Sunday night’s (12th March, 10.55pm AWST) Full Moon in Virgo is a special one! Amid all the challenging energy playing out between Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter, Saturn and the Sun and Moon, Mercury and Chiron invite us to go beyond our assumed limitations…
As the Moon’s energy builds, and we perhaps become more aware of our woundedness, there is the potential for us to default to old ways of thinking and being. We find ourselves in crisis, inwardly lamenting our flaws, vulnerabilities, perceived weaknesses, and believing that we are destined to succumb to our past…
Loss and trauma must be processed authentically ~ felt, honoured, experienced, mourned ~ over time and sometimes periodically. As we evolve and mature, we might reflect on our wounds from different points of view and benefit from new insights, deepening our healing. No one has the right to tell another how to grieve, or that we ought to “get over it” “move on” “toughen up” “lighten up” et al, we must each honour the process of grief in ways that feel personally meaningful.
While Chiron can represent parts of our psyche that defy logical comprehension, and wounds that remain despite our best efforts to “cure” them, we need not feel these aspects of ourselves are necessarily limiting. Mercury is supporting us to transcend the idea that we are bound to old trauma. We are not asked to forget, but to let go of our attachment to who we have been.
Wounds sustained over lifetimes might remain with our soul, colouring our perceptions, causing us to respond in certain ways to certain stimuli, much of which occurs unconsciously ~ we are unaware of our bias. This Full Moon allows us to see more clearly the ways in which this effects us, and encourages us to accept ourselves, warts and all, without allowing ourselves to remain stuck in old thought forms.
We are not who we were. Our old wounds can contribute meaningfully to our individuation, but when we allow our conscious minds to replay our old stories ad infinitum, we are doomed to abide by an old paradigm of thought that keeps us reliving the past.
Though our ego perceives the shedding/letting go of these stories as a sacrifice ~ a threat to its identification ~ it is time to transcend all that! Recognise that denial, rejection, numbing or projection are simply the ego’s attempts to maintain status quo, seeking control and power ~ illusory though these are.
This weekend the cosmos empowers us to release the old, see things anew, welcome the insights that come…
feel the tenderness within (ouch!) and courageously stay with it.
Venus is the planetary representation of love&beauty… both of which require appreciation and an ability to relate to something~someone~an experience. There is a dynamic relationship implied by Venus ~ give and take ~ we are stirred by something we observe or perceive (a song, an artwork, a landscape, a person) and we respond inwardly, by feeling. A connection occurs.
Retrogrades always provide opportunities for reflection and revision. Venus’ retro trip gives us cause to reconsider the ways in which we “do” Venus… how do we do love? Over the coming six weeks Venus will disappear from view in the western sky at sunset, and then reappear as the morning star in the east at dawn, before turning direct again on the 14th of April.
“Whenever Beauty looks, Love is also there, Whenever Beauty shows a rosy cheek, Love lights Her flame from that fire, When Beauty dwells in the dark folds of night, Love comes and finds a heart entangled in tresses, Beauty and Love are as body and soul Beauty is the mine, Love is the diamond, They have together, since the beginning of time, Side by side, step by step” Rumi
Too often love is sold out as something it is not…
The idea that love is limited to a romantic fairy tale wherein we are swept off our feet by (prince) charming Mister Right and whisked over the threshold into the sunset to be happy ever after, or that Miss Right as embodiment of perfection remains as such forevermore, i.e. perfect… is, I believe, a fantasy. These concepts, often stemming from our cultural childhood indoctrination by Disney, can be harmful in their inference that is with others that we find our bliss. Despite the enormous value of the myths from which the Disney stories come, our modern-day interpretation causes damage as we internalise the belief that something outside of ourselves is the cure for what ails.
