The Scorpio Full Moon went exact about 12 hours ago (2 Scorpio, 22 April 2016, 5.23 am UTC). There´s nothing that really jumps out at me – energywise – that we haven´t already been seeing the building up to over the past week. Much of the work we´re doing involves The Shadow – and that can be an incredibly powerful, sacred, loving, terrifying, humbling and all-round-indescribable experience.
Personally, and this may be different for you, I felt last week to be a lot more intense. Especially with Vesta, Mercury, Pluto Retrograde and Jupiter doing their thing. Whatever Scorpio´s energy is rendering visible to you at this time appears to be connected with messages that came through about seven days ago.
There´s one other factor that I feel compounds the intensity of the Scorpio Full Moon (again, a subjective take) – and that´s the buildup to the Mercury Retrograde (coming on the 28th of April). It may be because of the multiple retrogrades we´re in the middle of, or the energy of Scorpio and its famous intensity, or the fact Mercury is trined the North Node in Virgo – most probably all those factors.
Long story short – it´s a great time to go within and clarify your motivations, intentions and thoughts – especially as they relate to the deeper subconscious. And there´s a wide variety of ways, paths and disciplines you can use to take that journey.
This energy is fantastic to for delving into the depths of the psyche, in the effort to better understand the who, how and why of what we are.
This is also good in learning more about energetic healing pathways, the power of transformative ritual, the mechanics of shamanism – and topics of that ilk.
Also a fantastic time to take stock of how you relate to others at the energy level and if your exchanges are balanced, i.e. do you give as much as you take and vice versa?
Do your exchanges leave you feeling empowered or utterly debilitated (ditto for the people you´re exchanging energy with)?
Time to look in the mirror and take stock of what you see.
Gemstone suggestions :
Black Obsidian – detached vision, moving away from illusions
Lepidolite – stress, release of worry, anxiety, etc.
Amber – solar energy and protection
Essential Oil suggestions:
Frankincense or Neem – protection (different types of energy, but both absolutely effective)
Rose – self-love, protection, tenderness, holding space for vulnerability (use with the Rhodocrosite gemstone if seeking to do inner child work)
There´s plenty of other things you can work with as well, but here´s just a few suggestions to get you started.
Also – have a look back to Nov 11/12, 2015 to see what seeds you set during the Scorpio New Moon – now coming to fruition and culmination 🙂
It´ll take a few days for the energy to come back to balance – and then the Mercury Retrograde comes along. So .. more deep processing work on the cards.
Last but not least –
Quite a bit of fear – of the the deep conscious – of the potential shadows that lurk within is going to come up for a lot of you. That´s a perfectly sane, legitimate thing to be feeling right now.
But bear in mind that our fears (especially of finding our own authenticity, worth, strength, and power) may not even be warranted. That´s case specific – but the general message is not to take our fears at face value.
Examine further, and you might just find the gold hidden in the shadow 😉
Image: Grjótagjá caves in summer 2009 (2).jpg – By Chmee2 (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Astrological analysis can help you identify the psychological, spiritual, metaphysical and other factors that lead to the manifestation of certain states of mind and related physical conditions. Whilst not to be used as a replacement for medical/alternative therapies, it gives you a framework through which you can assess the state of the physical body and its link to the energy-body.
For instance, I often work with individuals who exhibit the features of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (a complex phenomenon which is built up of many conflating factors). When I study the chart, I am able to pinpoint specific experiences, individuals and types of trauma linked with the onset of fatigue. And it differs for each individual.
For some, fatigue is – just what it is. Exhaustion. Tiredness. Weariness. Medically linked with hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue (with the related Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome). If you work yourself to death, at some point that body is just going to shut down and say: Buddy I´m done. Let me rest.
In others, what I see is the over-investment of their vital energy into the re-living of a certain traumatic experience and/or holding themselves in a ´brace´ position for fear that it may happen again. So rather than a lack of energy – it´s a case of redirecting it.
Another dynamic that sometimes comes up in my case studies is when a person needs to learn how to ground better into the earth and to draw up energy back into the body.
There will certainly be other dynamics as well. But this is what I´ve seen so far with my case studies.
Various energy medicine systems do this through their different traditions – the Indian subcontinent understands it through the flow of prana through the nadis – China calls it chi and the meridians. And I´m sure South America, Africa and Australia (and other cultures/civilizations) have their own ancient understandings of the same.
These are things I would like to learn and incorporate further in my own practice.
What I do with astrology is to trace or map out the psychodynamic pathways that are created between specific events, individuals, lifetimes that leads to a particular state of imbalance.
I let the chart, rather than the individual I am working with to help me identify this pathway and its own timeline of progression. To confirm what I´m seeing, I might ask specific questions like:
Did you have this experience with so-and-so in this way, at this time of your life?
Does such-and-such situation trigger such-and-such symptoms?
It is located in this such-and-such organ with such-and-such sensation or feeling?
And so on.
It really does get that specific.
And then I identify the chakra/s involved and provide practical tools to address some of the kinds of energetic imbalances identified.
My healing toolkit works more so with essential oils, gemstones, mantras and guided visualizations. For me (at present), the 7 chakra system is an excellent framework to interpret the energybody.
There are of course other conceptualizations that work just as well. But it´s a good place to start.
And for some – it´s not just the tools provided that help them – but the awareness that arises when they – logically and intuitively – see the way the dots connect up. And then the AHA! moment hits.
For some, that it is enough to trigger the release of pent of trauma, or the attachment to a certain experience of wounding that has gone on for years, and years – perhaps even lifetimes.
The face takes on a glow and you can see the instant, deep release and shifting. The work then becomes one of maintaining this state of receptivity and release.
For others, the experience is less dramatic, but still substantial. It is a baby step, but one which can become a powerful foundation towards developing a healther mind-body-spirit connection. Neither response is better or worse, as we each take different paths and timelines to healing.
It helps to know that there are alternative understandings out there as it puts your own choices in context.
And of course there will be certain charts in which karma, timing and the more hidden mysterious of incarnation simply refuse to reveal the process. In which case I work more so with symptom management.
Specifics, context and an understanding of process can be a deeply healing thing to have, especially when working through states of health described in vague or over-generalized terms.
Irritable bowel syndrome is another one … It covers so many things that you wonder what it actually is. And when you don´t understand it, and are just given things to mask or alleviate your symptoms – you´re not healing.
In my early 20s, whilst doing my PhD, I was diagnosed with Adrenal Fatigue (similar, but not exactly the same as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Terribly draining (and time consuming). Besides medical letters that said I was tired and drained, I didn´t really get any remedies from the medical system (was in the UK). So I had to turn to alternative sources, and did find relief.
The experience helped me understand how the act of mapping, and getting specific with the energy dynamics that underpin physical health and imbalance – in itself – provides a sense of liberation. And it gives you tools, perspective and a greater sense of confidence.
You realize, hey – I got this.
I can do SOMETHING rather than just feeling like a victim in my own body.
But to be fair, Western science and medicine continues to map out the unknown through its own paradigm. As its tools of understanding become more sophisticated, what Western science ends up saying (and empirically proving) is increasingly beginning to match up with what older traditions have been saying for thousands of years.
