Saturday, 31 December 2011

It's a New Dawn, it's a New Day, It's New Year!!

Here it is folks!  2012! 

 The long awaited, long maligned year that the Mayan Calendar ends. Though I don't personally believe most of the hype around this event, I do think it signifies a turning point for the human race and the planet we live on.

The waxing (growing) Moon today crosses Uranus in the warrior sign of Aries today...  squaring the Sun in Capricorn and activating the Uranus Pluto square. An interesting signature to begin the year with.

The coming exact square between Uranus and Pluto in June 2012 is a powerful marker for the great change and upheaval that is building everywhere.  

At this fulcrum point, we may take one more pause,  one last in-breath, before we breath-out into 2012.

The gap we just had between Christmas and New Years was like an extended Solstice pause ... giving us a moment to integrate 2011 and prepare for 2012.

Starting with looking back for a moment: 2011:
What a year! 

Catastrophic oil spills, mind-blowing earthquakes, tsunamis and nuclear meltdown, catastrophic oil spills, severe economic instability and collapse (Europe, Uk, name the big ones), the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement, various political scandals, (well those are always there!)...etc etc

...  just some of the outward manifestations of the powerful tensions and changes heralded by these archetypal planetary forces.

The outer planets (Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus, Pluto) move very slowly and thus signify generational changes and collective forces. Significant eras of history can be linked to their passing through various signs and lining up in particular configurations, such as the Cardinal grand Cross we just went through. 

And that's just what goes on on the outside. 

Where the 'outer' planets sit at any time in relation to your own birth chart will show how they affect you personally.

 I know of many people with their own planets close to the Aries point of the Grand Cross...0' of any sign really,  and especially Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) ...  that got heavily triggered by these transits.  Many have been having quite a ride of it; going through massive shakedowns, breakdowns, and breakthroughs throughout this past year; experiencing on a personal level some of what the planet was going through on a global level.

If you are one of those... you have my admiration for getting through it thus far (if you did...). If you didn't this might help explain why.

For all of us, the gift of these times (and the curse if you will) is a wake-up call of epic proportions.

There are also many signs of  hope in tthe midst of everything falling apart, with Pisces and Chiron bringing healing and blessings to our deepest core; stirring our spiritual longing, and this year a rare  eclipse when Venus will cross in front of the Sun... showering love and kindness on our beleaguered souls.

Last year's Solstice eclipse at the Galactic Core (and repeated at several eclipses through 2011) began the inner call... a call to arms if you will... though a fight on another level; a fight for the rulership of the heart.

There is of course the current fight for a more just world,  a world based on equality and fairness,on human dignity and respect and care for this planet and its resources (and a noble fight that is). 

And... there is  another battle being fought on an deeper level: for meaning in a meaningless world; a fight against ignorance and emptyness... an inner call to know who we are and why we are here.

For without that deep sense of knowing, how are we to stand up for what is right and true. How are we to know what that is?

If we are to survive these changes we will need to be solid inside in a way we have never been before. And not in some dogmatic, rigidly coded  inherited behavior or belief system that judges others and divides us from each other (all that is part of what is being broken down), but more of an inner knowing that comes from the same source in all of us. A source that is based in love.

Once I stabilize in my own center, I can then see what needs to be done, changed, adapted to etc., starting with my personal environment.

Meanwhile, as I said at the beginning. Uranus (the Awakener) has moved forward again in Aries, speeding up time itself (or so it seems) and crashing headlong into the extremely tense relationship with Pluto (the Destroyer) bringing  more radical revolution and transformation to a planet near you.

Hold onto your hats!! (and your money!)...(if you have any left!)

For now,  as the days begin to grow longer  (what a wonderful thought)  we mark this passage from one year to the next with a celebration of the New Year.

In the midst of the revelries,  we have a chance to bring forward into 2012 those  intentions made  at the Capricorn New Moon on Christmas eve ( the actual end to the Solstice pause).    

Not silly edicts and promises one never fulfills;  I am talking about a different type of intention, more far reaching and meaningful than losing weight or exercising more (beneficial though they may be... if you actually carry them out  ; )

This is about our highest intention ... one that is in alignment with our soul purpose.

You can make one now, while we are still in the energy of a waxing Moon... which sits strong in Aries, the sign of initiative and new beginnings. Uranus close by adds an infusion of vision and innovation as it impells us forward at mock speed.

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!”

Then, strap your self in, it's going to be one hell of a ride!!

"There is a river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore.  They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.

Know the river has its destination.

The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.  See who is in there with you and celebrate.

At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally. Least of all, ourselves.  For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.  The time of the lone wolf is over.

Gather yourselves!

Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary.  All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we've been waiting for."

                                       Oraibi, ArizonaHopi Nation

Monday, 26 December 2011

The In-Between

The Moon enters the sign of freedom and innovation today where it will line up with Venus, planet of love. Moon and Venus in Aquarius need a lot of space and will rebel against any restrictions or limitations.

