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Solar Eclipse in Virgo 2016

An annular solar eclipse at 9 degrees of Virgo on September 1st will be visible from Madagascar and certain areas of Central Africa. The effects of this eclipse have been building up for several days, bringing explosive action, fierce opposition, and holy hell in our spheres of existence. The “ring of fire” formed the glowing rays of the Sun outlined behind the Moon could symbolize this.

For some this New Moon Eclipse heralds the release of struggle, the breaking of chains, and the onset of inspiration. Much of what is being processed now is a recap of what came up last year 0f 2015 around September 13th with the Solar Eclipse at 20 degrees of Virgo. Close where I live in Northern California, a huge fire took down almost an entire valley, and with it a spot called Harbin Hot Springs that was beloved by many. It was a time of endings, disappointment and loss on a grand scale and it was only the beginning of more of what was to come in the months to follow.

I see the huge emphasis in Virgo as a call to becoming more intimately aligned with Gaia – to make amends with Her, to assess the ways that we can become more prudent with regard to our resources. This world that we live in is as filled with awesome beauty as it is with terror and decay. How often do we immerse ourselves in the beauty? How often do we give thanks for the bounty “at our disposal”?

An eclipse or transit is never “all good” or “all bad” but a mixture of things, pushing different buttons for each of us each time. The transits we have experienced recently and are currently experiencing could very well lead to breakthroughs in consciousness that significantly change the course of our lives.

Those who shun the shadow side of life should read no further.

This eclipse on September 1st highly activates the Saturn/Neptune square that has been in effect since November of 2015. This confounding cosmic arrangement will pack its last punches with us throughout September. Many of the illusions that we have long held dear are dissolving before our eyes and sliding like sand through our fingers.

The North Node conjunct the Solar Eclipse is showing us where we may have wrongly given of our time, energy, and resources in the past. It is pulling our head out of the clouds and into the stark Now. It is helping us to redefine our goals and aspirations and encouraging practical plans of action toward attaining them. One major lesson many have been learning since November 12th of 2015 and will hopefully complete by May 9, 2017 is how to overcome the tendency to rationalize outer conditions and toxic situations at the expense of personal sanity and integrity. Between Chiron and Neptune the South Node in Pisces has revealed many of the causes of our own self-doing. Various forms of self-sacrifice and sabotage have proven futile at relieving the suffering of others, let alone the self who is being sacrificed.

Intense pain – psychic pain, physical pain, soul pain has been a highlight for so many this past year. When the pain is too great to endure, escapism becomes the coping mechanism. On the other hand, an extreme sensitivity to the disappointment, pain and suffering of others, both on minor and major scales can become distracting to one’s own progress, and we now see more clearly the ways that we have been distracted. With this illumination we can adjust our responses and create positive change.

To those for whom it applies: Whose bottomless pit of need have we sought to fill? In what way have we become exhausted because of a deep care, sympathy or pity for the states of others – shocked to find out where our very sympathy is the thing most undeserved? This is how psychic vampires even thrive; they must be fed by those who pity them enough to give of their own life force energy. Since the North Node’s transit of Virgo began I discovered the hard way that I had been trying to cater to the crying egos of others for quite some time rather than truly helping them to serve their higher purpose. It was extremely depressing to say the least. It was also liberating.

Meanwhile, Mercury is stationed Retrograde at 28 degrees of Virgo in exact conjunction with Jupiter who is getting ready to shift gears into Libra on the 9th. The danger with this combination is that words and their meanings may seem bigger than life to some and can be misconstrued in many ways. Judgment could seem more severe than is merited. Bickering and nitpicking could lead to all out brawls or become quietly resolved for those making every effort to choose the higher route.

Two big questions that arise with Jupiter in the late degrees of Virgo are:  What have we taught those who we have chosen to teach us? What have we learned by teaching others? Here on Earth, the teaching and learning goes both ways between teacher and student but usually not in any predictable fashion. In another philosophical sense everyone is a teacher to us if we are but willing to learn from our interactions with them.

