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Earth Day?

Today the Sun enters the earth sign of Taurus, so our focus begins to shift more to the corporeal, solid, and sensual aspects of existence for the next few weeks. Meanwhile, people are preparing for yet another seasonal pagan holiday distorted by religious leaders who called it Easter in place of the spring fertility goddess Ostara (see comment below for more info). More plastic wrapped candies and fake eggs are sold each year around this time to accommodate an ever widening sphere of influence as the human population grows and its resources dwindle, just in time for a “celebration” of the blue green globe we call our home.

Earth Eastern HemisphereForgive me for not jumping up and down for joy. We have a serious collective situation in our midst, that if we choose to ignore could haunt us for the rest of our lives. I’m sure that most who read this are already aware of earth climate changes and pollution and are doing whatever is so far known in order to lessen the earth’s toxic overload. It is perhaps no coincidence that this year’s Earth Day on April 22nd coincides with the last quarter moon between two eclipses and the Grand Cardinal Cross between Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter, and Mars which has recently had a close brush up with the Earth itself. This much emphasis in cardinal signs means action must be taken – consciously and purposefully, otherwise action will be taken in ways we do not enjoy.

The concept of the movie Idiocracy hits on some truths about what people have been doing to themselves and the planet, and was so painful for me to watch when it came out a few years ago that rather than laugh as it was designed to it made me sick to my stomach.

To quote Machaelle Small Wright in her recent post on her Perelandra website:

“Yes, the fallout of the Industrial Revolution and poor decisions on the part of industry and governments play a role in this. However, I believe they are responsible for only 50% of the problem. We individuals are responsible for the other 50%. All the issues resulting from that which shall not be named boil down to one thing: What scientific and industrial developments do we want to include in our lives and how much do we want to use them? Industry and governments may look big and out of control but, in actuality, we individuals are the ones who are in control. You know how to change an industry’s crappy, problem-producing product? Stop buying it. If a company’s sales suddenly drop, you will be shocked at how fast that company will change the product in order to regain those lost sales. “

I have long appreciated Machelle’s unique approaches to living peaceably with the environment and its innate intelligences. Her methods seem only natural and about as down-to-earth as we can possibly get, especially in comparison with the way so many of us have been trained to see ourselves as separate from the rest of nature. Like Machaelle, I would like to propose that without beating ourselves up over anything that we’ve so far failed to do, we simply take inventory over what products and habits we may be using that conflict with the ecosystem and begin to replace them as much as we are able to.

Life is a process rather than some static thing, and so long as we are moving progressively rather than regressively – evolving rather than devolving then we are on track. Static areas of life are where pain, sickness, and disease develop because energy has become stuck or blocked. When we notice stuck energy within ourselves and the Earth we can start with whatever we know and are capable of doing to get that energy flowing again.

On a relative note, astronomers have very recently discovered a new Earth Cousin, which very likely may support similar forms of life. This comes as no real surprise to me, because it always seemed quite silly to think that we on Earth contain the only intelligent life forms in this vast Universe. It also wouldn’t surprise me if about twenty years down the line life on Earth begins to migrate to some other sustainable planet that is discovered. Let us hope and pray that whatever happens we live with grace on this Earth while we are here, treading lightly and not leaving a bigger mess than we are capable of clearing up.

Remember, just as in dysfunctional relationships we never escape their dysfunctional patterns by running away from a person who reflects them to us and jumping into the arms of another. If we haven’t faced the real culprit of our relational issues we will continually meet up with the same resistance and obstacles as before. We break abusive patterns within us and our own responses to stress. Only then will the chains of pain and vicious cycles of death and rebirth shift into a liberated state of awareness that we can so far barely fathom.

May we celebrate Earth Day with humility, gratitude, and reverence, offering her any token or action that says “I see you, feel you, appreciate you”.

Blood Moon, Holy Days, and Purification

There is a lot of hype about tonight’s Lunar Eclipse in Libra just after midnight Pacific Time on April 15th, many believing it to signal the “End of Times”. I’d like to propose a slightly different perspective…

Yes, there is much that is coming to an end, but this is not altogether a bad thing. Pluto turns Retrograde today, right before the Eclipse occurs, which indeed hints at some major situations that have reached their culmination. Some endings have come through suffering and others through relief. The current Libran theme is relationship to other beings, and under the influence of such an eclipse no doubt that a combination of relationships have collectively been undergoing upheaval, purification, and in some cases refinement.

