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New Moon in Sagittarius 2014

For many it’s been a weepy, weird, and wistful week as the waning moon with Sun in Scorpio dredges up the last of what it can in our murky depths before entering the next sign. Chiron is also stationing to go Direct in Pisces on the 24th, recalling to our hearts and minds many deep wounds that we have buried and carried for far too long, now finally ready to let go.

The New Moon at Zero degrees of Sagittarius on the 22nd is the second of a series of five Zero degree New Moons in a row and serves as a kick-starter for greater tasks and adventures to begin in the new year of 2015. One of these tasks has to do with becoming more aligned with personal inner truth. There is a paradox that oftentimes the farther out into the world one goes (in exploration of both physical or mental kinds), the deeper they come in touch with themselves. This sign loves travel and exploration like no other and also has no qualms about speaking its truth in any given situation.  The need to be truthful and honest first and foremost with ourselves is indeed pretty much reaching a “critical degree”, a turning point that indicates it is no longer possible to be anything less than authentic in some area where there was previously too much to hide behind.

We’ve come far along enough in the labyrinth of hard edged squares this year that we’ve reached some rounder, softer terrain – which means it’s time celebrate for a minute. Uranus and Pluto will have at it again on December 14th, but regardless of this, during this New Moon and the days that follow there may be many sensations of emotional release, relief, exhilaration, and levity beginning to emerge even amid those with sniffles and other winter discomforts.

Jupiter as the planet ruling Sagittarius makes a slight square to the New Moon from Leo which excites us to action with greater confidence than previously this year. The Moon’s square with Neptune should alert us to a need to be practical about this however. Nothing, however virtuous or beneficial it may seem is foolproof, especially now that this planet has just come back into Direct motion (as of the 15th, since June 9th) where ironically it is less direct in motion than when backward.

With Venus in Sagittarius not too far ahead of this New Moon more people are beginning to let go of some of their insecurities, jealousies, and dissatisfactions in love and simply be willing to live a bit more in the moment – after all this moment is all we really have.

I don’t know who the artist is of this image but it speaks to me of the coming energies associated with this New Moon…

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Friendships are beginning to heal and blossom. Nature draws our attention to its magic and great splendor. Inspiration, passion and renewed enthusiasm for life and love are on the horizon!

Neptune Direct 2014

With Neptune going Direct in Pisces this Saturday the 15th, let’s not get cozy with fantasy, illusions, and delusions. Let’s not fall asleep in the middle of our pain, drop the ball after we’ve made commitments, or quit the race when we’re so close to the end.  Let it hurt, keep it real. Crying is fine, especially if it means staying awake instead of numbing out. Let’s not opt for the seductive Blue Pill that puts us back into a stupor as individuals. The planet of smoke and mirrors, higher love and compassion has been Retrograde for the past five months since June 10th, causing us to wake up and get real on several levels. With Neptune in Direct motion, we tend to breathe a sigh of relief and become more comfortable with our discomforts because it’s easier to find an escape. Sometimes when we’re so close to a revelation or a deep healing, there’s a certain kind of demon that rears its ugly head and bars the path. Don’t let Neptune Direct cause you to take that demon any more seriously than a lottery ticket that might win you a million dollars. As we dive back into the deep ocean of dreams, wishes and visions, we may indeed become inspired and moved in spiritual and creative ways. With openness, fluidity and nonattachment, “be like water my friend” (Bruce Lee)

Taurus Full Moon 2014

On November 6th the Full Moon reaches 14 degrees of Taurus, bringing us closer to terra firma, raising the conscious awareness of our bodily senses, and the significance of the psyche in shaping our somatic experiences. The Earth is alive and magic is afoot…we upon the earth are becoming more aware of our place here, how we relate to Her, and how we influence each other by how and where we place our values.

hathorThe Full Moon is conjunct with star Almach in Andromeda, which is believed to give “success in Venusian occupations” as well as artistic abilities. This could certainly enhance Taurus’s talent for singing and other expressions of beauty. The goddess Hathor is also energetically aligned with Venus-ruled Taurus, as this highly revered, celestial cow goddess presides over music, dance, the arts, and the sky itself. A group of Venusian beings known as the Hathors have been channeled through Tom Kenyon, to share with humanity the ways of ascension, circular breathing, sound healing and harmony.

With the Moon reaching fullness in Taurus we are put in touch with both the needs we know about and have repressed, in ourselves and upon the earth. It is becoming evident that certain factors must be addressed in order to prevent breakdowns or disasters. The ability that each of us has to play a part in What Is by what we choose to be, do, or focus on, is also being highlighted.

