Thursday, 21 August 2014

VIRGO NEW MOON - 25 August 2014

Exact at 4.13pm BST, 11.13am EDT!

Another month has gone by and it feels like a lot has transpired, shifted  and changed in that time, including a massive amount of releasing around the time of the Aquarius Full Supermoon. Saturn in Scorpio was such a big part of that Full Moon, forcing us to dig deep within and face up to the truth of what holds us back, however painful it may be. Saturn is going to be a big player in this New Moon too, so we have some more deep sea diving to do as we delve into the depths of our being!  New Moons are not as emotional as Full Moon, rather they are a time for us to look objectively at our lives and contemplate what is no longer serving us so we can leave it behind in the dark of the Moon. This then allows us to set intentions and plant some new, healthy seeds that have the chance to blossom and grow until they come to fruition as the Moon reaches the peak of her fullness. New Moons are equally as powerful as Full Moons, just in a different way. It is very important that we are clear about our intentions because we do tend to get what we ask for even if it doesn’t come through in the form we thought it would.

The Sun and Moon are forming their monthly union in the humble, healing and helpful sign of Virgo. The Leo New Moon was the time to set some more grandiose intentions from our hearts and Jupiter was there to help them along. This New Moon is a bit more down to earth and is asking us to fine tune our lives and contemplate the practical details. Virgo is the sign of humility, who seeks to be of service to others, so this is not the time to be too self-serving. She is also the healer and is incredibly health conscious so this is a wonderful time to contemplate some healthy new routines or diets so that we can purify ourselves somehow. It is no coincidence, I am sure, that the Sun happens to be in Virgo during back-to-school season! The summer fun is over and it is time to get back to the business of our everyday lives. This New Moon gives us a chance to start as we mean to go on.

 Virgo can be pretty hard on herself and others so we must be careful not to be too self-critical during this time, but merely contemplate ways we can improve ourselves and better serve those around us. Virgo is the sign of humble service, after all, and the truth of the matter is that nothing makes us happier than having done something good for someone else! Virgo helps us find practical ways of achieving our dreams as she is well equipped to sort out the finer details. She is also well practiced at the art of discernment, so this is a wonderful New Moon to actually decide what is good for us and worth keeping and what is better left by the wayside.  She likes to be organised and put everything into neat little boxes, so we can take a leaf out of her book and streamline and simplify our lives.

Neptune in Pisces is sitting opposite the Sun and Moon during the New Moon which could make things quite dreamy and a little unclear. Neptune is the master of illusion and can make things seem real which are not, so watch out!  Neptune is the dreamer of dreams while Virgo finds practical ways to make those dreams come true. Oppositions tend to play out in our relationships so this could be a time when we allow our guard to come down and trust our loved ones enough to show our vulnerabilities and share our hopes and fears. Neptune also gives us the faith that we are somehow guided and protected and reminds us that we are all in this together. The Virgo/Pisces opposition is the healing axis, so I would think this would be an amazing time to do some healing work of some kind. Neptune in Pisces can intuitively sense what is out of balance while Virgo has the practical skills to allow healing to take place. This combination makes me think of selfless devotion, compassion, humility and higher love. It is important that we allow ourselves to be open and trust during this Moon, because it is only when we allow others to see our vulnerabilities and tender underbellies that we are truly able to heal.

Mars is conjunct Saturn during this Moon, joining forces in soulful, intense and transforming Scorpio, the sign of emotional honesty and catharsis. This aspect will be exact at the moment the Sun and Moon come together so it is an incredibly strong influence at this time and will be building all weekend.  This combination of planets could have a variety of effects. Mars is the planet which wants to get things done; the aggressor, the motivator, our drive, our sexuality, the urge to act on our desires. Saturn is the planet of limitation, who creates tests and challenges in order for us to achieve true mastery. Mars wants to charge full steam ahead while Saturn teaches us patience, discipline and responsibility for our actions.  Mars in Scorpio is full of passion and desire, while Saturn holds us back and forces us to take our time. This literally could produce sexual frustration and could also force us to confront some sexual karma. Saturn us the Lord of Karma and teaches us about cause and effect. On the one hand we could find ourselves frustrated at being held back from achieving our desires, while on the other hand we could take it as a reminder not to rush in head first. Sometimes it is better to take things step by step and build a solid foundation and Saturn will remind us of that. He forces us to see things as they really are, not as we would like them to be. He also reminds us that when we try to control things too much we can create blocks.

Mars is the brave warrior and I can’t help feeling that this momentary partnership with Saturn in Scorpio has the potential to help or force us to dive deeper into the depths of our being and find the truth of what holds us back from what we truly want, deep inside our souls. This process could be painful but will definitely be worth it!  Mars is fearless and courageous while Saturn is asking us to confront our fears and face whatever holds us back from finding true intimacy with another human being. This combination could really cut to the truth of the matter and it might be very hard to hide from ourselves during this time. This will allow us to connect on a deeper level.  The Mars/Saturn conjunction is also challenging Venus in Leo, so we will definitely feel this energy in the realm of our intimate relationships. Venus in Leo wants to play, to express what’s in her heart, to love with joyful abandon and to open her heart open wide. Mars and Saturn, on the other hand, force us to be utterly real. They want the truth, warts and all, not just superficial “hearts and flowers”. They are putting the brakes on somewhat, asking us what we truly want from our relationships and what might hold us back from deeper connection. If we feel held back or restricted during this time then maybe we need to re-evaluate, because if it is a struggle then maybe we are going the wrong direction and we need to let it go. If it flows however and feels effortless then we must embrace it with all our of heart and soul!

