Thursday, 24 September 2015

ARIES FULL MOON / TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE - 27/28 September 2015

Exact at 10.50pm on Sunday EDT /exact at 3.50am on Monday BST.

This is certainly not your regular, run of the mill Full Moon, that’s for sure! It is a Supermoon and a Total Lunar Eclipse. Supermoons are closer to earth than normal moons, meaning that they have a much stronger effect on us. Lunar Eclipse herald change, especially in the realm of our relationships, and none more so than this one, as it is occurring on the relationship axis of Aries and Libra. There is an element of crisis attached to Lunar Eclipses, whereby we become aware of a great need or want, as well as a strong realisation of what might need to change in our lives. Whatever area of our life where we might be experiencing a feeling of discontent, or lack, is likely to come to the forefront of our consciousness at this time, and probably with a considerable sense of urgency. It will be hard to ignore. This is a time when one chapter is ending and another beginning, although it may take a while for it to become apparent what exactly it is. Change can of course be unsettling for us humans, but it is also absolutely necessary for growth. We have a chance here to let go of old patterns and take a massive step forward in our evolution, so it is important to be brave and not resist the tides of change!

During this Full Moon the Moon is in brave, instinctual and assertive Aries sitting directly opposite the Sun in fair-minded, diplomatic and peaceful Libra. As I said, this is the relationship axis. The Nodes of the Moon have been in Aries and Libra for the past couple of years, signifying a collective need to focus on finding balance and equality within our relationships. This Full Moon Eclipse will make it glaringly obvious where any problems lie within our relationships and where there might be an imbalance of the masculine and feminine principles in general. Aries is concerned with Self, while Libra is concerned with Other. On the positive side of things this brings a healthy dose of self-love (Aries), whereby each partner takes care of their own needs as well as listening to the needs of the other (Libra). On the other side of things it can mean only thinking of self (Aries) at the expense of the relationship (Libra). Relationships need to be a healthy balance between healthy assertion of our own needs and a consideration of what is needed to maintain a healthy relationship.

The Nodes of the Moon are being activated by this Eclipse, which means that we have the opportunity to take a giant step forward in our evolution, specifically in the realm of our relationships. Aries brings up a strong need for us to understand who we are and what we are here for, while Libra wants us to find a way to relate so that both partners are truly equal in every way. Obviously we all have our individual paths and calling in life, but when we enter into relationship we have signed an invisible contract that means that we now have another person walking along the path with us, so we need to make sure we bear them in mind before we make decisions that might affect them. Aries doesn’t hold back what he’s thinking or feeling and can be quite aggressive in the extreme, so don’t be surprised if this Full Moon brings up some quite heated, instinctual and even primal emotions. Any grievances we may have been holding onto could come spilling out in a somewhat irrational manner, which could upset the apple basket somewhat! Better out than in, however. It really is best to express what might be bothering us rather than letting it fester and create a divide that will only grow with time. Ideally it is best to find a way to say what we need to in a peaceful, open hearted way, because “attack and defend” is never really the way to go!

Mercury is also retrograde in Libra at the moment, adding to the mix. I will list the dates at the end of this post. Obviously the usual rules apply and we should be aware that miscommunications and misunderstandings can easily occur as well as travel plans and technology failing us in dramatic ways! Remember to maintain a sense of humour! However, there is more to the picture, as Mercury’s retrospective action gives us a chance to go back over things and rethink, or review. Libra rules relationships, equality, justice, harmony and peace. As such, we may find ourselves thinking about past relationships and realising things that we hadn’t considered before. We may be able to see our patterns more clearly; how the past has shaped them and how they repeat themselves. History is a great teacher! As Libra likes things to be fair and just, we may have a rethink about our current situation and become more aware of what isn’t fair somehow. This could apply to our relationships, our work, our living situation or the state of the world even. The Full Moon could well bring any feelings of injustice to a head, as this eclipse does make us all the more aware of what areas of our lives are out of whack and need to change.

The good news is that Saturn is forming a positive aspect to this Moon, which should help us stay grounded and a bit more in control. Saturn just left Scorpio and the last couple of weeks that he spent in the final degree of Scorpio brought a lot up for many. It was Saturn in Scorpio at its most intense and would have brought up fear, darkness and anything that we might prefer to brush under the carpet because it’s too painful to face. Our shadows came up to meet us and it was a difficult time for many. On the 17th of September, however, Saturn moved into Sagittarius, and so we are entering a new chapter, just to compound the sense of beginnings and endings that Eclipse season brings. Sagittarius is the sign of growth and expansion and Saturn in this optimistic and forward moving sign will make us think before we leap and make some realistic decisions based on common sense. If we find ourselves being held back or limited in any way it is probably for good reason that will reveal itself in good time.

