Sagittarius New Moon: Truth vs. Lies

sagittariusglyph28The Sagittarius New Moon occurs on Tuesday, November 29th at 5:18 am at 7 degrees Sagittarius 42 minutes.  Here’s the chart:  sagittariusnewmoon2016

The Centaur Archer is the symbol for Sagittarius.  Half man and half horse, the Centaur shoots his arrows into the heavens where he knows truth resides. 

This is the sign of truth seekers.  Sagittarius travels the globe in search of higher understanding.  Ultimately Sagittarius learns that truth exists in and of itself and requires no interpretation. 

Truth is always reflected in natural laws.  Natural laws are the physical laws that underpin the manifest creation or what we call the natural world or nature.  Natural laws facilitate the Soul’s spiritual path of evolution.

Sagittarius also rules religions which are the result of man’s interpretation of the creation or man-made laws.  Religions are based upon man-made moralistic judgments about what’s ‘right’ and what’s ‘wrong.’

If you wish to know if something is really true, look to see if it exists in the natural world.  For example, the principle of reincarnation is reflected in nature through the death and rebirth of plants and animals correlating with the repeating cycle of the seasons.  On the other hand, judgments, right and wrong, sin and guilt do not exist in nature.  

Man-made religions have distorted the natural meaning of the symbol of Sagittarius, the Centaur, who is half-man and half-beast.  They teach that the Centaur represents man’s desire to overcome his carnal ‘animal nature’ or what they call the ‘temptations of the flesh.’ 

Man-made religions would have us believe that there’s an inherent conflict between Spirit (masculine) and flesh (feminine) and that sex is a sin.  This false teaching is a primary causal factor for guilt, consciously and unconsciously, related to sexual experiences.  This distortion of truth has also underpinned the doctrine of male dominance that has denied and suppressed all things feminine, and justified the destruction of the natural world for millennia.

From the point of view of natural law, the Centaur represents the fusion of man and nature.  Half man and half horse, the Centaur reflects the natural law truth that humans and the natural world are one – not separate from each other or intrinsically in conflict with one another.  In nature, sex is natural – not sinful.

Anything that’s natural that is denied, suppressed, repressed or oppressed, ultimately manifests in a twisted, destructive and distorted way.  We should not be surprised then that sexual addiction is the predominant addiction in Western cultures, whose values and expectations relative to standards of right/wrong conduct come from man-made religions that believe sex is a taboo.  Given their expectation of celibacy, it’s also not surprising that the crisis of pedophilia afflicts so many man-made religious institutions.

It’s crucially important to understand these distortions of truth in order to recognize and integrate the evolutionary intentions being ‘seeded’ in this Sagittarius New Moon.

truthisrelativeFrom an evolutionary perspective, the greatest lesson Sag teaches is that TRUTH IS RELATIVE.  In other words, there are many, many truths – not just one truth.  As the saying goes, “There are MANY paths to the top of the mountain.” 

Sag also teaches that there are different levels of truth.  Personal truth is unique to each individual.  What’s true for you may not be true for me. Universal truths however reflect that which is true for all of us, regardless of personal differences. 

truthandthosewhofinditEach zodiac sign has deep security needs.  Sagittarius’ security comes from believing there’s only ONE TRUE TRUTH and all the other truths are wrong.  Sag also finds security through believing that it has FOUND THE ONE TRUE TRUTH! 

This need for security is the psychological motivation for religious proselytizing, missionary work and evangelism.

Sadly, throughout human history, beliefs rooted in the need for security have been the cause of countless wars as people have tried to convert others who believe differently to their own version of the truth  through dominance and the use of force.  Perhaps the epitome of a distortion of truth is to use it to justify killing, especially killing ‘in the name of God.’ 

This Sagittarius New Moon is reflecting the need to SEEK TRUTH.  It is encouraging us to reach for a higher understanding of truth, on all levels, including personal, collective and universal.

truthseekitThe Sagittarius New Moon is making several aspects.  These include a conjunction (0 degrees) with the asteroid Juno.  It also squares (90 degrees) both Neptune in Pisces, and the Moon’s Nodes – North Node in Virgo and South Node in Pisces.