With the moon now opposite of Venus which has been close to the Sun since the new moon eclipse of October 23rd, that which we most desire can be made tangible in this sign, but not without a price. Taurus doesn’t mind this, but will seek out the best “deals”, making both efficiency and affordability equal priorities when it comes to purchases as well as launching new endeavors. Taurus understands that we pay not only with money but with our time, energy, and other resources. Money is just a metaphor and a methodology we’ve all been trained to utilize, not a means to an end in itself. Self worth becomes an even more pressing matter in the unbeatable race against time, society, and possibly those who don’t or won’t agree with what one represents or with who one is – or what we don’t dare to express and share because it is too taboo. We may recall the story of the Tortoise and the Hare, finding comfort in being methodical, persistent, and on target versus either overly confident or not confident enough and ultimately distracted. The second sign seeks to help us stabilize and in its highest expression seeks quality versus quantity, authenticity versus mediocrity, and genuine aliveness versus bare survival.

Mercury exiting the shadow of its recent Retrograde and the Moon’s trine with Chiron in Pisces makes many of us more sensitive to sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and other sensations especially as they evoke past memories and wounds that we may finally be ready to heal if we are not overly identified with them to this day. A trine to Pluto in Capricorn puts us deeply in touch with emotional nuances, those of ourselves and others around us. It goes to the point where empathy may need to be curbed and replaced by the resoluteness to hold the frequencies opposite of other people’s pain, trauma, and drama.  That means exercising or developing our ability to remain cool and calm in the midst of the storm, as transformation happens easiest when we don’t resist. Sometimes a little smile goes a long way, under otherwise unsavory circumstances.

We are also challenged to be truthful as possible and trusting in the appropriate settings. This is very much a balancing act that Mercury and the North Node in Libra has helped to facilitate in the past couple of weeks. How can we affect positive change if we are constantly pushed around by the tides of human emotion, knocked hither and thither by the moods, words, and deeds of so many people out there from politicians to publishers, coworkers, relatives, friends and neighbors? Taurus shows us how by making our own emotional experiences and sensations so big that we just have to pay attention to what our inner selves are telling us instead of what the world seems to be telling us.

It will be a day as this is a week to visit the secret caverns of our psyches, the buried pages of our history, and the sacred gardens of our precious planet. In rare, still moments such as these… recognition, remembrance, and revelations may be had that change the course of our destinies.

Scorpio Solar Eclipse 2014

flower of lifeAs the Solar Eclipse at 0 zero degrees of Scorpio on October 23rd ripens within our consciousness we are approaching the critical stages of many understandings, negotiations and contract agreements within our interpersonal relationships to others and Self. There is strong significance in the Zero degree symbolizing Openness to experience and new beginnings, and this is the first of a series of four zero degree New Moons in a row. The 0 shape being circular may represent the snake that bites its tail, the danger of obsession, the unique window of opportunity, or the portal to another world. In a fixed sign such as Scorpio, the things we begin during this time will have very long lasting results, but particularly for those with planets at or aspecting this position in their charts.

Venus’s exact conjunction to the eclipse highlights both the power of love and beauty and conversely the love of power in those who are misguided or energetically cut off from their hearts. Because the effects of eclipses can be carried out for up to six months and in some cases years afterward those shifts that we are undergoing now will continue to show up in myriad ways and reveal various insights to us during that time. Both the Moon and Venus are passionate in Scorpio but can be extremely emotional here. Thankfully the Sun involved with a sextile from Mars in the late degrees of Sagittarius is creating some lightness and levity in some otherwise heavy situations. Love relationships, romance, and sexual exchanges are pushing people toward altering some aspect of life that has remained the same or stuck for quite a time. Money and how society relates to it is also changing rapidly, whether by individual choice or collective “force”.

The accelerated levels of stress that have been taking a toll on many people’s mental and physical health has been both timed and aligned with the sorts of erratic energetic pulls people often feel several days between eclipses. It is timed because the White House for example is no stranger to the use of astrology for its delivery of its words and actions. Scorpio stimulates a desire in us to know more of what’s going on beneath the surface (this sign helps us better understand taboos and arcane areas of life), but while we’re still in the sign of Libra, the kidneys and adrenals need more care, indicated by a need for adequate rest, water, and serenity, all of which seem so hard to come by with fears of ebola, climate control, ISIS, and global dictatorships filling up our digital screens and newspapers.

