Saturday, 20 August 2011

Time for a Little reflection

The Last Quarter Moon occurs this weekend on August 21st and represents the end of the current Moon cycle....with incentive to look back over the course of the month and evaluate where you have been and how far you have come internally. Mercury’s continuing backward journey through Leo adds to this introspective atmosphere.

There's been a lot going on with madness and mayhem occurring all around us. When Mars entered Cancer and stepped into the Cardinal Grand Square all hell broke loose. The stock market went nuts. Riots in England, mass rallies in Israel as well as the continuation of all the many wars, upheavals, revolutions etc going on at this time.

Someone I know has their Sun in Libra…exactly in the line of fire from Saturn, Pluto and Uranus…and their stress levels are over the roof. That person’s internal state is a reflection of the general shake up that is going on in the world. There are powerful forces at work.

How it affects the rest of us all depends on how strongly we identify with these transformative energies. Nothing is really good or is all about our point of view. I am away on holiday on a remote Island in western Canada with no TV and little Internet (hence this late blog entry) … and I feel a sense of relief to step away from all the intensity... grateful to be surrounded by clean air, trees and mountains and ocean. Deep breath. Whew! 

Our attitude, our state of mind, our environment are often reflected in our personal chart and can show how the drama  can all play out or how these events effect us. That is why there is no one astrological forecast. I may describe some of the weather out there...that’s the best one can do as an astrologer. Hopefully it warns you to batten down the hatches when a storm is blowing…but how you chart your course is up to you (haha... no pun intended...: ) A forecast is not an indictment, but can give us insight into what the hell is going on…so at least we are forewarned and forearmed.

So…back to the Astrological weather…. this current Moon phase is not so much about action, but rather about reflection and reaction to the events that have transpired over the course of the last three-week period.   There’s an extra nudge in this direction because this is the place the Mercury retrograde period began.

The Sun at the end of Leo is in exact opposition to Neptune,  just as Mercury was when it began its backward motion nearly three weeks back. 

With dreamy Neptune in the picture there is always an emphasis on paradoxical situations and feelings, along with an especially strong dose of synchronicity. Things may feel a bit surreal…or magical or both.

Creativity, art, music and poetry can arise out of this mystical atmosphere; the emphasis being on non-linear non-logical reality.  This can cause some blurring of lines and one must be clear about communication and self-expression.  Yet moving away from our usual left brain logic can be deeply healing and freeing. Tap into your intuitive self; free your inner soul.

 This weekend would be an excellent time to journal, and to reflect on this transition, both personal and societal…into an new era…whatever it may bring. 

As within…so without.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Full Moon in Aquarius Universal Love

If you are feeling anything like I am feeling all I can say is ...  what a ride!!

There's a Full Moon today in Aquarius.... opposite a bunch of planets including the Sun in Leo. The energy has been building all week and we have a glorious radiant Moon to fill us with light.

And that light is much needed, as  all sorts of violent planetary pressures are coming to a head via 
Mars (aggression, violence, war, desire) 
opposite Pluto (power, control,death, transformation) 
square Uranus (sudden shocks, rebellion, uprising, insight) 
and Saturn (systems, authority, material world, karma) 

Result = look around at the  craziness! 

Stock market/global economy crashing again, the London riots...spreading to many parts of England,  etc etc etc 

All this tension has been ongoing for some time now with the Grand Cross/ Grand Irrationality stuff... but now and then it builds to a peak..... and the last week or two has been one of those times...Holy Schmoly!!

 As soon as Mars moved into connection with the Grand Cross all hell broke loose... ( it will begin to lessen over the next week or so... though of course the Grand Cross continues...but  at least Mars will have moved on...whew!)

The last time Pluto was in Capricorn was during the French Revolution.... when it was also in harsh aspect to Mars Uranus and Saturn.  The underclasses rebelling against those in power. There was so much violence much blood.     Do we need to do that again? (i.e. the violence)    I don't think so.

Meanwhile, there's the usual madness and mayhem with Mercury retrograde.

Are we having fun yet?

The Grand Irrationality says ...let go of expectations...let upheaval happen...let the change happen. Find the centre in yourself...bring light into your heart and then into the world.

An Aquarius Full moon is all about Universal Love.  It is about freedom. Leo Sun is about self value.

Let the Aquarius Moon shine the light of brother and sisterhood on us all...we all belong to one human family...and we are shining suns ... each of us.

 Let your inner light shine. Shine on each other.

"Be the change you want to see in the world"    (Mahatma Gandhi)

Monday, 8 August 2011

This Little Light of Mine...

I think everyone knows by now that we are in a Mercury Retrograde period. I have already had several wacky communication related experiences: phones not working, messages not sending etc. etc. Ya gotta laugh at this planet’s ingenuity!

