Saturday, 21 December 2013

WInter Solstice - Welcoming the Light - Approaching 2014

 In ancient times, human beings had no artificial light sources and were more attuned to the cycles of nature signified by the Sun and Moon.  Massive prehistoric stone monuments such as Stonehenge in Britain are aligned to capture the light at the moment of the winter solstice sunrise. Throughout history, people have celebrated the winter solstice, often in anticipation toward the return of summer sunlight

During the warmer half of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, the North Pole is tilted toward the sun. The northern winter solstice occurs when the "top" half of Earth is tilted away from the sun at its most extreme angle of the year.

"Solstice" means  "sun stands still." That's because—after months of growing shorter and lower since the summer solstice—the sun's arc through the sky appears to stabilize, with the sun seeming to rise and set in the same two places for several days. Then, on Dec 25th,  the arc begins growing longer and higher in the sky, reaching its peak at the summer solstice.”

Today is a time to pause and stand still with the Sun as it sits at the cusp of Capricorn. Time to turn inward and connect to the earth and to the heavens and celebrate our position between the two.

There has been a lot of  rather squirrely energy about these days… partially caused by  Uranus (the awakener) turning direct a half an hour after the Gemini Full Moon on Tuesday.

Uranus is lightning bolt, sudden awakening, visionary change type of energy. It's electric and sparkly and has re-activated its forward motion  in Aries… the sign of the innovator, warrior, beginner of all things. Time for something completely different,

Added to that, right now now Mars (action, aggression) sits exactly opposite Uranus and is also square Pluto (the destroyer) and Jupiter (the expander),  setting off the Cardinal Grand Cross. Squares are tense angles that impel us to action. When there are four squares lined up in a grand cross formation, we experience amplified tension as a powerful transformative force is created through intense energetic pressure. If this formation is aspecting your own chart personally, there will be profound changes happening in your life. If the change is resisted, it will occur anyway, as so called  'fate'!  Better to work with these powerful energies. Get to know them so you can use them to your advantage. 

Added to the above, today Venus (planet  love and relating)  begins a backwards journey for six weeks in the more serious sign of Capricorn, turning our outward focus more inward.  Venus is about relationships and  energy exchange, and therefore also rules money. As it goes retrograde, our relationships may take a more serious turn, and our urge to shop, may drop, so in its place a more intimate level of exchange can occur.

That's not such a bad thing. I think there is enough 'stuff' on the planet!

So, from the Full Moon on Tuesday to the WInter Solstice today...  we have moved from an excited and rather high strung  energy field to a more intense, pressured inward focus. This grand cross pressure and tension will dominate the next few weeks, and as always,  it is important to ground our energy so we will not be knocked off balance.

That combines with the Solstice message to : Stand still. Ground. Breathe!!

Focus on welcoming the light. 

Meanwhile,  as the Suns energy has gradually decreased, our energy levels may have gone down with it. It is a natural instinct at this time of year to slow down, retreat, turn inward.  Let go. Yet  just before Christmas we are all often scrambling around  like mad, making travel plans, going to parties, buying gifts, consuming etc. The Venus retrograde will help slow all that down.

Time to take a chill pill.  

Some of the rituals around the solstice can help ground our energies and connect us to the earth and sky and to our hearts. At this time of shorter days, we can light a candle and write down everything we want to release and burn it. Then write down what you want to manifest in the coming year.

I went to a sacred circle last night and after we burned our list of things to release we wrote down our intentions for 2014 on cards and put them in envelopes addressed to ourselves.  It's all about releasing the old to make way for the new.

This is a time of inhalation, before the coming out-breath at Christmas a few days. Breath in as you connect to the past year and go over lessons learned and progress made. Then  breath out and release the past as you welcome the coming light.

