Vernal Equinox into the New Moon in Aries

by christina rai

 

March 27, 2017 @ 9:59 pm

This year the Vernal Equinox, or as we folks call it—SPRING—precedes the Aries New Moon by about a week. Always a hopeful and re-energizing time of the year.  Are you thinking about your seed packets? How is that snow cover looking? Do you feel the warmth of the strengthening sun?

It’s a good time of the year to begin again.

Probably, a lot of the resolutions that you made at the Winter Solstice/mundane New Year have sagged a bit in terms of intention.  If not—good for you! Keep it up.  Most of us, however, do need a bit of a prod when it comes to staying true to the target.  Now is a good time to review and re-initiate anything that may have lost its original head of steam. After all, everything seems possible when the Sun is bright and the birds are chirping.

Aries is the energy of courage and movement. It is the rejuvenation of the self on many levels. Aries is optimistic, disregarding of any possible impediments and ready to get going, no matter what. It is zesty and juicy and does not like to sit still and meditate on anything for too long.  Action is the key impulse for this youthful energy. You are bound to get a bit of a boost at this time of the year, no matter how much of a couch potato you might be. Find that growth oriented attitude in yourself and exploit it—also an Aries kind of posture.  If you’ve got it—flaunt it!  If it’s available—grab it and use it to your advantage. That’s Aries. Always on the ready and ready to go always…

This new Moon is oriented to process and implementation here in the central time zone.  All old projects, all tired ideas, all good but forsaken intentions get a second chance if you want them to.  With a reflective Venus in retrograde (moving backwards), its definitely a good time to re-boot the system.  You may find yourself thinking of old loves, old plans, old places and old ideas at the oddest of times.  This serves the purpose of re-invention.  Remember, there is nothing NEW under the Sun but there is plenty to re-work and re-tool if you so desire.  All invention is based on old method—with a twist.  That is what that phrase actually means.  The key is to constantly be seeking so-called ‘new’ ways to be the you that is emerging on a daily basis.  What in your life needs an over-haul?  Let the retrograde Venus point the way by leading you into the valley of remembrance and showing you what you really wanted to be when you grew up.

There is a whack of Aries energy supporting this New Moon and Saturn in Sagittarius facilitates the process as well.  Saturn gives us the resolve and the ‘spark’ (Sag) to start the process.  In Sag, Saturn is the least cross that he can be.  Sagittarius is the ‘home’ sign for the great god of benevolence, Jupiter, so when Saturn transits this zodiacal energy, he is softened by Jupiter’s goodness and grace. Rather than beating you up with a big stick, he holds out a carrot to get you motivated.  Look for the carrots and dig them up!

The Sabian Symbol for 8* Aries (the degree of this New Moon) is:

A LARGE (WOMAN’S) HAT WITH STREAMERS FLYING, FACING EAST

There is a sense of energy, vigour and inspiration suggested by this image. If you are the woman wearing the hat, can you feel the power of the strong east wind as it blows into your body?  Are you hanging on to that hat or are you ready to let it go?

Whatever the intuitive response to this wind (intellectual stimulation), think about the result and how it will affect you.  Perhaps it is time to let that hat fly and get yourself ready to wear some other ‘hat’. Here, the principle of letting go or detachment from ownership comes into play.  As long as we can keep ourselves as ‘empty vessels’, the goodness of the universe (read spirit, god, Allah, whatever) will continue to fill us up.  Holding on to anything (greed) leads us all into negativity.  Trust that if you give yourself away, you will be infinitely replenished.   Stagnation is preceded by fear of loss.

So, follow your passions (Aries) and look to your little gods who have led you to this time and place. If you approve of where you are, good. Keep following those little gods. If you are discontented with what you have come to, gather up those little gods and chuck them out the window. They are no longer useful to you.

