Wednesday, 28 September 2016

LIBRA NEW MOON - 1 October 2016

LIBRA NEW MOON – Saturday 1 October – exact at 1.11am BST, Friday 30 September, exact at 8.11pm EDT.

There is a lot going on during this Moon, as the Sun and Moon are forming aspects to five significant planets! The New Moon in Libra highlights our relationships and signifies new beginnings and seeds being sewn in the way we relate to others. Libra is the sign of balance and harmony and helps us learn to relate to each other as equals, whereby we listen to and really take in the needs of the other person and in turn have our needs met. This is the sign of compromise and cooperation, where we become aware of the relationship itself as an entity in its own right and make sure we tend to it, much as we would care for a garden. On the one hand we have the needs of the two people involved, but also the need to honour the relationship itself and sometimes make sacrifices for it.

Relationships can be a rather uncomfortable mirror at times as our partners, friends or family members reflect back to us the parts of ourselves that we may prefer to deny. All too often our intimate relationships trigger old, unconscious, unresolved wounds or patterns of relating formed in childhood that tend to replay in our adult lives.  This can be painful to experience but can also help us to grow enormously if we are open to growth, that is, rather than merely defensive or reactive! We all have wounds, as it is hard to get through childhood without the odd emotional battle scar or two, so it is inevitable that we will have to confront them at some point or other, especially within our intimate relationships. Libra asks that we learn to handle whatever comes up with grace. This sign very much values fairness and justice and can always see things from the other person’s perspective.

Jupiter has just entered Libra, where he will remain for a year, and is sitting right next to the Sun and Moon for this lunation. Jupiter is the planet of growth and expansion, so we may well find that this New Moon brings the potential for amazing growth within the realm of our relationships. Growth can be either easy or challenging, however, and with Pluto and Mars forming a square to the Sun and Moon there is definitely the potential for some triggering, poking and prodding to be the catalyst for the growth! Jupiter can help us to make the most of whatever comes up, as he helps us to extract the lessons and see the blessings in any challenges we may face.

In order to really grow we must be willing to face ourselves and to really acknowledge and own our shortcomings, rather than blaming others, and Jupiter in Libra can really help us to do that. Not only that, he gives us a sense of humour about the whole thing, which is truly invaluable! When facing challenging moments while relating to one another he reminds us to be able to laugh at ourselves and see the absurdity in the situation. It doesn’t have to be taken so seriously! He helps us to rise above any petty concerns and see the bigger picture, which is invaluable. This Moon, and indeed this year, could really help us to be the best we can be within our relationships, though of course we must also be willing to put in the work.

As Jupiter is the largest planet, he tends to exaggerate the energy of the sign he is in, and in the case of Libra he will be expanding any tendency towards compromise, balance, beauty, equality, diplomacy, harmony, listening, cooperation, team work, justice and peace. Of course, all of these traits have their shadow and can be taken too far, so we must watch out for too much people pleasing, or not being able to say no. It could also highlight any tendency we have towards enmeshed, unhealthy or co-dependent relationships. This could be a good opportunity to recognise where we either over assert ourselves or allow ourselves to be walked all over. Relationships are such a delicate balance between the needs of the two people involved! It’s so easy for imbalance to occur, so it is very important to be mindful. Another thing that Jupiter in Libra could do is bring people across our path who can help us to move forward and grow in some way, and vice versa.

Pluto and Mars are both forming squares to the Sun and Moon, which brings the potential for deep change and transformation on a soul level, as long as we are able to face ourselves honestly. Pluto has just turned direct, so he is quite strong at the moment. He tends to poke and prod and bring about profound change, especially if we are resisting whatever we need for further growth. It could be that we are forced to dig deep within during this Moon and face up to some rather uncomfortable truths, but if we can face them honestly and bravely then we have the capacity to really help our relationships. We have the chance to release ourselves from old, stuck patterns and recognise where we are holding ourselves back from achieving the balance we desire.  He can also highlight any imbalance of power in our relationships. The ruler of this Moon, Venus, is also in Scorpio, which is the sign ruled by Pluto, so this strengthens the possibility for us to achieve some kind of inner transformation through our relationships. Certainly our relationships will take on a more intense and soulful tone while Venus is in Scorpio, as this is a very emotional sign without an ounce of superficiality! It wouldn’t surprise me if we didn’t attract the odd soul connection or two during this period, so it’s important to be alert and open.

The strongest aspect that the Sun and Moon are making is to the Neptune/South Node conjunction in Pisces, which is very close to being exact now.  This conjunction, in connection to our relationships, can show where we are living in a fantasyland and are unable to see people or things as they really are. This Moon could highlight our tendency to put the rose-tinted spectacles on and not face up to what is really going on, even though deep down we know something is not right. Neptune and Pisces are very adept at escapism and avoiding reality! It can also show where we might tend to play the victim and not be accountable for the part that we play in whatever happens to us. It is important to remember that a relationship involves two people who are both responsible for creating whatever dynamic unfolds between them. It takes two to tango, always! Again, this aspect also brings the potential for people to pop up who we have known before, whether in this lifetime or in previous incarnations. I have a strong sense that we need to very open and alert to any signs or people who come across our path who seem somehow familiar. This is a very karmic time, methinks, when we can attract some mutually beneficial soul connections.

Saturn is forming a positive aspect to the Moon, helping us to stay grounded in reality. He is also forming a square to the Nodes of the Moon at the moment, which could make us quite aware of how our beliefs are holding us back from moving forward and manifesting the life we really want. I have been contemplating this idea a lot recently, that if we are supposed to setting conscious intentions for what we want for ourselves and how we see our future, then what do we do about any unconscious beliefs that we have that we somehow don’t deserve it, or that it is not possible? It seems that we all have a multitude of utterly unconscious beliefs that send us in completely the opposite direction to what we consciously desire! These beliefs, or agreements with ourselves, were often formed when we were so young that we can’t possibly remember where they have come from. Saturn in Sagittarius could make us acutely aware of how we sabotage ourselves through these limiting beliefs, which could be quite uncomfortable but which will ultimately help us to flow in the direction of our heartfelt desires instead of resisting them.