In ancient times Eclipses were believed to bring up a surge of powerful energies within the earth, which could either be of an evil or benevolent nature. All thoughts, energies, and words take on greater impact during eclipses, which tend to occur in pairs (a Solar Eclipse in Taurus occurs this month on April 28th). Many portals open, and the veils between the worlds become thin, allowing energies to pass through more easily, either for  better or worse. Therefore, it makes sense to the majority of spiritual seekers and practitioners that this should be a time of greater spiritual dedication, prayer, and purification.

total eclipseThis so called Blood Moon, red in color due to reddish color it takes on as the moon passes completely into the Earth’s shadow is the first of a Tetrad series of Total Eclipses, that curiously coincide with Jewish holy days. The red tint of the Blood Moon occurs due to filtered sunlight shining through the earth’s atmosphere as it passes through the sun and moon. Space Weather is a great resource for latest cosmic happenings from the scientific point of view.

The following Total Eclipses are due October 8th of 2014, April 4th 2015, and Sep 28th 2015, with the following Jewish connections:

Passover begins with the current Eclipse of April 15th, to continue for seven days until Monday the 21st – exactly when the Cosmic Cardinal Cross between Pluto, Jupiter, Uranus and Mars becomes activated.

Passover in 2015 will begin on the April 4th and will continue for seven days until Friday, the 10th of April.

Sukkot in 2014 will start October 8th, during the Feast of Tabernacle Lunar Eclipse and will continue for seven days until 15th of October.

Sukkot in 2015 will start September 28th during another Feast of Tabernacle Lunar Eclipse and will continue for seven days until the October 4th.

This “coincidental” alignment of the Eclipses with Jewish holy days has already occurred twice in the 20th century. The first set occurred in 1948 – 1950, the year after Israel had become a state. The second between 1967 – 1968, the year Israel liberated Jerusalem. Going further back, in 1493 this occurred the year after Columbus sailed the seas and Spain had destroyed the Jews.

It is said that the current eclipse of April 15th Jewish Passover and Sukot Lunar Eclipse to occur October 8th are taking place on the exact same dates as did the Jewish Passover and Sukot celebrations of 70 AD – the Feast of Tabernacles Lunar Eclipses (although those were Partial, not Total Eclipses). They occurred when the Roman Army destroyed the 2nd Jewish Temple and Masada Military Fortress, ending over 1,000 yeas of Jewish rule in Israel.

The Bible is brimming with references to celestial shifts, and this one describes such an occurrence as we are experiencing in symbolic terms:

“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come.”  – Joel 2:31, KJV

So what does any of this mean to us today? Not to be irreverent, but I think of a comical pagan bumper sticker I saw several years ago that read “GOD is coming, and She is Pissed.” God is not really necessarily pissed, but in our ordinary human attempts to understand deity and nature we often project our own shortcomings onto God and the Cosmos, as we are but microcosms of the macrocosm.

When we experience the wrath of God, it is because we have long ignored the signs that have been given to us in nature and within our own bodies and psyches. For this reason, at the end of the day or this seemingly endless topic, the simpler approaches to these rather complicated cosmic matters appeal to me most. These simple approaches include gratitude, reverence, and kindness. Without them, we are bound to face our doom.

Purification of body, mind, and spirit, and making offerings to those beings who are in need or those beings in nature and the cosmos that make life sweeter is a wonderful way to spend the duration of an Eclipse period. This is a day when many Tibetan Buddhists will adhere to a practice dedicated to White Tara, goddess of Compassion.

 

Rise of the Asteroid Goddesses

All four of the major asteroids named after goddesses feature prominently in this month’s Lunar Eclipse in Libra on April 15th, with particular emphasis on Ceres the Earth mother. This is appropriate in the month that always celebrates Earth Day on the 22nd. Each of the four goddesses can be viewed as helping us to drop nasty habits, adjust our health regimens, follow our bliss, and improve the way we relate to each other and ourselves.