I look forwards to deepening my own knowledge of these various paradigms and combining them with the work that I do as an astrologer and a priestess. It is interesting that this is coming up for me now as my mum, dad and my brother are all doing the same kind of work through their respective inclinations.
And I´m sure many others are as well 🙂 Go Virgo North Node, Scorpio Full Moon!
Where do I even begin. I woke up this morning at 4 a.m. after a dream that revealed the time of my death (checks out astrologically, nowhere soon, don´t worry) and very specific pieces of information (key dates and such) that would facilitate my journey ahead. It looks like Shadow-Working and Priestess-ing is certainly The Big Theme for me this time round. As is working with the energies of the Lion Goddess – and potentially – down the line – a deeper form of Buddhism (I take a syncretic approach to religion).
Given current astrology, I would not be surprised if that struck a chord with many other facilitators at this time.
In my dream, and it was one of those dreams where you know you´re not really dreaming – I had chosen to die for some reason and had jumped the queue (there was a queue, yes). I was administered with Serpent Venom (Lachesis), but it failed to work. Within the dream I saw my etheric body travel to other spaces, to deliver messages it needed to. I was in a state of euphoria and giddiness. Then I returned to my dream-body. I realized I had a job to do, decided it was time to leave the hospice, and very joyfully decided to live.
Then I woke up. In this reality (to be clear).
What amazed me is the specificity of the information I received in the dream. I was guided to key dates matching profound astrological shifts in my life and in the lives of those nearest to me. I took down some notes, and now I´m writing to you guys.
Be it through a prophetic dream, a message from the world around you, writing you see on the wall, a book you read – this is the time to pay attention to messages as they seek you out. Mercury (The Messenger) conjuncts Vesta (The Priestess) at 16´58 Taurus (The Earth-Plane, Sensuality, Relationships with the Material world). Most of these messages will be related to the way you Serve on this Material, Earthly Plane. (Chimed in well with the messages I received).
I say this connects with the archetype of the Underworld, and related themes of Death, Transformation, Re-birth and so on because Vesta/Mercury also trines Pluto (17 Capricorn), Lord of that Realm (as per later Greco-Roman mythology). Pluto rules Scorpio, which naturally opposes Taurus´ energy – that only reinforces the balance between the Upper and the Lower expressions of Earth-energy. Think of green hills and pastures, mountains and meadows, trees, rivers and so on vis a vis the nurturing depths of a cave, the darkness of the Void beneath the Earth´s Surface, the fiery-red core.
So in other words, it may be a link between priestess-messaging-death/rebirth – be in in the physical or the archetypal way, or both. Or, considering Pluto´s position in Capricorn, a glimpse as to the legacy you are called to leave behind by way of the Service you perform in the tangible Earth-realm.
That question of legacy – what you are called into being to leave behind for future generations to inherit – is also reinforced by Vesta/Mercury´s inconjunct with Saturn Retrograde (15 Sagittarius). It means that the message we receive now tells us about the belief systems we need to either detach from, or consolidate our belief in. It tells us about the roads we need to take to get to our desired destination and need to cut away from things that ultimately lead us elsewhere.
For those of you with bodies near 15-17 Libra and/or Cancer will experience this as a powerful Yod (Finger of Fate). That is a current of karmic acceleration, bringing you to a pivotal decision point – where you choose to remain in one cycle, or to move to another. In my case, For me that meant that my South Node completed the Yod. It makes sense – a profound release or ´letting go´ (and a letting go of wanting to let go, to get meta about it).
There´s another reason why the Underworld is involved so strongly in this alignment. Multiple Retrogrades. Here´s a brief timeline (and other alignments as well, for context):
Mercury conjuncts Vesta – 16´58 Taurus at 22:10, UTC, 16 April 2016.
Mars Retrograde Begins: 8´54 Sagittarius at 12:13 pm, UTC, 17 April 2016
Vesta trines Pluto Retrograde – 19´29 Taurus at 2:29 am, UTC, 18 April 2016
Pluto Retrograde Begins: 17´29 Capricorn at 7:25 am, UTC, 18 April 2016
SUN SHIFTS INTO TAURUS, LEAVES ARIES: 15:29 pm, UTC, 19 April 2016.
FULL MOON IN SCORPIO: 2´30 Scorpio at 5:23 am, UTC, 22 April 2016
In a nutshell, there´s plenty of messages coming from the Shadow / The Darkness (in its Sacred, and less Happy forms) / The Underworld. You see this the Pluto-Vesta/Mercury trine, the Pluto Retrograde (5 hours later) and the Full Moon in Scorpio.
There´s also a strong reminder that – no matter how deep you get – the work you do is still meant to be drawn back to the Surface, onto this more visible manifestation of physical reality and the lives we lead within it. That comes from Vesta, Mercury and the Sun in Taurus´energies (especially after 22 April). Bear in mind that Mercury retrogrades in Taurus on the 28th of April, until May 21/22 (depending on where you are in the world). Mercury finally leaves Taurus on June 12/13.
Between now to mid-June – it is an excellent time to ponder the messages of service that come to you now. I would suggest against entering any new business / energetic mergers / intimate relationships or partnerships at this time – and to take the time to review, integrate and reformulate your own strategies. It´s also a great time to take stock of your energetic and material reserves and to thinking about ways you can ´give back´, be it through charity, investment in environmental conservation, you name it.
The Mars and Pluto Retrogrades are very different kettles of fish. And I´ll cover them in a different article. Essentially a time to slow down, pay attention to the health of the body (especially with regards to movement, the sciatic nerve, hips, thighs and so on – from – http://www.homeoint.org/morrell/astrology/medical.htm – just as a general guide). Essentially a time to look before you leap (check to see if there´s a cliff before taking the plunge into something new).
The Pluto Retrograde essentially asks us to take the time out to sit with the deeper substance of the Self. During the Dark Goddess workshop I held, many new techniques of doing so emerged spontaneously through the space held. I look forwards to being able to share them with you 🙂 As a general introduction – turn off all the lights, snuggle up with your favourite black and a nice grounding crystal (trying getting natural smoky quartz – some of it looks so dark, it looks black!) and observe.
More on all that when it´s time to write about them. I can see why I was told to take a timeout from sessions till the 21st 🙂
Keep dreaming, keep listening and stay tuned for the messages that come!
Image: Fresh crater on the surface of Vesta photographied by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft OTD 63 full.jpg – By NASA/JPL [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Over the next two days (11 & 12 April 2016), the transiting Gemini Moon makes a Grand Mutable Cross and a Grand Air Trine. Long story short – watch what you say, think, communicate and express and how it is received. The chances of triggering / bring triggered is a lot higher over the next 48 hour period. Which isn´t necessarily a bad thing, it just means that you´re asked to face certain issues or challenges head on.
The Mutable Cross involves Neptune (10 Pisces), South Node (20 Pisces) Saturn Retrograde (16 Sagittarius), Mars (8 Sagittarius), North Node (20 Virgo), Jupiter Retrograde (14 Virgo). Which the Cross can denote stress, it can also be the launchpad for discovering new ways or creatively moving through the challenges being presented. Whether you´re a spiritual seeker, teacher, facilitator, practitioner, mystic (whatever word resonates with you) – this Cross will make you question how you explore and express your deeper connection with Spirit and the wider Cosmos.
