Thursday, 20 November 2014

New Moon in Sagittarius: From Darkness to Light

How are you all doing? Still on the planet and hanging on for the ride?  Since early September everything seems to have been amped up again as the acceleration continues. Many a person's  life has been turned upside down and inside out. 

At this time of year in the Northern hemisphere where I live, the days are getting shorter and shorter, as we head toward the longest night of the year. Its seems the darkness is fuller at this time of year as branches are stripped of leaves and the ground lies bare or covered with snow. 

Halloween, Samhain, and the Day of the Dead all recently celebrated the process of death of decay as a key part of the cycle of life. And yet even in the darkness a candle flickers.  The New Moon in Sagittarius shines a light  in the darkness, reminding us that the winter solstice is only a month away, and that even in times of  death and endings, there is always hope.

There has been so much  intense emotional cleansing in the past few years is to make way for a new way of functioning... both in the world and of the world. The old way is not working and we are being prepared for something entirely different (Uranus in Aries).  It is going to take some time for a total shift to happen and in the meantime there is much work to be done.  

In this necessary clearing process we need to release the old patterns and ways of thinking,  to be better equipped to move into the new paradigm. The  Age of Aquarius is about raising our consciousness to be based on the collective good, and the betterment of humanity, so must be rooted in a deep connection to source and to each other, rather than on separation, survival, greed and fear. Looking around us (and  inside us)  there is clearly a fight going on between the forces of contraction and expansion, between darkness and light, as some parts move more easily into new ways of being and other parts resist the changes.

This fight can be seen as ultimately within the self (as within, so without)  as we strive to integrate disparate parts of our psyche that have become fragmented and alienated from each other. 

Saturn in Scorpio is  the grim reaper, bringing endings and  necessary pruning. Experiences triggered by Saturn, in the sign of death and transformation, have faced us with our shadow side; those survival based parts of us that usually lie hidden in the depths of our subconscious. Saturn and then recently Saturn/Mars have forced us into direct confrontation with these less acknowledged aspects of our own nature; our fears; our sexual hangups (shame); our  abandonment issues, our poverty consciousness, our survival issues. And perhaps beneath it all lies a  fear of our own magnificence. 
"Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?"     (rest of poem at bottom of page)

"There is a part of you that resists, that lurks in the shadows, terrified of your greatness.  Do not expect it to announce itself, for that is not its way. It prefers to be cloaked in mystery, revealing itself in seemingly unrelated symptoms or moods.  It is as much a part of your human life as your yearning.  Indeed, without it, there would be no yearning.

It is only through understanding that this beast is tamed.  You know you cannot drive it from the fields of your consciousness.  You have exhausted yourself trying.

One day you come to the realization that the beast is not a thing apart, that the body has not gone rogue, that you did not just "catch" something. This is not how the universe works, no matter what your mind might tell you. What you have "caught" are your own deepest, darkest fears, returning to you in physical form, begging to be acknowledged and released.

Let us shift our persepctive here and now.  Let us decide that this pain is a messenger.  Let us walk together on this path.  Let us hold hands, for we know how difficult this can be."
Ted Slipchinsky, The Other Ted Talks FB

There has  been an ongoing emphasis on relationship that began  last year with Mars and then Saturn moving through Libra. The recent eclipse between Aries and Libra increased the pressure between  'I and Thou'... providing us with many a mirror for this internal cleansing process, as people around us embodied  or triggered  uncomfortable and unconscious feelings via some sort of crisis, confrontation or disappointment.

This has not been a particularly easy process and some relationships have ended under the strain. On the other hand, many  partnerships and relationships will now be even stronger, because, as we take responsibility for our own 'stuff' (Saturn in Scorpio) we free up those projections and are able to see each other with new eyes.

The New Moon in Sagittarius presents an influx of new energy that will help lift us out of these dark crevices and bring us back into the light. Mars is there ahead of the other planets, forging the trail as it charges at mock speed in search of the great adventure.

And what greater adventure could there be than to find out who we are and why we are here? For without that knowing, we wander aimlessly in the dark, acting out scripts we were handed a long time ago that have nothing to do with who we truly are. Sagittarius is about knowing ourself on a soul level and  this Sagittarius New Moon will re activate the quest for truth and meaning!

In the meantime, and parallel to this opening, there  is still some shadow dancing to be done, as Saturn hovers at the end of Scorpio for the New Moon cycle. On Friday, in the 'Dark of the Moon'... and as the Moon passes over Saturn, these shadow feelings could become more pronounced, and a sense of gloom and doom could prevail.  Don't let it.  Know that whenever a door closes, another one opens. The New Moon in Sagittarius will help open that door.

At the same time, the Lord of karma (Saturn) will remain in a push-pull with  Jupiter in Leo until the summer of 2015,  zig zagging back and forth between Scorpio and Sag  within the field of tension we call a 'square'.  Squares impel us to action  and invoke some sort of change.  Saturn is where we resist change, as we contract and toughen up. For some time now we have been learning through restrictions and  challenges that are forcing us to grow up and take responsibility for our lives.