The Solar Eclipse forms a trine to Pluto that could be the boost we have been needing to move on to the next level in some way. If a change of career, residence, relationship, or occupation has been long considered the road moving forward will soon appear. When it comes to eclipses (we have one more to go this year on the 16th) we can seldom be sure what direction things will take but we can expect that what is stuck will become unstuck!

The asteroid Aphrodite makes a conjunction to the Solar Eclipse which could indicate some surprises in store regarding love and/or romance. Earthy forms of healing and somatic therapy are favored now, such as massage, herbal medicine, and acupuncture. It would probably be wise to take it easy on ourselves and others and not push too hard for results the rest of this week.

3 Flower Essences for Mercury Retrograde in Virgo

Every time Mercury appears to be moving in reverse there are many aspects of life that seem to be also. There is often this random stream of chaos: a dish cracks, a computer crashes, a tire goes flat, someone thought you said dumbass when you said alas, a new pair of pants don’t fit, and so on and on. It’s time to slow down – just a wee bit – and do a little bit of review.

The house that Mercury is transiting in your own birth chart and any planets being “aspected” will say more about how Mercury Retrograde is affecting you specifically.

With Mercury Retrograde in Virgo from August 30th until September 21st there is a focus on improving aspects of what we have already been building upon, healing, or manifesting. It is also of great assistance in releasing old items, beliefs, or toxins.

photo by Alexandre Guimont

Buried emotions might rise to the surface causing depression or a flood of thoughts and worries could make it difficult to fall asleep at night. Here are three Bach Flower Essences that might be particularly helpful during the next few weeks while Mercury is Retrograde in Virgo.

Crab Apple

This is the flower to help quell an obsessive concern for imperfections and impurities. Nitpicking and excessive criticism so often experienced when Virgo is stressed in some way can be eased with this essence. The desire to be perfect or do a perfect job at something can erode one’s confidence in the long run. When one feels they are not good enough, or they are embarrassed because of a blemish, or experiencing germophobia, Crab Apple helps gain a healthier perspective and fosters self-acceptance. Psychosomatic illness and certain allergies often develop in those who loathe their bodies or appearance in some way. Crab Apple is a great essence for those who feel that the physical body is unclean no matter how much they bathe. This includes a religious shame of sexuality. This flower essence can energetically enhance many types of detoxification programs and diets, including fasting. When there are serious questions about what is pure, moral and “good”, Crab Apple can facilitate clarity.

Pine

The essence of Pine is indicated for use when there is an inability to forgive oneself or to accept one’s human nature. Although regret may sometimes be useful to a certain degree it can easily become so exaggerated than one feels a lack of motivation to better themselves or even get out of bed in the morning. It can turn into self-deprecation, which does not help anyone. We all make mistakes! That’s part of life on the Earth plane. Pine addresses the kind of shame that makes it very difficult to make any progress. If such shame is an ongoing or crippling issue for someone it may work very well together with Crab Apple to restore ones sense of self worth and original innocence. Pine is a tree that represents both purity and equanimity. Its appearance, fragrance and energetic imprint can help us to become more objective about our shortcomings and to understand how we may better ourselves with a compassionate awareness instead of judgment and the burden of guilt.

White Chestnut

White Chestnut is the flower essence for the mind that never quits. It just gets more lit the later it gets at night. There are as many reasons for mental agitation as there are personalities. Most will agree that having an overactive mind is unpleasant and exhausting. One could be concerned with the completion of a project that requires a lot of mental energy, thus making it difficult to wind down at the end of a very stimulating day. Another person could fear losing their job, health or relationship which causes them to feel that they are constantly living on the edge with their minds replaying various scenarios of the worst that could happen. The events of the day, week, or month could be repeatedly analyzed and lead to extreme headaches and insomnia. This type of nervous energy can also wreak havoc on the digestive system and immunity. White Chestnut helps to reroute congested mental energy from the higher chakras to the rest of the body or areas where it might be needed. When there is more clarity and calmness within the mind, the voice of the Inner Self can more easily be heard and heeded.

