NEW MOON IN AQUARIUS

New Moon in Aquarius, Feb 15, 2018 @ 3:06 pm

 

Susan Weed, Master Herbalist and Wise Woman Shaman says:

 “The dark months are a time of rest and RENEWAL, not a time of high energy. The fairies return to their underground homes at Halloween and return above ground on May Day. GIVE IN to the slower pace of the winter. EXPECT LESS of yourself; ENJOY MORE time in bed. STOP FIGHTING the dark. LET IT BE deep and NOURISHING.

The renewal that she refers to is now drawing to an end. It is the beginning of a whole new cycle of possibility and promise. Though we will not immediately jump into summery action, we can begin to lay the foundation for that season with this NEW MOON, happily seeding in the electric energy of Aquarius.

It’s a good time to shake the sleepiness off just a little bit and imagine our prospects.  First, we dream. Then we imagine how we can make that dream come true. Finally, we begin the work of building that imagined dream into reality. Aquarius is the energy of possibility times ten. Just think of all your Aquarius friends. They are just a wee bit more crazy than the rest of us and their craziness challenges the status quo, demands that boundaries be crossed, invites us all into an adventure of creativity and exploration. At the highest of levels, this is the energy of the future, of what could be, rather than what is. Without it, we would all still be looking for that tool, trying to invent the wheel and generally keeping to our caves.

On a personal level, when Aquarius is featured, as with this upcoming New Moon, we can suspend our disbelief and open the doors of perception so that what is only possible can sometimes take on a concrete form. Be inventive. Be bold. Be preposterous. And why not? Be a little dangerous!

The energy of Uranus in Aries flows into this lunation like a supercharged electric wave, lending support to the imagining process while Jupiter in Scorpio demands that we set a high bar for ourselves and remove the limitations that only exist in our minds. When the heart is open, the spirit soars.

The call to action with this new cycle is one of self-expression in whatever form that presents itself in OUR INDIVIDUAL lives. Artistry is not limited to any one discipline. Artfulness can be associated with anything. It is skillfulness, cleverness, imagination as applied to any undertaking. So, whatever you are engaged in or hope to be engaged in, do it boldly and with artfulness. Dream yourself into the possibility of all that you could imagine yourself to be. Start making your plans for the ‘big change-up/wake-up’. We live in restless and unpredictable times; sometimes, even, uncertain times, so we must be ahead of the curve, always looking to alternatives and never allowing ourselves to get overly attached to any particular way of being. Let’s all commit ourselves to the ongoing process of REINVENTION. After all, that is the ultimate invitation that soul force gives us—grow, evolve, illuminate yourself in this age of darkness.

If you study astrology, locate the degree of this lunation—27/28 Aquarius in your own chart and follow the energy lines around the wheel. Does this degree touch any of your own placements? In what house of your own chart does this lunation fall? Whichever house it is, consider how you can make a fresh and even revolutionary change in that area of life. As an example, let’s say it falls in your first house?  Well, you are anyway an unusual sort of person and you will absolutely benefit from introducing some edgy elements into your life. A truly radical diet? A commitment to approaching relationship differently (if this is needed)? A shift in your lifestyle? Apply the same kind of thinking to whatever house is featured. This is the most practical way to deal with transiting energy. And always, no matter what else, keep your spiritual eyes fixed firmly on the prize of a more vital, a more lively connection to the divine (Mars in Sag square Neptune in Pisces.) When active energy is funneled into spirituality rather than material reality, the self expands rather than contracts. Conversely, if spiritual motivations are not part of the active impulse, thoughts can get muddled, reasoning can be incomplete and any action taken can come to naught.

The energy of Aquarius gives us permission to dream preposterous dreams, to imagine impossible outcomes, to go where we have never been and bring back messages from those distant and unseen places so that our community of choice can shift, change and grow. Very exciting.

The Sabian Symbols for this lunation are:

A TREE FELLED AND SAWED

&

MANY LITTLE BIRDS ON THE LIMB OF A LARGE TREE

Trees are the most magical beings on the planet. Many of them live through countless ages and bear witness to the human dramedy. They do not resist, nor do they assert. It is up to us to protect and sustain them, to live harmoniously with them. We are at a critical time in our collective evolution. The choices that we, as a collective make, right now, right here, will be the foundation of our collective future. We must be diligent in ‘dreaming’ ourselves into a reality that is balanced between conservation and appropriate resource management. Every choice results in a karma that we, as a collective absolutely will deal with. We are, all of us, like those little birds gathered together on that large tree. It is one earth that we share and never before in recent human history has this been so clear. One earth. One soul. One voice. We must all come together and discover that ONE SONG so that we create harmony and not discord. Blessed Be thee and me.

 

 

Thought for this lunation:

I am the world and the world is within me.

 

 

 

Poem

Beautiful dreamer

I want to find you

Dancing in the mists

Singing in the shadows

Of the great trees of myth and memory

I want to kiss your shining face and hold you in my arms

And dream along with you forever and ever

amen

 

CRW2018

 

 

 

FULL MOON in LEO & a LUNAR ECLIPSE

FULL MOON IN LEO, LUNAR ECLIPSE: JAN. 31, 2018 @ 7:27 AM CST

 

When the Sun is transiting (going through) the zodiac sign of Aquarius, (ca January 20-Feb 19), the Full Moon will always be in the partner sign to Aquarius—LEO.

Aquarius/Leo are fixed and yang by nature. Another way of saying this is that they are powerful energies that are assertive, certain and able to follow through on what they initiate. The subjective creative energy of Leo compliments the altruistic visionary energy of Aquarius. Put the two things together and you have a potential for brilliance, for innovation, for self-proclamation and a rollicking good time to boot! Here we just might discover the inventors, the artists, the community activists and the leaders of our time.

