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Mercury Retrograde Coming – Are You Prepared?

Looking around life these days, all I can say is, “Wow!”  There is great intensity in this moment.  Are you feeling it?  There is so much change and transformation taking place at the personal level.  I see it in my friends, my clients, and I feel it deeply in my own body on a cellular level.  Change is afoot and whadya know; change still hurts.

So, after saying, “Wow,” I can also say, “Ouch!”  Truly though, after “Wow,” and then “Ouch,” we get to say, “Ahhhh.”  I am holding tight to the idea that as I drop from my head into my heart, the pain subsides and I get to expand more fully to inhabit the skin I’m in more fully, in a more loving and more heart-centered manner than ever before.

Mercury has just entered his shadow period, the very first part of the retrograde cycle.  This is when Mercury is traversing territory he is planning to revisit in the coming weeks.  We are not yet under the influence of the inward-turning slow down that’s up ahead:  That part of the cycle occurs between March 12th and April 4th.  However, this is the moment to pay attention to if we want to take best advantage of that process.  The events, experiences and feelings that are coming up this week, over this coming weekend and next week are very important to take note of.  They will inform you of the themes of what needs to be shifted, transformed and incorporated into your ever-expanding sense of self.

Mercury rules the Mind.  And what I know more and more these days is that the Mind is something that I need to know a lot about.  Why?  So that I can topple it and remove the ways in which my Mind is actually blocking my access to the Heart.  Heart-centered living is what it is all about these days and the old paradigm of the Mind as leader has come to an end.  As such, many of our old, mental structures are being torn down in order for us to live more openly and more freely in the cavernous spaces that only the Heart can fill.

Master astrologer Stephanie Azaria is fond of referring the transition from Pisces into Aries as the birth canal.  This is the perfect image to describe the movement between the last sign of the zodiac going into the first sign of the zodiac, which is exactly where Mercury will be traveling during his upcoming retrograde; from Pisces into Aries and back again into Pisces.  Think of Pisces as being in the Divine Mind and Aries as being fully present in the world of Form.  We will have a great opportunity to see how we operate in the world of form, then pull back into the Divine Mind and allow ourselves to be reborn once again in April.

The first version of this birth happens this weekend and will reveal the themes of integration that will become clearer later this month.  Whether you can accurately see what these issues are going to be for yourself, know that the month of March is a time for an enormous growth spurt and that any pain in the current landscape is just that: growing pains!

This weekend is huge in the area of investigation and for taking stock of what’s really dominating your world.  Oppositions provide such opportunities.  Think about it, when two people face each other down in opposition, something HAS to happen.  They’re either going to swerve, collide or (best option) dance with each other.  The key here is that a dynamic opposition between any two frequencies forces some kind of awareness into consciousness.  This weekend, while Mercury is showing us exactly what we’re up to birthing, there are a number of oppositions unfolding that will assist us in seeing the truth of who we are and how we are being.

Venus opposes Saturn and Mars opposes the Sun.

Saturn is still in Libra, which means the karmic lessons for all of us still center around relationships.  And if you think this only means romantic relationships, then you have not been paying attention.  There is no “out there” out there and all relationships are a reflection of the relationship you are having with yourself and the Divine.  When the Goddess energy (Venus) faces off with the Teacher energy (Saturn) it’s like an exam where we get to see just how well we are doing with bringing love to every interaction we experience.

Mars is busy in his retrograde through Virgo (see previous article for more on this).  This means we are fully engaged in an experience of identification and integration with how we move through this three-dimensional world of our daily lives.  The call to action here is to make your daily trek include a powerful relationship with the Divine; the invisible part of your life is far more important than the visible.

When the arbiter of the frequency of I Live In A Body (Mars) faces off with the Life Force (the Sun) the opportunity is to shed light on just how that process is going.  Are you being all that you can be?  This opposition is not a test in the way that Saturn opposing Venus is.  It is, however, like shining a very powerful spotlight on the space between your walk and your talk.

So the lay of the land for this week and next is very much about paying attention to how these themes are playing out in your life.  The Mercury retrograde that is coming up will give you the opportunity to integrate all that you are currently learning.  Make sure that you are paying close attention now.  This time can reveal with deep clarity and compelling certainty what patterns are coming up to be released and what new patterns are emerging.  Release the old and integrate the new!  And if you find yourself confused and contracted, just put your hand on your heart and take a deep breath.  All is better than well.

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New Moon In Pisces!

If you have been following my Astro-alerts, then you know that the big news in the sky right now is Neptune newly ingressed into Pisces.  This is creating an atmosphere of great access to inter-dimensional realms.  Never before has it been so easy to live in the three dimensional world while simultaneously accessing the five dimensional reality that we simultaneously inhabit.  And given the increasing chaos and challenges, it has never been more important to hold the space for peace.

