Saturday, August 20, 2016

Pisces Lunar Eclipse (September 16, 2016)--Mysterious Forces at Play

Pisces represents the endpoint in the Zodiac. It's the part of the initiation where we either win or lose; fail or succeed. And depending on the results, we enter another hoop of the wheel. Some of us enter a time of spiritual wisdom while some of us get stuck in resentment because we have yet to learn the lesson of compassion.

Forgiveness is not and has never been about letting others off the hook. Forgiveness shows us that humans are frail in some regards and egos are strong. When we refuse to practice forgiveness we actually hang onto baggage that weighs us down. It doesn't just weigh down the individual who refused to let go of the baggage, it weighs heavy on the planet. Revenge and vengeful thoughts come from wounded egos. It is the ego's way of seeking validation and it leaves a person feeling helpless, powerless and hopeless. Bitter people are not attractive in any way, shape, or form. Forgiveness brings light into a situation and healing begins for all concerned. This is the lesson of the Pisces Lunar Eclipse that falls on September 16, 2016.

When individuals, communities, nations, and ethnic groups begin the process of forgiveness, we allow more light and love to enter through the cracks. By healing our hearts we create pure magnetic fields. According to Gregg Braden who is versed in both science and metaphysics, the heart has a magnetic field 10 times or is it 100 times stronger than the brain. And the brain has a powerful magnetic field in itself. Our feelings matter to the entire planet. We are all connected, which is another lesson of Pisces. When we fail to forgive others, we also fail to forgive ourselves. Do onto others as you wish them to do to you falls under Pisces' gaze. Turning the other cheek is also Piscean in nature.

This is not to say that we condone violence or evil to happen in the world. But it is to say that perhaps evil is wounds in disguise.  I rallied against narcissists in recent years until I learned the painful process or events that leads a person to adopt that personality disorder. Empaths tend to attract narcissists because they have yet to learn that co-dependence serves no one. It's a song and dance that we can offer to God or the angels for healing. That too is Piscean. So let's look at the actual Pisces Lunar Eclipse chart. Narcissists are wounded and if we call ourselves healers, then let's hold a healing space while also setting appropriate boundaries.

First thing we notice is a lot of red lines which represent multiple T-Crosses. Then we notice a Triple Conjunction that involves the Pisces Full Moon, Neptune and Chiron (wounds and forgiveness) opposing another Conjunction with the Sun and North Node in Virgo. This includes The Sun, Mercury (ruled by Virgo and Gemini) and Jupiter at one degree Libra (out of sign conjunction). Mars and Saturn act as the apexes. Again, we're seeing clashes of idealism or delusions with religion or spiritual practices. We are putting our spiritual practices to the test to see if they hold water or air. We might even feel like we're suffocating under these transits.

If that's not enough to deal with, Venus in Libra pulls Pluto and Uranus into a Cardinal T-Cross. So not only are we fighting about ideologies, we're adding fire to revolutions. Venus brings in the social justice key and asks us to come up with peaceful solutions. However, Pluto wants to control everything in our environment in a Plutocrat fashion. Uranus is madder than Hades and isn't going to take injustice any longer. This reminds me of the two approaches to Civil Rights or race rights as portrayed by Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Violence is not the answer, neither is revenge. Forgiveness is the answer, but we're so emotional that we can't see through the chaos. And yet, forgiveness brings the answers we seek (Neptune, Chiron and Moon in Pisces).

Pluto acts as the apex for the Cardinal T-Cross. Pluto in this case represents transformation. But in order to transform and shift consciousness on the planet, we must find balance. Venus is saying give peace a chance and Uranus is sounding a battle cry. And are we mature enough in our humanity to take the higher road. Can we "Imagine" as John Lennon sang a better world?

The apexes for the multiple Mutable T-Crosses are Mars and Saturn both in Sagittarius. We might need to bring in the big lawyers, deal with international relationships and take a more expansive view. Mars brings us drive to move forward while Saturn asks us to take a more cautious approach. Fundamentalism rears its ugly head but then we need to search within to see how we add fuel to this fire.

