Winter soltice – Full Moon

The Winter Solstice is occurring RIGHT NOW –  Friday Dec 21st at  5:23 p.m. EST – 10:23 UT.

The Moon is loquacious air sign Gemini –  sign of the mind – communication –   and a multiplicity of views. The Sun is now slipping from Sagittarius into earthy Capricorn – sign of the father/authority/govt’s etc – and symbolized by the  rugged mountain goat that seeks to climb the highest mountain.

Interesting that Capricorn symbol has a fishy tail- hinting that behind its stoic appearance,  it is a deeply emotional sign.

Tomorrow there will be a Full Moon in the Sign of Cancer – the more outwardly emotional water sign representing the mother –  our family roots – and emotional nurturing environment of the Moons natural abode.  Cancer and Capricorn represent the mother /father archetypes – and point to our family patterns and ancestral lineages.

The Winter Solstice is a time to pause and retreat – as we look back over the year just passed. It is time to connect to our roots – as we patiently wait for the light to return – and prepare for the year to come.

On this longest night /shortest day of the year – the Sun appears to hover at it lowest point in the sky for four days – then by Dec 25th- the daylight will begin to imperceptible  increase day by day. Hurray for the Return of the Light!

Sun in Capricorn represents a time for harnessing our resources and focusing on your attention on that which furthers your personal goals. Tomorrow’s Full Moon in Cancer emphasizes our need for emotional nurturing and the importance of our close sense of kinship with others. 

So find your tribe – get  connected to your roots – and focus your attention on the light on the horizon. It is calling you forward toward your next adventure.

Inward – onward and upward we go! Hey Ho! 

I’m off to meditate on this Solstice Moment.

(I will return to say a bit more about this years  Winter Solstice and Cancer Full Moon.  Stay tuned to a blog near you!)


Healing the Sacred Wound

Tension today between the Sun (vitality) and Chiron (Wounded Healer) shines a light on our  tender and vulnerable places. There’s a possibility now of renewal and deep healing through acknowledgment of concealed trauma.

Chiron aspects make us more aware of the healing potential that comes through facing our wounds and working through them. The planets are reminding us that it is possible to transform the painful past  into a positive future.

positive link between Moon (emotions) and Venus (love) will aid us in our healing – by reminding us of the beauty and love that lie deep within us. Yet we must keep in mind that Moon in Pisces can be both escapist as well as transcendent. Be careful of a tendency for spiritual bypass – which means to “bypass the reality of their suffering in favour of a spiritualized explanation”

  “The order of the signs runs Cancer–>Scorpio–>Pisces.  That is to say, being in the emotional body first (Moon/Cancer), then entering and confronting suffering deeply (Mars-Pluto/Scorpio), and then – acceptance and recognition of a larger context (Jupiter-Neptune/Pisces).  




“So frequently there’s a desire to go the other direction (Cancer–>Pisces) and prematurely transcend — which seems to come from a deep psychic fear that if I let myself feel how awful that was then once again no one will be there to help me with it.


That child who suffered needs someone to say “that looks like it was fucking awful and I hear you and that was not okay.” (Jason Holley/ Astrolger/Psychotherapist)


 There was a New Moon last week (Dec6th)  – signifying the new beginnings that come with a fresh lunar cycle. Jupiter’s expansive nature continues to add a sense of possibility – even as we tiptoe through minefields.

There’s been some very odd energy recently –  sometimes it feels as if Mercury is still retrograde ( even though it is now direct – it is still making up lost ground).  Maybe that’s it/ plus a Neptune influence has been  creating confusion and obfuscation.

Be gentle (Moon/Pisces) yet  honest with yourself  (Sun/Sagittarius) –  keep tuning into your inner wisdom (Jupiter /Sag) and remember – it’s all a theatre and we the players.

The winter solstice is just around the corner – we will soon be celebrating the return of the light!


Truth or Lies – in the Aftermath of a Powerful and Playful Full Moon

Truth or lies?

The Full Moon on Thurs/Fri  was in Gemini – Gemini who likes to talk and know stuff. Lots of stuff. All about the details… the minutiae – the day to day.  Easily distracted- highly social- super brainiac. A bit of a trickster.

