Thursday, 23 May 2013

SAGITTARIUS FULL MOON / PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE – Saturday 25 May



Exact at 5.25am BST, 12.25am EDT.

This is a very powerful Full Moon, as not only is it the last of the set of three eclipses this month but it is also a Supermoon! Full Moons symbolise an emotional climax when anything that may have been bubbling below the surface of our consciousness comes to a head, while Supermoons amplify the effect of the Moon on our emotions, bodies and spirits and can cause a shift in our perception and perspective. This is also the last in a series of Gemini/Sagittarius eclipses which began in June 2011, so a cycle which began then may be coming to an end or reaching a state of completion. Indeed, there is a sense of climax and completion to this Full Moon on many levels. Compared to the raw, emotionally intense energy of the Scorpio Full Moon, this Moon should be far more buoyant and fun-filled, lifting us up so that we can shoot for the stars in true Sagittarius style! Indeed, it may lift us up so high that it is hard to stay grounded in the real world, and it certainly feels like the tempo is increasing with all the lively and enthusiastic Fire and Air energy in this Full Moon chart! This is welcome relief after the heavy intensity of the past couple of Moon cycles, combined with the transforming and turbulent energy of the Pluto Uranus square. The energy of the square is now waning, although it's effects will still be felt for a little while longer.

Sagittarius is the archer, half man, half beast, who aims his bow and shoots his arrows up to the heavens. He reminds us to stay in touch with our more instinctual nature while also connecting with the higher side of ourselves. He seeks to understand the universe and all her mysteries and to discover the truth which underlies everything, and he isn't afraid to go out into the world to find it! He has ultimate faith in a higher power that guides him, which makes him optimistic, enthusiastic, confident and willing to try his luck at anything. His belief that he is somehow guided means that even the most challenging or difficult situations are embraced, as they have something to teach him and ultimately help him expand and grow. Indeed, the theme of this Full Moon seems to be how our beliefs about ourselves and life affect the kind of reality we manifest for ourselves. We all have a set of beliefs that we carry around with us which may help or hinder us from achieving our full potential. Self-limiting beliefs such as “I always make things hard for myself” or “I'm not good enough” or “I don't deserve to be loved” will have a direct bearing on who and what we attract (or don't attract) into our lives. On the other hand, a bit of faith in ourselves and trust in the ultimate benevolence of the universe can go a long way toward creating a much more positive experience of life! We are the creators of our own reality, and this Full Moon may well serve as a reminder of how we limit ourselves though our thoughts and beliefs. Indeed, some deeply entrenched beliefs may be brought to light and stripped away as this Moon comes to a head, because they simply no long ring true for us any more and are only holding us back from realising our full potential.

Neptune in Pisces is a very big part of this Full Moon, as he is forming a challenging T-square to both the Sun and Moon. He has a tendency to make everything a bit chaotic and confusing, and we may find that we experience some quite overwhelming emotions during this Moon. We might also feel a bit spacey, giddy and ungrounded, and more emotionally sensitive than usual. It is important that we are kind to ourselves at this time and, funnily enough, I have literally found myself in the past couple of days deciding to start practising a lovingkindness meditation, which seem very appropriate indeed for this Moon! Neptune is the planet of illusion, and in challenging aspect to the Sun and Moon it can mean that we may experience disillusionment as what we believed to be true turns out to be false. It is important for us to examine our beliefs at this time and weed out any which are unrealistic or limiting. Neptune may make us feel a bit disheartened about our goals and abilities, but basically we are being made aware of which are unrealistic and actually don't line up with our true path. There is a difference sometimes between what we think is right for us and what is actually best for us, and this Full Moon may well bring to light the ways in which we deceive ourselves.

Clarity may well come after the Full Moon is over however, for while it is happening Neptune may just make everything cloudy, confusing and chaotic, and difficult for us to figure out what is real and not real. It is important to remain present and listen to our hearts, because we do know deep inside what is right for us. This Moon may remind us that life is not a picture perfect fairy tale but rather a series of experiences which help us evolve and grow, some of which are easier than others! Neptune is helped along by grounding and realistic Saturn in Scorpio, and these two will actually be joined in harmony from now until August which is truly wonderful! Neptune is the dreamer of dreams, while Saturn has the power to actually ground those dreams in reality. Saturn in Scorpio has definitely been dredging up some pretty old, buried emotional gunk of late, bringing it all out into the open for it to be examined and let go of. On a global level a great deal of abuse of power has been brought out into the light of our consciousness in recent times and now Neptune adds some compassion, sensitivity and unconditional love to the picture and reminds us that we are all in this together. Neptune dissolves the illusion of separateness and reminds us that we all come from the same energetic stew, and what happens to one happens to us all. We may now have the opportunity to forgive ourselves and others and open our hearts to loving kindness towards ourselves and all living beings.

