Monday, 24 April 2017

TAURUS NEW MOON - 26 April 2017

Exact at 1.16pm BST, 8.16am EDT!

This is a quietly potent Moon, as not only are we in the dark of the Moon, whereby everything slows down and we prepare for the next cycle, but the Moon is in earthy Taurus, who encourages us to slow down and “smell the roses”. The New Moon is a powerful monthly process, when we leave behind whatever isn’t working for us in the dark of the Moon and set intentions for what we want in order to move forward and grow. Often whatever is on our mind during the New Moon, or whatever issues we are experiencing have the tendency to blossom and grow until they peak, coming to culmination when the Moon becomes full. New Moons should not be underestimated, for while they are not as dramatic and emotional as the Full Moon, they are incredibly potent and set the scene for the whole month ahead. Our thoughts hold energy and have the capacity to affect our lives in powerful ways, and more so during the New Moon. “What the mind can conceive, the body can achieve”! As such, it is important to be mindful and aware of any negative, fearful or pessimistic thinking, as it can easily manifest as reality. On the other hand, thinking positively, looking at the brighter side of life and using our creative imagination can also manifest as reality. It is entirely up to us.

Taurus, among other things, represents the law of attraction. It is the yin, side of Venus, which represents our inner relationship with ourselves, how we are inwardly vibrating and our inner dialogue with ourselves. It also represents self-worth. How we are feeling about ourselves on an inner level determines what we attract from the outside world. Like attracts like, so if we are operating from a place of inner shame and unworthiness, then we are going to attract people and situations into our life that reflect and compound that belief. On the other hand, if we are concentrating on our good qualities and nurturing a loving relationship with ourselves, we will attract more of the same into our lives. The vibrations we send out attract similar vibrations. It could be a good idea, during this Moon, to take heed of our inner dialogue and notice what we tell ourselves on a day to day level. The soil is very fertile during a Taurus New Moon, and while whatever seeds we plant may take a while to sprout, there is no doubt that they we have very sturdy roots! Taurus is a slow mover, but is well versed at the art of patience and perseverance. Whatever intentions we set now do have the potential to really stick.

Taurus represents our core values and what we give meaning to in our lives. This could be a good time to contemplate what is really, truly important to us and be willing to let go of what no longer matters to us. Taurus also represents what we need for survival; our basic needs. What do we need to feel safe and secure? Are those needs being met at the moment? Where are we being too needy of others and might we need to practice the art of self-reliance and self-sustainment? How could we benefit from learning to take care of our own needs? Where are we being too self-sufficient and stubborn but could benefit from accepting the help, support or opinions of others? Where are we stuck in a rut, or resisting change? What are we holding onto for dear life, even though we know deep inside it’s not doing us any good? What skills, talents and inherent gifts could we recognise and nurture in order to get what we are looking for in life? Are we recognising our own worth? What can we do to empower ourselves and give ourselves a greater sense of confidence and self-worth? These are all questions that could come up around the time of a Taurus Moon.

The Saturn Chiron Square has been building for the last month or so and is about to peak, on April 30th. After that it will start waning and its influence will gradually fade. This square has the potential to bring up our fears, anxieties, inadequacies and insecurities and make us feel a bit fearful and despondent. There is a certain heaviness that it brings that could make things seem a bit bleak, futile and hopeless. It could make it a bit difficult to recognise our own worth and think positively about our situation, but it is here for a reason. Whatever comes up during this time, whether it be fear, anxiety, sadness or depression, should be welcomed rather than resisted. The more we resist, the harder it is, and there is no doubt that whatever we are experiencing does have a gift for us; some kind of lesson for us to learn so that we can grow. We could feel quite vulnerable during this time, as our core wounds come bubbling up to the surface, clamouring for our attention, but that’s ok. The more conscious awareness of them we can have, the better able we are to handle them and the less power they have over our lives and relationships. It is very important to have compassion during this time and to practice the art of forgiveness. Starting with ourselves!

The Sabian Symbol for this Moon is Taurus 7° “The woman of Samaria at the ancestral well” which Dane Rudyar describes as “The meeting of the traditional past and of the creative spirit pointing to the future.” This is a story from the bible, whereby Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at the well, from a tribe despised by the Jews who is also unmarried and on the fringe of her own society. Basically, she is considered to be the “lowest of the low”, yet Jesus reveals himself to her as the Messiah, when he hasn’t even told his own disciples. There are two messages here, I feel. One is that Jesus could only reveal his “spiritual, evolutionary and society-transforming status” to someone who had already let go of the old way of being and was able to conceive of a new way. As Rudyar says ”The highest meets the lowest when this lowest is free from traditional bonds and open to love. The creative future descends first to that which has become chaos.” This speaks to us both personally and collectively, as surely we are living in a world of chaos at the moment!  There is a need to let go of any preconceived notions about ourselves or life in order to be open to the change that is coming. Another message is that each and every one of us is deserving of God’s love, no matter who or what we are and how worthless, empty or low we might feel. The well of divine love is always there for us to tap into and does not consider one person more deserving than another.

Venus, the ruler of Taurus, is on the very last degree of the Pisces during this Moon, which is the very last degree of the entire Zodiac. This last degree is the culmination of Pisces, the epitome of unconditional love, divine love and compassion for all beings, great or small. It urges us to find love and compassion for our rejected parts and to forgive ourselves and others for any inadequacies or shortcomings. We are encouraged to open up to one another and allow our vulnerabilities and sore spots to be seen so that they can be loved too. The Sabian Symbol is perfect for a Taurus New Moon: “A majestic rock formation resembling a face is idealised by a boy who takes it as his ideal of greatness, and as he grows up, begins to look like it.” We are encouraged to concentrate on what we value most, what our ideals are, what we would most like to be and then slowly but surely it will begin to take form. This symbol brings the promise of a concrete manifestation of our hopes and ideals. We truly do get what we focus on, so it is very important indeed that we focus on the positive. Taurus doesn’t promise immediate results, but when they do come, they’ll be here to stay. We just have to believe we deserve them.

