Full moon eclipse, 8 degrees Gemini, 2:29 a.m., MST on Monday, November 30th.
(Taken from the weekly Know to Flow Forecast for Consciously Creating Life, Vol. 86, week of November 30th, 2020 - see below to subscribe.)
For the past couple of years, our eclipses have been working the Cancer-Capricorn axis of the zodiac. As of May 5th, 2020, the nodes of the moon moved into the opposing signs Gemini and Sagittarius, where they will remain through the beginning of 2022. (These are the points that mark where the eclipses fall - the north node is a point of increase and destiny, representing what we are moving towards, and the south node is a point of decrease, past and karma, representing what we are moving away from and the lessons we have already learned).
The shifting of the nodal axis (and our eclipses) from Cancer-Capricorn to Gemini-Sagittarius changes the energetic atmosphere significantly, and this is our first eclipse in this new vibe.
During this eclipse, the sun (light of consciousness) in Sagittarius, sign of truth and beliefs, will be illuminating the moon (subconscious, instinct, and shadow) in Gemini. This means, in a general sense, our conscious focus will be coming from the south node in Sagittarius, point of the past, and lighting up the north node in Gemini, the way forward.
Because the south node is the past and what we have already learned/mastered, south node energy and information is like our tool kit that we have available to work with - its what we already know and the knowledge and skills we have at our disposal. The south node is what's known and therefore comfortable, but we get in trouble if we try to hang out there. The point is to move towards the north node, the direction of our soul growth and destiny - to push out of our comfort zone into the growth zone. In this case that is represented by the moon in Gemini.
The moon is our intuition - now we need to trust that and follow the pathway forward it is revealing to us, while allowing ourselves to be supported by our personal truths and beliefs that create the foundation for our ideal future.
This full moon opens a two week eclipse portal that will close on December 14th with the new moon in Sagittarius, and also begins a six month eclipse cycle that will take us through May 2021. Eclipses bring big and lasting change to our lives, and our ability to manifest is heightened during the eclipse portal because this is a time when we are shifting, so things are more malleable.
This full moon eclipse is a time to root down deeply into the personal truths and core beliefs that will form the foundation of the life we wish to create moving forward. We create the world we wish to live in one belief, one breath, one thought, and one action at a time. To consciously create the life we most desire, we must move towards that and create it bit by bit in each and every moment.
The tarot card Eight of Swords is a card of both Gemini and the planet Jupiter (ruler of Gemini's opposing sign, Sagittarius). The Eight of Swords speaks of being flexible, versatile, and adaptable in order to find our way through, and that is precisely the energy of this full moon eclipse.
This eclipse features not only the opposition between the sun and moon, Sagittarius and Gemini, but also ties in to Venus and Uranus in opposition while at the same time activating a fixed star opposition. These three oppositions of six points sits around us much like the swords surrounding the swan in the picture above. The swan, despite its great strength struggles to free itself, but if we look up, we see the nimble hummingbird hovering above, ready to show the swan the way out.
Think differently and look at things from a different perspective and solutions will appear.
Love & Gratitude,
(From the Know to Flow Forecast for Consciously Creating Life, Vol. 86, week of November 30th, 2020)
Welcome to Scorpio Season.
This week the sun enters Scorpio, turning our conscious focus and awareness to the realm of transformation, healing, the deep psyche, the taboo and occult, motives, sex, and power. Welcome to Scorpio Season. Expect intensity, things revealed and unearthed, and transformation.
This is the time of year when the veils between the world are said to be the thinnest, where we honor and receive blessings from the departed and our ancestors. We are at a transition, a crossroads, a sacred gap that is neither one thing nor the other. This is the in-between.
Modern life is very much point A to point B, either-or, this not that. The in-between is both, and neither. It is not that easily defined. Our culture tends to honor the destination rather than the journey. We don't stop to honor the spaces, the gaps, the past, the undoing, the release, the loss, the letting go. They feel uncomfortable. Unproductive. Scary. Unfamiliar. But there is great power here. And that is what this time is about. We cannot have life without death, summer without winter, day without night, action without rest. And each bit of it is sacred. The earth slows down now and we follow her lead to the restorative rest and regeneration only the dark can bring.
