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Autumnal Equinox and New Moon in Libra!!

Equinox means equal and is the time when daylight and darkness are of the same length. Therefore it is fitting that the Autumnal Equinox has the Sun moving into Libra, the very archetype that embodies the idea of harmony. This is one of two moments in the solar cycle where we are in fact at our most balanced and it is actually energetically easiest to recognize the mirrored consciousness in our Selves because the archetypal system is quite literally reflecting (forgive the pun, or not) this idea.

This event signals the need to balance light and darkness within ourselves. Far too often, we fear the dark and adore only the light. But living a conscious life demands an appreciation of the Shadow; we must embrace the grief that comes when we allow for the death that Winter will bring in order for the resurrection of Spring that will surely follow. This moment is the signpost of our acceptance of this profound rhythm of a world that can only exist through the alternating expansion and contraction that is the pulse through which we have our Being. Such is the power of the Equinox which occurred last night at 7:30pm PDT.

We live in such a difficult time in our history where darkness, destruction and chaos are all around us and appear to be increasing. As spiritual trekkers, we are encouraged to see only the Light. But of course, in order to truly do this with authenticity, we must be courageous enough to be with the Shadow. You cannot truly inhabit your own Light until you are graceful with the darkness that accompanies it. In my world view and what I teach is to do this symbolically and ritually. For certain, I encourage you NOT to do this by watching the news and bemoaning how much darkness there is out in the world. I instruct my readers and clients to do this with personal process, dream work and ritual.

This lunation is all about setting intentions and sewing seeds of the next cycle fully immersed in the mirrored consciousness and the notion that Love is all there is. Before attending to that, however, spend some time investigating the darker corners of your psyche. If you need a suggestion to get you jump-started, write a fear list. Then burn it and follow it up with a gratitude list. These simple but powerful tools can work miracles, especially when they are energetically supported as they are in this dynamic time.

The close proximity of this New Moon in Libra with the Autumnal Equinox is auspicious indeed. It indicates an opportunity to set off a new cycle at the very same time that we are stepping across one of the most significant thresholds of consciousness that is part of our Solar Year. Yesterday’s post should have given you a very clear sense of what the Equinox has to offer you. Today we will examine both today’s astrological weather and the power built into this particular lunation that is exact at 11:13pm PDT tonight, September 23, 2014 (overnight for those of you in the east and overseas and Wednesday late afternoon for those of you down under).

Jupiter moved into the sign of Leo a few months back and is busy making his way through this archetype of joy and creativity. He is bringing his particular brand of expansion and abundance to these aspects of our humanity. This is a delightful passage that will carry us through next summer and we are all promised a great deal of good fortune as a result. Of course, we have to be able to receive our Good in order for it to stick and today features an aspect designed to assist us to do just that. Jupiter will interact with Chiron the Master Healer in the angle known as the Great Eliminator, or the 150 degree Inconjunct.

Jupiter is the archetype through which we achieve our dreams. As a Social Planet, he activates that which we experience in the outside world. As the purveyor of all that expands and gets bigger, he is directly connected to having our desires made manifest. An Inconjunct with Chiron is a moment when we are discarding a pattern of our wounded nature that may be getting in the way of achieving all we can. Sometimes this comes in the form of having to consciously let go of something we have held dear in order to attain it more authentically later on down the line. Be prepared to let go of ALL your expectations of how you think your life should unfold. Though this can be painful, it is a necessary part of growing up into a more enlightened version of yourself.

There are several things about this day that are particularly profound. All lunar celebrations are of the Divine Feminine, for the Moon is the arbiter of that half of our consciousness. The Void Moon – that in-between state where the she has made her last major geometrical connection and the time she changes signs – is a long one today; sixteen hours in all from around 5:00am to 9:00pm PDT. That means we are steeped in the inner domain of the Divine Feminine energy as we lead up to the lunation that happens two hours after the Moon moves into Libra late tonight. Additionally, the final geometry that creates this particular Void is the Moon Conjunct Venus, which is about as Heart Centered as you can get. In the sign of Virgo, today is ALL about process and incorporating the Heart’s Intelligence into our Being at a cellular level. It’s a glorious day for honoring the coming into balance and harmony with our total, integrated Selves: Light and dark, the good and the seemingly bad.