Free Flower Essence Report and other goods!

From now until September 22nd, I am offering a free flower essence report (usually priced at $5.00 Flower Essences) along with any reading with the chance to win a free copy of my new ebook Flower Spirit Medicine. I will be doing a name draw on the Equinox of the 22nd. To clarify – those who purchase a reading are eligible for the free report and chance to win the ebook.

In addition, a free custom essence blend and future 30 minute reading will be provided to the participant who shares the most fabulous testimonial about their experience receiving a reading or flower essence blend from me! Anyone who submits a testimonial may receive a free mini flower/numerological/ or basic natal report as an appreciation for their time😀

Mercury Retrograde in Virgo

Mercury entered Virgo on July 30th, entered the Retrograde pre-shadow on August 10th, intensified in effects on the 24th and will station Retrograde on the 30th, in backward apparent motion until September 21st. Mercury exits the Retrograde post-shadow on October 6th.

Mercury is dignified in Virgo and strives for purification, organization, and perfection. When Retrograde in this sign it can cause redundant speech, mental overstimulation, nervous exhaustion and an urge to perfect any given thing or project to the point of undoing it. Please please please, let’s not and say we did.

Gulls (Laridae) and earthmover on landfill

Gulls (Laridae) and earthmover on landfill

Putrefaction that has either been occurring on the physical plane or in emotions will become unbearable. The surrounding environment could be perceived as a creative mess or a sea of garbage where one or many drown in its foul odors and course textures. Conversely those with the inclination toward resourcefulness may be flooded with great ideas – possibly too many to keep track of.

A Solar Eclipse in Virgo occurs on September 1st and a Lunar Eclipse in Virgo’s opposite sign Pisces on the 16th. Mercury in Virgo is prominently featured on both occasions but in different ways. Let’s face it – with all of the eclipse action life is pretty busy and fast-paced right now…so busy that breakfast might be skipped, socks mismatched and panties inside out. The ordinarily well-put-together guy or gal might turn into a hot slop or an undesirable slob. To a fastidious Virgoan type, nothing could be more unholy.

To the degree that any of us are attached to things looking or being a certain way is the degree that determines how upsetting this Mercury Retrograde transit will be.This statement must be underlined.

Health will be important to maintain or improve. Quite likely the health issues that arise will relate to a need for some form of detoxification. Mercury rules the nervous system and Virgo rules the intestines. If ever there was a great time for some sort of cleanse it would be now and over the next five weeks. Just be sure not to cleanse yourself into dehydration or nonexistence.

Comfort and Crisis in Consciousness

In the spirit of the Aquarian Lunar Eclipse (August 18th) which highlights creativity, technology, and breaking free, I present to you my first humble speech video:

  • Breaking out of the “Comfort Zone”
  • What triggers a healing crisis or crisis in consciousness
  • How to start living before it’s too late

This is my very first self-captured video as well as my first time figuring out how to edit a video of this kind. Friends, clients, and and allies have been nudging me to do this for awhile, but I had to really push myself to get this far. I’ve attempted it a handful of times over the past couple of years and wound up chickening out and deleting everything. You’ll see me briefly ~ going out on a limb, but mostly this is for the audio: 

Full Moon Eclipse in Aquarius

“To cast off the rotten rags of Memory by Inspiration…to take off his filthy garments and clothe him with Imagination; to cast aside from Poetry all that is not Inspiration, that it no longer shall dare to mock with the aspersion of Madness…”                       – William Blake, from Milton

An almost Lunar Eclipse occurs at 26 degrees of Aquarius on August 18th. This mysterious Full Moon event is not quite visible as an eclipse yet just as keenly felt by many, stirring the cosmic cauldron and kicking up stardust. The party is just getting started, as two more eclipses in a Mercury Retrograde cycle await us in September.

