Emma Kunz: Spiritual Visionary

At the weekend, I was invited to attend the Emma Kunz exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery. It was the last day of the exhibition and I was so pleased I got to see these incredible works.

It wasn’t a normal art exhibition, by any means. Instead, Emma’s pencil & crayon drawings felt mathematical with their intricate lines and geometric shapes (see Gallery below). The inherent beauty of her art lies in the complexity of the drawings and the subtle use of colour.

Plus, you don’t view the pictures so much as feel them. Standing up close to some of the works of art, there was a resonance, an inner experience. You could almost sense the pictures changing shape in front of your eyes. You would be drawn outwards to the points at the edge of the art work, then back in to the centre.

This makes sense if you realise these aren’t usual works of art. Emma Kunz was a healer and she would draw these impressive pictures for her patients using a pendulum to create intricate patterns. She wouldn’t stop until a work was finished, sometimes working for hours, even days.

As some of the pictures resonated more than others with me, I did wonder whether they were healing me at the same time. Perhaps, an exact pattern was relevant to my own physiology. I was certainly drawn towards similar themes in her pictures.

Being an astrologer, as soon as I returned home, I wanted to look at her birth chart, the map of the heavens when this amazing woman was born. I found a date of birth for her on the internet which then miraculously disappeared. No time of birth, so a sunrise chart, but the astrology is fitting.

Sun/Neptune/Pluto triple conjunction: What the astrology shows is that Emma Kunz was a communicator, born with the Sun in Gemini. On the day Emma was born, the Sun sat next to a tight Neptune/Pluto conjunction in Gemini. Therefore, not an everyday communicator, but a channel and voice for something deeper & wider.

Emma had super-powerful psychic abilities (Neptune/Pluto conjunct Sun Gemini) that she used to heal other people and develop her relationship with nature and the Divine. People who knew her called her “the visionary among the blind” and “the people’s saint”.

She discovered her skills of telepathy and extra-sensory perception as a child, but it was only after the suicide (Pluto) of her father (Sun) as a teenager that she started to use her gift. And, it wasn’t until her 40’s that she started to produce hundreds of incredible drawings.

Emma kept hardly any notes surrounding her works of art, not wanting to document them. Instead, she would use the drawings as healing tools and talk to her patients about them. She purposely didn’t write things down, nor date the pictures.

This is shown astrologically by the incredible conjunction of Neptune/Pluto next to the Sun in Gemini. This is other-worldly communication, not to be restricted or contained. Also, note the placing of communication planet, Mercury, in her birth chart.

Mercury/Mars/Uranus T-square: Fittingly, Mercury sits in Taurus, the sign representing art and nature, opposite Uranus and in a tight square to Mars. This suggests her need to be impulsive around her art, letting it take its own path, using her voice to create each unique picture for a specific individual.

Emma’s quoted as saying: “Everything happens according to a certain regularity which I sense inside me and which never lets me rest.” The T-square in her birth chart shows this compulsion.

Chiron & The Nodes: Note Chiron too, square to the nodes, karmic points in astrology. Healing was Emma’s destiny and, throughout her lifetime, she used her gifts to help others. Venus in Cancer confirms her kind and caring nature.

Emma was born into a family of weavers and had no formal education, nor attended art school. Yet, the patterns in her art are complex, perhaps a testimony to her weaving family’s DNA.

Pallas in Pisces: You would suspect the asteroid Pallas to be dominant in her birth chart, as it’s linked to patterns. Pallas in Pisces could give a nod to the sign of her Ascendant or Midheaven.

Moon & Jupiter Aries: This would elevate the importance of the planet Jupiter in her birth chart, traditional ruler of Pisces. In Emma’s birth chart, Jupiter is in Aries, symbol of a pioneer, a trail-blazer. If the Moon sits next to Jupiter, this is her role as ‘mother goddess’, using her gifts and divine nature, to nurture and heal others.

An extraordinary woman; healer, artist, researcher, naturopath, psychic who left behind an incredible body of work. She never wanted to be famous, even though she was sometimes asked to become a guru-like figure. Her drawings were never exhibited in her lifetime.

