The Full Moon in Leo is playful and childlike. Leo rules the heart.‘Cour’ means heart… It takes courage to keep your heart open in these crazy times. the mood of this Full Moon en’cour’ages heartfelt authenticity. The Sun opposite in Aquarius is about finding your tribe – which requires you be yourself. Know you have something to offer and let your light shine. Aquarius helps us vision our way forward ~ and the Leo light helps us see the path.
The more true we are to ourself~the more we attract, or are drawn to, those people who we resonate with on a soul level. Leo’s warmth and generosity helps us connect to others…. not in a superficial, follow-the-crowd kind of way – but in a follow-your-bliss and all else will follow kind of way.
Leo’s do like to be the centre of attention. Some part of us ~ perhaps our innocent self ~ wants to be noticed – we want to feel appreciated and adored. Yes that can sound a little narcissistic ~ but when we are truly heart centred, the love we feel is expansive, generous, kind. That is our true nature. When the heart feels shut down, we feel empty inside and life just doesn’t feel satisfying.
Leo’s generosity of spirit is much needed in these times of polarization and petty politics. Don’t let the dark unconscious forces in yourself or in others create separation and division. We all want to feel ok ~ we all want to go home ~ and we also know that home is where the heart is.
Take a deep breath and say after me “There’s no place like home! There’s no place like home.”
A powerful New Moon today offers us a high octane cosmic re-boot! Aquarius helps us think outside the box – and the Sun and Moon conjunction in Aquarius makes a strong right angle to Uranus the Awakener! Get ready for aha moments, sudden insights and/or unexpected events. We have already had a very intense start to the year, with the highly pressurized tension of Saturn and Pluto joining up on Jan 12th). The karmic reckoning continues as forces of darkness and light bash up against each other. Saturn may try to contain this electric blast – creating some tension and push-pull dynamics. Some will escape the tension by tuning into the very loving, healing vibrations (Venus and Neptune ) floating in the ethereal sign of Pisces. These dreamy energies stir up deep longings for love and connection – visions of romantic and spiritual union move through our dreams. Watch your dreams for insights and messages. There’s tension coming from Mars that can turn this lovely cosmic goo into juicy creative (or sexual) expression; great time to tap into art, music, dance, writing, or any kind of sensual contact sport. I am under the weather at the moment and not up to much, so if some of this sounds familiar, I am literally cut-and-pasting from my Aurum Astrology FB page – where I post daily. That’s actually a very Aquarian thing to do – find a way around obstacles, break the rules, think outside the box! Thankfully, creative energy has been winning out; several painted rocks have emerged as I nestle up in front of Netflix with my paints and my hot cup of ginger tea. So get your creativity on and have some fun!
Air signs often live in their heads – Aquarians are quirky mad geniuses, or social movement idealists – or techy computer nerds – or unique in some way. Wherever Aquarius energy is in your chart is where you will do things in your own way. But amidst all this high strung energy, pressure from Saturn is insisting we ground ourselves to maintain our boundaries. Aquarius is what is called a ‘fixed’ air sign – so out-of-the box – yet with a bit of a serious side. Sometimes Aquarius are less than flexible, especially when it comes to their freedom! Don’t fence me in!!
Although the sign of Aquarius is about our unique individuality ~ it is also about our connection to the group or collective. The healthier and stronger our sense of self is, the more we are willing and able to accept others as they are. In these polarized times- its so important to consider the other point of view, and please allow people a LOT of elbow room!
“In the absence of verifiable truth, competing narratives will vie for allegiance. When we are forced to compete in a battle of narratives, inclusion is still our best weapon: only by leveraging a diversity of voices can we create a winning narrative.”
― Martin E. Dempsey
Every time I go online to see what’s happening politically, I am overwhelmed with so many points of view and everyone saying they’re right. Ridiculous arguments arise as everyone takes their stance; I am so weary of it all. Aquarius helps us detach from the fray, and urges us to seek higher ground. Unfortunately, right now the very ground we seek seems to be shifting beneath our feet!