Love, my mother wisely decreed throughout my youth, is a verb: a doing word. To the extent that we practice love, we feel its effects. Love is not something that happens to us as we passively drift through life. Where we expect that others should love us better, we ought to first consider the love we have for ourselves. Our sense of self worth, that we have value, comes not from an external source (animal mineral or vegetable), yet it does come through relationship…
Love is one word that can be used to describe divine experience, wherein we perceive the connection that exists between us as individuals and some higher power AKA God, YHWH, Spirit, Source, the collective unconscious, All That Is et al. Nourishment of this experience cultivates self love that provides a fecund foundation for living life wholeheartedly, bravely, generously, joyfully and is thus exponentially rewarding for humankind.
The Buddhist practice of loving kindness towards others is a fine and practical way to cultivate the positive expression of Venus energy in one’s life. It is meaningful and transformational in that its intention is virtuous and its outcomes (when the practice is undertaken with utmost integrity) are most often favourable for all.
But we perhaps need first to commit to loving ourselves ~ discovering our own inherent value through embracing the Venusian vibes bestowed upon us all in life’s myriad beautiful moments. Seek them out, nurture the connection, revel in the relationship between you and the beauty perceived outside that resonates with the beauty found inside.
Tonight’s (26th February 11pm (AWST)) Pisces New Moon eclipse is both
a time to honour from whence we have come
and to look forward, to that which we are now becoming
Pisces ~ symbolised by two fishes swimming in opposite directions ~ shows how we each may contribute to the whole, each of us a point of consciousness that, in order to make our meaningful contribution, must discover and express our unique individuality…
To be or not to be?
Once we are immersed in the modern-day collective conundrum, are we destined to become lost? Or, is it possible to contribute to the whole but too remain true to our selves?
These questions have plagued me this past fortnight, as I’ve made my return to nursing, now my entire life is accounted for… work, family, children, partner, puppy, domestic duties… and there’s nought left for “me”. Its not as if this was unexpected: I knew that my return to paid employment would demand much and that my less-productive pursuits (astrology, meditation, yoga, sleep) would suffer, and too that this is The Norm ~ status quo for the vast majority of us.
No time to nourish that seed of creative individuality, no time to go within, no time to practice music, no time to rest, no time to daydream, no time to read, no time to blog. Such a sad state of affairs this is.
Or is it?
Sacrifice is to make sacred. In attempting to shift my perspective from one of mourning and self-pity to one of learning and service I “ask not what my employer can do for me, but what I can do for my employer patients colleagues children partner puppy insert various other beneficiaries”… and to embrace this lot as an opportunity to evolve. To find the positives in what could otherwise be experienced as a depleting defeating depressing interminable situation.
“When ego comes, wisdom leaves” Prem Rawat
Rather than wallowing in misery, we might recognise the value freedom release in surrendering to how things really are.
In the acceptance of what is, we do our best with each moment, and we benefit as we shift our perspective from dogged pursuit of what I want, to the flow of what I can do to help others, and life feels better. And within such good-vibe generosity there are seeds sown for a beautiful future.
As the New Moon eclipse promises a fresh beginning, it is flavoured by endings, so we give consideration to the cyclic nature of it all, and how this particular new start looks back as well as forward, in as well as out, and recognises how we can give and receive…
Perhaps the gifts offered are not what we expect, but all the more valuable for the effort required to discover the hidden rewards. As we learn to find the goodness inherent in everything (transformation of lead to gold), we ensure that our suffering is not meaningless, and I think perhaps this is the most wonderful gift of all.
