Healing Readings for Heart & Soul

What are the lost or buried hopes, dreams and wishes that are rising to the surface in your heart and life at this time? These are the ones to pursue in the next few weeks to come. Who are the friends, allies, or spirit guides that you yearn to reconnect with? It is likely that several of them will reappear throughout January and February of 2015.

mercury_retrogradeAlthough we have already entered the pre-shadow of Mercury Retrograde as of January 5th, Mercury officially turns Retrograde at 17 degrees of the sign of Aquarius on January 21st until February 11th, stationing at 1 degree of Aquarius. Beware of miscommunications and focus on reviews and repairs rather than launching new projects which are best saved for the stirrings of Spring. Highlights in Aquarius are friendships, goals, groups, intuition, and wishes. Mercury exits the post-shadow phase on March 3rd.

Because Mercury rules communication and Aquarius is an air sign ruled by both Saturn and Uranus, the typical breakdown of electronic appliances and other gadgets are to be expected during this Retrograde transit. The emphasis in air makes it less emotional and physical overall (but there are exceptions to every rule) and indicates that we are dealing more within the mental realm, where a great deal of recalibration and release is taking place. The location of Aquarius in a birth chart is the area where a person is likely to be undergoing great changes.

 

moon goddess

may the moon goddess bring you inspiration…

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In this Full Moon January 4th at 14 degrees of Cancer there is a heightening of feelings, memories and lunacy, as many have been experiencing its energy in waves all week, leading up to a giant emotional outpour over the past couple of days. None of it’s random though, as many people have plenty of reasons to cry.

It is also no wonder that moods are intense when we see the T-square being formed between the Full Moon’s opposition with Pluto and square to Uranus and the South Node, which in another sense creates a Grand Cardinal square, including the nodal axis. Pluto’s conjunction with the Sun and the asteroid Vesta in Capricorn bring us in close touch with the mighty forces and powers that exert an influence over us, particular in ways that seem out of our control. Pluto’s ongoing square with Uranus just amplifies what the collective has already experiencing these past couple of years and what the whole is just beginning to realize in terms of just how screwed up our ecosystem and our economy appears to be right now. How long can we keep it up before an explosion occurs unlike any we or any of our recent ancestors have experienced?

Vesta, the goddess of the hearth reminds us there is a time to go inward for the answers, tend our own flames, do our own homework and basically mind our own spiritual business unless other people ask for our help. Getting in someone’s face to try and correct them on something they are doing or tell them they are personally wrong about they choose to believe, wear, or eat (no matter how right, high and holy someone thinks they are) does not make the world a better place – it just makes the one who’s telling look like a jackass, and probably pisses the recipient off. We have enough of that kind of behavior going on and that’s a major part of the problem with the way things are.

Jules_Joseph_Lefebvre_-_Diana_-_1879With Uranus conjunct the South Node in 2014, now being squared by the Full Moon in 2015 we’re definitely being asked to let some things go, whether they be actual things, ideas or people, and in many cases that will come as a relief. Good riddance already.

This Full Moon and this month are highlighting for us the mental and/or emotional completions that we need to make before we can move on with our outer goals and activities with the greatest effectiveness.

The restorative qualities of Nature can help us regroup and sort out our jumbled thoughts. If stuck in a city, it could help to connect more consciously with the closest park, potted plants or even the night sky. Ideally we can set our bare feet on the earth or listen to her waves crash upon the shore. We can curl up in a cozy ball of something and gaze at the moon’s fullness and begin to empty our mind even if for a few moments, or at least find our way out of its maze.

In numerology, 2015 equates with the number 8. This is a number that is so profound in its impact and expressions that it is both widely feared and revered depending on cultural and personal values. Laid out sideways the 8 forms the symbol of infinity, as the crown shown above the figure in the 8th card of the Major Arcana, as she opens the  mouth of a lion.strength

Eight is associated with the unconscious mind, boundlessness, balance, transformation in a very tangible sense and the path of Dharma. It can also represent the unknown, the void, and the death of ego. The Seven Year of the Chariot prepared us for this shift in focus, whether or not we feel ready. Only to the degree that we have been able to trust in ourselves and the Universe (associated with 7) will we be comfortable working with the energies of an eight year.