Sun / Jupiter opposite are more about the big picture. The big,   BIG picture. The TRUTH – PURPOSE and MEANING of life. Also- the Know – it – All. (ephasis on All)

Both were/are being challenged by Neptune in Pisces – the liar – the obfuscator (blurrer of reality) – the dreamer. They still are.  Mars is also in there stirring up trouble – anger- irritation. Watch out for extreme reactions.  Misunderstandings. Upsets. Although the Full Moon brought these to a head- they are still in play. This is ggreat for grand adventures – or getting a wonderful fantasy book published- or creating some stunning art or music.

Not so good for dealing solidly with day to day matters. Reality. There remains a strong possibility of  shocks / delays/surprises/confusion – missed aptts or communicstions – misunderstood agreements – downright lies and deciept. Mercury retrograde can turn things up-side-down – the Sun-Jupiter-Neptune exgerations just add to the mayhem. Surrender required.

I had a big one a few days ago with my car mechanic: misunderstood outcomes/costs resulting in   big blow-up – not fun dealing with an irrate,out of control person with huge anger issues (Mars)  – and all due to lousy communication (Merc. retro).  Pluto (power/control) moving opposite my Sun (self) while Uranus (upsets) still squares it – is bringing me lots of these encounters. Help!!

Only solution – duck!!

Hehe And always keep your sense of homour.

Today retrograde Mercury is sitting exactly on the  Sun and Jupiter connection in Sagittarius. Sun Jupiter will: exaggerate – expand – increase. There’s a strong chance today that more than one person will get caught with foot-in-mouth disease. You will overshoot – over promise- over describe. Dont do that (if you can help it)

(Bizarrely – my son- who has a ton of Sag in his chart- actually has Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease right now – a virus which is not fun. Not the same thing, but strangely in line with this astrology).

Sag is a great story teller. The big fish that got away. A little exaggeration never hurt anyone. But – not  so great if you are meeting with your boss and debriefing over a failed project. Or testifying in court. Or talking to your lover about important issues.

Big message?  Tell the truth!

They say Justice is blind? (Sagittarius and Jupiter are linked to justice/ matters). Ifyou are dealing with any kind of litigation- good luck with that! Seriously – just pay attention and keep your cool. its all in the details. Sun Jupiter say the truth will out in the end. (hopefully)

Fake news has become a standard in the media and in politics. Maybe it always was- only now we are hyper aware of it- thanks to DT. Interestingly-  he has a form of this aspect in his chart. Permanently! Why is that not a surprise?!   (Sun Gemini Mercury square Neptune.) His Leo rising and Moon in Sag need to BIG everything up. BIG EGO. Mercury Neptune square blurs the line between fact or fiction. A great imagination!! A distorted sense of self/ reality!

So let that be a warning to all of us:  Watch your ego. Try not to ‘over promise – under deliver’. Watch out for silly arguments where the facts are unclear. And even if you think they are clear – and that you are in the right – try and meet the other personhalfway. Try not to be all-knowing. A little humility never hurt anyone. And don’t forget to question everything. Absolutely everything!

And if the mail is late –  don’t worry- it will get there eventually (I spent hours trying to track a package sent weeks ago – emails disappeared – the package disappeared- theres a mail strike on where I live). Sigh.

The serenity prayer helps:

Please give me the SERENITY to ACCEPT 
the things I cannot change,The COURAGE to CHANGE the things I can
AND The WISDOM to KNOW the difference.



Sun in Jupiter is very playful and also brings good luck! As long as you check yourself for  overconfidence – you’ll be ok. You might even be pleasantly surprised. Expect the unexpected – drive carefully- keep your mouth shut and your hat on – and have fun!

You know you want to!

Full Moon Gemini

I’ve got a longer post coming – but it’s not quite ready. So I thought I’d send out a few keywords for today’s slightly over-the-top Full Moon in Gemini.

Expect potentially expensive, expansive, explosive,  indulgent, confusing, potentially misleading, highly social, highly opinionated, hugely overrated, totally inflated, fun, mayhem and mix ups!
The task at hand in this exaggerated energy field is to get grounded – find your centre – and stay there! Let me know how that goes!!
Key word: Gratitude!