Over the last few days,  the Sun and earth also lined up with the galactic core, around which the Sun travels ... and we around it! (that cycle is the source of the Mayan calendar). Remember last year and all the hype about the end of the world? Well it did not end in an obvious way, but a major earth cycle did finish and a new one began. We are now moving into a new paradigm and a new era, and the  current, rather intense astrology of shake up and wake up (Uranus/Pluto Square)  is there to facilitate our awakening.

The coming age promises to be most different from the one preceding, as we sit at the very beginning of a profound shift in consciousness.  The age of Aquarius is about equality and fairness and the true human family finally coming together as one. 

And to do that we must first know who we are.  The Galactic Core in Sagittarius represents a deep sense of knowing and purpose. It sends out a homing beacon that permeates our universe,  and at this time of year, as our planet moves into alignment with it in Sagittarius, we can feel the message very strongly. It is saying:

‘Know your purpose. Know your source. Know who you are.’

Some say that in essence who we are is pure light.

So, as we celebrate the return of the light, we can also celebrate the return of our own light. 

Let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Full Moon in Gemini Knowledge vs Belief

This is a celebratory, dynamic, chatty Full Moon, with Moon in Gemini and Sun and Mercury (ruler of Gemini) sitting opposite in Sagittarius.

Gemini is the symbol of duality (represented by the twins) and of all the multiplicities of life. In Gemini there is always so much to say. This is  the sign of the mind with all its complexities and intrigues; our curiousity and endless questioning create a great a variety of expressions ... including the strong urge to socialize.

 Gemini is about our daily lives, and Sagittarius is about seeing the big picture.

 Think globally, act locally!

The sign of Gemini is ruled by Mercury, planet of communication, which is currently cuddled up to the Sun in Sagittarius.This can set up a polarity between what you believe vs what you know. or what you believe and what others profess to know) Gemini wants us to  to think and  Sagittarius wants us to follow our hearts. We can  honour both as we trust  that inner knowing while also accepting that others have their own beliefs and knowing. Its not either-or ... it is either-and.

Both these signs are majour communicators so this Full Moon will have us all talking up a storm. It may also cause foot-in-mouth disease as we blurt out more than we hold back. That could be  cathartic release or  a total disaster,  depending on what gets shared (or over shared) and to whom.  Do be careful of what you say to people. Try not to be too all knowing,  and if someone speaks a bit out of line, try to let it pass!

Sagittarius is known for its blunt truth telling and that can be great and actually quite freeing to be finally honest about things. Just keep I mind that there is  a lot of planetary tension in the background these days,  making people touchy and reactive.

 Because of the links to the grand cross formation  being completed by warrior planet Mars (aggression, sex drive, action) ... I really really recommend you temper (no pun intended) your urge-to-purge with awareness of others feelings and think about what you have to say before you speak.

Easier said than done!

Overall this Full Moon can be quite liberating and brings us a lovely and spirited beginning to the upcoming holidays. We  have Uranus, planet of freedom/changes/sudden surprises, turning direct just a half hour after the Full Moon, so there could also be shocks or upsets in store for some people.  Mars in Libra is going to be stirring up the grand cross all through the holidays. The saying 'never a dull moment' fully applies here.

Christmas time can be tricky; though a wonderful time to gather with family, it is also emotionally touchy for many. Expectations run high and  disappointments abound as family dynamics stir up old patterns, issues, wounds. This rather wild and unpredictable energy is not going to make it any easier.

Expect the  unexpected! Keep your heart open.  Let many things pass. Nurture yourself and others.

And have fun (always) !

 These are challenging times, and they are meant to be, as they shake us out of our complacency and  wake us up to new possibilities.  This year of the Grand Water Trine has helped many of us shed some of the emotional baggage we have dragged along all our lives. That powerful flow of yin feminine energy is still active and links to the Full Moon  to continue bringing blessings, healing and emotional mastery to those brave enough to swim in her waters.

Uranus, the awakener is in opposition to Mars the planet of aggression. This combo is erratic, upsetting and potentially accident prone ... so please drive carefully and do take your time. Go slow, stop a lot along the way, enjoy the scenery but keep your eyes on the road.