There are some other aspects which will be helping us along during this Moon. Mercury in Virgo is forming a positive aspect to the Mars/Saturn combo, helping us to understand and make sense of anything that comes up and also helping us to communicate in a straightforward and honest manner. Venus and Uranus are also forming a harmonious aspect to each other, bringing the potential to show our true selves in our relationships and not hide or hold back. This is a very refreshing aspect and allows us to clear away anything that might be holding us back from truly loving another. Chiron, the Wounded Healer, is also forming a beautiful connection to the Mars/Saturn combo, helping us to find forgiveness and compassion for ourselves and others in the light of whatever we may be facing at this time. This aspect can also help us find peace with our anger and let go of any judgement, blame or shame we might feel.

This is certainly an interesting New Moon! It is quite a mixed bag of energies which seem to be helping us recognise our blocks and limitations, move past our fears, decide what is working for us and what has to be left behind. Virgo and Pisces are helping us to open up and trust, sharing our vulnerabilities and longings so that we can deepen our connection and intimacy with others and heal our wounds with compassion and forgiveness. On the one hand we have the rather harsh energy of Mars and Saturn which has the potential to churn up some very deep emotions and really cut through to the heart of the matter while on the other hand we have the Virgo New Moon and Neptune in Pisces, encouraging a spirit of loving kindness, humility and selfless devotion and helping us heal whatever comes up. As we face our fears and open our hearts we have the chance to leave anything that isn’t serve us in the dark of the Moon and start as we mean to go on. We could experience a purging of sorts; a clearing or cleansing as we release whatever Mars and Saturn bring up. This could be physical or emotional, as there is little separation between the two anyway. Basically it is time to clear out old, buried emotional crap! We can then set some wonderful intentions which will benefit not only us but those we love as well. Virgo wouldn’t have it any other way.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is: Two Guardian Angels Bringing Protection. It says it all really. We are not alone and even in the darkest moments we are being guided, protected and directed forward on our path.

Much Love


Amy

xoxo

Sunday, 17 August 2014

JUPITER/VENUS CONJUNCTION IN LEO!


Exact Monday!

Today is Krishna's birthday and we are also in the midst of a beautiful Jupiter/Venus conjunction in Leo which is in effect all weekend and is exact tomorrow (Monday). This is a beautiful thing! Venus and Jupiter only meet up with each other once a year and when they do it brings an abundance (Jupiter) of love (Venus). Jupiter is the planet of growth and expansion and is the biggest planet, so he expands the energy of whatever planet he comes into contact with. In this case he is expanding the energy of the planet of love, harmony and beauty! YES!! Not only that, but this conjunction is occurring in Leo, the sign of joyful self-expression and creativity which rules the heart. This is a perfect time for singing, dancing, creating from the bottom of our hearts! Jupiter also represents Faith and the higher mind. As such, this planetary pair could bring Faith in Love and a higher expression of love.....Divine Love! Interesting that this conjunction is around on Krishna's birthday!

Follow your Bliss! Love Heartily!

Much Love
xoxo

Thursday, 7 August 2014

AQUARIUS FULL MOON - 10 August 2014

Exact at 7.11pm BST, 2.11pm EDT!

This Full Moon is the biggest Supermoon of the year, when the Moon is closest to earth and perfectly lined up with the Sun and Earth, which has a much greater impact on our psyches, emotions and spirits. It is also an amazing Full Moon for breaking out of stagnation and releasing old, buried emotional patterns because both of the rulers of Aquarius, Uranus and Saturn, are very much involved in the picture. Saturn in Scorpio is forming a square to both the Sun and Moon, creating a certain amount of pressure to face fears and delve into our psyches. Uranus is forming a harmonious aspect to the two luminaries, helping us to release us from our emotional ruts and break free of any habits or emotional patterns that may be preventing us from standing in our truth.

