Taurus New Moon 2017

Wednesday evening’s Taurus New Moon represents our monthly opportunity to begin anew ~ having been armed with fresh insights or even inspiration that emerged during the six week Venus retrograde. These now become conscious as retrograde Mercury translates the messages from the Underworld and beyond into fodder for left brain integration…

“I have” says Taurus ~ a phrase to which we can all relate in our endless quest for security via accrual of more more more

yet, paradoxically, it is the relinquishment of our need for security that allows us to experience it

For things are not as stable as they might appear ~ security, like control, is an illusion

 

Symptomatic of the human condition, we tend to avoid any sense of insecurity by defaulting to reactive patterns that protect us from vulnerability.

But as we learn to abide in insecurity we open ourselves to new possibilities. We find ourselves grounded in the present, here and now, and able to respond creatively, with love, and not bound by fear (manifesting as anxiety anger rage depression etc).

If we could just allow ourselves the chance to pause

The security sought by Taurus can truly only be found within this liminal space ~ redemptive moments between moments that we might seize in order to find peace and escape the insanity of reaction and over-reaction.

The retrograde motion of Mercury, until the 4th of May, always encourages review reconsideration reflection

REcognition that there might be another way ~ some nuance that adds a new dimension to our comprehension of life’s meaning ~ slowing down to revise is not pointless

Walking on the beach looking for cuttlefish for the kids, I turn to head back the way I’ve come to give the girls the chalky treasures, I don’t expect to find many, if any, more to contribute to their collection yet I find at least half a dozen large ones I’d have thought it was impossible to overlook…

this simple analogy, I believe, is echoed in life’s multifaceted complexity. We often think we have all the facts, only to discover through the magical influence of time and space, that there are other previously imperceptible dimensions at play…

and delays have indeed favoured us, in spite of our resistance to them. Are we wise enough to learn to accept, even welcome, the slowing down of life against our will? Can we recognise that this intelligent and benevolent cosmos seeks to support and guide us?

The urge to push seems to occur for many of us during retrograde phases, especially with Mercury now in the feisty first sign of the zodiac Aries the Ram (cardinal fire BOOM!) but this is antithetical to what is generally required of such times. More often than not, though they can be difficult to endure, delays favour us. We find that when we surrender to the natural yin-ness and honour the call from within, we are rewarded by new insights and deeper understanding

Vibe a la The Bull and slow down

Libra Full Moon 2017

Another Full Moon is upon us, and the astroscape is intense! King of excess Jupiter (even in reverse-mode!) is keeping the spark alive between Change Gods Pluto and Uranus. Thankfully, retrograde Mercury, Saturn and Venus offer room for reflection ~ let’s hope the (ostensible) powers-that-be will allow themselves this luxury! Amidst these turbulent times, we too find solace in the inner space afforded by various retrogrades and waning cycles…

The Libra Full Moon, exact on Tuesday afternoon (2.08pm AWST) illuminates insights revealed by (Full Moon ruler) Venus’ magical retrograde. We are uncovering true worth, in ourselves, in others, in life and all she provides.

Venus’ new guise as the morning star represents awakening ~ as the truth dawns on us in all its beauty ~ we are reminded that our own self-worth is not dependent upon the approval of others…

I don’t need everybody to like me! I must remain true to my inner muse and honour my own truth by walking my talk, no matter what they say. Let me not be distracted by tall poppy ponderings…

“will they think I’m crazy?”

“who do I think I am?!”

 

On that note, forgive me a digression… the dream that came to me the night after my first astrology workshop (JupiterReturn-inspired conscious act of individuation) ~ I sit in a dark room beside an old lady who describes herself as the daughter of Carl Jung. She shows me her jewels ~ a pile of rainbow gems trinkets treasures riches ~ and then she departs, promising to return, leaving me poring over the valuables…

We are being asked now to trust in the Piscean mystery of life ~ to accept it as it is and know that, as we act in alignment with truth, we will be guided

and the jewels (our meaningful reward) will be entrusted to us in turn

The cosmos is now calling us to show up more visibly in our own lives. The light of this Moon helps us to see where we sell ourselves short + dumb ourselves down and empowers us to liberate ourselves! Authenticity is key to our sense of self-worth and to our ability to live wholeheartedly. Mars supports us in acting courageously and intentionally.

As Venus turns direct later this week we are also blessed with opportunities to let go of our concepts ideals attachments illusions delusions around love

For as long as we remain stuck in a view of what love should be we cannot know love. But the moment we surrender to the moment, in all its glorious imperfection, and accept our chosen mate in all his/her humanness, we find their true worth

and love appears.

