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@

Monday, 14 October 2013

An Attitude of Gratitude

Today is Thanksgiving in Canada. I am cooking the traditional turkey ... which the native community calls the 'giveaway' bird. It's symbolism is about giving as an act of honouring all those who are in our lives and the abundant universe that provides life for all. I am deeply grateful for my family and friends  in my life  who  remind me of the beauty of being human. The newest addition to our family is my granddaughter Izzy, who at 10 months old is so innately happy, inquisitive, and open to everything. Born under the sign of Sagittarius, she is truly an embodiment of the current Venus in Sagittarius energy.

Venus is love, and Sagittarius is about being our truest, largest self. And about gratitude.

Children remind us of our innate innocence through their pure nature ... still intact before so much gets dumped on them in the process of adapting to the outer world. Then their journey, as ours,  is to find our way back to that original innocence. Too bad we have to lose it... but anyway...there is a way back and luckily, after so much searching, we discover it was inside of us all the time. That  is the Sagittarius journey. It calls us home.

 I am very grateful for the reminder my little Sagittarius  brings me when I see her cheeky grin.

 I  think we can also honour those who are not so comfortably in our lives, because they are often our greatest teachers. I have a few of these uncomfortable mirrors right now, as Saturn moves through my most hidden 12th house. They are showing me my own shadow side very aptly, as Saturn in Scorpio is urging them to do. The work of self recognition is sped up considerably by these people don't you think? (even though sometimes I do wish they would just go away!!!)

The current astrology continues to be focused on relationships and transformative love. The New Moon last week  in Libra,  sign of relationships, urged us to  find harmony and balance with others in the midst of so much chaos.

Libra's ruling planet, Venus,  just moved into Sagittarius, sign of expansion and freedom. Sagittarius is the location of the galactic core, centre of our universe. It is the sign of a universal force that is continually sending out a beacon... to guide us back to source.

The planet of love,  now activating that call, is amping up our adventurous spirit. Venus also now still slightly squared Mars... (waning) as well as Neptune. Mars/Venus squares are feisty, scrappy times that can also provide us with some extra juicy erotic charge. Venus Square Neptune warns of illusions and attractions that can pull us off course. Addicted love falls under this influence. Yet ironically, this aspect can also signify a most spiritual awakening through love. Choose wisely.

With Mars and Neptune sitting opposite each other, Mars ego drives are weakened.  This can be frustrating as sometimes our actions (Mars)  do not bear fruit under the misty veil of Neptune.   Mars in proud self centred Leo does not like this at all... yet that humility will be useful when Mars moves into Virgo and the focus is more on service to others. Meanwhile, when plans go awry,  we can learn a little humility as  Neptune in Pisces activates our compassion and our forgiveness of ourselves and others.

In all of this, Venus in Sagittarius is the focal point . She invites us into a more expansive, spiritually based love; a love that is not about possession or pettiness or ego, but on a sense of who we really are.

There's a beautiful prayer that reminds me of this:

"I am infinite being, innocent, whole, free. All is forgiven, all is released."   (source unknown)

There is a lot more to say about the upcoming Eclipse Full Moon this Friday, Oct 18th... but I think I will leave it till next post.

In the meantime, if you feel a bit lost....  remember that, like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, all we  have to do is click the ruby slippers and say...

"There's no place like home, there's no place like home"...

Gratitude opens the heart.

Happy Thanksgiving/Harvest from Canada.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

New Moon in Libra (Friday) FInding Balance Amidst Chaos

A New Moon is a seed energy created by the combining (conjunction) of Sun and Moon in the same area of the sky. As Sun (conscious) and Moon (unconscious)  join forces, whatever intention we put out at this time will carry over into the coming month. The astrology of the New Moon also gives us a sense of the overall energy we will be dealing with in weeks to come. A sliver of light will start to appear as the Moon begins anew its monthly cycle.

The New Moon yesterday was in the sign of Libra. This puts the focus on balancing and harmonizing our relationships. Sun (masculine) and Moon (feminine) in conjunction bring out the inherent dynamics of union. In Libra we seek fairness, justice and harmony.  That may be a bit tricky now, because, as usual these days, there are some strange and intense energies going on. 

Both the Moon and Sun in square (tension, action) to Pluto (the destroyer, transformer) and Jupiter (expansion, exaggeration) and opposite Uranus in Aries (breaking free, new vision, the awakener)

This can create very polarized situations, with all aspects fighting for dominance. We resist change; we are impelled to change. We want to break free, we want to be in control, we want to protect and cherish, we want to break down and destroy. We want to be left alone, we crave company. The ensuing tension can rattle the best of us.

We will really need Libra’s harmonizing effects to get through this with ease and grace.

A grand cross formation, with the focus equally on all points, is  like a diamond; the extreme pressure can crush us, or it can form something that is beautiful, clear and extremely durable and of great value. 

This diamond of great value is made of fairness and discernment (Mercury), perseverance (Pluto),generousity and flexibility (Jupiter) , creativity and innovation (Uranus).

What will crush us is our  ignorance (what we ignore) , stubbornness; inflexibility, fear … resistance.

Amazing what a relationship can bring out in us eh?
So much to hold onto, so much to run away from.

Yet really, it’s all in us. The other is just the trigger, the mirror.

Saturn in Scorpio continues to demand that we face our own foibles and take responsibility for our own sh*%!!
Don’t follow the example of world politics, where everyone says it’s the other guy’s fault. No one steps up and nothing changes.  Mars coming opposite Neptune means this game of smoke and mirrors will continue.

We see this in play now as most powerful government in the world is shut down, the Fukashima nuclear disaster is (potentially) about to blow (again) leaking dangerous levels of radioactive material into currents that will take them around the world (Pluto rules radioactivity), world financial markets continue to teeter on the brink of collapse, rising sea levels threaten coastal cities.... on it goes.

Sorry, I know you don’t need me to remind you that it's a mad world!! There is always drama and trauma going on throughout history.  Yet there are key times when everything seems to be happening at once, and this is certainly one of those. This time has been prophesied of for along time now; the birth of a new age is upon us.  And if we look at the planetary signatures occurring now, we get a sense of the energies at work. There is so much potential for growth and for change;  nothing is solid, nothing is set in stone. 

That can be a good thing, or a bit scary!

If you are in the cross hairs at this moment (duck!!)!... it’s very important to work with, not against these powerful energies. No point in resisting, they are more powerful than you. They can transform you even as they strip you down. And it can be very exciting to break free of old restrictions, as long as there is something better to replace them with. The trick is to do it consciously.

We are co creators in our own lives, which means we can respond and react to events according to our own choice. And though it can be somewhat daunting and/or overwhelming if they are hitting you directly, these highly creative, dynamic forces of change can bring much needed clearing and positive movement into our lives.

New Moon in Libra says: see the beauty in it all!! Find inner balance in the midst of outer chaos. Love the one you're with.

And you will emerge victorious!!