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New Moon in Leo July 23; Sun-Mars Synodic Cycle & the Divine Masculine

New Moon in Leo July 23; Sun-Mars Synodic Cycle & the Divine Masculine

New Moon in Leo July 23

Sun-Mars Synodic Cycle & the Divine Masculine

 

The New Moon on July 23 in the 1st degree of Leo is the start of a very significant lunation as it will be followed by a second New Moon in the same sign that also happens to be a Solar Total Eclipse (August 21/22)!  It is not surprising that the next 2 months could be the most dynamic period of the entire year. In essence, Leo energy is about the passion of the heart, the outpouring of our personal truth, our generosity and innate wisdom. Leo as an archetype represents our desire to shine as  brightly as the Sun and follow our own daemon. Therefore, this ‘double’ Leo period offers a fantastic opportunity for re-connecting with our own essential being and exploring what is truly important to us.

Mars has just entered Leo and is journeying in close proximity with the Sun and the Lunar North Node for the next few weeks. Mars will remain in Leo until September 6.  Aligned with the New Moon, the red planet sends us a powerful message: to connect with the  ‘Divine Masculine’, our inner warrior &  protector of others, the source of our spiritual strength, motivated to courageously take a stand for what feels true and just. As an archetype, Mars represents our will, our instinctual self, the power to take action and charge ahead. Nevertheless, a  Mars in a fire sign is more inclined to be competitive or warlike, not afraid to take on a fight and when in danger – perceived or real-  he attacks or threatens, similar to a wounded big cat. The shadow side of Mars in Leo is the bully and self-centred tyrant who wants to dominate others. In many ways, the ‘Divine Masculine’ has not yet reached its full potential and more often than not seems to be mistaken for  patriarchal, ego based controlling energy that we call man/male. Therefore, it is essential during this New Moon to remain discerning and observe our own impulses. Nevertheless, Leo is the sign of the heart, the place where our innate intelligence and wisdom lives. This New Moon invites us to go inside and contact our ’Inner Child’ as our source of creativity, playfulness and happiness.

 

The New Moon forms a square with Uranus  and a trine with Chiron indicating the healing which is possible if we dare to be true to our heart and make choices accordingly. July 26 could be a day for great revelations, when transiting communication planet Mercury makes an exact trine to Uranus. On July 27 we experience an exact conjunction between Mars and the Sun, and the start of their 2- year synodic cycle ending September 1, 2019. These two fiery planets combined in charismatic Leo request from us clarity of action and the need to take leadership according to the house in our natal chart in which the conjunction falls. The house will indicate the fields of experience in which we most likely feel some confusion how to apply and direct our energy. We have felt already that the old ways are not working anymore and that some changes and adjustments have to be made, especially if we have acted too self-centred, childish or controlling in this particular area. Old patterns that do not align with the heart vibration of love/wisdom can be challenged by awakening the ’inner warrior’  who embodies the qualities of directed and focused energy, sets boundaries and limits, and handles the outer and inner world with skilfulness and determination. After all, Mars is exalted in Capricorn!

“The wisdom of the heart is really…the connection to your authentic power, to that source of realness and genuineness that you have inside where we can experience the heart of humanity and to help co-create an era of ever-expanding heart connection and intelligence”. Howard Martin from HearthMath

Winter Solstice, 21 June 2017

Winter Solstice, 21 June 2017

Winter Solstice and Return of the Light

 

Solstices are turning points where we honour the cycles and the seasons that remind us of the ever-changing flow of life that we are a part of. During June 21, we welcome the winter on the Southern hemisphere while we experience the longest night and shortest day. The Winter Solstice is also the celebration of the return of the light. Leading up to it we spend an increasingly longer time in the darkness. On the Solstice itself, we reach the pivot point and moment of change. This is traditionally a time to celebrate the Sun, but let’s also celebrate the Sun’s shadow, the Darkness. We enter a new cycle, we cross over a threshold.