These are strange times as we sit on the brink of a new era. Everything is chaotic, confused, uncertain. It helps to find others of like mind, not too fight, not to be right, just to know that we are not alone. Remember, we are all in this together! “This Aquarius New Moon also highlights Community, our tribe, and all humanity. It can show us the big picture of how we can make the needed changes in the world by using the power that we have within our Tribe’s, our Communities and Humanity for loving Relationships of all types…across the Earth. Signifying that the whole is always greater the then the sum of its parts. It is saying that our coming together in our communities in love and peace and not anger and judgment etc. … can change the world! “ (Cathy Lindsay )
This powerful New Moon offers a chance to revision our way forward, along with a challenge to make those visions concrete! We’ve got to walk the talk! These are powerful times, as we hit critical mass on a global scale. We are rebirthing ourselves, and we are rebirthing the world.
For now ~ stay open to aha moments, sudden insights or unexpected events ~ as Uranus the Awakener pushes the reset button! Time to get your freak on – be yourself, find your tribe, and heal your vibe. You know you want to!
Today’s short version: Today we had a dynamic and emotional Full Moon – plus an eclipse – and then Saturn and Pluto will be bashing into each other on Sunday (karmic reckoning) – so things are rather intense. This is a good time to do some emotional processing, journalling, breathwork etc to release whatever is coming up for you. Deep breath in ~ deep breath out! Or find creative ways to express your emotions through writing, art, music, dance. Embrace whatever is coming up – it is for your healing. You’ve got this! The longer version 🙂 Today’s Full Wolf Moon eclipse in the sign of Cancer speaks to the need to get in tune with our emotional bodies. Cancer is the sign of the mother; she asks us to move out of our heads and respond to situations from a place of emotional intelligence. We are all under pressure, and feelings have been running high; and that was before the Full Moon eclipse! The wolves (of fear and doubt) may be howling at the door, triggering the need to find ways to protect and nurture ourself and others. By the time you read this the eclipse will have passed (because hindsight is 2020!) but the energy will ripple out for days and even weeks. This sets the tone for the first half of the year – we are being thrown into the deep end of the water/emotional field. It’s time to sink or swim!
The time between these eclipses has been a kind of sacred portal, opening us up to release deeper layers of our emotional baggage. The Winter Solstice was a time to pause and prepare for the coming year- which promises to be EPIC. I was glad to do a ritual release just as the Capricorn eclipse was occurring, and I did another one today to close the eclipse portal. This particular eclipse cycle has provided an opportunity to face and recognize that a lot of the sh*t we have been dragging around all our life is rooted in inherited family dynamics passed down from generation to generation. If today’s Full Moon eclipse is activating your energy field, previously blocked emotional pain may be rising to the surface to be felt and released; and tears may flow. Let your tears be a cleansing release of all that is ready to be let go of.
The physical details: A penumbral lunar eclipse is different from a total lunar eclipse. It occurs when the Moon moves into Earth’s penumbra, or outer shadow, which causes the Moon to look darker than normal. During a total lunar eclipse, the change is more dramatic because the entire moon appears to be a deep red colour. This eclipse will last for about four hours – and will be subtle visually- but not energetically! It was seen in Asia, Australia, Europe and Africa.
As the Moon in Cancer gets eclipsed by the earth’s shadow – the focus on releasing old family patterns (Cancer = Mother) has us working on healing the wounds of the past, especially the mother /father wound. Emotional traumas relating to family dynamics can be stirred up for those whose charts are lining up with the planets in Cancer and Capricorn. Libra and Aries are at right angles so also in the cross hairs. These family patterns often go back generations – its worth learning a bit about your family history to uncover some of the stories and energies that get passed down (such as poverty, divorce, abandonment, war trauma, sexual abuse, immigration, racial abuse, etc). I just saw the film Little Women – a rich story of one family’s women and their stories, heart aches, challenges. A great exercise is to think about your favourite childhood story. What archetypes, themes and symbols does it contain that tell you something about yourself or your family story?Mine was the ugly Duckling- I felt alone and unloved. Then it was Peter Pan- the best solution was to fly away to Never-Never Land. I was particularly afraid of the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood and had nightmares about wolves for years (there were adults in my environment that were not at all safe).
This is a time to heal and release these old stories. By facing them and claiming my own agency- I am no longer ruled by them. See what comes up for you and make a 5 x 8 card for it – (see instructions on tab at top) or journal about it. A Cancer Full Moon is an especially emotional time. The eclipse portal that opened on Christmas day with the New Moon in Capricorn (see last post) brought issues to the surface that are now coming to a head. The Moon in Capricorn was about growing up and claiming our mastery (see last post). Now some of us may be encountering whatever issues/blockages are/were standing in the way of that. This Full Moon energy comes from the unconscious realm – the land of moonlight and dreams. I’ve had some powerful dream messages in the last few days that carry a repeating theme – something is asking to be witnessed/understood. I’ll collage some cards this Sunday to help process their meanings (see ArtnSoul Collage info/tab at top of page). Our dreams are such powerful portals into the archetypal realms – especially around an eclipse or Full Moon; welcome the visitors who come to awaken your night vision.
