Scorpio New Moon: A New Balance of Power

The Scorpio New Moon happens November 18th at 3:42 am PST at 26 degrees Scorpio 19 minutes. 

Here’s the chart:  ScorpioNewMoon2017.

Scorpio is the sign that rules the Soul and the evolutionary process itself.  This is reflected in the various symbols associated with Scorpio including the Scorpion, the Snake, the Eagle and the Phoenix rising from the ashes. 

All these symbols show a natural evolutionary progression from the lowest to the highest, beginning with the vengeful sting of a Scorpion, to the transformation of the Snake who sheds its skin, to the far-reaching vision of the Eagle who soars the highest among all the birds, to the Phoenix who rises from the ashes symbolizing the natural life, death and rebirth process and the natural law of reincarnation. 

The primary evolutionary intention of this sign however is to learn the right uses of power.  All human beings are intrinsically powerful.  This is due to the fact that all human beings have the power and capacity to make FREE WILL CHOICES. 

Our power is expressed through the choices we make each and every day.  Some choices manifest quickly; others take lifetimes to fully manifest.  In other words, the consequences of some choices don’t show up in the lifetime in which they are made.  They instead occur in a later life. 

Nevertheless, ALL choices made ultimately manifest because choices reflect the quality of our consciousness, which is itself, pure energy.  Quantum science has proven that thoughts generate brain waves.  So thoughts are energy too.  Scientists further know that consciousness ultimately creates our reality.   The bottom line is that choices and thoughts manifest.

Some people wield their power consciously.  They make choices deliberately and thoughtfully.  In other words, they are consciously aware of the choices they’re making as they are making them.  Most people however make most of their choices unconsciously, without conscious awareness that they are doing so. 

Choices are not only reflected in the actions we take and decisions we make, but also from feelings and beliefs we choose to have and hold.

Since consciousness creates reality, and choices reflect the very quality of our consciousness, all human beings additionally have the power to CHANGE their reality by CHANGING THEIR CHOICES.  This is true on both a personal and a collective level.  Human evolution greatly accelerates as more and more choices are made consciously, rather than unconsciously.

Because Scorpio has to do with power, this sign also rules all the mundane things we associate with power like money, social status, sex and death.  Sadly, these are the very things most often misused in order to exert power over others. 

Death is the most powerful force any of us can experience.  We experience death’s power through the loss of someone or something that we love, or through the loss of our own life.  Threatening someone’s life is the ultimate misuse and abuse of personal power. 

Sex also holds a position of enormous power in our lives.  After all, sex is  so powerful that it can actually create new life.  But sex is also used to control and manipulate and possess others. 

The recent flood of reports of sexual harassment and sexual assault poignantly reveal the magnitude of misuse and abuse of power by those in positions of authority in order to extract sexual favors from unwilling subordinates. 

Sexual assault is actually never about sex itself.  It’s about POWER.  More to the point, it’s about exerting power OVER another.  Similarly, sexual misconduct allegations made against someone are also powerful.  They can ruin the purported perpetrator’s reputation and social status.  The mere hint of the threat of such an allegation has the power to undermine someone’s social standing, career and financial livelihood.   

And who can successfully argue against the fact that money equals power in our current social, political and cultural reality paradigm?  We continuously see that those with money have more power than those who don’t have money.  A sad political truth in our modern reality is that impoverished people are perceived as the most powerless in society, often completely unable to influence policies and laws that will benefit them. 

Indeed an entire political movement has coalesced around this very truth.  It’s called the ‘environmental justice’ movement and it advocates for the rights of those who are exploited by governments, business and industry.  In particular, the petro-chemical industry has routinely destroyed, with impunity, lands belonging to and inhabited by native and indigenous peoples the world over.  These people are some of the poorest people on our planet.

Additionally, even in developed countries, poor neighborhoods that are primarily populated by minorities and people of color have also long experienced discriminatory zoning policies.  This results in greater levels of air, water and soil pollution from industries that are allowed to build and operate literally in the back yards of those who live in low income districts. 

Stark examples of ‘environmental injustice’ include the devastation that numerous tribes of the Amazon region of South America have experienced as their homelands have been decimated by reckless oil exploration.  Another example closer to home in the U.S. is the toxic radiation fallout from decades of nuclear testing and unregulated uranium mining on Native American lands.  As a result, anomalous and comparatively astronomically high rates of cancer are experienced among the native people who live on reservations.

Since Scorpio’s evolutionary intention is to teach right use of power, particularly through the power of conscious CHOICES,  this Scorpio New Moon is POWERFULLY seeding just such intentions now. 

This is a particularly powerful New Moon chart not just because it is occurring in Scorpio, the sign that actually rules power, but also because the Sun and Moon are not alone.  They are joined by three other celestial bodies which are also now in Scorpio:  Venus, Jupiter and the asteroid Vesta. 

Venus rules our values, our essential needs or what we need in order to survive, as well as what is most meaningful or important to us.  She rules two signs – Taurus and Libra.  Taurus rules resources and Libra rules our relationships with others.  It stands to reason that what we need to survive will reflect what we value and what constitutes meaning in our lives. 

It’s worth noting that Venus is THE astrological symbol of women and the feminine.  It’s also worth noting that our planet, the source of everything we need to survive, is also feminine. 

Some call our planet Gaia, quite a feminine name.  Many refer to her as ‘Mother Earth.’  All of us are nurtured and sustained by her.  She provides us with ALL of the resources we need.

Through Taurus, Venus teaches self-reliance and self-empowerment.  Through Libra, Venus teaches us how to be in relationship with others as an equal, not dominating or being dominated. 

Many people feel humanity is reaching a ‘tipping point’ relative to our survival.  Many contend that if we are to survive, we MUST learn to value and appreciate this precious life-giving planet.  We must treat her with greater respect.  In short, we must change our relationship with and to her. 

Perhaps all the revelations about sexual misconduct being exposed now symbolically reflect or mirror a similar ‘tipping point’ in our relationship with and respect for our planet, Mother Earth?

Jupiter rules Sagittarius, the sign that seeks truth.  This sign expands our understanding through higher education, travel and religious or cosmological pursuits.  Jupiter and Sagittarius represent our beliefs and belief systems including the world’s major faith traditions such as Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam.

The asteroid Vesta is associated with devotion.  In ancient times, women who dedicated their lives to the Goddess were known as Vestals.  They literally offered their bodies as vehicles for sexual communion with the Divine Feminine, the sacred female source of healing and wisdom. 

Centuries of male domination eventually reduced Vestals to a life of enforced celibacy.  They then became known as Vestal ‘Virgins.’  So great was the patriarchal distortion of Vesta’s original purpose, that these women were forbidden to engage in any sexual activity whatsoever.  If they were caught doing so, they were immediately put to death by being buried alive.

Over time, instead of embodying the Divine Feminine and facilitating healing through sacred sexuality, these women became the ‘keeper of the flames’ within communities, tasked with continually tending to hearth fires.  They were also responsible for record keeping duties associated with community properties.  This history of suppression of the Divine Feminine and absolute control of women’s sexuality by men clearly reflects a gross misuse and abuse of power associated with Scorpio themes of sex and death.

Obviously, our modern human condition is wrought with distortions of power.  One of the greatest of these continues to be the extreme imbalance of power between men and women.  This Scorpio New Moon, joined and graced by both Venus and Vesta, both symbols of the Divine Feminine, carries an auspicious and potentially transformative energy regarding the reclamation of power by women. 

No wonder so many ‘powerful’ men are  being ‘outed’ through exposure of countless acts of sexual misconduct. 

Who can forget the infamous Access Hollywood tape released during the 2016 Presidential campaign where Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women saying,  “And when you’re a star, they let you do it.  You can do anything.  Whatever you want.  Grab ’em by the p***y.”  

The current celestial patterns portend that it is time.  As above, so below.  From Hollywood, to Corporate America, to the Halls of Congress, to the White House, women are in fact reclaiming their power by finding the courage to tell their stories.  They are speaking truth to power!  What is remarkable about this timely trend is that most of these women are actually being BELIEVED now instead of being ignored, dismissed, discredited and impugned.  This is true Scorpio energy manifesting.  The powerful truth-telling happening now is healing for all of us, especially for women. 

Indeed MOST of what ails our world has its roots in this imbalance of power between the genders that originated in man-made religions that have distorted the truth and natural law for the sake of POWER and CONTROL.  For millennia, the institutions of organized religions have falsely preached that men are superior to women.  And since Mother Earth is the quintessential physical manifestation of the Divine Feminine, the rape of our planet has been an inevitable result. 

These same religions are also the source of false teachings about the superiority of the white race over races of color.  One of the most devastating manifestations of this lie has been the doctrine of ‘Manifest Destiny.’   This seventeenth century Papal Bull provided pontifical justification for the genocide of Native American tribes as Europeans settled into colonies and then moved West.  This same doctrine has been used throughout the entire world against indigenous peoples and cultures who have been systematically conquered, killed and destroyed by ‘superior’ invading forces.

In addition to the shear energy of the sign of Scorpio itself, the Scorpio New Moon chart pattern contains two significant aspects between the Sun and Moon and other planets.  These include a trine (120 degree angle) aspect to retrograde Chiron in Pisces, and an inconjunct (150 degree angle) aspect to retrograde Uranus in Aries. 

Both Chiron and Uranus are finishing up their transits through the respective signs they’ve each occupied since 2010.  They will both change signs next Spring.  Saturn too is also completing a three year transit through Sagittarius that began in December 2014.  More on Saturn later…

The favorable trine aspect between the Scorpio Sun and Moon and retrograde Chiron in Pisces magnifies deep healing energy.  Our deepest conscious and unconscious fears and wounds and beliefs are surfacing.  Since Chiron is about to station direct in Pisces on December 5th, it’s healing influence is intensely powerful now.   Chiron in Pisces can heal emotional, psychological and spiritual wounds, particularly wounds resulting from losses, abandonments and betrayals. 

With Pisces involved, this aspect links directly into the spiritual realms of the Divine or Sacred Source of Creation.  Some call this God, or Goddess; others know it as Allah or the Great Cosmic Mother.  Still others simply refer to it as ‘Source’ or the ‘Creator’ or ‘Spirit.’  By any name, it reflects an unconditional source of love, acceptance, forgiveness and compassion.  Use this energy to forgive yourself and others for mistakes, failings and transgressions.  Use this healing energy to let go of victim consciousness.

Pisces can also provide inspiration and spiritual guidance through dream messages, intuition, meditation and prayer.  So take some time over the coming days and weeks to be quiet, to go within, and to connect your consciousness with your Higher Self, your Divine Self, or the ‘Universe’ or ‘All That Is’ and receive the comfort and solace it offers.  And know that since you were made in the same image as this Divine Creative Source, that you too are divine and sacred and creative.  Embrace the timeless values and principles reflected in this ultimate source of creative POWER. 

The inconjunct aspect between the Sun and Moon and retrograde Uranus in Aries symbolizes the energy of powerful revolutionary change that may come as a result of push-back from some outer source or force that’s demanding that you change or adjust your plans or goals.  This aspect can also manifest as renewal and regeneration. 

In any case, these outer forces are likely to show up unexpectedly, and forcefully.  They may bring break-ups and break-downs.  In the end however, they reflect a potential for BREAKTHROUGHS that can shatter and reform old realities, paradigms and social, political, cultural and economic structures that are preventing further evolutionary growth and progress. 

Perhaps the most striking planetary aspect in this Scorpio New Moon chart pattern involves both of the planetary rulers of this sign – Mars and Pluto. 

Pluto has become the modern ruler of Scorpio.  But we have only known about Pluto since 1930 when it was discovered by astronomer Percival Lowell right here in Flagstaff, Arizona! 

For the many thousands of years that astrology has existed prior to Pluto’s discovery, Mars was the ruler of Scorpio.   On Sunday, November 19th, Mars in Libra makes a waning third quarter square to Pluto in Capricorn. 

This square aspect carries the energy of a crisis in consciousness.  It challenges us to review and reflect upon our beliefs.  The evolutionary intention of a waning third quarter square is to both recognize and to throw off the limited beliefs held by the consensus, or what is commonly referred to as ‘mainstream society’ in any given country or culture.  Consensus reality is underpinned by organized religion’s values and beliefs that dictate ‘right vs. wrong’ behaviors and the expectation that everyone in society conform to these standards of conduct. 

It is precisely the third quarter square position within the zodiacal wheel that begins the ‘journey home.’  This is because the remaining quarter of the circle represents the culmination of every Soul’s spiritual evolutionary journey.  Pisces is the final sign in this last quarter.  It’s also the final sign of the entire zodiac, and therefore symbolically represents completion or culmination.  In Pisces, the Soul finally returns to and reunites with the Divine Source. 

Pisces is naturally associated with a spiritual Path, not a religious path.  What’s the difference you may ask?  We often use these two words interchangeably.

