The Lunar Eclipse-Supermoon today is a perfect opportunity to cleanse and charge your crystal collection.
After clearing them all under running water, I put my whole crystal 'family' out last night, and burnt Palo Santo (sacred South American wood for clearing) around them as a means of protecting them as well. I leave them outside for the full 24 hours around the time of the full moon.
My crystals are my allies in the healing sessions I do, whether it's a tarot reading, Reiki, vibrational healing, spiritual guidance, meditation and guided journeying, or Family Constellation work, I use them as grounding Earthy allies and amplifiers.
I've had some of them for more than thirty years, and they are my companions in the journey.
Mercury went retrograde (read more about Mercury retro here) for the last time this year on the morning of the 6th October, and will go direct again on 26th October.
However, despite the internalised awareness of Mercury retrograde, in October things seem to be heating up for the next Uranus/Pluto square.
I’ve drawn the chart for the total Lunar eclipse, which happens on Wednesday here in Melbourne at 9:55pm on 8th October. The most powerful influence at first glance of the chart, is that Uranus is conjunct the Aries moon, and I feel this is a sort of heads-up for the up-and-coming Uranus/Square in late November. (Especially since the Sun and Moon are also square Pluto). The Sun is conjunct Venus (the ruler of Libra), the planet of beauty, balance relationships and Love. Expect some stirrings and/or upheavals in your relationships, probably especially where you relate to another on an emotional level.
Uranus always brings awakenings, whether they come in the form of unexpected events or circumstances, sudden changes, arrivals, departures, and new thought patterns and processes, inventions and innovations. Uranus is the planet of excitement, and in its rulership of Aquarius, it electrifies the senses; enthusiasm and neurological pathways are lit up with innovative new directions and concepts. Expect the unexpected!
The Lunar Eclipse is also aligned quite closely to the Moon’s North and South Nodes, also known as the Dragon’s head and tail. The asteroid Vesta (about sacrifice and commitment) is also making a hard aspect to both of them (semi-square and sesquiquatrate). The Moon’s nodes have to do with soul’s memory and deeply embedded belief systems. Lunar eclipses are about letting go of things from the past, purging the memory (of the mind and on a cellular level) of thoughts, concepts and beliefs which no longer serve you. With Uranus, Vesta and Venus so close by, truths will surface in your closer relationships, and some compromises might need to be reached to accommodate the changes. Soul connections will need extra listening time, and empathy will bring balance and peace.
I will write about the partial Solar Eclipse in Scorpio on 24th October (Melbourne time) in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned.
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.
In April 2014, expect evolutionary breakthroughs and important events.
'Autumn - Sonoma County', 78 x 32", by Janet Windsor
The Virgo/Pisces full moon on March 16th was in a close square to the Galactic Centre at 27˚ Sagittarius, the heart of the Milky Way. Any alignment with the Galactic Centre provides tremendous energetic support for releasing old belief systems which have held us back from being on track with the expression of our essential selves. The opportunity was available for us to detach from our emotional reactions and spinning thoughts, and sit back as the impartial observer noticing that the power of that is so much more sustaining than the transitory dramas and events unfolding in our daily lives. At this stage Jupiter in Cancer is still moving into its square to Uranus in Aries and is giving momentum to the restless impartial and objective awareness that must precede the release of old beliefs and paradigms.
These signs portend that a lot of release could happen, and the unraveling of outmoded behaviors and reactions to our unfolding revolution in consciousness. I have heard from many friends and students that they felt a shift, like the freedom of seeing things in a fresh way has arrived or is at least palpable now.
As I write I can feel the collective emotional sphere growing thick and deep as the Moon enters Scorpio and we are confronted by our need for control, tempered by a watery grand trine with Mercury and Neptune in Pisces, Saturn in Scorpio and Jupiter in Cancer, we get a sense of the whole and our part in it, how much can we give and receive. If we allow ourselves to go beyond the rational and into the mystery as a form of reality, we will be able to accept that things are not always as they seem to the logical linear mind. The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 is reminding us that not everything can be so easily explained.
These were the conditions present as we entered into the new astrological year on Friday morning (AEST), the Sun went into Aries and the Zodiac life cycle starts up again. The dark side of Aries is impatience, selfishness and insensitivity, but Aries is also the initiator, the pioneer who reminds us to be living in the present, free to create a more exciting and relevant future. Mars, the ruler of Aries is retrograde in Libra (until 20th May 2014), and tempers the usual forthright assertiveness of Aries which is already being somewhat softened by the watery trines, and Libra’s love of peace, which may be just as well with the trouble that’s brewing with Russia’s invasion of Crimea.