With Saturn and Pluto so powerful right now(exact conjunction is on Sunday) we are being hit by a profound global effect. Fires are raging, wars are raging, politicians are raging (mad). Things will keep intensifying as we approach the exact conjunction this Sunday Jan 12th. (yikes). A sense of dread, fears, trepidation come hand in hand with Saturn and Pluto; times feel heavy and dark. There may be a sense of loss as we are forced tolet go of some idea or ideal as we face the reality (Saturn) of what is in front of us. Yet all is not lost.
Saturn Pluto in Capricorn can indicate a consolidation of money and power – some people are having their best year ever. If you can harness these energies you can move forward in a powerful way. Yet that is not an easy task – and not without risk – as an unstoppable force(Pluto) meets an unmovable object (Saturn). Current threats of war come to mind! Capricorn deals with father, authority, governments, systems of control – which are linked to the history of suppression, oppression and denigration of the women, of darker races, of those deemed weaker or ‘less than’. Pluto is there to strip away tall that – it is time for a new way of being in the world. But – spoiler alert – it may get worse before it gets better. If you know the tarot – the Tower card pretty much sums things up right now. The death of the ego – the potential death of a civilization (and hopefully the rebirth of something better)
On a personal level, what is being eclipsed/ removed/released is some element of the past , some part of our emotional conditioning (Moon). If you know your chart, look and see what area (house) the eclipse is occurring in – to narrow down its specific affect in your own life. Planetary aspects generally affect us the most when they are close to planets in our natal chart.
Because we’re dealing with outer planets (Saturn, Pluto, Uranus) there will likely be what seem like fated events. Pluto on the south node destiny point can bring back people from our past that we thought were gone for good (I know an astrologer that calls them ‘corpses’). I have just had a friend/lover from years ago that disappeared and broke my heart (at the time) suddenly reappear and is dying of cancer. Whew! As these planetary influences manifest on a global scale, and it seems like everything is getting worse and worse, trust that this is just the last gasp of a dying order . During the transition to a new age, everything is chaotic and uncertain. Who knows how long it’s going to take us to shake off the old ways and transition to the more egalitarian worldview of Aquarius. One can only hope !
In the meantime – we’re being asked to grow up and claim our mastery (Sun in Capricorn). If something is broken it needs to be fixed. Cancer insists we dive deep into our feelings – let them guide you to right action. This is not a time for superficial solutions. We must first master our emotional self; to resolve what is so out of balance in the world, we must first find balance within ourself.
Needless to say that is a tall order. But what choice do we have? Sure we could check out and watch it all from the bleachers(on the other side) But what’s the fun in that?! With Saturn and Pluto meeting in just two days; we get to see what happens when an unstoppable force (Pluto) meets an unmovable object(Saturn). In the current political climate, threats of war are looming (an apt metaphor). Except it’s not a metaphor, it’s really happening! We are all dealing with our own personal shadow stuff (Pluto) as well as the collective shadow.Are we having fun yet?!
In the midst of these crazy times – what can we do? What does this Cancer Full Moon shine a light on, and what is being eclipsed? This is a wake up call. As things get shaken up (Eris, Uranus) and broken down (Pluto) we will need to support each other. To find solutions, we need to nurture ourselves and others as we stand in our integrity (Saturn).
Watch out for emotional reactions over the next few days. Put yourself in others shoes, before you leap to judgement – perhaps there are reasons behind their behaviour.That doesn’t mean being a victim- that is part of what is being let go of. Jupiter is there in the background helping us stand in our power as it links us to the higher mind (Uranus). Intuition can help us find ways through the storm into the clear light on the other side.
Overall, this Full Moon in Cancer is a big but gentle giant – bringing us into an loving and compassionate emotional field that can help turn discord into discovery, conflict into communication, separation into synthesis.
“Seek to understand before you seek to be understood”.
(Steven Covey: Seven Habits of Highly Successful People)
I don’t know about you but that was one hell of a Full Moon! I often don’t sleep well at Full Moons – and last night was no exception. I’m noticing a lot of intensity and wanted to follow up with a few points. Self care is very important right now – as we are being slam dunked!
