New Moon in Taurus

by christina rai

 

April 26, 2017 CDT

The Taurus/Scorpio axis in the zodiacal wheel is considered to be one of the power pulses of the energy spectrum.  Here is where birth and death are linked to produce transformation of the deepest kind.  This birth/death can be literal or figurative. It is all about becoming and releasing. The becoming is the seed part of the initiation cycle into consciousness and the release part is where we allow old forms to dissolve so that the new consciousness can be fully embraced as it forms.

Taurus is one of the deepest and most sensual energies of the wheel.  It holds form as no other can.  In traditional astrology, this is the energy that was considered to exalt the Moon—the lunar force.  Though most modern astrologers shy away from so-called ‘rulerships’, referred to as The Dignities, it is useful to make note of the various signs (energies) that were linked by rulership to the various planets. It can give us a hint as to how a particular personality impulse, as symbolized by the planets, can operate when in that particular energy. The exaltations (one of the aforementioned ‘dignities’), were energies where the particular planet in question was considered to be able to operate within the psyche at optimum capacity. It was kind of like a King or a Queen residing prominently within the sphere of the personality dynamic. So, persons born with the Moon in Taurus have the capacity to be fully ‘in the body’, grounded, practical on an emotional level, not given to histrionics and able to navigate life’s sometime treacherous journey with skill and reliability. There can be reactive tendencies as well but we’ll discuss them in another post.

When we have a collective NEW MOON in the sign of Taurus, we know it is the spring coming alive. The earth is waking up and green things are poking out of the slumbering ground. How fitting that this explosion of growth happens at this time of the year, when the Sun transits the entire 30 degrees of the sign of Taurus, that organic and glorious energy, and meets briefly, (about 2 ½ days or so) with the flighty Moon. (If you have been following the Lunar cycle, you have probably realized that the Moon will pass through all 12 signs of the Zodiac in a one month period and that at some point in any given month, she will join with the Sun to form a NEW MOON. It’s a lovely dance that we can follow both figuratively and literally since the two lights—the Sun and the Moon—are clearly visible in the sky.

This time period also marks the birth of the Buddha but I’ll talk more about that at the Full Moon. Suffice it to say, that this time period—late April to late May is an auspicious one. The earth is waking up, the Buddha has been born and is transformed, and really, all should be right with the world. We have been re-invigorated to begin again.

The call to action for this New Moon is Reflect and Re-do! We have had a rocky few months of frantic and chaotic energy. Our values have been upended. We have faced each other down. Lines have been drawn and crossed. How did it all play out for you? Well, here’s an opportunity to settle in, meditate on all that has been going on and re-envision your own process. Plant those little seeds and nurture them so that they grow into big beautiful flowers.

Mercury is retrograde, slowing down and ready to turn direct any day now, and within range of this New Moon, suggesting that we can meditate on just how we can more fully concretize the dreams, hopes and intentions that we have had since Winter Solstice. The mental energies are highly focused, ready to make fantastic leaps into unknown realms if need be (Uranus, the energy of invention & inspiration close to Mercury in Aries). Think about your strategies. How have they been working for you? Can you shake off those cobwebs of ‘the same, the same, the same” and try something different, even shocking? Shocking, at least, to you if you have been feeling like you are stuck in a rut. That is the key here. You are being asked to step outside the box and experiment. With Saturn trining this unpredictable but invigorating energy of experimentation, there is more than enough resourcefulness to actually get things in gear. And if you are feeling a bit shaky, somewhat vulnerable, that is coherent with this kind of fiery fuel. Saturn is also squaring Venus, demanding that your values be squeaky clean and true to the real you. If it ain’t working, then it must be broke. Now is the time to consider all the risks of making necessary changes so that how you live reflects the ‘who’ that you really are. This newly direct Venus energy is almost back in Aries, ready to take off on a whole new adventure of re-invention of the core self as expressed through fundamental life values. Make a promise to yourself that you will change at least one old and outworn part of yourself over the next little while. Which goddess would you like to be? An independent fiery huntress? A deep and resourceful partner? A fierce but loving nurturer? You choose and then do it. Little steps can take you a long way.