By all accounts, she remained humble preferring to live in her country of birth, Switzerland, devoted to her work and close to nature. There’s a museum dedicated to her at Wuerenlos in Switzerland, where she would go to recharge her batteries.

I looked up how often there’s a Neptune/Pluto conjunction, a rare event. Apparently, they take place approximately 495 years. Emma Kunz was born on such a conjunction, notably in the sign of the communicator, Gemini. Which makes the quote below even more extraordinary.

«People such as Emma Kunz live at best once every 500 years, and even then we do not always have the good fortune to receive such a witness as that delivered in her bequeathed work.»   Prof. H. Larcher, Paris

The final quote is by the curator of the first exhibition of her art in th 1970’s, Harald Szeemann (1933–2005). I thought it was a beautiful synthesis of the key elements of her birth chart, her own unique signature:

Her gift was an awareness of connections that contradicted both normal experience and scientific interpretations of the laws of Nature and art. This was a supernatural event, a miracle that, in revealing divine truths conveyed a secret impulse on a par with that of cosmic creation. Emma Kunz’s drawings are attempts to find a universal connection. They are the records of her concentration on the question of the Whole.

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Gemini Sun, Gemini Moon : “One in the Same”

 

Ideally, your life is an intellectual whirlwind with multiple perspectives to explore and choose from. Variety of inquiry sustains you emotionally and also reflects your deepest aspirations. You feel most sane when you’re gathering information and adding to your mental database. One of the keys to remember concerning this combination is that FOCUS is your friend.

Sometimes when we explore ideas, we reach what we think is a dead-end. We find a question that we can’t answer, or run into difficult paradoxes where one thing seems to contradict another. The message to those with this blend is to THINK THROUGH IT and ALSO employ your INTUITION.

There’s a definite suggestion that your inclination could be to just hop to the next concept, issue, etc… only to discover the original one’s to resurface. You could easily run yourself in circles finding that you never really complete anything, and as a result, what you’re left with is a hodgepodge of disparate parts.

Rather than accepting the fate of mental fragmentation, understand that much of the meaning of life resides in whatever you assign to it. So, depending on any person, or institution to fuse what you’ve learned into larger concepts is futile.

Deciding what’s truly important to you and trusting insights which surface in your own heart is of utmost importance. You must not worry yourself it you haven’t yet been able to convert your findings into words yet.

An agile mind, unquenchable curiosity and knack for details are some of your strengths.

Learning is second nature, but can you gain a true perspective  which will advance your interests?

You’re already great at asking questions, so the cosmos is encouraging you to enlarge the scope of your inquiries to the level of universal significance.

Think of this process like college: just because you happen to pick a major doesn’t mean that you don’t integrate all of the other knowledge that you come into contact with.

If this journey is consciously undertaken, you”ll wake up to an entirely new world. If not, you may find yourself in the midst of information indigestion.

Your theme song is “One in the Same” by  Skyzoo and Apollo Brown featuring Patty Crash

You can listen to it here:

Photo by Fillipe Gomes from Pexels

Libra Sun, Leo Moon : “Mass Appeal”

 

“He who seeks for applause only from without has all his happiness in another’s keeping.” – Oliver Goldsmith

Before writing this piece, I found myself just staring at a blank piece of paper in my notebook. I was racking my astrological brain to come up with a Sun-Moon combination that had just as much potential to be popular, well-liked and charismatic as Libra-Leo. I’m not saying there are none, but I’m still pondering on the issue.

When pairing Libra and Leo in a solar/lunar blend we have an individual who is potentially just as interested in you, as they are interesting to other people.  In Libra, we have the one who does the engaging, who draws you in by framing social encounters to your needs and speaks in terms of your interests. Leo is the celebrityThe star who basks in the glow of attention and affirmation while collecting fans and admirers like vintage coins.

