The Leo New Moon occurs on August 2nd, at 1:44 pm MST/PDT at 10 degrees Leo 57 minutes. Here’s the chart: LeoNewMoon2016.
Leo is the only zodiac sign in our Solar system ruled by a star, our Sun, not one of the planets. As such, Leo has long been associated with nobility, royalty and dynasties.
The Lion, symbol of Leo, is called the ‘King’ of beasts. Accordingly, Leos are characterized by dignity, leadership and pride. Indeed a group or family of lions is called a ‘pride!’
Ruled by the Sun, Leos naturally see themselves as the ‘center of the universe.’ This quality of consciousness, referred to as a ‘pyramid reality mindset’ sees itself at the top of the pyramid and superior to others, expecting others to serve it’s needs. However, this seeming narcissism hides a deeper inner truth. Un-evolved Leos carry a deep inner emotional insecurity that needs constant outer recognition and attention to affirm their special qualities. Seeking validation of their value and worth from outer sources can lead to an insatiable need for praise and acknowledgment. When Leos don’t receive the acclaim and appreciation they feel they deserve, they’ll often pursue love affairs or ‘act out’ becoming the infamous ‘Drama Queen or King’ that just keeps climbing up on ‘stage’ in order to receive attention and be noticed.
This need to be noticed and validated as special is commonly reflected in the behavior of most children, who are also ruled by Leo. Children often seek the attention of their parents saying, “Look at me!” While this behavior is natural for children, it becomes pathological when carried into adulthood where unfulfilled needs for love and approval are projected onto others, especially loved ones at home and colleagues in the workplace.
The evolutionary intention of Leo is to learn SELF-LOVE. Instead of seeking approval, acknowledgement, validation and appreciation from outer sources, Leo must learn to love itself, to honor and respect itself and express its true nature – no matter what.
When Leo’s emotional insecurity reaches an extreme level of imbalance, they will typically co-create an Aquarian (opposite sign reflecting the path of evolution) shock or trauma. The ‘rug gets ripped out’ from under them in order to reinforce humility and teach them to recognize that others are special too and deserve recognition as well. Leo must ultimately learn that it is simply an actor on the stage of life, not the director of the play.
The Hermetic Law of Correspondences commonly known through the phrases, “As Above, So Below” and “As Within, So Without” is very instructive for Leo. If you don’t love your self, love will not be reflected back to you through your outer environment. If you cannot love your self, how can you expect others to love you?
When Leo evolves into self-love and appreciation, they’re no longer jealous of others who receive attention. They become generous, kind-hearted and magnanimous. Mature Leos are self-assured and confident within themselves. They can then support others fully, encouraging them to develop and creatively express their authentic selves as well. This reflects the true character of Leo, the beloved and benevolent King or Queen who truly serves their ‘subjects’ instead of the other way around.
The Sun and Moon in Leo are making several aspects to other planets in their New Moon chart. They are joined by Venus in Leo, which adds value and meaning to individuality that needs to be creatively self-actualized and expressed in the world. Venus in Leo can open the heart to greater love, unconditional love, for the self and others. Venus in Leo seeks beauty and harmony, fairness and justice for all.
The New Moon is also part of a YOD formation, a unique planetary configuration comprised of two planets that are sextile (60 degrees apart) one another while both are simultaneously inconjunct (150 degrees apart) a third planet. Altogether, the planets form a pattern that looks like a “Y” and are therefore called a YOD.
YODs are special astrological patterns that reflect a significant crises that can only be healed or resolved by making necessary changes and adjustments in order to re-align with reality and affect healing, self-improvement and personal humility. YODS carry a unique spiritual quality or energy that links directly with your Soul’s evolutionary purpose and intentions. This YOD is comprised of the Sun and Moon in Leo which are inconjunct both retrograde Pluto in Capricorn and retrograde Neptune and the Moon’s South Node in Pisces. Pluto, Neptune and the South Node are all sextile each other and hold the keys to resolving the crisis.
Pluto in Capricorn symbolizes the need to emotionally and spiritually mature by taking complete responsibility for ALL of your own actions, choices and behaviors. Stop blaming others for circumstances or situations you’re not happy about. Blame is evidence of a consciousness rooted in victimization that assumes others are responsible and reveals an identification with powerlessness. Nothing can heal from a consciousness of victimization.
Consciousness creates reality, so if you experienced something, you played a role in co-creating it. Better to seek understanding of WHY you co-created a particular event rather than dwelling on WHAT happened and how awful it was which only serves to perpetuate a victim consciousness. Keep asking your Higher Self, “Why would I co-create such an event in my life? What am I to learn from this experience that will serve my Soul’s evolutionary growth intentions for me in this lifetime?”
Neptune and the South Node in Pisces symbolize the need to let go of negative thoughts and beliefs, particularly those associated with a sense of unworthiness. They reflect the need to let go of an identity rooted in victimization and the need to cling to false beliefs, fantasies, delusions or idealizations that aren’t rooted in reality like the notion that unless you’re perfect, you’re worthless and therefore deserving of pain and punishment.
Unfortunately, we’ve ALL been conditioned for lifetimes by man-made religions to believe that we must suffer in order to atone for our imperfections, mistakes and ‘sins.’ The resulting feelings of unworthiness pervade the collective unconsciousness of humanity. Nearly all of us carry these false beliefs deep within our subconscious regardless of whether or not we’ve been exposed to religion in the current lifetime.
This collective conditioning is easily evidenced in the all too common human experience of wondering what in the world we might have done to ‘deserve’ whatever ‘bad’ thing has happened to us. This is due to religious influences that taught us to believe in the need for divine punishment or retribution for our ‘sins’ or imperfections.
Another classic example of this unconscious belief conditioning is the instinctive feeling of guilt experienced whenever we do or say something that’s disapproved of by others – even when those very choices or decisions reflect our own truth, what’s for our highest good, or in the best interests of our self or others. Who among us has not had these experiences?!
Let go of false beliefs associated with the distorted religious teachings relative to ‘perfection’ and realize we are all evolving human beings. Healing can come from simply doing your best and learning to judge yourself based on your intentions, not outcomes.
Remember, these same religions also teach that we’re made in the image of God or the Creator. This means that if we are evolving, then the Divine Source that created us must also be evolving.
This YOD can teach you that to truly LOVE YOUR SELF, you must accept your self AS YOU ARE, including all of your imperfections. Use the healing energy of this YOD to forgive yourself and unconditionally love yourself. These choices reflect the true nature of the Divine Source that created us – a God that is unconditionally loving, compassionate and forgiving.
The New Moon is also in a waning trine (120 degrees apart) aspect with Saturn in Sagittarius. Currently, Saturn is slowing down to a standstill in the heavens ahead of its upcoming station direct (resumption of forward movement) on August 13th at 9 degrees Sagittarius 47 minutes. This powerful connection favors and supports self-discipline, emotional maturity, and the aforementioned need to take complete responsibility for ourselves. The Sun and Moon trine Saturn may well bring rewards as a result of prior efforts made especially in regards to being true to yourself or ‘walking your talk.’ This trine also reflects the potential for developing an expanded understanding of greater and greater levels of universal truths or what is true for all of us regardless of personal differences.
Sagittarius also rules foreign lands and cultures, cosmologies, philosophies and theologies. This is the sign of man-made religions so we may also experience positive events and circumstances associated with the evolution of beliefs associated with faith traditions.
This evolution and growth in understanding just occurred in response to a recent tragedy. Following the murder of Jacques Hamel, a French Priest, Muslims on Sunday attended Catholic Mass in churches and cathedrals across France, Italy and beyond. “We’re very touched” said Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Gouen Cathedral adding, “It’s an important gesture of solidarity.” Outside the church, a group of Muslims were applauded when they unfurled a banner which read, “Love for all. Hate for none.”
Saturn’s station also energizes the Spiritual T-Square that’s been in place for nearly a year now. A T-Square is another astrological configuration. This one looks like a capital “T”. It includes Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo, which are opposite (180 degrees) Chiron and the South Node in Pisces. ALL of these Virgo/Pisces planets are square (90 degrees) Saturn in Sagittarius. Jupiter and Neptune rule our beliefs, consciously and unconsciously, respectively.
The evolutionary purpose reflected in this T-Square is a necessary review and reflection upon our beliefs to discern if they are really true. Saturn will precisely square Neptune for the third and final time on September 10th. The two previous squares occurred November 26, 2015 and June 17, 2016. Saturn/Neptune are directly associated with the dissolution of – literally dissolving – old outworn or false beliefs. This planetary connection is also dissolving limited consciousness structures and the resulting realities they have been creating, both on a personal and on a collective level.
What beliefs have lost their meaning for you? What no longer feels ‘true’ to you? What realities are no longer working in your life? Are you ready to let go of an old mindset that contributed to that reality? Are you willing to own and take responsibility for having co-created those realities or are you succumbing to disappointment and disillusionment and feeling depressed or powerless???
Interestingly, both Saturn and Neptune are associated with psychological depression. Depression has a natural purpose! That purpose causes us to isolate ourselves so we can reflect upon what quality or aspect of our consciousness is responsible for creating a reality that no longer works or is causing us to be unhappy.
This is a necessary evolutionary task for those who wish to take responsibility for their lives realizing that they have created their experiences. Unfortunately, we are culturally conditioned, especially in the United States, to see depression as a weakness or character flaw, or a disturbing distraction that interferes with our life. In fact, its the natural result and reflection of a life that’s no longer working, functional, healthy or satisfactory.
Masking depression with prescription drugs is not the answer. In fact, pharmaceutical drugs simply numb our senses, anesthetizing our consciousness, ultimately interfering with the very process required for healing. They actually interfere with the necessary and natural process of inner self-reflection and review. It’s a sad fact that 70 million Americans take Prozac, the number one prescribed anti-depressant drug. Of course prolonged depression may indeed require some kind of therapeutic intervention. But know that depression is a naturally occurring human phenomenon associated with the spiritual evolutionary process designed specifically to turn our attention inward. In doing so we can become consciously aware of thoughts and beliefs that are not in alignment with our personal truth and are in fact the source of our depression, melancholy and lack of well-being.
Saturn and Neptune also represent meditation, a far better antidote to depression. In my practice over the years, I’ve noticed that those who say they’re too busy to meditate are typically the ones who need to meditate the most! Deepak Chopra offers a wealth of information and guidance that can help you develop your own personal meditation practice. If you’re interested, visit the Chopra Center at http://www.chopra.com for more info.
Deepak has also produced lots of YouTube videos that offer timeless spiritual insights from the world’s wisdom traditions. Keep in mind that there are many forms of meditation. Many don’t require much time at all. What’s important is that you develop a daily practice. It may be sitting cross-legged and motionless focusing simply on your breath or quietly repeating mantras. Or it may be some form of moving meditation like walking silently in nature or a daily jogging routine. There are countless ways to meditate so find what works for you and simply begin.
The T-Square will also be activated by Jupiter’s third and final opposition (180 degrees) to Chiron in Pisces which will occur August 12th just a day before Saturn’s station direct in Sagittarius. The two previous oppositions between Jupiter and Chiron happened on November 3, 2015 and February 23, 2016. What was happening in your life during these previous timeframes? What do you need to heal? What wounds were you experiencing or remembering?
Jupiter has a twelve year cycle which means it spends approximately one year in each of the twelve signs. Jupiter will move out of Virgo and into Libra September 9th ending the T-Square pattern. The energy of the T-Square over the past year has prompted each of us to be truer to ourselves and to make the effort to heal and self-improve. Make the most of the final Jupiter/Chiron opposition to throw off the last vestiges of victim consciousness and to reach for the highest levels of compassion and forgiveness you can realize for yourself and others.
