Saturday, 26 November 2016

SAGITTARIUS NEW MOON - 29 November 2016

Exact at 12.18pm GMT, 7.18am EST.

Well, we are now out of Scorpio season, with all of the emotional intensity, letting go and purging that it brings! Sagittarius season is now upon us, bringing a bit more humour to the picture at least! One of the beautiful aspects of Sagittarius is the ability to see the positive potential for growth in every situation, no matter how painful or challenging. Scorpio season will have brought up issues of trust, intimacy, power, powerlessness, death/rebirth, transformation and vulnerability, all of which cause us to dig deep beneath the surface in order to understand ourselves, our loved ones and life itself. This is where we join forces and merge with others, experiencing a “death” of our separate self. Scorpio is where we literally experience energy, the pain of loss and the power of magic and things unseen and we start to question “Why?” This then leads us to Sagittarius, who takes it a step further so that we look for higher meaning in life and contemplate what we believe in, what our faith is and where we fit into this cosmos of ours. Sagittarius invites us to trust our gut, strengthen our intuition and develop our faith and connection to the Divine, Universe, God, Higher Self, or whatever we choose to call it!

As such, this New Moon could make us question our beliefs and our hunches. The Sun and Moon are forming a square to the Nodes of the Moon, which indicates that this is a very significant Moon on a deep, soul level. Squares to the Nodal axis represent skipped steps, so there is a sense that we have been here before and somehow messed up, so now we are back experiencing the same issue again in the hope that this time we can do it differently. Maybe this time we can step past our old, familiar patterns that don’t do us any favours and try something new on for size! With the Sun and Moon in Sagittarius and sitting smack, bang on top of Juno, the asteroid of marriage and partnership, the old patterns to overcome will most likely relate to our beliefs about ourselves, our relationships and life itself. These attitudes and beliefs are often so entrenched that it is quite difficult to change them, but this is our chance! These beliefs could range anywhere from “I’m not good enough” to “Everyone I love leaves me in the end” to “I’m not worth loving”, to “I can’t make a relationship work” and they will have all come from something that happened to us along the way, whether it be a parent leaving, or a relationship not working out, or even a throwaway comment made by someone we trusted and respected, such as a parent or school teacher.

The South Node of the Moon, representing the past patterns, attitudes and beliefs, is in Pisces, sitting right next to Neptune, Pisces’ Ruler. This is a double whammy of sensitive Pisces energy! We might want to examine how we keep ourselves small and in victim mode through our beliefs about ourselves. Victim mentality disempowers us, because it means that we blame something or someone outside of us for whatever is happening to us. As Richard Bach says, “If it’s never our fault, we can’t take responsibility for it. If we can’t take responsibility for it, we’ll always be its victim.” All this does is keep us stuck in our own little pity party, preventing us from taking positive action and actually making changes. It is very important during this Moon to have a long hard look at how we might tend to disempower ourselves by believing that we have no control or are at the mercy of something or someone else, rather than taking responsibility for our part in whatever is happening. How are our beliefs about ourselves keeping us small and disempowered? How would a simple attitude adjustment make a difference? What if we do have the power to make a different decision?

The North Node in Virgo represents the potential for soul growth and is the resolution to the square from the Sun and Moon. Virgo is quite practical and no nonsense and likes making healthy routines that build skills and self-confidence. This can help balance the Pisces tendency to feel overwhelmed. VIrgo is practiced at the art of discernment, which can help us to separate truth from illusion or delusion. Pisces, in its negative state, is well versed in the art of self-deception and sabotage and it is so very easy to lie to ourselves and bury our heads in the sand. Virgo will have none of that and will help us to see where we are putting the blame outside of ourselves instead of taking a long hard look inside! Virgo can also help us discern whether we are experiencing the fear, paranoia and anxiety of the Pisces South Node experience or whether it is simply our Sagittarius “gut instinct” giving us valuable warning signs. Is it fear coming from old, outworn, sabotaging patterns or beliefs, or is it our intuition warning us that we are not obeying our higher self? Have we gone against our gut reactions in the past, to our detriment? Possibly we are now being invited to obey them and create a different story for ourselves.

Jupiter, the ruler of this Sagittarius Moon, is forming a challenging, square aspect to Pluto, the planet of soul and transformation. This aspect is still very strong but was exact on Thursday evening and coincided with Venus (relationships)and Pluto joining forces in Capricorn. Not only that, but Jupiter is in Libra, the sign of relationships. This has the capacity to bring deep transformation of our faith and beliefs. We may be forced to confront any beliefs about ourselves and the way we relate, as well as realising some very uncomfortable truths that are hard to hide from. We could also come up against other people’s deeply held convictions and beliefs, which could be a bit challenging, as they may express them with considerable force! We could have a crisis of faith. Ultimately Jupiter wants us to grow and expand, while Pluto can represent a big, cosmic kick up the bum if we are going against our truth and purpose. Put the two of them together and we might be forced to dive into the shadows and own up to whatever muck we find there! However hard it may be to face, there is always a hidden treasure when it comes to Pluto. We can be sure that this will bring enormous soul growth if we are willing to step out of south node victim and own our stuff. We are invited to step up and step beyond old patterns so that we can stand fully in our power.

