Saturday, 23 February 2013

Pisces dominates Full Moon in Virgo

Monday’s Full Moon is in the earth Sign of Virgo, exactly opposite a large gathering of planets in watery Pisces.
Jupiter, co ruler of Pisces, squares both the Sun and the Moon as it becomes full. Jupiter exaggerates and amplifies what it touches, and squares in general can be tense. Virgo's ruler, Mercury, is going backward in Pisces. There's all sorts of things going on.  In fact all the planets, as well as the Moon’s nodes, are invited to party!!

Full Moons bring the energy of the previous month to a head, can trigger powerful polarities, and activate areas of attraction/repulsion. Relationships are where these polarities manifest, as we project both good and bad onto each other. In this case our logic will be pitted against our intuition.

It’s no exaggeration to say that this Full Moon contains a lot of emotional energy. Not quite a tsunami… but almost. It’s mostly quite positive if we can go with the flow and sinc up with the immense amount of energy being released, so we can benefit from it rather than be swept away in the undertow.

There are elements of chaos and confusion here, as well as great inspiration, imagination and insight.  We can direct these powerful energies in positive and helpful ways if we can keep our big fat egos (Jupiter square) out of the picture,  try not to control everything (Saturn in Scorpio) or analyse everything (Moon in Virgo). Pisces will bring out our  compassion and  care for the underdog; Virgo needs/wants to be of service.

Just before it all kicks off, Mercury, ruler of Virgo, begins its retrograde motion through Pisces. As it turns backward on Saturday,  it immediately bumps into feisty Mars, planet of aggression.  Some timely advice from the I Ching:

“Pleasant manners succeed when dealing with difficult people.”  (try not to be the difficult person ok?)

As always, watch out for the classic Mercury retrograde mix-ups and miscommunications. With the added impatience and impulsiveness of Mars, be very careful of decisions made at this time… think things over, don’t commit until you are clear and certain of what you are getting into. Check all the information twice, read the fine print, and think (as well as use your intuition) before you speak. That won’t always be easy with so much watery energy blurring the lines of reality.

Both retrogrades are in the element of water. Saturn  in the picture is a positive grounding force. Its backward motion in Scorpio began last Monday, bringing us more introspection and insight. This will help us focus on the details and see beneath the surface.  

It is interesting that this is also the Chinese Year of the Water snake.

Everything says this year is all about Emotional TRANSFORMATION!!

“The energy of this year brings us a time for introspection, contemplation and cultivation of our intuition.

The year of the water snake reminds us to go with the flow, (do not fight to go upstream when you can choose to go with the current). Be gentle with ourselves in all areas as there is much growth and insight to come forth this year and snake gives us the ability to shed the old and begin anew.

This is a great year to make changes and to awaken new light within your life”         (source unknown)

And from Chi Gong for Health Newsletter, Winter 2013:

“it is definitely a year to sit, be with yourself, get to know what you really want and slough off the rest like a snakeskin!  It is not a necessarily a bold year, but one of contemplation, artistic pursuits, pilgrimages, or just floating along the water and noticing what is present within.”

With so many planets in watery Pisces, the last sign of the Zodiac wheel where all things come to completion, the message is definitely one of cleansing and releasing old emotional baggage.

Let the water wash everything clean.

Water is yin. It is about emotion and the ability to feel, as well as being is a symbol of soul and of imagination. (see last post) Associated with the feminine archetype,  the Moon is also connected to water,  affecting the tidal flow on our planet, and linking us to the rhythm of life.  These yin, feminine energies work activate our feeling capacity and our creativity,  prompting deep inner processes.

 This energy will therefor help us access the  inner realms that our linear logic may sometimes block. Its all about allowing. Dreams may be more vivid now (mine sure are) and intuition heightened. Those powerful dreams,  triggered by the  Sun contacting Neptune a few days ago, may come to a head at the Full Moon, then start to peter out over the following days. Important messages may come through at this time.  I suggest you keep a pen and pencil handy beside your bed. 

This is also an excellent time to create and write or make music, art…  Or sit and be still and listen to the sound of your breath. Do whatever satisfies the call of the muse. This week I finally picked up a paintbrush after a very long hiatus from painting. It feels soooo good.

Virgo, meanwhile, is all about the details. She will want us to record those dreams and analyse them as well!  Her earthy practicality provides a good container for all this water as long as she does not try to direct the flow.    

Mercury, moving back through Pisces, will have us reflect on our deepest selves, while Saturn in Scorpio teaches us patience, maturity and responsibility (often through emotional challenges and limitations).  Chiron's presence adds both vulnerability and healing to the mix.

