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The first New Moon of 2017 occurs Friday January 27, 2017 at 4:07 PM in California. Aquarius is a fixed air sign, occurring in mid-winter, cold and moist, therefore reflective like the icicles and frozen lakes often seen at this time. Aquarius has been ruled by Saturn for thousands of years and until very recently, Uranus. It’s not worth it to have a strong bias one way or another towards the way astrologers or those with interest in astrology use rulerships, however, I tend more these days to rely on the tradition, and therefore let Saturn guide me in delineation of things associated with Aquarius. One of my very sound justifications for this is the makeup of the zodiac through testimonies and teachers in the tradition. It may require a longer and separate article to explain that, however briefly, it should be enough to demonstrate the soundness of Saturn as the ruler of Aquarius, to point out the sign opposite, Leo, a Hot and Dry sign ruled by the Sun. Saturn was the furthest planet from the Sun at the time, in fact without the aid of telescopes and with the use of only the naked eye, it still is the last visible planet from the Sun, and therefore was the natural opposite in the zodiac.
The chart for this New Moon is divinely reflective, very Western oriented, which offers that hint of reflection or projection. In a natal chart with a signature like this it would suggest that the overall life pattern is that of one who will reflect other’s experiences for them. Act as a mirror of experience. How Aquarian. Aquarius has the air of objectification, and anything reflected for another to see, will naturally be removed from the subjective. In other words, this will be a good time to start stepping back from firm ideas about who one is and what one thinks. This is a good time to listen to others and attempt to see oneself as another does. Reflect on how one is received in the world and in the eyes of intimate encounters. Aquarius being the opposite sign of Leo, where the creative child lives and revels in hir (hir is a Timothy Leary combination of him/her) uniqueness, Aquarius is where the creation is offered to the world. The place and space for allowing what is created to be judged, for good or for ill, from the community that it’s offered.
This is no small thing. The ego deflation that comes with creative output is not for the thin skinned. Somewhere, somehow, we all need to develop this thicker layer for the purpose of growth and evolution. At some point, very generally the Aquarian point, something new needs to be sewn. This is a part of the natural order. It’s also where Saturn makes sense as the dispositor. Saturn is the ruler of time and space, of boundaries, of consensus reality. There are those pioneers in every time and place that hike beyond those boundaries, however, like any deep state operative, they must be associated with that with which they seek to move beyond. The Aquarius association with Saturn can be seen in the blending of things old with things new. Most changes, it seems, take place like this.
What kind of changes can we expect or facilitate arrival? Right work ones. There’s a lot in this chart that speaks of the Buddhist tenets of “Right livelihood”. Saturn in the 6th house, the house of service and work and also in Sagittarius, a sign that exudes spiritual, religious, mystical traits. Even if one must commit to Uranus as associated with Aquarius, Uranus is in the 10th House, the House of one’s calling. We would be well served seeking to spiritualize our work. Atheistic materialism, which seems to have been the prevailing world view for the past few hundred years, is reaching, hopefully, it’s zenith. This New Moon, the first of 2017, and after a horrifyingly depressing world from 2016, seems to be offering an opportunity to move on from the madness, to seek independence and autonomy, in learning, working, and living. This New Moon is also in the 7th House of this chart. It seems to be asking for a new conception of relationships. Something Aquarian. Something different. Something unique. Something that will fit better for the future.
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New moon Aquarius Horoscopes 1/27/17
Don’t agonize, organize. The New Moon in Aquarius in your solar 11th is calling for you to unite with friends, organizations, and networks that will be stepping points for all sorts of altruistic endeavors. It may seem at this time that you are in the thick of the woods, surrounded by dense fog, and unable to navigate your way to solid ground, however, the footing will be surer as the month progresses. The fog will lift. The way forward will be lit as if by a thousand bonfires, and your sense of your place in things will be sound All you have to do is join forces with other nefarious, spiritual rebels into the uncertain, but bright future. If nothing else, you’ll make new friends and make available to yourself new and vibrant communities.
You are clearly surrounded by allies and in the company of kindred spirits. While it has been important to be there, in the social graces of your tribe, making contacts and expressing the inexpressible, there may be a quiet tension brewing as this New Moon approaches. A faint voice within may be heralding something that has to do with your calling, your true place in the scheme of all this madness. Seek clues within, a turning in which may greet you with this New Moon, that will point to something novel, something new approach that you didn’t realize was part of your path. It may mean a breaking, a departure, or it could be the polar opposite, the suggestion of a joint effort, a merger of forces. One thing is certain, you are not, nor will you be, alone.