Full Moons represent the moment when the Sun and Moon stand exactly opposite each other in the heavens and this month the Sun is in playful and expressive Leo while the Moon is reaching its peak in idealistic, rebellious and progressive Aquarius. While the Sun is in Leo we are encouraged to express our unique talents and let our inner child roam free. It is an ideal time to really get in touch with our creative spark; our true essence and spirit. Leo is ruled by the Sun and urges us to find what brings us the most joy and let our lights shine brightly.  Aquarius wants everyone to use their unique talents for the good of the group and indeed humanity. He truly is the visionary, for he can see a better way of doing things; a brotherhood of man, with one for all and all for one. He is the unconventional non-conformist who thinks outside of the box and puts the needs of the group before his own.
While Leo is very much ruled by the heart and easily forms attachments, Aquarius is non-attached and is quite hard to pin down on an emotional level. Leo expresses from the heart while Aquarius thinks in more abstract terms. While Leo represents royalty and encourages us to find our inner king and queen, Aquarius stands for the common man and envisions a world where nobody has the upper hand. During the Full Moon we are encouraged to find a balance between the two signs and in this case we are being asked to consider how we might use our unique talents for the benefit of humanity. How do we fit into the group and what do we have to offer? What vision of the future do we hold that truly comes from our heart? How can we practice non-attachment in a heartfelt way? How can we have our own needs met in a way that also serves the group? How can we honour and embody our own special, unique Self so that we can be of better service to others? Aquarius reminds us not to be afraid to stand out. Leo reminds us that we are all special. Between the two of them they are asking us to consider what it is that sets us apart and fully embrace it so that we can better serve humanity.

It is interesting that both Saturn and Uranus are forming aspects to the Sun and Moon. When I look at the chart I definitely see Saturn in Scorpio bearing down on the Sun and Moon, creating an enormous amount of pressure to look at our fears and vulnerabilities and face up to the parts of ourselves which we may usually prefer to push very far into the shadows of the proverbial closet! We may have to delve into some pretty deep, dark places within ourselves and any old, buried trauma, guilt, regret,  shame or blame could come up to the surface and demand release. This is a beautiful thing, painful as it could potentially be. Saturn could shine a rather harsh light deep into our psyches, forcing us to face up to the reality of what still holds us back from what we seek. Leo wants us to shine and live from our hearts and Aquarius dreams of a better future, while Saturn in Scorpio reminds us that we might still have some work to do before either is possible. He forces us to be utterly truthful about ourselves and our feelings. This Full Moon really does provide us with an amazing opportunity to face some demons head on and banish them forever!

Uranus in Aries is here to help the process. The Great Awakener wants us to be utterly true to ourselves and will help us to break through any barriers which might be preventing us from standing in our truth. He demands that we be utterly authentic, not what we think other people want us to be. He will blast through any cobwebs and break us out of emotional ruts, helping us to reprogram our emotional patterns. He forces us out of our comfort zones and helps us to look at ourselves from a different perspective altogether. Mercury is also sitting right next to the Sun in Leo, helping us to communicate from our hearts. Uranus in aspect to Mercury could bring flashes of inspiration, sudden insights and some real “Aha!” moments. We could be given the opportunity to really look at ourselves from the bird’s eye perspective, which can be very valuable indeed. Saturn is also forming a square to Mercury, challenging us to really get to the heart of the matter and express what we are truly feeling. He demands emotional honesty, as painful and hard to hear as it may be. He forces us to be realistic rather than idealistic.

It seems that the combination of Saturn and Uranus could really help us to own up to our vulnerabilities during this Moon and to be utterly truthful about how we are actually feeling, deep inside. Uranus wants us to be true to ourselves, while Saturn wants us to delve deep into the truth of our feelings. I have a feeling it will be hard to hide from ourselves during this particular Full Moon! Some of our pretty illusions may well be shattered as Uranus and Saturn awaken us to some cold, hard facts. Aquarius may have a vision of our potential future but it seems that we will have to face up to anything that might holding us back from actually achieving our hopes and dreams.  Saturn is providing us with a giant, emotional reality check! Thankfully Chiron, the wounded healer, is forming a harmonious aspect to Saturn during this Moon which will help is to heal whatever comes up at this time. If we are being asked to be this truthful and own up to our fears and buried feelings then at least we have Chiron’s compassion and forgiveness to help the process along!

Bear in mind when reading this that the energy is building now and some of Saturn and Uranus aspects are exact on Friday. They will still be very active right up until the Full Moon, but Friday is a very big day indeed! Mercury sitting right next to the Sun in Leo could also make us very expressive and opinionated indeed and it may be a bit hard to listen. We are more likely to want to take a very active role in communication and our voices will demand to be heard! That is where Saturn comes in, because we may want to express all that is in our hearts, but what do we really, truly feel when it comes down to it? His presence reminds us to be real and to drop any pretence that might be holding us back from open and honest connection with ourselves and those close to us. It will be interesting to see what comes up over the next few days, that’s for sure!

Much love

Amy
xoxo


Artwork by Krigl

Thursday, 24 July 2014

LEO NEW MOON - 26 July 2014

Exact at 11.42pm BST, 6.42pm EDT!

Well, all I can say is that this is a very welcome New Moon indeed in the light of the current global climate! New Moons are the time in the month when the Sun and Moon join together in the sky and we get to plant seeds for the month ahead, setting some healthy intentions for ourselves and leaving whatever isn’t serving us behind in the dark of the moon. You can’t have a beginning without first having an ending. This particular New Moon is in Leo and invites us to truly open our hearts and contemplate what we want to create for ourselves and indeed the planet. We are encouraged to let our inner child out to play and imagine that there are no limits to what we can create for ourselves! A beautiful addition to this particular New Moon is jovial Jupiter sitting right next to the Sun and Moon, bringing a wonderful dose of optimism and expansion to the mixture. Jupiter sees the bigger picture and really wants to help us move forward and grow, so he really is a wonderful planet to have on our side when we are setting intentions.  