Demeter, goddess of harvest by David Howard Johnson

Demeter, goddess of harvest by David Howard Johnson

The archetype of the Earth mother also known as Demeter is bittersweet, as she reflects both the pathologies of loss and grief that we all experience when someone or something is taken away from us, the way her daughter Persephone was snatched away from her by the hands of Pluto, into the Underworld. In her glory when she is able to again see and touch the face of her daughter in the Summer, she reflects the nurturing principle and inherent connection with nature and its bounty. Ceres, like Pluto nudges us to let go of our old stories, you know the ones that were so traumatic that they caused us to shut down and vow to never love again or “never let that happen again”. Like the Moon she simultaneously seduces us into reconnecting with the very thing we fear losing, but this time with less attachment and more wisdom, perhaps to see how far we have come and have grown. Sometimes, rather than a person or a thing she connects us with long lost hopes and dreams. In Libra where Ceres currently transits and will conjunct the Lunar Eclipse, there is a need to feel a part of something. Whether we are the ones leading, following, or partaking in this instance is beside the point, in that what matters is there is a coming together of ofttimes disparate parts to create harmony and unity.

Whether male, female, young, old or somewhere in between either of those forms of earthly identity, no doubt people are sensing the immensity of this month’s energy arising from both within and without. Those who are paying close attention are noticing a profound sacredness making itself known amidst the profanity and chaos, in a way similar to a beautiful lotus rising up from the depths of murkiness. This sense of the sacred, gracefully containing the luminescence of our souls, the Eternal Flame is represented by Vesta – goddess of the hearth and fire. This goddess asteroid begins making an opposition to the Sun on the 13th as the Eclipse draws near. The stress of having been separated not only from someone we love (Eclipse’s conjunction with Ceres), but any separation from our own true selves or whatever we deem as holy has become unbearable. We must find our way back Home, and Vesta points us in that direction. In some people this could mean taking better care of themselves physically and committing to an exercise program or a special diet. Yet in others there could be a realization that they have cut themselves off from others to an extreme and it is time to come back out into the world. Vesta also relates to sacred sexuality, so if there are conflicts within ones sexuality now it is possible they are coming up strongly now for resolve and release. Basically this goddess gets us in touch with whatever we are passionate about.

The goddess asteroid Juno is close up to the Sun in Aries while in exact opposition with Vesta the day before and during the Eclipse. As the Divine Consort, Juno reflects to us a need for commitment in our lives and relationships. This may not come easy when she’s in Aries and wants to do everything her way. Freedom of choice and expression is important, but random emotional outbursts should be monitored. Anger springs up in Juno when she feels she has been cheated in some way, and this is the kind of anger that we will want to be careful of unleashing of now, so that conditions don’t escalate. On one hand it may seem like we’re experiencing a competition between doing what we love to do and what we feel forced to do because we’re bound by our commitments. On the other hand, we could choose to see these two faces of One Original Goddess as helping to bring cohesiveness to our lives where they’ve gotten too sloppy, overly complicated or trampled over by others. When we realize that we can keep our commitments and only commit to what we see fit, then we will also be able to do what we love and love what we do. As we do, we help heal the rift that has occurred in collective consciousness around our divinity, and as women – around our femininity.

While Pallas Athene may not be as actively involved in the Eclipse as the other three Goddess asteroids, she plays a supportive role for each of them. Athene forms a trine to the Sun and Juno from Leo, and a sextile to Vesta, Ceres, and the Eclipse. This is the goddess who was said to have sprung from the head of Jupiter (Juno’s consort), and therefore became known as an androgynous goddess representing wisdom, justice, and creativity. Pallas Athene is the most armed and prepared for the world of men. She is skilled in combat, as well as fine arts that are one of the few links to her femininity. She can hold her own, and she can help show us how to do the same. Athene is comfortable with politics and speaking her mind, especially in the proud sign of Leo. Her creativity is greatly enhanced here, as are her perceptual abilities. It could be that Pallas Athene serves as the balm on our wounds, and the wind in our sails “when all else fails” during this period of uncertainty. She would achieve this by reminding us of what we really want and what we’re willing to do to attain it. If we have health goals she will step out of her armor and be our cheerleader for a minute – yeah a minute to savor. If we have creative endeavors she will egg us on. If we hear the children of Earth cry for help she will lend a hand in aiding them and tending our own gardens.

The rise of the Goddess is deeply felt throughout the challenges and breakthroughs that are occurring on so many levels. It’s not too often that these goddesses all come together in this way, which indicates that we too are ready to increase the functionality of our working parts so that they work together and not against one another. Ceres and Vesta are helping us with the cleaning out and letting go aspects of this, so we can make way for better things that have yet to show up in our lives because there has not been the appropriate space. In short, the summary of the archetypal goddess energies that we may be working strongly with this month are:

Ceres – Earth Mother, nurturing, mother’s shadow, food, sustainable living, natural resources, agriculture, letting go, connection to Nature, small animals and those that need nurturance.