Juno was the Roman Goddess of partnership commitments and presided over all arrangements and rites of marriage.  The month of June was sacred to her and even today, many brides choose a June date for their wedding day based upon this ancient tradition. 

Juno was also revered for her beauty, loyalty and fidelity.  In Greek mythology, Juno was known as Hera, Zeus’ wife.  Of course Zeus was notorious for his philandering ways and serial infidelities.  As a result, Juno has also come to symbolize jealousy and rage resulting from betrayals of trust through broken commitments.  Astrologically, Juno describes the ways in which we face issues of trust, compatibility, jealousy, possessiveness, sharing and power struggles in relationships. 

Through its exact connection to Juno in Sagittarius, this New Moon focuses attention on the search for truth in, of, by and through all kinds of relationship dynamics, including but not limited to, marriage partners.  Of course some relationships reflect shared or similar beliefs and philosophies or understanding of ‘truth’ between partners and others do not.  In the coming weeks, all kinds of partnerships will provide the necessary experiences to facilitate our evolution.  They will further our ongoing search for truth through how we relate to one another and through shared and dissimilar beliefs.

The search for truth through relationships is FURTHER emphasized by the fact that Jupiter (truths and beliefs), the ruler of Sagittarius and therefore the ruler of the Sagittarius New Moon, is currently traveling through the sign of Libra.  Libra is associated with a diversity of relationships with others.  Libra teaches the need for balance and equality in relationships achieved through fairness, peace, harmony and justice.  Dominance or the exertion of ‘power over’ others reflects inequality and imbalance in relationships. 

Jupiter in Libra just squared both Venus (rules relationships) and Pluto in Capricorn.  This square energy is central in the New Moon chart pattern and symbolizes extreme inequality and abuses of power in relationships.  Jupiter will square Pluto two more times in the coming year (March 30th and August 4th).  Jupiter is also moving into an opposition with retrograde Uranus in Aries (December 26th) which will no doubt bring even more shocking and surprising events through issues associated with justice, fairness and equality, war and peace, and the balance of power within relationships.  Uranus rules and fuels revolutions!  So expect LOTS of changes in relationships!

Jupiter’s squares to Pluto and oppositions to Uranus will create a cardinal T-Square for the remainder of 2016 and most of 2017.  This T-Square will re-activate the decade-long square aspect between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn (2008 through 2020) that symbolizes the ongoing r-evolutionary changes, worldwide, of old outworn economic, political, environmental and cultural social structures.  CHANGE will accelerate over the coming weeks and months, manifesting through the famous ‘two steps forward, one step back dance’ of cardinal sign energy.

believeLooking more deeply into Jupiter’s square to Pluto, we find it is a waning or 3rd quarter square aspect. 

Waning square aspects are always associated with a crisis in consciousness.  In other words, a crisis relative to the question, “WHAT TO BELIEVE?!”  Given the prevalence of relationship energy in play now, perhaps the better question is, “WHO TO BELIEVE!?”  

Waning squares always reflect the evolutionary need to throw off outer, consensus or ‘mainstream’ values, beliefs, opinions, expectations and ‘social norms.’  For evolution to proceed beyond the point of this waning square, UNIVERSAL values, principles and truths must be pursued and embraced. 

These connections between Jupiter, Venus and Pluto are encouraging us to reach for higher, universal levels of truth.  This means moving beyond material and temporal possessions and experiences.

So who should you believe?  Should you believe your intuition or your logical mind’s rationalizations?  Should you believe and follow your own truth or the advice of family, friends or others who expect you to listen to them?  Should you trust your own gut or conform  to socially accepted rules and norms?  Should you listen to and trust ‘news’ sources or ‘online sources’ or do your own research?  The answer to this last question should be easy given the fact that we just learned last week that FaceBook was a platform throughout the election for ‘fake news’ that was shared millions of times! 

How might your relationships with significant others change, or remain the same, based upon what you believe to be true?  How will those beliefs influence choices you make now and in the coming weeks and months?  What choices would reflect your own personal truth?  What choices might you make based upon your understanding of universal truths?

donaldtrump1Just recently, an extremely important choice was made that precisely reflects the energy of Jupiter in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn:  the election of Donald Trump to the US Presidency! 