The essence of this lunar passing is one of deliverance, release, and enlightenment. It is here to usher those of who are ready through the veil of illusions that have held us captives to our lowest vibrations. It may be experienced as excruciating and/or exhilarating. What rotten old rag of a belief are you ready to cast off and burn in the pyre of things-no-longer-relevant?

In the sign of the Water Bearer, the well of inspiration flows as do tears and ideas and dreams and visions. The air is electric and untamable. Inhibitions cut loose, censors dropped or pierced. There could be a waves of sadness followed by ecstasy. This could be the chance to mourn the loss of what could not be mourned before when emotions were backed up by suppression or mental reasoning, or when conditions would not allow the very crucial process of grief to unravel.

Reinier Van Persijn

Reinier Van Persijn

The Moon just passes fixed star Sadar and lights the front wing of the Swan in the constellation Cygnus. Swan energy is about transformation, poetry, music, and the inner child. Creativity in all of its forms has highly renewing qualities at this time. As synchronicity would have it, the Swan has mythical ties to Jupiter which becomes activated in a Finger of God formation by the Full Moon’s sextile to Uranus and their almost opposition to this ginormous planet that represents all that is grandeur. This “finger” aspect could produce some FOG alright, but the way through will also be brightly lit. Chiron in Pisces opposite of Jupiter has been serving as a reminder this year of wounds inherited, learned, and acquired throughout many lifetimes that have the potential to crush souls or finally liberate them from bondage. Uranus thrives on chaos and the Unexpected and just might be our savior in this situation. Take a bold step where your heart guides you and see where it leads.

Saturn Direct 2016

Saturn, “School Teacher of the Cosmos” has been Retrograde in Sagittarius since March 25th and goes Direct at 9 degrees Sagittarius on August 13th. Karmic lessons have been kicking some of us in the arse or rewarding us for good deeds in the past. Saturn’s year-long square to Neptune has been adding much vivid confusion to the overall experience. Information has been processed, analyzed, filtered, jumbled, and rearranged so many times these past few months it has been quite a trick to stay on target with anything and everything.

Venus in Virgo moves into opposition with Neptune and squares Saturn as he stations direct, bringing raw feelings to the surface and certain relationship issues up for review. Financial organization is another key focus. Laughter is some of the best medicine available for both body and mind and it would be especially helpful now. Nitpicking never saved a person or couple from conflicts that threatened its security in any form. Different techniques – specifically those less critical more practical in nature must be employed in order to learn from past mistakes or mishaps and to progress as individuals, students, partners and group members.

Hogworts School (Harry Potter)

Hogworts School
(Harry Potter)

Gravity and levity are both doing strange things, perhaps functioning in reverse. Longstanding puzzles are on their way to finally being solved, but patience and steadiness are still required. The building energy of the Aquarius Lunar Eclipse (August 18th) is erratic and wildly unpredictable.

Maybe you’re the one in the classroom who is raising his/her hand exclaiming, “I know! I have the answer! Finally, I get it now – I really get it!!!”

Maybe you had it all along, and you knew what you were in for even that though that doesn’t make things any easier. If you’re juggling objects or situations that resemble hot potatoes right now, just keep doing it – don’t look down! Don’t turn back! Just keep juggling like your life depends on it. The rush will subside. The confusion will eventually clear up. The work will eventually pay off. The potatoes will land, and your hands (more importantly your head) will be able to rest😀

New Moon in Leo 2016

“All gods are homemade, as it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours” – Aldous Huxley

Whether one agrees with the above quote or not, it offers some interesting food for thought that is relevant to this month’s astrological mash-up. The sign of Leo in particular is concerned with a certain kind of power, and at times power for its own sake. To whom do we assign authority? Who assumes it without question or intervention? Who grants power and who takes it away? Who embodies it? Who crumbles beneath it?

leo1The New Moon is 10 degrees of Leo, highlighting all passions and affairs of the heart, as well as personal power. This, along with the building energy of a lunar eclipse on the 18th is stirring up both mischief and creative inspiration, pushing buttons and briskly grabbing people’s attention – here, there, everywhere! It launches a fiery summer month that is bound to be anything but boring.

