Saturday, 30 May 2015

SAGITTARIUS FULL MOON – 2 June 2015

Exact at 5.19pm BST, 12.19pm EDT

This Full Moon in Sagittarius certainly has the potential to expand our minds and consciousness, that’s for sure! It has more positive energy than any Moon I can remember in recent times, and gives us a much needed boost, encouraging us to move past limiting thoughts, perceptions and beliefs. The Full Moon represents the time in the month when whatever “seed” was planted during the New Moon two weeks prior has the potential to come to fruition. The last New Moon was in Taurus, so we contemplated what we need to sustain ourselves and survive and how we can increase our self-esteem and self-worth in order to do so. The Full Moon is a time of culmination, of becoming. Now we can see what beliefs, outlooks and thought processes need to be changed in order to fulfil the potential of the Taurus New Moon. The build up to the Full Moon can create a feeling of tension as whatever we have been experiencing in recent times comes to a head, demanding release. This Full Moon could well shine a bright light on the way we think, what we know and what we believe to be true. This is a time to trust our intuition, follow our gut and expand our minds. The opportunity now exists for us to expand our horizons and open our minds to possibilities we never knew existed.

We are still in the midst of Mercury retrograde, which also gives us the opportunity to rethink things and approach the same problems with a completely different viewpoint. This turns our way of thinking on its head completely and brings the potential for some real breakthroughs! Mercury Retrograde is an ideal time to give our rational minds a bit of a break and allow our intuition to take the reins. What we think we know could be greatly challenged during this time, which could give us a completely different outlook and fresh perspective! From this we can find true understanding. The retrospective nature of Mercury retrograde can also cause us to spend time contemplating our past and could bring people back into our lives, especially if we have unfinished business with them.

During this Full Moon the Moon is in expansive, philosophical and optimistic Sagittarius, sitting directly opposite the Sun in lively, versatile and quick thinking Gemini. During Full Moons we are encouraged to find a healthy balance between the energy of the two signs, and any imbalance between the two could feel greatly exaggerated and even uncomfortable. In this case we have Gemini, the sign who likes to figure everything out on quite a logical, rational level sitting opposite Sagittarius, who like to take a broader view of the universe and very much trusts his intuition. Both like to learn and to communicate their findings, but in different ways, that’s all. Gemini wants to know and to “figure things out”, while Sagittarius really wants to understand why we are here and what it’s all about. There is a sense that this Moon will serve to stretch our minds and comprehension of this universe we inhabit. Why are we here? What is the meaning of it all? What is our purpose? Our beliefs and what we think we know may well be challenged during this Full Moon and we could have an opportunity to move beyond anything that is holding us back from a true understanding of our capabilities, our worth and our place in the universe. This Moon really has the capacity to blow our minds and fire us up!

Neptune, the planet of Universal Love, transcendence, inspiration, connection to the divine, compassion and faith, is forming a T-square to both the Sun and Moon and also Mercury and Mars, which makes him a big player during this lunation. He is challenging us to transcend any limiting beliefs about ourselves and life and to gain an understanding of our place within the greater whole. Neptune is getting ready to turn retrograde on June 12th, so his energy is at its strongest right now.  We are encouraged to get in touch with the higher part of ourselves and allow that to guide us. We are being asked to align our will with our greater purpose.  Neptune shows us that all may not be as it seems and that our potential is limitless. Neptune has the potential to dissolve any knowledge, beliefs or blocks that may be holding us back from being all we can be.  He can expand our vision and inspiration and give us the faith in ourselves that we need to reach our full potential in this life. We have the opportunity to transcend the self that we thought we were and to become so much more than we ever dreamed possible. This is a very good time to turn within and access that part of us that intuitively knows and, very importantly, to remember that we are all little droplets of divinity! Neptune is limitless, boundless, and so are we.

Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius and this Full Moon, is also a big player during this Moon and is forming harmonious aspects with the Sun, Moon, Mars and Uranus! This could give a good boost to our confidence, giving us the faith and courage needed to move beyond our limitations. Jupiter is the largest planet and wants us to expand and grow beyond what we thought was possible. Interestingly enough, Jupiter is also the co ruler of Pisces, along with Neptune, so this Moon really does encourage us to develop our faith in the universe and to understand where we fit in to the greater whole. This is definitely a time to nurture our spiritual natures, through healing, meditation, prayer, nature, creativity etc. Jupiter in Leo is part of a dynamic and energising Grand Fire Trine with the Sagittarius Moon and Uranus in Aries, which could give is a good push towards following our hearts and expressing our true, authentic nature. It is a very invigorating and enlivening energy which could make us feel really passionate and alive!