Pluto in Capricorn is the defacto astrological symbol of the Plutocracy.  It represents the political ‘powers that be’ in national capitals, as well as the corporate ‘elites’ in boardrooms, all over the world.

Clearly, Jupiter in Libra just chose to throw off old social and political power structures (Pluto in Capricorn) that have not served or respected the interests of working class people.  Jupiter in Libra just thumbed its nose at those in power it feels betrayed by and frankly is furious with.  Jupiter in Libra square Venus and Pluto in Capricorn is already manifesting changes in the status quo of many personal, political and economic relationships. 

Of course it is yet to be seen what choices a President Trump may make regarding his voter’s expectations.  Time will tell if he chooses to follow through on his many campaign promises to reform what he calls a ‘rigged system.’

The New Moon is also square Neptune in Pisces and the Nodes of the Moon – North Node in Virgo and South Node in Pisces.  These squares ALL reflect the need to make healthier choices.  These necessary choices are intended to promote healing – of ourselves, our planet and our relationships with others, especially our committed partnerships. 

truthandrealityThe right choices are symbolized by the North Node in Virgo, the sign that represents reality, health and well-being, humility, service and the environment.  Right’ choices will support individual and collective well-being.  ‘Right’ choices will be squarely rooted in REALITY, not delusions, illusions, deceptions or wishful thinking. 

Virgo also rules everyday work routines so for many, choices made may also play out through self-improvement plans or personal health concerns, or their everyday job or work routine.

The wrong choices are symbolized by the South Node and Neptune in Pisces.  They caution us against succumbing to false, delusional and unrealistic thoughts, beliefs, needs and desires that will almost certainly lead to the re-imprinting of old wounds rooted in betrayals that occurred as a result of misapplications of trust.  So be very mindful that doubts and confusion will likely try to dilute and obfuscate the truth.

Obviously, to make the right choices that are healthier choices, we must be able to determine what’s true and what’s not true!  Thankfully, Sagittarius also rules our right brain which is the seat of INTUITION!  We ALL have intuitive faculties; it’s a ‘hard-wired’ survival mechanism intrinsic to human beings as a species.  In addition to ensuring our survival, personal intuition has two more equally important purposes. 

truthfindingyourown-copy-2First, intuition ALWAYS leads us to the precise and specific information, knowledge and understanding we each need in order to achieve our Soul’s evolutionary growth intentions in each life. Said another way, personal intuition leads each of us to our ‘personal truth’ which is it’s second purpose. 

We can always trust our intuition to help us accurately discern what’s true and what’s false. 

intuitionisthesoulBut how do you know it’s your intuition?  Intuition always occurs INSTANTANEOUSLY.  By the time your rational mind has begun debating or analyzing thoughts, your intuition has already spoken. 

Learn to pay attention, listen and TRUST YOUR INTUITION!  Indeed, the greatest tool we’ll have to sort through lies and detect distortions in the coming weeks is our INTUITION!

Mercury and Saturn are also in Sagittarius now.  And they’re square retrograde Chiron in Pisces and trine (120 degrees) retrograde Uranus in Aries.  Mercury and Saturn represent the need to take complete responsibility for ALL our choices and decisions.  This includes how we think and what we believe, as well as how we feel and what we say and do.  Moving through Sagittarius, these two planets are saying, “stand in your truth” and “walk your talk.”

Chiron is quite powerful now since it is literally ‘stationary’ or appearing to stand still in the heavens from our point of view here on planet Earth.  Planets become stationary when they’re ready to change directions; to either go retrograde or to resume forward or direct motion.  Chiron will station direct December 1st at 20 degrees Pisces. 

Stationary Chiron in Pisces cautions us to be very, VERY mindful to not retreat into a state of consciousness that identifies with being a victim.  Chiron’s square to Mercury and Saturn in Sagittarius can reflect false or distorted thoughts and beliefs that contribute to the co-creation of realities that are dissatisfying that can lead to even more wounding experiences.  

NOTHING CAN HEAL FROM A CONSCIOUSNESS ROOTED IN VICTIMIZATION! 