Hmmm... Sounds like a life philosophy!

 It's  all good as long as we continue healing our hearts, awakening our souls and expanding our consciousness.

Happy Full Moon!!

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Mercury in Sagittarius: Expand your Thinking!

“Mercury in Sag (Wed) and Mars into Libra Saturday = things are lightening/speeding up! Get on ya horse 'n ride!"                             Tom Lescher, The Pele Report

 For most of this year we have been going through a powerful period of emotional cleansing, represented by a Grand Trine in Water Signs, and amped up by a recent focus in the rather intense sign of Scorpio. That will remain the background with Saturn and North Node still in Scorpio. But things feel a bit lighter with Sun and Mercury now in Sagittarius. In my last post about the New Moon in Sag, (scroll down)  I  described the expansive joyful energies of Sagittarius.  

This is the sign of the freedom loving adventurer and spiritual seeker in all of us. Mercury here asks us to think outside the box and answer that inner call for higher knowledge. (see last post on the Sagittarius New Moon by scrolling below)

Another shift of energy comes as warrior planet Mars moves into air sign Libra, sign of the scales. Libra is ruled by Venus, planet of love, and softens the aggressive qualities of Mars.  Mercury and Sun in Sagittarius expand our vision and fill us with optimism.

This current shift of energies leads us toward the Winter solstice yet again,  as  in our yearly journey around the Sun,  and earth and Sun line up exactly with the galactic core. When this happened last year, a powerful group of planets at this same spot, plus an eclipse, heralded the end of the Mayan Calendar and the shift into the New Age. 

Now, a year later, Mars moving further into Libra  is going to set off the Grand Cross formation that has been shaking and awakening our world(s). Mars will be in the sign of relationships for 6 whole months (rather unusual for Mars) which means yet again we will be  awakening to our relationship patterns, good or bad. This new age cannot and will not be anything like the one preceding it, and therefor our most basic patterns and assumptions are going to be challenged and worked over.

Next week’s Full Moon in Gemini (opposite Sun in Sag) will amplify our core beliefs as Sun in Sag asks us to step outside old habitual ways of thinking. I will write more about the Full Moon next week. 

In the meantime, the current emphasis on all things Sag opens up our consciousness and our intuition and helps us step beyond the limitations we have put on ourselves (or others have put upon us).

I came upon a flower remedy recently that describes this dynamic perfectly. Shasta Daisy is about helping us to see the big picture.


“Positive qualities: Synthesizing ideas into a living wholeness, with a mandalic or holistic consciousness.
Patterns of imbalance: Thinking too much by the over-intellectualization of reality, while seeing information as bits and pieces rather than parts of a whole (Gemini)

Shasta Daisy flower essence is for the person who focuses too much on the details of a project, compartmentalizing ideas, but not being able to see the whole picture. In our society we often over emphasize mental work, especially in the scientific community. This flower essence helps a person integrate both emotional and intellectual aspects of life.”  To read more go to

So theres a sense of optimism in the air as well as a cautionary note.

As we head toward the Winter Solstice and the upcoming holidays , the renewed emphasis on the Grand Cross means there will not be many dull moments.  This powerful squaring of very powerful planets is in Cardinal signs; the mover sand shakers of the universe.  

Mars in Libra indicates that there is more learning (or unlearning) to do in the area of relationships. Push-pull power/control dynamics may again be activated bringing up issues of commitment vs freedom as we feel the increasing importance of being true to ourself. These two are not mutually exclusive; they only seem that way sometimes. Walking our talk is the way to end up where we want to be. 

As we get ready to once again hop on this planetary rollercoaster ride, its good to know we have some good vibes coming our way to prepare ourselves. Although these are challenging times, especially if these outer planets are hitting your chart directly,  this process of outgrowing old habits can also be fun if we know how to move with the changes. 

