New Moon in Pisces

by christina rai


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


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:


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!



Lunar Eclipse in Leo

by christina rai


The February 10, 2017 Full Moon


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.:



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!

New Moon in Sagittarius

by christina rai


November 29, 2016 @ 6:19 am here in the central time zone, we drape ourselves in the fire and gusto of the New Moon in Sagittarius.

This is an intense set of energies, with a heavy concentration in the mutable fire sign. There is still a nod to the energy of Scorpio as the ascendant sits squarely in the midst of Scorpio @ 17* 31”. The Sabian Symbol is A WOODS RICH IN AUTUMN COLOUR, suggesting the beauty and power of transition as the fall time is the bridge between culmination and rebirth. This is potentially a time of intensity, vivid sensation, a time for ‘peak experiences’ that remind us of our connection to the greater collective and to our own higher selves. It is a time to honour the elders amongst us, to revere the wisdom of those who came before. It is a time to let go and release anything that is ready to exit from our lives, be it people, ideas, emotions or even material objects. How have you used the energies of the preceding period? The New Moon in Scorpio followed by the super Moon in Taurus, polarity in Scorpio provided us with ample opportunity to dig deep and ponder on who we truly were, to open our hearts and align our throat chakras to what we really thought. If the month did not go the way you wanted it to, never fear, the cycle continues. Sometimes what Uranus brings us is not easily understood. We just have to hang on.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon @ 8* Sag is ROCKS AND THINGS FORMING THEREIN. We are reminded that change only occurs over long periods of time and that if we look backwards, we can be astonished that we have arrived to this point in time while taking heart that Nature WILL take her course and that we can have faith in the NATURAL process. Believe that there is something happening and though it may seem to be outside your orb of control, beyond your ability to manage, that something may not be what you think it is. Or, it might lead to something completely unexpected. The key with this metaphysical admonishment is that we are still at the threshold, nothing is fully entrenched, hang on and fasten your seat belts.

This New Moon, Sun/Moon conjunct, is square the nodes with Neptune closely aligned. It behooves us all to REMEMBER. Neptune holds the collective memory with all of the dreams, hopes and despairs contained therein. To grow, we must remember both the good and the bad. Often it is from falling short of the goal that we learn the most even though it may seem hard to endure. In the event chart, a visionary Mars in Aquarius sextiles both Saturn & Uranus which dually rule it. Let’s all take the message form this neat configuration. Retain all that is useful and reach for all that is yet to be formulated. Saturn provides us with the mentorship that we need in our actions while Uranus impulses us to step outside the box, to try new protocols, to keep our eyes on the bigger picture and not get stuck in petty emotional reactions.

The MC of this event chart is 5* Virgo, A MAN DREAMING OF FAIRIES. How fitting! If you feel disappointed, crushed or even terrified, focus on the dream that has got you to this point. Life is a process. And, if there is one thing that is certain is that eventually change happens. Examine your dream. Tweak it. Polish it. Refine it. Polish is some more. This is life, a constant, ongoing process of becoming, with both joys and disappointments along the way.  Take a breath, find your faith and hang on!


Full Moon in Taurus

by christina rai


The Culmination of the Season of the Witch—Full Moon in Taurus, Nov 14, 2016 @ 7:53 am

With the latest Scorpio New Moon, we entered, as a collective, into the magical and mysterious ‘season of the witch’. This year it is particularly potent since that New Moon occurred just a day before the traditional sacred day of Samhain, pagan New Year.

Traditionally, Scorpio energy is associated with power, magic and transformation—to name just a few things. It is the ability within the psyche—because, please, please remember, everyone has this energy somewhere since we are all WHOLE beings and not bits and pieces of beings—to regenerate itself as and when it is necessary to do so. Persons with a focus of Scorpio energy are capable of healing and re-inventing themselves in ways that can be literally jaw-dropping. I have witnessed cancer remissions, total life make-overs, a purging of addictive behavior and even entry into spiritual leadership after years of personal struggle. Scorpio ‘types’ can truly be inspiring to others!

So, this particular time of the year, when we have the Sun moving through this part of the Zodiac, and the potential for at least one New Moon in that energy and for sure one super dynamic Full Moon in Taurus to HOLD the magic that has been stirred up, is one that I, on a personal level, ALWAYS look forward to.

