Friday, 24 October 2014

Venus in Scorpio: The Thief of Sleep

Did you see yesterday’s eclipse in Scorpio? Did you feel it?  The Sun Venus and Moon are now together in the sultry sexy sign of Scorpio (Venus: until November 17th). Not only does the scorpion rule sex, death and taxes, she also takes us deep into the underworld to access what hides beneath the surface appearances of things.

This is the land of depth psychology and emotional transformation/rebirth. As Venus, planet of love and relating,  travels through Scorpio’s realm, she will access the shadow world of the unconscious . This is not the time for superficiality or getting caught up in what is trivial. This is the time to forge deep, meaningful bonds through soul-to-soul communication and true intimacy. Leave behind your faded old projections and shed those rigid, inflexible armours you hope will protect you. Venus in Scorpio asks us to be emotionally authentic as we continue the unfolding of our innermost self.

“This Venus is the embodiment of Sophia, of Kali, the creator and destroyer, in the guise of Black Moon Lilith, the primal female force of the universe. She resonates with all dark Goddesses, witches and shamans of the dark mystery. Her great magic is the power of regeneration through direct experiences of sacrifice, surrender, sexuality and mysticism.” Kelly Hunter


Love is from the infinite, and will remain until eternity.
The seeker of love escapes the chains of birth and death.
Tomorrow, when resurrection comes,
The heart that is not in love will fail the test.

From Thief of Sleep
by Shahram Shiva
The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.

Lovers don't finally meet somewhere,
they're in each other all along.

From Essential Rumi
by Coleman Barks

Monday, 20 October 2014

New Moon SOLAR Eclipse in Scorpio, Thurs. Oct 23, (peaks 5:45 EDT/10:45 GMT). Shedding another layer!

Scorpio is about transformation of self through joining with others. It rules sex, death and shared resources (including inheritances, taxes etc). Its symbols are the snake, eagle, phoenix, scorpion. This is where we shed our skin to reveal a new layer of being. It is where the phoenix rises from the ashes.

Eclipses present a break with the past and a chance for a new beginning. At 0 degrees, this eclipse  also links to what is called the 'Aries point' (beginning of the zodiac) and thus is particularly potent (try saying that ten times!!!)   Within its shadow, we can we finally face those hidden parts of ourselves that keep us dancing in the dark. What ever you are clinging to, it’s time to let go.

The period between two eclipses is especially powerful. The Full Moon eclipse two weeks ago in Libra highlighted relationships and the underlying polarization of 'self' and 'other'. (see last post by scrolling down). 

And although a full moon is usually when things come to a peak… that process last time was eclipsed/blocked… so it feels like everything that has been building and building has had no release.  This New Moon eclipse marks a new beginning and will bring great relief as it clears away any residual tension and springboard us all forward at warp speed. Get ready for a quantum leap. (to see more specifically where this might occur for you personally, see tab for ‘houses’ at the top of page). 

Venus on the North Node (collective destiny point) right up to this eclipse has described  a key element in the current evolutionary direction of humankind. Love really is the answer. North Node in Libra  amplifies the focus on personal relationships as the arena for our intense transformation and change. Thing is, there can be no real relationship without a sense of self. Venus in now moving into Scorpio where that which is not you will be peeled away.

Without a clear identity, a solid sense of self, or a clear sense of what you want, you feel insubstantial, passive, and more vulnerable to external influences, especially the wishes of others. Because you feel (at an unconscious level) as if your sense of self can at any moment be overrun by more powerful outside forces, you are compelled to guard against people who seem strong or intrusive, or who get too close. Crisitna Louise Deitrich

So we build walls and layers to keep others out, yet long fervently for someone to overcome our barriers and to love and understand us. 

It’s not just romantic relationships that trigger our issues. These dynamics arise in our day-to-day encounters, work environment, family connections etc. All become the potential battlefields (or playgrounds) for the struggle between separating and uniting, between authenticity and interconnection, that  the current astrology is amplifying.

Pay close attention to what comes to light during the second half of this week for clues as to where your emotional energy needs healing or redirecting. Are you stuck in past hurts or resentments? Do these patterns repeat over and over again? Scorpio puts us face to face with our shadow.  Is it my stuff or your stuff I am seeing?