Something else to be aware of is that the Nodes are in Virgo and Pisces at the moment, which is the healing axis. The heaviness of Saturn bearing down on the nodal axis could bring up considerable sorrow and grief as we release the pain of the past. We don’t need to know what we are letting go of; it is enough to simply release it. It is a necessary purification process.  This aspect has been building for the last couple of weeks and peaked on Monday and Tuesday, so it is still very strong. It could help give us enough of a kick up the bum to start working towards making our wishful daydreams about how we want to live our life into an actual reality!

Yes, there is a lot going on for this Moon! New Moon in Libra certainly signifies a new chapter within the realm of our relationships.  It does seem like a very karmic time, when we have the chance to set some positive intentions for ourselves and our relationships and also to release ourselves from old, outworn patterns of relating that keep replaying and any unconscious beliefs that might sabotage us. We could notice people popping up that hold the key to some part of our growth and evolution. We could find ourselves pondering what we really, truly want for ourselves and what we need to do on a practical level to achieve that. It starts with clarifying our intention and setting the energy ball rolling in that direction, while releasing any resistance that we might have to actually getting what we want! It is also possible that we know exactly what we want and need, yet are not brave or motivated enough to actually move in that direction. Sometimes, however, what we think we want is actually not what we want at all! I am reminded of the saying “Life is what happens when we are busy making other plans”.  Let’s see what might be around the next bend in the river!

Much Love

Amy
xoxo


Picture – Libra by Yuhon (Deviant Art)

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

PISCES FULL MOON / LUNAR ECLIPSE - 16 September 2016

Exact at 8.05pm BST, 3.05pm EDT

This Full Moon is also a Lunar Eclipse, which continues the theme endings and beginnings on a very deep level. The Solar Eclipse of 2 September involved the North Node of the Moon, which would have helped up to move forward on our journey; to step outside of our comfort zones and make choices to help us grow on a soul level. This Eclipse involves the South Node of the Moon, which represents where we are most comfortable but where we need to move away from in order to evolve and grow. The South Node can often become too comfortable and almost become our Achilles heel.  Ultimately it is about finding a balance between the energy of the two signs involved, which in this case is Virgo and Pisces. The emphasis is on the Pisces South Node this time, which asks us to let go of any victim mentality and remember that we have created our own reality through our thoughts and intentions, and that we always have free will.

We create our reality by setting intentions in the form of our hopes, wishes and desires, something that Pisces is very good at. Then, once we have got exactly what we asked for, because the universe does tend to take us literally, we get to use the Virgoan art of discernment to decide whether what we have asked for is actually what we want or need! We are not necessarily stuck with it, even though it is what we thought we wanted! We must remember that we, albeit unconsciously, bring people and situations into our lives in order to teach us something and to grow. While Pisces may make us feel that we are at the mercy of fate or circumstance, Virgo reminds us that we are responsible for what happens to us and still have choices. Situations or people may fall in front of us and have a somewhat fated quality to them, but it is completely up to us to decide whether they are right for us.

The Pisces South Node can also show where we have a tendency to bury our head in the sand and avoid reality. It is so easy to simply see what we want to see, creating a dream reality about a person or situation that is based on what we so dearly want for ourselves rather than who or what they actually are. The Virgo North Node asks that we use our powers of discrimination to look beyond the dream so that we can see what is really there. The Sabian symbol for the North Node, at 12° Virgo, is “After the wedding, the groom snatches the veil away from his bride.” This brings a sense of mysteries being unveiled and being able to see the reality rather than the illusion. It also brings the possibility of relating on a deeper level, having dropped the veil of pretence. There is definitely the sense of letting go of the dream and not only seeing others for who they really are, but also showing our true selves rather than what we would want people to see.

The Moon in sensitive, empathetic and intuitive Pisces is forming aspects to Venus, Mars and Chiron the Wounded Healer during this Moon. Chiron is sitting right next to the Moon, which makes this Full Moon incredibly healing in nature, although it could involve some of our more acute wounds or vulnerabilities rising up to the surface, specifically in the realm of our relationships. Pisces helps us to connect to one another on a very deep level so that we truly see each other’s divinity, our true essence, beyond our ego defences. With Mars and Chiron involved we could find that our core wounds are triggered somewhat, so that we have no choice but to admit them to ourselves and others. It can be incredibly healing to expose ourselves in this way, but can also make us feel very vulnerable. Ultimately, however, showing our more tender, fragile, wounded nature can only help our relationships, because it helps us to “drop the veil” and show who we really are, minus our usual defences.

Mars and Venus are forming a harmonious connection to one another during this Moon, which is very helpful for our intimate relationships, as it helps us to relate in a free and easy manner.  They are both, however, forming challenging aspects to the Moon/Chiron conjunction, which mean that we might feel quite sensitive and triggered as our sore spots are prodded and poked! Ouch! It is important not to react defensively, which could happen with feisty Mars squaring the Sun and Moon, but rather to have the courage to be open and honest with ourselves and our loved ones. Mars seems to be asking us to be brave warriors and not be afraid to face the truth in ourselves and others, as painful as it could be. There is such huge potential for healing in this Moon, which can help us to really, truly see each other and also to connect with our true essence. It is quite possible that there will be some form of cleansing and purification process involved here, which could be incredibly cathartic. Uranus is also aspecting Mars and Venus, which could help us to release ourselves from old, stuck, outworn ways of relating. The rules are changing and we are all finding our way in the dark somewhat as we move away from co-dependent relationships towards a more expansive way of relating.

Speaking of which, on Friday 9 September, Jupiter, the planet of growth and expansion, moved out of Virgo into Libra, the sign of relationships. This feels like a very positive shift indeed, as Jupiter can help us to create balance, harmony and joy in our relationships. His presence in this sign will help us to compromise without compromising ourselves and to find a sense of equality in the way we relate to one another. Relationships are a delicate balance between the needs of the two individuals, and Jupiter should help us to find this balance without too much effort. Jupiter in Libra can definitely expand our social circle in a very positive way and helps us to form connections and relationships with people whereby we can really help one another grow and expand, both individually and together.

