Leo New Moon: Find the Joy

Leoimage23The Leo New Moon occurs on August 2nd, at 1:44 pm MST/PDT at 10 degrees Leo 57 minutes.  Here’s the chart:  LeoNewMoon2016.

Leo is the only zodiac sign in our Solar system ruled by a star, our Sun, not one of the planets.  As such, Leo has long been associated with nobility, royalty and dynasties.

The Lion, symbol of Leo, is called the ‘King’ of beasts.  Accordingly, Leos are characterized by dignity, leadership and pride.  Indeed a group or family of lions is called a ‘pride!’

Ruled by the Sun, Leos naturally see themselves as the ‘center of the universe.’  This quality of consciousness, referred to as a ‘pyramid reality mindset’ sees itself at the top of the pyramid and superior to others, expecting others to serve it’s needs.  However, this seeming narcissism hides a deeper inner truth.  Un-evolved Leos carry a deep inner emotional insecurity that needs constant outer recognition and attention to affirm their special qualities.  Seeking validation of their value and worth from outer sources can lead to an insatiable need for praise and acknowledgment.  When Leos don’t receive the acclaim and appreciation they feel they deserve, they’ll often pursue love affairs or ‘act out’ becoming the infamous ‘Drama Queen or King’ that just keeps climbing up on ‘stage’ in order to receive attention and be noticed.

This need to be noticed and validated as special is commonly reflected in the behavior of most children, who are also ruled by Leo.  Children often seek the attention of their parents saying, “Look at me!”  While this behavior is natural for children, it becomes pathological when carried into adulthood where unfulfilled needs for love and approval are projected onto others, especially loved ones at home and colleagues in the workplace.

loveyourselfThe evolutionary intention of Leo is to learn SELF-LOVE.  Instead of seeking approval, acknowledgement, validation and appreciation from outer sources, Leo must learn to love itself, to honor and respect itself and express its true nature – no matter what.

When Leo’s emotional insecurity reaches an extreme level of imbalance, they will typically co-create an Aquarian (opposite sign reflecting the path of evolution) shock or trauma.  The ‘rug gets ripped out’ from under them in order to reinforce humility and teach them to recognize that others are special too and deserve recognition as well.  Leo must ultimately learn that it is simply an actor on the stage of life, not the director of the play.

The Hermetic Law of Correspondences commonly known through the phrases, “As Above, So Below” and “As Within, So Without” is very instructive for Leo.  If you don’t love your self, love will not be reflected back to you through your outer environment.  If you cannot love your self, how can you expect others to love you?

When Leo evolves into self-love and appreciation, they’re no longer jealous of others who receive attention.  They become generous, kind-hearted and magnanimous.  Mature Leos are self-assured and confident within themselves.  They can then support others fully, encouraging them to develop and creatively express their authentic selves as well.  This reflects the true character of Leo, the beloved and benevolent King or Queen who truly serves their ‘subjects’ instead of the other way around.

The Sun and Moon in Leo are making several aspects to other planets in their New Moon chart.  They are joined by Venus in Leo, which adds value and meaning to individuality that needs to be creatively self-actualized and expressed in the world.  Venus in Leo can open the heart to greater love, unconditional love, for the self and others.  Venus in Leo seeks beauty and harmony, fairness and justice for all.

The New Moon is also part of a YOD formation, a unique planetary configuration comprised of two planets that are sextile (60 degrees apart) one another while both are simultaneously inconjunct (150 degrees apart) a third planet.  Altogether, the planets form a pattern that looks like a “Y” and are therefore called a YOD.

YODs are special astrological patterns that reflect a significant crises that can only be healed or resolved by making necessary changes and adjustments in order to re-align with reality and affect healing, self-improvement and personal humility.  YODS carry a unique spiritual quality or energy that links directly with your Soul’s evolutionary purpose and intentions.  This YOD is comprised of the Sun and Moon in Leo which are inconjunct both retrograde Pluto in Capricorn and retrograde Neptune and the Moon’s South Node in Pisces.  Pluto, Neptune and the South Node are all sextile each other and hold the keys to resolving the crisis.

Pluto in Capricorn symbolizes the need to emotionally and spiritually mature by taking complete responsibility for ALL of your own actions, choices and behaviors.  Stop blaming others for circumstances or situations you’re not happy about.  Blame is evidence of a consciousness rooted in victimization that assumes others are responsible and reveals an identification with powerlessness.  Nothing can heal from a consciousness of victimization.

Consciousness creates reality, so if you experienced something, you played a role in co-creating it.  Better to seek understanding of WHY you co-created a particular event rather than dwelling on WHAT happened and how awful it was which only serves to perpetuate a victim consciousness.  Keep asking your Higher Self, “Why would I co-create such an event in my life?  What am I to learn from this experience that will serve my Soul’s evolutionary growth intentions for me in this lifetime?”

