SEPTEMBER EQUINOX (21 SEPT 2017) ALONGSIDE NAVARATRI (THE 9 NIGHTS OF THE GODDESS), THE JEWISH & ISLAMIC NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS
There´s a buzz in the air today and it comes from a confluence of several different celebrations across the globe – and of course the energy of the Equinox itself. The Hindus are celebrating the first day of Navaratri (the 9 Nights of the Goddess). It´s a festival that inspires millions of devotees to honor the Goddess in her many forms through prayers, fasting, massive statues paraded through the streets and so on. Alongside this, we see the Jewish celebration of Rosh Hashanah and the Moslem celebration of Muharram – both festivals heralding the New Year. The Jewish and Islamic calendars are calculated differently, and so this dual celebration is one to note. There may be other faiths who honor holy days at this time as well.
Now all of this fervent devotion and celebration is coming at a significant time: the Equinox. During the Equinox, we see the equalization of day and night before one begins to get longer than the other (which then leads to the Solstice, and back again). During the Equinox, we are asked to consider both light and darkness, masculine and feminine, yin and yang in equal measure, and to question the nature of duality and the binary categories it tends to be predicated on. This is … one of the two energetic Middle Points in which all exists in balance with one another (the other Equinox occurring in March).
It´s a time to look at how we can embrace paradox and reconcile multiple truths – which may appear to contradict one another at the surface. Some may reject that binary entirely, or embrace both sides of the coin. Be it through acceptance, dissolution or transcendence (and those too exist alongside one another), we are encouraged to explore new forms of consciousness and thought. In doing so, we rethink the way we see the world and the value judgements we use to navigate through Life. Some will of course sink deeper into judgements that lead to polarized thinking, or the us-vs-them mentality – and that too is their choice.
For me, the highlight of today´s astrology is the Yod or Finger of Fate involving the Moon in Libra, Pallas Athena in Taurus and Neptune in Pisces. Use this energy to be strategic in managing the practical needs of your material life, in finding spaces for pleasure, sensual embodiment and joy. Seek to find the Spiritual in your Material realities (and vice versa), rather than using one to escape the other. Ultimately our choices can lead us to a more equanimous, accepting and tolerant emotional state – one that makes it possible for all kinds of Truths to survive, thrive and co-exist alongside one another .
In other words: Not the day to be a tyrant or overly dogmatic about what you believe to be True.
Expand your possibilities, enjoy your time on this planet as an embodied being and realize that there is room for us all to be true to ourselves, as long as we walk in alignment with Spirit. What road we take on that Journey is entirely our own business.
Live and Let Live ❤
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This Virgo New Moon is unusually powerful for (at least) six reasons:
(1) It was preceded by the Moon´s occultation of Venus, Mars, Mercury and fixed Star Regulus
(2) It squares the Galactic Center at 27 Sagittarius and opposes Chiron at 26 Pisces
(3) It is part of a Yod (Finger of Fate) involving Venus (0 Virgo), Jupiter (25 Libra) and Chiron (26 Pisces). The New Moon lies close to the midpoint of Venus-Jupiter and opposes Chiron.
(4) The New Moon inconjuncts Uranus at 27 Aries
(5) Saturn (21 Sagittarius), Black Moon Lilith (24 Sagittarius), The North Node (Mean Calculation, 22 Leo) and Eris (23 Aries) form a Grand Fire Trine
(6) The New Moon squares Hebe (24 Sagittarius), Pholus (26 Sagittarius) and Achilles (28 Sagittarius) – whilst trining Sedna (26 Taurus) and Hephaestus (27 Taurus)
I´ll go through the significance of each alignment briefly:
The Moon´s occultation of Venus, Mars, Mercury and Regulus meant that it appeared in front of these bodies in the skies (from Earth´s perspective). When this happened, hidden concerns surrounding our relationship with love, finances, vitality, health, male-female dynamics, pride, entitlement, service and status – come up. Our emotions, especially those deeply buried bubbled up to make us raise vital questions, such as:
Why do we do what we do?
