Wednesday, 11 January 2017

CANCER FULL MOON - 12 January 2017

Exact at 11.33am GMT, 6.33am EDT.

Well, this is a big moon to start this year off with, as we have a Cardinal Grand Cross to really push us to get things going! Cardinal signs are initiators, with an energy that starts things off with a burst of enthusiasm. The follow through may leave something to be desired, but there is definitely an urge to push forward and make things happen. The Latin word “cardinalis” means principle, or pivotal. The areas of life involved in this Grand Cross are very personal indeed, as we have Aries (who am I and what am I doing here?), Cancer (family, home, roots, childhood emotional patterns), Libra (relationships with others) and Capricorn (parental authority, external authority, societal conditioning, our reputation and work in the outer world, career etc). Obviously what happens in our childhood (Cancer) and how we are conditioned by our parents, teachers and society, (Capricorn) will have a direct bearing on our self-image and how we meet the world (Aries) and, of course, how we relate to our partners (Libra). How many of us end up marrying our mother, or transferring our father issues onto our partner? This Grand Cross will very likely highlight some very personal, intimate aspects of our lives and psyches, especially for those who have personal planets on or around 22 degree of a sign.

As ever, the Full Moon brings to a head anything that has been simmering away below the surface of our consciousness in recent times. It brings to fruition whatever energetic seeds were planted during the Capricorn New Moon on December 29th. The Moon rules Cancer, so she is very much at home in her own sign. Cancer is a very emotional sign, so we should be prepared to really feel our emotions during this Moon, whatever they may be. It is quite possible that issues of emotional security could come up, as well as the recognition of how our family and childhoods have shaped our adult lives. So often, those closest to us trigger powerful emotions in us by behaving in a similar way to one of our parents, which can cause us to react in a defensive, childlike, irrational manner.  As a friend said the other day, the majority of our responses to life and relationships stem from the early relationship with mummy and daddy. Cancer is mummy, representing how we were nurtured and our emotional responses. Capricorn is daddy, representing parental authority and how we are taught (or not taught) to function in the world. Cancer can get completely consumed by emotions so that they end up running the show. Capricorn urges us to rise above our emotions and just get on with it (stiff upper lip), but this can lead to suppressing the emotions, which isn’t healthy either. A nice balance between the two is what’s needed.

This Moon could definitely bring our old, ingrained “familiar” patterns to the surface for us to look at, and this is where the balance of Capricorn comes in. Capricorn urges us to take responsibility for ourselves. Other people may trigger us, but we are responsible for how we act and react. They are just being themselves, but by doing so they sometimes touch a sore spot in our psyche; an old, unhealed wound. It’s not their fault, per se. Blaming another is not the way to go. It is far better to be willing to recognise and own the wound that is being triggered. And to be aware that on a deep, unconscious level we have brought these people into our lives because they represent something that needs healing in ourselves.  Our souls have also chosen our parents and the society we were born into in order to learn particular lessons so that we can grow and evolve. We are ultimately responsible for our whole experience in this life, even though it may seem like things “happen to us”! This can be a tough concept to come to terms with, especially when the childhood was particularly difficult, painful or challenging. However, there is also a certain comfort in it. This Moon invites us to take a moment to really feel whatever we are feeling, without judgement, blame, shame or guilt. Our emotions have so much to teach us if we only let them!

The players involved in the Grand Cross are the Moon in Cancer, Jupiter in Libra, the Sun/Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus/Eris in Aries. Uranus in aspect to the Moon could make our emotions quite erratic, making us feel somewhat unsettled and shaking us out of our safe, familiar patterns. He has the capacity to release us from the past and help us move past anything that may be blocking us from growth.  We could find ourselves having some wonderful epiphanies and breakthroughs when it comes to our family and relationship patterns. Alongside Eris he will poke and prod us to be truthful with ourselves and others, encouraging us to be sincere, authentic and true to ourselves rather than holding back what we really feel simply for the sake of peace and harmony. However, Jupiter in Libra can show us how to be being considerate, loving and kind at the same time as being truthful and authentic .  The truth doesn’t have to be hurtful or cause arguments! Jupiter represents our beliefs and as he is in the sign of relating we could find ourselves questioning beliefs on how to relate to loved ones that probably stem back from childhood and beyond. Beliefs create patterns and ways of being, and then they get stuck, but we have a chance to dislodge a few during this Moon simply by them being bought to our attention. Whatever becomes conscious loses its power over us.

Jupiter is the planet of expansion, and in aspect to the Moon he could exaggerate and blow our emotions out of proportion. This is a good opportunity to really feel them, however, and recognise certain triggers and wounds. Pluto is loosely involved in the Grand Cross, urging soul growth and transformation and urging us to be true to ourselves and our path. He could help us to recognise how we wield power in our lives or give it away. Pluto is the god of the underworld and he encourages us to dive below the surface and confront our shadows and those parts of ourselves that we would rather not own or admit to. It’s easier to pretend they aren’t there, but then they continue to run the show and prevent us from having healthy relationships. It is much better to be brave enough to look in the ugly mirror and take responsibility for what we see there.

Saturn is also involved with the Moon, helping us to commit to make changes and also to take responsibility for ourselves and our part in our relationships. He is tugging away at the Moon, which could make our emotions feel a bit heavy, but is helping Jupiter and Uranus, which could make us feel like anything is possible if we are willing to put in the work. Last year involved a lot of clearing out, while this Moon and its Cardinal Cross brings a sense of new beginnings and the potential to move past and through whatever might be blocking us from true fulfilment in life or sabotaging our relationships. Saturn is sitting right next to Juno, the goddess of marriage and partnership, which brings a sense of commitment and stability to our close relationships and a willingness to work through whatever sticky stuff might come up during this time.  