This spiritual opening is hugely enhanced this week by the Sun entering Pisces and joining Neptune in his watery terrain.  The Sun sheds light (read Life Force) on the field of infinite possibility that Pisces offers us.  Then the Moon slips into Pisces tomorrow for what will be a truly blessed New Moon event.  Chiron, the master healer is also in Pisces, making this juncture in time specifically tailored for a masterful healing wherever it is needed.  To top it off, Mercury is in Pisces as well, making the Mind more resonant with silence than with words.  In fact, to be most successful in this moment, drop the words and just go with the sensation.  Lean into what it feels like when you let the vibration of love pass effortlessly through you and just take it from there.

The New Moon is when we get to place our orders and set our intentions.  Pisces is the ruler of the highest expressions of Love and the Christ consciousness.  So if you plant only one seed this New Moon season, let it be a kernel of Unconditional Love inside your own heart.  There isn’t anything you could desire that could improve upon that which grows out of Unconditional Love.  Treat the world as your lover and shower her with all the love and compassion you can muster.

The moon moves into Pisces Tuesday morning around 10:00am PST.  This is known as the dark of the moon, when the moon is in the sign of the lunation, but before the conjunction of the Sun and Moon is exact.  This is the best time for planting seeds of thought, where the soil is quiet and receptive.  This energy continues to vibrate for a good three days, so any time this week you have to attend to some sort of process that connects you to this flow will be effective.

If you know where Pisces falls in your chart, look to that area of your life to inform you where the greatest growth opportunity exists.  Also impacted strongly are people born early in the signs of Virgo, Sagittarius and Gemini.

Plug in, feel the connection, picture the expansion you desire.

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Last Week’s Full Moon – Take Stock This Week!

What a time we had last week.  Each day felt as full as a week within itself.  When I look around my world, nothing seems to be the same as it was.  This is especially true in the world of relationships.

Astrology is often used for glancing forward; like checking the weather before heading out on an excursion to make sure you are properly prepared.  Now and then, however, the best use of astrology is a backward glance.  Such is the case with the energy of the Full Moon.  Let’s take a look at what occurred in the cosmos last week and see if it can help inform you about the deeper shifts that are on tap now.

When the Sun and the Moon face each other every month from across the heavens, they are in the full expression of their dynamic relationship.  Everything that can be seen is visible in that moment when the Sun’s rays are fully reflected by the entire surface of his lover’s otherwise hidden face.  This is the moment in our journey each month, where we are able to see everything there is to see about who we are and how we are doing.

The archetypes involved here are Leo and Aquarius.  The Full Moon was in Leo, so the personal question to ask yourself is “Are you doing enough of that which brings you joy?”  The Sun in Aquarius asks “Are you paying attention to the needs of your community?”  These two together reminds us that it is when we funnel our joy into anything that will benefit humanity, the world opens up to us in unexpected and wonderful ways.

This particular Full Moon had two additional energetic elements that made it significant.  Firstly, Mercury was involved.  This is the planet that represents the frequency of communication, words and the mind.  Mercury was right where the Sun was during the lunation.  The Sun sheds light on things and generates life force where it is focused.  By adding the element of Mercury, you have a moment of true heralding.  It is almost as of the Archangel Gabrielle was participating in this moment, shedding light on just how far you’ve come at this juncture in time.  Take stock of where you are in your own personal journey in terms of deriving joy from the serving of humanity.

The second moment of note was the energy of the later part of last week.  There was a very powerful configuration in the sky involving Neptune, Uranus, Venus, Jupiter and the Moon.  That’s a lot of players and they all spelled a beautiful sense of expansion.  The specific shape that they made in the sky has a fun little name; it’s called a Yod.  Better still is its nickname:  It’s known as The Finger of God.  A Finger of God is a moment where fate steps in.

Late last week, we were all pushed into new territory by circumstances and inspirations that were beyond the personal.  This transit featured the moon moving into the sign of Libra.  Libra rules relationships, so the arena in which this movement played out for most of us was the realm of deep, personal interactions with the loved ones in our lives.  A lot happened last week for many people in this area.

Amidst all of this, the great Teacher, Saturn went retrograde, also in the sign of Libra.  It did so at the thirtieth degree of that sign, which is the point of mastery.  This frequency asked each and every one of us to step up to the plate with regard to relationship issues.  If relationships are changing dramatically under this influence, you can definitely feel the hand of God on the whole process.  Divine Order is being made manifest, sometimes through some very rocky transmutation of how those relationships are structured.

