Evolution

Full Moon in Capricorn: The Final Exam

On July 12th there is a Full Moon in Capricorn. Full Moons are high energy times and opportunities to reach an awareness.This particular full moon is somewhat of a watershed moment for 2014. 

Basically a Full Moon is the point where the Sun and Moon are the furthest they can be from one another along the 360 degree circle. The seeds planted on the New Moon in Cancer back on June 28th have come to fruition. We see what we have been diligently working on over the last 14 days. In itself the FM is part of the monthly manifest ion cycle, yet there are times when the Lunation cycle (monthly cycle between the Sun and Moon) aligns with larger cycles, and this Full Moon is one of those times.

Throughout most of 2014 there has been a Grand Cardinal Square in the heavens. This Grand cross was formed by Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries, Jupiter in Cancer and Mars in Libra. We started the year with a New Moon on this Grand Cross setting the  tone for the year to be one of initiation into a new way of being, acting & relating.  In April this Grand Cross became very exact, acting much like the eye of a needle. We were required at that time, to let go of old ways of being, relating & acting that no longer served our evolution, if we in fact, wanted to evolve. Like all things in this dualistic world, evolution is a choice. For those who chose to move along the path there were some painful releases of long standing attachments. These attachments it seemed were that which we held most dear, and often felt like we couldn't do without.

We are now on the other side of that huge energetic let go, unencumbered yet still unsure. The energy of the Cardinal Cross is two steps forward, one step back, so we are finding our footing in this New Paradigm.

The Grand Cardinal Cross forms again with this Full Moon in Capricorn one last time, save for a short period of time in December of 2014. But for all intents and purposes this is the end of this particular long term configuration.

In the Full Moon chart the Sun and Moon are part of this Grand Cardinal Cross. Awareness around issues of family, parenting, gender and internal vs. external security are seen in the opposition of the Sun and Moon. The FM squares the nodal axis, North Node in Libra & South Node in Aries. The Nodes of the Moon point to the direction of our collective evolution. The North Node in Libra asks us to relate in a cooperative and balanced way, The South Node in Aries asks us to let go of old ways of acting, especially based on emotional insecurity and the war-like tendencies. Adding to this is the other actors in the Grand Cross play (save for Jupiter which is in the last degree of Cancer and not part of the party). Pluto is conjoined the Moon in Capricorn, Mars is conjoined the NN in Libra and Uranus is conjoin the SN in Aries. This is the final exam, can we relate in a new way? Can we do things differently? Can we take the internal changes we have undergone and translate them onto the larger cultural and world stage.

There is one more long term configuration to be considered that is part of this Full Moon chart and that is the Grand Water Trine that has been in the heavens since the Summer of 2013. In Astrology water is symbolic of the Soul, the emotional body and the feminine. In the patriarchal society we find ourselves in the attributes of Water are not recognized as valuable.  This can be easily seen in the treatment of women, the planet & the way our emotions are handled, more like a disease, than a natural process of being human.

Grand Trines are opportunities for healing or re-imprinting of traumas and abuses to our emotional bodies, our souls and the feminine. This can be seen all over the world from those school girls in Nigeria, to the Hobby Lobby decision by the supreme court of the Untied States, the feminine must be valued if we are to have any chance of balance and peace.

We are tired of the old ways, we have let go, reconfigured, re-orientated ourselves, done the internal work necessary, now it's time to be the change. We are ready. With the awareness we can garner at this Full Moon we can make this world a more loving place. It starts with each individual making different choices and eventually those in charge have no choice but to change. We have the power people, let's use it!

New Moon in Libra: Relating in a New Way!

On Friday, October 4th there is a New Moon in the sign of Libra. Libra is the sign of relationship. Mostly seen as a partnership sign, Libra is associated with marriage, business partnerships, and open enemies. There is a sense of social order in Libra and hence Libra rules the laws of society that keep things running smoothly. As we come up to this new Moon we look around us and see that nothing is really running smoothly.

At it’s most basic level, Libra is the balance of opposites. It is the nature of opposition which is about awareness. Awareness of both sides of an argument, awareness of the light and the dark, the male and the female, the inner self and the outer expression of self, the personality and the higher self. In it’s essence Libra is how we relate to the ourselves, others, and the world around us.

