Healing Readings for Heart & Soul

On April 4th, a Total Lunar Eclipse Blood Moon strikes at 14 degrees of Venus-ruled, beauty loving, and graceful Libra. But we must remember that the seventh sign holds of the scales of justice, and is only ready to take decisive action when all things considered have been carefully weighed. Here we are met with the karmic meter of the zodiac, in opposition to unpredictable Uranus edging out of its last recent full-on square with Pluto in Capricorn. The aftermath of the final exact square between these two that occurred in March might actually be more intense than its seven hits during the past three years. Those who have misbehaved had better hope that the Cosmic Mother, as represented by the “empty” space in Cancer has some mercy on them. It’s that special, if not compromising moment when a person should straighten their act or might as well sell their soul to the devil.

This eclipse takes place amid a fire trine between the Sun in Aries, Jupiter in Leo, and Saturn in Sagittarius, provoking and evoking all forms of passionate expression. As always during eclipses, emotions are running high and currently the expression of anger seems especially taboo and difficult to channel. Contradictions and some degree of confusion is also probable with Retrograde Saturn’s square to Neptune. The feelings coming up strongly are seeking our attention for a reason, and it wouldn’t hurt to sit down and listen to what they’re saying. If anxiety and anger are allowed to fester inside the adrenals can become exhausted, so it might be not only helpful but necessary to find appropriate outlets for them now. This Eclipse conjuncts the lunar nodes that have been moving through the Aries/Libra polarity since February 18th of 2014. Other people definitely need to be taken into consideration because even certain personal acts and decisions will take on obvious consequences for many.

iron fistWishy-washy as Libra may often cause us to be, the Iron Fist In the Velvet Glove is as dangerous now as Edward Scissorhands and is finally ready to call the shots. On the other hand, it may become easier for many of us to cleanse both our bodies and minds from toxicity and experience renewal where we need it most now and in the weeks and months to come. There were significant endings with the Solar Eclipse in Pisces during the Spring Equinox, and if there are lingering contracts that need to be broken, burned, completed, or otherwise altered this is the time. If there was any doubt as to where one stood before, the answer is being made clear.

Not feeling romantic yet, seeing hearts and flowers or bubbling over with joy? Don’t worry…you’re in good company. If you’re lucky enough to be in love, well, wonderful. We’re all being put on alert as to who our allies are as much as becoming aware of our enemies, for those who have remained hidden are now exposed or willingly stepping into view. Accordingly, Libra can be as much of a shit-disturber as peace-maker, for as much as conflict is abhorred sometimes it must be faced and engaged in before clarity, truth, and agreement comes. And when that agreement does not come, the proper balancing action must be decided upon and taken without further delay or hesitation. Negotiations and new agreements might need to replace the old ones.

When it comes to the backward ideas of peace, Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize, for example, has come to mean nothing to some people but a twisted glorification for the bombing of the Middle East. So, we can hate our politicians till we’re blue in the face and cry about our victimhood, but we – those of us who still have the so-called privilege of choice are the ones who have forgotten that it’s up to us to stop playing their games. The Libran words we and us seem so attractive and widely misused, and the concept of an autonomous self has become utterly terrifying to many. The irony of our relationship oriented eclipse is pushing us into this greater awareness of selfhood, and what it will take to achieve and preserve its integrity, especially in the face of betrayal.

full-moon-kissThe evolving self must meet the world and engage without losing itself. It must learn proper discernment, and a lot of our social media severely bars its progress. Having a cell phone in hand 24-7 competes with genuine human interaction which is so critical to our ultimate survival and enlightenment at this point.

What are you doing and with who, and why? Do you have a partner in marriage or a partner in crime? How do you relate to yourself? The Universe is both asking and telling. Surprising revelations with regard to who’s in the relationship for thrills, kills, or a sincere desire to share, give and love is off the charts this week and during this full moon eclipse. Be ready for Truth or Dare. At the very least let’s recognize whether we’re acting from a place of love or fear. Yes, much easier said than done.

The Solar Eclipse this March 20th at 29 degrees of Pisces precedes the Spring Equinox when the Sun enters the sign of Aries. Due to this extra potent Supermoon eclipse many significant phases and situations are coming to end as new ones are about to begin.

piscesBecause this eclipse falls at the last degree of the watery and nebulous sign of Pisces, the energy around many changes taking place may seem dreamy, confusing, dissipating, or inspiring in their effects. The trick with the Neptunian realm we have been swimming or being carried away in lately is that logic does not necessarily have a place. Common knowledge and practical solutions don’t apply in this realm. We are reminded that sometimes the only thing we can do when confronted with great challenge is to surrender our problems to the Divine and our infinite self that safeguards the answers to our most pressing questions until we are ready for them.

As we move into the sign of Aries during the following days and weeks, vitality and clarity will increase. Many current stresses , losses, and blockages will soon be followed by personal renewal.