Leo is ruled by the Sun and radiates light and solar energy out into the world. He encourages us to have the courage to shine brightly and show our true essence, not what we have been conditioned to think we are. Leo rules the heart and this New Moon is encouraging us to not only open our hearts but also to follow them, even if it involves taking a risk or two. Leo loves taking risks! Leo has a playful spirit and likes to follow his bliss and do what genuinely brings him joy. He is very creative and so we are asked to contemplate what we might like to create for ourselves if there were no barriers or blocks in the way. What do we truly want for ourselves? Who do we really want to be? Leo invites us to connect with our essence; the beautiful, pure spirit we were before all of the conditioning of our childhood and adulthood took place. This is a wonderful time to meditate and connect with the inner child, because he/she knows so much more than we do! I am sure we all know the cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz. What he was missing was a heart. That’s all he needed to find his courage. We have to have the courage to go after our most heartfelt desires now. This Moon, more than most, has the potential to deliver, but only if they truly come from our heart.

We have just come out of an incredibly intense Cancer season which has involved a lot of people delving back into the past and their childhoods and recognising how they have shaped our behaviour and emotional patterns as adults. There has been a lot of examination of the past and clearing the legacy of our ancestors. Some of it has been quite painful and emotionally intense.  My sense is that we are being asked to let go of the past, once and for all, so that we can move forward and forge our new identity and Self with a capital S! Leo is all about self-expression and creativity, which is very welcome after the emotional purging that many have experienced in recent times. Only once we let go of the past are we able to fully blossom and grow into our full potential.

 Jupiter left Cancer and moved into Leo on July 16th and before he did there was a massive amount of clearing of old emotional garbage. Now we have Jupiter in Leo for the next year and he starts his stay off with a conjunction to the Sun and Moon for this New Moon! This couldn’t be better, because it gives us the gift of hope and lord knows we need that right now! Jupiter has faith in a better future and in Leo he opens us up to joy, confidence, faith, enthusiasm and generosity of spirit. This gives our intention setting an amazing boost for this New Moon!  Jupiter is incredibly expansive and optimistic in Leo and encourages us to open our hearts and connect with our playful inner child. Not only that but he makes it easier to do so. He is the champion of the children and encourages us to do as they do and follow our bliss. He is the Great Benefic and reminds us that anything is possible if we just have the faith and belief in ourselves and the universe. Jupiter expands the energy of the sign he is in and I hope very much that he exaggerates the positive qualities of Leo rather than bringing out Leo’s potential to become an arrogant dictator, self-centred brat or insecure attention seeker! Let’s hope for the best here!   

Mars moves into Scorpio on Friday, leaving his opposite sign of Libra where he has been since December 7th 2013. It has been an interminably long stay, due to going retrograde in March. He is not at his most comfortable in Libra because he is the warrior planet and Libra is the sign of love and peace and has a terribly hard time making decisions! Mars is now entering Scorpio, where he is much more comfortable and powerful but also much more dangerous! Not only that, but he will be forming a challenging square to the Sun and Moon during this New Moon. Mars the warrior, in the sign of power and transformation, challenging Leo, the sign of authority, children, love and creativity. You put these two signs together and you surely have a battle of wills! Both like to be in charge!

On the one hand Mars in Scorpio could challenge us to get in touch with our emotional truth and what we really, truly want – our deepest, most heartfelt desires - and also help us act on them. Mars in Scorpio is deeply passionate, has amazing willpower, knows what he wants and could be somewhat single minded about going after it. On the other hand, in challenging aspect to the Sun and Moon, it could cause intense, heated emotions to come to the boil and intense fury and angry feelings to rise up from the deep. It could also produce a rather intense battle of wills. Mars in Scorpio can be quite vengeful, fanatical, distrustful, suspicious and downright cruel if he wants to be. Revenge is a dish best served cold as far as he is concerned and the Scorpion’s sting is deadly.

Pluto, the ruler of Scorpio, is also a big part of the story during this New Moon and he is forming an exact opposition to Venus in Cancer. There are two different ways of looking at this aspect, and both are equally valid. Firstly, as Venus is the planet of love, attraction and relating, while oppositions tend to bring issues up in the realm of our relationships, we could find that people close to us mirror back to us the parts of ourselves we generally prefer to leave in the shadows. Pluto and Venus ignite our passions and force us to be emotionally honest and show the more vulnerable parts of ourselves. We could be asked to allow ourselves to trust and expose our tender underbellies to those we love. On the other hand, Pluto and Venus could cause the not so pretty aspects of relating to come to the surface, such as jealousy, rage, control manipulation and power games. Certainly this aspect has the power to transform our relationships and help us get to the heart of the matter. Pluto is quite black and white in nature; not many shades of grey. This could be a very intense time for our relationships, when we really relate on a soul level.