Tuesday evening’s (8.20pm AWST) New Moon heralds another monthly renewal ~ this time in Sagittarius. As always, we have a choice as to where we aim our arrows of intention
Sagittarius seeks truth and meaning, and both can be found within each of us, and as well in the living cosmos that swirls around us. As we tread our unique paths, leaping or inching forward, or being hurled apparently backwards by powers beyond our control, the universe of which we are an integral part showers us with gifts of beauty and grace amid the chaos. Reminders of the magical and loving presence that exists within you ~ without you
“And to see you’re really only very small and
life goes~flows on
within you and without you”
Sources of inspiration and comfort abound in the natural world ~ sunsets landscapes minute details upon snail shells and in countless new Spring blossoms the quiet of underwater the roar of the waves as they crash on the beach ever-changing skyscapes busyness of bees and birds restfulness of midday kangaroos the companionship of animals the aloofness of animals unimaginable autumn colours hazy summer mirages on the horizons beyond our reach a surprise crescent Moon at dusk, or dawn
Divine attempts to encourage us as we encounter the devil’s own distraction discouragement despondency derailment in myriad forms on journeys in pursuit of our own truth
truth that is both universal and individual
We can find truth by looking at the natural world around us, the cycles and movements, the processes we each endure as living beings, and the inevitable endings that will come to us all at some unknowable time. So much wisdom can be gleaned from observation of the rhythms of life. And so much perspective can be found when we recall our innate time limit and remember to value our lives NOW
There is also truth to be found in stories ~ myths and legends ~ metaphors ~ traditional teachings of olde… we can find parallels between our own experiences and those of our ancient ancestors, and may also find the answers we seek.
And of course there is the quiet truth that dwells within each of us, and resonates with the truth of lore and nature. The tiny something inside that just knows…
The Greek concept of parrhesia ~ the fearless sharing of truth with others, in spite of the potential fallout = lost friends, damaged relationships, criticism, derision, punishment, exile. The parrhesiastes makes their own opinion known, shunning rhetoric and politick, speaking freely as a matter of duty.
The truth can hurt, as we all know. And sometimes we really don’t want to know. If we are to tell truth, we must also be prepared to hear truth, and it may not always align with the image we have of ourselves. But if we hear and carefully reflect upon others’ perspectives we can learn things we never knew before, even things about ourselves! Our own perceptions are broadened deepened diversified and we grow expand develop evolve
As we release the personas opinions concepts ideologies doctrines to which we cling so nervously tenaciously, we find another Sagittarian gift
If we can release our attachment to being right, and to being viewed as right, and offer our truth lovingly kindly mindfully, irrespective of the ways in which it is received ~ being true to ourselves without being affected by the opinions of others ~ we are aligning with high road Sagittarius.
When we accept the temporary nature of this human form, and find the heartbreak and hilarity in the mountains molehills mundanities, knowing that in the end we all succumb to the same modest finale, returning to our source ~ we are all made of stars (I wince typing that Moby line but he was telling the truth)
During closing comments of the 1994 documentary Tibetan Book of the Dead narrator Leonard Cohen insightfully says, “seeking the truth and practicing compassion – that is the way that life becomes meaningful”. These words capture the essence of the Sagittarius New Moon square Neptune in Pisces. Life becomes profoundly meaningful and rewarding as we become conscious participants in it ~ co-creators. And as we recognise our own and others’ shared frailty, love pours forth, it grows and grows, we understand that to release blame pride righteousness is to find peace and an abundant supply of compassion forgiveness humility tenderness
The Full Moon Eclipse in Pisces conjunct Chiron occurs on Saturday the 17th of September at 3.06am (AWST). Pisces ~ the Fishes ~ submerged beneath the waves of a sea of consciousness~god~source ~spirit~anima mundi or, as Jung put it, the collective unconscious ~ that which eludes our rationalist scientific modern-world perception. A potentially healing Full Moon, adorned with opportunity and fraught with dangers ranging from penetrating clarity and fearless moments of awakening and release to violent rage and damaging loss of self.
Neptune is the planetary ruler of this Full Moon, and too in the sign of Pisces. Within us all exists the Pisces~Neptune archetype, and so there is a part of each one of us that yearns to return to Source, to become One With All That Is, to escape the limiting concrete reality in all its Saturnian rigidity, connecting to something bigger than ourselves. So often, in this secular society, we find our Oneness in escapism. To dull the separation anxiety suffered as a result of our disconnection from spirit, we anaesthetise ourselves with various substances, distractions and indulgences.