Leo is shiny. It wants to express itself, to twinkle and glow, to stand out in a crowd and be loved by all who see them. It’s a seductive energy that can often be found at the center of any gathering. Even the shyest of Leo types can’t help but like it when other people praise them.

We all have Leo somewhere in our psyches and even if there are no sensitive points in the 30 degrees of this energy in our psyches, it still contributes in some manner to the whole of your persona. When figuring out how any given lunation may be interacting with your own specific natal energy, it is necessary to know just what part of your psyche is in play. But, even if you are not sure where Leo is in YOUR chart, never mind. You can intuitively assess how the energy of this upcoming Full Moon may enhance your experience as you read about it. All of you who have birthdays around the following dates, put on your reading glasses and perk up your ears. This Full Moon is YOUR Full Moon.

Jan 26-Feb 6                       (Sun sign Aquarius)

April 25-May 7                   (Sun Sign Taurus)

July 28-August 9                ( Sun sign Leo)

Oct 29-Nov 10                    (Sun Sign Scorpio)

And especially is this true for YOU, Leo!

This is the second Full Moon this month—often called a ‘blue moon’– and even more importantly, it is a Lunar eclipse. Eclipses are times of release and renewal at the highest of levels; times when changes can be made. If there is anything in your life that needs to be removed, do it. And while you allow yourself to let go of the old and no longer useful, give yourself permission to open the door to something new.

And yet, there is a murmur here that this something that is ‘new’ may well be something that is not entirely unfamiliar. This Full Moon is holding out its hands to you and asking you to ‘remember the dream’…

What was it that used to incite you to action? What was it that made you feel alive, passionate and ready to go? What used to be meaningful to you? What did you believe in? What did you really want to be when you grew up? Oh, if only we could just go back and remember it all the way we felt it back then, when we were young and full of the vitality of what was possible!  This Full Moon whispers in our ears and says, why not? You can still do it. It can still come true.

For a bit longer the major planetary forces are all moving ahead in concert; that is, there are no major retrograde movements at the moment. This gives us a sense of freedom and fluidity. We can feel an itch to get going deep down in the soles of our feet. Mars, the energy of action and assertion has just moved into Sagittarius. Feel a need to go somewhere and get there fast? That is certainly one possible scenario from this placement. Adventure, and especially adventure that feeds the emotional self, that fulfills a need to explore the unknown, the far away, is highlighted. Mars has long been regarded as a ‘trigger’ energy so all of you Sag’s out there, fasten your seat belts and get ready to ride the wave. The little warrior will be knocking on your door for the next few weeks as he gallops through the 30* of Sagittarius. Gemini, put on your armor just in case you have to fight off any opposition from forces unknown! Pisces and Virgo, don’t be surprised if you feel sudden bursts of energy over the next little while.

This lunation also has Jupiter, the god of opportunity and reward four square and holding. This infuses a great deal of energy into the days around this Full Moon (3 prior & 3 after). The sense here is one of hopefulness of purpose. Jupiter, currently in Scorpio, is fierce about what to reach for. A sense of goal orientation surrounds us as we sit and recall who we once were, who we might have become, who we could still be. With Pluto in compatible aspect to Jupiter, we feel as if we maybe can do all the things that we want to do. Aren’t we all that little engine that could?

So, dream without restraint. Perfect your forgotten ideals. Finish up any projects that may be holding you back from moving forward. And, have a party, why don’t you?

The Sabian Symbols for this Full Moon are:

AN EVENING LAWN PARTY

&

PEOPLE ON STAIRS GRADUATED UPWARDS

 

How fitting! These images suggest community conviviality and forward movement We are encouraged to mingle and mesh, to find common ground, to create a community where we can be comfortable, entertained and safe, while always looking ahead and improving ourselves so that this community can, in turn, be improved.

Leo Buscaglia said:

What you are is God’s gift to you, what you do with yourself is your gift to God. Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life. Change is the end result of all true learning.”

And that about sums it up. We are here to learn, to change, to improve and most important of all, TO LOVE.

 

Thought for the full Moon

Let me be filled with the electric power of creative force

Let me sing my song for all to hear.

New Moon in Capricorn: Its Time to Gather Our Little Gods and GO!

New Moon in Capricorn…Its Time to Gather Our Little Gods and GO!

What a spectacular New Moon is coming our way! Well, we won’t see it, of course, since the Moon is tucked away into the Sun’s brilliance at New Moon but what a line-up of possible energies is ours if we want to use them!

 

Firstly, at the time of this New Moon, January 16, 2018 @ 8:18 pm CST, we have an action-packed line-up in Capricorn with all of the major planets in direct motion. We can really start to shake that most recent aggravating Mercury Retrograde period off! If you felt any degree of frustration over the past little while, you should now begin to feel like there is more oxygen for the breathing and more space for the moving. Enjoy this next couple of months. When we get to March, both Jupiter and then shortly thereafter, Mercury station retrograde in Scorpio & Aries respectively, both of which are ruled by Mars. More on this in March! But for now, its full steam ahead and mind your must-do’s as you get things moving.

If you have been waiting for that perfect moment of initiation and productivity, this could well be it. This upcoming New Moon signals a new start for strategy that can be applied to any project on the boards. The Sun/Moon union is flanked by Pluto and Venus suggesting that we can make some constructive and meaningful changes to the way we approach problems, engage in relationship and pursue our deepest desires. We may be ready to change things in any or all of those areas of life and now, with a sense of energy unleashed, focused and determined, we get the feeling that we may actually be able to do it. Pluto, at 20 * of Capricorn and in balsamic relationship to the Sun, says, ‘get it done, finish it once and for all, do it…’ while Venus @ 29* Capricorn echoes Pluto’s sense of completion but also promises that endings are followed by beginnings, that death is merely the foundation for new life.