On 22 September, which is the Autumn Equinox, Mercury stations direct again, having been retrograde since August 30th. In the days before and after he turns direct we must be prepared and aware that miscommunication, misinterpretation and misunderstandings are very possible! During his retrograde period in Virgo, we have had a chance to look within and practice the art of discernment in our lives, so that we are able to make choices that really resonate with us and reflect where we are heading in life. It has been a good time for reflection and retrospection; for going back over the past so we can better understand the present. During this Full Moon Mercury is forming a harmonious aspect to Pluto, the planet of soul and transformation, which brings the potential for some very deep, penetrating conversations that really get to the heart of the matter. This aspect definitely complements the energy of the Full Moon, as it does seem as if we might be forced to confront some emotional truths during this time! Pluto himself is also turning direct on 26 September, meaning that the chance for soul growth and transformation is very strong from the Equinox until the beginning of October.

This Moon surely does have the potential to be quite emotional and also incredibly healing! While Mars may poke and prod and trigger us somewhat,  forcing us to face some uncomfortable truths and making us a bit defensive, the Pisces/Chiron conjunction is so very tender and compassionate, which will not only help us to connect in a heartfelt way, but will also help us to find forgiveness for an shortcomings in ourselves and others. Often we are so much harder on ourselves than we are on our loved ones, so finding compassion for ourselves is so very important. There is a definite sense of something being exposed, of the veil of illusion being pulled back and the full extent of who we are being revealed during this Moon. It is better to face the truth rather than just seeing what we want to see, as lovely as the dream may be! On another level, Pisces is the dreamer of dreams and has the daydreams and imaginings, while Virgo can help ground these dreams on the earth plane and make them a reality. What the mind can perceive, the body can achieve! The ultimate gift of a Pisces Moon, however, is unconditional love. The ability to look beyond the wounds, the defences and the human frailties and see the true essence and spirit within. And to love all of it, with no thought of return.  We just have to remember to do the same for ourselves!

“Both Light and Shadow are the dance of love” Rumi

Much Love

Amy
xoxo

Artwork: Humility and Compassion by Siva Ranganathan





Wednesday, 31 August 2016

VIRGO NEW MOON / SOLAR ECLIPSE - 1 September 2016

Exact at 10.03am BST, 5.03 EDT.

Well, this is one powerful New Moon, that’s for sure! It is also an Annular Solar Eclipse, so it will have more of a far reaching impact on our souls’ journeys than an average New Moon. This is a time of significant soul growth and represents the end of a chapter in our lives and the beginning of a new one. Solar Eclipses involve the North Node of the Moon, which means that they prod and poke us to move out of our safe, known place and take a step forward into the unknown. It is always somewhat uncomfortable to change the way we do things, but it is so worth it! On an individual level it will help us to continue the journey from our own South Node towards our North Node, which is shown by the house and sign of the Nodes in our individual chart. The Nodal axis is called the Destiny line and is very important indeed. The South Node represents where we come into this life and what we are carrying forward from past lives. As such it is quite a familiar, comfortable place for us to live in, but staying there does not help us to grow. The North Node represents the potential for growth and where we want to get to on a soul level in this life time. This Eclipse is definitely encouraging us to step up to the plate and grow.

On a collective level the South Node, which is where we are coming from, is currently in sensitive and empathetic Pisces, while the North Node is in practical and discerning Virgo. This is the healing axis, and it seems as if we are being asked to be more in our bodies and to find ways of doing something practical, tangible and useful with our compassion, sensitivity and empathy. This is certainly showing itself with the refugee crisis, that’s for sure.  It’s a great time for giving and receiving healing, but it is very important to stay grounded. Virgo asks us to make some concrete decisions in order to help ourselves, rather than merely feeling like we are at the mercy of fate or the victim of circumstance. In short, the Virgo North Node tells us to get a grip! Virgo and Pisces ask us to find a more holistic way of approaching our lives and health, and there is also a sense of the finer, more subtle energies becoming more grounded on the earth plane. Virgo helps us find tangible, grounded ways to express what Pisces intuitively senses. We have a chance to really embody our spirituality at this time.  

The Sun and Moon are forming their monthly union in Virgo. This is an interesting sign, as it shows where we feel like we need to improve ourselves and do better. When Virgo is highlighted it can bring about some kind of crisis whereby we feel like we are not good enough, or feel inferior, or become very critical of ourselves. When we are critical of ourselves we also tend to be more sensitive to any real or perceived criticism coming from the external environment.  Virgo strives for purity and perfection, which can be very difficult to attain and can mean that we beat ourselves up somewhat! Virgo season correlates with going back to school and so at this time of year we may concentrate on getting into healthy routines. It’s certainly a good time to get organised and put our lives into order.

Virgo is the sign that comes after playful and confident Leo and before Libra, the sign of relationships. It is a sign of transition and can bring about some kind of crisis in terms of how we relate to others and show what we still need to learn in order to relate to people successfully, as equals. We may go through a period of intense self-analysis whereby we realise that we still have a lot to learn and so this is an opportunity to take a long hard look at ourselves and make the necessary adjustments. This can be a bit of a painful process, but very rewarding indeed if we learn our lessons well! Virgo is also the sign of discernment. As such, we may need to make some important choices during this time and think long and hard about what is truly good for us and what needs to go. Again, this can be quite painful and challenging and we may have to be quite strong.  It is time to separate the wheat from the chaff and to step back a bit instead of acting impulsively. This is a time for self-evaluation and self-care of the highest order.