That rather cool detachment might help diffuse the  great internal pressure created by the  Sun joining Pluto in Capricorn, which on its own could erupt in power struggles and control issues.  The Square of Pluto to Uranus gets stronger every day... and with the Sun currently activating that tension and so many rebelling against the powers that be ... the next few days things could be particularly explosive and intense.

Lets hope the Aquarian message of peace and love can override any supercharged egos and bring a bit of distance to heated exchanges.  Mercury in Sag (truth, justice, fairness) square Mars (aggression, warrior energy) adds to the  edgy and argumentative vibe right now. Any kind of unfairness or untruth will be even more in focus over the next few days than it already has been.

Saturn opposite newly direct Jupiter in Taurus also adds the the tension as it quells our enthusiasm and puts a lid on our spending and indulging...(a good thing me thinks) as we tally the bill for recent spending.

Jupiter's trine to the Sun and Pluto gives a more positive and creative expression to that powerful Sun Pluto combination (an excellent day to get yer creative juices flowing). Saturn trined Chiron and Neptune (sitting together on either side of the Pisces/Aquarius cusp)  helps ground our visions and solidifies the deep healing these two planets are bringing to our psyches.

Overall this building tension is looking for an outlet. How and where that will manifest ... on a personal level... is  up to us. We have a chance to direct this energy in our own lives as we move toward a very powerful New Year ...

Norfolk Sunset

In this transitional week I suggest a continuation of the Solstice pause ... to take a moment to reflect, gather, orient yourself in preparation for the coming acceleration.

It can be a challenge to put the breaks on that Sun Pluto Uranus intensity; imagine a bow being stretched back ... holding the tension.... before it is released in forward motion. The North Node in Sagittarius shows us our true direction  as it impels us to focus on our highest truth.

There is great potential in this moment. Use it wisely.

"Summon creativity and resourcefulness from the depths of your being.

Seek a quiet place of contemplation, in particular a place linked to your own personal history. In this still, quiet place, meditate on letting go of the distractions of the present so you can perceive the larger patterns that shape your life.

Take time to examine whether you are successfully preserving what is good, true and beautiful from your own higher wisdom...  and transporting it intact to the future. Accomplishing this will do far more to heal your heart and further your goals than fame or fortune ever could.

Make contact with your deep past so you will know how to carry its healthiest and most creative skills successfully forward."       (

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Happy Solstice Happy Hannuka Happy Christmas Happy New Year

Today the Moon is New in Capricorn. This is the time to set your intentions in place for the New Year as this Moon cycle will carry us over the threshold.

And the Sun and Moon are in an auspicious trine to Jupiter (the planet of good luck and adventure), which  turns direct tomorrow for  Christmas day. 

It seems quite appropriate for this expansive jolly generous planet (shades of Father Christmas/Santa Claus?) to start anew on this day of celebration and giving. Jupiter is also about aspiration and our expanded selves. . . and  not just the expanded waistline  (hehe)  though we best watch out for that, as it is going to be harder than usual to not overindulge with Jupiter in Taurus  (wine and food and sensual delights).

There are some irksome aspects as well that could stir up a bit of trouble...  what's a Christmas without a bit of angst !? ... yet overall the climate is excellent for convivial delights and family sharing.

Next week I will do an overview of the year we just had  (whew!!) and a bit of a peek into things to come.

In the meantime I wish you a Very Merry Christmas

Monday, 19 December 2011

Winter Solstice Thurs Dec 22

Well.... its a week later and the tension of the eclipse has some of us still in a puddle on the floor. Whew!!  That was bit intense wasn't it? And incredibly beautiful.

I was up very late yet managed to wake up at 6:30 am to witness the first bite being taken from the top portion of the Moon.  Stunning.

The whole experience got me to stand still... in awe...seeing that glowing orb hanging out there in space gave me such a sense of being on a planet.... looking out at something concrete...reachable. Not so far away.

Not unlike my own inner self... often hidden from view... yet powerful in its ability to influence me in subtle ways. The ways of the Moon mirror the inner world of emotions and feelings. Someone likened an eclipse to holding a mirror close to another mirror...seeing the endless mirror images reflected back into infinity... layers upon layers taking us deeper and deeper within.

There's a winding down now as we approach the end of the current cycle, as well as the end of the year.  If you have been on an emotional rollercoaster ride recently, you can breathe deeply now, as the Moon gradually wanes and the tension of the eclipse dissipates.

We now head toward the Winter Solstice on Thursday December 22nd, when the Sun enters Capricorn, with the Moon following close behind a day later.

The Winter  Solstice marks  the longest night of the year. This actually lasts for four days ... with daytime beginning to lengthen again on the 25th... as we celebrate Christmas.