Saturn could teach us that there is actually a certain freedom (Sagittarius) to responsibility and commitment (Saturn), although it wouldn’t necessarily seem so! Our beliefs and faith could become more defined and concrete during this time and we could gain a greater understanding of where we fit in to this universe of ours.  This combination could have us questioning organised religion more than ever, while at the same time being drawn back to the more ancient, traditional forms of spirituality, such as the old religions and their rituals. We might find ourselves taking a take a more disciplined approach to spirituality and working hard to develop a more concrete relationship with our higher selves.  With commitment and discipline we can develop our intuition even further. This is a great time to seek a mentor or enter into some form of higher learning. This energy is very different to Saturn in Scorpio, that’s for sure! The focus has shifted.

The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 5° Aries isA triangle with wings”. This holds the promise of us being able to transcend our current limitations and rise up to a new level of existence, both individually and collectively. The triangle is a symbol of the divine, showing how the union of male and female can create another entity in the form of the relationship itself, or indeed another being. Also, what might be possible if we manage to truly find a balance between the masculine and feminine; what beautiful third entity might that create? This Eclipse certainly has the potential to take us onto a new dimension, which is very exciting indeed! The Sabian Symbol for the midpoint between the Sun and Moon is very interesting and pertinent on a global level. “Indians on the warpath. While some men row a well-filled canoe, others in it perform a war dance.” Dane Rudyar says that this symbol “suggests that AGGRESSIVENESS may be a necessary ingredient in the activation of the potential of growth inherent in any social group.” It is quite possible that this Full Moon Eclipse could bring things to a head, but with good reason, as things most definitely need to change in this world of ours, including people’s attitudes. The Aries aggressiveness can be used to shift things in the right direction and help us rise up to a new level. Sometimes we have to fight (Aries) for peace (Libra).

The Symbol for the Sun at 5° Libra is “A man revealing to his students the foundation of an inner knowledge upon which a “New World” could be built”. This also brings the promise of a new way of being. These Eclipses certainly bring the sense of a major shift in consciousness and the beginning of a new chapter, which is very much needed at the moment, given the state of the world. It feels very much like we are at a turning point, when the principles of love and compassion need to lead the way and we let go of our patterns of greed and fear. A new way of being is being born and we really need to embrace it. Let’s find that beautiful balance between our inner Masculine and Feminine and honour our needs (Aries) as well as the needs of others (Libra).  I will end with one last Sabian symbol, as they are really speaking to me for this particular Moon! It is the symbol of Mars, the ruler of this Full Moon Eclipse, at 2° Virgo. “A large white cross dominates the landscape.” Hmmmm. This is a reminder that we must rise above our “ego-subjectivity” so that “compassion and understanding may rise from the depth of the innermost being”. These symbols are telling a story. This is a time to put ourselves in the shoes of others and truly open our hearts. Then we will be able to rise up to the next level.

Much love

Amy
xoxo

MERCURY RETROGRADE

  • Enters Shadow: 0° Libra, August 18th
  • Turns Retrograde: 15° Libra, September 17th
  • Stations direct: 0° Libra, October 9th
  • Release from shadow: 15° Libra, October 25th


Photo:  Vesica Piscis – Unknown

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

VIRGO NEW MOON / PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE - 13 September 2015

Exact at 7.31am BST, 2.31am EDT!

This is a powerful New Moon indeed as it is also a Solar Eclipse, which has more far reaching effects than your average New Moon. Indeed, an Eclipse represents a profound time of change, when we experience the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new phase of development. We are being recalibrated over the next four weeks and will be receiving a consciousness upgrade that will take us onto the next level. It is very likely that we will experience considerable shifts in the coming weeks as we are raised up to a higher vibration, so it is important to remain as centred and aware as possible and also be gentle with ourselves.  Solar Eclipses are connected to the North Node, which represents where we are trying to get to on a soul level and what we need to experience in order to evolve and grow.  As such, this Moon has the capacity for us to let go of some old patterns that might be blocking us from growth. Indeed, the Sabian symbol for the North Node, at 2° Libra, is “The transmutation of the fruits of past experiences into the seed realisations of the forever creative spirit”. This is a powerful and beautiful symbol indeed!  What seems like a negative can easily be transformed into a positive if we are open and willing to do some inner work.

The Sun and Moon are forming their monthly union in humble, helpful and organised Virgo. As I said, this isn’t your average New Moon, because whatever starts now has the potential to last until the next set of Eclipses in about 6 months. Virgo is the sign of self-improvement and so we might feel the urge to create healthy routines for ourselves or hone our skills somehow so that we function and perform better in our lives. Virgo likes to take a holistic approach and to understand how the system works as a whole. This Moon brings the potential for some amazing healing to take place and Virgo reminds us that it is important to take care of all aspects of our health; mental, emotional, spiritual and physical, as it is all connected. Illness and dis-ease come from a lack of balance in our system and is rarely just physical. It has its roots in something far deeper than that.