The ruler of the New Moon is Mercury, who goes retrograde in Virgo on August 31st. Lots of this discerning Virgo energy around at the moment! The few days before and after Mercury going retrograde can be quite challenging in terms of communication and there is strong potential for misunderstandings to occur. It is important to be very clear in our communication and to hold off rushing into any conversations or decisions that are important. Be patient, hold back a little and wait until Mercury has settled into going backwards. The chances are that whatever we are thinking about can wait, and things might look very different by then! Mercury Retrograde is a great time for looking within and re-evaluating our lives. In Virgo it is a great time for some inner analysis, providing we are not too hard on ourselves!  We must try not to look back and feel guilty or pick ourselves to pieces! It is much better to simply see how we could have done better and work with that. Mercury will be retrograde until 22 September. During this Moon he will be sitting right next to Jupiter, which will really help us see the bigger picture and expand our viewpoint.

The Saturn Neptune square is being directly activated by this Moon/Eclipse, which will bring its energy to the foreground of our lives. The square will be exact on the September 10, so it is currently building in intensity. One of the ways this can manifest is by Neptune dissolving Saturn’s structures. It is as if the structures that we have come to rely upon are falling away and it is unclear what will take their place. This is where the ongoing theme of “Faith and trust” comes into play. We are not in control, much as we might like to think we are, so we much just learn to let go and go with the flow of life. Saturn can hold on too tightly to people or situations through fear, while Neptune urges us to gently let go and see what happens. If they come back to us, all well and good. If not, then it was simply not meant to be and something much better awaits us just around the corner.

The square can also highlight our blind spots and show where we prefer to live in the land of fantasy rather than facing up to reality. Neptune likes to avoid reality but Saturn will make sure we face the truth in no uncertain terms, whether we like it or not. It is very important, however, that we don’t become too rigid in our beliefs and remain open to other people’s version of the truth. We may also find it hard to know what the truth really is, because what we thought was true may actually be an illusion. Squares between planets to prod and poke us to grow and do better, so while this square can feel quite heavy and has the potential to bring up vague and irrational fears and anxieties, is can also help us to ground our dreams and ideals into reality. Neptune dreams the dreams, while Saturn is willing to put the time and hard work into making them real. Indeed, this could be a very good time to practicing manifesting our intentions.

Mars is conjunct Saturn during this Moon as well, which feels somewhat in line with the Mercury Retrograde energy, in that it could put the breaks on us acting impulsively or asserting ourselves. Mars is a doer and represents our assertive, active desire nature. Saturn says to Mars “Hold on, wait a moment and look before you leap.” This could be quite frustrating but is also quite sensible, because it makes us act more consciously and mindfully. It does seem like we are at a moment in time when we have some choices to make, but are being asked to slow down a bit and consider them wisely. What is the saying – “Only Fools rush in”? We need to take a moment to decide what is really good for us rather than acting by default, or on auto-pilot. We may feel like we are being held back, blocked or reined in, but there is a reason for it. Wait and watch. All will be revealed in the fullness of time. Mars and Saturn were exactly conjunct last Wednesday 24 August, but the energy would still be active now as the New Moon is activating it.

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon at 10° Virgo is “Two heads looking out and beyond the shadows.” This feels very much like the Saturn Neptune Square, as it shows how we can perceive the same situation from two different perspectives, such as Love and Fear. It is important for us to be able to see whatever we are facing from more than one side, because the truth of the situation may be shrouded somehow. We are being asked to look out from the shadows into the light. Maybe we need to look at things in a different way before we can shift or move beyond.

I always wonder what people must have thought during Solar Eclipses when they looked up into the sky and saw a great ring of fire! They must have thought it was the end of the world, or that the great sky god was trying to tell them something very important. Certainly they do have a powerful impact on our lives and are not to be scoffed at! Eclipses move in 19 year cycles, and this one is linked to one that occurred on 1 September 1997. As such, whatever is happening now could have a resonance with that time, or some kind of echo. It could be that we are moving onto the next phase of whatever was started then. It is also linked to the Solar Eclipse on 8 March this year. There could be a sense of completion now, as one phase ends and another begins. There is definitely a sense of us being asked to step back and re-evaluate ourselves and the way we approach life and relationships. It is very important not to be hard on ourselves, but rather to recognise what might need tweaking in order for us to be more effective in our relationships. We need to practice the Virgoan art of discernment and remember that in each moment of our lives we have a choice on how to act and react. We get to decide what is good for us and what must fall away as we move onto the next chapter.

Much love

Amy

xoxo

Sunday, 14 August 2016

AQUARIUS FULL MOON / LUNAR ECLIPSE - 18 August 2016

Exact at 10.26am BST, 5.26am EDT.

This Full Moon brings the potential for a breath of fresh air; a chance to step out of character and do things differently. It is also a Lunar Eclipse, which signifies the end of a chapter and the beginning of a new one. It will represent a culmination or completion of something that started around the Eclipse of March 16 of this year.  The New Moon in Leo on August 2nd involved us reclaiming the parts of ourselves that we had lost along the way after the emotionally turbulent Moon cycles that came before it. This Full Moon is highly Uranian in nature, because not only is it an Aquarius Moon, but Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, is also forming a supportive aspect to the Sun and Moon. This means that we should expect the unexpected and be willing to go with the flow of whatever comes our way. We have an opportunity to change things up and release ourselves from old patterns and habits that are preventing us from living our truth. We could well have some amazing insights and breakthroughs during this Moon, as Uranus is known for bringing epiphanies that come like bolts from the blue!

What would we do and who would we be if we had complete freedom and nothing was holding us back? What parental and societal conditioning is stopping us from truly being ourselves? Where in our life are we stuck or stagnant? What is our vision of our future? What unique gifts do we have to offer the world in order to make it a better place? These are all questions that could come up in a fairly emotional manner, as this is a Full Moon after all! We could well have a strong urge to bust out somehow and make a break for freedom in some area of our life. This is a moon for creative change and a time to truly let go of whatever is needed for us to be able to move on and start this new phase. We have a chance to really blast through some blocks and release ourselves from the shackles of the past so that we are free to create a future that is a true reflection of who we are becoming. Sudden events or chance encounters that seem to happen “to us” are actually symbolic of our own need to switch things up and take a different path.