Full moons are always emotionally charged and polarized as everything comes to a peak. Right now feels like all our unresolved stuff is being pushed up to the surface (cause it is). This critical turning point in our collective evolution is about facing what has been avoided and shoved down for a very long time. As the karmic past is comes up to meet us, it’s probably a given that there’s going to be a fair bit of fear and resistance coming up at the same time. There’s a reason that we block out things that are too much to handle, but we’re going to have to find ways to deal with them now.
What’s happening is that anything that is not aligned with the new energy coming in is being forced up and out. The weakest link is what is going to flare up. That will be where are you feel the most uncomfortable or where are you feel the most blocked.
People that are more Yin will tend to shut down and are not able to function, while those who are more Yang will become rather manic and overdue it to the point of burnout.
It doesn’t help that this is such a pressurized time of year – in the west anyway – as we deal with the added stress of Christmas. Thus is the time of year for us to be going inward – slowing down – taking a pause. Instead we’re zooming around doing more than ever. Throw in all the political strife and we’ve got a recipe for complete overwhelm. Whew!
Please take good care of yourself. Take time to stop, breathe deeply, ground yourself. We are being challenged in ways we never have before – and there’s much of this that we don’t even understand. This intensity may even precipitate a crisis of faith as everything that we believe seems to be under threat.
The trick is to avoid hanging on so rigidly to what has been familiar and safe – and to trust that all will be well (despite appearances).
We are in the birth canal – in the transition from the old to the new. If you’ve ever given birth or witnessed it, you’ll know that transition is a very strange and difficult stage just before you start to push – where one can feel extremely uncomfortable, snakey, squirmy, and slightly insane!
Try to keep an eye on the bigger picture (Sagittarius). This is a momentous time. We are birthing a new era.
Don’t lose hope. There IS light at the end of the tunnel. We will get through this!
“Times of growth are beset with difficulties. They resemble a first birth.
These difficulties arise from the very profusion of all that is struggling
to attain form. Everything is in motion: therefore if one perseveres there
is a prospect of great success, in spite of the existing danger.
When it is a person’s fate to undertake such new beginnings,
everything is still unformed, dark. Hence we must hold back,
because any premature move might bring disaster.
Likewise, it is very important not to remain alone; in order to
overcome the chaos we need helpers. This is not to say, however,
that we should look on passively at what is happening.
We must lend a hand and participate with inspiration and guidance.”
(I Ching ‘Difficulty at the Beginning’)
Community Card: We are all in this together!
Here’s a helpful visualization to help you get centred:
“Close your eyes. Breathe deeply into your belly – and then blow out all that stress and tension. Do this three times- breathing deeply each into your belly.
Imagine you are in a forest surrounded by trees . Feel the peace and calm all around you. Now imagine you are a tree – with roots going deep into the earth. With your next out/breath – send energy down your legs, down into your roots – deep down into the earth.
Then – as you breathe back in – pull the earth energy back up through your roots – through your legs – up into your belly. Fill your belly with that wonderful grounding earth energy. Do this three times pulling the earth energy up and into you.
Now- imagining you have branches spreading into the sky- breath up and out reaching out into the atmosphere – into the air – to the stars – to the moon – and pull that energy back down through your branches – down through your arms and your head – down into your belly- filling your belly with that sparkling airy atmosphere.
Repeat that process three times – filling yourself up with beautiful starlight – sunlight – Moonlight.
Now visualize the earth energy and the sky energy swirling together in your belly in a clockwise motion – becoming a spiral and as you breathe in and out – and feel that spiral start to swirl out – spiralling out further and further as you connect out into the atmosphere – out into the universe .
Spiral out three times – and each time reverse it by visualizing the spiral coming back closer and closer – until you’re spiralling into your belly.
As you do that for the third time – feel yourself centre into the core of your being. Breath in as you become present in the here and now. Breathe into the depth and beauty of being alive. Breath into your core.
Moon in Libra today seeks harmony and balance. That urge for peace is being challenged by the intense energy field operating in the background that is bringing up all our ‘stuff’.
The next few days could be rather fractious and volatile, as the Moon joins Mars opposite Uranus. We can lose our center more easily now in knee jerk reactions to challenging people or situations. All of this tension and pressure can cause body aches and headaches- helps to find an physical outlet like drumming/ dancing/sex. Louise Hay (You can Heal Your Life ) says the best cure for migraine is an orgasm!
