Sunday, 27 November 2016

New Moon in Sagittarius: Hope Springs Eternal!

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The Sagittarius New Moon on Tuesday  November 29th is expansive, inspiring and full of surprises.  This positive energy field  can help us to line ourselves up with the cosmos; it tells us something exciting is waiting in the wings.

I don't have a crystal ball and I don't like to make predictions but I can say the obvious: that  the only way to go from here is up!!!  And after months of intensity and bizarreness,  we  use something positive and upbeat! This New Moon will give us a chance for a  reboot  ... time for something completely different (again).
The  joining of Sun and Moon  is called the 'Conjunctio';  the sacred union of masculine (Sun) and feminine (Moon)  which plants a seed for the coming month. This is an excellent time to set our intentions.

 Sagittarius is the sign of the cosmic adventurer ,  the part of us that wants to expand and grow and learn and travel and... and... and!

Enthusiasm is in the air.

And after a month of the dark depths of Scorpio,  it feels good to be moving back into the light. We are less than a month from the winter solstice, where the days will begin to get longer. WooHoo!

Sagittarius, full of wisdom,  says 'learn from your mistakes'. Find a better way. As Pluto, Uranus and Eris continue to shake up our consensus reality there's an openning for something totally different. Synchronicity is all around. For some it may be about finding a new method of operating. Others may overhaul the old.  Part of this may be standing up for what you know is right (Mars in Aquarius) and not giving in to fear. This is about seeking  positive outcomes, no matter the circumstances.

When the going gets tough the tough get going!

I know all the problems are not going to magically disappear.  But we must not give in to avoidance or despair. Neptune’s effect on this New Moon can make us prey to escapism. There's also lots of room for  misconceptions as untruths continue pouring out at a mile a minute. Like so many websites dedicated to creating false news, our minds can lead us down the garden path; obfuscation abounds. Or you may just want to escape it all and run away to some Yoga retreat in the Himalayas; the beckon of distant shores has never been so strong.

Do be careful of
wishful thinking,  false imaginings, wistful longings. Today Mercury (thinking, communicating) joins serious Saturn,  so we must 'woman up' and deal with what's in front of us. But do let your imagination guide you in a positive way. There is much creativity in this New Moon.

All in all, Sagittarius is a truth teller. And although it can sometimes get stuck in 'lalala ...  my truth is better; I don't want to hear your truth'...  Saturn nearby insists we surrender our illusions and delusions and face the reality that is right in front of us.  At the same time, Sagittarius reminds us that everything is a matter of perspective.  This New Moon can broaden our horizon,  as it awakens the part of us that wants and seeks higher ground. Seek the long view. Suddenly the cup is half full - instead of half empty.

Despite recent endings, disappointments or losses, (Venus/Pluto) there is always hope.  It may not be looking like what you expected but that doesn't mean the story is over. Be careful not get stuck in the past. Those times are gone and ain’t nothing going to bring them back, yet there is always something to gain if we are willing to remain awake and alert.

Learn to weigh things, realistically. If you check yourself and find you are barking up the wrong tree, consider cutting your losses and finding a new tree. Because while your back is turned to focus on the wrong tree other opportunities are passing you by, you can be sure of that.”   Elsa  (Elsa

 When life goes low, Sagttarians aim high.

Let this New Moon give you the boost you have been looking for.  Radical change is in the air …  we may as well go with it.   Let this expansive, positive blast of Sagittarian fresh air blow your doubts away and show you  that silver lining.

And don't forget to be patient...  Rome wasn't built in a day.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

The Answer is Blowing in the Wind.

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Over the past weekend, the Sun squared the Moon in Leo (tension) and both were interacting with the natal Pluto of anyone born mid to late 50's. This on top of Jupiter's aspects with Pluto/Uranus are amplifying global upheaval and change.

That gave many of us an extra  round of hyper-reactivity as we continue to grapple with the current crazy upheaval and world gone mad. These intense dynamics continue to  create internal/ external challenges and conflict,  and Sun/Pluto  adds obsessive compulsive tendencies to the mix (along with a tendency to resist to change).

"Be careful of indulging in extreme behavior right now. Issues of control can provoke conflicts with other people, or just difficulties in accepting some reality you may be resisting. "


Neptune in Pisces fills our dreams with sweet longings as the Moon sits opposite on the Collective Destiny Point (North Node) in Virgo. This triggers our deep need for meaning in a world gone mad, and an ache to find our way home.