Secondly, on a collective level we have Pluto in Capricorn (the patriarchal power structures such as corporations and governments and anyone with masculine control) opposing sensitive Venus in Cancer (familial, maternal love, tenderness and nurturing feelings). This has been building during the week and is definitely showing itself in the global climate at the moment. The fanaticism of Pluto is rearing its ugly head in some of the powers that be, destroying the lives of families and children all over the world. What people are seeing in the news is breaking people’s hearts and bringing all of the maternal, protective qualities of Venus in Cancer to the surface. The insanity of these fanatical people in power is astounding and incomprehensible and is yet another reminder of how much we need to move towards a balance between the masculine and the feminine. This is a prime example of the masculine attributes of control and gaining power by taking it away from others taken to the absolute extreme. So, there is currently a face-off between the power hungry patriarchal structures (Pluto in Capricorn) and the soft, nurturing, tender, loving, maternal nature of the Divine Mother (Venus in Cancer). I know who I want to win.

What an intense mixture of energies we have during this New Moon! Luckily we have a Grand Water Trine between Saturn in Scorpio, Mercury in Cancer and Chiron, the Wounded Healer, in Pisces. This will really help us with our conversations and discussions, enabling us to speak our truth with integrity and compassion and really get to the heart of the matter without fuss or drama. We will be able to be sensitive to each other’s needs and feelings, while being able to talk about our fears and insecurities without fear of judgement. Chiron brings the spirit of empathy, forgiveness and compassion to the table and will mean that we are able to heal through our conversations with our loved ones. Mercury in Cancer will help us talk about our feelings and really connect with each other on an emotional level.

This New Moon may be in Leo, but there is also a massive amount of powerful, transformative Scorpio energy involved! Jupiter’s involvement is an absolute blessing and my vote is that we concentrate on his energy first and foremost. Jupiter in Leo wants us to have the courage and heart to become the kings and queens we are supposed to be rather than the slave boys or wenches we have been conditioned to think we are! He sees our essence, the spark within us, our divine potential, because he can see the bigger picture and also connects us to the Divine. He wants us to open our hearts and let them expand and see what happens when we walk around with an open heart. He wants us to remember who we really are, deep inside and let our inner child run and skip and play and create! We have been through a process of purging the past in recent times and now we get the chance to recreate ourselves and forge a new identity, free of the pain we have been dragging around with us for so long. If there is any New Moon on which to set an intention, this is the one! I would recommend writing down what we want to leave behind in the dark of the moon and then what we want to create, both for ourselves and the planet. Only heartfelt wishes will be heard!

Much love

Amy
xoxo

Thursday, 10 July 2014

CAPRICORN FULL MOON – Saturday 12 July 2014

Exact at 12.25pm BST, 7.25 EDT!

This is an intense Full Moon, that’s for sure! For a start, it’s a Supermoon, which greatly increases its intensity and impact on our emotions and relationships. The Sun is still in Cancer, which means that the emphasis remains on family, childhood and the unconscious emotional patterns that we bring with us into adulthood. We also have a re-activation of the Cardinal Grand Cross, which gives a sense that we are being asked to dig deep within and face our shadows once and for all. It is time to clean out the family closet and bring whatever is hiding there out into the light. Whatever happened to us in childhood, especially anything before about 5 years old, is deeply embedded in our unconscious and is responsible for many unhealthy behavioural patterns which might hinder us from having successful relationships as adults. The Sun in Cancer, leading up to this Moon in Capricorn has been shining a bright light on our family relationships and making us all too aware of how they help or hinder us from being successful, effective human beings. Jupiter is coming to the end of his stay in Cancer as he moves into Leo on the 16th of July, so now is the time to do whatever we can to find some resolution within our family relationships and make peace with our childhoods.

Pluto in opposition to the Sun during and after the Cancer New Moon gave us the chance to face our shadows and bring out any poison that might be lurking there. Instead of having old wounds with nasty crap festering underneath them, we have had the chance to peel the scab off and scrape out the mucky stuff so that we are left with an open wound that actually has a chance to heal properly. My sense is that now it is the healing time, but it may involve some more truths coming to the surface. Whatever has been left unsaid should be aired now, once and for all. We are being asked to find the balance between Cancer’s need for emotional security and Capricorn’s need for security in the outer world. Unless we deal with our inner temple and clear up our old family karma then our life in the outside world will always be challenging. Cancer represents our foundation and is the springboard that launches us out into Capricorn’s domain of career, public status and, ultimately, our purpose or calling in life. It is time to make sure the foundation is solid and the springboard is working properly.

Saturn in Scorpio is forming a nagging inconjunct to Uranus in Aries during this Moon. This energy has been building since the middle of June and will be at its strongest around July 20th. Since October 2012 Saturn in Scorpio has been testing our deepest, most intimate relationships and, together with Pluto in Capricorn, has been bringing old, heavy dark karma our into the light, exposing the rot. Indeed, a great deal has come to light in the last couple of years, both personally and collectively. Jimmy Saville and the can of worms that was opened when his wrongdoings were revealed is a very good example of the energy of Saturn in Scorpio. Scorpio is not a light and fluffy sign and Saturn is a very serious, testing and challenging planet! Scorpio is all about sex, death, transformation, emotional truth, intimacy, our shadows, vulnerabilities and deepest darkest fears. Saturn has forced us to confront some or all of these issues in recent times and his aim is for us to master them.