In a birth chart, when the Sun is in Libra and the Moon is in Leothere’s a primary motivation of interacting with the other. Libra Sun’s aren’t content with a mere half of the life story. In fact, they’re rather intrigued by opposing points of view. Their “fuel” or stimulus comes from sharing. Participating in the give and take, the mutual exchange, and the balance of recognizing themselves as a separate identity while perceiving how they’re viewed through the social looking glass. They want and need to know what they’re reflecting back.

Leo looks in the mirror because they want to know what they’re physical appearance is like, while Libra wants to know how they appear socially.

The Leo Moon uses the Libra Sun’s fuel to reflect a personality who needs to be admired, appreciated and acknowledged as being special. Most of all: validated.  This individual is nourished through the acceptance of him or her as an authentic and creative human being. After all, putting their unique stamp and signature on life is something they’re highly motivated by, so why can’t they receive YOUR official endorsement? It’s only right.

When this combination lacks integration, it loses balance and starts to hyperextend in it’s desire to please and entertain. Libra is driven to be regarded as “nice”,polite, kind and just an overall good person. This psychological need can create co-dependency and an environment which encourages overly adaptive behavior. Where Libran “good deeds” are no longer aimed at mutual satisfaction, but rather to appease and placate. This dynamic combines itself with overt displays of Leoine attention seeking antics, which are motivated by a fear of losing the limelight, or just being seen as an ordinary mortal, as we all are at some time or another.

A constructive use of this blend can be expressed by mastering the art of timing.

Using social intelligence to follow nuances and queues which indicate when it’s time to perform, or “take it to the stage.” Consequently, when it’s really your time, you’re not stealing anyone’s light. Rather, you’re radiating yours. Your authenticity has the chance to shine through because you’re aware of your own value, which is too vast to be measured in dollars and cents. You can simply be yourself without having to chase “mass appeal.”

Your Theme song is “Mass Appeal” by Gang Starr. You can listen here:

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Sun conjunct Mercury: Cazimi Alert

Sun conjunct Mercury [0 Gemini 12] – May 21 2019 (14:07 GMT+1)

Swift-moving planetary activity takes place today involving the Sun and communication planet, Mercury.

Mercury never moves far away from the Sun in the zodiac. When you’re born, Mercury will nearly always be in the same sign as the Sun or one sign before or after.

This means that the Sun and Mercury make a conjunction in the zodiac a few times a year, when they sit side-by-side. Sometimes, Mercury is retrograde. Other times, it is in direct motion, as today.

When Mercury is within 17′ arc of the Sun, this is called ‘cazimi’ in astrology. It means that Mercury is close within the rays of the Sun, bringing illumination and enlightenment.

It’s as if Mercury is sitting very close to the King of the heavens, as the Sun whispers important information and unique insights into Mercury’s ear.

The Sun’s power and vitality brings out the best in Mercury, already strong in its sign of rulership, Gemini. Plus, they meet at 0 degrees Gemini, a seed degree, the first degree of the sign, excellent for initiating new beginnings.

This ‘cazimi’ moment lasts for approximately eight hours today. It’s strongest from mid-day (GMT +1) when Mercury has entered Gemini until 8 pm (GMT+1).

The big question is: what are you going to ask? How are you going to use this unique signature in the zodiac to its best potential? Both the Sun and Mercury enter Gemini, the sign of communication today and immediately talk, unite, negotiate, plot & scheme.

This is perfect for sending off a proposal, writing that important email, sending off an impromptu text, having that significant conversation, starting your manuscript, book, journal.

Gemini rules all forms of communication, the written and spoken word. The cazimi conjunction can spark great ideas. Good news may come your way. Or perhaps, you are the bearer of good news.

Play around with this symbolism and make the most of Mercury’s audience with the King of the heavens. You have his attention – what will you say? You are hearing his insights – how will you use them?