There's a whisper of something forgotten, something lost, which is wistfully tugging at our hearts.
Yet this pull is actually coming from where? (hint: look inside)  'Home' may not be so far away. 

"Home us where the heart is. "


This Moon says listen to the call, but be careful not to get sidetracked by distractions or the urge to escape. There's really no where to go. Virgo adds discernment so we don't lose our way in the fog.  It also reminds us that 'to serve is to rule.'
Despite the doom and gloom atmosphere, these creative tensions can bring rich rewards if we can direct them from a clear place. This takes effort...  it may be a bit like trying to steer a runaway train, but it can be done. We just need to 'own it'! Our intense reactions show a deep need/desire to find a way to cut through the BS.  And chances are good that need for self-transformation and regeneration is being shoved in your face right now, trying to get your  conscious attention.

"The true meaning of these events lies in their significance for your inner life. These events help you to understand and actualize something about your 'will to power' which is really about your desire to transform yourself to get nearer to your true spiritual path. "    Time Passages for Nov 21, 2016 

Because this awakening  process may be a relatively unconscious desire on our part, the wake up call can be all the more difficult. Be careful what you wish for!

Or be more specific!
(we get what we ask for)   Discernment required!

We need to balance our dreaming and longing (Pisces) with our logic (Virgo).   On one side of the sky,  Neptune in Pisces fills our dreams with murmurings and  whispers. Something is calling us... pulling us. But there is doubt, hesitation. Are these voices to be trusted?

 Illusions and delusions are rife. Planets like Moon or Neptune on the nodes can be portals/open gateways into new realms, new ideas, new ways of seeing/being.  Do you want to step through the looking glass?

So, to recap: the Moon on the North Node (direction society is heading)  stirs up our emotional need for purpose and meaning.  Emotional purification (Moon in Virgo) helps bring the  discernment we will need to move forward in the right direction. We may have a lot of 'stuff' that is polluting our hearts and minds; inherited prejudices, fears, preconceptions, assumptions. So much of what we think or feel has been fed to us.

Neptune on the South Node (what is passing away) in Pisces seems to be dissolving the very ground beneath our feet. Nothing feels real anymore amidst so much confusion and obfuscation. The more private  dissolving asks us to let go of anything (people, places, ideas)  that aren't really ours. So how do we know what to keep and what to let go of?  Virgo is helping us sort through the myriad layers to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Determining  what we are really feeling ... vs how we are reacting takes 'presence'. There's a difference between 'feeling' and 'reacting'. One is extrinsic (triggered by something outside of us) and one is intrinsic (our inner authentic self).   In the current charged atmosphere its easy to get them mixed up.  We get so easily manipulated ... by others, by the media, by our own inherited belief systems. We all think we 'know'!  Have you noticed how impossible it is to have an open discussion around politics these days. Everyone is so polarized and no one is listening to each other.
Maybe that's the best astrological advice for today: Listen!
Be still.  Clarify. Listen to your heart.

Listen to each other. Listen to nature.

 "The answer is blowing in the wind.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Full Moon Taurus: Where the Light gets In.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

Rest in Peace Leonard

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As we head toward a "Super/Super' (extra extra close to the earth) Full Moon in Taurus this Monday Nov 14th ... we are still recovering from the fallout out of recent world events.  The grounding energy of Taurus can help soothe and stabilize us after a crazy week of tension, anxiety and shock. 

(I did say to expect the unexpected!)

Do take good care of yourself.  Taurus is about safety and security and creature comforts. Light a fire.  Get some good wine. Go for a walk in nature. Let mother earth nurture and support you and soothe your aching soul. Let your senses bring you back into your body and  take over from your over-stimulated brain for a few days. You know you want to. 

 Astrologers have been warning for years that we were entering a time of great uncertainty; its been discussed here many times that Pluto in Capricorn represents the dissolution of the old order, and its square (great tension) to Uranus  brings revolution, upheaval and profound change to the planet we live upon.

“We as a society are entering a space between stories, in which everything that had seemed so real, true, right, and permanent comes into doubt.”

 “As we exit the old familiar story that explained to us the way of the world and our place in it, we may try and cling to it all the more desperately as it dissolves, looking perhaps to (some political hero) to restore it, but that too is an illusion… no savior (political or otherwise) has the power to bring back the dead.

So, here we are…  in the thick of it!

The key thing to get is that this chaos and confusion is a good thing, even f it doesn’t feel like it. The seed of the new is present in the husk of the old … which must be stripped away for new growth to occur. The old order must die, and to do so it must unravel… meaning we must go through a period of some discomfort. 

It’s always darkest before the dawn. Yadayadayada…

Jupiter is currently re-activating and expanding the revolutionary energy,  adding to the upsetting and disturbing energy field of Eris (goddess of discord) with Uranus (shock, upsets, sudden change) Interestingly,  this combo lies directly across from Donald Trump's Jupiter ... needless to say, his presence is amplifying the craziness (as if I had to tell you that!) 

To be honest, if it wasn't him it would be someone else; the destabilizing energy will find a way to express itself. Then again, it could have been Bernie Sanders. Perhaps we need to face the shadow before we can embrace the light.

 Speaking of light... our beloved Leonard Cohen has left this planet (can't say I blame him). But he left his wisdom and his music to sooth our souls. He reminds us that our human frailty is part of what allows us to feel. He says we want/need it darker.    Ahhh Leonard... You've been dancing with the shadow all your life.  Yet the light still made its way through the cracks.

It's helpful to remember that at other times where great upheavals and or revolutions occurred are now looked back on as key turning points for the human race. Maybe you think the only good thing that came out of the 60’s was the great music, but for many it was a time of awakening where powerful seeds of change were planted (which is what the music reflected). This song expresses it all...

We are at now the next turn of the wheel.   

That feeling of disillusionment you’ve been feeling? Don't give in to it.  The Moon moved into Pisces just minutes after the election finished, then squared Saturn as it linked up with Neptune ( deep sea/ earthquakes ... a tsunami?) Neptune's wave of fog dissolves what we think is real, and creates a feeling of  unreality, and Saturn is basically a downer all around... creating depression, disillusionment... an urge to escape the madness.  

Sun in Scorpio is there to remind us that we always must  face the shadow before we can allow in the light. Are we having fun yet?

All hope is not lost (although it may be hiding in the fog). Watch out for your reactions. As the Moon moves through feisty Aries this weekend, it will re-activate this intense energy field.

For some, sorrow will turn to anger as Mars in Aquarius adds to the rebellious mood.  Saturn in Sagittarius continues to ask us to examine our belief systems and take responsibility for the stories we tell ourselves. Are you victim or victor? What does that even mean? Our illusions will continue to be confronted by reality. Depression may result. Or rage...

 Be careful. We all need to remain cool calm and collected and focus on the big picture. The ‘super’  Full Moon on Monday in earthy Taurus will stabilize things and help us get grounded.  Our relationships to each other can bring us much joy and comfort (Jupiter in Libra) in the midst of the madness. 

Planets are changing signs… things are shifting.   
All is not lost!   Politicians come and go..

head up his ass

Taurus is the Earth Mother, who will outlast us all!  At this Full Moon... honour her. Become yin. Become receptive.

Neptune in Pisces  encourages us to embody love, compassion, creativity. What can we do to keep positive energy flowing?  Perhaps we will discover new ways of creating the world we want. Venus moving into Capricorn asks us to be pragmatic about love. Walk our talk. Actions speak louder than words.

Many years ago, at a time of personal crisis, I got a message: "The darkness cannot exist. The darkness will go away."

We are facing the collective shadow right (Scorpio) now and its not pretty. When you do a fast… the first few days are not fun as all the impurities and toxins come to the surface. That’s what is happening now. All the ugliness is there to see.   

 Be careful about  projections… we cannot recognize something in another if it wasn’t also somewhere in us. Own your own sh*t in other words.  In the words of the wise I Ching... 'Don't try to fight evil with evil'. That only strengthens it (what you resist you get).

"The only way to eliminate evil is to make energetic progress in the good."  

Black Moon Lilith says: Take heart. The feminine (our wild, feeling soulful self)  is on the rise. She will not be held down any longer.  This is not the end… it is just the beginning….!

Take a deep breath. You are alive... how awesome is that! 

Taurus says Nurture yourself.  Nurture others. Nurture the good.  
Then... Hug someone. Hug the earth.  

You know you want to!