The Sagittarius message is that the only true way to stabilize, is by establishing a strong connection to our core.

Open your heart, know who you are, and be the change you want to see in the world (and in others)!

Saturday, 30 November 2013

New Moon in Sagittarius: Our Personal Best

 Here we are at another New Moon. It's been a complete moon cycle since my last post. My how times flies when you are having fun (or moving house)!

 Sunday we have a New Moon in  Sagittarius, sign of the archer; seeker of truth. He is shown as half man/half horse, shooting his arrow into the heavens.  Sagittarius  represents our high ideals and journey toward spiritual connection, and following our heart. The symbolism of half horse half man links body and soul, heaven and earth.  Human means divine man(or woman) Sagittarius is the teacher, the guru, the eternal student/ world traveller, ever on a quest, ever seeking the deeper meaning in life. Sagittarius contains the galactic core, center of our universe. 

Today, before it enters Sagittarius, the Moon is on the point of last months New Moon eclipse in Scorpio. That was a time of  releasing the old to make way for the new. The eclipse  activated survival issues, fear of loss etc for some, triggering a compensatory pull toward creature comforts. Taurus is about how we comfort ourselves... through sex or food or collection of money or beautiful things. It grounds us and soothes our weary soul with the arms of the great earth mother. 

Scorpio  sits opposite, ruling  sex, death and shared resources. Sometimes we have to risk stepping out of our comfort zone to move forward. The Scorpio eclipse impelled us  to let go a little (or a lot),  release our attachment to physical comfort and security. It asked us learn to share in new ways, to risk opening up to another, or made us face endings and the uncertainty of the future. 

 This 'Scorpionic' process (of letting go) can trigger apprehension, survival fears, even paranoia, and a resulting tendency to cling even harder to what is familiar. 

Yes,  'what you resist, persists!! '

That  eclipse energy (see last post), is still rippling through our energy fields, and being re-activated right now by several planets currently moving through Scorpio. This means any residual pain, fear of change etc,  and/or  personal crisis it triggers... continues to initiate us into a new level of personal  mastery (Saturn). 

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger!! 

As the ruler of  ruler of Scorpio  is Pluto, this current Scorpio dynamic resonates with  the long running  Uranus-Pluto square that I have gone on and on about. This is the astrology that is influencing very nearly everything these days, ranging from global events to the most intimate affairs of your private life.

“A square is two planets arranged in a 90-degree meeting -- one of the highest-tension aspects there is. We get it as the sensation of ‘everything, all at once', in the form of weeks so concentrated they feel like a month of activity happened; months that go by so fast they feel like eight or nine days; and the sensation that there is simply no way to get control.”
                                                                            Eric Francis, Planet Waves

Francis describes Uranus and Pluto together  as a “mix of revolution and evolution.”

Their  joint effect is along ranging one, while also effecting our daily lives. If it is hitting your chart directly,  I assume everything is turned upside down and inside out. You have my commiserations!

Mercury and Saturn in Scorpio currently crossing the  North Node (destiny Point) is “so penetrating, so demanding of our attention, that it is not going to be easy to avoid, deny, suppress like we usually do. If something has been bugging you or niggling away at you, it will be in your face now. “ (Francis)

 There is help coming. A  reprieve is at hand.  Tomorrow (whew!)  the Moon joins the Sun in expansive, joyful Sagittarius, the sign of the cosmic adventurer. 

There is a  wave of Grace and Mercy (and healing) headingh our way as both the Sun and Moon in Sagittarius link to Neptune and Chiron in Pisces, the other more spiritual sign of the zodiac. 

The New Moon in Sagittarius says: Think big. Feel big. Be big!! ... not in a egoic or arrogant way ...  (tho this is highly possible with Sag energy) but more in a   'be the best you can be'  kind of way.

Sagittarius says: Be who you are. Be your highest self . Don't sweat the small stuff!