On October 1st the Sun in Leo made a square to Pluto in Capricorn. Squares are highly energetic and drive us to change. This square was a last ¼ square, considered a crisis in thought: We question societal norms and the “business as usual” way of going about the business of life. We begin to see that perhaps there is a better way. Two days later the Sun made an opposition to Uranus in Aries. The Sun in Libra illuminates the integrative principle of relationship while Uranus in Aries drives us toward our individual destiny. With this aspect we had an opportunity to become aware of how our relationships either support our unique destinies, or how they do not. Both these aspects occurred within the last quarter of the lunation cycle which by it’s nature is a releasing cycle.

The Sun’s square to Pluto and opposition to Uranus activated the Pluto Uranus first ¼ square that has been creating much of the instability we are experiencing. These squares, 7 in all over a 4 year period are the engines of change that is shifting the landscape forcing us to move and do things in a different way. The 4th exact square of these two transformational heavy weights will be exact on November 1. So as the month of October proceeds, the level of energetic intensity will rise.

It is within this energetic soil we have the New Moon in Libra at 12 degrees of Libra. The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is “Miners are surfacing from a deep coal mine” and the keyword for this image is ‘Emergence’. The sense of moving from the darkness into the light is seen in this image. As if we have been living in hell but didn't know it until we could experience something else.

The chart of this New Moon has a grand cardinal square between the Sun/Moon in Libra, Uranus in Aries, Pluto in Capricorn and Jupiter and Lilith in Cancer. Uranus in Aries is about freedom to be who we are. Pluto in Capricorn is about the transformation of Power and the structure of society. Jupiter in Cancer is the expansion and understanding of our emotional nature as well as issues of family, women and children and nurturance issues. Lilith is the archetype of the disowned and demonized feminine. As I right this the government of the US is “shut down’ due to the dysfunctional relationship (Libra) between the two parties (Pluto) mainly due to the Tea Party Republicans (Uranus) who refuse to compromise (Libra) because of Obama care (Jupiter in Cancer). Despite the shut down, the military is running, the pentagon is open but WIC, the program that gives milk and other essentials to growing children and mothers is closed. We can see in this example where the old paradigm has it’s values.

New Moon’s are seed times and so it is the time to plant the seed to a new way of relating to ourselves, to others, to our family (and nation) and those running the show. We are moving into a new paradigm and everything is up for transformation. If we want to live in a ‘kinder and gentler’ world we must focus on that and how to create it. Living your life on your own terms with a sensitivity to how our actions effect others is vital at this time. We are really just fighting ourselves here. We are in this together and each and every person mirrors back to us that which we love and that which we would rather not look at.

We create this world and if we don‘t like what we see then let’s do it differently. It’s not just an airy fairy suggestion, but an evolutionary imperative.

Evolve or perish, the choice is ours.

New Moon in Sagittarius: Calling All Starseeds!

New Moon in Sagittarius: Calling All Starseeds!

2012 has been a watershed year on many levels, starting with some very personal shifts at the beginning of the year, shifts in how we expended our energy, how we thought and what was truly important to us. In the late spring and early summer the shifts become more global and continued well into the late summer and fall. In less than a week we will find ourselves at the much toted, Winter Solstice of 2012: The End of the Mayan Long Count, our Sun’s movement through the plane of the Milky Way Galaxy, the end of the world as we know it, the birth of a new consciousness, Rapture, the Apocalypse, etc.…

Most of November was a journey through our deepest and darkest psychological underpinnings as the Sun and the inner planets moved through Scorpio. Always an intense time of year, made even more so because Saturn had just ingressed into Scorpio October 5th, where it will spend 2 ½ years. Saturn has an impeccable ability to make things concrete, so despite our best efforts our shadows came up quickly and in some very real ways. The New Moon in Scorpio on November 13th required us to let go of our baggage in order to move through the eye of the needle that is spiritual enlightenment.

Part of the Function of having our shadows uncovered is so that we can claim them, love them and thereby heal them. To quote an often used phrase, “If not us, then who?” and “If not now, then when?” And so the “Us” was tested in the “now”.

Once the Sun moved into Sagittarius, some of the emotional heaviness lifted, yet our shadow explorations where not over as both Mercury and Venus were still ensconced in Scorpio.

Sagittarius is about perspective, understanding, and belief. It is about having a guiding star to follow and the aspiration to get there (while Capricorn is about perspiration) This New Moon in Sagittarius occurs on December 13th at 3:42 AM EST at 22 degrees of Sagittarius.