All that perishes must be re-born, so says the sage.

Capricorn is the doer energy of the zodiac and this once a year (mostly) Sun/Moon union in Capricorn is definitely the time to start doing. Yes, its still winter but the days are getting longer. Yes, its still cold but when the sun shines, we remember the power of warmth. This year, that New Moon is well supported with Mercury, Venus, Saturn & Pluto, all in Capricorn and Mars & Jupiter conjoined in Scorpio. Scorpio has always worked well with Capricorn so this is a perfect time to pull up our inner power and apply it to all that we want to work on in our lives. Capricorn is Cardinal energy and as such, inclines to movement but it’s a movement with purposefulness. If you are cardinal by nature (Aries, Cancer, Libra & Capricorn), this is your time of peak potential. This New Moon will engage with your own energy body dynamically, giving you the energy to sort yourself out, ground yourself out and generally, get moving proactively. It’s a call to positive action so get acting positively!

The Mars Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio so sweetly aligned to this New Moon provides extra power, extra determination, extra oomph just when we need it. Our cocoons are beginning to thin out. We can almost feel the need to stretch our butterfly wings and fly away into the waiting warm skies. It’s all good.

That unpredictable and exciting Uranus energy is still hanging around in Aries and in square relationship to this lunation. Be ready for anything. Be prepared for the unexpected. Get set to catch the lightning rod and use it effectively. Uranus is only upsetting if we are stuck in a rut with no intention of moving out of it. If we are willing to follow the energy, to think outside the box, to accept that which we have not actually prepared ourselves to accept, then this energy is stimulating, invigorating and refreshing. Positive thoughts, everyone!

The Sabian Symbols for this Lunation are:

A MOUNTAIN PILGRAMAGE

&

A STORM IN A CANYON

 

When we set out on a path, we must be sound in body, mind and soul. We have to ensure that we have the tools to get to our destination. We have to be aware that as we move along this path, we need to take in all that is around us, check for impediments along the way, generally be mindful and attentive. In many cases, more is acquired from the process than from reaching the goal. We have all heard that old cliché that the path is the goal and there is some truth to that saying. However, the goal is also the end of the path and it is alright to set goals, aim for targets, make plans. The key is that we understand that anything can happen to impede those goals and that, when we change plans, we are not failing, merely surviving the pitfalls of the path.

When we set out on ‘mountain pilgrimages we can often be caught by ‘a storm in the canyon’ along the way. These storms, however, can be useful to slow us down, give us time to think things through, correct our compass points or at least check them out to make sure we are still on point. The storms remind us that challenge remains on this ‘mountain pilgrimage’. We grow in wisdom as we learn to ‘read the signs’ that storms may be coming. That wisdom then protects us from undue damage from unexpected ‘storms’. We read the signs and seek shelter. We see it coming and we take measures to protect ourselves. Then, when the storm passes, as they always do, we trek out onto that mountain once again and get going.

Very Capricorn New Moon kind of energy!

Thought for the day:

The doing of good brings peace to both the giver and the receiver

 

I am a tall mountain reaching for the heavens

I am the river that seeks the sea

I am the bird who returns after the winter

I am the I, the YOU and the WE…

Full Moon in Cancer, January 1, 2018

The Cancer Full Moon: The Real Feel?

If you are up at the mundane New year and the sky is clear, you will see a big fat Moon beaming down at you—and seeing everything that you do—believe it! The first Full Moon of 2018 occurs on January 1 @ 8:25 pm CST. According to the lunar laws, that puts the 2018 New Year celebration into the orb of a Full Moon. So…just a wee heads up…everything will be heightened, intensified and generally highlighted since a Full Moon tends to bring all sorts of things out from under the bushes. And since this Full Moon is a Cancer Full Moon, the home station of the Moon in astrological lingo, emotions especially will be ready to rise to the surface and crash upon the shores of your psyche! Be prepared.

It’s a potent energy grid this time around with 5 significant energies situated in Capricorn, a hard-hitting, get down to the basics sort of energy, along with 2 other significant energies situated in Scorpio, never an energy to shy away from the truth of all things. This alignment can lead to an intense need to truly understand what one is feeling and to then to devise solid and workable strategies to address any or all issues that may still be lurking around in the mind and heart. Not a bad idea for this turning of the wheel of the year. Auspicious that this combination of energies is occurring on the first day of the mundane New Year. If you have felt stuck about situations in your life, if you have felt frustrated that you could not shift things more easily, this Full Moon provides exactly the right kind of environment to, at the very least, think about taking action. It has often been said that strategy is the key to successful outcome. Capricorn is the consummate energy of strategy. Cancer is the heart that is needed to make any strategy work effectively. The Cancer Full Moon is a great time to examine the plans that we have been making and locate the heartfelt reasons that can ignite those plans into effective actions.

Mercury is now direct in Sagittarius though still not at the degree of retrograde so small glitches and interruptions of forward flowing energy can occur. In Sag, Mercury moves quickly so the retrograde period can feel like tripping over one’s own feet—or thoughts in this case! Any retrograde period will act according to the energy that it occurs in so its our job to balance that out as much as we can. When that impulse hits, just take a breath or two before plunging off the cliff. It seems easy enough but Sag energy is highly active, often overly impulsive and enthusiastic about it all. With the retrograde in effect, the tendency is to disregard the need to go over things twice—at least! Resist that tendency if at all possible.