And once again we are reminded that there is no “out there” out there.  The quality of ALL of our relationships is based solely and directly on the quality of our relationship with ourselves and with the Divine.  Last week was a moment where we were all being tested in this area.  What grade would you give yourself now that we have a little distance and perspective?  Know this: whatever has shifted for you, it is in the perfect and natural order of things.  On this day when love is in the air, the question to ask yourself is are you your own Valentine?

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Neptune Moves Into Pisces: Dreams, Meditation and Prayer. Bring It ON!!!!!

Today is the day that I have been waiting for.  Neptune moves into Pisces, the sign of his rulership, and of all of the enormous changes that have been happening in the cosmos of late, this is the one that promises the most benefit to the world.  This shift heralds the new world order at the deepest and most profound level.

Neptune is an outer planet and moves very slowly; it takes over 164 years for it to orbit the Sun.  As such it has sway over elements of our consciousness that are social, global and universal.  The most remarkable thing about Neptune to me has to do with how we came to know of its existence.  It is the only planet that was discovered not by actually being observed in the sky, but by mathematical calculation.  There were phenomena associated with the orbit of Uranus which led scientists to accurately predict another, large planet further out in space whose gravitational pull was impacting Uranus.  Though we could not actually see it, we knew it was there.

Let me say this again: Even though we could not see it, we knew it was there.

Let that sink in while I now tell you that Neptune rules all things invisible.  On the very mundane level, he rules the depths of the oceans, like the god he was named for.  On dry land, Neptune holds sway over all the elements of life that are of glamour (in the true sense of the word – look it up if you don’t know what I mean by that): that includes theater, television, film, fashion, politics, etc.

In our daily lives (and this is where it gets really interesting) Neptune also rules the elements of our personal, human condition that live in the invisible.  This relates to good, old fashioned confusion, delusion and deceit on the negative end of the spectrum.  However, on the positive end, Neptune is the part of our consciousness that is firmly rooted in the infinite field of creative possibility.  It is from this infinite field of creative possibility that all things emerge and become form.  It is through this field of creative possibility that each of us has DIRECT access to the Divine Nature of our being.

We all access this field of possibility all the time, whether we are aware of it or not.  Just as the scientists who first discovered it’s existence in blind faith, it is up to each and every one of us to find the “mathematical calculations” in our personal consciousness that allow us to KNOW WITH CERTAINTY that there is a field of infinite, creative possibility that is, in fact, the source of all our power, sustenance and happiness.

Today, Neptune comes back to the place he calls home and with that return, we all get to benefit from much easier access to the invisible power that he yields than we’ve ever experienced in our lifetimes.  We reach this energy most easily in our dreams and yes, Neptune rules dreaming.  Dreams have been increasing with incredible velocity since Neptune dipped into Pisces last spring before going retrograde and backing into Aquarius for one last visit.

Meditation and prayer are waking-life techniques for tapping into the power of Neptune.  This shift also heralds a deepening of the efficacy of those practices.  Those who are well versed in these techniques will find their inner lives expanding with great intensity.  Those who feel drawn to this way of living who have in the past met with resistance are far more likely to find the discipline that they previously lacked.  Wherever you are in this continuum of consciousness, this is the beginning of an increased ability to tap into the Power of Source and create the life of your dreams beyond your wildest imaginations.

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Mars Retrograde In Virgo – Be Prepared for the BIG Astro Weather Coming!

The first of the major astrological events of 2012 is upon us.  Mars is about to go retrograde in Virgo and there is a wonderful opportunity on tap for all of us to prepare for the wild-ride-of-a-year that’s just gotten started.

Mars is a personal planet.  All of the inner bodies of the solar system (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars and Venus) represent how we experience ourselves as individuals.  Mars rules the body; so the energy that Mars brings to us is interpreted by how we move physically through space.

Virgo rules how we process information and energy.  It also correlates to all the various systems that support how we move through life.  This is more apparent with the physical body than in any other arena; we are basically a whole series of systems that work together in harmony.  Mars in Virgo is certainly all about the body.

At first glance, it could seem like this is a moment to make sure to eat right, commit to exercise, increase your self care, etc.  Mars in Virgo is about mastering the day to day experience of being inside a body and managing our experience in this 3-Dimensional world.  But far more importantly, this cycle is about being fully grounded in the body, while maintaining an active connection to the invisible, spiritual energies that are all around us at all times.

A retrograde cycle indicates that integration is at hand.  This is the appearance that a planet is moving backward in the heavens.  Of course, we know that this is just an optical illusion, but it is an illusion that comes with an enormous shift in energy.  The direction of that shift is inward, creating a perfect atmosphere for self-investigation and integration.