Neptune is a prominent energy throughout 2016, and this Full Moon Eclipse highlights the pertinent manifestations for our consideration and integration. Importantly, Neptune is conjunct the Lunar South Node in Pisces, lending an ethereal vibe to our retrospective view of the past. As we look back we might be tempted to don rose-tinted glasses, perceiving times gone by as something they were not. Fundamentally, with the South Node we consider the low-road options in depth as they represent our unconscious~default tendencies. With Neptune, we know these are slippery and tempting, as they offer escape from the pain of our reality, but at such great cost.
Cue the eternal realist Saturn (square Neptune and the Lunar Nodes) persistently pushing us to see things clearly. To look back with less nostalgia and more equanimity, less delusion and more compassion, less blame and more forgiveness ~ allows us to go forward with more purpose, clarity, courage, power, maturity, wisdom, strength…
Chiron, the Wounded Healer, and his presence in (conjunction with the Full Moon in) Pisces invites us to heal our spiritual wounds. This process is painful. The challenges are many. The more we uncover, the more there is to uncover. But far from it being licence to moan, resigned to our lot in life, it is this work that will lead us to our healing, our truth, our bright future, and our own personal god experience.
Chiron’s movement through the zodiac explicates our best medicine for the moment, lest we become embroiled in our own tragedy. Pisces medicine unequivocally equates to spirituality. In true homeopathic style, the source of our pain contains the remedy to our ills. Our collective road to healing is one that leads us closer to the divine dance, wherein we are simultaneously honoured + honouring ~ creation + creator. Our source of spiritual nourishment needn’t be religious in nature, but certainly requires us to find the sacred in life, and humility enough to show reverence for it.
At the apex of a T-square between the Sun~Mercury in Virgo and the Moon~Chiron in Pisces is Mars in Sagittarius. Having moved on from the post-retrograde conjunction with Saturn ~ courage of our convictions ~ Mars now picks up the pace heading for Capricorn. First though, his augmentation of this Eclipse adds an aggressive dimension to this somewhat yin~centripetal lunation. Its a juggle! As we inwardly try to manage the strong mutable energies we feel confused, perplexed, bewildered. With Mars in such a position of power, we can shoot off at the mouth ~ shoot from the hip as our anxiety gets the better of us. Rather, defuse Martial agitation with benign physicality ~ adventure ~ new horizons ~ fresh perspective in the fresh air ~ nature
Adding further unpredictability to the mix is Uranus+Eris in Aries trine Mars. Eris is the “newest” trans-Neptunian dwarf planet, named after the goddess of discord. Displeased at having been excluded from an Olympic wedding, shit-stirrer Eris cast an apple scribed with “to the fairest” at the feet of three chatting party guests ~ Pallas Athene, Aphrodite and Hera ~ invoking discord as each goddess naturally believed herself to be the fairest. Zeus delegated the responsibility of settling the quarrel to Prince Paris of Troy, who eventually (having secured the rights to Helen the most beautiful woman in the world) chose the corrupt Aphrodite.
The addition of Uranus and Eris to Mars’ already belligerent influence leads one to believe we might expect a certain amount of unpredictable discord in our lives presently. But Eris’ influence is one that, despite her reputation, belies some benefits when we do it right. While she is renowned for revelling in the suffering of others she aint all bad. And as always, we cannot merely reject these troublesome parts of ourselves, we must work to find a way to consciously express them. Discord isn’t always unwarranted. And competition isn’t inherently bad. At its best it inspires greatness, diversity and creativity.
So, at the culmination of this eclipse season, may we each find our high-road leading us to a future that nurtures our soul’s evolutionary intent. Keep the faith, if we build it, well you know 🙂 Once more, I borrow from Michael Leunig…
“God bless the lost, the confused, the unsure, the bewildered, the puzzled, the mystified, the baffled, and the perplexed. Amen.”
The 270° square between Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces (both currently retrograde) has been in play since late 2015. As one of the dominant astrological themes of 2016 it deserves its own post.
Saturn is the wise elder of our solar system ~ paternal pragmatic mature responsible ~ he brings a dose of reality to whatsoever he contacts, setting boundaries, limits and slowing things down. It can be quite abrupt and even depressing as we come to terms with the Saturnian facts.