Are we provoking fear in others that would cause them to explode? I have seen a lot of hatred flying around today from wounded people from diverse groups and situations. It's self-righteous anger by people who don't feel heard or validated. No surprise since narcissism runs amok this day and age. And again, narcissists are deeply wounded people who seek validation outside themselves because they have a thin sense of self or they hate themselves.

So there you have it, my interpretation of the Pisces Lunar Eclipse. Some of you aren't going to agree with it and that's fine. But I will say it's time to get out of denial and reclaim our Divine inheritance which doesn't have anything to do with thinking small or not joining the bigger picture which is Unity Consciousness. Only our small wounded egos prevent us from joining that party.

Other important Transits:

Mercury RX
Saturn Neptune Square 

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Whole Astrology Alert--August 29 to September 5 (really until September 21st)



August 29 brings huge changes to the planet, ready or not. On this day Mercury goes retrograde in Virgo and Saturn now moving direct forms an exact square with Neptune. This exact square begins separation on September 21st around the Equinox. What this signifies is a time of chaos and confusion. 

Oh, here comes another planetary Dark Night of the Soul...

Tempers run high as ideologies clash with each other, especially since Mars in Sagittarius conjuncts with Saturn, further adding fuel to the Saturn-Neptune Square (10 to 13 degrees). Then if that’s not enough, a SolarEclipse in Virgo (climax of the season of Mutables) launches September. Lazy summer days end and many of us will be practicing a duck and cover exercise.

So all the areas of our lives both individually and globally that we have pushed aside because we engaged with distractions, will stare us down. It’s time to deal with those breakups, divorces, as well as, strife in the political and religious realms. All that noise playing in the background grows deafening. And we are asked to dig deep inside us to forgive and practice compassion. Remember it is easy to practice forgiveness when life goes smoothly and the act is relegated to religious doctrine and not real life experiences. Now real life experiences test our ability to forgive and practice compassion.

And these transits will shatter some hearts and mend others by the end of 2016. I’m not looking forward to these transits anymore than you are. The Saturn-Neptune Square alone is a real bugaboo. It causes religious fundamentalists to blow others up and it causes rifts in families because people choose differing political candidates. We're already witnessed this. And it grows into a spectacle that has some of us shaking our heads and saying, "Well, that's just how it is." Really? What about us becoming more mindful of our role in the bigger picture as the planet shifts into a new age? Mindfulness isn't just a trendy word to bounce around, it is a practice.

I already wrote a post on the Virgo Solar Eclipse for 2016 and I recommend that you read it carefully. Mercury retrograde in Virgo is problematic because Virgo is a communication sign along with Gemini. It is a ruler of technology and food digestion. It represents details, solving problems, and can cause us to become overly critical and ruthlessly judgmental. At its worst, Mercury RX in Virgo is just plain nasty and most of the judgment comes around purity of others and that I know what’s best for you attitude like a mother on steroids. I'm probably falling into this trap with this particular post due to my frustration of this slow global awakening--business as usual mentality that surrounds me.

When Mercury is RX in Virgo we miss important details. We forget to record our expense in the register then bounce checks. We forget to pay bills. We forget to file taxes. We forget to take care of our health which is important when stress levels rise, as they will with the exact Saturn-Neptune Square combined with Mercury RX and a Virgo Solar Eclipse. In fact, the emphasis is on Virgo in late August and September even with Jupiter moving into Libra mid-September. So I recommend reading the post on Virgo Sun and energy too. 

This will help us get a grasp of what is expected of us during these transits. Virgo is not through with us yet. The Universe sees each of us under the guise of an improvement project. So what needs changes in your life? What do you need to return to and clean up? Give it some thought and then act, but don’t re-act since we don’t want to keep repeating the same mistakes.

Now, let’s look at the Mars conjunction with Saturn in Sagittarius which plays mostly in the background. This transit is exact August 21 to the 24. This brings out the idealists hotheads. Everyone thinks they are right and everyone else is wrong. People will bash their beliefs over the heads of others and violence erupts in many cases. This plays out in our own lives then ripples out or is reflected in outer events we see in the news—the more extreme violence. 