Meanwhile, infinite possibilities are being stirred and awakened within us, as Neptune’s trine to the New Moon casts a magical glow on our paths. This in itself can seem daunting – we may feel like the bear whose zoo confines were suddenly removed, hesitant to go beyond familiar lines. The line in an old Depeche Mode song Enjoy the Silence… “feelings are intense, words are trivial” might summarize what is taking place in the collective emotional body. It all boils down to some thing or things that demand acknowledgement right now that may or not require words to realize, reconcile or release.

Mercury is Retrograde until the 26th so we are better suited toward releasing now than seeking to gain. Communications will become more clear by month’s end. The anxiety that the phrase Mercury Retrograde even brings up for people in this day and age can create more tension than necessary. It’s simply a time to review subject matter and communications relative to the sign and houses that are being transited.

Whether things we see in the media are true or not they bring many of us face to face with our fears as well as our personal values. We each have choice points that present themselves to us, giving us the option of whether and how to react or to respond. In Scorpio we’re confronted with Death, symbolically and physically whether this means people dying, or objects we once cherished collapsing back into the seeming void, nature’s once vibrant leaves browning and falling. What or who are we willing to release in order to be reborn, renewed and transformed?

The Sabian symbol for this New Moon Eclipse is:

“A crowded sightseeing bus on a city street”

This symbol speaks of society as a melting pot of various cultures, styles, and achievements all clumped together that formulate a collective view, and hints at a need to broaden our horizons and expand our perceptions about ourselves and our world.

The city represents the womb of connectivity that contains all of these different elements and keeps them intact, withstanding the street as the passage of time. Crazy things happen in big cities and in our world, many of them seeming to be strange and brand spanking new. Those who have been around for awhile know that some things never really change and aren’t really new but just get recycled or presented in new ways. When this realization hits it indicates that we are ready to break out of the viscous circle and into the great unknown. What a glorious playground we have been given!

Nature Spirits

The Sabian symbol for the full moon eclipse that occurred this morning 15-16 degrees of Aries is:

“Nature spirits seen at work in the light at sunset”

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This symbol represents attunement to the potency of invisible forces of nature. It is also about reconnecting us with our innocence and childlike sense of wonder. Can you remember what it was like to make believe that anything was possible? When everything in nature was alive, each flower with its own personality, each water droplet, each rock and each blade of grass its own story to tell? We are reminded now to take a pause in the adult, rather dry hustle and bustle of our routines to connect with the soul of nature. Isn’t it also so that we try too hard sometimes to consciously control and direct our lives without accessing our deeper, subconscious and superconscious wisdom? The more immersed we are in nature, the easier it become to access the so-called invisible forces within and around us…those forces in operation that we cannot normally see because we are too intent on doing this or that, becoming quite embittered when things don’t pan out the way we want.

The sunset symbolizes a sense of personal fulfillment that is realized when our defenses have dropped, and we can surrender to the closing chapters of a long day or week. It’s easier for most people to express their natural selves when they’re less charged up and more relaxed. Perhaps this is a opportune moment to relax your tight shoulders, heavy mind or heart, and to simply breathe, and be. If you live close to a stream, some trees or other greenery you might seek refuge there, and otherwise imagination will do just fine. In these sacred moments of quietude, your vision may become heightened. Inspiration may come. The rustling of the leaves in the breeze or the patterns formed in clouds can be the nature spirits’ ways of communicating with us, if we but stop to pay attention.

At this time of year leading up to Samhain (October 31st) the invisible world is increasingly being made visible, and the visible phenomena we are accustomed may become invisible. Everything animate and inanimate has its own invisible aura, its own “forcefield” around it that we brush against or interact with both while awake and while we sleep. Now, in this moment, you may wish to reflect on what it is that you’d like to become more consciously aligned with. Is there a particular aspect of nature that you would like to connect with, manifest, or heighten within yourself? There is a being, a devic consciousness of that aspect of nature that is available whenever you decide to make the connection.

Self-Discovery and the Blood Moon

The Blood Moon is waxing tonight Aries, which is a sign concerned with self image and identity, as the springboard of consciousness from which life experiences evolve. It is conjunct with Uranus – the planet of individuation, freedom, flashes of brilliance, intuition, eccentricity and radical change…are you having any significant breakthroughs in your life at this time?

I found this video to be spot on and relevant to what’s transpiring on the planet and for myself. Some people might take serious offense to it so just take what resonates and toss the rest.