The New Moon chart includes two other important celestial events worth mentioning that complete the overall pattern ‘seeded’ in this lunation: Mars will re-enter Sagittarius to complete it’s biannual retrograde period that began in February of this year, and Mercury, now in Virgo, one of the signs it rules, will go retrograde for the third time this year.
Mars acts instinctively on our desires which eminate from our Souls and reflect the evolutionary growth intentions our Soul has for us in each and every lifetime. In fact, Mars is considered the ‘lower octave’ of Pluto, the planet that represents the Soul as well as the human evolutionary process itself. Planets that are higher and lower octaves of one another reflect similar energy while vibrating at different frequencies. Musicians know all about this phenomenon.
Mars goes retrograde every two years for about two and a half months. Normally spending about two months in each sign, when Mars is retrograde it takes about seven or eight months to move through a sign. This Mars retrograde began in Sagittarius at 9 degrees and backed up to 23 degrees Scorpio.
Its actual retrograde period was between April 17th and June 29th. But every retrograde period actually begins when the planet first moves over the degree it will back up to. In this case, Mars first traversed 23 Scorpio on February 18th. This began the ‘pre-shadow’ period of Mars retrograde which was from February 18th until April 17th. And every planetary retrograde also has a ‘post-shadow’ period during which the planet returns to the same degree at which the actual retrograde began. In this case that was 9 Sagittarius. Mars JUST re-entered Sagittarius a few hours before the Leo New Moon occurred. Mars will reach 9 degrees Sagittarius on August 22nd when it will completely finish up the entire retrograde cycle, including its post-shadow period.
Mars retrograde periods always reflect the need to review our desires. How have you been acting upon your desires to achieve or pursue personal goals or ambitions or to just simply do the things you want to do? Moving from Sagittarius back into Scorpio, this Mars retrograde was about reflecting on our personal truth and beliefs which are ruled by Sagittarius, and how we wield our personal power which is ruled by Scorpio.
Scorpio also symbolizes our deepest wounds which often leave us feeling powerless and typically result from losses, abandonments and betrayals which are also associated with Scorpio. Scorpio teaches right use of power. Through Scorpio, we learn that we are intrinsically powerful through our ability to make free will choices which co-create our realities and facilitate our own personal evolution. Unfortunately, the things we are culturally conditioned to believe represent power are money, sex and death. And unfortunately, these are the things most often used to wield or have power OVER others.
So in effect, this Mars retrograde was about reviewing issues associated with beliefs and power particularly how we experience wealth and sexuality as a result of our beliefs. For example, what do your beliefs tell you are right and proper uses or expressions of sexuality? What do your beliefs teach about money or wealth or possessions?
As Mars completes its current retrograde, we should all be mindful of insights and understandings we have come to as a result of experiences we’ve had since February this year. Empower yourself by committing to be TRUE TO YOURSELF! Empower yourself by knowing that you have the power to change your life by changing your choices and act accordingly. On a collective level, we can expect more truths and more lies to be exposed so that healing and evolution can take place for us all.
Mars is also moving into a final phase in its two year cycle with Pluto which began in November 2014. Between now and October 22nd, when Mars and Pluto once again align at the exact same degree in the zodiac, thus beginning a new two year cycle together, know that whatever you began in late 2014 is currently culminating or coming to a completion. This final phase between Mars and Pluto always reflects the need to throw off old desires and achievements in order to make space for new goals and pursuits. What Soul desires have you been pursuing over the past couple of years and what did you achieve or learn or experience as a result? Take some time to reflect upon these issues to maximize the evolutionary intentions and potential associated with your own Soul’s desires now.
Mercury entered Virgo July 30th. This speedy planet usually takes only two and a half weeks to traverse each zodiac sign. But when Mercury is retrograde that timeframe gets extended to nearly two months. Through Virgo, Mercury analyzes and sorts through all the information and knowledge it has to make sense of it all. Indeed every Mercury retrograde period provides an opportunity to throw off excess or superfluous data that is no longer relevant or necessary. Given the fact that information overload has become the norm for humanity in this digital age, we should all be thankful for each Mercury retrograde instead of dreading it! Mercury retrogrades are also always encouraging us to achieve a greater balance between left-brain logical linear deductive thought processes and right-brain intuitive, holistic and metaphysical thought processes.
This Mercury retrograde occurs between 29 and 14 degrees of Virgo. Mercury will therefore connect with both Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo, while simultaneously bringing Mercury into opposition with Neptune, Chiron and the South Node in Pisces. Thus, this Mercury retro ALSO energizes the T-Square! This T-Square will have its final ‘hoorah’ so to speak over the coming month!
Mercury retrograde in Virgo will give us all ample opportunities to think deeply about how our beliefs are underpinning the quality of our consciousness, resulting in the creation of our realities. And if we’re experiencing realities that are no longer working for us or are contributing to dis-ease or dissatisfaction, then this Mercury retrograde period will be the PERFECT time to discern what thoughts and beliefs are not serving us and to make the effort to create new thoughts. Affirmations and visualizations can help us to develop new habits in thought or behavior that create new realities that are in alignment with our highest truth.
Remember, the Leo New Moon is trying to teach us all that in order to be truly happy, we must be TRUE TO OURSELVES! WE MUST LEARN TO LOVE OURSELVES! We must learn to honor, respect and take very good care of ourselves. Remember too that Leo is ruled by the Sun which is associated with the heart.
In honor and remembrance of my beloved lifelong friend, Nancy Whitley, who passed away a year ago, I want to offer you a gift of Leo wisdom she found and shared often in her final years. “FIND THE JOY!” she would say. Find the joy in everyday little things and big things as well. It’s always there. If you look for it, you’ll find it. And you’ll be happier and healthier as a result.
And if you believe you don’t have the time to do so, well, my sense is that may be the very best clue your Soul can offer you about a personal belief you have that you need to change…
The Virgo New Moon is a Solar Eclipse that occurs on September 1st at 2:03 am MST!
Copyright 2016. Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting. All rights reserved.
The Gemini New Moon happens June 4th at 7:59 pm MST/PDT at 14 degrees Gemini 53 minutes. Here’s the chart: GeminiNewMoon2016.
Gemini is the sign of the Twins, which represent the dual nature of reality on our planet. This air sign also reflects the mind and its two hemispheres. Specifically, Gemini is associated with the left-brain and its capacity for processing information in a logical, linear and deductive fashion. It’s opposite sign, Sagittarius, rules the right brain and intuitive, conceptual and abstract thought processes. While the left brain deals with words and logic, our right brain deals with images, imagery and imagination. Together, the two hemispheres comprise the whole brain, which is symbolized by Pisces. Gemini, Sagittarius and Pisces are three of the four mutable signs. The fourth mutable sign is Virgo which represents reality. More on mutable signs later…
Gemini gathers and disseminates information so this sign is also associated with learning, thinking, knowledge and communicating. It rules thoughts, writing and speech. It rules the mind. It rules words.
Renowned symbologist Joseph Panecek explains further…
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” – John 1.1
“In the beginning all was still. Nothing existed but unmoving and eternal Divinity. Everything that ever would be, and could be, was asleep within Divinity. Then something happened: The Mind of Divinity (the Hermetic Nous) “spoke The Word“. And, in that instant, time, matter, the cosmos, and duality sprang forth. Duality can only exist in the realm of matter; and duality is expressed, numerologically, by the number two. The Twins of Gemini symbolically reflect this truth.”
“Nothing happens until something moves. Creation myths from all parts of the world tell of a Breath, a Spirit, or a Bird (which is often the symbol for Spirit) that passed over the dark, still, and deep primal waters of Chaos which represents the Great Subconscious or Void. This caused the primal waters to “stir”; to move; to vibrate. This initial ‘stirring’ was the first cause in the act of Creation.”
But what do these creation myths mean? And, what hidden lesson do they impart to us? The lesson we can learn from creation myths is this: Thought creates matter; the unseen creates the seen; what can be imagined can be manifested. All great inventions, innovations, and ideas were first a thought imagined within someone’s mind. This thought was then acted upon. This action resulted in the creation or manifestation of that initial thought.
We are all children of Divinity made in the image of the Divine Creator. Therefore, we all have the “spark” of Divinity within us. This “spark” enables us to also create whatever we choose to create by simply using our imaginative minds. Our imagination is what enables us to delve into the deep, dark waters of the great subconscious where everything that is, and ever will be, already exists in un-manifested form. In quantum scientific terms, this is reflected by wave theory where ‘waves’ reflect ALL potential possibilities or realities in the unmanifested state. All it takes to manifest a specific reality is a focus on that specific reality. When we determine whatever it is that we wish to manifest, and focus our attention on it, it is pulled from the un-manifested, out of the great subconscious of all that is, and brought into the world of matter.
Quantum science now knows that the process of focusing attention on a specific possibility out of the field of infinite possibilities changes ‘waves’ into ‘particles.’ A simple TV analogy can help to explain this manifestation process. Think of waves as reflecting the entire array of television programming available at any given time. Now think about choosing to tune into a specific channel. Once you do so, that choice collapses a certain wave potentiality into a particle which correlates to a singular specific program, or one reality out of an infinite variety of realities.
It’s important to understand Gemini’s association with thoughts and words because both generate energetic frequency brain waves. Thoughts and words ‘vibrate.’ The sayings, “Energy manifests” or “Energy flows where attention goes” or “Thoughts are things” reflect the natural law mechanism of creation or manifestation. What we imagine and what we think about ultimately manifests in our reality. The emerging science of consciousness has definitively proven this to be true. Quantum scientists now know that human consciousness influences, alters and ultimately creates realities. More on this later…
This Gemini New Moon is part of an extraordinary Grand Mutable Cross. A Grand Cross is a celestial configuration comprised of four or more planets that occupy ALL four signs of an astrological ‘modality.’ There are three modalities: Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable. A Mutable Grand Cross is made up of planets in all of the mutable signs: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.
Currently, the Sun, Moon and Venus are in Gemini and Mercury enters Gemini on June 12th. Jupiter and the Moon’s North Node are in Virgo, retrograde Saturn in in Sagittarius and Neptune and the Moon’s South Node are in Pisces. The Mutable signs reflect the energy and intention of adaptability, flexibility and CHANGE. A Grand Mutable Cross carries the maximum intention and potential for change. The intention ‘seeded’ in the Gemini New Moon is to CHANGE OUR MINDS – LITERALLY!
In order to better understand what changes may be coming, we must look at each mutable sign individually, and the planet(s) currently occupying that sign, and then put them all together in the totality of the Grand Mutable Cross.
Let’s begin with Gemini. As mentioned earlier, Gemini rules the mind and all the ways its gathers and disseminates information. So this sign also rules communication, both spoken and written, and accordingly, communication devices of all kinds. With the Sun, Moon and Venus all in Gemini now, joined by Mercury later in the month, it’s time to seriously think about and discuss necessary or desired changes.
Venus rules what we need to survive – primarily resources and relationships. We all need food, clothing and shelter. And, we all also have unique personal needs that align with our own evolutionary growth intentions in the current life. Additionally, we each have unique gifts, skills, talents and natural abilities or what I like to call our own special ‘toolkit.’ Focus on what you have of value – your own natural resources and think about what you can do to further develop these personal resources. Think also about new ways you can share or offer your talents to others who will find them valuable because they can help them to meet their own personal needs. Doing so will enable you to better garner the resources that you need. Venus also rules the psychology of LISTENING. So listen up! What others have to say and share may be just what you need to hear or have.
On a global or collective level,with all this Gemini energy activated, we can expect numerous announcements, disclosures and exposures of important information from sources of all kinds. Since Gemini also rules the media, perhaps significant news events will not only be reported by them, but perhaps also be about them! Clearly, the corporate owned US media needs to change! The bottom line is that an abundance of information, knowledge, facts and data will be forthcoming. The specific info YOU need to make necessary changes in your life will be among the plethora of messages coming your way so pay attention!