Sometimes, you just have to blow it all up and start all over again. Yes, there are a lot of thoughts like that these days, and it seems that the sentiment has been on your mind as well. Whether this is or isn’t the time to do so looks as though it will come into more focus, certainly more attention, as this New Moon perfects. It’s easy to forget at the most important times that one’s spiritual health is as important to maintain as any other dynamic that exists in the world, and the likelihood that you’ve neglected this due to a focus on everything else, is high. This New Moon is calling you back to your core, to your heart, to your spiritual center. How well you heed this call will no doubt affect your ability to navigate the question of whether or not to scrap the latest roadmap.
The beginning is near! It’s a much nicer thought than the alternative, isn’t it? Emotional security is not derived from another, no matter how tight the union may be, it must come from within, autonomously. Then true union can occur. This can be a frightening thought, cold and mean, yet once it’s realized, it’s liberating and euphoric. There’s also no simple and easy path to this state. The only way is through, one day at a time, and embracing all that life has to offer. This is everything we came here for, to these bodies, to these people, to all these experiences that have, and still shall shape our world view. Yes, it’s intense right now. The astrology recommends that you embrace it and love it for all its sensations.
In the amazing Robin Williams’s film “Dead Poet’s Society” the English teacher directed the students of his prep school to stand on their desks and look around to get a different perspective of their everyday, routine space. For one of the boys, this turned out to be a pivotal and transformative gesture. This New Moon, in your solar 7th House, may offer an opportunity to partner up with someone, in some creative, business, or even romantic coupling, to move a project or idea that has been at a standstill. Your creative, joyful self has been strapped down of late, not necessarily in a bad way, although it may have felt heavy and difficult at times, but more of in a hard work kind of way. A new partnership may be just the thing to get moving.
It doesn’t have to be your job to make other’s happy. There’s nothing wrong with attempting to do so, quite the contrary, in the world we find ourselves in right now, it’s a very welcome disposition, however, taking on more than one person can handle has a tendency to backfire. The same energy that you may feel compelled to direct towards other people happiness could well be channelled into creative ventures that have the same effect, although not necessarily as direct, and have the added bonus of making you feel good. The idea here is to seek more of an exchange than a turning over of love. Exchanges create equity and balance, and have ripple effects across many, many boundaries.
The body is willing the mind says wait. This conversation has been going on for quite some time, and although it gets frustrating and therefore tempting to just let go of inhibition and go for what’s right in front of you, the hesitation still has gifts to give. What’s in front of you has such an air of uncertainty that looking at it from several different angles may be the the best way forward. In the meantime, and to reinforce right thinking, remember that so long as you move from a loving space, with loving thoughts, and be in the love that is truly the reality we are in, you will find your thoughts guiding you in a direction of clarity. Let that guide you to some useful form of self-expression, whatever your medium may be, writing, painting, dancing, yoga...all will be well.
Turn and face the strange. Could anyone have imagined any better than Bowie? I think not. We’re immersed in the strange, that’s for certain, and there’s little doubt that the strange is immersed in us as well. For some reason you may not be ready, willing, and/or able to turn and face that strangeness. It may be your thoughts, dark and churning, morose and foreboding, that cause the hesitation. It may be a fear, a big one, of the value loss that you think comes as a ramification of that move, or it may be your very own willful desire to hang on to that which has to go. Whatever it is, the astrology is pointing towards that turn, and the strange may just be a path to liberation that you never realized, or always knew, was waiting to be embraced. Embrace the strange.
There’s never been a better time for critical thinking, in fact it’s critical to start thinking critically now. You’ve noticed a difference between what and how you feel and the way it seems to fit into the rest of the tribe, however, you may not have the confidence or sense of security to separate yourself from your crowd just yet. The New Moon in your 3rd house is an excellent time to run some experiments in independent thinking, to see how much of what you think is a product of your environment, your circle of comrades, out of habit, or if it’s truly and autonomously yours. Clearly you do not want to leave the tribe, the friendships are true and real, and there is a torrent of emotions swirling through you that need grounding. At the same time, standing alone, sure of your place in the world even if it’s against the grain, is the best place to be.
Self-undoing is one of the most wonderful and rewarding experiences to engage, and your process looks to be in the expansive space. This long period of growth and change has been difficult, for sure, and while the weight of it may be on your mind, the value and reward, both intrinsic and extrinsic, will become more and more plain as this New Moon approaches. It may not be a lasting clarity, that tends to rise and fall like the tides, but this offers a respite from the fog and confusion that has been more of the norm of late. This is a just reward for weathering the work that has been required for this period of transformation. Your mind may want to fight this through obsession over something that you know must be eliminated and that’s natural and ok. Don’t resist the thoughts, accept any grace that comes, and you will feel the rewards within.
