Friday, 24 May 2013

Full Moon Eclipse in Sagittarius: TRANSLUCIDITY!

'Translucidty!'   (seeing the bigger picture)

The new word I just learned that totally relates to tonight's Full Moon Eclipse in Sagittarius:

The Sabian symbol for 5 degrees Sagittarius is  "An old owl up in a tree.” which is interpreted as
"a poised and wise approach to existence based on a clear perception of unconscious factors and their operation.”

This is about rising above our pains and sorrow (our dramas) to gain a more expanded view. Understanding often comes once we step back and detach (not always easy).

Owl medicine is about being an observer. And when we do step out of our habitual, unconscious  patterns ... we can see for miles  (and miles and miles) beyond the lies and stories our smaller mind tells us:   The Who:  'I Can See for Miles'

This Full Moon Eclipse will help us gain that larger vision, while simultaneously  triggering the  release of our old limiting beliefs (HURRAY!) that may be a big part of our myopia (limited vision).

 It is usually incorrect assumptions and FEAR: 
that causes our suffering in the first place. 

So let this Sagittarius Moon open your eyes to see something completely different!!

This is what Sagittarius is all about. Joy!  Expansion!  Seeking the highest good, the highest truth. Its ruler, Jupiter, is the largest planet in our solar system, and represents our larger, truest self. 

Be yourself. Know who you are! 

Rise above! 



p.s. one slight warning:  in the midst of celebrations, be careful of the blurring effects of the Moon's square to Neptune. Illusions and delusions can overtake us. Avoid intoxicants (who needs them? ... Life is the intoxicant we need!)  or  (if you insist)  use them in safe settings (i.e. don't drink and drive)  and try to be aware of the misty fog rolling through the hills right behind that glorious Full Moon. 

Strange occurrences happen in these Neptunian mists, and if you add an eclipse into the mix, time can blur, our mind can wander, 
 things (and people) can go missing! (this eclipse is close to my own Moon,and I have already lost my phone and an I Pad!!)  

We can use this dreamy energy to tap into the inner realms, open up our creativity, access our dreams etc... Just and beware its effect on so called concrete reality)

Take care and have fun!! 

Happy Full Moon!!


Saturday, 18 May 2013

Rock n Roll, Blossom and Grow!

 The leaves are finally out on the trees here and the first flowers are blooming. It’s always a late spring in these Northern climes where I live, and this year especially so. I am feeling cheered by the tulips blooming outside and there is a scent of blossoms in the air. Whew! So wonderful to appreciate the change of seasons and witness the cycles of time (even if I do get a little impatient at moments).

I just listened to an inspiring talk that really reminded me of the current astrology (as well as the time of year) 

The speaker was talking about flowers and how they are valued in cultures all over the world. We give them to someone to say I love you, like the beautiful tulips I got for Mothers Day, and we  also give them to say I’m sorry or to cheer people up when they are ill. We will also fill a hall with them at their funeral when they pass. People scatter rose petals and carry bouquets when they marry, and flowers are also used in ceremony or as a welcome (as in the leis of welcome in Hawaii), and in India one honours a teacher with garlands. Flowers indeed speak a universal language.

He then said...  the beauty of a flower is nothing compared to the magnificence, beauty and wonder of a human being.

Let that sink in for a bit. Nothing in comparison!

So the question is, do we really understand our true value?

The recent groupings in Taurus were all about this topic (see last post). This group of planets has been moving closely together since early in the year. When they hung out in Pisces it triggered a deep longing for our source, and externals matters were less important than finding a connection and expression for the  creativity inside of us.

Moving into Aries,  first sign of the zodiac, these same planets sparked renewed activity and at the New Moon in Aries we sowed our seeds of intension for the whole year. The Mars energy was pretty intense  in Aries (its home sign); impatience and sometimes aggression ruled the day.

Then on into Taurus, sign of the great Mother, who grounds us and nourishes our physical body. Here we bumped into our needs and desires, and Saturn opposite challenged us to choose wisely. The seeds  planted into this earthing energy (literally or figuratively)  are/were held and grounded in preparation for later blooming.