The New Moon on March 31st ~ 10˚Aries will be the catalyst for the important Grand Square of Uranus, Pluto, Jupiter and Mars which occurs between 20-23rd April. (* see reference below)
We will start sensing the upheavals being predicted by many astrologers at present, whether they’re sociological or seismic, there will be more of the shaking up which we’re becoming used to from the powerful square between Uranus and Pluto which started in 2012. The New Moon here is conjunct Uranus, and square Pluto and Jupiter. Mercury, Chiron and the Path of Fortune in Pisces are sitting on the ascendant for the new moon (5:48am AEDT), which I think will mean old issues to do with communications (or the lack thereof) will be brought up, and new information will release previously delicate matters for them to be brought up to the surface and integrated. It is an Aries New Moon afterall, so a good time to initiate new beginnings, allow your vision to cut forward into new territory.
On April 15th there will be a total Lunar Eclipse (5:45pm AEDT), visible along the East Coast of Australia if there is no cloud cover, at 25˚ Libra. Here there are quite a few oppositions amongst the Asteroids Vesta, Ceres and Juno, suggesting there could be issues and or awakenings for women and women’s issues. Also this Full Moon is closely connected to the Moon’s North and South Nodes, which means we could draw on some of our deeper DNA knowling and work within our souls to move forward into the new world.
The day when the big Cardinal Cross (*) will be closest is on April 22, at 13˚ of Cardinals, those people born in Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn at around 3rd or 4th April, July, October and January will be most powerfully affected by this, although we’ll all experience a revolution on some level, as the struggles for power, the breaking down of old world institutions and the status quo, personal and collective breakthroughs, the willingness and courage to try new things continues on its trajectory. This time with Mars and Jupiter involved with the Uranus/Pluto square, and the affects could be direct and expansive. Hold onto your hats!
In the midst of the Uranus, Pluto and Jupiter T-Square on the 29th April, a rare Annular Solar eclipse (A solar eclipse in which the moon covers all but a bright ring around the circumference of the sun.) at 4:17 pm (AEDT) and at 9˚ Taurus, should also be visible depending on how clear the sky is. This Full Moon will keep the energy going of the Uranus/Pluto square, amplifying the effects, as does Jupiter who is still within orb.
April 2014 is a very big month in our cosmic neighbourhood, astrologers have been talking about it for years. The revolution in consciousness is coming to a head, and big events politically, sociologically and/or seismically are being predicted. If you’ve been clearing the decks of outworn beliefs, and debris from you past, you will be able to take on board the possibility of evolutionary awakenings and movements towards our new Earth (if you haven’t read Eckhart Tolle’s ‘The New Earth’, do read it now!)
June has started on a soothing note after the intensity of our trio of eclipses (Lunar eclipse 26 May; Solar eclipse May 10th and partial Lunar eclipse May 25th).
I have seen quite a lot of fragmentation and insecurity in people coming to me for readings, and sensed that programmed self-images and conditioned parts of our belief systems really needed to be deeply questioned for their relevance on the journey ahead. It is like us needing to be in a more streamlined state for the continuing revolutionary/evolutionary square between Uranus and Pluto.
Mercury has moved into Cancer and as I write (3rd June) is closely followed by Venus, and making trines to Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. They are heralding the way for Jupiter, as it enters into to a beautiful Water Grand Trine coming up on 16th July: the harmonious and healing relationship between Neptune in Pisces, Saturn in Scorpio and Jupiter in Cancer.
A Water Grand Trine between these three outer planets is just the salve we need to be able to move deeper into the waters of our collective consciousness and know from very Beings that we are all One. Our heightened sensitivity bringing our true feelings into consciousness; this dreamy watery grand trine, refining and tuning our intuitions, allows us to hone our Awareness as it by-passes the analytical and judging mind, this mind which separates us, not only from ourselves but from each other. It is indeed a time for grounding (Saturn) our ideals (Neptune) into manifestation, and with Jupiter’s magnificence, this is balm for our souls and exhausted fearfilled minds.
Jupiter takes around twelve months to travel through each sign, and will be in sweet, creative Cancer from June 26th 2013 until July 16th 2014. Our focus can be on home, family, tribe, community and nation. A time to nourish and protect those situations and relationships which hold us and give us a sense of belonging.
After its rollicking time through the communicative Gemini, Jupiter having been escorted into Cancer by Mercury and Venus enters into this exquisite Water Grand Trine beginning its journey through Cancer with an expanded awareness of the ‘Home’ within: ‘Home’, as they say, is where the heart is. The very same day Jupiter enters Cancer, Mercury will go retrograde and will remain so until July 20, 2013, further highlighting the internal journeying required for the Watery trine to dream its way into the collective, but not necessarily a good time to rely on the details delivered by emails, texts, tickets, roads, postal items, and schedules, just keep checking and checking again.
