The Lunar Eclipse 15th April 2014 (AEST 5:45pm)
Early this evening the Sun and Moon will oppose each other in such a way that as the Earth will be between them it will cast its shadow on the moon creating what some people call a ‘blood moon’.
To esoteric astrologers this is a period when a portal opens for Earth and galactic frequencies become more readily available for us to attune ourselves to.
We are very definitely in a time when big change and shifts in consciousness are happening, and very fast. The Lunar Eclipse always signifies a time for us to allow baggage from the past to surface and be released so that new forms of energy can run our bodies and psyche’s. This is a wonderful opportunity to allow ourselves to surrender to the notion that we are all One and part of the same Universe, and yet we are paradoxically also here to express the unique essence of ourselves as facets of the Universe/consciousness/God/all-that-is. The Lunar Eclipse allows our minds to for a moment, be overshadowed by what is so vast and boundless, and so much larger than our programming, belief systems, cultural and societal influences, and get an inkling into what this means.
With this Lunar Eclipse, which is conjunct the Moon’s nodes (aka The Dragon’s head and tail) Mercury is conjunct Uranus and Venus is conjunct Neptune and approaching Chiron.
Both these inner planets, who orbit even closer to the Sun (the ego) than we do here on Earth, and in conjunction with outer planets which represent the respective higher vibration.
Any involvement with the Moon’s Nodes guarantees that there’s Soul growth happening.
Our Souls longing for expansion of awareness, growth and reconciliation with Oneness. Mercury conjunct Uranus means brilliant breakthroughs into new fields, ideas and thought processes, sudden flashes of genius and or break-aways from the accepted or conventional norms. Opportunities for whole new thinking pathways as the nervous system gets its flash of inspiration from higher frequencies. Uranus is the ‘higher octave’ of Mercury, it brings higher intelligence to everyday thinking processes, and in Aries, pioneering into new realms.
Then there’s Venus conjunct Neptune in Pisces, and approaching Chiron (exact conjunction Monday 21st April). Here is the portal to the highest compassion and forgiveness, the beauty of Piscean faith and wisdom, the healing of old wounds which Chiron presides over. Neptune is the higher octave of Venus, raising earthy sensual love into compassion, kindness and forgiveness.
Over the next week or so we are being given the opportunity to heal our relationships by calling in that part of our hearts which does not judge, and which knows that we are all doing our best with what we have available to us. The beautiful acceptance and opening that can happen by bringing this kind of awareness to all your relationships will reverberate for many months, and shape-shift your ability to share love.
This Lunar Eclipse is on the doorstep of the Cardinal Grand Cross, which I wrote about in the previous article, and this wave of transformational energy peaks between 20th-24th April and then gathers itself into the Solar Eclipse which is happening on the 29th April here in Australia. More about that in the next few weeks.
Feel free to talk about what you are experiencing here.
My take on the sign Aquarius
People say that all the signs have their good and bad qualities, and that one shouldn’t make qualitative statements about them. But I have to say that after studying, teaching and using Astrology as a tool for self-enquiry and development for nearly forty years, Aquarius is my favorite sign! And here is why: Aquarius is the humanitarian revolutionary who keeps all the other signs awake and on their toes. The catch phrase for Aquarius is: “I know”. This is because knowledge is a tool for the betterment of humanity, and Aquarius has an innate knowing sense.
Ruled by the planet Uranus, the planet of revolution, innovation, futuristic vision, genius (and yes, ‘madness’) Aquarius is a fixed air sign, so even though it enlightens us with enthusiasm (from the Greek enthousiasmos, to be inspired by a God) and de-light, natural intelligence and sense of adventure, it is able to powerfully concentrate and focus its energy onto a goal or outcome for the greater good of all beings. In old Astrology, before Uranus was discovered in 1781 (the same time as electricity), Saturn was the ruler of Aquarius while it co-ruled Capricorn. I believe that the taciturn economic and disciplined ways of Saturn are still in play in Aquarius. This means that all the idealism and enthusiasm is grounded in practical down-to-earth action, that doesn’t get blown away by flamboyant ego displays or corrupted by expressions of pride.
Aquarius often finds itself the ‘right face, in the right place, at the right time.’ It seems to naturally gravitate to the best situations and circumstances.
Having said all of these wonderful things about Aquarius, I have to say, that Aquarius struggles with intimacy and one-to-one relationships. It is everybody’s best friend, but is out-on-a-limb when it comes to relating to a significant other. This is because it deeply cares about the brotherhood of all mankind more than the nearest and dearests.
