Friday, 21 June 2013

Water water everywhere! Summer Solstice. Super Full Moon.

Happy Solstice everyone!

Today (Friday) the Sun stood still at 0 degrees Cancer.

 It is the longest day of the year and the first day of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere (the reverse in the southern hemisphere)

After a momentary pause (of a few days), the daylight hours will start getting shorter(!!)

Make hay while the Sun shines!

A Sun/Jupiter combination has been spreading some very good vibes our way for a couple of weeks now... peaking this past Wednesday.

As the  Sun now shifts into Moon ruled Cancer, it completes a wonderful and healing Grand Trine in Water.
This grand trine is an equilateral triangle between Sun/Jupiter in Cancer, Neptune in Pisces and Saturn in Scorpio... all water signs.

Then Sunday's Super Full Moon in Capricorn sits opposite the expanded Sun in Cancer. A Super Moon is closer to earth, appears much bigger and has a stronger effect on tides and on our psyches.

After two years of shake down, let go, stops and starts, it's time for healing. All this water brings us a powerful  dose of fullness, compassion, love and nurturing to help us integrate all the changes we have been put through during this major transition time on planet Earth. Not that the changes are over, in fact they may have just begun, but a short pause to soak in a cozy warm tub of nurturing water seems a nice idea!

The planets are spreading out now and creating a bridge from air to water. Jupiter is still in Gemini for a few more days, while Mars remains there a bit longer.

Air is about abstract thought, mental activity, concepts, communication, technical savvy etc. It defines the space between people, and how we communicate to others. In excess, it creates too much abstraction and a sense of separation and aloneness.

On the positive side, the  recent Sun/Jupiter combo in Gemini gave us :

Expansion, Enthusiasm. Exuberance. Exhilaration!!!

Sometimes all that enthusiasm causes us to over do.  Expansion in ideas, communication, Internet activity, communication etc can sometimes become a tendency to  'over commit and under deliver'(oops) Too much time on the Internet or phone or facebook... ahhhhhh; too little actual results.

Has  that been you lately? Have you been spreading yourself too thin?   I have!  And one result is that my good intentions on here re incorporating peoples charts have been waylaid and now I am playing a mad game of catch up. ( I will get there...)

If you too have seen your plans going awry, it may also have been due to being under the influence (that can be taken literally or figuratively) of  Mars (action) square Neptune (fog). Their energy together is like those old Cheech and Chong stoner stories where the guy goes off to the kitchen to get something to eat and never returns. His friends find him hours later  tripping out  on the stuff in the fridge...  feeding his munchies and his imagination, lost to the outer world.       Life is sometimes stranger than fiction!!

(I'll vouch for that!)

Luckily the Mars Neptune strangeness is fading, though I wouldn't under estimate its continuing ability to thwart your plans.  Some things are still going sideways, upside down and every which way but up! I for one am giving up on agendas right now (as they aren't working anyway!!) and just going with the flow at the moment. Whew!

And FLOW is the operative word!!

As the Sun moves into Sign of Cancer as  it opposes the Full Moon, completing what is now a Grand Trine in Water signs.

Water water everywhere!

We will see the gradual shift of emphasis from  air (thinking, speaking, communication in general) to  water (emotional, intuitive, inner focused) manifesting over the coming months.

 There's gonna be a whole lot of feelin' goin' on!!

This  transition to  water dominant astrology means we get more in touch with our hearts and let go (just a bit) of our attachment to our minds (logic, over thinking, mental control). It's a tricky balance.

Water = feelings, emotions, nurturing, intuition, flow.
 Both combined =  Emotional Intelligence.

This means  we will all be experiencing more  feeling energy than we have in a while (even if you are a water sign already, even more than usual)
Remember this is the Chinese Year of the Water Snake.... a time of emotional cleansing.

Let the rain wash everything clean.

To some that is a scary thought. When the flood gates let loose all manner of strange things can occur!! Feelings can be scary and overwhelming. What to do with your anger, fear, anxiety? How do you deal with emotions long buried suddenly coming up into the light of day? Everything can seem murky at first,  as the mud(buried feelings)  at the bottom gets stirred up.

As I say that, the news where I live is full of tales of flooding after excessive rains. Our whole downtown core is under water, some towns are being evacuated, many are without power or electricity. On the news I also see that in India there are the worst floods in many years, and even Switzerland has had a freaky storm with high winds and flooding.