Religions are man-made.  They reflect man’s interpretation of the phenomenal creation.  Man ‘s interpretation has distorted the truth of the natural laws that actually underpin the creation or the natural world that we simply refer to as nature.  Spirituality is based upon natural laws.  Natural laws exist in and of themselves and do not require interpretation or mankind.  Natural laws reflect and reveal universal truths.   Natural laws are self-evident in the natural world or nature.

If you wish to know if something is actually true, look to see if it exists in the natural world.  For example, reincarnation is a natural law.  It reflects a universal truth.  It exists in nature.  We see it through the life/death/rebirth cycle.  Life in the natural world dies and is reborn cyclically in accordance with the changing of the seasons. 

Conversely, things like sin, guilt, judgment, punishment and sexual taboos do NOT exist in nature.  These are man-made constructions whose purpose is to control mankind through fear of divine retribution for imperfections.  Perfection doesn’t exist in nature either.  In fact, perfection is antithetical to evolution.  They are mutually exclusive; one cannot exist if the other exists.  Evolution is a natural law and is self-evident in the natural world.

So this third quarter square between Mars in Libra (equality in relationships) and Pluto in Capricorn (power and authority and social structures and realities) reflects tremendous forces that can effectively challenge the status quo, speak truth to power, and bring about transformational and revolutionary progress.  Actions taken now will either preserve the status quo or change it.

All the women who have spoken up and spoken out recently about gender imbalances and misuses and abuses of power against women are reflecting the energetic influence of Mars in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn.  And Mars has more to do!  On December 1st, Mars in Libra will oppose (180 degree angle) retrograde Uranus in Aries, symbolizing even more revolutionary impulses! 

Mars opposite Uranus will likely manifest through more social unrest, increased political activism, protests and demonstrations, as ordinary people exert their personal power and choose to co-create change.  The masses, aka the 99%, will push back against those in positions of power, aka the 1%, who wish to maintain the corrupt and dysfunctional status quo, as evidenced in the reprehensible tax ‘reform’ legislation currently moving through Congress that overwhelmingly benefits the wealthiest people in our nation. 

The revolutionary forces of Mars and Uranus will shake things up shocking and surprising us with utterly unexpected events.  These forces can help to further restore a much-needed balance of power – between genders, between races and even between nations.

Now back to Saturn.  Saturn is finishing up a three year transit of Sagittarius, the sign that seeks truth and rules our beliefs. 

We have ALL been reflecting upon and reviewing what we believe over these past few years in some way or another. 

We have ALL been challenged to discern truth from lies. 

We’ve all been bombarded by ‘fake news!’ 

The very purpose and evolutionary intention of Saturn moving through Sagittarius has been to reveal the limitations in our beliefs.  Sagittarius teaches the relativity of truth.  We all see the world differently through the unique lens of our individual consciousness.  Sagittarius always encourages expansion of understanding beyond personal truths, that ultimately enables us to embrace higher and higher levels of universal truths. 

Saturn always teaches responsibility.  Ultimately, Saturn teaches that we are all responsible for our experiences because it is  our own consciousness that created those realities! 

Saturn will leave Sagittarius and enter Capricorn, the very sign Saturn rules, on December 19th.  Saturn will remain in Capricorn until December 2020, just a few weeks after our next U.S. Presidential election!

Meantime, as Saturn finishes up in Sagittarius, a natural culmination is occurring relative to seeking, revealing and understanding ‘truth.’  As a result, we will no doubt experience more lies being revealed over the coming month. 

Be mindful of your own changing beliefs and understanding of the truth. Because as Saturn finishes up his three year transit of Sagittarius, truths will surely come shining through.

This culmination will receive an additional boost from both the Sun and Mercury.  The Sun moves into Sagittarius on at 7:05 pm MST on November 21st.  The Sun always sheds light upon whatever it touches.  Moving through Sagittarius for a month, it will shine its bright light upon, you guessed it, truths and lies! 

Mercury is already in Sagittarius and is slowing down ahead of its upcoming final retrograde of 2017.  Mercury will station retrograde on December 2nd/3rd depending on your time zone at the final degree of Sagittarius.  By the time it goes retrograde, Mercury will have already crossed over Saturn once.  It will connect with Saturn twice more due to its retrograde movement.  The second conjunction with Saturn will happen on December 6th and the final conjunction will occur on January 12th.  Their final conjunction will be in Capricorn. 

With Mercury ruling all kinds of information, data, facts and knowledge, as well as the media and all the devices we use to gather and disseminate info, its reversal through the sign of TRUTH will no doubt manifest in LOTS of ‘breaking news’ stories and LOTS of shocking revelations and LOTS of back-tracking by people relative to previous statements, positions and decisions they’ve previously made.  And even MORE truths and MORE lies will be revealed and exposed!  Do you see a pattern here?!  And with so much Scorpio energy currently afoot, we can be assured that much of what comes out will have to do with SEX and MONEY and POWER!  

As the saying goes, there’s no disinfectant like sunshine.  As hidden or secret (Scorpio) information is brought to light, people who have destructively misused or abused their power will see their lives forever changed.  Those who CHOOSE to speak up and speak out and reveal truths and lies will also see their lives changed and transformed, albeit in more positive and constructive ways.  Those who CHOOSE to wield their power rightly will personally evolve in leaps and bounds.

And finally, both Neptune and Chiron in Pisces will station direct in the coming month.  Neptune resumes forward motion on November 22nd at 11 degrees Pisces completing a four and a half month retrograde period that began on June 16th.  What was happening in your world then?  It’s likely to resurface and further unfold as Neptune stations direct. 

Chiron turns around on December 5th at 24 degrees Pisces, also completing a four and a half month retrograde period that began on July 1st/2nd depending upon your time zone. 

Of course Chiron has to do with wounds and their healing so its station provides opportunities for both.  Will you CHOOSE to re-imprint old wounds.  Or will you CHOOSE to heal them? 

The first week in December also brings the Gemini Full Moon on December 3rd.  Gemini is ruled by Mercury.  This Full Moon occurs as both the Sun and Moon are precisely square Neptune in Pisces.  Distorted Neptune and Pisces energy is the very stuff of lies and deceptions, obfuscations and delusions, so once again, we can expect revelations about secrets and lies during this time, as more liars and frauds and abusers are outed. 

Confusion is also very likely during this emotional Full Moon time period.  Allow the confusion.  Know that when the time is right, clarity will be naturally restored.  Pisces spiritualizes through a natural dissolving process that blurs old forms and structures and realities as they disintegrate.  As this dissolution process unfolds, what is false fades away and what has distracted us from reconnecting with the Divine Source ultimately loses its meaning.  This is a natural process so don’t fight it.  Instead, allow it to unfold with grace and acceptance even if it brings some confusion. 

Neptune and Pisces rule the unconscious mind.  So do be very mindful of dream messages and intuitive promptings.  Take time to meditate or be in prayerful contemplation.  Be quiet and still and turn your attention inward for guidance from Higher Sources. 

And for heaven’s sake, and for your own sake, trust, Trust, TRUST YOUR INTUITION!  

So, as you can see, this Scorpio New Moon is indeed reflecting POWERFUL and transformational energies and influences.  All the simultaneous Sagittarian energy is bringing matters of honesty and dishonesty to a head.  Do not fear these energies.  They are precisely what is NEEDED now!  These powerful influences are bringing to light all the facts and truths we need to know in order to make different CHOICES.  They will help us to heal ourselves and our planet.

Reclaim your power!  Wield it wisely through conscious choice-making.  Use it to heal and transform and evolve.  Choose to use your power in ways that will co-create new realities.  CHOOSE TO CREATE A NEW BALANCE OF POWER! 

 

 

The Sagittarius New Moon is on December 17th at 11:30 pm MST.

 Copyright 2017.   Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting.   All rights reserved.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Libra New Moon: Radical Relationship Changes

The Libra New Moon happens Thursday, October 19th at 12:12 pm MST/PDT at 26 degrees Libra 35 minutes.  Here’s the chart:  LibraNewMoon2017.

Libra’s symbol, the scales, leads many to believe that this sign is inherently balanced.  In truth, this is rarely the case.  Instead, Libra is learning balance.

Libra typically experiences great imbalances in life, often to extreme degrees, especially in relationships with others.  From an evolutionary point of view, Libra teaches us to be in relationships as an equal; not dominating, or being dominated, by others.

To achieve and maintain successful relationships, Libra must learn to give and receive appropriately.  All too often sharing of resources is unequal or out of balance in Libra’s relationships with others.  This typically manifests through indiscriminate giving which is rooted in the unhealthy psychology of “needing to be needed” by others in order to feel valued.

Driving this need to be needed is the false sense that personal value or self-worth is derived exclusively from others, instead of from the self.  A sense of meaning or purpose in life can also come from feeling needed by others.  Such beliefs and behaviors contribute to and create the psychological pathology of co-dependency.  Primary among the core characteristics of codependency is an excessive reliance on other people for approval and a sense of identity.

When identity, personal value and meaning in life are derived exclusively from others instead of from itself, the self gets sacrificed and is literally lost to the other.  This dynamic represents an extreme state of imbalance within the relationship.

When this is the case in relationships, personal needs are often unconsciously projected onto the partner with the expectation that the partner  will fulfill those needs, be they physical, emotional, psychological or even spiritual.  These projections will ultimately lead to a crisis within the relationship when the partner no longer meets those projected needs.

A common projection in our culture is the expectation that a partner will be the source of our happiness.  How often have you heard the following missive?  “You’ll be happy when you find the right person.”  This way of thinking places responsibility for personal well-being into someone else’s hands.  Women in particular are conditioned in this way and as a result, often don’t fully develop a healthy sense of self-worth that is self-empowered, self-reliant and whole within themselves.

Expecting another to fulfill or meet personal needs can, and often does, become the death knell of relationships.

Astrologically, the planet associated with needs as well as giving and receiving is Venus.  A deeper understanding of the origin and nature of these issues is provided by the fact that Venus rules two signs:  Taurus and Libra.  These two signs reflect both the YIN (inner) and YANG (outer) sides of Venus.

Through Taurus, a feminine YIN sign (energy moving inward), Venus reflects our essential needs or what we need to survive, as well as our relationship to our self.  Taurus teaches self-reliance and learning to meet our own needs our self.  Through Taurus, we must recognize and develop our own personal resources and abilities which inherently reflect our unique personal value.  Taurus also teaches us to establish our own personal meaning from within.  Through Taurus we learn to value our self enough to take care of our self, and as a result become confident, self-reliant and self-empowered.

Through Libra, a masculine YANG sign (energy moving outward), Venus reflects our relationship with others.  Libra teaches us to be in relationship with others as an equal, giving and receiving unconditionally, not conditionally.  Conditional giving is based upon the expectation that personal needs will in turn be met by the partner.  Through Libra, we receive feedback from others who are different than us, and as a result, we discover who we are as a unique individual.  Through relationships with others who have skills and abilities that we don’t have, we have the opportunity to learn and grow and ultimately overcome personal limitations.  As a result, we further evolve as an individual.

Paradoxically, the better we are at taking care of our self, the better all our relationships will be.  This is because we will come to relationships empowered, whole and healthy, not powerless, empty and needy.

Libra teaches us that effective listening skills are required in order to achieve and maintain healthy, equal and balanced relationships.  This is because effective listening allows us to hear what the other is ACTUALLY saying, instead of hearing what we want or need to hear through the filter of our own personal needs.

When we listen through the filter of our own needs, we typically hear what WE think the other needs, which nearly always ensures that we’ll continue to give to them in ways that keep promoting their need for us!  As a result, giving becomes ‘conditional.’  When we give conditionally, we’re essentially saying, “I will love you IF – IF you meet my needs.”  In the end, Libra must learn ‘unconditional’ giving, which always says, “I will love you no matter what!”  Unconditional giving requires effective listening.

My work with clients over the years has repeatedly born out these Libra themes and dynamics.  So often when I work with clients who have an emphasis of Libra energy in their natal charts, meaning those with their Sun, Moon or Ascendant in the sign of Libra, or a powerfully placed Venus, or several planets in the 7th house  – the house naturally associated with Libra – they will nearly ALWAYS speak exclusively about all the other people in their lives, not themselves.

I once worked with a woman who had just written her bio for a new blog site she was creating.  In it, she described herself as a mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, a friend and a colleague.  In each description, her self-identity was seen exclusively through the lens of her relationship with others.

When she asked for my feedback, I said, “But who are YOU?”  Throughout her entire bio, she did not once refer to herself as a separate, distinct, whole and complete individual.  Further, she didn’t even consciously realize that her self-image wasn’t rooted in her SELF at all.  Instead it was completely associated with her relationship with others.  She was utterly unaware that she had no individual concept of her SELF!