Magic happens in the dark. In myth, the hero/heroine journeys to a place of death, darkness and rebirth. The myth of Demeter and her daughter Persephone comes to mind. In ancient Greece, Demeter (Latin = Ceres) was worshipped as the Great Mother, Goddess of agriculture and fertility. One day Persephone was abducted by Hades/Pluto, Lord of the Underworld. Demeter was distraught and went on a long search to find her daughter. While she was grieving over her loss, nature dried up and become a wasteland. Persephone was eventually returned and her mother rejoiced; seeds sprouted again and flowers bloomed; crops once again filled the fields.  The myth describes the birth of the yearly round with its seasons as well as the cycles of life. In ancient Greece, the ‘Eleusinian Mysteries’ developed as a form of initiation and celebration to honour Demeter as the Goddess of fertility and Guide to the afterlife. The basis of these mysteries was an old agrarian cult which included a cycle with three phases, the “descent” (loss = autumn), the “search” (winter) and the “ascent” (spring, summer). The main theme was the “ascent” of Persephone and the reunion with her mother. The rites, ceremonies, and beliefs were kept secret and consistently preserved from antiquity. For the initiated, the rebirth of Persephone symbolised the eternity of life which flows from generation to generation. In this sense, the Winter Solstice suggests a moment of pause, a period of time-out for finding the truth in the dark, for contemplation and emptying out, so that we are getting the rest and power to return renewed.

Examining the Winter Solstice chart, the Ingress of the Sun into Cancer, we find Mars and the Sun in emotional and family oriented Cancer and the Moon in earthy, comfort loving Taurus, its sign of exaltation.  The Taurus Moon is conjunct Venus, the goddess of beauty and pleasure who has her astrological home in Taurus.  Both carry the frequency of the Divine Feminine and are in an exact trine to Pluto, Lord of the Underworld. This is a lovely invitation to pause, enjoy the stillness of the moment, regenerate and restore our spiritual and physical energies. Neptune is square the Black Moon Lilith, suggesting that we find healing through facing the shadow, embracing the darkness and listening to our intuition. Ceres/Demeter is opposite Saturn (exact June 26), indicating that we need to take responsibility for our own happiness and well-being. The Cancer New Moon follows on June 24. Mars and Mercury are also present in Cancer, supporting an atmosphere of caring and sharing for and with those who are close to our hearts. Mars in Cancer squares Jupiter in Libra (exact June 25), and forms a trine with the transpersonal planet Neptune in Pisces (exact 26). The entire period around the Winter Solstice is a time of great cleansing and return to Unity Consciousness. Let’s set our intention now and speak our vision for the planet and welcome this new cycle!

The Full Moon in Sagittarius on June 9 and the Climate Change Debate

The Full Moon in Sagittarius on June 9 and the Climate Change Debate

The Full Moon in Sagittarius on June 9 and
the Climate Change Debate

The Full Moon in Sagittarius  is opposite a Sun/Ceres conjunction in Gemini. Ceres (Greek = Demeter) is the largest of the four major asteroids. She was the Goddess of agriculture and harvest symbolising the cultivated, fertile soil that fed and provided for all life. In ancient Greek, she was worshipped as the Great Mother. Her daughter was Persephone who one day was abducted by Hades/Pluto, Lord of the Underworld. When Ceres grieved over her loss, nature dried up and become a wasteland. Persephone was eventually returned and her mother rejoiced; seeds sprouted, flowers bloomed, and crops once again filled the fields.  The myth describes the birth of the yearly round with its four seasons and the cycles of life. When Ceres is prominent in a natal chart, the parent-child relationship is often a central theme. However, Ceres is the goddess who has control over nature’s resources and cycles, and has entered our collective consciousness as the need to take care of the Earth. In this sense, Ceres is an important significator for the current theme of climate change.