Mercury, as trickster, likes to turn things upside down…and it does so in its own crazy way.

Around three times a year, Mercury begins going backward in the sky.  Or so it seems. It’s actually an illusion… as when the car beside you pulls ahead and you feel like you are going backward. The thing is, astrology was/is based on observation and intuition. There is a marked effect when a planet goes in an (apparently) opposite direction to the one it was moving in. Its energies and effects are reversed and /or turned inward.

If you saw the link I posted a few blogs back, showing the movement of the Sun through our galaxy...  .... you can see that nothing moves pn a straight as an arrow path. The Sun actually moves in a spiral (I had no idea). And then all the planets swirl around the Sun…, which is whirling around the Galactic Center. It is very cool. Everything is in movement. …nothing is static.

Robert Wilkinson, over at Aquarius Papers (sidebar) calls Mercury is the ‘cosmic coordinator’ and the ‘Guide of Souls’.

So when there is a Mercury retrograde anything planned or static can and will get shaken up.  Mercurius is an old god and it may be prudent to pay him heed while he skips backward through Virgo and Leo. 

Thing is, despite the usual craziness that Mercury Retrograde brings, its not really about that.

Turns out the planet of communication going backward is about more than the usual mix-ups and miscommunications etc. Ok those will happen to some of us. But what about all the stuff that purrs along nicely, thank you very much. Not everything goes wonky…it's just more likely at this time.

The main point is, Mercury Retrograde is a really time for going back over things, and for going inward. It is a time for inner reflection and correction.  In Virgo last week,  this would have brought up details around work and health issues, and service to others.

 Virgo can be highly critical so maybe old irritations came to the surface. I noticed myself being more critical than usual…of self and others…and have had to tell that picky, picky inner chatter to shut up. Best used to pay old bills and go over unfinished paper work than figure out how every body else should be living their life!! Tend to your own business is good advice under a Virgo retrograde.

Now that Mercury is back in Leo, as it was all last month, issues could again come to the for around our feelings of self worth and our need to be center stage. Any passionate expression… our creativity for example, that has been put to the side and ignored, will push forward for recognition.  What about that song that keeps coming into your head? And weren’t you determined to start journal writing this summer… ? 

 So Mercury in reverse says it’s time to slow down and smell the flowers. Allow some time for reflection into your busy life.  During these remaining summer holidays ...  let Mercury loosen things up enough to play a little. 

And, because it is in Leo…let your light shine. Enjoy your passions… enjoy your friends. Leos are loyal to a fault. Perhaps Mercury’s regression here will bring old friends out of the woodwork or give you a chance to get that painting you did last summer. That’s what I am feeling. My urge to start painting again is getting stronger by the day.

So, despite the sometimes-inconvenient way Mercury can fiddle with our best laid plans…(delayed flights anyone?) if we let go of agendas and go with the flow… we have a chance for reconnection and renewal.

Enjoy the sunshine!

p.s. Just saw the news about violence in London. And there are also uprisings in Israel. Mars newly hitting the Cardinal Grand Cross can get ugly. Read last post. 

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Things are about to get a bit tricky....

Hold on to your hats!!   Mercury is now going backwards…  scrambling our minds and our communication…. while Mars is now in Cancer square Uranus and Saturn and opposed Pluto (the Cardinal Grand Cross).

Uranus = sudden shocks, changes, surprises.  Pluto = destruction, crisis, transformation.  Saturn = resistance, oppression, authority, difficulty.

Should we be worried?  Never.  Worry is unproductive and just keeps us stuck in whatever we are worried about. 

Should we be alert, cautious, and aware?  Yes. This is a good time to cross the t’s and dots the i’s. Check anything you send or sign or say.  Be prepared for delays. 

And… use discretion when confronting anyone…. as there is a very volatile atmosphere in the air.  

Mars is in Cancer, which is a highly emotional sign even without the planet of war hanging out there… so besides the very tense aspects to those very heavy hitting planets, it is very likely going to stir up a lot of emotional debris. 

So what should we do? 

There's a book called The Four Commitments and one of them is also really good advice:

 "don't take anything personally". 

And/or…if that fails...find a constructive outlet for potentially explosive energy (chop wood, do karate, build something, go hiking up a really big mountain)

Something else to consider:  all this pressure can be likened to the process of a diamond forming…intense heat pressure etc creates something so incredibly beautiful and strong. 

Let me know how it goes...............and if all else fails…duck!!  "Everywhere you go you take the weather with you..."

p.s. more on Mercury retrograde in next installment.. It's about going back over things. A good time for reflection. Don't worry be happy.