For those of you with the Natal Moon in Aries, this is your time.  Feel the restoration of your deepest self and answer the call to action, whatever it might be for you. You Aries Moons are the leaders, the front-runners, the explorers, the warriors of the Zodiac. You are fearless in the face of adversity and you have the deepest resources, emotionally. You can inspire. You can motivate. You can lead.  Just be careful not to bully and trample over those of us who are less resilient than you are.  But, honestly, we don’t know what we would do without you!

So, enjoy the spring. Re-boot that old body. Let’s make something happen!

For the Love of Leo

by christina rai

 

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Most astrologers co-relate this fiery fixed sign with love, birth, creativity, power, luck and romance! Sounds pretty attractive to me! Leo is aligned to the 5th house in the natural wheel of the zodiac thus endowing that segment of the horoscope with Leo-like attitudes. If, for instance, you are not born under the sign of Leo but have a lot of your planets in the 5th house, especially the personal ones like the Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars; you will probably be interested greatly in the things associated with that house of the horoscope, like love, children, creative activity, self-expression and any and all forms of ‘drama’, just to name a few things. And, you may approach life in a Leo-like way; that is, with gusto, intensity, self-interest and dramatic flair. Certainly, you should have some sort of creative outlet to exercise all that potential heart-based energy that will, no doubt, be a significant influence in your life. This does not mean that you MUST be an artist, but it does mean that you must FEEL like you are being artful in some way. If you like cooking—experiment. If crafts interest you, develop one to a high level of proficiency. If you adore children, expand this love in your life either through having your own or taking care of others.

Of course, the actual sign that any of these personals—the planets mentioned above– is in will modify the way you behave in the end. For instance, you might be a “5th house Capricorn”. Capricorn is much more sedate, more reserved than Leo so you might be creative, but quietly so, romantic, but with some reserve, powerful, but in a dignified way. Or, one could observe that you have a deliberate approach to your creative side, a controlled response to your love life or you might be a strict disciplinarian when it comes to your kids, expecting them to step up and perform on your command. (These are merely random thoughts and not set in stone pronouncements. So many factors affect the way any individual functions that each horoscope MUST be evaluated individually. However, understanding how energies might perform in the 12 sectors of the chart certainly is helpful when initiating an analysis.)

Leo’s opposite sign is Aquarius and according to the law of polarity, duality is the underlying resonance of all manifestation. Applying this to the zodiac then, we can see that the energies that sit ‘across’ from each other in the zodiac wheel ideally work in harmony with each other and the ebb and flow of anything is regulated by polarity forces. While Leo brings focus to all that is primarily personal—the ‘me’ factor, Aquarius brings focus to all that is primarily collective—the ‘we’ factor. So, the intention of anyone with a focus in Leo is to find a way to pull in the energy of that opposite force. So, Leo, what can YOU do for the greater whole? What is the focus in your life that relates to community? What is the gift that you bring to society?

Leo loves the limelight and who is it that is able to give the limelight? The collective, of course! If Leo has no audience for the sheer magnificence of his manifestation, well, then, he might just lazily lie around doing nothing and basking in the noonday sun!

The shadow side of Leo is the tendency to rest on ones’ laurels and on a deeper level, a sense of entitlement. There is a reason why one of the archetypes linked to Leo is “The Royal” or “The Aristocrat”. Taken too far, this self-image can cause trouble in Leo’s life and relationships. The all powerful ME can eat up a lot of space in any room, leaving little for anyone else. Here is where the simple use of principled love can minimize the tendency to move into the shadow side of this energy. Love for the sake of love itself can help to refocus the Leo persona that has gotten caught up in ego concerns or self-love, become overly invested in the drama and as a result lost sight of what is actually real and true. Again, pulling in the Aquarian ideal, that sense of collective power rather than singular power, can be helpful to balance out any preoccupation with self. Not to say that the self should not be served! It is through the self that we all get things done so let’s not be too quick in battering the ego senseless! The key is common sense at all times. By all means use your ego gifts but keep focused on what is really true, what is really real. The ‘truth’ is, that when one stands alone, one can easily be toppled but when one stands united with others, a wall of protection can be developed.