Our beliefs have been through quite a testing period already and will continue to be a point of focus because for most of the month of December. Jupiter the planet of beliefs and the ruling planet of Sagittarius, has been in the cross-hairs of a Yod, or Finger of God configuration. Starting the month with Venus and Mars testing our beliefs around relationships and now, and for the rest of the month Pluto and Saturn asking for nothing less than complete death and rebirth of our beliefs!

In the Chart of the New Moon the New Moon itself is within 4+ degrees of an exact conjunction to the Galactic Center at around 27 degrees of Sagittarius.. It is through the emanations of the Galactic Center that we can connect with our Galactic heritage, our connection to the greatest of wholes. Sagittarius’ ruling planet Jupiter is in the aforementioned Yod with Saturn in Scorpio which requires us to make adjustments in our beliefs we are most emotionally attached to that keep us from growing and evolving. And Pluto in Capricorn requires us to adjust our mental body so that it can hold new realizations and awareness.

A semisextile (30 degree) aspect between the New Moon in Sag and Mars in Capricorn, requires us to begin to build a root structure and a for our soul’s evolution.

Venus just off it’s yearly conjunction to the North Node (The direction of our collective evolution) in Scorpio further stresses the formation of a new set of values about the resources we share and the emotional commitments we make to each other.

This seed time of new understandings is brought to a whole other level as Uranus, the planet of Sudden out of nowhere flashes of insight stations direct on the day of the new Moon. Just a few hours after the exact New Moon, Uranus starts its direct motion after being retrograde since July of 2012. In Aries our divine right to be who we were born to be is activated. Uranus’ station direct acts like a set of booster rockets sending us into the stratosphere.

This time in our shared history is one of great crisis and opportunity. For those of us who feel called to action to build a world we can all live in, this New Moon is the clarion call to move towards our most cherished desires. Our galactic heritage strengthens us, our shadow work clears the way to re-membering ourselves into wholeness and Uranus gives us the proverbial kick in the behind to bravely go where no one has gone before!

New Moon in Scorpio: Through the Eye of the Needle We Go!

New Moons are always powerful times, within each New Moon, regardless of the sign it occurs in, there is the energy of Aries. This is the energy of beginnings. There is a sense of rebirth, or bursting forth onto the scene. The sign the New Moon falls in colors what type of bursting forth we can expect.

As the sign of, among other things, Death and Rebirth, Scorpio can be a terrifying specter for us. It is in Scorpio that we face powers that are greater than us. With Scorpio there is a sense of loss of control. This can be seen when we look to the Scorpio/Taurus axis which rules sex. Taurus rules the physical side of sex and Scorpio the emotional side of it. For most of us, unless we have been sexually abused, we don’t have an issue with the physical side of the sexual act, it is the emotional side that we often have difficulty with. The requirement to open your emotions up to another person that can be downright terrifying. Yet without that side sex can become a soulless commodity. Why is opening our emotional selves up to each other so scary? Simply put, emotional vulnerability. We can loose control of our feelings and delve into the darkness of those desires that we don’t always understand, or even wish to understand, Our compulsions and obsessions are all in the cauldron that is Scorpio.

This is the first New Moon in Scorpio that occurs with Saturn also in Scorpio. Saturn moved into Scorpio on October 5th. Saturn is the planet that makes things real. Bringing things into manifestation. In Scorpio our deepest fears can rise up and become very real. Scorpio is also the sign of coming up against forces that are greater than ourselves. The scariest of these is Death itself and whether we actually face death ourselves or the mere idea of death, the trepidation is real.

Yet what is truly dying? In some cases, the physical body, yet for most of us, it is something less tangible than that. For some it is the emotions that no longer serve us, feelings of victimization, guilt, fear, loathing. For others it is thoughts we had about how things should be, for others relationships that have reached their usefulness. No matter what, this New Moon heralds a time of a deep cleansing let go.

This New Moon in Scorpio is also a Solar Eclipse due to the fact that it occurs close to the Nodes of the Moon. This Eclipse is a North Node Eclipse, meaning that this is a time of moving forward towards our collective evolution. Yet how do we move forward when we are being required to let go of so much?

Imagine if you will, going on a long trip that you have packed for very carefully. You have packed warm sweaters, boots, shoes, and sneakers. With much forethought you chose the shirts and pants so you could layer your clothes, and look smart. You even bought two new packs of underwear! You get to the gate and the TSA person says you cannot get on the plane with any luggage. There has been a new procedure that just came down from Homeland Security: No baggage! You can only go with the clothes on your back.