I suppose the thing to watch out for during this time is the tendency to be hard on ourselves, as Virgo is known for being quite critical of self and others and can be overly perfectionistic. This is helpful on one level, as it can give us a kick up the bum and make us aware of what areas need improvement, but taken too far it can bring crisis in the form of anxiety, guilt and worry! It seems like this Moon might be offering us the opportunity to transform some old, worn out thought patterns and habits that were formed in the past so it is important to be mindful of how we sabotage ourselves with negative thinking and self-criticism. We all have the capacity to beat ourselves up on one level or another and now is a good time to be mindful of these tendencies. We can really hold ourselves back with these negative patterns and they are generally so ingrained that it is hard to become consciously aware of them.

Chiron in Pisces is directly opposite the Sun and Moon while Uranus in Aries is also forming an inconjunction to the lunations. This brings the potential for releasing some emotional blocks and experiencing deep healing. It may not be particularly comfortable, as it is likely that our close relationships will trigger old wounds and insecurities in us, but this is an amazing opportunity to bravely face ourselves and release ourselves from the chains of the past. We have a chance to break free of emotional patterns that hold us prisoner and create difficulties within our adult relationships. Chiron in Pisces reminds us to be kind to ourselves, treating ourselves and others with love, compassion, forgiveness and acceptance instead of playing the blame and shame game. It’s hard to be confronted with those parts of ourselves that we would much rather push under the carpet and pretend they don’t exist. Not comfortable at all, in fact, and it can be hard to be authentic and open hearted when we are triggered instead of defensive and closed down! Uranus is on the case, however, revealing the truth of the matter in no uncertain terms and giving us nowhere to hide. It’s time to be real with ourselves and one another. While we may experience certain shocks and shake ups, we will also be given some profound insight into our deepest wounds so that we can transmute them and move onto the next level.

The ruler of the Virgo Moon is Mercury in Libra, the sign of relating to others. Mercury will be stationing (slowing down) in preparation for going retrograde on the 18th, so he is a powerful energy right now. The planet of the mind and communication is also forming aspects to some of the heavyweight planets, namely Saturn, Uranus, Pluto and Chiron. That’s quite a crew! As such, it is quite likely that communication with our loved ones during this Moon could really get down to the nitty gritty and reveal the heart of the matter! Our thoughts and communication could be quite shocking and revelatory as we are being called to be very honest with ourselves and to speak from a place of truth. Saturn is in the very last degree of Scorpio right now and will be leaving the sign once and for all on the 18th, so this is the perfect time to delve deeply into our shadows and see what we can dredge up.

During this Moon we may find ourselves having some very truthful, soulful conversations that reveal our deepest fears and vulnerabilities and uncover the real issues in our relationships. While it may be hard to remain open, if we do we really have the potential to create a deeper level of intimacy and trust in our relationships. I suppose that we just have to make sure that we don’t dwell too much on the dark, as this combination of planets does hold the potential for compulsive worrying and obsessive thoughts. Don’t forget that we are in Virgo season, which creates a tendency for us to be quite hard on ourselves! Manipulation, depression, control and power plays are also a possibility here, but let’s try to keep this positive! We have the choice whether to be defensive and put walls up or to be open, and so much more healing can occur if we keep an open mind and heart and are able to face ourselves honestly.

I can’t emphasise enough what a powerful time this is and what amazing potential there is for deep healing and letting go of old, negative patterns that simply don’t serve us anymore. Uranus and Chiron are the biggest players in this Moon/Eclipse, which really bodes well for blasting through some blocks and release ourselves from the chains of the past and any pain and insecurity that might be holding us back from realising our full potential. The Sabian symbol of Uranus at 20° Aries  speaks volumes – “A young girl feeding birds in winter.” This speaks of “overcoming crises through compassion.” and “the transmutation of life into love”. There seems to be a lot of transmutation going on during this Moon! This symbol is a reminder of the power of love and compassion. Our patterns don’t have to weigh us down or hold us back if we are willing to look at them honestly and with compassion, forgiveness and acceptance. Once we do they start to lose their power over us.

We mustn't forget that this is an Eclipse, symbolising the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new one. What it is exactly will be revealed in time, but for now we need to simply be open and willing to face ourselves and do the inner work necessary to make the most of the energies of this Moon. Virgo isn’t afraid of hard work and it will definitely be worth the effort!  This eclipse could be seen as a portal into another way of being. This Moon is linked to the Eclipse in September 1997, so it might be interesting to think about what happened back then. This Eclipse may be a continuation of the same theme as 19 years ago, though taking it to the next level. This is a time of completion and we are being asked to step up to the next level of consciousness. It’s time to do the necessary work to let go of those patterns and move on to the next phase! Transmute, transmute!

Much love

Amy
Xoxo


Artwork - Unknown