Another Leo shadow is a deep-seated feeling of insecurity. Another one of Leo’s archetypes is The Child. Childish energy requires ongoing and even limitless affirmation so if the Leo soul is not given just the right amount of affirmative response, he might develop a lop-sided need to seek it at any cost. We have all met those individuals who constantly require affirmation for every step that they take. The little lost girl or the sad and hungry boy persona is a shadow energy that can cripple relationship and impede self-growth. Of course there can be many different real-life triggers that kick-start this kind of behavior and that sort of self-study can take up a lifetime. Still, just identifying a presence of Leo energy in any one of the personals can be helpful when doing this kind of reparative therapy. Ultimately, the key to healing is also found in the opposite sign of Aquarius. By connection to the higher self and tapping into the collective consciousness, Leo can come to some profound understandings about himself and his place within that collective thus alleviating some of the needful pressure to be constantly affirmed by another.

Leo co-relates to the heart chakra and, indeed, the physical heart is linked to Leo when one studies medical astrology. Working with the heart chakra is always beneficial for strong Leo types. If you have a lot of Leo energy, create meditations for yourself that focus on moving within to the center of your heart. Work on building that love energy, fortifying the heart chakra. Visualize a soft pink glow around the heart center. This can calm the self and bring it balance. By mindfully drawing in the highest form of love energy—that of the divine, Leo can amplify his already ‘sunny’ self and become an inspiration to those around him. This is a fixed energy so the inclination is to stay centered, to sustain. Just think of the Sun, the celestial object associated with Leo. It burns with a constancy, and we have the assurance in the last fingers of the dusk and the first tendrils of the dawn, that he will never let us down; that there will always be a new day on the horizon. Like the Sun, strong Leos can provide security and stability to those they love. Think about the last time you lay out in the Sun and how scrumptious that was. Sort of like being loved by a Leo!

And talking about love…When Leo loves, he loves magnificently! He can be completely attentive and single-minded in his focus. His loved object will feel herself totally consumed by the heat of his attention. Of course, she must be very certain to let him know how splendid his love is—the best love, the hottest love, incomparable love. If he is sufficiently stroked, Leo will keep purring contentedly, keeping his eyes fixed on his darling. If not, well then, he just might feel that he needs to move along and find a more worthy recipient of his lordly love. So, all you who partner with a Leo, make sure you keep scratching him where he wants you to scratch!

Everyone has Leo somewhere in their psyche as represented by the birth mandala. And whenever the Sun transits any energy, that part of the psyche is illuminated—brought out into the light, so to speak. The Sun transits or moves through Leo during parts of the months of July & August. As I have often stated when discussing this subject of transits, each cosmic connection is necessarily personal. (Yes, yes, there is the whole issue of the collective consciousness but that is another topic!) So, in some ways, transit reports can only give the reader a general sense of what is going on since that reader has her own unique energetic construct that is interacting with the energy swirling around her. The way to get the ‘most’ out of following the stars is to have a familiarity with one’s own natal horoscope so that one can follow the star crossings with the mind’s eye.

So, picture your natal mandala (birth chart) and plop the transiting Sun into that area of your chart that is described by Leo. Wherever that is, it is this area of life that will be under the spotlight when the Sun is transiting Leo. Even if you have no formal training in astrology, you can begin to track external events and then go back to the diagram and see if anything makes sense. This is called the ‘observation and co-relation’ method of learning, experiential learning.

The horoscope can be divided into 4 quadrants, two below the central dividing line (ascendant/descendant) and two above. Even just noting which one of these 4 quadrants is being ‘lit up’ can be very revealing. Remember, wherever the Sun is transiting in your personal horoscope as it moves through the Zodiac sign of Leo is where your psyche reflects the properties of Leo. This is the area of life that you may approach in a Leo-like way. Or, that part of your life may have aspects of the Leo energy woven into it.

