Friday, 27 May 2011

How was your day?

Today at, Satori asked if people had a day that was up to their expectations…astrology wise. Writing my response got me thinking about my experience with transits.

Ever since I started writing about Astrology, I have felt much more affected by the planets. That’s obviously because I am more aware of and focused on what they are doing (“what you focus on grows”). Perhaps in the past, I just had good and bad days without especially noticing ... or attributing it to anything astrological. In fact, I would have scoffed at such an idea.

But now when a particular mood or tendency seems to stand out…like being more angry or reactive for instance, I will check to see if Mars (or another appropriate match) is aspecting some personal point in my chart. I swear, it always is… on those days. (I chose Mars because my Mars is in Pisces, which is generally a weak and passive Mars. I do not easily express my anger so it shows up as unusual when I do). This process of observing and checking in with current planetary aspects has led me to my own experience of what transits mean.

(A transit is when a planet in the sky is crossing over some particular aspect or planet in your birth chart).

Today I had a difficult day, energetically and physically I felt quite off… and was thinking maybe there is something in the sky hitting me in some way. In fact, the last couple of weeks have not been easy. I am currently travelling and sleeping in different beds, seeing a lot of people etc... which is fun yet a bit wearing at the best of times. I assume this has a lot to with my stress levels and general fatigue.

Then I looked at today’s line up and realized that Mercury Venus and Mars are all close together in Taurus… almost exactly opposite my Ascendant (rising sign). Plus today the Sun in Gemini is opposite my Moon in Sagittarius. Oppositions often manifest in relationships…and I have been dealing with tensions around overexposure to other people’s energy (I live alone and have been a bit of a hermit lately)

The upcoming eclipse is also in Gemini…at 11 degrees…and exactly opposite my Moon. Perhaps my irritation (and exhaustion) will come to a head in some way? Or maybe the Iceland Volcano will screw up my flight to England and I will be forced to surrender and let go. I am certainly experiencing a build-up of internal tensions (Mars opposite Ascendant). Hopefully Venus in there can smooth things out a little. I will let you know!!

Meanwhile…for your info…there is a partial Solar eclipse on Wednesday, June 1 (then a total Lunar eclipse June 15th, then another partial Solar one July 1)

In the build up to an eclipse we can feel an acceleration and tension in the area of our chart the eclipse falls in. It is at 11 degress Gemini...look at see where it falls in your chart.(Go to to create a free chart).

Added to that…the current Moon has been hitting the cardinal T-square… creating more intensity.

The Sun’s aspect to Saturn (trine) helps stabilize things, so despite the tension building up to the eclipse, the overall weekend will be smoother because of it.

More on the eclipse on Sunday. Till then…(from Astrologer Liz Greene…)

“The planets impell, they do not compell….”


Friday, 20 May 2011

The Garden of Earthly Delights

Eric Frances of Planet Waves says we are at a "wrenching, dangerous, and potentially potent time of history."

As powerful planets such as Saturn, Uranus and Pluto continue to mark their territories in an massive astrological standoff... the resulting chaos and tension reflected in world events seem to escalate every day.

The question is... are we merely passive recipients of a seemingly uncaring and impersonal universe, or do we have a choice in what is happenning in our lives?

Despite how it may appear...Astrology is not about a predetermined's about knowing what are our strengths and what are our challenges. Though it may seem like some people have it easier than others, it's all about what we do with what we've got.

"Often "luck" is a product of our attentiveness, preparedness, and willingness. We can turn difficulty into triumph, uncertainty into character strengths, and ignorance into wisdom. Who is to say that something that seems to be "bad luck" isn't the perfect opportunity to change our lives to the good forever?"
                                                                                      Robert Wilkenson, Aqaurius Papers

Wilkenson goes on to talk about karma with a big "K" and a little "k". He says there are major Karmic lessons written into our charts...then there are the day to day patterns that we get caught in that have more immediate consquences. Both work together to seemingly seal our "fate". Or do they?

Do these orbs of matter moving in our shared universe really have an influence on us here on planet earth? Do we truly have any idea what any of it really means?

Whatever the answer to the above....I do believe the archetypal energies associated with the planets are mirrors of facets of the human psyche that can show us much about ourselves.

Their movement through our charts (and our skies) can be read as indicators of both our personal karma, and our collective destiny. As above so below.
 A good question these days is... what is the karma of this planet as it teeters on the brink of darkness and light? What will become of us and our planet? Is this some ancient karma manifesting or do we have any choice in how the story ends?

Willkenson expresses his own persepctive on karma:

"Many take the attitude that because it's karma, we have little or no control over what manifests or not. This of course is an illusion. While we cannot do much about causes set into motion in the past, whether by ours or another's actions or inactions, or merely by circumstances, we can always transmute the energies in the NOW."

Speaking of now...the group of planets curently travelling close together (Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter) are now lining up in Taurus. We have gone from the firey impatience and creativity of Aries to the powerfull earthbound force of the bull. Earth signs are about manifestation....bringing our ideas and ideals down to earth...literally.

As we slow down and smell the coffee this week...our sensual appetites may momentarily distract us from the surrounding chaos of the world. Mars and Venus currently merging with Mercury in Taurus inbue our imaginations with sensual earthiness, and our desires and thoughts cwill tend to manifest in a distinctly hands on way.

Mars passion combining with Venusian love in venus ruled Taurus can rock your world. If you are inclined to enjoy the earthy delights and relish the pleasures and sensations of the human body...taste, touch, smell and sight....and the earths bounty.... remember that true passion comes from the heart. Our passion only exists because we exist.

