Dark Moon Podcast

Presenting Dark Moon Podcast:

This is Episode #1 of an upcoming series of talks between astrologer Willow and me. The highlights of this talk include Uranus ingresses, timed war attacks, trends relating to the transit of Uranus through Taurus, food innovations, global currency shifts and more!

My voice was a bit weak due to a recent flu and we also had a few technical difficulties so please bear with us. This is just the beginning. We have much material to share in the near future!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCkCBQ1j9uE&t=119s

Wishing you a happy New Moon in Taurus!

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Walnut Flower Essence

With Mercury squaring Mars this weekend and Uranus preparing to enter Taurus on the 15th, I thought this info might be useful to revisit. Walnut flower essence is one of the most useful supports for the experience of tremendous change, both inner and outer. Change is what’s occurring now and will be occurring quite a bit for the rest of 2018, with Uranus ushering us into all kinds of uncanny, unique or unexpected territories.
What do I mean by change? The word has almost become cliché in some ways so let me clarify. I mean change as in ABOUT-FACE CHANGE, RADICAL SHIFT change, some RATHER SUDDEN TURN OF EVENTS that blow minds and leave people scratching their heads in wonderment kinds of change. Just saying. The fun has just begun!
Mercury is in the late degrees of Aries along with Uranus, and both are being squared by Mars in Capricorn, which will be moving into Aquarius on the 16th. And…”edgy” would be an understatement about the energy of the times.
Creative sparks are flying and this could bring just the opportunity or at least the inspiration that you’ve been waiting for to break out of some old rut or try something new.

Readings by Yerevan

The  vibrational essence of Walnut is evocative of the truth of several quotations that most are familiar with:

“All things Change, and We With Them”

“There is a Time and Place for Everything”

“When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going”

As Mars moves back into forward direction in Libra while Mercury slows down into Retrograde motion in Cancer, many people could use some assistance in the drastic transitioning from one state of being to another. The recent Grand Cardinal Squares have left many wondering if they are coming or going, where to, and how. This is where Walnut flower essence can serve as a gentle yet invaluable tool in coping with stressful life altering change and significant decisions to be made. Since Cancer, where Jupiter currently transits and Mercury will soon be transiting is such a reflective sign, Walnut can help us not to get so caught up in what…

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Saturn Retrograde 2018

Saturn was the Roman god of wealth, agriculture and of time. Often depicted with a scythe or sickle, he is identified with the Grim Reaper and the Greek god Cronus. The sickle was used to castrate and depose his father, the sky god Uranus. These details give a glimpse into the nature of the planet Saturn’s astrological influences. Some of Saturn’s nicknames are Father Time, Lord of Karma, and Cosmic Taskmaster.

Saturn turns Retrograde on April 17th until September 6th in the sign of Capricorn. Saturn does this for five months out of every year so although it’s not a huge deal, it’s a noticeable one on mundane levels. Since Capricorn is ruled by Saturn there is sometimes an extra serious, Saturnian force here.

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This is a no b.s. transit sure to cut out all that is extraneous and useless (December 2017-December 2020) in several departments of life. This is especially so while Saturn is Retrograde, causing review in areas where there are questions or instability around commitments, foundations and projects. Some of the weeding out that is taking place has been or may be painful and some of it is a huge relief. Much of the comfort or discomfort will depend on how true one has been to his/herself.

Saturn Retrograde supports the overall restructuring of health, career, home and business. It can help establish firmer boundaries where they have been lacking. If past compromises have brought disappointment, grief or turmoil, it could be time to say No, walk away and cut some cords. Saturn Retrograde is not playing games. It will be important to recognize when and where enough is enough.

The idea that Saturn dishes out “karma” is a very old one but not necessarily accurate. Awareness of the law of cause of effect may certainly be enhanced. Past actions, both negative and positive will show results. When Retrograde, Saturn gives an extra push to make corrections, to review and revoke agreements that no longer match the values of any particular person, group or organization. Someone that has acted in a dishonest way may be exposed and discarded or discredited by someone else. Government agencies are given no exception to Saturn’s rules.

As the so-called Keeper of Time, Saturn can even help to recover or make up for certain areas of lost time by bringing opportunities to replace and redo things previously failed. It could help to make more efficient use of the current illusion of “time”. When it comes to getting things done, that’s not a bad thing at all.

