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New Moon in Leo

The New Moon at 3 degrees of Leo on July 26th brings in a long awaited time of renewal, creativity and joy for many. Jupiter, just one degree behind and amping up the Moon’s already potent energy recently entered Leo for a year’s time to help us ligthen up or find productive outlets for our passions. This New Moon coincides with both the Egyptian and Mayan New Year, when the Dog Star Sirius rises just before dawn. In possible alignment with this, it seems that during the Summer months of June and July there is a heightening of many strange extraterrestrial, metaphysical and political occurrences that I would dare say sometimes beat even Halloween’s thinning of the veils.

Although there may be feelings of sorrow, regret, or nostalgia as we transition from the deeply sensitive influences of Cancer leading up to this New Moon, there are rising currents of energy that are coming not only from the heart chakra of the Earth, but that of our Sun and our souls. The Jupiterian energy is beginning to fuel us with the courage, inspiration, and desire to move past our comfort zones and into our joy. After we have fully checked our motivations and made a list of what we would like to manifest, we would do well to

Act as if it were impossible to fail” (Dorothea Brande)

This New Moon being square to Mars may not carry the kind of levity that some may typically associate with brightly shining Leo, because the world is in upheaval and some of us can’t dream of celebrating at a time like this. It does however hold the potential to stimulate our intuition, higher aspirations, ambitions and affections, some with great fire and ferocity. Chances for great affluence and influence are also higher due to the increase of vitality, charisma, and ability to appeal to peoples emotions. This particular moon may also favor the winning of new friendship and allies, which we must choose well, letting our hearts guide us. Mars will have entered Scorpio just the evening before this New Moon so deep perception and healing are simultaneously strengthened now until September 13th.

The New Moon is especially close to the fixed star Al Tarf, in the southern hind foot of Cancer. This star name’s translation is Glance of the Lion’s Eye, denoting both the swiftness and perceptiveness of the Cat or the Crab’s ability to powerfully respond to any form of threat or intrusions into its psychic space or that of its loved ones. With this influence we may find that we have a tenacity and steadfastness that we did not recognize we or others had. With wrong motives or finding ourselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, we don’t stand much of a chance to survive.  The trespassing of boundaries does not bode well now for anyone.

Now and as the months unfold we will continue to be amazed at the talents and intelligence of very small children and young people voicing themselves and sharing their gifts in the realms of the arts, science, ecology, and politics. Whether we view them as Indigo Children, Rainbow Children, prodigies or the products of a New Earth where we must evolve quicker than ever before or die – we are blessed to be in their presence and must seek to preserve and hold a sacred space for them to carry on once we have passed. We must lead by example rather than by dictatorship, developing fairness and flexibility in our dealings – not an easy task in the sign of Leo.

With this New Moon, may we come to more fully appreciate and express the creative genius that stirs within our souls, and to rekindle both our innocence and our capacity for deep play even in a world that tells us we should always be on guard.

The Shifting of Saturn and Medical Experimentation

Things in general are not nearly as direct as they were when neanderthals roamed the Earth. Most of us have been subjected to stories and  traditions passed down to us from parents, school teachers, religious leaders, well meaning but misinformed family and friends about our history, our origins, our money system, our educational system, and worst of all – we were taught “what’s best for us”.  Furthermore, some of us have been subjected to tests and experiments performed on our bodies,  minds, and spirits, both with and especially without our own consent.

Although very quiet as a child, often regarded as timid and fragile, I was always a “problem child”, in no uncertain terms, no matter how endeared to certain people I may have been. I had tremendous difficulties and distrust of school, hospitals, institutions, and church pastors, which made it seem as though I was somehow retarded. I was frequently treated that way. Now I could quote Shakespeare to any of those who opposed me in youth “I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are totally unarmed!”

Saturn in Scorpio’s mutual reception with Pluto in Capricorn is bringing much of our culture’s lies and medical experiments to light. Ignorance is not much of an option anymore unless you have a death wish. My hunch is that the bits of information leaking now are only an inklings of what will be revealed to the masses with Saturn in Sagittarius and when Jupiter enters Virgo in 2015. The next years following should be very interesting in terms of both medical breakdowns and breakthroughs.

