Mars Enters Virgo; Courage Meets Precision

Today the planet of initiative and dynamic energy (MARS) enters the sign of efficiency and precision (VIRGO).

Normally Mars takes approximately two months to move through a sign.  With the upcoming Mars retrograde, we will have Mars in Virgo for 8 1/2 months! This happens approximately every 15 years.  This offers us the opportunity to have time to truly utilize this extremely practical and useful energy!

Virgo is the sign of dedication, humility and just plain hard work. Virgo has the ability to see the potential in a situation and has the drive and determination to move relentlessly toward that potential. With a full 8+ months we can accomplish much, we have no excuses!

We are able, at this time to bring action, energy, assertiveness and self-determination to areas in our lives that we see need improvement. We must determine what areas in our life, and in the world around us, need our dedicated effort. We are able to see the hard work that must be done to bring us to the future we envision as potential. We must take advantage of the opportunity and the ability to work the details meticulously. With a full 8+ months we can accomplish a great deal, we can really put out nose to the grindstone, so to speak. There are no excuses, it is time to get to work! We are able to improve the areas of our personal lives and the areas of our culture that need attention.

I believe that the OCCUPY movement will benefit greatly from Mars in Virgo!  Getting clear and efficient is just what the movement needs and now is the time!

Start today, make the plans. Chances are you have instinctively been aware and observing for a while but now it is time to put the plans in writing, make them real! What areas of our lives have we simply not been paying enough attention to?

Clean your closets, get efficient in your spending habits, your eating habits, all your health care issues! Start new routines regarding finances, health care, exercise or diet.

Pare down your life, get rid of what you don’t need! Find what in your own life can be offered as a service to those who are in need. Where can you help the larger community outside of yourself?

Transform your relationship to how you care for yourself and others. Now is the time!


Taurus Full Moon! Keep it Simple!

In keeping with our exploration of the MOON-CYCLES, here we are again looking up at the beautiful illumination of the FULL MOON, this month in TAURUS!

Two weeks ago, September 27th, we had the New Moon in Scorpio. What seeds did we plant during that time? If we are paying attention, we can now see the results of the effort we have put into supporting the growth of those seeds in the past two weeks.

Now is the time to open our hearts with acceptance and look clearly into the very real results of what we have brought into creation.

There is so much intensity during this time of year, as the SUN moves through SCORPIO our desires for intimacy and passion are deep, oftentimes deeper and more intense than we know how to manage well. As we approach issues of intimacy we may encounter and be asked face issues that we would really rather avoid. The intensity and tension build as we watch the days become short and the darkness close in. Somehow with the TAURUS FULL MOON we sense the stress easing up, we begin to see the value of settling gently into this dark time. Under the light of the FULL MOON we are able to determine if the seeds we planted were free of jealousy, control issues and/or manipulation.  We are able to see if our care for those seeds continued to be free of these influences in the past few weeks. If our motives were clear we can now rest in the simplicity of Taurus. If we were motivated by our need to control others it will be abundantly, and unhappily, clear!

The TAURUS FULL MOON  gives us permission to rest in simple reverence for sensual and earthy pleasures. Let the complexities wait. If we planted our seeds with love, if we watered and cared for them with great depth and sincerity , now we will enjoy the strength and stability of what has emerged.

The result may not have the luster or passion that we thought we were looking for, but the depth of comfort and earthy sensuality has far greater value than we may initially understand. If we look around we can see that this world is in need of  simplicity. Let it start today with us.


We Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train

This morning we wake with the Moon newly in stable, dependable Taurus.  The Taurus Moon Trine Mars and Conjunct Jupiter before the morning is through. We likely feel strong, energized and confident.

Personal transits not withstanding, this morning feels good… and solid. Our physical energy feels strong, we feel capable and steady. We are at the threshold of the Full Moon, the time we see the clear expression of what we have worked to create in the past few weeks.

The big news today is the forward motion of Neptune!  Neptune turns direct at 2:53 PM after being in retrograde motion since June 3rd.

