Full Moon in Cancer 12-25-15

Emotional rebirth is a strong keynote of the Full Moon 3 degrees of Cancer on December 25th of 2015, the day that celebrates the birth of the Christ. Birth itself can be cathartic, excruciating or even ecstatic for the mother, disorienting or wonder-filled for the new life being born. There is a Upanishad saying that birth is death and death is birth…both are true in their own ways and those ways are highlighted now. Something that has been cultivated inwardly may shows signs of becoming ready to come forth, and something that has been too exposed might need to be tucked in for healing and regeneration.

Significant beginnings and endings are occurring simultaneously…

Phoenix cluster starbirth, NASA

Phoenix cluster starbirth, NASA

Uranus stations direct at 17 degrees of Aries the same day bringing surprises and reversals that may be gifts in disguise. What’s the last thing you’d ever expect to happen? Basically, whatever happens will probably not be what you would guess or imagine, in the days leading up to and trailing after this Full Moon. Mars in Libra’s separating opposition from Uranus has been letting off a lot of steam in relationships and revealing interpersonal dynamics most in need of change in ways that unite or sever.

The Full Moon forms a grand water trine to Neptune in Pisces and Juno in Scorpio, enhancing the capacities for empathic nurturing and creative expression. With this dreamy combination many might be more in the mood to draw or dance around a fire than to sit around a table and talk. Kitchen magic is favored, especially if it brings loved ones together and gets them giggling.

Computer, mental, and other glitches have already become more noticeable as Mercury has slowed down and entered the pre-shadow phase on the 18th and will be turning Retrograde on January 5th. During the Full Moon this chatty guy forms an exact trine from Capricorn to Jupiter in one of his own signs, Virgo. Jupiter together with the North Node help us tidy our thoughts and plans a bit for the upcoming new year.

The asteroid Euterpe forms and exact conjunction to the Full Moon at 3 degrees Cancer. In Greek mythology Euterpe was one of the Muses, specifically of lyric poetry and music. Her name translates as “rejoicing well” or “delight”, and this is an uplifting sign that almost whatever circumstances we may find ourselves in, there is a well of inspiration available to us to tap into to transform our darkest experiences into works of beauty and even joy. All we have to do is seek it out, or at least be open to the way that it presents itself to us.

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas or none may you rejoice in finding new twists on your own unique rhymes and reasons for being here and sharing them with wild abandon.

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!

The Full Moon of Wyrd

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!

the NornsThere 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?

Uranus, God of the Heavens goes Direct

Uranus, the planet associated with radical change, willpower, weirdness, and higher awakenings went Retrograde at 5 degrees Aries on July 9th and is now ready to turn Direct at 1 degree on the 9th of December. Often considered as the “higher octave of Mercury”, Uranian energy often puts us on edge, scatters things around – like our keys, our minds, and our relationships for instance, and creates a very strange sort of divine chaos that helps us come to certain conclusions much quicker than we would if we were organized (that’s Saturn’s department).

Uranus, the 7th planet from the Sun, is named after the earliest supreme Greek god of the Heavens. That’s some pretty serious business, in the grand scheme of the Greek pantheon of things. He was the father of Saturn, grandfather of Jupiter, and both the son and mate of Gaia – the Earth Mother.

Although it was not officially named until William Herschel spotted it through his telescope on March 13, 1781, Uranus has been seen many times by many people for thousands of years. Everything about this planet is considered to be eccentric, including the tilt of its axis, in comparison with the other planets that rotate perpendicularly to the ecliptic plane. On some level, Uranus is taken to remind us that there is always more than meets the eye, that things are often not what they seem, and that the only thing certain is that nothing is certain. It will heighten intuition but does not promise enlightenment. It has no qualms about zapping illusions, obstacles, and even good things that we cherish – all of a sudden, and without warning. Uranian energy bursts may or may not work in our favor, depending on the circumstances.

Just as Uranus’s stationing retrograde coincided with a Solar Eclipse in Cancer 7/1/11, it’s stationing direct coincides with a Lunar Eclipse in Gemini – 12/10/11. This has greatly intensified the effects of both eclipses, which in and of themselves tend toward intensity with effects that can last for many years.

Since late May leading to the 3 eclipses in a row within June and July, we’ve collectively undergone all sorts of internal and external shifts around our personal and collective identities. Uranus in Aries, retrograde in motion has brought many hidden relationship issues into the light, and many inner facets of our beings out into the open as well. See my blog post Uranus in Aries – Urgency in Action for more information about the influence of Uranus in Aries. It has been extra challenging for many to reach the levels of security or success that they’ve been aiming for during this period, because of the energetic stretching rubber band effect that Uranus in such an introspective phase has had…often bringing with it a sense that “either this – IT – or I’m about to snap!”

The recent Occupy protests during the past few weeks are one example of people responding to sudden (Uranian) economic changes that don’t make any sense on some fundamental levels, that don’t have peoples’ best interest in mind – in any sense of the word interest. Further illuminating the so-called dirty rotten tactics that appear to be used against us with banners, media streams and internet campaigns are a few other examples of Uranian functions.

It’s as though those beautifully glowing eccentric rings have been jittering and wobbling, setting off sparks and jolts that have caused other things on Earth to jitter as well. It really also seems to compound matters when on top of Uranus, Mercury appears to be going backward, leaving our apparently pressing human affairs on Earth in total disarray. This is all just an illusion of course, in more ways than one.

At its best, the influence of Uranus brings greater awareness of our interconnectivity and therefore stimulates the intellectual as well as humanitarian sides of our natures and Nature itself. At its worst, it appears to yield nothing but chaos, disorder, and shocking events. Can anybody really prepare of for what Uranus does, energetically or otherwise? Not specifically. But what goes on within our inner worlds is what determines how much we will be influenced by outer influences.

I will just close with this little nonsensical story. In the grocery store today a man in shorts approached me as I held my thick cream colored scarf close to my ears – still cold from the crisp wintery air.  I was wearing a long dress (my casual clothes) and a long hooded sweater over it. Over my shoulder he crept up and made a ‘wise crack’, saying “That whole gettup you’re wearing looks pretty WARM!”, with a weird snicker. I turned my head in slight dismay, and then found the whole statement to be so hilarious that I wandered down an aisle laughing hard, and had to stop walking for a minute because the more I thought about it, the funnier it got.

The point is, Uranus’s “interjections” and revelations often have a way of making perfect sense when they are revealed, as well as no sense whatsoever, at the same time. They may or may not be useful. They come regardless of our emotions, what we happen to be wearing, what we think, or who we know. They come unbidden, and may surprise us with obscenity, absurdity, or one might even come to save our life from a danger we didn’t see coming. Perhaps Uranus’s greatest gift to us is in showing us how to live in the moment. We may not always know what comes next, but we can begin to become expert at being present.