"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, February 28, 2014

Pathways Astrology: Mercury Direct Today, Pisces New Moon Early Tomorr...

Pathways Astrology: Mercury Direct Today, Pisces New Moon Early Tomorr...:   Hallelujah!! Mercury turned direct in motion today and it's very welcomed! The past three weeks has been a trying time of mixed messag...

Mercury Direct Today, Pisces New Moon Early Tomorrow And Mars & Saturn Go Retrograde

  Hallelujah!! Mercury turned direct in motion today and it's very welcomed! The past three weeks has been a trying time of mixed messages, missed communications and all sorts of phone and communication problems... and that's just around me. However, along with the crossed wires, I have gleaned bits of insight and been able to re-focus my priorities as I journeyed inward out of necessity. What about you, what did you learn or what were you able to redo in the last few weeks?!

   We now have the benefit of Mercury moving forward in freedom-loving Aquarius for the next three weeks, connecting us with groups of like-minded individuals and humanitarian pursuits! Let this underlying vibration of the intellect, innovation and original ideas carry you through the watery Piscean focus on emotional currents that will be the norm after tomorrow's New Moon in Pisces. It's okay to feel your feelings and to retreat a little before expressing or sharing with others. Take your feelings up to meet your head, then go into your heart to be sure it's what you want to say, be or do before you share it with others.

   The compassion and understanding of this Pisces New Moon is sorely needed on planet Earth at this time. This is the seed time to plant your concerns for those suffering individuals, forgotten animals and polluted waters on this amazing planet we call home. So far, we haven't discovered another one like it, and even if we had, it behooves us to care for our Mother Earth. Pisces is ruled by Neptune which brings a heightened awareness of service and sacrifice, as well as psychic impressions, spiritual insights and creative sensitivities. Let random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty be the norm in the lunar month ahead.

   A few words of caution here, especially for those impressionable Pisces out there... boundaries are necessary for Piscean vulnerabilities. The way to set them is to go to the opposite side of the coin, Virgo, and ask yourself what have I done to take care of myself today, or what do I need to do to protect myself in this situation, relationship, job, etc. When you know the answer, you'll have your limits and will be ready to deal with the less tangible needs of others. Sometimes, dealing with others when you feel fragile means not engaging at all, just retreating to rebuild your own strength. If this is how you feel, and you're sure you're not just in denial of what you need to do by self-medicating, hiding or running away, then by all means, take a time out and delve into your creative pursuits! I am finding painting and some poetry, reading or writing, to be very helpful right now.

  Looking ahead, we see Mars going retrograde in Libra on Saturday, March 1st, making action and energy slow waaay down to help you find the balance or harmony you seek, before putting it all out there in key relationships. In other words, don't expect things to go smoothly for the next two and a half months and don't be in a rush to push ahead or make anything happen! You have internal work to do first, then things ought to flow more easily after May 19th when Mars turns direct. Serious Saturn also goes retrograde on Sunday, March 2nd at 23 degrees of Scorpio for nearly five months, before turning around at 16 Scorpio on July 20th to continue cruising through this intensely passionate and co-creative water sign until December 23rd, when he enters the aspiring Fire sign Sagittarius.

   While Saturn (necessity) is retrograde in Scorpio, you need to review your business deals and any exchanges with others to be certain you are not just engaged with them to appease your desire nature, and/or that you aren't sacrificing your own values for the sake of pleasing someone else. It's also the time to clean up financial responsibilities, especially those related to loans, banking and taxes, even if it means setting up a payment schedule. Just do it - it's extremely important now! Be careful not to involve yourself with shady characters or unsavory business dealings and if already enmeshed, do what you can to disengage over the next few months. No acting needy or lusting after a desired outcome... let your integrity bring you your goodness. That's all for now.

   Just remember to keep your feet on the ground and your head in the stars and give your heart to the Divine~


Friday, February 14, 2014

Full Moon in Leo Today, Happy St.Valentine's Day!

   Here we are with a Triple Whammy... the Full "Snow" Moon in Leo, sign of romance and the heart, on a Friday, "Freya's Day" for Venus, the Goddess of Love and beauty... AND it just happens to be St. Valentine's Day!  Let your Love Light shine today and may it melt the snow and hearts of all around you and bring warmth to your day~

    The origins of this Feast of St. Valentine is based on the martyrdom of a Roman priest who was buried on February 14th, around 496 A.D. on the Via Flaminia. According to Wikipedia, Valentine was imprisoned for performing marriages for soldiers, who were forbidden to marry, and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted in the Roman Empire. I'm not sure what to make of that, except to say, it seems that there have always been those people who understand unconditional Love, and those who do not! Let's strive to not make a mockery of others' beliefs and behaviors when it comes to matters of the heart.

    The Sun in Fixed Air - Aquarius, being opposed by the Moon in Fixed Fire - Leo, raise the question... are you ready for it...?! why can't I free your doubtful mind and melt your cold, cold heart... courtesy Nora Jones. Time to meet in the middle everyone - I'm a big believer in releasing f.e.a.r. and replacing with love. AND, I understand it's a process that takes time. This Full Moon can show us how we're doing with the individual process of opening our minds and melting our Leonine hearts, while it reminds us that we're not alone (Aquarius). How are you doing with getting into your heart and loving yourself in order to love others?

   Other planetary aspects affecting us today, include a Moon/Saturn square and a Moon/Mercury opposition - say what you mean and mean what you say!! There's an element of responsibility here as well and I am delighted that the One Billion Rising Nantucket event is joining other OBR events around the world today - all voices, big and small, need to be heard... please read Horton The Who to get deeper insight into what I mean here. I love that book, and not just because I like elephants.

   Mars is very active tonight and getting good press from his association with the Moon around 7 p.m. and later with the Sun a little after 9 p.m. As you may or may not know, Mars has been in Libra for a long stretch and will remain there until the end of July, thanks to a retrograde cycle that starts March 2nd and continues through to the third week in May. That's a long time for the assertiveness of Mars to be trying to boss others around in Venus' Libra territory! What to do...? A positive use of all this energy can be reinforced tonight as people join together in supporting harmony, fairness and balance. But the effort to maintain progress needs to be guarded vigilantly by working together on a "we" agenda, not a "me" platform. 

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