Neptune is the mystic ~ dreamy spiritual elusive transcendental ~ it’s subtle vibration often goes unnoticed as we are so busy with our “real world” concerns. But without Neptune life is lacking. We humans are connected to our spirit source, and something in us knows it = Neptune
When these two vastly different planetary influences meet this way, the energy is palpable. The square aspect brings friction and agitation regardless of the players involved. In this case the two signs involved are mutable (adaptable and comfortable with change), but Sagittarius is Yang fire and Pisces is Yin water. Sag wants freedom to explore understand expand and philosophise, while Pisces yearns to return to oneness, connecting with something larger than itself.
The distinctions are important, providing balance when the contact is made. Neptune knows no bounds ~ it can be chaotic lawless and anarchic. By contrast, Saturn is boundaries ~ limiting and restrained. Saturn’s realism and structure will temper Neptune’s fantastical visions and daydreams, helping us to bring them closer to manifestation. Saturn reminds us of the need to work ~ show up and make real tangible effort in pursuit of the heights that Neptune inspires.
Aspects are always seeking integration ~ as two planets come into contact we on Earth experience conflicting yearnings and can make effort to assimilate these in creative ways. Can we amalgamate chaos with order?
Inner work and spiritual practice are meaningful ways that we can make use of this moving square. Neptune represents spirituality and the unconscious, while Saturn symbolises work and practice ~ walking our talk.
Where we are unable or unwilling to consciously assimilate these energies we might find ourselves waking with a hangover, perhaps in both the metaphorical and the all-too-real-world head-thumping sense. As we mindlessly ramble on down Neptune’s slippery and treacherous low-road, allowing ourselves to be tempted time and again by the urge to temporarily escape reality, this year’s astroscape points to the folly of persistently choosing this well-worn path, strewn with lost shoes (glass slippers?), beer bottles, littered ciggie butts and polaroids of long-forgotten moments once considered unforgettable.
I wish not to be a killjoy. A well-lived and happy life must surely be filled with joy, laughter, good friends, and be punctuated with celebratory indulgence. But we cannot fool ourselves forever that such indulgences are necessary on the first Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday et al of each week, can we? And how much joy do we really find in these chemical-fuelled moments? Do the inevitable consequences feel disproportionate to the pleasures we sought the night before? How long can we claim debaucherous shenanigans to be an immersion in illuminating new experiences?
Twenty-sixteen poses these uncomfortable questions.
Can we allow the well-lit clearly sign-posted boundaries of Saturn to guide our return to more authentic and transcendent Neptunian destinies?
Saturn in Sagittarius implores us to seek our own truth. For most of us, that truth cannot be found at the bottom of a whiskey bottle, or in the smokey blur of stoner-dom, or in the disturbingly repetitious thoughts of a meth habit. The truth is that we use drugs to change the ways think feel and behave. But frequent drug use creates many more problems than it can ever solve.
To every thing there is a season. I am not arguing for nanny-state laws of prohibition, or self-imposed blanket bans that lead us away from whole-hearted living. We are human beings, blessed with conscious minds with which we are able to make discerning choices. There are certainly moments in life where a given substance can enhance an experience. But the key is to make decisions guided by an inner compass oriented toward our highest good. To weigh our options mindfully, then accept the consequences.
Just as Saturn aims to balance Neptune, Neptune seeks to inspire the stoic straight-laced Saturn ~ urging us to find commonality with our fellows, to develop compassion, to go with the flow and enjoy the moments in life that are all so fleeting. Neptune reminds us to nourish the part of us that knows we are connected to something greater than ourselves. Inviting us inwards, to the silent still portal of divine experience. Measures of Saturnian success and status have no place here.
I have noticed that sometimes, among communities of spiritual people egos run rampant in ways that eclipse more traditional egoic arenas, such as perhaps the business world, medicine or show biz. It seems that the more time one spends devoted to practices intended to evolve consciousness but that are depleted in their value by their use as a tool of ego enhancement, the more points one is awarded in some spiritualist prizefight. To maintain an appearance of detachment in the face of life’s most challenging emotional upheavals is valued above authenticity and vulnerability. This feels to me to be another misled manifestation of the Saturn Neptune square. The application of Saturn’s ego boundaries to Neptune’s realm of mystery.