The onset of August and its lunar activity is associated with Lughnassadh, a pagan holiday honoring the Sun god Lugh, the waning of the solar god, and waxing of the moon goddess. This day also marks and celebrates the beginning of harvest season. At this juncture, energy begins to draw ever so slightly inward, in preparation for the dark half of the year. The actions that have been taken or not taken in previous months are reevaluated.

The Sun and Moon’s trine to Saturn and quincunx with Neptune indicates a possible strong theme of immoral manipulations and obfuscations, or conversely, the uncovering of deceit. As if most minds are not already filled to the brim with it, there will be more dirt on political candidates, more scandals, and more rage. Fortunately, the brief yet stabilizing influence of Saturn has actually been lending a sense of poise and objectivity to those in need during recent stressful jolts.

Mercury having entered one of its own signs, Virgo on July 30th moves out of a square with Mars which will have entered Sagittarius (sigh of relief!) just hours before the New Moon. The number of times (by date) the planet of communication has clashed/will clash with the planet of raw energy and action this year:

  • January 5th
  • March 5th
  • July 29th
  • September 12th
  • October 13th

Here we have a bit of the good, the bad, the ugly…and lo and behold, the funny. If you’re not laughing yet at the absolute absurdity of things lately, God help you. While it’s true that our knowing hearts may effectively guide us through life’s challenges, the faculties of the intellect should not be neglected in the attempted solving of complex problems. Also, courage, guts, and Will itself will also get us farther along than mere faith in a projected outcome.

With the planets only occupying earth, water, and fire signs now and throughout the month most of us are strongly feeling and doing rather than a ton of thinking and planning. Instinct rules over reason, which could work for or against in any given situation. Big thanks to Mars in Sagittarius, many prior plans are finally being put into action. Stifled energy and things affected by Mars’s transit through Scorpio since the year began (extra long due to Mars’s Retrograde) are being set back into motion again. With Mercury slowing down during the fourth week of August to station Retrograde on the 30th until the Autumn Equinox in September, don’t expect everything to automatically just fall into place.

Venus, in late Leo begins edging into a square with Mars that will take place on the 6th. Whether an intensity of emotion plays out constructively or destructively, helpful or harmful, will depend upon where personal values have been placed during the past few months. The use of force to affect change, especially against the wishes of others can backfire. However, a position of passivity taken in the midst of outright attack may manifest in far worse ways.

One of the ways that frustrated aspects between Venus and Mars plays out is in sexual conduct. Abuse and misuse of sexual energy and assertion tends to ripple out and affect entire communities and civilizations. We may hear or read about the horrors of child molestation and sex trafficking in the news, but none of these types of things are new. Today, we are looking at the many outcomes that this kind of abuse has had on humanity throughout the ages. To say that sexual abuse is natural human behavior is a gross misstatement, but it has apparently become the “norm” in many cultures. Where, or more specifically how did it all begin? It almost always begins with tension.

All this heaviness aside, Leo is about the playful and colorful sides of life, love, and sexuality, as well as putting one’s unique stamp in the world through children or other expressions of creativity. There is much creative fire lighting up even the darkest corners and back alleys. Those who have been down on their luck with nothing left to give might find that suddenly they feel great, and even generous. During this New Moon’s influence, the objects or recipients of love and devotion are powerfully reflecting back what is being offered.

“And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth, “You owe me”. Look what happens with love like that. It lights up the sky.” – Rumi

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