We are now approaching the third of three trines between Jupiter and Uranus, which has the capacity to create sudden change and opportunities to expand and grow. The trine will be exact on June 22 and it urges us to feel free to express ourselves from a place of truth; from our heart. This will help us embrace our inner child and take risks, stepping outside of our comfort zones voluntarily so we have a chance to really grow. Change is less scary while these two are in harmony!  Jupiter is also joining forces with Juno, the asteroid which represents commitment to partnership, so it is quite possible that we could commit ourselves to some very inspiring, enlivening and heartfelt partnerships during this time, romantic or otherwise, which have the capacity to really open our minds and help us follow our truth. Jupiter can act as a guide, as he wants to help us grow spiritually and to broaden our vision. As such, these potential relationships could really help expand our horizons. We will be happy to commit to these relationships as we know that they can really help us grow past our limitations and find our place in the universe.

What a powerfully positive Full Moon this is! I looked at the midpoint between the Sun and the Moon and it is 12 degrees Pisces – “In the sanctuary of an occult brotherhood, newly initiated members are being examined and their character tested” This brings a sense that it is time to step up to the plate and be counted, and to bring our true ideals out into the light and stand up for what we believe in. The time is now. The Sun and Moon are also forming aspects to the waning Pluto Uranus square, so there is once again a feeling that we have yet more to let go of and release in order to experience breakthrough and move forward into the next phase of our evolution, both personally and collectively. Whatever isn’t serving us simply has to go! We all know, deep down, what still needs to change. The planetary energy of this Moon is certainly supporting us to grow beyond our blocks and liberate ourselves from the shackles of the past. Our beliefs shape our lives. It is time to surprise ourselves and expand our horizons! We can use Sagittarius’s passion and spirit of adventure now and take the road less travelled. We will feel so much more alive when we do!

Much love

Amy
xoxo

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Thursday, 14 May 2015

TAURUS NEW MOON and MERCURY RETROGRADE IN GEMINI 18 May 2015

Moon exact at 5.13am BST, 12.13am EDT
Mercury retrograde – 18 May until 11 June

This is a very gentle moon in comparison to the Scorpio Full moon that preceded it, which involved a lot of purging, releasing and letting go and brought some not so pretty parts of ourselves into the light! New Moons are never as emotionally fraught as Full Moons because the dark of the Moon is much quieter; a time to go within and look at our lives from a more detached perspective. It is a powerful and potent time to contemplate what we need to let go of and then set intentions to help us move forwards and grow. It is the perfect time in the month for sowing seeds, both literally and figuratively, and none more so than on the Taurus New Moon, which is a very fertile Moon indeed. Taurus likes to put her roots down! Overall the energy around this Moon is fairly quiet and even restrained, giving us some time to stop and smell the roses and the space to decide what is really important to us in order to move forward and really blossom and grow.

The Sun and Moon are forming their monthly union in patient, sensual and loyal Taurus; Mother Earth. Taurus is a fixed Earth sign and is good at fixing things into place and making them solid. Her superpowers include patience and perseverance, although that can go too far sometimes and she can get stuck in situations far longer than is healthy for her. Taureans don’t like change! This is the sign of values, so this Moon is an ideal time to contemplate what really means something to us and what isn’t important anymore. Taurus does what she can to make herself feel safe and secure, and so this moon could involve us setting intentions that will bring us a sense of security and allow us to really put our roots down. Indeed, once Taurus puts her roots down she doesn’t budge, so whatever seeds we plant at this time have a good chance of really taking root and lasting. Taurus is also about self-worth and self-esteem, so this is a good time to think about what we need to make us feel better about ourselves. There is a practical element to Taurus that urges us to decide what skills and talents we need in order to survive and thrive.