A deeper understanding of the actual evolutionary purpose of the Libra archetype can be achieved by dissecting this sign’s astrological categorizations.

Libra is a cardinal modality sign which means it acts instinctively to initiate new beginnings.  As an air element sign, Libra is concerned with socializing and relating with others.  As a Yang polarity sign, meaning a sign whose energy naturally moves outward from the center, Libra is active and expressive in the world.  Altogether these characteristics explain why Libra’s core intention is to create a diversity of relationships with a variety of different kinds of people.  Then, through Libra’s intrinsic habit of comparing and contrasting itself with all these different others, Libra discovers who it is as a unique individual.  Then Libra must BE that individual.  Libra must be true to itself, even in relationships with others!

Thousands of years of patriarchal conditioning, reflecting the destructive principles of hierarchy, dominance, exclusion and self-interest, have distorted this natural process of comparing and contrasting.  As a result, it has devolved into a defacto ranking process.  Now Libra’s natural tendency to compare and contrast is instead used to determine who’s better or worse, richer or poorer, smarter or dumber, more or less attractive or more or less powerful.

Rank or ranking is literally the antithesis of equality.  Ranking nearly always results in a feeling of being “less than” the other.  This just further contributes to a sense of self that falsely believes that it NEEDS others because it feels it’s not enough in and of itself.  This creates relationship imbalances through a loss of self worth and the inevitable projection of personal needs onto others that follows.

Sadly, these distorted tendencies are the cultural norm relative to relationship dynamics here in the United States.  Indeed the primary relationship model in this country is one of co-dependency.  These unhealthy relationship norms significantly contribute to the high divorce rate in the United States which has hovered around 50% for decades.

Disgraced Hollywood movie mogul, Harvey Weinstein

Given the fact that patriarchy is also fundamentally based upon male-dominance, it’s also no wonder that most relationships reflect an imbalance that perceives men as more powerful than women.

A timely illustration of this just occurred with Harvey Weinstein.  This well-known Hollywood film executive was fired from his own company last week.  As news reports grew about decades of sexual harassment, assault and even rape by Weinstein, of scores of women seeking work in the film industry, his lawyers were unable to continue covering up his abuses of power against women.

It’s important to realize that sexual assault is NOT about sex; it’s about POWER!  It’s about misuse and abuse of power.  It reflects an extreme imbalance of power.  Indeed few women in America have NOT experienced these power imbalances at some point in their lives.  My first experience of sexual assault happened in the workplace when I was just 19 years old!  The trending twitter hashtag, #MeToo, poignantly verifies that this power imbalance is experienced by most women.

Another current example that perfectly illustrates imbalances in relationships is the stark contrast in relief efforts in Puerto Rico, compared to relief efforts in both Texas and Florida. 

All three locations experienced devastating and destructive consequences from recent hurricanes.  However, among these three locations, only Puerto Rico lacks the vote in U.S. presidential elections.  This difference reflects an extreme political inequality between Texans and Floridians and Puerto Ricans.

Politicians do not fear those who lack the political power to kick them out of office.  Puerto Ricans are Americans just as Texans and Floridians are.  They deserve the same relief efforts!

Relationship difficulties were also on full display this week with President Trump.  One striking example involved Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was invited to the White House to have lunch with the President. 

These two men have been at odds with one another for months.  After their luncheon, both men met with reporters in the Rose Garden.  It was clearly evident that their relationship continues to be strained even though the President characterized it as ‘good’ and said that they’ve been friends for a long time.

Trump, who has criticized McConnell relentlessly, especially since the Senate failed to repeal Obamacare last month, seemed to relish this latest opportunity to humiliate the Majority Leader.  This estranged relationship does not bode well for the President’s agenda in the coming weeks including several ‘must-do’ legislative efforts like the passage of a budget bill.  Additionally, tax reform, one of Trump’s central campaign promises, utterly depends upon McConnell for success.

North Korea’s Leader Kim Jung Un

Another stark example of an extremely unbalanced relationship is between Trump and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jung Un.  This unhealthy relationship actually poses a threat to the health and well-being of all of humanity as the war of words between these two has dangerously escalated in recent weeks. 

Iran’s Leader Hassan Rhouhani

Yet another break-down in relationship is underway between Trump and Iran’s President Rassan Rhouhani as a result of Trump’s refusal to certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal negotiated by six countries in 2015. 

Trump’s relationships with other important U.S. Allies continue to deteriorate.  Prime Minister Teresa May of the UK, recently elected President Macron of France, and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany have all signaled their growing mistrust and dismay at President Trump’s words and actions since he took office nine months ago.

And then there’s the ongoing feud between Trump and the NFL and its players.  For weeks now NFL players have been ‘taking a knee’ at the opening ceremonies of games to protest ongoing discrimination (unequal treatment) of people of color by law enforcement officials who are RARELY held to account for their excessive and extreme (Libra) uses of force, often lethal force. 

Contrary to what our President wants us to believe, this growing protest is NOT about respect for our flag, our national anthem or our troops.  That’s just another one of Trump’s many lies.  This protest is intended to raise awareness and bring change to the persistent racial injustice (Libra) and inequality (Libra) experienced by people of color in America.

In truth, EXTREME RELATIONSHIP IMBALANCES literally pervade our current realities.  They exist between genders, between races, between nations and between social and political classes, not just here in the United States, but all over the world.  Imbalance reflects inequality.  Unequal and unbalanced relationships inevitably break-up or break-down.  To experience breakthroughs in these relationship dynamics, we must learn Libra’s lessons.  We must treat each other radically different; we must relate to one another as equals!

Thank heavens then that this Libra New Moon (Sun and Moon) is precisely opposite retrograde Uranus in Aries!  Uranus represents the evolutionary impulse of liberation and freedom.  Uranus is all about breakthroughs!  Uranus reflects the Soul’s natural urge and desire to break free of whatever is preventing ongoing evolutionary growth and progress.  This powerful planetary connection between the Sun and Uranus offers freedom from the past, freedom from the known and freedom from what’s unhealthy or no longer working.  Uranus provides both the energy and the impetus for breakthroughs that bring necessary changes, radical changes, and sometimes even revolutionary changes!

Dramatically increasing the power of this planetary opposition between the Sun and Moon and Uranus is the fact that the Sun and Uranus are the planetary rulers of Leo and Aquarius, respectively.  The Nodes of the Moon currently occupy these two opposite signs.  The Nodes of the Moon always point to the past that must be let go of and to the future and the new directions we must go in order to evolve and grow.  

With the Moon’s Nodes in Leo and Aquarius, to evolve we must let go of the traumas of the past (Aquarius) and learn to love ourselves and each other more (Leo).  As we do so, we’ll be able to create (Leo) a better future (Aquarius) for our self and others.  We’ll be able to better recognize (Leo) and value our differences (Aquarius) in ways that promote harmony, (Libra), balance (Libra), fairness (Libra), justice (Libra) and greater equality (Libra).

Consciously embracing necessary evolutionary change always mitigates the need for cataclysmic events.  When we resist necessary evolutionary change for too long, our Souls (individually and collectively) will inevitably co-create the very circumstances required in order to enforce the necessary changes.  When this is the case, totally unexpected situations occur.  Shocking events that ‘rip the rug out’ from underneath us come out of left field and dramatically alter current realities.

Natural cataclysmic events include hurricanes and earthquakes, wildfires and tsunamis.  Personal cataclysmic events often manifest through experiences of the death of a loved one or catastrophic illness or loss of a home or career. 

Typically, these circumstances happen in ways  that are utterly and completely beyond our control.  They must occur in this way in order to overcome the forces of resistance. 

Evolutionary forces will always prevail over forces of resistance.  This is is a natural law…

The Sun and Uranus WILL bring relationship changes!  Some may be radical.  Some may be upsetting.  Some will be utterly surprising.  ALL will be necessary!  So don’t resist these changes – embrace them! 

Pay particular attention to unexpected and unplanned events, especially those that affect or impact your relationships with others.  For many, these changes will be both necessary and timely.  Choose to bust out and break free of old relationship dynamics, habits, patterns and realities.

Relationship healing energy is also prominent in the Libra New Moon chart pattern.  This is reflected in an inconjunct (150 degree angle) connection between the Sun and Moon in Libra and retrograde Chiron in Pisces.  Chiron always reflects both our wounds and what must be done to heal those wounds.  Should relationship crises occur – and they probably will – they’ll serve the purpose of alerting us to the fact that something is awry; something is NOT rooted in truth or reality.  They’ll also demand that necessary changes and adjustments be made in order to resolve what’s gone wrong.

In fact, it is crucially important now to see people and circumstances realistically – NOT through rose-colored glasses.  This is because the combination of Pisces and Libra energies nearly always creates unrealistic relationships.

The most extreme cases involve seeing the partner as perfect.  Worse still is the desire to make the partner a defacto ‘God’ or ‘Goddess’ that is literally worthy of worship.  When this sort of ultimate meaning is projected onto a partner, the relationship is doomed to failure since in reality, no one is perfect.  Putting another on such a pedestal guarantees that at some point, they will fall.  Then disappointment and disillusionment MUST occur in order to effect a realignment with reality – to dispel delusions, illusions and fantasies.  So first and foremost, you must see others as they actually are, not as you wish them to be.

The connection between the New Moon in Libra and Chiron in Pisces also carry the risk of identifying with being a victim.  When this is the case, the energy of Chiron unwittingly or unconsciously re-imprints wounds, re-creating the same painful circumstances that hurt us in the first place.  Instead, Chiron can be used to heal our wounds, to throw off victim consciousness, to take full responsibility for our own well-being and to deepen our most important relationships.  Of course these include both the relationship we have with our self, and the relationship we have with the Divine Creative Source of all things.

Be particularly mindful of these risks in the coming weeks, especially if you are someone who has experienced painful wounding through rejection by others.  I say this because our American culture is utterly fixated on victimization.  Scarcely a day goes by without use of the term to describe those affected by unfortunate events. 

Healing cannot occur when consciousness is rooted in victimization because there is no ownership regarding responsibility for having co-created such circumstances.  If you don’t know that your own consciousness is co-creating your reality, you’re not likely to make the necessary changes and adjustments that will co-create different realities in the future.  And if you don’t make these necessary changes, you cannot and will not heal.

Finally, Mercury and Jupiter align in Scorpio in the New Moon chart pattern.  These two planets are a natural pair since they rule opposite signs, namely Gemini and Sagittarius, and Virgo and Pisces (Jupiter is the ancient ruler of Pisces).  They symbolize our left (Mercury) and right (Jupiter) brain and logical (Mercury) and intuitive (Jupiter) thought processes.  Together, they constitute ‘whole brain’ functioning where both linear, deductive thinking, and holistic, abstract thinking work in harmony representing the highest levels of mental capacity.

Aligning in the sign of Scorpio, Mercury and Jupiter will work together to dig for the truth and expose secrets and lies, revealing important and meaningful information.  This will be particularly true regarding hidden facts and data or information that has been deliberately withheld from public view or scrutiny!

Scorpio rules sex and death, taxes and inheritances and how power is wielded.  Look for these themes to be at issue with exposures and revelations in the coming weeks.  This energy has already manifested in the case of Harvey Weinstein!  Mercury and Jupiter in Scorpio will be especially helpful to researchers and investigators of all kinds including investigative journalists, investigative committees and to special investigators like Robert Mueller!

So pay very close attention to ALL the information and messages coming to you, from both inner and outer sources.  The knowledge and understanding needed now to restore balance and harmony to relationships, and to heal relationship wounds will be provided for those who are listening and honoring such guidance.

Don’t wait for break-ups or break-downs to force the changes you know need to be made in order to improve your relationships.  Use the extraordinary influence of the Sun opposite Uranus to BREAKTHROUGH old partnership patterns that are unhealthy, unfulfilling, unsatisfactory, unbalanced and unequal.

Change is the very stuff of evolution.  So change things up!  Do things differently.  We’ve reached a point in time where radical changes are necessary to ensure our very survival as a species.  The radical changes needed require that we learn to LISTEN more effectively.  The radical changes needed require that we learn to give and receive unconditionally.  The radical changes needed require that we learn to relate to one another as EQUALS.  This Libra New Moon promises radical changes in relationships! 

 

The Scorpio New Moon happens November 18th at 4:42 am MST/PDT!

 Copyright 2017.   Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting.   All rights reserved.

 

 

Leo New Moon: Follow Your Heart

The first of two Leo New Moons in a month happens Sunday, July 23rd, at 2:46 am MST/PDT, at 0 degrees Leo 44 minutes. 

Here’s the chart:  LeoNewMoon2017-1.

Leo the Lion is the King of Beasts.  Ruled by the Sun, the Star at the center of our Solar System, Leo has long been associated with leadership and royalty, Kings and  Queens. 

Like the Sun, Leo wants to be the center of attention, recognized and loved by all!