This is because victims always blame external sources instead of taking responsibility for co-creating their experiences.  Without taking responsibility, there’s no ownership regarding the co-creation of those experiences.  Without ownership, the likelihood of making the necessary changes required to co-create different experiences or realities in the future is slim to none. 

dreaming3Unfortunately, those operating with a victim consciousness are rarely doing so consciously!  All this Pisces energy also gives us the opportunity to bring to conscious awareness thoughts and beliefs that are operating unconsciously or just below the surface of our conscious awareness.  Often, unconscious beliefs are revealed through common or repetitive themes that play out in our dreams. 

Although many people report they never remember their dreams, we all dream each and every night.  Pisces rules dreams.  With Neptune, the South Node of the Moon and retrograde Chiron ALL activating Piscean energy now, dreams are likely to be more frequent, urgent and memorable.  Set an intention for yourself that you will indeed remember your dreams, particularly the ones associated with unconscious beliefs that need to be released in order to achieve greater health and well-being. 

On the more positive side, Pisces rules philanthropy and spirituality.  For those who practice meditation or prayer, the coming weeks will be powerfully supportive of any and all endeavors that seek closer connection with the divine or sacred elements of life.  Spend time in nature communing with nature spirits and your own Higher Self to promote personal well-being.  Pisces also rules art, music and film so this holiday season will also be the perfect time to visit an art gallery, attend a concert, or just go to the movies.  

ahamoment The trine aspect (120 degrees) between Mercury and Saturn in Sagittarius and retrograde Uranus in Aries is the most favorable and positive planetary connection in the entire New Moon chart. 

This planetary pattern portends surprising and unexpected events like discoveries and breakthroughs. 

Pay attention to all the information coming your way over the next month, particularly those bits and pieces of insight and guidance coming from your intuition!

For some this may play out through a change in travel plans or a sudden decision to further their education.  Others may have revelatory AHA moments that bring new ways of seeing old things, completely changing personal awareness.  And still others who are engaged in legal affairs may experience unusual or unexpected twists and turns in those proceedings. 

AHA moments are also likely when Mercury stations retrograde in mid-Capricorn on December 19th and direct in late Sagittarius on January 8th. 

Perhaps one of those unexpected and shocking surprises will have to do with the certification of the election process by the states and Congress.  They’ll meet to do so on December 19th and January 6th!  Wonder when the vote recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan will be complete?!

The bottom line to ALL of this Sagittarius New Moon energy is the need to discern truth vs. lies.  Sagittarius always compels us to expand our understanding of higher and higher levels of truth.  We must realize that truth is relative and while we all have our own personal truths, there’s a higher, universal level of truths.  These truths are based upon the natural laws that underpin all creation and reflect what’s true for all of us.

Quantum sweareallone1cience has recently discovered what mystics, sages and philosophers have known and taught us for centuries.  

They’ve found that at the deepest levels of reality, at the subnuclear level, there is a fundamental truth of UNITY. 

Truly, at both the deepest and the highest levels of universal truth,       YOU AND I ARE LITERALLY ONE.

 

 

The Capricorn New Moon is on December 28th at 11:53 pm MST!

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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sagittarius New Moon: Expanding Understanding

SagittariusGlyphThe Sagittarius New Moon occurs on Saturday, November 22nd at 5:32 am MST at 0 degrees Sagittarius 7 minutes.  Here’s the chart:  SagittariusNewMoon2014.  Sagittarius’ glyph is the centaur which symbolizes the fusion of man with nature.  Sagittarius is the truth seeker who travels far and wide continuously expanding his understanding of the Universe and his place within it.  His arrows are aimed at the heavens where he knows truth resides.

An optimistic sign by nature, Sag nevertheless feels alienated much of the time.  Moving from place to place, studying various philosophies and cosmologies, it is a ‘citizen of the world’ never really feeling completely at home in any one culture or country.  In its search for the truth it also inevitably uncovers the distortions and limitations of man-made belief systems that teach their version of the truth is the one and only true way to enlightenment.  Ultimately Sagittarius learns that truth is relative and each of us must find our own way to it.  Along the way, Sagittarius discovers that truth is vast indeed and that all paths can lead us back to the divine Source that created us.  All paths lead to the top of the mountain…

The principle of expansion is governed by this restless adventurous sign and its ruling planet Jupiter.  Sagittarius natives naturally pursue higher studies and distant lands and people.  Although Sag is naturally drawn to foreign countries and cultures, its most important journeys lead it inward to the core of its very own Soul.