There is more, of course, but I won’t go into it too much as I have already gone into detail in the last post on the Taurus Full Moon. The Chiron/Saturn square is still building, which could make everything feel a bit heavy but will bring great rewards if we are willing to actually acknowledge and own our limitations and vulnerabilities. The Uranus/Saturn trine is also building, helping us find new solutions to old problems and break out of old conditioning so that we are free to be exactly who we are. In terms of the world we live in, the old systems/structures are so obviously breaking down at this point that it is obvious that something new must take their place, so this trine can help us envision what that might be. If things aren’t working then we just have to find a new way of being! It is quite likely that it will come from the ground up. We are all responsible. There is also a sense of old beliefs being broken down, which is very much in keeping with this New Moon.

The Sabian symbol for this New Moon is “Within the depths of the earth new elements are being formed.”  Dane Rudyar describes this as “The alchemical fire which both purifies and transforms the very substance of man’s inner life.” This New Moon certainly brings the potential for some profound changes and shifts within us that may not be obvious on surface level but could bring enormous growth on a soul level. Both personally and collectively, things are moving, shaking and rumbling from deep within! As with all New Moons, this is a time of endings and beginnings and this one gives us the chance to leave the old beliefs and patterns behind in the dark of the moon and set some positive intentions that involve walking down a different path, creating a different story for ourselves and not looking back! In some way, shape or form we have been here before. This time we do it differently.

Much Love

Amy
xoxo

Picture:  Hale Mau Mau by Ogura Yonesuke Itoh




Thursday, 10 November 2016

TAURUS FULL MOON - 14 November 2016

Exact at 1.52pm GMT, 8.52am EST.

We might want to call this Full Moon a Super Supermoon, as it is going to be the largest, brightest, closest moon to the earth since 1948, and won’t be this close again until 2034. Supermoons have a stronger impact on our emotions and spirits than your ordinary, run of the mill Full Moon, so it is quite likely that we will feel this one very strongly, especially if it forms aspects to our personal planets or angles. Anything that has been simmering away in our unconscious for the two weeks beforehand will very likely come bubbling up to the surface and demand release. Whatever comes out may not exactly be rational, but better out than in, that’s for sure! There is a healing quality to this Moon which has the potential to help us to purge, purify and allow our emotions to just be. The only aspect to the Moon is coming from Chiron, the Wounded Healer, which gives us the opportunity to simply sit with our emotions and any pain or discomfort that we may be feeling rather than pushing them away. This aspect can help us gain more insight, understanding, acceptance, forgiveness, empathy and compassion when it comes to the fears, wounds and insecurities of both ourselves and others. Tears may flow, but that’s alright. Let them.

The Moon is in earthy, sensual, self-sufficient Taurus, sitting directly opposite powerful, intense and transforming Scorpio. The key to Full Moon is to find some balance between the energy of the two signs rather than veering too far in one direction. Taurus invites us to contemplate what our true, core values are and truly live by them. While the Scorpio experience can highlight issues of power and powerlessness which can leave us feeling quite vulnerable, Taurus encourages us to stand on our own two feet and recognise our own power that comes from within. Instead of giving our power away to the powers that be or thinking that our power is being taken away from us, Taurus urges us to become more self-sufficient, resourceful, self-reliant and empowered. Scorpio issues can include feelings of loss, betrayal of trust and the feeling of having the rug pulled out from underneath us. She forces us to confront the darker side of reality and face up to what is simmering below the surface, as much as we might prefer to deny its existence. Taurus, on the other hand, represents Mother Earth and reminds us that, no matter what, we are held and supported. And we will survive. In fact, this is a really good time to go for a walk in the woods and connect with the earth and the trees. They have a calm, stable, rooted, unchanging quality that is very much akin to the energy of Taurus.

On the other side of the coin, this Moon may highlight where we are stuck and stagnating somehow. It is so easy to get stuck in old, familiar patterns that have long outgrown their usefulness, falling into the same rut, over and over again. Taurus is the queen of staying safe for the sake of security, while Scorpio, as I said, rips the rug out from beneath us and promotes growth on a deep, soul level. Scorpio forces us to confront the truth of the matter, much as we would prefer to deny it. As such, this Full Moon could involve us experiencing a threat to our inner security and value system, but it is very much necessary in order for us to grow. Sometimes we have to be pushed way outside of our comfort zones in order for us to shift out of complacency and “sameness”. Our habits can become so entrenched and we can become so rigid and stuck for the sake of so called “security” that we need a cosmic kick up the bum to get things moving again and make sure we are aligned with our true purpose. Old habits die hard, but die they must if we are to evolve! Scorpio season involves releasing old patterns, purging and letting go; shedding the old skin so that we can be reborn, a more authentic version of ourselves. This may be experienced as a threat to our survival, as Taurus does like to play it safe, but we just have to remember that, for reasons that have yet to be revealed, it is necessary for growth.

