Monday, 20 April 2015

When the going gets tough, the tough get going!

Saturday April 18th was a New Moon in  Aries. A New Moon is a seed time... whatever we plant now will have extra impetus to grow and bloom. As this event occured in late Aries, we might consider this a late start, but  a good start nonetheless. Whatever you have been working on will start to bear fruit now.

Being the first sign of the zodiac, Aries is a fiesty, asserive,  pioneering type of get and go energy. This is a time for self actualization as we move forward at mach speed. If you have planets or key angles  in the  late degrees of Aries,  on  in fact any of the cardinal signs (Cancer, Libra, Capricorn)  you are probably now  blasting  out of the starting gate after a month of endings and new beginnings. In fact, with two eclipses behind us, many will be finding themselves somewhere completely different from where they were standing just one month ago. We should have offloaded a lot of  excess baggage by now, and are well into your new adventure.

A New Moon in Aries is the perfect grand finalle to add to the plethora of fiery influences we have had recently. Have you felt all worked up or impatient or just plain jittery? Yet despite all that fire (i.e. action) , there's been a bit of a two-steps- forward, one-step- backward type of scenario, so you may welcome one more blast to propell us  beyond stalled  projects or rerouted journeys. Whatever you have been trying to get started or moving is surely moving now.

Risk, adventure, self expression are all favoured under Aries, set against a background of continuing intensity and pressure from Pluto and Uranus.  Although  the worst tension of that square is now past us, these powerful forces will contiue their battle for supremecy for quite some time, so we can expect more of the same upheaval, change and wake em up/ shake em up energy we have come to know and love.

As the saying goes... 'When the going gets tough, the tough get going!'

I love this time of year. So much life bursting at the seams.

Today I was hiking up a small canyon in the rocky mountains with my son and daughter. We live in the northern hemisphere and the long winter is finally over. It was a very warm day and while a small stream trickled down the rocks,  my son told us it would soon be pouring  through the canyon  as the snow higher up in the mountains begins to melt. A short while later he suddenly said ' listen!'  ... and when we did we could hear water rushing.   We looked up just in time to see a wide stream come splashing over the top of the rocks,  where  seconds before it had been just a trickle .   There was no threat ... and we were thrilled to be there at that exact moment it all kicked off. 

Thats exactly what I am talking about,  one minute everything seems quiet and the next minute it's all happening.

Then after all this fiery impulsive energy, we will be gradually moving earthward into a more sustained and grounded period ruled by Taurus, sign of the great mother/earth goddess. She has what it takes to give those seeds (plans, ideas, projects) the earthing and nurturing they need to germinate.  As the sap  starts to  flow  our senses begin to awaken and we renew our connection to the earth. 

Sun (self actualization)  moved into Taurus April 20th. Mercury (thinking, communicating) already in in Taurus from April 14th, and Mars (action, intention)  is  in Taurus until May 11th. Thats a lot of Taurus. The sign of the earth bull says easy does it: slow and steady wins the race.

That said,  Mars current tension with Jupiter can turn initiative into  push and shove. Mars in Taurus extreme stubborness can be at odds with Jupiter in Leo's pride, so be aware that any percieved slights or overstepped boundaries will appear much larger than in fact they are.  Let many thngs pass. Allow room to grown along side each other and remember to say please and thankyou!

Venus in Gemini wants everyone to get along.

In fact, she wants a party. When dealing with difficult people, kindness and good manners can go a long way toward  smoothing things over.   Venus in Gemini's excellent communication skills can help us negotaite the fallout from those angry outbursts or impatiant moments. The North Node (collective destiny point)  in Libra reminds us that we are all in this together. Aries is all about 'me', and Libra is all about 'we'. Finding the middle ground is the key to success.

 And despite all its craziness, it is still a beautiful world, and if we take care of her, mother earth will be there to nuruture and sustain us in our times of need.

 And if we dont, she wont.

Friday, 3 April 2015

New moment, New choice.Full Moon Eclipse in Libra 2015

 Saturday is a Super Full Moon Eclipse in Libra. It’s that time again! New moment , new choice!