Neptune and the South Node in Pisces symbolize the need to let go of negative thoughts and beliefs, particularly those associated with a sense of unworthiness.  They reflect the need to let go of an identity rooted in victimization and the need to cling to false beliefs, fantasies, delusions or idealizations that aren’t rooted in reality like the notion that unless you’re perfect, you’re worthless and therefore deserving of pain and punishment.

Unfortunately, we’ve ALL been conditioned for lifetimes by man-made religions to believe that we must suffer in order to atone for our imperfections, mistakes and ‘sins.’  The resulting feelings of unworthiness pervade the collective unconsciousness of humanity.  Nearly all of us carry these false beliefs deep within our subconscious regardless of whether or not we’ve been exposed to religion in the current lifetime.

This collective conditioning is easily evidenced in the all too common human experience of wondering what in the world we might have done to ‘deserve’ whatever ‘bad’ thing has happened to us.  This is due to religious influences that taught us to believe in the need for divine punishment or retribution for our ‘sins’ or imperfections.

Another classic example of this unconscious belief conditioning is the instinctive feeling of guilt experienced whenever we do or say something that’s disapproved of by others – even when those very choices or decisions reflect our own truth, what’s for our highest good, or in the best interests of our self or others.  Who among us has not had these experiences?!

Let go of false beliefs associated with the distorted religious teachings relative to ‘perfection’ and realize we are all evolving human beings.  Healing can come from simply doing your best and learning to judge yourself based on your intentions, not outcomes.

Remember, these same religions also teach that we’re made in the image of God or the Creator.  This means that if we are evolving, then the Divine Source that created us must also be evolving.

ForgiveyourselfConsider this:  if perfection actually existed, then evolution would be utterly and completely unnecessary.  In fact, evolution and perfection are antithetical to one another.

This YOD can teach you that to truly LOVE YOUR SELF, you must accept your self AS YOU ARE, including all of your imperfections.  Use the healing energy of this YOD to forgive yourself and unconditionally love yourself.   These choices reflect the true nature of the Divine Source that created us – a God that is unconditionally loving, compassionate and forgiving.

The New Moon is also in a waning trine (120 degrees apart) aspect with Saturn in Sagittarius.  Currently, Saturn is slowing down to a standstill in the heavens ahead of its upcoming station direct (resumption of forward movement) on August 13th at 9 degrees Sagittarius 47 minutes.  This powerful connection favors and supports self-discipline, emotional maturity, and the aforementioned need to take complete responsibility for ourselves.  The Sun and Moon trine Saturn may well bring rewards as a result of prior efforts made especially in regards to being true to yourself or ‘walking your  talk.’  This trine also reflects the potential for developing an expanded understanding of greater and greater levels of universal truths or what is true for all of us regardless of personal differences.

Sagittarius also rules foreign lands and cultures, cosmologies, philosophies and theologies.  This is the sign of man-made religions so we may also experience positive events and circumstances associated with the evolution of beliefs associated with faith traditions.

MuslimsattendCatholicMassThis evolution and growth in understanding just occurred in response to a recent tragedy.  Following the murder of Jacques Hamel, a French Priest, Muslims on Sunday attended Catholic Mass in churches and cathedrals across France, Italy and beyond.  “We’re very touched” said Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Gouen Cathedral adding, “It’s an important gesture of solidarity.”  Outside the church, a group of Muslims were applauded when they unfurled a banner which read, “Love for all.  Hate for none.”

Saturn’s station also energizes the Spiritual T-Square that’s been in place for nearly a year now.  A T-Square is another astrological configuration.  This one looks like a capital “T”.  It includes Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo, which are opposite (180 degrees) Chiron and the South Node in Pisces.  ALL of these Virgo/Pisces planets are square (90 degrees) Saturn in Sagittarius.  Jupiter and Neptune rule our beliefs, consciously and unconsciously, respectively.

The evolutionary purpose reflected in this T-Square is a necessary review and reflection upon our beliefs to discern if they are really true.  Saturn will precisely square Neptune for the third and final time on September 10th.  The two previous squares occurred November 26, 2015 and June 17, 2016.  Saturn/Neptune are directly associated with the dissolution of – literally dissolving – old outworn or false beliefs.  This planetary connection is also dissolving limited consciousness structures and the resulting realities they have been creating, both on a personal and on a collective level.

What beliefs have lost their meaning for you?  What no longer feels ‘true’ to you?  What realities are no longer working in your life?  Are you ready to let go of an old mindset that contributed to that reality?  Are you willing to own and take responsibility for having co-created those realities or are you succumbing to disappointment and disillusionment and feeling depressed or powerless???

Interestingly, both Saturn and Neptune are associated with psychological depression.  Depression has a natural purpose!   That purpose causes us to isolate ourselves so we can reflect upon what quality or aspect of our consciousness is responsible for creating a reality that no longer works or is causing us to be unhappy.