Neptune points to the direction where we are divinely inspired. This is a space in which we are able to understand the connection between suffering and compassion. As Neptune moves forward we see our suffering (whatever form it may take) and that of our loved ones. We are able to accept suffering as a human condition, if we stretch we see the suffering of others, even strangers, and finally see it as a simple human function, a part of life, nothing more and nothing less. As we come to understand that there is no difference between my pain and your pain we finally touch on the true depth of compassion.

Neptune will now move steadily toward Pisces, bringing a significant shift in how we share the burdens of being human on this planet together in these extraordinary times. I expect this will signify a time when more people will find it necessary to connect with the divine nature of their lives and their utterly divine connection to each other. Folks may well understand the importance and necessity of leaving behind ideologies and ways of living that no longer support them, their loved ones or the very planet we all share.

Neptune, bring it on! The world is in great need of deep understanding, deep sensitivity, deep compassion! We must prepare ourselves to be moved.

Things Are Not Always As They Appear!

At first consideration it seems a shame that the last few days he is in LEO, MARS spends his time in opposition to Neptune, the planet of dreams, devotion and delusion. Perhaps the way to look at this combination is to consider that we are being asked to use our energy in realms of compassion and sensitivity to the larger human condition rather than keeping the fun and individual creativity (LEO MARS) to ourselves. MARS in LEO OPPOSING NEPTUNE in AQUARIUS points to the necessity of investing our energies to benefit the larger collective of humanity. With this aspect we are able to touch, and use, selflessness, sensitivity and compassion. The energy of MARS, as it touches NEPTUNE, can bring with it great stores of inspiration and devotion, to a cause or an ideal.

During this time, it is suggested that we must also keep our eyes open to the places our integrity may be less than we expect of ourselves. Watch the places where we may unconsciously behave in a highly habituated manner. Be clear of our intention in a situation and watch how our behaviors may not meet our highest standards. It is important to get to know our own minds and train them diligently!

MERCURY AND VENUS, EACH IN SAGITTARIUS can assist in keeping us alert to the ethical implications of any issue we are involved in. Do not make promises or commitments lightly under this influence.

With NEPTUNE standing still, about to go direct, we are all likely feeling a bit dreamy and disconnected. Particularly if you have planets around 26 – 30 degrees of FIXED SIGNS (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio & Aquarius) you will want to stay away from all drugs and alcohol as it is too easy to become confused, bewildered and look for escape routes. The same energy can be utilized in imagination, sensitivity or mystical inspiration.

Chose new friends and acquaintances wisely during this time…. things are not always as they seem. Lay low for a few more days. Read poetry and listen to music. Make no promises, sign no contracts. Wait for the air to clear!

Strength of Energy Meets Passive Sensitivity

As the MOON ENTERED ARIES yesterday (Sunday) at 3:02PM, we had that familiar feeling of impending ACTION.

After the entire weekend of feeling lost in a Neptunian haze, we were ready for assertive, forceful, dynamic action! Yes, the slow sensitive dreamy weekend was great, but we sure felt ready for some strength of energy. We were impatient and anxious for the energy of force and gusto!

Well, did we get anything constructive done with that energy yesterday afternoon? I certainly hope so! By the time we are up and into our day today (Monday November 7th) the energy has reverted back into a dreamy passive place once again. That strong energy we were ready to welcome suddenly is diffused again. We likely feel listless with little tolerance for our own lack of energy or for those around us who also have no energy to spare.

MARS OPPOSES NEPTUNE. Again our imagination and sensitivity take center stage, our physical strength seems elusive and diffuse. Frustration will call the shots if we try to move forward without acknowledging the need to simply stay with the dreamy side of things.

Please don’t cave in to the temptation to open that bottle of wine before the afternoon has even past. Don’t become passive and discouraged, vague and confused. It would be best to give in to another day of artistic endeavor or mystical exploration. Don’t worry, it won’t last too much longer. Shifting energies are around the next corner.

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