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Solar Eclipse: New Moon In Taurus!

We have come to the next big push in the wormhole cycle with the Solar Eclipse this Thursday at 5:30pm PDT.  It’s a New Moon in Taurus; in fact it’s a veritable party in Taurus with not only the Sun and the Moon there, Mercury, Mars and Venus are in that grounded sign as well.  Taurus makes things very tangible, very present.  We can all expect to get a good dose of reality this week.

Venus does something very interesting in connection with this eclipse.  She has been swiping through the Taurus portion of the cosmos ahead the others in this gathering.  This means that with all of the changes that are upon us, we have the saving grace of the Heart leading the way.  This has been very helpful to us in these past weeks, especially when circumstances haven’t always looked the way we want them to.  Our job is always to know that whatever is happening, it is for our highest good.  This is what Love always sees, so Venus out front has been our great ally.

Just before the eclipse tomorrow, she leaves Taurus and enters Gemini.   Remember the Gemini process of last year?  If not, read my articles from the eclipse season of May and June in 2012 and remind yourself of the healing of Separation that was the hallmark of that time.  Venus returns to that territory now, ensuring that duality is truly a thing of the past.

When duality is healed, it is transformed into polarity.  In this consciousness, we can hold the tension of opposites.  We can be in one frame of mind and simultaneously see its opposite without having to cycle back in an either/or dynamic.  This allows us to let go, surrender, and remember in the midst of a troubling moment who your Source is.  It is not your career, the people in your life or any of the circumstances that surround you.

Someone wrote me yesterday about how scared and sad she is; her future feels very uncertain.  In an effort comfort her, I found myself using the words “Divine Unfolding” as a metaphor for how life moves and has its expression.  I thought a little bit about that image and what it means to live in a world that unfolds.  When something unfolds, it has two primary energy-shapes; the long flat planes of structure and the places where the shape changes very dramatically that we know as a fold.  Those folds have sharp edges and they take us from one alignment and very suddenly thrust us into a completely different orientation.

It’s a little like being thrown upside down and being asked to act as if you are just as upright as ever.  And of course, we are always held in the hands of the Divine Intelligence that is doing the unfolding and therefore we are always taken good care of.  Nonetheless, when we are at the edge of a fold, it can be a groundbreaking, earthshattering shift of positioning that knocks our socks off.  That’s where we are at right now.  Venus returning to Gemini today right before this magical eclipse ensures that we are able to get this in ways that may have eluded us thus far.  Let your life unfold and just witness it.  If you are on the edge, thrust your arms in the air like you’re on a roller coaster ride and enjoy the thrill.  It’s so much better than retracting in fear.

This lunation is terribly important to the process that this wormhole offers us.  We are in the midst of an opportunity to land in brand new territory when this shakeup completes itself next month.  And by territory, I mean consciousness, although that change in consciousness for some will result in new landscapes in your outer world as well.  Because it is an eclipse, the transformation that can happen here is a true restructuring of how you inhabit your life.

The New Moon, seed planting event is always the most potent moment to exercise our free will in any cycle and even more so during an eclipse.  Create powerful intentions for yourself in these next few days and you will be participating mightily in the huge shift that is at hand.  Leave it up to chance and you will feel all the more out of control and at the affect or your world rather than feeling like a powerful co-creator.  You may not get the form you think you are creating, but you can absolutely get the perspective you desire and perspective trumps form every time.

Thursday is the magic day and the New Moon is exact around 5:30pm PDT.  The entire day leading up to that point is what is known as the dark-of-the-moon, where the soil of consciousness is most fertile for the receiving of new seeds of intention.  The reverberations of this eclipse will last for several days after, making the entire weekend fruitful ground as well.  No matter when you choose to honor this moment, do it with grounded gusto, for the earthy sign of Taurus is best met with the body in a physically tangible way.

Taurus rules the throat, so using your voice during this ritual is a very good idea.  Sing, chant, pray out loud; make sound!   Additionally, Taurus is the most luxurious of the archetypes, so the more sensual you can make what you do, the better.  As the first of the three earth signs, I highly recommend taking whatever results from your process, such as a written prayer or creatively expressed set of intentions, and bury it as if it were a seed you were planting; for truly, it is.

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New Moon Solar Eclipse In Scorpio Tuesday!

The first eclipse of the season is a total Solar Eclipse in Scorpio that occurs this Tuesday, November 13th.  The Lunar Eclipse follows two weeks later on the 28th, putting Thanksgiving right in the middle of this wormhole.  When we emerge next month, we may not even recognize the territory we are in.

