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This Scorpio New Moon is packed with Scorpio Power

Scorpio New Moon 2017

What is Scorpio Power exactly?  Scorpio is the sign that represents the nature of Power itself.  Ruled traditionally by Mars, the god of war, and in the modern scheme by Pluto, the god of death and regeneration, Scorpio has some very intense allies.  Under Scorpio’s influence we must find the courage to face our demons from Mars, and the wisdom to face our deepest Truth from Pluto.  We must learn how to exert force to make things happen (Mars), and when to surrender to events beyond our control, our Fate if you will (Pluto).

Scorpio is all about depth, intensity, the gritty Realness of life and it’s not always pretty.

This month’s Scorpio New Moon on November 18th is particularly intense not only because four planets including the Sun and Moon are in Scorpio, but also because both of the Scorpio rulers, Mars and Pluto, are locked in an intense square aspect that can signify conflict, power issues, anger and rage.  But when Mars (the individual Will) and Pluto (the Will of the higher self) are managed consciously, this planetary combination is a supremely beneficial ally for manifesting intention and creating real magic in our lives.  In order to utilize Mars and Pluto consciously we must be prepared to release any ideas we may have of what we think we want and need (Mars issues) and seek the guidance of the inner voice of the higher self (Pluto).  We must be ready to accept what we cannot change (our Fate = Pluto) and change what we are able to (our desires = Mars).

This intensity is softened by a lovely harmonious trine from Chiron (wounding and healing) to the New Moon which will help us to release old feelings of self-doubt and abandonment as we move forward into a newly empowered future.  The two benefics Venus and Jupiter are still in tandem in Scorpio, showering blessings of good fortune as long as we stay mindful of our own Truth and don’t become mired in illusion.

Scorpio is all about emotion – deep, dark, intense emotion.  But in this New Moon an awkward (quincunx) aspect from Uranus to the lunation will keep us from getting to comfortable as we are pushed to create change where change is needed.  Uranus is connected with Higher Mind and is aligned with Pallas, the asteroid which signifies creative intelligence and innate wisdom –  the key to finding true integration in this Scorpio New Moon is to stay centered in your own Divine Wisdom as you allow the emotionality and feelings of the Scorpio Moon to awaken all of the lost and missing pieces of Soul that are ready to emerge.

This New Moon offers a powerful opportunity for real magic in your life.  New Moons wipe the slate clean and offer an opportunity to begin anew, so taking a few moments to create an intention for this New Moon will go a long way.

 

By | 2017-11-17T08:35:13+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Moon|0 Comments

Planetary news this week: November 13, 2017 including the Big Venus/Jupiter Conjunction!

Venus conjunct JupiterIf you follow the astrological news you may have heard about an important Venus/Jupiter conjunction taking place right now.  Venus and Jupiter align every year or two so that alone is not news, but as explains, “In a word, the answer is declination. At the moment of the exact conjunction, this time there is only an 11′ separation between the planets in terms of declination. That means they are simultaneously conjunct and parallel. ”

You can read more about the astronomy , but essentially, Venus (love and attraction) and Jupiter (optimism and expansion) are closer to each other than they usually are even during a normal conjunction and they will be brighter in the sky.  The astrological effect of a Venus/Jupiter conjunction typically lasts only a day or two so you are not likely to notice any major change, but this can be a VERY lucky day, especially if it is in a favorable aspect to your own chart.

Jupiter is also moving into a harmonious dance with Neptune (inspiring magic and creativity) which will culminate on December 2nd, and throughout this week Venus acts as a translator between those two.  Magic and inspiration abounds right now, inspiring us to spread our wings and touch the sky as we reach for our highest aspirations and find a way to make our sweetest dreams come through.  Venus adds a glimmer of fairy dust to everything we touch all the way until the New Moon on the 18th.

The Scorpio New Moon is an intense one that will require some significant inner adjustments (watch these pages for more information later in the week) so enjoy the Venus/Jupiter magic this week and let it help you create your own special alchemy and magic.

