Thursday, 27 September 2012

ARIES FULL MOON


This Sunday 30 September, exact at 4.19am BST, Saturday 29 September exact at 11.19pm EDT. 

The energy with be at its strongest Saturday night in both time zones.

This is an incredibly potent Full Moon with amazing potential for change and transformation. The energy is akin to purification through fire, with the Aries energy blasting through any part of our lives which may be stagnating or holding us back from growing into our true potential. The Sun and Moon are lining up directly with the Uranus Pluto square, forming a tense T-square which will create some major shifts and propel us out of our comfort zones towards greater self-expression and freedom. This Full Moon makes the Uranus Pluto Square much more personal and emotional, forcing change at a core level, and has the potential to knock us off balance for a little while until we adjust to the changes. Without change we can’t grow, but it can also be quite unsettling as we face the unknown and parts of ourselves we never knew existed. It is important to remain self-aware and flexible during this time, ready to ride the waves of change, because resistance will do us no good whatsoever! Our world is changing, making way for a new way of being, and either we change with it or get left behind.

This Full Moon lights up the Aries/Libra axis, which represents the polarity of Me versus Us, or I versus Other. A good way to understand the energy of Aries is to think of a shoot forcing its way through the hard ground at the end of winter, not knowing what might be on the other side but going for it anyway! Aries is the pioneer and the warrior, and as such this moon is asking us to follow our instincts and meet our challenges head on and not be afraid to risk confrontation in order to be true to ourselves. It’s prompting us to stand up for what we believe in, to follow our passion and not be afraid to take chances, even if that means starting fresh. The cardinal energy of the Moon and the T-square means that new beginnings are a big possibility, and things may just have to come to a head in order for us to move forward and grow. Aries jumps first and thinks later and methinks that with this particular moon, if we don’t get up the courage to jump then we might be pushed!

It is important be aware of ourselves and how we communicate at this time, as this Moon is quite volatile and heated in nature. This is where Libra comes in with her need for balance, fairness, justice and harmony. We must take a leaf out of her book and make sure that despite everything we are considerate to the feelings of others. There is a big difference between honest, direct communication, thus standing our ground, and reacting from fear, anger and rage, thus hurting others. We must be aware of the potential for emotional confrontation as the moon brings up repressed, pent-up fear or anger which, as we all know, can so easily be projected onto those closest to us. Our intimate relationships may well feel the brunt of the Aries’ energy, as Venus and Mars are very much part of the picture of this moon and Mars is doing the Moon’s bidding in Libra, the sign of relationships. This could be a great time to clear the air, and could even mean being brave and letting go. On the other hand this Aries energy could give us the courage and motivation to confront our fears and truly express how we feel so that we can move beyond stagnant or stuck situations or relationships. There is definitely an element of adventure to this Full Moon, and the opportunity to boldly step past our fears, moving out of our comfort zones and embracing the excitement of the unknown, not knowing exactly what awaits us on the other side. This is the stuff of real growth, rather than staying stuck behind with the illusion of safety and security!

As I mentioned before, this Full Moon is activating the Uranus Pluto square which is so much a theme of the times. The Moon is joining forces with unpredictable, rebellious and revolutionary Uranus who is currently fighting for our personal freedom and the right to be who we really are deep inside. Combined with the emotional nature of the Moon he could cause emotions to rise up suddenly and without warning, making us very aware on an emotional level where we are stale or stuck. We are being asked to think outside the box and concentrate on what we truly want for ourselves. It’s very simple – if we are doing what is right for ourselves then things should be gradually falling into place, with the omens in our favour. However, if we are meeting resistance and feel like we are butting out head against a wall then something obviously isn’t working and we must give up and let it go. Uranus is currently engaged in a battle with Pluto in Capricorn, and between the two of them they are digging out the rot, finding out what is out of balance in our lives and breaking down structures and patterns which no serve our highest truth. It has been quite a ride since these two started their battle! We are being asked to find our true path and follow it, rather than being and doing what we think we ought to. That simply isn’t going to work anymore, and it is quite likely that this Moon will give us quite a push in the right direction!

Bear in mind that the energy of this moon and the Pluto Uranus square applies globally as well as personally, and could add some emotional drive and power to the already evident sense of dissatisfaction and unrest of the times. People have had enough of the imbalance of the distribution of wealth and power, and the power structures such as corporations, governments and banks are being confronted and challenged all over the world as people stand up for their right to freedom and justice. This Moon could well add some fuel to the already burning fire, so I will be interested to see what comes up in the news this weekend. The energy of this Moon also brings with it the possibility of Mother Earth getting in on the act, as both Pluto and Uranus rule natural and man-made disasters and Aries is known to be quite aggressive.

This Moon has so much potential for transformation and growth, and could well provide us with a good old-fashioned kick up the arse when it comes to living our true potential! We are being asked to stand up for ourselves and not be afraid to ask for what we want, which will be very empowering indeed. We are being asked to take on our own power in the truest sense of the word, and that does not include power over others, but rather an acceptance of who we have always been deep inside. We must remember that we have the power to create our own reality and so must very aware of our thoughts and beliefs, as they hold energy. Imagine a positive outcome and that is what we will get! If we allow our fears to get the better of us and envision a negative outcome and it is very likely that it will become reality! We must embody the bold, daring energy of Aries at this time, as this provides us with a truly wonderful opportunity to blast away old emotional patterns with the purifying energy of fire. It is possible that this will feel quite painful and uncomfortable at first, but as the fire goes out and the ashes settle something new will be born…..and there we will be, standing in the truth of who we are, feeling more alive than ever before!