Not only that, but a chance exists now to release ourselves from the self-imposed limitations of expectation

The true worth of things (situations events people) cannot emerge until we relinquish the clouded perspective of what we want them to be, which requires that they be different to how they actually are in reality…

Venus’ current fusion with Chiron helps us to find the value in our vulnerabilities. These “cracks where the light gets in” are indeed our gateway to humility and compassion, and so to genuine connection and intimacy.

Here we find Libra ~ relating to others & relating to life ~ we evolve through the contributions made by others and through our capacity to connect with these contributions meaningfully.

1+1=>2

Venus Retrograde

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.

Honour it.

Live it.

♥Love it.

Capricorn New Moon

 

Monte Carlo on Grand Prix day

The final New Moon for 2016 (Thursday 2.54pm AWST) occurs in Capricorn ~ cardinal earth sign of the seagoat ~ a mythical powerhouse capable of traversing vast oceans and scaling high mountain peaks! With a formidable work ethic, patience, method and discipline, anything is possible for Capricorn!

Thus we must choose wisely our course of action, and consider the motivations behind our goals. Though I posed this question in my last post, I feel as though it is distinctly Capricornian and worth repeating…

To what and whom do we owe our allegiance?

Capricorn can be duty-bound to a fault, leaving no room for inspiration spontaneity or feeling. The Saturnian nature of the sign represents not only commitment and order, but rigidity and thus fragility.

Things that don’t bend, break.

When we are doggedly attached to our goals, ideals, principles, concepts we allow no compromise, no willingness to adapt, no space for receptivity. A self-defeating basis from which may come much heartache. So often, that which we pursue is an illusion. We work so hard to climb corporate ladders, give the impression that we are free and easy, mingling in desirable social circles, appearing as if we are fulfilled as we post carefully selected images of our #blessed lives. None of this is real.

How much of our lives are spent keeping up appearances? How often do we do things that we do not want to do? Are we dreading many of the things that we are bound to comply with? What is it that compels us to maintain an unhealthy level of busy-ness? When examined closely, is it our own anxiety that we aim to quell as we control-freak our lives and micro-manage others’?

We are each responsible for our own lives, and often for the lives of others as well. In reality, people do depend upon us. Duty calls ~ responsibilities beckon. Deadlines must be met. Bills paid. Children fed, clothed, nurtured. Time and space are limitations imposed upon our human form and we can only do our best to work within our particular parameters. Given this, what can we do to nourish the seed within?

In what small ways can we honour ourselves and the gift that is life?

Personal responsibility is an underrated virtue. When we accept that every single moment in our lives has the potential to teach us something, and the more challenging life is, the more potential we have to learn and grow, personal responsibility becomes something of a super-power. Rather than giving our power away by blaming projecting scapegoating we find superior strength in finding a way to use our struggles to our own advantage. We evolve. We prosper.

Saturn and the Capricorn archetype teach us that we do what we can. We take the steps, put our best foot forward, make an effort and … the rest is in the lap of the gods. When we meet our responsibilities we feel a sense of self-respect that cannot be feigned. This feeling of intact integrity is invaluable ~ beyond status wealth worldly success notoriety fame fortune.

As Capricorn urges us on into the new beginnings of a new year wherein anything is possible, let us invite that which helps us feel increasingly resilient strong whole, not dwelling upon any sense that things are futile frustrating foisted upon us.

As 2016 comes to its end, and we turn our attention to the future, the ongoing reflective influence of Mercury’s retrograde phase encourages the adjustment of our aims and actions. This New Moon’s intention ~ to contribute in whatever ways we can manage to our own individuation and the building of our legacy, in alignment with our flexible and evolving MO that resonates within, and with a view to release that which is no longer supportive of our growth, to co-create our own wonderful destiny.

This is what I wish for you as I bid adieu for 2016 ♥

Mercury retrograde fusion

Tonight (Monday the 19th December) heralds the beginning of Mercury’s three week retrograde trip from mid-Capricorn to the final degrees of Sagittarius.

Always, Mercury retrograde provides a chance to reflect. Far from the (useful but limited) mundane interpretation whereby we are warned to expect delays and postpone contract confirmation etcetera; retrogrades are so beneficial when we work with them. They present opportunities for the emergence of hidden material, bubbling to the surface of consciousness, allowing for deepened understanding of multifaceted variables at play.