Mars has newly entered Gemini which lends freshness and youthfulness to the energy body. You are the little engine that could and with a fast moving Geminian Mars fueling all efforts to reconstruct and re-align, you have the sense that maybe, just maybe, you can get that train up that hill and start to really roll. Remember, life is process and it Is not the destination that you are seeking. Rather, it is the embodiment of the process that is key. Be the thing that you most desire to create in the world around you and before you know it, you will begin to see that thing all around you.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is 7* Taurus: A WOMAN OF SAMARIA

To understand this symbol, recall the story of how Christ first revealed himself to a Samarian woman at the start of his short ministry. The Samarians were not God’s chosen people so it is highly significant that Jesus, the long-awaited Messiah of the so-called ‘chosen people’, took his message of peace and love to a gentile, and a female one at that. This shows the highest degree of universality possible. To live our lives fully, we must recognize everyone as our family. We must embrace one another without exception. As we move through the world, we must avoid hidden agendas and live without an expectation that what we do will elicit some kind of reward. That’s not an easy way to live, by the way, but, even so, if we can do it, we should try to do it. Let’s all approach each other as little children do when they meet and greet. The expectation is that there is something good and exciting possible in every meeting. Like the Woman of Samaria, let’s all maintain an open mind when in conversation with ‘the other’. You never know, you just might meet the Christ and hear his message.

Full Moon in Libra

by christina rai

 

April 11, 2017 @1:09 am CDT

The first Full Moon after the Spring Equinox opens us to the cardinal energies (Aries/Cancer/Libra/Capricorn) in full force. Cardinal energy is action married to impulse. Emotionally driven decisions can be a theme with this Full Moon as Pluto, the god of the underworld sends missiles into the mix.

Look at the world scene and watch these energies ricochet around us. You might hear about lines being drawn and crossed. You might see encounters that leave no room for negotiation. It might appear that everyone involved is gathering up their ‘little gods’ (the values and principles that impel them to make the decisions that they make) and begin to entrench themselves in their bunkers.

And yet, there is more to this energy than just confrontation. We cannot do much to affect what is going on in the global village but we can review this energy with a view to our own lives.

With the Full Moon high in the heavens according to the event chart, you may find yourself drawn to thoughts of relationship and how it impacts on YOU at a core level. With Pluto in Capricorn lurking in the shadows, you may find yourself driven to take action to establish your own criteria in any given interaction. You may discover your own ‘red line’ when it comes to making compromises or engaging in relational enterprises. If you have neglected your own needs in consideration of the needs of the ‘other’, you may suddenly find yourself bucking the next big ‘ask’ or demand from your partner. With the Sun firmly ensconced in the 4th house of the private self, it just might be time to access your core power and sovereignty (Saturn in Sag trining the Sun & sextiling the Moon) and ‘do your own thing’ no matter what your ‘other’ says.

However, this energetic dynamic could be the boost that you have been looking for, allowing you to uncover hidden obstacles and ongoing impediments and irritations with composure (Saturn power flowing freely into the solar force).

To get the most out of this potentially explosive energy, KNOW YOUR OWN MIND. Plan your moves. Edit and refine your speeches so that you don’t come up short by some unexpected response from your listener. Libra energy is all about creating dialogue, finding the middle way but this Full Moon emphasizes that it must be a true middle way. Both parties have to give a little in order to get to that point of delicate balance and that agreement has to be ongoing for both parties.

Venus, the goddess of both love and war traditionally, has backed into the sweet and dreamy energy of Pisces in this, her current retrograde period. In terms of external events, this could trigger a remembrance of things past, even to the point of some old ideal lover reappearing in your life, either in dream-time or, even more extraordinarily, in real-time. I have often heard of friends finding long lost friends under the rays of this kind of energetic movement. At the very least, you may find yourself dreaming of people and things long gone and wishing that they would reappear in your life.