Here are the coming years retrograde periods and the signs in which they occur:

March 22-April 15 (Aries)

July 26-August 18 (Leo)

November 16-December 6 (Scorpio & Sag)

Put these dates into your date-keepers with a few weeks before and after also marked so that you remember to pay more attention to details than you normally would.

Saturn is newly entered into Capricorn and with this advent begins a 2ish year period of his transit through that energy. Saturn return time for all of you who have Saturn in Capricorn, a time to put on your ‘big boy’ pants and get busy with organizing your life according to some reasonable rules of engagement. Make a plan, check it once or twice and get ready to work.

This Saturn, newly entered into Capricorn lends a gravity to this Full Moon. Life is a serious business, says he, and you have to start taking it seriously. With Mars conjoined to Jupiter in Scorpio and squaring the nodal axis, the call to action is to pursue the reward with passion. But first, figure out what that reward is. Consider what you love. It is that thing, the thing that you most revere, that defines who you are and how you act. Act well. Act decisively. But be truthful about it all. Scorpio energy, at the highest level, demands honesty, authenticity, so sit a bit with your deepest feelings during this Full Moon and allow them to demonstrate to you the fullness of your SELF.

Cancer energy, the energy of this Full Moon, nicely held by the boundaries of Capricorn is the ultimate expression of the heart. Cancers feels it and Capricorn manages the feeling of it. Together these energies can form a powerful force within our psyches, a force that can heal, that can soothe, that can shelter, that can shoulder the burdens of the grieving soul. Used properly it is the energy of the householder who serves through the action of responsible nurturing. Lovely.

So, be ready to feel the whole spectrum of emotional response but also be ready to examine those feelings and decide if they are really ones that come from deep within you. Remember, we are merely monkeys and as such, are really adept mimics.

The Sabian Symbols for this Full Moon are:

A CHINESE WOMAN NURSING A BABY WITH A MESSAGE

&

A STUDENT OF NATURE LECTURING

 

Here we have the suggestion of the coming together of diverse elements to create a unique whole. We are encouraged to find common ground, not through sameness but rather through different-ness. Let us be nurtured by that which is alien to us so that it can become the thing that is in union with us. This is a hard concept to embrace in this time of polarization. The ego self seeks, yes, craves, the security of the known and yet it is the known that is the very thing that is preventing the collective from growing into something other than dispute, disagreement, discord and divisiveness. The promise is that if we can embrace the opposite, it will complete the circle of energy once and for all.

The answer, naturally, lies in the natural world around us. It is the very diversity of this organism—Gaia herself, that holds the ‘right’ solution to our ongoing struggle to find common ground. We do not have to be all the same. In fact, we have to be all different. So, while Capricorn makes the rules and regulations—and they are absolutely necessary!—Cancer says, ‘let’s apply them with love, with compassion, with fellow feeling, WITH HEART.

 

Thought for this Month:

I hold the boundaries of my heart in my loving arms

NEW MOON IN SAGITTARIUS, DEC 18, 2017 @ 12:21 AM

This last New Moon of the current year precedes the upcoming Winter Solstice by a few days so we have the opportunity to spend some real-time musing on the year past and laying down some real-time intentions for the year about to unfold.

Sag is such a hopeful energy, always reaching for the best possible goal under even dire circumstances. Its an energy we all need during these chaotic times when, it seems, that everyone is at war with everyone. At its highest possible manifestation, it is about the inclusiveness of diversity rather than the divisiveness of it. It is about seeing the divine in the foreignness (to us) of the other and allowing our own divinity to shine out through our eyes of acceptance and forgiveness. It is definitely something to aspire towards as we begin another spiral of the cycle of time with the Winter Solstice.

This New Moon is all about the power and certainty of right intention and right action. Mars, newly entered into Scorpio is zealous about seeking the most effective way to externalize the values on which we base our lives. Jupiter, also in Scorpio and squaring the nodal axis calls us to examine what we used to be and who we are becoming. An individual is the sum total of the values that rule his/her life. Every choice that we make flow from the values that define us. What are those values in our individual life? What do we love? What do we want? What do we fear losing? Think about it. It is who you are.

Saturn is poised to march with determination into his home sign of Capricorn and he bolsters this fiery New Moon @ 30* of Sag. This is, in astrological terms, a ‘critical degree’, meaning that it holds the significance of fullness. The search for truth, the bottom line, the reality of what is truly meaningful has now been well explored for the past 2-ish years. The group born between roughly November 1985- roughly November 1988 have more or less completed their first Saturn return, a definitive coming of age for them. Now it’s the turn of those born in the following 2-ish year period to begin that journey into the first great late ‘reality check’ of their young lives. Good luck, millennials! Life begins to look very different from the other side of this significant threshold in one’s self-actualization process. Its time now to actually implement some of the ideals that, hopefully, you have discovered in the last 30-ish experiential years.

This powerful Saturn, conjoined to this New Moon in Sag encourages us all to stand in our truth and make things new again. Sag is a young energy full of zest and appetite. How can we integrate this sense of ‘newness’ into our own lives? What can we be excited about, hopeful about? Anticipation is such an energizing element, isn’t it? Hopefully we can all anticipate something positive, something to look forward to rather than something to dread!

The Sabian Symbols for this New Moon are:

A SCULPTOR

&

A GYPSY COMING OUT OF THE FOREST

It’s time for a change, a change of form, a change of place, a change of who you are. The first symbol suggests that bringing something into form takes a long time and can be an arduous, laborious process. Its about finesse, skill, attention to detail and a clear idea of what the end result is, at least in your own mind. It hearkens back to that idea of personal values forming the individual that emerges after many, many choices made. Think about what makes you choose whatever it is that you choose from the least significant to the most significant. Then you will come to understand who you really are and why you really are. So, as you are shaped by the life you are living, take the time to shape that life as you live it.