Mercury, the planet that rules Gemini, is finishing up in Taurus and continues to be positively connected to both retrograde Pluto in Capricorn and retrograde Jupiter in Virgo (Grand Earth Trine) so research and digging deeply into the details of any given subject or situation are favored and well supported. Make the effort to acquire whatever new knowledge you need now. Seek out experienced people to discuss your ideas with and ask questions! Gemini embodies the quintessential behavior of three year olds who continuously ask questions and always wants to know ‘why?!’ Again, be extra mindful of ALL information coming your way over the coming weeks and months because knowledge will be THE FUEL that drives most upcoming changes.
It’s also worth mentioning that although Mercury just completed its second retrograde period of 2016 (April 28th to May 22nd) it will probably continue to feel like Mercury is retrograde over the entire Summer since the Mutable Grand Cross energy will also be part of the chart pattern for the Summer Solstice which reflects the entire Summer season. So expect information and ideas to be revisited, reformed, reviewed, rehashed, revised, refined, reworked, refuted, revamped, returned and even reversed. And be sure to double and even triple check important facts and figures especially those contained within contracts, read the fine print, and back up all your important data!
The next mutable sign is Virgo. Retrograde Jupiter continues it’s year-long transit through this sign (August 12, 2015 to September 9, 2016). Virgo rules workers, workplaces and jobs. Virgo is the archetype of crises. The purpose of crises is to alert us that something is not in alignment with reality and necessary changes and adjustments must be made in order to heal or resolve whatever is awry. Jupiter rules the principle of expansion. It always wants to understand greater and greater levels of truth. It rules beliefs, religions, higher education, philosophies and laws. What do you need to learn in order to improve your job or expand your success at work?
Globally, we can expect expanding and increasingly successful legal actions and worker protests against corporate interests like the strike against Verizon that saw 36,000 workers protesting in dozens of cities all across the US, and the ongoing employee strikes in France that have disrupted oil refineries, nuclear plants and transportation.
While job losses have occurred steadily over the past few decades, primarily due to technology advances and international trade agreements, these losses increased dramatically after the global economic crash of 2008. Recovery is still very much underway and sluggish in many countries including here in the US. Some believe even greater job and workplace changes are imminent. People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy, written by Robert McChesney and John Nichols, discusses the enormous changes coming as a result of the shift from a manufacturing to an information based, digital global economy.
They write, “Humanity is on the verge of its darkest hour – or its greatest moment.” The consequences of the technological revolution are about to hit hard: unemployment will spike as new technologies replace labor in the manufacturing, service, and professional sectors of an economy that is already struggling.
The end of work as we know it will hit at the worst moment imaginable: as capitalism fosters permanent stagnation, when the labor market is in decrepit shape, with declining wages, expanding poverty, and scorching inequality.
Only the dramatic democratization of our economy can address the existential challenges we now face. Yet, the US political process is so dominated by billionaires and corporate special interests, by corruption and monopoly, that it stymies not just democracy but progress.
The great challenge of these times is to ensure that the tremendous benefits of technological progress are employed to serve the whole of humanity, rather than to enrich the wealthy few. Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols argue that the United States needs a new economy in which revolutionary technologies are applied to effectively address environmental and social problems and used to rejuvenate and extend democratic institutions.
Based on intense reporting, rich historical analysis, and deep understanding of the technological and social changes that are unfolding, they propose a bold strategy for democratizing our digital destiny—before it’s too late—and unleashing the real power of the Internet, and of humanity.”
This workplace revolution is by no means the only significant change on the horizon. Virgo also rules the environment and health matters. As environmental degradation and climate change continue to alter global weather patterns and disrupt the health and well-being of populations all across our planet, wars, floods, famine, massive refugee migrations and dangerous disease outbreaks are increasing. Here in the US, funding to address the threat of the Zika virus is bogged down in Congress. Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders continues to campaign for a ‘Medicare for All’ expansion of health care to provide universal coverage to every American.
All life forms change and evolve in order to survive including micro-organisms. Infectious organisms, infectious diseases and the pharmaceutical drugs that treat infections are all ruled by the same sign. This brings us to Neptune and Pisces.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was first reported in March 2014, and rapidly became the deadliest occurrence of the disease since its discovery in 1976. In fact, the epidemic killed five times more people than all other known Ebola outbreaks combined. More than 21 months on from the first confirmed case recorded on 23 March 2014, 11,315 people have been reported as having died from the disease in six countries; Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, the US and Mali.
The Zika virus which started in Brazil in 2015 prompted the World Health Organization to declare it a public health emergency of international concern in February 2016. Drug-resistant tuberculosis has also been on the rise over the past decade and last week, a ‘superbug’ resistant to ‘antibiotics of last resort’ was verified here in the United States. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/05/26/the-superbug-that-doctors-have-been-dreading-just-reached-the-u-s/
Clearly, we need to CHANGE our relationship to the environment and CHANGE the way we provide health care the world over. We may be approaching a time when our very survival depends upon these necessary CHANGES. The sooner, the better!
So WHY haven’t we made these crucially necessary changes and adjustments yet? Well, that brings us to Saturn in Sagittarius. Saturn reflects the status quo, the ‘establishment,’ leaders, those in control and in positions of authority, governments, social structures and social institutions. Saturn rules Capricorn, the sign of Patriarchy, ambition, conformity, convention and established social norms. Anyone who has ever dealt with or worked for a government entity knows they are among the most bureaucratic of institutions and as such, inherently resistant to CHANGE! The status quo of Capricorn is reflected in this sign’s association with ‘crystallization’ which can actually undermine and prevent further evolution. In the natural progression of the zodiac, Aquarius, the sign of revolution, follows Capricorn and necessarily so!
While Pluto (evolution) in Capricorn precisely squared Uranus (revolution, transformation and CHANGE) in Aries seven times between 2012 and 2015, the r-evolutionary changes we’ve already witnessed over the last several years will indeed continue for several more years since the influence of these planets will take nearly a decade to unfold (2010 to 2020). Obviously the changes that have occurred are still too few and far too slow. The fact that Saturn (rules Capricorn) is currently in Sagittarius, the sign of religions and laws, may help us understand some of the reasons why these changes have and still are continuing to be mightily resisted by those in positions of power and authority.
Religious Papal Bulls collectively known as ‘doctrines of discovery’ dating back to the eleventh century and the beginning of the Christian Crusades, have provided justification for the persecution, destruction and enslavement of indigenous, non-white cultures throughout the world for centuries. Historically, these peoples have experienced powerlessness in the face of state efforts to deny their rights – to land, wealth, political franchise and in many cases to their very existence. Recent calls to rescind these Papal Bulls have been utterly ignored by Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/call-rescind-doctrine-discovery
Other religious teachings like mankind’s ‘dominion over’ (a distorted interpretation of ‘stewardship’) the natural world of plants and animals continues to justify raping the Earth for profit. So it’s not surprising that the world over, laws almost universally favor the interests of corporations over people, particularly indigenous peoples, even when there is overwhelming evidence of environmental destruction and widespread life-threatening pollution. The petroleum industry’s reckless business practices have destroyed countless communities and the agribusiness giants Bayer and Monsanto’s unabated manufacture of deadly pesticides have all but decimated bee, bat and butterfly colonies worldwide. The disappearance of these pollinator species increasingly threatens our global food supply.
And religious teachings like those found in the Bible’s book of Leviticus teach that homosexuality is evil. So it’s not surprising that the LGBTQ community continues to struggle for equal rights under the law in many countries. Remember that patriarchal man-made religions provide the moralistic values that underpin social norms and laws in nearly every country on the planet. So again, it’s not surprising that the sign that rules truth, belief systems, man-made religions and man-made laws, which underpin governmental legislative bodies and social justice systems, is in fact the source of ongoing resistance to many changes and adjustments that are necessary to bring about healing, improvement and resolution of so many of the crises we are currently facing all around the world.
Fortunately, Saturn in Sagittarius holds the apex position in the Spiritual T-Square that has for months reflected a growing urgency to review of and reflect upon belief systems. Collectively, humanity is co-creating and experiencing circumstances that are forcing us to THINK (Gemini) more deeply about what we believe (Sagittarius) and why we believe it, in order to discern (Virgo) if those beliefs are really true (Sagittarius) and aligned with actual reality (Virgo). Old beliefs are in fact dissolving (Pisces). And many unconsciously held beliefs are increasingly bubbling up to the surface of our individual and collective consciousness (Saturn and Capricorn). https://www.theguardian.com/science/head-quarters/2015/jul/08/how-can-we-fix-unconscious-racism
Now that the Spiritual T-Square has been expanded to the fullness of a Mutable Grand Cross, maximizing the potential and intention for evolutionary change relative to beliefs and truth, we have a historic opportunity to make important CHANGES. After all, beliefs underpin the quality of the consciousness that’s responsible for creating our realities. To CHANGE our realities, we must CHANGE the false and distorted beliefs that underpin our consciousness. This has perhaps never been more possible in our modern era than right now as both Pluto and Uranus support r-evolutionary changes in human consciousness at the same time Saturn in Sagittarius is compelling us to change our beliefs.
Going a bit further into this amazing astrological configuration, let’s look at some of the potential influences associated with the opposition (180 degrees apart) and square (90 degrees apart) aspects, or planetary connections within the Mutable Grand Cross.
The Sun, Moon and Venus in the Gemini New Moon chart are all opposite retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius. Mercury will follow suit later in June. Because Gemini and Sagittarius both rule honesty and dishonesty, expect important truths and lies to be revealed in the coming months. Saturn always teaches maturity, responsibility and accountability. Since this planet rules those in positions of power and authority, current leaders will increasingly be held accountable for their policy positions and votes. Citizens need to own up to their responsibility as well by choosing new leaders who tell the truth and rejecting those who obfuscate and twist the facts.
Simultaneously, the Sun, Moon and Venus are also square both Neptune in Pisces and Jupiter in Virgo. Virgo and Pisces deal with reality versus illusion, delusion and downright deception. Better to remove those rose-colored glasses now and see circumstances and people as they really are, rather than continuing to be in denial or fantasy-land about what’s really going on.
Since Virgo also rules crises, which happen for the purpose of alerting us to what’s awry, many will receive ‘reality-checks.’ These may come in the form of shake-ups and break-ups, especially regarding work or health matters, that occur to enforce necessary adjustments to situations or circumstances that are unhealthy, corrupt or otherwise dysfunctional to a degree that’s preventing progress or evolutionary growth and movement forward. For others, legal matters may force necessary change. And for still others, issues of beliefs or religious affiliation or experiences may be the source of revelation, insight or expanded awareness that bring meaningful changes. The Sun, Moon and Venus are also squaring the Moon’s Nodes in Virgo and Pisces. As each connects precisely with the Nodes, they’ll reflect the need to make choices that will either heal false, distorted or delusional thoughts and beliefs, or simply re-imprint the same old wounds they created in the first place.
Another major component of the Mutable Grand Cross is reflected in Saturn’s waning square to Neptune in Pisces. Saturn and Neptune have a 36 year cycle together. Their current cycle began in 1989. They are now three quarters of the way through that cycle and will experience this waning square aspect a total of three times: November 26, 2015, March 23, 2016 and June 17, 2016. Their current cycle began at 16 degrees Sagittarius – a point Saturn returns to in March and November of this year. It’s likely that whatever was happening in your life in 1989 will reach a significant turning point this year. Look back at what you were experiencing last November and this March for additional clues about how this Saturn/Neptune energy is manifesting in your own life.