In terms of inner work, any retrograde period is a good time to review the play list of your life. Venus is representative, at the highest level, of the values (those ‘little gods’ I often talk about) that drive you to be who you are and, more importantly, who you are becoming.  Pisces focuses the mind on higher values, the divine intention, the importance of principle and goodness. Venus in Pisces is ultimate compassion and forgiveness. I have found, anecdotally through my client practice, that those who have this placement in their natal chart have an enormous capacity to exercise unconditional love and forgiveness. It is a rather grand blessing bestowed upon the native by the soul force, a karmic reward of the most wonderful kind. But, all of us, even those of us who do not have that ability come easily to us, can access this energy and find ways to weave it into our psyches by hook or crook. If you want it, you can get it! The key is mindfulness, cultivation of ‘right intention’ and an emphasis on ‘right thought’.  By ritualizing this process in your daily life, always monitoring your response mechanisms (often the area that creates the most negative energies in an unconscious way), ensuring that you think before you respond or take action, you can gradually refine yourself to be something like the Goddess of Grace—Venus in Pisces, the most beautiful, the sweetest, the best.

The Sabian symbols for this Full Moon are:

THE GATE TO THE GARDEN OF DESIRE (22 Aries)

A CHILD GIVING BIRDS A DRINK AT A FOUNTAIN (22 Libra)

Both of these images conjure up the retrograde Venus in Pisces, giving us a clue as to HOW we can manage and even diffuse some of this explosive confrontational cardinal energy that is contained in this Full Moon.

We must be fully aware of just what is held in each our own individual desire bodies. Desire is a most wondrous force and yet, improperly used, can cause all sorts of indescribable chaos. In the area of human relationships, desire is the thing that can make or break any covenant made. Review your covenants. Keep your promises and if you cannot, then get it out in the open so that you do not destroy your ‘other’ with impulse driven actions.

The highly principled and unconditional love that is contained in Pisces is aptly expressed in the simple and innocent picture of a child feeding birds at a fountain, water being a fitting symbol for life itself. If we treat each other with the openness and acceptance of children, we will avoid battles, strife and other toxic actions that take away our humanity and aspiration to something than emanates from the divine.

Any combination of energies can be translated either negatively or positively according to the level of the interpreter’s consciousness. You are the interpreter of your own core energy and the energy that is constantly in movement around and within you. This is the MOST important job that you have while on this planet of craziness and conundrum: to translate into spirit based language everything that comes across your desk, even the hard stuff.

How?

The Sabian Symbol for the ascendant energy of this Full Moon chart hints at a clue.

AN EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE

Ritualize your life to do good to all. Weave into your daily routines a mindfulness of the web of life, the inter-connection of all living things. Each one according to her values must seek the good, find the grace, discover what is the best expression for oneself in the context of each and every situation that one finds herself in.

It starts with the little things and eventually spreads out to encompass the whole of it. We can do it if we want to. Let’s all try.

THOUGHT FOR THIS FULL MOON: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.

Amen, sista!

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!

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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Lunar Eclipse in Leo

by christina rai

 

The February 10, 2017 Full Moon

Ah….Leo!

This is the Full Moon that we all love! The exuberance and joy of Leo balances out the detachment and objectivity of Aquarius, the energy that the Sun is currently transiting.

In the Northern Hemisphere, this is the very ‘heart’ of winter & our thoughts inevitably wind their way into the possibility of SPRING just around the corner. Even though the snow may blanket the earth, we remember…

This Full Moon adds to the energy and richness of our dreams. Incidentally, ancient peoples commemorated this time period—early February—as one of their yearly festivals. Though those rituals belong to the past, the concept is still timely. At its root this festival was all about fertility and purification, a nod to the advancing spring which would bring growth and the reappearance of potential food. For us ‘moderns’ this time period can give us a time to both acknowledge the turning of the wheel of the year and get ready for the work ahead. Even though most of us do not ‘toil’ in conjunction with the earth, we can still honour the very real fact that our sustenance does not come fully formed in plastic packages; that someone had to plant it, nurture it and reap it. And we can apply this concept to the ‘garden within’; make resolutions to carry on with any intentions that were set at Winter Solstice.