But since we’re all connected, we pumped gasoline into those disturbing and traumatic scenarios. Mars and Saturn won’t let us off the hook. We’re all players in this grand tapestry of madness. Again, Neptune in Pisces asks us to practice forgiveness starting with ourselves. Now is the time to lean on religious or spiritual teachings—do onto others as you would do onto yourself. And God hopes you love and respect yourself or you won’t be able to love others. I know, it’s a catch-22, isn’t it? Collectively we can work on healing the belief, "I am not safe." This will go a long way in curbing violence at every level.

Now, we just need to get past the Fall Equinox before we enjoy calm waters again. And that’s going to feel like a long stretch, sorry to say. Saturn separates from Neptune beginning on the 21st. The Sun moves into Libra on the 22nd. Jupiter moved into Libra on September 9. Mercury goes direct on the 22, again around the time of the Equinox.   

And then Mars transits into Capricorn on September 28 where the planet is exalted. I also want to mention that Pluto goes direct on September 26 so we will feel that as a bump at the end of the month. This too brings up unfinished business to address.

So how do we get through all this? Attend as little social events as possible. Meditate. Join a spiritual group on or off-line and make sure that it’s not based on ideologies. Join a forgiveness group or take non-violent communication workshops. Stay away from the media (it provides confusing and contradictory news that confuses everyone), stay clear of conspiracy theorists since they’ll run amok, and listen to uplifting music. 

Now is a good time to take care of your brain. Take some quiet time to color or do puzzles. Play a musical instrument or go back to learning a language you studied in the past. Take this time to go backwards and get caught up. This involves completing old tasks, balancing the books, and getting caught up on important (not trivial correspondence). Don’t sign any contracts (wait until October).

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Virgo Solar Eclipse for September 1, 2016--Launching Rockets of Change & Transformation

It's not every month we launch with a Solar Eclipse focused on the Virgo-Pisces polarity. And it seems to me that with the so many reminders of the Saturn-Neptune Square, the Uranus-Pluto Square and the season of Mutable transits, that we are approaching a climactic point--a do or die proposition. Will humanity shift consciousness or are we heading down with the ship?

Perhaps that sounds overly dramatic. If the Mars in Scorpio transit and Saturn-Neptune Square pulling in Virgo planets into a T-Cross doesn't wake us up, what will? And the writing is on the wall. The media and political situations in the world provide us with so much fright that we forget about love, kindness, compassion, and forgiveness (Neptune in Pisces). We fear the other more so now than in previous decades and powerful transit passages. And what a way to end the season as we approach the fall/spring Equinox.

So let's break down the powerful transits in the Solar Eclipse chart.

First let's look at the Stellium (planet cluster) with the sun, moon, North Node, Jupiter and Mercury because that's a lot of planets in Virgo, including our two communication planets, Jupiter and Mercury. Jupiter rules the 9th House of long-distance travel, the higher mind or higher education, academics, professors, religion and cultures. It's the house of global or long-distance travel and long-distance communication. It also rules xenophobia and idealism.

Mercury rules the 3rd house of short-distance communication, short-distance travel, education K - 12, learning and thinking styles. Mercury is retrograde during this Solar Eclipse which adds more confusion to the thick stew of chaos.

The North Node represents fate and it's where we are heading and it's in Virgo. Virgo rules service, daily routine, our health, disseminating information and disseminating food (small intestine), scrutinizing, fixing, and the higher good, along with Pisces.

So the moon and the sun are now flavored by the North Node, Jupiter, and Mercury. That means the moon carries Jupiter and Mercury energy. We want to communicate and we want to expand beyond idealism only we can't because this Stellium is locked into a T-Square with Saturn/Mars (apex) in Sagittarius (not exactly helping us heal our fear of the other) and Neptune in Pisces (wants to take the higher road, forgive and move on). The outlet is Gemini which is the ruler of Mercury which is retrograde. And usually the things that Gemini rules such as the media has only added fuel to the fire. So what can Gemini energy bring us in this situation?

Perhaps dealing with next door neighbors holds more weight now than dealing with bordering or far-off countries. Perhaps practicing mindfulness is more important than practicing any major religion. Gemini handles the details. I also wonder where Donald Trump fits into all of this since his sun is ruled by Gemini. Well, really, I don't want to go there. Oddly, if Bernie Sanders was still in the race that Virgo Stellium would have boosted his power. Can you play the wild card, Bernie?