Muddy water is everywhere, and the clean up may take many months. A perfect metaphor for this transition into water.

 I would imagine those places experiencing flooding will have a strong astrological  link to this Grand Trine in Water (that study is called astro-cartography... not my speciality so I will leave that for another astrologer).

Anyway, back to my bridge analogy: the recent Jupiter Sun conjunction (exact Wed) in Gemini revved  up our thinking processes big time and  many of us  may have over-committed to a million trillion ideas, plans, possibilities (Mercury ruled Gemini likes variety and change). 

So much to do so little time!

Now, as the Sun (our radiance, our will) and Jupiter (expansion, joy, higher learning and spiritual knowledge)  move into the watery realm of the crab, their dynamic fusion will help us in the  process of emotional self renewal.

The primordial element of water  will gently wash over us like a  swelling wave, washing away the mud, slowing us down, smoothing our troubled brows. It will  sooth and quiet our over worked brains as we sink into ourselves a little more each day.

On the collective front,  this watery energy field will  help us all shift into a more soul based way of living.

Time to get out of our heads and more into our hearts!

The dominance of Water elements in this years astrology signals  the 'Rise of The Feminine' (the 'Power Within').
We have been under the thumb of patriarchy (Power Over) for too long.

As the Full Moon joins Pluto in the father sign of Capricorn,  it reaches across to the Sun shining brightly in  the sign of the mother, and  heralds her return.

It's time to honour the oldest, deepest source of soul wisdom that lies buried inside all of us.  She has been held down and suppressed for too long. The long winter of discontent is ending... and it is time to celebrate her/our reawakening. It has begun.

Happy Full Moon/Solstice/awakening!!

Friday, 7 June 2013

New Moon in Gemini: Part One

I am trying something new this week, and wouldn’t you know it I got sidetracked today by a storm warning…had to rush around covering all the new little shoots in my sweet little garden so the possible hail won’t crush them all. Then, thinking I had all evening to finish, an invite to dinner.   Already the surprise aspects of the New Moon are manifesting (and it is just a couple degrees from my Venus so I am in line for all of it!! Fun!)

So I am going to divide things up in two. The first half will be a brief synopsis of tomorrows (Saturday) New Moon in Gemini. The second half will be an examination of some personal charts in connection to the current astrology. Many people have provided their birth info so I have a variety of choices (again, perfect Gemini occurrence). If you have sent me your info, please be patient, as I have never done this before. It may take a few weeks to iron out the wrinkles…

To begin: This weekend is dominated by Saturday’s New Moon in Gemini. Gemini’s ruler, Mercury, squares Uranus (the Awakener) so we can expect some surprises, some unexpected conversations or   sudden changes in our understanding (Mercury. This New Moon energy poses a great opportunity for communication breakthroughs; you can rest assured, people will be taking to each other.

And even though Gemini can sometimes be accused of being a bit scattered and superficial, or even two faced (duality, twins), the opposition between Mercury and Pluto brings intensity, depth and meaning to our.  Perhaps a truth will out; something long held back might finally be spoken. Pluto is not always comfortable so some of what gets said could make us squirm a little.

Added to that, the square between Mars and Neptune could activate some fairly dodgy energy. Mars (action, desire) in Gemini is not at its best (pulled in two directions) and Neptune can blur and confuse things in all sorts of unexpected ways. Our intentions and actions (Mars) could become rather strange and twisted, or miscontrued, and misundertood. If you have Mars in Gemini, you may thrive on the bizarre kind of mind games that can be played under this influence. The rest of us might not like it so much.

So, a warning here to be very cautious around promises made, agreements signed etc. Read the small print (twice!) Conversations may start in one direction and end up going completely sideways …expect the unexpected.

Don’t worry, there will still be a lot of upbeat, friendly vibes  making the rounds… just make sure you listen careful and don’t take anything as gospel truth.

A New moon is the conjunction of Sun(masc./yang) and Moon (fem, yin) Their joining up in Gemini brings the birth of new ideas ,new ways of thinking and better ways of communicating (Neptune aside).

Jupiter’s powerful presence here (conjunct the Moon) means a great expansion of options and possibilities, increasing our enthusiasm, curiousity, and open mindedness. New vistas are opening up now for many. This is an excellent time for learning new stuff, or for interacting with neighbours, friends, social networking etc.