With this Full Moon falling so closely to the ancient festival of fertility and purification, we can incorporate those themes as we meditate on it.

Certainly, any Full Moon gives us the opportunity to ‘see’ the wholeness of what we are doing, adding perspective into our subjective realities—if we permit it. Think about the resolutions that you may have made over the past 6 weeks and then honestly assess whether you have personally (Leo) stepped up to the challenge that those resolutions posed. We all know that the only thing over which we have any control is that thing called SELF. Stop trying to change others and inspect yourself. Jesus said it pretty bluntly when he urged his listeners to remove the rafters from their own eyes before they started removing specks from their neighbours’ eyes.

What he meant was—WORK ON YOURSELF, DUDE and never mind what Joe Blo is doing over there where you can’t see it all that clearly anyway. Let’s all of us take the lead to raise our own moral compass without becoming overly self-righteous or pompous about others.

The energy of this Full Moon gives us the steam to get under way. Most of the celestial objects are moving forward, considered, in Astrological terms to be a license for flow. The ‘force’ is with us. Venus & Mars are both impulsively placed in Aries, the energy of full-on initiation. Do you have some work to do in regards to basic values? Can you make some changes when it comes to implementation—the way you actually do things on a day to day basis? With these two celestial objects charging ahead in Aries, you have the capacity to be an agent of change in the areas of your life that involve what you most want, love and even need. There is just a little bit of extra fuel in the tank this month.

There is a super charged Fire Grand Trine that involves the Lovely Leo Full Moon, Saturn in Sag & Uranus in Aries. Trine configurations can lead to incredible flow and in this case, the core energy of the personal, the ME, is supported nicely by a renewed sense of purpose (Saturn) and invention (Uranus).

With the Moon located in the 12th house for the central time zone, the focus is on the dream that we all dream. What is your dream? How can you align it more closely to practical application in your own life? Conversely, what can you do in concrete terms to support that ‘big dream’? As seekers of knowledge we all have heard that form follows thought. In fact, we have witnessed the truth of this in both our personal lives and our community lives. When we think in terms of love, houses are built, the disenfranchised are supported, animals are protected and communities are healed. When hate is the thought-form, we see war, poverty, prejudice and discord. This Full Moon urges us to Dream the ‘dream of love’ that, if enough of us do so, can absolutely change the status quo. It starts in the heart (Leo) and moves to the head (Aquarius) and filters out into the collective (Aquarius) via the action of the individual (Leo).

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon is (Leo) A BAREBACK RIDER & (Aquarius) A BIG BEAR SITTING DOWN AND WAVING ALL ITS PAWS.

The theme of power is well illustrated. We must connect to the sheer force of raw power while being absolutely mindful about how we use it. Power for good is a wonderful thing. Let us all remember how easily it can shift into a power for evil. Always align the use of power to the highest of moral perspectives. Never allow power to infuse you with pomposity and pride. So, understand your world, both its boundaries and its horizons.

The ascendant energy for this Full Moon, occurring @ 6:33 pm CST, is 4* Virgo, the energy of selection, application and perfection. We are all urged to choose wisely, to work in putting that choice into practice and to do so diligently.

The Sabian Symbol is A BLACK CHILD PLAYING WITH WHITE CHILDREN, suggesting that only if we seek and choose INTEGRATION on every level, will we be able to right the wrongs and heal the past. This instruction is directed not only to the greater community but to the internal self. How in sync with yourself are you? Do you feel chaotic and harmonious internally or is the reflection cracked? When the self is in conflict, actions seldom reach their intended goals.

This is a hopeful Full Moon despite any nay-saying to the contrary. The hope, dear friend, must start with YOU.

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools…”Martin Luther King

 

For those of you who are students of astrology, place the planetary points of this Full Moon around the wheel of your natal chart just as you would with any transit chart and determine which, if any of your personal points & houses are triggered by this energy.  Some questions to consider are:

What part of myself is being illuminated by this energy?

How can I access the enthusiasm of this energy and use it in my life?

In what area of my life can I make the most of this energy?

