Seeking Balance at the Autumn Equinox

The autumn equinox will happen today (Saturday Sept 22nd) at 9:54 PM Eastern time/2:54 AM Sunday 23rd UT. 

 

 

I  think most people know that Equinox means equal day – equal night. If you didn’t, now you do ! But what you may not know is that western astrology is dependant on the moment when the sun aligns with the equator. The zodiac begins the sign of Aries with this occurrence in the spring – and the second half (Life bra) begins similarly in autumn.  That is why the date of the first day of spring and fall can change from year to year, because it’s not about the specific day, as it is about the sun’ s exact position relative to the earth.

 

The September equinox is the moment when the Sun appears to cross the celestial equator, heading southward. Due to differences between the calendar year and the tropical year, the September equinox can occur at any time from the 21st to the 24th day of September.Wikipedia

 

Originally the constellations lined up with each of the signs (sort of)  but due to earths wobble, these have shifted in relation to the earth, so we rely on the equinoxes for the timing of the  zodiac wheel. 

 

I bet you will sleep better knowing that fact 😉

 

Anyway- Autumn is about to begin. I love this time of year, with the crisp air, the golden leaves, the cooler nights. It’s the time of harvest and gathering as we prepare for the coming cold. We’ve had snow already where I live – I’m hoping we’ll still get a beautiful warm October as we often do. 

 

 

I find myself thinking about harmony and balance and the highly polarized atmosphere the world seems to be in at this time.

 

One of the things that is interesting when doing people’s charts, is that there are always very opposite qualities in most people. So you may have a part of you that’s very outgoing,  gregarious, cheery, and another part that’s more inward,  hermit-like and shy. 

 

Or, some people may see you as a strong independent leader, while you yourself bemoan the fact that you can’t make up your mind about things.

 

We all have these opposites in us – of Yin and Yang, masculine/feminine, light and dark. Part of an astrology reading is to look at the polarities and see how and where they can be integrated to create a more balanced whole.

 

This is definitely a theme right now as we move into the sign of Libra,  who’s symbol is the scales.  The word Libra  is contained in equilibrium. 

Libra seeks beauty, harmony and cooperation. The ruling planet is Venus, the goddess of love.

 

Venus is soon turning retrograde, so we’ll have plenty of time to reflect on our relationships and our inter connections with others, as well as how in or out of balance we feel. Do you find yourself giving too much to others, or too little? Are you caught up work or in so many social activities that you have little time for yourself, or do you wish you could get out more?

 

The  Full Moon on Monday is in the fiery sign of Aries, which is all about initiative and independence and doing things for ourselves. 

 

Libra is more codependent and attached to others. 

 


 

We’ll have plenty of chances to look at our relationships and try and find ways to balance out opposites, while we work on finding middleground. 

 

Like a pendulum swinging from one extreme to another, sometimes we have to swing towards something that seems at odds with our own values. In doing so,  we may gain empathy and understanding of a different point of view. The trick is to not compromise your own self in the process. That requires having a strong sense of self. The North Node/Destiny Point in Leo says Amen to that!  🙏🏻

 

At this Equinox moment, may you find the Beauty, Harmony and Peace that you seek. And remember, everything that you’re looking for – is already inside of you.

 


 

New Moon New Beginnings.

There’s something about this time of year, as the days begin to shorten, the air gets crisper, the leaves begin to get a tinge of gold and yellow here in the Northern Hemisphere. In this part of the world it is the time of the harvest, where we begin to gather in and prepare for the coming winter.

I always feel mixed feelings about letting the summer go (one more day!) , while being excited by the focus this time of year seems to bring. Time to get er done!
 
The Sun in Virgo can be demanding and  perfectionist,  with a focus on  being organized and together. Under a Virgo New Moon we may find ourselves seeking purification or flawlessness – with a strong need to be right. Virgo’s critical nature comes from that desire to get things exactly so. This energy can increase efficiency, yet also makes us  a bit hard on ourself and others in the process. Try to give people a little slack (including yourself!) Virgo’s tendency to try to be all things to everyone can take its toll!
 
