"We are born at a given moment, in a given place, and like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more." - Carl Gustav Jung

Friday, June 29, 2012

Moving Forward With Treasures From Venus & Saturn

   Now that Saturn (necessity and responsibility) and Venus (beauty, love and money) are both moving in direct motion, having completed their retrograde phases, it seems that circumstances surrounding business and the exchange of money or affections could start to improve. The caution (Saturn) here is not to be too gung-ho for a change or overly self-indulgent (Venus) that one loses sight of any progress made in self-understanding over the last several months.

   Why am I lumping these two planetary energies together? Perhaps because I find it interesting, as in "there's no such thing as coincidental", that they turned direct within a couple of days of each other. My mind likes to find connecting threads between closely occurring geocosmic cycles and events. And while I am not always successful in this endeavor, the process often unearths a nugget or two of insight for me to share. Keeping that in your mind, I invite you to take a walk with me.

   First of all, Saturn is exalted in Libra, the zodiac sign of refinement and harmony which is ruled by Venus. Saturn went retrograde on February 8th giving us all a chance to focus on our relationships, all of them, especially the one we have with ourselves - you know, the little self and the big Self, the human and the divine. Then Venus went retrograde May 15th in Gemini, the mutable sign of inquiry and communication, causing us to look into our own mirrors at who and what we attract and why. Are you still with me here?  OK, good, on we go...

   Both Libra and Gemini are air signs which are concerned with mental energy like sharing of ideas, communicating and interacting. The other air sign is Aquarius which operates through interconnectedness, like groups and the internet, but we will allow Aquarian energy to remain in the background today, connecting us through this Blog yet not up for discussion. So, the last several months of saturnine Saturn backtracking through the final seven degrees of Libra have highlighted the need for introspection in the area of human relationships. Some of you have been seeking the ideal relationship for yourself, only to discover that getting to know yourself better, was the key to experiencing balance and finding true relationship happiness.

   I have seen this process in action with a couple of clients over the past two and a half years as Saturn has traversed Libra, and I have watched as one client, previously desperate for a marriage partner, stopped dating to do some intense inner work, which allowed her to recognize her partner when he showed up. Conversely, I have also seen a couple of clients so eager for the "perfect" relationship that all of their projections of perfection onto the partner only bounced back images of imperfection. They are still working on the balance of self to Self before Saturn moves into watery Scorpio in early October putting the emphasis on deep emotions and co-creativity.

   Now, let's look at Venus in Gemini, where she took up residence on April 4th for an extended visit that doesn't end until she moves into watery Cancer on August 8th. That's over four months of getting up-close-and-personal with your thoughts, agreements and the people closest to you every day, four months of putting your money where your mouth is and four months of re-thinking how much you need to actually live every day. Throw in the New Moon Solar Eclipse five days after Venus went retrograde May 15th, a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse June 4th and the Inferior conjunction of Venus as she was eclipsed by the Sun on June 5th and that's a whole lot of pressure to get right with your values and how you communicate them!

   What I hope you have learned these last two months is patience and trust, trust that as long as you have applied yourself to identifying and working toward what you truly value, you will make progress. The caution here is impatience, over-thinking or losing your focus. The energy of Venus is receptive and now that she is in direct motion again, you need to avoid taking too many opinions or keeping your needs to yourself. The time for gathering information was during her retrograde period and now is the time for letting others know what is important to you as you begin to move forward on your decisions. Some of you may share this information verbally, others through writing and still others by investing your time, resources or talents into projects with family, neighbors or co-workers. Venus rules beauty, money and love and in Gemini, she wants to spread some of it around - just remember not to waste any time or resources on anyone or anything unworthy of all that insight you've gained!

Remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New Moon In Gemini - Again; Summer Solstice And The First Uranus Pluto Sqaure

  Today's New Moon in Gemini is the second time we get to plant the seeds for a month-long lunar cycle focused on sharing ideas, communication and writing projects. Last months' Solar Eclipse New Moon took place at the first degree of Gemini, so you may want to re-read Sunday, May 20th's Blog for a reminder of the Gemini influence, along with today's Blog.

   It's an interesting thing, this New Moon at 29 degrees of mutable, airy Gemini influencing the month ahead, because it immediately becomes void-of-course for two and a half hours before Luna enters  the cardinal water sign Cancer. What are the unspoken things you need, or want, to say or do that seek completion at the threshold of a fresh start? Is there anything that needs to be clarified from a month ago, or let go of, in order to step through a new doorway? State your intentions with a clear voice so there are no more misunderstandings. Allow your ideas to be spoken aloud so that others may give you much needed feedback or support.