 

The Full Moon points are as follows:

Sun/Moon @ 22*Leo 28’

Mercury @ 5*Aquarius 27’

Venus @ 5* Aries 20’

Mars @ 10*Aries 15’

Jupiter @ 23*Libra 6’ RX

Saturn @ 25* Sag 28’

Uranus @ 21* Aries 21’

Neptune @ 10*Pisces 59’

Pluto @ 18* Capricorn 17’

Chiron @ 22* Pisces 50’

Nodes @ 3* Pisces/Virgo 20’

New Moon in Aquarius

by christina rai

 

The Aquarius New Moon—Forge Ahead With Hopefulness!
January 27, 2017 @ 6:08 pm CST

The New Moon is always a promise of things yet unseen and this month, with the energy falling in the future oriented sign of Aquarius, it is doubly so!

Aquarius energy is far reaching, visionary, and altruistic in its fundamental nature; community oriented from start to finish. It facilitates our seeing things in the big picture sense and aids us to make broad strokes with our dream brushes. We can fill in the details later! With Aquarius fuel, it’s time to make plans, rough out the plan of action and gather with others who share our values.

When we review this current New Moon, occurring as it does on January 27, 2017 at 6:08 pm CT, we are encouraged by the forward moving energy that surrounds it. All planets are currently direct suggesting a thrust into the future, an open door into the ‘next step’! It feels like everything is moving at lightning speed around us and we have to relinquish control just a bit and  ‘go with the flow’, as suggested by Mars, situated @ 30* Pisces, in conjunction to Venus & Chiron.

Within 24 hours of New Moon, she will be in trine alignment (using the 10* orb) of lovely Jupiter in Libra. The great god of serendipity and abundance will lend a hand with a smile and a nod to Luna as she dreams her Aquarius dreams. This is the energy of good will and peace. Take a cue!

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is 9* Aquarius, A FLAG TURNED INTO AN EAGLE. How fittingly Aquarian! There is a suggestion here that whatever the potential, it can be made real; that we have the ability within us to make something from nothing, to legitimize our hopes and intentions via concrete action that aligns to the higher will ( Mars in Pisces/8th). We all have the divinely inspired responsibility to be who we say we are, demonstrating this through measurable actions, not just empty words. Do a good deed. Smile at somebody in the grocery line. Bite your tongue even if you think you are right. Yield to the extent that you can. Imagine if we all did even a fraction of those kinds of things! What a world it would be!

The Sun/Moon alignment (New Moon) is located in the 6th house of the event chart suggesting that as we dream our high and far reaching dreams, scheme our impossible schemes, we should constantly refer all such abstract concepts back to practical methods of implementation. Let’s ask ourselves:

How can I bring just a little bit more hopefulness into my life?

What can I do right here and right now to be kinder, more peaceful, more generous?

What is one thing that I can do TODAY that will help to improve my life and the life of those that know?

You could make up some more questions to challenge yourself.

With Pluto aligned to Mercury, we are challenged to be absolutely truthful with one another, to see beneath the surface of things and to attempt to understand why someone might be acting in the manner that they do, instead of immediately judging and condemning. This is hard. We all have our partisan positions. Generally speaking, we believe what we believe because we think that it is true, not because we think that it is NOT true. The challenge then, is to see that TRUTH is a diamond with many facets and that, though Truth is absolute, the EXPRESSION of that TRUTH is necessarily variable. Yes, there is one truth and it can be summed up in one word, LOVE. Let’s all begin there.

So, how can we take up this enthusiastic and vibrant energy and run with it? The ascendant for the event chart is located in the joyful and childlike energy of LEO. Let’s believe it! Let’s share it! Let’s communicate with each other in upbuilding and creative ways. The Sabian Symbol for the ascendant degree (19* Leo) is a HOUSEBOAT PARTY. This is not the time for withdrawal. It is the time for gathering together. We definitely are all in this together (at the global level) so it is imperative that we find the ways and means to work together no matter how different we might actually be. In the end, we are all born and we all die. What happens in between those two pillar posts really is up to each of us individually. The more that we are certain of who we are and what we stand for, the more will we be able to form the community that best reflects that. The key is to follow our hopes and dreams with an inclusive, Aquarian attitude—ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL! Sounds good to me! You?

