Full Moon in Cardinal Aries ~ Conjunct Uranus, the Rebel

 

Dearest Moonlings!

We are in the season of change.  The eclipses in September worked upon us in many varied ways – opening new doors, closing others, bringing about surprises, births, deaths, unions and separations.

Many of us have been pushed outside the box of our comfort zone.  Many of us are exhausted and just looking for some peace and quiet from all this noise, all this insanity, all these layers of challenging issues that we face as individuals and as a global community.

In October, the flavor of Fall is all around us; the daylight fading a little sooner, the air getting chillier, the wind blowing leaves and blowing our thoughts toward coffee shops and scarves and comfort food and warmth.

This year, we have the added anticipation of November’s U.S. presidential election.  Tensions are high, egos are ignited, nerves are shot and patience is thin.  We are faced with one of the most absurd political campaigns in history, and the voices calling for change are murmuring louder and louder, like a deep underground river that is rising and rising, preparing to dismantle every system of injustice.

This month’s Full Moon is exact on Saturday, October 15th, at 9:23 pm PDT.  La Luna reveals her fullness to us in the sign of Aries, the Ram.  The Sun in Libra is highlighting the area in our lives that really strives for balance and harmony, as well as beauty and connection.  Jupiter began his year-long journey in Libra on September 9th, and he is EXPANDING and supporting and enhancing that area of our lives because that is the generous nature of Jupiter.

Aries is Libra’s opposite, and he brings the attention back to the “self” and to accomplishment.  Aries is driven, masculine and a total powerhouse.  He is ruled by Mars, whereas Libra is ruled by Venus.  Aries is the pioneer, the leader, the fire-starter.  Libra seeks relationship, refinement and romance. As Cardinal signs, Libra and Aries are both generators, initiators, trend-setters and very ambitious.

Uranus (retrograde in Aries and conjunct the Full Moon) gives an added dimension of rebellion and wildness to this month’s astrology.  Uranus represents liberation, equality, and the higher mind.  Uranus has no problem using the power of destruction to “level the playing field.”  If it isn’t working well for the good of all, let’s break it apart and build it over again in a new way!  This is the mindset of Uranus.

Uranus remains retrograde in Aries until December 29th of this year, which is also the New Moon.  This feels like a very special introduction to 2017!

When the planet of transcendence and higher mind turns direct at 20° Aries, we might experience some closure or some continuing of things that were happening back in April of this year, when Uranus was last transiting through 20-21° Aries.  Pay attention to this part of your chart; which house does Aries rule for you, and do you have planets or significant aspects around 20° Aries?  You might be experiencing some monumental shifts in personal areas of your life, and we are bound to see this reflected in the larger landscape of global relations and leadership.

Aside from this Saturday’s Full Moon, we can look forward to Venus, the planet of beauty and pleasure, moving into Sagittarius for almost a month of frolicky fun!  Venus enters the sign of the Archer at 12:01 am PDT, this Tuesday October 18th. This is a lovely combination, as Jupiter is the ruler of adventurous Sag, and no one makes Venus shine brighter than the benevolent Jupiter.  The energies of Jupiter and Venus are quite harmonious and bestow good fortune.  Jupiter spending a year in Libra, who is ruled by Venus, is another, longer-term formation of the angelic Venus-Jupiter connection.

May the blessing of this Full Moon bestow you with the courage and the fortitude needed during times of change!  May you hold your loved ones close, and may you also hold your sweet self with compassion for this human journey.  May you allow your own consciousness to be the change so needed in the world.

Blessings and Light!

Namaste.

 

 

 

 

 

Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Pisces, Baby…Ya Feel?

Hey, hey, hey Moonbabies….

Many technical delays have been happening in my world – thank you Mercury retrograde!

Nevertheless, I am called to share with you, even if it is after the fact.

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The Full Moon in Pisces was exact today at 12:05 pm PDT, and the lunar eclipse was exact at 11:54 am PDT (24 degrees Pisces).

Full Moons are always intensifying, and when a lunar eclipse happens simultaneously (about twice a year), we have the opportunity to ride the waves of transformation with awareness and willingness.  We might even feel like we simply have no other choice: it is time to surrender.

The message Spirit has given me with this Moon is to stop, slow down and listen.  Talk less.  Listen and receive.  There is no need to spin any webs of fantasy, expectation or projection.  Notice what is.  Notice the likes and dislikes.  Notice the attractions and aversions.  Notice.

The quality and texture of our senses are valid and important and make up the truth of our current experience.  Inner knowing, gut feeling, intuition, dreams, emotions and physical response are all sacred.  All ways of knowing ourselves.

Pisces, the sign of mutable water, is all about feeling and intuition.  She is the ultimate empath.  She presides over dreams and subconscious desires.  As the universal ruler of the 12th house, she leads us through the passage of mystical transformation.  She is represented in her glyph as two fish swimming in opposite directions, much like a Yin/Yang symbol.

Pisces rules one of the twelve houses in your natal chart, and with an eclipse (lunar or solar), it is especially helpful to know where the full Moon or new Moon is happening for you personally.

For me, Pisces rules my 10th house of career, where my natal Moon dwells.  All I’m gonna say is — YUP!  I am experiencing major and transformative growth and change in my career.  It’s exciting – and I’m not striving and pushing and reaching for it.  The Universe is handing it to me like a beautiful baton – and every time I drop the baton or shy away from it, the Universe places it back firmly in my hand.

The Moon is the emotional self, the inner wisdom and our feminine nature (for both men and women).  The natal Moon speaks to your emotional needs, where you feel safe and where you are deeply connected to Source energy.

May you honor your natal Moon daily and nightly, not just with the full Moon or new Moon calling your awareness.

One of my great teachers often tells us to “Pause and feel….” after chanting a mantra together.

May we do this pausing and this feeling.  This listening.  This noticing.

Something very magical is happening underneath all the chatter of the mind.

Beyond the pressure of expectations and the bombardment of stimulation – we begin to notice our true nature.

May you know yourself as one with Great Spirit.

Sat Nam

Blessed Be.

💜

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Moon photo credit: Michael Ludwig 9/15/16

New Moon, Solar Eclipse & Mercury Retrograde – All In Virgo, Baby

The New Moon in Virgo (exact at 2:03 am PDT on September 1st) brings issues of health, daily routines and work relationships to the spotlight.  Both Sun and Moon join at 9° Virgo to create the second and final solar eclipse of 2016.

Virgo encourages order and efficiency.  She is often described as the “Mary Poppins” of the zodiac – practically perfect.  She is mutable earth; she helps us transform through improvement.  She helps us make to-do lists and organize the clutter.  She helps us purge and get rid of the things we don’t need.  Throw it away, give it away, or sell it – now is the time!

Virgo likes schedules and planning.  Ever analytical, she is ruled by Mercury, the planet of intellect and discernment.  We see this in the very cerebral and organized approach that Virgo takes to being in the body.

Virgo promotes self-care.  She likes to clean and groom the body, just as much as she appreciates a tidy home and a clean car.  For Virgo, this is about self-respect and wellness, not being flashy or fancy.

Virgo relates to the abdomen, gallbladder and intestines.  Many of us find ourselves more apt to pay attention to issues regarding our digestion and our diet during “Virgo season” (August 22nd – September 22nd), while the Sun is lighting up Virgo in the zodiac.

Back to the eclipse:

We talk a lot about Moon cycles (of course), as well as the cycles of the other personal planets (Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn).  We touch on the cycles here and there about the generational planets (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto).  And eclipses have their own cycles, and their own method of impacting our lives. 

The eclipses happen 4-6 times/year between pairs of opposite signs.  We are currently experiencing the Pisces/Virgo axis, which began back in March 2015 and will finish up in February 2017.

Each pair of opposing signs remains highlighted during an eclipse cycle for 18 to 24 months.  Unlike planets and asteroids, which are moving “forward” through the signs (unless they are in a retrograde cycle), the eclipses are gradually moving “backward” through the signs upon their axis.  The Aries/Libra axis turned into the Pisces/Virgo axis, which will then turn into the Aquarius/Leo axis.

As the Pisces/Virgo axis has been taking over, the Aries/Libra axis has been loosening.  We experienced the last eclipse on the Aries/Libra axis on 3/23/16 (it was a lunar eclipse/full moon at 3° Libra).  2015/2016 have been big years for those of us who strongly identify with the signs Pisces, Virgo, Aries or Libra. 

Identifying with a zodiac sign is not dependent on your natal Sun being in that sign.  Our Ascendant and Moon signs are just as important as our Sun sign when we think of “who we are” and what zodiac traits we are going to personify and connect to.  The other thing to pay attention to is where your “clusters” are.  For example, I have a huge portion of my chart clustered into the sign of Libra, which rules my 5th house.  The cluster happens to include my Venus, Pluto, North Node and Sun.