“There seems to be a "finality" in the air, but also openings, renewals, and a curious kind of magic, if we adapt to circumstances and facilitate giving and sharing and enjoying and being and lightening up”     Robert Wilkinson, Aquarius Papers

Jupiter  has been going through Gemini for some time now,  prompting  release of limiting belief systems and asking us to try and see the bigger (and more inclusive) picture. Don't let its larger than life presence here activate a know-it-all attitude. 

Let many things pass ... without being duped.        (I Ching)

Pisces is ultimately about universal love, and  the Sun with asteroid 'Eros' add emphasis to the heart quality of this Full Moon.  Feelings will be full and our ability to care for and love each other will only be limited by our egos (Jupiter), our impatience (Mars) or our tendency to be defencive (Pisces). Avoid black or white, either/ or thinking, and all will be well.

This is the time of the Grand Irrationality, where nothing is what is seems. Full Moons carry a heightened, otherworldly quality. Anything can, and will happen.

I wish you an inspiring, exciting, enlightening Full Moon.
May the Muse be with you!!

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Water Water Everywhere!

Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.

(from The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner)

We have entered the Chinese Year of the Water Snake, which coincides nicely with our current Astrology. Both focus on the element  of water, and speak of emotional cleansing and regeneration.

Yesterday, the Sun joined a group of planets that are all sitting close together in Pisces, opening up our creative thinking and  intuitive processes, as our connection to the greater whole becomes more available at this time. 

The sign for Pisces shows two fish swimming in opposite directions, which speaks of the inherent duality of this sign, as it is pulled between the finite and the infinite. Pisces can feel a deep longing to reach the depths of the soul, or to drift aimlessly forever in a pool of forgetting.

Water has the fascinating attribute of appearing innocent and innocuous, while in actuality extremely strong and resilient. Water is invisible; has no definite shape or colour, and adapts to whatever container it is put into.

 Yet when in motion, the force of water can wear down any obstacle and its sheer volume can obliterate houses, land, vegetation, people; or whatever stands in its way.

In its pure form it has little taste or smell, yet it quenches the deepest thirst. We cannot live without it.

Water is a metaphor for spiritual sustenance, and is also the key ingredient of the mists of illusion that can cause us to lose our way.

The sign of Pisces (as well as the 12th house which is Piscean by nature) can be home for addictions and delusions, as well as housing the ardent spiritual seeker.  When Neptune or Pisces is dominant, we want to escape to a boundary-less world where one can easily become lost ... or found!

 Neptune and Pisces can bring us wisdom, kindness and compassion as well as creativity, sensitivity and intuition. 

 This duality of the Pisces symbol also shows us that the duality  inherent in life... it brings us both pain and passion, suffering and joy. Our compassion arises from empathy, as well as suffering. Pisces can be martyrs or saviours, or both.

With Chiron in Pisces now being set off by Mercury, Mars, Sun and Neptune, these dualities are coming forward  again to be healed.

 If you are suffering by playing either role in some way in your life, or  have a strong Neptune, Pisces or 12th house aspect in your own chart, this period could heighten those tendencies, and bring you to a point of having to break free from hopeless situations. Or… you may choose to sacrifice your self in order to save someone or something.

Its not just about suffering. This is a powerful time for Pisceans. So much energy all together here heralds a time of momentous breakthroughs where quantum leaps are entirely  possible.  There are leaps of faith involved, or leaps of intuition.

Mercury, planet of communication,  is about to go retrograde in on Feb23rd. Its backward motion in the watery depths means  it won’t be easy to think in the normal logical sort of way. Today the Sun hitting Neptune adds to the watery dreamy feel. This is excellent for intuition. Visions and dreams will be especially powerful.

Pisces/Neptune influence here also carries the  potential for dishonesty and dodgy dealings. Are we swimming in an ocean of illusion/ or an ocean of love? 

Meditations and healings will be deep, dreams  more vivid  as the veils thin and we access these inner dimensions.
Our actions at this time will be based on feeling. Logic is still important but takes second place now...pure reason doesnt stand a chance.

With all this formless, elemental water flooding our intuition and creativity,  you can let your  poetic, musical  artistic soul out to play in the puddles. 

Remember: creativity comes out of chaos. It all began with water....

Friday, 8 February 2013

Aquarius New Moon: Freedom Call!

A New Moon is a Sun/Moon Conjunction…  Yin and Yang meet up in the sky to create a new emotional energy for the coming month.

This joining of solar and lunar energies is also known as the sacred marriage (mysterium conjunctionis).  (Here’s a link to the post I did last year on  this subject).

The joint creative power of Sun and Moon together is intention made manifest, a seed moment that carries us forward. With an Aquarius New Moon, new ideas and visions will begin to sprout in your consciousness. This is the time to plant them and watch them grow. 