At the time of the Gemini New Moon (June 9th, 1:59am EST Australia) Mercury will become the other arm of a T-Square with the Uranus/Pluto square and a few days later Venus will join it (June 11-12th). This could bring more revolts and awakenings to the surface: outmoded ways of living together in our daily lives and the ways we share our precious planet and her limited resources come into question. What was barely being tolerated will become intolerable as the shackles of the old world keep on being shed in this revolutionary/evolutionary time. Hopefully the balancing and congruent Water Grand Trine will help to keep things from getting destructive, and transmute the fear and aggression into compassion and practical outcomes.
The Full Moon on May 25th (EST 2:27pm) is a partial Lunar Eclipse is the last of a series of Lunar and Solar eclipses which started on April 25th with a Lunar eclipse, and culminated as a Solar eclipse on May 10th.
The earlier eclipses activated the Taurus/Scorpio polarity and opened up doorways to deepen inner values. In some cases disturbing the status quo profoundly enough to require transformational work to take place, and a deep letting go of beliefs, attitudes and principles which may have held us in good stead in the past but no longer have the same credibility.
With the Lunar eclipse on Saturday (here in Australia and New Zealand) in Gemini/Sagittarius we can expect more understanding and expansion to take place as we integrate the changes.
I looked up the Sabian Symbol for the degree of the eclipse (4º Sagittarius)
(from ‘An Astrological Mandala: The cycle of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases” Dane Rudyar)
“A little child learning to walk with the encouragement of his parents.”
Keynote: The natural assistance of superior powers during crises of growth.
At an early stage in its development, every living organism must make and attempt to overcome the power of gravitation, or rather to learn to use it in order to fulfill the purpose of its life. This implies passing through a critical state of growth _ growth in freedom, potency and individuality, inasmuch as “walking” always symbolizes self-induced progress. In such a crisis the individual is not left alone. Some more evolved Power and Intelligence watches, encourages and gives examples to be followed.
To me this is about us integrating the new energy and insights we gained from the previous two eclipses and like a small child has to individuate needs support from those who have been there before. This was echoed by the North and South Nodes (which are to do with the evolution of the Soul) being trine (harmonious) to Chiron (representing those places where healing needs to happen).
Looking further into the chart of the Full Moon/partial Lunar eclipse chart, I see that Neptune in Pisces trines Saturn and forms a square to the Sun and Moon, further implying that through healing wisdom and compassion the fragmented aspects of ourselves dislodged especially by the previous eclipses; the revolutionary energy of the Uranus/Pluto square (which was exact again only a few days before); as well as abrasive Mars being opposite the Moon for several days has brought anxieties and fretful emotions to the surface and can be refined and soothed by the unconditional love of that Piscean Neptune. If there is confusion and disorientation, it serves to look inside, and take some psychic space.
Another important influence is that Mercury, Venus and Lilith (the Dark Moon) are exactly conjunct each other in Gemini as well. There could be some important and productive revelations about women’s equality and rights. Lilith represents the consciousness that women and the female aspect of our consciousness are/is equal to the male side. The breaking down of limiting patriarchal rules (male consciousness) is part of the evolution in consciousness being activated by the Uranus/Pluto square.
May, with its two eclipses has opened with a sense of new possibilities.
After the powerful Scorpio/Taurus Lunar Eclipse on April 25th a passage opened for us to truly own the condition of our inner world as a precursor to outer experiences and situations. The Eclipse was like a bolt of lightening as it must appear from the depths of the ocean (the deep waters of Scorpio shaken and stirred!). This journey continues as we experience two more eclipses this month. The passage rambles on into the depths of the collective psyche, rattling away at outmoded belief systems and ivory towers constructed by our self-importance.
The New Moon in Taurus May 10th, 00:23am (EST, Australia) is an Annular Solar Eclipse.
The Solar Eclipses often bring manifestations into our outer worlds, and if you were affected by the Lunar Eclipse mentioned above, then you could find that things that got shaken loose, and hopefully were met by you in that week, will now show up as resolutions and manifestations. If not examined during that time (25th April), they could arise as issues to still be addressed in your outer world.
And then on May 24th we will have another partial Lunar Eclipse, (btw: which will powerfully affect those Sagittarians born 25-27th November). Remember Sagittarius prefers the truth, and so if there’s anymore tending to your internal landscape that needs doing now is the time to cultivate a broadminded approach to this. The Lunar Eclipses help us weed the gardens of our memories. Pull out any memories which are limiting new growth from happening into the light of your awareness. Acknowledge their existence, allow yourself to feel anything painful, so as to heal it; rejoice in the happiness of rich memories that have brought delight, and then let them go, merging and disappearing into all that is.