Mars is the god that rules war.  As such, he has long held sway over all matters of the masculine principle.  However, this is changing.  We inhabit a four-body system.  The physical body is at the center of our experience.  Next is the “emotional body” which is connected to the sympathetic nervous systems and is how we use the sensation of emotion to navigate our lives.  These two make up the lower half of this four body system, in which the physical body is governed by Mars.

We experience the Divine Feminine through our emotional body, which is ruled by Venus.  However, WHERE we actually experience this Divine Feminine energy is INSIDE OUR PHYSICAL BODIES.  We experience it as emotion.  Therefore, our salvation lies within the framework of expanding our relationship with our feelings.  We must surrender to the notion that we are more powerfully guided by what the heart feels than what the head thinks it knows.

Given all of this, who is really more in charge of our access to the Divine Feminine?  The answer may actually be Mars.  Our masculine drives (read mental, ego-based thinking) must give way to the new heart-centered norm.  Living in the heart is only possible when we have a healthy, open relationship with our emotions.  When we allow them to simply flow through us, we are liberated from the need to make them mean something or the compulsion to find their root cause.  Our emotions simply remind us the power of our instincts and the amazing responsive nature of the human mechanism when it is allowed to function without the obstacle of negative thought patterns.

Therefore, where Mars is, is where our access to living gracefully in the feminine principle lays.  Use this retrograde cycle to deeply integrate everything you’ve been learning about patience, compassion, non-judgment and Love, and you will be well on your way to being ready for the huge manifestation cycle that is coming up in the Spring!

To be fully prepared for what is coming, it is the responsibility of each and every one of us to be pristine in our daily spiritual practice.  The days of just squeaking by are over.  The second half of this year is going to require that all of us be operating at peak performance.  How good is your spiritual fitness regimen?  How well are you nourishing ALL of your bodies; the physical, emotional, mental AND spiritual?  The time to step up is now; the rehearsals are all behind us.

Here are the significant dates for this cycle.  Mars has been traveling over the part of his journey that he will be retracing since the beginning of November (in fact, you can use 11/11/11 for the date of the initiation of this cycle).  This means that you can identify what issues are going to be coming up for review again by virtue of what was going on in your life between November 11th and January 23rd, when the retrograde motion will begin.

This inward journey goes all the way through April 14th, when Mars will turn around once more and we will feel the third (and least intense) passage of this same territory until the end of July.

This transit will most impact people with the Sun in Virgo, Pisces, Gemini or Sagittarius.  To truly understand what areas of your own life that are being most influenced by this cycle however, look to where Virgo falls in your natal chart.  Whatever house is ruled by Virgo is where all the action is going to be.

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Astrological Weather Report For The Week Of 11/11/11.

As promised, here is a recap of the astrological weather for this week including November 11th.  And while the transits are not what I would call over the top, there are some very significant shifts in the cosmos that connect to this date and time.

The inner planets connect with our personal experience while the outer planets have to do with our social experience.  This week, ALL of the personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars and Venus) and two of the outer planets (Neptune and Chiron) are doing something significant.  What we have going on is a conjunction (two planets coming together), an ingress (a planet changing signs) and two stations (planets that were retrograde are turning around to move in a direct motion).  And to top it all of, there is a lunation (the Full Moon).  This is a big week indeed, one of the biggest of the year.

This Full Moon features the Sun in Scorpio and the Moon in Taurus.  Scorpio has domain over death and rebirth, making the theme of this particular lunation about transformation and change.  If 11/11/11 means anything in the world of a changing landscape, the proximity of this particular Full Moon indicates that the old is dying out and the new is being born.  And given that Scorpio and Taurus are both feminine signs, the Divine Feminine is all over this week.

Mars is moving into Virgo, also a feminine sign.  When a personal planet changes signs, we feel this as a very big shift in energy.  Mars rules the physical body and how we move through life in terms of the actions we take.  Virgo is the sign that relates how we process things.  In its opposition to the spiritual sign of Pisces, Virgo’s domain is how we incorporate spiritual principles into our day to day lives.

Mars moving into Virgo is big news.  Any event that happens within close proximity to a Full Moon significantly increases its importance.  In addition, Mars is going to spend eight months in Virgo, which is an enormous amount of time for the fast moving planet to spend in one sign.  Due to a rare retrograde, his prolonged journey through Virgo will give us all the opportunity to truly embody the spiritual shifts of the time.

Further, in the process of changing from Leo to Virgo, Mars will oppose both Neptune and Chiron, the two planets that are going direct this week.  Mars has the power to activate, and oppositions are the most active angle in geometry.  The movement of these two planets is significant in and of themselves.  Mars in opposition to this creates an even bigger wave of energy connected to this shift.