And in the background...the world keeps on spinning and we keep on learning (or not )...

Remember the karmic rule...  "what goes around comes around"      (love the one you're with)

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Full Moon coming up in Scorpio

There is something worth seeing in the skies right now. At the beginning of May, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Uranus were all close together in the sign of Aries. It’s rather rare to see so many planets that close together in the sky. When conjunct like this, their energies combine and increase each other’s potency, and we get a special emphasis of the sign they are in.

Right now several are sitting at the end of Aries and moving into trine with Pluto in Capricorn. This trine stabilizes what has been a very rocky and tumultuous month with so many planets in fiery Aries. Pluto gives depth and endurance to our thoughts and efforts…it’s a good time to think big and get real.

Being so close to the Sun, they were not visible during the day, but if you get up just before the sunrise you can see Mercury Venus and Jupiter on the horizon just before the Sun rises. See it here:
(thanks Lynne at Big Sky Astrolgy for this link).

A sextile to Neptune and Chiron in Pisces brings out our vulnerability as well as our compassion.
A day to actually do something about the suffering you see (in yourself or others)

Love the one your with.

This cluster will slowly move one by one into Taurus, and as they regroup there we will get an increased focus on the sign of the Bull. We are moving from a powerful and fiery Aries kick in the butt to an chance to earth and ground our ideas, plans and dreams.

Taureans are slow to move, slow to anger, slow to do just about everything; but when they get going…watch out. That slow simmer can break out a full boil once the momentum has reached critical point.  Wave a red flag and you will see just how fast a Taurian can get angry. Mars now in Taurus is that bull charging at you in full speed.

A Taurus may be slow to approach, but when their love gets going there’s no stopping him or her. They make great lovers; tactile tenderness combined with intense sensuality and passion. It just takes them time to work up to it.

The Full Mooncoming up on Tuesday in Taurus opposite sign Scorpio, will be just the trigger they/we need to get those passions boiling. With both Sun and Moon in a tense T-square to Chiron and Neptune in Pisces…just be careful to protect your heart.

Taurus is also about what we value…what we collect…what makes us feel secure. That may be money, that may be love    (both are connected to Venus…ruler of Taurus...Venus rules both Libra and Taurus…some feel a new planet will be assigned here in the future)  . For now…think of Taurus as the earthy, sensual aspect and Libra as the airy ideal aspect of love and relating)

For today, be aware that the Moon is conjunct Saturn in Libra, opposite Mercury in Aries, which means there is something to say to someone significant that is being held back. This may be blurted out or remain forever unsaid. Moon in Libra wants, needs stability and balance…and Aries impetuousness must be strong indeed to overcome this Moon’s need of harmony combined with Saturn’s restraining influence.

So ...more lessons on love and relating are coming our way.

"Then said Almitra, "Speak to us of Love."

And he raised his head and looked upon the people, and there fell a stillness upon them. And with a great voice he said:

When love beckons to you follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden.

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you.
Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth. Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.

He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;

And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God's sacred feast.
All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life's heart.

But if in your fear you would seek only love's peace and love's pleasure,
Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love's threshing-floor,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep,
 but not all of your tears.

Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.

Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love. When you love you should not say, "God is in my heart," but rather, I am in the heart of God."

And think not you can direct the course of love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself.

But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:

To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart
and a song of praise upon your lips. "                             

                                                       from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran 

Sunday, 8 May 2011

The Great Mother

 The Great Mother, ruled by Taurus...resides over Mother's Day....which is celebrated today in North America.  Fecundity and nurturing are her domain....May is her are blooming and seeds are sprouting. The New Moon in Taurus last Tuesday, and the Sun's movement in the sign of the about the earth and grounding and getting in touch with our senses.

Welcome the Merry Month of May!

All this earthy energy, still propelled by the group of planets in Aries, is giving us so much impetus to be the active creators of our own lives. The rich sensual energy of Taurus combined with the fiery creativity of Aries thrusts us forward …like the wind scattering seeds… to land in the fertile soil of our life.

“Uranus in Aries,… puts the world on notice that self-awakening is the theme of our decade. Then, there is Chiron in Pisces, which is deeper, reminding us that soul awakening is the theme of our decade. Gradually, the two levels will merge….Chiron and Neptune, both decidedly spiritual influences, are in a long conjunction, lasting many years -- and now the conjunction has moved into Pisces. This is an invitation.

Yes, the material world and the expression of the personality are interesting. Yet Pisces grants a sense of depth and meaning, the potential to create a vision, and the reminder that only you can know who you truly are.”      Eric Francis (Planet Waves)

So: Uranus in Aries: waking us up to who we are. Aries is about the self. It can remain on the surface and get caught up in desires and wants and demands. But the tension of the Pluto square combined with the lightning bolt of Uranus… can (and will) shake and shock us (and inspire us) into going deeper into our authentic selves.

As Eric said...both Chiron and Neptune in Pisces are drawing the focus inward…into the watery realms of the soul. The unknowable... calling to be known.

Then, Saturn in Libra ….enforcing boundaries, balance and reason.... in contrast to so much Aries Passion.

And an abundance of Taurian grounding.... to bring us down to earth make it real.

So on this day of celebrating the Great Mother, the creator of life...may we all renew our commitment to ourselves, to this earth and to each other.

Blessed be.

Aztec Birth Goddess:Wall Mural by Sue Raven (collaboration with Jennifer Boire Birth Poem)