How do we treat others in the name of service?
What do we endure?
And is this truly in alignment with our Spiritual paths?
And so on … That´s just the tip of the ice-berg.
The New Moon´s square to the Galactic Center means that this is really the time to listen to our teachers, guides, mentors and gurus. You are going to see Saturn moving over the Galactic Center in November and December – and there you will be asked to consolidate the daily structure you develop now into a larger endeavour, effort or vision of yourself.
And – As I have explained in a previous article, despite the well-intentioned rhetoric – we are not our ´own guru´ . A guru´s role is a very specific one: he or she is responsible for the student´s spiritual welfare, especially as they access different levels of power, in different dimensional planes. And that´s putting it mildly – the term has been so diluted … (in the same way that doing yoga supposedly makes you a yogi or yogini… that´s a topic for another day).
Go as far as you can from on the basis of your own intuition and discernment. You´ll come to a place through your seekings where external assistance will be needed to go further. And with the level of energetic disinformation zooming about, this is a challenge you are likely to encounter. Tread carefully and choose your teachers and facilitators wisely..
Listen to those who guide you and inspire you – listen to the wayshowers who point towards the direction you need to head on. Sometimes your own wisdom and knowing is not enough. Otherwise Life would be a purely solo journey, and it isn´t so.
Your Teachers will show you the way. Heed their words -and – implement them into daily practice. Use the ideas you get and translate them into concrete, step-by-step practices that you use to structure your daily life.
Maybe it´s a mantra, an exercise or yoga regime, or visiting a shrine regularly, or taking a herb or simply brushing your teeth more – whatever these steps and tools are, find ways to make it part of your Daily Practice.
The Yod that this New Moon is a part of puts the attention on Chiron, the Wounded Healer. Use your intellect to discern through and put to rest karmic dynamics of woundedness and hurt carried through the lifetimes and generational line. This is the time to transcend spiritual identities built around the wound (seen as a site of damage, hollowness, etc.) , which in itself brooks great resistance.
When we transcend karmic patterns we allow ourselves to remember being whole. Our narratives of hurt, whilst remaining valid, simply play less of a role in understanding who we are. This requires a certain level of ego-death to materialize in the first place. A tall order, but certainly something this New Moon inspires us towards.
The inconjunct to Uranus (27 Aries) makes this New Moon particularly volatile. Erratic outbursts, abberant behaviors and/or breakthroughs/breakdowns are likely to occur. We are invited to build the foundation for a new sense of Selfhood to emerge. Those with placements near 27 Aquarius and/or Scorpio will experience this as a Yod (Finger of Fate), bringing them to the karmic crossroads of change. How you experience a Yod depends entirely on your chart and personal level of evolution.
The incredible Grand Fire Trine between Saturn, Black Moon Lilith, the North Node (mean calculation) and Eris – just flares it all up! You can use these energetic currents to create powerful new things, and to destroy the old. Sometimes the former requires the latter. Be mindful that such changes can hurt – not just yourself but the people around you. Weigh that cost in your mind before making decisions. For many, it will be the realization that rocking the boat, pouring out the Kool-Aid and breaking the group-think is EXACTLY what is needed at this time.
Whatever great revelations come will still need a pragmatic plan of action in order to be manifested. Seek out guides, facilitators and mentors who can help show you the way if you feel stuck. But remember to honor them for their time and energy. The last thing you want is to create a further cycle of dependence and resentment with all this.
Buttons will be pushed as the New Moon squares multiple bodies in Sagittarius (in addition to the Galactic Center). Hebe reminds us to consider the vulnerability of the Maiden as she navigates a sexually complex world, Pholus tells us that whatever we uncover will point to deeper patterns in the work of healing the ancestral line and Achilles reminds us to honor our own vulnerabilities honestly.