Saturn is seen to rule periods of time and its passing, not to mention what torturous experiences or experiments fill in its gaps.image007

Every age in history has had its special type of epidemic. Our modern day epidemic is that of cancer, the mysterious disease taking on myriad forms as it takes several great lives away from us. To solve many mundane problems what we basically need to do is put two and two together. Figure out the cause and therefore the solution. It is no coincidence that cancer has become so widespread in an age when we are subjected to far more carcinogenic factors than in ages prior, such as mass quantities of EMF, ELF waves, flouride in our water and toothpaste, chlorine, toxic fumes, GMOs, and let’s not forget pharmaceutical drugs – often proven to cause the very problems they’ve promised to relieve, in addition to introducing issues that far more damaging than the original ailment. Anyone with a T.V. in America at least has seen commercials with some dude’s voice swiftly reciting words such as:  “Side effects may include vomitting, diarrhea, descrease in testicle size, breast lumps, heart failure, paralysis or suicidal tendencies.” Oh, that’s all!

The worst news of all about cancer is that its supposed cure is as deadly if not more so than the disease itself. 

The good news is that because we are so much more than these bodies, we have the ability to heal ourselves. This is not to belittle those who struggle or to call it easy by any means. Some of you might be as inspired as I was/am by Anita Moorjani’s incredible death and rebirth by cancer experience, and that she came back to tell us how Divine we truly are!

As has been the case for centuries, women have been targeted as subjects for experimentation and abuse far more than have men not only through religion and pop media but through the medical industries. Unfortunately, with Pluto in patriarchal Capricorn this might not change to measures of real justice until Pluto enters Aquarius in 2024. Yes women have received more recognition over the past few decades (thanks to the revolution of the 60s) but many women are still trained to follow rules, take a back seat, and just about constantly made to feel that there is something wrong with them.  The fact that viagra has been made easily accessible to men while the obtaining of birth control (which is not even healthy but it gives women an option that they ought to have) has become a complete ordeal is a dead-on clue about how we still have a ways to go in evolving. Men shouldn’t get too excited either, because viagra is far from safe or predictable in its effects. Women are not taught to ask why about procedures they undergo in hospitals, but are humiliated and eventually “tamed” to obey orders. This is often destructive not only to the fertility and equilibrium of their bodies but of their psyches.

Children don’t even have a choice, as they’re pumped full of vaccines that make them even more vulnerable to disease.

As men and women we should never forget what happened to many of our ancestors, until the day comes when the Inquisitions once known as the Burning Times have fully ceased. From the medical experiments of Nazi physicians in concentration camps such as Josef Mengele, to the hidden agenda of certain modern-day devils in white coats,  history should never be sugar-coated unless spoken to someone under the age of five, and it is not only sugar-coated but twisted until we hunt for knowledge in college, libraries or the internet. The reason we have seen so many bombs in Palestine and other sacred sites of the world is so that our origins and ancestral ruins cannot be found and deciphered.

Saturn began the transit through Scorpio on October 5, 2012, and by the Winter Solstice of December Saturn will enter Sagittarius but then Retrograde back into Scorpio in the year 2015, forward into Sagittarius, and back into Scorpio and Sagittarius again, finally finishing its round from June 14, 2015 to September 17, 2015. Saturn is known as the formidable father, the nay-sayer, the keeper and the eater of time. Scorpio is the surgeon, soul seeker, and the keeper of secrets. Both planet and sign are known to be ruthless in their undertakings. Sagittarius is the grand adventurer, the pioneer, the bioneer, and potentially the healer. Let’s keep a watch on growing medical trends that occur during Saturn’s shift over the next several months.

While the prestigously adorned pot calls the kettle black let’s also not be afraid to call a spade. John Knox took that saying from Erasmus, and added “I have learned to call wickedness by its own name”. It’s not about getting angry but becoming informed, because as things escalate we cannot afford to pretend that “Everything’s gonna be alright” with our rose colored glasses on anymore. Get good water filters, grow or buy organic, and read food labels before you buy. Rather than merely seeking to feel good or better (as Law of Attraction fans often preach), make peace of mind and the acquisition of knowledge a priority. Good feelings are fleeting, and are great to enjoy while they last – but not at the cost of our children and our enlightenment. Fully research a pill or a procedure before you adhere to it. It might save your life, or many lives. Also, as Buddha was known to say: “Don’t take my word for it”. Like Jesus said, “Seek and you shall find”.

Full Moon in Capricorn

200711H20Hello again, grand cardinal cross! With the Full Moon in Capricorn at 20 degrees in a loose conjunction Pluto we are met with the likeness of Hades himself, bringing us face to face with the deepest dichotomy of gain and loss. This is on July 12th, on Saturn’s own day(Saturday). The Moon with Pluto is like the mother who mourns the loss of a child or husband to war. The woman in black seems menacing to some, yet she only holds up a mirror to reflect the suffering that others inflict upon themselves. The master of the Underworld in mutual reception with Capricorn’s ruling planet Saturn in Scorpio means that death and what we can learn from it are highlights for us, whether this is physical or metaphorical death. Jupiter at the tail end of Cancer is closely involved, amplifying the effects. This is a moon that focuses on shadow integration, bringing light to the dark, bringing the darkness to light.

