Monday, 26 May 2014

GEMINI NEW MOON – 28 May 2014

Exact at 7.43pm BST, 2.43pm EDT!

Compared to the intensity of the past few moons this New Moon provides some welcome light relief! The energy of the recent Cardinal Grand Cross is now waning and the Pluto Uranus square won’t be back until October, so we have a respite from the transformation, upheaval and crisis that comes along with it. It has brought some amazing shifts and growth but it is nice to have a bit of a breather! New Moons are a time in the month when seeds are planted and whatever is going on at this time will tend to set an energetic  ball rolling which will play out over the course of the month. It is an ideal time to set some conscious intentions for ourselves, which also involves thinking about what we need to leave behind in the dark of the moon. It is a time of new beginnings and you can’t have a beginning without first having an ending. In order to move forward and grow we have to let go of certain patterns, behaviours and habits which no longer serve us. This is an ideal time to release and renew!

The Sun (our conscious will) and the Moon (our unconscious, instinctive self) are forming their monthly union in the versatile, communicative and curious sign of Gemini. Gemini is represented by the Twins, Castor and Pollux, one of whom is mortal and the other who is immortal. As such we have two ways of looking at things; from the higher, infinite, soul perspective or from the more human, finite perspective. A Gemini can often be found in two minds because of this ability to see things from more than one angle. Gemini is a very inquisitive and sociable sign and loves collecting information so he can pass it on to others. Communication is a big part of the Gemini experience and helps us to connect with other people of like mind, though taken to the extreme can mean gossiping or superficial chatter. Gemini is incredibly adaptable and malleable and makes an amazing mimic, though taken too far can mean that he loses himself through trying to be what he thinks other people want him to be. An important part of this New Moon could be recognising how we might sacrifice our true selves in order to fit in or make other people comfortable.

Gemini possesses a lightness of being and a playfulness which makes him a delight to be around. He likes to keep himself busy and bores easily if he doesn’t keep up his interactions with the environment.  As such, Gemini season can be fairly fast paced, with more social interaction and communication than usual. It is important for us to embrace the spirit of Gemini around this time and remain open and inquisitive, asking a lot of questions. It is a good time to connect with other people and empower ourselves with information. This New Moon is a wonderful opportunity to contemplate how we might hold ourselves back through negative thought patterns and outworn beliefs. No one knows better than Gemini how powerful the mind is; the way we think has such an amazing effect on the nature of our reality. What the mind can conceive, the body can achieve! The more we think something, whether it be positive or negative, the deeper it goes into our consciousness and influences our whole life, body and soul. This could be an amazing Moon for reprogramming our minds and creating new, positive thought patterns to help transform our lives in a positive way. It truly is amazing the power we all have to change our lives. All it takes is being aware of the way we think.

Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, is forming a lovely, flowing aspect to Venus during this Moon which will help us to communicate with each other in a kind and harmonious manner. It should keep our interactions quite light hearted, caring and pleasant and will help us to compromise and clear up any misunderstandings with our loved ones. This combination definitely makes us feel more positive and sociable and could be really good for networking and making new friends. The two planets are both at the end of their signs, getting ready to shift into another sign. This could bring a sense of completion.  

Mercury is about to leave Gemini and move into sensitive, feeling, emotional Cancer, so our thinking is likely to become more subjective and coloured by our emotions. We should also be able to reach each other on an emotional level when we speak or write. Mercury is also getting ready to go retrograde, so we have that to look forward to! Venus is about to leave impulsive, spontaneous and forthright Aries and move into her own sign of Taurus, where she is very much at home. Venus in Taurus is very sensual and enjoys the earthly pleasures such as sex, nature, food, touch and physical closeness. She is capable of true devotion and is very faithful and loyal. This could be a good time to enjoy the physical pleasure of life and show our love in tangible ways.

Mars in Libra is forming a lovely, flowing aspect to the Sun and Moon which will also help to open us direct, open and honest communication within our relationships. This will allow us to speak our minds and get our point across in a palatable way. Mars will also give us the courage, motivation, energy and drive to act on our desires and we should be feeling pretty good about ourselves and life during this Moon. It is definitely a good time to set some positive intentions that we can then also act on.

