Saturday, 27 October 2012

TAURUS FULL MOON 2012


Monday 29 October, exact at 8.49 pm BST, 3.49 pm EST!

This Full Moon is likely to bring anything up to the surface which we have been holding onto or putting up with, so that we are left with no choice but to deal with it and let it go. It a perfect time for releasing anything that is decaying or stagnant in our lives and for clearing out the emotional debris in order to move forward with a lighter load. Full Moons represent an emotional climax; a time when things come to a head and certain issues are illuminated by the light of the moon, so much so that it is pretty much impossible to ignore them! This year we have been clearing the decks, dealing with our past and karma; examining our old patterns and habits and replacing them with new ones which better reflect who we are on a higher level. There is no doubt that a huge shift is occurring, and 2012 is asking us to let go of fear and the “us against them mentality” and move forward with a more compassionate, “live and let live” attitude. Stepping into the mantle of who we really are allows us to let go of insecurity and the need to compete because we are confident in our personal power and that we are on the right path. A person who is secure in their true inner power and living according to their higher purpose does not feel the need to make anyone else feel powerless. Quite the opposite in fact; they are filled with love and light that empowers everyone they come into contact with.

This Full Moon lights up the Taurus/Scorpio axis, with the Moon in earthy, sensual Taurus and the Sun directly opposite in intensely emotional, transformational Scorpio. Taurus represents Mother Earth and is the essence of stability, perseverance, loyalty and sensuality. It represents our core values, self-esteem and self-worth, as well as our talents, skills, and gifts which in turn give us the ability to make money. Taureans are incredibly resourceful, self-sufficient folk who have the ability to steadfastly work towards their goals and have a great need for security. Taurus, whose planetary ruler is Venus, rules the five senses and has an earthy sensuality coupled with love of beautiful things, which means that Taureans have the potential to become a little too attached to their possessions or indeed anything under the realm of the senses such as food and sex! While they may be loyal and steadfast, their need for security and comfort can lead them to sticking with situations or relationships for much longer than is good for them. Like a frog in a well, they can be so stubbornly resistant to change that they stay in comfortable, secure ruts which prevent them from growing and moving on with their lives. The frog looks up from the damp, musty yet familiar well and sees a round circle of light, but is afraid to jump because he has no idea what might lie beyond.

This is where Scorpio comes in! While Taurus may resolutely cling on to the old, familiar and seemingly secure, Scorpio demands that we take the leap, walk across the burning bridge, shed our skin and let go of any decaying, stagnant energy so that we can be born anew. Scorpio, an intensely emotional sign without an ounce of superficiality, digs deep and has the ability to get to the core of any issue with laser-like accuracy! She asks us to let our guards down and show who we really are, no matter how dark it may be, for is only though allowing ourselves to truly be vulnerable that we experience real intimacy. Without it we are merely scratching the surface. Scorpio wants us to completely merge with another, whether that be physically through the sexual act, emotionally through marriage or partnership, materially by combining resources in partnership, spiritually by merging with the Source, or creatively by combining skills, ideas and talents in a collaboration. While Taurus is the essence of self-sufficiency, Scorpio wants us to completely trust; to take the plunge and to join forces with another so that we can become become greater than we ever could have on our own. While Taurus is Mother Earth (with the potential to be the frog in the well!), Scorpio is the Phoenix rising from the ashes; the fire burns away dead weight which may be holding us down or preventing us from growing, then gradually, after flapping around for a while in the ashes, we start to rise again, bigger and better than we were before.

As such, the theme of this moon is to find the balance between Taurus and Scorpio; to look at where you might be stuck or holding on to a situation, relationship, idea, or memory which may be preventing you from growing and moving forward.  This is a great opportunity to let go of anything which may be emotionally toxic, and the moon may bring things bubbling to the surface to be examined; even things which we thought were long since buried. Holding onto situations, relationships or ways of being which make us feel scared, small or miserable is far more painful than actually letting go of them, even though it may not seem that way when we think about it! It is so easy to cling onto the familiar patterns and situations which bring a sense of security, but when we release emotional baggage or weight we become so much lighter. Half the time we are unaware of how much weight we are carrying around until something happens which forces us to let go of it! Transformation and change, which is the essence of Scorpio, can be somewhat uncomfortable as something dies in order for something to be born in its place, but ultimately there comes a sense of freedom and joy from releasing dead energy and moving forward on our path.