This particular New Moon squares the lunar nodes, so it also has the feeling of an eclipse. That puts an emphasis on endings as well as new beginnings; there’s a bit of weeding to be done to clear  space for new growth.

We seem to be having a lot of those lately… critical turning points that are about releasing the past to make way for something new. Here’s yet another moment of choice as we re-create our world and reality.

This New Moon is chance to align ourselves to the ideals of the Aquarian Age:   Equality. Inclusivity. Individuality. Freedom. Innovation. Originality.  Vision.

The square to the moon’s nodes says lets not do things in the same old way.  Have you heard Albert Einstein’s definition of Insanity? 

 “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Time for something completely different!

Now as I said last week,  Aquarius is a quirky sign full of conundrums,  representing both the individual and the group, freedom and connection. It’s a fixed (stubborn, set) sign (Saturn co ruler), and also the bohemian/maverick (Uranus) in all of us.

This New Moon therefore, points to where we may face pressure to give in to group consciousness; it represents our authenticity  vs the need to please others, like families, friends, partners, bosses, co-workers.

One can feel quite vulnerable taking the path less tread upon. Mars (action, desire) sitting with Chiron (wounding/healing) adds to that feeling of exposure right now.  Be gentle with yourself and others.   And remember, it’s a seed… not the whole plant. Rome wasn’t built in a day!

Thing is, right now, Uranus (co ruler of Aquarius) in tense square Pluto, is infecting us with a revolutionary urge: we are impatient, itching for change … and we know its time to step up to the plate.

Yet Saturn digging deep in Scorpio means old wounds and emotional patterning can get in our way and affect our ability to stand up for ourselves.  Should I? Could I? Would I?

For an attitude adjustment:   
(Dr Sues does EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)

Despite these challenges, or even because of them, this Aquarian New Moon can motivate a deeper sense of originality and individuality in you than you may have felt in a long time. Just focus on the feeling and let your inner maverick out to play.

If you do so in the area (house) of your chart the New Moon occurs in, you will discover where change and innovation wants to happen.

(See the list below re  meanings of the chart houses. Or  count from your Sun sign (as house # one) and get the solar version of the houses,  which is what astrologers use when they don’t have your birth time.

Then … plant the seed of intention and watch it grow.

Release your past.
Empower your present.
Envision your future.

                      Welcome to the Age of Aquarius.

Astrological signs in order: 
Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces. 

-If you know your Rising Sign/Ascendant, count from that to Aquarius... or check your chart if you have one.
-To get a free chart go to You will need your birth time.
-For solar houses, count from your sign (as number one ) to Aquarius. So for example, counting from Cancer,  Aquarius is 8th house.  Or from Pisces its the 12th house. etc .
-See chart below for explanation of where change (via the New Moon) can manifest.

To get a chart reading or to discuss any of these issues ... see sidebar for contact details)

Ist : Ascendant or Rising Sign: doorway of the birth chart: appearance, physical body, how you go into the world
2nd: personal values, finances, possessions; sense of self worth
3rd :  communication, brothers and sisters, immediate environment (neighbours etc)
4th: home, mother, root: our formative years
5th: love affairs, romance, play and creativity, gambling
6th: work, service, health,
7th: marriage and partnerships
8th: sex, death and taxes, inheritance,(other peoples money) regeneration/transformation
9th: religion, philosophy, higher learning, long distance travel,
10th: career (as opposed to day to day work details) public persona
11th: friends, groups, ideals
12th: (most hidden house), intuitive and psychic realm, dreams, institutions and places of restriction, self undoing, hidden enemies,

Friday, 1 February 2013

The Turning Point

Imbolc/Candlemas/Groundhog Day

There’s still a deep  chill in the air here in wintry Canada,  though the days are definitely getting a little bit longer. Tomorrow is Imbolc, a Celtic celebration marking the midway point of winter … also known as Candlemas. On this day, we light a candle to chase away the shadows as we wait for spring.

Speaking of shadows: Feb 2nd is also Groundhog Day!! My fav! You know…where the huge rodent crawls out of its hole in the ground and if it sees its shadow, it scurries back in for another 6 weeks of winter. I can relate!!
 Tomorrow I am going to watch the film with Bill Murray where Groundhog Day repeats over and over till he finally gets it; that he is the orchestrator of his own life! Love it!

Another link to Imbolc is the Persephone/Demeter myth. Pluto, god of the underworld, abducts Persephone, and   while her earth mother Demeter mourns, spring never comes.