Sag is also associated with natural laws and natural spiritual principles that underpin all of manifest creation.  The truth its looking for is ever present in the natural world or nature.  This is why so many Sagittarian natives prefer life in the country rather than urban settings.  They feel most at home in nature and nearly always have a greater affinity for plants and animals than others.  In fact, many a Sag has chosen a career that involves work outdoors in support of wilderness or ecological preservation, conservation or restoration.

Sagittarius is associated with the right brain which is the source of intuitive thoughts.  Indeed the primary evolutionary purpose of individual intuition is to lead us to our own personal understanding of truth.  Sagittarius is conceptual and abstract.  This enables it to see the whole picture not just the parts.  Perhaps intuition is best described as simply knowing what we know without knowing how we know it!  Those with a strong Jupiter in their charts or great emphasis in the sign of Sagittarius are centered in their right brain.  In a culture such as ours which is so biased towards left brain logical, linear, deductive thought processes, right brain people often feel like they just don’t fit in.  Centered in their right brains, these folks just see the world differently – holistically – not logically.  Again, the result is that Sag typically feels alienated from mainstream society and consensus reality.

Jupiter rules this Sagittarius New Moon and is currently slowing down to a standstill before it stations retrograde in Leo for four months beginning December 8th.  Stationary planets are powerful.  Intuitive faculties will increase in strength over the coming weeks so listen, Listen, LISTEN to your intuition for clues about what’s next for you on your own personal evolutionary journey.  Take time to be quiet, go inside, and receive guidance about what’s coming, what’s next and what’s important for you to know or do or focus upon in order to move forward in alignment with your Soul’s deepest desires.

The left brain and its logical thought processes are ruled by Mercury.  Mercury and Jupiter are square one another now leading us to question everything and doubt our intuitive insights!  What’s true?  What’s not?  You may wonder if certain thoughts are your intuition or your imagination.  The way to recognize the difference between the two comes from knowing that intuitive thoughts always occur INSTANTANEOUSLY in any given situation. Rational, logical, deductive thought processes always follow intuitive thoughts.  So pay attention to your very first ‘hit’ when something occurs to recognize intuitive guidance.

Old thoughts, ideas, perspectives, opinions and beliefs may be dissolving creating mental crises.  It may feel like a struggle to discern truth from lies, fact from fiction, and fantasy from reality.   Again, trust your intuition to help you navigate all the confusing, contradictory and competing information that will no doubt come your way this month.  Trusting, honoring, respecting and acting upon intuitive thoughts EXPAND intuition.  That would be a very good use of this month’s Sag energy!

The Sun in Sagittarius will square Neptune in Pisces on the 26th adding to the potential for confusion.  Old realities are dissolving now and new understandings may not yet be completely clear.  While the Sun and Neptune can inspire us to reach for higher altruistic goals, humanitarian efforts and spiritual pursuits, it can also utterly disappoint or delude us if we avoid or deny reality. See people and circumstances realistically, not as you wish them to be.  And be very mindful of the temptation to hold onto an identity or consciousness of victimization which frankly has become the norm in our culture.  That quality of consciousness will only serve to maintain delusions and distortions of the truth, undermining spiritual growth and maturity.

Saturn is finishing up its transit of Scorpio (October 5, 2012 to September 17, 2015) and is coming into a culminating aspect with Pluto in Capricorn.  Together, these two planets are helping us to throw off old realities that no longer work.  Saturn and Pluto require greater self-responsibility and personal accountability from all of us. They also demand that we learn to use our power appropriately.  Misuses of power and authority are being increasingly exposed now.  Even so, many in power continue to hold onto old conventional social/political structures (such as governments) digging in with all their might to maintain the status quo, a game they’ve been ‘winning’ for a very long time.

Are you taking greater responsibility for the reality you’re co-creating both individually and as a member of the human collective?  Are you owning your personal power or do you feel powerless?  Remember the ultimate human power is the power of free will choice.  Free will choices are the driver of the evolutionary process itself.  How are you using your personal power?  What choices are you making?