Neptune rules spiritual principles.  It is the planet that has sway over all matters of the invisible side of life.  For the past six months, this planet has been retrograde, turning spiritual matters inward.  When Neptune turns direct, everything we have just learned can now be put into action.

Chiron is an intercepted asteroid which was pulled into our solar system.  Since it has its own gravitational pull, it has a very erratic orbit as it tugs on the Sun’s gravity.  It was named for a mythological figure, a half god who was a teacher and trainer of Hercules.  In that role, he was mortally wounded.  But as an immortal, he could not die.  He wandered eternity in pain.  In his wanderings, he became a master healer.  In a natal chart, the placement of Chiron points to where a person’s deepest wounding is going to be, and therefore, where their masterful healing will take place.  Cosmically, the movement of Chiron expresses how the entire planet is experiencing healing and mastery.

Chiron has also been retrograde for the past months and turns around during this week.  This makes the power of masterful healing flow outward into the world in a very active way.  Healing is upon us and that healing is specifically connected to unity and the new world order.

In Pisces, Chiron is in a position to heal the very deep wounds associated with the misappropriation of spiritual principles by religious dogma.  The last two thousand years was the Age of Pisces.  The unconscious nature of the fish in the deep sea allowed the masculine principle to take the loving message of Christ (that God is within each and every one of us) and use it against mankind to foster fear and separation.  The hallmark of the Age of Aquarius is unity, the healing of this wound and the return of the Divine Feminine.

Besides Mars, the other two rulers of the lower body system are Mercury and Venus.  These two are traveling together and are in exactly the same place this week.  Mercury rules the mind and Venus rules the heart.  And while they come together frequently, this joining is particularly significant because of both the Full Moon and the 11/11/11 date.  They are meeting in the sign of Sagittarius which rules truth and spiritual principles.  Any opportunity for the heart and the mind to get together is a powerful moment of expansion indeed.  Given that it is happening at the same time as these other events, we can rest assured that there is a sense of permanence associated with this particular joining of head and heart.

If you take the astrological interpretations that I have outlined them here and combine them with the perspectives around 11/11/11 outlined in the previous article, there can be no doubt that there is a major moment on tap.  If you look around the world at all of the change that is afoot, I encourage you to see the peace and love that is making itself known.

Sometimes we have to see peace as the space between bullets and love as the constant that flows just beyond tides of rage.  But it is truly what we focus on that we experience in this life.  I encourage all of us to focus on the possibilities of a brand new world, one filled with love and peace.

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What, Mercury Is Retrograde AGAIN?!?

Inevitably, when I tell people that Mercury is retrograde, someone will shriek in response and say, “What, again?!”  The truth is that we are always in a Mercury cycle.  The solar system is exactly like a clock.  It is a complex structure of gears, each turning in its own perfect way to mark out the progression of moments that we call time.  Mercury is like the inner spring that keeps things wound up in a constant state of contraction and release; expansion and integration.

Because of its close proximity to us and its very fast orbit around the Sun, Mercury hits the point where it goes retrograde with great precision.  It happens three times a year for 22 days every 88 days.  We don’t have to think about the chaos of the next retrograde part of Mercury’s cycle until late autumn, starting at the beginning of the day on November 24th through the very end of the day on December 13th.  But the new cycle begins today and I thought it would be a good chance to get a jump on things.

Let’s begin by describing the archetypal sense of what Mercury represents.  The most basic meaning associated with this messenger-god is communication.  In the consciousness of astrology, Mercury is the mind.  While it is through the heart that we experience our selves, it is through the mind that we experience the world.  The capacity for our mind to expand in consciousness and for us to become wiser (as opposed to just smarter) is what the Mercury cycles are all about.

We move through life collecting data about how the world works.  Every few months we need to integrate what we’ve been learning and that is what happens when Mercury goes retrograde.  After we move around in the new territory we are learning about for a few weeks, the cycle begins anew.  This new start can be a very satisfying moment; a breath of fresh air and a new beginning.  And that, my fellow travelers, is where we are today (September 9, 2011).

Mercury has just entered Virgo.  That means it will travel through Virgo, then Libra followed by Scorpio before going retrograde in the sign of Sagittarius.  You can begin this new cycle with a much greater sense of conscious intention by understanding the themes that are being generated by this archetypal journey of the mind.

We’ll start with the end of the journey.  Sagittarius is the archetype of truth, expansion and spiritual principles.  If the world is calling us to bring on our “A-game” of how we live our lives, it is easy to see that this current cycle is going to take us through a process to do just that.  And we start in the sign that represents process itself, Virgo.