Uranus in Aries is asking us to be utterly true to who we really are and not settle for anything less. He is the Great Awakener; the planet of sudden change and revolution who creates breakthroughs and gives us those “AHA!” moments. He cannot abide stagnation or playing it safe if it means not growing. He has been pushing us out of our comfort zones since March 2011 and, together with Pluto in Capricorn, has been demanding that we change our lives to that they are a better reflection of who we really, truly are on a soul level. We are being asked to step into our truth and not be afraid to express our selves. This also involves waking up to our truth and also stepping away from who we were brought up to think we were. Funnily enough, the truth of who we are is the child we were before all of the childhood and social conditioning took place. Uranus is the planet is Freedom, Brotherhood and Equality and in Aries he is demanding that we fight for the right to have it all!

Put these two energies together in nagging aspect and what might we be gett? We could be forced, in no uncertain terms, to face up to our shadows and show our vulnerabilities, no matter how hard it may be. Anything that has been swept under the carpet will be blasted away by Uranus as he forces the truth out into the open. Any old, heavy karma will be brought out into the light to be examined and released. We will be forced to examine ourselves on a very deep, psychological level and could have some amazing realisations and breakthroughs which help liberate us from the chains of the past. The process may not be comfortable, but what an amazing opportunity to clear away the cobwebs of old, buried trauma and move forward feeling lighter and freer than we have ever been before! It is no coincidence that this aspect is coinciding with the Cancer New Moon and Capricorn Full Moon with their emphasis on family, childhood and unconscious emotional patterns. We may have no choice but to face up to anything we have hidden away because it is too painful to face. It is going to cause more pain if we don’t bring it out into the light. Time to clear the decks!  As I said, this energy has been building since mid June and will be at its strongest July 20th.

The Sun and Moon are forming a square aspect to the Nodes of the Moon in Aries and Libra. The North Node is in Libra which means that we are currently being asked collectively to move from a more self-centred way of being to a more “other” based way of being. Aries/Libra is the relationship axis and of course it makes sense that whatever happened in our childhood would have a profound effect on our sense of self and identity (Aries) and our relationships with others (Libra). It is important to take a long, hard look at the relationships we had with our parents, especially our opposite sex parent, because that will have a huge amount of bearing on how we relate to our intimate partners. Mars is sitting right on top of the North Node, forming a Square to the Sun and Moon, which could bring things to a crisis point and force us to air our grievances and speak our truth. Mars will help us actively move towards creating successful relationships. Mars in challenging aspect to the Moon creates intense passion, emotional outbursts and very strong feelings, so this Moon could bring a lot out into the open, which is great! Better out than in! Fortunately, Mars is also forming an exact beautiful, harmonious trine to Venus which is really good for relationships and should help us say what is needed to be said in a pleasant way that takes into account the feelings of everyone involved.

After this Moon we are going to have a lot of shifting of energy, so it really is important for us to clear out the emotional closets now so we can move on to the second part of the year free of emotional clutter and debris. Mercury is now full steam ahead again after being retrograde and the pace has certainly picked up! He will move into Cancer on July 13th, giving us a chance to think about family and our emotional roots for a bit longer before moving into Leo on July 31st. Very fast moving! As I said, Jupiter is moving from Cancer into Leo on July 16th and will be joining up with Uranus three times in the coming year which will bring some amazing opportunities in whatever part of our charts the two planets are found.  Sudden opportunities, dynamic growth and expansion are promised when these two make contact, especially as they are both in Fire signs. This is very exciting indeed, which is all the more reason to lay the past to rest now. Venus moves into Cancer on July 18th, which holds the promise of harmonious family relationships and general sweetness, cuddling and nesting! Mars moves into Scorpio on July 25th, ending his impossibly long stay in his opposite sign of Libra. Mars is the co-ruler of Scorpio so he is very happy in this sign. So, a lot of change ahead!

The energy of this Full Moon is all pointing towards letting go of the past and releasing old trauma. It is time to face up to it all and recognise how our family and childhood has shaped us. Nobody has had a completely and utterly idyllic childhood; we have all suffered in one way or another and now is not the time to blame or feel shame. It is the time to let it all go. We must do whatever it takes to do this, whether it means confronting a family member, or seeking therapy, or whacking a mattress with a tennis racquet, or telling someone how much we love them, or even letting a parental or familial relationship go. Sometimes we must recognise that the relationship is quite simply not doing us any good. It is important to remember that on a soul level we chose the family we have in order to experience the necessary lessons to grow and evolve on a soul level. That makes us more responsible for our stories than we might think.  It is also important to remember that our parents are just human and did the best they could considering their own experiences in childhood. Forgiveness is the key. We must find love and compassion in our hearts and forgive ourselves and those who trespassed against us. Everyone is just doing the best they can with the tools they have been given.