As the moon waxes now, it moves toward Friday's first quarter square with the sun, our first choice point of the lunar cycle - a crisis in action - as we reach the halfway point between the new moon and the full moon. This is our check point to make any course corrections with our new moon intentions and actions to stay in alignment.
Then on Sunday, the sun meets up with Mercury, still retrograde in Scorpio. This brings our light of consciousness and Mercury, ruler of the mind and messages, together in Scorpio's deep abyss. This is an aha moment. Something is revealed. This is the point where Mercury finds what it turned back in search of as the sun shines its light on it.
Mercury's journey isn't over just yet though. It will continue backtracking, reentering Libra next week on the 27th, the same day Venus leaves Virgo and enters Libra. After the full moon on the 31st, Mercury will station direct at 25 degrees Libra on 11/3 (U.S. election day) in square to Saturn in Capricorn. Saturn on the high side is supportive foundation and boundaries, but could be showing up as a hard and limiting influence in this case as it is in square aspect, have patience here and keep going.
Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn have been a challenging ride, and we are still on that ride until they get apart from each other and Mercury and Mars station direct. Keep looking for the flow, for what supports and nourishes. Keep looking toward where there is space and constantly move towards that. As things shift things will continue to open in new ways.
We are being taught how to dance in between the beats - to move into the open space and honor the in-between. There is magic there.
Love & Gratitude,
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It really feels pretty fantastic to have all three planets in Capricorn (Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto) now direct. However, from now until the upcoming Libra new moon, prepare for a bit of a bumpy stretch.
Mostly this is due to Mars retrograde challenging a freshly direct Pluto in Capricorn, at the same degree of January's Saturn-Pluto conjunction on January 12th, exact on Friday the 9th. (Friday is also the last quarter square moon. Squares are challenges and forced growth, so that will be a lot of tension.) With Pluto and Mars retrograde at odds on Friday (and strong really now through the new moon) double down on the Mars retrograde protocol and pull away from anything that even has a whiff of a power dynamic. Think of the astrological energies as able to easily play through the people around you if they aren't fully aware - sometimes this happens even when we are aware! Pluto energy comes through as a hunger, an instinct, a strong compulsion or desire. Mars energy always needs an outlet and active management. You may be staying in your lane like a pro, just to have someone swerve right into it bringing this Mars-Pluto energy with them. Fall back on Mars protocol - don't let this energy push you around.
There are also other factors. Mercury (the mind) is already deep diving in Scorpio, preparing to go deeper with its retrograde from October 13th to November 3rd. The moon is waning from the October 1st full moon in Aries, that was on the heels of Saturn stationing direct in square to Mars retrograde and a precursor to Pluto direct in Capricorn. Full moons are illumination, and waning moons are for release. The October 1st full moon was the culmination of a cycle that begin March 24th with the Aries new moon - this is a good thing, but there's a lot of material here to work with that has been stirred up over the summer and is now emerging, especially with the Capricorn retrogrades.
Typically new Libra moons are lovely Venus-ruled resets of all things to do with being in relationship - cooperation, harmony, balance - but this one coming on 10/16 is no picnic, as it is right in the crosshairs of the challenging set up still happening between Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn and Mars retrograde in Aries.
This new moon at 23 degrees Libra puts another leg on the square, turning it into a T-square (three-way tension instead of just two-way).
I will say, with the Capricorn planets now direct, and it being at 23 degrees rather than 22, where Pluto has been camped out and the degree that links back to the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in January, we are dealing with the same issues, but the situation is evolving. This new moon is under pressure to embody the Libra energy, but it is a new moon and a fresh start under the sign of Venus. Squares are challenges and forced growth, but there is a way forward. Keep in mind that Mars is still retrograde in Aries. The warrior, pioneer, and leader stations direct on November 13th, the same day Jupiter and Pluto meet up for the third time in Capricorn (the first was April 5th, and second was June 30th). Also by then Mercury will have completed its retrograde that begins in Scorpio and ends in Libra. This is still working itself out and still unfolding.