Together, Saturn and Neptune represent the necessary dissolution of old beliefs so that new dreams of a higher spiritual nature can be realized. Fortunately, this connection creates an opportunity to replace false beliefs with a greater understanding of transcendental, universal beliefs and truths, like the fact that ALL human beings need and desire similar things like love, safety, health, respect and a purposeful, meaningful life. Of course we also need a healthy planet if we are to survive and ultimately thrive.
On a more mundane level, since Neptune and Pisces rule the seas, perhaps we will choose to effectively address climate change and the acidification of our oceans which is destroying marine life and habitats such as the Great Coral Reef. Since Neptune and Pisces also rule chemicals and drugs, we may also choose to change our energy policy away from oil embracing renewable, sustainable energy sources instead. And perhaps we will wake up and realize we need to pursue development of next generation antibiotics to treat disease worldwide.
Saturn/Neptune also correlate to the philosophical underpinnings of national political ideologies like capitalism, socialism and communism – topics that have been the subject of political headlines over the past year both here in the US as well as abroad. It’s time to get real about what’s true and what’s not true relative to these social and political organizing philosophies.
The Gemini New Moon reflects an extraordinary celestial pattern through the Mutable Grand Cross. The enormous potential for important and necessary change is available to us now. The $64,000 question is, “What will we choose to do with this energy personally and collectively?”
Evolution proceeds through the power of free will choices. Choices reflect the quality of our consciousness. Consciousness is underpinned by belief systems. ALL the elements of the Mutable Grand Cross symbolize both an urgency and an once in a lifetime opportunity to expand our understanding of the truth. And while some experiences of truth are quite personal – what’s true for you may or may not be true for me – truth also exists at a universal level – what’s true for everyone.
Reach as high as you can in the coming weeks and months for the greatest level of truth and understanding you can know. Pay attention to ALL the info coming your way and use your intuition to sort out what’s true and what’s not true. Listen effectively and keep an open mind. Be willing to entertain new ideas and new information even though they may challenge, upset or threaten your existing reality. It’s time to CHANGE our realities. In order to do so however, we must be willing to CHANGE OUR MINDS!
The Cancer New Moon occurs on July 4th at 7:01 am MST!
Copyright 2016. Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting. All rights reserved.
The Taurus New Moon happens on Friday, May 6th, at 12:29 pm MST/PDT at 16 degrees Taurus 41 minutes. Here’s the chart: TaurusNewMoon2016.
Taurus rules our essential needs for survival and teaches the lesson of self-reliance. We all have unique gifts, skills, natural talents or abilities. If we value ourselves, we’ll develop these gifts or personal resources and share them with the world. As others value what we have to offer and compensate us accordingly, we’re able to garner the resources we need to take care of ourselves. Self-reliance is personally empowering. It builds confidence, assures a healthy relationship with ourselves and in turn enables us to manifest and attract all that we need and desire in healthy ways, not through co-dependency.
On a surface level, Taurus symbolizes resources. This sign rules our money, assets and personal possessions. On a deeper spiritual level however, Taurus represents our core values. What we value will represent what gives meaning to our lives. Valuing ourselves is of the utmost importance to our ability to manifest the resources we need to not only survive, but thrive. What’s most important in life to you? What gives your life meaning?
Venus rules Taurus and is therefore the ruler of this New Moon. She’s strong now as she currently moves through her own sign of Taurus. She joins the Sun and Moon in Taurus, as well as retrograde Mercury and the asteroid Vesta which symbolizes devotion. Altogether, this New Moon chart has five celestial bodies in Taurus comprising a ‘stellium’ or a group of planets all in the same sign. So Taurus energy is super abundant now! Empowering this Taurus stellium even further is its connection to both retrograde Jupiter in Virgo and retrograde Pluto in Capricorn . Together, they form a Grand Earth Trine.
Grand Trines are a closed pattern of three or more planets all trine (120 degrees apart) one another. Geometrically, Grand Trines look like a triangle. Trines are the most favorable angular relationship between two planets. When trine one another, planetary energies are harmonious and flow easily. The natural benevolence of trines can be easily utilized to achieve what we want. However, trines can also make life so easy that their energetic influence is often squandered through laziness. When things are going really well we can fail to continue in our efforts.
This Grand Trine is in the Earth signs: Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. The Earth element is associated with physicality and real material things so this Grand Earth Trine provides LOTS of manifestation energy! What do you need or want right now? Chances are, if you make a sincere effort, you’ll be able to easily attract and manifest what your heart desires.
Since Taurus rules our values and valuables, this Grand Trine also supports investments in what we value most, including ourselves! Virgo assists self-care and self-improvement efforts. Those who take good care of themselves and who diligently seek to improve themselves are likely to experience good health, vitality and success through meaningful work in the world. Capricorn supports those who take complete responsibility for ALL their choices, actions and experiences. It brings recognition and rewards to those who are mature, accountable, self-determined and wield their personal authority wisely. This Grand Earth Trine is truly a magical manifestation machine so make the effort to take advantage of this magnificent celestial influence and reap the rewards!
Unfortunately, there are also some BIG obstacles contained in this New Moon pattern. The Sun and Moon are both inconjunct (150 degree angle) retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius, and Venus, the New Moon’s planetary ruler, is inconjunct retrograde Mars, which is also in Sagittarius until the 27th when it re-enters Scorpio.
Inconjunct angles typically reflect crises. Crises have a natural purpose relative to our evolutionary growth. Crises alert us to the fact that something’s awry. Something’s not aligned with reality and requires personal changes and adjustments for resolution. MAJOR changes will be necessary in the coming weeks relative to both resource and relationship issues. If the necessary adjustments are made, things are likely to go well. If required changes are stubbornly resisted, a common trait associated with Taurus, expect ‘manifestation madness!’
Also expect these issues to be reflected in headlines like the current dire financial circumstances of Detroit Public Schools. Now at a crisis point, fed up Detroit teachers protested with a ‘sick-out.’ They marched outside the district headquarters earlier this week. Nearly all of Detroit’s public schools were closed and more than 45,000 students missed classes after about half the district’s teachers called in sick to protest the possibility that some of them will not get paid over the summer if the struggling district runs out of cash. Since then, city officials have assured them that funds will be found to cover the cost of their salaries.
Perhaps another financial scandal currently brewing is related to political fundraising. Ah, money and politics! Hillary’s ‘Victory Fund’ is a joint fundraising committee comprised of Clinton’s presidential campaign, the Democratic National Committee and 32 state party committees. The setup allows Clinton to solicit checks of $350,000 or more from her super-rich supporters at extravagant fundraisers including a dinner at George Clooney’s house and a concert at Radio City Music Hall featuring Katy Perry and Elton John. A recent investigation found that only a fraction of funds raised have actually been given to state parties for down-ballot democrats. Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/clinton-fundraising-leaves-little-for-state-parties-222670#ixzz47iK8yoXe.
On the Republican side, Donald Trump has achieved presumptive nominee status after another big win in Indiana’s primary election. Of course as presidential candidates get closer to winning their party’s nomination, they’re subjected to greater and greater scrutiny. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Tom Robbins just published an article in The Marshall Project, chronicling Trump’s decades-long history with individuals associated with organized crime. https://www.themarshallproject.org/2016/04/27/trump-and-the-mob#.j6P1F2tYl.
While the Grand Earth Trine may well be a magical manifestation machine, the potential for crises for those whose choices (Pluto) are less than honest (Jupiter) or lack integrity are also YUGE!
Taurus is the quintessential sign associated with Mother Earth, our most precious and valuable resource. Many of our current planetary crises including wars, disease outbreaks and climate change, are the result of decades of over-use, mis-use and outright abuse of natural resources and natural habitats. We NEED a healthy planet to SURVIVE! The Earth doesn’t need humanity; humanity needs, and belongs, to the Earth!
Further analysis of the Grand Earth Trine brings us to Jupiter. Currently traveling through the sign of Virgo, which itself rules crises, health and the environment, Jupiter is reflecting some high-profile legal battles like the class action lawsuit filed by young people claiming that the U.S. government is denying them their constitutional right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness due to inadequate federal policies and actions to combat climate change. U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin in Eugene, Oregon, just rejected motions by the U.S. government and trade groups representing the energy companies to dismiss the lawsuit by 21 plaintiffs ages 8 to 19. http://www.seattletimes.com/business/climate-change-lawsuit-by-21-youths-takes-big-step-forward/.
Fortunately, many other grassroots political and legal efforts in support of the environment are gaining in strength. A recent example of great success in protecting the environment was achieved by indigenous women of the Amazon: http://www.pachamama.org/news/over-500-indigenous-women-of-the-amazon-and-allies-march-for-climate-justice-indigenous-rights?utm_source=April%202016%20Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Ecuador
Jupiter also continues to be part of another significant and longer-term planetary configuration called a mutable T-Square. This T-Square began last September and will continue until this August. The T-Square is comprised of planets occupying three of the four mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces). Jupiter in Virgo is opposite (180 degrees apart) Neptune in Pisces. Both are also simultaneously square (90 degree angle) Saturn and Mars in Sagittarius. Lines drawn to reflect the opposition and square angles between them form what looks like the capital letter “T” upside down in the chart. Astrologers are calling this a ‘Spiritual T-Square’ since it is made up of planets and signs that are associated with the search for higher truth and the natural spiritual evolutionary path.
Altogether, this heavenly pattern reflects the need and opportunity for humanity to review all of our belief systems to discern what’s really true. We’ll need to discover the lies and deceptions we’ve been taught to believe for thousands of years by man-made religions. Ultimately, we’ll need to throw off these conditioning influences that are co-creating distorted realities.
On Monday, May 9th, Jupiter stations direct at 13 Virgo completing it’s annual four month retrograde period that began January 7th. Jupiter is always searching for the truth which is why it also rules the natural laws of the universe, the laws that are self-evident in the natural world or what we call ‘Nature.’ Accordingly, this planet is associated with higher-minded paths of study like philosophy, theology and cosmology. On a mundane level Jupiter and the sign of Sagittarius reflect man-made religions, laws and social justice systems. On a personal level however, Jupiter rules our right-brain, the source of intuition. Personal intuition leads each one of us to our personal truth.
As this planetary giant resumes forward motion in the heavens after a four month retrograde period of review relative to beliefs, greater insights and intuitive understandings are readily available. Perhaps in addition to religious or spiritual beliefs, you’ve also been reflecting upon personal beliefs you have based upon lifelong conditioning from family, society or your own personal experiences? What current events happening in your life have caused you to more deeply question your personal beliefs?
A ‘Mercury transit of the Sun’ takes place when the planet Mercury comes between the Sun and the Earth. Astronomically, this phenomenon is similar to an eclipse. But because Mercury’s size is so much smaller than our massive Sun, when it moves across the face of the Sun it will appear as a tiny speck or small black dot. Transits of Mercury to the Sun always occur in either May or November and happen 13 to 14 times each century. The last Mercury transit of the Sun occurred in Scorpio on November 8th, 2006. The last time Mercury transited the Sun from Taurus happened on May 7th, 2003. What were you experiencing then? Perhaps similar events will repeat in your life now.
You should NEVER look directly at the Sun. But this amazing celestial event is well worth watching! View it safely in real time at http://www.space.com/.
Mercury’s transit of the Sun will tremendously energize mental capacity. Expect inventions, discoveries, AHA moments, revelations and all manner of breakthroughs in thought and understanding. Perhaps some truly significant information or knowledge will be revealed. Retracing its steps through Taurus, Mercury has our attention focused on essential needs and core values, especially pertaining to resources and relationships. Again, what do you really value? What do you truly NEED, not only to survive, but to THRIVE? Be mindful of all incoming messages especially on the 9th! Remember to pay particular attention to intuitive information and divine guidance coming from spiritual sources. Mercury will complete this current retrograde period on May 22nd at 14 degrees Taurus. Then it will be full speed ahead again with the manifesting process!