MERCURY RETROGRADE turns our attention inward.
Illustration by Paula Bidwell
Move into the world from the inside ~ out.
Become ‘YIN’

I CHING Hexagram 2 – THE RECPETIVE – K’un calls for a period of patience and reflection. Where you may have been reactive in the past, it is time to learn how to be responsive. Reaction is a defensive position to uphold the known while responsiveness is open to the unknown. K’un encourages you to yield to the way each day is a creative awakening.

A sense of openness and the release of clinging to structure and form will be necessary to give birth to this energy. The difference between reaction and response is your ability to use your senses and not the memory mind while observing. Stand in the moment with a sense of openness to what is unfolding without defending the past. Connect with each sense: Are you listening? Are you seeing how life speaks to you?

Remove preconceptions and judgment. All things change in time and a period of action, reflected by the underlying cause of the Creative must give way to its opposite: Reflection. Like winter it is time to turn within and reinvigorate your inner world in preparation for a spring time to come. Embodying an open field in any activity – you are called to put your needs aside to serve, open and reflect before acting. K’un’s power of success comes from within.

Move into the world from the inside ~ out. The Receptive is the womb holding the energy of attraction by way of intention that requires the development of sincerity and patience.

Quote from CafeauSoul’s I Ching.

(Thanks Carol Rudd)

New Moon – New Moment – New Choice

New Moon in Scorpio



Keywords for Scorpio: Intimacy, Sex, Secrecy, Power, Intensity, Obsession. 
Keywords for Moon with Uranus: Upheaval. Surprises.. Radical Change.
On Wed Nov 7th, the Sun and Moon will join together for a New Moon ‘conjunctio’ (sacred marriage)  in the sultry, sexy sign of Scorpio.  Scorpio is an intense fixed water sign, with a laser beam focus that can take us deep beneath the surface of our emotions. This highly sexual sign  of power and regeneration is where we risk our autonomy to merge with others – for better or worse.
 The New Moon begins with a focus on the process of life/death/regeneration as we sit at the exact half way point between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter Solstice. The cross- quarter celebrations of Halloween, Samaine, and Day of the Dead all celebrate life and death; as we honour our ancestors, placate hungry ghosts and light lanterns to fend off the coming dark . We are deep in the  shadowy realm of Scorpio.


 In the background- Venus – the planet of love – is activating our romantic and idealistic feelings  in Libra – while Uranus (The Awakener)  sitting opposite the Sun and Moon,  is triggering radical change.




New Moons equal New Beginnings –   a chance to press the reset button. The  lightning rod presence of Uranus can bring powerful shifts in direction-  triggering  aha moments, sudden changes and unexpected events. These disruptions are there to wake us up and help us move out of stuck places. Ignore them at your peril!



‘Tower’  (Tarot)  Collage by RavenArt



Relationships and money issues are the  key targets of  this current upheaval.  The New Moon occurs just a few degrees from where Venus began her retrograde journey October 5 – tying the planet of love and money  into the New Moon theme of unexpected events. It looks like we are in for something unusual – including a “changing of the guard” or “an upending of the ‘old’ order.” Hurrah!
 (I am not a political writer – but it will be interesting to see if the  American midterms live up to this sense of a radical shift in direction. Or-  they could end up reinforcing the current crazy gang in charge . This is trickster energy so anything is possible)


If these energies are lining up with your own chart, you may experience  sudden changes or endings in your personal relationships, with the benefit of making room for new encounters or new visions of what is possible in your  love life. 
On a more global scale – women (and lovers of women) all over the world are  rising up to confront the abuses and injustices that patriarchy (power over) has inflicted on all of us. This radical and confrontational atmosphere has a tendency to set us at odds with each other – while Venus in Libra seeks harmony and justice for all. Let’s hope Venus wins!
The ultimate purpose  of all this upheaval is to cleanse/heal the roots of our division (personal or political) and  bring us the  harmony and peace that Venus (and our own hearts) seek. I know that’s a tall order- and it is not going to happen overnight. Yet this is an important moment – part of the  profound revolution going on here on planet earth  necessary for  our personal and global survival.  
“We have got to get ourselves back to the garden”