Much love

Amy
xoxo


I am bringing something out into the light on this Full Moon – my website! It has been around for quite some time but for some reason I haven’t actually told anyone about it! I suppose I still feel like it is a work in progress, or maybe I have been afraid of what it might bring. Well, I’m not afraid anymore and here it is. J www.amybirdartandastrology.com  Maybe this will force me to work on it some more! 

Thursday, 26 June 2014

CANCER NEW MOON - 27 June 2014

Exact at 9.09am BST 4.09 EDT

This New Moon is somewhat of an emotional rebirth and is an opportunity to reset our emotional programming on a very deep level. New Moons are a time when we get to start fresh, leaving whatever isn’t serving us anymore behind in the dark of the Moon. Cancer represents our family and roots; our emotional body and the patterns formed in childhood. As such, this is a time of new beginnings in this area of our life; a time to plant healthy, new emotional seeds in order to replace any “familiar” patterns that have been holding us back from being successful in the truest sense of the word. Cancer represents the emotional base that we spring from in order to go out into the world and be an effective human being. Anything that happened in our childhood which is unusual, upsetting or disruptive will make that foundation much more shaky and thus make it harder to make our way in the world. We all need a sense of inner security and a feeling of safety in order to achieve our full potential and any emotional wounds that we are carrying will only be holding us back from being all that we can be. These wounds tend to solidify over time into ingrained emotional patterns which aren’t healthy at all. This New Moon gives us a chance to dump some patterns which are holding us back and replace them with some healthy new growth.

Mars is opposite Uranus, exact the day before the New Moon, which could make things fairly heated and volatile and could also bring anything that has been festering out on to the open within our personal relationships, whether it be family, friendship or intimate partners. This aspect brings the potential for the truth to literally erupt, which could definitely upset the apple cart. This could help us to confront anything that we have preferred to avoid, thus propelling us to blast through any emotional blocks or patterns that are impeding our growth. Mars and Uranus together definitely have the potential to bring any anger, rage or resentment up in quite an explosive manner but it will probably help clear the air and give voice to any grievances that we may have been harbouring. Better out than in, that’s for sure!

In the meantime, Pluto is forming an opposition to the Sun and Moon themselves which will also help us to face anything that has been lurking in the shadows and deal with any emotions that we have been denying, suppressing or repressing for a long time. Pluto forces us to be emotionally honest and some very raw, intense feelings could come pouring out in the next few days. If we think about this in the context of Cancer, which represents the family and childhood, this aspect has the potential to bring anything that has been lurking in the family closet well and truly out into the open. The deeper, darker emotions could well erupt, just like a volcano that has been simmering away for years. This is truly a wonderful opportunity to purge and to allow any unhealthy destructive emotions that are blocking us to be released once and for all. These two aspects have the potential to blast through some of those ingrained emotional patterns from our childhoods! It may not be pretty, but the sense of freedom that will be gained from it will be immense.

Luckily Neptune is forming a beautiful, harmonious, flowing trine to the Sun and Moon which will help soothe any turbulent emotions and bring a sense of catharsis to anything we might be dealing with. Neptune has the ability to see the bigger picture and remembers that we all spring from the same well. This will allow us to feel true compassion and empathy for each other and help us to act with loving kindness. Forgiveness is very important indeed and is essential in the healing process. Without it any destructive energy will only fester and grow. In order to truly let go of the emotional patterns and grievances from our past we must find forgiveness in our hearts, both towards those who have trespassed against us and most importantly towards ourselves. Forgiveness does not mean condoning what we or others have done. It simply means letting go of any anger or resentment for any wrongdoings or mistakes.  When it comes down to it, anger, guilt, blame and resentment hurt us more than they do anyone else! Neptune reminds us that we are all just human beings, doing the best we can to manoeuvre our way through life. None of us are perfect; we all have flaws and we have all made mistakes that we have ended up regretting. If you can honestly say you haven’t then you truly are an exceptional human being.

There is a massive amount of potential for this New Moon to be an emotional reset button and for us to truly let go of old emotional patterns which are quite simply not doing us any good anymore. Often we put them in place as children in order to protect us somehow, but as we move into adulthood they are not appropriate anymore. They go on to do more harm than good and certainly don’t help us in our relationships with those close to us. Often they are so ingrained that we are completely unaware of them, which is where the danger lies. This New Moon could definitely bring some very raw emotions up to the surface to be confronted and released. Cancer is the mother, the family, our childhood and our past, and we definitely have the chance to look back and lay some ghosts to rest; releasing  the hold they have over us. This process may not be easy, as facing up to the skeletons in the closet never is, but we have the chance to reprogram some childhood conditioning and give ourselves a greater chance to be all that we are capable of. The result will be a whole new start on an emotional level and a chance to move forward without the chains that we have been dragging around since childhood. The key is to allow the emotions to rise up, recognise where they are coming from, forgive ourselves and others and then just let go.