Pluto, Scorpio’s ruler, is forming a supportive aspect to the Sun and Moon while Saturn is sitting right next to the Sun in Scorpio, and between the two of them they are asking us to dig deep and weed out any negative attitudes and patterns, letting go of any situations or relationships that simply aren’t serving us anymore. We are being prompted to be brutally honest with ourselves so that we can move forward on our paths with integrity. The effect of Saturn in Scorpio is already showing itself in this country as victims of sexual abuse are slowly but surely coming forward and admitting what happened to them many years ago. Corporations and organisations are being investigated and exposed (Pluto in Capricorn) and what is bubbling up to the surface is very dark in nature (Saturn in Scorpio); taboo subjects which until recently have been swept under the carpet. I am intrigued by what might happen next as Pluto and Saturn move through each other’s signs. In order for us to start afresh and move forward we must dig up and deal with anything rotten or decaying in society and our psyches, replacing darkness and fear with light and love. Everything that has come before has happened for good reason to make us who we are today, but there is no use carrying it around like dead weight anymore.

Also part of the celestial party is a lovely grand trine in the water signs between nurturing Ceres, searching Saturn and a healing and compassionate Chiron/Neptune conjunction. This brings to the mix great opportunity for healing and releasing the pain which may surface in a compassionate and nurturing way. As the Moon is full on Monday Venus and Mercury will have just shifted signs; Venus into her own sign of Libra and Mercury into broad-minded and optimistic Sagittarius, which is a welcome shift indeed and should lighten things up a bit! Venus is however forming part of a tense T-square with the infamous Pluto and Uranus combination, which could call for some shaking up and clearing out of our relationships, past and present. As the ruler of Scorpio as well as forming some significant aspects to other planets, transformational Pluto is a big player in the Full Moon, so let go, people, let go!

This Full Moon may well bring to light parts of your life which need to change but which you may have been either ignoring or unaware of. The Taurus/Scorpio axis and all of the planets involved are asking us to acknowledge where we may be stuck, face our fears and limitations and just let go. We must take a long hard look at ourselves and be brutally honest about whatever is currently bothering us; in what area of our lives are we the frog in the well? The Scorpio Sun/Saturn combo is in my house of health, and I have been putting off going to the dentist for many years now, to the point where I had been thinking about it every single day, and this weekend I have been given absolutely no choice but to face my fears and book an appointment with the dentist. To be honest I am kind of glad to be experiencing the pain, because it has forced me to do something about a situation that has been on my mind for so very long now! Now I just have to hope that my fears are worse than the reality! I am sure they are. This is a poignant example of the essence of this moon – and I do feel a little like the frog in the well, taking a leap into the unknown….I just hope that I don’t find TOO much that is rotten or decaying there! Tee hee! Hopefully I will rise up from this one not too much lighter in a literal sense, but without the nagging fear which has pervaded my life for so long! Wish me luck, and I wish you the same!

Much love
Amy
xoxo

Sunday, 14 October 2012

LIBRA NEW MOON



 Tomorrow 15 October, exact 1.03pm BST, 8.03am EST!

Well, after the last few intense and challenging moons this one is quite straightforward and pleasant in comparison! The Sun and Moon have only one planet forming an aspect to them and that planet happens to be bountiful Jupiter who will probably help to amplify the energy of the Moon! The Uranus Pluto square which has been so prevalent this year is now waning and will not resurface until next May, so we have a bit of a respite! New Moons represent new beginnings – a time to sow seeds for the month ahead and set intentions for ourselves. It is a great time to take stock and decide what attitudes or patterns are best left in the dark of the moon, and what we need to develop in order to better ourselves and our lives. New Moons are not as emotionally turbulent as Full Moons, so it is easier to remain objective and do some conscious pruning of our inner landscapes.