Healing the Damage” SoulCollage© Card by RavenArt”


As the Venus retrograde (until Nov 17th) prompts us to reflect on who and how we have loved, we may find ourself  in a reverie, meandering through old memories and daydreams.  Unexpected thoughts /dreams/encounters with people from our past can trigger unresolved feelings around those we have had to let go of; it might feel like you are going backward when old friends or lovers  suddenly take over your psyche.  Yet – if handled consciously- this is not about going backward. We can’t – even if we want to. This is about healing and clearing  the past,  so we that we can move forward more wholly and fully.  
‘The Lovers’ Soul Collage © card by RavenArt
Venus is  a measure of our receptivity to love, as well as our intrinsic  self worth.  As we reflect and review,  we get to see how far we have come – or not.
The Scorpio  realm is  also filled with secrets and hidden taboo  feelings –  sexual transgressions –  deaths – losses – trauma.  Anger and resentment around these unhealed issues may  be surfacing,  as we seek  healing and  resolution with the past. The reactive fury of Mars can get us  ‘up in arms’  (ready to fight) – requiring conscious negotiation between opposing parties (or parts of our self). This is tricky territory which we must enter with our eyes open if we are to emerge unscathed.


Scorpio  is the  life force energy  of our root chakra.  Sexuality can be a tool for transformation, or for dominance and control.   As we enter this domain – we may feel we must claim our power or  risking losing our separate identity.   Our desires and drives, our ‘urge to merge’  – may meet with resistance to losing our autonomy. If the Scorpio fear of loss makes us possessive/obsessive, we might try to manipulate those we love.  This New Moon will shake us loose from control dramas. We will get to choose the high road or the low road
Breathe into it. Feel it. Lean into the tension  and  activate the alchemical process of healing available to us now. This kind of deep inner work takes presence (and perhaps some help/guidance)  to help integrate the polarities  and find middle ground. Self care required.
Self Healing SoulCollage © card by RavenArt
As we access the positive, dynamic thrust of Mars warrior energy (in  Aquarius) it can galvanize personal responsibility and social activism, bringing the urge to change situations that are no longer working for us. Our anger can be a catalyst to help us break free of inner or outer oppression – or it can be the thing that keeps us chained to our pain and to the past. The Sun and Moon in Scorpio today will push us deep under the surface to get at root causes. This  is our inner work – we must face our personal shadow – so that we don’t project our unresolved issues onto those we love. Radical honesty (with self) required.




This  shadow  refers to the hidden, denied, unloved aspects of ourselves that have been too painful, scary, or uncomfortable to face (Chiron). We have been in this process for a while – of  cleaning up our dysfunctional patterns so we can bring in a new, higher frequency of  energy. Now the higher frequency   (Uranus)  is  proclaiming its presence in our energy fields – making us restless and uncomfortable as it brings up  old stuff to be healed/cleared. We are moving into a new paradigm – based on the higher mind (Uranus) – and higher love (Sun Venus) .
Bring me a higher love oh yeah! 
Redemption is at hand (Neptune Sun Moon) It’s so corny to say – but it really IS all about love. Venus/Sun (conjunct last week) is about SELF LOVE. Venus now in Libra says ‘Love is all there is’. Sun Venus says ‘You ARE love’. Uranus  brings in ‘New Love’ – ‘Higher Love’- ‘Unusual Love’ – ‘Surprising Love’. ‘Free love!’


“True love must be free
It’s spirit cannot be
tied to anything 
like a bird it must have wings. 
To the source of love it goes 
and in going, the love grows 
and grows, and grows”
I have had  several wonderful dream visits recently  from dear friends who have passed on; it’s so nice to know they are still with me in spirit.   
This New Moon  marks a turning point – a healing point – a new beginning.  What we focus on grows. Set your intention – and expect the unexpected! .


‘Star’ Tarot – SoulCollage© card by RavenArt


You know you want to 🙂



New Moon In Libra

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Today’s the New Moon 🌙 in Libra brings us into a new energy cycle, and this one packs quite a wallop!  Tension with both Saturn (karmic lessons) and Pluto (power, control, destruction- reconstruction ) means some powerful emotional shifts are heading our way. And with the focus on both Venus and the sign of Libra – personal relationships are in the spotlight!  

