Friday, 29 July 2011

New Moon in Leo Let it Shine (then duck)

Today brings a New Moon in Leo. With Sun, Moon and Venus hangin’ together in the Sun ruled sign… plus Jupiter amplifying this exotic mix , there are lots of warm fuzzy and er …. sexy feelings about.  

Our feelings of self worth and star quality will be lit up today … it’s time to shine. Just gotta make sure there is room on the stage for everyone. All you divas…the spotlight is on you. Leo Sun, Ascendant or Moon especially.... will feel kinda special today. 

Leos always feel a strong sense of entitlement…and by gosh they deserve it. Doesn’t everything revolve around the Sun?  So too should all things revolve around a Leo.

Now to be fair…most Leos are so warm and generous they deserve most of the attention they attract. 

So what does this mean for the rest of us lowly people? Well with Venus so close in the mix, there’s a lot of love to go around. The Sun shines for all of us as the New Moon starts a new cycle beginning with Leo. Leo is about the ego and having a strong sense of heralds in enjoyment, pleasure, creativity and fun. Drama is a specialty. Nothing is too theatrical for Leo. 

The added influence of Uranus and Jupiter hightens creativity to fever pitch…get out those paintbrushes (or camers or writing pad or laptop…) ready to record the waves of inspiration coming our way.

Leos have a special affinity with Gold. The New Moon is a Sun/Moon conjunction… the famous conjunctio. This signature, symbolized by alchemy…describes the making of gold from lead… creating value from what is lowly. 

The powerful archetypal moment brings a fusion of opposites… of male/ female, Yin and Yang…Sun and Moon…. to create something new and wonderful. Children come from such unions, and/or  a myriad of  symbolic offspring that arise from our creative process.  

May you spin some gold today out of the threads of your life... (even if they be tattered threads) 

And remember…. make your intentions clear… to manifest with this New Moon whatever you need, want , desire.  Let your true passion for life be your guide.

Then, right after this lovely and luscious New Moon, we will start to feel the effects of Mars hitting…yup…you guessed it…the Cardinal Grand Cross (head for the hills!)...

As the planet of war and aggression (and desire)  moves from Gemini to Cancer ….and right into the Grand Cross signature…there’s gonna be some pretty fierce and potentially violent (and highly emotional) energy hitting some of us square in the face. 

A friend of mine is a clairvoyant healer and he often feels a heaviness building up before a major earthquake or natural disaster. Now I am not making any predictions here, but he told me today he feels something  very intense building up.

I told him about Mars currently entering the field of the Grand Cross…and we both shook our heads wondering how  it will manifest. Mars god of war opposing Pluto god of destruction challenging Saturn god of karma and matter and Uranus god of sudden shocks and upheals…could be very very difficult tense volatile few weeks coming up.

Oh and add Mercury going retrograde in a few days… for the whole month of August…and all I can say is…enjoy your weekend!!!

p.s. Elsa of Elsa elsa .com(sidebar) gave some good advice re this tension coming up...about how Saturn in Libra is saying that those relationships that are solid and true will stand us in good stead during trying times. Having clear boundaries will help as well. Add to that Neptune in Pisces... telling us that there is a powerful divine force guiding and protecting us from harm.

So don't worry. Be happy.

                    'Fallen Angel' by Sue Raven  (copyrite)

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Taurus Moon Weekend

The Moon in Aries (fire) was conjunct Uranus last night (lightning bolt) and had me up till 4 am. I also suspect the supposedly decaf soya late’ I had at 9 pm was not decaf. Sigh.

I feel invigorated though… true sign of a Uranus influence. The Moon also hit the big T-square with Pluto and Saturn at others points… not easy yet something big can shift when we get moving with the energetic force rather than agin it. (please excuse me I am reading a book set in Scotland and it’s triggering an old Scottish self that emerges from time to time…hehe)

It feels a big shift has happened within me …like a huge dark boulder that I have had my shoulder up against for some time … has slowly started inching forward … if only by small increments. The resulting sense of relief may be due to the Grand Cross energy easing now as both the Sun and Venus move further on through Cancer (Sun about to enter Leo)

We can all breath a sigh of relief as this powerful configuration loses some of its intensity.  Och aye!! 

The T-square remains though (the other three points in the cross) … there will remain great pressure in the skies for some time to come. That said, that intensity is also lessened at the moment by Uranus going backward as of last week. This will take off some of the pressure,  and we all get a bit of a breather from what has been an challenging   month.

And, while it temporarily goes backward (in astrological terms), Uranus links again more closely with Jupiter… bringing optimism and deeper inner visions. This is a good time to listen to your intuition and manifest abundance.

Today’s Aries Moon just newly in contact with Uranus will also make some of us impatient and rebellious…. with unexpected, erratic mood swings and sudden outbursts. It was exact last night so it is already losing its punch. Did you have any flare ups yesterday? Or lose sleep as I did?