The next month is all about integrating what we’ve just learned into our daily experience of life.  That is what Virgo rules: daily routine and integrating wisdom into how we live our lives each day.  By the 25th of this month, Mercury moves into Libra, turning the focus on relationships and the mirror that life is.  Remember, there is no “out there” out there.  It’s all just a reflection.  Through October 13th, it’s all about how well we understand that the things we are looking for are to be found within us.  What we find outside of us is truly just a reflection of our own consciousness.  If you need to know what it is you want in your life, take a look at what you have, because that will tell you in no uncertain terms.

Want things to look differently?  Then the period between October 14th and November 2nd will put Mercury in Scorpio, the sign of transformation and change.  This is your best opportunity for making deeply felt changes that are organic and permanent.  In fact, Mercury meets up with Venus as they both enter Sagittarius on the 2nd.  This is a fantastic moment for your mind and your heart to become congruent with each other.  The Mercury retrograde period in late November is where the integration of all of this heart/mind congruency stuff is going to get down and dirty.

Do your work in advance and you’ll have a MUCH easier time of this part of the process.  Don’t do it and it will be done to you anyway.  The conscious path is the more loving and expansive.

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Lunar Eclipse on Wednesday – Be Ready To Expand!!

An eclipse is when the Sun and Moon are aligned in such a way that the constant beam of light between the two luminaries is broken, resulting in the visible shadow that we see crossing the Moon or the Earth.  What we don’t see is the cosmic download that these events mark.  When the beam of light is broken, it is like what happens when you reboot a computer.  All extraneous material is discarded into the abyss of unconsciousness and all the important stuff is saved safely in retrievable memory.

This process happens every six months like clockwork and operates in a two-fisted structure – lunar eclipses first, followed by a solar eclipse two weeks later.  The lunar eclipse that we are about to experience occurs at 1:14pm Wednesday, June 15th, Pacific Daylight Time.

This particular eclipse process is special because there are actually THREE eclipses, instead of two.  This phenomenon is not exactly rare, though it is infrequent.  It occurs because of the mathematical relationship between the Sun and the relative tilt of the Moon’s orbit around the Sun that causes a shadow to pass between the bodies during three lunations instead of the usual two.  It is known by some astrologers as a “worm hole” because the power to alter one’s consciousness is so great, it is as you are lifted from where you start and delivered to an entirely knew landscape by the time it is ended.  We are right in the middle of this process, which started on June 1st and will take us through July 1st.   I hope you have your seat belts fastened and that your intentions are conscious, clear and powerfully set.

A lunar eclipse is a Full Moon, the moment where the Sun and the Moon are in exact opposition to each other, with the Earth smack dab in between.  For thousands of years, farmers have known that the best time to reap the harvest is during a Full Moon.  The gravitational pull on the Earth is coming from both sides, so the force is pulling upwards, out of the ground (as opposed to the New Moon when the Earth is being pulled on by both luminaries from the SAME direction, which draws water inward, down into the ground, which is the best time to plant seeds).  Make no mistake about it, the harvest of Mind is no different than those literal crops we grow to feed and sustain us.

The Sun represents our conscious mind and the Moon aligns with the unconscious.  The unconscious is REALLY unconscious.  We can only actually see what’s in there based on what light from the Sun is being reflected back to us.  The reflection of sunlight on the Moon is the symbolic expression of this process and it is during the Full Moon that we can see most clearly into the unconscious realm.  The Full Moon every month is the best time to have the life force energy shine brightly on what is usually hidden away from our awareness in order to have a richer, more abundant life of prosperity, enthusiasm and love.  The energy that the eclipse adds to this process is that it is the one time of the year where you can actually change your consciousness in order to do the work of manifestation.

This Full Moon is in Sagittarius, the archetype that rules all the elements of higher knowledge and spiritual principles.  So this is a perfect opportunity to up your game with regard to your spiritual practice.  The Full Moon sheds light on all of your magnificence, so use this opportunity to claim your brilliance in the light, NOW!  Know that you are a perfect, divine expression of the all-that-there-is.  Know too, that everything you desire can be yours if you recognize that you already have it and that there is nothing outside of you to want or long for.  When you live in this place, the world can not help but shower you with riches.

To take advantage of this eclipse moment, do your best to be in quiet contemplation between 1:00 and 1:30pm (Los Angeles time).  If you want to prepare your left brain for this process, you might make a list of everything you are grateful for and all that which you want to accomplish in the coming months.  Be still, be quiet and be open. The Universe will take care of the rest.

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This Last Mercury Retrograde KICKED MY BUTT!