Ofcourse in describing an Astrological sign in this way, I am not necessarily describing people who have their Sun in Aquarius, although mostly they will be able to identify with some, if not all of these qualities. We all have all the signs in us, some of them will dominate more that others. Aquarius represents a facet of expression I find the most developed and sustainable especially as we enter into the Age of Aquarius. (more about that in another article soon)
This is an important time for the Aquarian side of life, and this is because of the ongoing square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn, which we will go on being part of all this year and into 2015. This is the revolution of consciousness and the breaking down of the status quo as well as many outworn belief systems and modis operandi. The violent wars and turbulent natural disasters we are witnessing and participating in have a Uranus/Pluto 'feel' about them. The fires of transformation wielding great inroads into human consciousness, opening it up for the New Earth Eckhart Tolle talks about in his great book. The Aquarian Age of Enlightenment, where we all intrinsically know we are One, all part of the living breathing organism known as life on Earth.
Heralding February is the Super new Moon on January 30th in Aquarius which you can use to allow yourself to dream in and manifest goals or outcomes you feel the most enthusiastic about.
Mercury will go retrograde on February 6th until 28th. It will go into Aquarius, a much more pragmatic place for it than the dreamy poetic Pisces, on February 14th.
The most important transit is Jupiter in Cancer opposing Pluto in Capricorn, with Venus within one degree of Pluto, on January 31st. We are still deeply questioning our values and beliefs, and there could be some secret uses and misuses of power which we become part of, or aware of in others. With our personal lives Venus is so close to this opposition, we will need to come from a place of love and receptivity, just listening quietly, instead of imposing what we think is correct through manipulation or domination. Under this transit there have to be some losses, so that gains can be made and the regeneration of the truth can be facilitated. After this Jupiter will sit on a square to Uranus until March 6th when it will also go direct and start moving through Cancer at its usual faster pace. This relationship between Jupiter and Uranus, can bring a lot of release and relief to the pressure which has been building up with the Uranus/Pluto square. Surprising situations and innovative resolutions will bring movement and change.
Joyful Sagittarius! The gift to us all with its natives expansive and philanthropic overview and sense of humour. However, at this time some Sagittarians will be feeling more sensitive and emotionally attuned than usual, and instead of their usual sweeping flights of delights, they could be feeling more internal and family orientated. This is because their ruling planet Jupiter is retrograde in Cancer and trine to Saturn in Scorpio. There's help with the internal work here, the healing of old fears, and a sense of how vast inner life can be.
The last time it was here was 2001, and as everyone remembers the world changed with 9/11. For a moment it looked like the outpouring of love and community could really change things. I think it did change people's attitude about how essential community is.
Mercury is in Scorpio as I write and will fly through Sagittarius only to enter Capricorn on Christmas day 25th December, so there's more Soul searching coming up, as Venus retrogrades (21st December) in Capricorn and stays in that sign until 5th March 2014. Venus in Capricorn is cautious and circumspect, unlikely to follow impulses, especially when she's retrograde. Mars will be entering Libra on 8th December, and make some strong aspects to Venus (ruler of Libra) early next year. (I will write more about that soon). This shows that relationships will need some adjustments, as people feel the need to express boundaries.
Uranus in Aries has been retrograde for the last five months and goes direct this month. Uranus is the awakener and rebel which is with its 'mate' Pluto shaking up our whole system at present. (see article) But in retrograde it had its kid gloves on. Now things are going to start moving again, as it goes direct unlocking the truth, setting us free; and then it squares Mars (Christmas day) and Pluto which is potentially a bit of powder keg situation, but I believe the influence of Libra, the peace lover and diplomat, and the trine to Saturn in Scorpio could keep things from exploding, and pave the way for cooperation, and deep healing.
photo by Tim Walker
The festive Leo/Aquarius full moon on 27 January, has several planetary companions spicing up its luminous presence, and generally creating some intrigue. Read on to get a snap shot interpretation...
In the last few articles I’ve talked about the powerful and world-changing Uranus/Pluto square we are in the midst of, and the effects on the collective, individuals and the established institutions and structures which hold our manifest world in place. (see article)
I have given this a lot more thought and recently felt that throughout this three year period of the Uranus/Pluto square, any faster moving planets which make an aspect to the degrees of either Uranus or Pluto will be an expression and/or catalyst of this revolutionary energy we are all experiencing in one way or another.
The revolutions, and uprisings being experienced by large groups of peoples in countries all over the world, and now the events unfolding in Africa, especially Mali, are all a reflection on a world scale of an enormous restructuring of our internal worlds as well. Unresolved emotional issues such as denial of your own true self, (Uranus) by oppressive dogma of a religion or authoritative tyranny from your own early life’s conditioning (Pluto) need to be faced and resolved and healed. Luckily we have Neptune and Chiron both in Pisces over this time frame, the gently healing energy’s of Neptune and Pisces, working on our collective wound. (Chiron).
These are the dates for the next exact squares between these Uranus and Pluto:
May 20th, 2013; November 1st, 2013; April 21st, 2014; December 15th, 2014; and March 16th 2015.