All that being said, money is a topic up for debate year-round, but times like these it will be extra hot. Some will wonder how to earn it, while others how to spend it. Yet others will fight over it, ultimately to no avail. It’s not money we really need but we want what money can buy us. Money is generally viewed as that which can extend our time or quality of life on earth.

This Full Moon is also fairly close to the USA’s placement of Pluto, so of course we can expect that many of the isms that typify the ruling class systems will somehow either explode or implode, socially, legally, morally, commercially, and certainly over the world wide web. This will reveal more of not only what big corporations are up to, but how we with our own intentions and actions are more powerful than we dare or care to imagine, against all odds and despite what we’ve been told about our victimhood. A good friend of mine reported seeing a bumper sticker recently which could possibly sum up rather well what some people are finally figuring out:

Robinhood was right”

Not to sound pessimistic, but to be realistic in true Saturnian form, given the circumstances of our current economic situations, all of us and even the geniuses among us need to continue to improve our skills, become more practical, more aware, and hopefully enlightened.  In July many US citizens celebrate living in a free country which we are grateful for and pay homage to. We are simultaneously bombarded with violent news reports emphasizing terrorism from other nations, but few recognize the staggering number of brutalities by the hands of some of our own policemen, often in blatant racist attacks against “people of color”. Too many are subjected to what is its very own form of terrorism through hypnotic suggestion. The bottom line is that racism hurts everybody, just as the abuse of planet earth hurts all beings who live upon it.

Venus_and_MarsMars and the major asteroid goddesses Ceres and Vesta are all 23 degrees of Libra, closely trailing behind the North Node at 24 degrees, forming a trine to Venus and Mercury in Gemini. Gender equality and integration are just as important here as acceptance of different ethnicities, different religions, different tribes and different outlooks on life. There is a very interesting cosmic conversation right now between the god of war and the goddess of love, each having valuable information to lend to the other about world affairs. The Full Moon square Mars and the nodal axis also reminds us that we’re all on borrowed time here, so we can just keep talking or act on our convictions.  We need all of the above to make informed decisions, in addition to taking some time to be still and digest our experiences. We need to be still, to talk, to listen, and then we need to act. Just doing one of those things to the exclusion of the others means premature death.

stauroliteUranus is slowing down to turn Retrograde on the 21st, while Saturn is slowing down to turn Direct. As things shift dramatically and we seek to find our footing, many earthy things that we treasure for their beauty can actually be put to great use to assist us. Herbs, rocks, crystals, and runes all relate to Capricorn’s sense of solidity. With a bit of creativity we can combine our serious and spiritual natures so that we live with greater harmony and ease. And…just because Capricorn tends to be down-to-earth doesn’t mean he or she doesn’t have his or her ‘woo-woo’ moments! :) When Cappie does decide to crack open a can of woo-woo you can bet they do it better than any other sign.

Jupiter in Leo 2014

One of the greatest astrological highlights of July 2014 is Jupiter’s entrance into Leo. This occurs on the 16th, around the first quarter moon of the month. It will be transiting this fire sign for just over a year’s time, until August 11, 2015. Jupiter has been in Cancer since June 15th 2013, helping to expand our sense of charity, cosmic consciousness, and connection to cultural roots. The downside could have been being consumed by seemingly uncontrollable emotions. This watery maternal sign heightened our senses and brought us closer together with family or helped to gather provisions and various forms of security for the future.

Jupiter transits are some of the most desirable and adored, for this planet is known to bring blessings, optimism, opportunities and a change of luck for the better. In Leo, Jupiter’s focus is turned outward in the most passionate of ways. It’s time to express the best of our creativity, manifest our joy, and to shine brightly! Leo is ruled by the Sun whose light enables life to thrive on our planet. Jupiter here brings out the solar qualities within us, and nudges us to stretch our limbs and connect with myriad forms of life, living and loving to the fullest.

Some people may need to watch their already inflated egos, which can become exacerbated in the pride-generating sign of Leo. This cool cat can quickly turn aristocrat – at least in its own mind. Those are exactly the kinds of minds that can turn on a dime. For the next  twelve months be especially careful who and what you put your faith in. Trust more in your own self and what resonates as truth within your being.

Leo has rulership over the heart and spine. During the largest planet’s transit through one of the more fiery of signs, we’ll need to grow a stronger spine in some situation or occasion, and we’ll be challenged to act with courage, love, and compassion. The bigger the matters at hand, the best bet is to follow your heart, as both physically and metaphorically there are more neurons going from the heart to the brain, rather than vice versa.  Heart Math Institute has done extensive research in this area.