With the domain of Scorpio fully upon us, I have been putting much emphasis on manifestation and alchemy as the central principles of the time.  But at the very heart of the matter is change.  Things are changing.  Fast.  And our job is to be responsible stewards of change, lest the direction those changes take us in goes against our vision.

Let’s talk about Mars for a bit, for he plays an interesting role in both eclipses.  During this New Moon, Mars is at 27 degrees of Sagittarius.  This placement is considered to be the direction of our galactic center, the very place where we connect to Source.  What this does is orient the consciousness of Mars with the very origins of our Divinity.  Mars is the ruler of our physicality, bringing our relationship to the body fully into our awareness.

There are those who say, “You are not your body.”  Well, that may actually be true on some level, but the fact is that we are IN bodies.  Another perspective is that this world we inhabit is an illusion; therefore the body is an illusion as well.  This may also be true.  However, the body, illusory or not, is still the very real vessel through which we experience this illusion and it must be brought into the spiritual equation at this time.

Mars has historically been associated with the Masculine Principle through his moniker of being the God of War.  Through his association with the physical body coupled with the current landscape where Feminine Principle regains power, Mars can now be considered the co-ruler of the Feminine Principle along with Venus.  As human beings in a body, we must allow our bodies to be open vessels for Love and Light.   The only way to truly achieve that integrated balance is to treat your body with care and devotion.

Make no mistake about it; it is time to bring the body into your spiritual practice.  Proper food and exercise are good, but they are not really what I am talking about here.  I am speaking of loving the body you are in.  Don’t ask yourself how you feel about the way your body looks, focus rather on how your body feels to be inside of.  When you start there, then the externals of feeding it well and moving it through space so that it is strong and flexible will come more naturally.

Most importantly, begin thinking about how you treat your body as part of your daily spiritual practice.  Your body is simply an extension of your consciousness.  As your consciousness expands upward, allow it to expand outward as well, bringing your body along for the ride.

Remember too, that the physical body is a metaphor for all things in the world of form.  A balanced, heart-based relationship with your world means that your Divinity takes top priority in all things.  What are you valuing and how?  Your bank account?  Your status?  How other people perceive you?  If it is anything outside of you, then you are worshiping a false God.

There are two ways to approach a New Moon Solar Eclipse and both have merit.  One the one hand, an eclipse is a very definite event.  While the beam is broken and the shadow of the Moon passes over the Earth, an actual change is taking place right then.  The interruption in the constant flow of light from the Sun to the Moon is a lot like powering down your computer.  When you power back up again, all the software (read = all the new ways of being in the world, new thought patterns, new expressions of consciousness) that you have recently downloaded now become fully available for you to use.

Given the enormity of such a moment, it behooves us to be in a place of stillness when this is occurring in order to take full advantage of the opportunities at hand without the distractions of your chaotic mind being involved.  The exact time of the eclipse is Tuesday, November 13th at 2:12pm PST.  For my UK friends, you may be sleeping while the eclipse is happening.  Not to worry, as sleep is a great state to receive the energies of an eclipse.  For those of you who are awake for this, simply be in a meditative, receptive state for about ten minutes before the peak of the eclipse and about ten minutes after.  If you think of the half hour between 2:00 and 2:30pm PST as your guide, you can’t go wrong.

The other opportunity in such a lunation is to honor the impetus for change that a New Moon indicates.  The wave created by this Tuesday moment will continue to push us forward in our evolution for several days through the end of the week.  Take some time this week to plant some seeds of intention so that you are being fully and actively engaged in harnessing the winds of change that are blowing all around you at this time.  Focus on being graceful and flexible with the shifts that are already taking place in your life right now.  Make sure that you include body-care as part of the consciousness you desire to create for yourself at this time.  Step up to your spiritual practice as if it were the top priority in your life; this is the time to deepen your devotion in everything that you do.  Try this as a prayer:

My life is a devotion.
Today, and all the days to come.
My life is a devotion.
And all there is, is Love.
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Solar Eclipse This Sunday Evening – Fasten Your Seat Belt!

Have you got your seatbelt fastened?  The first of the four big events that I’ve been writing about are upon us.  This Sunday features the Solar eclipse at the zero degree of Gemini.  Early June marks the Lunar and Venusian (thank you CdlH) eclipses in a one-two punch fashion, both in the middle of the sign of Gemini.  There is a third lunation on June 19th; a New Moon at the very end of Gemini.  Though not an eclipse, it is the third lunar event in Gemini, which is very significant.