This is a necessary evolutionary task for those who wish to take responsibility for their lives realizing that they have created their experiences.  Unfortunately, we are culturally conditioned, especially in the United States, to see depression as a weakness or character flaw, or a disturbing distraction that interferes with our life.  In fact, its the natural result and reflection of a life that’s no longer working, functional, healthy or satisfactory.

Masking depression with prescription drugs is not the answer.  In fact, pharmaceutical drugs simply numb our senses, anesthetizing our consciousness, ultimately interfering with the very process required for healing.  They actually interfere with the necessary and natural process of inner self-reflection and review.  It’s a sad fact that 70 million Americans take Prozac, the number one prescribed anti-depressant drug.  Of course prolonged depression may indeed require some kind of therapeutic intervention.  But know that depression is a naturally occurring human phenomenon associated with the spiritual evolutionary process designed specifically to turn our attention inward.  In doing so we can become consciously aware of thoughts and beliefs that are not in alignment with our personal truth and are in fact the source of our depression, melancholy and lack of well-being.

Meditation4Saturn and Neptune also represent meditation, a far better antidote to depression.  In my practice over the years, I’ve noticed that those who say they’re too busy to meditate are typically the ones who need to meditate the most!  Deepak  Chopra offers a wealth of information and guidance that can help you develop your own personal meditation practice.  If you’re interested, visit the Chopra Center at http://www.chopra.com for more info.

Deepak has also produced lots of YouTube videos that offer timeless spiritual insights from the world’s wisdom traditions.  Keep in mind that there are many forms of meditation.   Many don’t require much time at all.  What’s important is that you develop a daily practice.  It may be sitting cross-legged and motionless focusing simply on your breath or quietly repeating mantras.  Or it may be some form of moving meditation like walking silently in nature or a daily jogging routine.  There are countless ways to meditate so find what works for you and simply begin.

The T-Square will also be activated by Jupiter’s third and final opposition (180 degrees) to Chiron in Pisces which will occur August 12th just a day before Saturn’s station direct in Sagittarius.  The two previous oppositions between Jupiter and Chiron happened on November 3, 2015 and February 23, 2016.  What was happening in your life during these previous timeframes?  What do you need to heal?  What wounds were you experiencing or remembering?

Jupiter has a twelve year cycle which means it spends approximately one year in each of the twelve signs.  Jupiter will move out of Virgo and into Libra September 9th ending the T-Square pattern.  The energy of the T-Square over the past year has prompted each of us to be truer to ourselves and to make the effort to heal and self-improve.  Make the most of the final Jupiter/Chiron opposition to throw off the last vestiges of victim consciousness and to reach for the highest levels of compassion and forgiveness you can realize for yourself and others.

The New Moon chart includes two other important celestial events worth mentioning that complete the overall pattern ‘seeded’ in this lunation:  Mars will re-enter Sagittarius to complete it’s biannual retrograde period that began in February of this year, and Mercury, now in Virgo, one of the signs it rules, will go retrograde for the third time this year.

Mars acts instinctively on our desires which eminate from our Souls and reflect the evolutionary growth intentions our Soul has for us in each and every lifetime.  In fact, Mars is considered the ‘lower octave’ of Pluto, the planet that represents the Soul as well as the human evolutionary process itself.  Planets that are higher and lower octaves of one another reflect similar energy while vibrating at different frequencies.  Musicians know all about this phenomenon.

Mars goes retrograde every two years for about two and a half months.  Normally spending about two months in each sign, when Mars is retrograde it takes about seven or eight months to move through a sign.  This Mars retrograde began in Sagittarius at 9 degrees and backed up to 23 degrees Scorpio.

Its actual retrograde period was between April 17th and June 29th.  But every retrograde period actually begins when the planet first moves over the degree it will  back up to.  In this case, Mars first traversed 23 Scorpio on February 18th.  This began the ‘pre-shadow’ period of Mars retrograde which was from February 18th until April 17th.  And every planetary retrograde also has a ‘post-shadow’ period during which the planet returns to the same degree at which the actual retrograde began.  In this case that was 9 Sagittarius.  Mars JUST re-entered Sagittarius a few hours before the Leo New Moon occurred.  Mars will reach 9 degrees Sagittarius on August 22nd when it will completely finish up the entire retrograde cycle, including its post-shadow period.

DesireMars retrograde periods always reflect the need to review our desires.  How have you been acting upon your desires to achieve or pursue personal goals or ambitions or to just simply do the things you want to do?  Moving from Sagittarius back into Scorpio, this Mars  retrograde was about reflecting on our personal truth and beliefs which are ruled by Sagittarius, and how we wield our personal power which is ruled by Scorpio.

Scorpio also symbolizes our deepest wounds which often leave us feeling powerless and typically result from losses, abandonments and betrayals which are also associated with Scorpio.  Scorpio teaches right use of power.  Through Scorpio, we learn that we are intrinsically powerful through our ability to make free will choices which co-create our realities and facilitate our own personal evolution.  Unfortunately, the things we are culturally conditioned to believe represent power are money, sex and death.  And unfortunately, these are the things most often used to wield or have power OVER others.