Vesta – Home & hearth, purification, sanctity and sacred space, focus – in health, self-improvement, spiritual development, sexuality (especially sacred sexuality), religious or devotional activities.

Juno – Commitment, partnership versus autonomy, equality within relationship, beauty, personal sacrifice for loved ones, facing/transforming insecurities and jealousy.

Pallas Athene – Creativity, wisdom, autonomy, human rights, sexual sublimation (into creative, scientific, or mental pursuits), creative visualization, perception and clairvoyance.

The Goddess is alive and magic is afoot! Let us use this precious influx of energy to create the lives we have so far only dreamed of living!

Lunar Eclipse in Libra 4-15-14

 April Full Moon Eclipse in Libra 25 degrees 4-15-14

The coming Lunar Eclipse in Libra may agitate things, people and the Earth to the pinnacles of polarity as opposites alternate between major attraction and aversion. Clashes like the ones we may be experiencing now are ironically rare and hard to come by, in that they are so compelling and intense they actually may draw us into greater awareness of our flaws in objective ways – that we may improve. This could assist us in seeing more clearly than ever before what we’ve previously missed in our misguided attempts to either control or avoid our fate. Like loud gongs sounding the beginning, the end, or the acknowledgment of a sacred ceremony, we hear the thunder rolling in our minds or from those around us who will no longer be contained. We must act. Not doing so would mean stasis and death in the current mode of existence. Fortunately many conflicts and events come to conclusions during Lunar Eclipses, so there are many instances where we are going to breathe a big sigh of relief.

The infrequent stellar alignment of Mars, Earth, and the Sun on April 8th will have primed us for this wave of even more intensified energy, which is actually similar to what happens every time a month contains a set of eclipses. Foundations are tested; those tried and true remain and possibly strengthen while those outworn or have lived their purpose are often kicked mercilessly to the curb.

Libra by KagayaThe beauty and potency of this Mars Retrograde activated Lunar Eclipse in Libra is that we get to choose. Whether we like it or not, we must choose. Default button here would not be fun. We get to choose our words, allies, opponents, positions, and our tools. Essentially we get to choose our battles. Later in the month we also get to choose a new set of values or redefine and polish our old ones, highlighted by the Solar Eclipse in Taurus on the 28th. Some may wonder how is it that two eclipses in signs ruled by Venus the goddess of Love could stir up so much hate and aggression in people…quite simply the extra long Mars in Libra transit is not one to inspire anybody to turn the other cheek on what rubs the wrong way. While Libra is the sign of marriage it is equally (in relationship the scales come into play) the sign of divorce. The greatest challenge here is really a conquering of the ego, which Mars tends to arouse. From December 7th of 2013 to July 25th 2014 we have been facing our dragons, or whatever roadblocks have been in the way of our progress in life coming both from inside and outer events and adversaries.

CeresCeres, the asteroid goddess connected with nurturing, food, and the Mother archetype’s shadow is in exact conjunction to the Lunar Eclipse in Libra. The need for deep and meaningful exchange with others and the Earth herself here override pride, aloofness, and in some cases prejudice. This includes a reorientation in our relationship to terra firma, whether this occurs through nature’s disruptions to our plans or our ability to ride the waves of change with grace. Positively, we may find or come across someone with whom we have a lot more in common than we previously thought or would have imagined based on their appearance. We may find new uses for what we once considered weeds while certain pests become precious. Vesta close behind enhances our ability to respond with emotional warmth in situations where we may otherwise have held back. The energy of Juno conjunct the Sun opposite of this cluster is further reflecting back to us a profound sense of oneness with those we share a connection to.

The fixed star Arcturus is conjunct this eclipse, believed astrologically to bestow riches and honor. Combined with the moon it is said to bring new friends, business success, and domestic harmony. It may be worth mentioning that Spica joins in with an even sweeter known benevolence which not only potentially brings or enhances fame and fortune but raises spiritual awareness, inspiration, or virtues. However, with Arcturus in the tighter conjunction having been in opposition with Mars we shouldn’t push our luck. Anything is possible now if we remain open and grateful for what we have going right.