What is coming to an end in your life as something is simultaneously coming into being? To better understand how the eclipse might be affecting you personally you can check your natal chart to see what house it is transiting and what planets are being aspected:

Basic Meanings of the Houses  

1st: Identity, personality, appearance

2nd: Values, possessions, self-worth

3rd: Communication, studies, short journeys, siblings

4th: Home life, heritage, parents, security

5th: Children, creativity, love affairs

6th: Work, health, nutrition

7th: Relationship, marriage, commitments

8th: Death, legacies, transformation

9th: Philosophy, religion, rituals, long journeys

10th: Career, reputation, personal power

11th: Visions, goals, friends, group endeavors

12th: Secrets, selfless service or suffering, spirituality

Basic Meaning of the Planets

Sun : father, soul energy, life-force

Moon: mother, personality, memories, nurturing

Mercury: communication, mental processing, travel

Venus: love, beauty, affection

Mars: aggression, strength, sexuality,

Jupiter: fortune, expansion, higher learning

Saturn: restriction, delays, foundations

Uranus: surprises,  ingenuity, intuition

Neptune: inspiration, confusion, music, spiritual illumination

Pluto: destruction, intensity, transformation

The coming Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere (Autumn in the South) is an extra potent one, as a Supermoon and Solar Eclipse fall on this day of March 20th at 29 degrees of Pisces. The super closeness of the Earth and Moon the night before the eclipse are what make this a “Supermoon” event. It will be a total solar eclipse mostly visible in Europe.

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There are no major aspects from this eclipse to the other planets, but being at the anaretic degree of Pisces in the decanate ruled by Mars/Pluto it is very powerful in its influence. It is also conjunct the fixed star Scheat in the constellation Pegasus, at the leg of the horse. Effects produced in this position can be very very good or very very bad, depending on how the energy is and has already been flowing overall. There are many endings taking place, and the trick is to remain present for them rather than dwelling heavily in the past or gazing too far into the future. These are ultimate endings, taking place at the last degree of the last sign of the zodiac. We are at the point of “no return”. There is a strong desire to move in new directions but many may feel lost or without footing, or overcome with free-floating anxiety. We need only to pause and reach inward for answers, healing and solace. The winged horse represents a magnificent sense of freedom that reminds us we are more than these physical bodies and can reach anywhere – into infinity with our consciousness.

Now and leading up to the solar eclipse on September 13th there will be radical planetary shifts that push us to make some long overdue changes, many of which will become conclusive by August. Some of what happens will likely entail further destruction and catastrophe that force people to simplify, size down, and cooperate with each other more than they ever have. With our dwindling oil and water resources and increased pollution we will need to become a lot more solution-oriented as a Collective.

If we are inner-directed rather that other-directed we will be able to see more clearly into the nature of reality, our own and in general. A crystal energy that may be helpful to work with at this time is selenite, which can enable us to understand and integrate lessons and experiences from past, present and future lives.

This solar eclipse may be the mark of a perceptual and experiential shift in our relationship with what we call God, Creator, or the Matrix. Time and space travel will become increasingly accessible to us both on inner and outer planes in the months to come. It may indeed seem that time is bending itself to accommodate our expanded perceptions and occupations within space.

“What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us…”

Virgo Moon Musings

The sign of Virgo, being ruled by Mercury and being a feminine, mutable earth sign pertains to things of the earth and physical body, and to their purification and preservation. While the moon transits this sign and particularly when she reaches fullness in this sign as she is doing now and March 5th, it benefits us to pay special attention to both the needs of the earth body and our own health.

Virgo is symbolized by the Virgin, or Angel that holds a sheaf of wheat. This indicates a gathering of material needs, while also maintaining a level of purity or in some cases spirituality. The greatest fulfillment in this sign is found in being of service to others. Who can we help this day or this week, with or without them knowing of our aid?

Virgo has a tendency to be self-critical and prone to perfectionism, so we should look for ways to loosen up if we are being too hard on ourselves or expecting too much from others at this time. This is the perfect time for a make-over of body, home, or land, applying such techniques as Feng Shui to improve the flow of qi in a place of work or residence.

Water is very important to this sign – to drink, cleanse with, and bathe in. Perhaps it is just stagnant energy that needs clearing from your space, and a bit of smoke from pine resin, sage, or frankincense could do the trick. Remember to hold an intention and give thanks while using any herbs.

There are mundane and mystical aspects to each sign, and for Virgo the highlights would include such activities as:

  • nursing & caregiving
  • organizing
  • purification rituals
  • green witchery & herb magic
  • tending animals
  • Feng Shui

I found it hilarious and timely that a friend sent me the following link today regarding “Fairy Control” in Somerset to bring order to a profusion of fairy and elfin homes that have been cropping up. The Feng Shui thing is not limited to humans! It of course includes homes for other animals and of course Fairies ;)

I love the work of Sally Smith who has created many elegant Fairy Houses and has photo image calendars available:

 