Next we have that troublesome Mars joining Saturn in Sagittarius. On one hand, Mars brings energy to Saturn which could combine maturing and caution with action. But on the other hand, this could also represent a police state mentality since Mars rules police and Saturn rules the state or authority. It's hard to know what this Virgo Solar Eclipse will set off and our response to it. I'm hoping this is about us bring elders together with youth in a campaign to bring peace and healing to the planet. Some of you are shaking your heads saying, "That's never going to happen." Well, but it could. The Millennials are poised to bring healing to the world and this eclipse could launch that.

Although the Uranus Pluto Square is wide it's still active because when Venus transit to around 23 degrees Libra this planet will enact the Uranus-Pluto Square. So look for more grassroots coming up against authority. This could also take place in families as children one-up their parents or grandparents. But Pluto also acts as a benefactor since this planet trines the Virgo Stellium and sextiles Neptune in Pisces. Pluto asks us to transform and shift energy. And we're getting that message throughout this reading. By the time we experience the Pisces Lunar Eclipse on September 16, Venus represents the Divine Feminine rising like the sun on the horizon. It's the figure of Venus or Aphrodite rising out of the sea and the gods looking on. Oh, we're going to notice.

So what this chart reveals to me is the Divine Feminine testing the waters. But she won't test the waters long before she releases some Kali-like energy. You want to play hardball guys? You want to support the patriarchs and the old way of doing business? We could see this playing out as women as victims or that survivor mentality. Or we could just see the shift happening with most of us walking away from the old story because we find it unjust and unsupportable.

I also find the Uranus trine with Mars/Saturn troublesome. Uranus of course wants to bring revolution and a trine to Mars and Saturn would normally be the ideal path to accomplish this goal. But Saturn is uncomfortable in Sagittarius and Mars isn't the best bedfellow for Saturn. Again, this could represent youth aligning with authority kind of like what we saw with the Millennials in the US supporting Bernie Sanders for US President. But Uranus brings surprises and we might not enjoy the surprises even if they help awaken our consciousness. Oh, what a mess! Yet, I think the planets know exactly what they're doing.

I'm not doing a breakdown of signs this month but I will say that the Mutable Signs experience the brunt of this grand change. Be strong. Lean on the Fixed Signs for support and don't let the heat from the Cardinals burn you. Take a deep breath. We will get to the other side. Align with love and then picture Heaven on Earth.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Whole Astrology--Last Degrees of Mars in Scorpio





Mars was at  28-29 degrees Scorpio was at the beginning of March 2016 so look back at events that occurred around those degrees. And then again, May 28 to June 2 (retrograde) and then again at the end of July 2016 (direct).

Zodiac Sign Leo--Mister and Missus Sunshine

Photo by Patricia Herlevi
Since August arrived quickly I'm going to get going with my post on Leo Sun, Moon, and Ascendant despite that I haven't collected enough surveys for Leo. As you know the ruler of Leo is the Sun and so we'll look at the sun's qualities, along with qualities of the Fire Element and Fixed quality.

Originally published August 1, 2015

Let's start with the survey results which includes responses from 9 participants with either Sun, Moon, or Ascendant in Leo. Four respondents said that they felt supported in childhood by parents and teachers while five said they felt unsupported. Zero responded to did you feel valued. One respondent had his/her first romantic attachment prior to 13 years of age, three during early teens and five during late teens/college age. One expressed him/herself through the performing arts, four through fine arts,one through other activities, and the remaining three felt unsafe expressing themselves. Three respondents were married right out of high school, two after graduating from college and the remaining four haven't met their mate yet.

This brings us to another relationship questions since Leos are one of those signs that requires relating to partners of one kind or another. When asked what would cause them to break it off with a partner, two claimed that their partners were too busy, one felt that his/her partner did not support his/her creative expression and five said a combination of boredom, lack of a partner's support of creative expression and the partner was too busy. Only four respondents responded to the question about their Rising Sign. Two have a Virgo Rising Sign, one has a Cancer Rising Sign and one has a Leo Rising Sign. There's a good chance that the other respondents did not know their Rising Sign because they didn't have a birth time for their chart.

