"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

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Harvest Moon ~ Pisces Full Moon

   The name given this early Autumn Moon is the Harvest Moon and the degree this Full Moon happens to fall on is 27 Pisces. Here is the Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon at that degree: "The Harvest Moon Illumines A Clear Autumn Sky". Here is what Dane Rudhyar had to say about this symbol: "For astronomical reasons, the full moon of early autumn, the Harvest moon, appears slightly larger than all other Full Moons. These are the days for reaping of the good harvest if all has gone well. This symbol brings us the message that the time has come to reap what we have not only sown, but also cultivated - or failed to cultivate."

   What Rudhyar is highlighting with his description of Elsie Wheelers' symbol for 27 degrees of Pisces is consummation. In this karmic moment the seed of the new cyclic manifestation is already latent. What does that mean for us? Any full moon highlights the path we have taken from the new to the full during this current lunar cycle. What seeds did you plant, or skills did you start to polish, or new habits did you begin, under the Virgo New Moon two weeks ago? Have your efforts begun to bring order into your life? Today's Full Moon will show you your progress.

   If you have done well you can reap some of the rewards. If you have faltered in your tasks, all is not lost - just look closely at where you got off the path and apply renewed vigor to eliminating the obstacles on your path for the period of the waning moon, from now until the next new moon on October 4th. The Pisces influence of this Full Moon can appear in many guises, from "oneness" to feeling too impressionable and needing to escape. Sympathy, compassion and a lack of boundaries are attributes of this flowing Water sign so if you are experiencing feeling too much of everyone else "stuff", you may need to retreat for awhile to be able to focus on your own stuff.

   The veils between the seen and unseen are very thin now and we can experience a greater sense of intuition and knowing, without having to see. Pay attention to what feels right, or wrong, and follow your inner guidance. If you are experiencing difficulty with your own spiritual compass, you need to get quiet and go within to reconnect with your higher self. If you don't know what to do about something, do nothing until you know! By checking in with yourself every day through prayer or meditation, you will eventually know when to act. Trust yourself and follow your own path.

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

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Virgo New Moon & Mercury in Libra

   Here we are at the start of another Moon phase, with today's New Moon in Virgo bringing focus to the daily chores, scheduling and minutia of our lives. The kids go back to school and parents sigh with renewed appreciation for the orderliness of school year structure. It's time to get all your ducks in a row as we make the yearly transition from summer into Fall. While the Sun preceded the Moon into Virgo two weeks ago, and we have a little over two weeks until the autumnal Equinox, it's this new Lunar phase kicking in that allows for real organization and progress.

   There are a couple of ways to look at Virgo, a mutable Earth sign ruled by mercurial Mercury... change your mind and you change your life!  There's the inner component of working on healthy new habits and the outer component of making things neat and tidy in your environment. First, the inner... in order to make changes that stick, one needs to set one's intention for positive growth and change and work with self-talk, (that's the mind part). F or instance, if you want to quit smoking, every time you have the urge for a cigarette, you replace the thought "I could sure use a smoke right now..." with " I am no longer a smoker!" Say it out loud each time and your subconscious begins to believe you, as you back it up with a different action of a drink of water, stretching or taking a deep breath - anything but a smoke!!

   As to diet and nutrition, Virgo rules the intestines, where the body decides what nutrients to use where. So any dietary change you feel you need for your improved health, this is the time to weed out the bad habits and work on the good ones. It does however, take continual vigilance and that's the beauty of Virgo's assistance, whether it's cutting sugar, gluten or dairy out of your diet, or quitting a bad habit, you now have the added support of being able to pay attention to the details. Use the same type of self talk as above, followed by a positive action and practice it all day, every day. As Virgos know, the devil is in the details. Set your intention, tell yourself and the universe about your new healthy habit and practice it each time the thought comes into your head, until it becomes instinctual!

   Outwardly, organization allows you the freedom and time to do many things productively instead of floundering around looking for that one piece of paper that you need tonight and three other things are left undone because you spent a couple of hours going from one place to another discovering new things that need attention or just being distracted. I know what I'm talking about here... it's been a life-long struggle to become more organized and when I am, my life flows in a more harmonious way!

    Mercury moves into the Cardinal Air sign Libra next Monday, September 8th for 3 weeks. Until then, while Mercury is still in Virgo, get your desk cleaned up, make your appointments and get it in writing. Oh, and avoid being super critical with yourself and others! Once Mercury is in Libra, communication and interactions can become more balanced. The focus definitely shifts to relationships of all kinds and talking about relationships and what it would take to regain harmony becomes the norm. Speaking about peaceful moods and sharing ideas, as well as listening to your partner are all on Mercury's agenda from the 9th to the 29th.

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