In the second symbol we are reminded that perspective is altered by the environment that surround the person who is examining any given situation. When one is ‘in the forest’ things look a lot different that when one emerges from that forest. What about your life is the thing that you need to emerge from so that the ‘sculpting’ can take place? Sometimes we just simply need a change of scene in order to continue growing into the individuals that we desire ourselves to be. Of course, as we emerge from that forest of habitual routines, let us not forsake the valuable things that we have acquired along the way. Rather, lets find new ways of using the skills and assets that we have in our backpack!

I love New Moons! It is a wonderful reminder that no matter what the situation might be, there is always another opportunity to give it all another go. Let’s all of us sit down for a few moments in the next few days and resolve to fill the upcoming year full of love hope aspiration and fellow feeling. Go find someone with whom you totally disagree and give them a brotherly or sisterly kiss on both their cheeks as a sign of new things to come! Yes, that sounds good to me!

Full Moon in Gemini, December 3, 2017 @ 9:48 am CST

 

Here we go!

After the dark, deep waters of the Sun’s transit through Scorpio during the past month we have arrived in the fast-paced land of the centaur—Sagittarius. Fittingly, the first Full Moon finds itself in Gemini, an energy that stands squarely opposed to anything even remotely Scorpionic. This is all about the LIGHT.

Gemini is light in every sense of that word, emotionally, physically & mentally. Remember that Gemini’s time is just before the Summer Solstice when the natural world is alive with anticipation and growth. Emotionally, Gemini is loathe to dwell on the  negative but rather avidly seeks out those ‘god vibrations’. Mentally, this is about sampling and sipping rather than digesting and regurgitating. In its own way, Gemini gives us some fairy magic instead of the magic of the dark.

However, and this is the neatest part of looking at reality through the astrological lens, all may not be quite as it appears to be. For this Full Moon, Neptune, the planet of the mist extrordinaire, sits in exact square to the Sun/Moon at 12 * mutable, (Gemini/Sag squared by Pisces).

The suggestion with this thorny little interaction of energy is that some of those dark and secretive issues that you may have uncovered or tried to deal with, will sink back into the far reaches of your psyche either by intent or reflex reaction. Maybe it is just too much to swallow all at once and you decide that you have to give it a rest. Or, you may just simply decide to walk away from truth-telling. Neptunian energy can easily facilitate deception if not used with utmost consciousness. It is, after all, the energy of the consummate dreamer, the one who can re-imagine anything, anywhere and any which way.

On the other hand, if you rise to the challenge, you could easily discover how to integrate some of the less appealing things that you uncovered over the last few months into a better and more functional version of yourself. That’s the other side of Neptune, especially when he resides in Pisces, an aspiration to spirituality, to blessedness, to all that comes from the sweet part of the self.

Let’s go with that, shall we?

There are a few other things to keep in mind as this Full Moon lights up our night sky. Firstly, we move into a Mercury retrograde period at this moment in time! The little trickster was just about to step solidly into Capricorn but changed his mind (thanks, Gemini Full Moon) and will now move back into Sag until just after Winter Solstice. These periods can be frustrating if you are not prepared to cross your T’s and dot your I’s at every turn. Just be extra careful to PAY ATTENTION TO THE DETAILS and before you know it, clarity will arrive…I hope.

Saturn is almost exactly conjunct Mercury at his station adding to the feeling of frustration and stuck-ness. Use the energy to recheck whatever you have been planning or working on. ‘Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat…’ so says the great general. Formulate strategy, plan it out and then implement.

Mars is just about to enter Scorpio in about a week. Once he enters his home sign (Mars is in his home domicile in both Aries and Scorpio), the energy of action and initiation will be let loose. This is an energy that is hungry for effective implementation of intention so get ready to move with it. Of course, any ingress or transit is modified by the psyche which perceives it so we will all act uniquely during this time period. Nevertheless, the next few months is a good time to get moving, get doing. I’m going to try it out!

The Sabian Symbols for this Full Moon are :

A TOPSY SAUCILY ASSERTING HERSELF

&

A FLAG THAT TURNS INTO AN EAGLE THAT CROWS

A topsy was an old-fashioned term for an indentured servant, usually black. If you feel enslaved to things that do not have the right to enslave you, if you feel hard done by, if you feel a need to be free, its up to you to step into emancipation. We are the masters of our life and it is the choices that we make that will either lead us into self-determination or further into entrapment. Face yourself. Find yourself. Free yourself. Then you will easily move into the opposing image, mythic, magical and energizing. On its own, a flag flying free in the wind is a beautiful sight but magically transformed into an eagle, a symbol of wisdom and insight, it becomes something mighty. It is victory over all that is attempting to defeat us. It is the pinnacle of an impossible mountain climb. It is hope and faith for better things to come. I can live with that.

New Moon in Scorpio

A New Moon of Magical Impulse

 

This next New Moon on November 18, 2017 @ 5:42 am CST occurs very near to the point when the Sun’s transit of Scorpio is almost done for another year. Days after this New Moon and almost still within its orb, the Sun shifts into Sagittarius to lead us into renewal, search and aspiration. So the seeds sewn at this lunation will be nurtured into fullness under the rays of a fiery Sag Sun. Watch! The magical power of this New Moon will rapidly morph into a strong sprout within our souls—if we give it permission to do so.

So, let’s really give some thought to things that we could easily address under the laser light of this Scorpio New Moon. Let’s explore just a few.

Who are we as a group of souls traveling together on this plane of existence?

What do we believe in?