Astrology is so layered, and yet so simple.  I highly recommend taking a look at what is being affected for you on the Pisces/Virgo axis and how you can work with these transformative eclipses.  See my recommendations below for my two favorite Western astrologers in the Seattle area.

One of the other major things that is happening with this New Moon/solar eclipse is Mercury RetrogradeDUN DUN DUN DUUUNNNN!

Mercury went retrograde 2 days ago on August 30th at 6:04 am PDT at 29° Virgo.

Now, relax.  Pay attention to what you’re doing and saying (Mercury retrogrades will often bring issues of communication to the surface, as Mercury rules communication, intellect, transportation and technology).  But Mercury goes retrograde 3-4 times/year, more than any other planet in our solar system.  It’s nothing we haven’t dealt with before.

That said, with this retrograde, Mercury will be calling us to review issues relating to Virgo (health, work, duties, punctuality, efficiency), as well as issues relating to the house Virgo rules for you personally in your natal chart.  Due to the retrograde, Mercury will remain in Virgo for just over 2 months, which is a long time for Mercury to be in one sign.

Mercury is being supported right now by expansive Jupiter (who is hanging out at 28° Virgo), but Jupiter will be joining Venus in Libra in just a few days on September 9th.  By then, Venus will be at 13° Libra, but I can see the energy from September 9th – September 23rd (when Venus crosses over into Scorpio) as having great potential for romance as Venus is especially powerful in Libra, Taurus and Pisces.  Venus is the planet of love, beauty, art, sensuality and all things related to the divine feminine.  She is the singular ruler of both Libra and Taurus; those signs are her domiciles.  She is exalted in the dreamy sign of Pisces, and her “fall” (her detriment) is in the sign of pragmatic Virgo.

The recent Mercury/Venus/Jupiter conjunction at 27-28° Virgo was beautiful and potentially intense (especially for those who identify strongly with Virgo, or who have significant planets/aspects around the late degrees of Virgo).  However, now that Venus is roaming free in Libra (as of 8/29 at 7:07 pm PDT), she can really start to do her magic.  And when benevolent Jupiter joins her in Libra, he simply expands her potential. 

Both Jupiter and Venus are known as the most “supportive” planets besides the Sun and the Moon in terms of their astrological influence.  They are the ones making our lives easier, while planets like Mars and Saturn are supposed to challenge us, ideally for our growth and not our detriment!

Allow the supportive energies to work with you where they need to.

Allow the challenging energies to do their thing.

Allow transformation to happen, on any and every level that you are willing to receive it.

Allow yourself to be the master creator of this thing called “your life.”

May the organized and health-focused energy of Virgo work with you as you create your master plan, deep clean your home, re-commit to your health and tackle your to-do list.  Let her busy and prudent nature invigorate you and prepare you for the change of season.

Go within and get very quiet at some point today.  Let the New Moon plant her own seeds in you.

You don’t have to do anything.

Just listen.

Just observe.

Just receive.

 

Namaste and Dark Moon Blessings

~ Misfit Mystic

 

For those looking for an astrologer in the Seattle area, I highly recommend my teachers:

Stephanie Gailing @ http://www.stephaniegailing.com

Megan Skinner @ http://www.meganskinner.com

I can also be reached for natal chart and synastry readings.  Please contact me at misfitmysticblog@gmail.com to inquire.

 

 

New Moon in Leo and the Dance of Saturn and Mars

As I write this, the Crone Moon is riding the waves of Cancer, keeping me domestic and tender.  She is guiding us within even as she prepares to light us up with the fiery and brave intentions of Leo, the noble Lion.  She enters the sign of Leo on Monday at 6:12pm PDT, and her newness will be exact at 1:45pm PDT on Tuesday, August 2nd

Leo the Lion is tossing his mane right now!

When La Luna is reborn as new, she is directly within the light of the Sun, which is why we don’t see her.  This time can offer so much illumination, for the life-giver (Sun) is in perfect alignment with the inner-self, the emotional self, the secret self: which is represented by Moon.

