Wednesday, 26 March 2014

ARIES NEW MOON - 30 March 2014

Exact at 7.46pm BST, 2.46pm EDT!

This is a very powerful New Moon for manifesting our desires and is linked to the Libra New Moon back on October 5 and the Capricorn New Moon on New Year’s Day of this year. All three New Moons involve the energy of the Pluto Uranus Square which now has extra potency because it is now being joined by Jupiter in Cancer and Mars in Libra to form an incredibly powerful Cardinal Grand Cross. This is a time of great upheaval and change, when we are being asked to step outside of our comfort zones, into the truth of all that we are. As such, this New Moon is incredibly significant, for not only is  the first New Moon of the astrological year in Aries, the sign of birth and new beginnings, but it is given extra potency and force by its involvement with the Cardinal Grand Cross. The intentions we set during this New Moon could be far reaching and have the ability to manifest in an incredibly powerful way. Between now and then it might be good to contemplate what we need leave behind in the dark of the Moon and what we truly want for ourselves in order to move forward with integrity. It is time to really trust our feelings because they are the gauge for what is and isn’t working for us. These are exciting times and it is important to go with the flow of events, trusting that we are being guided in the right direction.

The Sun and Moon are making their monthly union in courageous, impulsive and enthusiastic Aries, the first sign of the zodiac. Aries is the pioneer, the one who will bravely go where no one has ever dared to go.  That is why this is such a pivotal moment, because this New Moon really does start the ball rolling for the upcoming changes that the Grand Cross will bring. We must take on the best of Aries during this time; boldness, courage, assertiveness, motivation and a pioneering spirit. The Grand Cross asks us to move away from safe, familiar territory and try something else on for size and I am sure that it is no coincidence that this powerful energy is building during Aries season! I think we are going to need a bit of Aries’ courage and motivation! Aries doesn’t know what fear is, so if we feel a twinge of fear (or excitement – it’s a fine line!) in our solar plexus we must merely acknowledge it, ask ourselves where it stems from and then move through it. It really is time to be brave and let love guide us, not fear. Aries is direct, forthright and honest because as he the first sign of the zodiac he hasn’t yet learned any guile. As such there is something quite fresh and innocent about Aries energy. Much like a new born child be wants to fully experience life and sees it all as an exciting adventure. This New Moon is most definitely the time to birth something new; a time for fresh starts and brave action when we must be absolutely honest with ourselves about what needs to change. Like shoots piercing out of the cold, hard ground after the long winter, we must open ourselves up and welcome in the light.

Uranus is sitting right next to the Sun and Moon in Aries for this New Moon which definitely adds some excitement and unpredictability to the picture! This combination could cause us feel quite restless and will make it very obvious where we are stuck and in need of change in our lives. Uranus is the Great Awakener and he certainly wants us to wake up and see things from a different perspective. It is time to take charge of our own destiny!  In Aries he wants us to break the chains that bind us and to dare to become all that we truly are. It takes courage to be truly ourselves and most of us have spent our lives as the person we think we should be because that it what our parents, schooling and life in general has taught us. It isn’t easy to break down old, ingrained patterns of behaviour, but that is exactly what we must do in order to move forward. If we don’t own up to what needs to change in our lives then Uranus tends to create external events which “happen to us” in order to force the necessary changes upon us. And things are most definitely changing; we are currently shifting into a new consciousness when the power is given back to the individual. Life will be very different in the coming years. Many of our lives already are. This process started in 2010 with a Cardinal T-square which was a catalyst for massive changes in people’s lives and if we look back to life then compared to now we can see a very big difference. I know I can.