Bear in mind that the world mirrors your journey – sometimes in an honest reflection, and at other times a distortion. Both convey truths, albeit sometimes in a more roundabout way than we would like. In short,
How do you navigate your Path through the Hall of Mirrors? Which reflection is ´real´ – which isn´t – and what do they all teach?
In all honesty, it´s more like two slightly different Grand Crosses that are formed, as the Moon continues its motion through Gemini on April 11 and 12. On April 12, we also see the creation of a powerful Grand Air Trine.
The Grand Air Trine intensifies the power of words, ideas and more abstract forms of energy-communication. At 25 Gemini, the Moon will conjunct the asteroid Psyche, which, in combination with Black Moon Lilith (25 Libra) and Pallas Athena (26 Aquarius) – speaks to me of a potent opportunity for re-writing your narrative, especially with the Divine Feminine.
Time to look at the ways we conceptualize Her energy and mirror (for better or worse) those qualities in our own lives and self-concepts.
Suggested Practices / Handy things to bear in mind:
Speaking. Saying what´s on your mind. Expressing. (I do not mean verbal diarrhoea, or lashing out at someone – but to do so from a centered place.
Speak so your voice is heard, rather than obeyed. Both types of communication come from a very, very different place within. In other words – speak from the Heart and allow others the freedom of making up their own minds. You have that same freedom.
Listening. Taking the time to hear someone else out. Our the parts of you you don´t let yourself normally hear.
Writing (nondominant hand exercises rock) / Journaling
Working with stones like optical calcite (discernment), aquamarine / turquoise (balanced communication) and smoky quartz (grounding)
Singing / Toning / Throat Chakra Clearing
Staying open to different points of view and alternate ways of making meaning in the (and your) world, both inner and outer
Honoring deities/archetypes of Wisdom, e.g. Goddess Saraswati, Goddes Pallas Athena, and so on. (depending on your tradition)
Seeking guidance from facilitators who can help you shift and/or release paradigms that no longer work.
Remember that you do the work, facilitators are but the catalyst. It´s in your hands, or mind, rather. 😉
For those of you seeking to work with me, bear in mind that the Vesta/Eris sessions are ongoing.
Enjoy and be mindful of your words. Take nothing personally 🙂
And if things just get too stressful, if all the tension is just building up – watch Kung Fu Panda 3. I kid you not. It´s got so many of the answers that so many spiritual seekers and teachers look for, presented in a way that will make you both smile and think.
Image: International Space Station 46 – Aurora over northern Canada.jpg By NASA/ESA/Tim Peake [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Hello Cosmos! The Aries New Moon (18 Aries, 11:23 UTC, 7th April 2016) has just passed – but its effects remain strong over the next 3 days 🙂 It´s an excellent time to set the seeds of new energetic intentions, ones that we will reap or see some culmination of during the Aries Full Moon (15 October).
Aries encourages us to simply Be. In all of its totality. The good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful, the meek, the outspoken, the vulnerable, the invincible, the human, the divine, the demon, the hero, the outcast, the villain, the man, the child, the woman, the stream, the sea, the river, the mountain, the sky, the stars, the cosmos — and all, more, or none of the above.
Amazing, huh? There´s not much that Aries doesn´t cover. The only ´catch´ as it were is that the energy needs to be embodied within the self, the immediate sense of presence that is I AM. In developmental terms, this is the spark of life that precedes form (body), sensation-perception and intellect. It just IS. No words can describe it.
Society and other sources of conditioning have all but told us to bottle away parts of ourselves that we are told are either too dangerous, undesirable or simply unwanted. Sometimes this is true, and other times it´s just fear-based conditioning based on the values of the time. My suggestion, or rather caveat, to embodying your Aries energy is to remember to check in with yourself.
Ask yourself – is the ´I´ you´re bringing through one that is perceived through the Ego, the Heart, the Soul, the Mind – or someplace else? Check in with your inner compass to know which. The Self, born of Love, takes many forms: Sometimes gentle, sometimes ferocious. It all depends on which part of you it comes from. Ego, Mind, Heart, Soul, Greater Spirit?
That exercise of discernment is one for you to do and figure out 🙂 Crystals like Icelandic Spar or Optical Calcite help in that process. Black Obsidian can help as well, especially when you need that reflective mirror to help you see yourself through the lens of detachment.
The rest of this article is pretty hardcore. If you´re comfy with this general info, feel free to stop reading here as it covers the gist of it. If you´re wanting the details, the grit, the spiritual challenges and tools you might want to use – then journey on, brave reader!
Now, getting to the astrology of it – the Aries New Moon makes some very powerful connections to quite a few astrological bodies. Here´s what went down:
Uranus conjunct Vesta (17 Aries, February 5 2016) – This was a day when the Great Awakener/Revealer met the Priestess. And together they cleared the way for a new Path of Service through emerge. Rather than the negation of the Self, service was to come through its radical embodiment, in ways that honored emergence of new forms of consciousness within the collective. Look back then to see how that event energetically links with current energy.
At that time I was stranded in Barcelona without my passport and used that energy to go visit the Black Madonna of Monserrat. A mist covered the mountain and the church, unnaturally so for hours on end. You couldn´t even take a decent photograph of anything, it was like thick soup. Meeting the Madonna herself was an interesting experience. I was in a very vulnerable emotional and spiritual place, being stranded where I was. And all I could think of asking her was to make something happen, it was meant to. I recall seeing a very very red energy, of the Base Chakra, flaming through afterwards. It was a type of intiation I did not understand, though I am seeing its gradual emergence.
Moving to the present day:
Sun conjunct Moon at 18 Aries – Time to set the seeds of embodying the Self, in its most aligned form. Watch for mid-October, when those seeds begin to culminate. Be the Self. That´s all you need to do. Allow yourself to occupy the space you need to be you without violating your own moral or ethical compass (inner alignment). Everyone is entitled to occupy their own space, and as long as we can agree on that baseline – the work of co-existence becomes a lot easier. That would be the only caveat to add.
Sun conjunct Moon conjunct Uranus (20 Aries): A lot of cosmic-energetic downloads showing you how the Birth of a New, or simply, Freer expression of Self – is well within the needs of the group – the collective. Rather than sacrificing who we are, we celebrate one another and the individual gifts we bring to the table. Together, we strengthen the wave of energy propelling the evolution of consciousness for the whole. Keep those upper chakra channels clear, but don´t try to force their awakening either 🙂 Let it happen naturally.
Clear quartz, and again, optical calcite will be great crystal allies for this purpose.
Sun / Moon / Uranus conjunct ATLANTIS! (yes, I felt that needed the caps 😛 , 20 Aries): Time for those Atlantean downloads to begin. Those of you who connect strongly with the consciousness of past civilizations, now submerged beneath the waves – will be feeling this strongly. A word of caution – whilst there´s was a lot of epicness 😀 in those times, be it through a love of crystals, dolphins, and the Goddess – there were a lot of problems with it as well. Hence the fall of Atlantis. Whilst it is important to honor this past, and perhaps even to learn some of its secrets, it is important to also be vigiliant to its excesses.
