Wednesday, 28 September 2016

LIBRA NEW MOON - 1 October 2016

LIBRA NEW MOON – Saturday 1 October – exact at 1.11am BST, Friday 30 September, exact at 8.11pm EDT.

There is a lot going on during this Moon, as the Sun and Moon are forming aspects to five significant planets! The New Moon in Libra highlights our relationships and signifies new beginnings and seeds being sewn in the way we relate to others. Libra is the sign of balance and harmony and helps us learn to relate to each other as equals, whereby we listen to and really take in the needs of the other person and in turn have our needs met. This is the sign of compromise and cooperation, where we become aware of the relationship itself as an entity in its own right and make sure we tend to it, much as we would care for a garden. On the one hand we have the needs of the two people involved, but also the need to honour the relationship itself and sometimes make sacrifices for it.

Relationships can be a rather uncomfortable mirror at times as our partners, friends or family members reflect back to us the parts of ourselves that we may prefer to deny. All too often our intimate relationships trigger old, unconscious, unresolved wounds or patterns of relating formed in childhood that tend to replay in our adult lives.  This can be painful to experience but can also help us to grow enormously if we are open to growth, that is, rather than merely defensive or reactive! We all have wounds, as it is hard to get through childhood without the odd emotional battle scar or two, so it is inevitable that we will have to confront them at some point or other, especially within our intimate relationships. Libra asks that we learn to handle whatever comes up with grace. This sign very much values fairness and justice and can always see things from the other person’s perspective.

Jupiter has just entered Libra, where he will remain for a year, and is sitting right next to the Sun and Moon for this lunation. Jupiter is the planet of growth and expansion, so we may well find that this New Moon brings the potential for amazing growth within the realm of our relationships. Growth can be either easy or challenging, however, and with Pluto and Mars forming a square to the Sun and Moon there is definitely the potential for some triggering, poking and prodding to be the catalyst for the growth! Jupiter can help us to make the most of whatever comes up, as he helps us to extract the lessons and see the blessings in any challenges we may face.

In order to really grow we must be willing to face ourselves and to really acknowledge and own our shortcomings, rather than blaming others, and Jupiter in Libra can really help us to do that. Not only that, he gives us a sense of humour about the whole thing, which is truly invaluable! When facing challenging moments while relating to one another he reminds us to be able to laugh at ourselves and see the absurdity in the situation. It doesn’t have to be taken so seriously! He helps us to rise above any petty concerns and see the bigger picture, which is invaluable. This Moon, and indeed this year, could really help us to be the best we can be within our relationships, though of course we must also be willing to put in the work.

As Jupiter is the largest planet, he tends to exaggerate the energy of the sign he is in, and in the case of Libra he will be expanding any tendency towards compromise, balance, beauty, equality, diplomacy, harmony, listening, cooperation, team work, justice and peace. Of course, all of these traits have their shadow and can be taken too far, so we must watch out for too much people pleasing, or not being able to say no. It could also highlight any tendency we have towards enmeshed, unhealthy or co-dependent relationships. This could be a good opportunity to recognise where we either over assert ourselves or allow ourselves to be walked all over. Relationships are such a delicate balance between the needs of the two people involved! It’s so easy for imbalance to occur, so it is very important to be mindful. Another thing that Jupiter in Libra could do is bring people across our path who can help us to move forward and grow in some way, and vice versa.

Pluto and Mars are both forming squares to the Sun and Moon, which brings the potential for deep change and transformation on a soul level, as long as we are able to face ourselves honestly. Pluto has just turned direct, so he is quite strong at the moment. He tends to poke and prod and bring about profound change, especially if we are resisting whatever we need for further growth. It could be that we are forced to dig deep within during this Moon and face up to some rather uncomfortable truths, but if we can face them honestly and bravely then we have the capacity to really help our relationships. We have the chance to release ourselves from old, stuck patterns and recognise where we are holding ourselves back from achieving the balance we desire.  He can also highlight any imbalance of power in our relationships. The ruler of this Moon, Venus, is also in Scorpio, which is the sign ruled by Pluto, so this strengthens the possibility for us to achieve some kind of inner transformation through our relationships. Certainly our relationships will take on a more intense and soulful tone while Venus is in Scorpio, as this is a very emotional sign without an ounce of superficiality! It wouldn’t surprise me if we didn’t attract the odd soul connection or two during this period, so it’s important to be alert and open.