A key factor  is the Pluto effect  – we must either suffer or transform!  This is not easy energy- you’ve got to lean into it! If you are reacting to or clinging onto the old rules of engagement (control dramas – power over- victim mentality) – eventually you may come face to face with your own shadow! 




We all have it (shadow) i.e. the unloved or rejected parts of ourself. And we all have light. In fact – the one creates the other!  Sun and Moon in Libra can bring us a balanced approach to integrating the two.   

A New Moon is an alchemical moment, with the energies of the Sun and the Moon mix together in a sacred marriage (conjunctio). This creates a seed time – where our intentions create our future potential. Although New Moons usually set in motion a new cycle – this one begins by having us revisiting the past. Old friends or lovers may turn up in our dreams or in actuality. Venus is seeking repair of past injuries, disappointments or lost dreams. Its time to wipe the slate clean and begin again.

This New Moon in Libra occurs at the beginning of Venus  retrograde journey through the sign of Scorpio. This can turn out to be a journey into our sexual selves as we explore some old demons. Over the next 40 days-  the Libra energy can help us bring healing, harmony and balance to any difficult material that is coming up to be cleared.  As Venus in Scorpio takes us deep into our psyches, she will show us is that these scary feelings are just pointing to parts that we haven’t faced or  integrated yet – and those shadowy selves can become our allies once we befriend them! 

Part of that process is giving them a voice. It might feel overwhelming- for both men and women- to hold a space for the female rage that is currently being triggered.  It takes deep listening to stay present when someone is in pain. As Scorpio activates life or death struggles, power and control dramas and issues around sexual intimacy,  Pluto in Capricorn puts pressure on the statusquo, which then boomerangs back onto dear Venus. Victim blaming is part of that energy.
What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger?


Timoclea of Thebes throwing the man who raped her down a well. Painted by Elisabetta Sirani, 1659.


Its time to claim our feminine power and let her stand free and tall. This applies to all of us – no matter how we identify. We may find ourself going through a purging process. Pluto is the transformer as well as destroyer- he strips us down to eventually make us whole. Sounds like an oxymoron – it is not easy when the lord of the underworld activates our  issues. Like the phoenix rising from the ashes –  she (we) will rise again. And again. And again. You cant keep a good person down!!!

In the meantime, wherever Pluto sits in our chart will show us where we may have issues with power and control- and Capricorn speaks to status and authority systems. The old (patriarchal) order is fighting hard to maintain the status quo.  As the battle of the sexes (Venus square Mars) plays out in global consciousness, it can potentially mirror/trigger our own personal traumas. Please take care of yourself and get support if this is bringing up difficult memories.

Ultimately, Venus  in Scorpio is  about deep soul union.  It’s about connection. The Venus retrograde will turn us back on ourself to help us remove whatever blockages have caused us to forget that our true nature is love.  This New Moon will activate the process.  As Venus  leads us down and through  areas that need healing/releasing –  she will also help us move on from past issues that keep us stuck. Its about discovering and knowing our true value – which is love.


A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step!




On Love

An excerpt from “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran

Then said Almitra, Speak to us of Love.
And he raised his head and looked upon the people,
 and there fell a stillness upon them.
And with a great voice he said:
When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
as the north wind lays waste the garden.
For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you.
Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest
branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them
in their clinging to the earth.
Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant:
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire,
that you may become sacred bread for God`s sacred feast.
All these things shall love do unto you
that you may know the secrets of your heart,
and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life`s heart.
But if in your fear you would seek only
love`s peace and love`s pleasure,
Then it is better for you
that you cover your nakedness and
pass out of love`s threshing floor,
Into the seasonless world where you
shall laugh, but not all of your laughter,
and weep, but not all of your tears.
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself,
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed:
For love is sufficient unto love.
When you love you should not say,
“God is in my heart,” but rather,
“I am in the heart of God.”
And think not you can direct the course
of love, for love, if it finds you worthy,
directs your course.
Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart
and give thanks for another day of loving:
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love`s ecstasy:
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in you heart
and a song of praise upon you lips.