So in effect, this Mars retrograde was about reviewing issues associated with beliefs and power particularly how we experience wealth and sexuality as a  result of our beliefs.  For example, what do your beliefs tell you are right and proper uses or expressions of sexuality?  What do your beliefs teach about money or wealth or possessions?

As Mars completes its current retrograde, we should all be mindful of insights and understandings we have come to as a result of experiences we’ve had since February this year.  Empower yourself by committing to be TRUE TO YOURSELF!  Empower yourself by knowing that you have the power to change your life by changing your choices and act accordingly.  On a collective level, we can expect more truths and more lies to be exposed so that healing and evolution can take place for us all.

Mars is also moving into a final phase in its two year cycle with Pluto which began in November 2014.  Between now and October 22nd, when Mars and Pluto once again align at the exact same degree in the zodiac, thus beginning a new two year cycle together, know that whatever you began in late 2014 is currently culminating or coming to a completion.  This final phase between Mars and Pluto always reflects the need to throw off old desires and achievements in order to make space for new goals and pursuits.  What Soul desires have you been pursuing over the past couple of years and what did you achieve or learn or experience as a result?  Take some time to reflect upon these issues to maximize the evolutionary intentions and potential associated with your own Soul’s desires now.

Mercury entered Virgo July 30th.  This speedy planet usually takes only two and a half weeks to traverse each zodiac sign.  But when Mercury is retrograde that timeframe gets extended to nearly two months.  Through Virgo, Mercury analyzes and sorts through all the information and knowledge it has to make sense of it all.  Indeed every Mercury retrograde period provides an opportunity to throw off excess or superfluous data that is no longer relevant or necessary.  Given the fact that information overload has become the norm for humanity in this digital age, we should all be thankful for each Mercury retrograde instead of dreading it!  Mercury retrogrades are also always encouraging us to achieve a greater balance between left-brain logical linear deductive thought processes and right-brain intuitive, holistic and metaphysical thought processes.

This Mercury retrograde occurs between 29 and 14 degrees of Virgo.  Mercury will therefore connect with both Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo, while simultaneously bringing Mercury into opposition with Neptune, Chiron and the South Node in Pisces.  Thus, this Mercury retro ALSO energizes the T-Square!  This T-Square will have its final ‘hoorah’ so to speak over the coming month!

Mercury retrograde in Virgo will give us all ample opportunities to think deeply about how our beliefs are underpinning the quality of our consciousness, resulting in the creation of our realities.  And if we’re experiencing realities that are no longer working for us or are contributing to dis-ease or dissatisfaction, then this Mercury retrograde period will be the PERFECT time to discern what thoughts and beliefs are not serving us and to make the effort to create new thoughts.  Affirmations and visualizations can help us to develop new habits in thought or behavior that create new realities that are in alignment with our highest truth.

Remember, the Leo New Moon is trying to teach us all that in order to be truly happy, we must be TRUE TO OURSELVES!  WE MUST LEARN TO LOVE OURSELVES!  We must learn to honor, respect and take very good care of ourselves.  Remember too that Leo is ruled by the Sun which is associated with the heart.

JoyheartSo go have some FUN!  Take time to do what you love with those you love — including yourself!  Relax!  Play!  Do MORE of what makes you happy!

In honor and remembrance of my beloved lifelong friend, Nancy Whitley, who passed away a year ago, I want to offer you a gift of Leo wisdom she found and shared often in her final years.  “FIND THE JOY!” she would say.  Find the joy in everyday little things and big things as well.  It’s always there.  If you look for it, you’ll find it.  And you’ll be happier and healthier as a result.

And if you believe you don’t have the time to do so, well, my sense is that may be the very best clue your Soul can offer you about a personal belief you have that you need to change…

 

The Virgo New Moon is a Solar Eclipse that occurs on September 1st at 2:03 am MST!

                            Copyright 2016.   Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting.    All rights reserved.      

 

Taurus New Moon: Manifestation Madness!

Taurusimage25The Taurus New Moon happens on Friday, May 6th, at 12:29 pm MST/PDT at 16 degrees Taurus 41 minutes.  Here’s the chart:  TaurusNewMoon2016.

Taurus rules our essential needs for survival and teaches the lesson of self-reliance.  We all have unique gifts, skills, natural talents or abilities.  If we value ourselves, we’ll develop these gifts or personal resources and share them with the world.  As others value what we have to offer and compensate us accordingly, we’re able to garner the resources we need to take care of ourselves.  Self-reliance is personally empowering.  It builds confidence, assures a healthy relationship with ourselves and in turn enables us to manifest and attract all that we need and desire in healthy ways, not through co-dependency.

