Wednesday, 25 January 2017

AQUARIUS NEW MOON - 27 / 28 January 2017

Exact at 12.07am GMT, 27 January, exact at 7.07pm EST.

This is the first New Moon of 2017 and marks the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Rooster. The Year of the Fire Monkey was a challenging and unpredictable year for many and 2016 was also a number 9 year in numerology which symbolises a time of endings and a clearing out. 2017 is a number 1 year, which symbolises a fresh start and new beginnings, and what better way to start than with the colourful and eccentric Fire Rooster! This is a Yin Fire Rooster year, which may well rouse us all into humanitarian action in a quite yin, or feminine way. We have already got a taste of the potential of this year with the Women’s marches last weekend, which were well organised, very well attended and, above all, peaceful.  The Rooster calls for us to get organised and join together in a heartfelt, enthusiastic way through collaboration and group effort. The Yin energy definitely gives this year a feminine quality and urges us to listen to our intuition, and follow our hearts. It also calls for great honesty in our relationships. The Rooster heralds the dawn of a new day and calls for us to “wake up” and recognise what needs to change and transform in our lives. She will also help us to pull up our sleeves and actually do something about it!

The Sun and Moon are forming their monthly union in rebellious, humanitarian and eccentric Aquarius. We are coming out of Capricorn season and the Cancer Full Moon symbolised a time of big shifts and changes, especially when it came to our emotional patterns and habits. Aquarius is a reaction to Capricorn. Capricorn likes structure and following the rules, and symbolises parental and societal conditioning. It is the sign of “shoulds” and “should nots”. Aquarius says “Who says we “should” do anything? What do you WANT to do?” Aquarius breaks all of the rules and dares to think outside of the box, even if this sets him apart from the mainstream somewhat. He doesn’t subscribe to what other people think or do. He thinks for himself, even if it gets him in trouble or shocks people. This is the sign that has the power to release us from the chains of parental conditioning and help us break free from anything in our past that binds us. We have the opportunity to move past anything that is blocking us from our true selves. It is so easy to be slave to old habits, patterns and ways of relating, and Aquarius helps us break out of our ruts and stifling routines. He allows us to take a step back to look at things from the bird’s eye perspective so that we can experience breakthroughs and “aha!” moments as we recognise where we are stuck and what needs to change.

Aquarius is the visionary, who can see a better way for a brighter future.  As such, our intentions during this Moon should reflect our core truth, rather than what we think we should be. What do we truly want for ourselves? What is our vision for a better life for us and the world? How can we use our unique gifts and talents to make a difference? Aquarius reminds us that we are all part of this world and have a unique part to play. Interestingly enough, Aquarius rules the World Wide Web, which does connect people in a powerful way and makes this world we live in far more of a global village than ever before. It brings the potential for important messages and information to spread like wildfire, in ways that would have been unfathomable before we had the internet. Obviously it also has its darker side and shadow, but its capacity to connect people from all parts of the global and all walks of life is definitely a reflection of the Aquarian ideal of brother/sisterhood, liberty and equality. Aquarius reminds us that we are not all isolated human beings and urges us to participate and give something back to the community we live in.

The New Moon is sitting smack, bang in the middle of a challenging square aspect between Venus and Saturn. Venus is in Pisces at the moment, helping us to see the best in our loved ones and relate to their true spirit or essence; their divinity. This is the combination of unconditional love and can bring a certain sweetness and willingness to give to others.  However, this may also mean that we are somewhat blind-sided by their more human, wounded side, and this is where Saturn comes in. Saturn will peel back the layers of illusion in no uncertain terms, making us all too aware of our lovers’ flaws and where our relationships themselves are lacking or falling short somehow. He shines the harsh light of reality onto the way we relate to ourselves and to our loved ones, but the good news is that his energy also helps us to put in whatever work is necessary to improve our relationships. It is also possible that our beliefs about relationships could be challenged during this time, as we are forced to look at them from a different perspective.

