Monday, 22 May 2017

GEMINI NEW MOON / SUPERMOON - 25 May 2017

Exact 8.44pm BST, 3.44 EDT.

This is a powerful New Moon as it is also a Supermoon, which means that the Moon is closer than your average New Moon so it will have a stronger effect on our mind, body, emotions and spirits. There are no major aspects to the Sun and Moon, so the energy of the Gemini is fairly undiluted in nature, aside from a few aspects that the other planets are making with each other. We have now moved from Taurus into Gemini, and while Taurus is quite yin in nature, which involved us developing an inner relationship with ourselves, Gemini is yang, so now we expand outward and engage with the world. Gemini is an adaptable, versatile and insatiably curious sign which likes to collect as much information as possible and pass it on, much like a butterfly flitting from flower to flower. There is a light hearted, youthful quality to this sign, who likes to have his finger in as many pies as possible! As such, during Gemini season the tempo could increase as ideas come thick and fast and communication with others increases. We may be bombarded with information, propaganda, ideas and opinions and could also be forced to examine our attitudes and the way our thought processes impact on our reality.

Our thoughts hold energy, and while affirmations and looking on the bright side can help bring a positive outcome, negative thinking can bring the opposite. We get what we focus on, and if we are focusing on the things that we are not happy about, or being gloomy or pessimistic about what is possible for us, then we will bring that into our lives. Thus, it is important to be mindful of our mental attitude and thought processes during this New Moon, and to come up with some positive, heartfelt intentions for what we want for ourselves in order to blossom and grow. I remember when I first became aware of the power of the spoken word, many years back, when a friend said “Be careful you don’t get a cold!” and the very next day I got a cold! The power of suggestion! Conversely, I have a friend who said at the beginning of this year “This is my year!” and it certainly does seem to be her year, as opportunities abound are coming into her life and she is ready for every one of them! She made an emphatic, heartfelt decision that it would be so, and really believed it, and so it is! Gemini also rules the media, so we could find ourselves bombarded with information and people’s opinions during this time and find it hard to separate fact from fiction. Again, we have the choice what we take in and accept and what we reject.

Mercury is the ruler of Gemini, and he is in patient, persevering Taurus at the moment, which invites us to slow down and smell the roses rather than rushing ahead too much. Mercury in Taurus like to take his time and “chew the cud” before making up his mind about anything. Communication could be frustratingly slow or ponderous during this time, so we may have to exercise considerable patience. The Taurus energy could mean we could experience ourselves or others being a bit fixed or stubborn in our mental attitude or opinions and finding it hard to change our minds or the minds of others. However, any ideas or thoughts we have during this time do have the chance of materialising, as Taurus is apt to take and idea and make it happen, taking it through to its conclusion. In short, Mercury in Taurus can make our thoughts and ideas manifest in reality. All the more reason to make sure that our thoughts are positive in nature! The Sabian symbol for Mercury, at 11° Taurus is “A woman watering flowers in her garden”, which again gives the message that anything we focus or lavish our attention on has the power to blossom and grow.

Mercury is forming a nagging aspect to Jupiter during this Moon, which could mean that we are confronted with some rather strong beliefs, philosophies, theories and opinions and may have to watch out for people preaching and forcing ideas down our throats. Jupiter is the planet of expansion, so we might be a bit overwhelmed by the amount of ideas, projects and activity we have to deal with during this time. Neptune is forming a positive aspect to Mercury, which could heighten our imagination and intuitive faculties, helping us to visualise what we would want for ourselves and the world. We might want to make sure that we focus on the positive, however, because our imaginations are just as capable of coming up with all sorts of fearful, paranoid, grim outcomes, especially in the current climate! In the same token it is important to remain grounded in reality and not fall prey to wishful thinking. Venus is also forming a challenging aspect to Pluto during this Moon, which could bring some emotional truths out into the open within our intimate relationships, causing us to feel a bit vulnerable and exposed.  This combination also has the potential to bring our shadows out to play in the form of power play, jealousy, control, manipulation or trust issues.