On a surface level, Taurus symbolizes resources.  This sign rules our money, assets and personal possessions.  On a deeper spiritual level however, Taurus represents our core values.  What we value will represent what gives meaning to our lives.  Valuing ourselves is of the utmost importance to our ability to manifest the resources we need to not only survive, but thrive.  What’s most important in life to you?  What gives your life meaning?

Venus rules Taurus and is therefore the ruler of this New Moon.  She’s strong now as she currently moves through her own sign of Taurus.  She joins the Sun and Moon in Taurus, as well as retrograde Mercury and the asteroid Vesta which symbolizes devotion.  Altogether, this New Moon chart has five celestial bodies in Taurus comprising a ‘stellium’ or a group of planets all in the same sign.  So Taurus energy is super abundant now!  Empowering this Taurus stellium even further is its connection to both retrograde Jupiter in Virgo and retrograde Pluto in Capricorn .  Together, they form a Grand Earth Trine.

GrandEarthTrineMay2016Grand Trines are a closed pattern of three or more planets all trine (120 degrees apart) one another.  Geometrically, Grand Trines look like a triangle.  Trines are the most favorable angular relationship between two planets.  When trine one another, planetary energies are harmonious and flow easily.  The natural benevolence of trines can be easily utilized to achieve what we want.  However, trines can also make life so easy that their energetic influence is often squandered through laziness.  When things are going really well we can fail to continue in our efforts.

This Grand Trine is in the Earth signs:  Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.  The Earth element is associated with physicality and real material things so this Grand Earth Trine provides LOTS of manifestation energy!  What do you need or want right now?  Chances are, if you make a sincere effort, you’ll be able to easily attract and manifest what your heart desires.

Since Taurus rules our values and valuables, this Grand Trine also supports investments in what we value most, including ourselves!  Virgo assists self-care and self-improvement efforts.  Those who take good care of themselves and who diligently seek to improve themselves are likely to experience good health, vitality and success through meaningful work in the world.  Capricorn supports those who take complete responsibility for ALL their choices, actions and experiences.  It brings recognition and rewards to those who are mature, accountable, self-determined and wield their personal authority wisely.  This Grand Earth Trine is truly a magical manifestation machine so make the effort to take advantage of this magnificent celestial influence and reap the rewards!

Unfortunately, there are also some BIG obstacles contained in this New Moon pattern.  The Sun and Moon are both inconjunct (150 degree angle) retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius, and Venus, the New Moon’s planetary ruler, is inconjunct retrograde Mars, which is also in Sagittarius until the 27th when it re-enters Scorpio.

Inconjunct angles typically reflect crises.  Crises have a natural purpose relative to our evolutionary growth.  Crises alert us to the fact that something’s awry.  Something’s not aligned with reality and requires personal changes and adjustments for resolution.  MAJOR changes will be necessary in the coming weeks relative to both resource and relationship issues.  If the necessary adjustments are made, things are likely to go well.  If required changes are stubbornly resisted, a common trait associated with Taurus, expect ‘manifestation madness!’

DetroitTeachersSickOut Also expect these issues to be reflected in headlines like the current dire financial circumstances of Detroit Public Schools.  Now at a crisis point, fed up Detroit teachers protested with a ‘sick-out.’  They marched outside the district headquarters earlier this week.  Nearly all of Detroit’s public schools were closed and more than 45,000 students missed classes after about half the district’s teachers called in sick to protest the possibility that some of them will not get paid over the summer if the struggling district runs out of cash.  Since then, city officials have assured them that funds will be found to cover the cost of their salaries.

Perhaps another financial scandal currently brewing is related to political fundraising.  Ah, money and politics!  Hillary’s ‘Victory Fund’ is a joint fundraising committee comprised of Clinton’s presidential campaign, the Democratic National Committee and 32 state party committees. The setup allows Clinton to solicit checks of $350,000 or more from her super-rich supporters at extravagant fundraisers including a dinner at George Clooney’s house and a concert at Radio City Music Hall featuring Katy Perry and Elton John.   A recent investigation found that only a fraction of funds raised have actually been given to state parties for down-ballot democrats.  Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/clinton-fundraising-leaves-little-for-state-parties-222670#ixzz47iK8yoXe.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump has achieved presumptive nominee status after another big win in Indiana’s primary election.  Of course as presidential candidates get closer to winning their party’s nomination, they’re subjected to greater and greater scrutiny.  Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Tom Robbins just published an article in The Marshall Project, chronicling Trump’s decades-long history with individuals associated with organized crime.  https://www.themarshallproject.org/2016/04/27/trump-and-the-mob#.j6P1F2tYl.

While the Grand Earth Trine may well be a magical manifestation machine, the potential for crises for those whose choices (Pluto) are less than honest (Jupiter) or lack integrity are also YUGE!