Keep going, keep up the Mars retrograde protocol, and keep the faith.
This week also has a couple of interesting aspects that aren't quite so heavy.
On Wednesday the 7th, Mercury in Scorpio makes an opposition to Uranus in Taurus. The opposition is still an aspect that brings tension, (in the form of a stand-off - they are opposing, not congruent) but Mercury is the mind, and Uranus is the planet of the future, and change brought about through sudden insight and/or upheaval. Expect the unexpected always when Uranus is involved. This could be some information that changes your perception and therefore your direction, from the outside, or even a revelation from within - Mercury is in Scorpio, the psyche.
On Saturday, the 10th, we wrap up the week with the sun in Libra squaring Jupiter, planet of faith and belief, now direct in Capricorn. Yes, its a square, but this is the sun and Jupiter! Think: some little something that brings renewed faith, hope, optimism, even if there is some tension or challenge happening.
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P.S. Stay tuned for the upcoming mini-class on harnessing Venus energy in your life, the Five Petals of Venus. Venus is the goddess of love, money, and abundance, so you won't want to miss this!
Following the cycles of the moon is an ancient tradition, and one we can still tap into today to align with each month’s cycle of energies. A moon phase calendar can still be found in farmer’s almanacs today as a guide for planting. The moon, being so close to earth, has a powerful effect on it and you can see this in how it affects our tides. The moon actually causes the earth to rotate in tandem with the moon on a different axis than it would if it were not being affected by the moon’s gravitational pull. In every twenty-four hour period, we have one high tide based on the earth’s rotation and a second based on the moon’s interaction. So why not harness this energy in our lives?
By becoming aware of these energetic cycles we can work with them consciously to achieve our desires in life - we are in essence moving with the energetic current - we "know to flow".
For every month-long lunar cycle, the sun, on its annual solar cycle, moves through one of the twelve thirty-degree signs of the zodiac. This creates a new and full moon in a different zodiac sign each month of the year. Each zodiac sign can be thought of as representing a different energetic filter through which the movements of the celestial bodies are broadcast through to us on earth. The sun and moon are considered the two "luminaries" in astrology - we refer to both of them as "shining", although it is important to note that the sun generates its own light and the moon reflects the light of the sun. Often the sun is thought of as "the light of consciousness", while the moon represents the subconscious, operating fully or partially just out of our view much of the time. In general, the sun is representative of the male energy, the light, yang, and conscious will. The moon is the feminine energy, the emotions, water, dark, yin, and the subconscious. The moon cycles are the interplay of these two energies.
The new moon is a beginning. This is when the sun and moon are in conjunction, or “on” each other. (A conjunction is formed when planets are six degrees or less to each other and it is exact at zero degrees. Conjunctions blend the energies of the two planets.) This is your time to sit down and think about what you would like to consciously create for that lunar cycle. Generally it’s best to wait beyond the time the new moon is exact until the sun’s light starts to come in just a bit to do this. Meditate on your intention, write down your goals, do whatever feels appropriate. The point is to set your intention consciously. Whatever sign the moon is in will be the energy being highlighted for this new beginning, and if you find the degree and sign of the new moon in an ephemeris, you can locate its house in your chart which will give you the area of life this new beginning can be made in (identity, expression, relationships, etc.)
The full moon is the sun and moon at full opposition. The moon is completely bathed in the sun’s glow. This is illumination. The light of consciousness is completely illuminating the subconscious. What insight are you gaining? What are you realizing in thought or in the world? Here we feel the full energy of the sun and are more likely to lean to socializing and outward expression.