Ceres features powerfully in the current Full Moon chart, highlighting issues concerned with the nurturing and protection of our environment. Sun, Ceres, Moon, Saturn & Black Moon Lilith form a T-square with transpersonal planet Neptune, indicating the collective character of the issue and the need for a vision that takes us beyond personal boundaries and limitations (Sun/Ceres opposite Saturn). The Gemini/Sagittarius axis indicates the need for communication and exchange of ideas (Gemini) that includes the global community (Sagittarius). Ceres and the Sun in Gemini form a supportive trine with Jupiter in Libra. It is all about agreements and working together on a common vision. Jupiter stations direct on the day, indicating that we are ready for finding new ways for addressing important problems that have been on hold for the last 4 months.

Neptune in Pisces is the focal point of the above-mentioned T-square. Neptune is the archetype of creative inspiration, ruling the world of images, symbolic of our ability to visualize and dream big; on the negative, its influence can make us unfocused and evasive. Astrologically speaking, the point of resolution for the stressful energies of the T-square are to be found in the sign opposite to Neptune in Pisces, which is Virgo; Virgo teaches us to be practical and applied. Virgo is the zodiac sign associated with the process of discernment and sorting out, of reorientation and transition from personal needs to universal objectives through service, sacrifice and purification. How are we going about cleaning up the mess that we have created and still are creating? What is the next step and what can each of us do for the Earth and the environment? What do we need to sacrifice to make the transition into a sustainable future work?

The energies of this Full Moon are emphasising the need for everybody to take a stand. Donald Trump’s decision of leaving the ‘Paris climate agreement’ forces the global community to become more serious about the pressing issues of pollution and climate change. It has caused widespread protest. Interestingly, the Black Moon Lilith and Saturn are on the midpoint of the Full Moon, giving us a deeper understanding of the unconscious energies and motivation affecting the lunar field. Saturn represents our current consensus with its existing limiting beliefs and structures, but also our personal commitment to take responsibility for our own truth (Saturn in Sagittarius);  the Black Moon stands for what is hidden and denied. The Black Moon in Sagittarius (until November 9) relates to the wisdom of the Earth and the preservation of the wild and natural. So many people are aware that we have reached the point in our collective evolution, where we must put the Earth first. The Black Moon Lilith, when triggered, gives us the courage to do the things and make the changes that we always wanted to do. The question is, where do we go from here?

A quick glance at the ‘Paris climate agreement’ chart from 12 December 2015 reveals a close energetic connection between its Sun in Sag, Trump’s natal Moon/South Node conjunction and the current Full Moon. Born during a Lunar Eclipse, he appeals to a certain section of the American population who wants to turn the clock back to the ‘good old days of white male supremacy’; he successfully channels their negative sentiments and opinions.  Trump’s eclipsed Moon is opposed to his natal Sun/Uranus conjunction revealing his very unpredictable temperament. He makes decisions that are fuelled by his own xenophobic compulsions (South Node in Sag), but at the same time he stirs up a lot of reactions all over the planet. In this sense, he really is a Uranian character, even though his attitudes are trapped in the past (Moon conjunct South Node). He creates a lot of chaos, confusion and conflict, which then again seems to have a motivating effect on others who feel urged to take a stand and reinforce their own agenda for the better or the worse. Interestingly, the natal dwarf planet Eris, goddess of discord, strife & intrigue in Greek mythology, is in an exact square to his natal Mercury and opposite his natal Neptune, while the transiting Eris activates his natal Sun/Moon opposition. He truly is a ‘provocateur’, someone who agitates, provokes trouble and causes dissension.