That is what this New Moon Solar Eclipse is about. Letting go of even the things you’re sure you are going to need. And it doesn’t matter how carefully you planned, NO BAGGAGE is the new rule!

We are moving through the eye of a needle at this time in our evolution. In the bible Jesus told his disciples that it is easier for a camel to move through an eye of a needle than a rich man. The rich man Christ speaks of is the person who is attached to things. The other part of that story is the part where the poor woman puts her last coins into the offering basket, knowing in her heart that it is in giving that we receive.

To say this time requires a leap of faith would be an understatement. Yet that is exactly what we are being asked to do. So don your favorite traveling clothes, unencumbered by your stuff and take that step toward the most awesome and exciting trip you could ever imagine. Knowing where you’re going is immaterial, it’s just about going

New Moon in Aquarius: Awakening to the Dragon within

The New Moon in Aquarius occurs at 2:39 AM on January 23rd on the East Coast of the US & at 11:39 PM on the West Coast of the US (7:39 AM UT). In Chinese Astrology the New Moon in Aquarius marks the start of the Chinese New Year, this year being the Year of the Dragon.

The Dragon is the only mythological beast of the 12 zodiacal signs in Chinese Astrology whose motto is "I reign". In Chinese culture Dragons are revered for their power, in the West dragons are seen as evil beasts to be slain. Dragons are symbolic of the Energies of the earth, it is the waking dragon that creates earthquakes, tidal waves and all manner of natural disaster. Dragons symbolize our connection to the planet. During the last 2,000 years of patriarchal dominance we have been told that there is separation between spirit and flesh. This has caused us to see that which is earthly as evil & what is 'not of the earth' as good. This has caused a split in our psyche, separating our mental bodies from our feeling bodies, our mind from our heart. The dragon stirs within us to remind us that we are children of both earth and sky, of mind and heart, of God and Goddess.

The Sun/Moon at 3 degrees of Aquarius, the sign of universal brotherhood, of equality makes a opportunistic sextile to Uranus in Aries. Uranus is the modern ruler of Aquarius and holds a lot of sway in this chart. Uranus in Aries is the revolutionary energy, the
drive "to be" unencumbered by restrictions. The drive to be free of restraint felt on an instinctual level is very strong on this New Moon, yet the planetary ruler of Aries, Mars is virtually at a standstill at 24 degrees of Virgo just hours before it turns retrograde. So forward motion will be frustrated.

This combination of wanting to be free of restrictions and not being able to move forward can be a very frustrating and explosive energy, especially for those who are 'unawakened'. Unawakened to what you may ask? That there can be no change on the outside, without first changing the inside. With Mars just about to go retrograde on this New Moon that is about connecting to our ability to have dominion over our own lives, it is the process of self analysis (Mars in Virgo) that is the key to being free. What we see as restricting us on the outside, is merely what we believe about ourselves. Issues of victimization will rise up, like the
sleeping dragon beneath the earth. What is our relationship to our own power. Releasing the need to be a victim or victimizer is what brings true freedom. To use the potent energy of the dragon to face our demons and free ourselves of them is the true power of this time.

There is also a stressful aspect between the Sun and Jupiter, the two largest bodies in our solar system. This square aspect creates a crisis in action & thought around our resources (Jupiter in Taurus) and the fair and equitable distribution of them (Sun/Moon Aquarius). Changing our thinking about these issues and acting so that everyone gets to share the resources of the planet we SHARE while keeping in mind how our actions or inactions effect our Mother Earth is the more universal message of this New Moon. This is further stressed by the opposition between Jupiter in Taurus and Saturn in Libra. Both Taurus & Libra are ruled by the planet Venus which is the planet of our inner and outer essential needs. What do we truly need, how much is enough? If we can truly look at our lives from the inside out, instead of letting society dictate what is important or what we need, shifting outer authority to inner authority we can connect to what is most vital for our health, happiness, and peace of mind.

And lastly Venus, now in Pisces the sign of transcendence, forgiveness and reconnection to God/Goddess or Source energy conjoin to Neptune in Aquarius & Chiron in Pisces, reminds us that we are all in this together, for what happens to the least of our brothers and sisters does indeed happen to us all. Let this New Moon plant seeds of self acceptance, equality and fairness for all so that we can 'reign' in our own lives and create a more equitable and verdant future for all inhabitants of this beautiful planet we call Home.