Month by month, we look at where this is happening in our PERSONAL natal chart in order to gain clarity and direction regarding how the illumination is happening SPECIFICALLY within our individual lives.  When you read horoscopes, I highly recommend that you read them according to your RISING sign, not your sun sign.  If you do not know your rising sign, www.astro.com is a great resource for this.  Go to “extended chart selection” under “Free Horoscopes” and you will easily be able to pull your own chart for free (chart type: Natal Chart Wheel).  I recommended selecting “whole signs” under “House System” (under “Options”).  I talk a little about why I use the whole sign house system in my “about” section on this blog.

This month, we are in the time of self-expression, pleasure and passion.  Leo himself is ruled by the Sun, and the Sun is all about IDENTITY and PURPOSE.  Leo the Lion is dramatic and theatrical by nature, and he shines from the sheer pleasure of DOING WHAT HE LOVES TO DO.  His true nature is loyal and honorable, offering his heart of gold to his close relationships.  The world is a stage for the Lion; he is an exhibitionist and an extrovert, which some of us can relate to and some of us can’t.  But the thing to remember is that he exists for all of us.  All of us contain the entire zodiac within us, for each house is ruled by one of the twelve signs.  So you might not identify strongly with Leo characteristics (or you might), but Leo does preside over a certain area of your life, astrologically-speaking.

If your Sun/Moon/Ascendant/North Node is in Leo, you will undoubtedly be experiencing a certain spotlight and intensity right now, and you may feel “personally” reborn or re-ignited at this time.  But for all of us, this bright, successful, charismatic and joyful Leo style pervades some aspect of our charts.  For me, Leo rules my 3rd house of writing, intellect and communication.  I also have Saturn in my 3rd house, the disciplinarian.  Saturn makes us work.  But he also rewards us with structural support and tangible outcomes – when WE WORK (more precisely, when we work where our work is needed/appreciated).  So I’m letting this Moon speak to me specifically in this area.

Doing the “personal research” to find out how what signs rule what houses in your natal chart is easy and free!  I offer natal chart coaching sessions on a donation basis to help people understand the basics of their personal astrology and how planetary transits are affecting them now.  My contact information is below.  Sessions are completely confidential.

This New Moon in Leo is being ignited even further by the fact that Mars, planet of passion and action, is moving into Sagittarius on Tuesday at 10:49 am PDT.  You might be well-versed in the latest Mars retrograde “escapade” – or you might not – so here’s a little recap:

Mars began his retrograde at 8° Sagittarius on April 17th of this year.  He fell back into Scorpio on May 28th.  He stationed direct at 23° Scorpio on June 29th Now he is switching signs (and houses) for the last time until he enters Capricorn on September 27th.  He won’t retrograde again until June 2018, so hopefully we have learned something from this “recoiling” of Mars energy.  We all need to be able to utilize our passion and desire, we need to have an outlet for aggressive energy, we need permission (from ourselves!) to be direct and ask for what we want.

Mars and Saturn will be dancing together in Sagittarius again come the New Moon.  The dance of these two very masculine, challenging and hard-working planets really began back on February 19th when Mars reached 23° Scorpio, a specific point that we would later see lit up for an extended period of time when Mars stationed direct at that degree on June 29th.  While Mars is re-entering Sagittarius, Saturn is hanging out at 9° Sagittarius, which is significant because Mars was at 8° Sagittarius when he went retrograde on April 17thAt the point of the Mars retrograde, Saturn was at 15° Sagittarius, and Saturn will return to that degree on November 7th of this year (the day before the much-anticipated United States presidential election).

On a larger scale, we can look at the Mars/Saturn dance as spanning from 2/19/16-11/24/16.

For tracking the personal lessons that are being revealed by the Mars retrograde, pay attention to events between 4/17/16-8/21/16 (Mars began his retrograde at 8° Sagittarius on 4/17, and he will return to that degree on 8/21).

The most recent Saturn retrograde began on March 25th when the planet of structure and containment was at 16° Sagittarius.  He will go direct on August 13th, a few days before our next Full Moon, at 9° Sagittarius.  He himself will return to 16° Sagittarius on November 16th of this year.

I know some of you might feel lost with this information right now, but try to pay attention to these dates – both the things that happen directly on or near these dates, but also the over-arching life experiences and lessons happening within the bookends of the two time frames I have listed above.

If you have access to your natal chart, hone in on the area between 23° Scorpio and 16° Sagittarius.  Which houses are being affected?  What planets/asteroids/angles/nodes exist here?  This particular segment of your chart has been getting A LOT of attention, and that won’t really let up until after November 24th, when Saturn moves beyond 16° Sagittarius.