   On Wednesday, June 20th, about a day and a half after the Sun and Moon come together, we see the Sun entering Cancer for the Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere and the Winter Solstice in the southern hemisphere. In the north we celebrate the longest day of the year and rejoice at the return of warmer weather, cookouts and visits to the beach. With the vital energy of the Sun in watery Cancer, the Moon's territory, we find emotions run high and family concerns, home and security interests are at the top of the agenda. Nurturance on all levels of mind, body and spirit need to be addressed while the Sun is in Cancer for the next month.

   Epitomized by the ebb and flow of tides as well as the emotions, Cancer, thanks to its natural ruler, the Moon, is symbolized by the Crab, and its evasive side-stepping. Cancer natives can be very sympathetic, caring and supportive, but will display their outer shell with a show of protectiveness if they feel the need. Their secretive and cautious natures can make it hard to warm up to them right away - be patient and notice which way the tide is flowing to know what their mood will be!

   The much anticipated Uranus/Pluto square, a 90 degree aspect which will be exact on the 24th, is already being felt strongly. These two outer planets of revolution and innovation (Uranus) and decay and destruction (Pluto) will square off with each other for a total of seven times between now and 2015! The first square ignites the 8th degree and 23 minutes of Aries (Uranus is there) and Capricorn (where Pluto presently resides) and will cause reverberations in all the Cardinal signs, including Libra and Cancer, at those degrees. If you have personal planets or personal points in your natal chart, at or near these sign degrees, you can expect to experience CHANGES in those areas of your life where those signs hold sway.

   Outwardly, the effects of these two planetary energies can cause sudden breakdowns in government and power structures, as well as infrastructures, like bridges, buildings and highway systems. Remember that Uranus in Aries is like a lightning bolt striking a tree and setting it on fire and Pluto in Capricorn is like a giant bulldozer completely changing the landscape we once knew. Having to navigate this new territory, literally and figuratively, is the challenge we face as individuals. How well we react to the changes around us and within us depends on the choices we make to stay awake and aware and claim our power for ourselves, or not.

   Do I believe the impending changes can have positive as well as negative impacts - you bet I do and I'm counting on it! Because, you see, we are merely continuing the cycle Uranus and Pluto started at their conjunction back in the early Sixties when progressive ideas and uncertainty were birthed. I was a scared little college freshman marching on campus to protest the Vietnam War and hoping I wouldn't be shot by the National Guardsmen called in to protect the University's property against us radical thinkers.

   Well, it's come back around a quarter-turn to this square and our beliefs are being put to the test, about who has power over whom, and what did we learn about fighting wars for profit. I may be forty years older but I am stronger in my belief that war is NOT the answer to anything, anywhere, anytime. I'd also like to think I'm a bit wiser too and I've learned that if you want to see change you have to implement it for yourself and there are ways to do that, sometimes with quiet fortitude and self-assurance. Uranus and Pluto are offering us the opportunities we need to create a new world that includes peace and prosperity for everyone. Embrace the change you want to see as the Light illuminates the cracks and you step in to claim your birth right as a sentient being on the third rock from the Sun.

   And while you're taking that all in... remember to stay in the moment, stay in your heart, and keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground.


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Last Quarter Moon in Pisces & Jupiter Enters Gemini

  Today's Moon in Pisces, the Mutable last sign of the zodiac,  is just one of a growing number of planets in adaptable signs for the week ahead, so why bring it up? Because... tomorrow's Last Quarter Moon in Pisces, squaring off with the Sun in Gemini can bring feelings of uncertainty regarding who to talk to, what to believe and who to trust. Nebulous Neptune has ruler-ship over Pisces and mercurial Mercury has it over Gemini; both are Mutable signs that bridge the gap between holding firm in Fixed signs and taking action in Cardinal signs. Mutable signs Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces give us the space and time to ask the questions, what is right for me to do and when is it the right time to change my course of action?

   Three things are happening tomorrow that will attempt to shake us loose from indecision by bringing new information to our attention in preparation for making the changes we already feel coming. First is the Last Quarter Moon, that time in the monthly lunar cycle when our awareness has been piqued by the recent Full Moon and we now have to tweak our plans as we prepare for the next lunar cycle at the subsequent New Moon. The second is giant Jupiters' ingress into Gemini, expanding communication and inquisitiveness, where it will remain for one year. Expect your interactions with siblings, neighbors and co-workers to increase along with the mental machinations they bring!

   The third thing I see about tomorrow's atmosphere of adjustment is that Mercury, ruler of Gemini, is forming challenging aspects to both Uranus (extremes) and Pluto (transformation). As if it wasn't enough to have peace-loving Venus retrograde in Gemini, causing us to question our values and those we interact with, we also have to deal with the outer world by adjusting to changes we have no control over. Welcome to planet Earth!! The best thing to do right now is to take in information, filter it and wait for your correct time to be decisive. That time is not now, but it may be right around the corner. Listen carefully for sounds of change and be prepared to make your move.