On a deeper level, the Nodes of the Moon, which represent our soul’s destiny, have recently moved from Virgo and Pisces into Leo and Aquarius, signifying a significant shift in focus. The South Node, which represents where we are coming from and tendencies to leave behind, is in eccentric, detached, rebellious Aquarius, while the North Node, which represents tendencies we need to develop in order to grow and evolve, is in expressive, playful, passionate and creative Leo. While Aquarius tends to stay outside of the mainstream and rebel against authority, which can lead to feeling a bit like an outsider, Leo invites us to jump right in to the middle of things and fully participate in life. Aquarius comes up with visions for a better future, while Leo invites us to take these visions and actually create the life we want to live, becoming the director of our own play and using our will to make our hopes and wishes come true. We are being urged to allow ourselves to truly shine and follow what brings us our greatest joy. Indeed, Leo asks that we follow our heart, not our head, and be brave enough to stand out from the crowd and make a difference. The Nodes will be in Leo and Aquarius until November 2018.

The Sabian symbol for this Moon, at 5° Gemini, is “A revolutionary magazine asking for action”. Dane Rudyar describes this as “The explosive tendency of repressed feelings and root emotions” and “What is rigidly bound in form and convention tends to explode into formlessness. It may do so violently if socially oppressed – through revolution – or at the psychological level in psychosis; or it may withdraw inwardly into the mystical state in which one identifies with an unformulatable reality.” This symbol does give the impression that something quite shocking that upsets our sense of security could happen on both a personal and collective level. We seem to be being asked to step up and go against the grain, putting our thoughts into action and doing something that is radically different because there is such a strong need for things to change. Gemini could cause us to think fast and spread the word quickly, and also to put our money where our mouths are and actually act on our principles. I am intrigued to see what the next couple of weeks will bring, both personally and collectively! One thing seems certain, with Gemini at the helm, and that is that we won’t be bored!

Much Love

Amy
xoxo


Picture: Information overload – Victor Fota

Sunday, 7 May 2017

SCORPIO FULL MOON - 10 May 2017

Exact at 10.42pm BST, 5.42pm EDT

This Full Moon could draw some strong emotions from the depths of our subconscious, as Scorpio is an emotionally intense sign that forces us to face the parts of ourselves we might not want to admit to! So often we project these unconscious, un-owned parts of ourselves onto other people, and this Moon could well make the unconscious more conscious. Full Moons are a time in the month when things come to a head emotionally, and anything that might have been simmering away below the surface comes rising up, demanding release. The Full Moon is also a time of fruition, when the energetic ball that was set in motion around the time of the New Moon reaches some kind of culmination and our intentions begin to bear fruit. The Taurus New Moon held the potential for recognising what we need to feel safe and secure and contemplating how we can work on our self-worth and empowerment. We also had the chance to recognise where we might be in need of change. The intentions we set then had the potential to really take root and manifest as reality, although we might have to be a bit patient. This Moon is a continuation of that process and could involve us purging or letting go of something in order to move forward.

The Sun is in down to earth, patient, sensual Taurus sitting directly opposite soulful, powerful, intensely emotional Scorpio and the key to the Full Moon is to find balance between the energy of the two signs. Taurus has a tendency to put her roots down and dig her heels in so deep that she finds it hard to make change, which can lead to getting stuck in a rut and stagnation. She can hold herself back from necessary growth because she is so concerned about staying safe and secure, or simply surviving, that she literally can’t see other possibilities. Scorpio, on the other hand, can quite easily pull the rug of security from under our feet in order to help us grow on a deep, soul level. We all want, and need, to grow at certain times during our lives, but we also fear the unknown and any threat to our emotional security.  It’s human nature to resist change, unfortunately! When I think of Scorpio I think of the butterfly emerging from the cocoon or the phoenix rising from the ashes, as sometimes we need to experience a symbolic “death” of some kind in order for something better to be born in its place. Scorpio can take us to the depths of hell and back in order to teach us the necessary lessons and realign us with our true path. Hopefully that won’t be necessary during this Moon, however, as the aspects are generally quite gentle!

Scorpio is the sign that asks “Why?” and is the part of ourselves that seeks to understand our hidden motivations and desires, and also the psychological make-up of those close to us. She is quite psychic and is not afraid to dive into the shadows and face whatever she finds there, even if it’s not pretty. This Moon could involve us doing some shadow diving and sharing our deepest fears and more vulnerable parts with those close to us. This is what creates true intimacy, which is one of Scorpio’s specialities.  We may find ourselves having to acknowledge that certain qualities and traits that we find abhorrent  or upsetting in other people are in fact a part of us too. That’s why they bother us so much! So often people in our immediate environment mirror back the shadow parts that we are completely unaware of within ourselves, and during this Moon the onus is on us to be completely honest with ourselves and willing to own these shadows instead of blaming others for them.
 While Taurus is that part of ourselves that is quite self-sufficient and self-reliant, Scorpio favours collaboration and asks us to surrender our sense of being a separate, independent being and merge with another (or others) to create something much greater than the sum of its parts. The danger here is that sometimes people become so merged with others that they lose all sense of themselves. Somewhere in the middle of Taurus and Scorpio is the answer; to allow ourselves to join forces with others, but in a self -reliant manner so that we are not relying on them to meet all of our needs.