So, when the transiting Sun is moving through the lower left hand quadrant of YOUR chart, you might be feeling somewhat preoccupied with your own personal concerns. Your sense of self-worth may be of paramount or at least increased importance. During these transits you may be thinking about what you really want to do with yourself, what holds true value for you, what you have on your mind and just exactly how to express it so that you are properly understood. If you have Leo in this area, you could well be an imaginative and creative thinker, get ‘big’ ideas, be a dramatic communicator. The Sun’s transit of this area could trigger ideas that you can explore or develop.

If Leo is present in the second quadrant, your focus may turn to family issues, love, romance and fun, or how to energize your own work life. Having Leo energy in this area of the psyche suggests an individual who has a flair for family life or is an artist or works in a creative field. This could be an individual who loves intensely, has a desire to express herself on a creative level and approaches her work with zest and panache. All of these sorts of concerns, then, would take center stage at this transit time.

When the Sun is transiting the 3rd quadrant, the focus turns outward. Relationships take on more importance or things begin to happen in the relationship life. You may find yourself dealing with issues of power, control, even life and death or taxes. This could be a good time to sign up for a course that you have wanted to take for a while or just buy a book on an esoteric subject. You might suddenly find yourself dreaming about distant places.

Finally, when the Sun lights up the 4th quadrant of the mandala, you are ready to rock! You may feel the need to be seen, noticed, talked about upon. You could find yourself getting more involved in social issues, community work, or even just partying. On a more spiritual level, you may find that you have the urge to more completely align your outer self with your inner set of values. At some point, when the Sun transits this sector, most everyone needs to take a breath or two. Track yourself. Monitor your body rhythms. Pay attention!

Leo is the energy of expression, joy, creativity in both physical and emotional ways and more subtly, the need for recognition; the need for affirmation, approval and ultimately, the urge to both draw love and express love. The absolutely first step into Leo is the plunge into SELF-LOVE. If we are not able to wholeheartedly love ME, it is, indeed, impossible to draw the kind of love from others that we need so that we can feed our soul.

There is incredible joy in discovering the ‘Leo’ part of your psyche. Go on a journey of search and discovery and see if you can locate your little Leo self. And then, plunge in and just revel in the sheer joy of being.

Following is a snapshot of what its like to have Leo occupy the 12 houses. (In no way complete or ultimately definitive.)

HOUSE 1—creative action

HOUSE 2—an exquisite sense of correctness

HOUSE 3—dramatic communications

HOUSE 4—familial love

HOUSE 5—self-expression

HOUSE 6—personal commitment to service

HOUSE 7—a personal touch with others

HOUSE 8—fearless exploration of the mystery

HOUSE 9—an appetite for the unknown

HOUSE 10—a flair for leadership

HOUSE 11—love for the ideal and the community of choice

HOUSE 12—inspired dreaming/magnificent meditating

 

Thought For the Month

I am the fullest expression
of love that I can be.

Let me shine my light
upon everyone
I greet

Blessed be the joyful
for they will fill the earth with
laughter.

Poem

i laugh and laugh
into the face
of the goddess
she plays me
she tempts me
she loves me
long
and long
and i curl into her
bosom
where i am warm
and safe
and surrounded
by her Sun

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Full Moon in Virgo

by christina rai

 

The Fulsome Moon in Virgo: Where the dream gets down to business…
March 12, 2017  @ 9:54 am

"Virgo" by Sheeba Maya

“Virgo” by Sheeba Maya

This time of the year, when we have the dual experience of a New Moon in Pisces leading up to a Full Moon in Virgo, 2 weeks later, is an opportunity to dream ourselves into reality, accessing practical & concrete strategies to do so. The mystical energy of Pisces provides us with that ethereal connection to the divine, from whence all things extraordinary are formed while the down to earth energy of Virgo gives us the skill set to work with the divine if we so choose.