The ruler of the Sagittarius Moon is Jupiter (wisdom, expansion, growth) while the ruler of the Gemini Sun is Mercury (mind, intellect and communication). Jupiter is the higher, more intuitive mind (right brain) and Mercury is the rational, logical mind (left brain), and during this Moon the two of them are joining forces together with Venus (love, attraction, relating) in curious, adaptable and communicative Gemini. There is likely to be fair amount of social interaction and mental activity during this Moon methinks! We may be presented with opportunities for growth as Venus attracts, Jupiter expands and Mercury stimulates communication and is great at networking. Our intuition will probably be heightened as the higher mind and rational mind join together as one. The energy of this conjunction will continue to build until it is exact on Monday and Tuesday, which give the promise of quite a fun, light hearted and sociable weekend! It will be interesting to see what kind of experiences and opportunities we attract in the next few days, as they are quite likely to broaden our perception and open our minds with Jupiter involved in the picture! It certainly feels like there is going to be a lot of mental activity and hopefully our hearts and minds will be nicely aligned. Indeed, may we all use this opportunity to really speak from our hearts during this Moon!

This Moon is going to be a lively one, that's for sure! We just have to be careful that we stay somewhat grounded and don't get carried away into fantasy land! Sagittarius wants to shoot for the stars but Neptune may show us how our thoughts and beliefs hold us back from realising our full potential. We may have unrealistic expectations and be reaching for something that actually isn't right for us, or we may be holding ourselves back with our self-limiting beliefs. If we judge ourselves or feel somehow unworthy then we will attract people and situations which somehow reinforce those beliefs. This is a good time to be very aware of our thoughts and how they have an impact on our lives. I have a sense that our dreams will also have a lot to tell us in the next few days. It feels like we should practice sending kind, loving, positive affirmations to ourselves in order to push the negative, judgemental ones aside. Life might seem a bit odd and confusing during this Full Moon, but as long as we remain present and are true to our hearts we should also find it quite enlightening as we experience a shift in our perception somehow. What we thought was real may somehow turn out not to be. It is important that we remain in the present rather than worrying about the future or focusing on what has been. How we think and what we create in the here and now is the most important and should come from a loving, compassionate place. It is important that we aim our bows with clear intentions and we must shoot the arrow straight from our hearts. Of course we must also truly believe that we are good enough and actually deserve for it to reach its target! Oh, and also have enough faith that wherever it does land is exactly where it is supposed to be!

Much love

Amy
xoxo  

Thursday, 9 May 2013

NEW MOON / SOLAR ECLIPSE IN TAURUS 9/10 MAY 2013


 Friday 10 May @ 1.28am BST, Thursday 9 May @ 8.28pm EDT!

This New Moon also involves a Solar Eclipse which doubles the intensity and manifesting quality of this Moon. Added to which it is occurring in Taurus, the earthiest of the earth signs, which makes this an ideal time for actually manifesting something tangible. New Moons are a time in the month to look deep within and consciously break down old patterns to that we can plant the seeds for new growth. They represent the beginning of a new emotional cycle and are more objective than Full Moons. Solar Eclipses create big shifts and changes in direction, and can help us manifest that very thing that we have been yearning for or dreaming about. Eclipses don't just effect the month ahead like an ordinary New Moon; they set a proverbial ball in motion that will have an impact on our lives for months to come. As such there is much more weight to this particular moon as well as somewhat of a fateful, karmic element. The Scorpio Full Moon involved a massive purge and cleanse where we were forced in no uncertain terms to be emotionally honest about what we really want and who we really are. A lot came up over the past couple of weeks for us to process and some of it wasn't easy to face! The Taurus New Moon urges us to move on with that truth and plant the seeds for what we really and truly want to manifest for ourselves.

Taurus is a fixed earth sign, ruled by Venus, the planet of love, beauty and harmony. She is Mother Earth herself, and this moon makes me think of some lovely, fresh, rich soil packed full of nutrients for us to plants the seeds of our intentions in. Taurus gives us a really firm and solid foundation to spring from, so we must make sure that whatever intentions we set for ourselves at this time really come from our heart. Taurus asks us to clarify our core values and think about what really and truly matters to us. She also urges us to think about what we need to do in order to develop a healthy sense of self-worth and self-esteem. It is very important that whatever we do and whoever we are with make us feel good about ourselves, so that is something to think about during this Moon. Taurus rules the senses, so now is a really good time to literally slow down and smell the roses, enjoying life and all it has to offer. Like the bull in the field chewing the cud, we must stand still and simply allow ourselves to be, rather than racing around trying to do. As Taurus is ruled by Venus, femininity, receptivity, sensual pleasure, fertility and harmony are all themes of this Moon. Now is the time for us to start blossoming, so it is very important to have a clear sense of what kind of flower we want to be!

