Climb A Mountain Today! (July 21, 2011)

Yesterday (Wednesday) was not an easy day. The dreaminess of the previous few days gave way to more intensity and the need to open our eyes to some dynamic issues that we really would have liked to keep rose-colored glasses on for! However, in facing these circumstances (people or situations) head-on we have the opportunity to develop independence and courage. The MOON entered ARIES in the early afternoon (Wednesday) and continues in this energetic, impatient sign today and Friday as well. Stand tall and face whatever demons are moving through your life.

ARIES demands that we learn the development of courage. Each month when the MOON moves through this forceful, assertive sign we have the opportunity to face our fears and move toward them, learning lessons of bravery.

Wednesday evening with MOON CONJUNCT URANUS we may have felt a need for independence and possibly an intensification of anger or fear. Perhaps we faced the situation with detachment, removing ourselves emotionally. Several hours later as MOON SQUARE PLUTO the depth of the darkness in the situation was exposed and our emotions were too powerful to ignore.  An emotionally intense evening to be sure.

Today our demons have moved into a different form as we must face issues of responsibility. Reality and caution are heavy on our minds as MOON SQUARE SATURN.  Life places restrictions in our path and we much face ourselves, mature and accept limitations. Through this process we develop self-respect. Bring a calming energy to your emotions by allowing the stabilizing function of SATURN. With time we learn to love SATURN which moves our lives into a very different form.

ARIES MOON is a great time to get out and do something physical! We learn a great deal of courage through the use of our bodies! Climb a mountain! Dig a ditch! Do something on your own, this is not the energy of a team sport! Mountain biking, kayaking, sky diving!

Dreams & Delusions (July 19, 2011)

Dreams and Delusions. Imagination and Confusion.

PISCES MOON continues on its way through the 12th sign as we languish in elusive space, suffer bouts of self-delusion,  or catch the beginning taste of transcendent mysticism. Ah, days of PISCES/NEPTUNE energy are so very DEEP. On the surface it is really a very simple day so, where do we go from here?

Go with the fantasy, it shouldn’t hurt us much this time around. We have a beautiful transit of MOON TRINE VENUS. Lovely. Open your heart to Love, feel the level of attraction, sensuality. A moment of potential beauty… balance… harmony. Enjoy.

Another piece to the puzzle of today: MOON SQUARE MARS. We feel the energy to move toward that beauty, there is no need or inclination to hesitate! There is strength and courage in the desire to move forward… toward the goal that we are unsure of but that we feel, insistently building.

Make of it what you will.  By next week-end we will have very different stories to share as the LEO SUN will enter CENTER STAGE; LEO has the ability to change the game plan without even trying.  Ahh. The WARMTH!

Capricorn Full Moon, Finding Balance

Today’s CAPRICORN FULL MOON comes in the middle of a very intense summer with a good deal of upheaval! We have finally emerged from the difficult eclipse season which has left many of us feeling pushed through an old ringer washing machine! We have emerged on the other side and can now rest a bit more easily.

FULL MOONS always bring something to light. Illumination is brought to an area that has been previously hidden or unclear. It is an important time to open our eyes to how the two sides of this polarity are playing out in own lives. The CANCER SUN speaks to us of home, family and domestic comfort. The CAPRICORN MOON speaks to issues of ambition, accomplishment and integrity in the outside world. These are two side of the same coin.  Give some thought to how these areas are working in your personal life. How are we balancing our own needs and the needs of others? How are we balancing our inner and outer worlds?

I think this CAPRICORN FULL MOON is very much about getting real, about opening our eyes to REALITY, to exactly the spot we are sitting at this very moment in both our inner and outer worlds!  Forget about what we hope for, what we expected or dreamt would be the case! Look at the exact reality that we wake up with in the morning!  Before we can move forward we must know where we are! Reality is not always pretty. But we need to know it, to understand it, to open our eyes to it and move forward from that space.