The only challenging aspect to this New Moon is from Neptune in Pisces, which could leave us feeling a bit lost, confused and quite open. Neptune is the master of illusion and deception so we might have to deal with deceit, whether it is ours or others. Possibly we are lying to ourselves about something, or wearing rose-tinted spectacles which allow us to ignore the facts and dwell in a fantasy land of our own making. Possibly we are in denial about something. Neptune can definitely make things quite unclear and leave us not exactly knowing where we are going or why. He can also open us up so wide that we become overwhelmed with compassion and empathy. He is not the best at boundaries! This New Moon could be a really good time to meditate or practice mindfulness. If we feel confused, lost or unclear it may be a good opportunity to stop and listen to the whisper of our soul, because we do know the answers deep inside. Neptune and Pisces represent the right brain which is very intuitive and imaginative and connects us to all that is, while Gemini is the left brain and helps us makes sense of whatever our come up with and turn it into something tangible.  In an ideal world we should have a nice balance between the two. Neptune is also about to go retrograde, so his energy is amplified at the moment. This is a good time to be still, turn in and listen to our hearts.

This is definitely a throat chakra centred New Moon. It seems like an ideal time to contemplate changing the way we think about things. If there is something that you have been dealing with for a while now but you don’t seem to be getting anywhere with it, the Moon could be the perfect time to consider a different way of approaching it and come up with a new set of thought patterns. What we think and say has such an enormous impact on our emotional and physical reality. We all have a whole host of negative thoughts and beliefs running in the background that we are not even aware of. This could be an amazing opportunity to empower ourselves by, quite literally, changing our minds. At the same time we should use this time to be very aware of how we communicate with others. Gemini season is a very social and communicative time when we have a lot more interaction with the outside world and indeed our loved ones, so it is important to make sure we speak our truth in a sensitive and empathetic manner. Certainly the way we think and communicate will come under scrutiny during this Moon and it is important that we are clear about both. The mind is an incredibly powerful tool if used correctly and can be so very destructive if used without conscious awareness. We have so much more power than we realise!!

Much love



Monday, 12 May 2014

SCORPIO FULL MOON – Wednesday 14 May 2014

Exact at 8.16pm BST, 3.16pm EDT.

This Full Moon is an ideal time for letting go of anything that is holding us back from being all we can be. Scorpio is the energy of transformation, of death and rebirth, and asks us to release ourselves from any limitations, whether that be beliefs, relationships, jobs, fear of intimacy, fear of success. We might be very aware of what needs to change at this point. We are coming out of a very intense time with the recent Cardinal Grand Cross and Eclipse season and now we are assimilating and integrating the changes that have occurred both internally and externally. We have just been through a profound shift and it will take some time to sink in methinks! We are currently downloading new information into our energy fields, which could make us feel a bit more tired than usual.

The good news is that we have a beautiful Grand Water Trine to help us along, strengthening our intuition, increasing our compassion and empathy and generally soothing us after the intensity of the past few months. This Grand Trine is very much part of this Full Moon and brings a wonderful mixture of the healing nature of Chiron, the faith, growth and expansion of Jupiter and the stability and realism of Saturn. It can really help us move forward and grow in a concrete way. Our intimate and familial relationships can benefit greatly from the healing nature of this trine but it is important to remember that it is easy to take trines for granted because they are very gentle in nature.  They don’t push us in quite the same way as squares and oppositions do. The Grand Trine reaches a peak around the 20th of May and anybody with planets or angles between 16 to 20 degrees of the signs, especially Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces, will feel its effects most strongly.

The Sun is currently in earthy, sensual and fertile Taurus, sitting directly opposite the Moon in intense, passionate and transformational Scorpio. Full Moons tend to highlight any imbalance between the energies of the two signs and the key is to find the healthy middle ground. Taurus represents our need for security and if this is taken too far it can mean that we find it hard to make necessary changes because it means upsetting the status quo, no matter how uncomfortable that might be. Security takes precedence over growth and Taurus can “put up with” situations long past the point that they are healthy. Scorpio, on the other hand, is the energy of transformation and has a strong need to shed its skin periodically in order to move forward and be born anew. Scorpio digs deep below the surface and drags out the dirty secrets, uncomfortable truths and anything else that might be lurking in the shadows. She demands emotional honesty, no matter how uncomfortable or painful that may be. Taurus is the sign of values and self-worth and shows what talents and skills we have in the tool kit that make us feel good about ourselves and attract love and abundance into our lives. Scoprio represents our desires. This Moon may highlight the way we hold ourselves back from having all that we deserve or desire through fear or a lack of belief in our own worth. It has the potential to bring our fears and limiting beliefs to the surface to be examined and released. We will see what comes rising up from the deep as the energy reaches its peak on Wednesday!