Taurus is ruled by Venus, the planet of love and beauty. Venus is currently in Cancer, the sign of home and family, which is quite a warm and cuddly place for the planet of relationships to be. This Moon has quite a nesting quality to it; a sense that we are deciding what we need in order to make ourselves and our loved ones feel comfy, safe and nurtured. Venus is forming an aspect to the New Moon, increasing her power and helping us to relate on an emotional level. She is also forming a harmonious aspect to Neptune during this Moon, helping us to connect with each other on a higher, more intuitive level. There is a soft sweetness to this aspect, as we have a chance to interact with our loved ones  in a compassionate, selfless and empathetic way. Venus is also moving towards a challenging aspect with the waning Pluto Uranus square, which could shake thing up in the realm of our relationships and bring to light anything that isn’t working or doesn’t resonate with our truth. The energy of the Pluto Uranus square has the potential to bring breakdowns which lead to breakthroughs in the area of our relationships. Venus will oppose Pluto on Friday the 22nd and square Uranus on Monday the 25th, so the energy will be building during the New Moon.

Saturn and Mars are opposing each other and are also forming a loose, out of sign aspect to the New Moon, which could bring a feeling of restraint to the picture. Mars wants to charge ahead and get things done, while Saturn tends to rein our energy in somewhat, which could be a bit frustrating. This aspect is exact at the end of today, Thursday 14 April, but its energy will still be prevalent during the New Moon. Saturn and Mars could make us feel like there are obstacles strewn in our path and as much as we want to push forward we are somehow held back and asked to wisely consider our actions. This aspect doesn’t really help us feel very motivated or energetic, but there is probably some reason that we are being held back that will show itself with time. The key word here is restraint. Mars has just moved into Gemini, which could greatly stimulate debate and make our communication a bit more energised and even aggressive than usual. It makes me think of a war of words. Saturn is in Sagittarius at the moment, shining the harsh light of reality on our beliefs and curtailing our sense of freedom somewhat. The combination could bring about some serious discussions about our beliefs but could also cause us to hold back from asserting ourselves somehow.

Mercury goes retrograde five hours after the New Moon, and the energy is at its strongest on the days before and after he turns retrograde. As ever, Mercury retrograde has the potential to bring about miscommunication, confusion and delays in travelling. It is important to be aware of this possibility and be careful to check and double check any form of communication such as texts and emails, because this is the time when we could easily send an email to the wrong person accidentally or send a text that is somehow inappropriate! It is also important to read important documents very careful to check for mistakes.  We must maintain a sense of humour during Mercury retrograde and also understand that there might be a reason for any delays or miscommunications that might occur. Mercury mishaps don’t just “happen” to us – we have a part to play and are not just unwitting victims. This is the time of the year when the logical, left brain goes on holiday for a few weeks and we are invited to allow our more intuitive, imaginative, right side of our brain to take the reins for a while.

While Mercury is retrograde in Gemini we could experience confusion and mix up in our everyday communication and important information has the potential to go missing. It is also a chance, however, to go back over things in a less superficial way and go deeper, so that we pick up the hidden nuances. This is an ideal time to revisit projects to see what we might have missed and to look at them from a new perspective. Indeed, this is a perfect time to consider different points of view and experience a breath of fresh air in the way we think. Now we have a chance to look back, which can be very healing as we revisit our past and look at it with fresh eyes. Indeed, people from our past can pop up during this time, especially if we have unfinished business with them. It is a great time for retrospection. So, while we could experience delays in our travel arrangements, computers and gadgets breaking down, information going missing and communication going awry, Mercury retrograde also offers us many gifts. It is a retro-active period; a time to reflect, review, repair, revisit, re-do, re-iterate, re-work, re-evaluate, redress, rethink and above all, relax! This is a perfect opportunity to practice not taking things too seriously!

This is definitely a quiet New Moon with a hint of reserve and restraint. It really is a wonderful time to seriously contemplate what seeds we want to sow for the coming month, because Taurus is a very fertile sign indeed and the seeds have a good chance of taking root. There is a sense of us all having to slow down a bit, whether we like it or not, and consider what we really, truly want for ourselves. If we are being held back at this time there could be a good reason for it which will reveal itself in the fullness of time. This is a fairly practical New Moon, when we consider what we might need in order to survive, make a living and increase our sense of self-worth. We must not forget that Taurus is also Mother Earth so this is also a time to consider her needs. She has certainly been crying out to us in recent times, and her power unleashed has wreaked havoc on thousands of people’s lives and caught the attention of the whole world. What is she trying to tell us? How can we help?

Mercury enters retrograde shadow - May 4th
Mercury turns Retrograde - May 18th
Mercury turns direct - June 11th
Mercury leaves retrograde shadow – June 27th

Much Love

Amy
xoxo


Photo: MOTHER NATURE by Amy Bird