 

By | 2017-11-13T08:28:19+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Planetary cycles|2 Comments

Planetary news this week: November 7, 2017

horoscopes November 2017Saturn (discipline and hard work) and Uranus (innovation and change) are dancing in the sky right now – a harmonious combination that  brings inspiration and an ability to think outside the box while being able to remain organized and focused.  This can help us in all kinds of ways, from expanding a spiritual practice to creating a new business venture. It is especially useful for writers as it opens the doorway to multidimensional thought.  Though this dynamic peaks on the 11th of November, its influence is strongest this week.

We have two planets changing direction this week, signifying a change in focus and a different quality of energy.  Mercury moved into Sagittarius on the 5th, lifting us out of its former intensity in Scorpio into the more expanded vision of Sagittarius.  Then Venus enters Scorpio on the 7th and facilitates our passage into the dark Underworld of our passions and deepest fears and desires.  In Scorpio, Venus creates an important time to confront any issues in our relationships that may be creating problems.  This process isn’t easy, but is better entered willingly than by force.

The 9th brings a pleasant day which helps to empower and inspire us, although an awkward Mars aspect may weaken our resolve and make it difficult to achieve anything meaningful. (Sun sextile Pluto, Mars quincunx Neptune)

Between the 10th and the 13th we have a bit of rough astrological weather. On the 10th communication may be somewhat disconnected for just a day or so, and you may find yourself at odds on the 11th, wondering which path to take.  On the 13th we FEEL lucky and perhaps we are lucky that day, but we are also insecure and somewhat foggy.  If a golden opportunity presents itself take it – but be sure before doing so that it’s really as it appears.  (Mercury inconjunct Jupiter, Sun square North Node, Venus conjunct Jupiter, Mercury square Neptune.) 

There are a lot of competing energies this week and you may find it more difficult than usual to find your center.  But finding our center is just what we need to do at times like this, so utilizing tools of meditation, yoga, walks in the woods – whatever helps you to find your equilibrium – will be quite helpful!

By | 2017-11-07T08:47:21+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Planetary cycles|0 Comments

The astrology of the US addiction to guns, 2017 edition

Astrology of guns USAMuch of this article is reposted from a post from 2013.  Since then we have had the worst mass shootings in US history: 

  • Las Vegas, Oct 2017: 58 dead
  • Orlando, June 2016: 49 dead
  • Virginia Tech, Apr 2007: 32 dead
  • Sandy Hook, Dec 2012: 27 dead
  • Texas church, Nov 2017: 26 dead

Everywhere you turn these days the discussion is about guns.

Guns are not a new topic for discussion, but the feverish frenzy over which gun rights advocates are protecting their rights to own assault weapons and other types of weapons meant for mass killings is rather recent.

There is no nation like the United States in terms of gun ownership.  The (Sibly) chart of the United States has Sagittarius rising, which echoes the expansive philosophies that have always drove the country towards constant expansion and religious ideals, both Sagittarian concepts.  We normally would look towards Mars for signs of warfare like behavior, but in the US chart the passion for guns is found in the placement of Pluto in the second house.  This fanatacisim about guns originates not in an aggressive desire to assert force (Mars) but in a hunger for freedom (Sagittarius ascendant) and a relentless (Pluto) drive to accumulate masses of money through manipulation of the nation’s ideals (second house).

American gun lovers don’t want to accumulate stockpiles of weapons to kill their neighbors.  They want these weapons because they believe that it will protect that Sagittarius rising freedom.  It doesn’t hurt that Uranus (planet of liberation from oppression) conjoins both Venus (partners) and Mars (aggression) in the chart.  That Uranus/Mars conjunction especially denotes a radical desire for liberty at all costs.  Americans own twice as many guns as any other country, per capita.