I don’t know about you, but this past Mercury retrograde cycle was about the most intense one I can remember in recent years.  It finally relinquished its grip on us this past weekend and we can all finally breathe a sigh of relief.  I thought this might be a good opportunity to point out some of the reasons why this particular experience was so difficult.  My hope is that this will offer you some perspective on the insights and awareness that may have emerged for you recently as well as encourage you to value these regular Mercury cycles, no matter how challenging they can be.

First, let’s make sure you have a good understanding of what retrograde motion is.  It is an optical illusion created by two objects moving through space at different speeds.  When one object overtakes the other, there is a change in how they will perceive each other relative to the backdrop that they are being perceived in front of.  In this case, the backdrop is space itself.

There is a phenomenon that most people are familiar with right here on Earth that can help bring this concept into perspective.  Have you ever been the passenger in a car and looked out at the spinning wheels of another vehicle?  For a moment, the wheels might appear to be spinning backwards.  This is an optical illusion (clearly, they wheels are NOT spinning backward or a horrific accident would result) created by virtue of the movement of the two cars in front of the relative stillness of the road and street beyond.  While this is not exactly the same as a retrograding planet, it has some similar sensibilities that can help people come to accept the awkwardness of just what it would mean to look up at the sky and see a planet appear to move backward.

Astrology is the science of astronomy (the actual geometrical movement of heavenly bodies) combined with the art of interpreting the archetypes they represent.  I suppose that is one of the reasons I love astrology so much is because it is yet another opportunity for me to flex my interpretive muscle.

Mercury is interpreted to represent communication and the mind.  The backward movement of a planet is interpreted to represent the process of integration.  Mercury (the mind) moves forward and collects all sorts of data and experience in its direct motion most of the time.  When it moves into retrograde motion every three months or so, it is given the opportunity to integrate all of the information that has recently been collected.

During these times, life seems to pause and the mind is turned inward.  When that happens, experiences in the outside world appear to be hindered, delayed and loose the sharp focus we are used to.  I always experience lateness and cancellations during Mercury retrograde.  It is not that I don’t experience lateness and cancellations at other times, but I imagine that during Mercury retrograde, those lateness and cancellations feel different; somehow more intense.

So, let’s take a look at this last cycle.  It occurred in the sign of Aries.  The Ram represents the archetype of getting things started, butting head first into any activity.  When Mercury goes retrograde in this sign, the impetus to move forward is thwarted and that can cause discomfort.  If that weren’t enough, guess who else was (and still is as of this writing) in Aries.  Mars. Venus. Uranus. The Sun.  And the New Moon of this past month was also in Aries.  Holy moly!  That’s a LOT of energy that wants to rush headlong into action; but it can’t because Mercury is busy making sure that time stands still while the integration process takes place.

And if THAT weren’t enough, we have the cosmic teacher, Saturn, in the opposite sign of Libra.  That means all of those Aries planets are being stared down by the ruler of Kharma, who is saying, well demanding actually, that only the highest most responsible course is being taken.  And Saturn means business; if you aren’t playing your absolute A game in life, he will unequivocally kick your ass to make sure the lesson is learned.

Aries/Libra is all about relationships.  And not just those primary relationships like your romantic partners, but all relationships.  From friends, family, loved ones, to the bus driver and the checker at the supermarket.  How were you showing up to your one-on-one relationships during the last three weeks?  With judgment and opinions ruling the day?  Or with love and acceptance.  How were you presenting yourself in the world to be mirrored by others?  With your integrity in tact, or were you cutting any corners.  If you were (which all of us by virtue of being human would have to be to one extent or another) you were knocked to the mat by Saturn’s stern hand.

What Saturn is really teaching us all while traveling through Libra (roughly for the past year and next year) is the lesson of the mirrored self: that there is no relationship that matters more than the one we have with the Self/Source.  Every other relationship is ‘out there’, and is therefore actually a relationship with one’s own reflection, which we can only do with the consciousness we have.  We are separate but we are not.  We are all a reflection of the cosmic oneness.

With Saturn in opposition to Mercury, the part of our Selves that commands authenticity is face to face with the part of our selves that thinks and communicates.  We may be experiencing this reflection in the form of another person, but it’s a great idea to think of that person as your reflection.

The bottom line is that once we landed in this past Sunday morning, everything about who we are and how we relate to our world changed.  The journey there was more than bumpy, but if you survived it, things will never be quite the same.  Here’s hoping you took advantage of all that you could to learn as much about yourself as you could.  And next time Mercury goes retrograde (August 2nd) you are prepared to go inward with as much grace and ease as you can.  It won’t be nearly the rocky ride this past one was, so you can breathe easy.

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Enormous Full Moon – What Does It Mean??