Read your Sun sign/Ascendant sign below to see which area of your horoscope this cazimi magic highlights:

  • Gemini – personal goals & self-image
  • Cancer – solitude & inner work
  • Leo – friends & wider society
  • Virgo – career & status
  • Libra – travel & study
  • Scorpio – joint finances & sexuality
  • Sagittarius – love & relationships
  • Capricorn – job & health
  • Aquarius – birth i.e. kids, romance, creative project
  • Pisces – home & family
  • Aries – local community & ideas
  • Taurus – money & values

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Mars-Neptune Contacts in Synastry

 

Most hip hop fans are familiar with Common’s 2005 album “Be”, and his song featuring Kanye West entitled “Go”.

” And on the count of three…everybody run back to ya fantasy…”

When I think about how Mars relates to Neptune in a synastry chart, this song struck a chord with me IMMEDIATELY.

Mars literally symbolizes our “GO”.  It represents our drive, action and our efforts to obtain what we desire, whether it’s the fulfillment of cherished goals, status, power or SEX.

Neptune’s energy is slippery, ethereal, nebulous and boundless. Something we can’t quite put our finger on. Frankly, it can be difficult to grasp.

So, what’s the dynamic look like when there’s Mars-Neptune contact between two individuals?

On the constructive side, the potential is immense for a couple to dream together actively. An unconditional and steady support of each partner’s aspirations can be honored with this planetary pairing. Mutual creativity and inspiration may abound which springs from the feeling of being connected to the whole of life.

Both people have the potential to motivate one another to transcend the constraints of living a one dimensional existence, or a life rigidly defined within linear limitations.

Sexually,  a potent thrust of idealism and a “sixth sense” psychic connection can serve as the golden threads which permeate the relationship. There may be the feeling that one has discovered the PERFECT sexual union. That your partner touches you just the right way, utters the poetic, yet nasty words that excite and enchant you and whose movements mesh with the rhythms of your body.

The potential challenge, or even downfall can emerge when you depend on sexual liaisons to act as the exclusive sustainer of the relationship. You may become engulfed in a morass of haze, indecisiveness and confusion as to where you actually stand with your partner, as to what it all means now.

Although great sex may provide a temporary “high”, your intoxication may lead you to ignore  issues which continue to increase in their significance and bubble over as a result of your neglect.  When the smoke has cleared you may wake up and find yourself depleted of the energy it takes to honestly and squarely address your issues.

The remedy here is to couple up and use your collective powers of discrimination to understand the difference between fantasy as a form of creativity and journeying into the interior of one another’s psyche, and a lingering addiction or escape from reality which can severely block the flow of authentic intimacy.

So….at the count of three, you can run back to your fantasy, but it’s up to YOU to decide what the contents of that fantasy will be. The health of your relationship depends on it.

 

Scorpio Full Moon: May 18 2:11pm PDT

 

Scorpio Full Moon

May 18 2:11pm PDT

Two weeks ago we launched Taurus New Moon.  At that time we discussed the importance of being super practical and we talked about Uranus and how he may be sparking internal changes.   For the last two weeks some of us have been getting brilliant insight or flashes that speak to actions we may want to take.   With Taurus we know that the value of anything big must start with small steps and then bit-by-bit we get what we want.  Now on Full Moon, Scorpio asks —“So you want to make changes.” “Okay how is your power?”   “How is your empowerment?”  “Allow me to help you find your power—in my own Scorpio way.”

Scorpio, a water sign knows that emotions are critical to motivate any actions.  However Scorpio is not sloppy about emotions.   Instead, Scorpio asks that we go down deep in our psyche and if there are old ghosts that are holding us back embrace those insecurities, don’t hide but consume them and transform them into self –power.    In other words, Scorpio says fill in the blanks: “I can’t get/do/have/be _______ because of ________” .  Then Scorpio says,  “Thank you for being honest about your insecurity, now let’s go fix it.”

On this full moon chart Mercury is opposing the moon, which is a bit of a conundrum for Scorpio. Mercury is just so dang-mental that he does not like to go down into his feelings and that’s all Scorpio wants us to do is find our emotions especially our icky ones and then transmute, transform transition into something stronger.