The Solstice is a pause in time... an in-breathing ... at this turning point before the days begin to lengthen again. It is a time to feel and think and integrate all that has happened in this tumultuous year... and to begin to prepare for the year ahead.

The pause in time ends in celebration... when we take a break from all our hustle and bustle to celebrate the coming light, and each other; (and one who came to show the light). It is a time of generousity and sharing; of giving and receiving; of family and friends.

I know it can all get very artificial... and pressured... yet the meaning beneath it all remains as sacred as we want it to be.

On this Solstice, as the Sun enters Capricorn, the Sagittarius Moon will be calling out to us to seek the highest truth, to find meaning and purpose and to walk in the light.

Then, shortly afterward, a  New Moon joins the Sun in Capricorn to mark the last moon cycle in 2011. This sign is about drive and aspiration. Capricorn wants/needs to earn respect.  It is duty bound and works harder than any other sign. The symbol is the mountain goat that clambers to reach the highest peak.

Capricorn is ruled by Saturn the great taskmaster, who also rules time itself. Saturn also rules the material world..., which we acknowledge at this time by exchanging gifts (a custom that originates in 'Saturnalia' of ancient Rome).

The Capricorn New moon is the seedtime for the coming year.  In the midst of Christmas preparations and celebration, take a moment to put down the eggnog to pause to sharpen your focus. Clarify your intentions wisely...  as they will take you forward into the New Year.

What do you plan to manifest? What are your hopes and dreams?  I know this kind of thing usually comes with New Years , yet the New Moon is really when the energy starts.

Happy Solstice everyone.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Eclipse Magic!

Then, at the East side of the house...A Sagittarian Dawn!!  Wow! 

(by then it was too light to get good pics on my little point and shoot camera... so I went back to bed : )

Friday, 9 December 2011

Full Moon Eclipse in Gemini

This Saturday, December 10th, at 2:36 pm GMT, there will be a Full Moon Eclipse at 19 degrees Gemini, with the Sun opposite in Sagittarius, visible to some degree in most parts of the world (except South America).   

Since last year's Winter Solstice, we've had a series of eclipses on this Gemini/Sagittarius axis. There is wisdom and knowledge being offered.  Both signs are teachers. Both have a lot to say. Sometimes they try to outshout each other. Communication is key. So is listening.

A full Moon is about polarity; illuminating oppositions in our life... within our relationships and within ourselves; highlighting the yin/yang in both our outer world and in our psyche.

This inherent tension creates a tightrope, a push pull, a balancing of opposites. The axis upon which we must walk this time round is about multiplicity  (Gemini) and singularity (Sag).

Do we get caught in the details or in the big picture? (both can trap us) Sometimes it's also about  me (Sag)  vs them (Gem).   Gemini pulls us in a million directions, Sagittarius wants us to focus on a singular purpose. Sometimes it's  hard to see the forest for the trees.

An eclipse is a powerful energy... a release or a trigger as we break with the past.  In Gemini this really means releasing old patterns of thought, old paradigms based on limited or lazy thinking, superficiality, etc. Sagittarius leads us beyond our smallness into an expanded awareness. Old habits and complaints need to make way for new consciousness, new vistas, new optimism.

 There is a palpable tension now as the pressure of the opposition builds.

Then, on Saturday, as the Moon gradually disappears behind the Earth's shadow, the chattering Gemini mind will suddenly become quite, and a deeper message (like a sacred call to prayer) can be heard (or felt).

Sagittarius is the soul searcher of the zodiac, the eternal seeker. Half centaur - half man, Sagittarius bends his bow and takes aim at the heavens, in search of meaning, in search of a higher truth. Who am I? Why am I here? Heightened intuition allows us to pay attention to the answers.

The proximity of this series of eclipses to both the Galactic Core and the North Node has amplified that Sagittarius imperative, awakening again and again our need for true purpose and meaning in our lives (it's amazing how quickly one falls asleep again!).

I was just watching a movie within a movie in which two people are sitting on a beach watching the waves come and go. The man turns and says to the woman  "I feel like we are wandering blindly with no destination."

So... there we have it... yet again.

No more wandering aimlessly.
Know the purpose; know the source. 
Align with source.

Interesting that these eclipses have been occurring the year before 2012 ... when the Mayan calendar ends.  It's always a good time to know what the hell we are doing here... maybe even more so at this critical juncture. I am not saying it's the end of the world or anything, yet I think most would agree we are at a major turning point in the evolution of the human race. Interesting times indeed.

A few more bits, re the eclipse:A square of Mars to both the Sun and Moon will bring a bit of friction and potential aggression into this Full Moon. Avoid arrogance (Sag) and verbal gymnastics (Gem) which when combined with Mars pushy energy could get you into trouble. Keep your head down and your heart open.