Pluto in Capricorn has been shining a light into the shadows of the governments and corporations, revealing the lies and corruption so that we can see the underlying truth of all they are. At the same time the truth of all that we are is also being revealed, which is both beautiful and unsettling! Circumstances that we have just been putting up with are being put under scrutiny and we are being challenged to step up to the plate, to be honest about who we are and what we want and allow our true authentic nature to show itself. We are all more powerful than we know and it is a power that can be shared by all; it is not one that takes from others. That time is over. The more we fight against our truth the harder life will be. This is the 5th out of 7 Pluto Uranus squares since June 2012 so we should be quite familiar with this energy now. We already know what isn’t working and the new consciousness and way of being is slowly revealing itself to us. The system that we have been living under for so long quite obviously isn’t working anymore and the patriarchal structures are crumbling. The Pluto Uranus square has involved a process of revealing the flaws in the structure of the world we live in and slowly showing us a new way of being that is quite different to anything we have known before.

The Grand Cross is definitely the most significant part of this Moon, which feels like a trigger, or gateway, for the month ahead. April promises to be a very significant month indeed, both globally and on a personal level. Anybody with planets between 9 and 16 degrees of any sign but especially the Cardinal signs (which are Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) will feel the energy of the Grand Cross most strongly. I have my Moon at 13 degrees Capricorn. Pluto is sitting right on top of it. Phew. I am intrigued as to what might unfold! My sense is that ultimately it will be incredibly empowering. Change is never very comfortable but it does bring with it a breath of fresh air and a feeling of excitement and exhilaration. It is most definitely better than a stagnant rut, that’s for sure! Some amazing things are on the horizon if only we are willing to step outside of our comfort zones and try out new ways of navigating our reality. It is far better to cheerfully embrace any changes that occur in the coming month rather than fearfully resisting them. Anything that passes away at this time is obviously not helping us move forward and grow so we must let it go with grace and dignity. This New Moon truly is an amazing time to think about what we really, truly want and need and to set some clear and positive intentions. We have much power to manifest – more than we know. Ask from your heart and you shall receive.  

Much love



Wednesday, 19 March 2014

SPRING EQUINOX - Thursday 20 March 2014

4.57pm GMT, 12.57pm EDT!

The Vernal Equinox is upon us; a day when we have a perfect balance between light and dark. Symbolically this represents equal part shadows (fear) and equal parts light (love). It is Yin and Yang, Night and Day, Masculine and Feminine. This marks the beginning of the astrological year because it is the moment when the Sun moves from Pisces, the end of the zodiac, into Aries, the beginning of the zodiac. Pisces season has been a time of surrender, release and letting go; it is dream time, the death of the ego and a time to go within. Pisces is the end of it all, the ultimate death, when we go back to source, floating around in the cosmic womb and become one with the collective unconscious. Now we have Aries season upon us which represents birth and new beginnings, when we boldly move forward and act on our desires. Like shoots coming up out of the ground, we have the courage to start anew and recreate ourselves. Pisces us the death of the ego, and in Aries we are born again, with a new set of desires and the impulse to start again afresh. When I contemplate the astrological significance of the Equinox I think of a baby coming out of the dark, warm, watery womb into the bright, loud world! What a shock that must be!

The chart for the Equinox holds within it the themes for the whole year, because this is the astrological New Year and whatever is found within the chart for that moment sets the tone for the whole year ahead. My overall feeling for this chart, both based on what the chart says and on the various conversations I have had this week, is that this is a time to focus on the group and to remember that we are all in it together. There is a beautiful Grand Water Trine in this chart which holds the potential for letting go of fear and healing the collective. The power of the group is truly remarkable and what can be achieved when people join together to help each other is absolutely phenomenal. This is a time to let go of the illusion of separation, because it simply isn’t true! The scientists agree –. we are all connected and the sooner everyone realises this and stops acting on selfish desires, the better this world will be. If you put a group of people together and they all focus on healing one person who has pain, not only does that person feel their pain diminish in a dramatic way, but other people in the group do as well! The power of intention itself is truly remarkable in what it can achieve, but the power of group intention is even more amazing.