By this weekend the Moon in Taurus will slow us all down and cool our tempers;  distracting us by deepening our need for pleasure and comfort. Indulging our senses will feel especially good right now as we bask in Midsummer’s glow.

I am off to a local music festival situated on a lovely island at the heart of the city…bit like a mini central park. There will be fantastic music and food and people …in a beautiful natural setting surrounded by trees and birds and flowers. Just the thing!

One last bit….The Sun enters Leo on the 21st. It's time to shine! That plus Mercury in the last part of Leo is bringing out our sense of personal pride and a deep need for attention. Mercury is at the same time opposing Neptune and Chiron in Pisces. This may make some of us a bit insecure about our right to ask for a bit of space and conflicts could ensue..

Neptune and Chiron activate both our vulnerability and our compassion, bringing healing to any potential ego bruising that may ensue. It all could mean a much-needed lesson in humility, or a chance to practice loving kindness.  

What we say and think (Mercury) can have a big impact right now … so go gently with yourself and others.


Thursday, 14 July 2011

Full Moon in Capricorn Friday July 15

Capricorn and Cancer are the archetypal Father and Mother. At this Full Moon they sit opposite each other … with  Capricorn given the spotlight. Though he may have greater influence under this Moon,  its home sign (literally)  of Cancer still has a lot of pull.

The Cancer mother represents the home, the root, our need to nurture and be nurtured. It brings us memories of the past and emphasizes our need to feel.

The Capricorn father leads us out into the material world with logic and reason…teaches us to take responsibility and asks us to fulfill our tasks and duties. He wants us to build solidity and structure….no shirking  when he is around.

The polarity of this Full Moon thus represents the yin yang  balancing our inner and outer life.  The Capricorn emphasis means duties and responsibilities may override personal needs.

It has been an emotionally intense month with all kinds of ups and downs with the Sun, Moon and Venus in Cancer one by one setting off the Cardinal Grand Cross. The recent eclipses  have brought some big drama and abrupt endings, so this may be a time of major regrouping after sudden change.

Full Moons magnify everything…and often manifest in relationship issues… self and other, and  Mercury and Mars working well together right now will be encouraging us to speak up for ourselves.

Yet Saturn’s tense square to Venus (love) urges caution; take your time to articulate your needs. Compromises may become necessary as we are faced with what we need versus what we want.

 And Capricorn is where sometimes we have to put feelings aside cause there is stuff that has to be done.  Time to man up! If you are resisting getting on with it, look to the past for hints of what is now manifesting. Just remember under Capricorn the focus is on forward movement.

Saturn in Libra has been slowly steadily helping us build clear boundaries and make better, clearer choices based on our true needs.  The Cancer Sun wants us to remember to feel our way through and not let cold logic take total control.

The tension between these two opposites will illuminate (literally) our need for balance between logic and feeling. 
Jupiter trine Pluto and Venus trine Neptune bring the potential for healing, inspiration and deep transformation.

And then once the Moon slips into Aquarius over the weekend we can  step back and detach from it all.  

Breath out. Whew!

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
 there is a field.
 I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,

the world is too full to talk about.

Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn’t make any sense."

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Venus Love Self

With the Moon this weekend in Scorpio, the Sun and Venus in Cancer and  Neptune is  in Pisces, we have  tons of water = tons of emotions.

Feelings are deep and intense and there is a powerful longing to express and expand them, yet also a sense of pressure and restriction.  The recent eclipse in Cancer started an emotional process that Venus will re-activate, so any emotional or relationship issues that have come to the surface recently may get triggered and/or be asking for resolution this weekend. 

Venus also sits opposite Pluto in the Grand Cross so don’t expect it to be easy. There is much pressure to transform and radically reinvent how we connect to both ourselves and others. Old habits have to go.  This weekend these will be connected to our need to nurture and be nurture (Cancer). 

Emotional patterns set up in childhood, where we may or may not have had those needs met, could create this under the surface tension. I suggest we all need to be extra conscious of any tendency to project past hurts onto others...we could be unconsciously allowing unmet needs to control or manipulate others, or leave us  feeling victimized. 

Of course it will all seem very valid and real….and it is… only the source is in us, not necessarily the other person(s).  Asking for what we need may be one of these issues, which means feeling we have value and worth. Self love is the order of the day.  This is powerful stuff with so much water and the emotional intensity could trigger some big issues.

The trick is to face and own our issues and do the inner work necessary to heal what is coming to the surface ….with compassion and care for self.

Mercury aligned with Saturn will bring some clarity and helps us ground and contain those emotions in a constructive way. So instead of just blurting out what is bothering us we can sit down and write in a journal or do a timeline of past patterns etc. This kind of focused process can help us get a grip on how we repeat old stuff.

Jupiter  brings its expansiveness to Venus to open our hearts and show us the bigger picture.