THE GUEST HOUSE

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honourably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

RUMI

Much Love

Amy
xoxo


Photo: The promise of things to come by Dan Leak

Saturday, 8 April 2017

LIBRA FULL MOON - 11 April 2017

Exact at 7.11am BST, 2.11am EDT

This Full Moon highlights our close relationships and has the capacity to be deeply transforming. The Moon is full in Libra, the sign of “other”, opposite the Sun in Aries, the sign of “I am”. Libra likes balance, peace and harmony, while Aries favours honesty, assertion and is not afraid to bring grievances out into the open! Aries is very independent, while Libra can easily become co-dependent. The key to the Full Moon is to find a balance between the two signs and not to veer too far in either direction. Relationships are a delicate balance between staying true to our own path, self- love and making sure our needs are met (Aries) and tending to the relationship itself by practicing the art of compromise and truly listening to the other when they voice their needs (Libra). They can also be a powerful mirror, whereby we meet the parts of ourselves that we are unable to recognise or accept through the other person. Sometime what we see in the mirror is beautiful, as they reflect our more positive qualities, while sometimes it is like looking in the ugly mirror and very difficult to face! When we have a problem with someone else, or they have got under our skin, often it is because that part of them represents our own disowned shadow.

 This Full Moon could bring into focus any feelings of inequality within our relationships, revealing how we are either holding ourselves back for the sake of the relationship or where we need to stop being selfish and truly learn to listen. Full Moons have a tendency to bring some powerful emotions to the surface and this one is no exception! Anything that may have been simmering beneath the surface of our consciousness could become fully conscious and demand expression as the Moon reaches the peak of fullness on Tuesday.
  
Pluto, Uranus and Jupiter are forming a T-square with the Sun and Moon, adding some very intense and potentially turbulent energy to this Moon on both a personal and collective level. On the one hand we have Jupiter in Libra right next to the Moon, bringing the potential for wonderful growth within our relationships and bringing out the best in people. Jupiter in Libra believes in peace and will help us to find the middle ground on any issue that might come up. Jupiter is forming a very tight conjunction with the Vertex, which symbolises fated events or people coming into our lives that could have a very profound effect on us and help us to grow and expand. Jupiter helps us to see the bigger picture and recognise what might need to change within our relationships and how we might be able to go about improving them. There is a certain warmth and emotional generosity when Jupiter joins the Moon, but something to remember is that he is the largest planet, so whatever emotions we feel during this Moon are likely to be big! He could also make it very obvious where there is a lack of balance and justice in the world, and in our lives.

On the other hand we have Uranus sitting directly opposite, next to the Sun in fiery, independent Aries! Uranus in Aries is like a rebellious teenager, demanding the freedom to be absolutely who we are, with no apologies! We are encouraged to stay true to ourselves and make sure we are on the right path for us. As Uranus is opposing the Moon, our emotions could be quite erratic and unpredictable as previously unaired grievances come rising up suddenly, shocking ourselves and others. Uranus may bring out the humanitarian revolutionary in people, rising up against the injustices of the world. In the realm of our relationships, Uranus could bring a sudden desire for more freedom and we could find ourselves expressing feelings that have hitherto been suppressed. It will definitely help get things out into the open, which is very important, but it could also come as a bit of a surprise to both parties! Uranus helps us to release blocks and break free of the past and any habits or patterns that might be holding us back from realising our full potential or sabotaging our close relationships. We may have to step outside of our comfort zone a bit, but remember that Jupiter is also helping out, so whatever comes up should ultimately help us to be more authentic within our relationships.

Finally we have Pluto in Capricorn, bearing down on it all! Pluto is our soul; the planet that has the capacity to give us a cosmic kick up the bum if we are veering off our path or not being true to our soul’s true purpose. This is the planet of transformation, death and rebirth, who exposes the rot in our lives and relationships and then proceeds to destroy it with purifying fire so that something better can be born in its place. Pluto in aspect to the Moon could bring up some powerful, intense emotions that come from the depths of our subconscious, forcing us to confront the truth of the matter. This Moon could involve some shadow diving, as we have no choice but to be emotionally honest and face those parts of ourselves that we would usually prefer to pretend don’t exist. We could come face to face with the issue of our own power; where we either wield too much power or give it away. Ultimately Pluto in Capricorn is wants us to take responsibility for ourselves and live with integrity, and is gradually stripping away any unhealthy patterns and old conditioning that simply don’t serve us anymore.

On a collective level Pluto in Capricorn has been exposing the rot within the patriarchy, governments and corporations and is slowly but surely breaking them down any systems that are obviously not working so that something better can take their place. This Moon could definitely bring these themes into focus, making what is going on in the collective feel all too personal. Combine this with revolutionary Uranus who demands the truth at all costs and Jupiter’s wish for peace, harmony and justice, and this Moon could be interesting indeed!

In the meantime we also have the Chiron Saturn square coming back into focus, and Venus has joined in on the act for this Full Moon which again highlights our relationships, both with ourselves and others. The last time we experienced the Chiron Saturn square was in December, and it has the potential to bring up old wounds and patterns that have been long buried. We may become all too aware of how our parental conditioning is still affecting our lives and how certain situations and relationships trigger these wounds, bringing up very deep, ancient pain within us. There are some wounds that can never heal, as they are simply part of us and without them we wouldn’t be who we are. In fact, where we are wounded can become our greatest gift and is certainly where we have the greatest compassion for others. However, conscious awareness of the wounds and how they play out in our lives means that we can learn to manage them and recognise how they affect our lives. They can then gradually lose their power over us rather than running on auto pilot, sabotaging our lives and relationships. These old, painful wounds and the patterns of relating that they cause could become all too acute and obvious now, as it is hard to hide from them. It is a gift, this Chiron Saturn square, but not an easy one to accept!

