Monday, 28 April 2014

TAURUS NEW MOON / SOLAR ECLIPSE – Tuesday 29 April 2014

Exact at 7.18am BST, 2.18am EDT

This is a powerful yet gentle New Moon, which is more than welcome after the intensely transforming energy of the last Full Moon and the Cardinal Grand Cross which culminated this week. Almost all of the planets and luminaries are currently in earth or water signs, which means that the energies around at the moment are particularly feminine, or yin, in nature. This means that it is more likely that we will be more receptive and emotionally in tune with each other over this moon and encourages us to tap into our more feminine traits such as intuition, nurturing, caring, gentle tenderness and kindness.

It is also a Solar Eclipse, which means that we are currently going through a shift of awareness or consciousness. Changes or events could occur that seem to come out of the blue but have probably been brewing for a while below the surface. Eclipses are a time of endings and beginnings which have a profound effect on our lives. They represent a time for releasing anything that isn’t serving us on a soul level and whatever happens around this time can have a far reaching effects. Eclipses have 19 year cycles and the last time that an eclipse occurred in the exact same degree of Taurus was April 1995, so there is a connection between whatever happened then and whatever is happening now. History may be repeating itself somehow, or this time might signify the next level of growth or development in an area of your life that you can trace back to that time. The energy of that time might have a resonance with whatever is happening now. This is a very fateful and karmic time indeed.

The Sun and Moon are forming their monthly union in down to earth, practical and sensual Taurus. She is Mother Nature herself. Taurus is the sign of the material realm and represents our relationship to the physical world, or values and our sense of security. This Moon will call into question what we consider valuable and our attitude towards money and material possessions, as well as our connection to the Earth. Self-worth is the realm of Taurus and however we feel about ourselves is very much reflected by what and whom we attract into our lives, whether that be money or love. It is quite likely, during this Moon, that issues of self-worth and values will come up in one way or another. Mercury is sitting right next to the Sun and Moon in Taurus, which means that we may well find ourselves chewing the cud, so to speak, and thinking things through very carefully indeed. It is a good time to contemplate our connection to the physical world and whether we are too attached to the material world or too disconnected from Mother Earth. It is also a good time to think in a down to earth, realistic fashion about what we attract into our lives and why, as well as what we really and truly want for ourselves. Taurus gives us some very fertile soil to plant some seeds that have a good chance of taking root and coming to full bloom. We just have to make sure that anything we start now is based in reality.

The Grand Cross is now waning, and while its energy still lingers, the effects will slowly pass away now. Pluto and Mars are both forming an aspect to the Moon, however. Pluto, the planet of soulful transformation, will add some weight to any intentions we set in the coming days and reinforces the feeling that this New Moon will have quite an impact on our souls’ journeys. The ruler of this Moon, Venus, is still in Pisces which reminds us that we are all connected – humans, animals, plants, trees, oceans, rivers, planets and stars. Anything we do has a ripple effect that has an impact on the whole. Venus in Pisces is compassionate, gentle, kind and extremely empathetic. She feels another’s pain as if it were her own. Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, is forming a harmonious aspect to the Moon, which also brings unconditional love and a sense of truly being connected to one another. Mars in Libra is forming a niggling aspect to the Moon, which brings relationships into focus and means that we could feel a strong need to put our cards out on the table, though hopefully in a way that is gentle and kind.

There is a Grand Water Trine forming in the wake of the Grand Cross which is very beautiful and healing and will help mop up any debris which might be hanging around! It involves Chiron, the Wounded Healer, Saturn in Scorpio and Jupiter in Cancer. This brings with it the possibility of healing family relationships and our connection to power and authority. In the element of water it is an intuitive, emotional energy that gives a feeling that anything is possible. This connection between Saturn and Jupiter brings the potential for realistic growth and can greatly expand the boundaries of our consciousness. This Grand Trine combined with the New Moon holds the promise that whatever intentions we set have a chance of blossoming into something great as long as they have a basis in reality. Jupiter in Cancer is part of both the Grand Cross and the Grand Trine, reminding us to follow our heart’s wisdom. The heart is so much wiser than the brain anyway! This Grand Trine truly is a beautiful thing to follow the Grand Cross, as it definitely softens the blows with its healing, intuitive, kind and compassionate energy.

Overall this New Moon is ripe with possibilities and fertile soil for us to manifest some realistic dreams. We just have to have a long, hard think about what we truly want.  There is some very gentle, kind, compassionate energy surrounding this Moon that reminds us that we are all very much connected and what happens to one happens to all. This includes the Earth, and this really is a wonderful time to go out and commune with nature, as it has so much to teach us. It is certainly where I feel most connected to the Universe and all that is. Whatever happens over this period of time will very likely to be quite significant and will affect our lives for a few months to come, though it may take time for us to fully realise what it is exactly.

