New Moon

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 Libra: Planting the Seeds of your New Understanding!

Libra is the sign most associated with relationship, and over the last 2 ½ years Saturn has been transiting Libra until just a week or so ago when in October 5th, Saturn moved into Scorpio, where it will stay for the next 2 ½ years. Saturn is the planet of karma, the planet of ‘as you sow, so shall you reap’. It is also the planet that evaluates how well something is working, A cosmic efficiency expert of sorts. And so our relationships have been front and center and in the hot seat for quite a while now.

Libra is an air sign, and so works in the realm of ideas. We have revaluated our relationships from the perspective of the mental body. What is fair, what is not. Is there equity in who puts the energy in the relationship and have we been pulling our own weight? Because of these questions and the answers we have gleaned, many relationships have ended and those that have not ended have had to shift out of necessity.. It is fair to say that if a relationship has made it to the end of Saturn in Libra it is, at least on paper, fair and equitable. Now that Saturn is in Scorpio, the other relationship sign, we will be evaluating our relationships from an emotional perspective.

In our society looking at things through the mental lens is promoted, even venerated. To look at a problem and not let ‘messy emotions’ spoil the solution is the highest form of success, yet it is only half the story. Now that Saturn will transit through Scorpio, many of our ‘ideas’ about relationship will be “sussed” out via our emotional body. Fair warning, those who were able to extricate themselves from an unfair relationship will now be dealing with the emotional ramifications of those decisions. And for those who have thought they dodged a bullet, the next part of our relationship saga begins and this time it is all about those messy emotions, as well as our motivations surround what drives us to choose with whom we relate.

This New Moon in Libra gives us the opportunity to try out many of the ‘new and improved’ ideas we have come up with during our ‘schooling’ concerning relationship over the last 2 ½ years. Saturn Scorpio is conjoined the Sun and Moon in Libra and points to the fact that we must apply our lessons immediately. Venus the ruling planet of Libra is in Virgo requiring us to practice discernment. Precision is of great value to Venus in Virgo so careful observation, correlation and synthesis will be needed.

Venus is in a square aspect with Jupiter in Gemini. Jupiter and Venus are traditionally benefic or helpful planets. Yet the square denotes some stress between these two “nice guy / nice girl’ planets. The square, a first ¼ one at that creates the energy for action. Jupiter in Gemini, the sign of ideas is quite willing to throw out ideas and with Venus also in a Mercurial sign it will be easy to get caught up in the details, yet with Saturn in Scorpio we will not get too off tract before the cosmic 2X4 comes knocking.
There is another aspect of Libra that is often overlooked, and that is the idea that in Libra we meet up with our higher selves, that part of us which is eternal. Our ‘god particle’ if you will, the spark of the divine that resides within us. So this New Moon is an excellent opportunity to connect with our higher selves. This will aid us in navigating through the tumultuous waters of our unresolved shadows (Scorpio) that will rear up like sea monsters from the sea of our unconscious. Coming to terms with these monsters and bringing them to the light of day will take courage, fortitude and perspective. And it through our connection to our higher self that we can acquire this perspective.

To feel is to heal and feeling with a higher view will aid in the healing of all of us. So plant your seeds of understanding that Saturn’s sojourn through Libra has distilled through the experiences of the last 2 ½ years and watch them grow!

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New Moon in Aries April 3, 2011 10:32:30 EDT

New Moons are times of new beginnings, when the Sun and Moon share the same degree of the zodiac. Aries is the sign of new beginnings and with 6 planets in Aries on this New Moon literally explodes onto the scene. The Sun and Moon and 13 degrees 29 minutes of Aries is in a tight conjunction with Jupiter in Aries. Opposite this triple conjunction is the planet Saturn at 13 degrees 54 minutes of Libra. Saturn and Jupiter are fresh off their last exact opposition (March 28th) keeping us from getting too carried away with our grand plans. Saturn reminds us of how our actions affect others. Mars, the ruler of Aries , is in Aries conjunct Uranus at 1 degree creating an explosive combination. Mars wants forward motion and Uranus blows up whatever impedes progress. Because this conjunction is so close to the Aries point, these actions will have world wide repercussions.

Mercury, the last planet in Aries is actually in retrograde motion. According to Soul Centered astrology Mercury is the ruler of Aries. Mercury being a direct connection to spirit and so with Mercury retrograde answers come from within. Our Souls are speaking to us, it is time to listen.

The day after this New Moon on April 4th, Neptune the planet of Unity Consciousness dips into the mystical waters of Pisces (April 4th -August 5th, 2011) furthering the theme of new beginnings.

The energy of this New Moon can create further chaos and upheaval or it can open doors to higher levels of consciousness. The mere rapidity and scope of the changes that have occurred just since the last new Moon in Pisces on March 4th, points to the speeding up of our conscious evolution. According to Carl Johan Calleman, a scholar of the Mayan Calendar and the author of The Mayan Calendar and the Transformation of Consciousness, we are moving through shifts in consciousness every 20 days which began in February of this year. Shifts in consciousness that would take a generation (20 years) to be realized, began to speed up from 1999-2010 to 360 days, has now further accelerated to 20 days. So we are experiencing major energetic shifts within our lives every 20 days. At this rate of change it is near impossible to do anything besides bear witness and become aware. Many of the challenges we face seem to be “out of our hands” but are they really?

The Mantra for Aries is I am. This new moon can be the birth of the I AM consciousness within each and every one of us. When we become aware of the I AM we can only inhabit the present moment. It is not the ‘I was’ or the ‘I am going to be’, it is the simply ‘I AM’. With 6 planets in Aries: The Sun, our self-consciousness conjoined to the Moon, our subconscious or biological consciousness, conjoined Jupiter our Higher Self. Mercury, our conscious mind, retrograde asking us to go within for answers. And Mars, our drive to be conjoined Uranus, Cosmic consciousness, brings forth a new awareness of who we really are. What explodes on the scene of this New Moon is our realization that if we work within the present moment with the realization that we are all one (thanks to Neptune moving into Pisces) we can co-create a New Earth. Giving birth to a New Paradigm of Conscious Co-creation. Knowing from the deepest and highest parts of our selves that we can in fact create our own reality through our thoughts, feelings and actions.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.