Saturn always demands integrity. Neptune inspires communion with the divine. No one can know the inner life of another. Despite low-road Saturn in Sagittarius’ insistent sermonising, God is not some abstract dogmatic conceptual doctrine found exclusively within the walls of a cathedral, ashram, chapel, synagogue or mosque. God is alive, dynamic, evolving, omnipresent, experiential, infinite love, found in the hearts of the incarcerated and indoctrinated alike, in badly lit shopping malls and magnificent sweeping landscapes…
every atom of this expanding universe
Saturn+Neptune ~ one without the other and we are lost, either in the grey board room of conformity, or the technicolour haze of delusion
Today, Chiron and the Moon’s South Node go their separate ways. As this poignant link at 21° Pisces comes to an end, we begin to process messages from our past that have emerged into consciousness this month.
The Moon’s Nodal Axis represents our evolving soul’s trajectory through this life. The South Node reflects our past, and may not be limited to our present earthly incarnation. It symbolises our karmic inheritance and describes a set of default patterns that we can easily remain stuck in, unless we cultivate awareness and an attitude that welcomes change.
When we observe the transiting movements of the Lunar Nodal Axis we see that its shifting through the zodiac (it moves in a retrograde, or apparently backwards, motion) brings our awareness to that which most serves our evolution at the time = that which we most need to integrate and learn, both individually and collectively.
Chiron is a planetoid that orbits between Saturn and Uranus. Named after a mythological centaur, Chiron was the much sought-after healer who paradoxically could not heal his own wound. Where we find Chiron in our birth chart represents the gift that lies within our own woundedness. As a transiting influence Chiron prescribes us our medicine for the moment.
Chiron’s link to the Lunar South Node indicates a time of enhanced awareness of our past, and the woundings we have sustained. Events of the last couple of weeks may’ve triggered our pain response, or we may’ve had contact with people from our past, or our thoughts have drifted to times gone by… nostalgic or relieved, we remember.
I believe in the importance of recognising our wounds. We have all suffered in our lives and we have scars to prove it. Acceptance of our pain is the first step in healing. Instead of denial, suppression and escapism we benefit from feeling our pain. Exploration of events we have perceived as traumatic is imperative and enlightening. As we consciously reflect upon the details of our experience we gain clarity. We understand what has transpired.
BUT, the vital lesson with this profoundly healing union occurring in the sign of Pisces = we must not attach to our woundedness. Where we identify with our pain, and the story of our wounding, we become victims (low-road Pisces) wallowing in self-pity, we give away our power. We must acknowledge our innate wounding without allowing it to limit us.
With love, we can make space for healing: a dynamic process that flows through us ~ transforming our consciousness and our lives as we
accept forgive release
We can learn from our past, and have our wounds inform our present selves. But where we allow ourselves to be bound to our past, we are destined to replay our histories. Defaulting to the well-worn path (karma) of our South Node. We compose the “story of me” and reinforce our neurocircuitry as we tell it again and again and again.
As the steady rain rejuvenates the parched earth left behind in Summer’s wake, it is the Easter long weekend and the astro-scape is inspiring!
There is a T-square between opposing Venus in Pisces and Jupiter in Virgo, that is anchored by Saturn in Sagittarius. Jupiter opposing Venus encourages expansion and opening of the heart, an enhanced desire for connection. The square with Saturn can highlight any deficiencies we are feeling around this inherent Venusian impulse to love, and form meaningful relationships.
Remarkably, of all 360 Sabian Symbols two involved in this weekends T-square include the only two Easter images! Saturn’s Sabian Symbol is an Easter sunrise service denoting a celebration ofrebirth, renewal, resurrection. With Sagittarian openness we cultivate a positive attitude as we welcome people from all walks of life in the spirit of connection. We are warned against cynicism and stubbornness, and an “inability to recognise underlying significance” (Roche, 1998, p.291) of the deeper meaning of the festival ~ the reason for the season: honouring the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the more ancient Pagan celebration of fertility, new beginnings and hope.