This month the Sun and Moon are joined together in Libra, whose symbol is the scales. In keeping with this symbol, Libra represents balance, harmony, justice, beauty and peace, and is concerned with how we relate to one another. As such, how we relate is very much the theme of this New Moon, and any imbalances, inequality or injustice in our relationships may well be quite obvious at this time. People’s reaction to us can tell us so much about our inner landscape, as can our reaction to others. The people we surround ourselves with tend to act like mirrors, reflecting back to us the energy we are consciously or unconsciously giving out. For instance, if we are feeling insecure about something it is quite likely that someone will come along and say something which reinforces that insecurity somehow. They are merely mirroring back our own belief about ourselves! In the same token, the things that irritate us about someone else are often the parts of ourselves that we are not comfortable with, though it is often very hard to recognise and admit that to ourselves! We can learn so much about ourselves through our relationships with others, as painful as it can be sometimes! This is the essence of this New Moon – how we relate to others.

As I said, this is a pleasant moon with only one aspect to the Moon itself, and that is from Jupiter in Gemini.  This means that the Libran energy is not really interfered with or added to, making the New Moon quite purely Libran! Jupiter is the largest planet so he amplifies and expands the energy of any planet he comes into contact with, and in this case it is the harmonious, balanced and other-oriented Libra energy of the Sun and the Moon. As Jupiter is in communicative Gemini and is also aspecting Venus, the ruler of Gemini, it is quite likely that there will be a lot of chatter surrounding this moon as we think about and talk about our feelings and relationship to others. Venus takes the edge off any communication however, and as such this is the ideal time to discuss anything which may at other times be quite hard to bring up. A harmonious aspect from helpful Venus in Virgo to insightful Mercury in Scorpio will help us get to the heart of the matter without anyone getting too upset. Both Virgo and Scorpio are healing signs, albeit they take different approaches! In the meantime a positive aspect between adventurous Mars in Sagittarius and excitable Uranus in Aries will definitely add an element of enthusiasm, excitement and optimism to the picture which will increasing the tempo somewhat, helping us take risks and above all remain true to ourselves. This fiery combination will definitely help us say what is on our minds, as neither Aries or Sagittarius are known for holding back what they think!

There is also a lovely aspect between Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces to add to the mix which is Saturn’s first aspect to another planet since he entered the sign of Scorpio last week. And what a pleasant way to start his tour through this intensely emotional sign! The structure of Saturn combined with the flowing, dissolving energy of Neptune means that we have a chance to turn dreams (Neptune) into reality (Saturn), while at the same time dissolving old patterns which are no longer serving us. That is quite useful considering that new moons are all about new beginnings! At the same time Neptune may be breaking down barriers somehow and that includes barriers between what we consider to be reality and other dimensions. I have heard a few people reporting strange energetic experiences this week, and I can only assume that this is a result of this shape-shifting and mystical trine between Neptune and Saturn! All is not as it seems when these two planets meet! This aspect has been in effect for a week now and will continue for most of October.

All in all this is a very pleasant New Moon, with the emphasis on finding balance, compromise, peace and harmony on our lives. Wherever Libra resides in our charts is where we may have been feeling a little out of balance of late, and this Moon is a chance to restore some equilibrium in that area of our life as well as within our relationships in general. It is a great time to contemplate our relationships insofar as they mirror our inner state and to make sure they are equal, balanced and fair. We should be given an opportunity to set things straight with people in the best possible way, and to recognise how we are responsible for the interactions we have with people. I remember someone saying to me a long time ago, “If you have a problem with one friend so be it. If you have a problem with another friend, start to wonder. Any more than that and you need to take a long, hard look at yourself!”  Personally I think that each person that we meet along the way reflects one part or another of our inner selves. There is a reason they cross our paths or are part of our lives. Sometimes we like what we see in the mirror, and other times it is really hard to accept what we see there!

Much love

Amy

xoxo

Thursday, 4 October 2012

SATURN IN SCORPIO


Saturn enters Scorpio tomorrow Friday 5th October where he will remain for just over 2 years, until December 2014. 