Leo rules the substance we call gold which can lead many to greed in this world. This is not a money sign per se, but it does bring out the desire to acquire and spend what we call money in our society. While chances are higher now than at other times for hitting the jackpot, gambling is not something I personally encourage people to do, unless they truly know what they are doing (and in that case, good luck!). There is another kind of gold that Leo favors, which is spiritual gold gained only through spiritual aspirations and genuine efforts to improve.

People with their Sun, Rising, and/or other planets in Leo will most likely be quite glad for this transit, and August of 2014 is ripe with opportunities for complete transformation.  Jupiter in Leo encourages parties and celebrations of all kinds, and may also bring a boost of vitality to those who were previously feeling lethargic and weak. Sometimes Jupiter in this sign brings great fame and fortune, but people should not necessarily set their goals on these things, especially if there is no benevolent purpose behind them. We only get dosed with this transit every twelve years, so it is suggested to use this time to pursue your dreams, and dare take a few risks in order to experience great things, rewards and relationships!

New Moon in Cancer

The New Moon is 5 degrees of Cancer in a dreamy trine with Neptune on June 27th. Matters of the home and heart are central themes to this moon as moods, memories, and a fluctuation between maternal wounds and instincts seem to pull people somehow into an emotional whirlpool, looking for a safe place to just let go and rest. It’s the time to hang out with family, or stay up late in the kitchen baking or cuddled up on the sofa with a book and hot cocoa, maybe listening to old classics like “Make the World Go Away”. Perhaps the best use of this period of time would be meditation.

mermaidjenThe asteroids Ceres and Vesta are paired up in Libra, followed by the North Node. The combined interests of the tending of sacred flames and deep nurturing are important to honor, and this likely includes both others as well as taking that extra time out for pampering ourselves if possible. Venus and Juno are together in Gemini, favoring intimate yet light-hearted rather than heavy relational experiences.

The New Moon is conjunct the fixed star Tejat, emphasizing the power and manifestation of intelligence and our reasoning abilities. That’s exactly what we need to even out the overwhelming emotions that are surfacing for many.

The Grand Cardinal Cross that began earlier this year hasn’t completely disappeared from view, even if less prominent we’re in the aftermath of its explosive wake.  We are approaching the end of a round of Mercury Retrograde, as the planet slows down to station direct by July 1st.

Emotional renewal and commitment to loved ones in this and other realms are also highlighted. To those who feel like they’re hanging by a thin thread, please take a deep breath and find something to focus on, whether internal or external that reminds you of your eternal self. Let that be the star that lights your way…

Astrology – Gift of the Annunaki

I would like to present a theory that is not based on just one set philosophy or archaeological finding. While it can be interpreted in many different ways, my hope is that it helps to further either the seeking or illumination of those who ponder its meaning.

Astrology is likely as old as humankind, and it has been argued whether it came first from the Hindus, the Egyptians, aliens or early hominids. Babylon was found to be the birthplace of astrology as we know it today, encompassing twelve signs of the zodiac said affect our various affairs. The question remains as to whether the Babylonian priests coined astrological terms themselves, somehow channeled them, or were given instruction by race of ET beings. This was all about 5,000 B.C.

As the blog title suggests, the theory is based upon whatever relevance the Annunaki have in our human affairs, particularly in astrology today. Written about in many texts under many names, Annunaki translates as “Those who came down from Heaven to Earth”. My point is not to explain the how, if, and why of their entry into our domain. It is simply to suggest a connection between the Annunaki, the star system that we identify with as our galaxy, and how we understand it in both astronomical and astrological terms.

According to Zecharia Sitchin, there is an undiscovered planet beyond Neptune that follows a long, elliptical orbit rearching the inner solar system approximately every 3,600 years. This planet, called Nibiru aka “Planet X” is or was the homeland of the Annunaki. Whether we view this as sheer myth, reality or symbology of real phenomena, it would seem that they did not simply bum rush our planet for gold, make us into subservient clones and leave us with nothing in return. They left some pretty big hints both of their origins and unfolding sagas onto clay tablets for us to decipher. It just so happens that some thousands of years later, humanity is finally beginning to catch up to what ancient Sumerian carvings actually mean, which is to some – as shockingly relevant for us today as it was back when the fresh clay began to harden. Some believe that the timing of our awakening is also aligned with cycle of the 3,600 year transit. Because we do not know the precise location of Nibiru we cannot predict the exact timing of its perigee to Earth.

