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.
Greetings fellow travellers, Namasté.
In my last newsletter for the year I think you will agree with me, when I say ‘whew’, what a roller-coaster ride 2014 has been!
The Uranus/Pluto square has certainly shaken us all up, and opened up new possibilities as the old structures no longer viable fall away and new paradigms feed into our collective consciousness, broadening our vision of possibilities and colouring our longing for a world where we can all thrive and evolve, supported by one another with awareness and Heart.
This notion can easily be supported by Mars’ entry into Aquarius on December 5th (AuEST), for the first time in two years. Group action based on humanitarian concepts of brotherhood. ‘We all in this together’, is a typically Aquarian viewpoint and having Mars to motivate this direction could be just what the doctor ordered. This will be supported by Jupiter, which is still in generous and heartful Leo, and could bode well for mass consciousness moving together in a positive trajectory for our future as a species on this beautiful generous planet, our mother Earth.
The full-moon on December the 6th in Gemini/Sagittarius. The Sun is flanked or contained by Mercury and Venus, which gives me the sense that the festivities will be very social and people will enjoy communicating and passing on information. Sagittarius’ ruler, Jupiter is still in Leo and at the time of the full-moon in the first house, (AuEST) which augers well for laughter and optimism.
We end the year with Saturn moving into Sagittarius on Christmas eve, 24th of December.
Most Scorpio’s I know are breathing a sigh of relief, many have had to face their deepest fears and self-criticisms, and some of them are proud of the new levels of discipline and effective action they have been able to achieve with the help of Saturn, the Lord of the material world and ‘father Time’.
Saturn moves into Sagittarius for the first time in thirty years, and will be quite different. Sagittarius, the expansive and courageous adventurer, who brings much positivity and humour to the rest of us when things seem to get stuck.
Now Saturn will influence Saggie’s to cull away the excesses, the hype of living in adventure-land, and possibly even come down to earth and ground some of those ideals and aspirations. There is the possibility of discovering that there is actually more freedom when a structure has been upheld or implemented. Sagittarians probably won’t like to hear this, unless they are mature and willing to take responsibility as they inspire the rest of with their idealist and philanthropic outlook. Its time to walk-the-talk!
In 2015 we are coming to the end of the Uranus/Pluto square, and very often one feels the transits more powerfully as they conclude. The last connection between these to transformers is in February 2015. Things could get a last big shake-up, to bring down the last components of an old world which has kept us from moving forward into what Eckhart Tolle calls ‘The New Earth’.
I will write more about this in January to remind you that everything changes!
Wishing each and everyone of you a marvellous and safe holiday season, and a harmonious and productive 2015.
Annular Solar Eclipse on April 29th at 4:17pm (AEST)
So how are you faring in the midst of this group of powerful planetary, and lunar aspects? (see my last article)
The Solar Eclipse tomorrow marks a brief end to an intensive regrouping, letting go, opening up and staying true to yourself, courtesy of the Cardinal Grand Cross we had last week, and the ongoing relationship between Uranus and Pluto (until March next year).
It brings with it the possibility to shift your consciousness. Eclipses usually bring disruption, so use this time to interrupt your usual ways of operating and dealing with situations, which perhaps haven't been as effective as you would like. Allow for other possibilities to unfold. Always with the intention for the best outcome for all concerned ofcourse.
Surrender to the force of change which is in the air and stay conscious.
The emphasis of the Annular Solar Eclipse does seem to be on relationships and how we experience what we call love. Stand back for a moment and ask yourself about the nature of love. Is the love you share with your significant other and your close friends governed by attachment and fear? Or is it a blending of great souls who bring more than the sum of each into the picture in an overflowing of inclusive humanitarian and compassionate love?
The eclipse, which is a new moon, is in Taurus. And Venus the ruler of Taurus is in Pisces. Enquire into the nature of your love. Is it about indulging in the senses, reveling in sensual bliss and delights. Or is it about a bigger picture and a sense of belonging to the whole? Either way, and with an unconditional heart allow your curiosity to linger on these questions.
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!)
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.
Happy New Year!
May all your dreams be manifested
We’re in for a rapidly shifting and turbulent or exciting 2014, which gets its catalyst to begin the roller coaster ride on 1st January with the Capricorn new moon, the year’s first Supermoon, and a trigger point for the revolutionary Uranus/Pluto trajectory we find ourselves part of until 2015.
The new moon in Capricorn is accompanied by Mercury and Pluto as one of the corners of a Cardinal grand cross of: Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries, Jupiter in Cancer and Mars in Aries. (very closely associated to each other until January 15th)
The Cardinal signs are about action and moving forward, and Capricorn being the Earth sign in this quadrant is about manifesting. Traditionally depicted as the goat with a fish’s tail, climbing one-step-at-a-time up the mountain, the fish’s tail keeping it immersed in the collective psyche and dreaming, the ‘ocean’ of our collective consciousness. Capricorns are not impulsive like Aries, they act out of their knowing, closely weaving their vision with practical realities.
This new moon is really about resetting your intentions, and following through with actions based on your core values. Venus, which is about our values, relationships to one another, as well as the creative process of bringing things together, went retrograde in Capricorn December 21st, heralding a time for us to go within and examine what our own values are, aside from how we’ve been conditioned or influenced by our peers and times. When re-setting your intentions take into account where you are now in your life, leave behind a self-image you may have constructed for yourself in the past, and look plainly and truthfully at your present life. Capricorn’s ruler, Saturn is in still Scorpio, paring back what is unnecessary or ephemeral.