The Sun Moon alchemy creates a seed of redemption and grace (did I say that already) that will flourish and grown over the next month and  help us through these challenging times by putting us in touch with our higher self/ our true self.

This energy can move us beyond the limiting beliefs buried so deep in our psyche (Scorpio)  into a more free and expansive sense of self (sagittarius).
Scorpio's transformative power combines with Sagittarius to call us ourselves. 

Sagittarius gives us the courage and boldness to be the change we want to see in the world.  It starts with getting in touch with source. (as within , so without)  It Once you find the deep peace that comes from knowing who you are at your very core, you can easily harmonize with  major paradigm shift we are in. 

Also, Jupiter and Lilith in Cancer are flowing into this New Moon energy, bringing along Venus, planet of love ( opposite Jupiter right now).  All these yin emotional energies will aid us in getting in touch with our feeling self.  Let yourself bathe in the soothing water!

Add FIRE (Sun Moon in sagittarius) and WATER (Jupiter in Cancer)and you get a rainbow: a wonderful creative expression of emotion and inspiration!   Let this be the start of a beautiful adventure to find the gold at the end of the rainbow. Let it shine!

Venus in Capricorn says 'Make your love real.  Walk your talk. 
Jupiter in Cancer says 'Honour your feelings. Honour mother earth. Listen to your heart. 
 Lilith, archetype of the suppressed feminine (now arising in Cancer sign of the mother),  says: 'Get with the program.' Create a sacred space for your female side.

New Moon in Sagittarius says: 'the time is right. It's never to late to begin. '

Whew!! All this talk about  Emotional Transformation and Renewal is making me hungry (back to those creature comforts!!) 

These are exciting times! I wish you god-speed and good luck.  Make a wish on the New Moon and see what you can manifest.  Skies the limit!!

Oh and don’t forget to have FUN!!

Until one is committed
There is hesitancy, the chance to draw back
Always ineffectiveness.

Concerning all acts of initiative (and Creation)
There is one elementary truth
The ignorance which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:

That the moment that one definitely commits ones self
Then Providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one
That would never otherwise have occurred.

A whole stream of events issues from the decision
Raising in one’s favor all manner
Of unforeseen incidents and meetings
And material substance
Which no one could have dreamt
Would have come your way.

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

Do it now!! GOETHE

Friday, 1 November 2013

Light Trumps Darkness: Solar Eclipse in Scorpio

Today, Friday Nov 1st, Uranus is in exact square to Pluto for the fourth time…  in Capricorn at 9 degrees.
Then in two days we have a New Moon eclipse in Scorpio. 

When push comes to shove somethings gotta give!!

Uranus = sudden change, rebellion, new vision
in Aries: initiative, warrior energy, leadership

Pluto = death, power, transformation
in Capricorn = authority, systems, material world, patriarchy

We have been going through a lot of upheaval in the past few years as this aspect sets off powerful changes in our lives. Events triggered by outer planets arrive as if fated, and when they hit our personal charts we  best be prepared for disruption! 

If not being affected directly, we can witness their effect in the outer world. Notice some pretty mad events lately?Yup, that would be Uranus Pluto!! The last time they were bumping up against each other was  in the sixtes, and we all know how much changed as a result of that era. Now they are at it again, and there is no stopping the archetypal energies when they get going.

 This current square aspect has reached the midpoint of its series, with three more to come in the next two years.

Today, most unusually,  5 other planets were also at that same degree … setting off a  wave of powerful reverberations into the whole sky… like an echo in a huge canyon. What effects this has is anyone's guess. It may be weeks or months (or years) before we can look back and see this as a turning point in the evolution of human beings. That said, I think a lot of us are feeing it pretty strongly already!! There is not much that is not being changed or challenged in some way right now as time itself seem to be accelerating daily!

Then we have a New Moon Eclipse on Sunday, at 11 degrees Scorpio, is conjunct the Destiny Point (Moon’s north node), and joined there by both Mercury and Saturn.