There has been so much intense astrological activity of late; I hardly know where to begin.  However, I’ll stick to something simple and immediate.  Our next full moon is tomorrow on March 19th.  For those of us in the United States, it reaches its partile (moment of exactness) in the middle of the day, so we will be treated to beautiful risings tonight (the 18th) and tomorrow (the 19th).  For my many UK readers, the moon will be full just before it rises tomorrow and you get the benefit of a spectacular show of the moon in all her glory in the early evening hours.

The reason for this magnificent presentation is because of what is known as the “lunar perigee.”  Because of the natural fluctuations of the moon’s orbit around the earth, it gradually moves closer to the earth and then further away in a regular cycle, about every nineteen years.  This can cause the moon to appear about 14% larger and about 30% brighter in the night sky.  This phenomenon is most apparent just as it is rising.

As I indicated above, there is big news afoot in the astrological world.  Last year was powerful indeed and much of what people went through was transformational.  Yet the landscape may have looked more like destruction than creation.  That was because last year was very much about changing the internal landscape.  This year is definitely about manifestation on the outside and what is changing the most is the world in which we move and live.  This indicates that the inner changes of last year will be put to the test in terms of how you are showing up to the outer changes that are prominent this year.
Astrology takes the science of Astronomy (the tracking of the planetary movement through our solar system) and applies archetypal interpretations of the meaning of both the planets themselves and the geometrical angles they create as they move through space.  Our solar system is divided into the inner planets and the outer planets.  The inner planets are believed to represent the personality and the inner experience of the individual (the Moon, Mars, Venus, Mercury), while the outer planets reflect the outside world, social experiences and global events.

In the past few months, there have been several very significant astrological events that I think can be understood pretty easily, despite the complexity of astrology and the tendency for those who write about astrology to get so verbose they leave their readers in the dust. There are four outer planets that have been VERY busy over the last year, interacting in very powerful ways that have a great deal of geometrical force behind them.

I don’t want to bog my readers down with endless details and hooey-hooey interpretations about them.  My intention is to inspire some of you to look up at this next full moon and feel deeply connected to our enormous and wondrous world and have maybe just a slightly greater sense of that power that runs everything that is clearly greater than us.  So, I decided to illustrate the power of planetary movement with two examples, both involving the planet Uranus.

Before we get to the Uranus story, I want to introduce you to the concept of what is called the “world axis.”  The Earth is a sphere with four points on which is hangs.  If the Earth were still, you could easily envision this as the North Pole, the South Pole, the Eastern Horizon and the Western Horizon.  But our world spins and moves through space in an orbit.  The concept remains the same, but the points are in constant motion.  We have four seasons and when the Sun’s position relative to the Earth is at the moment when each season begins, it is hitting what is known as a “world axis.”  The first day of spring, the Sun is at zero degrees of the first sign of the Zodiac, Aries. When that point is activated by planetary movement, it often signals a world event of great significance.

In the world of archetypal interpretation, Uranus represents sudden shifts and changes, bursts of enlightenment and events that have the capacity to knock the world off its feet.  Last spring, when Uranus hit the point I talked about above (the first degree of Aries), the oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded.  Then, by retrograde motion, Uranus appeared to move backward for the next few months and recently began its forward movement once again.  Just last week, it hit the world axis point once again.  It did so on the very same day of the earthquake in Japan.

Say what you will about astrology; I can not personally disengage the cycles that planetary movement set into motion and these rather significant events that have occurred at precisely these moments where the event and the interpretation of the geometry of astrology seem so intrinsically bound.

Please also keep in mind that while the examples I used are tragic, not everything that these moments in time bring forth are negative.  Take, for example, the events in Egypt as just one case in point.  Also, there are three other outer planets that changed signs in very close proximity.  Jupiter (good fortune), Neptune (spirituality) and Chiron (mastery and healing) all moved into new signs and all within a few weeks of each other.  Simply put, our entire worldly experience is shifting into new territory and the struggles of the past have the opportunity to allow our experience in the world become different; very different.

So where does this full moon fit into this scenario?  That story begins back in October 2010.  There were five full moons in a row, all occurring at the 30th degree of their respective signs.  The last degree of a sign signifies an ending, closing out an old chapter.  Five full moons in a row at this final degree indicate that an enormous moment of closure has been upon us.  Since so many people experienced 2010 as a very challenging year, let us happily imbue the endings that these full moons pointed to is the end of the difficulty of what was a dark time for many of us.

This next full moon, the one that promises to be huge and beautiful is the first full moon that occurs after these five doorway closings that we have been experienced recently and the first full moon to occur after the four outer planets move into their new homes for the next lengthy period of time.  I encourage all of us to focus on what is possible, what we are creating, what is new and exciting and that which our heart desires most and bring it closer to our day to day reality.

Happy Full Moon!

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