And your eyes wide open as the Mercury Retrograde continues its trickster game of mix-ups and least until until the 13th when it starts to go direct again. Mercury's square to Saturn slows us down and turns our thoughts inward. Patience is a virtue!!

Also, just to make things a bit more interesting, on Friday night, Uranus, planet of awakenings, insights and sudden change, begins to head forward again in Aries after five months backward motion. So as Mercury's sluggish behaviour ends,  things will  accelerate quickly, especially in whichever area in your chart is ruled by Aries.

As Uranus heads forward it runs smack into increasing tension with Pluto... so the background of revolution and growing unease in the world will continue. The ongoing breakdown of world systems is not going to make life easy for anyone as we continue into a time of tremendous change and upheaval. Chiron and Neptune in Pisces continue to remind us to seek the answers within.

Eclipses send out energy for months after the event...ripples in time that manifest in a myriad of ways within the area of their occurrence. Messages heard or felt ... or missed.

All we have to be is willing to listen, to feel, to seek that which, ironically, is already within us.

The universe will respond in kind. Of that I am sure. 

Thursday, 24 November 2011

New Moon Eclipse in Sagittarius

 Mercury, planet of communication, is pausing today to begin its backward motion and it is already wreaking havoc.  I just experienced every writer's nightmare as I have just lost the file containing my whole post about the Partial Solar eclipse today in Sagittarius.

I truly don't think I have the energy to write it all again...perhaps tomorrow morning I will add to this.

Just know that an eclipse is a New Moon where the Sun and Moon line up exactly. New Moons and even more so Eclipses...represent new beginnings. The last week or so has been a winding down from intense Scorpio into light and breezy Sag. As we let go of the old, this Eclipse heralds new dynamic forward motion.

The intention of a New Moon is heightened with an eclipse so this is a powerful time to set intentions. Make your wish and let it be so. 
Sagittarius, the seeker of the zodiac, is ruled by the largest planet, Jupiter, and carries Jupiter's generousity and humour.  

 Sag seeks to expand and extend itself through travel, physical activity, foreign cultures, philosophy, higher learning,  and play.   Jupiter in Taurus grounds our ideals and heightens our senses. (A perfect aspect for this weekend's Thankgiving celebration in the US.)

May the generousity and expansiveness of Sagittarius lead you on your path toward... your true self.

Sagittarius is the seeker of truth. Nothing less will do.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Moving Right Along

                                     Angel of the North

I know I can sometimes get all wordy and philosophical on here but today I thought I'd give you a break from all that and stick to a basic overview.

We are in the Waning Moon cycle (last quarter) heading toward a New Moon (and Solar Eclipse) in Sagittarius on Nov 24th. From now to then some situations will be winding down or shifting to make way for new energies. Even a partial solar eclipse (as this one is) marks the end of a cycle and the start of another. So prepare for change.

And in the midst of change, a Grand Trine in earth signs continues to provide us a bit of stability in these oh so unstable times. Within that, Pluto's building square to Uranus continues to stir things up (like bringing Occupy events in many cities to a boiling point). 

It appears there is a concerted effort to evict protesters. Many have not given up and I wish them well. They may seem a fringe group yet I feel they are speaking for all of us as they protest the corruption and greed of corporate power. Up with the people.

Several planets in fire signs, along with the Sun in late Scorpio trine Uranus and square Mars... increase the tempo right now, and we need to keep in step. One two one two.

Trines are more fluid than tense squares... so actually more like one two three, one two three. Still, Uranus energy is always a bit edgy and upsetting (or unsettling) wherever it touches. This may mean nothing worse than a bit of impatience or short temper; just be aware there are some sparks in the air. Don't stand too close to gasoline.

And if you are driving home for Thanksgiving weekend, take your time, go slow, let it flow.

The Sun also ties into the last bit of opposition between Neptune and Mars. This dodgy energy creates a susceptibility to delusion and denial. Recent news stories about the latest cover-ups in sexual abuse cases (Penn State) fits that profile.  News bulletin: looking the other way does not mean it isn't happening.

Scorpio Sun can be ruthless when squared like this to Neptune and Mars, though it will likely be all cloak and dagger as Neptune blurs the lines and the rules.

The Moon joining aggressive Mars in exacting Virgo will add some oomph as well as a bit of clear focus, though the Moon's opposition to Neptune just before entering Virgo brings some of that foggy weather with it. 

So a double warning to watch out for dishonest motives and shady deals... and drunk drivers (including yourself). Don't drink and drive (a very bad idea any time and especially with Mars opposite Neptune).

And though of course you would never do that,  Jupiter opposite Saturn creates a push pull between a need for discipline and the urge to indulge.

Jupiter in Taurus brings us many blessings and gratitude for the abundance in our lives...and it also encourages us to help ourselves to that extra portion and that extra drink.

Meanwhile, the Sun in Scorpio continues to beckon to us from the depths, while Mercury and Venus in Sag just want some fun. 