The Sun is in playful, heart-centred and self-expressive Leo, who encourages us to shine our lights brightly and express all that we are. Leo reminds us that we are the creator of our life, the director of our own play and encourages us to follow our bliss and do what brings us joy. Leo makes us aware of our creative gifts and reminds us that we are all special in one way or another. The Moon is directly opposite the Sun in eccentric, visionary and humanitarian Aquarius, who asks how we can share these unique and special gifts with the whole and contribute to making the world a better place? It is quite possible that we will spend some time contemplating what we really want for ourselves during this moon and pondering our hopes and dreams. This could come from a place of discontent or feeling somehow stuck. We may be asking ourselves “Is this all there is?” and plagued by a strong sense that there must be more than this; a better life that is a true reflection of who we are becoming. Aquarius is very much about community, brotherhood/sisterhood, joining together to create a vision of a better world. This Moon could very well bring up some rather strong emotions that revolve around our need to follow our hearts and make much needed change in our lives.

Saturn turned direct on August 13th, so his energy is very strong at the moment. Life could have been feeling very real indeed recently and there could be some sadness and heaviness going around, especially as the Saturn Neptune square is building again. We could be experiencing a raging battle within us between fear and faith. On the one hand “what is” could seem rather bleak and challenging, but it is so very important that we hold on to faith and trust that it is all happening for a reason and that things can change in the blink of an eye. It is also important that we don’t dwell on what has been, or what might be, but rather focus on the here and now. The only thing we really have control over is the present moment! With Saturn now going direct we could become aware of what he has been trying to teach us since he went retrograde in March. He is always trying to teach us something to help us grow, though sometimes it does feel like he is the headmaster of the School of Hard Knocks!

The Saturn Neptune square feels a little like the battle between our ego and our higher self. Neptune, or our higher self, is aware that everything is perfect exactly as it is and is happening according to some kind of higher plan. Saturn, on the other hand, is that part of ourselves that suffers and feels pain, fear and anxiety, and tries to control everything. Neptune reminds us that we are not in control!  With the Saturn energy so strong at the moment it could be a bit hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel, with the reality of our lives and the state of the world staring us squarely in the face. It seems also that certain structures (Saturn) that we relied on are dissolving (Neptune) and it is unclear as yet what will replace them. It is a time of shifts and changes and it is very important indeed to remain positive and not fall into fear. I know quite a few people whose mantra at the moment is “Faith and Trust, Faith and Trust!” All will be revealed in the fullness of time.  Jupiter is also aspecting the Sun and Moon, reminding us to stay positive and not allow the darker energies to take hold. He is sitting next to Mercury, urging us to keep an eye on the bigger picture.

Venus seems to be showing herself during this Moon as well. With Pluto, the planet of the soul and transformation, forming a positive aspect to the planet of love and relating, it is quite possible that we will relate to each other on a deeper level during this time and help each other to grow and move forward. It is a really good time for emotional honesty with our loved ones. This could also be a time when significant people cross our path who will go on to affect us quite a profound way. Venus is also conjunct the North Node of the Moon, which signifies the potential for some amazing soul growth in the area of our relationships. Alongside the Uranian, Eclipse energy it brings the possibility of chance encounters that change the course of our lives significantly. It is as if our relationships, whether long lasting or short lived, have the capacity to move us forward on our journeys and impact our lives during this Moon. In order to move forward we have to let go of something. There is no beginning without an ending.

I read somewhere that it is only when things become intolerable that humans initiate change, as we are so resistant to it in general. Maybe this is one of those times. It seems that this Moon could signify a change of direction and a much needed breath of fresh air to lift us out of the heavy Saturnian energy that has been around in the last while. Saturn has been making everything seem so very real and so an Aquarius Full Moon is exactly what we need to bring some change and excitement to the picture and help us envision a better future. As it is an Eclipse the changes will have far reaching effects and could signify a new chapter that we were not expecting! I would say that we should be open to whatever comes our way during this time and that we should also work on letting go of whatever isn’t making us feel good or is holding us back in some way. Above all, we need to remain positive. You just never know what is around the corner!

“Que sera, sera
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours to see
Que sera, sera
What will be, will be”

Jay Livingston, Ray Evans (sung by Doris Day)

Much love

Amy
xoxo



Picture: Unknown

Saturday, 30 July 2016

LEO NEW MOON - 2 August 2016

Exact at 9.44pm BST, 4.44pm EDT.

Well, if we have been searching for the light at the end of the tunnel then this Moon has the potential to provide it! The last month or so has been intense, to say the least, as the New Moon in Cancer and Full Moon in Capricorn involved some serious catharsis and clearing out, including  a massive shake up of our emotional security and foundation, both personally and collectively. Indeed, a healer friend of mine said that we should rename the Capricorn Full Moon “Heartbreak Moon”! However, when hearts break they break open, allowing amazing shifts to occur and this is a beautiful thing. The last month or so has definitely challenged our emotional foundation and forced us to take responsibility for our own emotional security. It has also allowed us to become painfully aware of our old emotional patterns formed in childhood, so much so that we have had the opportunity to greatly diminish their power and control over us and our relationships. It’s been emotional and extremely cleansing, but now we are in Leo season and it is time to reclaim ourselves and allow the inner child out to play! There is a definite sense of coming back to Self and as this is a New Moon we are invited to consciously reconnect with our inner divinity and higher self and set some positive intentions. It is time to let our light shine again.