 
Theres added tension in the air right now (Mars Uranus) that can trigger restlessness and impatience and set us off against each other. We all need to relax and trust that everything will work out. Try to give others a little breathing room even as you focus in on what needs to be done . That doesn’t mean doing nothing. It’s about getting the balance right.
What’s that saying about the strings of a lute ? – too tight and they snap – too loose and they produce no sound. (interesting that it refers to a lute, it’s obviously a very old saying). 
 

 

 

My point is – Virgo is the tightener- Neptune sitting opposite is a loosener. The more dreamy influence can  help soften the harsh glare of Virgos perfectionism by increasing our empathy and compassion for others. Everyone is  just trying to do their  best!

 
It’s been a bit of a slog over the summer with many planets retrograde. As  they all begun to gain  forward momentum – we can too! 
 


A New Moon is the perfect  time to get back in the saddle and plant seeds of intention; time to focus on what we would like to see unfold over the next lunar cycle. Enjoy how the Sun and  Moon  combination stimulates your creativity, and  Neptune’s energy helps you to dive into your imagination and use it to access your dreams. If you can dream it – it can happen! 
 
The air right now is pregnant with possibility! Use this magic moment of intention to vision your way forward and initiate new ideas. You know you want to!
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Dreamy Full Moon in Pisces

The Full moon in Pisces tomorrow is emotionally sensitive, idealistic and loving. Moon in Pisces has an ethereal quality – is highly imaginative – with a tendency to withdraw from the world.
If you have a Pisces Moon or strong Neptune in your chart (rules Pisces ) you are probably a softhearted type who is willing to sacrifice yourself for the good of others. Beware of the tendency to martyr yourself or give too much to too many ( try saying that out loud !)
If you can be of service – without losing your boundaries – it’s a win – win.
This Full Moon could activate powerful psychic abilities. This is a time of heightened intuition, creativity and cosmic dreaming. Keep a journal beside your bed for messages that arrive while you’re sleeping.
Be careful of intoxicants – this Full Moon brings with it a strong escapist tendency. Don’t drink and drive. Instead – put on some headphones and trip out on some music!
There is a tremendous compassion available at this time. Look around and see where you can extend a helping hand – human caring or touch can sometimes be all it takes to save a soul. Just remember to do it from a place of love / not ego / and not at the expense of yourself.
Pisces  has a tendency to get lost.  The Sun in discerning Virgo can help us discriminate between good and bad choices and guide us to the correct action.
The inspiration available via this Soul-Full Pisces  Moon can put us in touch with our deepest longing. This spiritual energy calls us to a place beyond this world. If we can take that feeling and ground it in our physical reality – we can truly experience heaven on earth.
‘Let the beauty of what you love – be what you do!’   Rumi
Happy Full Moon!

New Moon – Partial Lunar Eclipse in Leo: New Moment. New Choice!

I haven’t posted in a while.  Between kidney stones and summer visits and extreme heat – I haven’t been quite up to the task. But with today being the last of three important eclipses, I felt the need to get on here and say a little about the current astrology.

Early today –  the Sun and Moon join at 18 degrees  Leo – for the sacred marriage – conjunctio – a New Moon that is also a partial solar eclipse. This is a seed time as well as a majour shift. What we put out now will have  long term effects.  If you have felt extra tension or anxiety over the last few days – it may be due to the energy building up toward this final eclipse of the year. More change is afoot!
“The eclipse kicks off at 5:46 a.m. E.T., and will be visible in Greenland before expanding toward Iceland, northern Europe, most of northern Russia and part of northern China, according to NASA. If the weather is good in the morning, when the eclipse starts (around 4:02 a.m. E.T.), then it may become the most viewed solar eclipse of the year. The wide path across parts of the Northern Hemisphere means much more people will be able to catch it than the July 13 partial solar eclipse. Even though it will be visible to a wider swath of the world, the August 11 eclipse still won’t be visible in North America .”
In astrology – eclipses are seen as portals  – representing changes or  shifts in energy  that can trigger endings – and   transition us into new ways of being. The area in your chart that the eclipse occurs in can show where some kind of pressure has been building – leading to a break from old patterns of behaviour. (go to astro.com to get a free chart. See tab at top for ‘Houses’ which show the meanings for the area of the chart that the eclipse falls in
These shifts/endings/prunings occur on a yearly basis. Yet each one is unique, and can be understood by  looking at the planets and signs involved.
New Moons (Sun Moon conjunction) are also considered points of change – each month we move into a different frequency. A New Moon eclipse can  be seen as a turning point  – and as this is the last of  the eclipse season – it brings to a peak the energy that has been pouring in since the beginning of July.
I’ve seen my share of both solar and lunar eclipses – and  find them both beautiful and  compelling.  What we each feel energetically will depend where the Sun/Moon conjunction/eclipse at (18 Leo) –  falls in your chart – and what personal planets it activates.   Whatever has been coming up for you in the past weeks will give an indication of what issues are bubbling up for healing/release.