If you haven’t felt this lately, it’s absolutely true, that you are truly unique, free, and have permission to be unabashedly yourself. There may have been a tendency to not feel this way lately due to factors outside of your control. One factor is that the collective unconscious is very powerful right now, and you have a special tie-in with that, a portal to it’s power, within your consciousness. Also, the collective consciousness has hoisted its weight on you and made what feels like obligatory demands for you to support your friend’s, allies, and organizations. With dynamics like these infusing your energy, it’s not surprising if you have felt a little lost, stretched out, overhyped and overwhelmed by other people’s challenges. You may have even taken on other people’s challenges as your own and forgotten that you are not them. This New Moon is calling your attention back to your vessel. Explore your personal domain.
Listen carefully to what your partner (business or otherwise) has to say. It’s faith in your own abilities that will pull you through so don’t pick up insecurities that may not belong to you. Also, don’t let the insecurities of another cast doubt upon the union altogether. These are natural occurrences and the astrology suggests that you can put your faith in the partnership despite any thoughts to the contrary. The New Moon in your solar 12th house may shed light on an aspect of yourself that you would like to undo and your partnerships may point the way. The messages will be subtle, between spaces, and in the silence between words, so don’t try to hard to zero in on the challenge. When you let go of trying, it will come. Not quite like a flash, but more like through a whisper.
New Moon Libra
Today, at 5:11 PM The Sun and Moon come together once again, in their seeming eternal cosmic duet. They conjoin at 8 degrees of Libra for a New Moon in that sign, signifying a darkness from which can be born any number of wildly new relationship ideas. The wildness potential in this particular Libra New Moon relates strongly to the expansive, jovial and feral Jupiter that sits at 4 degrees of Libra, partaking of the dance. The possibilities are limited only by the individual’s choice and worldview, which consequently, Jupiter is prone to pushing the boundaries that exist.
Speaking of boundaries, Saturn remains in Sagittarius, one of the home sign’s of Jupiter, as well as being exalted, i.e., can work quite effectively, through Libra. Today is a good time to check in with the boundaries that exist and encompass your worldview and consider what fits and what doesn’t anymore and what novel ways of living, relating, and creating may charge your spirit in a more evolutionary way.
My guess is that any questioning of values, for the above musing would most certainly also impact what one values, will be intense and deeply felt. With Venus in Scorpio feelings tend towards the raw and deeply-rooted. If one was to take up the suggestion of worldview analysis, one would be wise to have a built in timer that chimes after a certain amount of time. Scorpio’s fixed nature can leave the deep thinker in a state of obsession (not necessarily a bad thing, this is after all a no-judgment zone), so remember to have a way to break trance.
As all things in astrology, this New Moon will affect everyone differently. Depending on your rising sign, the House placement will guide the thoughts, urges, and momentum of the astrology. Aries rising may experience a need to develop a deeper relationship with themselves, Taurus rising with their enterprises, Gemini with their ideas, Cancer rising with their ancestors. Consider your natal chart make-up (call or email me if you don’t know http://www.trinityastrology.com/how-to-reach-me.html).
Mercury applies to Neptune: words may not suffice in the attempt to navigate and translate experience. How else can you communicate your reality?
The turning of the wheel is just that: a turning of the wheel. There’s little effort required, in fact, effort tends to get in the way of inspiration, which in turn requires perspiration, and tends to lead to exasperation, if you are prone to procrastination. The time is always now, but no time tends to be better, but when there is the odd confusion of an eclipse. For during an eclipse something is hidden, unseen, missed, hiding behind, trying not to be seen, or perhaps wanting to but not having the confidence or fidelity to come out and sing.
So what it is now? who is the one who can tell? Can anyone tell your fortune or is it yours to be made? You know what the winged ones would say to that, or the 4 leggeds, or the creepy crawlies, or the wise one’s of the sea, or the fairies within the earth, and the ancestors. Shit, everyone but anyone in a body right now knows, and the rest of us must ponder and moan and groan or try to read a tome, or see the messages in the stars, and be not jealous of the one’s who think they have it, for there really is nothing to have, nothing to be, nothing to see, nothing to be sad about, nothing to be mad about, nothing to look for, nothing to search for, nothing to cry for, nothing to run from, nothing to hide from.
Eclipse season is upon us starting Tuesday March 8th with a Solar Eclipse in Pisces, followed by a Lunar Eclipse Wednesday march 23rd on the Aries/Libra axis. Eclipses seem to have a quiet, still, expectant sense to them that tend to be better served in a more abstract way, that is, it’s better to feel them and sense what the message may be rather than arrive at them with pre-determined ideas for what could be. The word eclipse, according to the online etymology dictionary, is an abandonment, a failing, a forsaking. Not the kindest of words or experiences, however, and as always, valuable points of departure from the fallacy of experiencing life as a fixed and understandable phenomenon. It would seem that an eclipse, or eclipses since they seem to be related (duh, everything’s related), are the heaven's way of reminding us that we must stand alone at times to discover the way of growth and renewal, to remember novelty and chaos, to be lost and confused.