It’s important to remember that it is the hardest to see someone else’s pattern clearly when that pattern is triggering our own. — HPC curriculum (from above article)

There is hope.  Neptune and Chiron bring deep healing to this New Moon Eclipse. They will help us  heal our inner sense of separation from both our self and  others (and from source?). They tell us that it is this core wound that leads us to distrust ourselves and perceive others as a threat in the first place.

The recent Grand Trine in Fire signs has given us the energy, inspiration and motivation to move forward.

As we begin to heal our core and develop a stronger more healthy sense of self (Jupiter in Leo), we  arrive at the threshold of something larger than us, beginning with the union or connection with another human being or beings.. in Scorpio. Through this encounter, we either get burned and withdraw, or a sense of interconnection and unity develops  that transcends our difficulties.  And why stop there? Now we can begin to forge a link to an even greater reality. 

‘Universe’ means ‘one verse’. One song. We are all in this together. That is what the Aquarian age is all about. “I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.” (written during the last Uranus Pluto joining that marked the 60’s)

More good news: Besides the releasing quality of this eclipse, and the healing powers of Chiron and Neptune, Mercury’s last aspect before turning direct again on Saturday (just three days after the eclipse) is a positive connection to Jupiter… planet of joy and expansion. 

If you have been feeling dis’couraged’… Jupiter will activate that missing 'joie de vivre' (cheerful enjoyment of life)  like the lion in the Wizard of Oz who found out he had the courage in himself all along (‘if I only had the noyve…lalala)  

This sense of joyful expansion will help transform our strife and difficulties and move us out of oppositional energies into a true sense of unity and community(common unity) .

And remember, a New Moon is a seed time, as the Moon and Sun come together in the same sign,  so whatever intention you put forward now, and particularly in your relationships with others, has a greater potential to manifest. 

Sky's the limit!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Full Moon Eclipse in Aries: We are all in this Together!

"Today’s Full Moon Lunar Eclipse has the potential to be a huge turning point for all of us. 

Occurring at 2:50 am EDT, 7:50 am GMT etc… this powerful Full Moon eclipse sits at the Moon’s South Node, which represents the past. The Moon is conjunct Uranus in Aries, which in combination with the eclipse  represents a sudden break with the past. 

Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet of love.  Venus is sitting with the Sun on the North Node on Libra.  This is a hint as to what we need to embrace now.

 Eclipses signify endings and new beginnings, so something will be let go of now that will not return. Long term effects may ripple out over several months, but the seeds of change are being planted now. 

This is an excellent time to release old grudges and festering resentments, as well as situations that are just not working. What is not useful for our growth will drop away now. Its  time to evolve beyond those limiting ideas we have about ourselves (I'm so this, I'm too that) so we can move forward in a more conscious and expansive way. Check to see what house this falls in to see where you have something to let go of. (see tab for houses above) Get your chart for free at

Aries (south Node) is all about me, me, me! The Moon in Aries is a willful child… it wants what it wants. We sulk, we blame, we feel hard done by. We feel alone in the world.  That sense of separation we have within ourself can make us feel disconnected from everyone and block us from experiencing our true unity. 

This self centred Aries child will be stopped in its tracks by the Full Moon eclipse, to find healing in the embrace of Sun and Venus in Libra.  The North Node (destiny point) shows us where we must move toward if we want to evolve, which in Libra is about love as a uniting force for good in the world. It says YOU ARE NOT ALONE. 

This eclipse says LOVE IS OUR DESTINY. Not selfishness. Not aggression. It is time to stop fighting. Let go of all that resentment and always being so right. Who cares?  No one wins in that game.  Even if you win, you lose.

 The lesson now is to let go of ego based self-centredness and willfulness (Moon in Aries) and to seek  that unity. That starts with finding middle ground with those we live with, work with, sleep with, are related to (etc). Polarized situations show us where the work needs to be done.

The Full Moon eclipse is about knowing we are all in this together.  Love really is the answer.

It’s not about giving up yourself in order to please others; in fact it requires  a strong  sense of self (Aries) to be able to meet others half way (Libra) without compromising our own dignity and self worth. 