Our collective evolution now requires that we throw off these old patriarchal realities of hierarchy, dominance, fear, exclusion, self-interest and a belief in scarcity of resources.  To evolve, we must return to a matriarchal way of life.  Matriarchy is a collective consciousness reality paradigm rooted in natural laws and principles.  Its a way of living in harmony with nature that’s based upon giving, sharing, love and inclusion that considers the needs of everyone, from a point of view of abundance, interconnectedness and the belief in the sacredness of all forms of life.

Mars in Capricorn is also in a culminating aspect with Neptune in Pisces.  This planetary combination restates the need to reach higher, envisioning and co-creating that which will benefit everyone. Those operating solely out of self-interest will find themselves increasingly alienated and socially isolated in the coming months and years.

Perhaps the most important planetary event in the coming month will be the sixth of seven total square aspects between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn on December 14th.  These two planets have been within orb of a square aspect (90 degree angle) for nearly five years now.  And while the planets do not make things happen, they do indeed reflect reality here on planet Earth.

Together, Uranus and Pluto have reflected the enormous changes that have occurred all across our planet over the past several years including the Arab Spring, the economic collapse in the United States that triggered global recessions, the Occupy Movements worldwide, revelations of widespread illegal governmental spying and scientific discoveries like the ‘God’ particle and the realization that consciousness creates reality.  Lots of change has already happened AND A LOT MORE STILL NEEDS TO HAPPEN!

Its crucially important to understand that evolutionary growth is a natural, spiritual imperative.  As stated earlier, evolution is facilitated by free will choices.  And one of the free will choices we can make is the choice to resist our evolution!  But we cannot resist forever.  In fact, too much resistance for too long ultimately results in the intended evolutionary change(s) occurring in cataclysmic ways in order to enforce the necessary change required.

Often these cataclysmic changes are completely unexpected and sometimes traumatic.  Cooperating with our evolutionary growth intentions, personally and collectively, ensures a smoother, more uniform experience of growth.  Clearly, cooperation is easier than resistance.  Unfortunately, when I look at our world, I see far more resistance than cooperation which leads me to believe there will likely be more shocking, unexpected and cataclysmic changes on the horizon for humanity.  Its comforting however to realize that the collective is made up of individuals.  Each of us can indeed contribute to the evolution of humanity as a whole as we commit to our personal evolution and make the necessary changes our Souls intend for us in our individual lives.

Previously, the first five exact squares between Uranus and Pluto happened on June 24th and September 18th, 2012, May 20th and November 1st, 2013, and April 21st, 2014.  The next exact square (6th of 7 total) occurs on December 14th and the final square between them will happen next Spring on March 16th, 2015.   Think back to what has happened in your life over the past two and a half years especially on or around these particular dates.  There you will find clues about what changes your Soul intends for you to make in your own life for your personal evolution to continue to unfold.

Humanity is indeed waking up to greater truths, greater realities and to a greater awareness of our sacred responsibilities to ourselves, to each other and to this beautiful planet that is our home.  We are re-awakening to the fact that we all do better when WE ALL DO BETTER – TOGETHER!

We are re-learning how to meet our own needs as individuals and in our communities.  As we become more personally empowered and self-reliant we’ll be able to solve more and more of the problems that undermine our personal and collective health and well-being.  How are you contributing your unique skills, gifts and talents to benefit the whole?

We are indeed living in extraordinary times!  Each and every one of us alive on this planet today embodies a Soul that chose to be here now.  Prophecies of many ancient cultures the world over have foretold these times as being associated with the potential for a quantum leap forward in the evolution of mankind.  Indigenous Elders have spoken of this evolutionary leap resulting from a huge shift in human consciousness.  Expansion indeed!

So as 2014 comes to a close, be grateful for all you’ve experienced and learned this year.  Take time to receive inner spiritual intuitive guidance.  Resolve to spend more time in nature!  Gather together with friends and loved ones and celebrate your accomplishments.  Enjoy the holidays and get ready for an even more exciting 2015!

This article is written a summary of my live hour-long audio presentation/analysis that explains the energies and influences of the New Moon chart in-depth.  The audio recording is available in CD or mp3 file formats for $15.  Contact me if you wish to purchase the audio recording.