May 22nd will also mark Mars reaching the halfway point in its current retrograde that began at 8 degrees Sagittarius 56 minutes on April 17th, and will continue until June 29th when it stations direct at 23 degrees Scorpio 3 minutes. Mars rules our desires. Moving through the signs of Sagittarius and Scorpio, Mars is also energizing the Spiritual T-Square further emphasizing the need to review and reflect upon beliefs. As it returns to Scorpio, the focus will turn to deep emotional matters often associated with losses, abandonments and betrayals. It’s time to ponder personal choices and personal power. WHY have you made the choices you’ve made? What desires motivated those choices? Were they empowering or disempowering, constructive or destructive?
Scorpio is the sign opposite Taurus in the zodiac so these two signs for a natural ‘evolutionary pair.’ The lessons associated with Taurus and Scorpio, namely self-reliance and self-empowerment, are learned through discovering and developing personal values, learning to meet our own needs, and learning right use of power. All human beings possess power. That power is our ability to make free will choices. Unfortunately, the primary model for relationships in most cultures today is one of co-dependence – expecting others to take care of us and to be the source of our fulfillment. Most of us are conditioned to believe that we’ll be happy when we meet the right person.
This distorted belief often produces power imbalances in relationships. And when power imbalances reach an extreme, they actually begin to interfere with our evolutionary growth. Then our Souls will naturally co-create circumstances that remove whatever we’re giving our power away to. The result is loss, abandonment or betrayal that throws us back upon ourselves to learn an essential self-reliance and re-empowerment. From a spiritual developmental point of view, Taurus and Scorpio teach us to correctly and wisely use our intrinsic power of free will choices to manifest that which we desire.
So I’m declaring May ‘Manifestation Madness’ month! What do you need or desire? Make the effort! And be sure to make whatever necessary changes and adjustments crop up along the way. Imagine, in full detail, using ALL your physical senses, with deep and profound gratitude, that you already have what you desire. Empower yourself to manifest and manage your resources and relationships – including your relationship with the planet.
The Gemini New Moon occurs on June 4th at 7:59 pm MST!
Copyright 2016. Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting. All rights reserved.
The Aries New Moon occurs Thursday, April 7th, at 4:24 am PDT, at 18 degrees Aries 4 minutes. Here’s the chart: AriesNewMoon2016. The Ram appropriately symbolizes Aries, which always acts instinctively upon it’s desires. Of course, the Ram is also well known for butting heads with other males in the flock as it competes for the right to mate. Ruled by Mars, the planet of war, Aries is the sign of pure male YANG energy; forceful and strong.
As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries always correlates to new beginnings. So this sign is associated with Spring time (in the Northern hemisphere), the season that reflects a new beginning each year in the natural world when new life bursts forth as plants sprout new shoots and animals give birth. The glyph for Aries represents new seedlings that have just pushed their way up through the soil, a remarkable instinctive act of natural strength.
As the first cardinal sign, Aries instinctively initiates action. Aries overcomes it’s considerable fears through finding courage in action itself. Most important however is the feedback Aries receives once it does act. This always helps Aries discover something new about itself, the evolutionary purpose of this sign. Through the instinctive process of continuously forging ahead into new experiences and unknown territory, Aries discovers and ultimately becomes who it is as a unique individual.
Accordingly, Aries needs LOTS of independence and freedom in order to initiate instinctive actions and pursue it’s desires. When this freedom or independence is restricted, interfered with, or limited in any way, anger is always the natural reaction of Aries. This explains why this sign is infamous for its anger and quick temper!
This New Moon in Aries carries a volatile instinctive energy pattern full of the impulse for revolutionary change! This is because the Sun and Moon are conjunct Uranus, the planet associated with rebellion and revolution, which is also in Aries. The Sun, Moon and Uranus are ALL square Pluto in Capricorn, which is gaining strength and influence as it slows down now ahead of its annual station retrograde on April 18th. The ongoing square aspect (90 degree angle) between Uranus and Pluto is the most powerful and significant astrological pattern currently in the heavens.
Even though the powerful planetary connection between these two celestial heavyweights began over five years ago, and even though the seven EXACT squares between them have already occurred (June 2012 to March 2015), their connection and influence will continue through 2020. This New Moon in Aries re-energizes this aspect between Uranus and Pluto in a BIG way! Ruling revolution and evolution respectively, Uranus and Pluto are fueling major transformational changes worldwide.
Think of all the global changes that have occurred since Pluto first entered Capricorn in 2008 coinciding with the economic downturn that began on Wall Street and quickly spread around the globe. The Arab Spring began in 2010 in Tunisia initiating widespread political upheaval throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Then the Occupy Movement, begun in Manhattan in 2011, also spread quickly within months, occurring in cities in over 80 countries and across every continent except Anarctica. The Occupy Movement brought the phrase “1% vs. the 99%” into our lexicon.
Unrest in many Arab countries continues to this day as the world witnesses the largest human migration since World War II. Europe is overwhelmed by the millions of refugees fleeing countries in the region devastated by wars between Sunni and Shiite Muslims and their proxies. And of course, the world is still trying to recover from the 2008 global economic downtown that began here in the United States. It seems the ‘Occupy Movement’ is currently experiencing a renaissance in the current U.S. Presidential election as issues of income inequality, corporate welfare, Wall Street corruption and rigged economic, political and justice systems have become fundamental cornerstones of campaign platforms – at least on the Democratic side of the contest.
Think too of the extraordinary cultural shifts in our own country evidenced by the nationwide legalization of gay marriage and decriminalization of marijuana in several states. Lets not forget that America also elected our first African American President in 2008 whose landmark legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act, has forever transformed the U.S. health care industry.
Extraordinary change has also come to the world of science and religion! Pope Francis has both inspired followers and upset leaders of the Catholic Church as he focuses his papacy on a return to the compassionate teachings of Jesus, rather than the traditional moralistic and highly judgmental doctrines so ingrained in the history and hierarchy of that centuries old religious institution. Of course, the Islamic faith is also undergoing its own tremendous revolution as radical extremists continue to hijack and distort the peaceful teachings and traditions of that age old world religion. As all this is happening, the scientific community discovered the “God Particle” in the Summer of 2012!
Quantum science continues to leap forward in its understanding of how life is created in our Universe. Of particular interest to many is the emerging science of consciousness that has not only proven that consciousness creates reality, but is also proving the existence of the phenomenon of the ‘Soul!’ http://www.news.com.au/tablet/quantum-scientists-offer-proof-soul-exists/story-fnenjnc3-1226507686757
On a day to day basis, it can be difficult to grasp the magnitude of change currently unfolding on our planet. Nevertheless, humanity continues to be in the midst of extraordinary levels of r-evolutionary change and transformation relative to old social, political, cultural, economic, religious and scientific structures and paradigms.
Expect this extraordinary pace of change to accelerate!
Uranus is associated with the archetype of liberation. Uranus ALWAYS works to free us from whatever limitations are preventing further evolutionary growth on both individual and collective levels. This is why Uranus is the planet of rebellion and revolution. Often, in order to break free of the restrictions associated with the status quo, we must rebel against those forces that expect us to unquestioningly conform and comply to old established forms and structures and their rules and regulations.
It’s worth noting that when evolutionary changes are resisted for too long, Uranus acts to suddenly and unexpectedly shatter old realities and paradigms to enforce necessary change so that evolutionary growth can continue. Resistance to necessary evolutionary change is in fact the primary causative factor for cataclysmic events. In these cases, Uranus acts like an earthquake, transforming the landscape forever.
Currently moving through Aries, Uranus has been shaking things up in order to wake us up since May 2010 when it first entered Aries. In fact, the very day that Uranus re-entered Aries (it’s first retrograde returned it to Pisces for eight months from August 2010 to March 2011), the catastrophic 9.0 Tohoku earthquake occurred off the Northeast coast of Japan that triggered the explosions and subsequent meltdown at the Fukishima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant on March 11, 2011. Clearly this was a cataclysmic event. It actually happened within just two hours of Uranus returning to the sign of Aries! Revolutionary Uranus will remain in Aries, the sign of new beginnings until 2019.
And speaking of power…
Astrologically, the issue of power is ruled by Pluto and its sign, Scorpio. Pluto represents the Soul and the evolutionary process itself. Accordingly, Pluto teaches the right uses of power. Intrinsically, all human beings are endowed with the power of FREE WILL CHOICE which facilitates the very process of human evolution. Unfortunately, in our modern reality, most of us have been conditioned to attribute power to mundane and material things, like status and wealth. Interestingly, Pluto also rules sex and death, two other things we typically associate with power. Of course these are the things most commonly used to manipulate and control or wield power over others. These behaviors always reflect gross misuses of power.
With Pluto currently moving through Capricorn (2008 to 2025), and the Sun, Moon and Uranus in Aries now squaring Pluto in Capricorn in this New Moon chart, those in positions of authority who are abusing their power will increasingly be exposed as their lies and corrupt practices are revealed. Capricorn is the sign associated with established social structures like governments and with those in positions of social authority like CEO’s, bankers, politicians and religious leaders.
A perfect example of the power of the Sun square Pluto (April 6th) to expose corruption just happened this week with the release of over 11 million documents called the ‘Panama Papers.’ This cyber attack/hack is the largest leak in modern history. It revealed the names of hundreds of individuals including twelve heads of state, government leaders and their wealthy associates, as well as mafia figures and drug and weapons traffickers who have stashed their wealth in tax havens with the aid of a Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca. Among them are Ukraine’s President, Petro Poroshenko, and Iceland’s Prime Minister, Sigmundor David Gunnlaugsson, who resigned on Tuesday after more than 10,000 citizens in Iceland protested against he and his wife’s tax evasion.
For more information on this story go to http://www.democracynow.org/2016/4/5/panama_papers_world_leaders_rich_criminals
Remember I recently mentioned ‘International Transparent Forensic Accounting’ in a previous blog post? It appears this phenomenon is gaining ground as shocking (Uranus) levels of global corruption involving the rich and powerful are brought to light. The Panama Papers classically illustrate how Pluto operates. It first reveals and exposes that which is corrupt, decayed or dysfunctional. Once revealed, those things will either be healed or come to an end. Indeed this week has already brought an end to one career (Capricorn) for a leader who was abusing the power and authority of his position of prominence. There will no doubt be more.
But now let’s also look at power from a more mundane point of view…
The world needs power in the form of energy sources in order to function. Most of our cars still run on gasoline that fuels their engines, as does much of the machinery of industry. Countless other common materials and profitable business products like fertilizers, plastics and pesticides that have become ubiquitous in modern life are manufactured from petroleum and its derivatives.
Fossil fuels have powered global economies for a century and a half. However, petroleum is a deadly pollutant that is destroying ecosystems all across our planet. Scientists unanimously agree that we’ve reached a tipping point. For our evolution to continue, indeed for our very survival, we must now make different choices regarding energy sources.
Why haven’t we made this necessary change yet? Why are we resisting the very change Mother Nature (who we are all ONE with) is quite dramatically insisting we must make in order to survive? The answer is that the petroleum industry has vast wealth and holds enormous power over the very politicians whose responsibility it is to make energy policy changes. Did I mention already that political systems are ‘rigged’ and corrupt? The increasing frequency of extreme weather events reflect our stubborn resistance to necessary evolutionary changes relative to how we generate energy and utilize ‘power’ sources. Unless and until we collectively make a different free will choice, we’ll no doubt continue to experience cataclysmic weather events and increasing outbreaks of infectious diseases resulting from environmental degradation and climate change.