New Moon in Aries – “Power vs Force”

“Power serves others, whereas force is self-serving. True statesmen serve the people; 10 politicians exploit people to serve their own ambitions. Statesmen sacrifice themselves to serve others; politicians sacrifice others to serve themselves.”
― David R. Hawkins, Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, author’s Official Revised Edition

The New Moon falls at 26 degrees of Aries on April 15th, in a conjunction with Uranus at 28 degrees, just hours after Mercury stations Direct at 4 degrees in this same powerhouse of a sign, triggering shock wave effects. The Sun and Moon are squared to Pluto in Capricorn while Mercury moves into a third square to Saturn in Capricorn this year, exact on the 25th. This New Moon carries blatant tones of aggression, bringing up uncomfortably heated situations and a need to clear up miscommunications. Much that is occurring now and that is to come over the next few days may seem sudden and unbidden. Not all of these things are bad but let’s first look at the obvious…

Within the matrix of the current power structure, there is senseless violence masked as self-defense, such as the continued attack and devastation of Syria. Fewer people on this planet trust in government anymore. There is talk of “black hats” attacking us and “white hats” coming to our rescue, all the while at war with each other. Real motives are concealed out of necessity, and it’s hard for anyone to know what’s really going on behind the scenes. On some level these invisible powers represent aspects of our own consciousness – the devil and the angel – the good and evil within, with each thought and action contributing to the duality and ongoing drama of our earthly lives.

Meanwhile the Wounded Healer, comet Chiron is preparing to exit his 8 year transit through Pisces and to enter Aries on April 18th. Aries is the Greek god of war, and in the Zodiac the sign named after him is ruled by Mars, the planet named after the Roman god of war. You get the idea. It doesn’t mean that’s all there is to this fire sign but it’s very masculine nature means this transit is  not going to encourage taking a back seat, turning the other cheek or waiting for something to come along. It means that if something is desired it will be sought after, whether with good or ill intent. There may also be sharp lessons occurring about what is under our/or one’s own control and what is not. How do you cope when you realize  you can’t fix anyone but yourself?

Aries’ ruling planet Mars is currently in Capricorn nearing a conjunction with the Black Moon Lilith. The Black Moon Lilith often highlights sexuality but also sometimes other taboos subjects such as death and destruction. Um…not to mention their closeness to Pluto. This is definitely an unpredictable and potentially dangerous combination, perhaps eased by a separating trine from Venus in Taurus which could symbolically mean the difference between rape and a passionate but fully consensual sexual encounter. When it comes to mundane affairs, everything may have more force or urgency behind it over the next few days. This energy could be so used to accomplish a great deal if properly directed.

Uranus is also nearing the end of a long transit through Aries since March 2011 and enters Taurus on May 16th. Together with Chiron’s passage into Aries there will be many new opportunities for deeper healing or inflictions than known before. This is an incredible time to be alive on planet Earth. More to say on that later. Right now there are enough Mars/Uranus upsets to deal with.

Sabian Symbol for the New Moon between 26-27 deg Aries:

“Through Imagination A Lost Opportunity Is Regained”

The keynote of this symbol is inner revaluation – a shift of attitude brings a shift of reality. For the one who is willing to learn from past mistakes and loss without further regret and self-condemnation, there is hope for long-lost dreams to blossom into manifestation.

Equinox Testimonials & Gifts

Greetings all you lovely beings out there who are reading this! Here we are at another turning point and Equinox in the year. In the Northern Hemisphere the Spring officially begins on March 20th. This is a special time for review, preparation, and many intense transitions.

This is meant as a fun post, as well as a request with an offer tied to it. I am offering a 30% discount for a 1 hour reading for the 3 best testimonials (by anyone who has ever had a reading/readings from me) between now and May 1st.

The sender of my top favorite testimonial will receive additional gifts of a beeswax Tulip candle (hand-made by me), a surprise crystal, and a custom blend mist that includes flower essences and essential oils. Any other testimonials may be included on this site or elsewhere, unless you say otherwise.

These testimonials could be written or in the form of a short video (video would certainly be a huge plus!), or some other creative method you may come up with. I really appreciate you all. Wishing you a fantastic new season, wherever you live in the world.

 

Jupiter Retrograde in Scorpio

Those who are familiar with the word Retrograde in astrology often cringe when they hear it, especially if it’s associated with Mercury. When Jupiter goes Retrograde the good luck associated with this planet doesn’t stop but may actually increase. In the sign of Scorpio, Jupiter went Retrograde on March 8th until July 10th. During this 4 month period there are ample opportunities to correct, heal, and take responsibility for all the things and issues that have been “swept under the rug” for far too long. Although Jupiter does take on a more serious note when Retrograde it can assist in overcoming obstacles, and in the acquisition of good fortune and wisdom.

Taking huge risks (what Jupiter encourages) can be done in more of a thoughtful and slow manner, with less  repercussions for mistakes than if Jupiter was Direct. Because Jupiter is in Scorpio, there may be a lot of soul-stirring, deep introspection. This is likely to bring up discomfort in areas that have been stuck, un-examined or unloved. Feelings of guilt and remorse may arise when past behavior and its manifestations are observed in-depth. When the Shadow aspect of being is embraced it becomes transmuted and integrated with all aspects of the authentic Self.