Venus is also sitting next to Chiron, the Wounded Healer, so it is quite possible that our old wounds could be triggered so that we can become more aware how they are running the show and sabotaging our relationships.  It is important to be willing to take responsibility for our own wounds and vulnerabilities rather than reacting defensively or blaming the other person for “making” us feel the way we do. It is our old baggage, so we must own it; it’s just that some way that the other person acts may tend to hit upon our tender, wounded areas and makes us react. We should see this as a gift, because we have a chance to see it, recognise it and clear it, even though what we see might not be very pretty! Overall, this combination of Saturn, Chiron, Venus and the Aquarian Moon can help us to see ourselves and our relationships with clarity and compassion and make some tremendous shifts out of old, outworn beliefs and patterns. We should be able bring our wounds and vulnerabilities out into the open so that whatever is blocking us can be cleared without blame or shame.

Uranus, the ruler of the Aquarian Moon, is still forming a dynamic cardinal T-square with Jupiter and Pluto. This combination of energy can bring about amazing growth and change. Jupiter in Libra helps us to form mutually beneficial, growth-oriented relationships and believes in fairness and justice. Add that to the powerful combination of Uranus and Pluto, who together have the capacity to break down the structure of our lives so that something new can take its place, and we have an amazing recipe for the peaceful protests that we experienced this weekend! People joining together in peace and harmony (Jupiter in Libra) to fight for the truth and personal rights (Uranus in Aries) against the powers that be (Pluto in Capricorn)! This T-square brings the potential for revolution and transformation on both a personal and collective level. It brings the potential for powerful transformation and transcending limitation if we are willing to be honest about what needs to change and willing to try a radically different approach. It makes sense, right? If the old way simply isn’t working, then we have to come up with something we haven’t tried before. This may involve stepping out of the comfort zone somewhat, but what is the alternative?

The Sabian symbols for Saturn, Uranus and Pluto at the moment are very interesting and revealing, given the current social climate. Uranus, at 21° Aries, is: ”A pugilist enters the ring.” Dane Rudyar describes it as ”the release and glorification of social aggressiveness….. an eagerness for social fame and social power…. man’s deeply rooted feeling of admiration and envy for whoever can generate OVERWHELMING POWER.” Pluto’s symbol, at 18° Capricorn, is: “The Union Jack flag flies from a British warship”. Rudyar speaks of “a realisation of the ambivalence of POLITICAL POWER, its value and its dangers”. Saturn’s symbol, at 25°Sagittarius, is: “A chubby boy on a hobby-horse.” Dane says of this symbol: “The anticipatory enjoyment of powers one can only as yet dream of utilising.” These symbols are all very evocative! These slower moving planets tend to represent the current climate, or the theme of the times.

The symbol for the New Moon itself, which represents the potential for the month ahead, is 9° Aquarius: “A flag is seen turning into an eagle.” The flag is symbolic of a nation or country’s spirit, while the eagle is the physical manifestation of spirit or of an ideal. This symbol speaks of plans and dreams taking shape in reality and being given living substance and wings; acting out a vision; soaring power. This is an interesting symbol to interpret, because on the one hand it could be seen as the leader of a country (the flag) “soaring” to power and making their visions come true, while on the other hand the flag could represent whole nations of people standing up for their beliefs and ideals. The eagle encourages us to take on our power and walk our talk. It shows the potential for transformation and ascension and for making our dreams into reality. It is time to let our dreams take flight.

This Moon certainly holds the potential for change, growth and expansion! It would seem that what needs to change will become glaringly obvious and it is up to us how we handle what comes up. We can either resist and defend, blame and shame, or we can come together in the spirit of finding a solution and taking responsibility for the part we have played in the current dilemma. A problem shared is a problem halved! We have a chance for some amazing shifts to take place during this time, both personally and collectively. The two are always so closely linked anyway, as our individual lives are so often a reflection of the energy of the times; a microcosm of the collective macrocosm, so to speak.  As above, so below. As within, so without! Aquarius knows this all too well! If we are willing to be honest with ourselves and others about what simply isn’t working, and also admit our vulnerabilities, recognise our wounds and soft spots and have a sincere wish to do the necessary work to move through whatever comes up, then this New Moon can really help us release ourselves from some age old chains and shackles! It’s up to us if we are willing to step out of our safe, secure way of doing things and try something new on for size! This is the gift of Aquarius.