The Sun, Moon, Mercury and Mars are all joined together during this Moon and are sitting right on top of the Taurus South Node, which represents our past; old, familiar emotional patterns that no longer serve us and the path that we once walked down that is no longer relevant to who we are now. It is quite possible that we will have to dip into some past patterns of behaviour in order to recognise once and for all that they no longer work for us. Old values that no longer serve us must be left behind in the dark of the Moon as we let go of the old, familiar and outworn ways of being and surrender fully to who we are becoming. Things that used to be important to us simply aren't any more, and this Moon may make that glaringly obvious. We let go of a lot during the Scorpio Full Moon and were forced to be brutally honest with ourselves on an emotional level, and now we are moving onto the next phase of the process. Having shed a lot of skin during that Moon we are now being asked to throw yet more waste into the basket, in the form of old values and behavioural patterns. Things are moving along very fast at the moment and the changes are coming thick and fast, and what was true for us yesterday simply no longer resonates. There is something very fateful and karmic about this time, as all three of these eclipses involve the Nodes of the Moon which represent where we are coming from and where we need to go in order to grow on a soul level.

Venus, the ruler of this Moon, will move from Taurus into Gemini literally hours before the Moon is exact. This is no coincidence I am sure, as Gemini is a very flexible, adaptable, curious, changeable and versatile sign for the planet of love and relating to be in. She reminds us to relax and go with the flow while we and those around us change at a rapid pace. Gemini likes variety, so Venus here also reminds us that there are many different paths that we could take in order to get to where we are going in our lives, and we are not only limited to one route. It is important to be open to new people, situations and ideas and to be willing to adapt to any new circumstances that we may find ourselves in. Everything is moving at such a fast pace at the moment that we must allow ourselves to be flexible and bend a little rather than being too rigid and stubbornly resisting the changes. Change is happening no matter what, so some versatility and adaptability will definitely go in our favour, that's for sure!

The backdrop of these three eclipses is the third of seven Pluto/Uranus squares, which has been building in intensity for the past month or so and will be exact on May 20th. Pluto and Uranus have been asking us to make some pretty deep rooted changes to the structure of our lives in recent times so that we can move forward with integrity, in keeping with the truth of who we are and living up to our true potential and power. Pluto in Capricorn has been digging deep into our lives and psyches and exposing whatever is rotten and no longer serves us, while Uranus in Aries has been blasting way any stagnant energy that stops us from being who we really, truly are. The tension between the two planets has certainly been showing itself globally over the past year or so, with corruption and abuse of power within governments and corporations being brought out into the light of our awareness as well as people all over the world stirring and questioning, and rising up to demand their rights and personal freedom. The patriarchy (Capricorn) is crumbling (Pluto) because it is very obvious that it doesn't work any more. Feminine energy is beginning to rise after centuries of subjugation. This New Moon is in Taurus, Mother Earth, and could help with the shift towards a world based on a healthy balance between masculine and feminine values. As Pluto breaks things down, Uranus the Awakener brings the potential for some major breakthroughs, so these are exciting times indeed! The energy of this square may mean that things are torn apart somewhat, but what ever is built in their place will allow us to move forward with integrity.

This New Moon is very interesting because on the one hand it is all about new beginnings while on the other hand it is sitting right on top of the South Node which represents the past and where we have already been. My sense is that we are going to have to revisit some old, familiar patterns, values and ways of being in order for us to fully realise that they simply don't work for us any more. We shed our skins on that Scorpio Full Moon and now it is time to truly cut our ties with what we left behind, as uncomfortable as that might feel. It just isn't who we are any more, so there is no point being nostalgic or trying to turn around and go back! This Moon may involve an examination of our core values and self worth, and whoever and whatever doesn't make us feel good about ourselves must be let go of now. This is an ideal Moon for setting some concrete intentions for ourselves, and whatever we ask for must truly come from our hearts. The universe is happy to oblige, but only when it knows the request is sincere. The Solar Eclipse adds some extra vibrancy and power to the seeds that we plant now and Taurus adds a good solid foundation and some fertile soil for them to spring forth from and blossom. What we ask for now, consciously or unconsciously, will play out over the next 6 months until the next set of eclipses in November. In the meantime we have one eclipse left in this set; the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius on May 25th. Lets keep this ball rolling and see where it takes us! I am not sure we have much choice in the matter anyway!

Much love

Amy
xoxo

Artwork - Mother Earth Rising by Amy Bird