Much love

Amy

xoxo

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

SAGITTARIUS FULL MOON - 13 June 2014

Exact at 5.11am BST, 12.11am EDT

I am currently travelling, in true Sagittarian style, so this post is going to be brief but hopefully thorough! This is a humdinger of a Moon, that’s for sure! We have a couple of potent aspects that are absolutely exact as the Moon reaches its peak, which very much intensifies the energy of the Moon. Full Moons tend to bring things to a head, especially in our relationships with others. This Moon is no exception, as we also have an exact opposition between Venus in Taurus and Saturn in Scorpio to contend with. This could make things very real in the arena of our relationships, testing their validity and also forcing us to confront our shadows and show our vulnerabilities. While it could be quite challenging and even somewhat painful for some of us, it will ultimately deepen our connection with our intimate partners and those close to us. The people around us are generally a reflection of our inner world anyway. Saturn tends to shine the harsh light of reality onto things, and in this case it is our relationships and sense of self-worth that is under scrutiny. This aspect does not allow for any superficiality, that’s for sure, and as Chiron, the Wounded Healer is very much involved with this opposition we have a chance to bring our fears and vulnerabilities out into the open to be healed.


Indeed, the potential for healing during this Moon is immense. We have the chance to bring up some deep, emotional wounds and old, entrenched trauma and let go of them once and for all. It is important to remember that which certain experiences in our lives have been very painful, they have, for whatever reason, been essential for our soul growth. They have made us who we are today and it is important not to have regrets because that is just a waste of energy. This Full Moon offers an opportunity for some very deep healing and allows us to move past our wounds and allow compassion and forgiveness to wash them away. So often the wounds we have received in the past end up colouring our behaviour in the present, and at a certain point they no longer serve us anymore so it is important to let them go. What once served as much needed protection can go on and cause us to be destructive and hurtful to ourselves and others. Old emotional wounds, trauma and insecurities which no longer have their place can be brought out into the light during this Moon in order to be released, and while the process may be quite painful as we face our shadows and fears, ultimately it gives us a chance to be liberated from their shackles. As I said, the aspects between Saturn Venus and Chiron will be absolutely exact as the Moon is exact so there is a definite sense of things coming to a head.

This Full Moon involves an opposition between the Sun in versatile, communicative Gemini and the Moon in adventurous, optimistic and freedom loving Sagittarius. The key to a Full Moon is finding balance between the energy of the two signs but that isn’t always easy as emotions tend to run high and exaggerate the differences.  Sagittarius wants us to expand and grow; to raise our consciousness and broaden our horizons. He rules our higher mind, belief system, spirituality and our connection to the divine and is highly intuitive, while Gemini rules our rational, logical mind. Gemini rules the city and likes to be around a lot of people, while Sagittarius rules the countryside and seeks a deeper connection through communing with nature. Gemini is very adapt at the art of communication while Sagittarius is known for being rather blunt and can suffer from Foot in Mouth syndrome! Somewhere in the middle is the way. Sagittarius stands for the truth, but the truth can sometimes be hard to hear sometimes! When the Full Moon is in Sagittarius there is generally a very buoyant, optimistic, jovial, dynamic energy which can definitely take us for a ride! During this particular Moon the rulers of both Gemini and Sagittarius, Mercury and Jupiter, are both in sensitive, nurturing and emotional Cancer so this could be sensitive,  emotional moon indeed! Sagittarius Full Moons are generally very fun, but this one has some rather deep and emotional undertones.

Another aspect that I feel I must mention is a Mars Pluto square that will also reach a peak just after the Moon is exact. After that he will go on to oppose Uranus, so he is basically re-activating the Pluto Uranus square. We may revisit some of the same energy that came about at the end of April when so many people experienced a big shift in consciousness. I know I haven’t been the same since then! Something definitely changed within me at that time.  Mars in aspect to Pluto can create power struggles and clashes with authority. As Mars in the planet of war and Pluto is the planet of soul power, this aspect does have the potential to create some intense conflict. Pluto can be somewhat obsessive and intense and Mars is also the planet of sexuality, so there is also the possibility of some rather extreme sexual tension. This is quite an explosive, volatile aspect and could definitely bring any hidden tension out into the open. On the one hand this could be an amazing boost of energy and motivation and help us move past some blocks. On the other hand it could bring up some deeply buried anger and aggression and create some rather volatile situations. It is important to remain mindful during this time and be aware that some rather irrational emotions could rise to the surface.

I sense that this is a very significant Moon indeed. It is a truly wonderful time to revisit old trauma and release it, which is exactly what I have already planned to do! It’s amazing how life works out sometimes. Sagittarius will help us see the bigger picture and understand how everything that has happened to us so far has helped us to become the person we are today. Saturn, Chiron and Venus will help us heal issues of self-worth and make any problems in our relationships very obvious. Mercury is also retrograde in Cancer at the moment which is causing us to revisit old memories and look back into our emotional past. It is also hindering communication somewhat and making people a bit oversensitive. There is quite a retrospective feeling around and this is an ideal time to examine and let go of the past. The Sabian symbol for this Full Moon is “A Group Of Immigrants As They Fulfill The Requirements Of Entrance Into The New Country”. This brings with it the hope of being able to bring about a new way of being and a start a new life. So, as we go back and release the past and the hold it has on us it will allow us to move forward and forge a new path. What a wonderful opportunity we are being given here!

Much love

Amy

xoxo