However, there is yet another correlation that our awakening relates to the return of the Annunakis’ base of operations. Nibiru was originally not a planet as we understand it but a Mother Ship (thus being so difficult to locate) on a 25,950 year orbit called AAMS, the distance from the 8th planet RIZQ from the 19th galaxy Illyuwn to the planet Earth. Since their relocation from Orion it would now take them 3,600 years to travel to Earth, creating the orbit called a Shar.

The precession of the equinoxes take us through the Ages of the Zodiac, coming full circle every 25,950 years. Here we go again with what came first – the chicken or the egg! We may consider this returning to the Age of Aquarius as coinciding with the message that our ancient ancestors left for us to interpret…. but first, let’s consider a certain image that comes up over and over again. Cones, apparently pine cones are shown in the hands of the Sumerian gods, sometimes pointed at the heads of other gods. The pineal gland closely resembles this in its conical shape. Michael Tellinger spoke a bit about the significance of the Cone as it relates to sound, vibration, and levitation in a video on Youtube that is well worth the watch if you have a couple of hours to spare:

As Kundalini energy rises to reach the pineal gland it is believed to activate the highest levels of consciousness in that being. The pineal gland, while physically as small as a grain of rice represents our very connection to Godhead. When this gland is activated and fully functioning there is an expanded awareness that includes awareness of other celestial beings, those whom we have come to identify as Angels, with names that happen to rhyme with the word Pineal.

The Age of Aquarius brings us free-thinking, pioneering minds and is about liberating people from both mental and physical constructs that bind them to self-defeating rules and regulations. Heralds, heroes, and teachers appear in vast numbers to help break people free from the cycles of abuse, martyrdom, and the blind worshipping of deities who are no more evolved than ourselves. It is the return of the Sun gods like those named in many cultural scriptures such as Jesus, Buddha, and Krishna, helping the collective activation of the center of the pineal gland.

12 Signs, 12 Cranial Nerves

Just as there are twelve signs of the zodiac, there are twelve cranial nerves in the brain and its stem. The twelfth planet in our solar system is either one that we will soon “discover” or one that resides within us, making itself  known as we awaken. It’s said that we only use ten percent of our brain’s capacity, but this is not true unless we are sitting around doing nothing, which is rarely the case. We are using most of our brains daily, but most of us are not using anywhere near to its full capacity, and we tend to waste it on trivialities. There are many forms of brain-washing media and physical toxicity which further inhibit what can be called the flow of natural genius within the human race. We have to purposely quiet our own minds and develop our own abilities if we want to see them grow.

For those familiar with the names of the Sumerian gods, perhaps Enki and Enlil are also symbols for the left and right hemispheres of the brain, like the Twins (Gemini) of the Zodiac, ever fighting amongst each other for the power that knowledge brings. I believe that someday we will find out, but in the meantime it is up to us to learn from the mistakes of those who came before us. Shouldn’t we know by now that greed is a bottomless pit and war does not grant anyone happiness or riches? Nobody ever wins.

7 Tribes, 7 Chakras

Three hundred Annunaki on Earth who were ruled by Enki were said to be divided into seven tribes, or seven lands, just as there were said to be seven islands on Atlantis. Their sole purpose was mining for gold. This brings up yet another remarkable resemblance to our seven major planets, seven days a week, seven musical notes, and to the human endocrine system, said to spin seven major chakras. Many ancient tablets are telling us things that we have come to understand on many different levels but few can embrace multiple levels of understanding without losing their grasp of reality altogether. This is actually the way that I conduct a reading for someone, often making it known that “What I’m about to say has multiple meanings, applying to many things”. Some meanings apply to obvious and mundane situations and others may seem mystical. This gold could be the divinity that is awakened at our Crown chakra, represented by early extraterrestrial “settlers” who wore the Crown and ruled mankind (and history repeated itself like a broken record). When our crowns are fully awakened we do not bow down to anyone, as we realize our own divine nature as connected to All That Is.

The Philosopher’s Stone, The Holy Grail, the Pineal

Alchemy, while touching on subjects that are tangible and real is a subject that is steeped in mythological symbols, and has been as misinterpreted as the Good Book itself. If the aim is to turn base metals into gold, is not the Annunakis’ seeking of gold on our planet quite a similar quest…so as we activate the conical centers of our pineal glands we activate our own godlike abilities. We activate our inner Sun, which has long been revered as the “god for every tribe”.

This can of course be taken with a grain of salt, or considered as a symbolic Grain of Rice that represents not only our divinity, but our capacity for both awareness and beautiful abundance as sentient beings. The stars do not rule us, nor does our fate necessarily depend upon the time of our birth. As above, so below…we are always interacting with the very substances that we are made of which is earth, ether, fire, water, and stars. When we figure this out, we will all experience our limitlessness.