The Chiron Saturn square is exact on 30 April and while the energy builds it could make things feel quite heavy and we might feel quite vulnerable and exposed during this time. It is an important process, however, so it is better to dive into whatever comes up rather than defending ourselves against it. We should treat ourselves and others with kindness and compassion and be willing to forgive ourselves and others for the wounds we carry. Venus is sitting right next to Chiron in Pisces during this Moon, which could make us feel acutely vulnerable in relationship to others as our wounds come to the surface, open and raw. As such, we may be more easily triggered during this time. It could also allow for some beautiful, heartfelt connection and healing to occur as we open up and expose our wounded souls to one another in the spirit of compassion and unconditional love. This is an ideal time for one to one healing work. Saturn is challenging Venus at the same time, testing our self-worth and relationships and making us aware of our limiting beliefs in these areas.

The interesting thing about the Sabian symbols for Venus and Chiron is that they both mention a Full Moon. Dane Rudyar, in his interpretation of Chiron’s symbol speaks of a “karmic” moment that “brings us the message that the time has come to reap what we have not only sown, but also cultivated – or failed to cultivate.” Venus’s symbol speaks of “abundance”, and stresses the Full Moon’s “power to call forth the instinctive urge for growth; many things respond in many different ways.”  The Sun’s symbol is “The gate to the garden of all fulfilled desires” and speaks of “cosmic optimism” and “abundance made possible by human togetherness and cooperation.” Uranus’s symbol has the message: “Be open. Be able and willing to shape your translucent mind on the form revealing spiritual fulfilment. And you will be able to experience life and power on inner as well as outer planes.” The implied message is one of faith. Man can only truly experience what he deeply believes he can experience.” On the other hand, the symbol for Jupiter and the Vertex is “Two men placed under arrest” and speaks of “the breakdown in the constructive relationship between the individual and society” An interesting mix of symbols!

This Full Moon packs a punch, that’s for sure! It brings with it the potential for some radical breakthroughs in our lives and relationships and promises to bring a breath of fresh air, helping us to release ourselves from old, stuck patterns that are binding us. We have here an amazing opportunity for soul-growth and self-knowledge, and the Sabian symbols seem to hint at things coming to a head somehow, as we reap what we have sown and find what we desire. With this Moon we strive for balance between Aries and Libra, between independence and togetherness, war and peace, radical honesty and the spirit of compromise; between having our needs met and listening to the needs of other. We could feel quite sensitive and a bit vulnerable and there is the potential for a lot of unresolved material to come to the surface, demanding resolution and release! Oh, and Mercury goes retrograde on Sunday the 9th, so we have that to contend with too, as misunderstandings and miscommunication can occur but also the potential for looking back and giving our rational, logical left brains a bit of a break! Phew! There’s a lot going on! I think that no matter what comes up in the next week or so, we must remember to really listen. This is the gift of Libra.

Much Love

Amy
xoxo


Picture – Facing the Shadow – Tom Hubbard 

Saturday, 25 March 2017

ARIES NEW MOON - 27/28 March 2017

Tuesday 28 March, exact at 3.57am GMT, Monday 27 March, exact at 10.57pm EST

This truly is a Moon of fresh starts and new beginnings, as it is the first New Moon of the astrological year! Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and represents the impulse to start something new and to bravely venture into new territory. The days leading up to the New Moon, while the moon is waning, are a time of purging and letting go of the old so that we can start fresh for the new cycle. You can’t have a beginning without an ending! This is when we get to shed our skins, so to speak, so we can make space for what we want to allow in. This is a time for planting seeds in the form of intentions, because often what starts as a little thought, idea or feeling around the time of the New Moon will gradually grow in our consciousness until it comes to full bloom around the time of the Full Moon. The New Moon is an incredibly potent time for consciously setting intentions for ourselves and this one is no exception. Aries can help free us from the conditioning we received in childhood and the emotional patterns formed then that no longer serve us. Indeed, we may well find that we want to completely bust out of the mould and smash our patterns to smithereens as we realise how restrictive and sabotaging they are becoming!

Aries is the sign of “I am”. Being the first sign of the zodiac, it is very instinctual in nature, acting and reacting on hunches and feelings, very spontaneously and impulsively, without forethought. Aries is the part of us that consciously acts on our soul’s desires, which are often unconscious, thus aligning our personal will with our higher will. On the other hand it can also cause us to do something stupid that is purely reactionary and not in line with our higher purpose at all! The expression “Throwing the baby out with the bathwater” comes to mind here! When I think of Aries I see a flower or plant forcing its way out of the hard ground of winter to greet the Spring sun. It takes a lot of energy, strength and courage to pierce through the darkness and out into the light! Aries is the pioneer in us that can “break new ground”! It represents that part of us that needs the freedom and independence  to explore and discover ourselves and ask questions like” Who am I?” “Why am I here?” “Where am I going?” “What is my destiny?” “Am I on my true path?” Aries is a very independent sign that is very adept at taking care of its own needs. In the extreme it can lead to self-centredness, whereby the needs of others aren’t taken into consideration. Sometimes this is exactly what is needed, however; for us to put ourselves first.

This New Moon could bring up some strong urges in us to make change in our lives and to follow direction we deem necessary to make sure we’re on the right path. We could experience feelings of anger or frustration at whatever situation we find ourselves in and could act quite impulsively, without thinking things through first. We might even throw the baby out with the bathwater! It is possible that we will make a strike for independent action, needing to take care of our own needs and to be a bit selfish.  Aries is very adept at the art of self-love! We could become all too aware of old emotional patterns or behavioural habits that are hindering us instead of helping us. It could be that they are so obvious to us, and that we are so fed up with them that we are somehow able to release them and leave them behind in the dark of the moon.  We could have a very strong feeling that something needs to happen in order for us to grow and we should also have the necessary strength and courage to start the process. We may have an instinctual sense of what we need to do to in order to be true to our own personal path and destiny.