Eclipses are about endings and new beginnings; a rebirth, a reboot, a new start. What will be eclipsed (overshadowed, blocked, ended) in our lives is in fact what needs to go; this is a release mechanism so we can make our way into new territory. Its about learning how to balance your own needs (Sun in Aries) with your need to connect to others (Moon in Libra). If thats difficult, the eclipse will help remove whatever is standing in the way. 

Libra is all about relationships, so an eclipse here  brings a welcome change in how we are relating to others. If you feel stuck in a rut, you are about to get rocket boosted clear out of it! If you are carrying an emotional  load that's weighing you down,  you can expect some of your personal baggage will be jettisoned at the speed of sound. 

Some relationships could end under/around this eclipse, and  most will be faced with the need to change in some way. Forgiveness and compassion were a key element of the last eclipse in Pisces, and we can use those qualities to move on from old hurts recriminations etc. 

Of course we can work with this energy or against it. We can hold on to those grudges and keep perpetuating the same ol' same ol'. We do have a choice.

That total solar eclipse in visionary Pisces activated the need to move beyond our petty ego stuff and open/surrender to a higher vision. We are being called to step into our true self and let go of outdated outworn layers of adaptation that have nothing to do with who we really are. Whether you are playing the parent or the child, the victim or the abuser, the lover or the loser, know that these are just roles and not who you really are. 

So much is working to bring us into alignment with our true humanity, which is rooted in the divine(whatever that means to you) Its a higher calling and a higher nature that can allow us to move in this world with integrity and grace and a natural authority rather than an imposed one.

 I am sure you have  been feeling it. The last two weeks as we were bridging the  two eclipses ... we also had a big blast of solar flare activity. Has anyone else felt uber sensitized, pressurized and intense? Or have you felt caught between a rock and a hard place, wanting, needing to move forward, impelled to move forward, yet still hesitating?

Now's your moment to finally let go. 

 Time seems to be both accelerated and pressurized. Things are developing at an alarming rate.  Choices are in our face.  

Both Sun and Uranus in proximity the  South Node of the Moon  means we really must release the past to be able to face the future with new energy.  Pluto will help us break us out of those stuck patterns. All this can feel fated or out of our control, yet we really do have a choice. We can stay exactly where we are, doing exactly what we have been doing for oh so long, and get exactly the same results. Hmmmm.

 New moment New choice!

I know you have been trying. There  have been so many stops and starts and frustrations we almost gave up on our plans.  In retrospect we will see that  those obstaccles have allowed us to doublecheck our decisions and reassess our motives so we could be clear about the way forward. Nonetheless, this whole process can be highly destabilizing and trigger feelings of insecurity, making us unsure or hesitant.

The eclipse on Saturday  may be just the release valve you need.

Also, luckily this crazy ride has some ballast. With Venus and Mars in slow and steady Taurus, we are provided with the nurturing quality of mother earth  to help us keep our feet on the ground. This will increase our tendency to try and eat our way out of our stress... try keep it balanced. (Libra is all about balance) Creating ritual around food is another way to honour the earth and ground ourselves in her bounty.

Sun who gave to us this food
Earth who made it ripe and good
Dear Earth, dear Sun, by you we live
Our loving thanks to you we give.
(source unknown)

A long walk in the woods last weekend helped me land back into my body after the last few weeks of mayhem. And then of course I came down with a cold, the natural response after pushing the body too much. Achoo! and actually,  being ill can be another way of grounding into the body, as it forces us to take time off and spend quality time with us. Better to slow down before that happens. 

Overall, this combination of grounding earth and inspiring fire, fanned by airy air... and combined with the releasing potential of the eclipse...  will provide exactly what we need to move forward in new and exciting ways .

This Full Moon Eclipse in Libra is a call to get it together with our community our tribe, our family, our 'other.' And that means getting it together with yourself!! Quit wasting time with old issues. Let go of the past, or deal with it. Forgive, forget, move on. Whatever it takes.

Love the ones your with!!! 

Happy Full Moon Eclipse!!