So we find ourselves at a choice point relative to how we power our lifestyles. The crisis of climate change and its extreme weather events and rising sea levels are alerting us to the need to evolve away from our old destructive fossil fuel energy paradigm. We must move quickly, globally, towards renewable energy sources that are clean, healthy and sustainable. It’s time to r-evolutionize (Uranus and Pluto) our relationship with energy and power!
Transforming our energy policies (Pluto) is not the only necessary evolutionary change we’re facing. We obviously also need to change our politics. Uranus rules politics because it’s associated with how societies form groups within themselves. The most common social grouping we all experience is our friends. On a larger scale however, social groups are reflected through political parties. Anyone notice the increasing chaos upending established political parties and systems the world over? The current Presidential election process underway in the United States has completely shattered longstanding political ‘conventional wisdom’ as pundits, journalists and strategists find themselves utterly baffled at both Donald Trump’s and Bernie Sander’s success. The ‘political revolution’ Bernie Sanders is calling for is indeed happening!
So this New Moon powerfully re-ignites the ongoing r-evolutionary Uranus/Pluto connection. But that’s not all it’s doing. In addition, the Sun and Moon — and Uranus too are all inconjunct (150 degree angle) both the North Node and retrograde Jupiter in Virgo. So what do these planetary connections mean?
Virgo is the sign of crises! The New Moon’s connection to Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo reflects the need to make necessary changes and adjustments in order to effectively resolve and heal these crises. Many things ruled by Virgo are currently capturing headlines. For example, Virgo represents workers and workplaces so it’s not at all surprising that efforts to raise the minimum wage in the United States are finally gaining traction. Just this week Governor Brown of California and Governor Cuomo of New York signed legislation raising their state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. Other cities like Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco have already enacted similar wage increase laws.
Virgo is also associated with health and healthcare systems. Even as ‘Obama-care’ has dramatically reduced the number of uninsured Americans, varying statistics estimate over 30 million still have no health insurance. So it’s also not surprising that a single payer healthcare system is once again front and center in the political discourse as a cornerstone of one of the Presidential candidate’s campaigns, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
Virgo also rules the environment and it’s health. As Jupiter moves through this sign (August 2015 to September 2016) it’s reflecting the enormous scale of environmental degradation. So once again, it should not be surprising that we’ve also been experiencing an expansion of infectious disease outbreaks like Ebola and the Zika virus. Also dramatically increasing are drug-resistant strains of bacterial organisms and viruses like tuberculosis and MRSA. This phenomenon will increasingly threaten the health of people and animals all over the planet.
So thank heavens Jupiter also rules man-made laws and legislative processes. Jupiter’s transit through Virgo has coincided with a growing number of successful legal actions against big environmental polluters. Lawsuits prohibiting the manufacture of toxic pesticides responsible for decimating crucial pollinator species like bees, butterflies and bats have recently prevailed against corporate behemoths like Bayer and Monsanto. Last month legislation banning GMO labeling laws set to go into effect soon in Vermont failed in Congress. Additionally, several states Attorneys General have joined with New York’s Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, who has brought suit against Exxon Mobil and others in the petroleum industry for fraud based upon decades of deceptive information provided to their shareholders about the impact of climate change due to fossil fuels.
It’s also likely that legal efforts against fracking, oil pipeline construction, offshore oil exploration and drilling will continue to grow and succeed all across this country. Jeffrey Wolf Green, the founder of Evolutionary Astrology said over twenty years ago, “Environmentalism will become the new religion.” As Jupiter in Virgo connects with the Sun and Moon in Aries now, we’ll continue to see changes and adjustments evidenced by environmental activism and legislation. Not only will these efforts grow in strength and numbers but also in their success against corporate, financial and political interests that have a legacy of destroying our planet for profits.
The bottom line is that through the current influence of Virgo, healthier choices are gaining ground worldwide, among individuals, communities and nations! What new choices are you making in support of your own personal health and well-being? What changes are you pursuing to improve your work life or benefit your career path?
And finally, the Aries New Moon is also trine (120 degree angle) Saturn in Sagittarius. This is a most auspicious planetary pairing! In addition to Jupiter’s benevolent influence for legal actions against wrongdoing, the Sun’s very favorable connection to Saturn in Sagittarius (the sign ruled by Jupiter) is also bringing rewards and success to those whose prior efforts have worked for the common good or in pursuit of truth and justice. Saturn’s association with responsibility, accountability and maturity, will be reflected in significant progress and achievement for those who have and continue to act ethically, with honesty and integrity (Sagittarius) for the benefit of all.
The influence of Sun in Aries trine Saturn in Sagittarius is reflected in recently enacted new rules regulating Advisors in the financial industry. They must now put their client’s best interests ahead of their own profit goals. Reports show that Financial Advisors have pocketed an average of $18 billion a year from the pension funds of those they advise. This protection for worker’s hard-earned retirement savings is long overdue. Another timely example of ethical responsibility is the decision by Paypal’s CEO, Dan Shulman, to cancel the company’s plan to expand their massive global operations center in Charlotte, North Carolina, after the state’s legislature passed a law repealing the city’s recent ban against discrimination for those in the LGBT community.
Sagittarius rules the search for truth so it represents the world’s religions and faith traditions. Another historic example of maturity and integrity focused on the well-being of many has been evidenced time and again by Pope Francis as he has met with religious leaders from many faith traditions. In the Spring of 2014 he met with Muslim, Jewish and Orthodox leaders in Jerusalem saying, “a visit to the Holy Land would not be complete without a meeting with the Muslim communities.”
Saturn is the planet of discipline and self-determination necessary to obtain our goals particularly those requiring serious, long-term effort and commitment. What important goals are you working towards? How are you evolving into a greater experience of maturity, personal responsibility and accountability?
Indeed MANY GOOD THINGS are happening throughout the world! We just don’t hear much about them from corporate-owned mainstream media sources whose agenda depends upon fear and distortions of truth. But then we all have the responsibility of making choices, daily, between fear and hope, despair and inspiration, truth or lies.
Long-term readers of my monthly New Moon posts, as well as those who listen to Heavenly Help, my free weekly podcast know that I’ve been saying for years (since about 2010!) that we are living in extraordinary times. Ancient cultures the world over foresaw this time in human history as a time of tremendous evolutionary growth and change. Their prophecies predicted both a time of great leaps forward in human consciousness and a time of cataclymic changes on planet Earth.
Consider the fact that every Soul alive on the planet today, including you, CHOSE to be here now. This means at a Soul level, each and every one of us intended to be part of these r-evolutionary changes. Indeed I believe the discovery of the Higgs Boson, or ‘God Particle’ reflects this revelatory leap forward in human consciousness foretold by the ancients long ago. Since physicists discovered that consciousness creates reality, human beings now KNOW that we are responsible for the realities we are experiencing because we are the ones co-creating those realities through the power of our free will choices, individually and collectively.
IT’S TIME TO EMBRACE THE NEW!
IT’S TIME TO CHOOSE CHANGE!
BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD!
VIVA LA REVOLUTION!
The Taurus New Moon occurs on May 6th at 12:29 pm MST!
Copyright 2016. Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting. All rights reserved.
The Pisces New Moon is a Total Solar Eclipse! It occurs on Tuesday, March 8th at 6:54 pm MST at 18 degrees Pisces 55 minutes. Here’s the chart: PiscesNewMoonSolarEclipse2016.
The two fish that symbolize Pisces represent the processes of both involution or manifestation – Spirit descending into matter, and evolution or transcendence of the physical world of matter – ascending back into Spirit. Portrayed accurately, the two fish are always connected in some fashion. This connection reflects the universal truth that SPIRIT AND MATTER ARE ONE. Similarly, the symbol for Pisces, two opposite vertical curved lines with a horizontal line crossing them, also symbolizes this everlasting connection. In truth, there is no separation between Spirit and matter.
Solar Eclipses are super powerful New Moons that ‘seed’ tremendous transformative energies. Eclipse energies accelerate evolutionary progression on planet Earth. These energies are always associated with the sign in which the New Moon Solar Eclipse occurs.
Happening in Pisces, these ‘seeds’ will be reflected in issues ranging from the least evolved expression of Pisces like fraud, theft, disease, deceptions and delusions, to the highest expression of the sign through things like charity, humanitarianism, compassion and forgiveness which are associated with a philosophy of the universal sacredness and connectedness of all things. Evolved Pisces energy is ultimately expressed through spiritual development, awakening of consciousness and the transcendence of limited Earthly realities. Of course, as always, how this powerful Pisces energy actually manifests will depend upon how we choose to use it – both individually and collectively. Will we use it to deceive ourselves and others, obfuscating the truth, or will we use it to reach to a higher level and lift each other up?
This Total Solar Eclipse will be visible from Southeast Asia eastward through the South Pacific Ocean to just North of the Hawaiian Islands. Those who live in the shadow path of a Solar Eclipse typically experience its energy and influence much more so than those who live elsewhere. This Solar Eclipse energizes a path from Singapore through Indonesia and into the South Pacific. Therefore, we can expect headlines in the coming months highlighting significant events occurring in these parts of the world.
Pisces is naturally wholistic in nature because it reflects the totality of both the manifest and unmanifested creation. Accordingly, Pisces reflects the entire zodiac as it contains all the twelve signs within it. As the final sign of the zodiac it’s also naturally associated with culmination. Pisces always brings things to their natural end. As the last sign of the natural year (correlating with the natural world or nature) Pisces coincides with March, the month that occurs just before the Sun enters Aries signaling the annual Spring Equinox and the beginning of a new year in the natural world. It’s fitting therefore that Pisces naturally calls for a withdrawal from worldly affairs in order to reflect upon and deeply contemplate the previous year’s experiences to distill the lessons learned and the wisdom gained.
As the final sign of the natural zodiac, Pisces is also associated with the human process of spiritualization. In Pisces, the Soul’s desire to return to and reunite with the Divine Source that created it completes its evolutionary journey. To facilitate this ultimate Soul desire, Pisces dissolves any and all barriers preventing reunification with ALL THAT IS or the Divine Source, God, Goddess, Great Spirit or whatever it is that you perceive to be your Creator.
As these barriers dissolve, we often experience a time of confusion and loss of meaning relative to all that we previously held dear and thought would bring us fulfillment. This dissolution process ALWAYS ultimately requires surrender. Some people interpret surrender as a loss of control or see it as a weakness and mightily resist relinquishing their personal will to their Divine Will. Nevertheless, surrender is indeed what’s required in order to learn the spiritual lessons associated with trusting something greater than our selves – a Higher Power. This truth is poignantly evident in the age old saying, “Let go and let God.” Ultimately, when the dissolution process is complete, we’re delivered to some new reality, miraculously transformed having transcended an old limited or unhealthy reality.
Pisces is perhaps one of the most difficult signs to comprehend specifically because it works through a process of dissolution. It naturally dissolves whatever is preventing, interfering with or distracting us from a direct experience of re-merging with the Sacred or Divine Creative Source. It may be useful to realize that Pisces also rules water. Over time, water can dissolve any substance. Over time, water wears away even the toughest granite, carving canyons and cliff walls into rock solid ground. Pisces can and does dissolve any and all structures, forms, boundaries or realities. No wonder we call water the ‘Universal Solvent!’
This New Moon/Solar Eclipse (Sun and Moon) in Pisces is joined by Mercury (logic, information, communication), Neptune (dissolution that facilitates spiritual evolution), Ceres (losses and returns), Chiron (wounds and healing) and the Moon’s South Node (emotional body, self-image, the past). That’s a LOT of Pisces energy available to dissolve and transcend old realities that have reached their limits, are no longer serving us and are naturally culminating. With Ceres’ association with loss, Chiron’s association with wounds, and the South Node symbolizing things of the past that must be let go of in order to continue growing and evolving, there’s a powerful emphasis on releasing, finishing up, letting go, death, endings and completions in this New Moon pattern. Often, many Souls leave the planet during eclipses. Those who remain are likely to experience disappointment, confusion or a deep sense of loss as the old dissolves and gives way to the new.