One thing is certain, the energy of Aries is brave, spontaneous, strong, independent, honest and forthright, so we are being asked to have the courage to quite simply be who we are and follow the path or direction that feel right for us, whatever that may be and even if it doesn’t make sense right now. We must trust our instincts! The ruler of Aries is Mars, who is in earthy Taurus at the moment, which is teaching us the art of patience! Before we throw ourselves off the deep end we are invited to pause a little and chew the cud, so to speak. Mars in Taurus encourages us to carefully consider our actions and in aspect to Neptune he invites us to trust our intuition and sixth sense before we make a move or jump too quickly. Mars and Neptune together symbolise inspired action, so this is a good time to turn within for guidance. We must listen to the little voice whispering in our ear and not dismiss it! It could also be that we really want to make something happen but somehow feel held back from doing it immediately. If so, we must simply accept and trust that this is the way it must be, for reasons that will become clear later.

Interestingly enough, Venus, the ruler of Libra, which is the sign directly opposite Aries, is sitting right next to the Sun and Moon in Aries. Not only that, but she is retrograde, which is forcing us to revisit our relationship issues and our values and self-worth. This brings a sense of having to go backwards in order to move forwards. Aries is raring at the bit, wanting us to make changes and have any experience we might need to find out who and what we are, while Venus is asking us to sit back a bit and reflect on our relationship to ourselves and others. How are we holding ourselves back from having successful, fulfilling relationships? What old emotional patterns are still potentially sabotaging our chance of true happiness? How might our lack of self-worth sabotage our relationships and prevent us from drawing towards us all that we want for ourselves? How can we become more adept at the art of Self-Love?  Do we need to be more honest about our true feelings and more assertive about our needs? Or, have we been too self-serving or self-absorbed and neglected the needs of our loved ones? Might we need to resolve a relationship or situation in order to be able to move forward on our true path? What needs to be released in order for us to grow? What, when it comes down to it, is really important to us? It is time to be really honest with ourselves, and by so doing, with our loved ones.

The only aspects to this New Moon come from feminine bodies; Venus, the goddess of Love and Beauty, Juno, the goddess of marriage and loyal, committed relationship, and Black Moon Lilith, the Dark Goddess who brings our shadows into the light. Juno is forming a challenging aspect to the New Moon, which could cause us to question our relationships and whether they are truly meeting our needs or whether they are impeding our growth in some way. With Juno in Capricorn it could be that we feel the need to decide whether they are viable in the long term, or worthy of deeper commitment. The aspect between Black Moon Lilith and the Moon is a helpful, harmonious one, helping us to face our shadows and the parts of ourselves that we know exist but usually find it hard to actually admit to! Lilith can help us to bring our self-defeating patterns or behaviour out into the light of our consciousness so that they lose their power over us. It is amazing how powerful it can be to simply be aware of our sabotaging patterns and where they stem from and to observe how they affect our lives and relationships rather than acting on them unconsciously and allowing them to rule and ruin us! Lilith is in Sagittarius at the moment, which could really cut through to the truth of the matter, in no uncertain terms! It might be quite hard to hide from ourselves during this Moon!

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon at 8° Aries is “A large woman’s hat with streamers blown by an east wind”, which Dane Rudyar describes as “Protection and spiritual guidance in the development of consciousness.” We get the impression that it is rather a strong wind, and as it comes from the spiritualising east it is quite possible that it represents spiritual or psychic forces. The hat is a form of protection, and Rudyar says “Under protective guidance a still most receptive person (a woman) is being influenced by spiritual forces.”  My sense is that while we may feel like we are being knocked about a bit by the wind, or even being blown off course somewhat, or being pushed towards something, we are actually being guided by our higher self and must trust that we are protected and are heading in the right direction. This symbol could symbolise a shift in attitude or direction so it important to pay attention to where we are being prodded. While the wind may be strong, she is a “large woman”, so she is not likely to get knocked over! As such, as with Mars in Taurus, we may feel some strong urges and desires for change but it is important that we stay grounded and not let ourselves get carried away! Patience is key. Not Aries strong point!

“The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind,
The answer is blowing in the wind”
Bob Dylan

Much Love

Amy
xoxo
Picture:  The Winds of Change: Inner Strength 2– Marleen Visser













Thursday, 9 March 2017

VIRGO FULL MOON - 12 March 2017

Exact at 2.53pm GMT, 9.53am EST.

This is the kind of Moon that could make us all too aware of what needs to change in our lives and where we are falling short somehow. Virgo is a very self-critical sign which can cause us to be quite hard on ourselves so that we want to work on self-improvement. In Virgo we somehow get the feeling that we can “do better”. It doesn’t help that we have Saturn challenging the Moon, as he can be quite harsh, uncompromising and judgemental! However, there is also a lot of Pisces activity at the moment, which is the balance to Virgo, inviting us to accept ourselves as we are and find acceptance and compassion for our shortcomings. Pisces knows that we are perfect just as we are. With Virgo we may feel that we have to “do” something to make things better, while Pisces invites us to let go and just “be”. The key to the Full Moon is finding the balance between the two signs, rather than veering too far in either direction.

With the Full Moon in Virgo, we may become all too aware of the flaws and imperfections in ourselves and others, which can bring feelings of doubt, insecurity and a sense of what is lacking in our lives and relationships. However, this sense of crisis can also be very helpful because if allows us to see what we need to tweak, improve and adjust in order to relate better to people and the world around us. Virgo’s gifts are humility, purification, discernment and a genuine desire to be of service to others. I’m not sure that there is anything that makes us feel quite as good as when we have done something to help another human being! The combination of Virgo and Pisces brings genuine compassion and empathy for others and the wish to somehow make things better for them. This is the healing axis, as Virgo is the humble servant who has a good sense of how the body works, while Pisces is incredibly sensitive and intuitive and can sense imbalances in the energy system.