If you want to be ambitious about how to work with this particular New Moon my recommendation would be to create a mandala; a circular map, if you will, of the life you are creating. Put your intentions and seed-planting consciousness into visual form and let this process be very artistic and irrational. You can find ideas of how to do this if you’ve never made one all over the internet. Here’s a basic approach based on the principles of astrology. Make a circle and divide it into four equal quadrants. The bottom left is the first quadrant and should represent the self in relationship to itself. The bottom right is the self in relationship to your environment. The top right is the self in relationship to others and the top left is the self in relationship to the outside world. Use words if you like, images if you are drawn to collage work (like a vision board) or even just colors and movement. The end result is designed to reflect your Self (with a capital S) as a function of balanced and harmonious consciousness (including elements from the Shadow such as fear and resistance).

No matter how you celebrate, recognize this as the cycle in which you acknowledge the Shadow and the Light with equal reverence. And remember always the foundational principle of the Mirrored Consciousness: Seek first the kingdom within and all else will be added unto you. The salient word in that prayer is ALL. Anything that you desire must first exist within you before you can attract it to you in the outside world. When we work with the Shadow and the parts of our consciousness where we may be saying no to our good, we can clean that up, incorporate those forms of resistance into our integrated Self and begin to attract all the good we can carry. Have at it!

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New Moon In Aquarius Thursday January 30th!

This New Moon is the second one during the month of January and is therefore known as the Black Moon. This is similar to the Blue Moon where there are two Full Moons in a calendar month. There is some precedent in some Pagan cultures for imbuing such a lunation with more power because of this fortuitous occurrence. I cannot speak with any authority as to whether this is true or not, but the accompanying transits give this event some real oomph and I love an opportunity to raise the stakes with regard to any ritual celebration of the lunar cycle you may be up for.

One of the big pictures brewing in the sky this week is the second Pluto Jupiter Opposition that is exact on Friday; close enough to this New Moon to be fully participating in it. The Sun Sextiled Uranus yesterday, literally sandwiching today’s event from the other side. These two geometries are considerable and are very much a part of what is available to you through this seed-planting and intention setting moment in our cycle.

Jupiter represents all the ways in which we desire life to be expansive and delicious. At the heart of this is the notion that Abundance is our birthright and we live in a Universe that is happy to fill us up at every moment. However, we don’t necessarily dwell in this space all of the time. The mechanism of life works through a pulse of contraction and expansion. We must learn to work within this pulse without feeling a moment of contraction through reactivity and fear, declaring that the worst is occurring and all is futile.

Here’s where Pluto comes in. Pluto is the Lord of the Underworld and while that may sound ominous, even he is on the side of expansion, abundance and the world as a yummy place to be. However, his bailiwick is in the arena of change, transformation and the breakdown that precedes the breakthrough. When Jupiter and Pluto get together in this opposing posture, they are in what may appear to be a struggle with each other, but really it’s a cooperative dance. They are saying to us, change, grow and allow the death to occur so the resurrection that follows can be as magnificent as possible. It can be scary and may not always feel great, but trust me magnificent things are emerging.

These two Opposed each other at the beginning of August and they will do so again at the end of April as the primary polarity that will be holding up the Cardinal Grand Cross. Because of Jupiter’s retrograde in Cancer, this interaction is taking nine months to unfold and if we let it, can helps us birth enormous expansion into our Heart’s desires. This New Moon is Inconjuncting Jupiter and Semi-Sextiling Pluto, the angle that implies a fork in the road where we leave behind something that no longer serves us. What this sets up for us is a chance to set intentions that allow us to let go of something that is blocking us from our power to create. Use the late November timing to help direct your investigation.

Uranus is connected to the New Moon by virtue of the Sextile between him and the Sun yesterday. Since the Sun is in intuitive Aquarius, any opportunity to activate your intuition will pay off positive dividends. Uranus is no stranger to intuition in his role as the Great Awakener. A Sextile between two planets ensures that they will work together very effectively. When it exists between these two particular planets, it is destined to increase conscious awareness (the Sun) in sudden and unexpected ways (Uranus). So when looking to release some habit or pattern right now, this transit should help us know in which direction to turn.

Normally it is the Full Moon that allows us to release things and we use the New Moon to forge new directions, so be sure to link whatever you are willing to let go of with an intention you are setting with regard to what you are creating for yourself. This may require some thought. Ask yourself, “What would I have to release in order to create ________?” You fill in the blank, answer the question and then move into ceremony of simultaneous release and creation with the power of this New Moon.