Mars will carry this volatility forward over the next week or so – and it’s wise right now to step back and remove yourself from confrontations if you cant find a positive outlet for the tension.
Mars Uranus is extremely volatile and easily triggered. Moon in Scorpio (tomorrow) does not suffer fools gladly. How to rise above petty squabbles and ego battles?
Take the high road! A daily mindfulness practice can help us observe what is going on without reacting. Notice how you are feeling. Acknowledge what is bothering you. Listen to your inner voice of wisdom (vs your ego mind that always needs to win).
Follow the breath – it will take you to where you need to go!
There is a particular breathing process that is called the 478 technique – where are you breath in through your nose for a count of four – hold for a count of seven – then breathe out through your mouth for a count of eight. Repeat five times. This pattern resets the amygdala, which is the part in our brain that triggers the fight or flight response. I find it really helpful – particularly at night if I’m trying to get to sleep in my mind is racing .
Theres a lot of heavy background energy right due to growing tensions between Saturn and Pluto. I’ve written quite a bit about the karmic reckoning that is bringing all our sh*t up to the surface. At the same time – there are equally beautiful and supportive energies pouring in from Jupiter Neptune and Venus that can help us through these challenging times.
Venus – planet of love – is currently traveling alongside the expense joyful planet Jupiter in its home sign of Sagittarius. Both of them are crossing over the Galactic Core – center of our galaxy. This powerful point emits a homing signal – a beacon for lost souls to find help find their way home. And who amongst us is not feeling a little bit lost right now?
Trust is required as we move through this powerful period of deconstruction – where everything we thought was solid and stable is getting shaken up. We are being called to wake up from our slumber and really stand in our integrity – to tune into our very core – and keep our hearts open.
Feel the powerful expansive flow of Universal Love that is coming your way.
Today, as the Moon shines Full in earth sign Taurus, we are called to rekindle our sacred connection to Mother Earth – Gaia – the Grandmothers – the Great Mother. This Full Moon contains a powerful capacity for manifestation and a golden opportunity to create new ways of being in the world.
There is a great awakening of the divine feminine energy, in both men and women. The grandmothers know the phases of the moon and how the earth speaks through the elements. They say we have forgotten the sacredness of the animal and plant kingdoms. We are being called to honour the ancient pacts we made with the earth to be guardians and earth keepers. It is time for us to come back into balance. (from movie The Sixth Sun)
The Full Moon in Taurus calls us to honour and appreciate both our physical existence – and the planet we live on. Vesta sits at the same degree of the Moon – an asteroid that represents the sacred flame of devotion and care – calling us to care for ourselves and for the planet we live on.
To even begin to honour the earth requires that we come from a place of our own self worth. We have become separated from both ourselves, and the very planet we depend on for our survival. Indigenous peoples walked on this planet for thousands of years without causing her harm – yet in a few hundred years we have used up her resources, killed off her creatures, and are destroying her ecosystems. How did that happen? It seems as we moved away from our connection to Gaia, we became very un-grounded and began to live more and more in our heads. We bought into the myth of materialism (pun intended) that told us our satisfaction was somewhere outside of us.
The Taurus/Scorpio polarity (Moon/Sun opposition) can activate survival fears – fear of lack – poverty consciousness – as Uranus in Taurus brings sudden change and instability that threatens our sense of security. It is doubly important now to find ways to ground, centre and calm those fight, flight or freeze mechanisms (especially after weeks of Mars/Pluto antagonisms).
Taurus calls on us to find a deeply felt sense of inner self worth. It seeks a connection to life through nature and through the physical senses. We have the gift of this body – how can we best inhabit it? Taurus at its best brings us a sense of fullness and abundance that helps us land in our physical form in a way that celebrates being human. Our sensuality is heightened under this Full Moon – it’s ok to be a bit self indulgent at this time. Nature and nurture are important as we take a break from the fray to eat, drink and be merry.
“Fate comes when it will- and thus we are ready.” (I ching)
We all need a bit of a break from a year that has been even more polarized than ever – and especially as the heavy karmic-reckoning of Saturn Pluto builds toward total impact in January 2020. Thankfully, despite how dire things seem to be in the world, there has been a parallel energy available of exceptional inspiration, creativity, and grace – courtesy of Jupiter/Neptune. While the former can wear us down- the latter can trigger escapism and unrealistic expectations. This Full Moon beautifully links both energies together now in a positive blast of dynamic creativity energy to help us actualize our visions and dreams.