MotherEarthTaurus is the quintessential sign associated with Mother Earth, our most precious and valuable resource.  Many of our current planetary crises including wars, disease outbreaks and climate change, are the result of decades of over-use, mis-use and outright abuse of natural resources and natural habitats.  We NEED a healthy planet to SURVIVE!  The Earth doesn’t need humanity; humanity needs, and belongs, to the Earth!

Further analysis of the Grand Earth Trine brings us to Jupiter.  Currently traveling through the sign of Virgo, which itself rules crises, health and the environment, Jupiter is reflecting some high-profile legal battles like the class action lawsuit filed by young people claiming that the U.S. government is denying them their constitutional right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness due to inadequate federal policies and actions to combat climate change.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin in Eugene, Oregon, just rejected motions by the U.S. government and trade groups representing the energy companies to dismiss the lawsuit by 21 plaintiffs ages 8 to 19.  http://www.seattletimes.com/business/climate-change-lawsuit-by-21-youths-takes-big-step-forward/.

AmazonJungleFortunately, many other grassroots political and legal efforts in support of the environment are gaining in strength.  A recent example of great success in protecting the environment was achieved by indigenous women of the Amazon:  http://www.pachamama.org/news/over-500-indigenous-women-of-the-amazon-and-allies-march-for-climate-justice-indigenous-rights?utm_source=April%202016%20Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Ecuador

MutableT-SquareJupiter also continues to be part of another significant and longer-term planetary configuration called a mutable T-Square.  This T-Square began last September and will continue until this August.  The T-Square is comprised of planets occupying three of the four mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces).  Jupiter in Virgo is opposite (180 degrees apart) Neptune in Pisces.  Both are also simultaneously square (90 degree angle) Saturn and Mars in Sagittarius.  Lines drawn to reflect the opposition and square angles between them form what looks like the capital letter “T” upside down in the chart.  Astrologers are calling this a ‘Spiritual T-Square’ since it is made up of planets and signs that are associated with the search for higher truth and the natural spiritual evolutionary path.

Altogether, this heavenly pattern reflects the need and opportunity for humanity to review all of our belief systems to discern what’s really true.  We’ll need to discover the lies and deceptions we’ve been taught to believe for thousands of years by man-made religions.  Ultimately, we’ll need to throw off these conditioning influences that are co-creating distorted realities.

On Monday, May 9th, Jupiter stations direct at 13 Virgo completing it’s annual four month retrograde period that began January 7th.  Jupiter is always searching for the truth which is why it also rules the natural laws of the universe, the laws that are self-evident in the natural world or what we call ‘Nature.’  Accordingly, this planet is associated with higher-minded paths of study like philosophy, theology and cosmology.  On a mundane level Jupiter and the sign of Sagittarius reflect man-made religions, laws and social justice systems.  On a personal level however, Jupiter rules our right-brain, the source of intuition.  Personal intuition leads each one of us to our personal truth.

As this planetary giant resumes forward motion in the heavens after a four month retrograde period of review relative to beliefs, greater insights and intuitive understandings are readily available.  Perhaps in addition to religious or spiritual beliefs, you’ve also been reflecting upon personal beliefs you have based upon lifelong conditioning from family, society or your own personal experiences?  What current events happening in your life have caused you to more deeply question your personal beliefs?

MercurytransitstheSunAlso happening on May 9th, Mercury reaches the halfway point of its current retrograde period with a rare transit to the Sun at 19 degrees Taurus 25 minutes!

A ‘Mercury transit of the Sun’ takes place when the planet Mercury comes between the Sun and the Earth.  Astronomically, this phenomenon is similar to an eclipse.  But because Mercury’s size is so much smaller than our massive Sun, when it moves across the face of the Sun it will appear as a tiny speck or small black dot.  Transits of Mercury to the Sun always occur in either May or November and happen 13 to 14 times each century.  The last Mercury transit of the Sun occurred in Scorpio on November 8th, 2006.  The last time Mercury transited the Sun from Taurus happened on May 7th, 2003.  What were you experiencing then?  Perhaps similar events will repeat in your life now.

You should NEVER look directly at the Sun.  But this amazing celestial event is well worth watching!  View it safely in real time at http://www.space.com/.

Mercury’s transit of the Sun will tremendously energize mental capacity.  Expect inventions, discoveries, AHA moments, revelations and all manner of breakthroughs in thought and understanding.  Perhaps some truly significant information or knowledge will be revealed.  Retracing its steps through Taurus, Mercury has our attention focused on essential needs and core values, especially pertaining to resources and relationships.  Again, what do you really value?  What do you truly NEED, not only to survive, but to THRIVE?  Be mindful of all incoming messages especially on the 9th!  Remember to pay particular attention to intuitive information and divine guidance coming from spiritual sources.  Mercury will complete this current retrograde period on May 22nd at 14 degrees Taurus.  Then it will be full speed ahead again with the manifesting process!