Stones that can help: Aquamarine, Larimar, Atlantisite. Again, I would stress caution in working with such energies and lifetimes if you have not already done a fair amount of self-work beforehand. Working through the lower chakras and one´s relationship with the Serpentine Archetype, I find, is a much needed prerequisite. Just so´s we don´t end up in the same karmic cycle .. again.
If working with a faciliator, make sure they understand that pros and cons, the needs and energetic traps that can come about in working with such lifetimes / states of consciousness.
There were multiple civilizations that shared a similar fate. Others that would equally resonate are Mu, Lemuria, Kumari Kandam, and so on.
Sun / Moon / Uranus / Atlantis inconjunct Jupiter Retrograde (14 Virgo) and the North Node (20 Virgo): Long story short – these breakthroughs in consciousness, and ways of embodiment in the Self are awesome things to experience. But they also need to be funnelled into practical acts of Service, things that help to maintain and perserve the Earth-Plane and our physical vessels (bodies) that can serve within it. Think about ways to structure your daily life that facilitates better health, energetic receptivity, the need to maintain healthy boundaries and to practice self-care first! As generous as I´m sure many of you are, you can´t give to another from an empty cup. Fill your own first, then help as many as you can 🙂
Those of you with placements near 14-20 Scorpio or 14-20 Aquarius will experience this as a powerful Yod or Finger of Fate. Decision time, people! 🙂 Time to choose at the karmic crossroads.
Sun / Moon / Uranus / Atlantis opposed Zeus (17 Libra):. A time to understand both the strength, and the excesses of Masculine energy. Partnerships and collaborations appear to be the space/energy through which this needs to be addressed. Whilst the dominant expression of masculine energy in the world at present is — sadly distorted, the space for the healthy, conscious masculine is expanding. In our bid to bring back the Feminine, let us also recognize the need to hold space for the Masculine to equally re-emerge, albeit in a different form. 🙂 Bear in mind that the Masculine is expressed through all beings, not just men – vice versa with the Feminine. Energy transcends the constructs of sex and gender, though the latter tend to influence the way we interpret the former.
Sun / Moon / Uranus / Atlantis inconjunct Ceto (18 Scorpio): A time to work with imbalances in the way we engage with the Serpentine Archetype. Whilst it is hailed as the Master of Knowledge, the form of Shakti in the movement of the Kundalini – it is equally projected to us the prime villain. There is a neutrality in Serpentine energy, which means that we (especially those who work in Shamanic realms) must treat with respect, but also caution. Again, if working with a facilitator, make sure they understand this. Ceto´s energy can strongly relate to ancestral energetic patterns as well. The energy of Ceto, the Water Serpent, links strongly with that of Atlantis. Unsurprisingly.
It is wise not to fear the serpent, but to recognize its ambiguity. For the gamers out there, that means it´s a ´Chaotic Neutral´.
Recommended Mantra (if feeling overwhelmed):
– use with Carnelian on the sacral chakra. Try working with Neem oil as well (external use) or Neem capsules (internal use, check with medicial practitioner if on medication).
If wanting to connect deeper, try Serpentine or Atlantisite. Again, make sure you have the prepwork for it and a facilitator who can support you through the process.
Sun / Moon / Uranus / Atlantis trine Saturn (16 Sagittarius), Iris (16 Sagittarius), Magdalena (18 Sagittarius), Varda (18 Sagittarius), Osiris (20 Sagittarius): Time to take the Self and find a Path of Truth that resonate with you. Striving to find a greater level of detachment, getting your head above the clouds in your search for truth will yield rewards at this time. The view you take of the world from the base of the foothills, and from its summit – differs drastically. Things fall into perspective.
The various Gods and Goddesses involved in this alignment bring different lessons to the table.
Magdalena (Mary Magdalene) tells us of the story of the projected, forgotten, oppressed or reviled Feminine. And the powerful, radical act that is – simply – being the Self irrespective of all that projection.
Rose quartz and rose essential oil will be powerful allies, should you choose to work with them as energetic tools.
Whilst the Archetype of the Magdalene is one that all can connect to, some identities – ethicities – heritages – have their own versions of the tale that must equally be heard and celebrated. I see this in the need to recognize the perspective of people of color (not that white-pink´s not a colour), but you know what I´m getting at. A lot of the Goddess Movement and New Age Spirituality simply does not take that voice and the histories of colonial oppression (and continued systemic racism) that non-white men and (especially) women face (as well as those who do not resonate with mainstream ideas of gender or sexual preference). Without acknolwedging these voices as equal, there is not true discourse of empowerment that can speak to all.
That being said, no matter what colour or race or gender or sex you are, sing your song. We all have the right to.
Varda´s influence brings us back to the wisdom of the skies. Connect with the cosmos in the way you see fit. Find a good cosmic soothsayer, or a spiritual astrologer you like and get the guidance you need. Or simply sit in silence and let the skies speak to you, showing the way forward.
Osiris indicates that the paths we take now ultimately lead back to the Wounded Masculine (and in parallel, the Healing Feminine). Iris indicates the benefit of emotional cartharsis at this time, and a greater use or acknowledgement of the Rainbow Spectrum in healing work. It´s also a caution not to get stuck in the search for Truth. Whatever paradigm we choose to use is trying to get us to a deeper level of reality that goes beyond dogma of any kind.
And finally, Saturn. Use the energy in your consciousness now to set the steps you need to take in the future. Create your building blocks to Spirit, as it were – through whatever Path or Teaching calls to you at this time. If you have a teacher / mentor / oracle / astrologer that you trust at this time, seek a consultation or get guidance. But remember the Teacher within, don´t forget to check in there as well. This is also an excellent time to set the seeds of research trips, pilgrimages, foreign travel or higher academic pursuits to help you learn what you want to explore and gain some mastery of.
Sun / Moon / Uranus / Atlantis squared Pluto (17 Capricorn): Long story short, if you haven´t done your Descent Work, you´re going to have to. Journeys into the subconscious, ancestral karma, energy-working in the Shadow space of the self are required to find your innermost strengths, gifts, and to allow you to complete your Hero/ine´s journey. A lot of this work – of breakdown-to-breakthrough – is going to test your relationship with P-O-W-E-R. Power, authority, hiearchy, legitimacy, mastery, wisdom and the archetype of the Crone-Elder. (Remember the lessons of Atlantis though 😉 )
Whether it´s an individual or instrument of governance bringing this energy into your life, the challenge for you is to find ways to recognize the power you seek into yourself. Here you go down, to go up. You die, in order to be reborn.
Quite a powerful time for those of you seeing significant changes in your career, or the question of what legacy you leave behind in the world! Relationships with intimate partners (in the bedroom, and the boardroom) are going to be challenging at this time if not in alignment with your deeper sense of self. If they are, then they´re going to let you get even deeper – so you get to the richness that lays hidden within the Shadow. Yum, yum 🙂
But again, there´s a lot of Shadow-work that precedes getting there 🙂 And so much of us has already been triggered in the past few years, what with Saturn in Scorpio and the exact Uranus-Pluto squares (2012-2015).