While the Grand Water trine is wonderful, flowing, compassionate intuitive energy, we also have a Cardinal T-square between Pluto, Uranus and Jupiter which is impelling us to change and shaking up the structure of the world we live in. It is the perfect complement to the Grand Trine because a lot has to change before we are able to achieve the Aquarian dream of a global community, universal love and brotherhood of man where we all help each other and put personal desires aside! This T-square will push us out of our comfort zones and force us to face our shadows and undo our unconscious programming so that we can move forward and live up to our true potential as human beings. When we clear away the darkness we allow more light in.

This will be the fifth out of seven Pluto Uranus squares since 2012, so we are pretty used to this energy by now! It just has to be drummed into us a couple more times before the process of transformation and revolution on a global and personal level is complete. We are currently heading for a monumental shake up when Mars joins in the T-square in April and forms a Grand Cross, so we can expect things to come to a head both collectively and personally in the next month. On a global level we are certainly seeing the build-up of pressure and as what happens to one happens to all we can expect to feel the pressure for change on a personal level as well. Pluto and Uranus also rule natural and man-made disasters, so this could be a possibility in the coming months as things reach boiling point. Mother Nature is just as mad as some of our nations and rightly so!

Mars, the ruler of Aries, is currently retrograde in Libra, sitting right next to the North Node, which makes me think that this year may be very much relationship oriented. The retrograde motion means that we could go back over our relationships in order to redefine them and do the work necessary to make them function better. Old relationships could be renewed and current ones could have new life breathed into them. What we think we want from our relationships and what we really need could be two different things altogether! Certainly we are being asked to find balance, harmony, compromise and cooperation and with Venus, the ruler of Libra, in Aquarius we may approach our relationships from an entirely different perspective and try out new ways of being in our relationships. Aquarius likes to experiment and is far from conventional! In general, Aquarius reminds us that acting with self-centred, narcissistic motives simply isn’t the answer. One for all and all for one! Now is not the time for selfishness and going it alone. We must all join together and help each other. Everybody feels better when we do! An act of kindness not only affects the person we are helping, but it actually makes up feel better than anything else possibly could. It makes us feel good about ourselves, and that is absolutely priceless.

Another very noticeable part of the chart for the astrological New Year is that not only is Mercury, the planet of mind and communication, in intuitive, compassionate and empathetic Pisces, but he is also sitting right next to Neptune, the ruler of Pisces! This gives a double dose of Pisces energy and signifies that we should make sure that we turn inward as much as possible, trusting our intuition and allowing ourselves the time to meditate and also to listen to our dreams. If we honour our dreams and keep a dream diary we find that we are rewarded in kind and receive more and more messages from our unconscious mind. Pisces also has the power to manifest, seemingly out of nowhere, purely by the power of the imagination. What the mind can conceive, the body can achieve! We must practice mindfulness at this time, because thoughts have energy and so we must be more aware of our thought processes because they have the power to either create or destroy. Pisces is universal love and so we are asked to train ourselves to act and react with love, not fear. Take a step back and notice when you are reacting with fear and you will do so less and less. We might find that we become more and more empathetic on a collective level in the coming months and the more compassion we have for others the more connected we feel and the more likely we are to reach out and lend a helping hand.

This is an extremely powerful Equinox. As it is the astrological New Year it is an amazing time to set some intentions for the year ahead and honour the moment with ritual or a ceremony of some kind. It doesn’t have to be anything too complicated, but I do feel that it is important to acknowledge this particular Equinox. It is the birth of a new year and so we should start as we mean to go on. The energy at the moment that the Sun moves from Pisces into Aries is actually palpable if you take time to be still and notice it. We are moving from the unconscious realms of Pisces into the Aries season of conscious action and desire and methinks that our intentions should come from a place of love and hope for the future. If you can, gather with as many people as you can in that moment and all hold hands. Even if you are at work you can take time out to honour the shift. Set the intention for a world ruled by love, not fear. You will feel the powerful energy of the group in that moment, I guarantee! The power of love is truly a beautiful thing and has the potential to move mountains.