A dream is only a dream until the dreamer gets down to work. The cocooning inclination of winter gives us the space to find the dream and with this current Full Moon on March 12, 2017 reaching apex @ 9:54 am, we can feel the stirring of the spring tickling our bones into action—soon! Soon!

The dynamic energy of this Moon is located in the 4th quarter of the event chart, suggesting a focus on dreaming our hopes and aspirations into concrete form, out there in the world, where we can impact on others around us. The messenger (Mercury) is about ready to leap into action as he catapults into Aries but for this Full Moon, he lingers dreamily in Pisces, aligned to the Sun and Chiron. Use this highly intuitive energy to explore your wounds and develop ways to heal whatever it is that keeps you from embracing the fullness of your SELF. A SELF that is whole and in flow is more able to assume the responsibility of creation beyond itself. The delicate and gentle Piscean thoughts never overpower, but rather coax and cajole. This isn’t scream therapy—more like giggle goodness.  If you have been struggling with something specific, forgive yourself, understanding that the divine lives within you despite the crack in your clay. You do not necessarily remove the wound; rather, you learn how to USE the wound. Scar tissue is protective. A broken bone, once mended, is less likely to break at the once broken point. Healing is not about forgetting the nature of the wound but rather, it is about UNDERSTANDING the nature of the wound and through understanding, we arrive at the place of the ADEPT, she who has traveled through the fire and come out the other side reborn. Embrace your wounds and then use them to bring the ‘dream’ (you) into reality.

An added facilitation is Mars, newly entered into Taurus, strong, vital and steady. Via this earthy energy of application, we can ground ourselves, slow down and get real about just exactly what we can do with all the things that fill up our souls. Do not overreach. Be practical. Don’t leap off tall buildings. Take it one step at a time. An example: You want to change your job.  First, work on your resume. While you still are working at your current job. Quitting without a plan of action is not strategic.

Venus is newly retrograde (March 4, 2017) and will continue retrograde until April 15, 2017.  However, do not forget that all retrogrades have shadow periods both prior and post the actual event.  When the goddess is in her backward shuffle, there is an emphasis on remembrance. This can play out in a variety of ways. Venus governs that which we revere in our lives, from people to things to ideals and values. This is the area of life that comes into the forefront with this retrograde. This is also a cue that whatever it is that we are working on can stand more scrutiny. Re-evaluate that which is important to you on whatever level—the physical material reality, the emotional one, the mental intellectual one or the spiritual one. You have time. Catch that dream, sit with it and explore it with Virgo like precision and an attention to detail.

The Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon is 23* Virgo/Pisces.

AN ANIMAL TRAINER

&

SPIRITIST PHENOMENA

How fitting!

The raw untamed energy of the lower self must submit to the training necessary from a higher source in order to succeed and become the vessel for divine inspiration. You don’t become a prima ballerina by accident. You don’t just wake up one day as a fully empowered concert pianist. It takes discipline, mindful intention, commitment and perseverance.

All of us have the potential to exceed that which we think we can be. That’s what ‘dreaming’ is all about!

It begins with the DREAM, proceeds into the PROCESS to finally reach the goal of PERFECTED ABILITY.

Whatever your ability might be, whatever your hope might be, whatever your desire might be, apply yourself and work to create that DREAM OF YOU. Start on your resume today!

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New Moon in Pisces

by christina rai

 

New Moon in Pisces, Solar Eclipse: February 26, 2017; 9:00 am CST

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We won’t see it here but this particular eclipse is at the 98% mark, pretty darn total!  And though the actual physical viewing is spectacular when these full or almost full eclipses occur, the mystical/spiritual ramifications can be accessed whether we see it happen in the sky or not.

To briefly review, a solar eclipse is like a punctuation mark in the sentence that is life. Something is coming to culmination and an opportunity for a new, hopefully improved strategy is available. Of course, I’ll say it again:  Just because the opportunity is there does not mean that one will choose to seize it.  That’s the glitch in the works. Energy keeps moving and we, the energy containers, along with it, either working proactively to make the most of whatever it is or choosing to ignore potential and possibility.