The last quarter moon is again a square between the sun and the moon but this time it’s waning, and the sun’s light is decreasing. The square here again is about change, but rather than an outward expression it is now turned inward. This is where we reevaluate on a subconscious level. Where do we need to shift our beliefs and thoughts to support what we are trying to consciously create? This is a time to be aware of the changes that are trying to occur in your life and be fluid with them.
The three days leading up to the new moon is called the dark moon. The dark moon represents the point in the cycle where we turn the furthest inward. This can mean things deep within our psyche bubbling up to our awareness. This is a time of rest and nourishment. This energy is prompting us to clean house psychologically and get to the bottom of anything held subconsciously that is blocking us from achieving our goals. It’s time to release and let go of those things that are not in alignment with that which we are consciously creating.
And with that psychological house-cleaning, you have completed that lunar cycle and with the new moon can align more powerfully with a new set of intentions.
In this way you can use the moon’s energy each month to continue to spiral upward, like riding a thermal, through intention setting, action, realization, self-awareness and release, to living a life you have consciously created.
I remember standing in my kitchen on that warm June afternoon....
I had just finished putting away groceries. I stopped at the dining room table and picked up my phone; not because anyone had called or messaged, but out of habit. Mindlessly scrolling through various apps on my phone had become a tactic of distraction from the ever-present yet vague sense of dissatisfaction growing within me.
Disinterestedly, I skimmed over an online article.
In my attempt to escape the monotony of the mundane, my eyes read while my mind fled. Yet somehow, magic found me. I only remember that article, that day, that moment, because what awaited me within the words I skimmed over that day was nothing short of life-changing.
Within the article was a story about two lovers. Specifically, what has remained etched into my memory was the response of the older woman to her younger lover who, when overcome with remorse, confessed her betrayal. The response of the betrayed lover was not at all what I expected, and as I read it, something shifted - something really big. Suddenly I found myself speaking aloud to an empty house: "I want to be like that."
Looking back, it was that moment, that statement, that decision, which really set into motion what was to follow in my life. More importantly, what is now clear is the truth of that statement I spoke aloud to an empty house on that June afternoon. With that statement I had made a decision, and that decision was the catalyst of what was to become an arduous and epic personal journey....
There was a great distance between the person I was and the person I would have to become in order to "be like that."
My dissatisfaction with life had been growing. A deeper, more authentic version of myself was breaking the surface, fighting for air after being held down for too long. I was in the midst of an awakening.
The longer I tried to remain in my comfort zone, burying my head in the sand, the greater my discomfort with being in the world became. As time went by, what I never questioned to be a life filled with infinite support for me to grow and transform proved itself more and more to be suffocating. What I counted on to be there suddenly wasn't.
I have discovered that this call is less of an invitation and more of a directive from the Universe. It is a summons to follow that spark of inspiration above all else, even if - especially if - it means leaving behind everything you know and hold to be safe and true. To refuse the call is to sit in false security, complacent as your soul slowly suffocates. To accept is to allow yourself to be tempted further and further into the unknown, as you chase that spark, until you suddenly realize you have passed the point of no return. You are too far separated from the life you knew to go back to it. It is only then that you understand there is only moving forward into the unknown - there is no going back. Only in hindsight will you see this as the beginning of your descent into an abyss of unknown to face the most difficult challenges of your life .
In The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell describes this "call to adventure" to be the first step a "hero" takes on Campbell's famous outline of the mythological "Hero's Journey."
"The first step...signifies that destiny has summoned the hero and transferred his spiritual center of gravity from within the pale of his society to a zone unknown".
Attached to my (false) sense of security derived from my day to day life, I resisted wholeheartedly heeding the call. What I experienced was the kind of magic that pumped pure oxygen to that first spark of inspiration. It awakened me to new possibilities that fed my soul and in the process increased my discomfort with my life as it was, slowly pulling me away and separating me from it.
After awakening must come "the descent" - we cannot go backward in consciousness and "un-know" what we have come to know, so then the only way out becomes through. We must step forward and journey into the unknown, like all the great heroes and heroins, gods and goddesses, of the myths that have come before.