Saturn austere in his approach to reality, and with this powerful Cardinal grand cross in play for the first two weeks of 2014, when traditionally people are trying to keep to their New Year’s resolutions, is the time to be realistic about what you want, what role you can contribute to the New World which employs your greatest talents and skills. Add to this mix the Mercury and Pluto conjunction to the new moon, and you get the opportunity to get a mental picture of how things can be, when you discard the superfluous or non-functional, those ideas you had which are now maybe obsolete. Keep things simple and straight. Write a list of your priorities, so as to inform your values. Allow Pluto to help you face hidden belief systems you may have been living from which no longer serve you.
Let go to the massive shift in consciousness that is happening to life on Earth. Trust yourself, the voice of your instincts, Capricorn is straight and conservative, and will not suffer fools.
So many of the institutions and established protocols our civilization has relied on for thousands of years to prop up the infra-structure of the way we ‘do business’ are falling apart and losing credibility, we have to be able to trust ourselves, and that’s why an examination of your core values based on instinctive knowledge now, will support your intentions for 2014.
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
Deep diving in Scorpio with Retrograde Mercury and Saturn
Saturn, North Node, and retrograde Mercury (until 11th November) in Scorpio are taking us into potentially deep transformational possibilities over the next four to six weeks. They join the rare ‘hybrid’ Solar eclipse on November 3rd to assist in the deep work that this configuration with the awakening quality Solar eclipses can bring. Earth will be in Moon’s shadow, a time for feminine, receptive and Soulful aspects of the collective psyche to enquire within.
Solar eclipses interrupt routine natural patterns and have a disruptive effect in most lives, depending where it falls in your chart (people celebrating their birthdays on November 3rd, can expect a powerful year of transformation as an awakening to deeper truths is ‘on the cards’).
This could be a good thing given the depths our thoughts could be plummeting to with the retro Mercury in Scorpio, bringing opportunities to delve deeply into past memories or programs which no longer serve, and shaking up attachments to the very foundation of our ideas about ourselves and where we’ve come from. The softening trine from Chiron in Pisces assures healing is happening.
Scorpio focuses intensely to penetrate layers which maybe protecting deeper truths, and with Saturn and the North Node assisting retrograde Mercury, these are going to be truths and responsibilities or lessons we may not have wanted look at previously. Saturn always works best if we take the challenge and do the work. Times will be harder for those wanting to avoid or deny these changes. Processing fears and negativity will bring clarity and strength. Jupiter goes retrograde on November 7th, internal expansion is supported even though its challenging like any growth crises can be. North node will put us in touch with the most important life-issues, so it’s not really a time to dance on the surface of life.
Scorpio is associated with the Phoenix, that mythological creature who disappeared in flames, only to arise magnificently from the ashes, in all its glory. Scorpio wants to burn away illusions and outmoded structures, it wants renewal and rebirth. It can be ruthless and tenacious, upturning every obstacle until the jewels of truth reveal themselves. These really are jewels honed by the depths to which we have to dive for them…our authentic faces glimmering behind layers and masks which we took on early in our lives to survive or get the things we thought we needed to get from the outside world. Now we can really experience what it feels like to discover that everything we were looking for is already inside of us. But work has to be done! The courage and grit to persist, using the mind for discernment and connection and Saturn to keep things real and visceral.
The Uranus/Pluto square continues throughout November: revolution/evolution as old-world continue to fall away, the big awakening of a new species, a New World as Eckhart Tolle calls it.
'Love your wounds - they reveal what matters most to you, what your deepest soul longing is and what you came to heal in the collective. That is why we chose to incarnate into the families and situations we did, so that we could experience that affliction, and take it on as our own and then rise above it for All...
Love your so-called flaws, they are spiritual jewels that mark our journey and reveal where we let go of the physical to embrace the spiritual fully. It connects us to the deeper soul journey ~ wisdom, maturity, depth and transcendence. We are programmed to see them as flaws, when they are an initiation into the deeper mysteries.
Love your dysfunctions and the things that cause you to lose friends, successes or throw you into life lessons. They help us to find humor, wisdom, liberation and our inner child and this releases us from caring so much about what others think and allows us to find a deeper love of self and rise above the judgements of others.
Love your pain, It teaches forgiveness, tolerance, patience and it gives us the humility we need to unite together in higher consciousness and integrity... It shows us our healing power and how to transform, face our demons and get real with who we truly are and what we need to share and express.
Love your insecurities, they are a part of our genius and higher aspects of self that have just been shut down or unsupported. They show us our gifts and creativity and help us to let go, take risks and be comfortable in our own skin with our own boundaries and standards.
Love your Ego/identity when in crisis, let it be a compass pointed at your higher self, so that all actions, words, decisions and behaviors, reflect the nature of your divine blueprint. It shows us how to remove masks, programmings and ancestral patterns. It teaches us where we abuse free-will and reminds us of how to be authentic, powerful, influential and an example...
Love and honor these things in self and each other and focus on where it can take you and what it truly means, instead of how it makes one look and how it seems. When we see Truth, we see perfection in all things and we know how to find our way home...'
~ Laura Magdalena
Candida van Rood, aka Candy vR, (or Candy Spender).
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