A final shedding is taking place as we transition out of the year of the deeply emotional and slow Black Water Snake into the year of the lively and quick moving Green Wood Horse.
The party hasn’t yet begun, and things right now may seem far from celebratory as we bring closure to many of the things that have lived out their purpose for us. Heartache, loss, and humility are some of the keynotes that people are experiencing at this time. Hold on – this too shall pass.
Venus has been turning Retrograde toward the end of the Snake year - since December 21st of 2013, greatly heightening the emotional and physical sensitivities. Coincidentally, it will be turning Direct on the very same day of Chinese New year , which in this country will be January 31st, the day after the New Moon in Aquarius. In China this will be February 4th 2014.
Horses are held in high regard as magical creatures in many cultures across the globe, representing travel, good fortune, freedom and adventure, as they were known as our first means of transportation. The Green Wood Horse Year is foreseen to be one of forward movement, progress in endeavors, victory over challenges, and possibly unexpected romance.
The Wood element and Wood Horse is particularly attuned to the elemental kingdoms, the trees, plants, herbs, and in general the greenery of nature – thus the Green color is attributed to it.
Horses are sacred to the faeries as well as to humans, and I spoke a little bit earlier about the significance of humanity’s growing connection to the faerie realm being heightened at the onset of 2014. There are many legends and accounts of magical horses, such as “fairy steeds” in Celtic lore, unicorns in Asia, pegasi and centaurs in Greek mythology – all creatures of the Faerie realm. This year brings a chance for humanity and the devic kingdom to do some deep repair work together to heal the damage that has been done to our ecosystem, as cooperation is needed from both sides at this point.
This is a great year to “go green” if you haven’t already, increase the greens in your diet, connect more intimately with nature, or bring more biodiversity into otherwise sterile environments.
This is going to be a year we can connect more easily with the power, wisdom, magic, and sensuality of Horse medicine to help us advance in areas that we are truly ready to advance in. 2014 is a Seven year numerologically, making this a year of the Chariot to boot – a Chariot that is often driven by horses. We need to be clear about our goals and move toward them with confidence, not wasting our time with that which does not resonate in our hearts. We’ll need to figure out and speak out what we want speedily, or possibly suffer from the quick decisions of others that effect us. Horse will help us reach our desired destination, and perhaps more importantly – to enjoy the journey!
A final shedding is taking place as we transition out of the year of the deeply emotional and slow Black Water Snake into the year of the lively and quick moving Green Wood Horse.
At last, after a few years of tying up loose ends, we have arrived at a new year that truly begins us anew, with a New Moon at 10 degrees of Capricorn on January 1st – the one and only day of each year represented by the King of Spades. What a fortunate month we have to both begin and end with a New Moon…the second on January 30th will be in the sign of Aquarius.
This New Moon puts us in touch with the elements of the earth we live upon. After the parties and frivolities associated with the holidays here is where we buckle down and get serious. What are we doing, where are he heading, how do we intend to reach our goals? The focus is on personal mastery, good old fashioned work requiring “elbow grease”, heeding or becoming an authority and doing whatever it takes to match up to the associated ideals of that particular authority. The King of Spades means business, and a New Moon that falls on a day with his attributes is no small occasion.
Proper discrimination is what will help make wiser choices in all areas of life, and a certain level of detachment and quietude will assist in reaching reasonable goals easier and swifter than if we continued to mingle with unmotivated people in inappropriate settings. There is really no more room, no more time to spare…there are no more excuses, no more alibis, as Old Father Time, Capricorn’s ruler Saturn would put it in practical terms we simply need to “be the change we wish to see in the world”.
The New Moon is conjoined with Pluto and Mercury, indicating that which will not be suppressed without a fierce battle or ginormous shift of energy, either to be inwardly or outwardly experienced depending on outlook and circumstances. Hidden truths are erupting from the collective consciousness like a volcano, causing some people to burn and cry, while others dance and rejoice.