Sun / Moon / Uranus / Atlantis sextile Narcissus (15 Aquarius): Time to look at your ideals and to move beyond them. Narcissism isn´t just about falling in love with your reflection, it´s getting trapped in that reflection. Sometimes we a trapped through the illusion that we have more power than we do, and sometimes in the belief in less. Either way, it´s a time to shatter through the looking glass – and know that as you do so, you´re going to challenge others who are invested in seeing their own strength – and their relationship with the Cosmos – in ways that suit them. An interesting time to re-wire /re-think your relationship with the relationship between God/dess and Humanity. Look to Promethus, the Monkey God and others who dared to challenge the construct of the Heavens and the supremacy of the Gods in mythology. That kind of vibe. There´s a lot of fear surrounding that kind of work, but it needs doing.
Those of you with placements near 15-18 degrees Virgo will experience this as a powerful Yod. In fact, we all will – as that´s where Jupiter and the North Node are 😀
So, putting it all together. A very epic New Moon 😀 Watch for October and see how this all plays out!
For those of you who are planning to work with me, consider the Vesta or Eris Specials (till end of April). Unless booked ad hoc I´m not doing any sessions in May. Time to contract and consolidate all the lessons learnt then.
Image: Curved Ceiling, en route to Black Madonna, Monserrat. Jan 2016.
I´ve been going through Vesta´s aspects to other major bodies for the months of April and May – and my goodness – there´s a lot going down with the Priestess Asteroid over the next three weeks! This means plenty of opportunities to explore, expand and discover new Paths of Service, especially in ways that connect with different layers or levels of physical reality as she´s going to be in Taurus until mid-May. Here´s my earlier article detailing the different challenges, gifts and interpretive possibilities opened by Vesta´s transit through Taurus for those who want more info –http://wp.me/p4OUNS-Yf .
Between April 1 to April 25, 2016, there´s a Grand Earth Trine in the sky involving Vesta & Mercury (Taurus), Jupiter (Virgo), North Node (Virgo) and Pluto (Capricorn). This is a powerful time to focus on manifestation in this physical, earthly, material plane.
Vesta´s energy encourages us to focus upon connecting with the energy of Abundance and Presence that moves through the consciousness of the Earth and connects us all. What we do, by virtue of our physical actions, relationships and being on this planet has an influence on all else that exists – and often that relationship is forgotten. Vesta encourages us to find ways to make that material existence one that moves (purely) beyond self-serving needs, to ones which equally nurture, heal or facilitate others in finding their own abundance (and ability to serve). We give back to the Earth and all that exists with/within Her through acts of Service. This can be through facilitative work, priest/essing, new directions in your business, or making sure that basic physical needs are met – there´s a wide range of interpretive possibilites, or ways of working with this energy. For some, the energy of Earth-Abundance is in the Earth herself, for others it means business, income and finances – and for some it focuses with the sense-perception of the body, pleasures of incarnation and the joys of physicality – and so on.
Vesta interacts with quite a few bodies as part of this incredibly rich and fertile Grand Earth Trine energy – summaries of each follow:
Jupiter encourages us to explore new pathways, teachers or paradigms that connect us with the Priestess/Earth-Facilitator traditions – especially those that focus upon the Womb Center (in women) or more generally, the generative qualities of the Sacral Chakra. It also involves the physical energy of the stomach and related digestive organs, and so involves the energy of the Solar Plexus chakra as well. The Virgo energy echoes well with Vesta and serves to reinforce what she stands for – but more so through physical, tangible actions that have an immediate presence in our sense-perception of reality.
Growth, with Jupiter-in-Virgo, is through discrete, physical acts of service and the structuring of actions in rituals, habits and routines that helps us find our greatest path of growth. In other words, take care of the little things, even if they seem like grunt-work, or things that don´t yield you an immediate reward or recognition. Do them because they need to be done. Don´t conflate the need to be seen as big, larger than life, or pedestalized-as-Teacher with the work of the Facilitator. You can be all of those things, but remember the little things. They´re just as (if not more) important as the grand gestures.
The North Node tells us that the path to growth, and to releasing past karmic entanglements (Pisces) is through this routinized focus on little acts of service. In practical terms, that may require a deeper focus on the way you structure your daily life, the way you keep you physical vessel in balance with your spiritual intuition. The health of the physical body and the nutritional value (or fuel) you put into your sacred vessel is just as important as what you can channel or remember. Start with something small, and keep adding new things each day to bring greater well-being into your life, so that you may do the same for others, if appropriate. There is no point in trying to serve, or to fill another´s cup, when your own is broken and unable to act as a vessel.
The North Node´s energy (especially when it trines Vesta) challenges us to equally draw the lines of service. There are certain physical boundaries which we do need in order to be spiritually functional and healthy. Don´t be afraid to say no things that will lead you to energetic burnout or simply being ungrounded or overwhelmed with psychic energy. Part of being a good facilitator is knowing when to draw that line.
Pluto´s trine to the Vesta makes us question what larger footprint, or legacy we leave behind in this physical world and the power that we have given institutions (of governance, authority, even banking) over us and our world. Equally, we will be pulled into the deeper spaces within that makes us question how we merge our energies with others, or even how we seek to control/be controlled by others in games played by the ego. Vesta raises these questions to the Earthly Surface (Taurus), and asks how we harness , and where needed, transmute the Shadow-Self so that it may play a more constructive, facilitative role in our physical lives.
We will feel this energy most intensely between April 16-18, 2016. This is a powerful time for facilitative work for any kind, particularly those which address aspects of the Shadow, the Womb and questions of power, growth, expansion and karmic re-attunement. For those of you seeking to work with me, bear in mind that I am going to be offering Vesta and Eris sessions throughout April 2016. Timing your session close to the middle of April will yield powerful, deep and transformative results – but really, it´s present throughout the month!
There are other alignments to Vesta going exact in the month of April. Here´s a super-quick rundown.
April 2 – Vesta sextiles Neptune at 10 Taurus-Pisces. A fantastic time to find ways to bridge our spiritual experiences and formless, wordless knowing-s with more concrete, tangible, material forms of service.
Dates are given as per UTC time. Allow for a day earlier in case you live in North / South America, or a day later if you live in Asia / Australia. In any case, these are dates of exact alignments – you´ll see a clear build-up and run-down of the energy around the dates given in any case.
April 5 – Vesta opposes Juno Retrograde at 11 Taurus-Scorpio. A time to recognize the interplay of different aspects of the Divine Feminine. He we see certain acts of service (in the physical domain) can open us to a deeper exploration of the Shadow and how we connect intimately with others in that realm.
April 11 – Vesta trines Jupiter Retrograde at 14 Taurus-Virgo. A fantastic time to explore (or reject) pathways, teachers and paradigms that show us how to facilitate, nurture and serve – the self and others. It is important to honor the sacred (physical) vessel that allows us to do the work we do. Vesta reminds us to bring these insights and practices back to the flow of Abundance and Earth-Presence that connects us all.