Mercury retrograde has taught me that delays, though often frustrating and incomprehensible, most often favour us. It is usually only in retrospect that we are able to see just how significant the right timing can be in the development and discovery of our paths forward. We can push push push for things to be the way we imagine that we want them to no avail. Then, seemingly effortlessly, life flows easily in magical ways, and we arrive at our destin(Y)ation.

The conservative nature of Capricorn pressed upon by the long Plutonian passage (2008 until 2024) marks a phase of metamorphosis…

Collectively we can observe this in the sometimes dramatic changes occurring in financial markets worldwide;

~ as well as apparent social change ~ global demands for the powers that be bureaucracy gov corporations power moguls to display authenticity truth transparency integrity are palpable among our youth and the young at heart alike;

~ and shifts within our collective psyche towards ownership of psychological baggage that, unchecked, remains burdensome and weighty, are clear as our shadows dance across screens tuned to news just in.

When Mercury comes around we might make use of this so-called personal planet ~ the planet of the mind ~ to bring consciousness to the shifts we ourselves experience thanks to Pluto’s challenging demolition~renovation operation.

Mercury’s approach to Pluto will be thwarted by the three week retrograde cycle that will see us into the new year ~ 2017. It won’t be until the end of January that Mercury will finally catch up to Pluto and usher in our deepened psychological understanding of where we are at as 2017 begins. Who have we become? And where do we we intend to go from here? Where are our Sagittarian arrows of meaning and intention aimed?

Sunset on Wednesday (AWST) heralds the Solstice (Sun into Capricorn) ~ we might consciously surrender to the Summer, prioritising rest and repose for a time, and remaining open to incoming new information that helps us to refine our vision.

Capricorn wants to build ~ leaving tangible legacy of our existence ~ but we can inadvertently spend our lives taking direction from an ill-deserved doyen of un-truth. Working-class heroes fooled into accepting the only way to live is to sell our souls jostling for pole position within the rat race. Always working harder longer faster in hot pursuit of dangling carrots moveable feast goal-posts that never truly deliver the satisfaction fulfilment contentment peace that we hope they will.

“You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go
I owe my soul to the company store”                          Merle Travis

To whom~what do we owe our allegiance? Capricorn’s dutiful inclinations can lead us to believe we must outsource our inner oracle, as though we do not ourselves have direct access to the same information as sages prophets gurus messiahs. But we do.

We have within us an author~ity

“to thine own self be true”

As we persistently ignore our inner wisdom we are sending the message that we prefer someone (whomsoever we delegate our power ~ boss parents partner children peers…) to chaperone us through life. It is not until we step up to accept responsibility, honouring our own truth, that our authentic voice vision becomes clear.

As we work, expending effort, let it be in alignment with our own author ~ the presence within that knows our personal myth~story and collaborates with the cosmos to illuminate it for us (synchronicities symbols images messages dreams ~ clues abound!) so that we might bring it into the world. As a gift. And a tangible legacy of our existence 🙂

Virgo New Moon

Thursday the 1st of September (5.05pm AWST) brings us the Virgo New Moon Eclipse. And such a special one this is: farewell to Jupiter as it transitions into Libra and beyond on its 12 year cycle through the zodiac. Let’s make use of the simple and practical inspiration of Virgo, unearthing the numinous potential in the small things.

The North Node~Moon~Sun conjunction in humble Virgo, in opposition to the South Node+Neptune in dreamy Pisces, and anchored into a T-square by the Mars~Saturn conjunction in spirited Sagittarius. Once again the vibes are highly mutable, so we do well to adopt a flexible and adaptable attitude, welcoming the changes that face us now, and prepared to release the past with grace and an effort to forgiveness and compassion.

Forgiveness is tricky. My experience tells me that it is both a process, as well as the positive result of a process. It comes not through the espousal of ideals that have more to do with who we want to be than who we really are. But, once we have grasped that those who’ve wronged us have done so in ignorance (that is, they haven’t come to know their Divine nature) and are embroiled in the egoic material world traps that kid us into believing we must compete and impose and manipulate and betray in order to advance, we sense true compassion. We create space for empathy in place of the burdensome grievance that keeps us bound in knots of anger, resentment and victim-thinking. For so long as we remain in the grips of a grudge-bearing mentality, there can be no room for forgiveness.

