Full Moon eclipse in Cancer “Water Water everywhere – but not a drop to drink!”

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 to  let 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)
 
Happy Full Moon and Happy New Year!
 

 

 
 
   
 
 
   
 
 
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Full Moon Follow up

  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. 
 
Now open your eyes to a new day !

 

 

Finding balance in crazy times!

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.
 You know you want to!

Full Moon Taurus: Feeding Body and Soul

 

 

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.

 

 

 Yay!

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.

 

 
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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!
You know you want to :)
   
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Full Moon Aires. Joy will find a way (into our heart)


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!

 

Two steps forward

After a period of review and reflection – new information and understanding is helping us create a better way forward. 

Mercury went retrograde in the sign of Leo on July 8th- and then turned direct Thursday August 1st-  and last week (15th) it reached the point that began its retrograde motion – meaning that we are now moving FULL STEAM AHEAD – at least as far as Mercury is concerned.

Mercury is about how we think and communicate. When it went back into Cancer and  actuvated the Collective Destiny Points (Nodes of Moon)  – there was focus on re examining inherited family patterns and childhood wounding.  Eclipses in this area emphasized the possibility of some majour shifts. 

When we face and release the roots of our discontent, we give permission to our soul to move forward in a more healthy fashion. This is not a straightforward process – it’s often two steps forward – one step back, though at this time everything is accelerated. 

Mercury represents our stories-  what we think about – how we think about it. Sometimes those stories were told to us. They’re not even our own. As we rethink and rewrite our own personal and unique  narrative  – new elements come into play that we didn’t consider up till now. 

 

Time for something completely different!

 


Post Full Moon review

So much for that (re writing about Full Moon). It is already a week later, the waning Moon is now in its last quarter, and the effects of that powerful Full Moon are beginning to fade. 

Did you get to see it? This was a super moon (closer to the earth) looking luscious and ripe as it hung low in the sky. I went for a beautiful  Moonlit walk enjoying its radiant beauty. 


One of the things I love about Astrology is how it reveals the cyclical nature of life and time. Each year the planets spin and dance around the Sun, the Moon spins and dances around the earth, and all their energetic exchanges create patterns, energy signatures and archetypes of deep mystery and meaning that we can only try to understand. 

Life is an unending circular path it seems, a spiral, or sometimes a labyrinth full of twists and turns. The clear path ahead is not always visible. Looking backwards, we see patterns, find the flow, see a river or a road with stages along the way.” Jennifer Boire, Inner Wisdom Guide, SoulCollage Facilitator 


Last week’s  Full Moon in Aquarius spoke  to the new era we are entering, and the cosmic  energies that are shifting and morphing into something cometely different from what has gone before.  Aquarius is about finding and expressing our true individuality – then finding our place within the greater collective. Aquarians are unique and quirky out-of-the -box thinkers,  which makes them very excepting of diversity. 

Aquarians  need a lot of personal freedom – they are not fitter-inners or nine-to-fivers (unless other planets indicate otherwise). While the Leo Sun wants us to shine our light into the world – Aquarius asks us to make room for others to shine their light as well. 

The overall message  is about finding our own unique voice – and using it to contribute to the highest good. 

And that we are all in this together. 

Mars – planet of action and aggression – strongly influenced the Full Moon – bringing out  the freedom fighter in us.   Mars in Aquarius could have a bit of a chip on it shoulder – but at its best – has us finding and standing up for righteous causes. And yet because things have become so polarized – it is imperative that we maintain our sense of equanimity in the midst of so many highly charged situations.



While Aquarius helps us with detachment, the Sun in Virgo in a few days will bring  us lessons around discernment, and the need to separate out what is ours and what is not. 

Right now, the Moon in restless, fiery Aries can feel irritated or reckless, and prone to knee jerk reactions. It’s great energy for pushing through obstacles to get er done – just be careful to stay centered and not overdo!

Luckily, thanks to the presence of Sun Venus Jupiter  at the Full Moon- we’ve had an influx of highly positive vibrations to smooth out whatever situations Mars or Moon in Aries gets us into.

 “Hope is impossible to drown. Just when you think it has sunk to the bottom, up it pops in another location.” – Margaret Dulaney

Sun and Venus shining so much Love and Light on us all reminds  of our true nature – and that we are all in this together.

Yes,  these are stressful times containing many  conflicts and challenges  trying to get our conscious attention , and yet which can, at their best, activate  powerful  urges for self-transformation and regeneration and will help us move into the new age. 

Pluto and Saturn on the Southern Collective Destiny Point represent a karmic reckoning. 

Many are getting caught up in extreme behaviors, as difficult or triggering events bring up issues around power and control or provoke conflicts with other people. If you are feeling trapped in unconscious patterns or bumping into countless obstacles in the outer world, Pluto will reveal the deeper meaning and significance of these challenges. 

Ultimately, everyone and everything is a mirror showing us what we need to work on in ourself. The forces  shaking and breaking us down are just trying to wake us up. 

Neptune in Pisces represents the true unity that connects us at our core, reminding us that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience.  It’s easy to forget that in the midst of so much chaos and upheaval. One thing I say to myself every day is ‘Focus on the good.’ Know the Good. Know that despite appearances –  the cup is not half-empty – it is half-full! In fact – on the truest level – it is full to overflowing. Focus in that!