With Chiron, the Wounded Healer, sitting right next to the Pisces Sun during this Moon, we have a perfect opportunity for bringing our vulnerabilities and insecurities to the surface and healing them with forgiveness, self-acceptance and compassion. There is of course the potential for our sore spots being triggered so that we have no choice but to recognise them! The critical element of Virgo, combined with Saturn’s influence could cause us to nitpick our loved ones so that they feel judged, belittled or put down, so this is something to be aware of. It can also cause us to be rather merciless on ourselves! On the other hand, we could also be the victim of someone else’s judgement so that we are made to feel guilty somehow, even if we haven’t done anything wrong. Saturn likes to be in control, and so we should be aware how we might try to control people or situations. We could also find ourselves at the mercy of some kind of authority or someone trying to control us.

The Saturn Chiron Square is being activated by this Moon, which could potentially make us feel quite tender and a bit down on ourselves, but also gives us an opportunity to heal some fairly entrenched and rigid emotional patterns. It is important not to be too reactionary or defensive during this Moon, methinks, but rather to have a willingness to recognise the part we play in whatever story we find ourselves in. It is so easy to blame and point the finger outside of ourselves, but it is much more helpful to take a long hard look at ourselves and see where we are at fault. We could also have the opportunity to recognise where we have been wounded by authority figures such as parents, school teachers or society in general and to do some healing in this area.

Pluto is helping this Moon out with a harmonious trine, empowering us and helping us to transform our lives in a positive way so that we can move closer to fulfilling our true potential. We are constantly, throughout our lives, being prodded towards an ultimate, deeper goal that is predominantly unconscious and is directed by our own souls. This Moon holds the promise of helping us to inch a little further forward on our soul’s journey and path, if we are willing to do the work that is. Pluto is currently forming a challenging square aspect to Jupiter, which could mean that we become a bit too attached to our beliefs and could also mean that we have to put up with other people spouting some rather extreme beliefs and opinions! We could experience some kind of confrontation whereby any beliefs that we hold that are too fixed or rigid could be challenged, which could ultimately be a good thing. The combination of Pluto and Jupiter could also cause any fundamentalism and extreme religious or philosophical views to become very obvious, prominent and hard to avoid! The square is exact on the 30th of March, so the energy is building in strength.

Venus went retrograde on 5 March and will continue moving backwards until 15 April. Venus rules our relationships, both with ourselves and others. It makes sense that the way we relate to ourselves will colour the way we relate to others. When Venus is retrograde we are invited to look back on our relationships and take stock on whether they are meeting our needs and whether they need any work done on them to improve them. This is also time to have a look at our core values and contemplate what is really, truly important to us and what no longer hold meaning to us. We could have some kind of financial review or contemplate what skills, talents and assets we have in our toolbox that can help us in moving forward. This is a great time to work on any self-worth issues, because how we feel about ourselves does have a direct bearing on what we attract into our lives. If we think we are not deserving, we simply won’t bring to us what we so dearly want! If we work on loving ourselves and recognising our worth then we stop projecting a sense of lack onto our lives and relationships. Sometimes people from the past can resurface during Venus retrograde, especially if there is any unfinished business to clear.

All in all this seems like a fairly hard working Moon, whereby we are invited to look inside and recognise what needs improving or re-adjusting. Full Moons do tend to bring some rather strong emotions to the surface, which often show themselves in the realms of our close relationships. Virgo is actually a transitional archetype, the bridge between Leo and Libra. While in Leo we feel very self-confident, as if we can do no wrong and are at the centre of the universe, with everything and everyone revolving around us, Virgo seeks to burst the bubble of self-importance and find true humility. In Virgo we go through a much needed adjustment period, a crisis of sorts, where we realise that actually we are not that great and still have work to do before we get to Libra and go out and relate to others on an equal basis. Virgo reminds us that we are no more important than anyone else and shows us what changes we need to improve our relationships and go out into the world as effective human beings. During this Moon we should try not to be too hard on ourselves or our loved ones, but rather try and embody both Pisces and Virgo by having true compassion for ourselves while at the same time recognising what we can do to become a more effective vehicle to serve the whole.

Much love

Amy
xoxo


Photo: White Rose of Purity - Unknown

Thursday, 23 February 2017

PISCES NEW MOON / SOLAR ECLIPSE - 26 February 2017

Exact at 2.58pm GMT, 9.58am EDT.

This is a very powerful New Moon indeed and is also a Solar Eclipse, which gives it far more significance than your average New Moon. Eclipse season is a time of shifts and transformation, when we are made very aware of what needs to change and generally get a pretty big prod in the right direction! There is a sense of fate or destiny involved and wherever the New Moon falls in our chart will show the area of life that will experience the end of a chapter and the beginning of a new one. This New Moon is activating the South Node in Pisces, which represents the past, the familiar, patterns and traits that we need to examine and transmute in order to move forward and evolve. We are getting to the end of the 18 month span of the Nodes being in the Virgo/Pisces axis, and so we may have to examine where we still have our head buried in the sand, in fantasy land, refusing to face ourselves realistically. The Pisces South Node points to where we have personal and collective blind spots, or are only looking at life and ourselves through rose tinted spectacles, refusing to see what is really going on. On both a personal and collective level it can show where we are deluded, or refusing to face our shadow. And we all have shadows, every one of us!

The Virgo North Node, however, asks us to be willing to face reality and do the necessary work on ourselves and to face our personal and collective shadow. Virgo encourages us to point the finger squarely at ourselves and recognise that the change that is needed on both a personal and global level starts with us taking a long, hard look at ourselves and recognising that what is happening on the outer is merely a reflection of our inner world. If ever there was a time to do some shadow diving, this is it! Pisces South Node can make it so easy to see ourselves as the victim, while Virgo North Node asks that we use the art of discernment and discrimination to recognise where we are deluded and to see the part we have played in creating our own reality. Virgo symbolises the need for self-improvement and can help us to see and eliminate any old mental, spiritual or physical patterns of behaviour that may be blocking our spiritual development. As Pisces represents the collective unconscious, the work we do on ourselves not only impacts us personally, but also benefits the whole of humanity.