Full Moon in Sagittarius

The Full Moon falls at 22 degrees of Sagittarius on the eve of June 12th. It forms a trine with Uranus, coinciding with this year’s culmination of the Grand Cardinal Cross. The only exact aspect to this Full Moon is a quincunx to its own ruling planet, Jupiter. As is, Jupiter is all about going over the top, and this occasion will be no exception. As Sagittarius represents the strength our core belief systems for better or worse, it can raise our ideals and expand our awareness of the life that exists beyond our small selves and joins us together as One. Just because we may temporarily be distracted by pop media, ego mania, and a plethora of trivialities while the world around us writhes in agony, we must not fool ourselves into simply believing what we see before us. We live in a beautiful, dangerous, and illusory realm. Sagittarius calls not only for faith in a higher power, but an ongoing search for truth, very much likened to the search for the Holy Grail.

The attainment of glory, wisdom , and power will ultimately be defined by the individual. In that pursuit, all philosophic and religious ideologies aside, and before any given action or situation we must ask ourselves “Will I be able to live with myself, or against myself  after choosing this?” The question is less effective after the choice has already been made, when the results are already in motion. And yet even this is open to interpretation. Paradoxically, Sagittarius could either be the one to proclaim “This is the only way!” or the one to  ask “Why limit yourself in that way?”

The Full Moon falls on fixed star Ras Alhague, “a sapphire on the head of the Snake Charmer”, Ophiuchus. The Celestial Medicine Man has cures not only for wounds but for ignorance. This is an area in the consellation of Saggitarius that sees us reaching for higher, loftier, more worthwhile goals than before. In our shifting aspirations and soul’s evolution, we are given inklings that even

“The sky is no longer the limit…” – Richard Nixon

knights-templar-holy-grailThe tension of this year’s Cross has stretched just about each of us in some way, shape, or form, whether this has been perceived as positive or negative. The influence of Mars in Libra has brought many injustices to our attention, as even those normally docile have begun to fight for their cause. Many relationship explosions and reversals took place February, March and April. Uranus in Aries continues to shock our status quo, supporting myriad expressions of revolutionary and creative rebellion. Pluto in Capricorn is not an influence that will be letting up anytime soon, but its force has been particularly strong this year in creating systemic breakdowns and political upheaval (What this influence really means is that now it’s coming out in the OPEN – those corrupt in their wielding of power have less room to hide). Those who are seekers and defenders of truth are experiencing their own personal revolution. Our current battles are far more ancient in origin than most realize, but many are being awakened by both natural and human-generated disasters. Jupiter, Sagittarius’ ruling planet in Cancer has perhaps our most softening influence in all of this chaos. In the comfort of Cancer at least our emotional intelligence and perceptive faculties are nurtured and encouraged. Between life’s fierce battles Jupiter in this sign has provided many of us with a home or a cave to recuperate in.

During this Full Moon and this month, going away for a change of scenery could possibly resemble a pleasant vacation or more likely a wake-up call to what other things are going on in our world that we had no idea is having an impact on our own familiar environments and vice versa. Venus and Saturn are facing off, so pleasure and duty cannot exclude each other at this time.  It is apparent now that whatever we most desire must be worked for, earned in some way. Thankfully, Sagittarius is just the kind of cheerleader or mentor we need to get us going and to take ourselves far less seriously in the process.

Neptune Retrograde – Break Through the Looking Glass

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?”

- Lewis Carrol in Alice in Wonderland

Neptune, known at times as the planet of “smoke and mirrors” turns Retrograde today at 8 degrees of Pisces, in a very loose trine with Mercury, Retrograde in Cancer. I’m not sure there could be a more nebulous combination than this, other than perhaps a square or opposition between these two planets. But when Retrograde the planets tend to do things they don’t normally do…

What you see is not necessarily what you get, nor is what you hear what is actually said. Thoughts and words fly, but their usefulness on the earth plane can be next to nil. That’s kind of what we expect with Mercury Retrograde, or Neptune in general. Neptune can often be a dreamy, idealistic influence, or one that enables illusions, delusions and addictions to run wild. In Pisces both its wonderful and confounding qualities are heightened to nth degree. Compassionate awareness meets with ignorance and the complete shirking of responsibility in the outer world. When Neptune turns Retrograde however, there is no room to hide from our shadow side even in the largest sea. Interestingly, when we face the darkness rather than hiding from it, it begins to grow in light.

The Retrograde stationing of this planet is like a the breaking of a long spell. Perhaps the Prince comes to kiss Snow White, or to rescue Rapunzel from her isolated tower. The Looking Glass does something unheard of…it finally shatters.