What are we willing to do to accomplish all that we imagine?

Are we true?

Are we real?

Do we walk in peace?

Do we seek to find a place of unity of purpose?

Lots of questions. Too few answers that make any sense. However, this New Moon says the following, for a start.

Seek your own inner wisdom, your own inner truth and then follow the bread crumbs to the conclusion. Explore fresh ways of communicating. Clearly, the old ways do not appear to be working. What is the new language? What are the ‘good words’ that will work? Mercury in fearless Sagittarius encourages us to explore every avenue until we find the one that takes us out of this maze of chaos.

The Venus/Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio encourages us to be fierce in our adherence to right principle. The only compromise is the compromise of forgiveness, of love. Let us all truly listen with perception (Venus in Scorpio) as our opposers speak. Let us work diligently to find the point of agreement rather than the point of dissent. It does mean that all of us must be willing to concede so that the centre does, in fact, hold. In every instance, the centre dissolves because there is not sufficient presence of energy to create cohesion.

Think about it. In your own life, do you struggle to find a place of agreement? Why?

Think about it.

With this lunation squaring the transiting nodal axis, we all have the opportunity to examine and make adjustment. Really delve into your past impulses and actions and consider how you might have done things differently. And please, not with an emotion of recrimination, but rather with the aspiration to growing your ability to walk lightly through your life.

Gentle persuasion.

Sweet surrender.

Strength through acceptance and forgiveness.

These are the magical impulses that will begin to heal this world.

With transiting Mars in Libra squaring transiting Pluto in Capricorn, we are encouraged to be strong yet soft, like elastic rather than steel. It is the sweet nectar that draws the bee, not the sour fruit.

The very real magic that is contained in Scorpio is the magic of transmutation. Phoenix, one of Scorpio’s symbols promises that re-birth is not only possible but necessary. Scorpio says, Open your hands and don’t hang on to what is passing. Only then will something new arrive to fill you up.

So, let yourself be filled with the magic of renewal. Believe with ferocity that you can do something ‘good’, that something useful will emerge from any efforts put forward. Seek forgiveness. Love without reservation. Do it.

The Sabian Symbols for this New Moon are:

A MILITARY BAND ON THE MARCH

&

A SQUAW SELLING BEADS

There is something rather awesome in a band. How do all of these diverse elements manage to get together and stay together and produce a harmonic sound? On top of that, a military band is particularly unified both literally and ideologically. It is purposefulness and adherence to a higher cause that can provide the fuel that one needs to stick to something. If we can find that point of belief, of faith in something greater than just what we are on a mundane level, we can muster the strength, even the power to ‘do the right thing’. And this life is a battle. That’s not a bad thing to acknowledge. Let’s just make sure to clearly understand what that battle truly is.

The second symbol clearly indicates that we don’t have to over-intellectualize ANYTHING. Truth is found in simplicity of action, not complexity of it. Real joy is had when we engage in the simplest of activities. The Zen master said: “Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.” Let’s simplify even that. “Chop wood, carry water. Period.

It is in the smallest things that we can find the greatest joy, especially if we are doing it together.

 

Scorpio mantra for this New Moon:

I am the magic that is born in the shadow

I am the secret that never gets told

I am the mystery that lives in the moonlight

I am the power, the glory and the light…

Full Moon in Taurus

Full Moon in Taurus, November 4, 2017 @ 12:24 am CDT

 

Welcome to the SEASON OF THE WITCH. Its Scorpio time again when the night is filled with magical force and the light of the Moon seems even more mysterious that ever.

The Sun travels through the shadowy waters of Scorpio once every year from about October 23 to November 22. It varies slightly from year to year due to astronomical reasons. We usually have 2 significant Moon events during this time period, the New Moon & the Full Moon. The New Moon will always be in Scorpio since that is the day when the Sun & the Moon meet and greet with a kiss and a hug. At the Full Moon we will always find her in the sign of Taurus since that is the day when the Sun & the Moon face each other across the expanse of the heavens. This year we kick off the Scorpio dance with a big old fat full Moon in the lovely, organic, grounded and lusty sign of Taurus. Yippee!

Just as Scorpio tempts us to dive into the mystery, Taurus invites us to embody it. Together these energies meld that which is just beyond the line of sight with all that fills it. Embodiment is a superlative word for the sensations that Taurus represents. We want to draw the energy of magic deep into ourselves and then externalize it in terms that are tangible, recognizable, workable and ultimately REAL.  Taurus is the definition of our reality construct, how we see, feel, touch, smell and taste the world around us.

So, what kind of a ritual can we construct for ourselves at this potent Full Moon in Taurus?

Think earthy things. A meal with sensational tastes, enchanting aromas, enticing visual creations would fit the bill. Fruit of the vine and soft alluring music would be an obvious accessory. The ritual could involve reverence for the abundance that the earth provides along with a sharing of the wealth of the harvest. Interestingly, the Canadian thanksgiving and the American thanksgiving act as book-ends to the time period when the Moon finds her fullness in Taurus and dances provocatively at the feet of the Sun in Scorpio.

This particular Full Moon asks us to examine who we are at the deepest level and how that affects the persona that we present to the world. It tells us to expand our sense of presence within the community of our choice with an open heart and a graceful stance. We can be warriors but our swords should be turned into sickles for harvest rather than vessels of destruction. We should clarify to ourselves exactly what we believe in and then stand in our truth, firmly but always with a smile, not a frown.

At times it is challenging to maintain a loving heart. Anyone who is even half-awake at this point in our social evolution knows that. The world is at war. People are gathering together in more and more polarized camps. For those of us who can attempt to remain detached and ultimately objective, it is vital that we do so. Is it possible to be united yet distinct from each other? Can we all agree to disagree and yet pursue brotherhood? I don’t know if we can but I know that if we don’t, the result will be disastrous. The hand of fellowship is made stronger when it grips the hand of an enemy.