Sagittarius is the seeker of the zodiac and with the added factor of the upcoming eclipse on Nov 25th (at 3 degrees Sag) there is a urge for adventure and expansion. This could be physical or metaphysical.  We can expand more than our waste-line now with these outgoing energies as Jupiter brings a sense of generosity and gratitude for the abundance in our lives.

One last thing... Mercury is going retrograde next week so it might be a good idea to organize your stuff now before the potential scramble occurs.

Let the all time Sun shine upon you
and around you
and the pure light within you
guide your way home.

p.s. Just realized that American Thanksgiving is not this weekend but the next one. Duh!! Up here in Canada it was in October. 

Friday, 11 November 2011


The eleventh day of the eleventh month of the eleventh year.

Whatever it means ... we all need Peace. Inside. Outside. Anyside.
Sunnyside up.

Here's to Peace.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Full Moon in Taurus: Rich Harvest

This Full Moon is full of Abundance. Abundant abundance. The seeds were planted at the last New Moon when Jupiter in Taurus was directly opposite the Sun in Scorpio. At that time I recommended we dig deep… go for the gold. If we did the inner work, if we dug deep...  that investment could now start to pay dividends.

This Full Moon in Taurus represents the culmination of that New Moon  intention. There is a sense of something to be harvested at this time. There is also a strong sense of a fork in the road; a choice to be made.   

We have a Grand Trine in earth signs between Mars Jupiter and Pluto (well Mars is on the cusp…but about to move into Virgo)   stabilizing and grounding us.

Neptune, the planet of soul, today started to move forward again (after having been retrograde) … toward it’s home in spiritual Pisces…. 

The Sun is in deeply transformative Scorpio.

Mercury (communication) and Venus (love and relatedness) are hugging each other in far-reaching, ever-seeking Sagittarius.

They are also very close to the North Node, … igniting our inner quest for meaning as only Sag can.  North node is about direction and purpose. Sagittarius is about our highest good.

We also have an eclipse coming up shortly in Sagittarius. It’s almost a full year since that amazing eclipse exactly on the Winter Solstice last year smack dab right on the Galactic Core in Sagittarius.  This spot is the center of our universe (literally). 

The message of the Galactic Core is…
 'Know your purpose. Know your source.'  That message has been resonating outward (and inward) ever since.

I keep hearing this voice inside me saying   “Align with source, align with source. Everything is ok. Align with source. Everything you are looking for is inside of you. Align with source.”

Just a short while ago I was reading the Sabian Symbols for this Full Moon. These Symbols, channeled by Marc Edmunds in 1925,  consist of 360 word images corresponding to the 360 degrees of the zodiac.

The symbol for the Sun at 19 degrees Scorpio is about  "the capacity to transmit transcendental knowledge,"

The Lunar degree symbol is about "potentiality for tangible self-manifestation in all beings," "overflowing originality," and "spontaneous, rich creative urge."  (from Aquarian Papers: sidebar )

 What is it that we need to know above all else?  What is the highest form of knowledge? Could it be self knowledge? The knowledge that we are complete? That we are love? That everything we need is already inside of us? That we are connected to the source and to each other?

I heard a saying once: "There is a knowledge you can't get in college.' 

This Full Moon sky is telling us, reminding us to seek that higher knowledge; to know the source; align with source. THAT IS THE RICH HARVEST. And once we know who we are and can deeply access that knowledge, we can then transform our world through creative joyful soulful self expression.

'As within, so without.' 

Sounds good to me.

If you knew yourself for even one moment,

if you could just glimpse your most beautiful face,
maybe you wouldn't slumber so deeply in that house of clay.
Why not move into your house of joy
and shine into every crevice!
For you are the secret Treasure-bearer,
and always have been.
Didn't you know?

-- Rumi

Friday, 4 November 2011

This too Shall Pass

There’s a lot of positive dynamic energy floating about the planetary configurations right now… which is a relief after the last couple weeks of Scorpio implosions.

In the US show X-Factor, a group called Intensity just got sent home… and the recent Scorpio intensity can do the same as it takes somewhat of a back seat (the Sun is still there) to expansive playful Sagittarius (Mercury, Venus).

Sun opposite Jupiter also helps to lift our spirits, and a Grand trine between Mars, Pluto and Jupiter gives positive expression to these powerful forces.

Isn’t it nice to hear good news for a change?

Something can move forward now that has felt blocked, though we do still need to watch for Neptune’s capacity for blurring reality. This planet of illusion and delusion affects both Mercury (communication)  and Venus (love and money)  (" A drunkard's dream if I ever did see one..." lalala ) .

Neptune square Venus is highly prone to projection and fantasy as it seeks the ideal.  Remember, squares create tension and stress. She or he may be that perfect soul mate you have been waiting for… or not. Take your time, go slow and read the fine print. And be careful with those Neptunian indulgences/substances… relaxing though a drink or two may be,  this is a time to keep your eyes wide open.  