The building energy of seven exact squares to Uranus and Pluto between 2012 – 2015 make this Eclipse even more incredible and far-reaching as the fifth square and cardinal Grand Cross between Uranus, Pluto, Jupiter and Mars rounds off between April 21st through the 23rd. Many wonder if they are coming or going and the answer is both. Old particles of energy that we once claimed as the sum total our identity are dissolving or showing us where we need to revise and restructure with areas such as work, career, health, relationships and creative endeavors. Our political and justice system goes without saying, but with Uranus involved rebellion is reaching a peak. Breakdowns are showing us what we can no longer ignore or accept as truth. New opportunities being presented to us may be long ago prayers finally being answered and long time efforts now bearing fruits.

The North Node is closely aligned with the Lunar Eclipse, attuning us to subtle and not-so-subtle currents within our environment, heightening intuitive faculties particularly in response to the moods and nuances of those we are in close relationship or proximity to. Whatever we ourselves are processing or putting out to others, we need to “own it” and not be afraid of emotions which otherwise remain stuck and toxic to us. This doesn’t mean to indulge in projection but simply to allow feelings to be what they are and pass through, rather than trying to resist them.

Last but not least the Sabian symbol for this Eclipse is quite beautiful…

“An Eagle and a Large White Dove Change Into Each Other; the Interaction of the Love Principle When Critical Needs Arise”

(Libra scales by Kagaya, Ceres artist unknown)

New Moon in Aries – Breaking Free

3-30-14 New Moon 9 degrees Aries

With the New Moon in Aries, we have a fresh clean slate for the spring season. What are some of the hopes, dreams, and visions you’ve had for the year of 2014 that have so far been on hold? It is time to move forward with plans, which may begin with clearing the way for things to become manifest and welcomed into our world. The exuberant fire sign of Aries is all about new beginnings, but we do still have two heavy planets moving retrograde – Mars in Libra and Saturn in Scorpio. Much of what we are beginning now are renewed cycles of interest and commitment in areas that pertain to our personal growth. Because the preceding sign is Pisces where Mercury currently huddles close with Chiron not too far from Neptune, we are given an opportune moment to recognize and release deep seated patterns and addictions which have interfered with our well being and ability to reach our goals.

Uranus in conjunction to the New Moon further signals this to be a rare chance to break out of cells, molds, and conditions that up until the present moment have seemed somehow certain or stuck. Rebellion toward religious and political institutions, or any programming that infringes upon human and divine rights are rising to the fore of collective consciousness. This alignment also amps the T-square between Uranus, Pluto and Jupiter which push for action but show us where we lack drive, initiative or information – and what we need to do about this in order to improve. This T-square will soon again become a Grand Square that includes Mars in mid-April which push our buttons even further, becoming a “do or die” force ultimately for the betterment of our often fragile conditions.

The Sabian symbol for this new moon is:

“A Teacher Gives New Symbolic Forms to Traditional Images; Revision of Attitude at the Beginning of a New Cycle of Experience.”

This New Moon is a very potent one, completely disarming to some of our most cherished discontents. We get to remake ourselves, based on reorienting our relationships to what has happened in the past. In this process we are definitely facing hardcore addictions – which almost all of us have in some form or another, whether major or minor. Our addictions can show us the methods that we use to avoid deep pain and issues that make us uncomfortable. One of the things that we seem most addicted to in our society is bad news. There is plenty of it to go around – what’s certain is that we won’t be running out of it any time soon. This bad news breeds self sabotage…at least this is what we’ve been led to believe and shown how to replicate.

The goddess asteroids Ceres and Vesta with Mars conjunct the North Node in Libra ask us what and who do we really stand for, lest we “fall for anything”. Relationships that we maintain now and develop in the near future must become more meaningful, supportive, and enriching than some of those we’ve held onto, or they will further push us into states of degeneration, where we have yet more seemingly endless opportunities to confront darkness, addictions, and areas where we feel powerless.

In relation to Ceres in Libra, the subject of nurturing, food, and how this brings together friends and community can be symbolized by a recent sweet story shared online about a center that teaches children how to garden and cook, called The Pumpkin Patch. The woman who began this center has a blog you can check out here.

This New Moon may help us to count our blessings, recover from our misfortunes and be done with things and activities that have kept us tied down. There is nothing worse now to fear than fear itself. Onward we go into the year of the Wood Horse!

 

Full Moon in Virgo

The Full Moon at 26 degrees Virgo is one of harvest, personal renewal and body-mind-soul integration. Being so close to the Equinox, this moon signals a major turning point not only in the year but in our lives, mostly likely for the better no matter how things appear on the surface. We are noticing that many of our prayers have been answered, perhaps not in ways we imagined or requested. Seeds we planted are beginning to bear fruit, and efforts we have made are beginning to show signs of how we have progressed.