This is the place to remember to stay humble, teachable and flexible. The way we view reality and the scripts and paradigms we use may not be the best possible ones. Again, the search for a teacher or guide who can help you navigate is highlighted – as are the potential consequences of finding one with false feet. Remember that you feed the cycle of dependence with this Moon, or, with your choices break that pattern.
The New Moon´s trine to Sedna and Hephaestus tells us a similar picture, in different ways. It´s a powerful time for those seeking to find healing from sexual abuse, memories of neglect, abandonment and betrayal. Healing comes as we honor the memories we carry in our cells and choose to release them (if appropriate to do so). Many modalities exist to help you with this kind of work. Forgiveness appears to be a key tool (as always, but especially so now) in the work of reprogramming cellular memory.
I´m chuckling here as this was pretty much what my teacher said yesterday – I arrived at the same conclusion deductively. I have also started an exercise regime that focuses upon the release of such codings from the physical body. It´s a good confirmation for me.
Remember that at the end of the day, the New Moon in Virgo encourages you to be self-disciplined, self-directing and self-sufficient. Whilst we take guidance and direction from others, we retain a strong element of self-sufficience. Finding a space where this quality exists alongside humility and teachability is perhaps one of the strongest challenges and opportunities highlighted through this New Moon.
You may also see concerns coming up in matters of health (especially the nerves and belly), travel (especially overseas, for pilgrimages, education, citizenship matters) and questions of a karmic and/or metaphysical nature (the kind of thing that is hidden and you may have a harder time putting your finger on).
Work towards creating a daily routine, habit or ritual that incorporates your work of service, whilst honoring the vessel of the body and its maintenance. Solid boundaries help here as often service-providers overextend themselves and end up drained and exhausted. As the saying goes, you can´t fill another´s cup when your own is empty.
Honor your body and put the work into what it needs for you to be healthy in mind, body and spirit. Remember to rest and stay adequately hydrated. Honor the Earth and her nurturance of All as part of rituals and prayers.
Remember to look to November/December of this year as Saturn conjuncts the Galactic Center and squares this New Moon. As usual, you will also see some seeds ripen from the intentions set now 6 months down the line, during the Virgo Full Moon (March 2018)
I hope this article is of value and interest to you. For those interested, I had a lovely conversation with Rabbi Melinda Bernstein on this Moon and related topics this morning: You can access that here:
Vanakam, Namaste and Blessings to All!
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For those interested – I´d recommend listening to the Gayathri Mantra at this time, especially with the Earthly nature of Virgo. Here are some excellent versions with accurate intonation. The pronounciation matters, though the rhythm varies with tradition. It is open to all to listen to irrespective of background.
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I feel lazy today. Like, not wanting to work or do anything much. Which is about as common for me as an icestorm in a desert.
So naturally I checked the skies
Vesta´s about to leave Virgo – and with it, the opportunity to release burdens you´ve been carrying in the name of service. For the workaholic-facilitator types, this is a great blessing. Sometimes we overextend ourselves and sometimes it damn well isn´t necessary.
Others may choose to step up to areas of service they´ve been neglecting. It´s a great time to dedicate yourself truthfully to a path of care, nurture or service as well.
Really depends where you are at. Just listen to your body .. you´ll know what to do.
All this happens within the next 4 hours. . . . Then, The Priestess enters Libra. Totally different kettle of fish.
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Mercury prepares to conjunct Mars at 7 Virgo. The Sun and Apollo (23 Virgo) square Black Moon Lilith, Ixion and Hebe (23 Sagittarius).
The skies are more or less saturated with the same energy we´ve been seeing since the August Eclipses and the Pisces Full Moon. It´s a wild mix of things and many of us are feeling a little lost through it all. That´s perfectly natural as there is so much going on.
Over the next two days, we´re going to be seeing two important aspects made to Saturn (21 Sagittarius). Tomorrow, it will trine Venus in Leo, and the day after it will square the Sun in Virgo.