 

 

The Sun/Moon combo  in Leo puts the focus on our sense of personal sovereignty and our creative self-expression.  Leo is about finding and expressing our best self – our true magnificence. The North Node – Destiny Point is also currently in Leo – indicating that it is our destiny at this time to find our true worth – so we can shine our light into the world. 
 

 

The Aquarius point opposite (last eclipse) is about what we have to contribute to the greater good; and how can we relate to  and share our gifts (Leo) with others (Aquarius). 

 

In the background – there’s been a disturbance in the force. Mars – the warrior planet –  has been moving back and forth through Aquarius. This has created some agitation- you may feel you have to fight for your spot in the limelight, or are feeling a build up of  anger around social justice, groups and the internet. As Mars in Aquarius activates our more radical side, many will feel the the urge to stand up for  a cause.  It might be hard right now to do so  without picking fights.  Some battles are meant be fought. Some are not. Discernment is key. 
If you find yourself being more worked up around issues than usual – remember- there are  a lot of keyboard warriors out there. And everybody is sure they are in the right. Take a deep breath. Mars and Mercury retrograde want us to turn our focus inward, and  step away from the fray. This is  a good time to  reflect on your relationship to  the internet – to groups – to  family – and to society as whole –   as you figure out how much influence you want them to have in your life – or how much influence you can have on them.

 

 

 

The July eclipse (Cancer/Capricorn) showed us that  difficulties in relating to others are often rooted in our family patterns.  Do you have unresolved anger issues with your family? Do you find yourself rebelling in a knee jerk fashion because of them? (Mars Aq.)  Our  resentments from the past  limit our effectiveness in the present. Its time to gently face and heal those wounds –  and then –  let that shit go!   The world needs us!     If you’re  done examining the roots of your discontent, there’s work to be done. The ship is going under and we’ve got to bail like crazy.
Ironically- until Mars goes direct at the end of august, many projects will stay  stuck in the planning stages. Patience required.
 

 

 

 Actually, every since Jupiter turned direct in early July I have found things have sped up for me personally(especially after a rather challenging winter). Jupiter in my first house feels like the wind at my back.  Which just shows that it  all depends on where the planets are moving in your own chart.
I have also become more  aware of  time spent on the  Internet (Aquarius) and potential of addiction to social media and to being online – partly due to being without access to my computer or  to WIFI.  Now that I am back home – I’m noticing a strong  the urge to  break away from its hold on me.    Mars in Aquarius wants  freedom – it must  go its own way – and the North Node in Leo wants to  focus on  individual self – expression. The internet can be a tool in that process – as long as the tool does not become the master. I find social media a wonderful means of connection as well as disconnection, especially with all this anger (Mars) floating about. I’ve had a bit of  digital rage directed at me recently and it was not fun. Leo takes things rather personally (they are the center of the universe after all) while Aquarius is more detached. Watch out for ego reactions!

 

 

Aquarius  also contains a funny conundrum,  in that it is about the group and society , while at the same time  being about our uniqueness and our individuality. Aquarians can also have a rigid, fixed quality  that is contrary to their more radical impulses. Leave it to quirky Aquarius to be both eccentric and conservative at the same time.

 

Both Aquarius and Leo are making us think about where we fit in and what we have to offer. Leo wants us to shine forth in our own unique way. It’s time to stand up and be counted.