The timing of the exact moment of this lunation is Thursday at 1:39pm PST. This correlates with 9:39pm in London, 11:39pm in Pretoria and Friday morning at 8:39am for those of you in near Sydney. As ever, the most fertile time is leading up to this exact moment, but truly the power of the New Moon reverberates for at least two or three days afterward. Since Aquarius is an Air sign, using the tool of writing is the most effective way to connect to the power that’s available. This is a wonderful opportunity to re-up your commitment to the glorious life you are manifesting. Commit your intentions to paper and let the big thrust of energy that 2014 is bringing to us take you on the ride of your life.

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New Moon In Libra – Friday October 4th!

We are building toward one of the big moments in this fairly intense period with the New Moon that happens on Friday at 5:35pm PDT (10:35am Saturday morning for those of you Down Under). Tonight, the Moon will enter Libra at 8:00pm PDT, the sign that the New Moon is in, and that is the official start of the lunation. However, we have all day with the Moon in Virgo, and I want to let you know how profoundly powerful the Virgo Moon is in helping us process and ground the changes that are going on for us. It is an important preparation for the upcoming intensity of the next six weeks.

The best is yet to come with regard to this energy, and that is when the Moon goes Void at noon today. Virgo is already aligned with the Divine Feminine and when she goes Void, the connection to this inner realm is unmistakably healing and profound. The last transit that leads to a Void also sets the stage of the sensation and power of the entire Void stretch. In this case, it is a productive and creative Sextile to Venus. You can’t get much more loving than that.

Between noon when the Moon goes Void and this evening at 8:00pm when the Moon enters Libra, we are in a kind of healing heaven. Take a moment during this period to do something that helps you feel grounded in your body and your Heart. Breathe consciously for a few minutes, say some deep prayers, meditate quietly – it doesn’t matter what it is that you do, but do something while the energy is ripe for taking you on a deep ride within and allow this moment to prepare you for the ride that’s coming. You’ll be glad you did.

This morning has two planetary transits that will support the possibility of jumping up to higher levels of awareness. Both the Sun and Venus will interact with Uranus. When Uranus is involved, the Great Awakener has the capacity to create paradigm shifts. With the Sun (Consciousness) and Venus (Love) doing the activating, the opportunity we have today is to become more conscious of how we are living in our Hearts, and to have that increase exponentially. The Sun will Oppose Uranus, setting the stage for expecting the unexpected. The Venus transit is a Sesqui-Square; a subtle but agitating angle that forces us to try a new way of operating.

Taken together, this is one of those days where you will more easily flip into your Heart because it is starting to feel uncomfortable when you are not aligned there. This isn’t always a good feeling to have, but it is a necessary ingredient for living more congruently. We should all welcome a little friction when our Hearts are out of balance. It’s that shift that happens when we stop judging and criticizing, not because we think it’s a good idea, but because it begins to hurt when we act out in that way. We let unloving behaviors go because it is in our best interests to do so. It’s that kind of day.
From 8:00pm tonight and on, we are officially in what is known as the Dark of the Moon. This is that very fertile place where the Moon is in the sign that she will meet up with the Sun in, but before that actually happens. This is the most powerful seed planting time frame and we stay there from tonight until tomorrow early evening when the Full Moon is exact.

The Sun and Moon will align tomorrow in their monthly meeting, this time in the sign of the mirrored consciousness, Libra. In old astrology, Libra was represented by the scales that embodied beauty, balance and art. However, as we increase our consciousness, we recognize that Libra is the guardian of the perfection of life as a mirror. There is no out there out there and all of what we experience in our lives starts first with what we perceive inside of us. Instantaneously, our consciousness reflects this back to us with perfect symmetry. If you don’t like what you see out there, change what you feel in here. This is what Libra is telling us. And this New Moon moment is a chance to really up our game and increase our willingness to do this with courage and strength.

Also happening tomorrow is that Saturn will Inconjunct Uranus. This is a big transit as Saturn and Uranus are each VERY big players in the larger landscape these days, but have not done much interacting with each other. Tomorrow they meet up in an aspect that is known as the Great Eliminator. You can take that very literally, as an opportunity to eliminate something from your life that doesn’t serve you. Saturn insists that you take full responsibility for doing this at a Kharmic level. Uranus offers you the power to make a change instantaneously and with a suddenness that can feel a bit miraculous. When used together, these two planets can change the course of your life in a hugely dramatic way. This is a slow transit that is exact tomorrow, but has influence over us for several weeks on either side. This interaction is part of the power that is embodied in what I am calling “The Six Weeks Of Scorpio” that we entered earlier this week when Mercury entered this sign of alchemy and transformation.