Keep the larger picture in mind as best you can. For those of you letting go ot paths, teachers and philosophies of life that no longer resonate – you may want to let a new ´larger picture´ emerge from the debris of things. It´s hard to see where you´re supposed to be headed when you´re surrounded by water – literally or figuratively.
Be aware that Uranus (27 Aries) trines the Galactic Center (27 Sagittarius) at this time whereas the North Node (23 Leo) trines Eris (23 Aries) – among many other powerful alignments. We are going to be striking out in new directions for ourselves, especially if old leaders, teachers, lovers, approaches to joy and direction no longer resonate.
Those who can travel and are called to certain spaces on this globe – do so. Exercise reasonable caution in your movements and let your intuition guide you to where you need to be. Travel can awaken you to greater realizations at this time, as can the expansion of the mind through learning, reading or listening to those who teach.
You may find situations arising over the next two days involving children, creative collaborators, romance, leaders, relationships of service, rituals, and/or health matters arise.
This is all part of a much larger alignment . . . a build-up to Saturn´s conjunction with the Galactic Center in November. The massive clearings we´re seeing across the planet are preparing all of us to be exactly where we need to be at that time.
Stay open to the Universe and let things unfold. Respond as best you can in the present, trusting that you´re walking the path you need to travel – even if that feels like treading water at this time.
Today´s been a very fiery day. The North Node (23 Leo) and Mercury-who-has-recently-stationed-direct (28 Leo), trine Saturn (21 Sagittarius), Black Moon Lilith (23 Sagittarius), The Galactic Center (27 Sagittarius) and Uranus (28 Aries). That´s a whole lot of Fire Energy as part of an immense Grand Fire Trine. On top of that ,the Sun emitted the biggest solar flare we´ve seen in the past 12 years earlier today.
Generally speaking – this energy has been all about getting deeper and realer with the root of what motivates, inspires and moves us to passion, action and presence. It´s also an … epic time to move through some of the trauma and repressed anger we associated with the disenfranchised, marginalized Feminine experience.
Some of you may be faring badly and have symptoms such as emotional highs and lows, food cravings, headaches, etc. These are common experiences and are (in most cases) just your body´s way of calibrating it all.
And some of you may be soaring and doing extremely well. If so, I suggest putting that energy to good use.
Today I was working on lower chakra activations with The Sisterhood of SHE. It was a very powerful experience for all of them. We ended up working with solar energy as part of the activation, taking that fire and using it to burn through etheric debris. Which is not a common practice and not one I would recommend unless you really know what you´re doing.
We got a lot done and it has initiated a deeper process of energetic stock-taking – the effects will continue to unfold over the course of the year as Saturn itself reaches the Galactic Center.
It´s been an honor to play a part in the awakening process of this amazing group of women. And I am sure that the effects will continue to unfold.
Now … I really gotta get some rest. Hope to be back writing more regular reports soon. You can get a little more intel in the fb link below. Just below that is a video link to an introductory talk I did on the Root Chakra for a previous workshop.
Peace out ❤
Fear and illusion exist to separate the Seeker from the experience of One-ness. When we choose to have faith, these vibrations have no choice but to dissolve (or integrate in a healthier manner, if appropriate). Choosing to sink into the seat of the Soul and its connection with source is one of the most powerful choices you can make, especially in times of crisis (as in so many places across the globe at present). Doing so does not ignore the situation, but allows us to respond from a place of alignment and therefore to make better choices.
As I work with a powerful sisterhood in Bali, I participate in the exercise of releasing myself from unwritten contracts that have bound me and my feminine lineage to responses of fear and disconnection. Undoing these knots and allowing myself to experience the fullness of Being (to the extent that I can at present) has been the most humbling, loving experience of my life.
By releasing these responses, etched onto the surface of the soul across lifetimes and allowing myself to remember the Full-ness of my Being, I give permission to my ancestors, my family and my descendants to do so. I give permission to all beings to do so. I give permission to the planet to do so.