April 14 – Vesta inconjuncts Saturn Retrograde at 16 Taurus-Sagittarius. A time to express (or reject) paths, paradigms and teachers that seek to shows us our places in the world, and the grand schematic that encompasses it all. Be it through astrology, religion, academic or foreign travel – it´s really a time where we look at the larger belief systems that underpin our perspectives – and to see how they align (or not) with the work we do in this material expression of ´reality´.
April 16 – Vesta conjuncts Mercury at 16 Taurus. A heightened flow of ideas that focus upon ways to better serve in this physical reality, and how to communicate this with others. A fantastic day for divination, dowsing or other activities that bridge intuitive information download with the deeper, grounding energies of Earth. This is a time here ideas, information or data pertaining to the lessons of Vesta (service, facilitation, devotion, sacrifice) come charging through the ether. The message will, once again, be focused upon the ways we connect with this Earth (and the many levels of interpretation that opens up). Mercury will conjunct Vesta in Taurus two other times – on May 1 (at 23 Taurus) and June 23rd (at 16 Gemini) owing to its upcoming Retrograde in Taurus.
April 18 – Vesta trines Pluto at 17 Taurus-Capricorn. As described above, the question of who controls us and whether we ought to let them arises. We frame the question of legitimacy, legacy, power and authority in terms of what we need to manifest more so (as a form of service) in embodied, physical form
Pluto goes retrograde on the same day – and so the search for the Shadow and its Lessons (and Gifts) moves further inwards, to a deeper layer of the Psyche. On this day we also see the exact Grand Earth Trine formed between Vesta, Mercury, Pluto and Jupiter in the Earth Signs. It is a powerful day to time any kind of works that involve physical manifestation, spi/ritual work, the Priestess Traditions, and so on.
Interestingly, Mars goes retrograde on April 17 at 8 degrees Sagittarius. This will encourage us to look inwards for Truth rather than seeking from an external source. Validation and guidance is lovely, but it´s got to resonate with what you inwardly know and believe in any case.
On April 23, Vesta trines the (Mean Calculation of the) North Node at 19 Taurus-Virgo. Vesta´s final exact aspect of the month (with the bodies considered here) points us in the direction of challenge, growth and opportunity. Be open to learning new ways to Serve and be flexible about letting go old ways that no longer serve as well as they used to. There is little to gain in holding onto old traditions or perspectives (as hallowed as they may once have been) if they do not resonate with the energy of the present. Honor the past, but equally, honor the need to explore different possibilities. For some, this will be a call to step outside the traditional meanings of the term Priest/ess, or even to expand the scope of what ´Service´ means to you, and how that connects with different levels of physical reality.
For those of you who use the True Node calculation, the Vesta-Node trine occurs at 20 Virgo on April 25.
And, as a general note – Mercury goes retrograde on April 28 at 23 Taurus. The Retrograde lasts until May 22, when Mercury begins its shadow phase at 14 Taurus. There´s going to be (again) an inward focus on the way we think about and express our ideas on how we exist in this material plane and are interwoven within it. Vesta would have tilled much of the soil (Taurus) as it were, making it a very interesting time to begin the Retrograde. Mercury moves out of its shadow phase and into direct motion on June 7th.
In May, Vesta´s major activity occurs through its transit into Gemini (May 16) and in its inconjunct (testing) aspect to Juno and Lilith (mid-May). This brings the challenge of reconciling different aspects lessons and vulnerabilities associated with forms of Feminine energy. More on that in May. The Sun also forms a conjunction to Vesta (May 23, 2 degrees Gemini), placing her back in the spotlight for a brief time.
Considering the sheer number and intensity of aspects made to Vesta in April – – – yeah …. there´s a lot more going on with Priestess energy this month, and with it, opportunities to manifest in the material, earthly realm.
To those who would like to work with me in learning what the Priestess archetype means for them and how they can best manifest it, consider the Vesta session (Link: http://wp.me/p4OUNS-y0 ) and time it accordingly as the intensity peaks mid-April. But really, she´s lit up the whole month!
So my friends, a great deal to explore, manifest and understand with the archetype of the Priest/ess or Facilitator in April 2016! Enjoy the vibes, find ways of healing and remember to honor our Earth-Mother through physical gestures, rituals and/or acts of service 🙂
Image: Dancing with Helen Moller; her own statement of her philosophy and practice and teaching formed upon the classic Greek model, and adapted to meet the aesthetic and hygienic needs of to-day, with (14761703756).jpg By Internet Archive Book Images [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons
Blessings everyone. Over the past few hours I´ve been seeing a lot of messages coming through – signs, codes and symbols that speak to the crossing of the threshold – from the Age of Pisces, to that of Aquarius.
I wondered why, then turned to the skies. And it was clear.
At this time, we have a Grand Sextile (Star of David) in the skies, along with an impending conjunction between Mercury (The Messenger) and Uranus (The Collective Awakener / Revealer). They both form an inconjunct to the North Node (20 Virgo).
The Mercury-Uranus conjunction indicates that we shall either be receiving, transmitting, or somehow engaging with the energy, or consciousness, of the Collective. This is a time where we think about the ideals and visions of a future that we – humanity and all else it coexists with – can aspire to manifest. We are challenged to find new ways of thought and modes of articulation that facilitate the breaking into new ground, or revelation of new codes or forms of thought – as we enter a new Age.
So much of this requires a re-visitation of the lessons from the Age of Pisces, and to allow those lessons the time they need to fade. Change, as radical as it needs to be, is not something that happens overnight. It takes time for the ideas we articulate to sediment into the material lives of the collective we exist as a part of.
In Aries, Mercury and Uranus focus upon messages that are channeled through – the physical body – the way we connect with ´I AM Consciousness´- insights on the human brain (anything neck upwards really) – things that break through old ways of seeing who and what we are, and that allow new ones to be recognized.
The old and new dichotomy is somewhat ironic, as so much of what we celebrate as cutting-edge research is stuff that has often already been said or put into practice by ancient civilizations. An article I saw yesterday captures this perfectly: Scientists now believe they have to rewrite the textbooks as they have now conclusively shown a connection between the brain and the lympathic system. Whilst this is a celebration and indeed, a triumph, for ´modern´ science, it´s something that practitioners from India and China have recognized for thousands of years. Be it in acupuncture, Ayurveda, Tai Chi, Chi Gong and related fields of body energy-medicine.
For me, I saw it in a little-known version of Hercules (starring Dwayne ´The Rock´ Johnson). Surprisingly good … and I mean graphic comic book level good. He plays the role of Hercules, essentially, as a mortal man who has an unusual amount of strength. Quite gritty.
Much of the mythological figures associated with his trials are shown to be – rather than gods – interpretations of his own subconscious. I loved that narrative.
The closing scene is him essentially pushing down an idol of Pallas Athena onto a raging army. In that world, much as this one, the symbols of the gods become co-opted for the tyrannical machinations of would-be autocrats. Quite a powerful tale, and Pallas Athena a powerful symbol of the fall of the old. She is, of course, as the ancient Feminine co-opted as part of a later, patriarchal, mythology.
Think of her as the Distorted Feminine, that (alongside the Distorted Masculine) equally needs to tumble back to the Abyss as we seek balance once more.