Much love



Wednesday, 12 March 2014

VIRGO FULL MOON - Sunday 16 March 2014

Exact at 5.08pm GMT, 1.08pm EDT

This is an interesting Moon with a lot of potential for healing and letting go. I have been struggling a little bit to figure out exactly what the overall message is this month and I have suddenly realised that this is the point – we are not supposed to know exactly why and how things some things happen! My sense is that this Moon is about letting go of the need to understand why certain things occur in our lives and simply allow it all to unfold as it will. There is a higher plan which may make no sense but is definitely for the highest good of ourselves and the whole. Of course, this is still a Full Moon and whatever may have been bubbling away in our unconscious over the course of the past couple of weeks will now come up to the surface, made glaringly obvious by the bright light of the Moon. Full Moons involve an opposition between the Sun (our conscious will) and the Moon (our unconscious, instinctual self) and so we are asked to find some balance between the energy of the two. Oppositions also tend to play out in our relationships, so during the Full Moon we might find that our partners, friends or family members mirror back to us whatever is going on internally. Full Moons cause our emotions to swell up like the tides and can create some kind of crisis as everything comes to a head, which then leads to release and renewal. This Moon is no exception and brings great potential for purging and purification.

This month the Moon is in humble, health-conscious and helpful Virgo while the Sun is in intuitive, compassionate and dreamy Pisces. This combination is called the healing axis. One thing that these two signs definitely have in common is that they genuinely want to help people and to be of service in some way. They just have different ways of going about it. Virgo can be quite critical of herself and others and is very much geared towards self-improvement and purification. In the extreme this can lead to worry, nit-picking and perfectionist tendencies. Pisces, on the other hand, accepts all that is and just goes with the flow of the river. Pisces rules chaos, while Virgo seeks order. Pisces is the dreamer and creates illusion which could lead to disillusionment while Virgo is a practical realist who can pin point what is really going on and bring us plummeting back down to earth. Pisces is the queen of meditation and dreams while Virgo gives us the ability to create healthy routines and interpret those dreams.  Virgo is very aware of the body and focuses on the details, which is very good for diagnosis. She refines her skills in order to able to help and heal. Virgo would make an amazing surgeon, for instance, because it is such precise, detailed work. Pisces on the other hand has a sixth sense about what is needed. She listens to her inner voice and is simply guided to wherever healing is needed. She also has the gift of faith. Sometimes people heal miraculously, and that is where Pisces comes in. Put the two signs together and you have a dynamic healing team!

Virgo likes to analyse and understand what is going on while Pisces knows instinctively that everything happens for a reason and while it may be a complete mystery to us on a conscious level there is a higher plan at work which is ultimately for our highest good. While we may consciously seek or think we need certain things, believing they are good for us, they may in fact not fit into the bigger picture. They may not actually be helping us to grow and evolve into our highest potential in this lifetime. As such they must pass away or remain out of reach and, as painful as it may be, Pisces asks us to accept and surrender rather than fighting it or trying to hold onto something which is holding us back. It may not make sense to us at all, but it would make perfect sense if we were able to see the overall purpose of our lives! This is where Virgo comes in, as she has the gift of discernment – the ability to understand what is good for us and what simply isn’t working anymore so we can let it go. Virgo and Pisces are a good team, because if you go too far toward Pisces you could end up feeling quite confused, muddled and overwhelmed by the chaos, while going too far in the direction of Virgo could take the magic out of life and make it too dull and routinised. A balance between the two is ideal. The overall theme here is acceptance; remembering that we cannot control everything and must just allow things to unfold as they will. This Moon could well create a crisis of some description, but we must just surrender to it and know that everything happens for a reason.

