Friday, 23 October 2015

Full Moon in Taurus 'Get er Done'

We have recently passed through a period of high stress which included confrontations and challenges and a sense of  banging our heads against a wall. Ouch.

Now it's time to 'get er done' as we head toward a luscious Full Moon in Taurus this coming Tues, Oct 27, at 3 am UT, 8 AM Eastern standard. 

The Pluto Uranus square, though waning, has continued to stir up powerful tensions; the Sun and Mercury moving through Libra   reactivated the 'shake up -wake up' message, and some are still feeling the sting. That, combined with Saturn’s recent square to the feel good planets (Venus, Jupiter)  created a rather tense few weeks.

With the North Node/Collective Destiny point hovering at a critical degree in Libra,  interpersonal relationships have been the proving ground as we discovered just how tangled up we still are in our old patterns. Saturn in Sagittarius is there to challenge  core beliefs;  and many are  discovering how hard it really is to teach an old dog new tricks.

The Sun  now in Scorpio, as of today, has a tendency to set off unconscious behaviours and defensive survival mechanisms.  It helps to become  self observing and watch your reactions. That involves being present. Planets in earth sign could help us to do. Others will hinder.

Despite obvious challenges,  there is much positive energy to be had if we know how to move with the energy instead of against it. We do have choice (even if it doesn't always feel like it)  We perhaps cannot manipulate the planets to serve our own devices, but we can adjust our sails. The  point of astrology is to describe the energy fields affecting us so we can feel the current and move with it.

       “One ship drives east and another drives west
With the selfsame winds that blow.
Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales
Which tells us the way to go.
Like the winds of the seas are the ways of fate,
As we voyage along through the life:
Tis the set of a soul
That decides its goal,
And not the calm or the strife. ”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I've posted this poem before and I always find it an inspiring reminder that we are in fact captains of our own ship.

Right now we have a powerful earthy force at our disposal. The  grouping of Venus Mars and Jupiter in Virgo are positively linked to Pluto in Capricorn and as they are now out of Saturn's reach, stalled projects can begin to  move forward. This is the time to get grounded in productive activity, this is the time  to 'get er done'. 

The coming Taurus Full Moon could turnout to be a safe harbour in the midst of the storm. And  this weekend will start things off with a healing balm from Venus (love)  and Jupiter (expansion and joy) together  soothing our emotional wounds. 

 Just remember to keep one eye open!  A strong Neptune  influence (dreams, imagination)  could bring up the desire to escape all your worries. There is both positive and negative aspect to that. The higher vibration of Neptune puts us in touch with our spiritual depths and brings us into contact with a numinous  field of love and creativity. If we can focus on creative solutions rather than knee jerk reactivity, much can be accomplished.

On the other hand, Neptune’s lower frequency beckons us to fields of poppies  as it activates our escapist tendencies. Although switching off now and then can be highly therapeutic,  a warning about getting too spaced out.  Sometimes its our inner eyes that need opening. Watch your dreams for solutions not available to the conscious mind.

Those who succumb to the more unconscious energies of Neptune  may also be more vulnerable to the  tendency right now to be highly reactive. Mercury (communication) caught in the Uranus Pluto T square (revolution, rebellion, power struggles)  is going to keep it interesting. A good time to speak your truth but be careful to cause no harm.  If you slip, damage control could include humility and forbearance. A sense of humour will also be most helpful. We all have foibles as my sweet friend Doug would say. Let many things pass. 

As we in the Northern hemisphere head into the darker days of fall and winter, and our hidden survival fears stir, the Full Moon in Tuesday brings the comfort of the great mother (Taurus). She beckons us with open arms. 

 Lastly, as Taurus  activates our sensual nature and  feeds us a cornucopia of yummy delights, just keep in mind the tendency right now toward  over indulgence (addicitions are avoidant behaviours). You can have your cake and eat it too, just  take it one slice at a time!

Be aware of the equal tendency right now to fall asleep  as to be jarred awake, and know that the later will be more likely if the former has already occurred. Holding the tension between these two impulses is tricky, yet can result in a deeply transformative experience. Let it be a positive transformation rather than a rude awakening. 

It’s a bit like bumper cars. If you don’t pay attention someone is going to run smack into you, or you into them (been there, done that) 

 Let the Taurus Full Moon ground you and sooth you as you bathe in the healing waves of love coming from Venus as Jupiter.

You know you want to.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Helpful HInts for dealing with Saturn

Post script to yesterday's article: Getting Back to 'Normal'
re Mercury direct, Mercury Storm, and other weird stuff...
Some of us are feeling  stressed as Saturn's heaviness creates blockage to all the feel good planets: Moon Venus Mars and Jupiter : (

For some of us, it feels good to feel bad!

Here's a link to my sister's blog with some helpful hints for dealing with stressful thoughts and negative vibes.

For details on whats going on  scroll down to previous article.

Getting back to normal (or not) Mercury Direct and other weird stuff.

Just about everyone I have spoken to in the last coupe of days has been experiencing an increase in the upside down craziness of Mercury retrograde. Today I watched my phone screen weirdly flicker and jump all over the place, then my parking app completely froze  (I was of course in a hurry). I just had to laugh. 

I've already had days of Mercury craziness, from missed appointments to lost ipad to backing into someone in my car (or he ran into me we are not sure which it is). I have found this particular  retrograde to have been even more annoying than usual. ( I have Mercury close to my Sun in my natal chart, so am more affected by these cycles) When I got into my appointment (late) today,  the practitioner said they too were behind due to having a really crazy day, so I explained to him about the Mercury 'Storm'.