Uranus is poking and prodding the Sun during this Moon, which could well cause us to feel a bit unsettled, as if the ground beneath us is a bit shaky. Uranus is the Great Awakener, the rebel and revolutionary, and tends to shake things up and force change if we have fallen into a rut. He is the breath of fresh air that blasts the cobwebs away. He helps to release us from the past and anything that may be blocking us from living our full potential. If we are in denial of what needs to change within us then Uranus’s energy can be experienced as crisis and external events that are seemingly out of our control, when in fact they are merely a reflection of our inner need to shift and change.

Uranus is currently building up to a harmonious trine aspect with Saturn which will continue to grow until it peaks on the 25th of December. Saturn represents authority, structure, control, government and “the system”, and tends towards conformity and abiding by the rules, while Uranus likes to break the rules and help release us from the conditioning of our parents and society. Saturn tells us what we should or shouldn’t do, while Uranus encourages us to think outside of the box, question authority and do what feels right for us, not what we feel we “should” do. Saturn represents the old, inherited way of doing things; the past, while Uranus represents our ideals, new vision; the future. As this aspect is a harmonious one it is not going to hits us over the head like a sledgehammer, so the energy of two planets will work with one another rather than against one another. This gives us the opportunity to bend the rules rather than breaking them and to understand how the system works so that we can find ways of making it work for us rather than against us.

Uranus is the visionary, so it is possibly that we will come up with ideas for new systems to replace the old, antiquated ones that are so obviously not working anymore. It will allow us to question authority, not so much that it causes an out and out revolution or gets peoples backs up, but rather so that we can come up with solutions that are tangible and realistic. On a very personal level, we also have an opportunity to release ourselves from old conditioning that we picked up from our parents, school etc, and to gently break through anything that is blocking us from being our Self. Not the self that we have been told we should be, but our true Self. First we have Saturn, representing conformity and success in the mundane world, then we have Uranus, who breaks it all apart and causes us to question everything and see life very differently (even go a bit crazy!)so that we can then move onto Neptune and the experience of oneness, unity, unconditional love, mysticism, connection to all that is. It is a process! This aspect between Saturn and Uranus could involve us collectively questioning all that we have been told so that we can move up to the next level in our evolution. We will experience it three times in the coming year – December of this year, May 2017 and November 2017. As I said, this is an opportunity rather than a kick up the bum, so we should take advantage of it while it’s here.

In the meantime, there is also a more challenging aspect starting to build between Saturn and Chiron, the Wounded Healer. As I said, Saturn represents parental and societal authority, structure, government, control etc, so it is quite likely that we will be feeling a lot of pain and wounding coming from these areas.  We might have to confront considerable darkness during this time and it is quite likely that things could look a bit bleak. Remember, however, that Saturn is aspecting Uranus at the same time and that sometimes things have to get worse to get better, and so often it takes things becoming intolerable for human beings to seek change. We have a chance with this aspect to allow our vulnerabilities and old conditioning to come to the surface and to confront the darker side of our psyches so they can be healed with forgiveness, acceptance and compassion. It is important to face whatever comes up rather than running away from it. The more we suppress our shadow side the more it gets distorted and grows.  This aspect will be exact on 29th of December, so the energy will build until then.

The Sabian symbol for Venus, the ruler of this Full Moon, speaks of us being “receptive to growth and understanding” and Dane Rudyar mentions “the strong drive in every human consciousness or will toward new experiences, whether they are constructive or destructive. Man may grow and gain understanding and wisdom through both types.” The Sabian symbol for Uranus is “The gate to the garden of all fulfilled desires” which Rudyar describes as “abundance made possible by human togetherness and cooperation…… alone, a human being can barely survive in nature’s great life drama; in organised groups men can in due time fulfil their desires. “ He summaries this symbol as “Cosmic optimism”. Uranus seems to be the key at the moment! Let’s keep an eye on that Saturn Uranus trine and see what we can come up with collectively! It’s time to stick together and come up with positive solutions rather than succumbing to fear and wallowing in the darkness.

With Neptune sitting smack, bang on top of the South Node of the Moon, which represents what we need to be letting go of in order to move forward and grow, we are currently being urged to let go of victim consciousness. It is all too easy to play the victim and look outside of ourselves for someone or something else to blame for whatever is happening to us, but it serves nobody. This Full Moon may make us feel a bit wobbly and cause our sense of security to be threatened, making us feel a bit vulnerable and powerless, but Taurus encourages us to be resourceful and empower ourselves, and to be true to our values and principles. We are going through a shedding process that could be quite painful and forces us to confront the darker side of life, but is ultimately very important because sometimes a shake-up is needed to jolt us out of old, outworn patterns and habits. Things can’t stay the same forever and it would be very boring if they did! We mustn’t forget, during this Taurus Moon, to connect with Mother Nature and visit some trees. They stand there, years after year, unwavering and unaffected by the drama that us humans fall prey to. Sometimes we need the reminder that we have solid ground beneath us and are held.

Much Love

Amy
xoxo

Picture: Calling the Eagle – Susan Seddon Boulet