 

 You know you want to!

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

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Partial Solar Eclipse in Cancer : Emotional Death/rebirth

I’m writing this on my phone and posting it as I ride home on the bus from an awesome evening of music.? Blue Rodeo -!wonderful Canadian band. One of my favourite things is choosing images to go with the astrology. Unfortunately I can’t really do that at this moment. I’ll come back in tomorrow and see if I can add some. There will probably be typos- I’m doing the best I can under the circumstances. These are more like random notes/points – not totally cohesive. But you’ll get the basic idea. I’ll come back on here as soon as I can and fill
 
Anyway…
Tonight/this morning – if you are in UK/Europe – is a Partial Solar Eclipse. Even though it is not as intense as a full blown eclipse, it is nonetheless  incredibly dynamic – due to Pluto’s sitting exactly opposite .
Pluto is The Destroyer. It strips us down to make way for new growth. 
This is a New Moon (Sun Moon together ) in the highly sensitive and emotional sign of Cancer.
An eclipse can trigger a release of some kind – even more powerful due to Pluto’s presence. This will amplify a sense of New Beginnings that is always part of  a New Moon. 
Eclipses have a long association with destined events – Pluto only deepens that quality. Something powerful this way comes!  
There are elements here of the “irrational, deep unconscious” – potentially potent dream experiences, and/or super- charged memories erupting into conscious awareness.
Pluto confronts us with situations where we have given our power away. If you find yourself  resisting, denying, or being overly defensive,  this will show you where your deeper issues lie. If you are courageous and strong enough to allow your ego to be destroyed (help!) this powerful energy can unearth many deeply buried gifts that have the potential to change your life.
Seriously – this is BIG.
Pluto is the god of the underworld – those secret realms whose shadows have us quaking in our boots. It can trigger “overwhelming and catastrophic extremes; with the primordial instincts, libidinal and aggressive, destructive and regenerative, volcanic and cathartic, eliminative, transformative, ever-evolving . . . violent purgatorial discharges of pent-up energies, purifying fire; situations of life and death extremes, power struggles, all that is titanic, potent, and massive.” Richard Tarnas
Not for the faint of heart!
This is like when Frodo was handed the Ring of Power. What to do with this intense energy? Destroy it or have it destroy you? Or use it for the greater good. Power corrupts – and it also transforms.  The question becomes what do you want to empower?
There is a sense of manifest destiny to this eclipse. If it lines up with your personal chart (middle of July, Oct, Dec, Apr) you may be on the brink of significant change. Whatever you have been grappling with over the last few weeks is up for renovation. 
This could be renovating your home – or some other aspect of your life. And you know – you need to tear the old walls down before you can build new spaces.
Eclipses are portals – if we choose to walk through this one – we will find ourselves emotionally reborn. No more same ol’ same ol’. It may come as an ‘aha’ moment -! or a highly charged emotional exchange – that completely blows away  your preconceived attitudes. 
Family dynamics- inherited dysfunctions and patterns can be so  ‘in your face’ so that you finally get why you’ve been repeating the old shit for so long. 
It’s time to shift or get off the pot!! 
We are all celestial wanderers – trying to find our way home. It’s time to wake up and recognize each other, tune into a higher emotional frequency and start to really get what we are doing here on Earth.
This eclipse can have us diving  deep to find our inner emotional security – our essential self -and cast off the constructed, superficial personas we rely on to feel ok. 
It is  possible to claim personal power without needing to control others – or be  threatened by the power of others.
‘Victor or victim’? You get to choose. 
No one can tell you who you are.  
Look into the mirror of Pluto – face the fear – and do it anyway!
You know you want to!!

 

Full Moon Capricorn: Resovling Conflict – Healing Father Issues

 

 

A Full Moon in Capricorn today involves Saturn – bringing a focus on the need to : prioritize – get serious – take responsibility. Man up! Get er done.  Capricorn words.

The Moon in Capricorn is about Emotional Maturity and Integrity. Key words: Discipline/Commitment. Serious stuff. Father issues. Chiron is involved – meaning painful issues can be brought to the surface so that  deep healing can occur.