Mercury will help us to see the bigger picture during this Full Moon because he is approaching the end of his stay in detached Aquarius, the master of objectivity and looking at things from a birds eye perspective. Not only that, but he is forming an absolutely exact aspect to the Nodes of the Moon, which could allow us considerable insight into the “bigger picture” of our lives and relationships because the Nodes represent our past and our future on a soul level. This will allow us to gain some understanding of how the past is shaping us and what might be preventing us from moving forward and achieving our full potential in this lifetime. We could get glimpses of our higher purpose and how things all fit in, and with Mercury in Aquarius this could come in the form of sudden insights and realisations that come like bolts out of the blue. We may have a fated encounter with someone we have "known" before. Mars is also aspecting Mercury which will encourage direct, open and honest communication leading up to the Full Moon. Mars and Mercury are both challenging the Sun and Moon, which means that whatever does come up may produce a healing crisis of some kind. This is an ideal opportunity to heal and let go of anything that is blocking us from having healthy relationships with ourselves and others.

Venus, the planet of love and relationships, is also in Aquarius and not only that but she is forming a supportive aspect to Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius. This provides a double dose of the same energy: the chance to look at our relationships in a truly objective way, a striving for freedom and the ability to be ourselves within our relationships and also the possibility of sudden changes for the better in our partnerships. As the Nodes of the Moon are also in Aries and Libra, the relationship axis, I sense that we will have a few epiphanies regarding our relationships past, future and present in the next few days. We may reach a new level of understanding which is profound and quite unique and very different from the way we may have approached our relationships before now. We may somehow reach a new understanding of how our relationships fit into the big picture.

Saturn in Scorpio is supporting the Sun and Moon during this Full Moon. He has been forcing us to confront our shadows in recent times and particularly in the past couple of weeks as he turned retrograde. He challenges us to plunge into the darker parts of ourselves and find what is hidden there so that we can find the treasure that is hidden beneath. Pain isn’t much fun but it can also be our biggest teacher. Combined with Virgo and Pisces we are encouraged to purge and purify and this is the perfect time for detoxifying the mind, body and spirit. We have been forced to face up to our deepest fears since he has been in Scorpio and this Moon could be a perfect opportunity to let some of those fears come up to the surface and view them consciously and objectively. Then they will lose their power over us.

Saturn’s involvement with this Moon is encouraging us to be conscious and present; to recognise our fears, insecurities and unhealthy behaviour patterns and then release them. Instead of them ruling us and wreaking havoc in our lives and relationships we could practice Virgo’s discernment and Pisces’ ability to surrender and let go. We are so often ruled by fear, which all stems from old trauma which is still stored in our energy system, creating blocks that prevent us from functioning properly. The ability to recognise when we are feeling fear or a negative emotion could be a massive step forward because then we can just let it go instead of it producing negative reactions such as anger, defensiveness, jealousy, insecurity etc. It does involve being very present and conscious but will be so worth it in the end! Fear is the opposite to love, so if we let go of the fear we allow love to flow more freely.

The Virgo Full Moon brings tremendous healing potential and could provide us with the opportunity to understand ourselves and our patterns much more clearly. The process may not be comfortable and, as I said, we could possibly experience some kind of crisis, but it is all for our highest good and will help us to grow and move forward. We are building up to the Grand Square in April and are currently receiving an enormous amount of planetary support to release old patterns and give us the courage to change and reach our full potential. Of course, change can be very uncomfortable and even painful, but without it we would just be stuck and stale. This Moon invites us to become the observer of ourselves; to notice our feelings, reactions, fears, thoughts and to realise when we are worrying about the future or dwelling in the past. We are invited to take a step back and just watch. Most importantly we must remember not to try to control things too much or overanalyse whatever comes our way. It is all happening exactly as it should. What we think we need and what we actually need could be two entirely different things and it is much better to just accept it all, the pleasure and the pain, knowing that eventually it will lead us to where we are supposed to be. It’s not meant to make sense. Just keep the faith!

Much love