This is where we will find our stability.  Stuff on the outside is going to continue to be crazy for a while.

There are also powerful spiritual forces at work (thank goodness) that can lift us up, even as we are being broken down.  I am finding my daily meditation practice is critical to stay out of all the control dramas-  sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail.  I’ve got caught in a few online conflicts that served to remind me of the danger of my own ego.   Really appreciating  long walks in nature to replenish and reconnect to the earth. And I don’t know about you, but I’m finding that too much time online can really fry my brain! 

Self-care is critical right now. With the Sun in Cancer and an eclipsed Moon - our emotions are on edge and we need to find ways to nurture ourselves and each other. The more pressure we are under the more it brings out the shadow, the unresolved and un-integrated parts of our own psyche.  Authority issues abound! Projection is rife. Remember that the  very things you react the most  in others is usually what you really need to have a look at  in yourself.  We all need to give each other a lot of elbow room right now, put aside our keyboard-warrior shield of invisibility, and try to understand other points of view.

Or - stay out of it. Be quiet. Be the witness. So much to learn eh?

The  potential right now is for a majour leap in human evolution. Uranus (the awakener)  brings unexpected aha moments, intuitive  insights and link us via this eclipse to the higher mind.  Sudden endings and radical changes that occur may force us to take new paths or find new ways of imagining our way forward. 

 Some part of us always wants to  go back to the comfort of the familiar. Cancerians tend to dwell on the past -  and at this time there are many planets retrograde - putting us into a process of reflect and review. Its kind of like  two steps back - three steps forward -  four steps sideways and back again! The visit to the past is for healing and integration- we don't get to stay there , cause, we can't. 

What’s  also interesting is that this eclipse is occurring on the birthday of the US chart - which is currently having its Pluto return.  That means Pluto sits opposite the Sun in the original US chart - symbolizing the revolution and power struggles that lay at the very foundation of that once powerful country. When a planet comes back to its original spot - we have to revisit that energy, and integrate it in someway - so that we can move forward in a different manner. I find it ironic that the US was formed via a revolution to break away from an oppressive power (Britain) and now have become what they were trying to get away from; the so-called most powerful country in the world is coming full circle and has to face it’s own power issues.  I am not a political pundit - but anyone can see the USA  is going through tremendous change and upheaval right now, and it will be very interesting to see if this eclipse will trigger some sort of dramatic event. Eclipses ripple out for months,  so we will have to wait and see. 

Meanwhile, for us as individuals, the keywords for Capricorn are integrity, maturity and responsibility.   Part of growing up means facing and healing  traumas and lessons we have avoided till now. Its time to wipe the slate clean. There’s a strength to Capricorn’s which can help us through tough times, though it can easily become rigid, harsh and armored.  At their best,  Capricorns are the people you want to have to lean on in a storm. They are deeply committed and true blue - they always come through for you.


Venus,  planet of love ,  is also an ally in the fight for equilibrium. Now it is finally  moving forward after several weeks going  backward, it reminds us that love is a powerful and redeeming force for good. Some say love is the source of the universe. Makes sense to me. Neptune  is  the higher octave of Venus- and of love-  representing a higher consciousness that helps us tap into our  infinite self  and move beyond our petty egos.   There is a part of us that knows who we are- and understands that we are all connected.

Neptune also brings compassion - which often arises out of the very suffering we try to avoid. Add Jupiter - our expanded self - and perhaps we can start to see the bigger picture. 

The Sun in emotional Cancer wants us to feel deeply, and helps us to care for each other by countering Mars antagonisms and  knee-jerk emotions.  What is being eclipsed now is the false sense of separation that has dominated the planet and each of us for too long. We are not really separate. We are one.

At the end of the year all of these powerful karmic planets will be shifting into Aquarius for good. This really is the dawning of the age of Aquarius. We are in the growing pains and its tough; there's no denying it.  But we will get there.

In the end (or the beginning)


Enjoy the ride!