Picture a pregnant young woman , full to bursting. She’s come though the thicket and over the hills – ready to give birth and looking for a safe place to bring forth something new that has been gestating for a long time.
Where shall she go? Who is there to support her?
Full Moons bring to a peak the intentions planted at the previous new Moon.The New Moon in Scorpio two weeks ago began a process of coming face-to-face with some of the more difficult aspects of our psyche. A Mars/Pluto square at the same time didnt make things any easier (conflicts, power struggles). Like Step 5 of 12 step programs – we were being called to make a ‘searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves’. This is not always a comfortable process, as we journey into the underworld of our own subconscious.
There are many myths and fairy takes where the hero or heroine must face challenges and loss as she undergoes a deep journey that tests her faith, strength and fortitude. She is often stripped bare and left to call on supernatural help to find her way of the forest and into the light. Amazingly – help usually does arrive – if she asks with humility and is willing to follow instructions. It is often his or her innocence that attracts the help. If we do not believe in super-natural beings/forces, we can perhaps see them as inner resources/parts of our own higher self that arise to support us in difficult times. I suspect the innocence is the willingness to ask for help, and to admit we do not have all the answers. The benefit, besides overcoming adversity, is that we get to discover resources we never knew we had.
As the Sun in Scorpio takes us an inward journey, the Moon represents our unconscious mind, and Sun the more conscious self. In Scorpio, we are in a land in-between the conscious and unconscious mind. This is a liminal world – where parts of ourself dwell that we don’t even know of – some have been buried a very long time. We may be afraid of the repressed parts that we were shamed into burying – our anger, our fear, our neediness, our despair. Some of us put on a brave face but underneath we are all a little bit afraid of our own shadow.
Mercury in Scorpio helps us to be more curious than afraid; after all, it is only ourself we are exploring. The Taurus Full Moon can provides a sense of grounding and safety along with the message to take care as we deal with these tender parts of our being. Feed yourself, nurture yourself, make yourself strong for the inward dive. This may mean taking time out from the daily hustle and bustle – to retreat, renew, review, with the intention to emerge even stronger than before.
Within the archetype of Scorpio is the image of the Phoenix, who rises again and again. I’ve been reading a book called ‘Journey of Souls – Life between Lives’, where people under hypnosis explore and review their past life experiences and choose the next lessons to learn on planet earth. Whatever your belief system around these things, it’s a very fascinating exploration of the possibility that we come here again and to evolve as human beings, and describes how we come from the source, then leave the source, yet continually long to return to the source (whether we’re conscious of that or not.)
Which begs the question why, if it’s so beautiful on the other side, why do souls even come here? When asked that, they say that it’s such a beautiful place and there so many amazing experiences you could have in a body. There’s a recognition that this is a very special place where we get to experience creation and manifestation in concrete form. Yet they do also complain of how hard it is here, due to human beings being so out of harmony with themselves and with the planet. Unfortunately, once a human body, we can get so caught up in day-to-day struggle and survival that we often forgot where we came from.
It seems that part of our task here is to reconnect to something, whatever you want to call it, that lives at the core of our being, that a part of us remembers – yet has mostly been forgotten. Our task now it to re-member ourselves- and bring back together that which has become separated. I wonder what we will find hidden in the depths?
As Mercury’s retrograde journey back through in Scorpio – yesterday it passed directly between the Earth Sun (it won’t do this again until 2032) – sending a blast of illuminating clarity to whatever it is we are processing. Mercury is called the messenger of the gods – he helps us travel between levels of awareness – and in Scorpio – brings us information from the shadows; what is normally hidden becomes revealed. Perhaps you came to an understanding of what is holding you back- or discovered a new angle to whatever you are processing. Or maybe you remembered why you came here in the first place. (Look at the house as in tab at top of page to see what area of your life you are seeking new insights into. For a free birth chart go to astro.com)
I have had ongoing health issues for years, which I generally attribute to having Saturn (karma) in the 1st house (in Scorpio). The 1st house is the body, and how we go into the world. Saturn is about the blockages, challenges and life lessons that lead us to Self Mastery (eventually, after a lot of hard work . Its position shows where we are working out our karma(if you believe in that) and where we may have to come to terms our limitations. This Mercury Retrograde began right close to that point in my own chart – and I sure have been deep diving! Body shut down- flu (or whatever) keeping me on an inward keel. Sometimes things get worse before they get better (sigh) yet as Carl Jung has said- there is always ‘gold in the shadow’. Interestingly – Saturn is linked to Lead- and lead poisoning was part of what caused my health issues. In Alchemy – lead is transformed into gold.