Mercury = communication, thought processes, interconnectedness,
Saturn = karma (we reap what we sow), life lessons, mastery.

That is a lot of energy focused on our collective destiny.  It is time to 

“Stand up! Speak up! Speak out!”

A New Moon (joining of Sun and Moon in Sky) is seed energy, and it is said that whatever we focus on with intention will manifest in the weeks to come. An eclipse signifies a break with the past, opening a door for something new to enter.  This one is particularly significant because it is sitting on the destiny point.

The times they are a changing.

Opposite is the Moon’s south node in Taurus, representing past patterns of survival, greed; an excess focus on creature comforts coming from a fear of lack.

The eclipse on the North Node in Scorpio is about letting go of the past, diving deep into personal (and societal) transformation. In Scorpio it also signifies sexual liberation. Oh boy, what fun we are gonna be having!

Time to step into something completely different.

Pluto in Capricorn represents the death of the old model as it breaks down systems and challenges authority.

Uranus squared this in Aries is triggering visionary, revolutionary forces that are driven to challenge the status quo.(think Occupy Movement, Arab Spring etc)

These aspects signify the death of patriarchy (power over)  which is based on survival, dominance, and predatory practices. This means we can no longer continue behaving in the same old ways. 

The message today is:
Claim your power. Let go of fear. Let go of stuff (that stands in for security) True security is felt within.

Jupiter and Lilith in Cancer  represent  our emotional truth! Jupiter here says embrace your truth. Know your truth, and in the sign of the mother calls on our inner golden child, our essence, our true radiant self,

Lilith here is also highly significant. Lilith was the first woman created (in the bible) who refused to lay under Adam. Her demand for equality got her rejected of Eden.  Lilith was then replaced by Eve and made into a demon. 

In her true form, she represents the archetypal feminine power that has long been repressed and denied by patriarchy. As she rises now with Jupiter (expansion) in the sign of the mother (Cancer) she brings emotional healing and retribution to the long suffering feminine. It is time!

Remember, this feminine is in both male and female. It is an ancient archetypal power, the moon ruled inner voice that calls us to listen with subtler ears. She calls on us to learn to embrace out emotions and our need for nurturing, as well as to recognize that same need in others. Compassion and caring become so important in a world gone mad. 

This New Moon eclipse thus holds the potential for total rebirth of Self, activating another removal, another layer of cleansing of all that has held us down.  It calls us to allow the rising heart energy to fill up that empty void inside.   

Saturn in Scorpio has been getting us to face our fears and move out of survival mode. We must stop playing victim and claim authority over our own life. As we face the old shadows and see them for what they are… just shadows,  we discover they are not solid, not real (those negative voices that hold us back and keep us small).   

It’s a challenging process to shine the light in those dark corners. ‘The brighter the light, darker the shadow.’

In a talk I heard last weekend, the speaker said something so simple, yet for me… so very profound.

He said, simply,

“Darkness yields to light.”

 You cannot scoop out the darkness, but you can bring in light,  and the darkness will automatically go away. 
 I know that seems like nothing, but at that moment I really needed to hear it, and I felt a huge weight lift of me.

The message is:  

Even in our greatest darkness, there is still a light shining. 

For a short while during the eclipse, the Sun will be covered by the shadow of the Moon. Yet we will still see its outline and we will still know it is there. And when it re emerges, it will seem even brighter than before!  

So this Sunday (and everyday really):

 Let go of fear.  Open the door! Let your inner light shine!
Then: Focus on what you truly want to manifest in your life ...  and let it be so!

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”         
  Marianne Williamson

Friday, 25 October 2013

Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio

I don't have access to my computer right now so am typing this on my
phone. The formatting is a bit wonky so I am going to keep it short and sweet.

This weekend we stand  at the midpoint between two eclipses. The last two posts made reference to the recent lunar eclipse in Libra. On Nov 3rd we then have a solar eclipse in the sign of Scorpio. There is an acceleration of energies propelling us forward at mock speed.