You may not feel the energy of these aspects exactly on the date, but often the week before or after can be the time when you tune in.
If you are experiencing big upheavals and shocks in your life, which make you feel powerless and frightened at the moment, this huge shift is also very much about your personal and internal life. Those places which have denial or pain in us are often the most difficult places to meet in ourselves, and I recommend getting some support, either form a practitioner you trust, or calling in your ‘higher Self’ or Angelic beings getting help from other dimensions. (Neptune and Chiron in Pisces).
You may have done the emotional work, and now be experiencing amazing surges of freedom and Light.
Planetary positions coming up:
*26thJan: Mars (Aquarius) sesquiquatrate Pluto (Capricorn); Jupiter (Gemini) trine Sun (Aquarius); Mercury (Aquarius) square Saturn (Scorpio)
27th Jan: Full Moon Leo/Aquarius
30th Jan: Jupiter turns direct (huzzah!)
1st Feb: Mars goes into Pisces, and Venus goes into Aquarius
5th Feb: Mars (Pisces) conjunct Neptune
**6th Feb: Venus (Aquarius) sextile Uranus (Aries)
7th Feb: Mercury conjunct Neptune; Venus (Aquarius) trine Jupiter (Gemini)
9th Feb: Mercury squares Jupiter
10th Feb: Mars (Pisces) square Jupiter (Gemini)
11th Feb: Mercury and Mars in Pisces conjunct Chiron; Venus (Aquarius) square Saturn (Scorpio)
***13th Feb: Mercury trines Saturn (Scorpio) (and sextile Pluto); Mars conjunct Chiron
Leading up to the Leo/Aquarius full Moon which is on Sunday afternoon here in South Eastern Australia, * Mars makes a hard aspect to Pluto triggering some of the energy of the square to Uranus. This could easily activate some violence or an outburst of rebellion, which could lead to bloodshed. With the full Moon energy also, we get expanded emotional expression, and inflated excitement. Watch your anger and stress levels, and take deep long breaths if you feel yourself wanting to explode.
Use the mental discipline of the Mercury/Saturn square and bring your awareness into the frontal lobes of your brain (your forehead) and away from the 'reptile' brain (above your neck at the back of your head, (which wants to kill!) Fortunately Jupiter is making an airy trine to the Sun, which should soften the challenging energy of the square and help us to see the bigger picture with more fairness and objectivity.
The full Moon after this process can then be a true Leo/Aquarius celebration of the individual self, as part of a brotherhood called humanity!
Jupiter turns direct on January 30th, which will move us forward into our expanded consciousness, and on February 5th, Mars conjuncts Neptune so that with the power of our imaginations we can visualize a humanity based on Peace, unconditional Love, Universal justice, and freedom (**February 6th Venus now in Aquarius) and sextile Uranus). Dreaming and expanded awareness continues into February 7th with Mercury conjunct Neptune and Venus trine Jupiter.
Mercury then squares Jupiter on February 9th, bringing a lot of information and learning, which will help us understand all the shifts and expand our awareness. Mars then squares Jupiter on Feb 10th, which is a good time to implement any new ideas which have come from your insights. Plant a seed either literally or figuratively to make the most of this transit.
On a more personal relationship level as well as in the International diplomatic milieu much healing can happen with the Mercury, Mars and Chiron conjunction in Pisces. Any denied anger or aggression can be transmuted by the soothing waters of Pisces. Venus is squaring Saturn, which can mean that issues will arise which need work: dialogues will need to be grounded into a realistic and contained framework, otherwise feelings of constraint and suppression can bring up fear and withdrawal.
Mars will stay in its conjunction with Chiron for a few days, issues of assertion and competition or anger can be healed, especially with Mercury making its trine to ***Saturn and its gentle yet productive sextile to Pluto. (from the depths, and transformational).
Throughout February, Pluto will be moving into sextile with Saturn and tightening the orb on 24th Feb. I feel that the potential harshness of the Uranus/Pluto square is softened by this sextile, perhaps allowing for the easy implementation of change into our infrastructures, so that by the end of February we will be able to see more of the changes a lot of us have been asking for.
In the thick of the big Uranus square Pluto transit I spoke about in several previous articles, any of the faster moving planets which come into aspect with either of these two revolutionaries will act as a catalyst to release some of the energy of their interaction.
Uranus in Aries is daring us to express what is true for each of us, rather than conforming to the sleep-walk of conditioning and society’s expectations for the status quo. Pluto in Capricorn will help ground and stabilize the momentum of this into something for the common good. Pluto is always at its most potent when dealing with issues at the core of survival, and these are times in which we are closely examining survival issues for all life on our precious Earth.
