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