At the same time,  Mercury going retrograde in Scorpio  has met up with both Saturn (the planet of karma) and the North Node of the Moon..(known as the destiny point). The destiny points shows us the direction society must take at a this time. With Saturn and Mercury lined up together in Scorpio...there will be some kind of truth telling going on.

When the planet of communication appears  to go backward in the sky, our thoughts and need for connectedness turns inward. In Scorpio this brings us into the depths of our psyche... bringing us face to face with parts of ourself we have forgotten or tried to deny.

Mercury with Saturn and the North Node and  the coming eclipse in Scorpio tell lus that its time to wipe the slate clean and release these buried layers of shame, fear  and guilt that hold us back from being our most magnificent self.

It is time for our true magnificence to shine forth... and whatever is stopping that from happening will become so obvious we will no longer be able to deny the truth (of who we really are).

And the truth shall set us free.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Full Moon Eclipse in Aries: A Quantum Leap Forward

Aries is the sign of initiative, of self, of taking risks and starting something new.  It is the sign of the warrior, the leader, the self made man or woman. Aries says 'do it now!'

A Full Moon brings to a peak whatever intention we put out at the previous New Moon (whether intenionallay or not)... which was in the opposite sign of Libra... and about finding harmony, beauty and balance in our lives, and about getting along with others.

The New Moon in Libra was particularly intense and noteworthy due to its being in line with the impressive grand cross configuration that  marks our current era of radical change an upheaval. (if you scroll down to past articles I've written of this quite frequently.... likening this pattern to the pressure and strength of a diamond).

At the New Moon, Sun and Moon in Libra (relationships...) squared  Jupiter in Cancer (profound emotional transformation) and Pluto in Capricorn ( powerful change and breakdown in authority systems) and sat opposite Uranus in Aries ( sudden change, shocks, radically new insights)... thus bringing many factors to bear in our interpersonal relationships.

The Sun today is in (late) Libra and today the Moon sits opposite in Aries.

 If you are a Libra (or have Moon or Asc. there) you are likely going through some shake ups right now (or for that matter, anyone with aspects in early degrees  of the cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn) Cardinal signs are the movers and shakers of the zodiac. They stand at the beginning of each season and mark forward moving energies.

Or if these planets are aspecting any of your personal planets, you too will be feeling the impact of this configuration (go to to create your own astrological chart for free... or contact me for a consult).

 The  transformational pressures of the grand cross have been focused rather acutely on our  relationships (self vs other), putting our patterns of relating  in the cross hairs. It may feel like something wants to shift on a very deep level, like you are trying to shake off a deeper layer of emotional baggage.  Sometimes this process can be uncomfortable and activate resistance.

Don't believe that voice that says no no no.
The message of the day is  yes, yes you can!

Today's Full Moon brings these energies to a peak,  and that which has been up for revision/scrutiny is about to take a quantum leap forward now. In Aries, it calls for  renewal and intiative. Time for something completely different. But please don't go and throw the baby out with the proverbial bathwater. The trick is, in balancing our personal needs and drives with those we interact with, what is important is not doing things the same old way.

Eclipses mark sudden endings or shifts in consciousness. An eclipse hitting your chart directly says something is finishing in your life, a door may be closing forever... which is going to open a window for new energy to enter your life. The change may not happen all at once; its effects will ripple out for months to come, yet in hindsight that we will see the seeds of change were started at a particular moment.

This could be that moment.

 In general, the eclipse joined with an Libra/Aries opposition,  says something in our personal relationships may be about to change, depending where it falls in ones birth chart.  If it happens in your 10th house, for instance, it may be relationships around your career or pubic life, or in the 4th house it will effect your family; in 3rd house your siblings or neighbours etc etc. If you look at the tab at the top re 'House Meanings', you can get a general idea of where deep change is needed and/or where you might expect some big shifts in awareness.