Given this desire to be noticed and appreciated by others, it’s important to realize that most Leos are intrinsically insecure.  After all, Leo follows Cancer in the zodiac; the sign that’s learning INNER emotional security.

Leo’s primary evolutionary lesson is to learn to love and appreciate itself, instead of constantly seeking validation and approval from others.  Indeed, unless and until Leo learns to love itself, it will typically experience disappointment after bitter disappointment at a LACK of recognition from others.  Of course, this is the very set of circumstances that forces Leo back upon itself so that it can and must learn to love and value itself, ITSELF. 

This confirms the natural ‘law of correspondences’ that teaches that outer realities always reflect inner realities.  This law is sometimes referred to as the ‘As Above, So Below’ principle, or similarly, ‘As Without, So Within.’  It stands to reason that it is only when self-love exists that it can be reflected back to us from others.

Leo is the sign of the heart.  Its evolutionary intention to learn SELF-LOVE is precisely what is required in order to heal emotional insecurities, particularly insecurities about unique individuality that are always experienced through the sign of Cancer. 

Ultimately, every human being must learn this evolutionary lesson.  When we truly love and value ourselves, we’re free to be our unique authentic self.  As a result, we can then truly shine our light into the world, just like the Sun.

Two New Moons in Leo happen over the coming month.  Today’s Leo Moon at 0 degrees is the first.  The second is a Total Solar Eclipse at 28 degrees Leo on August 21st that traverses the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina.  Eclipses are powerful harbingers of change.  Astrologers know that Solar and Lunar Eclipses significantly ‘move’ events in the world.  Total Solar Eclipses are the most  powerful of all eclipses.

This first Leo Moon will initiate Leo lessons; the second will culminate them.  Leo lessons are about opening the heart to give and receive unconditional LOVE.  Leo is also about Creative Self-Expression, or Self-Realization.  We’re always happiest when we’re expressing our true self and when we’re creating and pursuing what we love.

Mars is also in Leo now conjunct the Sun and Moon.  Mars adds forceful energy to the New Moon chart pattern that encourages dynamic evolutionary growth.  Mars always instinctively pursues desires.  Our desires emanate directly from our Souls.  Most people are unaware of this however since most people’s Souls operate at an unconscious level.  Nevertheless, it is through our desires that our Souls point us forward and direct our personal evolutionary growth. 

Creativity is abundant now particularly when applied to desires and matters of the heart.  So follow your heart!  Take time to do the things you love with the people you love.

Let pleasure, joy and play lead the way!

The Sun and Moon are also quite favorably connected to Chiron, the ‘Wounded Healer,’ in Pisces, the sign of the Divine.  Pisces rules the natural spiritual developmental path.  Here, Chiron promises that open hearts can receive blessings from the Universe and the Divine Creative Source or what many people refer to as God, Goddess, Spirit, Great Mystery or All That Is. 

This Divine Creative Source is always teaching us the universal wisdom of compassion, forgiveness, unconditional love and acceptance.  Chiron in Pisces is THE ultimate symbol of healing for those who wish to glean their Soul’s purpose in co-creating painful past experiences.  Through Chiron in Pisces, we can come to realize how the most difficult events in our lives have facilitated our evolutionary journey and ongoing personal growth.

This Leo New Moon is saying, “RE-IMAGINE hurtful experiences.”  Move beyond WHAT happened.  Instead, seek to understand WHY it happened.  

What lessons were learned?  What wisdom was gained as a result of the pain and disappointment or disillusionment?   What was your Soul trying to teach you?!

Challenging aspects to Uranus in Aries and Neptune in Pisces are spurring the desire to break free of victim consciousness that co-creates realities that undermine and hurt us.  Indeed victim consciousness always manifests in punishing circumstances driven by an unconscious belief that we must ‘atone’ for the ‘sins’ of our human  imperfections. 

Liberating ourselves from victim consciousness requires that we make different choices.  These choices may seem too radical or daunting to some, especially those who’ve already experienced harsh criticism, judgment, painful rejection or ridicule for being ‘different.’

But of course, being different is what each of us MUST be if we’re really being true to ourselves!  IN TRUTH, EVERY HUMAN BEING IS IN FACT DIFFERENT! 

Nature reflects the truth of this natural law in every snowflake that falls, every tree in a forest and every flower in a field.  Each one is UNIQUE. 

In the natural evolutionary journey of the Soul, ‘fitting-in’ is the death knell to the expression of true individuality.  Expressing our true self is the only full-proof way to happiness.

Uranus is one of two planets that will station retrograde in the coming month.  The other is Mercury.  AND, they are most favorably connected to one another now allowing easy access to their energy.  Planets are most powerful when they station so these two are super-charged to deliver action and change!

Mercury and Uranus rule short-term and long-term memories respectively, including past life memories.  They are also a natural astrological planetary pair.  These two planets are higher and lower ‘octaves’ of one another, sharing the same energy, while vibrating at different frequencies.  Students of music understand this phenomenon.  Ruling the individual conscious and unconscious mind, they can bring powerful insights and understanding that can help heal past traumas for those who are willing to do the necessary ‘inner work’ of deeply reviewing and reflecting upon their life experiences.

Uranus (freedom, liberation, breakthroughs) stations retrograde on August 2nd at 28 degrees Aries (action, self-discovery, courage) encourages new ideas and new directions.  Uranus continues to be part of an extraordinary Grand Fire Trine along with the North Node (the path of evolution) in Leo (creativity and love) and retrograde Saturn (responsibility) which is finishing up its three year journey through Sagittarius (intuition, personal truth and beliefs).  This Grand Fire Trine also reflects an abundance of creative energy!

Mercury (thoughts, knowledge, communication) stations retrograde on August 12th in Virgo (healing, self-improvement, humility) encouraging necessary changes and adjustments in order to restore health and well-being and resolve crises.  This Mercury retrograde will focus attention on what needs to be healed on all levels including personal, collective and planetary wounds.  Here in the U.S. we will no doubt see renewed attention and effort on health care legislation as well as environmental laws and regulations. 

When Mercury completes its retrograde and stations direct on September 5th it will do so at the precise degree of the second Leo New Moon Total Solar Eclipse, 28 degrees Leo! 

This may well be a ‘brain on fire’ day, full of insights, revelations and renewed clarity.  Expect those famous ‘lightning bolt AHA’ moments that can bring surprising answers and breakthroughs in personal and collective consciousness. 

Mind-blowing discoveries, innovations and solutions to long-standing problems may suddenly, surprisingly and magically appear!

Two more important aspects occur in this New Moon chart pattern.  Venus in Gemini is opposite retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius, and Jupiter in Libra is square retrograde Pluto in Capricorn. 

Venus and Saturn encourage us to speak our truth while allowing others to do the same.  Be totally honest with yourself and others.  Open, straight-forward communication can lead to breakthroughs in understanding. 

Jupiter and Pluto have already squared each other twice, on November 24, 2016 and March 30, 2017.  Think back to what was happening in your life at those times.  It’s likely that whatever occurred then is culminating now.  

Both Venus opposite Saturn (rules Capricorn) and Jupiter square Pluto (currently in Capricorn) are demanding that we take complete responsibility (Capricorn) for all of our actions, choices and experiences knowing that our own Soul co-created those experiences FOR A REASON! 

Perhaps legal or financial matters were the issue during the previous Jupiter squares to Pluto.  Or perhaps relationship concerns were unfolding forcing difficult but necessary changes.  In any case, there was an evolutionary need to expand and evolve personal values or beliefs in order to more fully allow and accept other’s differences.

The bottom line message of this first Leo New Moon is that in order to evolve, we must open our hearts and learn to love ourselves and others unconditionally. 

Its also trying to teach us the natural spiritual wisdom of listening to and following our heart’s desires.  Our desires  always lead us towards greater personal evolution. 

We’re conditioned to believe that success and happiness always require hard work, sacrifice and suffering.  In fact, our Souls are trying to teach us that success and happiness naturally occur when we follow our heart!  

LOVE IS THE MOST POWERFUL FORCE IN THE UNIVERSE! 

Leo rules the heart!  Leo teaches us that LOVE is all we really need.  If we do our best over the coming month, then when the second Leo New Moon occurs, which is a powerful TOTAL Solar Eclipse on August 21st, we can reap the rewards of a heart that’s more open, content and at peace with itself.  And if we do this right, we’ll experience a LOT more joy and have a LOT more fun along the way! 

The Leo New Moon TOTAL Solar Eclipse happens August 21st at 11:30 am MST/PDT!

 Copyright 2017.   Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting.   All rights reserved.

Cancer New Moon: Inner Emotional Security

The Cancer New Moon happens Friday evening, June 23, 2017, at 7:30 pm MST/PDT, at 2 degrees Cancer 47 minutes.

Here’s the chart: CancerNewMoon2017 .

Cancer is all about emotional security.  For most of us, a safe home, loving family, good job and supportive community usually count top among those things in life that contribute to our emotional well-being.   Yet we often have little to no control over outer things which can prove to be unreliable sources in meeting our needs.  Even worse, sometimes they can actually be the cause or source of emotional upsets, wounds and even trauma.

Cancer natives often experience gut-wrenching disappointments when the people, places and things they hope they can count on to take care of them fail to provide the love, support or protection they need and desire.  As a result, Cancer is thrown back upon itself facilitating the lesson of emotional self-reliance.  Ultimately, Cancer learns to take complete responsibility for itself, meeting it’s own needs and providing for its own safety, security, happiness and emotional well-being.  Ultimately, Cancer learns that true emotional security can only come from within itself, not from any outer source. 

This Cancer New Moon will trigger us emotionally.  It will also provide opportunities to develop greater inner emotional security.  You may be thinking that with so much daily strife and conflict happening in our world, inner peace is next to impossible.  Think again! 

The world’s wisdom traditions teach that the only way to have outer peace is through cultivating inner peace.  As chaos swirls all around us outside, we can create and maintain a healthy sense of inner peace and calm.  We can learn to become the source of our own well-being.

The Sun and Moon are joined by both Mercury and Mars now also in Cancer.  Mercury rules information exchanges of all kinds.  Mars always represents the desires we instinctively act upon.  Together, these two bring LOTS of communication energy to the New Moon celestial pattern so expect everyone to be talking about their feelings and venting their emotional frustrations!

Cancer is also the sign of home and family.  This sign rules our parents as well as our residential properties.  For most people, family is an essential part of life.  Typically, Summertime is associated with increased family time since family visits and vacations are often scheduled while school is out.  With emphasis in the sign of Cancer now, expect home and family matters to dominate a lot of time, energy and resources over the coming weeks. 

Of course for some, family time is always a joy and a pleasure.  For others, family interactions can be extremely emotionally difficult.  The Cancer New Moon will bring home and family matters to a head so be prepared! 

For some, the challenge may simply be associated with feeling pulled between work and family.  For others, it may be between fulfilling personal needs and commitments and/or meeting other’s expectations.  Or perhaps some family matter that’s been festering for a while can no longer be ignored.  However you choose to spend your time this Summer, remember that YOU, and YOU ALONE, are responsible for your emotional well-being.

All this Cancer energy joins the ongoing Cardinal T-Square turning it into a Grand Cardinal Cross.  Grand Crosses symbolize the maximum energy potential of each modality.  There are three zodiac sign modalities:  Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable.  The Cardinal modality expresses its energy through instinctively initiating new beginnings.  Remember, it’s the Cardinal signs that begin each new season (Aries – Spring, Cancer – Summer, Libra – Autumn and Capricorn – Winter). 

As the Sun, Moon, Mercury and Mars ALL move through Cancer over the next month, they’ll each connect with all three of the other planets in the Cross.  First they will each square Jupiter in Libra, then they’ll each oppose retrograde Pluto in Capricorn and finally they will each also square Uranus in Aries.  As all these planetary connections unfold, matters of truth, fairness, equality, justice, accountability and responsibility will be recurring themes.

Below are the dates on which all of these Grand Cardinal Cross connections will occur.  Perhaps you’ll want to mark your calendar and pay closer attention to what’s showing up on the global stage as well as in your own personal world.

  • MOON squares Jupiter June 24th, opposes Pluto June 24th and squares Uranus June 25th.
  • MARS squares Jupiter June 24th, opposes Pluto July 2nd and squares Uranus July 17th.
  • MERCURY squares Jupiter June 27th, opposes Pluto June 29th and squares Uranus July 4th.
  • SUN squares Jupiter July 5th, opposes Pluto July 9th and squares Uranus July 20th.

Additionally, Mercury and Mars conjoin on June 28th and the Sun and Mars conjoin on July 26th. 