Pluto, the ruler of Scorpio, is also forming a harmonious aspect to the Sun and Moon, which compounds the soulful, transformative energy of this Full Moon. Pluto calls for us to be emotionally honest and trust others enough to allow them to see our deeper, darker side. It also helps us to empower ourselves and step outside of any limiting situations, transforming our lives and relationships in a positive way. We won’t be getting a giant cosmic kick up the bum here, but rather the onus will be on us to step up to the plate.  However, we will be supported if we are brave enough to do so. Pluto is sitting right next to Juno in Capricorn and Juno is stationary at the moment so her energy is particularly strong. Juno is the goddess of committed, long term relationships and marriage, and in Capricorn she is even more committed, although it could also feel a bit heavy and restricting. Pluto and Juno together can signify experiences within our relationships that cause changes and transformation deep within the depths of our soul. Deep, profound bonding and emotional honesty are possible, but this could also involve us experiencing the not so pretty parts of ourselves such as rage, jealousy, obsession, domination, power plays or manipulation. This aspect will certainly bring greater emotional intensity to our relationships and will also demand a deeper commitment, with absolute integrity and authenticity.

The other ruler of Scorpio is Mars, who is in communicative Gemini right now, while Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, is in Aries, which is ruled by Mars! This means that they are in mutual reception, so their energy is very strong. This calls for us to be very honest, candid and speak our minds without holding back. Indeed, with Mercury sitting right next to Uranus in Aries, we could find ourselves blurting out some truths that shock ourselves and others! We may have a strong desire to understand ourselves and others and the urge to communicate what we discover. It is quite possible that we will gain sudden insights and solutions to old problems, as Uranus can bring epiphanies and thoughts that come like bolts from the blue! Venus is also in Aries at the moment, so we have a lot of forthright, assertive, honest and brave energy for this Moon. This could help us to bare our souls, speak our truth and assert our needs, without fear or reservation. Aries is known for speaking first and thinking later, so we could find ourselves saying things that we can’t take back. However, as the Scorpio Moon wants to get to the heart of the matter anyway, this can only be a good thing! Better out than in!

Saturn and Uranus are forming a harmonious trine aspect to one another and the energy is building now, and will be exact on 19th May. Saturn and Uranus are two very different characters, as Saturn represents structure, authority, society and dictates “the rules”, while Uranus seeks to release us from conformity and rebels against any rules or “shoulds and shouldn’ts”. Uranus in Aries urges us to dare to be who we really are, rather than what our parents or society have conditioned us to be. Put the two together and we could find that we are able to question the powers that be without rocking the boat too much and also make our visions for the future (Uranus) more concrete and real (Saturn). This trine could help us to recognise where we have just been towing the line and how we can go about freeing ourselves from any restrictions to our freedom and the right to be ourselves. This is a good time to challenge authority, whether it be parents, teachers, bosses or the government, and stand up for our rights and freedom.

The Sabian symbol for this Moon, at 21° Scorpio, is interesting and seems to tie in nicely with the energy of the Saturn Uranus trine: “Obeying his conscience, a soldier resists orders”. This symbol speak for itself really, but Dane Rudyar speaks of “a readiness to face the results of a refusal to follow the authoritarian pattern of an aggressive society”. While culture and society may be a powerful, dominating force, it does not mean that we have to go along with it! We have the right to define and assert our own values and be our own person, so that we maintain “inner freedom” even if we still have to play by the rules somewhat. It seems that this Moon is calling for us to be true to ourselves and be utterly authentic, acting with the utmost integrity. Scorpio and Pluto encourage us to stand in our power, even if it means allowing ourselves to be a bit vulnerable and let our darker, un-owned parts reveal themselves instead of hiding in the shadows and running the show on an unconscious level! It is time for the butterfly to break out of the cocoon and be seen in all its glory! The cocoon may be safe, cosy and comfortable, but it is also extremely limiting compared to the freedom we will feel when we actually fly!

Much love

Amy
xoxo


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