For the three days of the full moon see if conversations get into your crawl.   And if you can’t quite figure out what is bugging you.   Process it and see if those thoughts or conversations have activated insecurities.    Let them come up.    This is how we get through our hurdles.

There is another thing Scorpio likes to try to do and that is control everything and everyone.   Ha!   Like that ever works.    Silly.  Don’t even bother wasting your time with controllers or even your own controlling tendencies.   Might I suggest, letting it go for these 3 days of the full moon, see if you can get on the bigger side of fear.  Because at the end of the day, it is fear  that motivates controlling habits.

There is a nice aspect from Pluto to the moon and to Mercury as well, so that suggests these won’t be hideous in your face insecurities, just those annoying ones that have been bugging you for awhile.   Use the full moon to clear out these non -helpful feelings—because that’s Scorpio’s job. Find them, process them and grow stronger for it.

Enjoy these three days.

Full Moon Scorpio: Passions Run Deep

Full Moon [27 Scorpio 38]

London – May 18 2019 (22:11 GMT+1))

New York – May 18 2019 (17:11 GMT-4)

Sydney – May 19 2019 (07:11 GMT+10)

The Moon is currently reaching its monthly peak, swelling in size night by night. This month, the Full Moon takes place in the deep & dark water sign, Scorpio, the star sign linked to healing, regeneration & transformation.

Scorpio rules sex, money, death & rebirth and all things taboo. It’s linked to the psyche and what’s hidden. Scorpio’s keyword is power, whether you use it to good or bad effect. We’re hanging out in the underworld when we’re in Scorpio’s domain.

Full Moon Energy

Full Moons are a time when emotions are heightened and important matters can be brought to completion. The light of the Full Moon is exposing, sometimes confrontational.

In Scorpio, you can enter into the dark, untouched places releasing emotions that have been hidden away or ignored. You encounter the shadow side of life. By digging deep, you find the part of yourself that’s fearless, authentic and real.

This is not always a comfortable place to be. If you are a Scorpio or have Scorpio planets in your chart, you might already understand that a journey through the underworld can unearth hidden riches. When you explore and embrace all of life, the dark as well as the light, you tend to emerge wiser and stronger for the experience.

Cycle of Life & Death

The cycle of life and death is clearly shown through the opposite signs of Taurus and Scorpio. During this Full Moon, the Sun is in the earth sign Taurus linked to nature and growth and the Moon is in the water sign Scorpio linked to death, also rebirth. Regeneration, compost, the eternal cycle of life and death which is never-ending.

The Full Moon in Scorpio can highlight where you need to be healed and where best to channel your own healing abilities. You might uncover issues around power or where you feel powerless. You might discover where you’re in control and where you can tap into your own inner power to accomplish incredible feats.

Venus/Uranus [4 degrees Taurus]

There are two other key factors to note during this Full Moon weekend. Firstly, there’s a Venus/Uranus conjunction on the same day as the Full Moon. Venus rules love and money, art and beauty. It’s strong in Taurus.

Uranus is the planet of the unexpected. Put the two together and love is potentially exciting & unpredictable, fast & furious. Liaisons may begin swiftly and sweep you off your feet or can end quickly too.

Moon/Mars Mutual Reception

Also, Mars rules this Full Moon as the traditional ruler of Scorpio. Mars is now in Cancer which means that the Moon and Mars are in mutual reception, i.e. in each other’s sign of rulership. This means they’re working together, united in a common cause. You can read this astrology in different ways.

One current example is that Cancer rules the womb and Mars, ruling men, is interfering in women’s business. This shows up clearly in the men who are inflicting their control on women’s bodies in the outrageous abortion laws in Alabama.

Yet, women, represented by Venus, are strong in Taurus. Plus, they have the power of the internet/social media and the collective, represented by Uranus. Stand up for what you believe in this weekend. Take care of the earth, Taurus, and nurture women’s rights, Venus/Uranus.

It’s a heady mix of planetary activity during this weekend’s Full Moon. Emotional and passionate, intense and surprising. May it play out in your own life in ways that are thrilling and exciting. This is what I wish for you.

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