Then, in two weeks, we will have a second (solar) eclipse, this time in Scorpio and conjunct Saturn (karma, lessons). Again, I have written extensively about Saturn's effects in Scorpio (see top tab). Its about facing our shadow self, the parts we tend to suppress or avoid. For some it is their laughter and joy that has been denied, time to lighten up and lear to enjoy life. For others, it is the opposite ...  time to grow up, get real (get a job!) etc. Each of us has our own secrets, hidden dreams, desires, fears, shame etc.

Saturn is forcing us to come to terms with these rejected parts of ourselves... by asking us to face and integrate them. An eclipse here will affect these issues big time. Maybe a niggling issue will finally be resolved in the area where Saturn sits in your chart right now.

These two eclipses are interconnected and the time between them will be highly significant.

When we take stock and deal with unresolved issues (Saturn in Scorpio),  it will likely have an direct impact on the people in our lives (Libra). Your need to assert yourself (Aries) can create a ripple effect.

So for instance, if you are unhappy at work and have unresolved issues with co workers, something may come to a head which pushes you to quit or change departments etc. This may trigger deeper issues with authority or getting along with others that is rooted in your family of origin or childhood patterns, forcing you to finally deal with old buried fears, anger, insecurities etc. Decisions you make (or moods you get into) directly impact your home re income or you suddenly find yourself being out of work and starting in a while new direction etc.

Or, as in a recent reading I did for a friend, these planets are hitting the  7th house (marriage, partnerships etc)  and her (IC, root)  She is ending her marriage (7th hs)  of many years, which  means selling the family home (root, ic) etc. She has been putting off making a decision, as this will obviously effect her in so many ways, and I suspect these eclipses will push her to make a move. Something will shift, of that I am sure.

Or, if this Full Moon eclipse  doesn't do it, then the exact square of Uranus Pluto (Nov 1st) might.

With  Mercury about to go backward, some chaos can be expected, plus it will be a time of inner reflection and going back over things. In Scorpio, this could also mean new information coming to light... as often happens right when the planet of communication turns backward, or when it turns direct again several weeks down the road.  Overall, the coming Mercury retrograde,  starting this coming Monday, will add some more subtle effects to the changes at hand. I will discuss in more detail in my next blog post.

The  forecast is therefore  a combination of accelerated change triggering deep reflection, resulting in long term adjustments and a new approach to our relationships in the areas affected by the eclipses..

Please remember, there are no 'shoulds' in astrology; we can only describe the elements in play and point to potential pressures, influences, hidden dynamics etc. Choice is always ours. Even if the winds blow in a certain direction, we can choose how we set our sails.

In terms of this Full Moon Eclipse, and the following Solar Eclipse in Scorpio, the main thing to know is that there is  for accelerated change in the air and an intensification of whatever clearing process you are in.

If you have been experiencing the pressure building, you may feel a big release today, or over the next few days. Keep an eye out in the next few weeks. The astrology is pushing things along at mock speed and between now and Nov 3rd eclipse; key relationships may take on totally new positions in your life.

Depending on where the eclipse falls in your your personal chart, I would say this is not a time to just drift along, Something is shaking us awake and will continue to do so. That something is pushing us to step up to the plate and take responsibility for how we live our lives and how we relate to each other.

Time to open our eyes and see who is sitting across from us (Libra). Time as well to look in the mirror and see who it is that is looking out through our own eyes (Aries). Is it a true likeness you see, or just a reflection of others (Full Moon)?

All the Astrology of the past few years is about a radical shift in consciousness.  At the dawn of a new era, the old fear based ways must die (thinking, relating, doing, loving). This can be disorienting at the least.  In this time of rapid change and growth we are challenged to find our true north ... our guiding light, our truest self.

The Full Moon in Aries calls us to seize the day and take the next step. It gives us the courage and initiative and the  oomph we need to gather our strength and do what we've got to do. 'Carpe deum' ...  Seize the Day@