The bottom line of all this activity is that we can expect MORE changes, with BIG consequences that have far-reaching implications.  Some may surprise or even shock us.  Most however will likely be a continuation of events and circumstances that have already begun or occurred.  Many of these situations have already been contributing to worldwide unrest and increasing protests that have been fueling ongoing social, political, economic and cultural shifts for some time now, including issues like Brexit, implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement, investigations into Russian interference in democratic elections, and health care legislation reform in the U.S.  While many upcoming events will be likely be associated with ongoing situations, of course others may not…

Perhaps most unsettling is the fact that with Mars leading the way for all those planets in Cancer, there is enormous potential for dangerous escalations in violence now.  After all, Mars has long been known as the God of War.  Considering there are currently conflicts and wars raging in Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya, Sudan, Congo, Ukraine, Brazil and Venezuela, there are plenty of ‘hot spots’ where things could accidentally, or deliberately spin completely out of control.  Violence has become all too commonplace in our everyday experience, and, it could dramatically spike in coming weeks.

Given the intensely powerful energies of this current time, it’s crucial that we be very mindful, focusing our thoughts, prayers and intentions on coming together and working together to co-create peaceful solutions to the problems we face.  Remember, consciousness creates reality, both individually and collectively.

IF EVER THERE WAS A TIME TO CONSCIOUSLY AND INTENTIONALLY CO-CREATE WORLD PEACE, IT IS NOW!

The difficult square between Mars and Jupiter is already playing out in another quite dramatic way, through high-stakes legal actions and activities.  Politicians in DC are increasingly ‘lawyering up’ as a result of expanding and intensifying Department of Justice and Congressional investigations. 

Indeed the number of investigations seems to grow by the day, associated with a variety of concerns including:  President Trump’s violation of the emoluments clause of our constitution, Russian hacking of the 2016 presidential election, alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, possible obstruction of justice by President Trump in his firings of interim Attorney General Sally Yates, as well as FBI Director James Comey, omissions and falsification of testimony regarding security clearance forms and vetting procedures by several Trump administration operatives.  

And let’s not forget that the legal review of Trump’s executive orders banning travel by anyone coming to the U.S. from any one of several majority Muslim nations is still working its way through the higher courts. 

The good news is that Mars is also very favorably connected to Neptune in Pisces now.  This connection promises an increasing capacity for greater compassion, tolerance and charitable acts from good people all over the world.

More good news comes from a Grand Fire Trine!  Grand Trines are comprised of at least three planets or points, each occupying one of the signs in a particular element – Earth, Air, Fire or Water. 

Fire is the element associated with creativity, passion and inspiration.  The current Grand Fire Trine includes retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius, Uranus in Aries and the North Node of the Moon which just recently entered Leo for a year and a half.  This configuration will continue through the Summer offering creative breakthroughs that can resolve many of our current problems.  What are you inspired to create?  What are you passionate enough about to act upon now?  What are you waiting for?!

One way or another, this New Moon is going to bring some BIG changes.  Don’t resist them!  Co-create them! 

Remember to pay attention to how things FEEL.  Allow your emotional body to guide you.  Take complete responsibility for your own well-being through cultivating inner emotional security.  As you do so you’ll know greater peace and tranquility.  As you do so, you’ll also contribute to greater peace and tranquility in the world. 

As the saying goes, “There is no way to peace.  Peace is the way.”  True peace can only come from within.  As the song goes, “Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me…”

Namaste.

The Leo New Moon occurs on July 23rd 2:45 am MST!

Copyright 2017.   Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting.   All rights reserved.

Gemini New Moon: Knowledge is Power

The Gemini New Moon happens May 25th at 12:44 pm MST/PDT.  It occurs at 4 degrees Gemini 46 minutes.  Here’s the chart:   GeminiNewMoon2017.

Gemini is the sign of the Twins.  In Greek mythology, Castor and Pollux were twins born to the same mother but different fathers.  Pollux was immortal; Castor was mortal. 

The two brightest stars in the constellation of Gemini are named for these twins who represent opposite forces or choices.  Accordingly, Gemini also symbolizes the duality of the mind that reflects the dual nature or reality of our universe, which of course was originally created out of pure divine consciousness.

As the first Air sign in the zodiac, Gemini reflects the mental plane of existence.  It represents the logical mind that processes information gathered through our five physical senses in a linear deductive fashion.  Gemini is the sign of the left brain and as such, reflects human intellectual capacity and mental thought structures.

Gemini is ruled by the planet Mercury, who was also known to the Greeks as the ‘Messenger’ of the Gods.  With winged feet and helmet, Mercury always delivered messages swiftly.  In modern times, Gemini is the sign associated with the media.  Other modern Gemini phenomena include the internet and social media which have exponentially expanded instantaneous information sharing capacity globally.

Gemini’s intrinsic curiosity naturally fuels its never-ending quest for more and more knowledge.  Gemini gathers and disseminates information of all kinds through both the written and spoken word.  As it does so, it increasingly learns about and comes to understand the physical world and how it works.

So it should come as no surprise that this Gemini New Moon chart pattern seeds energy for lots and Lots and LOTS of communication!  Watch as information of all kinds is sought, subpoenaed, provided, shared, exchanged, released, leaked, announced, researched, revised, retracted, hidden, hacked, revealed, recorded, adjusted, contradicted, challenged, questioned, blurted out and tweeted!  Expect a surprise or two or twelve in the coming month as important messages and announcements create many new headlines.

One of the problems Gemini must overcome is a tendency to reject information that doesn’t comport with what it already knows or believes to be true. This occurs because for Gemini, security comes from its ability to know the facts and when those facts are challenged, it is often quite unsettling.  It is interesting to note that the United States chart has a Gemini Ascendant or first house sign.  And Donald Trump has the Sun, North Node and Uranus all in Gemini as well.

Current consensus reality powerfully reflects this paradigm of outright rejection of some information.  This occurs through the habit most people have of associating with, tuning in and listening only to sources of information that reaffirms, supports or agrees with their existing point of view.  This tendency, rooted in the need for intellectual security, is a significant factor in the extreme polarization throughout our world today, especially when it comes to political ideologies.

Another challenge Gemini often encounters is that the information it gathers sometimes contains contradictions.  Contradictory ideas, perspectives or opinions can create confusion.  When this is the case, Gemini must reach over to it’s opposite sign, Sagittarius, for help in sorting through competing facts or conflicted data. 

Evolution always occurs by and through opposite signs.  For Gemini, Sagittarius provides an expanded understanding that helps it to make sense of all the disparate information or knowledge it has gathered.  Sagittarius helps Gemini determine what information is pertinent and then helps it to see how all the different pieces of information fit into a larger holistic context.

Sagittarius rules the right brain which is the source of intuitive information.  Our intuition comes from metaphysical sources, or that what is beyond the physical material world.  When confusion reigns, Gemini must let go of logic and trust its intuition to ultimately realize what’s true and what’s not.

Interestingly, Sagittarius also teaches the RELATIVITY of truth.  We are all unique individuals who see reality through our own personal ‘lens’ or point of view.  So it stands to reason that different people will naturally see things differently resulting in different perspectives, opinions and beliefs.  This is evidenced by the common phenomenon of a singular event, like an automobile accident, that is witnessed by several different people.  Often, each of these individuals will report the event in a slightly different way than all the others.  This difference actually reflects the uniqueness of individual consciousness.  But that’s a whole other subject!

Sagittarius is ruled by the planet Jupiter which is quite active in the heavens now.  Moving through the sign of Libra, Jupiter has been retrograde since February 6th.  Currently, Jupiter is slowing down ahead of its upcoming station direct (resuming apparent forward motion) at 13 degrees Libra on June 9th.  It’s also in a waning inconjunct aspect (150 degrees) with Neptune in Pisces.  Neptune is also slowing down ahead of it’s station retrograde on June 16th at 14 degrees Pisces.  Jupiter also continues to be part of a powerful T-Square along with Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries.  More on this T-Square later…

Both Jupiter and Neptune are associated with beliefs.  Conscious beliefs are associated with Jupiter; unconscious beliefs are associated with Neptune.  The intensity of these two heavyweights, extremely powerful now due to their stationing status, will likely manifest in growing pressure to get to the truth in matters large and small especially those where travel, educational or legal matters are concerned or where international people or interests are involved.  This will of course require breaking down and breaking through all the rhetoric, spin, distortions and downright lies that have become the norm in our daily discourse and information exchanges. 

Adding to this intensity is Mercury, the planet that rules Gemini and therefore this New Moon.  Currently moving through Taurus (ruled by Venus) he’s connected to both Jupiter in Libra and Neptune in Pisces in a unique planetary configuration called a YOD. 

YODs are comprised of two planets that are sextile (60 degrees) each other while being simultaneously inconjunct (150 degrees) or ‘quincunx’ a third planet.  Together, the three planets form an isosceles triangle.  Seen another way, lines connecting the planets can look like a capital “Y” thus the name YOD. 

Some believe the “Y” shape symbolizes a divining rod or stick.  Many astrologers believe YODS are associated with fate.  Some call YODs the ‘Hand of God.’ 

Yods are crisis-driven and utterly demand that necessary changes and adjustments be made in order to resolve the crisis.   Evolution cannot and will not proceed unless and until the appropriate choices and changes are made.  YODs always represent a dominant aspect in any overall chart pattern.  In the Gemini New Moon chart, this YOD signifies that truths WILL come out, one way or another.  Any attempt to obfuscate, hide or interfere with the truth will bring karmic consequences.  It is therefore incumbent upon ALL of us now to be completely honest and truthful, with ourselves and with each other.

Further emphasizing this same dynamic of truth-telling is Mercury’s challenging connection (135 degrees) to retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius, the sign that seeks truth!  Saturn is simultaneously in a very favorable trine aspect (120 degrees) with Uranus in Aries.  Uranus seeks freedom and liberates us from whatever is preventing necessary evolutionary progress.  Saturn and Uranus symbolize that age-old adage, “The truth will set you free!”  These two planetary connections further emphasize the inevitability of truths and lies being revealed and exposed.

Former Fox News TV Anchor Gretchen Carlson. On July 6, she filed a lawsuit against then Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes claiming sexual harassment. Subsequently, dozens of other women also stepped forward to accuse Ailes of harassment, and Ailes was forced to resign under pressure. In September 2016, Carlson and 21st Century Fox Corporation (Fox News’ parent corporation) settled the lawsuit for $20 million.

The Sun and Moon in Gemini are themselves in a difficult sesquiquadrate (135 degrees) aspect with Juno and Pluto in Capricorn.  They’re also precisely semi-square (45 degrees) Venus and Pallas Athena which are both currently in Aries.  Simultaneously, Venus and the asteroid Pallas Athena are conjoined and in a waxing square (90 degrees) aspect to Juno and Pluto in Capricorn. 

Altogether, these alignments signify speaking truth to power.  Women will likely lead the way in courageous efforts to hold those in positions of power accountable.

Venus rules love and money, so we can expect much of the information exchanged in the coming month to center around issues associated with significant partnerships, and with values or valuables, money and wealth, assets and debts and budgets. 

Venus is also currently moving through the ongoing ‘social unrest’ Cardinal T-Square comprised of Jupiter in Libra, Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries.  Whenever a planet moves through this T-Square configuration, it connects with each of the three planets involved, one after another. 

Currently finishing up in Aries, the sign in which she began her rare bi-annual retrograde this Spring (March 4th to April 16th), Venus already opposed Jupiter in Libra on May 19th.  Consider the following news headlines of that day:

  • The Swedish government drops sex crimes investigation of Julian Assange.
  • President Trump denies ordering FBI Chief James Comey to call off Flynn probe.
  • Trump announces $110 billion Saudi arms deal during first trip overseas.
  • Embattled former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes dead at 77.
  • FCC vote advances bid to end net neutrality.
  • Visiting Turkish President Erdogan watches as his bodyquards attack DC protestors.
  • Brazilian President Michael Temer refuses to resign amid new financial scandal.  Video recording shows him discussing bribes, authorizing hush money.
  • Venezuelan anti-government protestors rage against President Maduro as citizens face starvation. 
  • US announces sanctions against eight Venezuelan Supreme court justices who ruled that opposition party members were in contempt of their country’s constitution and removed them from power.
  • Greek parliament authorizes fresh austerity measures amidst growing protests.  Protestors declare there is no other solution than revolution.

Whew!  Do you see the themes of partnerships, money and legal issues apparent in these headlines?

AND, Venus is not yet done with the T-Square!  She is precisely square Pluto in Capricorn today – the very day of the New Moon.  Today’s headlines include, ‘Trump demands other NATO members pay their fair share.’ 

Since Pluto represents power, and Capricorn represents governments and social institutions, we can expect many more headlines in the weeks ahead about financial information involving people in positions of leadership or authority including politicians, bank officials or corporate CEO’s.  We’ll probably learn more about some high-level financial dealings that were previously hidden, corrupt or untoward in some way. 

President Trump invites Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak into the Oval Office May 10, 2017.