Now the party is shifting to Gemini, and there is a quickening. The seeds are sprouting and reaching out from the earth into the air.

Gemini’s ruler is Mercury, bringing us an inclination to talk and socialize and gather information. We are more aware of each other under this sign as we reach out to our neighbours and friends.  Venus and Jupiter in Gemini expand that urge to connect with others, and Sun and Mercury will soon follow.

Venus crossing over the point where last year it eclipsed the Sun reminds us to love ourself and one another, while an aspect to Neptune brings deep longings for love and beauty. Many a romantic poem has been written under this aspect. 

Just be careful of the equal potential for illusions and deceptions. Love and inspiration can thrive as long as we keep our feet on the ground.

I am thinking of the story of the flowers as I write about this  transition from Taurus to Gemini and enjoying the blooming going on outside (and inside). Planning my little garden has heightened my awareness of the quickly changing seasons which start at Aries and how the Spring Equinox is a the time of seeds. 

On Valentines Day my boyfriend and I gave each other cards with seeds attached (isn’t that sweet!)  and on Beltane, which is also our 1st anniversary,  we planted them together.

Little shoots are now peeking up out of the soil… its so exciting to see them sprout and grow. Life truly is an incredible miracle. 

And, as part of growth, there are also times for pruning. This Monday Uranus and Pluto will again shake us a little as they push us and pull us to get real and get with the program. Jonathan Cainer (.com) describes how these planets together  “ ring the bells of awakening”.

I have written a fair bit about the shake down and break down signified by these two heavy hitters crashing up against each other. Squares release energy at critical turning points, and the pressure has to find somewhere to go. Several earthquakes have occurred over the last week and I am sure some will experience their own inner earthquakes and challenging events (if these energies are closely aspecting your chart that is). 

The rest of us will feel the pressure to transform at varying levels. All of us are in this by the way.

I don't want to go on yet again about all the dire consequences of this powerful tension erupting … I am starting to feel a bit like chicken little saying “the sky is falling, the sky is falling”.

It is not falling, but it is changing. The skies ( and the planets) are always in flux and at this time we are to take nothing for granted.   The cycles of nature remind us that we are always either beginning, maintaining or ending something. 
(GOD = Generator, Operator, Destroyer)   
Right now it seems we are in the ending/beginning stage.

In that vein, next week, on May 24th, we also have the third eclipse of the year. This Lunar Eclipse  in early Sagittarius (5 degrees) means yet again we will be shedding some part of us that we no longer want or need. In the Sagittarius/Gemini axis, it means shedding more of our self-limiting concepts and ideas… and stepping into a larger world view (Sagittarius) as we tap into the Higher Mind.

The Moon in Sagittarius says cheer up. Don’t be sad. Know who you are and celebrate that.

Sagittarius is the seeker and is about knowing who we are. He beckons us to know our purpose. And from all I can gather, our purpose is to be happy!  (like the flowers!)

Back to those flowers: I wonder if  flowers are conscious of all the joy they bring? On a pragmatic level, their blooms and wonderful scent are there to attract insects that will propagate them. Is their sole purpose to just continue themselves?    How about us?  Is it all about survival or is there something more to it all? 

(These are the questions Sagittarius wants us to ask)

And if we so honour flowers and appreciate their beauty ...  how can we do the same for ourselves and for each other?

Plant your seeds of self in the ground of self-knowing
Water that ground with love and nourishment
Tend yourself with care and encouragement
Welcome your own heart as it blossoms and grows
Greet and embrace your brother, your sister, your neighbour
Expand out into this glorious wonderful world
And  celebrate!

Sunday, 12 May 2013


Todays Moon in friendly Gemini meets Jupiter to bring us all some much needed respite from the continuous intensity and change of our tumultuous times. It's a lighter note after two pretty powerful eclipses which are still reverberating out into the cosmic atmosphere. Venus is also now in Gemini making us more social  and chatty.