#3. Difficulty at the Beginning: I Ching 
Times of growth are beset with difficulties. They resemble a first birth. But 
these difficulties arise from the very profusion of all that is struggling to 
attain form . Everything is in motion: therefore if one perseveres there is a 
prospect of great success, in spite of the existing danger. 
When it is a person's fate to undertake such new beginnings, everything is still unformed, dark. 
Hence s/he must hold back, because any premature move might bring disaster. 
Likewise, it is very important not to remain alone; in order to overcome the 
chaos s/he needs helpers. This is not to say, however, that you should 
look on passively at what is happening. You must lend your hand and 
participate with inspiration and guidance.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

FInding our Magnificence in the midst of the Madness!

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This weekend things could get  intense for some people  (like they've been so light and breezy lol). We could get a LOT done... or ...  get into a lot of trouble if we don't watch our reactions.

Mars, Pluto, Moon are in big time tension with Jupiter and Uranus... the latter tend to expand and exaggerate whatever they come into contact with. Uranus is like a lightning bolt and Jupiter is bigger than big!

 Mars is aggression, Pluto is power control and crisis, and Moon is our emotions.

Some people will encounter, or become....
'Obsessive Compulsive  Control Freaks' ...
triggering in others a...
'Sudden Break for Freedom'!

Need I say more? Don't try to force anyone this weekend (if you can help it) or your relationship could end up becoming  a battleground. This over the top energy is already playing out in world news. Yikes! There's enough crazy in the world... we don't need to add to it.   I have had enough of it all...  am avoiding media for a few days due to majour overload!

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the outer intensity, or your own inner 'stuff'... or if you've recently made some big choices or changes,  you may suddenly have an insane urge to turn back.  This tendency to buckle under pressure is in direct tension/opposition  with the equally strong compulsion to break free and go our own way. If you're feeling you just cant do either,  'holding the tension' means seeing both sides of things without giving in either.

You've come such a long way, through many twists and turns,  and although this bit of bother could be bit daunting,  its nothing you can't handle. Onward and upward.

Or...  inward.

Retreat is always a good option. If you want to avoid getting baited,  or challenged, or doing the same to others,  just step back. Take a time out.   Sometimes you've  got to lose the battle to win the war. There's no point  trying to argue with others right now anyway; everybody knows they are right! And so many people are highly polarized and itching for a fight. 

If you are in this kind of push pull dynamic in a relationship, or obsessing about someone or something, and you find yourself trying to force them to deal with you,  or 'get' your point of view... I suggest you PAUSE. If others are resisting or avoiding... let them!  

Take a chill pill, take some space, take a big breath and wait it out. And if you are the one avoiding or breaking away... try to be gentle. Just walk away. You don't have to shove.

Sun and Mercury in Scorpio can feed these obsessive compulsive tendencies, and make us a bit wary or suspicious of others motives.

 That's not such a bad thing. It's been so hard to get to the truth lately... so much fog... we need our night vision. Neptune in Pisces adds intuition. Use your spidey sense to suss out what is really going on. Don't rely on or push others to work things out.  Let many things pass.

 We need to take responsibility for our own feelings (Saturn) and examine our assumptions and beliefs. When under pressure we can slip into default mode and go into reaction. The tendency to project right now is very strong.  If you cannot get traction or are hitting a wall, you could try tunneling underground ...

Or deep sea diving! This inner process can be scary; as we enter the depths of our own being, monsters arise, shadows appear, who knows what is around the ext corner? Yet, if we can muster the courage to consider venturing down into our inner psyche,there are treasures to be found. There is so much to uncover of our own 'stuff'...  before we go around challenging others.

This is  a  'moment of truth' that will  help us face the reality of where we are and what we are really dealing with. There has been so much obfuscation and even downright lies going around,  maybe it's time for a line to be drawn in the sand. The s#*t stops here!

So we have lines in the sand and we have push-pull polarity and we have the need for clarity in the midst of total confusion. Aiyaiyai!   Good thing we are creative beings. There is  a lot of  creativity in chaos ... which we can use to find our way through. This is a great time to access your inner artist, poet, musician... dancer!

I am using  Collage  (cut up pics from magazines) to create images of my own inner process. Some of the images on this post are examples. Try it out... its a simple and fun way to get in touch with part of yourself.  See  'Art and Soul Collage ' link at top of webpage for more details (not visible on phone apps or on emails).

These are powerful and challenging times, the dawn of an new era, a time of a rebirth! Our planet, and it seems our very souls, are under majour reconstruction and we are being challenged to strip away the masks, the old conditioned self, to get down to the nitty-gritty of who we really are. 

'Cause who we are is Magnificent!!!