Full Moon in Virgo 2015

Now and until the end of March 5th is the perfect time for prayers, praises, chants, giving thanks, and for “random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty”, as all are being heightened in ways we can only vaguely imagine. Whatever we focus upon is being magnified on all planes of existence. If feeling lost or unsure, we have only to request assistance from our inner, wiser selves to help direct our energies in the most auspicious manners. We are finally exiting the shadow phase of Mercury Retrograde which lasted from January 21st until February 11th. A sense of lightness and clarity is emerging.

tree spiritsThe Full Moon on March 5th is at 14 degrees of Virgo, in a harmonious trine with transformative Pluto. A central theme of this moon is one of manifestation, from the realms of spirit into matter and physicality.The Virgo/Pisces axis indicate that we are seeking self-improvement and an integration of both earthly and mystical energy, but since the Full Moon occurs in Virgo we are specifically seeking a body-mind-spirit integration, and one that helps us function more efficiently on this plane. This could take the form of adopting a new health regimen, organizing a business, acquiring medical or scientific knowledge, growing herbs or making herbal medicines for examples. The Moon’s conjunction with the Black Moon Lilith suggests a profound awakening of both inner and outer senses, desires, and psychic impressions. The opposition with Neptune and Chiron further increases this misty, swirly, in some ways confounding combination of energies that indicate it is time to surrender an unhealthy version of our self and many of its outdated pains, gains, stories, traumas, and dramas…and it is time to move forward into a new life. The somewhat indirect connection to the ongoing Yod between Jupiter, Chiron and Pluto that began last year and is being repeated now continues to push our buttons and open doors to us this month that were previously closed. The North Node, Mars, Uranus, and Venus together in Aries inconjunct the Full Moon also mean that we can expect heaping in-the-face dosages of the unexpected, of course in the areas that we least expect.

This is a sacred Moon in Tibetan Buddhism, called Chotrul Duchen, and is believed that all virtuous and non-virtuous thoughts and actions are multiplied 10 million times this day. Wherever we may be it is a day and a time to rejoice in the beauty and bounty of the Earth, and if possible to contribute in some way to her preservation and flourishing…

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May all beings be happy, may all beings be free <3

New Moon 29 degrees Aquarius

“It all depends on how we look at things, and not on how they are themselves” – Carl Jung

We had a New Moon at 0 degrees of Aquarius on January 20th, and this second one on February 18th occurs at the very last minute of the last of 29 degrees of this sign. It is also the second of six Supermoons this year. These details strongly suggest that we have reached a significant completion and are not only on the brink of a new year (Chinese new year of the goat begins the following day), but also of a new and profound realization, and in many ways a new life. At the border between the airy realm of intellect and the watery depths of emotion, this New Moon beckons us to move forward from wherever we may have been stuck, struggling or on pause since the Winter Solstice in and into the next phase of our journey.

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In Aquarius the emphasis the past few weeks has been on clarifying the goals, visions, desires, and innermost wishes both for ourselves and the world at large. We’ve noticed the many ways that we are alike and the particular things that make us unique. Who’s company, if any, do we keep in our darkest hours, and in our brightest? It may be time to reconnect with friends, colleagues, and team members toward specific pursuits. For many, a weeding out of what doesn’t work or fit into the picture anymore has been a central theme, and for others a dedication to what is true and what resonates has finally been made. The current New Moon is challenging our ego’s attempts to figure things out and thrusting us into the vortex of the unknown, so that as we fly, land, or swim we may trust in our hearts to lead the way.

Neptune in Pisces being closely aligned with the New Moon forms a square with Saturn in Sagittarius, presenting the opportunity to face and eradicate deeply embedded or crippling fears, illusions, and delusions. The Jupiterian energy behind this square makes also us more daring or outgoing than usual. Change will be more readily embraced by many and celebrated by those who have long hoped, prayed and worked toward this monumental moment or moments of release from limitations.

Mars and Venus together in the last degrees of Pisces indicate culminations that may bring peace and harmony into many relationships. The asteroid Eros is joined with this planetary couple, highlighting the various expressions of erotic, romantic, or spiritual love that may be present.

As the New Moon peaks amid the square between Pluto and Uranus and in the next few days to follow, a sought after solution might be found within the problem itself, an answer within the question, with the result an opening or exit formed within an enclosed space or situation of previous constraint. Whoever and wherever we may be, it has suddenly become apparent that we have come a very long way from who, what and where we have been…

Yerevan:

Mercury goes Direct on February 11th, since turning Retrograde on January 21st.

Originally posted on Readings by Yerevan:

Goddess Iris, by Josephine Wall

To get an idea of how best to work with Mercury and the “Retrograding” of this planet (Mercury will be Retrograde from August 2nd to 26th 2011), we can dig into the mythology of the character it is named after. Doing so may help to understand the effects that the Retrograde cycle has upon the earth plane and those in it. This can be a productive time if we realize what we are working with, instead of ignorantly trying to push against it. Most of the planetary influences correlate very closely with the mythology of the deities that the planets were named after. Mercury has basic “rulership” over the following three things: The Mind, Travel, and Communication.  Many subcategories fall under these three categories, which would take too long to list and explain here.

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