Interestingly, the head of the Goddess rolls straight into the main villain, plunging him – and Her – into the abyss. Quite a powerful symbol.
Now this direction of thought and experience wasn´t one I thought I´d be entering. I´ve served many lifetimes in the role of the temple priestess and related spiritual … positions. And I thought that this life was going to be more of that.
I – and many other priestesses – have died in service to older forms and symbols of what was once sacred (temples, statues, sacred serpents and familiars) .. But all of that has shifted for me, and for others who come forwards to tell similar narratives of their own journeys.
The karma of that path of service no longer seems to call to me, and instead, I am asked to find something new for myself – and to recognize that this is a collective moment to discover (once more) – what is ´Sacred´ in this coming Age.
So much of what we once considered the forms and structures that hold/express the sacred need to … well .. tumble down. They need reconfiguration so we do not repeat the imbalances of the past, but build on that knowledge to find better ways of connection. Even in in the things we´re trying to bring back.
But is this a call to Ascend and leave the Earth plane? Not necessarily. If anything, it is a call to find ways of service that are reconfigured to match the energies of this new Age. But one that no longer uses that binary of Earth / Heaven , Black / White – one that sees and celebrates it all as different chapters of the same story.
In short we are called to discover a collective ethos or universalist ideal that is focused upon service to this Earth-Plane. A bridging of the rational mind and intuitive spirit in ways that no longer enslave us within the doctrine of predetermination and fatalism.
I see that expressed as the inconjunct between Mercury/Uranus (19 Aries) and the North Node (20 Virgo). Those of you with placements close to 19-20 Aquarius, or 19-20 Scorpio will see this activated as a powerful Yod (or Finger of Fate). They will lead you through powerful karmic currents, and to the crossroads of change.
It´s a very exciting time to be working with the energy of the Collective as all of this is happening whilst we have a Perfect Grand Sextile in the skies. Grand Sextiles are essentially, the Hexagram formation, or Star of David surrounded by a Hexagon. We have all but one area in Cancer (9-16 degrees) that would otherwise complete the alignment – and that too is covered when consider other asteroids. So yes, a perfect Star of David.
The bodies involved are (briefly speaking):
Vesta at 9 Taurus – The Priest/ess in Service to the Earth – see yesterday´s post for more info
Neptune at 10 Pisces – The Deep, Formless Surender to Spirit / Nothingness / Ocean of All-That-Is
Moon and Pluto in Capricorn – Questioning our understanding of authority and forms of legitimacy born of power, the idea of legacy
Juno at 12 Scorpio – the Energy of the Divine Feminine, the awakener of the Soul in the sign of the Underworld / Lessons from the Descent
Jupiter Retrograde at 15 Virgo – Growth through the Archetype and Practice of Service (bear in mind that Jupiter itself is currently squaring Saturn Retrograde – 16 Sagittarius – and Pluto – 17 Capricorn)
Thereus and Cyllarus (asteroids) at 15 Cancer – The recognition of traditional traps of identification on the victim-abuser spectrum, familial or cultural wounds that resist transcendence. The need to recognize the power of emotional movement through the past, without wanting to leap forwards / into the fray before we´re ready to do so.
Energetically speaking, it´s prime time to manifest, whatever you will. Watch your energy and intention at this time and allow it to tap into the emergent wisdom fo the Collective. Quite a lot of what will come through for you is likely to resonate with the points of the Grand Sextile. And take it in your own time, there´s no need to rush into something. If it seems too overwhelming, plug out and let things unfold as they will.
The Grand Sextile formed through the Moon´s movement into Capricorn, circa 5 am on March 31st 2016, UTC time.
The alignment dissolves just as the Moon conjuncts Pluto (17 Capricorn) and intensifies its square to Mercury and Uranus (19 Aries) I´d estimate that to be around 3.30 am, April 1st 2016 (UTC time) – roughly 9 hours from the time this post goes public.
The Grand Sextile dissolves as the Moon conjuncts Pluto, squaring Mercury-conjunct-Uranus. That activates the same dynamic we´ve been (intensely) feeling between 2012-2015, i.e. the Uranus-Pluto squares. It (in a nutshell) makes you question the legitimacy of authority and the legacy you leave behind in this world – supported by that radical break-through energy of Uranus as it propells the evolution of the Collective.
Old structures fall, as we prepare for new alignments to take their place.
Vesta, the Priestess or Sacred Facilitator, has been in the sign of Taurus since early March 2016. In this sign, she focuses upon finding her means of Service through the sensual, embodied, fleshy material realm. For some, it will be a call to renounce all these things, and for others, it will be a time to embody and celebrate them fully. Some will find that they´re doing both, in certain ways. Perhaps a letting go of conventional ideas of relating to the Earth and the material world, and a celebration of far older ways. There are many ways that can play out. In this article, I´m going to focus on the Earth-Gaia-aspect of it, with practical suggestions.
Unsurprisingly, the entry of Vesta into Taurus matches the time I spent in the UK on pilgrimage and strongly echoes the lessons I learnt and experiences I had there. Most of my time was spent in the countryside, far away from the cities. I felt the ancient heritage of the land and the ways its people have learnt to commune with that consciousness over time – and equally – how that relationship has been tampered with in more recent times.
At this time, those of us who work with the archetype of the Spiritual Facilitator, Earth-Worker, Priest/ess, etc. will be feeling this powerful call to serve Mother Earth. It is an excellent time to honor Her energy, presence and consciousness – and to acknowledge the harm that we, as a species, have done.
At times this comes through construction work and over-development that does not take into account the consciousness of the land it is built on. And at other times, this comes from intentional energetic tampering. You´d be surprised at how strongly that came through in the sites I visited whilst on pilgrimage. Be it through those seeking to tap into the energy hotspots to promote their personal growth (at the expense of others), or well-intentioned healers ending up amplying the damage that´s already been done.
Even in Glastonbury, of all places.
Since my last visit there to 2012, the vibration of that land has shifted (and not in a good way). More and more energy-workers and sensitives prefer to live away from the town center itself, or to avoid certain parts of it. It´s whispered between practitioners and those in the know, but really – it´s something that needs to be acknowledged.
And it´s certainly not an isolated incident. Consider the politics of control and the proposed commercialization of Stonhenge, an ancient ceremonial site!
Though .. coming back to the immediate present — Here´s a couple of ideas that you can use in your own celebration or dedication of Service to our Great Mother, Gaia.
Consider honoring the Earth in ways that celebrate her, allow her to ´remember´ her own beauty, fertility and vibrance.
Be it through ritual, focused intentions, prayers, gemstone grids – or simply a heartelt acknowledgement and the giving of thanks.
Sit under a tree, or on your favourite patch of soil and simply allow yourself to listen. Remember to unplug if things get too intense.
Working in groups is probably going to be more effective than doing it solo, for most. The land retains a lot of energy, and sometimes, when forced into an unnatural alignment, the pain and anxieties of the people who live on it (and its own consciousness). That´s too much for one person to handle.
It´s an excellent time to begin reaching out to others who can do this kind of work with integrity and knowledge. It´s quite a sophisticated skill-set … think of it as a long-forgotten form of energy technology. In other words – If doing energetic work on a specific piece of land, seek guidance from an experienced practitioner.