Carl Jung saw the alchemical process as symbolic of the transformation of self – from deep unconsciousness to becoming awake – as we move from darkness to light. The alchemical process involves a stage called the Nigredo- the darkening – where all is seems lost and everything is breaking down. At a key point – once the dark mess has fermented enough ( it is different in each case) – Mercurious/Quicksilver is added – to create the Quickening – that activates a process of deep transformation from lead to gold. The image at the top of this blog is called Aurum and is actually about that process. I love that the symbol for gold is the same as the symbol for the self! It is ourself we are birthing- out of the darkness and into the light.
Yesterday’s conjunction of Sun and Mercury represents an alchemical quickening – an awakening- where something light emerges out of what was heavy and leaden. Like a New Moon – it symbolizes a seed time out of which something new can emerge and new visions and ideas can be planted. This process has to emerge out of a dark passage – it is just the way it works. Invite Mercury- the winged messenger – to fly into your dreams or into your day – to bring you a message of hope or bring insights around that which you ar grappling with. He is here to guide us across the abyss.
“You cannot solve a problem on the same level of mind that created it.” – Albert Einstein.
There is always hope! Jupiter – planet of hope, expansion and good luck - is currently approaching the Galactic Core - which lies at the center of our galaxy.This point at 27 degrees Sagittarius is sending out a beacon - a call to remember who we are and why we came here. Jupiter in Sagittarius is the seeker of truth - a seeker of the true meaning of life. As it travels over the Galactic Core - it will amplify and expand that clarion call - so all can hear- reminding us that it’s never too late to wake up!
It’s very late and I don’t have time to put in many pics. So this will be the reverse of what I posted at the last Full Moon (mostly pics).
Today’s Full Moon in Aries has the potential to trigger big changes and powerful breakthroughs, particularly in the realm of interpersonal relationships. Aries is a leader – a warrior – and an initiator.Powerful change is afoot and we are once again being called to step up to the plate.
The Full Moon chart contains several factors that are associated with fate and/or destiny; there is a lot of tension around the powerful urge to break away from restricting factors on our life and our relationships (Venus opposite Uranus).
In this time of tremendous pressure we are undergoing deep soul realignment on both a personal and collective level . Some will lean into it – others will resist as issues around power and control, jealousy and possessiveness, trust and betrayal push us over the edge toward much needed change. What ever has been building up under the surface for the last few weeks is now coming to a head; in fact, this Full Moon marks a majour turning point for the whole year.
We are heading toward some very powerful astrology in January of 2020- (Sun, Saturn, Pluto all at the same exact spot in Capricorn), from here on in – things are going to get even more focused. In this time of massive crisis and transformation, everything is being stripped away that is not aligned with our highest good – and we may be forced to make majour life decisions that will ultimately bring us into greater sense of who we truly are and what we are doing here.
No more’ fake it till you make it’. This is the time to really step up.
Secrets that come to the surface now can become a catalyst for change, as we will no longer be able to tolerate or avoid what is right in front of our eyes. At this time, actions must speak louder than words. Change may be sudden,and as the penny drops, our anger will become the catalyst for ‘ enough is enough’.
There may be issues around feeling worthy of love; be aware that the anger coming up toward some person or situation (yes them)could very likely have its roots in anger at your own self.Aries is also the child in us.If this energy triggers your temperamental inner child –and you find yourself throwing a tantrum, its time to get at the root of the problem. The North Node destiny point in Cancer points to the need for emotional clearing and integration. Although whatever situation we are in may indeed need to change, much of our emotional patterns began a very longtime ago.
Keep in mind that our innate desire for ease and comfort will feel threatened by all these unsettling energies, and we may try to cling to what is familiar. But there is no looking back – majour change is afoot – who’s ultimate purpose is to push us out of our old patterns – so that we can grow and transform into a better and truer version of ourselves. This is just one more wake up call. Will we finally hear it’s ring?
P.s Jupiter and Neptune are slowly moving out of aspect – but for now they continue to bring a sense of ease and grace and the reminder that – even in our greatest darkness – there is always light!