Full Moon in Cancer

by christina rai

 

Cancer Full Moon: January 12, 2017 – The Promise of Possibility

Full Moons are that part of the timeline when we can pause & take a look at how our resolutions & intentions are forming.  The January Full Moon, if it falls any time after the turn of the year gives us an increased opportunity for assessment. This year, this ripe and ready energy cascades around us drenched by the waves of Cancer.  Whenever the Sun is transiting through Capricorn & there is a Full Moon, that Moon will always fall in Cancer, the opposite sign to Capricorn. I love how these two energies provide the psyche with the opportunity to find emotional balance.  While Capricorn is steady as she goes, down to earth and often controlled on an emotional level, Cancer feels deeply & can often be extreme in its reactions. When the two impulses find a common ground within the psyche, the results are spectacular. Balanced, yet deeply feeling, down to earth, yet sympathetic and nurturing. For those of you with strong Capricorn or Cancer energy operating in your psyches, this is YOUR Moon. Feel it baby!

The general import of this particular Full Moon is FULL SPEED AHEAD! Most of the planets are direct with Mercury having turned direct on January 8, & just about ready to shift into Capricorn and move out of the shadow of the retrograde by the time of the next New Moon.  There might still be a few mercurial  issues to deal with as Mercury rapidly moves through the shadow of the most recent retrograde but with the rest of the energy of this time period raring to go, the issues will, no doubt, be dealt with easily and efficiently—the promise of Capricorn to anyone who might want to access it.

The Moon is involved in a very tight Grand Cross or Square configuration with Sun/Moon @ 23* Cap/Can & Jupiter @ 23 * Libra & Uranus @ 21 * Aries. Square relationships can often reflect struggle or impasse but full of explosive potential if the energy involved can be opened up.  What is the potential?  If you can move into this energy of aspiration (Jupiter)  & invention (Uranus) & apply it to your own personal creed & self-actualization process (Sun/Moon), you will make tremendous headway.  You have to locate your own inner authority (Capricorn), lace it with the passion of fellow feeling (Cancer) & apply it to even the smallest part of your personal life (Jupiter in Libra & Uranus in Aries). Follow the path of peace with others without relinquishing independence or giving way on reasonable boundaries within the context of personal relationships. Know what you REALLY think & don’t be afraid to stand by it, always with a measure of grace & kindness. Unity is not based on everyone being the SAME. It is born out of a deep mutual respect for each others’ differences & a willingness to hear an opposing point of view without the threat of violence or suppression.  How dull it would be if there was never any dissension or difference.  I mean, roses are nice but so are daisies! Diversity supports growth and wholeness. We all know what inbreeding produces.

The way to stir this Square energy up is via ACTION, as represented by the absolutely inspirational trine that Mars in Pisces makes to the Full Moon in Cancer. Resolve to walk the Gentle Warrior Pathway at every opportunity. Be mindful when making choices & always choose based on the Law of Love. Pisces, at its most proactive, is the energy of the divine, selfless, considerate & kind. Have the first 2 weeks of this year been heading in that direction for you?

The Sabian Symbols for the Sun/Moon fall at the 23* Capricorn/Cancer.:

TWO AWARDS FOR BRAVERY IN WAR &

A MEETING OF A LITERARY SOCIETY.

Within any group, there must be an agreement of principle and yet a healthy and vibrant debate of that principle is what contributes to any group’s health and welfare. We want to seek common purpose especially with those who may not entirely agree with our positions. It is through that sort of process that we will find success in the “WAR”!

Communicate & open up.  Listen & learn.

With a super charged ascendant energy located @ 12* Sagittarius, we have the will to take up the challenge of righting whatever is wrong, of pursuing ideals & exulting in any accomplishments that may come because of mindful & proactive intention.

The Sabian Symbol for the ascendant is A FLAG THAT TURNS INTO AN EAGLE THAT CROWS.