BUT

in order to come to a place of authentic forgiveness (which may be only partial, and is subject to demur and falter and recoil, often repeatedly, before strengthening and deepening), we need to allow ourselves time (within the dark chrysalis) to feel the betrayal and suffering. Not perpetual wallowing in self-pity but accepting and observing the feelings, emotions and sensations that emerge from the pain. Within this we will uncover golden wisdom and transformative truth that helps us to see that our perspective is not the only one, and that, were it not for the actions of the “perpetrator”, we could not’ve come to this moment of metamorphosis that frees us like a butterfly, and empowers us in its alchemy.

We’ve turned the offering of lead into pure gold

~ wisdom ~ strength ~ healing ~ power ~

We understand that none of us is perfect, and it is in our imperfections that we uncover the most liberating and transformative gifts of our lives, including forgiveness. There is only love when we recognise the universal predicament of our human frailty.

The ruler of the New Moon is the now-retrograde Mercury, conjoined with Jupiter at 28° Virgo. In our honouring of this coincident beginning and ending we now pause to consider the gifts offered by Jupiter’s 13-month (since August 2015) journey through Virgo. How have we expanded our sense of service? How have we learned to discriminate in order to better focus upon our mission? How have we healed? Where do we find potential for further development?

One of Virgo’s lessons is that of humility. We come to recognise our own fallibility. We allow it to be seen by others. We drop the performance and come to our knees as we recognise that it is in service we make our specialness sacred. As we forfeit our ego’s limited perceptions of success (personal gain, fame, fortune) we find something of lasting value…

Beautiful virginal painting spied somewhere in the Louvre

our contribution

our fulfilment

our gift

our legacy

 

~ our commonality is our blessed humanity

Mercury Retrograde in Virgo

Between the 31st of August and the 22nd of September 2016 Mercury will retrograde in Virgo. With an attitude of openness and flexibility we may truly and meaningfully benefit from such periodic reflective phases, though they might appear to bring mere delays and diversion.

Virgo teaches us the numinosity of service, and Mercury (the traditional planetary ruler of Virgo) represents our powers of perception. There are many demands upon us in this modern world ~ family, work and social life. Of course it is important to ensure we allow adequate time for Self ~ nourishment of body, mind and soul. However, we might also find replenishment of spirit by broadening our view of contribution, reframing our perspective to source strength and inspiration from the ways in which we serve others.

My own experience as a stay at home mum has been challenging at times as the relentless demands of housewifery/ Cherub Management are many, monotonous and sometimes seem meaningless. With a shift in perspective, learning the Latin origin of the word sacrifice ~ to make sacred ~ I have found a way to view mundane life as grist for the mill of my personal growth and come to truly value my role as wife* and mother.

Mosaic image in a church in Monte Carlo
Mosaic image in a church in Monte Carlo

My own evolution has occurred as a direct result of this Yin (inward) phase of my life. Had I remained in the Yang (outward) world of career and social orientation I’d have not enjoyed this expansion of my inner life and may never have understood the depth and significance of the sacred feminine. I have come to find joy and satisfaction in embracing and consciously cultivating my feminine~Mother responsibilities of protector, initiator, nurturer, empowerer.

Of course, in considering all the options available we remember that low-road Virgo is hyper-critical, pedantic with myriad OCD-tendencies. This Mercury retrograde holds the potential for these few weeks to degenerate into a period of irritable nit-picking, and frustrated attempts to get things done and court that unattainable mistress Perfection.

We can make excellent use of this time and energy by reconsidering our methods, habits, practices, patterns, paying homage to the devil in the details, crossing T’s and dotting lower case j’s, without becoming excessively harsh in our appraisals of self and others.

Too, Mercury’s retrograde will retrace the steps taken by Jupiter since October 2015. The cosmos now offers messages of Divine import that consolidate the benefits and healing brought about by Jupiter’s journey through Virgo. We can now come to understand the deeper meaning of this phase of the 12-year Jupiterian cycle. The Lunar North Node remains in Virgo (until May 2017), thus continuing to build upon the vision (re)imagined under Jupiter’s optimistic influence.

And when Mercury follows Jupiter into Libra on the 8th of October we will be emboldened by this retrograde phase and its offerings as we go forth ever-expansive, evolving, co-creative custodians of this magical earthly home.

*not technically married, but in a solid relationship for almost 16 years.

Saturn square Neptune

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.

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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…

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View from atop Sacre Coeur, Montmartre

In everyone

and everything

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

Jupiter goes direct

The first of the parade of retrograde planets to return to the natural flow of things, Jupiter turned direct today at 13° Virgo. Jupiter AKA Zeus: Jovial King of the Gods blesses us with faith confidence and optimism. Traditional astrologers call this giant planet the greater benefic as his influence was perceived to be one of good fortune ~ lucky even!