Neptune and Venus are also joining forces in Pisces for this Moon, bringing the potential for some heartfelt, empathetic and compassionate relating whereby we really connect with one another’s true essence and spirit. Not to mention that Neptune and Pisces remind us that we are all one anyway, connected by an invisible, energetic web that means that I am you and you are me and what happens to one happens to us all. This combination of planets is the recipe for unconditional love. It can also mean that we put the rose-tinted spectacles on when it comes to our relationships and only see the best of the other person, or what we want to see. However, this definitely adds some kindness, gentleness and sweetness to this Moon.

It does feel like this Moon could be somewhat pivotal and brings the opportunity for us to initiate some creative change in our lives and relationships. As I said, the Moon is very happy in her own sign, so hopefully it won’t be a turbulent Full Moon, despite the presence of Uranus and Pluto. The Cardinal Cross could simply be a nice boost to help us to see where we might be stuck or not quite being honest with ourselves. Old patterns and responses may be brought to our attention somehow, but we should see it as a gift and really embrace the Cancer energy by fully feeling whatever emotions are brought to the surface. Capricorn then urges us to take responsibility for them rather than simply reacting defensively. What is my stuff and what is yours? It’s not easy to recognise our own patterns and ingrained beliefs because they were formed so long ago that they are utterly unconscious, but if we are open and willing to grow, what amazing self-knowledge can be gained from just sitting with and observing whatever comes up. There is no doubt whatsoever that our emotions have something to teach us if we only honour them rather than pushing them away or blaming them on someone else. This is the gift of Cancer.

Much Love

Amy
xoxo


Picture: Dark Water Swim – Jennifer Walton

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

CAPRICORN NEW MOON - 29 December 2016

Exact at 6.53am GMT, 1.53am EST.

This New Moon allows us to look back over this year we have just had and to contemplate what needs to change in our lives and what we might want or need for ourselves moving forward. Retrograde Mercury is sitting right next to the Sun and Moon in serious, structured and disciplined Capricorn, so this is a good moon to review and reflect on what has led us to this point. This has been quite an intense year for many, so it is not surprising that this New Moon would have a certain retrospective element to it. We have a chance to release old habits and patterns to make space for new ones to come in and to do some serious contemplation on how and with whom we would like to move forward. It’s a perfect Moon for New Year resolutions! Capricorn likes to make long term plans and goals and is adept at the art of discipline and commitment, so whatever decisions we make for ourselves during this time have a good chance of actually sticking! As ever, it is important to remember that New Moons are a very potent time for setting intentions, so be careful what you wish for! In my experience, what we ask for can be taken quite literally so it would be advisable to use the Capricorn energy to carefully pick our thoughts and the words we use to set our intentions. Ask with our hearts, not our heads.

The New Moon is also supported by Mars and Neptune, who are joining forces in Pisces and not only that are also sitting next to the South Node of the Moon, which represents our past. This brings even more of a sense of looking back and releasing old patterns. While Capricorn likes to be in control of the outcome and can even be a bit rigid, Mars, representing our actions and desires, and Neptune, the planet of oneness, unity and connection to all that is, both  remind us to loosen our grip on the reins somewhat. Mars and Neptune together represent intuitive, inspired action and encourage us to trust our instincts and allow ourselves to be guided by something bigger than ourselves. They remind us to remain flexible and simply let go of any resistance to what we want; to seek the path of least resistance, so to speak. If we have to fight and push to achieve our goals then it is quite likely that they are not quite right for us, whereas if the path opens up before us with no effort then we are most likely moving in the right direction.  Sometimes it is best not to get too attached to a specific outcome but rather to have an idea of which general direction we are going. Instead of fighting the current we are encouraged to let go and go with the flow.

The ruler of Capricorn is Saturn, who is very active during this Moon. He is forming a supportive trine aspect to Uranus and a challenging square aspect to Chiron, and both of these aspects are coming to a head around the time of this Moon. The trine to Uranus gives us an opportunity to come up with some new solutions to old problems and to release ourselves from old, stuck patterns and conditioning that have dominated our lives for far too long. Obviously, this can feel a bit uncomfortable, as we are very used to these patterns and ways of behaving. They are very familiar, but are also holding us prisoner and often affect our lives and relationships in adverse ways. Uranus, otherwise known as the Great Awakener, is stationary during this Moon, getting ready to turn direct after having been retrograde since 29 July. As such, his rebellious, electrical, changing energy will be very strong indeed. It is quite possible that we will feel a strong urge to bust out of our moulds and break the rules somehow, whether these rules are imposed on us from without or from within ourselves. Uranus likes to shake things up a bit and release us from our cages so we are free to be exactly who we are, rather than what we have been told we “should” be.

At the same time as Saturn is working with Uranus to release us from old patterns, he is also in challenging aspect to Chiron the Wounded Healer, making us all too aware of how these old patterns are hurting and hindering us. The energy of the Saturn Chiron square has been quite heavy and has brought our vulnerabilities to the surface in no uncertain terms in recent times. Saturn has a testing quality to him, and so this month has been quite a trying and even painful time for those lucky enough to have this square aspecting their personal planets! The expression “no pain, no gain” comes to mind here! Any old, ingrained, chronic beliefs and behavioural patterns have been brought to light so that we and our loved ones can scrutinise them and we can be more aware of how they are running the show. We all have our shadows and our Achilles heel, and it will have been hard to hide them from the harsh light of Saturn’s glare in the past few weeks. However, what a gift! If we are willing to face ourselves honestly and do the inner work, this will have been such a valuable time.  This energy peaks exactly on the New Moon.