Leo Sun Sandra Bullock, Wikipedia
We strike a good balance with three having a Leo Ascendant, three having a Leo Moon, and three having a Leo Sun. And the final question when asked what they felt about Leo being known as a passionate sign, seven respondents agreed and two felt unsafe following their passions. Now, I only was given a limited amount of questions with the Survey Monkey website, so I do not know the sex of the respondents or their age ranges. If any respondents (anonymous) want to tell us your age range and sex that would be helpful.

Now the reason why I created the survey is that I wanted to include some real Leos instead of the usual attributes we find in astrology books. And even though I have known many Leos on a personal level and through research of Leo celebrities, I was searching for some stereotype breakers. It's ironic that we live in a sun-centered world, but there is a vast cosmos which comes closer to the Aquarius or Pisces ideal than a sun-centered reality which actually hails from ancient times.

And speaking of ancient times, did you know that ancient Babylonians placed more emphasis on the Rising and not the Sun Sign. It's true that the trilogy of the Sun/Moon/Ascendant sums us up and not just the Sun Sign. And we still have three Leo Suns, Leo Moons, and Leo Ascendants responding to the survey questions. The Leo Sun dominates an astrological read but in reality the Leo Ascendant is what brings us the physical attributes (mane of hair, sparkly eyes, fiery glow), and first impression, though the sun also represents the outward appearance and personality (also radiant, sparkly, mane of hair), we get to know over time. The Leo Moon represents the hidden side dealing with subconscious urges and emotions.

Wikipedia
A good example of a celebrity with a Leo Ascendant is Louise Hay (author, teacher, publisher) and when we see her on video or in photographs she has a fiery glow about her despite her Libra Sun. And as far as celebrities with their Sun in Leo, the entertainment industry is peppered with them ranging from Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman to Mick Jagger, Sandra Bullock, Kate Bush, and Madonna. And while they represent distinct personalities, they all have that extra something that makes them sparkle.

Since the Sun acts as Leo's ruling planet, think about all the qualities of the Sun. It's a star or luminary and not an actual planet (though don't tell a Leo that), and the Sun is a life-giver as well as, a life-taker such as with droughts, high temperatures, and solar flares. Too much sun and we burn out. Leo has double fire since it is ruled by the Sun and is a Fire Sign during the hottest point of the summer months, at least in the Northern Hemisphere so in that regard it is the most fiery of the Fire Signs. And one last thing, as a luminary, the sun casts shadows but could these also come in the form of psychological projections? And is this why so many Leos find themselves in dramatic roles on stage and on screen?

Personally, I've noticed that when a Leo (Sun or Moon) is deprived of outlets for creative expression as well as, encouragement from adults during childhood, they develop ego and control issues as well as, addictions and develop obsessive even dangerous relationships especially if the other person breaks off the relationship. If a Leo child does not have healthy relationships with his or her parents, then they have a more challenging time being in healthy relationships with intimate partners, bosses, and landlords as adults. It's as if they have a hole inside them that they look to the outside world to fill.

Leo rules both the heart and the ego. I wouldn't be surprised if many Leos (Moon, Sun, and Ascendant) grappled with closed hearts, and blocked heart chakras. This is a sign that has to shine and be noticed for doing so. Nothing is worse for a Leo than other people ignoring their contributions in what ever form they take. You can't shove a Leo native into a corner and not expect them to react badly. They at the very least require a creative outlet and some fans to support their creative expression. Leo gets on stage for applause whereas a Virgo might go on stage to perfect their performance or other people's performance.

Leo is fixed, stubborn, and often lazy when someone with Leo feels uninspired. They require careers with creative incentive or at least recognition for their leadership or management abilities. Like Taurus, they want to live the good life. They want to sit back and enjoy themselves without dealing with other people's drama, but they'll certainly provide their own (this is something Leos must work on--that is getting their needs met without the offstage drama). Since Leo rules the heart if they can value themselves, love themselves (not narcissism) and feel of value to the world, they ease off on the offstage drama and act generously towards family, friends, co-workers, and even strangers.

Wikipedia
We think of the Cowardly Lion (Wizard of Oz) in regard to Leo, but are Leos really cowards or do they save their courage for the stuff that really matters to them? Leos also know how to conserve energy. Think of the male lion lounging around in the African savanna and even the lioness uses stealth when hunting and conserves her energy. I would guess that all large and even small cats are represented by Leo no matter what time of year they were born. Human lions (Leos) do their share of purring and roaring. Though Helen Reddy has her Sun in Aquarius, she has some lioness in her (asking women to roar).