On August 24th, Mars and Saturn will make their exact conjunction at 9° Sagittarius.  I will discuss this further when I share my thoughts regarding our next Full Moon on August 18th.  The main thing to keep in mind is that Mars is action and Saturn is discipline.  Together they can accomplish a lot, if their influence is being channeled for growth and constructive action.  The fact that they are joining up in Sagittarius is great news because the Archer is both adventurous and benevolent, kind and driven, brave and compassionate.  Sagittarius is mutable (changeable) and ruled by Jupiter, the planet of expansion and good fortune.

Saturn obviously moves more slowly than Mars because he is farther from the Sun and his orbit is larger, but he will be moving ESPECIALLY slow around the time that he is stationing direct on the 13th.  Remember, this is all happening in our perception from Earth, and this is exactly how we will harness the power of these heightened times: through our perception.

I am a firm believer in the power of self-inquiry.  See for yourself what happens when you dig into your own astrology.  See how your perception might shift when you read your horoscopes based on your rising sign instead of your Sun sign.

Our individual lives co-create the pattern of the world stage.  It is irresponsible for any of us to hide our gifts at this time.

If we are unsure of where our talents lie and how to bring them out, diving into self-inquiry is a great way to get in touch with the “you” that came here to shine in a specific way.  Self-love and self-care are essential components in unlocking our gifts.  There is no shame in prioritizing our health and well-being.  The world needs our vibrancy and our willingness, not a limiting shadow of who we really are.

There is a quote from the Gospel of Thomas (found in the Gnostic Gospels) that I simply love, and I feel that it applies well with this Leo New Moon:

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”

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Currently, I do not write horoscopes for each sign.  Instead, I give a general overview of how specific planets in our solar system are affecting us astrologically, centering around the New Moon and Full Moon.  When I give natal chart coaching sessions, I discuss your personal astrology as well as the current planetary transits that are at play and what areas of your life are being affected by those transits.

For information about booking a session with me, I may be contacted at: misfitmysticblog@gmail.com

Much love and New Moon blessings!

Also, here is a beautiful song by Dead Can Dance (called “Rakim” on their album Toward the Within).

https://youtu.be/kq59rEVWQNI

If this song doesn’t set the tone for a favorable New Moon, I don’t know what does!

Shine on.

 

~ Misfit Mystic

 

Full Moon in Capricorn and Here Comes the Leo Sun!

Pregnant Luna reaches fullness on July 19th at 3:57 pm PDT in the steady and hardworking sign of Capricorn. 

Her ripeness in Capricorn symbolizes the collective need to “get to work.”  What needs to be done?  This can mean finishing up lingering projects and crossing off the to-do list.  It can mean tuning in to your pragmatic side, the part of you that is willing to take things step-by-step as well as give things the final push.  It can also mean setting aside time to go within and look at the “bigger picture” of your existence.

If you believe in soul-contracts (agreements our souls make before taking birth), you might feel a sense of purpose bubbling up for you with this Full Moon.  You might even feel like your higher self is demanding that you show up and pay attention.  Old patterns and ways of being that don’t work are simply unsustainable now.  Capricorn is represented by the Goat, and she is concerned with functionality and practicality.  She is cardinal earth, which means she takes initiative to create grounded and tangible change.  She is here to weed out the behaviors and thought patterns that are stumbling blocks or traps.  She is high-functioning and helps us keep a steady pace on the path of life.  She is ruled by Saturn, the disciplinarian, which gives her major willpower and the ability to focus.

Luna’s exact fullness marks a void period until she enters Aquarius at 8:10 pm PDT.  The void Moon is a time to reflect, go within and listen.  Find the pause in the wheel of life; find perspective.

This Full Moon is also the celebration of Guru Purnima, a sacred festival originating from India and Nepal in which the teacher or guru is honored.  The Sanskrit word “guru” can be defined simply as “the darkness destroyer” (gu = darkness, ru = destroyer).  It is a great gift to experience a teacher who lights our path and brings us into greater awareness, understanding, respect and love.

It is beautiful to take some time with this Moon to offer thanks for those teachers and gurus who have guided us and supported us, who have challenged us and accepted us and loved us.  The true teacher is here to reflect the light within the student.  It is a blessing both ways.

During the Full Moon, the Sun lies directly opposite Luna.  The Sun is finishing up his stay in the waters of Cancer, and he is preparing to enter the domain of Leo this Friday (July 22nd) at 2:30 am PDT. 