There was a great distance between the person I was and the person I would have to become in order to "be like that." Greater than I could ever have imagined.
I didn't really know what I wanted or what brought me joy, even though I thought I did. The reality was that I didn't truly know who I was. I had no self-esteem. I was living in a fog of denial, and had been almost all of my life, and for very good reason as I would soon come to find out.
What became alarmingly apparent before even those points were crystallized was that I had been tempted further and further away from the life I knew, and had not been aware that I had slipped past the point of no return.
There was no turning back. My only option was to go forward and face the unknown. The only way out would be through.
Like Campbell's "hero", and the gods and goddesses of myth, I stepped forth into the unknown, on that infamous "journey to the east", from which no man (or woman) ever returns.
And so my Great Descent began....
Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you. ~Ruth Bader Ginsberg
(From the Know to Flow Forecast for Consciously Creating Life, Vol. 76)
This week, we begin our last section of big and bumpy astro for the year.
This is primarily involving the forced growth created by Saturn stationing direct in Capricorn in square to Mars retrograde in Aries. Mars is self-assertion, the warrior, and with it in reverse right now it can have us feeling frustratingly unable to move forward. Saturn, known for slowing things down with limits and restrictions, is finally going direct in challenging aspect to an already slow-moving and introspective Mars.
Whether we want to or not, we are building discipline, strength, and fortitude. Saturn is absolutely requiring now that we show up for this and do the work, and that we keep showing up for this as long as it keeps going, and in square aspect to Mars retrograde, we are basically blocked in to the situation at hand.
The good news is, we have a map, and the end is in sight.
First of all, this Tuesday is the equinox. The equinoxes happen in the spring and fall, when the sun arrives at zero degrees Aries and Libra, respectively. Aries and Libra are cardinal signs - they begin seasons. The other two cardinal signs are Capricorn and Cancer, which begin winter and summer. The solstices happen when the sun arrives at zero degrees of these signs. Cardinal signs are strong signs, and with all of the action in Capricorn, Aries, and now Libra, we have a lot of strong energy at play.
Also, take note, on Sunday the 27th we have a sweet spot as Venus in Leo aspects Mars retrograde in Aries - this is supportive because they are both in fire signs, the element of creativity. Venus is love and money, and in Leo she is all kinds of confident!
With the equinox comes a big shift, and we are now on the downhill slide to winter solstice and the new beginning it will bring, along with the shortest day and longest night of the year. Now we celebrate day and night being equal in length, and the balance and harmony that Libra loves.
The challenges that are coming now have everything to do with Saturn and Pluto stationing direct in Capricorn while tangling with Mars retrograde in Aries, all working over that same degree of Capricorn that Saturn and Pluto met at back in January.
If it feels like its been relentless since then, that's because it has been!
And maybe it won't feel that challenging to you personally. How any astrological transit feels to us, how it shows up in our lives, has everything to do with 1) whether it is hitting a sensitive point in our own natal chart, and what that point is and what area of life is affected, and 2) how consciously we are working that energy. This area of Capricorn has been getting raked over for some time now - there's the probability that even if it isn't necessarily a walk in the park, some of us are on the right side (top side) of it, and are working it to our advantage at this point.
I refer to the upcoming scenario as challenging astro for good reason - the protocol here is handle with care.
Pluto is in Capricorn, now sitting at 22 degrees as it gets ready to station direct on October 4th. It (unlike Jupiter and Saturn) will be remaining in that sign for a few more years. Pluto is a generational influence, taking about 20 years to transit each sign. It isn't easy - it's transformational - an influence that regenerates by first exposing, stripping, and destroying. Pluto is really being felt right now by the collective because it is in the crosshairs of all of the other activity between Jupiter and Saturn in Capricorn and Mars in Aries. Whenever Pluto is being stirred for us, we are going to be working with our relationship to power and our own underworld, and these can surface in all manner of subversive ways.