Finally, if you know someone who is a Leo and you're wondering what to buy them for their birthday, they prefer gold, diamonds (if you can afford them), somewhat flashy clothing in gold, yellow, orange or colors we associate with the sun. Sunglasses, jewelry (not costume jewelry), tierras, crowns, silk scarves, favorite movies on DVD, acting lessons, tickets to the opera or theater, or anything they can use in their choice of artistic expression ought to do the trick. Never give anything shabby to a Leo because it hurts their feelings. If you don't have a lot of money, buy him or her a bouquet of sunflowers or take them out to dinner at a restaurant with a good waiter or waitress that treats customers like royalty. (You think I'm joking).

If I write any more about Leos, we'll end up with a post as thick as the former President Clinton's autobiography. He's a Leo. So I'll end this post here and if you're a Leo and want to leave a comment, do so below this article. Happy birthday.



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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Aquarius Full Moon for August 2016

As an astrologer following the moon transits closely, I would advise to take your holiday around the Leo New Moon on August 2nd and sit out the Aquarius Full Moon on August 18. We are in for a wild and woolly ride and we can expect the unexpected around mid-month.

Now, this Aquarius Moon could go either way for people with strong Uranus energies because you're already poised for change and living in the future. Or it could be annoying with so much fixed energy actually causing us to fear change.

The reason I see this particular moon so challenging is because Mars conjuncts Saturn in Sagittarius which bodes well for the Aquarius Moon and Leo Sun but at the same time has us rebelling against authority. This time we are rebels with a cause and we might just use some maturity to ride past our ideologies to change laws.

The Mars/Saturn duet is locked into a T-Cross with Neptune in Pisces and Jupiter/Mercury/Venus (Triple Conjunction) in Virgo. Therein lies the problem. Aquarius wants change and Leo wants to come off as a champion of change. Here we get the smug grassroots leader or the self-righteous activist spouting off the mantra du jour. Why? Well, let's add an active square between Uranus and Pluto. Meanwhile, Saturn has gone direct earlier in the month so he's ruling again with an iron fist that is also steeped in ideologies (but ones that are patriarchal and old news). So even though the Aquarius Moon wants to bring us into the future, this is still stubborn Fixed energy--fixed on the how we will get there. Aquarius is not as open-minded as we would like to think. It just doesn't want to conform to anything, even when it gets caught up in Steam Punk group think.

The real changes come from the Mutable T-Cross but that opposition between Neptune in Pisces and Jupiter/Mercury/Venus in Virgo brings too much confusion. None of us are even on the same page. Then Saturn in Sagittarius tosses a bunch of ideological messages and exaggerated news stories in our face. Believe me this is crazy-making and intensified by the Full Aquarius Moon. In fact, we have a balance of strange energies--Fixed, Mutable, and Cardinal. So you're asking, "Is there any good news?"

Well, yes, and it comes with the mantra the future is now. The more mindful we can be at the time of the full moon, the easier it is to move into the future. With this crazy lineup of planets, we can actually manifest our desires, but first we must know what those desires are. So often we mistake other people's desires for our own.

We confuse the media with our own thoughts. And I would advise everyone to stay clear of the television set, stop watching the news (I hear most of it is fake),  and retreat into your own space. Get rid of all distractions and get in touch with your heart. Find out what you want from this world, then go out and get it. But you get it by aligning with it, not begging God for the changes you're afraid to make.

Wow, how did the transiting yod get past me? The Aquarius Full Moon sextiles Uranus in Aries and both the moon and Uranus form an inconjunct with Venus, Mercury and Jupiter in Virgo. Granted this is a fast-moving yod with the moon traveling quickly through Aquarius and then going void-of-course. So is this hardly worth mentioning? Through part of the day, around the time of the Full Moon, it's not a good time to launch any new projects or take action. It's a good time to lay low until the moon transits into the next sign Pisces. Yods slow us down as protection. It can also lessen violence or other unexpected events.