The ongoing Grand Square, currently involving the New Moon cluster in Capricorn, Mars in Libra, Jupiter in Cancer, and Uranus is not letting us get away with not doing the work that must be done. This is both inner and outer work that has been neglected or that some may have been unable to accomplish previously. Now, the urgency that these powerful planets in cardinal signs reflect to us indicate we must act with conviction, or risk being acted upon. More can be read about this in the forecast for 2014 – Year of the Chariot
There is a magic to Capricorn that is less spoken of in astrology circles…
For those in touch or who would like to be more with the more sensual sides of life, the Capricorn New Moon and season is very much one that enables us to tune into our senses in deeper ways. Pan, the goat god is a major archetype associated with Capricorn, having a great influence on nature itself, the sexual impulse, and the beings of nature known as faeries and elves. The asteroid Pan has been conjunct with Uranus in the freedom loving sign of Aries since early December, taking part in Grand Squares’ stirring up of raucousness, heathenism, and individuality. Certainly he has made his dynamic presence known in fiery, passionate, and unpredictable ways.
Speaking of Faeries, I very much look forward to interviewing the world renowned mystic Almine on my radio show this month on the subject of them (stay tuned through my Facebook and Twitter announcements).
What occurs on the first day of the year sets the tone for the year, and we have some great tools at our disposal to work with to build, create, and make tangible our dreams and ideals. Some of this work may not be easy for us, but this is truly a year that we will have the chances to make things happen, get things “done” and move forward in ways than we may not even have imagined were possible.
A dear friend of mine used to say that the Solstice is when we each receive our new “Galactic assignments” for the year ahead. Daniel, beloved by a whole community based in Sonoma county passed on in December of 2011, but his spirit and love does indeed live on.
One of his many wise and hilarious sayings that many of us got a kick out of was “I hereby authorize myself to give myself permission to forgive myself!”
Who needs our forgiveness more than ourselves? Whenever we enter a new threshold, phase or time period we are confronted with what we have brought with us to the present, and questioned as to what wish to continue or begin bringing forth. It can be difficult for us to recognize our own flaws or shortcomings with objectivity, much less forgive ourselves in order to release negative patterns and move on.
Forgiveness is a helpful tool, but beyond this is the power of true clarity that pierces through the veil of attachments and aversions which enslave us to ongoing suffering and duality.
Pretend for a moment that you are an Angel who is gently gazing down at your human self with unconditional love. You see the human go through ups and downs, with many shades of emotion, many struggles, much uncertainty, states of inertia, and areas with much effort made toward improvement.
That Angel is a part of you, just as much if not more so than the human self you have come to identify with. Therefore, when you can even for just a few moments each day connect with this Angel self, the clarity that is gained far surpasses ordinary human methods used to subdue the mind.
I have a very big hunch that Daniel would agree.
You are limitless…
December 18th until the 25th
Theme: A transmutation of lower energies and buried emotions of rage, anger, and hatred
Question: How does one transform trash into a work of art?
Mars in Libra stirs within the collective consciousness a sudden rebellion of what does not align us with higher purpose. An egoic death is taking place, on inner and outer levels. Rage over past and present injustices are rising to the surface. Projections will collapse. Shadows must be faced. Mars entered Libra where it will be for an extra long transit due to Retrograde motion from March 1st until May 19th of 2014. It entered Libra on December 7th where it will be until July 25th. New relationships will have an element of “making amends” for past life actions, and moving forward in a new way. If a partnership can endure the tests of this time period then it may be worthwhile to maintain. The energy of this week is somewhat akin to the symbolism within the Tower card of the Tarot, ruled by Mars…a breakdown of existing structures and mental concepts which no longer serve a worthy purpose to the Soul.
The Christmas season is here, and we are surrounded with influences both detrimental and beneficial for our spiritual growth and development. The Angelic realm is working diligently to assist the evolution of this planet, and seeking our cooperation. Unlike the dark, manipulative influences that operate within denser realms, work with angels is never forced upon us, but is ever available to us when we ask.
The asteroid Angel is passing through the late degrees of Libra as well until January 22nd, helping us through shared rites of passage, endings, and yet deeper unions taking place.
The Winter Solstice this Saturday is a turning point of the year, pulling us inward to take inventory of what we have acquired, learned, accomplished, and what more is yet to be done – and what more is to be unlearned and undone. Venus stations Retrograde in Capricorn on this day and within this Retrograde transit she will take on more of the aggressive Martian rather than receptive Venusian qualities.
Mercury is currently passing through Sagittarius, which can be quite blunt and direct in speech and manners. We may be experiencing a boost of enthusiasm in our thoughts, dreams, health and endeavors. The truth of what we know inside of us is more available to many of us now that at other times.
Words to remember:
Words can rip, burn, shred, and destroy…or they can heal, build and create. That is why the more energy that is behind them, we must carefully select the words we use, and manner in which we choose to execute them.
Sing, share, laugh, affirm, and recite mantras…intention, passion, energy and speech are the combined tools of transformation
Feeling weird, frantic, fantastic or erratic? It could be influence of this month’s Full Moon in Gemini, which is opposite of the Galactic Center highlighting an explosive release of psychic energy that almost everyone is experiencing in some way, shape, or form:
December 17, 2013 Full Moon at 25 degrees of Gemini
I shall call this the Full Moon of Wyrd, for it is from this Anglo-Saxon word that the term weird stems from, although its original potent and to the point meaning is equivalent to fate, or personal destiny. In a way the ancient Northern concept of Wyrd is very similar to the Eastern concept of Karma, for both of these represent the sum total of one’s personal actions and decisions, including those which are ancestral and communal leading up to their fate. Therefore Wyrd is not a static but an ever-shifting state, which can be determined largely by our own capacity for conscious awareness and direction.
Gemini represents our close family, community, our basic cognitive functioning, and the funny way that these sort of combine to influence us when we’re on autopilot. But the wyrd or paradoxical thing is, we can’t be on autopilot right now and get away with it – we’re being confronted with whatever has been on autopilot mode for us that no longer fits into the grand scheme of our lives.
On this same day, Uranus – the planet associated with weirdness and unpredictability turns Direct after its Retrograde movement since July 18th. Things are really going to take a few days to mellow out so to speak, so it would be fair to say your best bet all month is to expect the unexpected!
There is a very fated quality to this Full Moon indeed, which words can describe to some extent, but our emotions and experiences are the real barometers for what is going on here. Are we being guided by voices, memories, feelings, hunches, or forces outside of ourselves that we believe are more powerful than ourselves? This is a time of great reckoning with anything and everything that we have ascribed great power and influence to or over. Let us listen and look deeper…
Sagittarius, where the Sun currently shines, is a sign that is very “visual” and can be very outspoken about what it perceives. It puts us in touch with our innate knowing, and ignites the longing in our souls for yet higher wisdom. The wool will not be pulled over our eyes, and while we may be more up for adventure and spontaneity than at other times, we will not like everything that we see. We will need to hold our bearings about us as we move through strange terrain.
The Full Moon forms an edgy quincunx to Venus who is in the shadow of her upcoming Retrograde, so moods may be quite volatile and seemingly irrational now and over the next several weeks. All this, not to mention another Grand Square activation, this time between Mars in Libra, Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries, and Jupiter in Cancer. Of these, Jupiter in Cancer is the saving grace brought to the table.
All in all, we are being reminded of not only how interconnected we are to each other but the ancientness, the starlight essence of our beings. The original “family tree” goes so far back in history that if everyone were to trace their family tree as far back as it could go we would all find ourselves standing beneath the same giant tree.
Here at the very end of the fall season, will we collectively and individually be content to “let the leaves fall where they may” or will there be purpose, dedication, and resoluteness in our actions, leading us into the wyrdness of winter, into the unknown, into forever?
A new product in my Starfire Essence line are now ready to order for the holidays…
Aroma oils with real crystals inside!
Each bottle contains a blend of pure therapeutic grade essential oils, jojoba as a carrier, and a crystal or cluster of small crystals, all in 1/3 oz roll-on bottles. Great Christmas “stocking” gifts
The seven different oils to choose from so far are:
- Energy – essential oil blend of Schizandra, Rosemary & Lime with a clear quartz crystal
- Healing – essential oil blend of Holy Basil, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, & Peppermint with a green tourmaline
- Joy – essential oil blend of Orange, Magnolia, & Honey extract with a pink tourmaline crystal
- Love – essential oil blend of Vanilla, Cacao, Rose, & Davana with a rose quartz
- Meditation – essential oil blend of Sandalwood, Jasmine, Chamomile, & Clary Sage with Selenite
- Protection – essential oil blend of Bay, Black Spruce, Frankincense, Peppermint & Lavender with Black Tourmaline
- Stress Relief – essential oil blend of Sweet Marjoram, Celery, & Ylang-Ylang with Fuchsite
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