Being a feminine earth sign Virgo brings out our abilities to act and select with a high level of integrity and refinement, whatever gender we happen to be. It brings out our feminine powers of the kind intuitive discernment that can be immediately applied in practical, tangible ways to better ourselves and our endeavors. As long as we don’t get carried away with a “fix-it” attitude or become dominated by another’s, then we can manage to get a lot done. There can be deep mind purification in facing challenges with the willingness to tackle them down methodically, versus shunning them or plunging into them in a manner of self sabotage.

The Sabian symbol for this moon is:

“A Group Of Aristocratic Ladies Meet Ceremonially At A Court’s Function”.

This indicates that even in times of war, struggle, famine, and hardship we tend to benefit from cultural and feminine traditions that help keep us and others in line so to speak – honoring changes with grace rather than resistance.

With Mars Retrograde in Libra conjunct the North Node relationships are undergoing many challenges as issues of control, fairness, equality, and human rights take precedence over fun and romance. The asteroid Vesta supports the direction of this combined energy where it needs to go, but still requires a great deal of self-determination, effort and focus to see specific goals through. Saturn Retrograde in Scorpio isn’t letting anybody skips steps either, but it is well aligned with this Full Moon so that we know exactly what steps we need to take. Patience and perseverance are both needed at this time.

The Cosmic pressures are currently such that we must finally recognize the patterns that we have held locked in place and how we have prevented our own progress. By noticing our own misconceptions, our resistance and disgust with those who have wounded us or those we care about, along with the pent up rage accumulated over lifetimes, we are faced with a major opportunity to clear house spiritually, so that the Divinity of who we truly are can fully inhabit our bodies. Why would any of us willingly and consciously house anything other than that in our bodies?

This means that because of noticing our harmful habits we are looking and wanting to find more ways to self nurture through various forms of earthy medicine, minerals and food. The Virgin symbolizes more than sexual chasteness; in ancient times a virgin was meant to describe a woman who was self-contained in her essence. She honored the temple of her body, replenishing it with nutrients and rituals rather than casually giving herself away. She could simultaneously have been a servant, a healer, a priestess, a warrior and/or a woman of the wilderness. This is the inherent ability of the Virgoan person.

Compassion and forgiveness are keynotes of the Sun in Pisces, which is reflected in its polar opposite sign as Virgo’s willingness to humbly be of service. Forgiveness of the self is in some ways more difficult and therefore important than the forgiveness of others. Of course when we hold spite and anger toward others we further hurt ourselves with that anger and possibly keep that other person locked into their own harmful patterns by focusing on what we hate about them. I won’t lie – not doing this is easier said than done.

New Agers and God worshippers out there can talk all the fluffy idealistic love and compassion they want, but when push comes to shove…who wants to hear it? In actuality we are often living in a world where brutality, suffering, and hardship forces humanity to crawl on its hands and knees for those very things it needs most. This is precisely what the Cardinal Grand Square between Mars, Pluto, Uranus and Jupiter is pushing our society deal with and figure out. Are we going to act with gentleness and sweetness (that will be the day…when astrology becomes obsolete), or are we going to step up to the plate and just do whatever dirty work we’ve been avoiding but now must be done? We don’t get to not act, but we get the choice of whether and how to act or react to stress and injustice. We can choose whether this work will be done with a positive or indignant attitude. Many of us will get to choose who to work with and who to walk away from. There will be a lot of walking away for the next few weeks, since Mars is in Libra but not in any kind of position to fight.

The Sun in Pisces reminds us that what goes around comes around. This should help us to stand back and get a better view of our situations, whether they seem good or bad. Maybe we created what we are experiencing with either our own abundance or lack of sound judgment, maybe we were perpetrators or victims, or maybe we were just lucky and the list goes on. There is not necessarily a spiritual connotation to everything that happens in life. We must remember however that the more emotion imbued into anything, the more karma it generates. It’s also not necessarily our job to make sure someone else gets their “just desserts”. It’s our job to be true to ourselves, which will be our insurance for a better life ahead.

Virgo can be the High Priestess of the Zodiac, as in her highest manifestation she is intuitive, practical and wise. She help us to cultivate our finer qualities in order that we may use them to benefit others in some way. Her subtle beauty is contained in an air of authority and autonomy – she does not cast pearls to swine. Details are attended, yet energy is reserved only for what is worthy and important. She is like the Divine Nurse who directs us to the doctor within that actually has the power to heal. She helps those in need with a hand up – not a hand out. May we be inspired to do the same.