The Aquarius Moon and the Leo Sun ask us to become authentic. It's an individualistic set up but confined within groups whether that's family, tribe, community, or grassroots group. Show up as you instead of who you think others want you to be. This is not a time for seeking approval or validation from others. This is a time of validating yourself. Okay, so here is the breakdown for the Signs.

Water Signs:

Cancer--You will not find your life purpose satisfying other people's needs. Now, is a time to go deep within and practice self-care. Pay attention to your dreams. Pay attention to omens in nature. Pay attention to messages coming to you through synchronicity. Becoming mindful for you involves sitting next to or swimming in a large body of water. Retrieve a childhood dream, polish it and then align with it. Something you dreamed around age 10 should do the trick.

Scorpio--You have become adept at going into your deepest shadows and seeing how you project them onto others. In fact, some of you have become quite masterful at the process. Follow the late Debbie Ford's lead and teach others about shadows and projections. This liberates both you and them.

Pisces--Neptune has you swimming in confusion. But you do have the answers you seek, just not in other people, not even your favorite guru. You are your own guru so kiss your own feet, if you can reach them. You have graduated from student to teacher, but make sure you know your authentic self before enrolling students. My guides also ask me to tell you to pay close attention to your nightly dreams and your daydreams. There is some basis in reality, however you define reality.

Fire Signs:

Leo--The Full Aquarius Moon has you battling with your own needs verses the collective good. You even feel a bit guilty that you would rather lay in the hammock reading a self-help book and exploring yourself rather than join a political campaign. You ask, "Where did politics get anyone?" And you would be right. It's time for you to find and assert your spiritual power so read on my dear lion.

Sagittarius--With Saturn direct again, the vacation has ended. Neptune sends more balls of confusion your way and you often feel like you're climbing a mountain through banks of fog. You slip a few times but this doesn't stop you from heading to more adventures. You hear Joseph Campbell telling you to follow your bliss, but you wonder if that's selfish given the religious text and current legal system. I'm not asking you to enroll as a Libertarian but I am asking you to question rules and authority, which are not serving your Highest Good. It's time for the horse to seek new pastures, even overseas.

Aries--Darn that Pluto! You would actually feel free to be yourself if it wasn't for that dark-headed Pluto casting shadows on your whims. You spout off the latest conspiracy theories which just cause you anxiety. Stop! Aries go join a sports team or ride your bike on a long trip. Go camping. Do whatever pleases you and gets your mind off economics and politics. Then you'll heal that on-going headache.

Air Signs:

Aquarius--Did you ever wonder that when you engage in group think you choose to align with only people who share your beliefs? Well, how does that change the world exactly if you never engage in the diversity you tout? Admit it you want individual rights and freedom which really have little to do with any particular group. You want the freedom to cover your bodies in tattoos, to explore taboos, and to vote for a politician who thinks only about your personal rights and freedoms (whether that's owning a gun, or living in a commune with compost toilets). But wait, Aquarius, freedom of expression means that each of us can express ourselves whether you agree with us or not. Just saying.

Libra: If it wasn't for Pluto and Uranus, you would feel some peace and quiet. Oh, Libra, personal growth is messy business just like giving birth to a baby spills blood on the sheets. It's three steps forward and five steps back, a wicked dance that has you feeling spiritually smug one day and wretched the next day. Remember that Saint Francis of Assisi, who you share your Sun Sign endured many awful days. And when he didn't he punished himself to achieve balance between good and evil. But I don't recommend self-punishment. I'm told it doesn't lead to enlightenment and Venus does not approve of bruises all over your body.  Free yourself.

Gemini: You act as the outlet for the Mutable T-Cross. It's time for you to collect information and research it thoroughly before jumping to any conclusions. Go on a media fest and meditate. Then you hear your own thoughts eventually--after all the collective mantras and ear worms wear out. Oh, it takes patience, lots of patience to sit with yourself and calm your monkey mind. But it's worth the effort to have a mind resembling a clear mountain stream. That leads you to your true manifestations. Go for it.

Earth Signs:

Virgo: With Mercury/Venus/Jupiter and the North Node in your sign, it's time to disseminate information coming to you in regard to personal health, your daily environment and your values. Now, if you think you already know your values, think again. We have been through many changes with the Mutable transits and your values have changed drastically. So reassess and only after you have a clear view of the road ahead, take your next crucial step. Jupiter moves out of your sign on September 9, so clear up any health issues now.