May 22nd will also mark Mars reaching the halfway point in its current retrograde that began at 8 degrees Sagittarius 56 minutes on April 17th, and will continue until June 29th when it stations direct at 23 degrees Scorpio 3 minutes.  Mars rules our desires.  Moving through the signs of Sagittarius and Scorpio, Mars is also energizing the Spiritual T-Square further emphasizing the need to review and reflect upon beliefs.  As it returns to Scorpio, the focus will turn to deep emotional matters often associated with losses, abandonments and betrayals.  It’s time to ponder personal choices and personal power.  WHY have you made the choices you’ve made?  What desires motivated those choices?  Were they empowering or disempowering, constructive or destructive?

Scorpio is the sign opposite Taurus in the zodiac so these two signs for a natural ‘evolutionary pair.’  The lessons associated with Taurus and Scorpio, namely self-reliance and self-empowerment, are learned through discovering and developing personal values, learning to meet our own needs, and learning right use of power.  All human beings possess power.  That power is our ability to make free will choices.  Unfortunately, the primary model for relationships in most cultures today is one of co-dependence – expecting others to take care of us and to be the source of our fulfillment.  Most of us are conditioned to believe that we’ll be happy when we meet the right person. 

This distorted belief often produces power imbalances in relationships.  And when power imbalances reach an extreme, they actually begin to interfere with our evolutionary growth.  Then our Souls will naturally co-create circumstances that remove whatever we’re giving our power away to.  The result is loss, abandonment or betrayal that throws us back upon ourselves to learn an essential self-reliance and re-empowerment.  From a spiritual developmental point of view, Taurus and Scorpio teach us to correctly and wisely use our intrinsic power of free will choices to manifest that which we desire.

So I’m declaring May ‘Manifestation Madness’ month!  What do you need or desire?  Make the effort!  And be sure to make whatever necessary changes and adjustments crop up along the way.  Imagine, in full detail, using ALL your physical senses, with deep and profound gratitude, that you already have what you desire.  Empower yourself to manifest and manage your resources and relationships – including your relationship with the planet. 

 

The Gemini New Moon occurs on June 4th at 7:59 pm MST!

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Virgo New Moon: Crises and Necessary Adjustments

The Virgo New Moon happened at 7:12 am MST/PDT on Monday, August 25th at 2 degrees Virgo 18 minutes.  Here’s the chart:  VirgoNewMoon2014.

Virgoimage13Virgo is a transitional archetype that bridges the fully complete ego-centric development of the individual self, experienced from Aries through Leo, with the need to socialize with others by learning to be in relationship as an equal that initiates in Libra and culminates in Pisces.  The socialization process begins with one-on-one relationships in Libra and ends in Pisces when we remember that we’re all connected and are all One within the entire universal whole.

Virgo follows Leo, the sign of maximum individual development and expression, when the ego has become quite ‘full of itself’ so to speak.  Individual ego aggrandizement must be deflated before arriving at Libra, the sign associated with the need to learn balance and equality between self and others.  Virgo facilitates this ego adjustment process.  Accordingly, the Virgo archetype is most commonly experienced through crises that occur for the purpose of instigating intense self-analysis to discern what needs to be adjusted within the personal ego-centric identity.  Through Virgo, humility and self-improvements occur so the individual is ready to meet others as an equal in Libra.

Virgo carries an intrinsic psychology of inferiority. Leo’s ego-centric aggrandizement is associated with a psychology of superiority.  Both of these psychologies are distortions.  Leo thinks the whole world revolves around it.  Virgo typically focuses on what’s wrong rather than what’s right. Leo needs to learn that everyone is special and the center of their own universe.  Virgo needs to accept its imperfections and learn to see the glass as half-full, not half empty.

Virgo evolves through Pisces, its opposite sign where we learn forgiveness and compassion. Virgo/Pisces also teach discernment between delusions/lies and truth/reality. Perfection itself is a delusion. Once Virgo accepts its imperfections instead of relentlessly judging them, it can begin to heal its wounds. Virgo ultimately learns to make judgments based upon intentions, not outcomes. Self-improvement inevitably results from simply always trying to do your best.  Once Virgo embraces Pisces, and begins to develop spiritually through embracing natural laws instead of man-made laws and religions that are based upon the moral judgments of right/wrong and good/evil, then Virgo becomes a humble servant of the Divine Source that created it, aligning its personal will with higher divine will.  Then the healing really begins…

Mercury is the ruler of the Virgo New Moon and is now opposite Chiron in Pisces.  This aspect is symbolic of the psychological wounds carried in humanity’s collective unconscious resulting from thousands of years of man-made moralistic religious beliefs that have projected judgments, shame and guilt. The Sun and Moon, also in Virgo, are opposite Neptune in Pisces, the sign Neptune rules. Thus the Virgo/Pisces axis is fully activated this month so the above themes of crises, adjustments, forgiveness, humility, healing, spiritual development and self-improvement will all be emphasized. It’s time to take off those rose-colored glasses and see things as they truly are rather than continuing to buy into delusions through denial of reality. This is no small task given the ubiquitous spin, obfuscation and deliberate manipulation of facts we are bombarded with daily by governments, media, businesses and even religious and political ideological belief systems.