The Sun illuminates the house in your chart that is ruled by the sign in which he is traveling.  We all have the entire zodiac within us, in different ways.  Each sign represents an “aspect” of being.  Leo is all about self-expression.  He is noble, courageous and charming.  He can come across as ego-centric or even selfish when his energy is out of balance.  In truth, Leo understands that self-love and self-expression are key components of spreading joy in the world.

The Sun will be joining Venus and Mercury in Leo, who entered the Lion’s Den last week, setting the stage for the pinnacle of Summer.  Leo values art, romance, creativity, family, love and performance.  Leo can be indulgent, like the ripe Summer harvest.  So: the self (Sun), the mind (Mercury) and feminine love energy (Venus) are all in the Lion’s Den together again – and the sign of fixed fire is igniting everyone’s sense of self.  The ego can also get ignited under this fire sign, and when too many aggrandized egos start crowding a room – well, we all know it ain’t pretty.

Hop off the ego train and use the fire of Leo to light up your purpose and your path. 

Your wellness, your brightness, your talent and your heart are much needed in the world.  This planet is in so much pain, so much confusion, and the wheel of karma is plowing forward at tremendous speed.  Can we respond with quiet kindness?  Can we offer the alchemy that is necessary to turn apathy into caring, hate into forgiveness and fear into love?

What we have considered “self” is the biggest lie that we have been feeding ourselves for centuries upon centuries.

Small self is a shadow of the truth of What Is. 

When small self thinks it is in charge, it feeds the creation of a false paradigm in which many small selves are competing for attention and power.  This has manifested as a world full of conflict, poverty, violence, abuse, pain and disease.

However, the Universe is self-correcting.  She may just self-correct humans out of existence if we can’t get our act together.

On another note, as La Luna wanes from her fullness into Crone and back into the darkness of new beginnings, Mars will be retracing his steps in Scorpio back into Sagittarius.  He has regained his usual speed after stationing direct, so any mire we may have been feeling from June 19th – July 12th should be clearing up or at least MOVING in a new direction by now.  This can also speak to desires coming to fruition, romance taking off (or falling apart), and inner conflict sorting itself out.

Mars energy is HOT, and he is currently heating up the final degrees of Scorpio (again).  Scorpio encourages shadow work and deep exploration of emotions and our sensual/sexual nature.  Scorpio is anything but superficial and she doesn’t care about societal norms, which is why she is so often shrouded in mystery.

For those of you who are geeky like me, you might find it useful to know that from now until our next New Moon, Mars will be retracing the same territory he was in from:

May 27th – June 12th

February 22nd – March 7th

Mars energy is powerful, and this past Mars retrograde certainly threw me for a loop, so I wanted to share these dates for the sake of reflection.

Mars will re-enter Sagittarius on August 2nd on the day of the New Moon.

This is potent energy available to us, dear ones!

I wish you magickal transformation and radical self-love.

xo

Misfit Mystic

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Full Moon photo by the talented Michael Ludwig.  Find his writings and more photos at 5edges.wordpress.com

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July 4th New Moon in Cancer

Tonight begins the New Moon, dear ones.  It will be exact tomorrow (July 4th) at 4:01 am PDT.  This gives us a bit of stillness, a bit of quiet, a bit of need for retreat with this U.S. holiday.  We are also under the spell of the Moon, the Sun and Mercury all in Cancer right now.

Cancer is the only sign ruled by La Luna.  She is perhaps the most sensitive to the tides out of all the water signs, and we know all water signs run deep with emotions and intuitive energy.  Cancer is all about security and protection.  She is associated with home and family; she is the ultimate caretaker.  She is the Crab and known for acting moody, but she only does this to protect her sensitivities.  The Crab is soft and delicious inside.  She carries her shelter and all her defenses with her to protect the beautiful, tender, succulent inner-being.  She is extremely loyal, and she is cautious about who is allowed in her inner circle of friends and confidants.  She is highly clairvoyant (like all water signs), so truth-telling is really the best way to go with Cancer-types.  She will FEEL lies or evasive energy even if you are totally playing it cool.  This will lead to a disruption in the force, and somehow the truth will be revealed.  Cancer asks for respect, for that is the code she lives by.