I view Jupiter not so much as a bringer of good luck but certainly as the cosmic life vest: his gaseousness expands (inflates?) all it touches, gifting us with buoyancy and resilience in the face of almost anything.

Like King Midas, whose foolish wish that all he touched would turn to gold, then died of starvation #canteatmoney Jupiter can make fools of us all. Under auspicious Jupiter vibes we can become over-confident and over-extended. I can link many an ignominious gaffe to transiting Jupiter, my own included. Cue blushing. BUT it is the sort of boldness bestowed by Jupiter that daring ideas require in order to launch. We can plant seeds now that could later prove to yield bountiful harvest. We may look back and cringe at our audacity, but be simultaneously grateful for it too. Jupiter can be the great initiator.

Jupiter now moves through Virgo until 10th of September, when it will enter Libra. The coming four months call us to make good use of this gift. Virgo symbolises discernment discrimination and details. Perhaps, it is this meticulous conscientiousness that sees Virgo so often minimised to finicky and pedantic. According to Liz Greene, Virgo originally simply meant unmarried woman (1991, p.59): she is not a kept woman, nor a wife: she is at nobody’s beck and call. The epitome of fertility goddess, but self-contained, not needy and demanding. Virgo is the Earth Mother ~ nurturer and healer to us all.


 

Under this blessed influence we all stand to gain…

blending faith and humility

a bold vision with work ethic

lofty ideals with service

 

And when Jupiter and the Lunar North Node fuse energies near the end of June we align with our evolutionary purpose. Perhaps between now and then, as we use the reflective retrograde season to our benefit, we will gain clarity in our orientation.

 

Mercury Retro in Taurus

Sometimes in the evening I realise that I’ve not used my time as well as I could’ve. I’m not speaking of mere efficiency. I’m an advocate for conscious laziness. But since my time is valuable, and so is yours, I think it is worth reflecting upon how we use this most precious resource.

Living in alignment with my own values is a value in its own right. That is, it is important to me that I use my moments wisely, whether I am with
my children, writing, walking, grocery shopping, doing dishes for the umpteenth time, whatever: I want to be present and respond appropriately to each opportunity.

This is the crux of mindfulness I suppose. There is the potential for enlightenment within each mundane chore. Eckhart Tolle describes the conscious choice between acceptance enjoyment and enthusiasm. We may not feel as though we have a choice about whether we go to work or not (maybe we ultimately do but the choice is between home and homeless) but we can always choose our response to our present situation. So maybe I’m hating my reality, but that negativity is always born out of resistance of what is. If it’s truly awful and creating nothing but suffering I must choose to change it, but otherwise I can accept~enjoy~be enthusiastic about whatever I am doing = (our perception of) everything changes.

So much of our thinking is habitual. We re-act out of patterns we have inherited or learned and forget to question ourselves. Our neurocircuitry is reinforced by repetitious thoughts and deeds, and so too is our karma. Our actions stem from intent. With our thoughts we make the world.

Rigid thought patterns are limiting and damaging too. We already know, so we reject new perspectives, different opinions, data that negates our well-established model of the world as we know it. This sort of fixity and stubbornness is low-road Mercury in Taurus.

Consideration of that which we value and of the ways in which we habitually use our time are themes of this Mercury retrograde in Taurus. Since we spend so much time in our minds we must develop awareness of our thoughts.

When we become more aware of our mind’s running commentary we can make a decision to change our thinking. Instead of a monologue of self-hate or judgement or complaints or resentment we can stop. Make a choice about your state of mind that aligns with your values.

When awareness returns you might be surprised, shocked even, by how many negative thoughts you are having. I know I was. Relentless silent punishments.

It is in our mind that intention is born. And intention is like a drawn arrow, aimed toward our future~goal~vision~dharma. From here we go forth, with words action and effort. If we are clear in our setting of intention, life unfolds in ways that support and inspire us.

Until the 23rd of May Mercury is retrograde, joining Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto, so it is truly the season for reflection. A little time spent reviewing the ways in which your thoughts support or hinder your success~growth~evolution is in alignment with the current cosmic vibe.

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Not a Bull but a nice Zen-looking cow

Make like sensual Taurus and prioritise time to connect with your body via feeling it’s messages. Rest, nourishment, time spent in nature, stillness, peace are necessary for our holistic well being. Acceptance that we don’t know all the answers is liberating. Relinquish control. Mystery abounds.

Surrender is a strength.