That being said, honoring the Earth with your love in a simple, direct way is something that you can do as an individual. A prayer of thanks, a prayer of love.
Plant seeds if you can, and with each seed – set an intention of love, or of giving back to the Great Mother. Of finding ways of coexistence that allow us to honor Her cycles, and our own needs.
For those of you who prefer gemstone tools, try working with natural smoky quartz, black tourmaline, hematite, pyrite or moss agate – or whatever truly calls. There´s plenty of options.
Now, this is just one part of Taurus´energy – others will be working through the same dynamic, and need to serve, through others aspects of material manifestation – exploring other channels of abundance. For some that will involve the tactile body, and for others the exchange of goods, items, services and currency.
Whatever medium you use, treat it with integrity, but remember to give back 🙂 And keep the cycles of love flowing.
Those who are facing blocks surrounding that side of things – especially as there is so much spiritual shaming that comes on the moment you talk about money, sex or the material realm – consider working with the Carnelian gemstone on the sacral chakra center.
For those dealing with very raw, tender wounds that inhibit the creative expression – and pleasure within – your body, try working with Thulite or Rhodocrosite. For those who need help holding their own space in the process, try Rhodonite. You can lay these on your body or wear them as jewellery.
Finally, be it through Earth-energy-working, or simply dealing with issues of self-worth/self-esteem – if you do feel you need a mantra that can clear your space and bring you back into the present – I´d reccomend this one. The Lion Goddess (Pratyangira Devi) meditation. Deeply energizing, loving and … absolutely protective. .. Much like the Earth herself <3.
I hope these suggestions are of use and benefit. It´s a wonderful time to expand our spiritual tools and practices to work directly with the Earth-plane and to acknowledge what has been done, but also, what can be done to restore balance in the most loving way possible. And to reach out to others who do the same.
The Universe sometimes teaches us things through the archetype of the Trickster. It´s when you experience or learn something through the act of misrepresentation or trickery, often seen as play. Coyote, for instance, is a Trickster God in the Native American tradition. That corresponds with Monkey in the Chinese tradition, or Anansi the Spider in the African tradition.
They´re not necessarily mean, just cheeky buggers who really make you learn by making you do something foolish. Wisdom comes when you realize the joke´s on you, and you see it as part of the Divine Dance – maybe you´ll have a laugh at yourself at the end of the day. Not my favourite archetype, but certainly a rewarding one (I´m a Tiger in the Chinese system, more of a serious type).
Thinking about it (and seeing the first Wikimedia Commons image that popped up – shared above), you can see Trickster energy as a different octave, or form of Chaos. Perhaps it´s Chaos (or Kaos) wearing a smiley-face mask. The Universal kick-up-the-bum or spanner-in-the-works tinkling with the jiggling of the bells on the jester´s hat. And it just makes you want to laugh, doesn´t it? (not the kind of laughter you see from Saturday night stand-up at the Apollo Theater, but the drier, existential kind).
But hey … giggling .. I mean, moving along…
Astrologically speaking, there´s a couple of candidates that might account for this Trickster vibe I´ve been seeing about:
One is the Sun preparing to leave Pisces, now at it´s 29th (final degree). We´re preparing for a new cycle (i.e. the Equinox) and clearing the psychic pipes in the meantime, before the Sun shifts into Aries. The kind of ´trickery´ one might see here doesn´t necessarily have to do with an external person, but the inner trickster-projector (quite related with some of the falliabilities of Pisces energy).. read on…
There´s quite a few bodies nearby the Sun adding emphasis the challenges and gifts of Pisces through various channels: Mercury, the Mis/Communicator – 25 Pisces; South Node & Chiron (that´s a biggie) – 21 Pisces ; Ceres (the Mother-Nurturer) – 19 Pisces.
The South Node conjunct Chiron really stresses the need to release from cycles of (perceived) woundedness, victimization and matryrdom. Through that, profound healing and access to psychic gifts is possible. Quite a lot of you will be working through past life cycles, karmic connections and generally – some pretty old stuff.
Mercury in Pisces raises the risks of verbal slippage, losing sight of the necessary details, or simply mis-communication (in general). Remember the inner trickster at play. The South Node-Chiron conjunction nearby adds a karmic weight to such exchanges. Think of them as greater gifts that allow you to clear energetic blockages.
Ceres in Pisces asks us to disconnect from over-attachments to the Mother archetype, particularly with the aspect of it that can be particularly smothering or controlling, especially through passive-aggressive methods. If you´re going to try to nurture yourself or others, be clear with your intent. Sometimes disconnection and detachment is the most compassionate thing you can do. Sometimes it´s prayer. But it really depends on your specific situation.
Watch out for seeing your own shadow as the bogeyman, mistranslations or perceptions of things that make you feel wounded, victimized or persecuted .. or just plain silly. Chances are it doesn´t really have to do with anyone else, or anything external to you. Be clear with your words as best as possible (remember the North Node in Virgo opposes Chiron), but there´s no need to cut others down. Try your best to make sure you´ve got the organizational details of things ironed out, practical matters sorted – for anything you´re working on at this time.
People will be what they choose to be and you cannot control another´s reaction to you. If you do see someone reacting strongly to something you say or do, which may be entirely innocent – bear in mind that they might be acting out some old pattern of wounding. Which does not mean you need to back down from your truth, it just means you understand the dynamic a little better.
Be clear, be honest, don´t beat about the bush. Say what you mean, mean what you say. But don´t expect others to see you in any particular way.
That´s generally good advice, but especially relevant for the present time.
At the end of the day,
The Trickster is at Play 😉
( Hey, that rhymed! 🙂 Hooray!
Lots of Crazy-Wisdom-Teachings today
Okay I´ll stop now …
Yay 😛 )
The Goddess weaves her Magic and Mystery through Love, Joy, Warmth and Play. But equally so through Sorrow, Grief, Abandonment and Pain.
I had a dream last night in which I was shown, once more, the multi-facetedness of Her Presence in The World. She is the moving, living, breathing force that moves through All. Seen and Unseen.
It was a powerful reminder of her Love. In the dream, she helped me find my strength to close the door to a powerful karmic current in my life I was ready to release. I saw her wear multiple faces, some of those who had hurt me, some of a Higher/Deeper Self, and many others.
It was a realization and a reminder to see the personal hurts and attachments we associate with our human life as part of her Sacred Dance. And to trust in that Dance, and our ability to evolve through it.
As we walk in Faith with the Goddess, we understand this complex tapestry She weaves with us, as co-weavers, or co-creators of Experience and Consciousness.
Be She Asherah. Kali. Diana. Hecate. Dhumavati. Ixchel. Pele. Brighid. Inanna. Sophia. Gaia. By these names, or any other name, or no name at all.
She is here with us now. And always has been. And always will be.
<3 <3 <3 I thank my dear sister Petah-Jane Auckland-Hall for giving me the space to figure out what all this meant for me, in my work and spiritual being. She is a lovely soul that I value and appreciate deeply in my life. She runs the page The Way of the Priestess .