So, we’ve got Luna nice and strong in the sign of her domain AND she is dark, telling us to quiet, quiet, quiet down.  Not an easy thing to do with the fireworks displays and party propaganda.  But you can find a moment, or a few moments here and there, to just sit and be still.  To listen and tune in and FEEL.   There might be a pull to isolate a little bit, especially with all the Cancer energy calling us into our shells, calling us to retreat and follow the tides.  There also can be a pull to have relationship talks.  This is a good time for communicating and intimacy, but not for ultimatums or decision-making.  When Luna is dark, we are assessing and processing, not acting yet.

A little on Mars stationing direct:

I am staying out on a sweet little island near Seattle this weekend.  I have been in need of retreat for some time, and finally here I am.  The recent Mars retrograde (4/17/16-6/29/16) kind of kicked my butt…especially as it activated my 7th house of relationships and dropped back into my 6th house of health and work.  I was delighted when Mars stationed direct this past Wednesday (at 4:38 pm PDT), and I think that has a lot to do with my natal Mars being in Cancer himself (in my 2nd house of values, pleasure and resources).  Mars is somewhat debilitated in Cancer’s introverted, lunar energy.  When Mars is retrograde, our “personal” Mars is also activated, and I have been aggressively bumping up against how my own yang energy really needs a sense of safety, trust, boundaries and emotional clarity.  Otherwise the passion of my Mars will leak out in unhealthy passive aggressive ways like feeling shut down, brooding, going silent, or getting pissed out of the blue because I haven’t communicated my needs (or maybe haven’t even been in touch with my needs).  For me, patient communication and lots of self-care are the necessary ingredients to supporting my ability to express my needs, desires and emotions in a healthy and intelligent way.

The stationing period of any planet is a “thick” time, so to speak.  The apparent planetary movement is very, very, VERY slow during stationing (direct or retrograde).  Mars stationing direct can bring up a lot of challenging issues regarding how we get triggered and how we deal with passionate energy like anger, competition and our sense of power.  This can be a time when big things seem to be “falling apart” – relationships that don’t work, jobs that we’re sick of, where we live needing to change.  Even our very identity can feel put to the test.  What are we made of?  What are we REALLY made of when we take off the mask?

I encourage you to spend some time during this New Moon to take off your mask, safely within the recesses of your mind and heart.  Give yourself precious moments of alone time.  Connect with family and those close to you and notice how gifted this time is.  Our lives are so very short, so very fleeting.  It is by miraculous chance and power that we are “here” in these bodies.  These changing, sacred vessels for life are the homes we carry for our souls in this lifetime.  Emotional freedom, connection, security, love, protection and tenderness are the birthrights of every single soul.  Not only souls who have money.  Not only souls who fit the mold of the environment.  Not only souls who appear to be doing good works.  Every soul.

May we offer this protection, this love, this shelter to our own sweet souls.  May we become very quiet and very still now and then, reserving time and space for this inner noticing.  Sitting near water is very helpful for this. 

May we often allow any and all concepts of who we are/what we own/what we have control over to just dissolve completely for a few moments, especially during New Moon.  Go into this dark time ready to transform.

Honor the self.  Honor all the parts, the “this is where I’m at,” the “this is what I need.”  Honor your bandwidth and your emotional capacity.  Honor even your insecurities!  We think it’s so bad to admit that we have them, like it is weak to have a bruised ego or feel jealous or hurt or confused.  It is human, my loves!  We help each other when we admit how human we really are.

Free yourself.  Even here in the privacy of your own heart.  Especially here.

May the heart of love flower upon your mind.

I love you.

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Full Moon, Litha and the Mutable Grand Cross

 

Blessings upon you, dear ones!

The Northern Hemisphere is celebrating Litha (aka Midsummer/Summer Solstice) and the rare occasion that the Full Moon falls upon it!  The last time we experienced this alignment of Litha and the Full Moon was in June of 1967, and we won’t experience such a close alignment again until June, 2062.

Litha is official when the Sun enters Cancer tomorrow at 3:34 pm PDT.  There is a going within as we turn from the external and inquisitive sign of Gemini into the very introverted sign of the Crab.  Cancer energy can be hard to understand or connect to unless you yourself have a clear understanding of Cancer in your personal astrology.  However, we can all relate to the pull to create a hard shell to protect the soft and succulent tenderness within us.  While we have the Sun in Cancer for the next 4 ½ weeks (and Venus in Cancer until July 11th), there is a supportive influence to honor our inner world, our home, our family and loved ones.  All water signs are direct channels for emotions, and Cancer sometimes has a reputation for passive aggressive behavior because of her need for safety and protection.  If emotions are leaking out without clear communication, we can feel muddy and stuck.  When we notice this in ourselves or others, we have the opportunity to remember how tender we all really are, back up, give space and honor the boundaries.