Pisces’ higher consciousness can be linked to Christ and our urge to return to Source (the resurrection > ascension into the clouds) is distinctly Piscean. We are all human beings and we each suffer in our lives. Rather than falling into traps of judgement, blame, and projection, with Venusian support we might edge closer to Christ-like compassion and forgiveness. Venus is a little over halfway through her journey through Pisces and imploring us to connect to something larger than ourselves, whether that be a significant other, the collective, or God.
Venus in Pisces’ current Sabian Symbol is an Easter promenade, once more representing celebration. The accent for this symbol is on individual self-expression, presenting ourselves in a considered, not ostentatious, way that makes the most of our gifts. Generosity of spirit is encouraged, as we share our skills and talents for the benefit of the collective. We are cautioned against attention-seeking behaviour that could make us appear foolish, especially when Jupiter is involved…
Transiting Jupiter’s Sabian Symbol now is an erupting volcano! The explosive release of subconscious power and passion can be volatile and so requires awareness and conscious direction. We can positively express ourselves with a dramatic flair and enhance the experience of the collective. Virgo reminds us to retain a sense of humility, while Saturn’s influence returns us to basics = breath ~ presence ~ respect for others needs and space.
The energy bound to T-squares can often best be harnessed by using any harmonious aspects (60° and 120°) that play into the anchor planet. This weekend Mercury and Uranus are trining (120°) Saturn. Uranus is the higher octave of Mercury: these two planets represent mind functions ~ perception, memory, thought, communication.
Quick Mercury is is our conscious mind. Slow-moving Uranus is our unconscious ~ the undiscovered unmapped psyche. High-road Mercury is questioning, curious and open-minded, while low-road Mercury already knows the answers, having formed a satisfactory view of the world long ago. High-road Uranus represents our soul’s accumulated knowledge accessed via intuitive flashes of insight and altered states of consciousness ~ like lightening! Low-road Uranus uses this acquired information in ways that are contrary, selfish and irresponsible.
Mercury’s trip through Aries (complete on the 6th of April) supports the formulation of an updated Self informed by freshly accumulated data. Uranus in Aries (until March 2019) supports our individuation, and as an expression of this evolving energy this Easter weekend, we are called to be joyfully true to our present selves, to celebrate the symbolic rebirth~resurrection.
During this long weekend we are cosmically supported in giving ourselves permission to be free of the shackles of the past. Emboldened by Aries courage, buoyed by Jupiter’s optimism, open of mind and heart we must take some time to simply enjoy life! In gratitude.
The annual Pisces New Moon (Wednesday 9th March, 9.55am AWST) brings us this years only total solar eclipse. The subtle Pisces energy has been building in recent weeks: the Luminaries (Sun&Moon) have joined landlord Neptune and long-term tenant Chiron, while Mercury (planet of perception~thought~communication) crashes on the couch for a little over a fortnight. The Moon’s South Node too is aligned to this house party. Mercury’s arrival on Saturday now allows for us to cognitively access the spiritual growth ushered in by slow mover Neptune. And as Chiron remains fused with the South Node of the Moon, our past and the wounds we have sustained can now become the growth medium that allows for healing and transformation.
The Pisces Virgo axis symbolises the guru~disciple relationship: the handing down of wisdom from generation to generation. The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is “a master instructing his pupil” and so we are reminded to open our minds; to listen and learn. We are warned against arrogance. And of course we can relate. We’ve all been students, novices, apprentices. We know there are times in life when we must bow humbly before a mentor and accept our shortcomings in order to benefit.
My spiritual teacher recently urged: “be the disciple to your own experience”. Rather than accepting the word of another as gospel, we must recover our own truth. Instead of putting all our faith in ideas that were foisted upon us in our tender years, or allowing our ego to singlehandedly navigate our path through life, perhaps we should tap into our own innate wisdom.