Until November 15th, we are being given a precious opportunity to reach beyond the scope of our limited vision and confines, to embrace a much wider world view and all its marvelous and infinite possibilities. There is a great and powerful awakening that occurs for those who are paying attention to their hunches, emotions, and dreams. Now we can organize our plans and thoughts more carefully, weeding out the nonsense from the truth. Neptune helps us to get our heads out of the clouds and get real, to achieve our goals rather than just sit around with a prayer, a hope and a nickel for them to happen. Neptune Retrograde helps us to identify the difference between fantasy and genuine intuition, and to follow course with what we know.

This is an influence that helps bring to conscious awareness that we have choices to make that determine whether we will remain static, worsen, or improve. If for example a woman feels stuck in an abusive relationship, it is likely that while Neptune is Retrograde she will experience at least one major breakthrough that shows her a way out. This does not mean she will act on it, but the chances are higher because now she sees that nobody is doing this to her but herself – the only person who can save her is herself, because she finally realizes there is so much more to life than this…that what she has is not as good as it gets. This epiphany is her first stage of progress. But the spell is not broken until she acts.

Let’s keep in mind that Mercury is Retrograde until July first, and will move back into chatty Gemini on the 17th of June. If we review our plans and relationships carefully this month we will be ready to move full steam ahead into a Summer filled with “newness”.

New Moon in Gemini

The New Moon at 7 degrees of Gemini on May 28th is highly Mercurial in more ways than one. Mercury, slowing down to Retrograde in June is Gemini’s ruler as well as the planetary ruler of Wednesday, upon which this New Moon occurs. At the 29th degree, it is very pronounced in its effects as half of our conversations and endeavors come to a conclusion and the other half to cliff hangers. This planet, so named after the Trickster god and messenger indeed loves both tricks and treats, and won’t wait until Halloween to wear a mask, stir a big ominous pot, and then right before (or perhaps right after) all hell breaks loose pull rabbits out of his hat.

Mercury will turn Retrograde in early Cancer and back into Gemini from June 7th until July 1st. Now is the time to back up any important data from your computer onto an external hard drive, double check any recent contracts while avoiding new ones, take deep breaths and be as present as possible. We can only live for now, not yesterday and not tomorrow. Gemini could use this reminder as one who tends to juggle not only things, but ideas, plans, people and whatnots that take them into the past, into the future and back.

Opposite of the Galactic Center, Mercury’s placement stimulates within us a great awareness of the power of our thoughts and speech to mold what we call reality. This in combination with the New Moon’s tight square with Neptune create a highly charged atmosphere of moodiness, memories, and mirage. The dark side of Neptune is what we don’t own or acknowledge in a responsible way. It plays off of our projections, rejections, and delusions and seduces with pretty sparkles the way the will-o’-the-wisp was once believed to lead weary travelers off course into a mist of illusions where they found that they had wound up in the middle of nowhere.

Things aren’t quite what they seem, even when it comes to many forms of illness. Right now if people pay close attention they’ll see the link between thoughts, the emotions they produce and the resulting physical symptoms or manifestations whether positive or negative.

The highest potential of the stressful aspect between the New Moon and Neptune is a heightening of our spiritual aspirations. It can stir within us a great longing for transformation, or to what seems both our birthright and impossible at the same time – to touch the face of the divine. The Japanese Koan “What Is Your Original Face?” means to inquire about the face before you were born and before your parents were born.

As we possibly seek for these answers, we are put in touch with both those who will resist and assist our puzzle solving process. The Twins wouldn’t have it any other way. A harmonious trine from Mars in Libra may help to elevate our thinking and align our hearts with our minds as we both listen and speak, engaging in a deeper and more sincere interchange with our fellow sentient beings. Gemini is a very family oriented sign just as the following sign Cancer, so being with close friends and family are where most will gravitate in the weeks that follow this New Moon.

One of the effects of Mercury slowing down to move backward with Neptune combined is a deep sense of recall in past communications, past exchanges, and past lives. Many of us have experienced this feeling many times in our lives without necessarily knowing the reason for the trigger.  Science has found that our memories are not all even our own as we may have assumed, but some can be passed down to us genetically through our DNA. Our family origins and historical roots continue to unwind as if ancient scrolls such as our country’s Constitution, reminding us of where we came from until Jupiter transits out of Cancer into Leo on July 16th.

Whether you decidedly believe or discredit the possibility of reincarnation, we are not born as the “fresh creations” that we have been casually taught we were. Scientifically it is obvious that we are a conglomeration of the physical attributes, predispositions, traumas, habits, and attainments of our parents and ancestors, and this time around if we’re so-called lucky we get to choose even if heavily under the influence of what came before us, what to do about all of that.