There’s three important points in the chart of this eclipse on Tuesday: Jupiter, Saturn, and Chiron. For the day or two of the eclipse the Sun/Moon conjunction in Pisces, joined by Chiron just 2 degrees from perfection, are opposite Jupiter and square to Saturn. That’s a famous ol’ T-square with Saturn, in Sagittarius, as the focal point. This is a lot of Pisces/Jupiter energy that will be highlighted perhaps aiding and abetting a greater sense of abandonment in the moment.
The moment is a herald for each seeker to observe and listen to the words or images or feelings that spring forth from the central nervous system. This is easily mistaken as personal, after all it comes seemingly with one’s own voice, within one’s body, however, that is all part of the mirage. The voice that seems to be one’s own is owned not by anyone, but belongs to the eternal tree standing on the eternal hill, ablaze with the fire that always burns, where love letters may be destroyed and other strategies employed in the goal of evolution.
Water Bearing: an Aquarian Sun
The Sun is in Aquarius, mid winter here in the North Hemisphere,a fixed sign and a fixed weather pattern (such as it is), and the water bearer takes front and center in the collective experience. If we could all find the honorable Aquarian qualities of Gunga din, the bhisti from Rudyard Kipling’s poem by the same name, the world would certainly be in a better place. Aquarian qualities such as commitment to tribe, service to a cause, emotional detachment, offering love, and the everlasting search and work towards a more innovative and improved society to name but a few.
A bhisti is a water bearer in the general Indian sub-continent. Fittingly and Aquarian, the word is derived from the Persian bhist meaning paradise, and associated with the water bearers in honor of the sensation of paradise that their offering provides. The bhisti are less prevalent in our more modern age as India develops more organized water provisions, however, they can still be found at ceremonies, festivals, or any type of gathering where water is a necessity in the sweltering Indian heat and difficult to provide.
While their station seems low, the bhisti themselves claim to be the descendants of an old Hindu class of warriors the Rajput. Gunga din is a great example of the possibilities of this claim as he appears in Kipling’s poem as courageous and bold, strong and faithful. A warrior with only a skin of water in horrid World War 1 battles raging all around him, steadfast, humble, observant, seemingly unaffected by the dangers and depravity. This is Aquarius in action.
Gunga din was not treated well to say the least. He was verbally abused, fetishiesed by ignoratn, bigoted British soldiers, beaten and tortured. He was clearly not compensated well, if at all, for his service as he was in rags that barely covered his body and he was constantly in danger, never far from the soldiers he was duty bound to serve. Gunga din contained his emotions, like the water in his pouch, hugged the front lines, and offered love to his last breath. This is Aquarius in action.
Gunga din ate pebbles for breakfast that day. Water bearers are tough like that. They have this amazing ability to put their own weighty and weary burden aside and manage to summon the strength to continue helping the ones within reach. Gunga din manages to nurture his own torturer with strength and compassion until his last breath. This is Aquarius in action.
A guy who works as a public school teacher and two women, a therapist and an aide, went to work wishing peace and tranquility on a Friday and found turmoil and angst. Injured, mislead, abused, and anxiety ridden (good hearted) teenagers were falling apart. The crew came together, forgot their own comfort to find whatever multitude of ways they could dream or imagine, to save the minds, hearts, and departments of these troubled sad teenagers in a high school class. This is Aquarius in action.
What stories do you have to tell? What scenes of service, without thought or burden, were displayed in your walk through another day? What inspirations have you drawn or epiphanies have you witnessed in others? What dream of a better world, a better way to do this thing (Oh yeah, I forgot, there is Lasqueti!) have you daydreamed, bantered about, or seen in action? This is the time to be aware and witness to those examples and to take whatever small or large part you may play.
Also this month:
Mercury: stations direct 1/25/16 and enters Aquarius on Valentine's Day
Venus: Changes signs 3 times! 1/24/16 ingress Capricorn, 2/17/16 ingress Aquarius
Ceres: ingress Pisces 1/29/16
New Moon Aquarius: 2/8/16
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Monthly Horoscopes: The Aquarian Sun
Mnemosyne’s quest is ongoing and the roman gods don’t ever get ill when they spend time with a searcher on a hill ringed in scarlet fire.This is the dark time. Did you feel any bias from that? That’s always one of the most important questions at any turn, any twist, any quest of this life. The dark time is as necessary as the light time, there wouldn’t be any sense in existence if light always won out, darkness would give up seeing no sense in competing. So the dark time is as integrally important as the light, and this is the time to investigate that inner landscape. Your will is there, your drive to experience and feel even a fleeting sense of understanding with that experience and, with just a glimpse, you can radiate something solemn and important to the collective. You have an important message this month, something deep and relevant, but you must join with your shadow, deeply and intimately, to be receptive to the message.