"We may get glimpses of insight and understanding into recent conflicts and jarring challenges, and find ourselves actually more secure, grounded, and seeing a bigger picture."
Robert Wilkinson, Aquarius Papers

 Jupiter is where we expand and grow. In Leo that is a joyous and generous experience, and Saturn's influence means will be grounded even as we are lifted up.   We will feel things lighten as Saturn moves moving out of the shadows and into the lighter and brighter sign of Sagittarius, though the continuing square means the challenge to growth will continue.

 Its not so bad. Jupiter in Leo is bringing us into a new and  glorious sense of self. This is where we learn and grow and gain  spiritual wisdom through a sense of adventure that includes  play and travel  as well as higher learning.  The combination of Saturn and Jupiter will ensure that we integrate both sides of the journey of self, the ups and the downs. Every great adventure has its trials and tribulations, and it is through these that we 'prove our mettle' to become the best that we can be. As we face our limitations (Saturn) we are forced to grow (Jupiter) and  discover new ways of being (Jupiter in Leo). 

All this is making us stronger and more flexible than we could ever imagine as we continue to move through the great shake down (Pluto square Uranus) that is taking us into a new era.

Meanwhile, watch the Moon as it wanes to a thin crescent, then disappears altogether. As we enter the shadows one more time, become aware of what comes up for you that is ready to be released.   These days just before the New Moon require...  

'a total abandonment, total surrender, in order to allow the next Lunar Theme to sprout in its purity. Let go of all fears, worries, and self-judgment. Become empty, a clear vessel.'     (

The  New Moon in Sagittarius can bring us into an expanded awareness. IT'S TIME TO AWAKEN TO OUR OWN MAGNIFICENCE!   Get ready to set your intention and make it 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, and 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 will not 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 is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. 
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.        
                               Marianne Williamson 

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Full Moon in Taurus: Enough is enough!

On Thursday November 6th, the Full Moon sits at the exact midpoint of Taurus, with the Sun sitting opposite at the exact midpoint of Scorpio.

This means we are exactly half way between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter Solstice. We have  arrived at a peak moment that brings to a head all those issues that have been stirred up by the last two powerful eclipses (scroll down to see recent posts).

Key words: surrender, control, assertiveness, attachment, letting go, getting real, getting grounded, patience, forbearance, trust.

This  midpoint is in fixed signs and is similar to the equinox, when we take a pause to look back to see how far we have come, and look forward to see where we are going.  In the Northern hemisphere where I live, at this time of year much is dying as winter approaches.  The days are getting shorter and the night feels somehow darker as we  enter a shadow dance with nature. As you pause before entering the dark, don't forget to stop and touch the earth.

The Full Moon invites us to take a moment out from all our busy –ness, and let mother earth (Taurus) remind us that all is well, as she grounds and nurtures us in her abundant arms. Sit in stillness, walk in nature, enjoy the crunch of fallen leaves as we breath in the fresh autumn air.

Then, have a look at what you have accumulated in your life. Is it enough? Is it too much? Taurus represents the ‘stuff’ we acquire and how it makes us feel. 

Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) represent the holding and consolidation of energy = power.
Are you feeling empowered or power-less?

Trust is an issue here. Will you make it through another cold dark winter?  Even when mother earth whispers in your ear that you are safe and you are loved, do you believe her?  Do you even hear her? Some of us are made deaf by the incessant drone of survival fears and feelings of lack (Saturn in Scorpio) No matter how much you have,  do you hear only the anxiety driven cries of ‘not enough….’  

Taurus says you do have enough.  You are enough! Find our self worth and intrinsic value. That is the source of your true power.

Jupiter in Leo empowers us by reminding us of our true magnificence. Saturn in Scorpio,  tempers us by making us get real and grow up! Claiming our mastery and facing and owning our foibles is challenging, but has many rewards. Be the master of your own ship!

Venus with the Sun and Saturn in Scorpio says ‘love the one you’re with’. Even if you feel alone, there is someone there with you. Look in the mirror … that one is you!!! Then, once you have faced and embraced our own self, you can share that love with the assurance that you are enough, and there is enough (love, food, money, pleasure) to go round.

This can be a big challenge when those negative voices conspire to convince us that we are alone (Saturn Venus).

Time to shed a skin or two to become the one that knows who they are. Release those old voices. Claim your self worth ! 

And if there are people or situations that are not working in your best interests or holding you back, shed them too!!! But before you throw the baby out with the bathwater, make sure that what you are rejecting is not something you will regret later. The Scorpio mirror sitting opposite the Full Moon reminds us that much of what we see in others is actually a projection of our own stuff.(our own shit!)

It gets tricky doesn’t it? How do we measure these things? How do we know what we need to hold onto and what we need to release?

That tension is part of the Full Moon polarity. The Taurus Moon will put us in touch with our inner sense of self and with our core values, so we will be better able to make those choices. 

 Despite appearances to the contrary, we  do live in an abundant universe. We are enough. 

Be patient with yourself and others as you seek this  midpoint of stability.

From that still point… all things are possible.