Much Love


Picture:  Mural at Tsogyelgar

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

CANCER FULL MOON - 12 January 2017

Exact at 11.33am GMT, 6.33am EDT.

Well, this is a big moon to start this year off with, as we have a Cardinal Grand Cross to really push us to get things going! Cardinal signs are initiators, with an energy that starts things off with a burst of enthusiasm. The follow through may leave something to be desired, but there is definitely an urge to push forward and make things happen. The Latin word “cardinalis” means principle, or pivotal. The areas of life involved in this Grand Cross are very personal indeed, as we have Aries (who am I and what am I doing here?), Cancer (family, home, roots, childhood emotional patterns), Libra (relationships with others) and Capricorn (parental authority, external authority, societal conditioning, our reputation and work in the outer world, career etc). Obviously what happens in our childhood (Cancer) and how we are conditioned by our parents, teachers and society, (Capricorn) will have a direct bearing on our self-image and how we meet the world (Aries) and, of course, how we relate to our partners (Libra). How many of us end up marrying our mother, or transferring our father issues onto our partner? This Grand Cross will very likely highlight some very personal, intimate aspects of our lives and psyches, especially for those who have personal planets on or around 22 degree of a sign.

As ever, the Full Moon brings to a head anything that has been simmering away below the surface of our consciousness in recent times. It brings to fruition whatever energetic seeds were planted during the Capricorn New Moon on December 29th. The Moon rules Cancer, so she is very much at home in her own sign. Cancer is a very emotional sign, so we should be prepared to really feel our emotions during this Moon, whatever they may be. It is quite possible that issues of emotional security could come up, as well as the recognition of how our family and childhoods have shaped our adult lives. So often, those closest to us trigger powerful emotions in us by behaving in a similar way to one of our parents, which can cause us to react in a defensive, childlike, irrational manner.  As a friend said the other day, the majority of our responses to life and relationships stem from the early relationship with mummy and daddy. Cancer is mummy, representing how we were nurtured and our emotional responses. Capricorn is daddy, representing parental authority and how we are taught (or not taught) to function in the world. Cancer can get completely consumed by emotions so that they end up running the show. Capricorn urges us to rise above our emotions and just get on with it (stiff upper lip), but this can lead to suppressing the emotions, which isn’t healthy either. A nice balance between the two is what’s needed.

This Moon could definitely bring our old, ingrained “familiar” patterns to the surface for us to look at, and this is where the balance of Capricorn comes in. Capricorn urges us to take responsibility for ourselves. Other people may trigger us, but we are responsible for how we act and react. They are just being themselves, but by doing so they sometimes touch a sore spot in our psyche; an old, unhealed wound. It’s not their fault, per se. Blaming another is not the way to go. It is far better to be willing to recognise and own the wound that is being triggered. And to be aware that on a deep, unconscious level we have brought these people into our lives because they represent something that needs healing in ourselves.  Our souls have also chosen our parents and the society we were born into in order to learn particular lessons so that we can grow and evolve. We are ultimately responsible for our whole experience in this life, even though it may seem like things “happen to us”! This can be a tough concept to come to terms with, especially when the childhood was particularly difficult, painful or challenging. However, there is also a certain comfort in it. This Moon invites us to take a moment to really feel whatever we are feeling, without judgement, blame, shame or guilt. Our emotions have so much to teach us if we only let them!