 

Tina Mews

The New Moon in Gemini and the Wisdom of Imperfection

The New Moon in Gemini and the Wisdom of Imperfection

 

The New Moon in Gemini on May 26  coincides with an opposition between Mars in Gemini and Saturn in Sagittarius, exact on May 29. The stressful encounter between these two very different planetary energies could be described as a symbolic meeting between the mythical “Puer” and the “Senex”. The Senex (Latin = old man) and the Puer (Latin = boy/youth) are archetypal images that describe our controversial human needs for safety as well as freedom.  (In Jungian psychology archetypes are universal patterns and images deriving from the collective unconscious and function as primary modes of apprehending lived experience.) The Puer archetype symbolises our power of imagination, our spiritual urge and romantic longing, the potential for growth and hope for the future. On the negative, it is expressed in the adolescent psychology of the adult who has difficulties to commit, make choices and decisions, who does not want to be pinned down by relationships, jobs etc. The Senex is the counterpart of the Puer and symbolises our need for stability, security and grounding in matter. The Senex signifies the law which we must life by, the limiting rules and regulations, morality, the old and the past. On the negative, the Senex is the strict old man who rejects the child and its play (Puer); the critical father image, and the image of the punishing god. On the positive, the Senex symbolises wisdom; he is the guru, the teacher; the one who can make sound judgements; the hermit and the guide.

During this New Moon in Gemini, Mars in Gemini represents the Puer’s forever young creative spirit of endless possibilities. Saturn in Sagittarius represents the Senex and his attempt to block the youthful ideas that appear to be too immature, unconventional or in conflict with existing forms and morals. Like with every opposition, the two sides of the scales must be brought into a healthy resolution. If the Puer side (Mars in Gemini) is overburdened with Saturn restrictions, hard work and limiting beliefs (Saturn in Sagittarius), our creativity, our willingness to take risks suffers, which in turn is essential for progress and the furthering of evolution. Besides, a restricted Mars gets either depressed or is prone to accidents.  On the other hand, if the Senex is overpowered by the Puer, nothing ever will materialise from the world of ideas into the realm of matter. He is the lord of manifestation and Senex/Saturn’s endurance and expertise is required for any new creative idea to materialise.

Our current reality is coloured by this pull in two opposing directions: Saturn’s demand for the preservation of old values and forms versus the call of Mars for adventure and unrestrained freedom. In order to resolve this conflict, we must move beyond old dogmas while simultaneously taking responsibility and living in integrity with inner principles and values. Both sides of the equation must be sorted out and adjusted. If the Puer is too entrapped, we lose our joy for life, our creativity and spirit. If the Senex is in shadow and we run with the ‘rebellious child’, we are unable to manifest our heart’s desires and our creativity remains impotent. Communication (Gemini) is key; let’s therefore share our thoughts, and be willing to listen with our heart as well as our head. What’s blocking our progress might be unspoken assumptions (Saturn) or unrealistic expectations (Mars). To become clearer about the deeper issues involved, we might have to go back to the starting point of this Mars/Saturn cycle on August 24, 2016. The current opposition is a test for whatever was initiated then.

Mars is also activating the ongoing square between Saturn and Chiron, marking a transition time in awareness and a preparation for a new phase in life.  Chiron/Saturn correlates with our current global crisis in consciousness, a collectively experienced loss of meaning (Chiron), combined with a deepening mistrust in existing authorities and structures of control (Saturn) that are not working any more.  We need to accept that there are elements in our current reality, which we cannot change, regulate or manipulate. Nevertheless, Chiron/Saturn includes the promise of discovering a completely new path of healing and reconciliation once we can accept and honour our vulnerability not as a sign of imperfection and failure in the design, but as a source of wisdom and spiritual guidance (Chiron in Pisces).

 

Taurus New Moon April 26, 2017

Taurus New Moon April 26, 2017

The New Moon in Taurus carries some much-needed down-to-earth energy after the last weeks under the influence of the fiery Aries archetype, known for its impulsiveness and inclination to strike first and think later. Mercury is still retrograde until May 3, and in Aries, conjunct Uranus and trine Saturn, laying the ground for innovative ideas that can be worked into matter once the messenger planet enters Taurus on May 17. The fundamental aim of Taurus is to stabilise and create security based on that which is familiar.  Taureans love tangible, practical things, enjoy the goodness of life, and their sensuality draws them deeper into the Earth –and the body. Often, they are skilled body workers. Let’s not forget that the body is our subconscious mind and can store information at the cellular level that is not readily available to the conscious mind. For Taurus Moon the body is a great tool for accessing emotional memory.