Leo rules the heart and so this Moon will provide us with an opportunity to recharge the heart batteries, so to speak, allowing us to release anything that may be blocking our heart area and helping us to heal any heart pain we may have been experiencing.  Leo encourages us to listen to our heart’s wisdom and have the courage to follow wherever it leads us. This is a very playful, self-expressive and creative sign so this really is a perfect time to allow the inner child free reign to have fun! It is time to follow our bliss and joy, much as children do. Most importantly, this is a time to reconnect with Self and allow it to express itself in whatever way it wants to. It is time to remember who we are, at our core. Who were we before our life happened to us, with all of the many layers of patterns, beliefs and conditioning that have been heaped upon us along the way? This Moon invites us to connect to that spark again; that innocent child who had no fear or inhibition and didn’t hold back from expressing whatever was in his or her heart! It is time to open our hearts fully and not be afraid to express what is within them. The ruler of Leo is the Sun and so we are invited to bask in its warmth and allow our own light to radiate outwards.

The Saturn Neptune square is building again and will be exact on September 10. It is being activated by this Moon, with Saturn forming a supportive aspect to the Sun and Moon and Neptune forming a nagging aspect. Saturn urges us to look at the reality of whatever we are facing, while Neptune encourages us to put the rose tinted spectacles on and just see what we want to see. It’s ok to have hopes and dreams, but it is also a good idea to make sure that they have some basis in reality, otherwise we are simply setting ourselves up for disappointment and disillusionment. During this Moon it might be advisable to keep an eye on what is rather than the way we wish it was. Saturn is Father Time and he reminds us to be patient, as all will be revealed in the fullness of time. He also has a tendency to want to control the outcome of any given situation, seeking some kind of finite certainty, while Neptune reminds us that ultimately we are being guided by higher forces with a divine plan of which we are largely unaware. As such, it is better to just let go of control, surrender and trust that all is unfolding exactly as it is supposed to. If any fear or anxiety comes up, be mindful of it and focus on having faith, trust and unconditional love towards self and others.

In the meantime, two hours before the New Moon is exact, Mars will finally leave Scorpio and move into optimistic, confident and adventurous Sagittarius! This will surely signify a big shift for us all! In Scorpio he has been bringing up so much anger and rage, as it seems as if almost every day another horror has come to light in the world recently. I sincerely hope that this all starts to ease off now. There were some very positive aspects to having Mars in Scorpio, for it gave us the will and courage to face our shadows and to transform and grow beyond our limitations, destroying old patterns and beliefs. There has been much purging and clearing out, as we have had to face some rather uncomfortable emotional truths. However, I for one am very happy that he is moving into Sagittarius, as he is quite at home there and should give us a boost of confidence and forward moving energy. It’s time to lighten up a bit! Mars in Sagittarius likes to have fun and looks on the brighter side of life, so this is a great complement to the energy of this Leo Moon.

Something to be aware of during this Moon is that Black Moon Lilith is forming a square to the Sun and Moon, which could mean that we have to deal with some turbulent feelings, such as jealousy, passion and rage, which we may find it hard not to act on. Black Moon Lilith is the rejected, cast out, wild feminine and she is in Scorpio at the moment so there is the potential for some rather destructive, intense, raw emotions to surface as we approach this New Moon. Ultimately, however, this will be very empowering and help us to really let go and move forward. Better out than in! Black Moon Lilith in Scorpio is a powerful, very visceral, primal feminine energy that has the capacity to cut through to the core of any situation and reveal it for what it is. We shouldn’t be surprised if things come up from the shadows that we would usually prefer to avoid or not face, either in ourselves or others. This aspect brings the potential for brutal honesty and more catharsis and letting go.  

It seems that this Moon could be quite empowering, as we are given the opportunity to reclaim any parts of ourselves that we have lost along the way. We are invited to find some way of expressing all that we have been through in the past couple of months. Leo encourages to sing, dance, play, stomp and create, giving us an avenue to release any feelings or emotions we may be experiencing so that they don’t get stuck in our heart centre. The Sabian symbol for the New Moon is 11° “Children play on a swing hanging from the branches of a huge oak tree.” There is a feeling of playful spontaneity to this picture, as well as a sense of being somehow protected and guided by the ancient wisdom and strength of the old oak tree. We may be freeing our inner child, but we also have the benefit of all that we have learned about ourselves in recent times. This Moon offers us a glimmer of hope and an opportunity to really connect to our hearts and follow the path of joy. There is something very empowering about the particular combination of planetary energy, as we are invited to reclaim our true, core self. Leo invites us to allow our light to truly shine, brighter than it ever has before!

Much love

Amy
xoxo

Picture: Unknown



Monday, 18 July 2016

CAPRICORN FULL MOON - 19 July 2016

Exact 11.56pm BST, 6.56pm EDT!

The Cancer New Moon two weeks ago involved many of us experiencing a considerable wobble in terms of our emotional foundation, while  this Full Moon seems to be asking us to take a step back and look at whatever is going on from a different angle or perspective. It holds the promise of shaking up the status quo and helping us undo old programming, releasing us from the shackles of the past and from the residue of any unhealthy parental and societal conditioning. Uranus, the Great Awakener, who is well known for challenging the rules and rattling the cage, is a big player in this Moon as he is challenging both the Sun and Moon. The Sun is in Cancer, the sign of the home, family, our roots and our emotional security. Cancer represents our emotional patterns and tendencies that we have picked up in childhood, so any challenge to this area of our lives could be very unsettling. However, while our sense of emotional security could be shaken somewhat, we also have a chance to step outside of ourselves and recognise any sabotaging behaviour so that we can break free of it once and for all. It’s hard to release these entrenched emotional patterns while they remain unconscious, but this Moon has the potential to bring them out into the light of our awareness. They might explode out, as this is Uranus and a Full Moon we are talking about here, but it is so much better for them to be made conscious!

The Moon is in Capricorn, the sign directly opposite Cancer. While Cancer rules the home and family, Capricorn represents outer authority and the conditioning we received from authority figures such as our parents, school teachers and society in general. There are certain rules and regulations that we would have had to abide to in order to survive in this world and “fit in” to the mould. This is where Uranus comes in. He encourages us to break all of the rules and start a revolution! Try something else on for size! On a personal level this could mean that we have a chance to step outside of our comfort zones and undo some old, outworn programming, challenging the structure of our lives and family in order to be more true to ourselves. On a collective level is means that we challenge the powers that be and question their authority over us. Capricorn rules the governmental structures and external authority, while Cancer rules our homeland and sense of security, and Uranus in Aries is not afraid to rattle the cage to create much needed change. He is not called the Great Awakener for nothing, as he has the power to open our eyes to a new way of seeing things, which of course could make us feel a bit unsteady initially, until we find our feet.