A new idea from the temple that houses your secrets, ever so gently: the best is here and now, never yet to be, there’s nothing to yearn for, there’s nothing to see or be. A great deal of empowerment stands behind you this month to make subtle or grand changes in your reality conceptions. The question may be how much is needed and how much you can fit. It’s bit of a trip through the Sun in Aquarius as Venus (you in this sense) changes signs 3 times in the quest. That’s twice through the 29th degree (anaretic = quite potent), first of Sagittarius and then of Capricorn, so there’s something that seems important to accomplish, something to forge in the way that you value. Most likely you're keen to your own net worth but this may have more to do with your assessment of others, and so it just might take an adjustment in the way that you understand your truths. Nothing is certain no matter how solid they may seem, everything is buzzing and shaking like bees in a bag.
A silver toed dancer sprang out of a cake for the president of the united state, who was the only one left after the commissioners deleted the directions for testing whether anything mattered. He’s waiting in another dimension until someone figures out what to do. What’s an imagination for if not to run wild. This is not an era that exemplifies the daydreamer, the visionary, the idealist so well, but who is the time to tell you what to do? Dream big and dream wild for the truth is there is little truth the discern, however, there are many stories to tell and it seems you’ve been considering one or two of late. Let those stories unfold how they will, without resistance or judgment, play your part as you see best, and leave the rest to others. Meanwhile attune to principles and methods that bring you closer to something that calms your mind and keeps a pleasant rhythm in kind. Something that feels like god. Acts that feel religious, ceremonial. Make it a journey. A quest for spirit or lunch with the Muses and Alan Watts.
The apples are only half eaten in eden, so there’s still some debauch to be had on this walk through the devil’s den. Pull up a chair and a raven will sing to you the hymn of eternity on just such a whim, for any good raven knows that there are many things to learn from sinking into the core of something deemed bad. Whoever came up with these definitions of good and bad and placed them in you is tugging at your shirtail and beckoning you back but you stand at a crossroads with all of that. You have a clear path to self fulfillment and have the will to create, however scary and weighty it may have seemed of late. Lightness will come, like a feather drifting, and though the position at contact with the nearest obstacle is unknown, your faith is stronger, and has yet still grown.
Play is at the heart of your desire and there's every reason to give in to that desire this month as the play may possess magical moments of awareness. Lovers come and go like a revolving door but love is everything and it's at the core of every atom. Realize this and you may just learn the art of patience and solitude rather than the bellowing of bombastic platitudes that sometimes bind you to contracts that you too late realize had parameters that you do not wish to attend. Think of it as stories that are being told, a chapter here, a page break there, unfolding with each turn of the page. Enter into the story your character as fits, but don't mistake the mask for your essence. You're so much more and yet so much less, you're just here to fit in the costume as best as can be, but it's a game and a sham, and can be full of glee. Let it be.
The lazy ones are like the devil, not because they’re evil, oh contraire, it’s more like because they are simpatico in their dose of bureaucratic bullshit that they can take and leaving that behind to do the dirty, but fun, work is the route they like to take. If you’re on a path of gaining insights, and being aware, of the ways in which you grow and change, which I’m sure you are, then you know quite well that this year has peaked a curious poignancy in you mind. There’s something to learn here already about your essential self, how you conceive of that certain “you” (the famous I ), how you work with it but even more important how you play. Sex is play. It’s great fun and it’s a shame when it can;t be expressed as it wishes when it wishes. One revelation that might come to pass is an image of what inside that holds you back from expressing something unique unfettered and unchained. Give it room to maneuver and just observe and ponder.
An androgynous couple gets married in a courthouse while the lawyers, judges, and politicians (yes, even the ones who are portrayed as the good guys), frantically attempt to find a law that forbids this. Can this much sex be allowed? after much discussion and some heated debates a peace will enter the scene and a calmer, saner sense of control will prevail. See, the couple has no interest in marriage per se, not the kind that requires permission, papers, and stamps of approval. They're way beyond that. What they were interested in was seeing how much of a reaction there would be and if any of the collective would ravenously search the depths of their souls for the biases they own. Just as there are moves to have people turn in old cars, guns, and other such undesired (by the above trio in the judge's chambers) items, the androgynous lovers will take any old beliefs and biases for free and safe disposal. They are rabid for them at this time.
It's glorious day on the planet naboo so grab a bag of apples and cherries and sit under a willow tree while wildflowers run wistfully through the breeze. Dip your feet in the water and at dusk go to the hot pools and sink into the faery queen's abyss. Down there at cauldrons canyon you will meet many searchers and seers and have many mad adventures that will put to rest any thinking of tinkering with time. You've learned more than most of late the use and challenges of time, heck you may have come to the realization that there is no time, but regardless, you understand your place in things much better now. Now it's time to use that awareness to your advantage and act while the energy is in you. You are the reason everything exists. Everything is the reason why you exist. Jump into the groove of reciprocity and you will be rewarded tenfold.