This is a good New Moon to end 2016 with. It gives us a chance to gently reflect on the year we have had and to look forward to what we might want for ourselves for 2017. It has been a tough year for many, both personally and collectively, but there is always so much potential for growth within the challenges we face! The aspects to this Moon are gentle and supportive, so we have the opportunity to review this year and take what we have learned so that it can help us to move forward with greater wisdom and strength. Capricorn is a very patient and persistent sign who sets his eyes on what he wants and moves steadily upwards towards the final destination. We are just reminded not to be too rigid or set on a specific goal, but rather we should trust our intuition and hunches to send us in the right direction. Even when things seem to go against us it is important to have faith and trust in the bigger picture and a grand design that will reveal itself in the fullness of time. We are not in control! Our thoughts and words carry considerable weight during this Moon, so it is important to be conscious and aware of any intentions we are setting, whether they are deliberate or not.

Wishing you a truly wondrous 2017!

Much Love

Amy

Picture: Mystical Illustrations by Alexander Jansson





Saturday, 10 December 2016

GEMINI FULL MOON - 13/14 December 2016

Exact at 12.05am Wednesday GMT,  exact at 7.05pm Tuesday EST.

There is a lot going on during this Full Moon, which is quite appropriate considering the Moon is in Gemini, who likes to have his finger in many pies! The Sagittarius New Moon involved us separating truth from illusion and trusting what our gut instinct was telling us versus the lies that we can so easily tell ourselves. There was a sense that we were dealing with a situation that we had already experienced but had somehow messed up or failed at before, and that we were being giving the opportunity to do it differently this time. This will have been playing out over the last couple of weeks and so whatever was planted then will now be coming to fruition, or coming to a head. Full Moons have a tendency to bring whatever has been bubbling away below the surface out into the full light of our awareness. This Moon is no exception! There is some very heavy, challenging energy surrounding this lunation, though luckily we also have some very positive, supportive energy to help us along.

The Sun is in optimistic, philosophical and adventurous Sagittarius, sitting directly opposite the Moon in curious, talkative and restless Gemini. The key to the Full Moon is to somehow find the balance between the energy of the two signs and not veer too far in one direction. Sagittarius rules the higher mind, our intuition, our gut instinct and seeks the truth at all costs. Gemini rules the left brain, our more rational, logical side and can also bring duplicity. It is so easy to tell little white lies to ourselves and others in an attempt to hide from the truth of the matter. Gemini is adept at the art of storytelling, and can talk a good talk, but those stories can easily “spin a yarn” and take us far, far away from what we are really trying to say, or what we really feel. Gemini likes to put labels on things in order to make sense of itself and the world and can easily amass a whole lot of meaningless data in the process. Sagittarius encourages us to see the bigger picture and to get in touch with our true instincts. As this Moon is a continuation from the Sagittarius New Moon, it seems important to confront some kind of truth, in ourselves or others, despite the temptation to rationalise our emotions and skirt over the surface of the matter with words or stories that mean nothing. It’s time to dig deep and face ourselves.

The square between Saturn and Chiron the Wounded Healer is a very big part of this Full Moon, because Saturn is sitting right on top of the Sun and opposing the Moon, while Chiron is forming a challenging square to the Sun, Saturn and the Moon. This is some very heavy, karmic, soul searching energy to contend with here that could be quite painful to face! Saturn and Chiron can force us to confront the darker side of life and our psyches and we may feel acutely exposed and vulnerable during this time, as Saturn shines the harsh light of reality on our wounds, flaws and insecurities. It is possible that we will come face to face with our shadows, or have our blind spots pointed out in no uncertain terms. It is time to accept responsibility for our shortcomings and patterns and in the meantime find true compassion for ourselves and others.

This is not a time to be proud, or defensive, or self-righteous. It is a time to have integrity; to be willing to face ourselves bravely and honestly and to do the much needed work to move past patterns that we may think we had overcome already. If we are open and willing to face and accept what we are being shown, as uncomfortable as it may be, then we have the potential for amazing growth. Things may seem a bit bleak and dark for a while, as we face up to some hard truths and have some tough pills to swallow, but there is amazing potential for some deep healing of old, entrenched patterns here so that we don’t have to go there again. This energy will feel particularly acute before and during this Moon, but will continue to build until December 29th when it will peak.  This could put a bit of a dampener on the joviality and jollity of Sagittarius season, especially as Saturn is in Sagittarius. I have faith that the optimistic Sagittarius spirit will prevail, however! The Saturn Chiron square will also be around, off and on, during 2017 so this won’t be the last we see of it by any means.

Mercury is the ruler of the Gemini Moon and so he is a big player here. He is also in the shadow zone at the moment, getting ready to go retrograde on December 19th. During this Moon he is joining forces with Pluto, the planet of soul, power and transformation. This also brings the potential for us to face some hard, emotional truths and also to transform the way we think. Gemini is a very chatty sign, and with Mercury in Capricorn combined with Pluto I would expect any conversations we have to be very deep, soulful and penetrating in nature. We won’t be satisfied with superficial answers or explanations and will demand the truth from one another. There doesn’t seem to be anywhere to hide during this Moon! We are digging deep into the shadows and facing ourselves squarely in the face, even if we don’t like what we see! Mercury and Pluto will meet again on January 29th, after Mercury goes direct again.

The good news is that we also have a beautiful, supportive Grand Air Trine between the Moon, Jupiter and Mars which will help matters enormously. Jupiter in Libra will help bring justice, fairness and growth through our relationships and in aspect to the Moon will bring a certain tolerance and generosity of spirit to our dealings with one another. We will have a genuine desire to help one another grow and learn. Mars in Aquarius can help us to be brave enough to step out of our comfort zones and move past our blocks and old conditioning. Mars and Jupiter in positive aspect bring self-confidence, a willingness to dive in and faith that we are being led in the right direction. Mars and the Moon will help us to be honest about our feelings and not hold them back. Uranus in Aries is also forming a positive aspect to the Sun, Moon and Saturn, helping us to release ourselves from the past and free ourselves from any old patterns or parental/societal conditioning that might be stopping us from being truly ourselves. Together with Mars in Aquarius there is a sense that we will experience a blast of fresh air that will breathe new life and excitement into our lives and help free us from whatever we might be clinging to for the sake of safety and security.