Jupiter in Leo says shine your light and be all you can be. 
Saturn in Scorpio says cleanup your stuff so you can stop being a victim.  
Pluto says let go of the old ways of operating.  
Mars in Sagittarius says seize the day!

We all have these moments where we have to grow up.   Choose to choose or choose not to... but you will choose all the same.  These eclipses (there is also solar eclipse in two weeks in Scorpio) will help us take out this garbage. The grand trine in fire signs can literally incinerate our stuff! Just be careful you don't get burned in the process!  

Co operation is key to survival.

Find the middle ground. Choose love. Choose peace. 

If not us - who? If not now- when?

Enjoy the eclipse! 

 Message from Hopi Elders
You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour. And there are things to be considered...
Where are you living?          What are you doing?

What are your relationships?
       Are you in right relation?

Where is your water?
Know your garden.

It is time to speak your Truth.
 Create your community.
 Be good to each other.
 And do not look outside yourself for the leader.
This could be a good time!
 There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.
Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.
See who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally. Least of all, ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt. The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves!
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration. We are the ones we've been waiting for.
Oraibi, Arizona
, Hopi Nation

Saturday, 4 October 2014

What does'nt kill you.....

Some days it really does feels like the 'Grand Irrationality' is getting the better of us!! (astrological energies (septiles) in play at the moment).  The last New and Full Moons set off some serious craziness. 

They both contained powerful links to both Neptune (the world of spirit, dissolving of reality) and Chiron (where we are wounded and healing ourselves) Both were in Virgo and I cannot tell you how may health crisis I have heard about in the last several weeks. These are all linked to unresolved emotional  stuff (Saturn in Scorpio) and not so easily resolved without doing some deep inner work. Facing our inner wound is probably the most uncomfortable and also the most profitable exercise we can do for ourself. Once we finally clean out  the toxic sludge blocking our wholeness we can move more freely and live more abundantly.

There is a very strong focus on relationships with others as the catalyst for the all this inner growth. Nothing like a little conflict to throw us back on ourselves, And what do we find there? It seems the  deepest wounding is around  lack of self love. Maybe we had trauma that split us off from ourselves, or maybe a lack of deep connection  has left us bereft of true sense of belonging. Knowing our true value and purpose is key to finding our way through these challenging times. 

Jupiter (expansion, joy) in Leo (self esteem) right now can really help us move into our true magnificence.

At the same time, Mars square Neptune has been causing a lot of confusion and weirdness in relation to our activities... (look up at top tabs for house position to see where this craziness might be affecting you).  Thank goodness that effect is waning and Mars (action and aggression) is now part of a Grand Trine formation in Fire signs linked to Jupiter in Leo and Uranus in Aries. Fire is feisty, impatient, and knows how to get things done. This is get up and go energy folks, so time to get up and get going.

Just be sure to look where you are going!

Cause we all know how upside down things can get when Mercury  turns retrograde. This time the planet of communication is reversing itself in the deep and murky waters of Scorpio, making it very possible to be sideswiped by unconscious issues that are lurking beneath the surface. Saturn in Scorpio has been digging these up all year, and as of today, Mercury retrograde in Scorpio will be like a detective ... it will leave no stone unturned in its quest for the inner truth. This aspect  gives us 'night vision' into the depths below (our conscious awareness)  where there is much treasure to be found. It's not an easy task and some of us will resist and be forced into facing ourselves via a crisis or challenge. This is not a punishment, though it is perhaps a pruning. 

 I know it seems all this cleansing and removing  old baggage has been going on for ages! I guess there are a few more layers to go.... so we can finally be who we are truly meant to be.

Saturn (karma, lessons) will soon be in Sagittarius, sign of  the spiritual adventurer and galactic explorer. Mars is there now. Everything is saying lets do what we need to do to make sure this planet not only survives, but thrives!!!  And how can we do that without a sense of our own worth and value? 
Happy people, happy planet!

There is a Full Moon eclipse on Wed Oct 8th which will move some more energy as well.Eclipses bring endings and new beginnings. I will write about that  in the next couple of days.

So, as usual, lots going on. Just remember: 'What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.'