As do all who do this incredibly important work.
When you come from a place of faith, rather than fear, you realize that you are EXACTLY where you need to be.
At the right place and the right time : Here, Now.
Take a moment to breathe that in. Accept it.
And breathe out.
Now the question becomes : Where to next ?
What paths do you choose? Which teachers do you follow? What destinations do you seek?
Things to consider…
We are able to make clearer and more decisive moves when we relieve ourselves of past baggage. With Neptune conjunct the Moon, opposing Eurydice and squaring The Great Attractor in Sagittarius … This is exactly the time to make such choices.
Drop the blindfold, part the veil, let the haze of illusion dissolve. Then … Choose.
May your choices lead you to greater compassion for yourselves and others. may your path serve many, including the Self. May your work touch the heart of this planet and all connected to Her Heart-Beat.
And watch it ripple outwards.
Remember that we are all Connected.
On a personal note, I would like to end this report by expressing my deep respect and gratitude for the facilitator of this workshop I am attending in Bali. Her name is Keziah and she leads the Sisterhood of SHE. I am deeply honored that she invited me to co-facilitate this incredible, expansive journey into Spirit and Reconnection with the Feminine.
No ego, no head-weight, no fluff, nothing but pure, compassionate, fiercely loving experiences. A beautiful collaboration of energies, approaches and hearts.
Tomorrow I work with the Sisterhood using meditative techniques, astrology, and -whatever-else-Spirit-guides-me-to-do as we perform Karmic Mapping through Astrology. We will be teaming up together on more retreats and workshops in the future, so keep your eyes open for them ❤
Bountiful Blessings to All,
The Pisces Full Moon goes exact in under 16 hours´ time (7:02 am, 6th September 2017, UTC time). A quick glance shows me that this Moon is going to be about confronting our illusions about ourselves, especially the belief that one is powerless and must be rescued. Some of us may play the role of rescuer, others may still wait for a knight to charge in and save the day. Multiple factors make this Moon the perfect time to delve back into ancestral and karmic waters to see the roots of such beliefs and the patterns that sustain them. Be very mindful around teachers, demagogues, preachers, astrologers, ideologues – anyone who seeks to show you a path. Some roads will take you into perfect clarity, others will take you further into delusion. At the end of the day, in Universal Time, all choices are equally valid. However, at the 3-D level, being discerning can save you time, energy and grief – especially if you´re breaking old patterns with the Archetype of Teacher. For others, the test / gift may come through travel, persons of a foreign origin, academia and/or immigration matters.
Headed to bed. Long day. Doing some good work in Bali with the Sisterhood of She. More info soon here – otherwise – check my facebook x
Blessings everyone. Vesta (The Priestess, 21 Virgo) squares Saturn (21 Sagittarius) and Black Moon Lilith (22 Sagittarius). This is a powerful time in which we can re-consider the thoughts, practices, philosophies, material tools, teachers and spaces we use in Service.
Listen to your body and its urgings. Explore areas that feel solid, safe and grounded – and those that feel uncertain. Consider what messages your body is communicating to you.
And on a related note, refer to the works of Louise Hay. She introduced millions to the idea that we could heal our bodies by understanding the metaphysical relationship between body, mind, emotions and spirit. She passed away just yesterday.
As Vesta is prone to either obsession or total renunciation, try not to let your analytical focus get out of control. Remember to ground out if your mind goes into hyper-drive and stick with the non-verbals. If avoiding these questions, get a piece of pen and paper and start writing – or type – or speak into a recorder. Find a middle point of balance between thinking and feeling with the mind and the body.
Those of you who are prone to floating off into hyperspace may consider vetiver essential oil (and with all oils, research dosage, dilution, contraindications especially if ill, hypersensitive and/or pregnant). Those of you who feel the muck and density of the earth plane a little too keenly may want to try lavender or frankincense. But go with what you are drawn to.