We live in chaotic and—if we allow it to affect us in this way—troubling times. Just look at the current political climate south of the border! The Pluto Uranus energy that has been in configuration over the past few years (recently culminated but obviously still at work) has led to secrets being exposed on both sides of the spectrum, erratic and off putting behavior on both sides of the spectrum, a groundswell of discontent bubbling over the rim of containment as demonstrated by the discontent felt across the spectrum from the collective who more and more feel that they have been fed a bunch of toxic chemical garbage from both sides of the spectrum. This election is really about the electorate finally collectively realizing that no matter who they vote for, the only certainty is that corruption exists and has existed at the highest levels of the political, military/industrial conglomerate for a very long time. The bizarre and seemingly uncontrollable events surrounding this specific election event are merely the START of something much more profound. The little men and women of our society—you, me, my brother, your sister—are getting ready to roar and be heard. It probably won’t be at this election, but you can be sure that the collective of “US” is getting stronger, waking up and getting ready to say—“We won’t take it anymore!” Pluto in Capricorn is the energy of total restructure of the reality that we all share. Plutonian energy seeks to uncover the secrets that the high and mighty hide away. Uranus agitated the pot that was already boiling over and thus we have witnessed event after event that we could never have imagined. So, whatever you think is going to happen of November 8 south of our border, be prepared for a surprise. It may not reveal itself immediately but it is wired into the unpredictable matrix of this crazy political season. As a disclaimer, I am not a partisan. My own personal view is that the political system inherently lends itself to corruption, whether left leaning or right leaning. As thinking individuals we all have to open our eyes and honestly review whatever political preference we might have in real terms. Talk is cheap. What is needed today is, simply, right action. Feed and care for the disenfranchised in a responsible fashion that empowers them. Teach our children well! (the one single thing that is the most powerful force for change is universal education.) Honour and nurture our mother, the Earth. Create a world where every single individual never goes hungry or dies of a disease that is easily eradicated. Ok. I’ll put my soapbox away now and get back to:

This upcoming Full Moon period gives us an opportunity to ground fully into our selves the promises and intentions that we made at the New Moon. The issues presented to us at that New Moon centered around our sense of value and the ability to represent those values in a responsible and self-determined way. Now, at the Full Moon, we are called to use our throat chakras and make ourselves heard in a dynamic fashion. Do we speak the truth, hold the truth and stand behind the truth? Again, TRUTH is a personal thing. We must always remember to honour another’s expression of truth just as we would want them to honour our own expression. The Mercury/Saturn in Sag MP @ 7* closely squares the nodes @ 10* Virgo/Pisces. This is the ‘call to action’ and doubly so since Mercury & Saturn are located in the 1 st house while the nodes span 3/9 and conjunct the MC. The first house demands that we ACT on what we believe (Sag) while the 3 rd and 9 th house show us the direction our actions should take and underline the theme of belief versus expression. We must, all of us, think (Mercury) carefully (Saturn) about the big picture (Sag) and then dynamically (1 st house) communicate it (3 rd house & Mercury) far and wide (9 th house) in a truthful and faith based way (Sag). If we do, we can adjust (Virgo) and heal with compassion (Pisces) both ourselves and those to whom we relate.

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon is ‘A JEWELRY SHOP’.

What a sparkling and optimistic concept. We have what it takes to do what is needed. There is an abundance of valuable resource available and it is our responsibility to make sure that it is used and distributed wisely. Remember, money is merely a lubricant. If you do not spread it around, it will turn into sludge. The more that you USE your money, the more likely will resource somehow make its way back to you. Or, it takes money to make money. We have all heard that, haven’t we? There was a time when I would barter with others for goods and services but, no more. There is something very powerful both for the recipient and the giver when real money is exchanged. In fact, I would go so far as to say that using money mindfully in this way is a spiritual act. As you give someone who has either done something for you or provided you with an essential product, you are blessing them with a symbolic gesture that represents YOUR OWN labour and investment. It is appropriate that you say a silent blessing to this effect as the money changes hands. The exchange is made even more powerful when actual money is used and not plastic. In our rational world we have lost the beauty of symbolism and ritual for the most part. By shifting how we use our money we can begin the process of re-installing it into our conscious life. Awareness of every action is, after all, the key to successful living.

The Sabian Symbol for the MC of the Full Moon event chart is 14* Virgo (In Winnipeg), A FAMILY TREE. We are all in this together. This is a group effort and will only succeed if we understand this right down to our core. We have all come form somewhere and somewhere down the line, backwards  and forwards, we are all related to one another. If we integrate the concept of ‘familia’ into our choices and actions, we are less likely to harm another. This Full Moon energy points us in this direction. Work for the Common Good, (Full Moon in the 6 th triggering the 7 th ). Find the Common Bond that really does exist between you and the other. Step into the power of thought and voice and make it happen.