Mercury squared Uranus on the 3rd of January, and will square Pluto on January 6th at 10 degrees Capricorn. Here is an opportunity for us to allow our minds to start interpreting the Zeitgeest: the flavour of the Uranus/Pluto square, finding words to express the nature of this transformational aspect. If there’s something you want to protest about then now is the time to write letters to the editors of media, join in with discussions on social media or blogs which move you: find your voice and help with the breaking up of old-world models which are not working for us as we move forward into these precarious times: the birth of a new humanity. If you were around in the mid-sixties you will remember how we took to the streets and generated a wake-up call of a whole generation. As the old systems breakdown their power is weakening, and the biggest changes are coming from the grass roots up.
On January 7th Mars in Aquarius will come into a square with Saturn in Scorpio. In traditional astrology this aspect was often described as a death or an ending of something. I still think that applies, and I also see it as the ‘editing’ transit. Time to cull all those unnecessary belief systems, ideas and objects which no longer serve your needs. Both Aquarius and Scorpio are able to be (or strive to be) minimalists, keeping things simple and streamlined. You’ll feel obstructed and frustrated at this time if you are holding onto outmoded obstacles of clutter from your past in the form of concepts or material surroundings.
The New Moon on the 11th January joins Mercury, Venus and Pluto in Capricorn.
The feminine energy of the New Moon in Capricorn, sheds a silvery feminine luminosity into the hard-working planets in Capricorn and hopefully assist in the process already underway for women’s rights. Venus will square Uranus on January 12th at 5 degrees of Capricorn/Aries and conjunct Pluto at 10 degrees Capricorn on January 16th. The world wide protesting for women’s rights as well as an end to brutal ancient traditions in the Middle East and especially in India lately will continue and gain momentum as the powerful square pushes for equality and justice for all of humanity.
The end of an era and the birth of a new age
Congratulations! If you are reading this it means you have survived ‘the end of the world’, as predicted by the Mayan calendar recordings ending on 12.12.12.
The full moon in Cancer/Capricorn (28th December 2012) heralds a month which draws us all into the fullness of our feelings and soul stirrings, it is a time for families and communities to link up as we look back at the last four or five weeks and realize we’ve been living on the edge of a collective sense that something is ending and something new is being born. For many of us it has been a very challenging year, stretching us to our limits, testing us for our deepest values and giving us the grit to question the status quo perhaps like we never have before.
The end of the Mayan calendars long count (5,125 years) at the 2012 solstice (21.12.12) coincides with the formal beginning of a New World Age according to the Maya, and coincides with what we have been calling ‘The Aquarian Age’, which we’ve been hearing about, reading about and singing about for the last forty years. (refer to the musical ‘Hair’)
There is a shift of the galactic alignment of the 2012 solstice Sun, which could be associated with a possible formal beginning of a new cycle of precession: the beginning of the Aquarian age. Pisces is considered the last sign/constellation of the zodiac, that makes Aquarius the next age via precession, as it goes backwards through the twelve signs. The galactic center alignment occurs once every approximately 26,000 years. This precessional cycle comes about because of the earth’s minor wobble on its axis.
The Age of Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, the planet of shocking and revolutionary change and awakening. It is associated with freedom, social justice, brotherhood, a new humanity and new technology. It is the energy of those acting for the greater common good.
We are still in the midst, and will be until March 2015 of an enormous revolution of consciousness as Uranus in fiery and directional Aries and Pluto in ambitious and conservative Capricorn, square each other seven times (which is rare) over the next 16 months or so. (see article)
The radical questioning and challenging of many of our well established institutions, some of them the pillars of our infra-structure and financial systems, like Wall Street, as well the whole banking system. And in other parts of the world: the Middle Eastern dictatorships, as well as the Capitalist system, the Communist system, and more recently that unstoppable institution in the US, the NRA, as the US faces up to its Second Amendment and whether or not everyone should be so freely entitled to carry weapons designed to kill other human beings, and whether this is actually appropriate in this day and age.
The combination of Uranus and Pluto in these 'first quarter' squares is potentially the most profoundly transformational and far-reaching of all the planetary combinations.
Our collective consciousness is also more and more moving towards a merging of us into ‘One’, which has also been described as one of the characteristics of this new Aquarian age, as we deeply sense how linked we all are, in our brotherhood, facing up to the biggest collective challenge: the environment. The world wide web is joining us all to each other intimately as we discover that we can change things profoundly from the grass roots up, using this brilliant technology.
Neptune’s passage into Pisces (see article) and Saturn’s move into Scorpio, a harmonious trine relationship between these two, is like salve to our weathered brows, holding our Souls for the deepest healing (with Chiron in Pisces too).
We somehow know that there has to be a revolution in consciousness for the new version of humanity to rise like a phoenix from the ashes of several thousand years of conflict, intolerance and materialism. And may all our intelligence and humanitarianism now assist in this rebirth.
Candida van Rood, aka Candy vR, (or Candy Spender).