As this Full Moon rises in the sky, ask yourself what you can do to heal the wound. What can you do to change the status quo? What can you do to bring comfort to those around you? What practical ‘little thing’ can you contribute that will build up and strengthen that which is being broken? We all have a role to play whether great or small. Our job is to play it.

The Sabian Symbols for this Moon are:

WINDOW SHOPPERS

&

AN EMBASSY BALL

Here we have the concepts of consideration & deliberation, taking the time to review and sample before plunging headlong into any particular choice. There is a sense that it is good to take the time to peruse the landscape of all that is available rather than just sticking with the usual. An embassy is a place where diplomacy is the word! Treaties are made by people willing to compromise. Wars are fought by those who will not compromise. To make good treaties we must fully survey all that is on the table, window shop the various possibilities until we find the ones that makes the most sense to the most people and then find the most workable way to embody these possibilities so that everyone involved finds some degree of benefit.

Let’s all window shop, drape ourselves in possibility and then go to that Embassy Ball and make magic!

Thought for this Full Moon:

THERE IS A PLACE

WHERE THE LIGHT

ENTERS

INTO THE DARK

AND MAGIC IS BORN

New Moon In Virgo

New Moon in Virgo: September 20, 2017

 

September 20, 2017 @ 12:30 am we have a New Moon in Virgo near the very end of this zodiacal energy. Yes, we are about to move through the Autumnal Equinox and into the energy of Libra. The 28* Virgo New Moon has come along to remind us of our need to get things in order, to be precise, to review our reality and determine what we actually need so that we can simplify, streamline and focus.

Chiron, known as ‘the wounded healer’, sits almost exactly opposite the Sun/Moon bringing to the forefront any insecurities that may be lurking within us so that we can at least begin to create strategies to address them.

Saturn in Sag squares both the Sun/Moon in Virgo & Chiron in Pisces (called a T-Square in Astrology speak), giving us plenty of opportunity to step up and be counted. Saturn in Sag is a mobile energy and can facilitate rather more timely decision making. This fiery Saturn urges us to face down challenges in a courageous manner and believe in ourselves—(that’s the ruler, Jupiter, whispering encouragement from the background).

Mercury in Virgo, now direct, is conjunct Mars and trine both Pluto in Capricorn & Pallas in Taurus, so if you suddenly are flooded with all sorts of ideas about cleaning up and getting real, don’t be surprised. Allow the inspirational energy to fuel you and throw out your junk, re-decorate your bedroom or finish whatever project is gathering dust in your cupboard.

The energy with this lunation is focused on all things practical and useful so expect a busy time ahead even though dreamy Neptune is facing down the Mercury/Mars duo. I know you have all heard that Neptune brings fog and confusion but it can also bring an element of spiritual insight which, if followed with consciousness, leads to illumination. Example: You are cleaning your closet (a very Virgoish activity) and come across old keepsakes and suddenly have an epiphany! “I don’t need this any longer!” (That, my friends, is the kind of insight that a well-functioning Neptune can bring—a sudden parting of the clouds of deception and there is a flash of truth standing in front of you. It does take effort to stay focused on what life is really all about—not the collection of things but rather the creation of experience—but if you are a seeker of spirit, it’s the kind of effort that you WANT to put into the process, right?

So, enjoy this blast of Virgo and let it flow through you and inspire you to action!

 

The Sabian Symbols for this New Moon are:

A BALD HEADED MAN

&

A FERTILE GARDEN UNDER THE MOON

 

Baldness can suggest a number of things; an overly active intellect, a strong presence of female energy, a need to ground, symbolic purity of thought, to name a few. The mind is necessary in order to formulate sensible plans of action. All of us, whether female or male must seek to balance the so-called ‘yin’ and ‘yang’ energies within us. All of us must not get lost in our imaginings but rather find ways to make those dreams that we conjure up real. And it is vital that we check and re-check everything that we think so that our thoughts are filled with light and love because thoughts actually are the element that creates the manifest reality. If you think bad things then bad things is what you will ultimately get so keep those Neptunian meanderings as positive as you can. (I know it’s hard, especially in these crazy times, but that doesn’t mean we should not rise to the challenge and try to do it.)

The second symbol is just plain gorgeous. Its suggest a promise of manifestation after hard work done. The garden is a result of order and planning. The night is a time of respite and restoration. The image is full of mystery and magic. How do those seeds grow from their shriveled up dry selves into those luscious plants that bear fruit for us? I don’t know but I’m glad it happens.

Together these symbols demonstrate that if we put in the effort, work hard, integrate and balance, we can then reap the rewards that we have earned.

 

I love it!! Do you?

 

Full Moon in Pisces

 

 

Full Moon in Pisces, September 6, 2017 @ 2:04 AM

 

Well, how did you all do with that wallop of creative juice that hit you with a one/two punch in the last few months?

The Leo New Moon which we enjoyed in July and again in August surrounded us with the energy of creative expression. Lovely. But, as with all things in life, nothing is nothing unless you actually make it into something. Now with this dreamy Full Moon in Pisces, we have the opportunity to let those creative ideas simmer and sizzle and gradually take form!

There are a couple of things to ponder with this concentration of energy. Firstly, think about the energy being highlighted. Leo is all about opening the heart and singing your own particular song at the top of your lungs. So, take a look at your life and determine how you can best express yourself. This is not exclusively about artistic expression. It could be anything that has to do with a singular and exquisite expression of self.