This Moon may involve some quite heavy energy but what potential for growth! It is very important indeed to be able to take a long, hard look at ourselves and accept responsibility for our part in whatever we are faced with at the moment. As long as we put the blame outside of ourselves we are denying ourselves the potential for learning and growing. We have a part to play in every single experience and we always have a choice in how we react and respond.  It seems that it will be hard to hide from the truth during this Moon, try as we might. Integrity seems to have a big part to play here, as we are being called to be honest, upright and to stand by our principles. Integrity is about choosing truth over comfort and making sure that the things we say and the things we do are in alignment. It’s about doing what’s right rather than what’s easy. Whatever hard truths we have to confront during this time will ultimately free us, as long as we are willing to own them. People with personal planets or angles between 18 and 26 degrees of a sign, especially Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo or Pisces, will feel the energy of this Moon more acutely than others.

Much Love

Amy
xoxo


Picture: Hiding the Truth – Maureen Haschke

Saturday, 26 November 2016

SAGITTARIUS NEW MOON - 29 November 2016

Exact at 12.18pm GMT, 7.18am EST.

Well, we are now out of Scorpio season, with all of the emotional intensity, letting go and purging that it brings! Sagittarius season is now upon us, bringing a bit more humour to the picture at least! One of the beautiful aspects of Sagittarius is the ability to see the positive potential for growth in every situation, no matter how painful or challenging. Scorpio season will have brought up issues of trust, intimacy, power, powerlessness, death/rebirth, transformation and vulnerability, all of which cause us to dig deep beneath the surface in order to understand ourselves, our loved ones and life itself. This is where we join forces and merge with others, experiencing a “death” of our separate self. Scorpio is where we literally experience energy, the pain of loss and the power of magic and things unseen and we start to question “Why?” This then leads us to Sagittarius, who takes it a step further so that we look for higher meaning in life and contemplate what we believe in, what our faith is and where we fit into this cosmos of ours. Sagittarius invites us to trust our gut, strengthen our intuition and develop our faith and connection to the Divine, Universe, God, Higher Self, or whatever we choose to call it!

As such, this New Moon could make us question our beliefs and our hunches. The Sun and Moon are forming a square to the Nodes of the Moon, which indicates that this is a very significant Moon on a deep, soul level. Squares to the Nodal axis represent skipped steps, so there is a sense that we have been here before and somehow messed up, so now we are back experiencing the same issue again in the hope that this time we can do it differently. Maybe this time we can step past our old, familiar patterns that don’t do us any favours and try something new on for size! With the Sun and Moon in Sagittarius and sitting smack, bang on top of Juno, the asteroid of marriage and partnership, the old patterns to overcome will most likely relate to our beliefs about ourselves, our relationships and life itself. These attitudes and beliefs are often so entrenched that it is quite difficult to change them, but this is our chance! These beliefs could range anywhere from “I’m not good enough” to “Everyone I love leaves me in the end” to “I’m not worth loving”, to “I can’t make a relationship work” and they will have all come from something that happened to us along the way, whether it be a parent leaving, or a relationship not working out, or even a throwaway comment made by someone we trusted and respected, such as a parent or school teacher.

The South Node of the Moon, representing the past patterns, attitudes and beliefs, is in Pisces, sitting right next to Neptune, Pisces’ Ruler. This is a double whammy of sensitive Pisces energy! We might want to examine how we keep ourselves small and in victim mode through our beliefs about ourselves. Victim mentality disempowers us, because it means that we blame something or someone outside of us for whatever is happening to us. As Richard Bach says, “If it’s never our fault, we can’t take responsibility for it. If we can’t take responsibility for it, we’ll always be its victim.” All this does is keep us stuck in our own little pity party, preventing us from taking positive action and actually making changes. It is very important during this Moon to have a long hard look at how we might tend to disempower ourselves by believing that we have no control or are at the mercy of something or someone else, rather than taking responsibility for our part in whatever is happening. How are our beliefs about ourselves keeping us small and disempowered? How would a simple attitude adjustment make a difference? What if we do have the power to make a different decision?

The North Node in Virgo represents the potential for soul growth and is the resolution to the square from the Sun and Moon. Virgo is quite practical and no nonsense and likes making healthy routines that build skills and self-confidence. This can help balance the Pisces tendency to feel overwhelmed. VIrgo is practiced at the art of discernment, which can help us to separate truth from illusion or delusion. Pisces, in its negative state, is well versed in the art of self-deception and sabotage and it is so very easy to lie to ourselves and bury our heads in the sand. Virgo will have none of that and will help us to see where we are putting the blame outside of ourselves instead of taking a long hard look inside! Virgo can also help us discern whether we are experiencing the fear, paranoia and anxiety of the Pisces South Node experience or whether it is simply our Sagittarius “gut instinct” giving us valuable warning signs. Is it fear coming from old, outworn, sabotaging patterns or beliefs, or is it our intuition warning us that we are not obeying our higher self? Have we gone against our gut reactions in the past, to our detriment? Possibly we are now being invited to obey them and create a different story for ourselves.

Jupiter, the ruler of this Sagittarius Moon, is forming a challenging, square aspect to Pluto, the planet of soul and transformation. This aspect is still very strong but was exact on Thursday evening and coincided with Venus (relationships)and Pluto joining forces in Capricorn. Not only that, but Jupiter is in Libra, the sign of relationships. This has the capacity to bring deep transformation of our faith and beliefs. We may be forced to confront any beliefs about ourselves and the way we relate, as well as realising some very uncomfortable truths that are hard to hide from. We could also come up against other people’s deeply held convictions and beliefs, which could be a bit challenging, as they may express them with considerable force! We could have a crisis of faith. Ultimately Jupiter wants us to grow and expand, while Pluto can represent a big, cosmic kick up the bum if we are going against our truth and purpose. Put the two of them together and we might be forced to dive into the shadows and own up to whatever muck we find there! However hard it may be to face, there is always a hidden treasure when it comes to Pluto. We can be sure that this will bring enormous soul growth if we are willing to step out of south node victim and own our stuff. We are invited to step up and step beyond old patterns so that we can stand fully in our power.