Virgo image by Josephine Wall

Be the Change…

We say that we want things to change but we often resist when they do. We say we want to be different but we feel terrible when we are ostracized for being so. We say we want solutions to our problems, love when there is none, and all the perks of what we believe is “the good life”…

Change is upon us. Love is real. Life is what we make of it.

Mercury in Aquarius now winds back into Direct motion today but will not fully emerge from its Shadow phase until the Spring Equinox of the 21st. The ongoing ruthlessly cardinal grand square with Mars, Pluto, Uranus, and Jupiter now intensifies as Mars prepares for Retrograde motion until the 19th of May. The grueling occurrence of Mars in retrospective motion in the sign of Libra brings up the subject of social and interpersonal injustice, showing the previously armed where they are now quite unarmed (the tables have turned) and the previously disempowered are now fully equipped with ammunition – but must wield it well lest they destroy themselves.

In Aquarius Mercury seeks forward movement – not backward. This is the Revolutionary mind in action. It despises what it perceives to be stagnation, stupidity and mediocrity, so let’s explore what that really means, particularly through the lens of Mercury in Aquarius:

Mediocrity means the succumbing to hypnotic superimpositions of nonsensical rules, regulations, and rituals enforced by various institutions – in effect the blind leading the blind, perpetually programmed from an organic state of humanity to one of roboticism.

Humanity implies that a divine intelligence now operates through personal and collective consciousness where free will combined with awareness changes the very nature and meaning of cause and effect itself.

That is the exact interpretation that came through me this morning when I woke up, as Mercury went Direct.

Let’s be as real as the Love that we are made of, and be the change we wish to see in the world.

New Moon in Pisces

February 28th – March 1st 2014

The New Moon in Pisces signals the end of the Sun’s yearly cycle through the zodiac. Reflections, longings, and endings have all been heightened by this and Mercury’s Retrograde through both Pisces and Aquarius during the past three weeks, as well as Pisces’ original ruler Jupiter Retrograde in Cancer. For the past several weeks, we have been remembering and releasing patterns that have outlived or served their purpose. We’ve been digging deep for answers and remedies to situations that have remained stagnant for seeming eons. Some of us have been awe struck at the realizations, synchronicities, and illuminations unraveling before or within us.

The Biblical concept of Jesus distributing two fishes and five loaves of bread to 5,000 people stems from the archetypal axis of Pisces and Virgo – Pisces the two fish, and Virgo the holder of grains. We in the 21st Century have become “fed up” with lies, and the truth has begun dripping, leaking, and exploding, now finally being redistributed to the masses. However, not all will partake of the perceived “bread”.

As our spiritual ideals, awareness and experiences may have been raised, our base desires, instincts and reactions have equally been tugging at us from the opposite direction. As of February 22nd, the North Node (nodal axis of the Moon - signifying Destiny) shifted out of Scorpio and into Libra at 29 degrees, while directly across the South Node moved from Taurus to Aries.  This North/South Node combination will be in effect until November 2015. The basic shift here signifies moving away from the self and toward working with others. During times of such profound conflict such as those effecting the collective of this planet we need to seek out cooperation and integration, rather perpetuate inner and outer wars.

This perhaps idealistic but necessary cooperation will not come easy, as Mars in Libra seeks justice at any cost and it now prepares to turns Retrograde making unjust matters even more excruciatingly intolerable in the way of both personal and global politics. It is as though we are cosmically forced into refining our anger and our passions, whatever they may be, in order to adapt, survive, rescue, and revive what could otherwise easily be shattered.

On the day of this New Moon, February 28th, Mercury stations back into Direct motion while two other planets station Retrograde. Mars turns backward in Libra on March 1st and Saturn turns backward in Scorpio on the 2nd…what a joyride – just kidding. Jupiter, which has taken on a somewhat Saturnian note since November turns Direct on March 7th. Let’s put it this way…February of 2014 helped us review the past few months and lifetimes but March is preparing us for April and what comes after that.