Venus will complete her journey through the T-Square on June 3rd when she finally conjoins Uranus (surprises, protests, political activism and revolution) in Aries.  Perhaps this final conjunction will bring even more shocking revelations regarding resource and relationship matters and legal and foreign affairs?

And speaking of relationship matters, Venus’ square to the asteroid Juno is adding significant stress to relationships already experiencing difficulties resulting from financial ties.  Can you say NATO partners and alliances? 

Juno rules partnership commitments.  She was the long-suffering wife of Zeus in Greek mythology who endured his serial infidelities.  Pallas Athena was Zeus’ daughter.  She was born by springing forth from his head thereby representing the creative wisdom of the feminine as well as the female warrior spirit.  The prominence of these feminine asteroids in the Gemini New Moon chart reflect the likelihood of continuing revolutionary fervor focused on issues of social equality, particularly women’s rights and well-being.   

Expect women to be among those leading efforts to expose and address these situations. 

One woman who epitomizes the feminine creative wisdom and warrior spirit of Pallas Athene is California Congresswoman Jackie Speier.  She is a member of both the Armed Services and Intelligence Oversight committees in the House of Representatives.

In a recent House Intelligence Oversight Committee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, her questions to former CIA Chief John Brennan clearly showed her interest in ‘following the money.’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIPIKIzP3SA

Finally, Mars is part of a stellium in Gemini as the New Moon happens.  Stelliums occur when three or more planets or celestial bodies occupy the same sign.  Stelliums always reflect an abundance or emphasis of the archetypal energies associated with any sign.  Mars of course is the planet of instinctive actions and desires.  It typically pursues what it wants with unimpeded force.  Mars is the engine providing the driving force spurring all the communication and information exchanges happening now and in the coming weeks. 

Think of Mars as the ‘irresistible force.’  That irresistible force is now coming into direct opposition with the proverbial ‘immovable object’ which is Saturn in Sagittarius.  When Mars is thwarted in the pursuit of its desires, it often experiences anger.  Remember, Mars is the God of War.  Sometimes that anger reaches extreme levels and turns into violence. 

In recent days, two such manifestations of distorted, unevolved Martial energy have occurred.  First, a suicide bomber attacked Ariana Grande’s music concert in Manchester England killing twenty-two people and injuring scores of others.

And yesterday, Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte physically assaulted Ben Jacobs, a Guardian News reporter after a campaign event.  Ben ended up in the ER of a nearby hospital for x-rays after being body-slammed in response to a question he asked the candidate about the republican health care plan’s scoring by the Federal Office of Management and Budgets.

Insecure individuals will express this Mars/Saturn energy through arguments and violence.  Evolved expression of the same energy can manifest through dogged determination to get to the facts and speak truth to power. 

Different ideas and opinions need not be a cause for distress and defensiveness.  We don’t always need to agree with everything we hear or read.  But if we don’t open ourselves to other’s viewpoints, our knowledge and understanding will be limited. 

Gemini learns through gathering and disseminating information and knowledge.  It inevitably learns from others.  Gemini ultimately evolves by realizing it is not only a teacher, but also a lifelong student.  

The animated illustration of political polarization above is just one example of the extreme levels of imbalance we’re currently experiencing planet-wide. 

Of course, imbalance breeds insecurity.  Insecurity breeds fear.  Fear breeds hatred, anger and violence.

We would all do well now to reach for the highest expression possible embodied within the spiritual YOD comprised of Mercury (mind and knowledge), Jupiter (truth and beliefs) and Neptune (divine spirituality) now. 

This YOD can help us to remember that WE ARE ALL ONE

This YOD can help us to use our minds and knowledge wisely to make better choices moving forward.  Remember, the POWER OF CHOICE is what facilitates evolution, personally and collectively.  We all have the power of choice. 

Yes, we ARE living through a period of chaos now.  CHAOS IS A NATURAL PHENOMENON that always occurs in between old paradigms and realities that are disintegrating and new paradigms and realities that are being created.

It’s worth repeating now something I say and write often:  We are living in extraordinary times!  These are times of extraordinary change.  These extraordinary times and changes were prophecied by ancient peoples from cultures the world over. 

EACH AND EVERY SOUL ALIVE ON THE PLANET TODAY CHOSE TO BE HERE NOW! 

So obviously we are extraordinary Souls, here now to do extraordinary things.  Our power to do so lies in our ability to choose.  Our choices will be informed by our level and degree of knowledge.  Choices can either bring about a new paradigm of solutions or maintain the old paradigm that’s created so much pain and fear and destruction. 

Knowledge is power.  Seek more knowledge!  Seek greater understanding.  Apply your knowledge and understanding to make wise choices that will bring about a better world and a better tomorrow.

The power of the people is stronger than the people in power.  There is a deep power in words that speak the truth.

Blessed be…

The Cancer New Moon occurs on June 23rd at 7:30 pm MST!

         Copyright 2017.   Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting.   All rights reserved.

 

Taurus New Moon: The Sacred Divine Feminine

The Taurus New Moon happens April 26th at 5:16 am at 6 degrees Taurus 27 minutes. 

Here’s the chart: TaurusNewMoon2017.

As the first Earth sign of the zodiac, Taurus represents the physical resources we need to survive.  Among the basic necessities are food, clothing and shelter.  However, in our modern era we need more.  We need money.  Hopefully, we are increasingly realizing that we also need one another.  As numerous global issues threaten our very survival, perhaps more than ever before, we need to come together and work together if we’re to succeed in resolving the crises and conflicts that are pushing life on this planet closer and closer to extinction.

In ancient times, cattle commonly reflected wealth and the intrinsically sustainable and renewable character of ‘natural resources.’  They were often traded and bartered in exchange for goods and services.  Even today, the bull is recognized as the mascot of Wall Street, a universal symbol of financial wealth.

Taurus is ruled by Venus.  She also rules another sign, Libra, which is associated with the diversity of relationships we have with others.  Libra’s evolutionary task is learning to be in relationships with others as an equal.  Symbolized by the Scales, Libra is also the sign of extremes that must learn balance in all things.  So often, Libra experiences extremes of imbalance, particularly in relationships, especially when there’s unequal resources among partners.

Libra lessons have been front and center since late last year when Jupiter entered the sign for a year.  Squaring Pluto in Capricorn and opposing Uranus in Aries, Jupiter in Libra is currently part of a powerful Cardinal T-Square, a planetary configuration that will continue through August this year.

This T-Square is reflecting ongoing power struggles between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ and the extreme levels of wealth disparity and income inequality that have been the cause and focus of growing social unrest.  It’s also manifesting through increasing revolutionary forces for change, that are demanding greater equality, all across our planet.

Thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets in Caracas on Wednesday, protesting President Nicolás Maduro. His opponents billed their march as “the mother of all protests.” At least two more people reportedly have died, taking the death toll to 23 since anti-government protests erupted across Venezuela at the beginning of April.

The extreme levels of greed of powerful special interests, be they wealthy individuals or corporate entities, who have bought access to governments and their leaders the world over, have contributed to the extreme levels of poverty in many countries allowing the rich to get richer as the poor get poorer.

Currently, Venus occupies the final degree of the zodiac, 29 degrees Pisces, in the New Moon chart.  This final degree represents a natural completion or culmination.  This final degree also symbolizes the ultimate spiritual evolution of mankind.  It represents a reunion with the Divine Creative Source.

Venus is also completing the post-shadow period of her bi-annual retrograde that occurred between March 4th and April 15th.  This post-shadow period will end on May 18th.  Venus retrograde is always about reviewing and reflecting upon issues associated with love and money, or resources (Taurus) and relationships (Libra).  What have we learned?  And what will we do differently as a result?

Venus is also still within orb of a conjunction (0 degrees) with Chiron in Pisces.  Chiron is always about our wounds and how to heal them.  Currently moving through Pisces (April 20, 2010 to February 18, 2019), Chiron reflects an opportunity to heal deep spiritual and psychological wounds that have left us feeling powerless and victimized.  Venus also remains in a first quarter square (90 degrees) aspect to Saturn in Sagittarius.  Interestingly, both Sagittarius and Pisces represent our beliefs.  Sagittarius rules our conscious beliefs.  Pisces however represents our deepest levels of unconscious beliefs.

First quarter square aspects carry the energy of ‘crises in action.’  The crisis typically manifests as a dilemma relative to the need to make important choices in order to move forward but not knowing what choice to make.  Which choice is the right choice or the best choice?

Lynne co-founded the Pachamama Alliance, a global community that helps people learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all. With roots deep in the Amazon, they integrate indigenous wisdom with modern knowledge to support personal and collective transformation that can bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on this planet.

Making wise choices requires knowledge and insight.  Often, to arrive at the right answer we need to begin by asking the right question.  One of the most important questions Venus seems to be asking now is, “WHAT IS OUR RELATIONSHIP TO MONEY?”

Perhaps it’s a good time to read or re-read Lynne Twists, “The Soul of Money.” 

In it she encourages us to think differently about resources, especially money.  She points out a near universal belief, albeit often unconscious, carried by almost everyone; a belief in ‘scarcity’ or the belief that there’s never enough.  This belief creates a quality of consciousness that co-creates realities that literally reinforce scarcity.

She writes about how most people believe there’s never enough time, or that they never get enough sleep, or sex, or love or recognition. 

Perhaps most importantly, she also points out that most people believe they never have enough money.

Beliefs underpin and inform the very nature of our consciousness, both individually and collectively.  Considering that CONSCIOUSNESS CREATES REALITY, it’s crucial that we continuously ask ourselves and each other, “What do we really believe?”  And, “Are these beliefs actually rooted in facts and reality and truth?”

The sign Saturn occupies as it travels through the heavens always focuses human consciousness on the evolutionary lessons or issues associated with that sign.  Moving through Sagittarius (December 21, 2014 to December 18, 2017), Saturn has been focusing our collective attention on expanding our understanding of the truth.

Sagittarius teaches that truth is RELATIVE and exists at different levels.  There’s personal truths (what’s true for you may not be true for me) and also universal truths (some things are true for everyone regardless of individual differences). 

Sagittarius is the sign associated with what we believe to be true so it stands to reason that it also rules our beliefs and belief systems.  Belief systems include the world’s faith traditions like Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Christianity or Hinduism.  Additionally however, each of us carries a myriad of various individual beliefs that are based upon our personal experiences, both in this current lifetime as well as previous lifetimes.

With Venus currently in Pisces (unconscious beliefs), conjunct Chiron in Pisces (wounds and healing), square retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius (review of conscious beliefs), culminating a rare retrograde period of reflection upon resources and relationships (or what we really need and what we really value), we have an opportunity to realize, with much greater clarity and conscious awareness, what we do in fact believe, and perhaps more importantly, how those very beliefs have been co-creating our realities.  We cannot change something unless and until we are aware that it exists!

Of course, distorted beliefs will create distorted realities.  Distorted truths and facts and beliefs are at the root of some of the most intractable geo-political conflicts now raging across our planet, from ‘trickle-down economics’ theory, to climate change to terrorism, from the Middle East, to Africa to the United States. 

Venus in Pisces, conjunct Chiron and square Saturn reflects an extraordinary choice point that offers us the chance to heal our relationships with one another and our relationship with the planet.  To EFFECTIVELY make the right choice however, requires that we also fully and consciously understand the role our beliefs have and will play in maintaining or resolving the crises we face.  To make the right choice, we must understand the facts of the situations, what’s real and true, and what distortions we’ve previously bought into, both consciously and unconsciously. 

Especially unconsciously…

Here are some relevant facts worthy of consideration:

  • Earth’s 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record-keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  The 2016 temperatures continue a long-term warming trend.  Most of the warming occurred in the past 35 years, with 16 of the 17 warmest years on record occurring since 2001.
  • In 1987 we surpassed the’ One Earth Line’ as we began using more resources than the Earth can regenerate.  In other words, we began living off an ‘ecological credit card.’  That same year, ecological economists began predicting that a huge financial crisis would occur in about 20 years as a reflection of the ecological crisis.  The ‘Great Recession’ began on Wall Street with the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008.  Currently we are using 50% more resources than the Earth can regenerate.
  • By October last year, 220 ‘significant’ pipeline spills had occurred during 2016 in the United States alone.  Since 2006, a staggering 3,032 spills have been reported.  The costs of these leaks since 2006 has amounted to $4.7 billion.  Pipeline construction businesses continue to consistently argue that pipelines are environmentally safe.
  • The Guardian news service reported that at least 185 environmental activists were killed in 2015, with anti-mining activities being the most deadly with 42 deaths related to protests, the highest annual death toll on record and close to a 60% increase over the previous year, according to a UK-based watchdog.  Lethal attacks occurred across 16 countries.  Brazil was worst hit with 50 deaths, many of them killings of campaigners who were trying to combat illegal logging in the Amazon.  The Philippines was second with 33.  Colombia had 26 fatal attacks; Peru, 12; Nicaragua, 12; and Democratic Republic of Congo had 11.