Pisces is the very last sign in the zodiac and ultimately represents the capacity for unity, transcendence and oneness. In its highest form it represents an innocence, purity and unconditional love that is a reflection of the love of God, the Divine, the Creator or whatever you want to call it. Pisces is an incredibly compassionate and empathetic sign that has the capacity to help us to connect to one another in such a beautiful way, whereby we are relating to the divine within each other; our true spirit, or essence. This New Moon invites us to turn within, to meditate, pray, create and do whatever we can to connect to the higher part of ourselves. Pisces season is sleepy time; the time to reflect, contemplate life and existence, listen to the whispers of our soul and pay attention to what our dreams are telling us. We are reminded that we are all connected and that what happens to one happens to all. With Pisces this isn’t an abstract concept; it is reality. The intentions we set during this New Moon should come from the heart, not from the head. They should stem from a genuine desire for a deeper connection to all that is and to understand our personal and collective blind spots and send healing out into the world. Pisces reminds us that it’s not all about us.

While Pisces is a very gentle and compassionate sign, we also have quite a volatile combination of planets forming during this New Moon which could stir things up considerably and make us feel quite reactionary! We have Uranus, Mars and Eris forming a conjunction in Aries, opposite Jupiter in Libra and loosely squaring Pluto in Capricorn. It is this same Cardinal T-square that has been with us since the beginning of the year, stirring up the desire to make change both personally and collectively. It is a call to action! Now Mars has joined the party, and combined with Uranus, the Great Awakener and revolutionary and Eris, the goddess of strife, chaos and discord, he brings the possibility of a big shake up of the status quo, a desire to fight for the truth and even sudden outbursts of violence. A strong desire to be utterly ourselves could create conflict in our relationships, but could also help instigate necessary growth and help us move through any “stuckness” that we may be experiencing. It will certainly help get things out into the open and break out of unhealthy patterns! One thing to bear in mind is that this is happening during a Pisces New Moon, which is quiet, inward, sleepy time of the month. This could mean that the conflict and desire for change could be more internal than external.

However, it could also manifest as sudden outbursts of rage, a strong urge to stand up and be counted, bold and brave revolutionary action and an instinctual impulse to make change on a personal and collective level. Joan of Arc just popped into my head as an example of the mixture between the revolutionary warrior energy of Mars and Uranus and the gentle compassion of Pisces. Fierce compassion and martyrdom! We are invited to bravely face our personal and collective shadow and release ourselves from old, outworn ways of operating and archaic patriarchal conditioning that simply isn’t working for us anymore. However, as this old order is passing away and the feminine is rising to balance it out, it seems that things might have to get worse to get better. We are currently being confronted with all the distortion and exaggerated problems that the dualistic, patriarchal way of thinking and operating has brought us. All of the extremes of, guilt, shame, misuse of power, anger, misogyny, prejudice and hate is rising to the surface in no uncertain terms and we are not allowed to bury our heads in the sand and pretend it doesn’t exist anymore! At least we can see it all now. It’s not hidden.

This Moon invites us to recognise where it lies within ourselves and to be brave spiritual warriors and face our own shadows rather than projecting them onto others and putting the blame outside of ourselves. The inner work we all do now can have such an amazing impact on the collective. It is so easy to deny or hide from our own shortcomings, and we all have our blind spots, but we are being asked to shine the light of awareness on ourselves and recognise what work needs doing. This is an eclipse, remember, so whatever happens now will have more of a long term impact on our lives. This is the last eclipse in Virgo and Pisces, as the nodes are shifting into Leo and Aquarius in May, so this really is a good chance to see, once and for all, how we sabotage ourselves and refuse to see ourselves clearly. With this Eclipse we have a chance to shift forward into a new level of consciousness and it definitely helps if we are open, receptive and willing to look at ourselves honestly and without filters. We could potentially feel quite sensitive and a bit vulnerable during this time of shifts and change, so it is important to treat ourselves and others with sensitivity,tenderness, kindness and unconditional love. This is the gift of Pisces.

Much love

Amy
xoxo


Photo: Maria Falconetti in The Passion of Joan of Arc

Thursday, 9 February 2017

LEO FULL MOON ? LUNAR ECLIPSE - 10 / 11 February 2017

Sat 11 Feb, exact at 12.32am GMT, Fri 10 Feb, exact at 7.32pm EST.

Well, Eclipse season is upon us, which means that this is not your ordinary, run of the mill Full Moon! Eclipses signify the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new one in a certain area of our lives and tend to have a six month span of influence, until the next set of Eclipses come around. They have a deeper impact on our lives because they involve the Nodes of the Moon, otherwise known as the Destiny Line. The South Node represents what we bring into this lifetime in the form of karma, experience, skills, habits and patterns, while the North Node represents skills, attributes, experiences and qualities we need to develop in order to grow and evolve on a soul level. Ideally it is about finding balance; taking what we have learned from the South Node while being brave enough to give the North Node experience a try, even if it feels uncomfortable and unfamiliar! As such, Eclipses can signify a time of letting go of old habits and patterns and embracing new experiences or ways of being. This Eclipse will also have some resonance with whatever was happening 19 years ago, in 1998.

The Sun is currently in humanitarian, visionary and eccentric Aquarius, sitting right opposite the Moon in playful, expressive and creative Leo. The key to the Full Moon is to find a balance between the energy of the two signs rather than veering too far in one direction. Leo rules the heart and encourages us to act on our heart wisdom, getting in touch with the child within and following our joy. In Leo we are able to express all that we are and truly allow ourselves to shine. This Moon brings the potential for unlocking our unique gifts and taking charge of our destiny; actualising ourselves and developing the power of our will. While Leo has a clear sense of having special gifts, Aquarius encourages us to share those gifts so that they align with some kind of social need. While Leo represents the creative principle, Aquarius reminds us that creativity does not come from us, but rather flows through us. It comes from Source. There is certainly a very joyful, playful element to this Moon, whereby we are invited to connect to our hearts and also become aware of how our hearts are connected to other hearts, and indeed to the whole universe. It we practice getting out of our head and into our heart, we won’t be led astray.