All religious and spiritual beliefs aside, Nature is one of our greatest teachers and karmic reflectors – karmic, denoting cause and effect. The planets and the weather are our mirrors, dancing with us, sometimes bringing about creation, and other times destruction. Right now the Cosmos is trying to help us out here with a few super key pointers for our own good, in some cases survival, similarly to the way a teacher who is trying to get the attention of all children in a classroom – not just one or two, but All. An important message is coming. Will it be via a messiah, or simply an AH-HA moment? With the North Node in Libra for 18 months, we not only get to decide, but we must decide, despite conflicting views of both authority and reality.

The Sabian symbol for this New Moon is:

“Men Traveling a Narrow Path, Seeking Illumination”

This is interpreted as the capacity inherent in every individual to seek at whatever cost entrance to a transcendent realm of reality. It also means that the road to spiritual illumination opens to those who are able to curb their emotional reactions as Warriors of Light.

Because Pisces loves a good laugh (as most in mutable signs do) and its ruler Neptune rules imagery, film, and photography, I leave you with the following youtube motion picture, with the very Piscean message that no matter what… Circumstances Don’t Matter:

Full Moon in Leo – What is Love?

As we approach this Valentine’s Full Moon in romantic Leo, we might wonder why our brains seem to be melting out of our ears or like we’re on some kind of acid trip that landed us on planet Mars. It’s not that things are all bad, but they just don’t seem quite logical anymore, especially when we try to interpret them as so. At least the Full is positively in synch with Mars, lending us some energy to continue breathing. Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius opposes the Moon with the opposite of objectivity, making everything around it subject to very nebulous, if not interesting perspectives and outcomes aided by the soft “edge” of Neptune.

The Moon in Leo means drama with a capitol D – and this can be very entertaining indeed. We want to play, laugh, sing, and dance – and we should! Celebrations can create more to celebrate. They don’t necessarily stave off danger but they up our vibrations, so that we are invigorated and ready for the next round of madness.

With Pluto joined by Venus in a waltz with Retrograding Jupiter in Cancer memories may seem stronger and reach farther than they ever have, as startling discoveries about the past take us deeper into our origins and those of the blue green planet. Saturn square the Full Moon is like a thorn or itch in our side that nags us, pushing us to not just see and feel – but to do something about all of this stuff coming up. It’s just so hard to be decisive in our actions when we’re crying like Yosemite Bear man who saw the double rainbow, wondering aloud “What does it MEAN!?”

image by Peterio

(image by Peterio)

So what about the romance (good luck with that!)? I answer with the question – What Is Love? This video says it all (rated PG):

Aquarius New Moon Supermoon

This New Moon in Aquarius today (January 30th) commences the Chinese New Year of the Green Wood Horse, as Venus prepares to turn back into Direct motion after a very emotional Retrograde cycle since the Winter Solstice on December 21st. We can breath a sigh of tension relief as the water bearer heralds this time of increasing clarity and inspiration.

The Aquarian energy nudges us to express our creativity and to support this in others. Each and every one of us is completely unique, carrying both challenges and gifts that are valuable to the overall picture of life on Earth! No matter how individualist we may be, we need each other in order to achieve our goals. Illuminations about what brings us together and raises the collective consciousness are both rising and being poured forth.

This New Moon is a Supermoon, indicating its closeness with the Earth, being in direct alignment with the Sun and Earth. With Mercury in the shadow phase of a forthcoming Retrograde cycle (February 6th to 28th), the new beginnings we are inspired with now are based on those things and relationships that have already been initiated but have perhaps not brought to completion or upgraded to a new level of relating and involvement.

Rest is and will be important for a couple of weeks as is the willingness to look at certain challenging emotional issues with an angle of objectivity and gratitude for how they have caused us to evolve. It can help us to just slow down in order to assimilate the hardships, lessons, as well as blessings that we have experienced in the past few months, or even those that have affected us during a lifetime. With this slowing down we can recognize the greater purpose of these occurrences and reach new understandings about those that have crystalized into a static or chronic situation we now have the choice to consciously release.

Much of the previously perceived nature of reality is crumbling around us at warp speed. How prepared do you feel to drop cherished notions, or in some cases people and possessions? What we must be particularly prepared for in the weeks, months and years to come is the falling away of both certain aspects of human life that we have taken for granted and that we have clung to, holding them as ultimate truth. As Mercury enters Pisces and then turns back to review Aquarian values during the next few weeks, it would behoove us to pay attention to our inner signals as well as outer guideposts that are indicating to us where we stand with the levels and nature of reality that we are currently creating for ourselves.

All of this being said, remember that there is a special star that shines above you, and that…

“You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it however”.  -Richard Bach

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