So what if man goes the way of the dodo bird, consciousness is not man, it's all a ruse played on the devils plate. Whatever this feeling is you've been trying to capture, to hold so tenderly and carefully, is mirrored in the nature of creation: it's beyond comprehension, it's stranger than you ever imagined. The idea of giving it structure and form is the hardest, and most fleeting job of all, which produces only more ideas that eventually count as old. Your will is at rest, rumbling around with spirits and intangible outlaws for the moment, but it's brewing a new ideal, one that will provide a more flexible appeal, to you and all who you touch and see. Go vertical. Be still with every movement, let every word that passes through your mind be like the wind in the willows. Be like the cottonwood, standing strong, bold, humble; while knowing that at your core is the star that all the clowns will dance around.
Deliver a mighty blow to all who presume to be the ministers of beauty and love by dousing flames and blistering snows onto the heaps of culture’s pile of what it thinks it knows. Standing at the top of a mountain one can see for miles and miles and have an understanding that is happily devoid of desire, and so the clearing out process continues. It seems it will focus on what is most precious and valuable to your deepest, essential essence this month. It also seems that if you can find a peaceful place, somewhere outdoors, and let the day and cultures haze drip away from your shore, that you'll feel just about as perfectly fine as can be. Alone or together it will not matter, for there's something to see in the deep quiet of mind that tells you just when you can let go. Soon again you will find your voice and rejoice at the clarity you feel.
Sinking nearby the amazons basin, a scared old man faces his reflection and stares into his own abyss. Speechless he will become in front of the altar of destiny's rainbow as old friends, old times, utopians gone by, rekindles old flames that leap out of the furnace, and leave him in a daze. The collective unconscious is a powerful and sometimes frightening force to experience and is a good reason why it is so easily denied. Tapping for an instant into that limitless morass also offers inspiration and wonder that can far surpass any natural trepidation that creeps through the eternal unknown. Conscious journeys as such are made often much lighter in the safety and structure of an intentional tribe, so gather your allies, call in your banners, for the ancestors are calling you forward once more.
Alone, one never is, no matter how things seem. Hidden somewhere, if even in a dream, is a hero, a savior, a christ on the pillar, a man on a hill, or a woman in a hut with bottles of potion for every occasion. The secret is that all of the time every one of those manifestations is you. On this occasion, if you should choose to call on the sacred witch, she would likely choose the potion of "domination that calls for a truce". Drink the tea and settle the score and leave off at zero once more, for any such struggles that come through the foggy and challenging nature of love, need mending and peace. We have no choice, little at least, to live this life through mutual interdependence with all, and while it's easy to look away from the pain, to embrace the necessary truth that you see can only bring fortune to we.
The Moon in Pisces
silent mind, pleasant delight, freakish wonder at the starlit night
What is the color of nothingness
that drips from the fountain of youth
so holy in the morning mist
a stag on the hill chases a buttercup for just one more kiss before
the mountain shakes and the leaves rustle
and the teamsters hustle
for their morning brew
Luna makes several aspects today starting just after midnight here in San Francisco when she trines Mars, making for a lovely early evening dream or a roll in arms of a lover, depending on your sleep patterns. Luna then offers deep REM sleep aid when she joins the dreamer of dreams Neptune, in Sagittarius nonetheless, just before dawn breaks. Here’s hoping you have a dream journal nearby.
As the day rolls on, as is so oft the case in a warped and tired culture, things may get a bit more serious, at the very least concrete, as the Moon applies a first quarter square to Saturn. Who’s the boss moment, make it you.
Early evening provides a possible urge to purge as she sextiles Pluto, volcanic emotions for an hour or two and a magnificent series of moments to purge in the best possible ways. Finally, at days end, moving still and as always in partnership with the cosmos, and with all that energy passed through and among the collective, she falls in the arms of the lover of lovers Venus in the late evening wishing all, comfort and goodnight.