The URANUS PLUTO SQUARE is very close right now, it will not be closer for another year. This transit is pivotal in understanding this FULL MOON chart. URANUS demands individuality, independence and intensification; PLUTO works with the deepest level of power/empowerment, destruction and transformation. With the illumination and integrity of the CAPRICORN FULL MOON shining forth on this super powerful URANUS = PLUTO energy we are put in a position where we are required to make very serious decisions that will profoundly affect our lives (individually and collectively). If we do not make these choices they will be made without our imput. Not making a decision is making a decision, without consciousness. We can not afford such a sloppy approach, we must take our own future, the future of our loved ones, our communities and our planet very seriously at this time. Our individual decisions and efforts affect the whole more than we can imagine.

There is a balance between our ambition and our homes, our inner and outer lives that must now be understood and worked with consciously. We would do well to put our energy in each area equally, find that balance.  Commit to developing a balance. Do the work that is yours to do. Create the home and family that supports that work.  Understand that these areas support one another, neither can function properly without the support of the other.

The FULL MOON illuminates! Strengthen your foundation!

Listen to your own wisdom and move forward! Happy FULL MOON!

Mindfulness – Taking Mind of Mercury

Thoughts today:

Mercury represents our thinking patterns. What we think about and how we process, and further communicate, that information. Paying attention to the issues of Mercury brings us closely in touch with the workings of our minds.

Mindfulness.

What is mindfulness and how does help? how can we make sense of the content of our thinking minds? How many thoughts go through us in a day, an hour, a minute?  How can we make decisions with so much ‘riding ‘ on the decisions we make?  How can we know what is right, good, best – wrong, bad, worst? Trying to make sense of the content of our minds is enough to make us crazy, paranoid or riddled with anxiety! It is surprising that so much gets done in the world and that so many of us function as well as we do.

In examining your chart, think about what is under the chatter of your mind (Mercury)? How loud, how insistent is the chatter (what are the aspects to Mercury)? What does the chatter have to say, what is the content (what sign and what house is it in)? What is underneath the chatter, what painful and wondrous issues are hidden under all that noise (what houses are ruled by Mercury)?

When we think about mindfulness, it just seems too simple. Almost too naive to consider. Just let your thoughts go, empty the mind of issues of the past or the future, let go of the story line, be with the reality of this very moment. My fingers on the keyboard, the warm air of a summer day, the sound of a truck driving by.

Until recent years I believed that I needed to use every bit of my active mind to FIGURE THINGS OUT!  I truly believed that I needed to outwit life in order to make it work in the ways that I desired.

 

Life is difficult, challenging to say the least. I never felt as smart as other people around me so I assumed that I would have to work harder, analyze more.  Wow!  Mercury!

If I take a look at my chart (8/8/1955; Boston MA 9:17AM) and the condition of Mercury it is clear that I think a great deal about ‘others’, about being seen by others, about showing up – larger than life. Six planets in Leo, including Venus, Jupiter, Sun, Mars, Mercury & Pluto! It is all so big and so bright, it just HAS to be terribly important! With all this energy in the 11th house, who supports ME becomes paramount. A ton of ego! Yet Saturn squares all those LEO planets, indicating major delays and constant frustrations. Saturn’s involvement also indicates the potential of a break-through in the older years! Until then the frustration, restriction, limitation and depression are immense. The Light, the Passion of so much FIRE is nearly extinguished. Time and age are amazing teachers if we can learn to stop the fight. Even that powerful ego of LEO can finally see its demise as the way to peace. It is very hard work to keep that ego on top, somewhere along the way I finally got beaten down enough to understand!

We all have our stories, we all have Mercury and it’s conditions to contend with and learn to work with. Mindfulness is helpful in making our lives work. Knowing the situation of Mercury in your own life will help you to understand and work with your mind. It is in working with your mind and learning to release attachment that we find peace.

How are you doing in befriending your mind?

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Intense Pressure Building

It can be challenging, in our lives, to see both the broader perspective and the small essential details. Opening our eyes to take in the view of the entire forest and, at the same time, to see each tree, individually, is not always an easy task to accomplish.

Watching the motion of the planets over time, we  see the layers coming together to create the complications and intricacies of our daily lives and our human interactions.