Solar Eclipses are like magnified New Moons and can signify fated and karmic beginnings and endings. This one is no exception. We are experiencing a consciousness upgrade and something is now passing away so that we can move forward to the next phase. What it is will reveal itself in the fullness of time. We may just need to practise using one of Taurus’s greatest traits…patience.

Much Love


Friday, 11 April 2014


 Exact at 8.42am BST, 3.42am EDT!

This is an extremely significant time in our evolution. Our decisions and actions in the next few weeks could have a powerful impact on our lives and journeys for a long time to come. This month we have the culmination of the Cardinal Grand Cross, a total Lunar Eclipse and finally a Solar Eclipse! Eclipses are very fateful in quality and represent a pivotal point in our soul’s journey. They tend to stir things up which have been simmering away in our unconscious and cause a major shift as something ends, making space so that something new can take its place. The Full Moon signifies a time when things come to a head and the Eclipse means that the effects will be more far reaching and significant in terms of our life stories. Full Moons tend to reveal themselves in the realm of our relationships and none more so than this one as it is in Libra, the sign of “other”. In the meantime, the day before the Moon is full, Mars will finally join in the party for the upcoming Grand Cross. This is an action packed Full Moon, that’s for sure, with remarkable potential for change and transformation! Anything that we have been clinging to because it is safe and familiar will demand to be released in the coming month. This is not a time to play it safe. We are being asked to jump on our boards and ride the waves of change. Where we are going is unlike anywhere we have been before, which is exciting, exhilarating and also somewhat unsettling! It is important to ground ourselves and remain centred, alert and aware.  It might help to imagine that we are in the eye of the storm instead of being blown all over the place by the elements!

This Full Moon involves an opposition between the Sun in brave, forthright and independent Aries and the Moon in peace-loving, fair-minded and diplomatic Libra. As such we may feel a tug between the energy of the two signs but we must do our best to find the balance between them. Aries season is upon is and, like shoots coming up out of the ground, we are coming out of hibernation to greet the sun and start afresh. It is very much a time of new beginnings. Aries is bold action and a pioneering spirit, whose focus is very much on himself and his needs. Libra is very much concerned with peace, balance and harmony and will do what she can to make sure that all is fair and just. She is extremely adept at the art of compromise and always considers others when making any decisions. Especially as Mars, the ruler of Aries, is currently in Libra it is important to find a balance between the two signs and be brave enough to express our own needs within our relationships in a kind and loving manner. With so much change and upheaval in the air it is very important that we maintain some equilibrium and be considerate towards each other (Libra) while being absolutely honest about our feelings and desires (Aries).  As the Moon approaches its peak we may find the courage to ask questions or speak truths that we have been too afraid to bring up in case we upset the apple cart somehow.

The Cardinal Grand Cross, which will be exact on April 23rd, is a huge part of this Full Moon and will have a powerful impact on the world we live in and our own individual lives. Anybody with personal planets or angles between 10 and 16 degrees of the signs, especially the Cardinal signs, will feel its impact most powerfully. We are being asked to embrace change, step outside of our comfort zones and move towards a way of being that we have never experienced before. It is beautiful, exciting, disorientating, unsettling, enlivening, daunting and exhilarating all at the same time! It is a time when certain parts of our lives will have to be broken down (Pluto in Capricorn), which in turn can leave space for amazing breakthroughs and opportunities as Uranus in Aries “awakens” us to potentials we never knew existed before! We are being asked to be utterly true to ourselves in a way that we never have been before and to step into the mantle of our power with absolute integrity. Phew. This is no joke! It is going to be very interesting to see what happens globally in the coming weeks, socially, politically and even weather wise. There is something quite explosive about the energy of this Grand Cross. Pluto and Uranus do rule natural and man-made disasters such as earthquakes and volcanoes and as we all know, Mother Earth has reason to be angry with us!

Wherever Uranus is found in our charts will show where we might be in need of change and revolution. Uranus blasts through any blocks or stagnant energy and helps us come back to who we really are. He cannot abide comfortable ruts! Anything that doesn’t resonate with the truth of our being will be blown away in the blast. Pluto is tearing down any outworn structures we have in place in our lives, exposing whatever is rotten and eliminating it so that something better can take its place. This could be relationships, jobs, living situations, beliefs or attitudes; anything that we are clinging onto out of fear, because it’s safe and familiar. On a global level he has been exposing the flaws and corruption within our power structures and challenging the patriarchy. His ultimate goal is empowerment and integrity and we are very much being encouraged to live with absolute authenticity according to our soul’s true purpose. No biggie! Uranus and Pluto are continuing the process of profound shifts and transformation that began in 2012. This is the fifth out of seven squares between these two powerful agents of change and with the added ammunition of Jupiter and Mars this next one holds the potential for us to make a massive shift forward. Change, of course, can be very unsettling and quite uncomfortable!