And as I mentioned last blog post, Neptune weakens Mars directness through deceit and denial, so there more chance now for dishonesty and misunderstandings.  Luckily, Saturn’s Trine to Neptune and sextile to Mars will help ground this otherwise dodgy energy.

In the short term, the Moon just passed over Chiron and Neptune and is still in Pisces. It’s a dreamy gentle atmosphere now… good for creativity and inspiration. If you had a bit of a rough ending to the week, and/or felt a shadow of vulnerability pass over you the last few days, it’s lessening now.

The combined energy of Chiron and Neptune can bring a shift of profound healing to our inner selves, though it is not always very comfortable. Be kind to yourself and others. And remember…this too shall pass.  

“And the seasons they go round and round
and the painted ponies go up and down…
We’re captive on a carousel of time.
We cant go back we can only look
behind from where we came
And go round and round and round
in the circle game.”

Joni Mitchell

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Scorpio casts a long shadow...

A heads up as Mercury coming into square with Mars means there may be some terse words exchanged over the next few days. 

Of course not everyone will respond in this manner… though I must admit I already felt myself becoming irritated today in ways I usually don’t. Usually when I feel this way I discover Mars is involved...and sure enough... it is!  It’s those little irritations that can expand into grudges and resentments. Best nip ‘em in the bud. Let many things pass.

Not so easy as Mercury in Scorpio is sharp and wary, and highly distrustful of other’s motives. Plus Mars in Leo can be quite full of himself…. and when opposite Neptune this sense of entitlement can become deceptive and/or passive aggressive.When Mars' fire  feels weakened by Neptune's watery mists... he panics and gets all wily. 

At the same time, Jupiter opposite Sun can big up peoples sense of themselves… not a bad thing entirely if it gives you more confidence… yet you can see how all these factors together could create some difficulty. Ego clashes and arguments can be avoided with a little effort.

Of course not everyone will experience this…if your planets are in early degrees of Scorpio or Taurus, or late degrees of Leo or Aquarius, you will be more likely to step into these roles.

In general I would say be clear in what you want and or say. Speak gently. Be kind. Go the distance to extend yourself to others (Mars opposite Neptune is highly compassionate)… yet don’t overdo it. Martyrdom is not required or recommended.

A  wise teacher I know once said…  ‘You don’t have to love everyone … but you can be kind.’

Oppositions mean energies can polarize and work against each other… or they can meet in the middle to find common ground. In thinking about this, it occurred to me that these oppositions not only manifest as two external forces (or people) coming toward each other; they also often signify opposite aspects within our own psyche.

I have been ruminating on how we all have a shadow side… the more hidden or denied features of our psyche…which are very opposite to the persona we display in public. Sometimes we can be very different people depending on the circumstance. And we are not always aware of some ways these aspects manifest.

For example, a friend of mine just went through a serious health scare, which has left him shaken and vulnerable. I saw a completely different side of his personality this past week; one I always suspected was lurking under his rather gruff and crude everyday manner.

The  sweet almost childlike vulnerability I witnessed was in such sharp contrast to the inscrutable mask he usually wears that I must admit am a bit disappointed it is already disappearing again as he regains his sense of control. Not saying he should always expose this sensitive side of himself. Yet he was more approachable, more human, when his soft side was a little less protected.

Cark Jung calls these hidden parts the Shadow. At this Scorpio time of year … as the sun sits lower in the sky…. it seems we all cast a longer shadow. Yet it is in working with these disparate aspects of our own psyche that we become psychologically healthy.  And if we don’t acknowledge those parts, they often get projected onto others who then  become the ghosts and ghoulies in our lives. 

Oppositions in our charts often show us where that happens.  And even though not all birth charts contain oppositions, there are usually some very distinctly opposite traits contained within one’s chart. We will usually identify with one quality more than another… especially if we have a belief system or set of values that puts some traits above others.

Perhaps one part is just too sensitive or vulnerable to show openly without fear of being hurt, (like my friend) so we develop defense mechanisms to protect our most fragile selves. Or perhaps it is our inner power that we hide in favour of a more placid cover. The variations are many. 

The main point is that if we can see and understand that there are buried treasures in those shadows, we would be richer for them.  

 Mercury in Scorpio can help us see deeper under the surface and can bring us insights into those hidden valleys we rarely venture into. The path of integration takes time and much personal awareness… but the reward is wholeness. It is a journey worth taking.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Scorpio New Moon coming up on Wednesday

The current astrological  energy is slowly shifting into Scorpio... the dreaded sign!  As I said in my last post... that reputation is due to Scorpio's association with the powerful forces of death, sex and regeneration.  There is no doubt about it... Scorpio is definitely intense.