To see how this Retrograde may be directly influencing you check your natal chart to see if there are any planets aspects between 23 and 13 degrees of Scorpio, or what house they occupy. The house and aspects indicate the areas currently undergoing refinement and tremendous change.

Whatever the rut, lack or area of challenge in life may be, Jupiter Retrograde in Scorpio will heighten awareness of it so that it can finally shift. Whatever it is that is truly desired will also be amplified on a conscious level. This Jupiter Retrograde asks, “So, how much do you really want it? What are you willing to release in order to receive it?”

 

image: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

New Moon Eclipse in Aquarius, New Year of the Dog

The New Moon, Solar Eclipse falls at 27 degrees of Aquarius on February 15th. This day is a major turning point of this year, and when the new year truly begins. One reason for this is that a solar eclipse brings much change to our overall lives and rhythms. These changes that have been building over a period of several weeks can be so radical or unexpected that the results are very difficult to predict. Since the moon is becoming New again there is much being released in order to make way for the new in our lives to grow and blossom. This will the last day of the Chinese year of the Rooster – the Year of the Dog begins on the 16th.

The dreams, visions, wishes and plans for the future have suddenly become heightened. After so much disorientation and loss over the past six months, a new life awaits for many on the planet. The storms may not be over but there is hope for improvement. There is a great focus around friendships, circles of friends, community and those whom would be considered kindred spirits and soul family. True to Aquarian expression, there is also a sense of cooperation among friends and allies, working together toward mutual goals.

The Karmic Ripening that Saturn Brings

Before the discovery of Uranus, the original ruling planet of Aquarius was Saturn, the Cosmic Taskmaster. The prominence of Saturn’s influence at this time cannot be ignored. Saturn is also the ruler of Capricorn where it now transits again since 1988-1991. Because Saturn is known as the Lord of Karma, we have entered a cycle of “karmic” ripening (December 2017-March 2020), for better or worse depending on good deeds or misdeeds over a vast stretch of time. Those who have been to hell and back for the past several months or years, please take heart: Things are likely to get better. Just hold on. Don’t give up before your solution appears and know that something you have worked hard on in your life or lives is bound to bear fruit.

Morality in general and around sexual behavior is a topic of increasing interest. This is partly due to Jupiter’s transit through Scorpio, bringing secrets and evidence of trespassings out into the open. This exposure of hidden corruption such as the Pizzagate scandals began to intensify in 2016-2017 as we experienced the aftermath of Uranus’s square to Pluto and Jupiter in opposition to Uranus. I agree with much of what Steven Forrest had to say about Saturn in Capricorn’s latest transit. What is even “normal” or perverse anymore is up for debate. In today’s world it seems acceptable to a large portion of the human population that several varieties of sexual wantonness and even pedophilia is something that can now be classified as inherent and natural in certain individuals. Saturn in Capricorn stimulates us to question and stomp on those ideas and bring back a sense of ethics, at least for serious consideration. Matters of aging, working with elders or learning from them in some way is another possible highlight now and throughout the next couple of years.

In addition, 2018 is an #11 year in numerology, further reduced to a #2 vibration. The 11 is aligned with the Tarot card Justice, also very much about karmic payback. The #2 is connected with the Tarot card The High Priestess which puts us very much in touch with our intuition and deepest emotions.

Aquarius and “Alternative Relationships”

The planet Mercury and asteroid Juno make a close conjunction to the New Moon Eclipse in Aquarius. Aquarius is known as the Bohemian of the Zodiac, both for exhibiting unusual traits and ways of relating to the opposite sex and for attracting to themselves very unusual personalities. If any sign is here to show us how to relate to each other “outside the box” of tradition or socially accepted norms, it is Aquarius.

Mercury is the planet that represents communication and Juno is one of the major goddess asteroids representing committed partnership or what is sought in an ideal mate. There is much conversation now between friends, lovers or people in general about the significance of their romantic or committed relationships. Juno in Aquarius seeks for personal freedom and individual expression within and apart from a relationship. Whether this means going their own way or doing their own thing and then coming back home to talk about it at the end of the day, there is a lot of alternative relating going on or discussions about it now.

Dog Year 2018

I make no claims about Chinese astrology as it is not something I have spent a great deal of time studying, however I can see the patterns that come and go with each passing Chinese animal year. The Year of the Fire Rooster was one that emphasized hard work, lots of drama and lots of activity, almost nonstop. It was dizzying for many people. In the Year of the Earth Dog, Feb 2018-Feb 2019, there is likely to be more focus on stability, family togetherness, and loyalty. Dog is considered an auspicious animal in many cultures, as man’s best friend. A Dog year brings better opportunities than before in business and love.