I don’t mean to sound negative here. It is merely a fact that each one of us is a FREE MORAL AGENT and that is what it truly means when one says that we are the creators of our reality. It is all about CHOICE and there is a choice built into every second of every day for as long as you breathe. When one makes mindful choices, one creates a reality that is full of consciousness; of self, of other, of community, of values, a life worth living. So, monitoring where you are in the flow of time and space is a useful habit; taking what you learn and applying it to your day to day life is even better. Your progress doesn’t have to be huge; it just has to be.

This New Moon (& Solar Eclipse) is magical and powerful all at the same time. Pisces is the energy of the Dream. What do you dream about, little dreamer?

With a powerful cardinal T-Square with Pluto at the apex, and involving Jupiter in Libra opposite Venus, Mars & Uranus in Aries, the key phrase is Take Action! Evaluate how your long term goals, those things that provide you with a compass point of destination in your life, are either supported or challenged by what you hold dear, how you ACT & who you are on the deepest of levels—that part of you that even you, yourself only sometimes glimpses…

Plutonian energy demands that you change up the play book, especially if it is not working all that well. How can you align yourself more closely by word, deed & inner intention to that external goal? Is the Dream that you are dreaming truly in harmony with who you have become—or are in the process of becoming?

This cardinal explosion of energy may sometimes feel way too urgent—itching to break free possibly without a good strategy in place! Use this few days of New Moon Eclipse energy to meditate and find inner balance before leaping off that cliff.  Just take the time to DREAM THE DREAM.

And, as I have said many times, not all useful meditation is had when one is sitting still in one place. There are no rules except the ones that actually work for YOU. So, if you are a prodigious meditator and can sit for long periods of time engaged with the inner realm, great! But if that is not on the table for you, try a walking meditation. The Labyrinth was created for ones such as you. The woods are your sanctuary. Find a trail and follow it. Allow your mind to wander as it will. This, too, is a form of meditation. And if you are someone who finds movement challenging but sitting difficult, try MEDITATIVE Baking, MINDFUL Needlework or any such activity that involves a habitual kind of action. This is the beginning of creating for yourself a body of HABITUAL RITUAL—read my article in the next Aquarian, out March 1. Habitual Ritual is anything that provides you with a framework for meditative mindfulness. Mostly, we have lost the ability to find space in our lives for it. NOW is the time for us to reclaim it as our right. Make space and time for your SELF. Construct your own sacred acts. It’s good for the soul.

( I knew a lady once who, upon entering her home—a sacred space—always paused at the threshold and lit a stick of incense before going in. Of course, she had arranged her entryway so that she had easy access to the incense, a lighter at the ready and a place where she could rest her lit burnt offering. It took planning on her part to create that ‘habitual ritual’ but once the planning was done and all was in place, she never gave it another thought. She just DID it. Sacred acts of habitual ritual. Wonderful.)

Neptune is closely aligned to this New Moon in Pisces adding a mystical, magical element to your participation in your DREAM. Tap into your so-called ‘right brain’ and let yourself go.  Journal, write stories, paint pictures, create delicious artwork or artifacts. If you don’t do any of those things, find a way to change up something in your life that hasn’t changed for a long time. If you cook, find an ingredient you have never tried before and use it! If your make-up is running low, pick a lipstick that you have never worn before. If you always wear just one main colour, go to Winners or the Second Hand Store and buy something DIFFERENT. There are tons of ways to open up the creative center. You think of some.

The dual Sabian Symbols for this New Moon are:

A JOCKEY & A MAN MAKING A FUTURIST DRAWING.

Position yourself to align with a forward vision. You have the skill. You have the courage. You have the determination. (Yes, you do!!!) Now, hold your place, keep your seat and move forward. You are the one riding the horse. The horse is not riding you so where you go depends on the moves (choices) that you make.

Remember what you dream, little dreamer, and then get in that saddle and ride!

 

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