As such, we shouldn’t be surprised if we received the odd shock or two, as old beliefs and patterns are made more conscious. The Sabian symbol for the midpoint between the Sun and Moon is Libra 27° “An airplane sails, high in the clear sky.” This brings the possibility of being able to see things more clearly, from a higher perspective. Dane Rudyar says of this symbol that it gives us the chance to “gain a new perspective on human problems and reach freedom and peace in a supernal realm of being.” He speaks of “Transcendent Realisation.” As such, it is quite possible that we will have some epiphanies in the coming week, as our perception of reality is challenged somewhat! It’s always good to get a bird eye perspective and to look at things in a more objective light.

Pluto, the planet of the soul and transformation, is also in Capricorn, where he has been since 2008 and will remain until 2023. Pluto has a detoxing effect on whatever sign he is in, and in Capricorn he has been exposing the rot within the power structures of this world we live in. It has become glaringly obvious that the old way of governing simply doesn’t work anymore. He then destroys whatever isn’t working so that eventually something more appropriate can take its place. We are half way through the transit of Pluto through Capricorn. It definitely feels like we are in the midst of the darkest hour, when so much is being destroyed and the fire rages all around us! Hopefully soon the Pheonix will start rising from the ashes. I can only assume that slowly but surely, over the next few years, solutions will start to reveal themselves and a new world will come into being. We will then have Pluto in Aquarius, which brings new vision for a world based on liberty, equality and brotherhood/sisterhood. That’s something to look forward to!

Mars is still in Scorpio, where he will be until the 2nd of August, when he will leave this intensely emotional sign for good and move forward into Sagittarius, where he is quite happy and confident! This last couple of weeks has shown what Mars in Scorpio is capable of, as we have been witness to back-stabbing, violent and vengeful acts, people’s version of the truth spurting out in all kinds of ways and unholy rage! It has not been pretty and I am actually quite looking forward to him leaving Scorpio! On the other hand, he has also given us the courage, desire and bravery to face the parts of ourselves that we might usually prefer to avoid or deny. The good news is that he is forming a harmonious aspect to both the Sun and the Moon, helping us to do some  more deep sea diving and confront our shadows. It’s not pretty work, but it is oh so rewarding, as we have a chance to eliminate anything that might be preventing us from experiencing true honesty, openness and intimacy with our loved ones. It’s hard to own the dark parts, as it makes us feel quite vulnerable, but if we don’t then we are denying others the gift of really knowing us, warts and all.

Full Moons always have a tendency to bring things to a head and this one is no exception! Whatever may have been simmering below the surface could come exploding out, making the unconscious conscious. It may not exactly be rational, but once it’s out then maybe we have a chance to understand or make sense of it. We have an ideal opportunity to recognise our sabotaging patterns, and what better way than when they are hanging out for all to see?! Tee hee!  Capricorn asks that we grow up and take responsibility for our part in the story and reminds us to act from a place of emotional maturity. It is always important to remember that people and situations come into our lives in order to help us grow, and while we may not be conscious of it, our souls have set these situations and relationships up for our greatest good and growth. This includes the families we have been born into and the relationships we form along the way. On an unconscious level we have chosen them all because they have something important to teach us. In this sense we are responsible for everything that has and will happen to us. This Moon could force us to own some parts of ourselves that we are not particularly comfortable with, but once the conscious is made conscious it loses its power. We are not children anymore, we are adults. It’s time for the old stories to fall away.

Much love

Amy
xoxo


Artwork: The Awakening by Autumn Sky Morrison http://www.autumnskyemorrison.com/

Thursday, 30 June 2016

CANCER NEW MOON - 4 July 2016

Exact at 12pm BST, exact at 7am EDT.

This New Moon has the power to transform our inner lives and relationships, which could rattle our sense of emotional security somewhat. The Sun and Moon are flanked by Mercury and Venus in Cancer, the sign of the home, family, our childhood and ancestral roots, all of which are very personal indeed. Cancer also represents our homeland, and I for one can definitely say that my country is experiencing quite a wobble right now! People’s sense of security has been severely threatened by recent events and it seems that a time of upheaval and transformation is inevitable. Cancer symbolises our inner world and the emotional patterns we have formed in childhood in order to feel a sense of safety and emotional security. As we move into adulthood these patterns can wreak havoc in our relationships as they unconsciously play out over and over again until we become conscious and aware of them.  This Moon could make us all too aware of these patterns, which on the one hand could be rather uncomfortable while on the other hand gives us a chance to transmute them so that they lose their power over us. It certainly feels like our foundations are being rocked at the moment, as many feel like they are standing on shaky ground.

The Saturn Neptune square is being activated by this Moon, making the energy of the square quite prominent both personally and collectively. Saturn could make us feel quite fearful and somewhat apprehensive and pessimistic while Neptune, who is forming a positive aspect to the Sun, Moon and Mercury, asks us to have faith and trust that somehow we are being guided in the right direction. Saturn’s nagging, challenging aspect could make us feel divided, separate, gloomy, judgemental, despondent, and force us to confront some potential realities we would rather not face. Saturn aspecting the Moon can easily make us feel quite cut off from one another, highlighting our differences and making us feel quite alone. In challenging aspect to Mercury, the planet of the mind and communication, he can cause us to see the darker side of reality and feel quite depressed.  In Sagittarius he can make us far too rigid in our beliefs, so that we find it hard to back down. We may also find that what we thought was true is in fact not true at all. Walls of illusion come crumbling down.