Much love

Amy
xoxo 

Thursday, 13 September 2012

VIRGO NEW MOON


Exact at 3.15am on Sunday 16 September BST, and 10.15pm on Saturday 15 September EDT!

Well this New Moon feels incredibly appropriate for the sign of Virgo as it is incredibly pure in nature! While the recent Pisces Full Moon was incredibly busy, with the moon connecting to all of the other planets, this Moon is very simple and straightforward in comparison! It provides us with a great opportunity to centre and ground ourselves in preparation for another onslaught of change and transformation as Pluto turns direct and forms the second exact square to Uranus a couple of days later! Not to mention that Mars is currently in Pluto’s sign of Scorpio forcing us to confront the deeper, darker side of our lives and relationships. A double dose of Scorpionic, soulful, transformational energy is in the air at the moment, and there’s more to come when Saturn enters Scorpio next month! Phew! New Moons represent the beginning of the lunar cycle, when the Sun and Moon form a union in the heavens and allow us to plant seeds of intention in fertile soil for the month ahead. It is an ideal time to leave anything that may be holding us back in the dark of the moon and walk towards the light, starting the month as we mean to go on. After all, with every new beginning there must also be an ending. That is the nature of life.

Virgo is an earth sign and represents purification, humility, and the spirit of service. She seeks to perfect and improve herself, and to hone her skills and talents so that she can be most useful and effective. Through Virgo we learn to truly enjoy the process itself rather than merely seeing it as a means to an end. One of Virgo’s most important qualities is the ability to discern what is happening in the moment and find a solution to it, and this is what makes her so very helpful and useful. She likes to understand how systems work inside and out, and that includes the human body which is of great interest to her. Many nurses and healers are Virgos, for they have a combination of an awareness of the body, attention to detail, humility and a desire to serve others. Virgo seeks to balance mind, body and spirit, for she understands that if we take good care of the body through healthy routines and lifestyle our minds are much clearer, energy levels are higher, not to mention our self-esteem and confidence! If the Virgo energy is taken too far, however, it can mean getting too bogged down in details and perfectionism which can result in worry, anxiety and hypochondria as well as a tendency to criticise or fuss over people.

This New Moon calls for us to harness the energy of Virgo and look for ways to improve our day to day lives. In the midst of the change and turbulence of recent times it is very important that we take care of our systems, partly because change can be quite hard on the body and partly because the purer we are physically the better we can align with higher vibrations. I think the sayings “Cleanliness is next to godliness” and “You are what you eat” must have come from Virgos! We can use this Moon to create new exercise routines, change our diets, have a good clean-out, make sure we get enough sleep, meditate etc – it is all about purification and self-improvement in  very practical ways! Change and transformation can certainly cause anxiety and worry which is the other side of Virgo, as we are currently being forced to move out of our comfort zones into unchartered territory. This would be a really good time to seek out complementary therapies or to practice yoga or meditation – all of which would calm and heal the mind and body. Virgo rules the Solar Plexus, which represents our personal power and self-confidence, and I am sure none of us are strangers to that feeling we get when we are fearful or worried….that fluttering in the stomach or even feeling nauseous. It is very important that we nurture our mind, body and spirit at this time so that we can increase our feelings of confidence and self-worth and combat anxiety or fear so that we are ready to rise up and be the best we can be..

Two days after this Moon, on the 17th of September, Pluto, the planet of change and transformation turns direct after going backwards for six months. When a planet turns direct its energy is intensified and in Pluto’s case he is currently in Capricorn, digging deep and rooting out whatever is preventing us from taking full responsibility for our lives, living with complete integrity and standing fully in our power. He’s not asking much of us at all! After he goes direct it is likely that we will take a giant leap forward both personally and collectively whether we like it or not, especially as two days later he will then form the second of seven exact squares to Uranus in Aries! Squares create crisis in order to promote growth, and this one is asking us to get off the fence and truly stand for what we believe in. What is our gift to humanity? What really makes us feel good about ourselves? What would we be doing if money wasn’t an issue in our lives? An interesting question indeed! How does that line up with what we are doing now? Are we on the right path? Pluto and Uranus will probably plonk us smack bang on the right path if we haven’t been making the effort to find it ourselves! The more we resist change and transformation, the harder it is. And let’s face it, change is quite an uncomfortable process, as we tend to be creatures of habit whether the habits are healthy or not!

That is where this New Moon comes in. It is a wonderful opportunity to set intentions and meditate on what we might want for ourselves and what we may wish to leave behind. Our thoughts carry great power at this time and our intentions really do have the potential to bear fruit later on. The most important part of the process is that we are forming a vision of what we want for ourselves and are opening ourselves up to guidance from the Universe. New Moons help us to remove old patterns and create new ones in their place, and in Virgo the emphasis is on self-improvement, healing, purification and practical solutions to problems. Mercury, the planet of the mind and communication is sitting right next to this New Moon helping us do what Virgo does best – to distinguish and understand what we need to change in order to move forward and then figure out a way to do just that! One thing to remember – this is not about trying to achieve some unattainable perfection, but just to work on being the best that we can be. As far as the universe is concerned, we are already perfect!

Much love

Amy
xoxo