There is more, of course, but I won’t go into it too much as I have already gone into detail in the last post on the Taurus Full Moon. The Chiron/Saturn square is still building, which could make everything feel a bit heavy but will bring great rewards if we are willing to actually acknowledge and own our limitations and vulnerabilities. The Uranus/Saturn trine is also building, helping us find new solutions to old problems and break out of old conditioning so that we are free to be exactly who we are. In terms of the world we live in, the old systems/structures are so obviously breaking down at this point that it is obvious that something new must take their place, so this trine can help us envision what that might be. If things aren’t working then we just have to find a new way of being! It is quite likely that it will come from the ground up. We are all responsible. There is also a sense of old beliefs being broken down, which is very much in keeping with this New Moon.

The Sabian symbol for this New Moon is “Within the depths of the earth new elements are being formed.”  Dane Rudyar describes this as “The alchemical fire which both purifies and transforms the very substance of man’s inner life.” This New Moon certainly brings the potential for some profound changes and shifts within us that may not be obvious on surface level but could bring enormous growth on a soul level. Both personally and collectively, things are moving, shaking and rumbling from deep within! As with all New Moons, this is a time of endings and beginnings and this one gives us the chance to leave the old beliefs and patterns behind in the dark of the moon and set some positive intentions that involve walking down a different path, creating a different story for ourselves and not looking back! In some way, shape or form we have been here before. This time we do it differently.

Much Love

Amy
xoxo

Picture:  Hale Mau Mau by Ogura Yonesuke Itoh




Thursday, 10 November 2016

TAURUS FULL MOON - 14 November 2016

Exact at 1.52pm GMT, 8.52am EST.

We might want to call this Full Moon a Super Supermoon, as it is going to be the largest, brightest, closest moon to the earth since 1948, and won’t be this close again until 2034. Supermoons have a stronger impact on our emotions and spirits than your ordinary, run of the mill Full Moon, so it is quite likely that we will feel this one very strongly, especially if it forms aspects to our personal planets or angles. Anything that has been simmering away in our unconscious for the two weeks beforehand will very likely come bubbling up to the surface and demand release. Whatever comes out may not exactly be rational, but better out than in, that’s for sure! There is a healing quality to this Moon which has the potential to help us to purge, purify and allow our emotions to just be. The only aspect to the Moon is coming from Chiron, the Wounded Healer, which gives us the opportunity to simply sit with our emotions and any pain or discomfort that we may be feeling rather than pushing them away. This aspect can help us gain more insight, understanding, acceptance, forgiveness, empathy and compassion when it comes to the fears, wounds and insecurities of both ourselves and others. Tears may flow, but that’s alright. Let them.

The Moon is in earthy, sensual, self-sufficient Taurus, sitting directly opposite powerful, intense and transforming Scorpio. The key to Full Moon is to find some balance between the energy of the two signs rather than veering too far in one direction. Taurus invites us to contemplate what our true, core values are and truly live by them. While the Scorpio experience can highlight issues of power and powerlessness which can leave us feeling quite vulnerable, Taurus encourages us to stand on our own two feet and recognise our own power that comes from within. Instead of giving our power away to the powers that be or thinking that our power is being taken away from us, Taurus urges us to become more self-sufficient, resourceful, self-reliant and empowered. Scorpio issues can include feelings of loss, betrayal of trust and the feeling of having the rug pulled out from underneath us. She forces us to confront the darker side of reality and face up to what is simmering below the surface, as much as we might prefer to deny its existence. Taurus, on the other hand, represents Mother Earth and reminds us that, no matter what, we are held and supported. And we will survive. In fact, this is a really good time to go for a walk in the woods and connect with the earth and the trees. They have a calm, stable, rooted, unchanging quality that is very much akin to the energy of Taurus.

On the other side of the coin, this Moon may highlight where we are stuck and stagnating somehow. It is so easy to get stuck in old, familiar patterns that have long outgrown their usefulness, falling into the same rut, over and over again. Taurus is the queen of staying safe for the sake of security, while Scorpio, as I said, rips the rug out from beneath us and promotes growth on a deep, soul level. Scorpio forces us to confront the truth of the matter, much as we would prefer to deny it. As such, this Full Moon could involve us experiencing a threat to our inner security and value system, but it is very much necessary in order for us to grow. Sometimes we have to be pushed way outside of our comfort zones in order for us to shift out of complacency and “sameness”. Our habits can become so entrenched and we can become so rigid and stuck for the sake of so called “security” that we need a cosmic kick up the bum to get things moving again and make sure we are aligned with our true purpose. Old habits die hard, but die they must if we are to evolve! Scorpio season involves releasing old patterns, purging and letting go; shedding the old skin so that we can be reborn, a more authentic version of ourselves. This may be experienced as a threat to our survival, as Taurus does like to play it safe, but we just have to remember that, for reasons that have yet to be revealed, it is necessary for growth.

Uranus is poking and prodding the Sun during this Moon, which could well cause us to feel a bit unsettled, as if the ground beneath us is a bit shaky. Uranus is the Great Awakener, the rebel and revolutionary, and tends to shake things up and force change if we have fallen into a rut. He is the breath of fresh air that blasts the cobwebs away. He helps to release us from the past and anything that may be blocking us from living our full potential. If we are in denial of what needs to change within us then Uranus’s energy can be experienced as crisis and external events that are seemingly out of our control, when in fact they are merely a reflection of our inner need to shift and change.