New Moons are the time for setting our intentions for the next four weeks. This month’s list has to include special time set aside for pampering, such as a relaxing massage, a lovely facial, something enjoyable that nurtures body and soul. The Taurus New Moon reminds us to be kind to ourselves!

Taurus is the sign of fertility and relates to the archetype of the Earth Mother who is in tune with the cycles of the year and the growing of food.  The Ancient Egyptians venerated the Goddess Hathor as the cow goddess who stood symbolic for the horns of plenty. At the end of the Bronze Age humanity shifted from nature religion to more ‘sophisticated’ theological systems, and finally to the worship of the Sun god. This gradually led to the belief that the natural world is soulless and consequently open for exploitation. Spirit was projected onto a distant deity causing a split between body and soul. Our bodies alongside with the material world were regarded as devoid of soul, finally leading to the state of affair as we have them now.

In Astrology, Chiron is symbolic for this split between earthly realities and spiritual potential. Since Chiron has been discovered in 1977, many of us have been on the journey of reclaiming the parts of our soul that are wounded, split off & lost. It is Chiron who urges us to become whole again through remembrance, acceptance and re-integration. In Pisces during 2011- 2018, Chiron opens our hearts & intuition towards wholeness; he teaches us compassion with those who suffer, including Mother Earth & and all her creatures.

We will explore this fascinating archetype more closely during this Saturday’s workshop in Mullumbimby, April 29, 10 am at the Living Yoga Sanga Center.

For more info or bookings: call 0457 903 957

Blessings,

Tina

The Full Moon in Libra opposite the Aries Sun and ‘the golden apple of discord’

The Full Moon in Libra opposite the Aries Sun and ‘the golden apple of discord’

The Full Moon in Libra opposite the Aries Sun on April 11 highlights the relationship between oneself and others, independence and co-operation, masculine and feminine energies. This might be a time of excitement and increased activity as the Sun is in transit to conjoin the rebel planet Uranus on April 13. However, with Mercury, Venus and Saturn retrograde and Venus in square to Saturn, it is a good idea to think things through before acting and to avoid decision making on impulse. When Uranus is involved we can expect sudden surprises. On the other hand, we can use the energy consciously for doing something out-of the-ordinary and stimulating.

Uranus is conjunct the dwarf planet ERIS. She is the goddess of strife,discord, and intrigue in Greek mythology. Eris threw ‘the golden apple of discord’ into the assembly of the gods and goddesses inscribed with “To the fairest.” Three different parties (in this case goddesses) laid claim to it and in their rivalry brought about the events leading up to the Trojan War. Interestingly, when the planet Eris was discovered in 2005, it upset the world of astronomy and forced a re-think of how astronomers define a planet leading to the invention of the category of ‘dwarf planet’ which now includes Pluto and Ceres and Eris. Eris’mythological themes are therefore related to battle, strife and competition. On the positive, Eris seems to be a force for evolutionary movement, an agent of change. Nevertheless,there is impatience with this symbol, a sense of being driven to do something which may or may not prove to be clever or useful.

Staying with the events of the moment, the question is what the war in Syria really is about. The “golden apple” can be symbolic for the the unrestrained desire of the US and involved parties to get to the country’s resources (oil), all means permitted, including the gassing of innocent children? There is a lack of serious investigation concerning the latest attack of chemical warfare in Syria. Uranus & Eris conjunct are a fitting symbol for a preemptive strike by a very aggressive, narcissistic, ill-advised and impatient President who picked up the apple!