The symbols for Scorpio are the Eagle and the Scorpion... as well as the Pheonix who dives into the ashes and rises again. The Scorpio sting will make itself known if you hurt or cross them... (they don't forget)... and their penetrating, eagle eye makes you feel like they know your innermost secrets (they are excellent psychologists) as they see and feel far below the surface.

Scorpio's ruling planet is Pluto... god of the underworld.  In Hindu philosophy the representative of this energy is Shiva the destroyer. Kali is another powerful Scorpio like figure who is seen holding human bones  and wearing a necklace made of skulls.

Life goes in cycles and death and regeneration are a natural part of it. Everything is born; everything dies.  Pruning must happen for the circle of life  to continue. Scorpio's connection to sex and death links it powerfully to both ends of the cycle.

As we head toward the dark months of winter,  outward forces become more internal as we leave behind the bright outward Libran display and move into the darker Scorpio realm.  Even though electricity has us fooled into believing otherwise, we are nonetheless moving into a sacred, inward facing time.

This coming  Wednesday, the New Moon and Sun sit together  at 2 degrees Scorpio. While they merge for a day or so, we won't see the Moon behind the Sun, but it is still there moving tides and sending  lunar vibrations to us down here on earth.

This is the time of the  conjunction... the alchemical merging of Masculine and Feminine archetypes (Brother Sun / Sister Moon). It is a seed time... and whatever we focus on can/will  manifest in the coming month.  Scorpio will bring depth and intensity to what ever we wish for... and challenge us to make it real.

The Moon and Sun are also directly opposite Jupiter in Taurus. Jupiter expands whatever it touches.   Jupiter in Taurus wants more and more and more... comfort... food... beautiful things... money...sensual satisfaction.  Sun and Moon in Scorpio want emotional depth,  power... control... sexual satisfaction...  and  creative expression...

Combine these and you get... nuclear fission!!!     Something rich, sensual, sexual, intense, dynamic...

A trine to Neptune and Chiron hanging out on the edge of dreamy ethereal Pisces will bring in a spiritual element, which can be deeply healing to our exposed and vulnerable selves.

And Mars in fiery Leo squared Venus and Mercury in Scorpio promises to add some frisson to the fission!   Maybe all this fiery/watery Scorpio alchemical voodoo can work a little magic on some of the relationship issues brought up by months of heavy Saturn in Libra.  (It's not over till it's over.)

And whether you share this chemistry with another, or use it to explore your own hidden depths... the overall message of Scorpio is  'go deep'.

Find the gold.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Sex and Death and all things taboo: Venus in Scorpio

Venus and Mercury are now in hot and sultry Scorpio. ( soon the Sun will follow) Meanwhile, Jupiter and Mars standing opposite or squared the above will exaggerate their ability to get what they want. The focus of that aspect is Mars in Leo, which like Venus in Scorpio, has no problem asking for what he/she believes she deserves.

Hear that Scorpio? … Despite the Saturn Sun conjunction in Libra (relationships) slowing things down…there is still a chance to get laid.

Sorry to sound crude but we all know Scorpio’s reputation.
I recently was on an Astrology forum at ElsaElsa (sidebar) where people were discussing Scorpio’s fine and not so fine qualities. Someone asked why Scopio has such a bad rep (many people are scared of them)

Well duh!… the sign is associated with Death and with Sex… two of the most taboo subjects in our culture. Ok, we all joke about sex and are bombarded with it from every angle in the media… yet when it really comes down to it…(no pun intended) people rarely talk openly about sex. It’s locker room stuff or girly parties where all the dirty details emerge…(see we call it dirty)...  yet in general we are still rather Victorian in our attitudes around sexuality .

And then there is Dr. Death!  Well who wants to sit and discuss that? When someone dies it is often very awkward… people just don’t know what to say. We hide our old and dying … keep them safely away in homes for the aged. Coffins are closed or if open the body is prettied up and preserved to look … ‘not dead’.

Meanwhile  Scorpio gets the stigma that is really is a reflection of a still rather suppressed culture .

Ok, I admit, the Sting of the Scorpio is well known … so perhaps hurt feelings also make people stand back. But I suspect it is due more to the deep dark nature of the Scorpio world that makes some people a bit squirmy. Too deep- too intense- too exposed. (very different from the Light and lovely Libra vibe that precedes it)

Speaking of death….I am reading a book right now about someone who died and came back to describe the experience (Saved by the Light by Dannion Brinkly).  There’s also a YouTube video you may have seen… of a young woman who did the same. 

This most profound and striking message seems to be that all that really exists in the end is a healing radiant light and unconditional love so powerful and rich and deep these people are changed forever. And perhaps we don't have to leave our bodies to know that (I'll leave that discussion for another time).

My main point here is that the realm of Scorpio is not something to be feared.   Respected yes.  Feared...well at least not so much to make us avoid it completely. Perhaps these dark depths are not for the faint of heart, but these experiences can change and transform us and bring us to a deeper awareness of life.