Demeter petitions the gods, who eventually release Persephone for half the year, and thus spring returns.  Yet because Persephone has eaten some pomegranate seeds that Pluto gave her (symbols of sexuality), the gods have to allow him access to her for the other half of the year. Thus our winter season, as each year Demeter mourns anew. 

There is so much in this myth that links to our current astrology. It's all about owning our shadow side.   Saturn in Scorpio, Nessus (obsessive love)  in Aquarius, being hit by Sun, Mercury, Mars and squared by Saturn etc. There are buried parts of the self needing facing and healing, and there’s nothing like a long cold winter to force us underground!

Here in the Great White North, people escape in droves to  Mexico or Hawaii to avoid the winter doldrums. Friends in England are finding hope in seeing snowdrops appear. I remember being pretty  surprised at the ferocious storms that followed the snowdrops. Don’t be fooled.  It’s not over till its over!!

Some of us stuck in colder climes and  long winters find ways to stay awake and alert, while others  choose to travel deep within  the underground realms.

I seem to have chosen the latter, as a long detox process  continues to keep me in a low rev. Though I have managed a few forays out for winter fun (skating on a near by lagoon), I do find myself spending a lot of time in inner process. Right now Saturn is sitting exactly on the cusp of my Ascendant... leaning on the side of the deep and mysterious 12th house. This is where the hidden secrets and deep wounding/healing lie. Its been a tricky passage and I will be glad when it is over. The gift of is the treasures I find when I explore those hidden realms. Some days I don’t make the effort, and  find myself in a kind of  stupour watching too much television and feeling  life is passing me by.  I do find I have to make a conscious choice to use this down time productively. One can only watch so many afternoon movies!!

For all of us,  planetary aspects now are adding to the downward pull,  and it  takes a strong effort to stay awake and use this energy for transformation rather than unconsciousness.

Every year a kind of death takes place over winter… just like Persephone loses her innocence through her encounter with Pluto. It’s no accident that he is co ruler of Scorpio which represents sex, death and transformation.

Saturn in Scorpio continues to push us to face our deepest fears and taboos, working synergistically with Pluto in Saturn ruled Capricorn, who is busy shaking up the solid foundations of our outer world.

If you feel like both your inner and outer self are under construction, know that the end result will be a better and brighter you, without all that old baggage.

Till then, if you are feeling a bit heavy or under siege, it means there is work to be done. I have been exploring current aspects to the centaur planet called Nessus.  Planets crossing over  its current position in Aquarius are stirring up dark issues hidden in the wounded corners of our psyches. (as if Saturn in Scorpio wasn’t doing enough) The Nessus story involves abduction, obsession  and jealousy, evoking again the Plutonian theme of Demeter and Persephone. (

Facing negative stuff can be extremely daunting. If difficult issues are coming up for you I hope you have support and counseling to get you through it. Hang in there and remember, there is a hidden treasure at the end. Consciousness and healing await all those who are willing to make that dark decent.
Scorpio is symbolized by the Phoenix, who dives into the fire and rises again from the ashes.

In winter we light fires to keep us warm and bring us light.  According to Rudolf Steiner, spiritual scientist and philosopher, though everything may look dead and dark in winter, this is in fact a powerful time when so much is developing deep down beneath the earth. Seeds and roots and elemental forces are working hard in preparation for the coming spring. So much is happening that we don’t see.

And hurrah, tomorrow marks a turning point, as we in the Northern Hemisphere are halfway toward the spring equinox. Till then, the planetary energies will be slowly beginning to shift. A lot of water energy is soon going to be emphasizing emotional fluidity. (more on that in my next post)

In the meantime, personal rituals can bring pause and reflection to help us through challenging times. Light a candle and hope for spring … and invite the renewal that inevitably does come.

There is always hope!  

Oh I almost forgot! As if to verify this very fact, Jupiter, planet of hope and joy, has just turned direct, bringing optimism and forward movement and positive energy flow.  It’s has been travelling backward through Gemini, rewiring our belief systems and getting us to re examine our thinking processes. In fact, at this moment, all the planets are now travelling direct.

They are all calling for us to seize the day!!

 Light a candle and let it shine!

I said to my soul, be still, and let the dark come upon you
Which shall be the darkness of God. As, in a theatre,
The lights are extinguished, for the scene to be changed
With a hollow rumble of wings, with a movement of darkness on darkness,
And we know that the hills and the trees, the distant panorama
And the bold imposing facade are all being rolled away--
Or as, when an underground train, in the tube, stops too long between stations
And the conversation rises and slowly fades into silence
And you see behind every face the mental emptiness deepen
Leaving only the growing terror of nothing to think about;
Or when, under ether, the mind is conscious but conscious of nothing--

I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love,
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.

T.S. Elliot