That’s where Pluto in the second house enters the picture, in the form of the National Rifle Association.  The NRA spent $15 million in the 2012 presidential campaign, using a fearmongering campaign promoting the idea that Obama planned to take away gun rights (he wasn’t).  This same organization used the school shooting in Newtown Connecticut to promote the worry that the government was attempting to take away the guns of American citizens (it wasn’t).  as gun sales accelerated after the shooting, with prices for 30-round magazines rising exponentially.

This, my friend, is what happens with Pluto asserts its hunger for power in the second house of money and possessions.  The fear (Pluto) over the loss of liberty (Sag rising and Uranus/Mars) can generate big bucks (second house).  Military style assault rifles have become the new symbol of freedom: the “” according to the president of the National Rifle Association.

It’s always helpful to follow the money when attempting to understand something about the United States, and it’s no coincidence that much of the funding for the NRA comes from the gun industry.  From Business Insider:

In its early days, the National Rifle Association was a grassroots social club that prided itself on independence from corporate influence.

While that is still part of the organization’s core function, today less than half of the NRA’s revenues come from program fees and membership dues.

The bulk of the group’s money now comes in the form of contributions, grants, royalty income, and advertising, much of it originating from gun industry sources.

Since 2005, the gun industry and its corporate allies have given between $20 million and $52.6 million to it through the NRA Ring of Freedom sponsor program. Donors include firearm companies like Midway USA, Springfield Armory Inc, Pierce Bullet Seal  Systems, and Beretta USA Corporation. Other supporters from the gun industry include Cabala’s, Sturm Rugar & Co, and Smith & Wesson.

The NRA also made  to industry companies marketing products in its many publications in 2010, according to the IRS Form 990.

Additionally, some companies donate portions of sales directly to the NRA. Crimson Trace, which makes laser sights,  of each sale to the NRA. Taurus  for everyone who buys one of their guns. Sturm Rugar  for each gun sold, which amounts to millions. The NRA’s revenues are intrinsically linked to the success of the gun business. …

The chief trade association for gun manufacturers is the , which is, incidentally, located in Newtown, Conn. But the NRA takes front and center after each and every shooting.

“Today’s NRA is a virtual subsidiary of the gun industry,” , executive director of the Violence Policy Center. “While the NRA portrays itself as protecting the ‘freedom’ of individual gun owners, it’s actually working to protect the freedom of the gun industry to manufacture and sell virtually any weapon or accessory.”

There are two reasons for the industry support for the NRA. The first is that the organization develops and maintains a market for their products.  The second, less direct function, is to absorb criticism in the event of PR crises for the gun industry.

With Uranus in Aries since March 2011, this excitement over personal liberty has become almost hysterical.  Uranus itself rules rebellion against the status quo and the kind of radical change that destroys outmoded structures, and in Aries, the sign of the pioneer and individualist, that revolutionary fervor has become more intensely personal.  Uranus will remain in Aries until 2019, so it’s unlikely that we will see this story become less significant anytime soon.  On the contrary, as Uranus continues to bump up against Pluto in a challenging square formation over the next couple of years the story is likely to become more significant and likely, more ridiculous.

Personally, I have  a hard time understanding how a culture that is so obsessed with personal liberty where guns are concerned can be so oppressive when it comes to a woman’s personal health or wardrobe.  In my state of North Carolina the state legislature recently introduced three bills in the same session: two to allow guns in restaurants and in schools, and one to prohibit exposure of a woman’s nipples.

If nipple exposure could generate cash, I am certain that someone would find a way to defend it.  In the meantime, wardrobe violators, be warned!  America’s passion for liberty does not extend into your personal life.  It is only intended for corporations and profit.

 

By | 2017-11-06T09:03:57+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Crime, Life|2 Comments

Sunday Inspiration: The Beauty of Nothingness

Nothingness is the sister of possibility.

It makes an urgent space for that which is new, surprising, and unexpected.

When you feel nothingness and emptiness gnawing at your life, there is no need to despair. This is a call from your soul, awakening your life to new possibilities.

John O’Donohue
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By | 2017-11-05T08:35:40+00:00 November 5th, 2017|Inspiration|0 Comments
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