With Neptune’s influence we become refined and attuned to spirit. Our deepest needs can be directed toward a greater love than any one individual could ever give us.

Yesterdays sharp right angle between the Moon and the Cardinal Grand Cross energy created an intense difficult day which I for one am still recovering from… so go easy with yourself and others now and let Jupiter trine Pluto bring the deep transformation we all need and crave.

These chaotic times are reminiscent of a birth. We are in the labour pains of a new era and sometimes it feels like this process will never end. Many things will pass, as a new level of human consciousness is brought into being.  And what will remain is what has never changed … our true essence … which is not limited to or defined by this temporary passage thorough a temporary world.

Let Venus today reveal our deepest need. To feel and know love.

“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." 
                            Kahlil Gibran The Prophet

Friday, 1 July 2011

Loss and Liberation Solar Eclipse in Cancer

Feeling it yet? The eclipse is already under way.  This is a day for BIG feelings and emotions... so be extra aware and cautious and remember to keep both your mind and your heart open. Emotional healing and transformation is the order of the day.

Early today, both the Sun and the Moon stand at 9 Degrees Cancer, causing a partial eclipse of the Sun.  They are opposite Pluto in Capricorn  and squared both Saturn in Libra and Uranus in Aries. This configuration is called the Cardinal Grand Cross...because the  planets make a cross in the sky (also known as a Grand Square because they all square each other)    It is powerful stuff.  (see last several posts)

 An eclipse of the Sun means the Moon is dominant, and both luminaries are in Cancer, where the Moon is the ruling planet. This gives the Moon, and the sign Cancer, a particular  emphasise today.

The Moon rules the night sky bringing dreams and intuitions, stirring up the past, creating  hyper sensitive emotions and activating our need to nurture and be nurtured. Cancer is the sign of the mother. It represents our need to feel.   And this Moon's  dominance  in the daytime during the eclipse means our feelings need to be made conscious. 

Eclipses bring an abrupt end to a cycle and symbolize powerful junctures and shifts in awareness.

Today's Sun and Moon are also key triggers for the Grand Cross, increasing the  atmosphere of  powerful emotional transformation.   Not sayin'  that it's the end of world or anything... though it may well be the end of our world as we know it (on an emotional level).

A New Moon starts a new cycle of energy; it's a time of creating intention for future manifestation. It is always true that what we put out comes back to us...and at a New Moon and particlularly an Eclipse...that is an especially potent truth. An Eclipse brings us endings. The old has to go to make room for something new. So... endings and new beginnings. Loss and liberation.

With the Moon (soul)  eclipsing the Sun (ego) opposite Pluto retrograde (deep stuff coming to the surface) square Saturn (rigidity, resistance) and Uranus (rebellion) those feelings today might be a bit  testy.  Anyone with their Sun at the early degrees of Cancer, Libra, Capricorn or Aries may feel especially touchy and emotionally reactive. No experience under this aspect will be superficial. Old feelings that have long been dormant may rise to the surface. Feel them and let them go. And if someone you know is going through this....
....let many thing pass.

As this eclipse represents the need to let go of old emotions baggage and move into new territory, I find it very  interesting that  today  I am going to sort and pack some of the belongings (my literal baggage) that  I left behind last year when I had to leave England. It was a very emotional departure after twelve years here, and I was a bit anxious about old emotions and attachments getting stirred up again while here. I felt the last two eclipses most these fears came to the surface. I have had to let a lot go.

And  having to let go of actual physical stuff today on the Eclipse in Cancer (my own sign) is gonna be the final test. Out with the old in with the new.  We Cancers are a bit famous for not letting go easily, and I spent many years here nesting and gathering things that carry personal meaning (as well as practical stuff like college books, teaching materials, art supplies, lovely clothes...sigh. ..).

The Moon rules the past and really quite a perfect day to go over atachments, things, memories ... and...release them.  And  Cancer also rules the home. I have never felt so at home anywhere as I have felt in leaving has not been easy.  Yet, perhaps due to shake up of  the last two eclipses...I feel clear and free and ready to move forward. I  can now carry my inner  home with me wherever I go.

Meanwhile: It's time  to move on and all this baggage has to go. 

So if there is something or someone who you need to release..this is an excellent day to do so. There may be some resistance and hesitation (Saturn) as old feelings surface and trigger our  fears as we face the death of the past (Pluto).

Yet new possibilities and visions (Uranus) and healing (trine to Chiron and Neptune) can come from this somewhat challenging time as, like the Phoenix that rises from the ashes, we rise again. It might not be easy for some today, yet  there is huge potential in today's eclipse for emotional renewal and rebirth.

Make a wish. Let it be so.

Everything is floating.
Every thing is free.
There is nothing I can call my own ...
cause everything is me.
So dont try to hold on to anyone or anything you know...
Just feel the love within you
And let it flow....
                                                       (Harry Frith Smith)