As the New Moon builds, the Sun will Semi-Square Venus. A Square is an obstacle or conflict that fosters growth. A Semi-Square is, well, half that. It’s a subtle angle that offers a less intense version of this concept. Venus has been experiencing quite a lot of agitated transits of late and all of these are designed to actually get us INTO our Hearts. Tomorrow is no exception to that. This is another transit designed to helps us do what I described above as assistance with dropping into the Heart simply because it is too uncomfortable to live any other way.

This Libran consciousness of reflection is one of the reasons I love astrology so much. The planets don’t influence us; they ARE us. And if it is happening in the cosmos, it is happening in our Consciousness. If the Sun and the Moon are meeting up in the heavens, then the Sun of us (our sense of I Am) and the Moon of us (the Spiritual Body) are gathering for an important moment of conference. They get together and say, “What shall we create next?” And here is your New Moon ritual. Look into the mirror and ask yourself, “What shall we create next?” And then give yourself the answer. Be as detailed and courageous as you can. Take BIG leaps. We are masters of our own lives. This is a perfect moment to start acting as if that were true.

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New Moon In Virgo – Thursday September 5th!

The New Moon is upon us and will be exact on Thursday morning at 4:35am PDT. Both the Sun and the Moon are in Virgo and this is good news for us all. Virgo is the sign most associated with process and integration and boy, do we need that now.

We are going through an outrageous amount of upheaval both globally and personally. Remember, everything that you see out in the world is happening inside of you and that includes the movement of the planets. So much upheaval is also an opportunity for restructuring, transmutation and healing. These processes are all Virgo’s milieu and it is under her precise and caring domain that we put together some of the pieces that our Consciousness has recently been exploded into. We need this moment to integrate and make sense of the New World Order we are currently birthing.

The summer was dominated by two Grand Water Trines which I wrote about extensively and also did some videos to describe; if you need a refresher on those you can go to my website (www.michaellennox.com) or watch videos (www.youtube.com/lennoxdreams). This was followed by a Grand Earth Trine between Pluto (Alchemy) and the South Node (the Past) and this New Moon makes up the current third activation point of this aspect. When two Grand Trines like this exist side by side, it creates a six pointed star in the heavens. This profound shape makes this time a powerful moment of manifestation and expansion.

When you mix all that Water with a little more Earth, you get the perfect recipe for making bricks from which to construct your next chapter. This all sounds like great news, but I want to acknowledge how difficult and uncomfortable this Grand Earth Trine has been for many. In my daily posts, I have been referring to this pattern as helping us process our past at an alchemical level and this New Moon is the initiation point of this portal. Earth energy is grounded and solid, but it can hurt to pass through such density.

In terms of the energy of Thursday in and of itself, the morning (around 7:48am PDT) starts off with a really expansive, confidence boosting Sextile from the Moon to Jupiter. This energy goes uninterrupted until the evening hours, which could make for a small stretch of lovely sensations today and I know most of you would welcome that.

The evening may be another thing entirely with two Semi-Squares from the Moon, first to Mars and then to Saturn. A Semi-Square generates a minor but noticeable conflict that causes us to have to stretch beyond our usual capabilities. The fact that one is with Mars makes this something we will experience palpably in our bodies. That the other one is with Saturn will create the unavoidable need to be responsible to show up for the growth that is possible.

The only planetary aspect all day involves Mercury and the Nodes at 1:15pm PDT. While this is a bit of an agitated transit, it has some importance from a number of perspectives. First and foremost, it activates with The Mind the Grand Earth Trine that is being powerfully emphasized by the Virgo New Moon. This should help make some sense of the energy swirling around us right now. The nature of the aspect actually forces us to deal with the past by being confronted with some sort of growth-oriented conflict designed to move us into our Future as we face things head on. This is not the most pleasant New Moon we have had of late, but it may in fact be the most important.

Whatever the word “process” means to you, engage in that at some point tonight, tomorrow or in the days to come. If you are a list maker, make a list. If you like body work, schedule a session. If yoga floats your boat, spend twenty-six breaths in downward dog. If a vision board is your thing, get out the magazines and scissors. If you benefit from banging a tennis racquet into a pillow, do that. Dance around the living room in your underwear. Whatever instincts emerge in you that will help you feel integrated and up for the expansion that is occurring, spend a little time investing in an imaginative recognition of the process at hand. And then just let it flow like the mystery that it is. We all may want to know exactly where we’re going, but at the end of the day we’re just along for the ride. Let it be amazing.

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