The Capricorn New Moon is on December 21st at 5:36 pm MST!

Copyright 2014 Donna Lee Steele All rights reserved.

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!

 Copyright 2014 Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting. All rights reserved.

Gemini New Moon

GeminiGlyph1The Gemini New Moon occurs at 11:40 am MST on Wednesday, May 28th at 7 degrees Gemini 21 minutes.  Here’s the chart:  GeminiNewMoon2014.  Gemini is the sign of the Twins who symbolize the dual nature of our physical plane of existence here on planet Earth.  This sign also reflects the natural law of polarity that exists in our time/space reality.  Gemini is associated with the choices we’re often faced with between two or more equally appealing options as this is the sign of diversity and variety. Driven by an insatiable curiosity, Gemini lives up to these qualities by being a ‘walking encyclopedia’ of knowledge.  The usually know a little bit about almost everything!

Gemini also rules the left brain and its logical, linear, deductive way of thinking.  Studying the surrounding environment, it labels and classifies phenomenal objects in order to understand the physical world. Ruled by Mercury, the ‘Messenger’ planet, Geminis never tire of learning one more fact, visiting one more website, attending one more workshop, making one more phone call, or reading one more book, text or email message!  Consequently, Gemini regularly suffers from information overload, becoming overwhelmed with way too many facts – facts that often conflict with one another!

Interestingly, Mercury is at 29 degrees Gemini in the New Moon chart.  The final degree of any sign  signifies culmination.  Planets at 29 degrees can achieve mastery and completion.  Mercury now has the potential ability to KNOW, and to ultimately arrive at a thorough and accurate understanding of the facts of any given situation.

Perhaps even more interesting is the fact that Mercury goes retrograde for the second time this year during June.  Thank heavens for Mercury retrogrades!  This is because Mercury retrograde periods always help Gemini purge excess data and useless knowledge and balance predominantly left-brained logical thinking habits with right-brain intuitive thought processes. After all, our left brain is only half of our brain!  Mercury retrograde is a time to integrate left brain and right brain; logic AND intuition.

Mercury will be retrograde from June 7th to July 1st.  It will retrace its steps from 3 degrees Cancer to 24 degrees Gemini. This particular retrograde period will encourage a review of how we FEEL about ourselves, our home, our family and what we need in order to feel safe, secure and protected. It can reveal how our thoughts (Gemini) contribute either to an overall well-being or conversely to a consciousness of fear and doubt that creates emotional insecurities.

Neptune and Chiron in Pisces will also both go retrograde this month on the 9th and 20th respectively. While they’re coming to a ‘standstill’ before appearing to change directions in the heavens, their influence will greatly intensify.  Retrograde until November 17th, Neptune helps us reflect upon the deepest levels of truth our beliefs allow.  Its a time for spiritual reflection and development.  Spiritual guidance and inspiration is always highlighted when Neptune stations retrograde or direct.  Use this time to develop greater compassion for yourself and your fellow human beings.  Reflect upon beliefs that are preventing a direct reunion with the divine source of creation.  Chiron will be retrograde until November 24th.  In Pisces, Chiron can either bring spiritual awareness that helps heal old wounds, or negative, delusional thinking that re-imprints a consciousness of victimization.

Neptune is currently at 7 degrees Pisces, exactly square (90 degree angle) the Gemini New Moon at 7 degrees Gemini.  This planetary combination reflects the potential for facts and truths to become blurred, idealized, confused, obfuscated or even deliberately hidden or falsified.  Illusions, delusions and deceptions will be far less troublesome if you allow your intuition to help you navigate through spin, scams and lies.  Clearly it’s time to trust your intuition!  Let it point the way to your personal truth and the information you need in order to evolve.  Listening intently to internal messages will allow you to better recognize spiritual guidance and to receive new insights and understanding.  These insights can be particularly helpful in healing those past wounds that may have left you feeling victimized.