Coincidentally, this video displays the face of Anne Frank, who happens to have been a Gemini born on June 12, 1929

On June 3rd, you’ll have a chance to hear my monthly co-host June Ahern speak about how to access and understand our past lives, 9:00-10:00 am PST on www.kows.fm

Walnut Flower Essence

The vibrational essence of Walnut is evocative of several quotations that most of us are familiar with:

“All things Change, and We With Them”

“There is a Time and Place for Everything”

“When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going”

As Mars moves back into forward direction in Libra while Mercury slows down into Retrograde motion in Cancer, many people could use some assistance in the drastic transitioning from one state of being to another. The recent Grand Cardinal Squares have left many wondering if they are coming or going, where to, and how. This is where Walnut flower essence can serve as a gentle yet invaluable tool in coping with stressful life altering change and significant decisions to be made. Since Cancer, where Jupiter currently transits and Mercury will soon be transiting is such a reflective sign, Walnut can help us not to get so caught up in what came before so that we can move on to what comes next. Walnut is the flower essence prescribed for that proverbial Crossroads that appears in as many myriad forms as there are people alive.

An Essence for Transition, an essence for All Times…

“We must gain our freedom absolutely and completely, so that all we do, our every action – nay even our every thought – derives its origin in ourselves, thus enabling us to live and give freely of our own accord, and of our own accord alone”. – Collected Writings of Edward Bach

But…in a world of so much uncertainty where we can easily lose an accurate sense of who our “self” is within the chaos, what would “our own accord” even mean? Many world renown sages have spoken of a self within the self, usually hidden from the conscious mind. The conscious mind is typically influenced by the subconscious mind, which in turn is further influenced by the sea of the collective Subconscious Mind where all minds mingle and merge. Most of what we would consider our own thoughts or even our own emotions are not authentically so. When this realization finally hits us, it may come as quite a shock that what we’ve identified with for so long is not what we thought it was, nor are we what we thought we were. There is a term for this false identification with the collective subconscious in a way that is ironically personalized, believing itself to be unique. In Buddhist philosophy this is called the innate view. By disciplined cogitation and meditation this false identification be pierced and a true sense of self begins to emerge. Also, there are various events that occur in life unbidden or unexpected that can although do not necessarily trigger this awareness in us. This is to say that sometimes when we are slammed with intensity, we are simultaneously awakened on deep levels. These are events such as:

  • Death
  • Pregnancy & Birth
  • Divorce
  • Marriage
  • War and its aftermath
  • Change of Occupation
  • Getting “fired”
  • Relocation
  • Watching a house burn down
  • Witnessing a crime or injustice
  • Mid-life Crisis
  • Political Campaigns

Emanation Vs. Protection

The walnut tree claims a very specific territory for itself, unwilling to share with most other plants and creatures. Its powerful scent is repulsive to many insects although not necessarily to humans. The aura that walnut emanates seems quite solid and sure of itself, bringing to mind for us that when we stand our own ground with similar conviction we are unswayed by the opinions of others, and unhindered by minor pests that would otherwise weigh on us, draining our life force energy. As it develops, the fruit contained within the protective shell of the nut closely resembles the human brain. This relates symbolically to being able to both physically and psychologically shift from one state of being to another without the weight or interference of the past. In this way, Walnut can help us to get on with our lives, despite life’s curveballs, challenges and constant, sometimes disorienting change. Walnut essence alone or combined with another Bach/FES essence such as Willow can help us to properly adjust and adapt to change – to bend rather than break under pressure.

Unconditional Love and Truth

Walnut is numerologically aligned with the destiny card of the King of Hearts. This card is a representation of mastery in the realm of the emotions, creativity, and in the expression of love. Perhaps another reason why Walnut serves as such a supportive essence in times of great change is that it helps us maintain truthfulness within ourselves where unconditional love resides, unsullied by the thoughts, emotions and actions of others and even by our own past failures and mistakes.

Lately, Walnut is a Bach flower essence that I am both ingesting and suggesting for many who are going through many of the changes described above. It is an essence that helps to reclaim and maintain authenticity in one’s life, no matter what may be going on in the outside world. As we approach and emerge from the peak season of this year’s Tarot card, The Chariot, many Life Paths will take some decidedly and radically new directions. 2014 is a Seven year, and The Chariot is vibrationally aligned with the number Seven and the Sun’s transit through Cancer, from the Summer Solstice of June 21st until July 22nd.

I’d love to hear any of your Walnut flower essence testimonials and stories if you’d care to share them.

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