Jupiter in Gemini expands our thinking and communication and with the added emotional input from the Moon its party time. Jupiter equals joy and expansion... so enJOY!

Or time for a good ol' chat with yer mom.

Happy Mothers Day to all you moms out there!

I am a mom x three and also a grand mom x three and today I get to see my new granddaughter and hang out with her for a while.

Being a mom has been the most blessed and humbling  journey. It's been the making of me. I was a mother at eighteen and I really did not have a clue. Hmmmmm .... still don't! Except I do know we all need love and acceptance and thats the best thing we can give to ourselves and each other and definitely to our children.

My own mom had eight of us and it was all a bit much for her I think. She had her troubles yet I know she did a lot and did the best she could. I also know sometimes she feels guilty for lots of stuff,  yet I forgave her a long time ago, and now appreciate how much she supports me in the ways she can.
So bless you mom!

And I also salute my three children who taught me how to be a mom... and helped me grow myself up as well... have grown into strong, beautiful human beings.  You're the best!

I hope this day of celebrating our mothers extends to self mothering self nurturing and recognizing the blessing in our lives. Blessed be!

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

New Moon Eclipse in Taurus 'Whoa Nellie'

"By expressing the 'want' while also letting go of “wanting” everything becomes possible, all possibilities are open, one possibility leading to another, and another, and another... "       Canto Dindi

Sun, Mars, Mercury and Moon all together in Taurus are amping up our needs and desires and increasing our drive to get them met. 

Saturn opposite says 'whoa Nellie'... 'slow down and take your time. Examine your motives. Can you trust in the universe and know that whatever happens, all will be well? '

Thursdays New Moon Eclipse pushes us to face these issues as it triggers the  release of the old so the new can manifest. (sound familiar? Notice we are having a lot of these in these powerful changing times?) 

Despite survival fears that may lurk in the background, this is a positive eclipse full of promise and rich reward. Abundance and healing are in the air.

Taurus is a rich earth mother. She wants to nourish us. Mars is desire and aggressive action. He wants to act.  Sun is the flame of self. It wants to shine.  Mercury is our thought process. It wants clarity.  Moon is our intuitive side, it wants to be heard.

If we ground our actions, thoughts, feelings and align with our deepest self (and not just our impatient ego self) we will find that everything we focus on now comes to fruition in its perfect time.

Moon and Sun together in Taurus create physical alchemy.  New Moon is seed time.

Taurus the Bull (masc) is plowing the field with patience, persistence, perseverance.

Taurus the Great mother (fem) is opening her arms in a warm abundant embrace.

 This past weekend,  Beltane marked the ancient Celtic spring festival where fires were lit to  draw down the Sun to warm the earth and  thaw it from winter cold. Men and women leaped over the fire and went off to couple in the bushes to  bring fertility to the earth. Men and women, boys and girls, wearing wreaths of  beautiful spring flowers,  danced around the Maypole (phallic symbol) combining and interweaving the colourful  ribbons into a pattern of beauty.   What a wonderful way to celebrate the combining of  creative energies that arises in spring. 

This is a rich time of the year in the Northern hemisphere as everything starts to burst into life (and its been long time coming this year).

As well as New Moon, which signifies the next cycle, the Eclipse brings an even stronger mandate to make a break from the past. This eclipse sits exactly on the south node of the Moon, representing our karmic inheritance. What have you to release? What are you holding onto? What would you like to create?

Taurus can be stubborn and possessive  and  Saturn in Scorpio can be obsessive/compulsive. Saturn sitting opposite this New Moon will make us look at what we are holding onto and ask us to face our deepest fears around getting our own needs met.  Earthy Taurus brings the focus to the physical plane and a reflection on ownership. Can we really own another? Are things really that important? What is it we truly want? Desire? Need?

How do we nurture ourself?

Time for something completely different?  Time for new ways of relating.

Rejoice. Enjoy. Celebrate. 

"In the end
these things matter most:

How well did you love?
How fully did you live?
How deeply did you let go?”