“It’s ultimately about the discovery of yourself…not about society or other people. Life is about the discovery of who and what you are”

 

Aries Lunar Eclipse 2014

The Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse and full moon is 15 degrees of Aries, in conjunction with the planet Uranus, and all of this is stirring quite a raucous within interpersonal relationships of both the romantic and business varieties. The knowing that things have got to change around here is full on up on the table for discussion and most of all for taking action. Relationships already on a going well curve are being recalibrated to their next highest levels of expression and cooperation while those that are on the rocks are crumbling fast and hard. Drive extra safe this week, as with Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio and this bloody eclipse to boot, people are breaking up, cracking up, and blowing up at warp speed.

This eclipse is the second of a lunar tetrad that began on April 14th and will end in September of 2015. The Aries Full Moon brings us rippling waves of rage, interspersed with moments of WTF, IMHO, OMG, and “get the f–k out of my way!” She’s pure, honest, bullet-proof, and to the point. If you’ve had trouble getting the point lately, it could be that somebody or something is kicking you from behind until you get it. If someone else important to you doesn’t seem to get it and they need to asap, it could help to exercise a bit of emotional restraint in conjunction with taking a firm stand for your cause. In other words, don’t blow your top in a moment of rage that you might regret for a long time to come.

Pluto’s placement between the full moon holds us taut like rugged stones in a slingshot, ready to be flung into the great and terrifying unknown, which far more of us are ready for than we have been in ages. We’re at the peak of a kite formation involving the fire trine with Jupiter, Uranus, and Mars, and the Sun, North Node and Venus in Libra opposite of the Lunar Eclipse conjunct Uranus and the South Node. It is a Horse year in Chinese astrology and we are now in the presence of the constellation Pegasus getting ready for flight!

The eclipsed Full Moon conjoins the fixed star Alpheratz, which is shared between the constellations Andromeda and Pegasus. Alpheratz, a purplish white star located at the opening of the top of the the “Chained Woman’s” head is actually named after “the horse’s navel” in Arabic. It just goes to show how our myriad perceptions of a single thing can differ so greatly and yet their intrinsic meanings are often so similar, particularly in the way stellar patterns are reflected back to us. Alpheratz is an area that symbolically triggers a transcendental consciousness within us, awakening our latent capacities for breaking through mental and emotional forms of bondage that have previously blocked our ability to travel freely through time and space, by ways of spontaneous visionary or psychedelic experiences, weird Uranian experiences (being so close to this planet and all!), “transpersonal psychology” and astral projection. This star has been conjunct Uranus most of the year, involved in the Cardinal Grand Crosses and will be lighting the fires both under and above us until the March Equinox of 2015. An urgency to move beyond our past and current limitations is growing stronger by the hour.

Some people are breaking free from the chains of emotional constraint in their relationships while others seem to be caving in under the pressure for much needed change or divorce. Many singles and couples alike are realizing that they need to find another way to collect funds and coexist financially, because the economy has continued to crash over the past several months, leaving people without jobs, homes, and in some cases identities. Venus in Libra opposite of the eclipse and approaching the North Node suggests people moving into relationships or evolving their current ones into states that are more reflective of who they are, rather than issues they’re trying so desperately and painfully to resolve. Relational pain is getting so old, so fast. So many have gone through it a thousand times before, now it’s time to “get over it” and for life to go on!

Damsels in Distress and Warrior Princesses

The archetypal energies and historical figures that may be associated with the Moon in Aries run the gamut from Pocahontas to Wonder Woman to Pandora. Xena, the Warrior Princess personifies the Moon in Aries at her fiercest, while Princess Leia of Star Wars at is an aspect of the Arian lunar goddess that is slick but still needs some rescuing.

Whether we witness or experience some form of victimhood or injustice at this time there is more than likely an element of competition at its core. Somebody else wants it more, wants to do it better or wants to believe that they are the best at something. Others may simply be fed up with the fuss and make a run for it, more like a mad dash for escape with debris flying in the air behind them.

The distressed damsel cries for freedom and mercy while the lunar warrior charges ahead without care for consequences. Both of these feminine energies or aspects of the Dark Goddess are present in both men and women and have arisen to help resolve some of our deepest inner conflicts with ourselves that too often have been projected outwardly to partners and other irritating people in our lives.

This is what it will be like (and already is) for some folks, – trippin hard during the “luny” eclipse coming up this Wednesday, October 8th, illustrated by one of the ultimate Uranian and eclipsed damsels in distress:

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