Saturn is currently sitting at 25 degrees Capricorn, getting ready to station direct on September 28th. When it stations it will be in square to Mars retrograde in Aries.
Before that happens, however, Mercury (the mind/messenger) in Libra will be opposing Mars and squaring up to Saturn at the same time it enters the pre-shadow of its retrograde (the point at which it will station direct at on November 3rd, which is election day here in the U.S.). This is happening Wednesday, Sept. 23rd, and Thursday, Sept. 24th. The 24th is also the first quarter square between the sun in Libra and the moon in Capricorn, which only increases the intensity and energetic tension. With the moon cruising through the final third of Capricorn on Friday, the 25th, we will be feeling the planets there even more strongly (Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn), as the moon broadcasts whatever energy it is coming in contact with.
Then on Sunday the 27th, Mercury enters Scorpio, which brings yet another big energy shift. Scorpio is the Pluto-ruled sign of the deep psyche, secrets, sex, power, the taboo, and transformation. Mercury is already in its retrograde shadow, making its first pass over the territory it will be backtracking over between October 13th and November 3rd. Mercury was retrograde in February in Pisces, and then in June in Cancer. This is its third retrograde of 2020, again in water, in Scorpio, and this time the messenger and ruler of the mind, after deep-diving through the depths of the collective psyche, will station direct on election day in the U.S. Scorpio is ruled by Pluto (and traditionally by Mars, so Pluto in Capricorn and Mars retro in Aries are both tied in here again as well), and is the sign of secrets and unearthing, so don't be surprised at what gets dredged up during the coming weeks!
Next week we start off with a big day Monday as Saturn stations direct, but in square to Mars retrograde. This is another lurch forward as another planet that has been retrograde all summer stations direct, and its an important one too, because Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn, the sign where all of this action is. But with the square from Mars and Mars still retrograde until November 13th, it might not feel like as much of a relief as we would like.
These influences might be feeling intolerably restrictive and relentless at this point, but we are moving through this, and the energy is shifting. Keep returning back to the Mars retrograde protocol, as that will be coming up now, and also keep looking for the space that you can access right now, however small it might be. Keep turning towards what feels good, what feels nourishing, what feels simple, what feels supportive, and what feels easy. Take breaks, get fresh air, meditate, play with animals, do whatever it is that supports you, day in and day out, moment to moment, as we navigate this bit of intense energy. We are all swimming in this. We are all being stretched in some way. We are all facing some kind of challenge or adversity. And we all have the magical capacity to show up and meet whatever comes face to face, with courage, and with grace, not force, just like that beautiful woman standing face to face with the lion in the image above. We all have the power and strength to be her. We all have her within us. And this astro is helping us access her.
Love & Gratitude,
Well, here we are still (mostly) in retrograde season, with Mars freshly retrograde in Aries, and rolling right into a dark moon in Virgo. I am really feeling this, so I thought I would share something practical for working with these energies.
Things are uncertain, and I think it is safe to say many of us having been dealing with some level of fear in our day to day lives for some time now.
Retrograde season began in late April/early May, as Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto all stationed retrograde in Capricorn. They have been retracing their steps all summer. Jupiter was the first to station direct on September 12th, and this brings some relief and new moon blessings this week too, but Saturn, Pluto, and Mars are all still in reverse. Saturn will station on September 28th, and then Pluto will follow suit on October 4th, wrapping up our return to forward motion as far as the summer retrogrades in Capricorn are concerned. However, Mars will remain retrograde in Aries until November 13th and will be challenging the planets in Capricorn, so really, we won't be out of the woods with this until then.
Retrogrades bring a review, and also are karmic. They are helpful, but also bring growth, especially when there is a square aspect involved like Mars retrograde in Aries this fall squaring up to Saturn in Capricorn as it stations direct. Saturn is karma and fear, and can be felt as restriction, isolation, and depression; Mars is our passion and self-assertion - Mars is the warrior, our courage - so when it is moving backwards it can also show us where fear has been hiding deep within. When it gets brought up, like now, we get to move through it to access what is on the other side, our authenticity, our authority, our courage, and our true sovereignty.