Secondly, a New Moon in any given sign is usually followed by a Full Moon in the partner sign so, technically, this upcoming Full Moon should be in Leo’s Partner sign, Aquarius. But it isn’t. We skip Aquarius altogether and jump right into Pisces energy. Think about that and see what floats to the surface of your mind.

Pisces, at the highest level is the energy of bliss. This could be bliss in any area of life. This summer, however, that blissfulness has turned its eye towards the fullest expression of the creative self.  New Moons lay out the potential and Full Moons reveal the manifestation of that potential. If it occurs.

The best-case scenario for this combination of energies is that we allow whatever creative force is flowing within us to blossom and reveal itself. You could be trying to have a child. You might be in the midst of starting some new enterprise. You may suddenly conceive of some new diet or exercise plan. Or, you may be an artist and have a burst of inspiration in connection to your artwork. This is creativity in all of its various forms. And with Pisces as the lens for this creative force, there is a potential to take that energy into its highest and most spiritual level of manifestation. Pisces is the all-encompassing OHM.

Of course, Pisces energy is not only about bliss and so-called enlightenment. If the energy is manifested unconsciously, it can produce confusion, a muddled psyche and an inability to see the truth of any given situation. Creative impulse can just dissolve into a dreamy and unfocused reverie. We could waste hours of valuable action time as we contemplate what we might do or attempt to figure out what we should do.

The gold in Pisces MUST be founded on the hard work of Virgo, a practicality and definition of purposefulness that is necessary if we want to follow the inspiration all the way to its complete revelation. This is even more necessary to be mindful of since this Full Moon is aligned to Neptune; the archetype for spirituality, yes, but also for confusion. Neptune is the ruler planet of that ethereal Pisces energy. That’s what I call a ‘double, double’. Two for the price of one! We will have to be extra mindful to keep our noses to the grindstone this coming month.

So, that is the caution. Enjoy the blissfulness. Embrace the dream but don’t get lost in the translation of that impulse into real terms. Ideas are nothing if they do not assume a concrete form.

Mercury stations direct at the exact degree of the last New Moon, 29 Leo, with Mars slightly ahead @ 1*Virgo, having finally left Leo. Change of focus is in the air. Seize this opportunity to tie up loose ends of anything that has been simmering in your mind and get ready to begin a whole new phase of activity. It’s the end of the summer, folks, and there is work to be done.

This Mercury/Mars union is involved in a grand fire trine with Saturn, 22* Sag & Uranus/Eris, 29* Aries/24* Aries. When Mercury & Uranus connect in this way, there is a potential for inspirational ideas. With Saturn in the mix, there is a capacity for implementation. Throw in Eris and the unpredictability quotient increases exponentially. Saddle all of this onto the back of that old workhorse, Mars in Virgo, and you have all the ingredients for tangible results! Jupiter is also involved, now direct in Libra, speeding on to crash into Scorpio and in contact by opposition with Uranus/Eris and in sextile to Mercury/Mars & Saturn. Anything that is undertaken is sure to be magnified and augmented.

Pluto supports that Moon/Neptune by sextile with the promise that if we can maintain our focus, we will find the gold. This Pluto/Neptune sextile is a generational marker for our times, folks and the real potential of this energy is that spiritual search will be rewarded, that we can and should transform our connection to the entirety of life as it exists on this plane, that this is one of our prime directives at this ‘turning of the ages’.

So, make some plans, set some intentions and make sure your tools are in good working order. The way to maximize potential is to get ready to do it. Grasshoppers might have fun in the sun but it’s the diligent ants that get things done. Of course, if you do find yourself getting lost in reverie, be kind to the old ego. Taking a break can be useful when there is so much work to be done.

So, pay attention to whatever it is in your life that you may have been avoiding or denying. Don’t get lost in excuses but rather, when you feel the impulse to deny the truth of any given situation because you’d rather stay in the illusion of it, force yourself to at least admit the reality to yourself. The first step in any healing or corrective process is admission that healing or correction must take place. Don’t be an ostrich! If your head is stuck in the sand, your eyes can’t see what is right in front of your nose.

And, honestly, you students of astrology have read all the horror stories about Pisces and Neptune and lack of focus and confusion and avoidance but the real story is all about SPIRIT, the spirit of goodness, the spirit of forgiveness, the spirit of love. It’s a sweet energy, the long-released sigh after a job well done so keep focusing on that and not the negative.

 

The Sabian Symbols for this Full Moon are:

 

A LADY IN FOX FUR ( 14* Pisces)

&

A FAMILY TREE (14* Virgo)

These images are truly Piscean in nature highlighting both the external image and the internal foundation for that image. We all create an illusion of self, the ‘lady in fox fur’, which may not be representative of the whole picture of who we truly are. We put on a show. This is not necessarily a bad thing, just a thing that we, deep within ourselves, must be aware of. There is a reality that exists behind the manufactured image that is projected. It is this reality that will fortify us if the image begins to crumble or tarnish. And as you focus on creating that external image of self, that ‘lady in fox fur’, bewitching, provocative, enchanting, do not forget who you really are, where you come from, the legacy that you are carrying forward on behalf of those who came before and for the benefit of those who are yet to follow. Magical (Pisces) creativity (Leo) is the stuff that makes life exciting and practical mindfulness (Virgo) is what gets us to the finish line.

 

A Pisces Rumination

Rumi says:

“You are not a drop in the ocean: you are the ocean in a drop…”

 

 

End Note:

Take some time to just sit with this upcoming Full Moon on Wednesday. I have noticed over the years of my own ‘moon-watching’ that this Full Moon (the Pisces Full Moon) is potentially one of the dreamiest and most magical Moons of the entire lunar year.