There is an amazing geometrical pattern that is being formed by certain planets during this Moon that actually resembles the symbol of the heart chakra! The heart chakra is considered to be a gateway; the bridge or link between the lower, physical chakras and the upper, spiritual chakras. It connects our spirit with our bodies. When we open the heart chakra, or our love centre, we are able to move beyond the limits of our “self” and truly connect with others, our higher “Self” and the whole universe. As such, this Full Moon could also be a gateway to higher consciousness and may bring some kind of heart opening if we are receptive and ready. It certainly seems like the energy of the planets are inviting us to connect with our hearts and by so doing tune into the heartbeat of the universe. One triangle points towards the earth (matter), while the other triangle point towards the heavens (spirit). This is the Star Tetrahedron, or the Merkaba, which is a very powerful symbol that combines spirit and matter in the heart and helps us connect with our higher self.

The planets and luminaries involved in this six-pointed star are the Sun, Saturn, Jupiter, the Moon, the Vertex and Uranus. These are all in Fire and Air signs, so it feels quite dynamic. If you think about fanning the flames of a fire, or how the wind can cause a fire to spread, you really get a picture of enthusiasm, passion, movement and ideas and thoughts “spreading like wild fire”. The players include Jupiter in Libra, who is currently helping us grow through our relationships and helping us to form mutually beneficial, growth-oriented relationships and also the Vertex, which signifies fated events and meeting significant people that could have a big impact on our life. Combine that with the Moon in Leo, who is inviting us to connect with our heart centre,  and we have the potential for making heartfelt connections with others that could change our lives in some way. Indeed, something about this Moon has the capacity to move us to another level somehow.  As I said, it is a gateway of some description.  We have an opportunity to connect to our higher selves and the higher selves of others through the heart.

Uranus in Aries is also part of the star, helping us to wake up and release emotional blocks so that we can indeed open our hearts. He wants us to break free of past conditioning so that we are able to be simply who we are. Not who we have been told we should be. It’s hard to let go of the layers of conditioning that have been piled on us since we have been children and to have the courage to dance to the beat of our own drum. However, when we start listening to our heart and connect to our Higher Self, or God, or the Divine, or whatever you want to call it, all the rules we have grown up with somehow don’t seem to make sense anymore! Uranus invites us to go a little bit crazy and step off the well beaten path a bit. It seems we have an opportunity here for some kind of awakening, connecting with our joy, opening our hearts, joining with others in a loving way and connecting with our truth. Saturn is also involved in this process, making sure we stay grounded in reality and rewarding us for our discipline, faith and commitment to our spiritual path, whatever form that may take. Indeed, some kind of focused spiritual discipline could be very useful during this time to help us to connect to our higher selves.

This Moon is not likely to hit us over the head or give us a massive cosmic kick up the bum, like a Grand Cross or a T-square would! It is much more gentle in nature; it offers such amazingly beautiful potential and possibilities but it is up to us to make the most of it. We are being asked to make a commitment to our hearts, to dare to step outside of our comfort zones, to be willing to let go of old beliefs and be open to who knows what?! The beautiful yet terrifying unknown. This would be a good time to pray, or meditate, or have bodywork done, or dance, shake, sing, paint and allow our true selves to shine!! As the Moon becomes full, so will our hearts, until they burst open with the sheer joy of being alive! If ever I have seen a Moon that asks us to express what is in our hearts, this is the one! We are invited to take a leaf out of Leo’s book and try letting go of our adult inhibitions and let the child in us run the show. The child who follows the path of joy, who squeals with excitement, cries when scared or hurt, loves without reservation and expresses from the heart. This is the gift of Leo.

Much love

Amy

xoxo

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

AQUARIUS NEW MOON - 27 / 28 January 2017

Exact at 12.07am GMT, 27 January, exact at 7.07pm EST.

This is the first New Moon of 2017 and marks the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Rooster. The Year of the Fire Monkey was a challenging and unpredictable year for many and 2016 was also a number 9 year in numerology which symbolises a time of endings and a clearing out. 2017 is a number 1 year, which symbolises a fresh start and new beginnings, and what better way to start than with the colourful and eccentric Fire Rooster! This is a Yin Fire Rooster year, which may well rouse us all into humanitarian action in a quite yin, or feminine way. We have already got a taste of the potential of this year with the Women’s marches last weekend, which were well organised, very well attended and, above all, peaceful.  The Rooster calls for us to get organised and join together in a heartfelt, enthusiastic way through collaboration and group effort. The Yin energy definitely gives this year a feminine quality and urges us to listen to our intuition, and follow our hearts. It also calls for great honesty in our relationships. The Rooster heralds the dawn of a new day and calls for us to “wake up” and recognise what needs to change and transform in our lives. She will also help us to pull up our sleeves and actually do something about it!

The Sun and Moon are forming their monthly union in rebellious, humanitarian and eccentric Aquarius. We are coming out of Capricorn season and the Cancer Full Moon symbolised a time of big shifts and changes, especially when it came to our emotional patterns and habits. Aquarius is a reaction to Capricorn. Capricorn likes structure and following the rules, and symbolises parental and societal conditioning. It is the sign of “shoulds” and “should nots”. Aquarius says “Who says we “should” do anything? What do you WANT to do?” Aquarius breaks all of the rules and dares to think outside of the box, even if this sets him apart from the mainstream somewhat. He doesn’t subscribe to what other people think or do. He thinks for himself, even if it gets him in trouble or shocks people. This is the sign that has the power to release us from the chains of parental conditioning and help us break free from anything in our past that binds us. We have the opportunity to move past anything that is blocking us from our true selves. It is so easy to be slave to old habits, patterns and ways of relating, and Aquarius helps us break out of our ruts and stifling routines. He allows us to take a step back to look at things from the bird’s eye perspective so that we can experience breakthroughs and “aha!” moments as we recognise where we are stuck and what needs to change.