Uranus is currently building up to a harmonious trine aspect with Saturn which will continue to grow until it peaks on the 25th of December. Saturn represents authority, structure, control, government and “the system”, and tends towards conformity and abiding by the rules, while Uranus likes to break the rules and help release us from the conditioning of our parents and society. Saturn tells us what we should or shouldn’t do, while Uranus encourages us to think outside of the box, question authority and do what feels right for us, not what we feel we “should” do. Saturn represents the old, inherited way of doing things; the past, while Uranus represents our ideals, new vision; the future. As this aspect is a harmonious one it is not going to hits us over the head like a sledgehammer, so the energy of two planets will work with one another rather than against one another. This gives us the opportunity to bend the rules rather than breaking them and to understand how the system works so that we can find ways of making it work for us rather than against us.

Uranus is the visionary, so it is possibly that we will come up with ideas for new systems to replace the old, antiquated ones that are so obviously not working anymore. It will allow us to question authority, not so much that it causes an out and out revolution or gets peoples backs up, but rather so that we can come up with solutions that are tangible and realistic. On a very personal level, we also have an opportunity to release ourselves from old conditioning that we picked up from our parents, school etc, and to gently break through anything that is blocking us from being our Self. Not the self that we have been told we should be, but our true Self. First we have Saturn, representing conformity and success in the mundane world, then we have Uranus, who breaks it all apart and causes us to question everything and see life very differently (even go a bit crazy!)so that we can then move onto Neptune and the experience of oneness, unity, unconditional love, mysticism, connection to all that is. It is a process! This aspect between Saturn and Uranus could involve us collectively questioning all that we have been told so that we can move up to the next level in our evolution. We will experience it three times in the coming year – December of this year, May 2017 and November 2017. As I said, this is an opportunity rather than a kick up the bum, so we should take advantage of it while it’s here.

In the meantime, there is also a more challenging aspect starting to build between Saturn and Chiron, the Wounded Healer. As I said, Saturn represents parental and societal authority, structure, government, control etc, so it is quite likely that we will be feeling a lot of pain and wounding coming from these areas.  We might have to confront considerable darkness during this time and it is quite likely that things could look a bit bleak. Remember, however, that Saturn is aspecting Uranus at the same time and that sometimes things have to get worse to get better, and so often it takes things becoming intolerable for human beings to seek change. We have a chance with this aspect to allow our vulnerabilities and old conditioning to come to the surface and to confront the darker side of our psyches so they can be healed with forgiveness, acceptance and compassion. It is important to face whatever comes up rather than running away from it. The more we suppress our shadow side the more it gets distorted and grows.  This aspect will be exact on 29th of December, so the energy will build until then.

The Sabian symbol for Venus, the ruler of this Full Moon, speaks of us being “receptive to growth and understanding” and Dane Rudyar mentions “the strong drive in every human consciousness or will toward new experiences, whether they are constructive or destructive. Man may grow and gain understanding and wisdom through both types.” The Sabian symbol for Uranus is “The gate to the garden of all fulfilled desires” which Rudyar describes as “abundance made possible by human togetherness and cooperation…… alone, a human being can barely survive in nature’s great life drama; in organised groups men can in due time fulfil their desires. “ He summaries this symbol as “Cosmic optimism”. Uranus seems to be the key at the moment! Let’s keep an eye on that Saturn Uranus trine and see what we can come up with collectively! It’s time to stick together and come up with positive solutions rather than succumbing to fear and wallowing in the darkness.

With Neptune sitting smack, bang on top of the South Node of the Moon, which represents what we need to be letting go of in order to move forward and grow, we are currently being urged to let go of victim consciousness. It is all too easy to play the victim and look outside of ourselves for someone or something else to blame for whatever is happening to us, but it serves nobody. This Full Moon may make us feel a bit wobbly and cause our sense of security to be threatened, making us feel a bit vulnerable and powerless, but Taurus encourages us to be resourceful and empower ourselves, and to be true to our values and principles. We are going through a shedding process that could be quite painful and forces us to confront the darker side of life, but is ultimately very important because sometimes a shake-up is needed to jolt us out of old, outworn patterns and habits. Things can’t stay the same forever and it would be very boring if they did! We mustn’t forget, during this Taurus Moon, to connect with Mother Nature and visit some trees. They stand there, years after year, unwavering and unaffected by the drama that us humans fall prey to. Sometimes we need the reminder that we have solid ground beneath us and are held.

Much Love

Amy
xoxo

Picture: Calling the Eagle – Susan Seddon Boulet


Thursday, 27 October 2016

SCORPIO NEW MOON - 30 October 2016

Exact at 5.39pm GMT, 1.39pm EDT!

Compared to the Moons we have experienced in recent times this one is quite gentle in comparison, although that being said, it is not without a certain quiet, potent power! This is Scorpio we are talking about after all, the sign that asks us to dig deep into our psyches and souls and face the truth, even if we don’t like what we see. With the Sun, Moon and Mercury in Scorpio at the moment, not to mention Black Moon Lilith and Juno, the goddess of marriage and partnership, we are certainly being encouraged to confront our shadows and allow ourselves to be truly open and honest so that we can achieve a greater intimacy within our relationships. Not to mention that in order to be honest with another human being we are of course required to be honest with ourselves. Emotional honesty can be quite painful, as it brings up things we might prefer to deny, such as shame, guilt, fears, trauma and deep emotional wounds.  As such, it can seem so much easier to just gloss over the parts we don’t want to confront in ourselves and keep them buried, hidden from view, brushed under the carpet. However, just because things are hidden it doesn’t mean they’re not there! In fact, their power over us grows and distorts the more it is suppressed.