Taurus is THE quintessentially feminine sign symbolizing pure YIN or feminine receptive energy.  Venus, the planet that rules Taurus, also rules resources as well as our planet Earth. 

The etymology or linguistic root of both the words, ecology and economy, is ECO, which means house or household and the associated family it sustains. 

Astrologically, both the economy and ecology are ruled by the planet Venus, the planet that rules women and all things feminine.  What beliefs do we hold, consciously and unconsciously, individually and collectively, about the value and worth of the feminine?  Do we believe in the POWER of the DIVINE FEMININE that nurtures and sustains all life?

Venus will be quite busy over the coming weeks as she returns to Aries on April 28th and begins to move through the powerful Cardinal T-Square over the coming month. 

She will oppose Jupiter in Libra on May 19th.  Then she’ll square Pluto in Capricorn on May 25th.  And finally she’ll align precisely with Uranus in Aries on June 3rd.  As Venus re-ignites the change energy of the T-Square she’ll no doubt further shake things up to wake us up, particularly in matters associated with resources and relationships.

Notably, this Taurus New Moon chart contains another exciting conjunction or precise alignment between two more planets.  Uranus and retrograde Mercury are at 25 and 26 degrees Aries, respectively.  Just before Mercury began it’s current retrograde period, which began at 5 degrees Taurus on April 9th, it conjoined Uranus in Aries on March 26th.  Mercury will precisely conjoin Uranus two more times, just before and shortly after it stations direct resuming forward motion on May 3rd.  These two connections will occur on April 28th and May 10th.

This conjunction is exciting and meaningful for several reasons.  Mercury and Uranus are a natural planetary pair.  They both have to do with the mind and intellectual capacity.  Mercury rules the left brain and its logical, linear, deductive thought processes and patterns.  Uranus rules the collective mind of all of humanity or what is often referred to as ‘collective consciousness.’  It’s the planet associated with liberation and freedom that facilitates ongoing evolutionary progress.  Uranus is the planet of breakthroughs that sometimes requires break-ups and break-downs of old realities.  Uranus helps us to move forward, beyond outmoded and crystallized patterns and paradigms of the past that are preventing further growth and evolution.

Uranus also rules science and technology.  It’s connection with Mercury can manifest in surprising discoveries.  A timely example is a breakthrough in research by British scientists that have discovered a potential cause for Multiple Sclerosis.  Read more about this at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/23/breakthrough-multiple-sclerosis-research-scientists-discover/ .

Hundreds of thousands of people joined the March for Science in cities around the globe.

Science was front and center on Saturday, April 22nd, as EARTH DAY was celebrated by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide who participated in a global March for Science!

Remember Uranus in Aries is currently part of the powerful Cardinal T-Square with Pluto in  Capricorn and Jupiter in Libra.  It’s fueling the revolutionary change forces that are manifesting through growing numbers of politically active people worldwide who are standing up and speaking out in support of FACTS, TRUTH AND REALITY!

Marchers sent a message to those in positions of power and authority; make different CHOICES based upon SCIENCE and enact policies that put people and planet ahead of profits.  One of my favorite March for Science signs said, “Make America THINK Again!”

Another important astrological pattern inherent in the Taurus New Moon chart involves Mars. 

This planet of desire and instinctive actions just moved into Gemini where it will energize lots and LOTS of communication and information exchanges.  Upon entering Gemini, Mars squared the Nodes of the Moon which are currently moving through the signs of Pisces and Virgo. 

The Nodes of the Moon are extremely important astrologically.  They reflect our evolutionary path from the past to the future.  The evolutionary trajectory of Pisces and Virgo symbolize the path of spiritual development that heals all wounds.  Spiritual evolution occurs naturally when we choose a transcendent spiritual path that’s based upon natural laws, or the laws self-evident in the natural world or nature.

Natural spiritual development follows a path of service, humility and self-improvement.  This path lets go of the man-made religious delusion of perfection and all of the suffering it requires through ‘atonement’ for ‘sins.’  Natural spiritual development unfolds and occurs as we embrace timeless, universal spiritual principles like compassion, forgiveness and unconditional love.

The Moon’s Nodes are always exactly opposite one another or 180 degrees apart on the zodiac wheel or circle.  They always occupy signs that are opposite one another.  Typically the Nodes take about eighteen months to move through each pair of signs.  The Nodes are peculiar in that they move backward through the zodiac.  When the Nodes reach 1 degree of the signs they occupy, as they are now, they’re basically finishing up their journey through those signs.

When a planet squares the Nodes, it’s equidistant to them both since the square angle or aspect is 90 degrees which is half of 180 degrees.  So Mars is currently 90 degrees from the South Node in Pisces and 90 degrees from the North Node in Virgo.

Planets square the Nodes always reflect a CHOICE POINT!  The same dilemma spoken of earlier in this post concerning the ‘crises’ associated with square aspects relative to knowing which choice is the right choice pertains here as well.  Thankfully, when the Nodes are involved, they naturally determine the “right choice” to be made. 

In the case of Mars in Gemini square the Nodes in Virgo and Pisces, the right choice is symbolized by the South Node in Pisces.  This choice requires letting go of feelings of victimization.  It requires reaching for the highest level of manifestation possible within the sign of Pisces – timeless, universal and transcendent spiritual values and principles.  This right choice is to forgive yourself and others for past mistakes.  It means choosing compassion over judgment and unconditional love over fear, anger and hatred. 

Coincidentally, these right choices reflect the same energy that Venus now commands as she stands at 29 degrees of Pisces representing the ultimate spiritual evolution and reunification with the Divine Creative Source, particularly the Divine or Sacred Feminine.

So in the weeks ahead, as the energy of this Taurus New Moon unfolds, ponder what you value most.  Ponder your own value.  Think deeply about how you relate to money and to our precious and sacred Mother Earth.  Consider what level you’re operating at relative to resources and essential needs.  Are you chasing money or meaning?  Do you appreciate the abundance you already have?

Contemplate how you might reach to a higher level of expression of your own worth and value in this world. 

In The Soul of Money, Lynne Twist also reminds us that what we appreciate, appreciates.  So finally, ask yourself one more timely and crucially important question.

“WHAT BLESSINGS HAVE I RECEIVED FROM THE UNIVERSE THAT I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND CELEBRATE AND BE GRATEFUL FOR TODAY?”

Blessed be…

 

 

The Gemini New Moon occurs on May 25th at 12:44 pm MST!

         Copyright 2017.   Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting.   All rights reserved.        

 

Aries New Moon: Fuel for the Fires

The Aries New Moon happens Monday evening, March 27th, at 7:57 pm MST/PDT, at 7 degrees Aries 37 minutes.

Here’s the chart: AriesNewMoon2017.

As the first sign in the natural zodiac, Aries always reflects the energy of new beginnings.  Aries always acts instinctively to initiate new beginnings. 

We witness this each Spring in the Northern hemisphere when the Sun enters Aries on the Spring Equinox and new life births itself throughout the natural world.  This explains why one of the symbols of this sign is a glyph that represents the sprout or seedling.

Aries is a FIRE sign.  In fact, Aries is the first sign of the FIRE element in the zodiac.  There are four zodiacal elements – FIRE, EARTH, AIR and WATER.  Each element is comprised of three zodiac signs.  Each sign within an element reflects one of the three different modalities within the zodiac. 

There are three zodiacal modalities – CARDINAL, FIXED and MUTABLE.  Cardinal signs instinctively begin and initiate new actions; Fixed signs establish and secure what’s recently been initiated or begun, and Mutable signs change and adapt to what’s next. 

Aries’ fellow FIRE element signs are Leo and Sagittarius.  Aries is the CARDINAL Fire sign while Leo is the FIXED Fire sign and Sagittarius is the MUTABLE Fire sign.  Interestingly, Leo, the second of the fire signs, is ruled by the Sun.  And the third and final fire sign, Sagittarius, rules the principle of growth and expansion.  

Returning now to Aries glyph symbolizing the sprout or seedling, we can easily recognize the natural evolutionary progression through the FIRE element signs.  New plants instinctively (Aries) push their way through the soil as they reach for the Sun’s rays (Leo) in order to grow and flourish (Sagittarius).

ALL life begins instinctively, and then seeks out the light in its process of self-discovery and becoming, as it grows and expands into the fullness of its being.

Of course this same Aries glyph that represents the seedling or sprouting plant also symbolizes the great curved horns of the male Ram, the animal associated with the sign of Aries. 

Anatomically, Aries rules the head.  The ‘head-butting’ behavior of male Rams typifies the intrinsically forceful nature and character of Aries that always acts instinctively in pursuit of its desires.  The Ram perfectly reflects the rashness of all that impulsive behavior.  It’s no wonder that Aries is often described as ‘head-strong’ in character!

All the Cardinal signs act instinctively, initiating new beginnings and activities.  The combination of both the CARDINAL MODALITY and the FIRE ELEMENT reveals why Aries represents PURE YANG energy.  Yang energy is pure creative force that ceaselessly moves out from the center to express itself as it manifests in the world.

Aries is like a hot red sports car; it doesn’t like braking and it doesn’t like stop signs and it surely doesn’t like cops!  In fact, one of the surest ways to anger Aries is to get in its way or attempt to limit, control or interfere with its need for complete independence and freedom.

But this sign’s notorious angry flare-ups and outbursts are understandable.  Aries NEEDS a lot of freedom and independence in order to instinctively act upon its desires!  From a spiritual evolutionary point of view, Aries facilitates the process of self-discovery.  Through instinctively initiating actions, Aries discovers who it is as an individual so that it can grow and flourish and expand into the fullness of becoming and expressing its unique self!

However, these instinctive actions frequently create situations of uncertainty and insecurity since they typically take Aries into unknown, unfamiliar and uncertain territory.  

Wile E. Coyote of the Roadrunner cartoon fame perfectly reflects the Aries archetype.  The Coyote ALWAYS  instinctively chases the Roadrunner!  Unfortunately, it’s only AFTER Coyote has impulsively begun the chase that he realizes he’s run off the edge of a cliff! 

This characteristic nature of the sign also serves an evolutionary purpose; it teaches Aries courage.  Aries must overcome it’s fears of the new and unknown.  As a result, Aries will often force itself into new experiences and adventures just to prove it’s courage to itself!  This attribute of Aries reflects the natural leadership ability this sign is so well-known for.  Pioneers, trail-blazers and warriors all reflect the Aries archetype.

I wanted to thoroughly explain the inherent nature of the ENERGY of Aries to help readers understand the EXTRAORDINARY AMOUNT of forceful, instinctive, impulsive energy being seeded by this Aries New Moon.  This is due to the fact that the Sun and Moon are not alone in Aries.  They are joined by Mercury, retrograde Venus and Uranus also in Aries in the New Moon chart pattern. 

Additionally, each and every one of these Aries planets is significantly ‘aspected’ or in an angular relationship connecting them to other planets or planetary configurations in the heavens now.  These aspect connections add even more energy to the current Aries New Moon celestial pattern.  They add fuel to the fires! 

Let’s take a look now at these planetary connections…

First, the Sun and Moon are most closely aligned with retrograde Venus in Aries.  Venus has to do with love and beauty, values and worth, resources and relationships.  The rarest of all planetary retrogrades, Venus is only retrograde for about 6 weeks every year and a half.  This bi-annual retrograde encourages review and reflection upon essential needs and values as well as relationship dynamics. 

During every Venus retrograde period we all have an opportunity to think deeply about love and money.  How well do you manage your resources?  What’s the nature of your relationship to your self?  Do you value and respect yourself?  Do you feel worthy or unworthy?  What have your patterns of experience in relationships been like?  Have you noticed that others treat you like YOU treat you?!

The Aries New Moon’s close connection to Venus retrograde is saying, “Seek love and beauty both within and without.  Invest your time, energy and resources into what’s really most important to you and reflects your core values.  Learn to take better care of yourself and watch your relationships with others improve.  Treat yourself the way you wish to be treated by others and marvel at how others respond in kind.”

Venus will return to Pisces before completing its retrograde.  Confusion may reign as it does so.  Accept the confusion as it is part of the Pisces process of dissolving whatever is preventing our ongoing spiritual growth.  Clarity always returns of itself when the process of dissolution is complete.  

When Venus stations direct on April 15th completing its retrograde, it will conjoin Chiron in Pisces.  This connection symbolizes both the need and the opportunity for the ultimate healing of hurts and wounds, especially those of a psychological or spiritual nature. 

Pisces is the sign associated with the spiritual path.  This sign teaches unconditional love, forgiveness, compassion, understanding and non-judgement.  Ask for spiritual guidance if you need it for it will surely be available.  Take time for yourself to meditate or pray or just check in with your intuition for answers.  Also pay close attention to your dreams.  Since Pisces rules the unconscious, the source of our dreams, they too may offer important insights and understandings.