In the Tarot system the 8th and 11th cards have been interchangeable with each other, signifying that both the themes of Strength and Justice will be prominent for us in 2015. The original 8th card, Strength is one that represents both physical and spiritual strength. The mannerisms of both the woman and lion in this card indicate that gentleness can be far more powerful toward gaining results than force. The inner beast is best tamed with love rather than hate and denial. The associated astrological sign for this card is Leo, which means that the period of time when the Sun transits through Leo from July 22nd to August 23rd will bring significant changes for us that may be very intense or very empowering. Leo people or those with planets in this sign might also be particular sensitive to these changes. Jupiter will have made its way out of this sign and into Virgo on August 11th. Venus will be Retrograding through Leo, bringing a lot of emotional and relationship review.

In the Thoth deck, Justice holds position as the 8th card, representing balance of body, mind, and spirit, truth, negotiation, and karma – the law of cause and effect. It is associated with the sign of Libra, thus represented by a figure holding the scales of justice. Relationship orientation and realignment may be necessary in 2015, particularly during the Sun’s transit through Libra between September 23rd and October 23rd. Mercury will be Retrograde in Libra for a portion of that period, until October 9th.With Saturn now full steam ahead in Sagittarius many of us may seem to have no other option but to align with and live our highest truth, no matter what it may cost us. The cost of not doing so is always far greater.

Finally, the number eight does signify money and prosperity to many in the sense that it indicates balance, reciprocity, acquisition and attainment. There is a certain kind of sexual potency and prowess indicated in the number eight that peace-loving people should also be aware of, which can be used for healing or destruction. The number eight is so powerful and vast in its implications that anything is possible when its presence is made. There is no indication of morality – only results due to the actions taken. Dangers to this influence are absolute dictatorship, slavery, and mind control. Also, bullying and torture of innocent people have gone on for centuries but until recently a lot of what goes on has been kept hidden. Let us not doubt for a minute that the masses will be targeted in this way by the “master minds” behind sensational media and other methods of exploitation.

In the year 2015 we have tremendous opportunities at our disposal for deep transformation on any or all levels of our existence. In many instances along the way, the question may be asked “which is the high road, which is the low road?” Stasis and inertia just won’t do and are unlikely luxuries at this time. Choices must be made. Decisions must be followed through. Strength and resources will be available to help solidify whatever choices and decisions are made, or whatever work of art being crafted. Of course everyone in the world will experience these influences in their own unique ways. Some people have a lot of resistance to change, and others dive right in. There are many who being so ignorant and out of touch with their inner realities fall prey to whatever vampires and villains out there are ready to feed on their life force energy. For most who are reading this, an overall strengthening of abilities, foundations, work, relationships, and self will become very evident in the year 2015.

The New Galactic Assignment

1103182318551sacred_geometry_36_Winter Solstice is one of the most powerful times of the year, and as a dear Pleiadian friend used to say it is when we receive our new “galactic assignments” for the year ahead. If you haven’t already this would be a great time to list those new year resolutions or simply an an outline of what you most desire to both release and bring in to your life at this time. It may not be the most physically energized time but spiritually this is the the moment to commit to positive change rather than just let things happen!

This Solstice is a potent one. Uranus as the planet of sudden reversals, change and ingenuity goes Direct just prior to the New Moon on Solstice on December 21st, having been Retrograde in Aries since July 21st. Its exact square to Pluto amplifies whatever thoughts, emotions and actions that have been suppressed and repressed since then that are about ready to explode. We are definitely in for a few surprises, whether they seem pleasant, unpleasant, or some of both.  Time to “check yourself before you wreck yourself” as Uranus won’t encourage anybody to hold back on what needs to be said and done. On the other hand, there may be grand revelations that liberate us from clouded perspectives and conditions.