Scorpio is ruled by Pluto, the planet of the soul, power and transformation, so this New Moon holds the potential for some deep soul work which can help us to move forward on our path and evolution. The Nodes of the Moon are also being positively aspected by the Sun, Moon and Mercury, so if we are willing to do the work and dive into our own personal underworlds we have a chance to come up with some hidden treasure! It takes courage and a lot of trust to bare our souls and let ourselves be vulnerable with another person and allow them to truly see us, but we are rewarded with a deeper intimacy that comes from knowing that there is nothing left to hide. So often, what we think is our deepest, darkest secrets or shame is actually not that much of a big deal to someone else. We are definitely our own greatest judge! Not only that, but once they are shared they start to lose their power over us. They’re not lurking in the shadows anymore, covered up and encrusted with shame, guilt, lies and denial. We’ve allowed the light of awareness and compassion to shine on them, and suddenly they don’t look so scary or hideous anymore.

Scorpio comes after Libra, the sign of relationships, and takes the whole concept of relationship to a much deeper level. With Scorpio we connect to others on a soul level and merge with them, sexually, emotionally, spiritually and/or materially. When we fully surrender and merge with another we experience a “death” of our individual self as we create something bigger than the two of us.  This could take the form of a partnership, collaboration, community or intimate relationship. Scorpio asks a lot of us, as she rules the themes of trust, sexuality, intimacy, soul, death/rebirth, transformation. When we trust another we run the risk of betrayal. When we love another we run the risk of losing them. When we dive in and join forces with another we run the risk of losing ourselves. These are the themes we are working with during this New Moon, when we have the chance to dig deep, let go, trust and show our tender underbellies so that we can make a leap forward on our journeys. This is a time to shed the old skin and emerge all shiny and new, albeit a little bit more vulnerable!

Neptune in Pisces is helping out this process by forming a harmonious aspect to the Sun, Moon and Mercury during this New Moon. Neptune spiritualises whatever planet he comes into contact with, and so we could find that we experience some very deep connections to others during this time, as we are able to see beyond pretence and glimpse one another’s true essence and spirit; their divinity. Neptune dissolves boundaries, and combined with the merging and soul searching nature of Scorpio, we could find ourselves truly feeling what each other is feeling and experiencing true compassion, soul connection and unconditional love. This is a very helpful aspect to have, as it softens the edges somewhat and helps us find heartfelt empathy and understanding for ourselves and others. Neptune represents unity and is that part of ourselves that knows that we are all one and that what happens to one happens to all. Neptune is currently sitting right on top of the South Node of the Moon, so we have a chance to recognise any blind spots or sabotaging tendencies that we might be bringing forward from our past. It is time to tell the truth instead of lying to ourselves or others. This is how trust is built. It is also time to let go of being the victim. Everything that has happened so far has happened for a reason. All is unfolding exactly as it should.

Saturn and Venus are joining forces in Sagittarius during this Moon, which could take a variety of forms. We might be forced to take a long, hard look at our relationships and decide whether they are based in reality. We may find that we need to examine our beliefs about ourselves and relationships and recognise how they sabotage us and prevent us from having what we so dearly want. We may make a deeper commitment to our partner or relationship, or it may go up to the next level. A conjunction can go either way, so Saturn conjunct Venus can either make us fearful or inhibited about relating or can somehow make it more tangible, honest and real. It can either make us feel constricted and held back or can make us feel like it is a stable base for us to operate from and spring out into the world. One thing is for sure, and that is that Saturn does make things very real and will ensure that we are experiencing the truth of one another rather than any kind of illusion or pretty picture. This definitely lines up with the rest of the chart for this Moon. It seems that we are being invited to be utterly authentic and truly allow ourselves to be seen. This, of course, means that we have to be willing to see ourselves.

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun and Moon, at 8° Scorpio, is “A calm lake bathed in Moonlight.” Dane Rudyar says of this symbol “A quiet openness to higher inspiration…. a surrender of two personal egos to the inspiration of transcendent feelings which are essentially impersonal. Love expresses itself through the lovers, for real Love is a cosmic undifferentiated principle or power which simply focuses itself within the “souls” of human beings who reflect its light. The same is true of the mystic’s love for God. … a moment comes when all that really matters is to present a calm mind upon which a supernal light may be reflected.” With Scorpio, still waters run deep. It seems that this moon is asking us to take a long hard look inside, both at ourselves and another. We have the opportunity to look below at what might be hidden beneath the surface and also to face what is mirrored back to us through our intimate relationships. It does seem as if there will be amazing rewards for being brave enough to face our shadows and bring what is hidden there out into the light. As I said, Scorpio asks a lot, but it is definitely worth doing the work!

“Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. I use the word “love” here not merely in the personal sense but as a state of being, or a state of grace – not in the infantile American sense of being made happy but in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring and growth.”

 James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

Much Love

Amy
xoxo

Artwork: The Mask She Hides Behind – Sarah Riches


My website: http://www.amybirdartandastrology.com/

Thursday, 13 October 2016

ARIES FULL MOON - 16 October 2016

Exact at 5.23am BST, 12.23am EDT.

Well, this is the most potent and potentially transforming Full Moon that I have seen in quite some time! Change is afoot! Not only that but it’s a Supermoon which means that it is closer to us than usual, so it will have a stronger effect on our mind, emotions, body and soul. It is the culmination of the New Moon in Libra on 1 October, which involved us setting some powerful intentions (consciously or unconsciously) involving our relationships and what we really, truly want for ourselves. An energetic ball was set in motion at that time which is now coming to a peak. I have noticed a lot of people in the past couple of weeks talking about what they want from their lives; what their perfect life would be if nothing was holding them back. Now is the time to start to actually put our money where our mouth is! This Moon has some potently powerful planetary energy that has the potential to revolutionise our lives and release us from old patterns and ways of relating so that we can live from a more authentic, truthful place. We have an amazing opportunity here to throw off the shackles of past conditioning and completely change the way we approach our lives and relationships.