Venus, the ruler of the Taurus Sun, is a big player in this Full Moon and is forming an exact, challenging square aspect to Pluto, the ruler of Scorpio. This has the potential to bring anything that has been simmering below the surface of our relationships bubbling up to the surface.  Pluto does have quite a volcanic energy and in Capricorn he demands authenticity, empowerment and integrity.  Where are we giving our power away and where are we disempowering others? It is important to be aware of the potential for the extremes of emotion to rise up within our relationships during this Moon, which could include rage, jealousy, obsession, suspicion, betrayal and intense passion. Pluto leaves no stone unturned and in connection to Venus could mean that the dirty laundry gets hung out to dry, so to speak! This Moon could certainly have a profoundly transformational effect on our relationships, that’s for sure.

Just after Venus squares Pluto she then moves on to a conjunction with Uranus, who demands that we are utterly true to ourselves. Any relationships that are not a reflection of our truth are going to wither under the pressure of the Pluto Uranus square and even those that aren’t could receive a good old fashioned shake up! Uranus cannot abide stagnation and will do whatever he can to clear away anything that might be preventing us from being all that we can be. This is a great time to get rid of any unnecessary weight or baggage; clearing the decks, so to speak. As Venus is the ruler of Taurus it also represents our values, self-worth and how we attract money and love into our lives, so we could experience this energy as an overhaul of our value system and the way we think of ourselves. It may become glaringly obvious how we hold ourselves back from love, intimacy and abundance through fear or a lack of self-esteem.

Venus is currently in Aries, the sign ruled by Mars, while Mars is in Libra, the sign ruled by Venus. They formed an exact opposition to each other on Sunday and the energy will still linger for this Full Moon. They are getting a taste of each other’s energy and could bring about a positive change in the way we relate to one another. Venus in Aries encourages us to go out and get what we want and not be afraid to assert our needs in our relationships. Aries is brave and impulsive and not afraid to try new things, so this Moon really could be a game changer in the way we relate to each other. Don’t be afraid to speak up and try something new on for size! This applies whether you are single or in a relationship. Aries is the sign of the pioneer and will boldly go forth where others fear to tread! Luckily Mercury is forming a positive aspect to both Venus and Mars, which will definitely help us speak our minds and keep conversations flowing. It should help us both assert ourselves and listen to what the other person is saying. Mars finally goes direct on the 19th of May! This is wonderful news, and should give us more energy, drive and motivation to move forward with our plans and dreams.

Saturn is sitting right next to this Moon in Scorpio, opposite the Sun. This aspect was exact on Saturday but it will be present up to and during the Full Moon. Saturn makes us very aware of what is lacking in our lives. It is possible that we could feel a little low and we should do our best not to focus on our fears, insecurities and limitations. It may be all too easy to dwell on what is missing from our lives but, rather, we should utilise the energy of the Grand Trine and think about what we need to do to bring what we want, need and deserve into our lives. We could experience quite a profound sadness and sense of loss as we realise what we really desire, but instead of drowning in the emotions we should merely use them to recognise what we need to let go of and what we need to find in order to bring us closer to it. Saturn shows us the cold, hard facts and they can be hard to bear sometimes, especially in such a deeply emotional sign as Scorpio. This is a good time to confront our shadows and acknowledge how we hold ourselves back from having what we truly want for ourselves. Often what we want the most is also what we fear the most and it is this  very fear that blocks us.

This is powerfully potent Moon indeed. This could be a good time to be really honest with ourselves and think about how we hold ourselves back from what we really want. Scorpio asks us to take a long hard look at ourselves, even if we don’t like what we see. She isn’t afraid of the shadows; those parts of ourselves we usually keep hidden from view. The more we can allow ourselves to truly trust others, allowing ourselves to share our fears and vulnerabilities, the closer and more intimate our relationships will become. Not only that, the better we will know ourselves and the more understanding we will have of how we sabotage ourselves.  We really are our own worst enemies half the time! This seems like the kind of Full Moon that will strip the veil of illusion away and, like the snake shedding its skin, we will emerge shiny and new, minus some dead weight. This isn’t the time to stay safe and comfortable. This Moon won’t allow that. This is the time to face our fears so they can be released, once and for all. 
Much love