Aquarius is the visionary, who can see a better way for a brighter future.  As such, our intentions during this Moon should reflect our core truth, rather than what we think we should be. What do we truly want for ourselves? What is our vision for a better life for us and the world? How can we use our unique gifts and talents to make a difference? Aquarius reminds us that we are all part of this world and have a unique part to play. Interestingly enough, Aquarius rules the World Wide Web, which does connect people in a powerful way and makes this world we live in far more of a global village than ever before. It brings the potential for important messages and information to spread like wildfire, in ways that would have been unfathomable before we had the internet. Obviously it also has its darker side and shadow, but its capacity to connect people from all parts of the global and all walks of life is definitely a reflection of the Aquarian ideal of brother/sisterhood, liberty and equality. Aquarius reminds us that we are not all isolated human beings and urges us to participate and give something back to the community we live in.

The New Moon is sitting smack, bang in the middle of a challenging square aspect between Venus and Saturn. Venus is in Pisces at the moment, helping us to see the best in our loved ones and relate to their true spirit or essence; their divinity. This is the combination of unconditional love and can bring a certain sweetness and willingness to give to others.  However, this may also mean that we are somewhat blind-sided by their more human, wounded side, and this is where Saturn comes in. Saturn will peel back the layers of illusion in no uncertain terms, making us all too aware of our lovers’ flaws and where our relationships themselves are lacking or falling short somehow. He shines the harsh light of reality onto the way we relate to ourselves and to our loved ones, but the good news is that his energy also helps us to put in whatever work is necessary to improve our relationships. It is also possible that our beliefs about relationships could be challenged during this time, as we are forced to look at them from a different perspective.

Venus is also sitting next to Chiron, the Wounded Healer, so it is quite possible that our old wounds could be triggered so that we can become more aware how they are running the show and sabotaging our relationships.  It is important to be willing to take responsibility for our own wounds and vulnerabilities rather than reacting defensively or blaming the other person for “making” us feel the way we do. It is our old baggage, so we must own it; it’s just that some way that the other person acts may tend to hit upon our tender, wounded areas and makes us react. We should see this as a gift, because we have a chance to see it, recognise it and clear it, even though what we see might not be very pretty! Overall, this combination of Saturn, Chiron, Venus and the Aquarian Moon can help us to see ourselves and our relationships with clarity and compassion and make some tremendous shifts out of old, outworn beliefs and patterns. We should be able bring our wounds and vulnerabilities out into the open so that whatever is blocking us can be cleared without blame or shame.

Uranus, the ruler of the Aquarian Moon, is still forming a dynamic cardinal T-square with Jupiter and Pluto. This combination of energy can bring about amazing growth and change. Jupiter in Libra helps us to form mutually beneficial, growth-oriented relationships and believes in fairness and justice. Add that to the powerful combination of Uranus and Pluto, who together have the capacity to break down the structure of our lives so that something new can take its place, and we have an amazing recipe for the peaceful protests that we experienced this weekend! People joining together in peace and harmony (Jupiter in Libra) to fight for the truth and personal rights (Uranus in Aries) against the powers that be (Pluto in Capricorn)! This T-square brings the potential for revolution and transformation on both a personal and collective level. It brings the potential for powerful transformation and transcending limitation if we are willing to be honest about what needs to change and willing to try a radically different approach. It makes sense, right? If the old way simply isn’t working, then we have to come up with something we haven’t tried before. This may involve stepping out of the comfort zone somewhat, but what is the alternative?

The Sabian symbols for Saturn, Uranus and Pluto at the moment are very interesting and revealing, given the current social climate. Uranus, at 21° Aries, is: ”A pugilist enters the ring.” Dane Rudyar describes it as ”the release and glorification of social aggressiveness….. an eagerness for social fame and social power…. man’s deeply rooted feeling of admiration and envy for whoever can generate OVERWHELMING POWER.” Pluto’s symbol, at 18° Capricorn, is: “The Union Jack flag flies from a British warship”. Rudyar speaks of “a realisation of the ambivalence of POLITICAL POWER, its value and its dangers”. Saturn’s symbol, at 25°Sagittarius, is: “A chubby boy on a hobby-horse.” Dane says of this symbol: “The anticipatory enjoyment of powers one can only as yet dream of utilising.” These symbols are all very evocative! These slower moving planets tend to represent the current climate, or the theme of the times.

The symbol for the New Moon itself, which represents the potential for the month ahead, is 9° Aquarius: “A flag is seen turning into an eagle.” The flag is symbolic of a nation or country’s spirit, while the eagle is the physical manifestation of spirit or of an ideal. This symbol speaks of plans and dreams taking shape in reality and being given living substance and wings; acting out a vision; soaring power. This is an interesting symbol to interpret, because on the one hand it could be seen as the leader of a country (the flag) “soaring” to power and making their visions come true, while on the other hand the flag could represent whole nations of people standing up for their beliefs and ideals. The eagle encourages us to take on our power and walk our talk. It shows the potential for transformation and ascension and for making our dreams into reality. It is time to let our dreams take flight.

This Moon certainly holds the potential for change, growth and expansion! It would seem that what needs to change will become glaringly obvious and it is up to us how we handle what comes up. We can either resist and defend, blame and shame, or we can come together in the spirit of finding a solution and taking responsibility for the part we have played in the current dilemma. A problem shared is a problem halved! We have a chance for some amazing shifts to take place during this time, both personally and collectively. The two are always so closely linked anyway, as our individual lives are so often a reflection of the energy of the times; a microcosm of the collective macrocosm, so to speak.  As above, so below. As within, so without! Aquarius knows this all too well! If we are willing to be honest with ourselves and others about what simply isn’t working, and also admit our vulnerabilities, recognise our wounds and soft spots and have a sincere wish to do the necessary work to move through whatever comes up, then this New Moon can really help us release ourselves from some age old chains and shackles! It’s up to us if we are willing to step out of our safe, secure way of doing things and try something new on for size! This is the gift of Aquarius.

Much Love

Amy
xoxo

Picture:  Mural at Tsogyelgar