Three lunations in a row in the same sign is known as a worm hole.  You know those special effects in a movie where you’re traveling through time and space as if you were swirling through a tube of light?  That’s a worm hole.  It’s as if you are picked up in one landscape, pummeled through multi-dimensional reality, and land in completely new territory.  The journey that is this wormhole starts on Sunday and by the time the third week in June is over, our consciousness will have completely transformed.

This is why I have been writing so much about the heart-centered transformation that is going on right now.  This is also why I have offered my services at such a low fee for the first half of 2012 (FYI – this fee goes away after these events, so if you want some assistance in this journey, you have about four weeks to get it at such a reduced rate).  I have done this so we will all be as prepared as we possibly can for the shift that is available during this four week transit.  This is that moment – and it can pay off great dividends:  The more consciously you have approached it, the greater the rewards will be.

An eclipse is the only astrological phenomenon where I put great emphasis on the actual moment that the event is occurring.  Most transits are like waves in the ocean and we are the surfers; it doesn’t really matter where you catch it.  If you want to ride the wave, you prepare yourself where you are and grab it when you’re ready.  Your experience of where it can take you is based on where you are in your development and what you choose to do with the energy that comes, even if it is appreciating the beauty of the wave from the safety of the shoreline.

However, an eclipse is a very definite event.  While the beam is broken and the shadow of the Moon passes over the Earth, an actual change is taking place right then.  The interruption in the constant flow of light from the Sun to the Moon is a lot like powering down your computer.  When you power back up again, all the software (read = all the new ways of being in the world, new thought patterns, new expressions of consciousness) that you have recently downloaded now become fully available for you to use.

Given the enormity of such a moment, it behooves us to be in a place of stillness when this is occurring in order to take full advantage of the opportunities at hand without the distractions of your chaotic mind being involved.  The exact time of the eclipse is Sunday, May 20th at 4:46pm PDT.  For my UK friends, you may be sleeping while the eclipse is happening.  Not to worry, as sleep is a great state to receive the energies of an eclipse, so do your prep before bedtime.  For those of you who are awake for this, simply be in a meditative, receptive state for about ten minutes before the peak of the eclipse and about ten minutes after.

This is a New Moon and as such it is a seed planting moment.  The best way to prepare for this is to have a sense of what you desire to draw into your experience.  If you have been following my posts, then you are likely to be well aware of the ways in which your Heart is calling you.  This is definitely a moment to trust that the work you have been doing has been exactly right.  Do not over-think this and do not second guess yourself.  In fact, if nothing else, allow your preparation to be the mantra, “I am grounded and centered in my Heart.  I am the perfect giver and receiver of Love.”  Have faith that the cultivation has been done and allow the changes you have been busy making to now be made manifest in your consciousness.

If you need a review of the themes that are being expressed at this time, re-read the previous few articles on Venus and her retrograde cycle.  The short version is that we are dropping more deeply into our Hearts than ever before.  The possibility that is on the table is for healing duality and separation in unprecedented ways.  The preparation has been to identify the ways in which you are still feeling split between living in the Heart and letting your Head dictate your experience.  You have a few more days to do some exploration about how this phenomenon is holding you back.

Since Gemini rules words and communication, a little writing may be in order.  Consider sitting down and writing yourself a love letter extolling the virtues of what it is like to be in a relationship with yourself.  Take the opportunity to also let yourself know just how you could improve your own love life in the holiest of holy relationships, the one you have with the Divine.  The more intimate you can be with yourself right now, that much more profoundly will intimacy begin to show up in your life.  You ARE the beloved in which the Father/Mother God is very well pleased.  Now start treating yourself like you actually believed that.  The moment for profound Love has arrived.  Have at it.

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Venus Turns Retrograde May 15th – Objectively Prepare Yourself for MORE LOVE!

The next wave of this amazing time is upon us and, as promised, I am writing to guide you through the best use of the opportunity at hand.  Venus is preparing to turn retrograde and for the past week or so, she has been slowing down.  Normally, she moves just over one degree a day.  Right now, she is barely squeezing out about one-eighth of a degree a day.  She is s-l-o-w-i-n-g down, getting ready to turn inward, which she does next week at about 7:30am PDT on Tuesday May 15th.