Neptune reminds us that, despite any apparent differences, we are all from the same melting pot and so we must be kind and gentle with one another, especially in times of adversity. Neptune helps us to connect with one another on a deeper level and to see the true spirit within each of us rather than the masks we can so easily hide behind. Neptune helps us to trust enough show our vulnerability and also have compassion and empathy for one another.  On the other hand, Neptune can also cause us to fall into the role of being the victim, while Saturn in Sagittarius asks us to pull our socks up and take responsibility for the part we have played in our own story.  He also reminds us to keep an eye on the big picture. The Saturn Neptune square is an ongoing battle between fear and unconditional love, between judgment and acceptance, between hard control and surrender/going with the flow, between separation/division and One Love. These are not easy times, but we can only hope that something good will come out of it all. It is very important not to succumb to fear. Sometimes things have to swing really far in one direction in order for us to find balance.

Pluto in Capricorn is also forming an opposition to the Sun, Moon, Mercury and Venus. The planet of the soul and transformation is a very big player in this New Moon. Not only is he aspecting Venus, the planet of relating, but oppositions tend to play out in our relationships. The transforming energy of Pluto in Capricorn exposes the flaws and rot in the structure of our lives, then destroys whatever isn’t working so that we can then rise like the Phoenix out of the ashes, reborn and renewed. Pluto is the planet of the soul, so he tends to push us out of stagnation and gives us a bit of a cosmic kick up the bum so that we remain true to ourselves and our journeys. As the planets under fire are all in Cancer, it is quite likely that we will experience quite a wobble as our emotional security is threatened and we have to face up to any emotional patterns that may be undermining us. Cancer represents our tender underbelly, so Pluto’s transforming energy could cause us to feel quite vulnerable and force us to face some rather uncomfortable emotional truths!

Pluto is also the planet of power, so issues of power and powerlessness could well come to the surface during this time. We may become very aware of where we give our power away and also where we are holding too much power, which can be equally uncomfortable. This could be a good time to redress the balance somehow, through conscious intention. On a collective level we are dealing with the exposure of what simply isn’t working any more within the power structures that rule us, and are facing the destruction of these failing structures and systems so that something more appropriate can take their place. What that is exactly is uncertain as yet, which is highly unsettling as our sense of security on every level is being shaken and rattled. Again, instead of falling into fear it is important to have faith and trust that somehow we are heading in the right direction and to remember that Pluto doesn’t destroy anything that is still needed, only that which is rotten or obsolete. Pluto entered Capricorn, the sign of structure, government and authority, in January 2008 and will remain there until 2024, so we are experiencing a very long, gradual, profound breakdown and transformation of our power structures. It will be interesting to see what kind of world we will be living in when it is all over.

On Wednesday of this week Mars in Scorpio has finally gone direct after having been retrograde since April and on Tuesday Chiron the Wounded Healer has gone retrograde. Mars retrograde may have made us feel like we were unable to push forward somehow in some areas of our lives and this could have caused us to reassess what it is we really truly want. Mars is direct, straightforward, assertive and when it is retrograde is causes us to internalise that energy. This can cause anger to turn inward and a feeling of beating our head against a brick wall! It can also lower our motivation and energy levels. It must have been important for Mars to travel back into Scorpio, so that we have another opportunity to bravely face our shadows and intimacy issues, but it has also brought to the surface quite a lot of repressed rage, cruelty and people spouting their version of the truth in no uncertain terms! Now Mars is going direct and the Saturn Neptune square is waning we could experience a lessening in our anxiety levels and a bit more energy and courage to make whatever changes are necessary in our lives.

Chiron’s orbit lies between Saturn and Uranus, so he represents the bridge between the old and the new world.  As his energy has been very strong this week it does seem very appropriate that we are seeing a chasm between the old systems crumbling and the need for something new to take their place. On a personal level, while Chiron is retrograde we may be forced to go within and revisit old wounds and recognise where we feel pain and shame, both personally and collectively. It is quite likely that we will feel more sensitive and easily triggered than usual, but it is a perfect opportunity for healing because as the wounds are opened we have a chance to become more consciously aware of them and to heal them with forgiveness and compassion for ourselves and others. The key is not to deny the pain but to move through it, acknowledging that it has made you who you are. Everyone is wounded in one way or another and it is important to remember this. It is our times of pain and suffering that humbles us and opens our hearts so that we have compassion and empathy for our fellow man. As our hearts break open we soften and show who we really are. We breathe a sigh of relief.

The Sabian Symbol for Chiron at 26° Pisces is “Watching the very thin moon crescent appearing at sunset, different people realise that the time has come to go ahead with their different projects”.  The original symbol was written as “A New Moon that divides its differences”. This feels very relevant right now and it is a poignant reminder that we don’t all have to think or react the same way. Sometime a break or a split is necessary, while sometimes simply allowing one another to get on with our own thing for a while is what’s needed. Dane Rudyar says of this symbol that there should be “a realisation of the FALLACY OF TOTALITARIANISM; at times we can all act like despots, demanding that others react to any situation exactly as we do.”, while Lynda Hill speaks of “People splitting up and splitting off. New opportunities and potentials. The beginning of a new age. Letting go of the old and outworn. Separations. Embracing one’s future without the need for others. Coming to a fork in the road. The dawning of a new era”. It all feels very appropriate indeed right now.

This does seem like an important New Moon for setting some heartfelt intentions, but we must be careful to be very clear about what exactly it is that we want for ourselves. We really do get what we ask for and the universe can be quite literal in its delivery, as I have discovered the hard way! This definitely does seem like a time when our sense of emotional security is experiencing a major wobble, but it is very much necessary for our growth and evolution, both personally and collectively. Sometimes we have to let go of something completely in order for it to be found again in a purer, healthier form. This may mean having to lose whatever gives us our sense of emotional security, including hope, so that we realise that we won’t completely fall apart without it. Then, when and if it is returned to us, we are less dependent on it. It is no longer a crutch. When it comes down to it we are all responsible for our own emotional security. We will not find it from anything or any person outside of ourselves. This is the lesson of Cancer.

Much love

Amy
xoxo


Picture – Phoenix Egg – Hannah Böving