Perhaps you’re ready to learn the following spiritual evolutionary lesson:  If you experienced something in your life, your own consciousness co-created it.   Over the last decade, quantum science has proven that consciousness creates reality.  Although most of us have been culturally conditioned to blame the perpetrator for difficult things that happen to us, the fact is, we are each ultimately responsible for everything we experience in our reality.  At a higher level of spiritual understanding there’s a realization that there’s really no such thing as a victim since we all co-create precisely what our Soul believes we need to experience in order to learn the lessons that will facilitate the evolutionary growth intentions our Soul has chosen for us in each lifetime.  Seek to move beyond suffering over WHAT happened, and move on to understanding WHY it happened.  All experiences are PURPOSEFUL.  What are you learning in this life that would make sense of your experiences – especially those that were the most difficult?

The Ascendant of the United States natal chart is at 7 degrees Gemini and natal Uranus is rising at 8 degrees Gemini!  Under this month’s Gemini New Moon it’s likely that we’ll continue to experience upsets and breakthroughs relative to old ideas, opinions and perspectives, particularly thoughts about power and powerlessness.  Our country is also continuing to be greatly impacted by the current Grand Cardinal Cross at mid-degrees (12 to 14) of the four cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) since our natal Saturn is at 14 degrees Libra square our natal Sun at 12 degrees Cancer.  This once-in-our-lifetimes planetary configuration is associated with the enormous social, cultural, economic and political transformations many nations are undergoing.  Shocking and surprising new information will likely be revealed this month that continues to change our self-image and identity as a nation, ultimately leading to changes in goals and policies.

So expect more bombshell revelations!  Neptune rules many things including oil and gas, religious ideologies and organizations, film and videos, drugs, chemicals and the pharmaceutical industry, water, art, music, psychology, mental health and ill-health, infectious diseases, fraud, theft, prisons, scandals and spying.  Watch headlines this month for stories on these and other topics especially ongoing releases of information regarding NSA spying, continuing struggles over ‘Net Neutrality, spread of the the MERS virus and increasing water shortages.  Oh and expect more than a few deceptions and lies to be spun by the media and those in power who frankly don’t want changes or reforms to in any way affect their status quo.

The Sun and Moon are trine (120 degree angle) Mars in Libra (recently direct after a long retrograde from March 1st to May 19th).  This celestial pattern reflects the growing energy available to actively begin new projects and implement plans that have been on hold since early March.  Many new ideas are being ‘seeded’ into personal and collective consciousness now.  Don’t just think about them, act on them!

Working harmoniously through Libra, the sign of relationships and equality, Mars trine the Sun and Moon in Gemini also support new directions in relating and relationships.  An example of this energy is reflected in newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent invitation to attend his upcoming inauguration to his country’s long-time arch enemy Pakistani leader, Nawaz Sharif.  Compromise, collaboration, sharing and mutual respect is on the rise worldwide, despite what the media would have us believe.  Meeting others halfway and treating everyone equally will ensure greater harmony, fairness and justice for all.  A quote I recently read sums up the evolutionary imperative of these extraordinary times perfectly.  It said, “There is no way to peace; peace is the way.”

Unfortunately, Mars in Libra is also finishing up an inconjunct angle (150 degrees) with Neptune in Pisces.  Sadly, this astrological aspect was reflected in the latest mass shooting (Mars rules men, guns and anger) by a mentally ill (Neptune) young man who killed six people in Isla Vista California in an insane act of revenge.  He held deep and long standing grievances against other men he felt superior to and against women for rejecting his sexual advances denying him the pleasures he felt he was entitled to as the ‘alpha male’ he perceived himself to be.  Perhaps gun safety legislation mandating background checks for ALL gun purchases that failed last year will be resurrected and finally succeed now that Mars is moving forward once again.

June offers all of us the opportunity to either increase mindless ‘busy-ness’ or a chance to calm our increasingly overwhelmed and overloaded minds.  Take time this month to simply be still and quiet.  Spend more time in nature, by water, listening to soothing music or creating art.  Make time for mindful meditation and prayer to enjoy and maximize the mind-changing benefits of this Gemini New Moon!

This article is a brief 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 aspects for the month. The audio recording is available on CD or mp3 file formats for $15. Contact me if you wish to purchase the audio recording.

The Cancer New Moon is on June 27th at 1:08 am MST!

 Copyright 2014.  Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting.  All rights reserved.