A retrograde cycle marks an integration process.  And since it is Venus doing the turnaround, matters of the heart are what are being addressed.  She will stay in this inward-facing posture for about six weeks.  While there, she offers us an incredible chance to do some major healing in the areas of love, intimacy, forgiveness and abundance.  In order to fully take advantage of such a moment, we have to be fully aware of what needs healing.

When a planet is just about to turn around and go retrograde, (or conversely just about to go direct after a period of backward motion), it is known as “stationing.”  One of the hallmarks of a stationing planet is objectivity.  The best use of this time is to take a look around and truly get the lay of the land to see what areas of your consciousness need adjusting.  These next few days offers exactly that:  An opportunity to be completely objective about how to best utilize the amazing energies that the next few weeks will bring us.

The “shadow period” of a retrograde journey is when a planet travels over the part of the sky that it is going to revisit during its backward journey.  Since April 11th, Venus has been doing this, activating all the issues that we are going to have the chance to heal during her inward sojourn.  Take a look at your life since the second week in April.  You can use the particular objectivity of these next few days to take an inventory:  How have you felt separated from the source of love in your life?  Where have you been blaming others for you own suffering?  How have your feelings been hurt?  Where is more forgiveness needed?

It would be a good idea to write some of these things down.  Since Gemini is an Air Sign (think intellect) and the Twins represent the archetype of words and communication, the Mind will actually be able to be utilized on behalf of your Heart.  Write a list of all the relationships that need healing and forgiveness, whether that relationship is with a person (currently in your life or in your past, alive or passed-on) a situation, or even an institution.  The more you can be consciously aware of where the healing is, the deeper that healing can go.

Also consider that Gemini is the architect of duality; the twins that can each take a position and argue with the other perspective.  Where are you experiencing duality in your own consciousness?  The answer to that question reflects exactly where you want to focus on changing duality and separation to integration and wholeness.

One of the reasons this Venus cycle is so powerful is that there will be a rare Venetian eclipse in the middle of her retrograde.  An eclipse is like a major software download of our higher operating system.  You know how when you upload a new program into your computer and you can’t access it until you reboot your computer?  Well the reboot is the Venetian eclipse and since Venus is our guide, the system being rewired is our Heart Centers.

Consider what was going on for you in the areas of love and intimacy around April 21st, give or take a few days in either direction.  On that date, Venus was at the exact degree point of her eclipse that will take place on June 5th.  I am fairly confident that if you look with a clear mind and an open heart, you will be able to spot the very misalignment that wants to be integrated during this rare occultation.

Here are a few themes that I saw in friends and clients:  The suffering that comes from ancient wounds of longing, the blocking of love due to feelings of unworthiness, being able to give love but not receive it, the persistent resistance to seeing things through the eyes of the heart, or holding fast to judgments and opinions to name just a few.  It is important to take a courageous and thorough look at yourself right now.  Really look in the mirror that is your life and ask yourself how well you are being the perfect giver AND receiver of love.

The opportunity to shift all of this is so monumental in June; you really won’t want to miss it.  But in order to change your consciousness effectively, you have to know what you are letting go of and what you are calling in.  If you let it be general and wishy-washy, that’s exactly what you will manifest; an experience of love that is general and wishy-washy.  Strive to be formidable in your loving heart.

Take stock; write an inventory, prepare the way.  On Tuesday of next week, take a moment in the early evening to go outside sometime around 8:30pm and look up in the western sky.  Venus will be unmistakable; she will be the brightest object in the heavens.  Say hello to her and thank her in advance for the blessings she is about to bestow upon us all.  I’m not a betting man, but if I were, I’d bet a hundred dollars that you will feel a welling up in your heart.  That, my friends, is what it feels like when your heart fills with Love.

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Venus Retrograde Cycle Has Begun – The Heart Heals!

I yelled at a client this week.  I mean really yelled.  Here’s the paraphrased version of what I said:  “When are you going to finally stop focusing on the irrelevant aspect of your life that keeps you locked into fear and step into recognizing that your life is abundant, prosperous and perfect?!”  This was at a very loud pitch.  I think I may have even stood up from the couch to drive the point home.

Now, in case you’re thinking, “Gee, I’m never going to book a private session with this guy,” keep in mind a few things.  She was smiling from ear to ear while I did this.  She was “getting it” because it was done in the spirit of Love.  Additionally, the session helped her come to an epiphany and she left expressing her gratitude (thank you, PM).