Along with the Solstice Full Moon, we are also experiencing the Mutable Grand Cross of Saturn in Sagittarius, Neptune in Pisces, Mercury in Gemini and Jupiter in Virgo.  Mutable means change.  The planets are reflecting the story of our human lives, both individual and collective.  We exist within the pattern, just as the pattern exists within us.  We are all formless, genderless, fearless souls – even as we walk in the body and identify ourselves and each other as this or that.  It is by exquisite chance that we even exist.  We are magical by very nature.  And we are here to do specific work.

Both Saturn and Neptune are retrograde at this time (the Neptune retrograde began recently ~ last Monday 6/13 at 1:43pm PDT).  Both Saturn and Neptune are going to stay in their respective signs (yay!).  They are currently making a tight square at 12° of Sagittarius and Pisces, and this can feel discordant and conflicting, but it can also bring us into balance with the spectrum of our human needs.

Saturn is structure, definition, rules and boundaries.  Saturn in your natal chart is where you might find yourself most challenged and where you have to work the hardest, but also where you experience the most growth and reward.  Saturn has a much lighter vibration in Sagittarius than he did in Scorpio, and most people I know are delighted that we will not experience the Scorpionic Saturn return for another 28 years – that was some gritty territory!  Neptune is dreams, creativity, fantasy and psychic awareness.  Neptune is the modern ruler of Pisces, and Pisces is all about feeling, loving, forgiving and merging.  Saturn can appear to be raining on our party if we need a reality-check, if we need help with boundaries, or if we have been keeping our talents hidden from the world.  Neptune might look like the jerk who is making a mess of things if we are too attached to a certain way of being.  This can speak to releasing all pre-conditioned thinking as well as allowing movement to occur in our relationships, in our lifestyles and in our careers.

Neptune loves unconditionally.  Neptune retrograde wants us to review and reckon with the creative space that is the open heart.  Neptune is going to continue his backward motion until November 20th, so don’t be surprised if your heart feels like it’s being held open by external forces during this time.  Saturn will station direct on August 13th, at which point a certain clarity around the structures of home/career/relationships will be encouraged.

La Luna reaches exact fullness at 4:02 am PDT tomorrow (Monday) morning in 29° Sagittarius.  She swiftly moves into Capricorn at 4:55 am, where she will remain until early Wednesday afternoon.  Sag is the adventurous archer, giving the moment of the Full Moon a magical and free-spirited flavor.  But Luna in Capricorn takes a grounded approach to the larger magic of Litha and the Mutable Grand Cross.  Capricorn wants to be on the ground, fixing what needs to be fixed and plowing forward.  The Goat thrives off hard work, and she could care less about your fantasies unless they relate to a tangible, structural reward.  As the cardinal earth sign, Capricorn initiates action, but she also brings us back into the body.  Working out, sex, conscious eating and bodywork are always wonderful things to do, and even more so with Luna releasing her fullness in Capricorn.

The planetary energy is culminating in a very beautiful way at this time.

Now, beautiful does not necessarily mean easy – this is also a time of great upheaval and change, but those of us who are ready and willing to ride the waves of change will find that there is truly a power of goodness that is kneading us like dough, working out all our knots and stuck places.  We see this on an individual scale and a collective scale.  We are bumping right up against the structures that are no longer working, AND we are being called to let down our guard.  Let your transformation occur.  YOU hold the keys to universal change.  There is no martyrdom in that – this is like the opposite of heavy.  Despite how outrageous, gross, heavy, difficult and uncool things may seem – the solution is your freedom.  The cornerstone of collective growth, collective healing and collective awakening is YOUR FREEDOM.  I’m not talking 2nd Amendment freedom (haha, ugh) – I’m talking about your complete liberation from anything and everything that keeps you from seeing YOURSELF as wholly divine.

THAT freedom.

Blessed Be.

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Photo Credit: 

Michael Ludwig @ http://www.5edges.wordpress.com

Luna at 10 pm PDT on 6.18.16 near Seattle, WA USA 

Michael shares images of Luna with me often and with such grace.