The players involved in the Grand Cross are the Moon in Cancer, Jupiter in Libra, the Sun/Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus/Eris in Aries. Uranus in aspect to the Moon could make our emotions quite erratic, making us feel somewhat unsettled and shaking us out of our safe, familiar patterns. He has the capacity to release us from the past and help us move past anything that may be blocking us from growth.  We could find ourselves having some wonderful epiphanies and breakthroughs when it comes to our family and relationship patterns. Alongside Eris he will poke and prod us to be truthful with ourselves and others, encouraging us to be sincere, authentic and true to ourselves rather than holding back what we really feel simply for the sake of peace and harmony. However, Jupiter in Libra can show us how to be being considerate, loving and kind at the same time as being truthful and authentic .  The truth doesn’t have to be hurtful or cause arguments! Jupiter represents our beliefs and as he is in the sign of relating we could find ourselves questioning beliefs on how to relate to loved ones that probably stem back from childhood and beyond. Beliefs create patterns and ways of being, and then they get stuck, but we have a chance to dislodge a few during this Moon simply by them being bought to our attention. Whatever becomes conscious loses its power over us.

Jupiter is the planet of expansion, and in aspect to the Moon he could exaggerate and blow our emotions out of proportion. This is a good opportunity to really feel them, however, and recognise certain triggers and wounds. Pluto is loosely involved in the Grand Cross, urging soul growth and transformation and urging us to be true to ourselves and our path. He could help us to recognise how we wield power in our lives or give it away. Pluto is the god of the underworld and he encourages us to dive below the surface and confront our shadows and those parts of ourselves that we would rather not own or admit to. It’s easier to pretend they aren’t there, but then they continue to run the show and prevent us from having healthy relationships. It is much better to be brave enough to look in the ugly mirror and take responsibility for what we see there.

Saturn is also involved with the Moon, helping us to commit to make changes and also to take responsibility for ourselves and our part in our relationships. He is tugging away at the Moon, which could make our emotions feel a bit heavy, but is helping Jupiter and Uranus, which could make us feel like anything is possible if we are willing to put in the work. Last year involved a lot of clearing out, while this Moon and its Cardinal Cross brings a sense of new beginnings and the potential to move past and through whatever might be blocking us from true fulfilment in life or sabotaging our relationships. Saturn is sitting right next to Juno, the goddess of marriage and partnership, which brings a sense of commitment and stability to our close relationships and a willingness to work through whatever sticky stuff might come up during this time.  

Neptune and Venus are also joining forces in Pisces for this Moon, bringing the potential for some heartfelt, empathetic and compassionate relating whereby we really connect with one another’s true essence and spirit. Not to mention that Neptune and Pisces remind us that we are all one anyway, connected by an invisible, energetic web that means that I am you and you are me and what happens to one happens to us all. This combination of planets is the recipe for unconditional love. It can also mean that we put the rose-tinted spectacles on when it comes to our relationships and only see the best of the other person, or what we want to see. However, this definitely adds some kindness, gentleness and sweetness to this Moon.

It does feel like this Moon could be somewhat pivotal and brings the opportunity for us to initiate some creative change in our lives and relationships. As I said, the Moon is very happy in her own sign, so hopefully it won’t be a turbulent Full Moon, despite the presence of Uranus and Pluto. The Cardinal Cross could simply be a nice boost to help us to see where we might be stuck or not quite being honest with ourselves. Old patterns and responses may be brought to our attention somehow, but we should see it as a gift and really embrace the Cancer energy by fully feeling whatever emotions are brought to the surface. Capricorn then urges us to take responsibility for them rather than simply reacting defensively. What is my stuff and what is yours? It’s not easy to recognise our own patterns and ingrained beliefs because they were formed so long ago that they are utterly unconscious, but if we are open and willing to grow, what amazing self-knowledge can be gained from just sitting with and observing whatever comes up. There is no doubt whatsoever that our emotions have something to teach us if we only honour them rather than pushing them away or blaming them on someone else. This is the gift of Cancer.

Much Love


Picture: Dark Water Swim – Jennifer Walton