Let’s all of us be flag bearers to whatever we passionately adhere to and then let’s all Crow in joy!

New Moon in Capricorn

by christina rai

 

Capricorn New Moon: December 29, 2016

Here we are at the last New Moon of 2016. New Moons are traditionally a time to turn inward and reboot the operating system. At this point in the cycle of the year, this is especially so. The Capricorn New Moon gives us a great opportunity to do both a review and a reset since technically, we are very near to the beginning of the turning of the wheel, cosmically. Solstice was merely a week or so ago. This has given us a few days to settle into the energy of the upcoming year, a tasting period. Now, we can take a few moments and review how we feel, both about all that has been done or undone and all that can yet be done or undone. How are you feeling?

Let’s take a cue from the event chart for this New Moon. In the central time zone we have the pleasure of operating from the Libra perspective. Life is, after all, ALL ABOUT THE BALANCE that exists between the polarities of reality. With the ascendant energy located at 11* Libra, the Sabian Symbol is A PROFESSOR PEERING OVER HIS GLASSES. If you took the time to reflect on the limits of your own inner authority at the Solstice—the scope of your power; how you use it; how you might abuse it—then you have now come to a point in that reflection when you can pause and really feel whether you are honestly facing who you are and how you present that self to others. We all have a measure of expertise, a tad of ability, even a spoonful of wisdom. What are you doing with that expertise, ability and wisdom? That’s the question. You answer it. Be open to potential illuminations and insights in regards to this meditation. This is a season of unpredictability, friends!

The Sabian Symbol for the degree of this New Moon is BIRDS IN THE HOUSE SINGING HAPPILY. What a hopeful and optimistic set of circumstances. This gives us the sense that our actions can result in happy outcomes, that there is something to look forward to and that doom and gloom should be relegated to the back room and only opened at a later date. I like that. You have to MAKE good things happen because if you don’t, the bad things will FIND you all on their own. Remember, there is no such thing as a MISTAKE. All situations are OPPORTUNITIES for growth and improvement, even if, at the outset things seems impossible and dreadful. The mind is a powerful thing and it can definitely colour the fiber of your life so stay watchful of what you think, how you think and who you share those thoughts with. Choose companions who will build you up rather than break you down!

A couple of things about this lunation. Mercury is recently retrograde and this retrograde period of his will hang around us until almost the end of January when you factor in the ‘shadow’ period. With Mercury being so closely aligned to this Sun/Moon conjunction—the NEW MOON—we are reminded to pause, to reconsider, to review all of our plans and intentions.  Capricorn is the energy of structure and CONSTRUCTION. Build, says the old goat, build, build, build. This energy is never happier than when involved in projects that bring growth, increase, stability and order. Meditate on what, in your life, needs this down to earth, common sense approach. What can you restructure and improve? What needs some foundation work? What about clean-up? Whatever is begun in the detail oriented energy of Virgo, can absolutely be perfected in the assertive energy of Capricorn.  And, for us, here in the midst of winter weather, it’s a great time to do all those things that require indoor activity!  On a more personal level, retrograde Mercury in Cap asks us to reconsider the essential, fundamental structures of our lives—what we think (3rd house), what we believe (9th house) and how we can shift anything that we no longer find useful in those areas (Pluto in Capricorn is also proximal to this lunation and aligned to the event chart’s IC/MC). It’s the time for facing reality—Capricorn/ruler Saturn in Sag and then allowing truth to prevail—Pluto in Capricorn/ruler Saturn in Sag. Let’s be uncompromising with ourselves—well, let’s at least try!

The other stand-out about the energy at this time is the station of Uranus, basically exactly opposed to Jupiter in Libra and both squaring Pluto in Capricorn. These are, for the most part, pretty subtle energies and we will not necessarily recognize the operation of those energies immediately or even ever for some folks. These are the big boys of the horoscope. Often, we can more easily recognize their co-relationship in the communal energies of the times in which we live. However, on a personal level, they demonstrate all that is going on in the pillar posts of your life. You might suddenly ‘see’ a situation that you are in in a ‘new’ way. Your own attitude to aspects of your life may suddenly undergo a shift of perspective. You might even come up with some new strategies to address long standing issues that have been bothering you or even holding you back.  The key is to surrender, do not overthink, and relinquish control just enough to get the benefit of evolution. Digging in one’s heels when one is in a losing proposition usually does not result in a positive outcome.  Learn to ‘negotiate’ your way through sticky situations rather than just pulling out your uzi and trying to hold your ground. If that ground is suddenly shifting, move with it and get outta there! There is absolutely nothing wrong with making deals. It’s the best survival mechanism out there.