The deepest layers in our current situation consist of the energies of Uranus, Saturn and Pluto all in Cardinal signs (Cardinal signs each represent a turning point, bringing us forward in a forceful and direct manner and indicate action).  The energies of the configuration being formed by these planets are  what we have been dealing with for the past year+ and that will continue to change and transform our world into 2012.  These are the energies that will make this decade a time that we refer back to as a time of great personal and collective transformation. We will refer to the 2010’s the way we refer to the 1960’s or the 1920’s. These are transformational times for our personal lives, our culture and even our species. Our lives and our minds are experiencing major flux as our very ways of thinking shift and change.

Take a moment to think about the energies involved:

First we have Uranus, the planet of intensification, originality and freedom. Uranus is impatient and far-seeing, looking ever forward to the future, toward the avant-garde, innovative and unusual. The energy feels electric, think of the sudden flash of lightning followed by intense thunder. In that moment of light we see what has not been illuminated before and can not again be denied.

Opposing that unusual and unconventional electrifying energy of Uranus we have Saturn, Father Time.  The authority, the often disapproving teacher, standing at the chalk board with a ruler in his hand, holding over us the threat of punishment. Saturn speaks to us of responsibility, reality and limitation. Saturn holds the energy of restriction and control but also form, structure and self-respect. The great gift of Saturn (if we accept his teachings) is that of self-sufficiency and necessary controls.

As these two slow-moving planets, that change the course of history through their motions, spar off against each other we must look to the third player in the equation. Pluto is at the midpoint between the two, squaring both Uranus and Saturn. Given much effort these two (Uranus & Saturn) could find common ground and balance, however, the square of Pluto to each requires an intense amount of focus to attempt the work required of this complex combination. The transcendent energy of Pluto is at cross purposes to each of the others.

Pluto is the planet of transformation and of empowerment. In order for Pluto to do what he does best – Transform – he must first destroy whatever is in the way of the transmutation. On an earth level this is the planet of powerful earthquakes or volcanos. The whole earth rumbles and quakes to destroy whatever is in the way of the ultimate transformation that is required in the culture or the life of the individual. Pluto brings us to our knees and forces us to look at issues of annihilation and the hidden forces of the underworld. Pluto brings us to the brink of darkness in order to transcend the darkness into rebirth.

Uranus wants intensity and change, Saturn wants stability and the status quo, Pluto wants power and transformation. A volatile group to sit at the table together! And here we are with all of humanity siting at the table with the three of them!

June and into July is a particularly stressful time as the Sun in Cancer lines up to form a Cardinal Grand Square with these three powerful outer planets. Moreover, July 1st marks the New Moon and an eclipse at 10 degrees Cancer, creating intense power in this cardinal grand cross!

We feel this pressure building. The intense pressure behind earth changes is the same pressure that creates diamonds!  Regardless of the difficulties we encounter, it is important that we hold a steady understanding of the opportunity of this time.  It is through these times, these challenging encounters that we, as individuals and as a culture, develop true character, strength and flexibility. This intense pressure can break us in two or it can empower us with great depth and beauty. Or, most likely it will do some of each!

Hang on for this ride. When we feel ourselves being pushed against a wall, with little sign of compassion, that would be Saturn with his seemingly unreasonable demands.  Our best bet is to work with him, study his ways and learn all we can. We will need the knowledge of stability and focus that Saturn teaches us as we move forward.

Unconventional Uranus wants nothing to do with Saturn’s ultra-conservative ways and fights against it with the heart of revolution! Uranus insists that we accept whatever intense sudden change he may unexpectedly pulls out of his hat while Saturn demands maturity and control!

Pluto is the earthquake we feel underground, warning us of the ultimate transformation that is in process, regardless of the antics and distractions of our personal, social or cultural dramas.

The world needs steadfastness and compassion to get to the other side of this transformation.  We may not know what is on the other side of this time but we, as a people, will be in a very different place, with different ways of seeing the world and with very different priorities!  The next few weeks will be intense for all of us. Open your hearts to each other in kindness.

Understand that we are all in this together.  What can you do to help?

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