   Tuesday and Wednesday see the Moon in out-going and active Aries - you can use this energy to get moving on anything you have been waiting to take action on, everyday things, like mowing the lawn or fixing the fence, not things like telling the boss where to go. Especially avoid doing that kind of confrontational thing on Wednesday when both the Sun and Moon interact with Saturn, emphasizing the necessity of constraint and a focus on career or business.

   Thursday,Friday and Saturday are the calmest days of the week with a Taurus Moon smoothing the way for outdoor picnics or projects. A bit of pampering may be called for, but remember that Taurus also rules your resources, so don't squander already limited funds. Instead, try building on what you already have or beautifying your environment with the flowers nature has provided around your house. Queen Anne's lace and wild irises make a lovely bouquet this time of year. We have a kind of go-with-the-flow day on Saturday when the Taurus Moon is void-of-course all day making this a good time to chill out or just follow through on things that need finishing.

   Until next time, remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground~

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius & The Transit Of Venus

  Well, if your mind hasn't been working overtime this past week, I expect it will kick in to overdrive now that the Moon is in Sagittarius and about to oppose the Sun in Gemini early tomorrow morning, at 7:12 am! The Mutable axis of Airy Gemini (communication and interaction) and Fiery Sagittarius (enthusiasm and inspiration) will be highlighted by a Lunar Eclipse at 14 degrees 14 minutes in the sign of the Archer. So many thoughts, ideas and directions to go in... what's a sentient being to do?! Perhaps one could quiet the mind in contemplation and patiently await the answers.

   The Sabian Symbol for the Moon at 15 degrees of Sag is "The Ground Hog Looking For Its Shadow On Ground Hog Day". Lynda Hill says of this symbol in her book The Sabian Oracle, that "a lot of projection is happening here as the animal is not consciously doing anything."  there is a need to acknowledge our "shadow" and to see how others see us in order to gain clarity. Don't read too much into things as the answer is closer at hand and easier to perceive! Lynda also cautions "Be careful not to rely on the same solutions without consideration of changes."  Think on this symbol and consider its meaning for yourself.

   The Sun's position at 15 Gemini has the following Sabian Symbol: "Two Dutch Children Talking And Studying Their Lessons Together". This symbolizes "the need for clarity and those of like mind to share and communicate spontaneous and creative ideas". The importance here is of sharing with a like-minded friend for "learning valuable lessons of relating and companionship". The caution is "failing to communicate in depth" or "not hearing the words of others to understand how the world works".

   If I understand this polarity correctly, the connecting link is clarity in order to better see oneself and our choices and the key to that understanding is through communication, not just with others but with the divine. I love that the outgoing Sun is situated on the degree that reaches out and the subconscious Moon is at the more reflective degree! Gemini can become overly identified with disseminating and/or receiving information, as in texting and facebooking, and needs to periodically quiet the mind for true understanding, not just superficial chatter. Going to the other end of the spectrum in this polarity for some peaceful contemplation, can provide you with the clarity you seek.  A good exercise might be asking oneself, "how important is it that I stay in constant contact with so-and-so and how often do I do this with myself",  and when you get the answer, set aside some time to be in contact with your own knowingness. You already have the answer, you just need to listen for it!

   Now consider that this is also a Lunar Eclipse and the results of your efforts will likely be seen in three months time, with either a breakthrough or a new challenge/opportunity to tweak your connections, plans with others, etc. for a greater period of insight in early December. I suggest taking advantage of this eclipse energy to connect to divine wisdom and jump-start your goals!

   So, there's a lot of talk about the Venus transit of the Sun on the 5th... why? Because, it's a big deal, that's why! Venus relates to love and beauty and is a receptive planetary energy that seeks harmony, especially in relationships. While Venus is retrograde in Gemini, we have the opportunity to go over our agreements and relationship habits for letting go of the past and moving forward.  A more balanced communication in all aspects of daily life would be wonderful, wouldn't it? Venus is pleading for a return to meaningful dialogue to restore some sort of harmonious discourse in our world, rather than the bickering we hear in the news and between political and religious factions. Venus retrograde lets us change our thoughts from incendiary words into expressions of love and forgiveness.

    I am reminded of something my mother often said, which I didn't get at the time but understand now, and that was "charity begins at home." In other words, if we talk nice to ourselves and those loved ones, family and friends in our daily lives, we are starting a kind of domino effect of people listening and really hearing each other. Then they go out into the world with this attitude of being heard and they can do it for their co-workers and people they interact with every day. A right relationship of self to Self allows us to go within and then to embody the love and harmony we seek. By intentionally radiating these emotions of acceptance and generosity of spirit, we can potentially restore balance and harmony on the earth as we interact with others.

   June 4th is also World Invocation Day when meditating together can help facilitate this restoration. Here is a link to The Great Invocation, a powerful prayer that has been said over and over  to bring more Light and Love to our planet: http://www.lucistrust.org/en/service_activities/the_great_invocation__1

  Remember, keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground~