Aries New Moon: Viva la Revolution!

AriesGlyph23The Aries New Moon occurs Thursday, April 7th, at 4:24 am PDT, at 18 degrees Aries 4 minutes.  Here’s the chart:  AriesNewMoon2016.  The Ram appropriately symbolizes Aries, which always acts instinctively upon it’s desires.  Of course, the Ram is also well known for butting heads with other males in the flock as it competes for the right to mate.  Ruled by Mars, the planet of war, Aries is the sign of pure male YANG energy; forceful and strong.

As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries always correlates to new beginnings.  So this sign is associated with Spring time (in the Northern hemisphere), the season that reflects a new beginning each year in the natural world when new life bursts forth as plants sprout new shoots and animals give birth.  The glyph for Aries represents new seedlings that have just pushed their way up through the soil, a remarkable instinctive act of natural strength.

As the first cardinal sign, Aries instinctively initiates action.  Aries overcomes it’s considerable fears through finding courage in action itself.  Most important however is the feedback Aries receives once it does act.  This always helps Aries discover something new about itself, the evolutionary purpose of this sign.  Through the instinctive process of continuously forging ahead into new experiences and unknown territory, Aries discovers and ultimately becomes who it is as a unique individual.

Accordingly, Aries needs LOTS of independence and freedom in order to initiate instinctive actions and pursue it’s desires.  When this freedom or independence is restricted, interfered with, or limited in any way, anger is always the natural reaction of Aries.  This explains why this sign is infamous for its anger and quick temper!

This New Moon in Aries carries a volatile instinctive energy pattern full of the impulse for revolutionary change!  This is because the Sun and Moon are conjunct Uranus, the planet associated with rebellion and revolution, which is also in Aries.  The Sun, Moon and Uranus are ALL square Pluto in Capricorn, which is gaining strength and influence as it slows down now ahead of its annual station retrograde on April 18th.  The ongoing square aspect (90 degree angle) between Uranus and Pluto is the most powerful and significant astrological pattern currently in the heavens.

Even though the powerful planetary connection between these two celestial heavyweights began over five years ago, and even though the seven EXACT squares between them have already occurred (June 2012 to March 2015), their connection and influence will continue through 2020.   This New Moon in Aries re-energizes this aspect between Uranus and Pluto in a BIG way!  Ruling revolution and evolution respectively, Uranus and Pluto are fueling major transformational changes worldwide.

1%vs99%Think of all the global changes that have occurred since Pluto first entered Capricorn in 2008 coinciding with the economic downturn that began on Wall Street and quickly spread around the globe.  The Arab Spring began in 2010 in Tunisia initiating widespread political upheaval throughout the Middle East and North Africa.  Then the Occupy Movement, begun in Manhattan in 2011, also spread quickly within months, occurring in cities in over 80 countries and across every continent except Anarctica.  The Occupy Movement brought the phrase “1% vs. the 99%” into our lexicon.

Syrianrefugee10Unrest in many Arab countries continues to this day as the world witnesses the largest human migration since World War II.  Europe is overwhelmed by the millions of refugees fleeing countries in the region devastated by wars between Sunni and Shiite Muslims and their proxies.  And of course, the world is still trying to recover from the 2008 global economic downtown that began here in the United States.  It seems the ‘Occupy Movement’ is currently experiencing a renaissance in the current U.S. Presidential election as issues of income inequality, corporate welfare, Wall Street corruption and rigged economic, political and justice systems have become fundamental cornerstones of campaign platforms – at least on the Democratic side of the contest.

Think too of the extraordinary cultural shifts in our own country evidenced by the nationwide legalization of gay marriage and decriminalization of marijuana in several states.  Lets not forget that America also elected our first African American President in 2008 whose landmark legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act, has forever transformed the U.S. health care industry.

GodParticleExtraordinary change has also come to the world of science and religion!  Pope Francis has both inspired followers and upset leaders of the Catholic Church as he focuses his papacy on a return to the compassionate teachings of Jesus, rather than the traditional moralistic and highly judgmental doctrines so ingrained in the history and hierarchy of that centuries old religious institution.  Of course, the Islamic faith is also undergoing its own tremendous revolution as radical extremists continue to hijack and distort the peaceful teachings and traditions of that age old world religion.  As all this is happening, the scientific community discovered the “God Particle” in the Summer of 2012!

Quantum science continues to leap forward in its understanding of how life is created in our Universe.  Of particular interest to many is the emerging science of consciousness that has not only proven that consciousness creates reality, but is also proving the existence of the phenomenon of the ‘Soul!’  http://www.news.com.au/tablet/quantum-scientists-offer-proof-soul-exists/story-fnenjnc3-1226507686757

On a day to day basis, it can be difficult to grasp the magnitude of change currently unfolding on our planet.  Nevertheless, humanity continues to be in the midst of extraordinary levels of r-evolutionary change and transformation relative to old social, political, cultural, economic, religious and scientific structures and paradigms.

Expect this extraordinary pace of change to accelerate!

Uranus is associated with the archetype of liberation.  Uranus ALWAYS works to free us from whatever limitations are preventing further evolutionary growth on both individual and collective levels.  This is why Uranus is the planet of rebellion and revolution.  Often, in order to break free of the restrictions associated with the status quo, we must rebel against those forces that expect us to unquestioningly conform and comply to old established forms and structures and their rules and regulations.

It’s worth noting that when evolutionary changes are resisted for too long, Uranus acts to suddenly and unexpectedly shatter old realities and paradigms to enforce necessary change so that evolutionary growth can continue.  Resistance to necessary evolutionary change is in fact the primary causative factor for cataclysmic events.  In these cases, Uranus acts like an earthquake, transforming the landscape forever.

FukishimaDisaster2011Currently moving through Aries, Uranus has been shaking things up in order to wake us up since May 2010 when it first entered Aries.  In fact, the very day that Uranus re-entered Aries (it’s first retrograde returned it to Pisces for eight months from August 2010 to March 2011), the catastrophic 9.0 Tohoku earthquake occurred off the Northeast coast of Japan that triggered the explosions and subsequent meltdown at the Fukishima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant on March 11, 2011.  Clearly this was a cataclysmic event.  It actually happened within just two hours of Uranus returning to the sign of Aries!  Revolutionary Uranus will remain in Aries, the sign of new beginnings until 2019.

And speaking of power…

Astrologically, the issue of power is ruled by Pluto and its sign, Scorpio.  Pluto represents the Soul and the evolutionary process itself.  Accordingly, Pluto teaches the right uses of power.  Intrinsically, all human beings are endowed with the power of FREE WILL CHOICE which facilitates the very process of human evolution.  Unfortunately, in our modern reality, most of us have been conditioned to attribute power to mundane and material things, like status and wealth.  Interestingly, Pluto also rules sex and death, two other things we typically associate with power.  Of course these are the things most commonly used to manipulate and control or wield power over others.  These behaviors always reflect gross misuses of power.

With Pluto currently moving through Capricorn (2008 to 2025), and the Sun, Moon and Uranus in Aries now squaring Pluto in Capricorn in this New Moon chart, those in positions of authority who are abusing their power will increasingly be exposed as their lies and corrupt practices are revealed.  Capricorn is the sign associated with established social structures like governments and with those in positions of social authority like CEO’s, bankers, politicians and religious leaders.

Iceland's Prime Minister Sigmundor David Gunnlaugsson and his wife Anna Sigorlaug Palsdottir

Iceland’s Prime Minister Sigmundor David Gunnlaugsson and his wife Anna Sigorlaug Palsdottir

A perfect example of the power of the Sun square Pluto (April 6th) to expose corruption just happened this week with the release of over 11 million documents called the ‘Panama Papers.’  This cyber attack/hack is the largest leak in modern history.  It revealed the names of hundreds of individuals including twelve heads of state, government leaders and their wealthy associates, as well as mafia figures and drug and weapons traffickers who have stashed their wealth in tax havens with the aid of a Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca.  Among them are Ukraine’s President, Petro Poroshenko, and Iceland’s Prime Minister, Sigmundor David Gunnlaugsson, who resigned on Tuesday after more than 10,000 citizens in Iceland protested against he and his wife’s tax evasion.

For more information on this story go to http://www.democracynow.org/2016/4/5/panama_papers_world_leaders_rich_criminals

Remember I recently mentioned ‘International Transparent Forensic Accounting’ in a previous blog post? It appears this phenomenon is gaining ground as shocking (Uranus) levels of global corruption involving the rich and powerful are brought to light.  The Panama Papers classically illustrate how Pluto operates.  It first reveals and exposes that which is corrupt, decayed or dysfunctional.  Once revealed, those things will either be healed or come to an end.  Indeed this week has already brought an end to one career (Capricorn) for a leader who was abusing the power and authority of his position of prominence.  There will no doubt be more.

But now let’s also look at power from a more mundane point of view…

WindturbineThe world needs power in the form of energy sources in order to function.  Most of our cars still run on gasoline that fuels their engines, as does much of the machinery of industry.  Countless other common materials and profitable business products like fertilizers, plastics and pesticides that have become ubiquitous in modern life are manufactured from petroleum and its derivatives.  Oilspill

Fossil fuels have powered global economies for a century and a half.  However, petroleum is a deadly pollutant that is destroying ecosystems all across our planet.  Scientists unanimously agree that we’ve reached a tipping point.  For our evolution to continue, indeed for our very survival, we must now make different choices regarding energy sources.

Why haven’t we made this necessary change yet?  Why are we resisting the very change Mother Nature (who we are all ONE with) is quite dramatically insisting we must make in order to survive?  The answer is that the petroleum industry has vast wealth and holds enormous power over the very politicians whose responsibility it is to make energy policy changes.  Did I mention already that political systems are ‘rigged’ and corrupt?  The increasing frequency of extreme weather events reflect our stubborn resistance to necessary evolutionary changes relative to how we generate energy and utilize ‘power’ sources.  Unless and until we collectively make a different free will choice, we’ll no doubt continue to experience cataclysmic weather events and increasing outbreaks of infectious diseases resulting from environmental degradation and climate change.

Solarpanels3So we find ourselves at a choice point relative to how we power our lifestyles.  The crisis of climate change and its extreme weather events and rising sea levels are alerting us to the need to evolve away from our old destructive fossil fuel energy paradigm.  We must move quickly, globally, towards renewable energy sources that are clean, healthy and sustainable.  It’s time to r-evolutionize (Uranus and Pluto) our  relationship with energy and power!

Transforming our energy policies (Pluto) is not the only necessary evolutionary change we’re facing.  We obviously also need to change our politics.  Uranus rules politics because it’s  associated with how societies form groups within themselves.  The most common social grouping we all experience is our friends.  On a larger scale however, social groups are reflected through political parties.  Anyone notice the increasing chaos upending established political parties and systems the world over?  The current Presidential election process underway in the United States has completely shattered longstanding political ‘conventional wisdom’ as pundits, journalists and strategists find themselves utterly baffled at both Donald Trump’s and Bernie Sander’s success.  The ‘political revolution’ Bernie Sanders is calling for is indeed  happening!

So this New Moon powerfully re-ignites the ongoing r-evolutionary Uranus/Pluto connection.  But that’s not all it’s doing.  In addition, the Sun and Moon — and Uranus too are all inconjunct (150 degree angle) both the North Node and retrograde Jupiter in Virgo.  So what do these planetary connections mean?

Virgo is the sign of crises!  The New Moon’s connection to Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo reflects the need to make necessary changes and adjustments in order to effectively resolve and heal these crises.  Many things ruled by Virgo are currently capturing headlines.  For example, Virgo represents workers and workplaces so it’s not at all surprising that efforts to raise the minimum wage in the United States are finally gaining traction.  Just this week Governor Brown of California and Governor Cuomo of New York signed legislation raising their state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.  Other cities like Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco have already enacted similar wage increase laws.

Virgo is also associated with health and healthcare systems.  Even as ‘Obama-care’ has dramatically reduced the number of uninsured Americans, varying statistics estimate over 30 million still have no health insurance.  So it’s also not surprising that a single payer healthcare system is once again front and center in the political discourse as a cornerstone of one of the Presidential candidate’s campaigns, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

zikavirusmosquitoVirgo also rules the environment and it’s health.  As Jupiter moves through this sign (August 2015 to September 2016) it’s reflecting the enormous scale of environmental degradation.  So once again, it should not be surprising that we’ve also been experiencing an expansion of infectious disease outbreaks like Ebola and the Zika virus.  Also dramatically increasing are drug-resistant strains of bacterial organisms and viruses like tuberculosis and MRSA.  This phenomenon will increasingly threaten the health of people and animals all over the planet.

So thank heavens Jupiter also rules man-made laws and legislative processes.  Jupiter’s transit through Virgo has coincided with a growing number of successful legal actions against big environmental polluters.  Lawsuits prohibiting the manufacture of toxic pesticides responsible for decimating crucial pollinator species like bees, butterflies and bats have recently prevailed against corporate behemoths like Bayer and Monsanto.  Last month legislation banning GMO labeling laws set to go into effect soon in Vermont failed in Congress.  Additionally, several states Attorneys General have joined with New York’s Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, who has brought suit against Exxon Mobil and others in the petroleum industry for fraud based upon decades of deceptive information provided to their shareholders about the impact of climate change due to fossil fuels.

HoneybeepollinatingcropsIt’s also likely that legal efforts against fracking, oil pipeline construction, offshore oil exploration and drilling will continue to grow and succeed all across this country.  Jeffrey Wolf Green, the founder of Evolutionary Astrology said over twenty years ago, “Environmentalism will become the new religion.”  As Jupiter in Virgo connects with the Sun and Moon in Aries now, we’ll continue to see changes and adjustments evidenced by environmental activism and legislation.  Not only will these efforts grow in strength and numbers but also in their success against corporate, financial and political interests that have a legacy of destroying our planet for profits.

The bottom line is that through the current influence of Virgo, healthier choices are gaining ground worldwide, among individuals, communities and nations!  What new choices are you making in support of your own personal health and well-being?  What changes are you pursuing to improve your work life or benefit your career path?

And finally, the Aries New Moon is also trine (120 degree angle) Saturn in Sagittarius.  This is a most auspicious planetary pairing!  In addition to Jupiter’s benevolent influence for legal actions against wrongdoing, the Sun’s very favorable connection to Saturn in Sagittarius (the sign ruled by Jupiter) is also bringing rewards and success to those whose prior efforts have worked for the common good or in pursuit of truth and justice.  Saturn’s association with responsibility, accountability and maturity, will be reflected in significant progress and achievement for those who have and continue to act ethically, with honesty and integrity (Sagittarius) for the benefit of all.

The influence of Sun in Aries trine Saturn in Sagittarius is reflected in recently enacted new rules regulating Advisors in the financial industry.  They must now put their client’s best interests ahead of their own profit goals.  Reports show that Financial Advisors have pocketed an average of $18 billion a year from the pension funds of those they advise.  This protection for worker’s hard-earned retirement savings is long overdue.  Another timely example of ethical responsibility is the decision by Paypal’s CEO, Dan Shulman, to cancel the company’s plan to expand their massive global operations center in Charlotte, North Carolina, after the state’s legislature passed a law repealing the city’s recent ban against discrimination for those in the LGBT community.

Pope Francis meets with the Mufti of Jerusalem Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, left, and Abdul Azeem Salhab, Head of the Waqef supreme court, near the Dome of the Rock Mosque

Pope Francis meets with the Mufti of Jerusalem Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, left, and Abdul Azeem Salhab, Head of the Waqef supreme court, near the Dome of the Rock Mosque

Sagittarius rules the search for truth so it represents the world’s religions and faith traditions.  Another historic example of maturity and integrity focused on the well-being of many has been evidenced time and again by Pope Francis as he has met with religious leaders from many faith traditions.  In the Spring of 2014 he met with Muslim, Jewish and Orthodox leaders in Jerusalem saying, “a visit to the Holy Land would not be complete without a meeting with the Muslim communities.”

Saturn is the planet of discipline and self-determination necessary to obtain our goals particularly those requiring serious, long-term effort and commitment.  What important goals are you working towards?  How are you evolving into a greater experience of maturity, personal responsibility and accountability?

Indeed MANY GOOD THINGS are happening throughout the world!  We just don’t hear much about them from corporate-owned mainstream media sources whose agenda depends upon fear and distortions of truth.  But then we all have the responsibility of making choices, daily, between fear and hope, despair and inspiration, truth or lies.

Long-term readers of my monthly New Moon posts, as well as those who listen to Heavenly Help, my free weekly podcast know that I’ve been saying for years (since about 2010!) that we are living in extraordinary times.  Ancient cultures the world over foresaw this time in human history as a time of tremendous evolutionary growth and change.  Their prophecies predicted both a time of great leaps forward in human consciousness and a time of cataclymic changes on planet Earth.

Consider the fact that every Soul alive on the planet today, including you, CHOSE to be here now.  This means at a Soul level, each and every one of us intended to be part of these r-evolutionary changes.  Indeed I believe the discovery of the Higgs Boson, or ‘God Particle’ reflects this revelatory leap forward in human consciousness foretold by the ancients long ago.  Since physicists discovered that consciousness creates reality, human beings now KNOW that we are responsible for the realities we are experiencing because we are the ones co-creating those realities through the power of our free will choices, individually and collectively.

IT’S TIME TO EMBRACE THE NEW!

IT’S TIME TO CHOOSE CHANGE! 

BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD! 

VIVA LA REVOLUTION!

The Taurus New Moon occurs on May 6th at 12:29 pm MST!

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

 

 

 

 

Libra New Moon: A New Balance of Power

Libraimage4The Libra New Moon occurs October 12th at 5:06 pm MST/PDT.  It happens at 19 degrees Libra 20 minutes.  Here’s the chart:  LibraNewMoon2015.

The Scales, Libra’s glyph, is misleading.  The Scales have long symbolized balance.  However, it’s important to note that Libra is learning balance.  Until mastery of this archetype is achieved, Libra experiences imbalance, often to extremes, particularly in relationship dynamics.  The number one contributing factor to unhealthy and unsuccessful relationships is an imbalance of power.  Who has it?  Who doesn’t?  Is it acknowledged and wielded equally?  Is it used to support one another in independent individual development or is it used in ways that contribute to and maintain co-dependence?

To promote relationship balance and equality, Libra must learn to LISTEN!  Since Libra also NEEDS TO BE NEEDED, it often derives its identity, value and worth through others.  In turn, this leads to Libra’s habitual giving to others so that it will be valued for providing what they think others need.  This cannot help but foster co-dependency.  Effective listening allows Libra to give and receive (use power) properly, giving what’s actually needed, not what they think the other needs, which all too often simply reflects their own personal projected needs, thus sustaining co-dependence.

Recent Venus and Mercury retrogrades encouraged a major review of relationship dynamics particularly issues of equality/inequality and balance/imbalance of power.  We can break free of unhealthy relationship patterns and behaviors now.  However, if necessary changes are resisted for too long, some unequal situations, especially in partnerships, could end quite abruptly as this New Moon’s central astrological aspect, an opposition between the Sun in Libra and retrograde Uranus in Aries, highlights.  This revolutionary aspect always demands greater individual freedom.

House Speaker John Boehner on right; House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on left.

House Speaker John Boehner on right; House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on left.

We need look no further than the U. S. House of Representatives Republican caucus for evidence of the surprising and rebellious nature of the energy of the Sun opposite Uranus.  Current Speaker of the House John Boehner unexpectedly announced his resignation last week shocking even his closest political insiders.  His second in command, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, announced he would run to fill the position and was broadly considered a ‘shoe-in.’  However, in a totally surprising turn of events, the so-called “Freedom Caucus,” lamenting their perceived lack of power as rank and file Republicans, refused to support McCarthy throwing the normally routine process of selection of a new Speaker of the House into utter chaos as they rebelled against what they saw as an automatic ‘coronation’ of the next in line.  In a second and perhaps even more surprising political ‘bombshell’ McCarthy suddenly announced he was dropping out of the race.

‘Sudden.’  ‘Surprising.’  ‘Unexpected.’  ‘Shocking.’  ‘Chaos.’  ‘Rebellion.’  These are all uniquely Uranian words and phenomena.   Because the ‘status quo’ in so many different aspects of our world’s reality ARE NOT BALANCED AND ARE NOT FUNCTIONING IN HEALTHY PRODUCTIVE WAYS, we can expect even more bombshells – politically, economically, socially and culturally, in the coming days, weeks and months!

Explosion at Peace Rally at Ankara, Turkey

Explosion at Peace Rally at Ankara, Turkey

A dark and dangerous manifestation of this volatile and revolutionary celestial pattern between the Sun and Uranus, was the twin explosions that rocked a Peace Rally in Ankara, Turkey on Saturday.  Ironically, the Sun and Moon in Libra represent peace; Uranus retrograde in Aries represents chaos.  Uranian energy often ‘blows up’ the status quo, ripping the rug out from underneath us when necessary evolutionary changes have been resisted for far too long.

Evolutionary forces of change can be constructive or destructive.  Unfortunately, when the cry for necessary changes are consistently ignored over time, those who are ignored feel disenfranchised and then often feel it necessary to resort to violence to achieve their goals.  It’s heartbreaking and sad that a Peace rally was so shockingly disrupted by EXTREMISTS (remember Libra rules extremes) who misused power in the most horrific way causing the deaths of nearly a hundred people and injuring hundreds more.

But let’s be realistic.  Extreme inequality relative to the balance of wealth and power is indeed a daily reality for billions of people the world over.  The energy of this New Moon will increasingly and dramatically bring these imbalances to the fore and into our collective consciousness.  The energy of this New Moon is revolutionary and will indeed manifest as change.  The $64k question is, “What kind of change – constructive or destructive?”  Of course the answer depends entirely upon what choices we make personally and globally.

Venus rules Libra and this New Moon.  Currently moving through Virgo, it reflects the need for HEALING.  In order to heal extremism, we must make necessary adjustments in how we relate to one another.  A greater sense of equality and balance must be restored.  Dare I say we must learn to SHARE (Libra) resources and power?  Clearly, we must change how we take care of ourselves, each other and our planet.  To do so we must also embrace a much more honest, equal and realistic view of ourselves and others.  Virgo always serves to realign us with REALITY – often through crises.  Perhaps the growing crises of climate change and refugee migrations will encourage greater sharing and equality among humanity as our need to help one another in order to survive increases.

Venus’ connection to both Uranus and the South Node in Aries reflects the need to let go of selfishness that denies the legitimate needs and desires of others.  Conversely, it’s also telling those who consistently sacrifice their own equally important needs and desires that it’s time to stand up for themselves and stop being a doormat.  Denial of anyone’s legitimate needs is a recipe for imbalance and inequality.  If your relationships are a series of one crisis (Virgo) after another, its time to look at the common denominator:  YOU!  Since the ‘outer always reflects the inner,’ your relationships with others cannot improve as long as you continue to criticize, disrespect, betray, de-value and judge yourself.’

Venus is semi-square the Sun and Moon in Libra.  This symbolizes the need to let go of pain and suffering.  Surrendering to your Higher Self, and accepting and forgiving with gentle care and compassion your very real yet imperfect human self, you can begin the process of necessary INNER HEALING WORK that eliminates the negative mindset that keeps you from recognizing your own worth and value.  Relationships with others can never be equal or healthy as long as you see yourself as ‘less than’ or ‘never good enough.’

From an evolutionary perspective, Libra initiates a diversity of relationships with a diversity of others for the purpose of discovering who we are as individuals.  Through the natural process of comparing and contrasting ourselves with others, we can come to know and appreciate what’s unique and different about ourselves.  However, thousands of years of patriarchal conditioning, that views everything through the distorted lens of dominance, hierarchy and exclusion, has instead taught us to compare and contrast ourselves with others to determine hierarchical rank:  who’s better and who’s worse, who’s richer and who’s poorer, who’s smarter, prettier, more successful, more powerful.  If you view the world in this way, its inevitable that you will come to false conclusions about worth — both of yourself and of others.

Another major contributing factor to inequality in relationships comes from the conditioning of man-made belief systems or what we call religions.  Of the seven billion people who inhabit our planet, the majority of them believe in one of the world’s three largest religions:  Judaism, Islam or Christianity.  Unfortunately, ALL of these three major world religions teach fundamental inequalities.  They believe in gender inequality teaching that men are superior to women.  They also believe that humans are superior to animals and the environment teaching that mankind has ‘dominion over’ the natural world.  Interestingly, the etymology of both  ‘dominion’ and ‘dominate’ are the same.  They also teach inequality of race believing that some races are superior to others which resulted in the infamous Papal Bull that established the doctrine of ‘Manifest Destiny’ that justified the land grabs and genocide of indigenous peoples throughout the Americas.   Through thousands of years of conditioning influence, these patriarchal man-made religions have institutionalized false beliefs relative to INEQUALITY!

Venus square Saturn in the New Moon chart can help us to throw off these distortions of the truth.  If we choose, we can evolve beyond the social and cultural expectations to conform to these distorted values and beliefs.  As Saturn moves through Sagittarius over the next two years, we’ll ALL be paying much greater attention to what we believe and why we believe it.  Keep in mind that our beliefs form the very basis of how we interpret reality, so if our beliefs are faulty, it stands to reason that the conclusions we reach will likely also be false.

In a perfectly timed ‘As Above, So Below’ moment reflecting Saturn’s transit through Sagittarius, which is focusing human consciousness on a search for greater understanding of the truth, Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network is launching a seven part series beginning October 18th called, “BELIEF.”

This upcoming series is described as a groundbreaking television event exploring humankind’s ongoing search to connect with something greater than ourselves. This original series invites viewers to witness some of the world’s most fascinating spiritual journeys through the eyes of the believers.  Journeying to the far reaches of the world, and to places cameras have rarely been, “Belief” searches the origins of diverse faiths and the heart of what really matters.  These stories and others will all lead us to ask:  “What do you believe?”  

Of course, I don’t know whether this series will contribute to a greater understanding or further obfuscation of truth.  At the very least, since Sagittarius also teaches the relativity of truth, it may very well offer us an opportunity to expand our understanding of more of the truth.  Either way, it is indeed quite timely!  Read more at: http://www.oprah.com/app/belief.html#ixzz3oIJx12xu

If you are willing to do the necessary inner work of healing, especially regarding the elimination of victim consciousness, this month’s New Moon celestial energies can bring breakthroughs.  If you will take full responsibility for your own choices and actions, and the realities you’ve co-created for yourself, you’ll benefit from heavenly support that brings greater emotional maturity and security.  If you surrender your personal will to your higher Divine Will, then when Venus trines retrograde Pluto in Capricorn on the 22nd/23rd, you can reap many rewards particularly in the areas of personal and financial health and well-being, meaningful and right work, happier relationships with others and of course, a mind and heart at greater peace with itself and the world.

Unequal and unbalanced relationship dynamics can heal now.  You know that famous bumper sticker that says, “No Justice; No Peace”?  Justice and peace require a fundamental sense of fairness and equality.  It’s time to let go of distorted values and false belief systems that have conditioned us for centuries to blindly accept inequalities.  Be especially mindful of your beliefs in the coming weeks and how those beliefs dictate the way in which you interpret reality, including how you see yourself and others.  Truth is, WE ARE ALL ALL ONE, EQUAL IN THE EYES OF OUR CREATOR.

The Scorpio New Moon is on November 11th at 10:47 am MST!

Copyright 2015.   Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting.   All rights reserved.

 

Cancer New Moon: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

CancerGlyph15The Cancer New Moon happens at 6:24 pm PDT on Wednesday, July 15th, at 23 degrees Cancer 14 minutes.  Here’s the chart:  CancerNewMoon2015.  The Crab, symbol of Cancer, carries its home on its back, retreating into its shell when it feels insecure.

Not surprising then is the fact that the evolutionary intention of Cancer is learning INNER emotional security.  This sign teaches that the only true source of emotional balance and well-being is our self.  Emotional security can only come from within.

Cancer rules home, family, ancestry and self-image.  How are these things linked together?  For most of us, family is the original source of our emotional and psychological conditioning.  Family members, particularly our parents, tell us who we are and this, in turn, creates a foundation for how we see ourselves and how we FEEL about ourselves.  Our self-image is established early in life.  Too much criticism can create emotional insecurity; too much praise can create feelings of superiority.  Either way, most of us are taught to conform to others expectations in order to receive love, acceptance and approval.  This sets us up to depend upon outer sources for our well-being.

To evolve through Cancer, we must first become aware of, and then detach from, all outer dependencies, be they people, places or things.  This does not mean we all need to become Hermits in caves!  The evolutionary shift required occurs at the level of consciousness.  Awareness changes from falsely believing that we utterly NEED those outer sources of comfort and protection to be happy and secure, to realizing that we simply WANT them.  In truth, we do not, in fact, need them.

Unfortunately, as security needs are conflated with outer sources, dependency upon them becomes the causal factor for psychological compulsions to control them.  Resistance to the evolutionary lesson of inner emotional security inevitably results in the co-creation, by the Soul, of circumstances that remove or eliminate those outer sources.  This effectively disrupts the cycle of dependency and reinforces the lesson of INNER emotional security.

With Mercury and Mars joining the Sun and Moon in Cancer now, exactly opposite retrograde Pluto in Capricorn, it’s time to either resolve conflicting viewpoints through integration and compromise (can you say an historic nuclear arms agreement with Iran?) or to literally end and throw off old realities and paradigms that are no longer working (can you say re-established diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba after fifty years of ineffective sanctions and isolation from the community of Western hemispheric nations?).

Its interesting to note that so much of the conversation about these two events (as well as others like the Supreme Court’s recent decision upholding the right to same sex marriage in all fifty states) centers around whether people believe they increase or decrease personal or national SECURITY!

Just like individuals, nations also have a self-image.  This New Moon pattern that includes Mars and Mercury at 14 degrees Cancer, connects directly with the U. S. Sun at 14 degrees Cancer in our nation’s natal chart.  With oppositions to Pluto at 14 degrees Capricorn, its also time for America to evolve its national self-image, adopting a greater sense of maturity and self-responsibility (Capricorn).  This will facilitate the development of greater INNER emotional security for our nation.

Although Mercury/Mars opposite Pluto will no doubt bring intense communications (can you say emotional outbursts?!) actions will speak louder than words now, although the words are probably going to be pretty loud as well!  Even as I write this post, a woman is walking the streets of my neighborhood loudly yelling (Mars) for her lost dog (Mercury rules pets)!  And of course, one need look no further than talk radio and cable news shows to further confirm the current level of ‘over-the-top’ emotional histrionics!

Mercury/Mars opposite Pluto also reflects the need to ‘walk your talk.’  The bottom line is that actions are much more powerful than words this month.  Say what you mean and mean what you say, but more importantly, take ACTIONS and make CHOICES from a place of personal power, self-responsibility and emotional maturity.  Act and choose from a place of INNER EMOTIONAL SECURITY.

We will ALL be challenged in the coming weeks and months to ‘up our game’ relative to achieving and maintaining a sense of emotional stability and security.  Let’s be clear; we’re all feeling somewhat emotionally insecure in the face of enormous revolutionary changes happening the world over.  These ongoing changes are increasingly contributing to uncertainty and insecurity, individually and collectively.

And yet, the hermetic law of correspondences that teaches As Above, So Below, and As Without, So Within, necessarily leads us back to ourselves as the source of those changes.  We now know through quantum science that it is our own consciousness that creates our reality.  Our outer world simply reflects our inner world.

Through Cancer, we learn to feel safe and secure within, no matter what’s happening ‘out there.’  Indeed, the more we accomplish inner emotional security, the more peaceful our world will become.  The New Moon in Cancer encourages us to do the inner work required to establish and maintain inner peace and stability.

Remember that evolution implies and requires change.  And change ALWAYS creates some level of anxiety and turmoil as old familiar paradigms go into flux.  Chaos reigns for a time as old structures dissolve making way for a new order to take shape, emerge and manifest. What’s changing in your life? What old patterns are disintegrating? What do you need to feel safe and secure?

For many people recent upsets and unexpected surprises have indeed wreaked havoc severely undermining emotional security.  However, its these very crises that are facilitating a necessary and growing awareness of what must change for personal evolution to continue.  The very purpose of crises is to bring about critical changes and adjustments!  New and different choices must be made in order to resolve the crises.  It’s time to break free of the past and to move forward in new directions!

Thankfully, the Sun and Moon in Cancer are joined by retrograde Chiron in Pisces and retrograde Saturn in Scorpio.  Altogether, these planets are forming a Grand Water Trine, the most positive and benevolent celestial pattern possible relative to emotional experiences.  This Grand Water Trine emphasizes and supports emotional expression.  It will be easier than usual to share your deepest and most heartfelt feelings.  Likewise, confronting your greatest fears will be a little less scary.  Accepting complete responsibility for the realities/experiences you have co-created for yourself will smooth the way and become the ultimate path to healing.

Additionally, three planetary changes in direction, as well as one planetary sign change, will also support this month’s theme of developing greater INNER emotional security.

Venus is powerfully ‘standing still’ in the heavens now as she prepares for her biannual retrograde which will occur between 0 degrees Virgo and 14 degrees Leo, from July 25th to September 6th.  The purpose of this Venus retrograde period is to review and reflect upon past crises associated with resources and relationships and to learn greater self-love.  After all, if you don’t love and value yourself, it is not possible to co-create outer relationships and financial realities that love you and reflect your true value!

On the following day, July 26th, Uranus in Aries will station retrograde until December 25th, reversing course from 21 degrees Aries to 16 degrees Aries.  Personal revelations are due and will lead to radical discoveries and revolutionary changes, affecting individuals, nations and the planet.  Pay very close attention to repetitive thoughts or ideas that just keep coming into your mind.  These repetitive thoughts are emanating directly from your Soul as it attempts to point you towards your intended future.

And Saturn in Scorpio, retrograde since March 14th, stations direct or forward in motion again on August 1st/2nd, depending on your time zone.   Saturn’s final transit through late degrees of Scorpio reflects the need to confront unresolved fears and wounds associated with losses, abandonments and betrayals that resulted in feelings of powerlessness.

Remember, that Grand Water Trine and its supportive energies will help you muster the courage to dive in and dive deep to uncover and heal all those buried hurts and traumas.  This is the path to personal re-empowerment.  For those inclined to meditate (also superbly supported by retrograde Chiron in Pisces in the Grand Water Trine) you may wish to check out a free 21 Day Meditation Program hosted by Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey at http://www.chopracentermeditation.com.   It began on July 13th but you can still register and begin participation at any time throughout the 21 day program.

AND finally, on August 11th, Jupiter enters Virgo for a little over a year, increasing personal and global crises! while simultaneously expanding understanding of ourselves, each other and the world.  As Jupiter moves further into Virgo over the coming months, it will form a mutable ‘T-square’ with Saturn in Sagittarius (as of late September) and Neptune in Pisces.  This planetary pattern will enforce the need to embrace reality and face the truth.  This will be particularly true regarding the need to make different choices relative to climate change and environmental degradation that increasing threatens the health of our planet and all its inhabitants through extreme weather events and disease.  https://www.yahoo.com/health/earths-degradation-threatens-major-health-gains-124204503917.html

Successful change is always rooted in reality; rose colored glasses do NOT promote healing.  Even if it’s painful, let go of outer dependencies in order to continue to grow and evolve.  Let go willingly knowing that they have served and completed their purpose.  Bless and release them lovingly, grateful for what they taught you.

In a world filled with so much turmoil and conflict, I am reminded of a local church banner that says, “There is no way to peace; peace is the way.”  That peace begins within for each one of us…

This article is written a summary of my live public presentation that explains and analyzes the energies and influences of the New Moon 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 Leo New Moon occurs on Aug 14th at 7:53 am MST!

Copyright 2015 Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting All rights reserved.

 

 

Capricorn New Moon, Winter Solstice and 2015: Out with the Old, In with the New!

CapricornGlyph11The Capricorn New Moon occurred on Sunday, December 21st at 6:35 pm MST at 0 degrees Capricorn 6 minutes.  Here’s the chart:  CapricornNewMoon2014-2.  The Sea Goat represents our evolutionary journey from the depths of the ocean (unconscious, subconscious) to the heights of the mountains (super consciousness).  Capricorn rules the structural nature of human consciousness.  Accordingly, it represents the Soul’s evolutionary journey from ignorance to spiritual enlightenment.  This creature is sure-footed as it steadfastly climbs to the mountaintop where it’s nearest to heaven and to the Divine Source that created it.

The Capricorn New Moon happened just a couple of hours after the Sun entered Capricorn, which always signals the Winter Solstice.  Here’s the Winter Solstice chart:  2014WinterSolstice.

Many contemporary Astrologers, as the ancients did, consider that each New Year begins with this annual ‘return of the light’ of the Sun marked by the Winter Solstice.  Since the Capricorn New Moon occurred almost simultaneously with the Winter Solstice moment, these two astrological chart patterns are nearly identical.  Subsequently, this Capricorn New Moon is a harbinger of events not only in the coming month, but for all of 2015!

The New Moon occurred at 0 degrees Capricorn, the very first degree of the sign, which always reflects new beginnings associated with that archetype.  On a collective level, Capricorn is associated with all the ways in which societies structure themselves including governments and political parties, social institutions like banks and universities, man-made laws and social and cultural authority figures.  On an individual level, Capricorn represents responsibilities, duties and obligations like careers and parenting.   Expect new beginnings in these matters and issues.

Capricorn is also the sign of emotional and spiritual maturation. It teaches us to become our own authority, accountable for all of our actions and decisions and their consequences.  This occurs through the realization that WE are responsible for co-creating the reality we experience.  This is because Capricorn rules the structure of human consciousness and therefore REALITY.  I have over recent months consistently referenced recent discoveries by quantum scientists that human consciousness influences and effects and essentially co-creates the realities we experience both personally and collectively.

Human consciousness is indeed changing at an increasingly rapid evolutionary pace now as was predicted for this time in human history by many ancient cultures the world over.  Check out this Huffington Post article about the “New Mainstream” for evidence of our shifting human consciousness and global awakening http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dianne-collins/theres-a-new-mainstream-o_b_6146988.html.

Also of extreme importance in both the New Moon and New Year chart patterns is Uranus which stationed direct (resumed apparent forward motion) in Aries just 18 minutes before the Sun’s entry into Capricorn which is synonymous with the Winter Solstice!  Uranus is the archetype of liberation and freedom that helps us to break free of old, crystallized patterns of experience that are preventing further evolutionary growth.  It shatters the old to make way for continuing evolutionary growth.  And it typically manifests in surprising unexpected and even shocking ways!

Uranus is explosive in nature so there’s more than enough celestial energy to ‘fuel’ necessary changes in the coming year.   Cooperation with this transformative energy will make embracing change exciting.  Resisting it will likely result in disruptive and disturbing cataclysmic events that are required in order to enforce necessary changes.   Either way, there’s LOTS of dynamic powerful energy catalyzing important new beginnings and directions for us all in 2015.

Saturn rules this New Moon and is currently at 29 degrees of Scorpio.  Saturn is finishing up its transit through Scorpio which began in October 2012.  For the last couple of years, our individual and collective consciousness has been primarily focused on confronting and healing our deepest fears, insecurities and wounds especially those associated with loss, abandonment and betrayals.  We’ve been forced to look at all the ways in which we’ve come to feel powerless because we’ve given our power away, becoming co-dependent upon outside sources and influences.  Saturn’s sojourn in Scorpio was about healing and re-empowerment.  With Saturn ruling both the Capricorn New Moon chart and the Winter Solstice (New Year) chart, its position at the final degree of Scorpio speaks volumes about the need to complete this healing and re-empowerment process before we can effectively move forward into new projects, relationships and goals we’re ready to pursue.

At the final degree of Scorpio, Saturn is reflecting the need to culminate old ways of using, abusing and misusing power and control.  These old ways are particularly reflective of and associated with institutions of wealth like banks and the financial markets and institutions of force like the military and law enforcement.  Perhaps this short five minute video is a good synopsis of this evolving re-empowerment dynamic:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGKogwbO240.

With 0 degrees of Capricorn (New Moon and Winter Solstice) we have a symbol of new beginnings, and with 29 degrees Scorpio (Saturn – ruling planet of Capricorn) we have a symbol of the culmination of old ways.  Simply put, in both the Capricorn New Moon chart and the Winter Solstice chart for all of 2015, we have symbols that reflect the need to relinquish the old before we can begin something new.  So what do you need to let go of in order to move forward in 2015?

As Saturn moves through Sagittarius (December 23, 2014 to December 18, 2017) we’ll all have the opportunity to seriously ponder our individual and collective truths and belief systems.  How we interpret reality depends upon what we believe.   If our beliefs are faulty then our interpretation of reality will similarly be false.  Sagittarius also rules the right brain and therefore our intuition, which is how each individual is naturally led to their own personal truth.  Expanding your natural intuitive capacity by learning to listen to, trust and act upon your intuition, will be one of the highest manifestations you can choose over the next three years as Saturn moves through Sagittarius.

Through Sagittarius, Saturn teaches that truth is RELATIVE and each of us must find our own way to our own personal truth – what’s true for us – while simultaneously recognizing universal truths.   As is typically the case, we’re likely to experience both the lower and higher ends of the Sag archetype over the next three years including religious extremists that believe their truth is the one and only truth that typically is used to justify misuse of power, to those who realize the limitations of their personal truth or beliefs and are willing to expand their understanding to encompass larger universal truths.   Pope Francis has been leading the way in acknowledging and encouraging a greater universal understanding that encompasses all faiths and all of humanity.

On a more mundane level, Sagittarius rules the legal system, higher education and transportation.  So we’re likely to experience transformational changes to these social structures as well.  Heaven knows, at least here in the U.S., these elements of our society and infrastructure are long overdue for improvements and upgrades!

As Saturn moves into the beginning degrees of Sagittarius over the coming year, it will form waning angles to both Pluto in Capricorn (semi-square = 45 degrees) and Uranus in Aries (sesquiquadrate = 135 degrees).  Both of these angles correlate with YIN phases on the astrological wheel and are therefore characterized by inward moving energies.  YIN energy inwardly reflects and reviews while acquiescing to outer forces.  Thus Saturn is surrendering its power and control to the evolutionary forces of Pluto and the revolutionary forces of Uranus.  Once again we have the symbolism of the old giving way to the new.

However, those in power aren’t giving up without a fight!  Just last month, Congress passed and the President signed a bill that will once again allow the biggest of banks to speculate on derivatives (gamble) with depositor funds.  This will once again put the American taxpayer on the hook for bailouts if these banks lose their risky bets on Wall Street.  Old patriarchal (Capricorn and Saturn) forces are holding on even as their actions continue to wreak havoc on the world undermining shared peace and prosperity.  But its only a matter of time before these old paradigms collapse because in the end, evolutionary forces always overcome the forces of resistance.

Venus and Mercury are also in Capricorn and coming into a square aspect (90 degree angle) with the Moon’s Nodes.  As hearts and minds continue to ponder serious and consequential issues, crucial choices – often between the self and others – must be made.  These astrological patterns seek balance between personal values, needs and desires and those of others who are involved.  These celestial energies encourage all of us to choose collaboration and cooperation over competition to make the most of these important evolutionary choice-points.

And finally, the Sun, Moon and Mercury are all connecting with Neptune in Pisces in these charts.   These planetary combinations can inspire us to reach beyond the limits of a mundane, consensus reality and its materialistic worldview towards higher more meaningful goals and aspirations.  One of the major lessons of Pluto moving through Capricorn (2008 to 2025) is realizing the limitations of our planet’s natural resources.  Consider that each and every day, everything you use was made from some natural resource.  Our planet simply cannot continue to sustain ever increasing growth be it in population, jobs, housing or economies.  What are you willing to sacrifice in order to ensure a more sustainable future?

So 2015 promises to be an exciting year full of r-evolutionary changes.  Humanity is indeed ‘waking up!’  We are transforming old outworn and limited thoughts and beliefs.  We are taking back our power and owning it in new ways that are co-creating new realities.   A New Year’s Eve tradition of taking out the trash to make room for new experiences in the coming year is perhaps an apt metaphor for the celestial patterns of 2015:  Out with the Old, In with the New!

Happy New Year Everyone!

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 Aquarius New Moon is on January 20th at 6:13 am MST!

 Copyright 2015 Donna Lee Steele 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.

Cancer New Moon

cancer_marchettiglyphThe Cancer New Moon occurs on Friday, June 27th, at 1:08 am MST at 5 degrees Cancer 37 minutes.  Here’s the New Moon chart:  CancerNewMoon2014.  The first water sign of the zodiac, Cancer is extremely sensitive emotionally.  Not surprising then is the fact that this sign’s symbol, the Crab, carries its ‘home’ – a protective outer shell – with it wherever it goes in order to keep it safe from harm.  Accordingly, for Cancer natives, their home also provides the ultimate refuge and is of the utmost importance to them as a place of safety, security and comfort.  Cancer also rules our family of origin and the conditioning influences we’re raised with throughout our early upbringing and childhood.  Our ego-centric identity is primarily shaped by our family.  Their influence and conditioning tell us who we are and contribute either to the development of a healthy self-image or one that’s damaged resulting in low self-esteem and emotional insecurities that are often carried into adult life.

The evolutionary intention of this extremely sensitive sign is to develop INNER EMOTIONAL SECURITY. Through Cancer, we become aware of all of our outer dependencies on people, places and things that we think will provide for our happiness and well-being. As we suffer disappointments and let-downs from these outer sources, we learn that the only true source of emotional well-being is ourselves. Real emotional security can only come from within.

Jupiter has been traveling through Cancer for over a year now and is finally finishing up its role in the Grand Cardinal Cross it’s been a part of for the last eight months along with Uranus in Aries, Mars in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn.  It also continues to be part of an ongoing Grand Water Trine with Saturn in Scorpio and Chiron in Pisces. Increased emotionality and insecurity has resulted from the tremendous social, cultural, political and economic upheavals and changes associated with these extraordinary celestial patterns. Evolution has required that we face personal fears as we deal with all the unexpected and irrevocable but necessary changes.

Jupiter’s last hurrah in Cancer is a square aspect to the Nodes of the Moon precise on the day of the New Moon. Perhaps there’s one more major decision or choice that must be made now in order to keep moving forward as the past gives way to a better but still uncertain future?  Jupiter rules our search for truth and higher understanding so this is the planet associated with personal beliefs.  Do your beliefs contribute to your emotional well-being or do they undermine your overall sense of safety and security?  Stand up for yourself and speak your truth while respecting the right of others to do the same.  On July 16th, Jupiter leaves Cancer and enters Leo until August 2015.  I’ll explain the influence of Jupiter through Leo next month…

The ongoing Grand Cardinal Cross is further activated by the Sun all next week. The Sun will oppose retrograde Pluto in Capricorn on the 4th (watch for power struggles), square Uranus in Aries on the 8th (embrace change and break free), and square Mars in Libra on the 19th (compromise or stand-offs).  And as Mars finally finishes its post retrograde trek through Libra, it too will once again ignite this Cross. So expect more changes that will probably increase insecurities! The way to successfully navigate all these changes is to FEEL your way through.  FEEL your emotions!  Don’t deny, ignore or suppress them as our culture often teaches us to do. Acting on your emotions is optional; feeling them is not.  Seek also to understand their origins as this will help you to effectively transcend their ability to emotionally ‘trigger’ you again in the future.

The New Moon is trine Neptune which just recently went retrograde in Pisces. The purpose of retrograde Neptune is to throw off old fantasies, delusions, deceptions and feelings of victimization! Connect with the ultimate source of love, acceptance and comfort – God/Goddess – and know that no matter what’s happening in your outer world, your inner connection to Source Energy is always safe and secure.  The Sun’s connection with Neptune occurs this Sunday.  Take some quiet time for yourself to connect with Spirit, receive inner guidance and recharge your energy.  Reflect upon your feelings to fully understand their meaning and message(s).  Our feelings are the best barometer we have to know how we’re really doing as we move through life and all of its obligations, expectations and overall ‘busy-ness!’  Clearly the question of the month is, “how does this FEEL?”

And finally, matters of freedom and responsibility will take center stage later in July as retrograde Saturn in Scorpio stations direct on the 20th reflecting new realities especially concerning money, power, responsibility and authority. It’s time for greater accountability by everyone! Uranus in Aries stations retrograde July 21st for five months. Achieving and maintaining a healthy self-image requires us to be true to ourselves.  Often, being true to our self requires that we break free of expectations to conform to other people’s opinions, beliefs and values – especially our family! BE who you really truly are. For there’s really no better way to really truly ensure your INNER emotional security and well-being!

The Leo New Moon is on July 26th at 3:42 pm MST!

Copyright 2014 Donna Lee Steele All rights reserved.

Spectacular Lunar Eclipse in Libra

LunarEclipseImageBloodRedMoonA rare total lunar eclipse occurs tonight and will be visible across the Americas beginning at about 11:00 pm and lasting until about 3:00 am MST/PDT in the United States.  The Full Moon will be exact at 12:42 am MST/PDT at 25 degrees 16 minutes of the sign Libra.  Here’s the chart:  TotalLunarEclipseinLibra2014  This eclipse is the first of four total lunar eclipses in a row between now and October 2015 being referred to as a ‘tetrad’ or ‘group of four.’  Lunar eclipses occur regularly every five and half months.  But this lunar eclipse begins a TOTAL lunar eclipse ‘tetrad’ which is a rare phenomenon since lunar eclipses are not always total – where the Moon passes precisely (not a little above or a little below) the exact alignment of the Earth and Sun resulting in a complete or total blockage of the Sun’s light upon the Moon’s surface.  Additionally, what makes this tetrad rare is the fact that total eclipses of the Moon don’t often happen successively, let alone four in a row.

This lunar eclipse is further distinguished by Pluto stationing (standing still or ‘stationary’) to turn retrograde today just eight hours before the eclipse at 4:44 pm MST/PDT.  AND since the eclipse occurs across the Aries/Libra axis its also energizing the once-in-a-lifetime Grand Cardinal Cross that will reach precision for the second of three times in just a week from April 20th to the 23rd (first time was December 25-30, 2013 and the third will be June 14-25, 2014).  Finally, the fifth of seven ongoing exact square aspects (90 degree angle) between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn will happen next week on April 21st.

That’s a WHOLE LOT of celestial energy!  Astrology always reflects reality through the hermetic principle of “As above, so below.”  Coincidentally, there’s also a WHOLE LOT going on in our world right now!

The primary influence of this Libra lunar eclipse is a culmination of old relationship patterns and behaviors that are no longer working.  Libra is the sign associated with learning how to be in relationships as equals which helps us to achieve and maintain balance.  But Libra is also the sign of extremes!  It’s LEARNING balance.  The polarized state of our national and global politics, cultural norms, religious beliefs and economic ‘realities’ are extraordinary examples of current EXTREMES!  We’re at a cross-roads needing to make new choices about how we treat one another and how we treat our planetary home — the natural world that sustains us.  Clearly the path we’re on has reached the limits of sustainability.

Other celestial bodies in Libra affecting the lunar eclipse pattern are informative.  They include Mars (the God of War), the dwarf planet Ceres and the asteroids Juno and Vesta.  Ceres, Juno and Vesta are all heavenly bodies that represent feminine archetypes associated with unconditional love, nurturing/nourishment, partnership commitments, fidelity and passionate spiritual devotion.  For thousands of years patriarchal conditioning has suppressed and marginalized women resulting in extreme imbalances in our relationship with half of the planet’s population, with our stewardship of the environment and in our disconnection to ‘Gaia’ the quintessential feminine consciousness of our planet Earth.  Needless to say, humanity’s habitual war-like tendencies clearly also contribute to relationship imbalances!  While some are still calling for military responses to current global events (can you say Ukraine, Syria, Iran and North Korea???), its time to respond differently if efforts are to succeed.

The Grand Cardinal Cross is a planetary configuration comprised of four planets, each in a cardinal sign (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) that are square one another (90 degrees) and opposite each other (180 degrees).  Squares and oppositions are tense angular relationships whose energies are often conflicted or challenging.  Squares reflect important choice points.  These choices have to do with deciding what actions to take or whom or what to believe.  Oppositions bring issues to a head forcing either a completion or separation of existing circumstances.

Its important to understand that cardinal energy typically manifests through a dance of two steps forward, then one step back.  This is because cardinal energy instinctively initiates actions that move us in new directions.  But new experiences are often stressful because they take us into unfamiliar territory which can be frightening.  We take a step back to regroup and re-establish security when that security has been upset by moving forward in new ways.  Ultimately, through feedback received after taking those initial steps, we’re able to decide which new directions we are meant to continue moving towards.

Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn has been THE planetary ‘base note’ anchoring the Grand Cardinal Cross.  This astrological influence began in 2008 with Pluto’s entrance into Capricorn for sixteen years.  Remember 2008 was when the global economy began to dramatically contract.  In 2010, Uranus entered Aries and began forming its square angle/aspect to Pluto.  It first entered Aries in May and stayed until August when it went retrograde moving back into Pisces over the fall and winter of that year.  It returned to Aries for a stay of seven years on March 11, 2011 within hours of the 9.0 earthquake off the coast of Japan that was followed by the enormous tsunami that crippled the Fukushima Diachi nuclear power plants that are still damaged and leaking radiation to this day.  These extraordinary events are associated with two of the most powerful elements of our current global social structural paradigm (Capricorn):  how we generate power and how we operate our global market driven economies.  Both have and will continue to need radical reforms if they are to be sustained in the future.

Jupiter has been in Cancer since June 2013.  It has been reflecting our increased emotionality and growing insecurities both personally and collectively as the world around us continues to change in dramatic and sometimes unexpected ways.  One of the most important choices we all face right now is whether to embrace these changes with optimism and excitement or dread and fear.  Choose to move forward anyway even in the face of fear!  Holding on to the past will only bring pain and confusion.  Evolutionary changes are necessary now.  Resistance will only ensure an increased likelihood that these changes will ultimately be forced upon us.

Mars entered Libra in December 2013.  Typically it takes only two months to traverse a sign.  Its current retrograde cycle (March 1 to May 19, 2014) will prolong its sojourn in Libra for eight months ending in August this year.  Mars rules Aries, the sign opposite Libra.  Mars rules war but is currently in the sign of peace!

Interestingly, when planets are retrograde, their energy naturally gravitates towards the opposite sign to facilitate its own evolution.  Aries/Libra is the relationship axis of the zodiac.  These two signs represent self (Aries) and our relationship with others (Libra).  These two signs are always trying to find the right balance between independence/freedom and commitment to others.  Intuition is the guiding force necessary to achieve this balance.  When we’ve spent too much time alone, our intuition will let us know and prompt us to connect with others and be more social.  On the other hand, when we’ve been hanging out with others and socializing so much that we’ve lost track of our own individuality, then our intuition will alert us to the need to spend some time alone so we can reconnect with our own needs and wants.  Be mindful of your intuitive urges in the coming days and weeks to find the right balance between yourself and others.

The bottom line of all this energy is this:  WE ARE LIVING IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES!  Ancient cultures the world over have shared their prophecies about this being a time where humanity will experience a quantum leap forward in consciousness towards a much greater understanding of the truth of our experiences and our reality.  Perhaps the most exciting breakthrough of our times is the discovery by quantum physicists that human consciousness affects what reality is experienced or manifested.  Put simply, we now know that consciousness creates reality.  We are indeed CO-CREATORS.  We create our reality in every moment through the uniquely human capacity of free will choices.  The trick is to choose CONSCIOUSLY instead of unconsciously.  This requires that we pay attention to what we’re thinking, feeling, believing and doing.

The Libra Lunar Eclipse is a harbinger of great change.  The heavenly patterns are reflecting important choices we now need to make in order to evolve and grow.  Its time to let go of what’s no longer working.  Its time to choose different ways of being and doing.   We have the power to change our world, solve our problems, heal the planet and restore peace and balance in all our relations.

Its time to choose anew.  What will you choose?

Blessings, Donna

 

 

 

 

 

Other planetary influences symbolized through the Grand Cardinal Cross