Mercury, planet of communication, has been moving backward over the last three weeks.  It turns direct tomorrow (Friday), and the day before and after that are  called the 'Mercury Storm'.  

As Mercury slows down to change direction, everything is intensified and the chaos and confusion of the retrograde gets amplified tenfold. Luckily, this only lasts few days, then slowly over the next three weeks,  as it  retraces its steps, we will pick up the pieces and reorder our thoughts and our lives (hopefully),  with the added benefit of insights gained during this time of reflection. At the turnaround point, secrets or hidden information often come to light.  Mysteries will end or begin.  (Agatha Christie eat your heart out).

It is sort of a time of revelation.

Mercury has been moving through Libra, sign of relationships. Its turning point is exactly opposite the Aries Point (0 degrees Aries is the beginning of the zodiac) so this marks this as an important 'critical' moment in time.  It is also on the Lunar North Node/Destiny Point, telling us that not only is this a moment of truth for each of us personally, it is linked to the evolution of humankind. This point was also lit up by the recent Solar Eclipse in early September, so is even more strongly emphasized.

The message of Libra is that we must learn to work together in harmony (Libra) if we are to survive as a species on planet earth. We have to balance our need for autonomy (Aries) with our need for others (Libra), which requires we get in touch with  the underlying field of love (Venus, planet of love rules Libra)  that connects all of us. 

And besides that, its so much more fun when we are getting along, is it not?

In this time of re evaluating how we connect to ourselves and to others, have you learned something new about relating? Did you uncover the roots of some of your own hang ups? Are you overcoming your conditioning enough to step out of those old programs? Have you found a new vision since last weeks eclipse?

It's a new day, its a new dawn, it's a new world.

Right now Saturn points to the most important factor involved with getting along with others, which is (duh) getting along with our own self!    I am not talking about narcism or  egotism here, but of a healthy self esteem that is then able to extend itself to  love, share, work, and communicate positively with others. All that has to first come from inside of us. If I don't like myself I am either going to put others on a pedestal or I am going to find fault with everyone. 

The challenge  is around 'self worth' . When I look in the mirror who do I see?   Venus (love) is being squared (challenged) by Saturn (judgment, lessons, limitations).  There is an emphasis  on 'self-evaluation'. Can I do that with kindness and love? 

The fear of harsh criticism lies heavy in the air. A whole group huddled at the beginning of Virgo are being challenged by Saturn.
                             Moon (emotions), 
                             Venus (love, relating), 
                             Mars (action, desire)  
                             and Jupiter (joyous expansion) 
are all held in check.  The ensuing pressure can trigger fear and self doubt and bring a sense of foreboding to those who are being affected. 

This push pull between Jupiter (expansion ) and Saturn (contraction) has been on and off for the past year. Jupiter brings so much glorious possibility, then  Saturn switches on the naysayer in our head, you know the one that says it isn't possible so why even try.  This rather bi-polar dynamic is being amplified by the presence of the other planets. This is not fun.

To add insult to injury, they are all in Virgo, sign of the perfectionist. Virgo can be highly critical (picky, picky, picky), and quick to find fault. Help!

 If you are being hard on yourself right now, or feel somewhat  defeated,  you can blame it  on Saturn. (you know you want to...)   

Of course not everyone will get caught up in this tension. There are always those who are less susceptible to  melancholy.  A strong Jupiter brings implacability, or an Aquarian influence adds detachment.  Leo Sun always feels lucky.

 Those with a more Saturnian bent (Capricorns for example, or Saturn is a difficult position)  may be more prone to the  negative side of this influence. 

Saturn can also inspire in some a dogged determination to see things through. There are many ways to respond to pressure. 

Watch out for health issues (Virgo), and  feelings of exhaustion or overwhelm. If that is you, take time to slow down and rest and focus on self care. Drink lots of water and eat well, get outside and let nature nurture you. Ironically,  that may be harder  to do with Saturn breathing down our neck. Still, one must try. That is part of the lesson. (When the going gets tough, the tough get going, etc...)

The ultimate lesson of a Saturn Venus square is ‘Self Love’ (or lack there-of).    We are facing self doubt so we can find the cure. 

We must face what needs facing, with an open heart. We must  love what needs loving (!) It is time to  grow up,  face our foibles and take responsibility for our lives.  Just be aware of the potential negativity this aspect can induce. In Sagittarius, we will be examining our core beliefs (oh no not that again!) This aspect can cause us to complain a lot. We could get sideswiped by old programs of 'less than', 'not enough', or 'poor me' etc. Gotta let those go. 

 All this can lead to escapism. Neptune is strong right now as well. And it is interfering with Mars  ability to act (great, just great!!) Obfuscation and confusion and downright dishonesty are all possibilities when Neptune is fogging up the scene.

So basically, things are a bit weird and wacky and downright  heavy right now. If this is affecting you, please  don’t be discouraged.   Keep it honest , keep it real.  A little patience will go a long way. Let Saturn teach you how to take things one step at a time. 

 Neptune in Pisces brings  us gentleness, kindness and compassion;  for ourselves and for others. Sometimes being in service is the perfect antidote for our own problems. Just don't let yourself be manipulated or tricked into doing something you will regret. Discernment is key (Virgo). 

Sometimes Saturn teaches through loss and disappointment,  and demands we  find our personal mastery,  by pushing us till we find  the strength to step into our power. 

Neptune brings us a quiet faith in the unknown.   

And remember, Saturn  can never block Jupiter’s joy completely.  Behind those clouds, the light is still shining brightly. Our magnificence is just waiting to be discovered.


“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.”