The Sun is in harmonious, peaceful and relationship-oriented Libra, sitting directly opposite the Moon in assertive, honest and brave Aries. This is the relationship axis, so we are being asked to find a balance between Libra’s tendency to compromise and put other first and Aries ability express his needs and practice the art of self-love. The fact of matter is that without self-love we don’t really have the capacity to love another human being unconditionally, but of course this can go too far if we are constantly putting ourselves first. This Moon seems to be asking us to approach our relationships from a place of truth and emotional honesty, even if this feels uncomfortable or scary! Aries likes to get everything out into the open, so this Moon could involve some truths being revealed that have been simmering away below the surface until now. Libra, however, likes to keep the peace and reminds us that there are ways to express ourselves that is more palatable for the other person to hear! We are also reminded that it is very important to honour our relationships as entities in their own right and tend to them, much as we would a garden. The key is to be able to openly express our needs, but not much so that so it compromises the relationship. A delicate balance!

Mars, the ruler of this Moon, and Pluto are forming a conjunction in Capricorn which will be exact on Wednesday 19 October, but is most definitely building now! While Pluto is the soul, symbolising our unconscious desires that emanate from a place deep within us, Mars is the ambassador of the soul and acts on those desires. These two planets are the co-rulers of Scorpio and now they are together just in time for the Full Moon! Phew! This has the potential to be deeply transforming and to help us to put into action whatever it is that we need in order to move forward and grow on a deep level. The combined energy of these two planets will bring our shadows and whatever we might usually supress out into the light whether we like it or not! They could bring out some raw power, passion and possibly even rage and force us to own the parts of ourselves that we might usually keep hidden far from sight. The truth could be revealed in no uncertain terms and we could find that we have more energy and drive to transform our lives and relationships.

Pluto in Capricorn has been slowly but surely dismantling the structure of our lives since 2008 so that we can bring what we do in the world more into alignment with our true purpose. This conjunction, combined with this relationship-oriented Full Moon, can really help us to transform the way we approach our relationships and so that we are coming from a place of authenticity and integrity. There is nothing light and fluffy about this combination, that’s for sure! They will throw superficiality and pretence out of the window and bring out the truth of the matter. These two planets do have the capacity for superhuman power, as Mars the warrior acts on compulsions which come from Pluto’s hidden depths. They could give us the courage to “put our money where our mouth is” and actually set in motion all of the intentions we have been setting in recent times. They are also forming a harmonious aspect to the North Node, which will help us to move forward and evolve on a deep, soul level. We are being called to step up to the plate and grow!

Pluto is also forming and almost exact square to Mercury in Libra, so we can expect some very revealing, emotionally honest and penetrating conversations during this time, especially as the planet of communication is in the sign of relating. This aspect encourages us to be honest and allow ourselves to be vulnerable by showing all that we are feeling, not just the pretty bits. Mercury in Libra may prefer to keep the conversation harmonious and peaceful, but Mars and Pluto won’t allow that! This could bring things out into the open that could completely transform the way we relate with one another. While Mercury in Libra may highlight how we hide our true feelings and only show what we feel is pleasing to people, this doesn’t allow for true intimacy, as the other person isn’t able to see and know all that we are. The square from Pluto and Mars, however, could force some truths out of us that could take us by surprise but will allow for a deepening that will ultimately bring us much closer to our loved ones.

Uranus, the Great Awakener, Revolutionary and Rebel and Eris, the newest planet on the block, are conjunct one another and sitting smack bang on top of the Moon in Aries. If this doesn’t help us break some old, stuck patterns then I’ll eat my big toe! Eris can reveal the truth of the matter in no uncertain terms and is an agent for change, driving us forward so that we can ascend. She has the capacity to reveal what is really going on beneath the surface so that we can shine the light into the shadows. She pushes us forward in our evolution, whether we like it or not! There is something quite speeded up about her energy. Uranus forces us out of stagnant ruts and helps us to release whatever is blocking us from being truly ourselves. Wherever we are stuck, or resisting change, he will bring a seemingly external event to rattle our cages and take away whatever is holding us back. The external event is, however, merely a reflection of our inner need for change. This Moon could help us to break old patterns of relating and will very likely bring the odd epiphany or two and the opportunity for some major breakthroughs. We are being dared to step outside of the mould and break years of conditioning!  It’s all very exciting!

We mustn’t forget the Venus, the ruler of Libra, is still in Scorpio, which is Pluto and Mars’ sign! This doubles the potential for deep, soulful relating that really gets to the heart of the matter. Venus in Scorpio is deeply emotional and unafraid of revealing whatever is lurking in the shadows and allowing herself to be vulnerable. She invites soul connections into our lives, while Jupiter, who has recently entered Libra, brings people in who can help us to grow and expand our horizons. I am very excited about Jupiter in Libra, because it feels like a more buoyant energy has come in since he entered the sign of harmony, balance and relationships in mid-September, helped by the waning of the Saturn Neptune square, of course! It brings the potential for mutually beneficial relationships and the capacity to really grow though them, especially is we are willing to put the work in. He’ll be in Libra until October next year.

The Sabian symbol for the midpoint between the Sun and Moon is 24° Capricorn “A woman entering a convent.” Dane Rudyar describes this as a “Total commitment to a transcendent goal” and “the possibility of pursing in peace a spiritual ideal to which the whole being aspires and is totally dedicated”, and for us to “surrender to a “higher” Law or quality of being”. There is an all or nothing feeling to this symbol – a sense that we need to dive in and really be willing to “walk the talk” and truly live our ideals. This Moon is not for the faint-hearted, that’s for sure! It is an opportunity to really cut through the bullshit and create some profound change in our lives and relationships, especially if we are brave, willing and ready to do so.

Much love

Amy
xoxo


Picture : Breakthrough – Osho Zen Tarot