So, use this next few days to do some soul searching about just what you want to accomplish over the next few months. Be open to inspiration and invention. Be willing to try new approaches. Be resolute and above all walk in LOVE.

 

Happy Mundane New Year, everyone!

Full Moon in Gemini

by christina rai

 

The Gemini Full Moon—December 13, 2016 @ 6:06 pm

After the deep dark days of November and early December, as the Sun moves sluggishly through the mysterious energy of Scorpio & the exuberant energy of Sag, we await the burst of light that comes in the form of the Gemini Full Moon. She is at her fullest point just after dark, here in the central time zone and if we are lucky, it will be one of those clear nights that can happen for us on the prairies and if we are hardy and brave, we can venture out into her silvery light and dance for joy! This year, especially, this light filled full moon is the promise that the wheel is turning and the sun is soon on his return path at the Solstice.

It’s a glorious energy! The Moon forms a lovely close grand trine with Mars and Jupiter from her position in the 12th. Mars is inches away from leaving the 8th while Jupiter locks his feet firmly in the 4th.  This is all about bringing clarity to the emotional body. Feel it, explore it and act on it. Dreams can lead to ideas. Depth perception can bring balance to erratic emotions. A strategic plan of action can be formulated with help from the lower chakra energy of groundedness and impulse and then carried out with mindfulness. What is still bothering you? What are the fears that hold you back. Dig them out and shake them under the light of the carefree Gemini Full Moon. She tells us that self care, when undertaken with empathy and kindness to oneself can lead to breakthroughs in terms of perception and self-understanding.

Gemini is the butterfly energy. It is light and lovely and whimsical. Nothing stays hidden for long and nothing is taken too seriously. We want this attitude in our lives. Throw a beach party in your warm house to remind you that winter is on his way out—yes, yes, believe it!

The Sabian symbol for this lovely Full Moon is THREE FLEDGLINGS IN A NEST HIGH IN A TREE, juxtaposed against the Sag symbol, IMMIGRANTS ENTERING. Here we have a sense of anticipation, a sense of movement and flux. Both nervousness and resolution are suggested by these symbols. How apt this is for our current time. We are at the front end of something new and we feel edgy because the unknown always makes us feel edgy. And yet, we know, deep in our bones, that the solution lies in universality, in a coming together, in an opening rather than a closing. For those of you who are really frightened—and I know that a lot of you are—don’t be. Rather, find your faith and follow it. The world will change if YOU change but YOU cannot change anyone else so change yourself and believe. Use the brilliance of this Full Moon energy to clear your mind and to think outside the box. Just because someone says that a thing is bad does not mean that thing is bad. Use your wits and think for yourself. Do not be limited by prejudice and censure. Airy energy is the flying mind especially when it is found in a grand trine. This is the mind that leaps across the boundaries that we build for ourselves, that does not cave to conventional thinking. Do YOUR deal. Follow your ideals relentlessly. Practice what you preach without imposing it carelessly on others. After all, at the end of the day, we are all just little children looking to find our way home.

The Sabian Symbol for the MC of the Full Moon chart is 17 Pisces—AN EASTER PARADE.

Yes, there really is a spring coming and it is a cause for celebration. Use this slumber time to renew yourself. Find new ways to express who you are. From a new hair colour all the way to a change of location, you can follow it all! We humans tend to cleave to what we know, what makes us feel comfortable and yet, growth involves a measure of discomfort. How much can you stomach? How much can you absorb? Push your limits and find out just what it is that lies beyond the scope of your vision. You might be pleasantly surprised!