The New Moon is 0 degrees of Capricorn on this day, clustered together with Mercury, Vesta, Pluto, and Venus. Responsibility and resourcefulness are the highlights as well as being as connected to and considerate of the earth as possible. Another huge highlight is Capricorn’s ruling planet Saturn will soon transit out of Scorpio into Sagittarius on the 23rd.  We are adjusting on multiple levels.

The exchanging of gifts and lighting of candles during the Winter Solstice is a fairly universal one… whatever culture or religion you observe if any, may your celebrations of the Return of Light be filled with joy!

December 31st, the Joker

“the most wasted of all days is the one without laughter” – e.e. cummings

As each Gregorian calendar year comes close to an end after we cross the gate of the Winter Solstice, we arrive at yet another great rite of passage. What we call our New Year’s Eve is in the Astro Card system the day of the Joker – a card that is as unpredictable as its title describes. However the Joker is the one exception to the system, in that it cannot be “read”.  Don’t we need the mystery element in our lives to keep it interesting?

Our lives should not be meticulously planned to the point of obsessive compulsive disorder or unrealistic expectations, yet it can be healthy for us to set goals and work toward them. I think of days such as December 31st as being portals of a sort that enable us to imagine, consider, and act on what we’re unaccustomed to, normally incapable of or too intimidated by. If we play our cards right we can make great use of the following Capricornian Spade days, beginning January 1st which ruled by the King of Spades, imbued with incredible power and potential for achievement and new beginnings.

Although he wanders, his footsteps are difficult to trace…the Joker startles and amuses us with his antics and disappears just as quickly and mysteriously as he arrived. This is the one card in the deck of 52 representing an energy that has no karma, no limitations in its expression, and absolutely cannot be bound, tied down or squished into a box, unless that is the game it chooses to play at its whim. As a card of royalty, it overlooks, perhaps more accurately it leaps through the entire Life Spread and gets to pick and choose who it will imitate or what it will embody.

Often said to share a correspondence with the Fool card of the Tarot, numbered 0, the Joker is symbolized as a carefree or silly chap. Just as the bag slung over the Fool’s shoulder contains the 4 suits, all kinds of memories, tools, and potentials, the Joker has the ability to try on any suit or card for size and play the part darn well. For this reason, this card can bring forth excellent actors, musicians or performers. The Joker is much like the Jack (of any suit, of course), whether of all trades or none at any given time – youthful, creative, and very slick.

As a modern day trickster, this card’s energy and those who have it as their birth card move and function much like the Heyoka, or sacred clown of the Lakota people, acting contrary to what anyone would think, do or expect. Author Sharon Jeffers calls this card a representative of “the Alpha and Omega” and states that absolutely anything can be created on the Joker’s day. We can say it is well suited to break a habit and expand the mind, but just like any real freedom or manifestation of wealth, what good is such opportunity if one does not put it to use?

The Joker, at least in my eyes also bears a bit of resemblance to the Holly and Oak Kings of Celtic tradition who switch roles between the Summer and Winter Solstice. These woodsy, leaf-garlanded patriarchal figures are the archetypes who in part represent our primal ability to actively synch ourselves with nature’s changing seasons and expressions. There is transition but also a choice factor here. Some things happen of their own accord, such as breathing and blinking, sunrise and sundown. We know those things are going to happen so we usually don’t try to make them happen or interfere. Other things like choosing to wear shorts and ride a bicycle when it’s freezing cold or eating a huge piece of chocolate cake instead of dinner are up for debate. Is there a method to that madness or a madness to the method? In a sense, the Joker couldn’t care less. We need his/her entertainment as much as we need special rituals a lot of the time in order to make light of what could otherwise easily be perceived as dark or troublesome occasions.