So enjoy the light breezy atmosphere of a Gemini Moon, and tomorrow we will examine the deeper stuff going on in the background. (and forgive my typos… this was a speed writing test if ever there was one. Again…Gemini energy at its best!!)

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Moving right along

Time for something a bit different.

 I have been wanting to switch the focus here for a while now...  to get back to my own interest in personal astrology/psychology. As next week (June 8th) is a New Moon in Gemini (new cycle/ writing, communication)... I think I will wait till then to start. My plan is to use aspects in people's charts re to demonstrate  current Astrology. I will start with my own Saturn return which is coming up to discuss the current retrograde of Saturn through Scorpio (digging deep, facing the shadow)(yeah great fun).

If you want me to use your info, write to me with the time, day and place of birth. (even if you have no birth time there will still be something we could look at.  I will probably focus on a particular aspect that lines up with what's going on currently (with your permission, and of course names will be omitted). These will not be complete readings (sorry but thats where I am trying to make a living)... Do write  if you want to participate... should be an excellent learning experience for us all.

Meanwhile, as we are in the last week of a waning Moon, I thought I'd add a quick review of the last very intense month.

If you have felt a bit anxious, sad, depressed, shaken up, or even delighted, awakened, changed in some deep way, I would guess that you are being worked on by the current galactic atmosphere that is shaking and waking us up BIG TIME!

For instance, we just had three powerful eclipses in a row.

Eclipses bring about changes, deaths, sudden shifts. They ripple out for a few weeks or months depending on their strength. This last one for instance was of minor strength but powerful due to aspects to other planets... so a powerful punch lasting a short while.

The first two eclipses were between Taurus/Scorpio... and as both these signs a very survival oriented, the eclipses may have triggered anxiety, fear, relationship issues, breakups etc. Or they could have brought to the fore just what you do have that feeds or nurtures you (Taurus) and that you want to share with others (Scorpio).

The last one was last Fri/Sat  in Sagittarius/Gemini,  affecting our belief systems.  So more of a mental clear out. (of course depends on where in chart). We do get very attached to our way of thinking...!

All of the above have been about release of old stuff to make way for new energies coming in. Can be scary and threatening to the old brain patterns (fear, survival, negative thinking).

On top of that, on Monday May 20th we had the third of the Uranus Pluto squares...(wake up/shake up)(similar energy to the sixites but more powerful)... and that energy is still rippling out into the environment. Have you noticed the constant stream of revolution, uprisings, protests etc going on around the world?  Big time pressure/shifts/breaking free type of energy. Depending on where they land in a person's chart, it can be very very intense and challenging. So lots of planetary  upheaval, feeling turned upside down  etc. On a physical level we've seen an increase in earthquakes, tornados etc)

Relationships are also under ongoing pressure; one's that need clearing or ending are going through a major pruning process. This is about solidifying what is working and clearing away what is not!

My own chart has been strongly aspected by all three eclipses and I have been (at moments)  struggling with depression, anxiety, tension...  seemingly out of the blue. Well, not really that out of the blue; just brought to a head by these eclipses. Saturn that is the culprit, moving backward in my 12th house(deep unconscious)... (More on that next week).

On the bright side, this last Full Moon eclipse in Sagittarius had a positive clearing effect, bringing in the new energy accompanied by a broader perspective (see last post: Translucidity))

Oh one more thing: I have been told that a few weeks ago there occured big time solar flares, which apparently sent very high frequency solar waves, affecting us on many levels.

Is that enough?!!

And BTW: This is the  Year of the Snake: so overall it is a time for emotional clearing/healing/transformation. Seems we all may be shedding a skin or two!! Right now we are about to enter a powerful Grand Trine in Water... so everything that has been shaken up can be washed clean.

Right now, Gemini is continuing to amplify our urge to communicate and connect to each other, and planets starting to move into Cancer will bring our our emotional sensitivities and need for love and nurturing.

A lot of the last year or so has been about the relationship self and other right now... who am I and who are you and how do we relate to each other?  That starts with self-awareness, self-acceptance, self love, self nurturing.
This weekends Moon in Pisces brings out our  compassion (for self and other).

Do as you would be done by.

Best advice?  Nurture yourself. Start at home.  Plant your own garden, and when your flowers bloom, others will be drawn to them/you! And if not, they are there for you to enjoy.  (plus you make the world a more beautiful place)