Its also no small task when your router goes down and won’t reset and needs to be replaced just when its time to post this New Moon message on my blog.  So for the last day and a half, I’ve been patiently awaiting my new router (my very own ‘technology crisis/adjustment’) while I was trying my best to gracefully accept my inability to go online.  Thanks everyone for your patience awaiting this post!  I have a LOT of emails to catch up on!

Notably, seven inconjunctions (150 degree angles) also occur in the Virgo New Moon chart. Inconjunct angles are themselves associated with crises that require adjustments. Crises are most likely to manifest in areas of life associated with Virgo and Pisces:  workplaces, employers and employees, pets, health matters and institutions, places of worship and religious leaders, bodies and supplies of water, chemical or drug-related matters, prisons and deceptive or fraudulent activities. Adjustments are likely to unfold between players in high-stakes legal, religious or political power struggles. The Ebola outbreak, the pursuit of equal justice in Ferguson, MO, as well as the role that drugs for depression may have played in Robin William’s recent tragic suicide are all examples of how these celestial crisis energies are already manifesting.

For Virgo to succeed in moving forward with goals of self-improvement it needs to know the following in order to successfully outwit its overdeveloped mental capacity.  This sign is masterful at rationalizing excuses, “yeah buts…” and ingenious delay and denial tactics that are all part of a procrastination strategy.  Its important to understand WHY you do this!  Virgo is so wounded by judgments it has bought into about its unworthiness, that it will typically resist moving in any new direction because its terrified of making a mistake.  Check out this TED Talk by Brune Brown, PhD.  Her recent revelatory social research into shame illuminates this very prevalent human psychology: https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.

I call this Virgo psychological distortion ‘perfection paralysis.’  Virgo fears that if it messes up its going to be judged and humiliated yet again and so there’s pressure to always be right.  Which is impossible.  Humans make mistakes.  We’re ALL evolving.  Evolution is intrinsically opposite the state of perfection.  So Virgo doesn’t even begin or try anything new.  It just make more excuses, continues to procrastinate and perhaps creates yet another crisis to fully distract itself from doing that new thing that it really needs to do that scares it to death…  Get it?

Remember, to heal you must be kind and gentle and forgiving and compassionate with yourself!  “Spiritual evolutionary growth is NOT for Sissies.”  I’ve been saying this a lot lately because I now see it in my work with clients each and every day.  But spiritual evolutionary growth IS doable.  In fact, its a driving force behind each and every Soul’s desire to reincarnate in the first place — to continue evolving.  So no more excuses!  Make a plan and get started now.  Remember too that Virgo succeeds best in moving forward ONE STEP AT A TIME.  This is the ‘perfect’ cure for ‘perfection paralysis!’  Just one step at a time…

Relationship dynamics are also in focus again this month as Venus (women) in Leo squares Mars (men) in Scorpio on the 26th and 27th. Throw off outer expectations about how your relationships should be if they conflict with who you really are or what you really value. Some relationships with incompatible goals, needs or values may necessarily end. Recognize and honor differences while remaining friendly even as you part ways.  This will minimize karmic consequences between partners.

Pluto, the planet of the Soul and its desires, as well as the evolutionary process itself is intensifying as it slows down to station direct September 22nd. Retrograde since April 14th, Pluto retrograde always encourages a review of our individual and collective realities. Now as Pluto moves forward, its direct energy can help us to change elements of our reality that aren’t working.

And finally, Mars is also beginning a new two year cycle with Saturn on August 25th as they come together at 18 degrees Scorpio.  Mars is our conscious desire nature that instinctively acts upon what it wants and Saturn has to do with self-responsibility, self-determination, developing your own inner authority and the emotional maturation process.  Use this new Mars/Saturn cycle to initiate new personal goals.  Goal-setting should focus on developing greater self-empowerment and self-responsibility, healing old wounds, pursuing deeper relationship trust and intimacy, increasing emotional maturation and achieving important personal desires. It’s time for self-adjustments that bring self-improvement. It’s time to heal ourselves, our communities and our world.  Its time to move forward in new and more meaningful directions. It’s time to BE the change we wish to see in the world!

Recently a friend offered a classic Buffalo Springfield lyric to describe the extraordinary quality of the times we’re living in. “Something’s happenin’ here; what it is ain’t exactly clear…” Perhaps Bob Dylan can provide the answer: “The times, they are a changin…”

This article is a summary of my live presentation/analysis of the New Moon chart in an approximate hour-long audio recording that includes dates/descriptions of significant upcoming astrological events for the month. The audio recording is available in CD or mp3 file formats for $15. Contact me if you wish to purchase the audio recording.

The next New Moon which will be in Libra is on September 23rd at 11:14 pm MST!

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