When she left, I had the opportunity to ask myself the very same question with regard to my own life right now.  I am moved to write this article today because everywhere I turn (including when I turn within) I am seeing how profoundly people are struggling to come home to the heart.  And since this is exactly what is up astrologically over the next few months, I decided to begin writing about this now in order to help you all (and myself) navigate this territory with as much grace and ease as possible.

Mars is moving forward over the degrees he recently retrograded over.  There is finally some movement in areas where there was none.  An integration has completed itself.  But really, it has just been a preparation for what is to come.  Think of what we’ve just come out of as a clearing out of karmic plaque; and truly, didn’t it feel like that?  It was a bit invasive and painful.  Hopefully you allowed the cleansing to go as deeply as you could.

In case you thought the process was over, the best is yet to come.  Venus has already begun her retrograde cycle.  And though she is not moving backward yet, she has started to cover the territory that she will revisit again in the upcoming months.

On the mundane level, Venus rules love and money.  Love is obvious, but the money part sometimes leaves people perplexed.  Think of it this way: The Masculine Principle states that if you have something I want, I can just take it from you and if I’m stronger than you I get to keep it.  The Feminine Principle steps in and says, “Wait a minute, buster.  You want this?  You can have it, but you will have to exchange something for it.”  Hence, we see the birth of money.  Money is a profoundly feminine principle vibration.

From a more elevated perspective, the frequency of Venus represents our capacity to live in our heart center.  When Venus goes on an inward journey, what occurs is an opportunity to experience a deeper integration of dropping from our head to our heart.  As the energy of our world continues to heighten in intensity, the need to be facile with this process has never been more of an imperative.

The placement of this cosmic event is no accident either.  Venus is in the sign of Gemini, the twins.  And while we can be grateful for those two archetypal characters for creating communication, they also hold sway over the realm of duality and separation.  The good news there is that where the wounding is, the healing is.  Where duality and separation has been created is exactly where healing duality and separation will occur.

One of the reasons for my barely containable excitement about this is that there is going to be a rare phenomenon smack dab in the middle of this process.  Venus is going to eclipse the Sun in early June.  An eclipse is when a body passes between the Earth and the Sun, creating a break in the flow of light.  When that happens, there is an opportunity to actually change your consciousness.

Because Venus rules love, we are approaching an extraordinary moment in time where we can deliberately alter the way we experience love and intimacy.  This will generate a profound healing of the ways in which we feel wounded, separate, unworthy and afraid.  What’s more, the bi-yearly Lunar and Solar eclipses are happening around the same time, making the middle of May through early June one of the most potent moments we have seen in this lifetime to heal our hearts and shift our consciousness with regard to Love.

The first event is Venus turning retrograde on May 14th.  Then comes the Solar eclipse on May 20th.  June 4th marks the Lunar eclipse with the Venetian eclipse following close behind two days later.  I am not going to interpret any of these events here.  That would be way too much information to digest all at once.  I will write more about this in the weeks to come so you are fully apprised of what is going on and how to take advantage of each event.

I always like to present an assignment especially designed for the moment at hand.  And as this is a preparatory time, then the assignment is related to being prepared.  If the intention is to deepen your capacity to love, then it would be beneficial to see just where you are in that arena.  And since all love starts (and ends) with self-love, the best way to get the lay of the land with that is mirror work.

Take a quiet moment and look into a mirror.  Place your right hand over your heart.  Look into your own eyes and tell yourself “I love you.”  Do this and see what happens.  If I asked you to do this for a full minute, could you?

The idea isn’t necessarily to do it for a minute, or for any particular amount of time for that matter.  The goal is to be able to do it without the need to break contact, turn away, giggle, or anything that interrupts the connection.  Doing this on a regular basis over time can yield extraordinary results.  My intention for suggesting it here, however, is mostly as a barometer.  Your comfort level with this exercise will inform you just how well or how challenged you are with regard to self-love.

You will want to know this about yourself in order to be open to the process of heart-opening that has in fact already begun.  The three week period I outlined above has the capacity to change everything.  The more you know about where you’re at as we move toward that opportunity, the greater your ability to radically alter the way your life offers you love.  More accurately, it is about how good you are at receiving it.

I continue to offer my discounted rate for sessions; if you desire assistance in your journey right now, drop me a line and we can set up an appointment for the incredibly low fee of only $53, more than 2/3rds off my usual rate.

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