The Sun and the Moon are in Scorpio
And Mercury listens in, listens in
their annual chomp at the bit for
the heart of any matter that matters or not
through entering the regions taboo:
dark recesses of the soul, depths of the sea, attics of life
and Mercury listens in, listens in
a sublte yet furious rush like
birds in the sea trolling for glee
bits and pieces of sea shells and star dust
form a new paradigm whispering from the dark
as Mercury listens in, listens in
stray dogs and cats prattling about
melancholy lines meander in an out
face to face with a two ton bear
grinning through his breakfast at the lovers in the air
and Mercury listens in, listens in
making mad love in the morning mist
The scorpion lovers cast a shadow
On tangled apple trees and rose gardens
That mimic the cycles of life and death
And Mecury listens in, listens in
Radical mutual interdependence
death is the lover of life
life can never leave death
and they’re having the time of their lives
and Mercury listens in, listens in
the new moon comes to the altar
the androgynous one prays for vision and clarity and
the dissolving of cages of consciousness
that virtually make us mad
and Mercury listens in, listens in
see the merry pranksters dance
don’t stop at reds and go on greens
plant a willow tree in a field of beets with a scarlet heart while
Mercury listens in, listens in
First quarter square, Sun in libra, moon in capricorn, have all the energy to properly allocate sources of love. As the solar principle radiates the need and desire for harmony in all our relations, the lunar principle manages the challenging emotional responses that seeking harmony can ignite. It is a good and noble thing to crave balance and feelings of equity in love as much as it is to speak as the diplomat that can inhabit the soul of Capricorn. Love much, love greatly, and when the emotions come, for they must, let them come freely and let them go freely, send them where they belong, let them know theyre valued, but keep them under the management this resourceful principle.
There is much to ponder, much to refine, about this sacred thing called love and it’s eternal partner sex. They appear to be so intimately entwined in this chart as the sacred (Jupiter) is binding together love (Venus) and sex (Mars) in the most thoughtful and considerate Virgo. They’re in the 8th house of the chart for the 1st quarter moon set in San Francisco, which adds to the drama and taboo, making a powerful statement about the ways in which this can transform and overcome the original ego formed through the first 6 houses.
Of course Mercury (dispositor of all of the above) is in Libra as well so it just comes full circle back to managing the emotional responses that this energy stirs. It’s in the 9th house here so it’s seeking a higher truth than is readily or easily conveyed. Higher truths are always harder to say and grasp, part of the reason outlaws are so admired, however, the effort to articulate them can pose rewards such as a wo-man can ever know. these are the things that you can only see with your eyes closed and can only grasp when you let go.
Meanwhile, Saturn is in Sagittarius, strolls through the cathedral looking for pamphlets that the radical hippies, from the commune down the street, always leave behind in hopes of adding a congregant or two to there epiphanous stew. He brings them to the altar of St Francis to burn as an offering of devotion to doctrinal principles. Instead, after pausing and staring into the candlelight, he laughs, tears off his robe, and dances down the street to the commune.
When I was a kid I went to a lot of funerals. It’s no big deal really, that’s just the way things were. I grew up in a big, Irish, Catholic family, we had lots of older relatives, and I was one of the last of my generation to come around, so by the time I was old enough to be aware of anything, I was standing in front of coffins, watching palls be carried up the church center to the altar, and singing “Harrigan” at graveside. Through this I came to understand cemeteries and churches as special places, sacred places where the dead could be mourned and the survivors comforted. I noticed that the church and cemetery were places where all manner of special occasions occurred and care was given to their upkeep. This idea was projected out to sanctify other spaces as sacred: the backyard, the woods down the street, Fenway Park, the pub..these were places where there was either regular, considerate time spent at sincere task or special pilgrimages made. The astrology of the moment made me think an awful lot about sacred spaces, the need to find and cultivate them, and ways that we can universalize the idea towards a better world.
There's really 2 big occasions occurring in the sky Friday morning, the new moon and the sun's ingress into Aries. I suppose it's three if you count the eclipse that this new moon performs.
The New Moon early Friday morning, in the latest degree of Pisces, and just before the Sun enters Aries (representing a new cycle of the zodiac), feels urgently still. It feels as if there’s a sense of necessity to finish something up before moving on or remembering something that you’ve neglected, with the caveat that in order to find/remember, you must be still. Winter into spring can feel a lot like that: there’s the clear sense that the light is getting greater every day but we’re still watching from inside the warm, winter hideaway. There's an urgency to burst into spring but the winter chill still calls you to the fireside. There’s still time to reach that inner space of sorrow? Frustration? Exaltation? Rejoice? And prepare to move on, sparked once again by the spring and the thrust of Sol into Aries..
That this New Moon is also an eclipse, which makes the urgency more pronounced (the stillness as well strangely enough), suggests that, one way or another, this moment can have an impact on personal growth and evolution if we pay attention to the signs around and/or within us. This of course is a very subjective experience. Only the individual knows (or thinks they know) what it is they need to grow and evolve, and only the individual can give (personal) meaning to events and mark them as omens. An oracular event to me may be just bird poop on the head to you. We are indeed in the purely subjective realm here.
This is one of the ways astrology is so beautiful though: it’s not at all about the meaning in the stars or of the stars but about the meaning to me (or you) that we attach to them in relation to our experience. This is why it’s so important to accentuate the positive as much as possible in order to create the most positive experience of 3-D reality. Too often one can fall into patterns of determinism and negativity, while at the same time decrying those modes of thought.