Mars in Libra joins in on April 14th, the day before the Full Moon, urging us to have the courage to ask for what we really and truly want from our relationships so that they are a true expression of the people we are becoming. It is time to eliminate the bullshit, so to speak. Jupiter in Cancer could bring some rather big emotions to the surface and also make us quite aware of any old, emotional patterns which are no longer relevant in our lives. We shouldn’t be surprised if our family relationships are transformed by the energy of the Grand Cross, because it is very likely to bring old grievances, patterns and habits out into the open so they can be released, making way for a new way of relating.  It is not surprising that the changes and shifts we are currently experiencing could have a powerful impact on our emotions and family relationships (Jupiter in Cancer), our relationships (Mars in Libra), while transforming our sense of purpose and the way we operate in the world (Pluto in Capricorn) and radically changing our very sense of who we are (Uranus in Aries). I can’t emphasis enough how important it is to look after ourselves and stay grounded in the midst of such turbulent times.

Mercury entered Aries on April 8th and at the moment the Moon becomes full the planet of the mind and communication will be sitting right next to Uranus in exactly the same degree of Aries. Mercury in Aries will help us be quite direct, forthright and to the point in the way we think and communicate over the coming couple of weeks. Aries is very impulsive so this could cause us to speak first and think later, which could be a good thing in some cases and not in others! He is very honest, to a fault, so this Mercury could definitely help us bring and grievances or niggles out into the open as the Moon becomes full. It could also help us to make decisions and have the courage to act on them. Combine this with Uranus, the Great Awakener, rebel and revolutionary and we have the potential to have some insights which literally come out of the blue and awaken us to new possibilities and potential that we hadn’t considered before. It could also make our thought process quite wilful and somewhat reactionary and we could be prone to being a bit more impatient and hasty in out thinking. Certainly our minds could end up racing, full of thoughts and ideas so that it could be hard to keep up, which means that it will be a bit hard to relax. There is a certain amount of nervous energy attached to this aspect methinks.

I was very happy to see during this Full Moon / Solar Eclipse, with all its unsettling, transforming energy and fateful beginnings and endings, that Venus, the ruler of Libra, is sitting in Pisces and smack bang in the middle of Neptune and Chiron, the Wounded Healer. Not only that but she is forming positive aspects to both Pluto and Jupiter! Yes! This is a beautiful reminder of the power of unconditional love and its ability to heal. Venus in Pisces is a love that knows no boundaries and doesn’t cling; she is the spirit of compassion and empathy, reminding us that we are all in this together. She is the essence of tenderness, sensitivity and divine inspiration and loves without thought of what she might receive in return. She truly knows how to forgive and accept people for who they are.  As she is forming a harmonious aspect with Pluto it makes me think that soulful, spiritual connection is possible during this Moon. It also reminds us that true power does not involve taking power away from or controlling others, but rather it comes from within. True power can actually involve being extremely gentle and kind and, above all, listening to and following our hearts’ wisdom. This could be a wonderful Moon for channelling whatever we are feeling into some form of creativity or for going out and soaking up the beauty and wonder of nature. It is truly a blessing that the ruler of this Moon is in such a receptive, intuitive and fluid sign as Pisces. It holds the promise of abundant sweetness, forgiveness, heart healing and unconditional love. Aaaaaaah!

There is a strong fateful quality to this Moon as it is sitting on top of the Nodal axis, which represents our soul’s journey. Eclipses involve a shift in energy and can signify an end of one cycle and the beginning of another. They can change the course of our lives if we allow them to. This Moon is very much about relationships so it is quite likely that the changes that are afoot will have a big impact on our close relationships and partnerships. There is a strong potential for fated encounters and new relationships forming at this time, with an equal possibility of letting go of relationships that have run their course. One thing is certain, we will be feeling a lot of pressure to be honest and direct about our fundamental needs within relationships and some may have to be reworked in order to be a more honest expression of who we are becoming. The same rules no longer apply when it comes to our lives and relationships and we are currently having to adjust and feel our way around this new way of being. During this Moon and over the following couple of weeks it is very important to be good to ourselves, eat well and, above all, keep our hearts and minds open. This really is time to heed our hearts’deepest desires and trust our instincts, leaving fear and hesitation in the dust. Let’s find our focus, take the plunge and ride the waves of change and not look back!

Much Love