The strongest aspect that the Sun and Moon are making is to the Neptune/South Node conjunction in Pisces, which is very close to being exact now.  This conjunction, in connection to our relationships, can show where we are living in a fantasyland and are unable to see people or things as they really are. This Moon could highlight our tendency to put the rose-tinted spectacles on and not face up to what is really going on, even though deep down we know something is not right. Neptune and Pisces are very adept at escapism and avoiding reality! It can also show where we might tend to play the victim and not be accountable for the part that we play in whatever happens to us. It is important to remember that a relationship involves two people who are both responsible for creating whatever dynamic unfolds between them. It takes two to tango, always! Again, this aspect also brings the potential for people to pop up who we have known before, whether in this lifetime or in previous incarnations. I have a strong sense that we need to very open and alert to any signs or people who come across our path who seem somehow familiar. This is a very karmic time, methinks, when we can attract some mutually beneficial soul connections.

Saturn is forming a positive aspect to the Moon, helping us to stay grounded in reality. He is also forming a square to the Nodes of the Moon at the moment, which could make us quite aware of how our beliefs are holding us back from moving forward and manifesting the life we really want. I have been contemplating this idea a lot recently, that if we are supposed to setting conscious intentions for what we want for ourselves and how we see our future, then what do we do about any unconscious beliefs that we have that we somehow don’t deserve it, or that it is not possible? It seems that we all have a multitude of utterly unconscious beliefs that send us in completely the opposite direction to what we consciously desire! These beliefs, or agreements with ourselves, were often formed when we were so young that we can’t possibly remember where they have come from. Saturn in Sagittarius could make us acutely aware of how we sabotage ourselves through these limiting beliefs, which could be quite uncomfortable but which will ultimately help us to flow in the direction of our heartfelt desires instead of resisting them.

Something else to be aware of is that the Nodes are in Virgo and Pisces at the moment, which is the healing axis. The heaviness of Saturn bearing down on the nodal axis could bring up considerable sorrow and grief as we release the pain of the past. We don’t need to know what we are letting go of; it is enough to simply release it. It is a necessary purification process.  This aspect has been building for the last couple of weeks and peaked on Monday and Tuesday, so it is still very strong. It could help give us enough of a kick up the bum to start working towards making our wishful daydreams about how we want to live our life into an actual reality!

Yes, there is a lot going on for this Moon! New Moon in Libra certainly signifies a new chapter within the realm of our relationships.  It does seem like a very karmic time, when we have the chance to set some positive intentions for ourselves and our relationships and also to release ourselves from old, outworn patterns of relating that keep replaying and any unconscious beliefs that might sabotage us. We could notice people popping up that hold the key to some part of our growth and evolution. We could find ourselves pondering what we really, truly want for ourselves and what we need to do on a practical level to achieve that. It starts with clarifying our intention and setting the energy ball rolling in that direction, while releasing any resistance that we might have to actually getting what we want! It is also possible that we know exactly what we want and need, yet are not brave or motivated enough to actually move in that direction. Sometimes, however, what we think we want is actually not what we want at all! I am reminded of the saying “Life is what happens when we are busy making other plans”.  Let’s see what might be around the next bend in the river!

Much Love

Amy
xoxo


Picture – Libra by Yuhon (Deviant Art)

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

PISCES FULL MOON / LUNAR ECLIPSE - 16 September 2016

Exact at 8.05pm BST, 3.05pm EDT

This Full Moon is also a Lunar Eclipse, which continues the theme endings and beginnings on a very deep level. The Solar Eclipse of 2 September involved the North Node of the Moon, which would have helped up to move forward on our journey; to step outside of our comfort zones and make choices to help us grow on a soul level. This Eclipse involves the South Node of the Moon, which represents where we are most comfortable but where we need to move away from in order to evolve and grow. The South Node can often become too comfortable and almost become our Achilles heel.  Ultimately it is about finding a balance between the energy of the two signs involved, which in this case is Virgo and Pisces. The emphasis is on the Pisces South Node this time, which asks us to let go of any victim mentality and remember that we have created our own reality through our thoughts and intentions, and that we always have free will.

We create our reality by setting intentions in the form of our hopes, wishes and desires, something that Pisces is very good at. Then, once we have got exactly what we asked for, because the universe does tend to take us literally, we get to use the Virgoan art of discernment to decide whether what we have asked for is actually what we want or need! We are not necessarily stuck with it, even though it is what we thought we wanted! We must remember that we, albeit unconsciously, bring people and situations into our lives in order to teach us something and to grow. While Pisces may make us feel that we are at the mercy of fate or circumstance, Virgo reminds us that we are responsible for what happens to us and still have choices. Situations or people may fall in front of us and have a somewhat fated quality to them, but it is completely up to us to decide whether they are right for us.

The Pisces South Node can also show where we have a tendency to bury our head in the sand and avoid reality. It is so easy to simply see what we want to see, creating a dream reality about a person or situation that is based on what we so dearly want for ourselves rather than who or what they actually are. The Virgo North Node asks that we use our powers of discrimination to look beyond the dream so that we can see what is really there. The Sabian symbol for the North Node, at 12° Virgo, is “After the wedding, the groom snatches the veil away from his bride.” This brings a sense of mysteries being unveiled and being able to see the reality rather than the illusion. It also brings the possibility of relating on a deeper level, having dropped the veil of pretence. There is definitely the sense of letting go of the dream and not only seeing others for who they really are, but also showing our true selves rather than what we would want people to see.