The Joker briefly reminds us that we are the writers of our own scripts and that we are not the masks or the costumes we so often wear. We don’t get to control the seasons, weather and most other things but we get to choose far more than is commonly recognized in our lives, including what to think, what to dwell on, what to say, and what to make of whatever comes our way. Those who work very hard or take too many of life’s challenges too personal may also take this as an opportunity to stand back and take themselves a little less seriously, at least long enough to get a good chuckle of out things.

immunity in eye of the storm

Here in the final throes of Saturn’s transit through the sign of the seer (moving into Sagittarius on the 23rd of December – he’ll revisit Scorpio though next year into the Ides of March), we’re seeing some final injections of Scorpionic poison into mass consciousness. We are also approaching one of the most powerful midpoints of the year, Winter Solstice. It is a time of great transformation for the collective on Earth.

lightning_stormWe are in the eye of a great storm, which is either as ferocious or benevolent as we choose to view it. Stormy weather can wreak havoc on electric appliances and automobiles, and sometimes seems to lower our immunity. It can also be incredibly purifying to the atmosphere and to our minds.

One essential key to wellness is to pay attention to what comes up rather than suppressing it, whether it’s physical, emotional, mental or spiritual. We should not ignore the signals our bodies and minds are sending us, whether they seem good or bad. If world news is important enough, we’ll hear about it in no uncertain terms. We don’t have to watch that or spend time in a city slum to get the impression the world’s gone to hell in a handbasket, that we are under attack, subjected to all manner of pollutants, mind control, and injustice. But what does that make us – constant victims of a hopeless world? We need to ask ourselves why we’re so ready to point our fingers out there and sulk in this perpetual cop-out, and why it’s much less terrifying than the actual turmoil – or the marvelous inspiration in our souls.

Immunity starts in the mind. Immune boosters are fine, but let’s trace to the cause of our many susceptibilities. We think we need confidence and reassurance – can’t get enough of it. Almost everybody’s out there trying to get something from the other not paying a bit of attention to your needs. Therefore, our misguided and sorrowful sense of need is like a bottomless pit, and that plays out differently according to various personalities and conditionings. What most of us really need is to trust in our innate sense of what is wrong or right in any given moment, and then to act on that without delay.

As Marianne Williamson has said:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.”

So all too often we give our power away to the darkness. How we use our power is a choice, and it is coming up right now, larger than life.

The anonymous adage “Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional” is an important one to remember. Pain only hurts. We should not necessarily avoid it, nor should we feel defeated by it. A sickness or a wound or a worry comes along, sometimes minor and sometimes major, and we so often cave in under its pressure. During illness we usually don’t know whether to stop in our tracks or push forward, and that is because we are not paying attention.

immunitySickness and discomfort itself is not the problem – the problem is how we identify with it, give all our power away to it, until we have lost ourselves in it, become slaves to it, temporarily as individuals, almost irrevocably as a species. Sickness, depression, and many of our discomforts are natural responses to a sick environment. Furthermore, our bodies are the barometers of what is taking place within our psyches.

Many years ago I lay in my bed, physically disabled and utterly traumatized by my existence on earth overall.  Like the rape of Persephone, a piece of the underworld had opened up and swallowed me down. Seven years of battle with entities, illness and most of all myself reshaped my view and understanding of the entire Universe, and for that I give thanks today. That is because my Inner Eye became opened through this extraordinary ordeal, and it is this Inner Eye that can be still and see clearly even within a storm.

Humanity was never meant to get sick in winter, nor were we originally designed as such feeble creatures, at the mercy of every storm both real and imaginary that life throws our way. This so often happens because we’ve been so cut off from nature and its cycles that we literally go against the flow in our lives. Bears don’t over think this, they go into their caves and everything shuts down until it’s time to come out into the world again.

A few ideas for giving expression to deep feelings, dreams, and sensations, whether they are painful, disturbing, or even overly joyful:

  • draw or paint a mandala that includes symbols for your personal recovery – these could be animals, geometric shapes, runes, or whatever
  • go to a secluded spot in nature and talk aloud about your concerns
  • scream into a pillow or punch into a punching bag
  • sit quietly for awhile and listen to what that troublesome emotion or sensation is trying to convey

The willingness to experience our own unique pain and discomfort cannot be understated as an essential aspect of developing our immunity to our own personal hang-ups first and foremost, and the world’s sickness at large secondarily. Ironically, often when we give our pain the attention it seeks, it begins to subside. Then, true transformation begins.

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