Right now we are in a dark moon, which is the three days preceding a new moon, and the deepest part of the lunar cycle. The dark moon is when we turn inward and release. Things bubbling up feel strong and extra uncomfortable because we are able to access deeper layers during this lunar phase. Dark moons are always about supporting ourselves in the stillness that allows deep inner insight and release. This is the magic that super powers the coming new moon - the deeper we dive, the higher we will be able to rise.
Self-care and nourishment during dark moons are key, and especially for this Virgo dark moon that precedes the Virgo new moon. Virgo forms the healing axis of the zodiac along with Pisces, with Virgo ruling the earthly plane and Pisces the spiritual. For every bit of relentless perfectionism and over-criticism that Virgo might bring, Pisces has the compassion and forgiveness to dissolve the fear and pain.
Virgo rules the rituals and routines that keep us healthy and happy and of service in the mundane realms. We happen to all be here with a human that needs our care to function at its highest level here on the earth-plane.
With this in mind, I have been doing some research, on the four "happiness chemicals" in the brain, dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphin, and ways to boost them!
Here it is!
(From the Know to Flow Forecast for Consciously Creating Life, Vol. 75, Week of September 14th, 2020.)
On Saturday, September 12th, Jupiter stationed direct after being retrograde in Capricorn all summer. This is the first of three planets (Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto) in Capricorn stationing direct between now and October 4th. They all stationed retrograde in April/May.
This Thursday's new moon in Virgo (September 17th at 5 a.m., MDT) is getting a boost from ruler of Virgo, Mercury, in aspect to Jupiter in Capricorn. This is coming just on the heels of Jupiter stationing direct, and so feels even more expansive.
There is more on this below in the daily notes, but new moons are fresh starts, Virgo rules healing, details, health, and day-to-day routines, and rituals for well-being, and Jupiter is beliefs, philosophy, spirituality, religion, growth, and expansion.
Jupiter is freshly direct in Capricorn - what new truths and beliefs have been discovered over the summer during its retrograde that we are now ready to use to create the foundation of our lives?
We can harness the power of this new moon by identifying these, and implementing a behavior that supports them into our daily routine. To anchor a new belief, we must incorporate supporting behavior into our daily lives, and new habits and routines are where Virgo shines! (For more on working with Virgo, check out my blog article, "Eating for Enlightenment and Cleanliness is Next to Godliness: Axioms From the Virgo-Pisces Axis.")
Enjoy the sweet-vibing astro this week.
Next week on the 23rd and 24th, we hit more bumps as Mercury begins its retrograde pre-shadow in square to Saturn still retrograde in Capricorn, and then opposes Mars retrograde in Aries. On the 28th, Saturn stations direct, which is the beginning of even more forward momentum, but it does so in square to Mars retrograde in Aries, which is going to feel like a big roadblock. We will be working this out during the remainder of Mars retrograde until November 13th.
More details are coming in the weekly forecasts - we are going to do more than just navigate this, we are going to access the magic!
Love & Gratitude,
so long imprisoned by pain and fear, shines brilliantly with its hard-won wings of freedom spread wide, sits at the center. This courageous heart embraces its crown, as it has finally reclaimed its power and rightful place upon the throne at the center of the Soul, the center of its Universe.
A Lotus Flower...
spreads graciously below the heart, the center petals curling themselves around the base of the heart, reaching up offering their gentle support. Lotus has such a desire for life that it patiently waited through thousands of years of dormancy for its chance to germinate. Even once in bloom, each night the flower sinks down under the surface of the murky water and mud it is rooted in, yet each morning it emerges once again, no trace of where it has been, to offer its beauty to the world. Lotus knows well the Heart’s difficult journey through the darkness, and it endured to finally earn those wings that would liberate it out of suffering and into its own power so it could reclaim its crown and throne at the center of Soul.