What’s lost meaning in your personal life? What’s dissolving, dissipating or disintegrating? Are you surrendering to this process or fighting it? What’s ending in your life now? What do you need to let go of so you can heal and continue to grow and evolve in new ways and in new directions?
Neptune rules Pisces and is therefore the planetary ruler of this New Moon and Solar Eclipse. Neptune continues to comprise the foundation of a powerful ongoing Spiritual T-Square along with Saturn and Jupiter. This T-Square is reflecting and compelling a profound review of beliefs and belief systems, like faith traditions and political and religious ideologies. It’s urging us to reach for and to embrace higher levels of truth and understanding.
What’s happening in your own life now that’s causing you to ponder or question long-held personal beliefs or what you’ve always thought was true? Keep in mind we also have MANY personal beliefs in addition to traditional religious beliefs. For example, many believe they’re not good enough or intelligent enough or that the bad things that have happened to them are punishment for their ‘sins.’ Perhaps you believe you’re unattractive or not worthy of love or that the world isn’t safe so you’re justified in always being afraid. Remember that consciousness creates reality and you can easily see the extraordinary evolutionary purpose and intention of the current Spiritual T-Square as well as the tremendous dissolutioning process now underway through so much Pisces emphasis.
This review of beliefs is being facilitated through the increasing urgency of crises, personally and globally. From an evolutionary point of view, crises have a natural purpose. Crises alert us to that which is NOT in alignment with or rooted in REALITY. Crises further alert us to the need for serious changes and adjustments in order to resolve them. Using wide orbs (range of energetic influence), ALL the planets currently in Pisces are square Saturn in Sagittarius and opposite retrograde Jupiter and the North Node both in Virgo, greatly expanding the influence of this Spiritual T-Square over the coming weeks and months.
Consequently, expect ongoing crises to intensify in magnitude and frequency and new crises to emerge because these crises are reflecting our stubborn resistance to making necessary changes and adjustments. Social, political and economic dysfunction continue to manifest through increasing disease outbreaks, contaminated water supplies, opioid addiction, greater frequency of extreme weather events and global scandals revealing rampant and widespread fraud and corruption. Fortunately, current celestial patterns are not only very auspicious for change, they seem to be demanding change! It’s a very opportune time to heal ourselves, our relationships with one another and our planet – IF WE CHOOSE TO DO SO.
All the Pisces planets are also within orb of a sextile aspect (60 degree angle) with Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto is a powerhouse providing plenty of energy and will to make the proper and necessary choices especially when it comes to knowing what needs to be relinquished in order to heal old wounds, resolve long-standing conflicts and make space for a better future. Pluto also brings that which is hidden to light, especially if secrecy is being used to conceal misuses of power. Dishonesty and abuses of power will increasingly be revealed especially at the highest levels of government and social institutions. This energy clearly supports ‘speaking truth to power!’
Have you heard of International Transparent Forensic Accounting (ITFA)? I just recently became aware of it and find it interesting that numbers and math and therefore accounting are all ruled by Capricorn — the sign Pluto is currently transiting (2008 to 2024). If ITFA catches on it may begin to expose global illegal financial accounting practices. For example, the Pentagon’s trillion dollar budget anomalies may well be a result of secret channels for black ops the world over that fund terrorism, special covert military campaigns, drug trafficking, international mafias and global cyber attack networks. Pluto’s primary job is to reveal what’s hidden or secret. Of course only time will tell. AND, the planets currently seem to be saying, “It’s time!”
Indeed Pluto is THE planet associated with the evolutionary process itself which is always facilitated through FREE WILL CHOICES. All human beings are intrinsically powerful because we all have the capacity to make choices. Capricorn teaches self-responsibility. This sign also rules the structural nature of human consciousness. As we take more responsibility for the choices we make, we develop greater and greater levels of mastery relative to an evolving quality of consciousness. As our consciousness evolves we increasing make choices with deliberate and conscious intention, thus co-creating desired realities and outcomes, instead of unconsciously choosing, which unwittingly continues to manifest the same old undesired and troublesome experiences over and over and over again.
Everything touched by this New Moon will experience culmination in some way, particularly those things associated with the signs of Virgo (work, health and the environment), Sagittarius (truth, beliefs, laws and justice, travel and education) and Pisces (water, drugs, chemicals and poisons). For example, the recent unexpected passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has effectively culminated an old era of jurisprudence known as ‘originalism.’
Many old wounds (Chiron) can be healed now, particularly those of a spiritual or psychological nature (Pisces). The present moment in time, symbolized by current planetary patterns, is utterly ripe for releasing (Ceres) the past (Pisces South Node) particularly elements of consciousness that identify with victimization (Neptune and Pisces).
Victim consciousness is ALWAYS responsible for creating and maintaining wounds. In order for effective culmination and subsequent healing to occur, the truth must be faced squarely. No more idealizing, fantasizing, self-deception or denial. Delusional thinking cannot and will not be effective. In fact, faulty interpretations of reality based upon distortions of truth will only serve to re-imprint and deepen the wounds.
Here’s a BRIEF list of things associated with the Pisces archetype:
Water, drugs, pharmaceuticals and pharmacists, oil, gases, solvents, chemicals, paint, fraud, thieves, deception, delusion, illusion, fear, loss, imagination, art, imagery, photography, film, cameras, television, movies, actors and actresses, music and musicians, fantasies, toxins, infection, disease, poison, lymphatic and immune systems, feet, fish, navies, sailors, submarines, ships, boats, oceans, rivers, streams, lakes, wells, springs, consciousness, unconsciousness, subconscious, dreams, psychology, mental health, insanity, counseling, hospitals, institutions, prisons, seclusion, isolation, melancholy, depression, addiction, poets and poetry, prayer, meditation, charity, philanthropy, volunteers, non-profit organizations, transcendence, religion, spirituality, spirits, holy people, ministers, imams, rabbis, priests, divinity, sacredness.
Take a moment now and reflect upon all the things happening across our planet and in your own life that are associated with things in the above list. Consider how some of them are expressing Pisces energies negatively, i.e., Flint Michigan’s lead poisoning of its water supply and the uncontrolled methane gas leak in Porter Ranch California. Consider also how some are expressing Pisces energy positively like body cameras for law enforcement officers and breakthroughs in cancer treatment through innovative immune system therapies and reduced prison sentences for non-violent drug offenses. Clearly, Pisces energy is manifesting everywhere! How are you choosing to use all this Pisces energy?
Of course, these issues are not the ONLY issues in the news these days. But then, Neptune isn’t the only planet active right now in the heavens. We’re still feeling and experiencing the very powerful influence of the ongoing square aspect (90 degrees) between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. The r-evolutionary social, economic and political changes symbolized by these two transformative planets have been underway for the past five years and will continue for the next five years! These changes began with the global economic collapse of 2008 and doubled down with the ‘Arab Spring.’ The effects of Uranus/Pluto have manifested in a myriad of ways including legalization of marriage equality, extraordinary advances in science and technology, an explosion of social media participation and increasing social unrest that continues to drive radical changes in establishment politics worldwide.
And speaking of radical political changes, Uranus in Aries is exactly inconjunct retrograde Jupiter in Virgo now. The inconjunct aspect is a 150 degree angle associated with crises! Jupiter rules honesty and dishonesty and always greatly expands whatever it touches. Uranus rules politics, politicians and political parties. HUGE (pun intended) changes and adjustments are happening right now in the American political system as our Presidential campaign kicks into high gear here in the United States. Establishment elites in both parties are anxiously wringing their hands as old political paradigms have broken down and ‘conventional wisdom’ (an oxymoronic phrase if ever there was one) relative to political campaigning has proven to be utterly ineffective.
I’m totally fascinated with how the ONE presidential contender who seems to be speaking the most truth, Senator Bernie Sanders, is the one most ignored by the media! Reference once again the above graphic regarding societies that drift from the truth hating those who speak it!
Remember, Jupiter and the Moon’s North Node in Virgo are pointing the way forward toward evolutionary growth. Interestingly, Sanders 15 degrees Virgo Sun and 22 degrees Virgo North Node are currently being transited by retrograde Jupiter at 18 degrees Virgo and the North Node at 21 degrees Virgo. AND, his Neptune is at 26 degrees Virgo! Coincidence? Of course! Here’s the chart: BernieSandersNatalandTransits030816
In the sign of Virgo, Jupiter is telling the truth, especially regarding matters pertaining to workers, jobs and the health and well-being of both people and the planet. Rejecting free trade agreements that kill jobs, expanding healthcare for all, transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels towards sustainable and renewable energy sources and opening our hearts and homes to assist desperate refugees fleeing war and starvation seems to me the right way to go. Considering that retrograde Jupiter is now opposite every single one of those Pisces planets, thinking universally (Pisces), with a philosophy or mindset that believes ‘we’re all connected’ and ‘we’re all in this together,’ is definitely the right way to go.
Retrograde planets always accelerate our evolution. This occurs through experiences associated with the opposite sign. Retrograde Jupiter in Virgo points directly at Pisces and all of its universal one-ness and humanitarian compassion. Jupiter rules the right-brain which is the source of intuition. To evolve now, we must also learn to embrace and trust our intuitive faculties once again. In a world long conditioned to rely exclusively upon left-brained logical thinking and fact-based, empirical evidence, the denial of our intrinsic right-brained intuition is a denial of 50% of our brain capacity. This has resulted in extremes of imbalance in nearly every aspect of our lives from the weather, to income inequality to religious ‘extremism’ to overwhelming refugee migrations. As changes occur in the outer world, we must make necessary inner changes and adjustments to them. Our intuition will point us in the right direction so we must listen, Listen, LISTEN to those inner voices providing intuitive guidance!
Virgo is the sign most associated with the environment. Restoring and healing the environment should be a top priority for all humanity now. Sadly, the world lost a passionate and courageous truth-teller this week. I wish to honor Berta Cecares, a long-time political activist and General Coordinator of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras who was assassinated on March 2nd in her home. She gave her life to protect Mother Earth.
Twelve environmental defenders were killed in Honduras in 2014, according to research by Global Witness, making Honduras one of the most dangerous countries in the world, relative to its size, for activists protecting forests and rivers.
If we are to be successful in resolving our many crises, we must also once again embrace NATURAL LAWS. These are the laws that underpin the natural world and are self-evident in nature. Indigenous peoples have been the holders of ancient natural wisdom for centuries even as they have experienced egregious acts of persecution including genocide. It’s time to respect their knowledge, honor their wisdom, accept their leadership and listen to their concerns and advice about how to return to a way of living that is in harmony with the natural world, not at war with it.
Finally and perhaps most fortunately, Pisces also rules the totality of consciousness which is why it’s associated with images, imagery and imagination. Consider the fact that before anything manifests into actual physical reality, it first exists as a thought in our minds. When we desire something, we begin to think about it, imagining what it would be like to have it or experience it. What I’ve just described is the process by which consciousness creates reality. It always begins with the power of the mind to imagine. It’s time to harness this power much more consciously, intentionally and deliberately. Some call this ‘intentional manifestation.’ Others refer to it simply as ‘conscious co-creation.’ Whatever you wish to call it, it’s POWERFUL! The abundant Pisces energy available to us all now is the perfect stuff to dream a new world into being.