On that note about cultivating, I need to mention the Moon’s South Node which has been travelling in Taurus for eight months now and recently with the Sun, Venus, Mercury and Mars all accompanying it, we are reminded to come together in a natural and peaceful way to nurture the garden of our Earth, out Mother, who sustains us and holds us. The Scorpio North Node has certainly been showing many of us the results of our determined materialism and the need to prune excesses, so as to live a bigger and more community orientated shared life here on precious Gaia.
Also this month we have the third Uranus Square to Pluto transit (there are four more coming 2014-15). This great revolutionary cycle we are in (see more about that here) which is shaking up the status quo, allowing us to see through our automated conditioned ways and awakening us to our full potential. Perhaps technology and science are no longer rejecting notions the metaphysical world has accepted as truth for centuries, and are quietly looking into the possibility that we are multi-dimensional beings living in multi-dimensional realities, and that what we eat, breathe, think and share affects everything.
I notice that right wing parties and groups are forming and gaining momentum again here in Australia and UK, and I interpret that as a manifestation of fear.
Is it the fear of freedom and the right for us all to live in an equitable world?
The Taurus/Scorpio full Moon on Friday (EST) is also a partial Lunar eclipse, and the first of three over the next few months. If its not cloudy in Melbourne, you should be able to see it sometime between 4-7am on Friday morning.
Lunar Eclipses are to do with emotional baggage and what to do with it. Especially this one in Scorpio. And ofcourse Saturn in Scorpio means that its old stuff, probably held on a cellular, structural level that needs addressing now.
Scorpio and Taurus are inclined to hoard and hide deeper feelings. But every now and then, Scorpio’s will purge and cull, and out everything comes. (watch out for any resentments or stored anger, which can come out as ‘poison’, thus the famous Scorpio ‘sting’.)
The build-up is augmented by the pre-emptive opposition the Moon is having with Mars, so there’s a lot of physical energy, and anger to be expressed, and Taurus loves everyone to love them, so they generally don’t show their anger until it’s all too much, and then they charge like ‘wounded bulls’. Luckily the trine to Neptune softens and dissipates the potential harshness of Mars and the Moon. The delicacy of Chiron’s softer aspects to Venus and Pluto will allow relationships to gently transmute and change, after the depths have been met and processed.
Lunar Eclipses are disruptive and are seeking to break things up so that there can be movement and evolution. Scorpio is all for looking beneath the surface of things, so it really is a great time to loosen up harbored feelings, allow the process of that to open new deeper connections more grounded in earthy-ness and soul.
~ November is a big month this year as it contains two eclipses, the first one is a total solar eclipse and the only total eclipse this year, on November 13th. This eclipse will only be visible in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Solar eclipses are mostly associated with disruptions. This one falls into the profound Scorpio waters where with the help of retrograde Mercury it signifies a deep shift in the collective subconscious. Mercury went retrograde (6th November), and travels backwards into Scorpio after its brief sojourn in Sagittarius, bringing our thoughts and perspectives into the depths of our current transformational processes. Mercury then goes forward again on 26th November, allowing us to integrate and understand our innermost self with more clarity and perspective, as we then become able to share and reflect upon shift we’ve made with others again.
For more information about the eclipses go to Nasa's site.
Going against the grain of the widely broadcast warnings about retrograde Mercury, I believe that in these times of information overload, Mercury going retrograde is a blessing. We need to bring more of our awareness inside ourselves, enquiring into our thoughts, belief systems and ideals. We are constantly under pressure to take in more and more external information, so that getting time to go inside and investigate our own deeper truths is a time for us to empower ourselves with more self-knowledge, and rest deeply (Scorpio) in our own nature’s.
Because of this more internally centered focus, its true that external communications can suffer from the kind of vagueness which makes for miscommunications. And because the technology we use to communicate to each other with is virtually symbiotic with our energy fields, things can go askew when the focus is not on the external passage of information.
The second eclipse in November is the penumbral Lunar eclipse which happens on the 28th November, which will mostly not be visible in Australia. This is the full moon in Gemini, and important for all the mutable signs (Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo and Pisces) as they let go of old memories and thought patterns no longer needed. Sometime deep emotional issues surface to be accepted (owned) and released. It can be a great time for processing the emotional baggage no longer needed on the journey, which will create a space for new life and vision to come in.
All of this going in while Saturn in the early degrees of Scorpio makes a watery trine to Neptune in Pisces means that this process could be about easing your deepest core ideals into manifestation, so I recommend doing a vision board or affirmations lists, only draw not from the outer side of your mind, take your awareness into the depths with honesty and commitment and this is a great month for moving forward into the new world.
Candida van Rood, aka Candy vR, (or Candy Spender).