 Scorpio's  link to both life and death (pain and pleasure) all wrapped up together… will always have some mystery, some intensity, some taboo quality that we don’t completely understand.

 But just for now… let Venus in Scorpio lead you into the depths of feeling. It is possible that she, like death ... can give you a glimpse  … of the Incredible Lightness of Being.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Showdown coming with Full Moon in Aries

Here comes another Full Moon and it looks like it’s going to be a doozy!  By Tues Oct 11, at EDT, the Moon will be sitting in feisty fiery Aries exactly opposite both  the Sun and Saturn in Libra. And they are all squared Pluto.  Talk about being between a rock and a hard place!

A waxing Moon creates a build up of energy, which peaks as it becomes Full. This current energy is a culmination of what started with the New Moon two weeks ago. If you scroll down to previous posts … I wrote about the balancing act signified by the Autumn Equinox… and the ensuing pressure to maintain that balance that  got rolling with the New Moon in Libra.

The Full Moon with Uranus in Aries could be the tipping point. Just as when Mars moved into position in Cancer this summer and immediately riots and chaos hit the UK, the Full Moon in Mars ruled Aries (the warrior) creates a precarious dynamic. Mars squared Jupiter will add fuel to the fire, and Uranus could be the match to gasoline. I truly hope not. We do not need any more violence.

Thing is, Saturn residing in Libra is pretty immovable in its demands for equality, fairness, clear boundaries and solid commitments. Saturn is connected with time and karmic cycles.  In Libra it is  about standing up for what is right… and also about taking responsibility for each other. Relationship or partnerships that have finished their usefulness may be coming to an end. There is a sense of either closure or a solidifying of what needs to stay.

In my last two posts (scroll down) I wrote of the big issues relating to Saturn in Libra, as well as the dynamic energy being unleashed by the ongoing T-square and sometimes Grand Cross.

Lets just say things are tense and there’s not a lot of room to negotiate.

Or is there?

In the last few days before the Moon becomes full, it has traveled through Aquarius (hitting both Neptune and Chiron) and now has a few days in watery Pisces... before arriving in fiery impatient Aries. This gives us a bit of distraction and a chance to step back a bit before the big stand-off occurs.

This temporary Neptunian softness may inspire people to indulge in some good ol’ escapism in an effort to get a break from the relentless pressure that’s is all around us these days. Or, rather than indulge and escape, the Piscean influence could take us on an inward journey, with  Chiron increasing our compassion and sensitivity.

There is a pervasive vulnerability to Chiron in Pisces, that combined with Saturn’s restricting influence in Libra, can create a sense of deep loneliness… a feeling of being held back from connecting to others.

This weekend’s Chiron/Neptune/Moon conjunction may stir up a deep longing for that very connection we feel is lacking. The trick is whether you expect to fill that need through another, or first seek to discover it in yourself.

This is the dichotomy of the Libra/Aries polarity. First within, then without.

Then, when the Moon enters Aries and hits Uranus  (lightning bolts, electric charges, sudden breakthroughs) suddenly there's an amplified and highly impatient need or demand rising to the surface. Pluto’s influence can stir up hidden desires, obsessions, and passions amidst an intense struggle for control. Power struggles  can and will ensue... and yet transformation is also possible.

Pluto is symbolized by the phoenix rising from the ashes. Just as you think something is over and done with… there it is again. 

These pressure points will all be triggered as evolution becomes revolution... and there is a call for some kind of  reckoning (either personal or political (or both) 

The personal is political. 

If you haven’t already heard about Occupy Wall St check it out… (see link below) Thousands are gathering in New York City (and now also in other cities across North America)  to protest government abuses and the corporate greed behind the current financial meltdown.

 Eric Francis says of the uprisings: 
“they tend to happen when Uranus and Pluto come into alignment. When the planet of revolution (Uranus) and the one about evolution (Pluto) get together, there is always an international revolt. The alignments spread out over 10 to 12 years, and we are still toward the beginning of this one. Now we are back around to a Uranus-Pluto aspect, which directly recalls the energy of the Sixties. That's because the Sixties happened under a Uranus-Pluto conjunction, and now 45 years later, we have arrived at the first square. This is a major turning point in world history, as we are seeing. The effects go back about three years and will carry us through the end of the decade, and if we use it well, perhaps much longer.

…. there's the awareness that we need to change ourselves and change the world in the same gesture.

With the personal awakening process of Uranus in Aries about to meet up with the changes in society represented by Pluto in Capricorn, there is potential for wide-scale cultural change that starts from the inside out.”                                   
                                                        Eric Francis Planet Waves

So… first… center within. 
Enjoy a mellow, divinely inspired weekend.  

Then, open your eyes and see what is coming toward you. 

Is it the headlights of an oncoming train? or the light of awakening … ?