Your path of Service is not just about whatever healing work you do, but also covers physical, practical and logistical concerns like the space that you use, the tools you employ, record-keeping, sorting out your calendar and so on.
It´s also about making sure that You – as the Vessel – are in good shape. So it´s important for you to take care of yourself and to re-fill your cup if empty (or running on low). Eat nourishing foods and drink purified water. Light stretches can also help.
That was the fun part. Now here comes the challenge.
Vesta squares Saturn and Black Moon Lilith, meaning she makes a dynamic relationship to both. Saturn in Sagittarius has been teaching us about the importance of honoring our Truth and following the Path or Teacher that shows us the Road to our Intended Destination. It´s also about authority figures and larger questions in matters of philosophy, academic, astrology, divination work, immigration, foreign travel, religious institutions, nationalism-citizenship-rights and political ideologies. Things can get dicey and pretty polarized when we come into conflict with multiple Truths and ways of articulating them. (Especially as Mercury is Retrograde …)
Black Moon Lilith refers to the dismissed, neglected, disenfranchised aspect of the Feminine. Her Path and Teaching is deemed too sexual, too dark, too dangerous – as taboo – by mainstream understandings of spirituality. There is some caution that needs to be taken here as the Shadow Feminine comes with her own challenges, wounds, traumas, and proclivities that seekers have chronicled in their journeys with Her.
Vesta´s question is then as follows:
Which Path to take?
Which Teacher or Guide to honor?
How does the Feminine feature in your Walk, your Work and your Talk?
Do you embrace the comfortable aspects of Her?
Do you see through the illusion She casts?
And these are profound questions. You´re not going to get a complete answer to them because if you did, your work here would be done.
One thing that I would like to address is the idea that you can become your own Guru. And that the seeker will always know the path he or she must take.
From experience and observation, I can tell you that´s a fallacy.
In other words – the idea that You Can Be Your Own Guru is a false one. And it stems from the dilution of the meaning of the word.
In esoteric traditions, the Guru was needed to initiate you into the safe experience of certain frequencies and vibrations. This does not mean that I endorse surrendering your Will to the Guru, but honors the Gu ru as a necessary gatekeeper.
Amongst those who still honor the old traditions in India, there are stringent requirements that one must pass in order tobe recognized as a Guru or Sadhguru. Simply using that title does not make a person one. And sadly, many do.
( The same with the term Yogi – Doing Yoga … does not makes you a Yogi. And I do feel dismay when I see the term used out of context with its original meaning diluted. Whilst terms evolve over time, let us not lose sight of their essence. For instance, read the biographies of being such as Paramhansa Yogananda, Ramana Maharishi, Lahiri Mahasaya, Karaikal Ammaiyar, and so on. You´ll get the idea… )
If you do not have a Guru, that´s fine. Open yourself to a Guide or Teacher who can show you the path forwards – especially if working with the darker aspects of the Feminine tradition.
Finding the right teacher is part and parcel of the spiritual journey. Teachers who walk their talk, who live in authenticity and are aware of what they know – and more importantly – the limits of their knowledge – are worth looking for. Experience of such initiations is key as is the process of taking others through them in a safe manner.
It is also important to differentiate between knowledge, wisdom and intelligence. Reading books is no substitute for direct experience. Being open and hypersensitive to vibrations does not means that one is ready to teach others. These are all important things in the process of becoming a Teacher, but it all has to come together.
It´s fine to follow people whose knowledge you respect, but finding a Guru – is a very specific thing. There is an alchemical process of initiation (and maintenance) that the Guru is then responsible for. And for someone to take you across the cosmic ocean, they must have traversed it for themselves first.
If your path is clear and you have a Teacher or Guide or Guru you trust – honor that truth in the material life that you lead. Infuse your philosophy and paradigm into the little acts that make the act of day-to-day living what it is.
Matters to consider, paths to discern, bodies to listen to. Service to go out and do in the world, nurture to provide – beginning with the Self.
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