The Cardinal T-Square is quite significantly featured in the Aries New Moon chart pattern.  Long-term listeners to my Heavenly Help podcasts* likely know by now that this Cardinal T-Square pattern has been dominating the heavens since late last year and will continue to do so until late this summer.  This T-Square is comprised of Uranus in Aries, which is opposite (180 degrees) Jupiter in Libra, and both are simultaneously square (90 degrees) Pluto in Capricorn.  Aries, Libra and Capricorn are all Cardinal modality signs which instinctively initiate new beginnings. 

The core energy connection within this T-Square is between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn.  Again, those who follow astrology in general, or my work specifically, know that Uranus square Pluto is THE astrological pattern in the heavens that’s been reflecting the profound changes we’ve experienced here on Earth since 2008, socially, economically, politically and culturally.  Even religious and scientific institutions, reality structures and paradigms have been dramatically changing worldwide. 

On a mundane level, these changes have included the economic meltdown that began on Wall Street, the many revolutionary geo-political realignments planet-wide like the Arab Spring who’s chaotic fall-out continues, and more currently the Brexit vote in the UK that chose to leave the EU.  Changes also include the resurgence of cold-war era relations between the United States and Russia and unexpected cultural shifts in issues like marriage equality and trans-gender rights.  On a spiritual evolutionary level however, the highest potential manifestation of Uranus square Pluto is a quantum breakthrough in collective human consciousness. 

Since quantum science has proven that consciousness creates our reality, it’s increasingly evident, to more and more people, that the more we change our consciousness (spiritual evolutionary level) the more we will change our outer worldly realities (mundane level). 

One of the ‘power-players’ in the old social reality paradigm is corporate media.  They continue to maintain the status quo of the establishment both in Washington DC and on Wall Street.  They have mightily resisted necessary evolutionary changes. 

The selectivity of their news coverage focuses almost entirely on issues and topics that support their corporate agendas and profit motives.  The ‘news’ they do choose to deliver is often distorted and fear-based with an intention to obfuscate the truth rather than inform and enlighten the citizenry. 

Discerning what’s true and what’s not true has been an ongoing crucial lesson in the evolution of our collective consciousness.  Recently, the proliferation of ‘fake news’ has greatly intensified the need for this discernment. 

Evidence of this was just displayed prominently on the front cover of Time Magazine’s current edition as they asked, “Is Truth Dead?”

This past week Mercury connected with ALL the planets in the T-Square.  First it squared (90 degrees) Pluto in Capricorn on March 23rd, then opposed (180 degrees) Jupiter in Libra on March 24th, and JUST conjoined (aligned at the exact same degree) Uranus in Aries yesterday on March 26th. 

ALL three of these Mercury connections are a part of the energetic pattern of the Aries New Moon chart.  Further, Jupiter will make the second of three total squares to Pluto itself on March 30th (the first was November 25, 2015 and the third will be on August 4, 2017).  Jupiter rules the search for truth so it’s likely more truths, and more lies, will be exposed in the coming days…

Mercury is the ‘Messenger’ planet so it rules all kinds of information and modes of communication including the media.  Remember that Mercury is one of the prominent Aries planets in the New Moon chart pattern.  It’s movement through the T-Square this week coincided with an explosion of surprising and shocking news events. 

Journalists were so exhausted as they breathlessly raced from one breaking news story to another to another, many of them commented about the difficulty they were having keeping up with the overwhelming amount of information being discovered, disclosed and reported.

Mercury is currently slowing down ahead of its upcoming station retrograde on April 9th.  Although this second Mercury retrograde period of 2017 begins in Taurus, Mercury will re-enter Aries as it traverses back through the zodiac reconnecting with Uranus in Aries again before it completes its retrograde on May 3rd.  The headlines that first appeared this past week will no doubt continue to unfold as they are revisited again and again as Mercury retraces some of the same T-Square territory two more times in the coming weeks. 

Specifically, Mercury will connect with Uranus again on April 28th and May 9th.  Expect EVEN MORE unexpected and dramatic information to come to light during this time.  Be mindful too of all the information coming your way personally during this same time frame.  Know that precisely the information you NEED to move forward in new directions in your own life will show up for you.  Your job is to PAY ATTENTION and then act upon that information whether it be factual information from physical sources or intuitive information from metaphysical sources.      

One more extremely important reason to focus attention on Mercury now has to do with the chart of the United States.  In the progressed US chart (progressions are an astrological procedure that unfolds a natal chart through time), Mercury has been retrograde since May 1995.  On April 2nd, the progressed US Mercury will station direct in the sign of Aquarius, the sign ruled by Uranus!   Here’s the natal and progressed US charts:  USNatal&Prog040217.

Remember, Mercury is currently transiting through Aries connecting and reconnecting with Uranus which is also in Aries!  This astrological coincidence between the real-time movement of Mercury through the heavens now, and the movement of Mercury in the progressed US chart which is about to resume forward motion after being retrograde for nearly 22 years, is nothing short of mind-blowing.  Perhaps a better way of describing this synchronicity is Divine Timing!

I’ve been watching this US progressed retrograde Mercury for years now, wondering what will manifest when it stations direct this April. 

Mercury is an extremely important planet in the US chart since it rules Gemini, our nation’s Rising sign or Ascendant.** 

Mercury is also a significant planet in Donald Trump’s chart since his Sun is in Gemini where it conjoins both his natal North Node and his natal Uranus which are also in Gemini!  He’s often accurately described as ‘Mercurial.’  He’s also been called rebellious, unconventional and chaotic – all Uranian traits that reflect the weight of his Sun’s connection to Uranus in his natal chart!

Uranus rules the sign of Aquarius, an unconventional archetype indeed.  It’s evolutionary purpose is CHANGE!  This sign’s job is to shake us up in order to wake us up.  Uranus and Aquarius liberate us from the past and help us to break free of whatever is preventing ongoing evolutionary growth.  

Of course some changes are easily embraced while others are strongly resisted.  In the end however, the forces of evolution ALWAYS overcome the forces of resistance.  When evolutionary changes are resisted for far too long, Uranus and Aquarius bring revolution to enforce the necessary changes. 

As journalists re-awaken to the awesome responsibility they have within any democratic society, they’re beginning to once again challenge those in power, holding them accountable in ways that frankly hasn’t been the norm in the US for decades.

Citizens are also re-awakening to their civic duty.  A groundswell of political activism has been growing all across this country for many months now.  It began during the recent presidential campaign season and dramatically increased the day after Trump’s inauguration as millions participated in the Women’s March in Washington, a political protest repeated in hundreds of cities all across the US, as well as in many other major cities throughout the world. 

We are witnessing a growing level of social unrest and political activism (Uranus and Aquarius) not seen in the US since the sixties.  Interestingly, the current decade-long connection between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn marks the first major phase (1st quarter square phase) of unfolding of the 127 year cycle between these two heavyweight planets that began in…   wait for it…   the SIXTIES! 

When I hear people say that current events remind them of the sixties, they’re unwittingly revealing just how much they’re intuitively and psychically tuned-into the zeitgeist of the time!

So the US progressed retrograde Mercury is literally standing still or ‘stationary’ now.   Which means it is also extremely potently energized (planets are most powerful when stationary).  As it changes direction and resumes forward motion once again, the things associated with Mercury will also change direction, turn around and begin to move forward again. 

According to the natural law of correspondences, or what is more commonly referred to as the, ‘As Above; So Below’ principle, America is likely on the verge of an historic event that will itself reflect a turn around, or change in direction as well.  Whatever happens, it will no doubt have important, far-reaching consequences for our country and perhaps even for the rest of the world.

Of course we’ll have to wait to see what actually happens, but the wait won’t be for long since April 2nd is but a week away.  At the very least we can expect the disclosure of even MORE information!  And we can expect this information to have the power to dramatically change our realities both personally and collectively.

Another major planetary connection in the Aries New Moon chart pattern involves the Sun.  Just like Mercury, the Sun will similarly move through the T-Square over the next couple of weeks.  It too will connect with Pluto, then Jupiter and then Uranus. 

Of course the Sun always sheds light on whatever it touches so perhaps some new info will bring much needed clarity to some of the otherwise incredibly mysterious and unexplained recent news events like the alleged Russian hacking of our presidential election, or why so many Trump campaign associates have ties with Russian officials or what evidence House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes received, and from whom, on the grounds at the White House last week!

The bottom line for everyone is to PAY ATTENTION to ALL the information, insights, messages, data and knowledge coming your way.  It’s not only likely to be quite revelatory, like those famous AHA moments, but it’s also more than likely to be precisely the information you need to break free of the past, or whatever is holding you back, so that you can successfully initiate new directions in your life and move forward on your personal evolutionary path!  Consider these messages to be ‘postcards from your Soul!’

To even more deeply understand the energetic blueprint of this Aries New Moon pattern we now need to analyze the planet Mars since he rules the sign of Aries and therefore rules this New Moon chart. 

Currently, Mars is moving through the sign of Taurus.  The first thing to understand about Mars in Taurus is that it symbolizes the hot red sports car coming to a STOP SIGN! 

Taurus is quintessential PURE YIN energy reflecting energy that moves inward towards the center.  YIN energy is passive and receptive, not active and expressive like YANG energy. 

Mars in Taurus encourages us to act SLOWLY and only after careful and thorough consideration – not instinctively or impulsively – as is the habit of Mars and Aries the sign it rules. 

Mars is making several aspects to other planets in the Aries New Moon chart.  It’s sextile (60 degrees) Neptune in Pisces, semi-square (45 degrees) Chiron in Pisces and sesquiquadrate (135 degrees) Saturn in Sagittarius.  Since Taurus rules essential needs, values and meaning in life, it will be important to make choices and take actions that reflect your personal values.  What’s really most important and meaningful to you?  What truly reflects and expresses your own worth and core values? 

Mars and Neptune symbolize ‘walking your talk’ or ‘inspired actions’ and even ‘divine interventions.’  Mars and Chiron encourage forgiveness of ourselves and others for past mistakes.  They also caution us to be careful not to succumb to a victim mentality or a negative mindset that will simply re-create old wounds and keep co-creating unsatisfactory realities.  Mars and Chiron hold out the promise of deep psychological and spiritual healing if we choose to use their energy positively instead of negatively. 

And Mars and Saturn are saying, “It’s time to take COMPLETE RESPONSIBILITY for ALL our choices and actions.”  Remember, perfection and evolution are antithetical.  They are mutually exclusive.  Mistakes and errors are the stuff of evolution.  Learn and grow from them instead of letting them undermine self-confidence and reaffirm negative thoughts, beliefs and mindsets about yourself and the world.

Mars will also trine (120 degrees) Pluto in Capricorn on April 5th promising results, rewards and achievements of desires for those who make the efforts described above.

Finally, it may be appropriate to remind ourselves that we are indeed living in extraordinary times!  For millennia, cultures all over the world have shared their prophecies about this time in human history.  Universally, they all foresaw a potential for a quantum leap forward in human evolution.  Many of them additionally saw this evolutionary growth happening as a result of breakthroughs in human consciousness.  

In a another profound example of the ‘As Above, So Below’ principle, the God particle was discovered at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland the same week Uranus and Pluto experienced the first of seven precise square (90 degrees) aspects between one another that began in June of 2012 and ended in March of 2015.  Although those exact square alignments are finished, Uranus and Pluto are still connected with one another and so their evolutionary and revolutionary energies are still unfolding and manifesting through our personal and collective choices.  What could be more r-evolutionary than the discovery of a particle that helps further explain creation?

This Aries New Moon is a powerful celestial event signaling a time of increasing evolutionary change and growth.  But before you race ahead full speed (I’m talking to all you red hot sports car drivers), Venus retrograde, the upcoming Mercury retrograde and Mars in Taurus are all flashing bright yellow caution signs saying, “There’s a stop light ahead.  Slow down and take your time.  Thoroughly review needs, desires and values before you move forward.  Take responsibility.  Do due diligence as you consider new directions and plans.  Reflect deeply.  Know precisely WHO and WHAT are deserving of your time, energy, attention and resources.”

How will you know?  Follow your heart’s true desires.  Pursue what is most important and meaningful to you.  Pursue what you LOVE and what reflects your core values. 

There’s plenty of fuel for those fires.  Though they may be burning slowly, they’ll burn brightly if they’re burning in your heart…

* https://thresholdconsulting.wordpress.com/weekly-forecast/

** The actual birth time of the US chart is disputed.  While many well-known astrologers use the Gemini Rising chart, others use a Sagittarius Rising chart, while still others use a Scorpio Rising chart.   

 

The Taurus New Moon happens April 26th at 5:16 am MST/PDT.

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