We know our truth. We can feel it.
When we are still and receptive we can sense something…
the tiniest little voice
the subtlest vibration
the faintest vision
Life is busy, full of myriad distractions. Spare moments are few and filled with Facebook, Google, Wikipedia, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube…
We can let low-road Pisces delude us with fantasy escape and illusion.
But if we can grant ourselves a moment of quiet. A few breaths. Some solitude. Magic happens…
This is the true gift of Pisces: the fishes immersed in the ocean of pure consciousness. When we dive into the realm of mysticism dreams and mystery we are embarking on a journey into the unknown. There are treasures to be found that urge us onward~inward. While they might appear to lack value in a monetary cents or in terms of “the real world” they support an unending expansion of our inner life that nourishes our soul. We are charting a course through unmarked territory en route to our own unique divine destiny.
We find that as long as our search for meaning takes place in the material world we are lost. Home couldn’t be closer. And it’ll be there whenever we are ready to return.
The annual Full Moon in Virgo occurs on Tuesday 23rd February at 2.21am local time (AWST). Virgo represents humility, service and sacrifice, health and healing
Mercury ruled, Virgo is a mind-oriented earth sign, but differs to the Yang energy of its airy counterpart Gemini. Virgo is discerning and allows for the intake of information in a way that discriminates, sorting the wheat from the chaff. We are supported now in being able to see what is truly required as we venture forth towards a bright future.
The Virgo~Pisces axis is where we find the Moon’s Nodes until May 2017. This is a time to consciously move away from low-road Piscean vibes: escapism, delusions, victim mentality. This Virgo Full Moon is a reminder to us all to serve in alignment with the highest good. We are all connected and when we act from a place of integrity we nourish ourSelves, our others, as well as our connection to Source~God. The word sacrifice comes from the Latin, to make sacred. When we can view service as an opportunity and a privilege we rise to the realm of high-road Virgo.
Jupiter is also in Virgo and remains in conjunction with the Moon’s North Node, buoying our genuine efforts toward expansion, growth and evolution. Jupiter blesses us with faith and optimism, but low-road manifestations (over-confidence and tendency to overindulgence, for example) can lead us off track. Here we can learn from Virgo: honest Self-appraisal can strengthen us. But guard against excessive criticism of Self and others. Be kind.
Directly opposite is Chiron, almost exactly conjunct the South Node in Pisces. A time for healing old hurts is imminent. Chiron is the wounded healer and a great cosmic teacher. The fusion of these symbols facilitates the transformation of our traumas. Baby steps. Acknowledgement of our pain is the beginning. From here there is much work to do. If we wallow in our woundedness believing ourselves to be victims; if we anaesthetise the pain rather than transforming it, we fall prey to low-road Pisces.
As the Virgo Full Moon ruler, Mercury (messenger of the Gods) blesses us with incoming information, further supporting our evolutionary efforts. Aquarius is where we’ll find Mercury now and this sign links us to both past and future. Remain open, of mind and heart.
Mars too is involved, via a square to both the Sun and the Moon. Mars’ continuing journey through Scorpio is enabling the unearthing of our dark matter. As Mars agitates the luminaries there is more fuel thrown on the fire, so conflict and over-reactions are possible. Remember to breathe.
The illuminating nature of the Full Moon, and this lunation’s relationship involving Chiron~South Node indicate that wounds we’ve sustained in our past are triggered at this time. Feelings and emotions resurface. Our health might lag (our body links the divine to our experience in an effort to bring attention to issues we are avoiding). Events themselves may catalyse a thought process or some insight into old pain. Whatever, this is a powerful Moon that precedes the March eclipse season, and if we are feeling the strain of it as it builds, we do well to apply ourselves to a little inner work.
Note the signs. There are many. Indulge in a little navel-gazing and let your mind wander. Dream. Journal. Make space for new understanding. And, as the magical Moon waxes to her fullest the next few nights remember to take a peek out the window, or better yet, get out and bask in that glow!