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

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

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