points up from below the Lotus, aimed with precision at Heart’s center. This is an arrow that will never miss its intended mark, for this arrow sits poised to fly on the tightly drawn bow of the great goddess Artemis. The silvery light cast by the moon is the only illumination this divine huntress requires, as this goddess is so pure of motive that she is in need of little more guidance than her intuition. By moonlight she hunts down her heart’s desires. Her success is ensured, as she follows her inner guidance that is born out of purity of motive and intention, which is backed by her immense focus, determination, and stamina. Her arrow reminds the Heart to learn the lessons she offers up.
sits below the bow of Artemis, forming the very foundation the Heart sits upon. The Moon, although seen in the night sky above, is actually that which lies below, or more accurately , deep within. The Moon is the Heart’s foundation, as the Heart sits on the throne of the Soul, because the Moon is the realm of the subconscious and intuition. It is where our deepest fears can hide. If the Heart is to rule from love and wisdom and purity of motive, it must be like Artemis and ensure the moonlight it sees by is clear, so it may trust the inner guidance with which it navigates.
spreads her great wings wide, soaring high above the Heart, keenly observing all below. Hawk spirals up and up, riding the thermal and then glides effortlessly through the blue, bearing the great sun upon her wings. She flies between the worlds, a messenger of spirit. Although she brings the intuitive messages from what lies beyond, she is very much of the living world and the sun, the light of consciousness, the source of light and life, representing power, strength, and vitality, shines its warmth down upon her strong back. She reminds us to watch and observe, seeing from her high perspective, and then at the perfect time to take swift and decisive action.
clutched in the strong claws of Hawk floats above Heart’s center. The pendulum carried by Hawk speaks to trusting in our inner guidance, but to always balance that with our conscious observations and thoughts. Pendulum reminds Heart to always trust its personal truth and speak it from the power of inner authority. It tells Heart to integrate inner guidance with consciously cultivated knowledge so wisdom is created.
A Pair of Antlers...
flank the pendulum spreading their grandeur just below the wings of Hawk. The antlers are the crown of the majestic stag, made of solid bone of the natural earthly world, their sharp tines grow up, reaching towards the heavens, up towards the sky through which Hawk soars as a messenger between worlds, reaching towards spirit. They send the stability of the earth and the Divine Masculine, the Horned God, up to support Hawk. The antlers provide this connection to earth and masculine energy to the Heart. They represent spiritual authority.
A Pair of Doves...
hover gracefully just above Heart’s wings, yet just below the majestic antlers. Heart, at long last liberated, having stepped into its full power and claimed its rightful position upon the throne of the Soul, also carries the responsibility that comes with its newly acquired power and authority, and to assert that power with wisdom and compassion. The doves remind Heart to strive to always view souls through the light of love - higher love - unconditional love. The doves are the Divine Messengers of Mother Mary, carrying the soft, nurturing, healing energy she sends, and reminding Heart of its ability to gift this world by always embodying peace, hope, compassion, and a higher, spiritual love.
May this heart, liberated, proudly sitting upon the throne of the Soul, always come from its inner guidance and authority, in its complete power. May it see from a higher perspective, yet with keen observation, the truth of reality easily made visible under the bright rays of the light of consciousness, while integrating the subtle messages from spirit and intuition. May it follow its inner guidance and hunt with focus and purity of motive its deepest desires and may its arrows always fly straight and true landing their mark. May this Heart always see others through the light of higher love, rather than through the harshness of judgement. May this Heart, seated upon its throne at the center of the Soul, honor the responsibility of power and authority, integrating the worlds above and below, the light and the dark, with wisdom, compassion, kindness and grace, and when necessary acting swiftly and decisively with precision and authority.
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As an ambassador for Consciously Creating Life, Kasey serves as an advocate of the magic that exists in this life and in each and every one of us. She is a champion of the journey to access our own powerful magic by returning home to ourselves and reclaiming the thrones of our hearts as sovereign rulers of our realms, through practicing the Art of Consciously Creating Life.
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