I encourage you, if you are called to do so, to invite like-minded friends to gather together to intentionally co-create desired changes you wish to manifest in the world. Use the extraordinary power of your mind, through your own free will choices, to consciously co-create what you want in your world and in our world. Just IMAGINE what you want, in as much detail as possible. What would it look like, smell like, sound like and feel like? Hold the precise image of it in your mind. Imagine it as if it already exists and feel gratitude for its existence. Add in feelings and emotion and the power of manifestation is significantly magnified. Endowed with the power of consciousness and free will choice, we simply do not have to settle for old realities that are dysfunctional, unhealthy and unsatisfying!
We CAN come together to envision a peaceful world. Imagine a healed planet where hatred, poverty, war and strife are things of the past. Imagine a world filled with peace, love, joy, forgiveness and compassion. IMAGINE…
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today
Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you will join us
And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world
You, you may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you will join us
And the world will live as one
The Aries New Moon/Spring Equinox is on April 7th at 4:23 am MST.
Copyright 2016. Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting. All rights reserved.
The Aquarius New Moon occurs on Monday, February 8, 2016, at 7:39 am at 19 degrees Aquarius 15 minutes. Here’s the chart: AquariusNewMoon2016.
Aquarius is perhaps the most misunderstood sign of the zodiac. Many people believe Aquarius is a water sign. This is probably because Aquarius has long been known as the ‘Water Bearer’ who is always shown pouring water from an urn. Aquarius is actually an air sign and that water is symbolic of cosmic knowledge the heavens offer for all mankind.
Air is the element associated with all forms of information and intelligence. As the third and final air sign of the zodiac Aquarius represents the highest forms of thought and knowledge – cosmic wisdom.
Aquarius’ glyph, two wavy lines atop one another, represents frequency waves, not water waves. Accordingly, Aquarius rules all things associated with intelligent information that travels invisibly through the air, transmitted and received by things like computers, radios and crystals. Accordingly, Aquarius also rules energy, electricity, airplanes and satellites, the internet, electronic devices, Reiki and lightning. This sign is also associated with science and technology so it rules invention and discovery.
Human consciousness is pure energy. Human thoughts can actually be measured as brain waves of varying frequencies. Each thought and feeling we have transmits energy that emanates out from our consciousness. Ultimately, that energy manifests into physical reality and experience. Ever heard “Energy flows where thoughts go” or “Energy manifests”? Quantum mechanics began to prove in the early 1800’s that these sayings are in fact true. Consciousness does indeed create specific realities, out of a field of infinite possibilities, based upon what we focus our attention on. These two links provide further information on the emerging science of consciousness: http://www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/proof-that-consciousness-creates-reality/ and http://consciouslifenews.com/everything-energy/1173979/
Throughout the ages, mystics, sages and holy people have taught us the importance of being mindful of our thoughts. As science and spirituality re-unite, we’re once again able to understand these ancient wisdom teachings previously thought of as mythologies. Now we realize that scientific truths are embedded in many spiritual texts. We now know that consciousness literally creates all reality, and that this process of co-creation is facilitated through FREE WILL CHOICES.
Uranus rules Aquarius, the sign of this New Moon, and it continues to be quite powerfully connected to several other planets. First and foremost, Uranus is still within orb of a square aspect with Pluto. While the seven exact square aspects (90 degree angular relationship) between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn occurred between June 2012 and March 2015, the influence of these two celestial heavyweights is actually more powerful now having moved beyond their crescent phasal relationship into a first quarter square phase with one another. This reflects a shift from YIN to YANG energy forces. Overall, their current connection will take an entire decade to unfold (2008 and 2018) promising ongoing r-evolutionary change throughout the world for years to come.
Consider that Uranus and Aquarius rule energy and scientific breakthroughs, Pluto is associated with the evolutionary process itself, Capricorn rules the structural nature of human consciousness and the sign of Aries always symbolizes new beginnings, and you can easily grasp what the highest possible manifestation of Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn could be: a revolutionary breakthrough in human consciousness that transforms our earthly reality! But we must consciously choose it!
Currently moving through Aries, Uranus is also inconjunct Mars in Scorpio. Uranus and Mars symbolize the need for radical political and economic reforms demanded by outer social forces. Unless and until these changes occur, we can expect increasing social unrest particularly among the world’s youth and disenfranchised. We’ll also likely continue to experience political upheaval and financial volatility – all powerful catalysts for change!
Another important breakthrough in awareness we can manifest at this extraordinary time in human history is the realization that human consciousness is not only a receiver of intelligent information, but also a transmitter of information. Understanding this truth is a compelling impetus to become more responsible for the quality of our consciousness personally and collectively. It encourages us to become much more mindful of our thoughts and what we’re co-creating with those thoughts. Shifting from the false belief that we are victims of our reality to the truth that we are actually co-creators of our reality, and therefore in charge of our own destiny, would utterly transform our human experience. THOUGHTS MATTER BECAUSE THOUGHTS LITERALLY MANIFEST INTO MATTER!
Yet another breakthrough in our awareness would be an increased understanding of the power of collective consciousness. When many people focus their consciousness on a singular thought, idea, feeling or desire, the power of that thought stream is exponentially increased. Science has also verified this truth through many experiments that prove the efficacy of group meditation to alter existing realities including decreasing levels of crime, changing the weather, and manifesting physical healings. Similarly, scientific studies have also shown significant, measurable spikes in our collective consciousness field when global tragedies occur.
For some months now we’ve also been experiencing a powerful celestial pattern called a ‘T-Square.’ This is a planetary configuration comprised of at least two planets that are opposite one another (180 degrees apart) while both are simultaneously square (90 degrees apart) a third planet. The opposite planets are Jupiter in Virgo and Neptune and Chiron in Pisces. Jupiter is also joined by the North Node in Virgo and Neptune and Chiron in Pisces are joined by the South Node in Pisces. ALL are simultaneously square Saturn which is now moving through Sagittarius. Since Sagittarius (ruled by Jupiter) and Pisces (ruled by Neptune) rule conscious and unconscious beliefs respectively, and Sagittarius rules the search for truth, Astrologers are calling this a ‘Spiritual T-Square.’
Altogether, this T-Square is reflecting the urgent and timely need to review and reflect upon WHAT we believe and WHY we believe what we believe to determine if its really true. To resolve the many crises (Virgo) we face, we must realign with reality (Virgo), throw off false beliefs that are co-creating false and distorted realities, and make the personal effort to heal and improve situations that are simply no longer working or serving our needs. One of the most damaging false beliefs humanity must let go of is the belief that we’re powerless to change our reality — that we are essentially victims of fate. Indeed, nothing is further from the truth!
Both Venus and Pluto in Capricorn will favorably trine (120 degree angle) Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo and sextile (60 degree angle) Chiron and the South Node in Pisces reflecting the courage and discipline to heal old identities rooted in victimization and powerlessness. Watch February 9th and 10th as well as March 16th for opportunities to take greater personal responsibility and to make important choices relative to self-improvements effecting personal health and well-being particularly regarding everyday work issues, personal finances, matters pertaining to truth, honesty and integrity and choosing to honor what is truly most meaningful and important in your life. Rewards will come easily to those who ‘do the work.’
Aquarius facilitates evolutionary breakthroughs that liberate us through its natural ability to detach emotionally. This sign is often accused of being distant, cool and aloof especially in emotional situations. But this is not the case! Aquarius feels emotions just like everyone else. What’s different about Aquarius is its intrinsic capacity to be objective. Aquarius teaches OBJECTIVITY! Once we’re able to detach, step back, and observe what’s really happened or is happening, we can easily see and therefore change the old ways of being that were co-creating those situations.
One of the most important breakthroughs associated with Aquarius, is the ability to liberate from the pressure to conform to other’s expectations especially those of family and society. Aquarians ALWAYS feel different – because they are! They are not meant to ‘fit in.’ They’re meant to stand out! This is the sign of unconventional, non-conformists, radicals and revolutionaries! If conforming to consensus reality, mainstream values and the status quo requires self-betrayal or denial of your true self, Aquarius will teach you to become a ‘group of one!’
It may come as no surprise then that Aquarius is also the sign of trauma which is so often experienced by those who refuse to conform. Standing apart from the crowd is difficult. It requires courage. But know this: When the forces of liberation and evolution are resisted by individuals for too long their Soul will co-create cataclysmic events in order to enforce the necessary evolutionary changes. When necessary change is resisted for too long by groups of people on a collective level, rebellion results that ultimately brings social revolutions!
The Sun and Moon in Aquarius are square Mars in Scorpio in the New Moon chart signaling clashes between intense forces – to both resist and embrace necessary changes – particularly relative to matters of wealth and power (Pluto and Scorpio) and politics (Uranus and Aquarius). Old financial and political realities and paradigms that are no longer working to serve the needs of the whole of humanity are disintegrating. It’s time to reclaim our collective power and make different choices. Resistance to these necessary changes by the forces of the status quo is strong. Dramatic evidence of this is inherent in the endless power struggles, between people and their governments, between political factions, between nations and between different cultures and races. Fortunately, evolutionary forces ALWAYS win out over forces of resistance. One way or another, change WILL occur. It’s only a matter of time…
The Sun and Moon are also inconjunct (150 degrees – a crisis angle) Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo in the New Moon chart. This planetary connection reflects the increasing urgency to address the crises of climate change, disease outbreaks, environmental degradation and overwhelming refugee migrations due to war and poverty. Often Virgo reflects consciousness rooted in victimization that undermines it’s ability to objectively analyze reality. We’ve now reached a point where extraordinary effort will be required to heal the physical, psychological and spiritual wounds so many of us carry. But we must do so if we are to transform our individual and collective consciousness that continuously co-creates realities that manifest death, violence, inequality, injustice and corruption.
This Aquarius New Moon is also sextile Uranus, its ruler, in Aries, the sign of new beginnings. This aspect reflects a choice point relative to manifesting a new direction. We simply need to find the courage to take the first steps knowing that as we move into unfamiliar territory, we’ll need to take a step back periodically to review our choices and adjust course if need be. Aries always moves forward instinctively so it stands to reason that it naturally unfolds through a process of two steps forward, one step back. So don’t worry if you make a choice and then realize it wasn’t quite right. Simply make another choice and proceed. Likewise, realize that not all new starts are meant to be completed. Just keep choosing anew until you’ve found the right course where doors open and solutions are found. Just keep moving forward ONE STEP AT A TIME!
Fortunately, this New Moon in Aquarius promises scientific breakthroughs and discoveries that can bring innovative solutions to some of our most urgent problems. It’s power of objectivity can help us to break free of many old realities and old paradigms. This energy can help us to liberate ourselves from false beliefs and distortions of truth that have dis-empowered us and literally kept us in the dark for millennia.
Aquarius is the sign of awakening. It’s energy is like turning on a light in a dark room! It brings the AHA moments of our lives. It’s time to wake up and to realize just how powerful we truly are. It’s time to change our thoughts from anger, fear and hatred, to love and peace and kindness. If we truly wish to change our reality, we must change our thoughts which will in turn change the quality of our consciousness which is the source that co-creates our realities.
The Age of Aquarius is upon us. As above, so below. The planets don’t make things happen but they do indeed reflect our reality. The powerful heavenly patterns in place now, including this Aquarius New Moon, are reflecting a quantum shift in human consciousness. And not a moment too soon!
The following parable has long been a favorite of mine and is perhaps a perfect way to end this post:
THE TWO WOLVES
Words of Wisdom
An Elder Native American woman was teaching her Grandchildren about life.
She said to them, “A fight is going on inside me. It’s a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, doubt,
jealousy, inferiority, shame, hatred, lies, false pride and ego.
The other wolf stands for joy, peace, love, hope, truth, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, friendship,
benevolence, empathy, generosity, compassion and faith.
This same fight is going on inside you too and inside every other person.”
Her grandchildren thought about what she had said for a while and then one child asked, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Grandmother simply replied, “The one you feed.”
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