The Sun enters Aries on the 20th of March marking a new zodiacal year (oh so many New Year’s to celebrate!) in a chart with a lot of fire, balanced earth and water and no air. The water and earth elements are containing one another, keeping each other occupied, while the fire is raging but still without the air element. There’s a stillness with this, a necessary stillness perhaps that allows for time to pick up or put down what’s necessary. The image I have is the burning bush, the hearth fire, the sacred fire tended by the Vestal Virgins, or sacred groves in general….sacred spaces.
The combination of the eclipse and ingress and with Jupiter highlighted in Leo, suggests the need and utilization of sacred spaces for necessary contemplation, meditation, and catharsis. These charts seem to be highlighting the need for finding, cultivating, and caring for these places in order for the ability to self-realize to bloom. Where is your safe and sacred place?How often have you been to them? How have you been caring for them? ... all are legitimate considerations with the astrology of this moment.
This chart and dynamic reminded me of a dream I had back in 2009 and the gift of a sacred space that I found. It was one of those life-defining dreams, if you know the kind, that moved me and has stayed with me. Now it’s a dream, so don’t ask for any of this to make sense (although it makes great sense to me!). In the dream, I was among a group of Irish warriors in the Northeastern United States at some time before time was kept. We were scouting out this land when we crossed paths with an Algonquin party and a standoff ensued. With such a barrier in languages we attempted sign language to communicate intentions. The tension lead to an intense fight and when a calm was resorted, 8 were dead, 4 from each side.
A peace was understood among the survivors and each of the dead were buried with the help of all. After some time, the Irish became part of this tribe and regular time was given by the community to tend to the trees growing from the graves. However, the trees/grave were eternally burning trees in a forest of wildflowers. As this scene was unfolding in my dream, I heard a voice say that I was Oneida and that this was a place that I could come to find peace, and that I could come here any time I wanted. This is one of my sacred Spaces.
Obviously, this is a place I travel to through visioning or image-making. It’s not the only place like this, but it’s a personal favorite due to the introduction. I’ve also enjoyed other visionary states and places through the works of R.J. Stewart, particularly his underworld and faery realm journeys and of course there are 3-D reality places that I like to go to for ceremony, contemplation, healing, and rejuvenation. I don’t go to any of them enough.
What if we transformed our current landscape into sacred spaces? Are you thinking the idea of a sacred grove of eternally burning trees growing out of the graves of fallen warriors is an outrageous idea? Well, maybe it is, the burning tree part at least, but an Italian couple, Anna Citelli and Raul Bretzel, are imagining and working on the forest aspect of this. Their Capsula Mundi Project is a re-imaging of death and cemeteries through organic, bio-degradable burial pods that will turn one’s remains into nutrients to a tree growing above. Good-bye cold, gray stone markers and hello to sacred, living forest groves and walking among our ancestors.
What about the living? What if we made our living spaces more sacred? Or cared for them in a more sacred way? Again in Italy, designer Luciano Pia has created a 5 story, 63 unit apartment building in Turin, Italy that is nestled among trees, potted plants, and steel beams in the shape of tree trunks. The floral arrangement is intended to cut down on noise and air pollution from the city street, add and subtract light and warmth along with the seasons, and beautifying the city street and landscape. The 150 trees and plants in this complex are cooled and shaded in the hotter summer months when the trees are in full bloom and provide extra light and heat in the winter when the leaves shed.
How about making sacred the space that we use for food production? In Wyoming, one of the very first a 3 story vertical farm’s was constructed by a group called Vertical Harvest with the intention of providing Jackson residents with micro-greens and tomatoes to local residents, groceries and restaurants. This over 13,000 square foot structure is the equivalent of 5 acres of traditional farm land, which according to it’s website, will require 90% less water than traditional farming, no soil, and no chemical pesticides. If this is what it says it is (I am in no position to verify right now), a radical new way of producing needed food is on it’s way. Bonus points: they’re committed to hiring people with disabilities (a particular love of mine as a special education teacher) to offer them the chance to, “achieve happiness, success, and independence.” Beautiful. Sacred.
The chart that I am looking at for the Sun’s ingress into Aries features Leo rising, Jupiter in the first house and a packed 9th House. This is a powerful statement about the need for personal embodiment of the sacred through journeys to special places. The new zodiacal year begins with this thrust! The chart seems to urge us to seek personal self-realization through intentional time in any sacred place and a sacred place can be anyplace you deem sacred. If nothing else, this is a great opportunity to find a sit spot, an idea I learned about through the Wilderness Awareness School and the great tracker, wilderness teacher, and mentor John Young. The sit spot is a dedicated place in nature where you go and sit. That’s it, just sit. For a designated time and on a regular committed schedule in order to be alone and in nature and allow for a connection with the wild, the earth, and the cosmos we travel.
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