‘Healing the FATHER WOUND’

 

 Outer events can stimulate interpersonal interactions; emotional integration (Moon)  is the challenge.

“This aspect gives a deepening and concentration, or a blocking of our self-expression. It symbolizes someone ambitious who wants to make their mark in the world. There may also be a barrier between self- and self-realization, so that our true feelings are denied outlet. 

This Full Moon makes us strong-willed, or even autocratic, and can appear selfish, or cautious and reserved. There is usually a sense of rejection or coldness in relationship to the father, and a sense of lack of love in ones life, generally, leading to a subconscious desire for recognition. 

There may be feelings of hostility or a physical ailment that prevents our total participation in life activities. The heart-center may need developing. “ (Time Passages)

A lot of the above quote could describe my father. He had other, more positive attributes as well. Creativity. Kindness. Commitment to family. Steadfastness. Sense of humour. But the autocratic side of him made it hard to connect sometimes. The ID is said to be our internalized parent. How much have you subconsciously – or consciously – modeled yourself on these traits?

One of the key  lessons now is to examine our relationship to authority – to our own inner authority-  and/or authority figures in our life: fathers – teachers- priests- rules and rule makers – to see how they may have set us on a course of actions/ reactions. Someone similar (or they themselves) may appear in our life now to get us to deal with our father issues. Perhaps, like me, you are beginning to forgive your parents their mistakes – finally letting go of resentments and anger (life’s too short) and remembering some of the good stuff (if there was any).  Either way – honest self-reflection  allows us to be more authentic and to live with more INTEGRITY (another Capricorn word).

Shortly after the Full Moon, Mercury moves into Leo and squares Uranus in Taurus. Our projects and commitments will be questioned – challenged – scrutinized. We may have sudden insights into our relationships with our father. Or experience sudden changes in our physical circumstances.

New approaches will suddenly be revealed that are – Exciting. Challenging.  Character building!

Capricorn says its Time to get Real!

You know you want to!

One more thing:

Because a Full Moon is an opposition of Sun and Moon, we may find ourself dealing with  opposition or conflict – and even more so because there are  several planetary oppositions occurring right now.

Opposites both attract – and repel.

Moon/Saturn opp Sun
Mars opp Venus
Mercury opp Pluto

“Conflict is a necessary part of life.Tension upon the strings of a violin can make majestic music.
The critical mass of two hydrogen atoms trying to occupy the same space fuel the sun that nourishes our solar system.

Most conflicts you face in life are the result of your Path converging with another’s.
Your Path is not theirs, and one Path is not necessarily more right than the other.
Can you work together to remove the blockage?” 

I Ching #6 Conflict

 Oppositions often occur as relationship issues.  Is someone challenging or confronting you right now? Relationships are a powerful mirror.  Who is standing across from you?  Conflicts arise when we see ourself as being right and the other person wrong. There are so many polarizing narratives occurring in social media – politics – the news. Yet the reality, in truth,  is usually somewhere in the middle (though not always). We don’t all have to be enemies. We are after all – all fellow travelers on this beautiful planet. Surely we can find a way to get along!

Try to meet the other person halfway. You know you want to….

 

Summer Soltice : The Turning Point

Today is the  Summer Solstice –  the longest day of the year. We are already at the midpoint where the days will beging to get shorteer (after a three day pause). That sort of makes me sad – yet it is meant to be a day of celebration and joy – as we honour the lifegiving energy of the Sun.

Stonehenge is probably the most famous visual symbol of the Solstices. Many gather here each year to witness  the Sun as it peaks over megalithic stones built thousands of years ago. 

 “At midsummer- the Sun rises over the horizon to the Northeast- close to the heel stone.”

 Today’s Solstice celebration at Stonehenge

“A silver glow is growing behind the silhouetted horizon; it promises to be a fine day. It is an hour before sunrise, that special time when the Earth seems to hold her breath in anticipation of the appearance of her lover, the Sun. He has been united with her throughout the dark hours; now he prepares for his rebirth and subsequent climb into the heavens where he will take up his duties as Lord of the Day. But that is still an hour off. Venus, the morning star, illuminates the heavens to the east and bids us enter her domain. She is another aspect of the Goddess; we feel the power of her love directed towards us as we approach her temple. As we speed through the awakening countryside the birds are singing their praises to the dawn and there is movement to be seen in the hedgerows.” 