The Moon in sensitive, empathetic and intuitive Pisces is forming aspects to Venus, Mars and Chiron the Wounded Healer during this Moon. Chiron is sitting right next to the Moon, which makes this Full Moon incredibly healing in nature, although it could involve some of our more acute wounds or vulnerabilities rising up to the surface, specifically in the realm of our relationships. Pisces helps us to connect to one another on a very deep level so that we truly see each other’s divinity, our true essence, beyond our ego defences. With Mars and Chiron involved we could find that our core wounds are triggered somewhat, so that we have no choice but to admit them to ourselves and others. It can be incredibly healing to expose ourselves in this way, but can also make us feel very vulnerable. Ultimately, however, showing our more tender, fragile, wounded nature can only help our relationships, because it helps us to “drop the veil” and show who we really are, minus our usual defences.

Mars and Venus are forming a harmonious connection to one another during this Moon, which is very helpful for our intimate relationships, as it helps us to relate in a free and easy manner.  They are both, however, forming challenging aspects to the Moon/Chiron conjunction, which mean that we might feel quite sensitive and triggered as our sore spots are prodded and poked! Ouch! It is important not to react defensively, which could happen with feisty Mars squaring the Sun and Moon, but rather to have the courage to be open and honest with ourselves and our loved ones. Mars seems to be asking us to be brave warriors and not be afraid to face the truth in ourselves and others, as painful as it could be. There is such huge potential for healing in this Moon, which can help us to really, truly see each other and also to connect with our true essence. It is quite possible that there will be some form of cleansing and purification process involved here, which could be incredibly cathartic. Uranus is also aspecting Mars and Venus, which could help us to release ourselves from old, stuck, outworn ways of relating. The rules are changing and we are all finding our way in the dark somewhat as we move away from co-dependent relationships towards a more expansive way of relating.

Speaking of which, on Friday 9 September, Jupiter, the planet of growth and expansion, moved out of Virgo into Libra, the sign of relationships. This feels like a very positive shift indeed, as Jupiter can help us to create balance, harmony and joy in our relationships. His presence in this sign will help us to compromise without compromising ourselves and to find a sense of equality in the way we relate to one another. Relationships are a delicate balance between the needs of the two individuals, and Jupiter should help us to find this balance without too much effort. Jupiter in Libra can definitely expand our social circle in a very positive way and helps us to form connections and relationships with people whereby we can really help one another grow and expand, both individually and together.

On 22 September, which is the Autumn Equinox, Mercury stations direct again, having been retrograde since August 30th. In the days before and after he turns direct we must be prepared and aware that miscommunication, misinterpretation and misunderstandings are very possible! During his retrograde period in Virgo, we have had a chance to look within and practice the art of discernment in our lives, so that we are able to make choices that really resonate with us and reflect where we are heading in life. It has been a good time for reflection and retrospection; for going back over the past so we can better understand the present. During this Full Moon Mercury is forming a harmonious aspect to Pluto, the planet of soul and transformation, which brings the potential for some very deep, penetrating conversations that really get to the heart of the matter. This aspect definitely complements the energy of the Full Moon, as it does seem as if we might be forced to confront some emotional truths during this time! Pluto himself is also turning direct on 26 September, meaning that the chance for soul growth and transformation is very strong from the Equinox until the beginning of October.

This Moon surely does have the potential to be quite emotional and also incredibly healing! While Mars may poke and prod and trigger us somewhat,  forcing us to face some uncomfortable truths and making us a bit defensive, the Pisces/Chiron conjunction is so very tender and compassionate, which will not only help us to connect in a heartfelt way, but will also help us to find forgiveness for an shortcomings in ourselves and others. Often we are so much harder on ourselves than we are on our loved ones, so finding compassion for ourselves is so very important. There is a definite sense of something being exposed, of the veil of illusion being pulled back and the full extent of who we are being revealed during this Moon. It is better to face the truth rather than just seeing what we want to see, as lovely as the dream may be! On another level, Pisces is the dreamer of dreams and has the daydreams and imaginings, while Virgo can help ground these dreams on the earth plane and make them a reality. What the mind can perceive, the body can achieve! The ultimate gift of a Pisces Moon, however, is unconditional love. The ability to look beyond the wounds, the defences and the human frailties and see the true essence and spirit within. And to love all of it, with no thought of return.  We just have to remember to do the same for ourselves!

“Both Light and Shadow are the dance of love” Rumi

Much Love

Amy
xoxo

Artwork: Humility and Compassion by Siva Ranganathan