Saturn is the wise old man - the planet who challenges us and presents us with major life lessons in order to help us evolve and grow. Wherever he is found in our charts represents the area of life we initially feel most lacking and inadequate and also where we have chosen the biggest lessons in order to grow. He doesn’t make it easy for us but, as we all know, the greatest growth comes from the lessons we have had to learn the hard way! Saturn is the planet of responsibility, commitment, structure, limitation, perseverance, restriction and discipline and is otherwise known as Cronos – Father Time. Thus, over time he creates the challenges and teaches us the lessons which ultimately help us grow wiser and more accomplished. Only that which truly serves our highest good will stand the test of time, as Saturn genuinely wants us to be the best that we can possibly be. We just have to be patient and work for our rewards, and might have things taken away from us from time to time in order to fully learn and evolve into our full potential. I can’t help but think of Yoda, and Mr Miyagi from  Karate Kid , who are great examples of Saturn it his best.

For the past three years Saturn has been travelling through the sign of Libra, teaching us the lessons of truth, justice, integrity, diplomacy and compromise while testing the validity of our relationships and making sure that they are a true reflection of who we are. Strong relationships which give us the freedom to be exactly who we are have become more committed, while those which are restricting or limiting our souls’ growth have buckled under the weight of Saturn’s serious and heavy influence. Now he is moving into soulful Scorpio, the sign of transformation, regeneration, intimacy, purging, sharing and healing who likes to delve below the surface of things in order to find out what is hidden there. Saturn in Scorpio will be asking us to dig deep and face our fears, letting go of any attachments which may be holding us back from achieving our true potential. The test of Saturn in this deep, emotional sign is for us to plunge into the depth of our psyches and face up to what we fear most, for fear is the opposite to love and holds us back from being the best that we can be. Saturn will create the lessons which will help us let go of attachment to security and the status quo and take the plunge, going after our true desires. Any attachments to money, resources, control, power or sex are going to be challenged over the next couple of years and we will be forced to let go of the old way of thinking and make way for something new to take its place.

The Pluto / Uranus square has already been shaking things up both globally and personally, breaking down power structures and forcing us to live our truth and realise our full potential, and now Saturn is adding himself to the transformational stew! Pluto is in Saturn’s sign of Capricorn, while Saturn is in Pluto’s sign of Scorpio, which means that they are in mutual reception. When planets are in mutual reception it dramatically increases the power of the shared energy. In this case the shared energy is transformation and the breakdown of power structures. Saturn asks us to confront the Scorpio issues of power and powerlessness, while Pluto is digging deep and exposing the rot in our power structures. The overriding theme is definitely transformation, and it is certain that we are being asked to shed anything which is stopping us from moving forward and realising our full potential. This process may not be very comfortable as letting go of familiar patterns and behaviour is often quite scary, and it takes a while to settle into the new way of being, but ultimately we will be so much happier and more fulfilled.

The energy of Scorpio represents shared resources and merging, whether that be physically, materially, spiritually or emotionally, so on a global level we may have to take a long hard look at how we share resources, and on a personal level, how we share our bodies, money, talents and intimacy. Saturn in Scorpio wants us to let go of the so called security of self-sufficiency and commit on a very deep level. Merging with another is Scorpio’s goal, whether that be through sex, healing, marriage or business partnership. As such, it is quite likely that Saturn will be challenging us in these areas over the next few years, as well as forcing us to dig deep and face up to any fears, attachments and behaviour that may be holding us back from true happiness and fulfilment. It is likely that we will have to confront that which we are most afraid of, and Saturn will provide the necessary lessons to allow us to do just that. It is important however we must confront the darker aspects of ourselves in order to allow the light in! Often those things we are most afraid of lose their power when we bring them out from the shadows and into the light.

Pluto and Saturn are going to be working in tandem in the next couple of years, asking us to confront our shadows and exposing the flaws in our power structures, forcing us to consider a new way of existing that is an expression of our true desires, not simply safe and secure in its familiarity. The two planets will add some fuel to the fire on the Winter Solstice this year when they form an actual aspect to each other as part of a formation known as the Finger of God. This Winter Solstice is definitely going to be a powerful one, that’s for sure, and will turn up the transformational dial an extra notch in case it wasn’t  up enough already! I will be very interested to see what the next couple of years bring, for it certainly feels like the end of an old order and the beginning of a new one, and this applies to us on a personal level as well as collectively. We won’t be the same at the end of all of this, but I am sure we will be more fulfilled and empowered than we have ever been before, and only that which has withstood the test of Saturn will remain. 

Much love

Amy
xoxo