Capricorn: You love that Triple Conjuction in your sister sign, Virgo (Venus, Mercury, Jupiter) because this helps you come up with practical solutions. In fact, you inspire others through your leadership skills that keep us all on track. You offer a grounding presence now and we run to you for safety. It is you we turn to during an emergency (and there will be many around this Full Moon). With Saturn now direct, you go from strength to strength. Just don't go looking for trouble in the guise of problem solving. Sometimes we create our own problems. Remember that. We have enough troubles without you manifesting more.

Taurus: You also enjoy the Triple conjunction in Virgo and Pluto in solid Capricorn. You look for innovative ways to develop your business. And you get a rare glimpse into the future as far as geothermal and solar energy. You design your next home or you rethink your current home. Spend time in the natural world where you find your answers to creating a more sustainable planet. Design begins with a leaf as some green architects and theorists have touted in the not too distant past.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Practical Tools for Dealing with the Saturn Neptune Square

photo by Patricia Herlevi, a number I keep seeing
I have found myself drifting in and out of mindfulness. And some of my space outs are laced with large doses of humor. If you also feel like your spacing out or feel like you're no longer here in the physical realm, take heart. As Saturn in Sagittarius challenges Neptune in Pisces through a square, exact on some dates this summer, it is easy to lose our grounding in "reality" or to even question reality.

The other thing I have noticed is that many of us are forced to deal with psychological issues. Some of can't tell the difference between real or imagined childhood events. Or perhaps we're not truthful about childhood events because we feel it's not compassionate to look at how others treated us. Yet, we feel indignant when we see other people experiencing abuse. We become outraged self-righteous judges when viewing abuse from an objective (really subjective) place. Abuses happening in the world trigger our own unhealed issues.

The truth is that all abusers are wounded children. They are all someone's brother, sister, child, or cousin. They are the next door neighbors or the men and women in a group or community. It's not always easy to prosecute or take someone to court or to bring them up in a counseling session because we don't trust our judgement. And that person has also done nice things for us or helped us out one time when we needed it. We're all wounded. And depending on the deepness of our wounds we attract equally wounded people to us. This is not to say that we put up with abusive behavior but that we get counseling and distance ourselves from people who harm us, no matter how sunny they appear on paper.

With the Saturn Neptune Square pay more attention to people's actions and not their words. Look at their track record but not in a criminalizing or judging way. Really, we require discernment and choosing from a soul level. We also need to ask why we align with certain people who harm us because obviously (except in the case of a birth family), we chose to engage with that person or group for whatever reason. Ask yourself what is the payoff? Why do I lean towards a certain type of personality? What requires healing for me?

So here are tools in dealing with space outs and feeling of floating in un-reality caused by the Saturn Neptune Square:

Ground yourself. Look for physical meditations that leave you feeling grounded to the earth and embraced by Gaia.

Pay attention to the here and now by staying in the present moment. Now is not the time to wander into the past or float into the future. 

Practice grounding meditations as opposed to meditations where you float around in the cosmos because this leads to space outs.

Don't practice astral projection during the square (it will be hard coming back to your physical body)

Refrain from recreating with drugs and alcohol which can lead to blackouts

Don't get caught up in conspiracies but at the same time, understand that the collective unconscious is breaking down and we are departing from the matrix 

Sift through what is true and what is false for you

Tune into your inner guidance and learn to trust it

Spend much quiet time alone so you don't get entangled with others energy fields

Spend time a large body of preferably salt water

Take Epsom salt baths at least one a week (if possible)

Where something from the earth on your body (feathers, gemstones, pebbles, plant medicine or wear aromatherapy oils (organic if possible)

Stay clear of crowded places (rock concerts, shopping malls, even outdoor events with large crowds during the Saturn-Neptune squares exact

Go for walks and pay attention to each step you take on the earth (make sure that your entire foot touches the ground)

Engage in non-competitive physical exercise

Make sure you get enough sleep, drink adequate water (filtered), and eat a healthy lighter food diet (I'm find grains disrupt my digestive system so I've cut down on grains)

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