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Scorpio Full Moon May 2015: the Cauldron of Transformation

Scorpio Full Moon May 2015

Once the Moon enters Scorpio late on May 2nd it will begin to form the Full Moon opposition formation against the Taurus Sun, stimulating the beginning of the lunar experience. All Full Moons are formed by a polarity between the Sun in one sign balanced against the Moon in the opposite sign. Each opposing pair is a cycle of energy that flows from one sign to the other, each sign containing what the other lacks. Scorpio and Taurus are both fixed signs, both are highly personal signs with one being ruled by Mars (Scorpio) and one by Venus (Taurus). Both are concerned with matters of earthly life, but in Taurus we hold on to who we are, and in Scorpio we must let go of who we think we are in order to become transformed in the purging fire. Taurus seeks harmony and serenity, and Scorpio seeks passion and drama.

You can see why a Taurus or Scorpio Full Moon is intense! At the Scorpio Full Moon we find every aspect of our being intensified under Scorpio as the Taurus Sun encourages us to ground into the earth and find pleasure in simplicity. The planet Mercury (mind and intellect) is opposite Saturn (focus and achievement) which inspires us to take all matters more seriously. This can help us to become more full engaged in the process of lifting the darkness within us into light and accepting all aspects of ourselves with greater awareness.

The Sun and Moon both form a challenging square to Jupiter during this lunation (lunar event), expanding our sense of what is possible and helping us to let go of anything that causes us to feel […]

By | 2015-05-02T06:46:11+00:00 May 2nd, 2015|Moon|0 Comments

Planetary Illuminations for May now posted!

May 2015 horoscopesYou can read the article in its entirety here,  and if you’re on my mailing list you will receive your newsletter with a translation into easy to understand English later today.  If you’re not yet on my mailing list please sign up in the sidebar!

Meanwhile here is the introduction to help get you started!

The effect of the challenging square aspect between Uranus (radical change) and Pluto (destruction and regeneration) that has dominated the astrological news for the past five years is beginning to wane, and now it is time to pick up the pieces of our lives and recreate our reality in ways that better support us.  Although the planetary cycle is complete, the restructuring has just begun.  Pluto is still in Capricorn until 2023, where it is breaking down (Pluto) the structures that underpin the societies in which we live (Capricorn).  Uranus is still in Aries until 2018, and the rights of the individual (Uranus) is expressed more aggressively (Aries) than they otherwise would be.

Mercury turns retrograde at the Taurus New Moon on May 18th. For the first two weeks of May as Mercury’s motion begins to slow in preparation for its change of direction we will start to see communication begin to become more confused and a greater need to turn inwards for answers as the externals lose their focus.  Mercury retrograde periods are essential since they help us to realign our thinking and refocus our energies – however, they can be difficult when we try to push a project through to completion and encounter Mercury-related glitches and delays.

During the month of May we have a nice elemental balance between Earth (grounding), Air (objectivity and reason), Fire (action and inspiration) and Water (feelings and intuition). […]

By | 2017-04-02T09:40:54+00:00 May 1st, 2015|Astrology|3 Comments

Meditation: the Discomfort Zone

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Many people believe that meditation will bring peace and tranquility, and at a certain point, when we are freed from the distress of our discomfort, we do achieve the equanimity which many of us long for.

When I began meditating many years ago I was taught that the mind and its thoughts and reactions was the source of all problems, and practicing meditation would free me of its influences.  I spent hours in sitting meditation, working hard to eliminate all thoughts.  I became very good at being numb, but I did not achieve inner peace.  The more numb I became to the insistent chatter in the brain, the more anxiety I began to feel until I finally experienced full blown panic attacks.

I now believe that the real secret of meditation is in learning a mindful approach to our discomfort.  When we feel emotional or energetic discomfort we often reach for something palliative to relieve the discomfort.  Food, drugs, alcohol – all of these are methods of reducing the level of discomfort in the body that triggers distress.   Mindful breathing and focus can help us to befriend the anxieties and emotional triggers to go THROUGH them and release them rather than go BEYOND them as I was taught years ago.

The breath holds the secret to befriending our discomfort.  Many of us hold our breath, either on the inhale or the exhale, in a fear of letting go to the experiences in the body.  This is a learned reaction to stress or unpleasant emotions, and learning to regulate the breath through deep inhalation and slow exhalation can help to decrease the anxieties around our discomfort and slow our reactions to it.

This is coming up for me personally because transiting Uranus is hitting a sensitive […]

By | 2015-04-23T09:19:43+00:00 April 23rd, 2015|Astrology in my world, Consciousness|6 Comments

Emerging into Spring at the New Moon in Aries

Aries New Moon Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, and the Aries New Moon occursin springtime when (in the northern hemisphere) new life is bursting out of every corner. The Aries New Moon gives us an opportunity to emerge from winter’s hibernation with new goals, new desires, a fresh new start. Under the Aries New Moon we can put all of the challenges of the past behind us and begin anew with all the innocence of a child but the power of an adult.

A strong square aspect between Mars (aggression) and Jupiter (expansion) can enhance confidence but it can also raise tempers and create conflicts.  Mars is in Taurus now where it tends to resist behavior that is too radical, but if we try to stifle our resistance it may blow up like a bull (Taurus) in a china shop.  Channeling this energy into a project that requires faith and confidence is a helpful way to manage this Mars/Jupiter combination.

Since Aries is ruled by Mars, a forceful Mars aspect at the time of an Aries New Moon suggests that a great deal of energy is likely to be generated by this New Moon.

This New Moon also contains a force of creative energy, with both Mercury and Venus aspecting Neptune and opening up windows to the divine (Neptune) which facilitate the flow of imagination and idealism. These aspects will continue to affect us for several days after the New Moon so the doorways to new experiences will remain open for some time!

By | 2015-04-18T14:39:33+00:00 April 18th, 2015|Moon|0 Comments

The astrology of Hillary Clinton: 2015 edition

Hillary-ClintonA portion of this article was originally written in 2006 before the 2008 elections.  This article is an astrological profile only and is not intended as a promotion of a particular candidate.  

In a move that surprised literally no one, Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for the 2016 elections.  In the past eight years since she first ran for president she appears to have mellowed and found her footing in the international political stage.

Birthchart and personality analysis

Since her appearance on the national political stage, there was no doubting the power of Hillary Clinton. Hillary had been an overachiever from an early age: in high school she served as class president, student council and debating team member, and member of the National Honor Society. As a Republican, she worked actively for the campaign of Barry Goldwater at the age of 16 and went on to become President of the Wellesley chapter of College Republicans. Moved by the death of Martin Luther King her political views became more liberal and she joined the Democratic party. Valedictorian of her class, she graduated with honors in political science and became the first student in the history of Wellesley College to deliver the commencement address at her own graduation.

Hillary went on to obtain a law degree from Yale with a specialization in children’s rights (another earmark for the Cancer ascendant which is focused on the family and nurturing). After marrying Bill Clinton and as the first female lawyer at the Rose Law firm, Hillary continued her child advocacy work on a pro bono basis.

Hillary Clinton’s birthchart shows a strong personality: She has four planets in intense Scorpio, including her Sun, Chiron, Venus and Mercury. Scorpio is an intensely emotional sign that […]

By | 2018-01-04T08:44:47+00:00 April 16th, 2015|Politics|11 Comments
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