 

https://youtu.be/1DJ1ClemHLk (live stream recording)

I’ve just watched the Solstice Sun rise and sparkle through the majestic pillars of Stonehenge (on youtube live).  England was my second home for many years – yet I never actually visited  Stonehenge. I did drive by them once on my way back from Glastonbury but didn’t have the chance to get close.  Sort of ironic that  I am watching and listening to it now on youtube from thousands of miles away – enjoying the chanting and drumming in the background as I write this blog post.

The megalithic stones of Stonehenge are aligned to the sunrise of the Summer Solstice – and the  sunset of the opposite Winter Solstice.  The feeling of wonder and magic may seem a bit diluted  in modern times – though according to my  friend Maggie – who went there more than once –  it can still be felt when you are there amongst the stones.  (I’m thinking of you now Maggie – wherever you are). I have been to several smaller stone circles –  in England, Scotland  and Ireland- and they are truly  special places.

The symbolism of the Summer Solstice is of the Sun and Earth in union.

 

 

 

 

 
May there be peace in the East
May there be peace in the South
May there be peace in the West
May there be peace in the North
May there be Peace on Earth. 


“All druid rituals have an element of fertility, and the solstice is no exception,” says King Arthur Pendragon, a senior archdruid. “We celebrate the union of the male and female deities — the Sun and the Earth — on the longest day of the year.”
The current astrology echoes that sense of  of fertility and fecundity. Planetary aspects are stirring up powerful passions and creativity by activating our deepest urges and drives.  Venus opposite Mars creates  sexual and creative tension – which is then being amplified by Jupiter in sexy Scorpio.
 
Cancer is the sign of the mother- the Sun represents the father. So Sun moving into Cancer represents the joining of the two. When the masculine and feminine join (as in a New Moon) it represents a seed time and a chance to begin anew.
The actual Moon is  in Libra- at a 90 degree angle to the Sun at the moment – if you look at the Moon in the night sky  it looks half full (first quarter). This angle adds  more  tension to help stir up our creative juices even more. When the Kundalini (life force) rises –  it activates  our energy centres and pushes us toward some sort of self expression. The polarized energies can either magnetize or repel  – creating postive union – or negative reaction. We  need to bring our  conscious awareness to what is really driving us.
 
 
Feel the energy rising. Then feel it pause – at its zenith- as you breath in the moment. Then – dance. Sing. Drum your way through the intensity. Then – when your energy is spent- once again- be still.
 
 Just like at the Winter Solstice – the Sun will  pause in the same spot for three days. Over the next few days – we hold the tension of past and future – inner and outer – self and other.  Planetary factors are pointing to continued and profound earth changes  – as we enter the next stage of our emotional and spiritual rebirth.
It can feel sometimes like  a long and arduous process – this new birth- and we might worry that whatever is emerging will not make it out alive. (at least that is how I feel some days).  It seems this transition we are in will take  a lot of courage,  faith and perseverance if we are to see the process through to the end.  A healer friend of mine calls it Ascension Sickness – he says  we  are acclimatizing to a totally new frequency. And just like in a detox-  some of us are encountering a die-off effect – as the sludge from deep inside comes to the surface.  It’s not always so easy to let go of  old familiar beliefs and conditioning.  When I feel like giving up – I remember the symbolism of the tree – that  begins as a small seed – like the  oak tree that already exists in the acorn.
 
 Use the  Solstice energy to tap into your passion- your deepest desires. Not the ones you’ve been conditioned to want – taught that this or that will  fill the endless void inside.  No. That’s just a never-ending cycle of anticipation and then disappointment. We are being urged to go deeper than that- to our core passion for life. It’s there  – deep down in your belly. Seek out your creative impulse. Find your uniqueness. Give it voice. Give it form. 
Nurture your true magnificence. 
You know you want to!

 

 
 

 

    “I am Infinite Being.  
Innocent – Whole – Powerful – Free. 
All is forgiven. 
All is released.”