Evolving and Understanding our Moon

The Moon is merely a reflection of the Sun’s light.  We cannot have the Moon without the Sun, the masculine without the feminine, or our past without our future.  The challenge is to unite our past and our future so we are living fully in the present moment.  The Moon, as all other planets, supports our purpose and guides us toward that purpose.

Sometimes, we may not be fully living in our Sun’s light; we are living and expressing ourselves predominately through another planet.  When this happens we are expressing the elements of that planet more than we are any other planet.   We, then, become misaligned or out of balance when we let one planet lead the way over all the others.  It happens to everyone but not everyone admits it.  No one is alone in this, please know this deep fact.  The grass is only greener on the other side because of our perception – not because the grass is actually greener.

The Moon is our past, our habits, our emotional patterns, our unconscious, our need to receive emotional security, our mother, our sense of belonging, our fears, how we instinctually react – and all of these elements hold us back from fulfilling our purpose and standing in the light of our Sun’s rays.

We all have baggage to varying degrees and, therefore, got shit to work on.  No big deal, right?

We want to begin to understand how we unconsciously operate so we start to embody the more helpful and healthful ways of expressing ourselves.  This starts with awareness of our unhelpful or maladaptive patterns and elements that hold us back and cause us unhappiness.  With that awareness, comes responsibility – and we look to our Saturn for that piece.

It’s much easier to blame someone else for our lot in life, isn’t it?  When we do blame, does that change our lot in life?  We still have shit to deal with so we better start dealing, right?

The ways that I have found helpful and would like to impart this knowledge to you is thus:

  1. Meditation – when you commit to a daily practice of meditation you become aware of your thoughts and thought patterns, your physical sensations and emotions
  2. Identify triggers –
    1. situations – what situations trigger ‘negative’ thoughts or emotions?
    2. thoughts – what thoughts are arising? What thought patterns do you notice?
    3. emotions – what are you feeling in response to these situational triggers and thoughts?

When we have an emotional response, we will notice that we start thinking about that or have some sort of judgment about that emotion.  These thoughts increase the intensity of the emotions.  So, our thoughts are a light switch that increases or decreases the amount of intensity of emotion.

3. Nutrition – the Moon is about how we get our nutritional and emotional needs met. So, when we are eating a balanced diet this supports a healthy functioning body and supports our emotions.  Correct nutrition balances our mood, excites the right chemicals and supports our emotional well-being.  When we are not eating well, we feel irritated, ungrounded, heavy, etc.   The key is eating a good portion of vegetables, protein, carbs, fruit and fats.

4. Intuition – we begin to access our intuition in deeper ways through meditation and eating a balanced diet. We all have intuition.   We all have a place in which we ‘hear’ the decisions we need to make in any situation.  We will feel it in our body.  It will not be our mind, yet our mind will interpret that response and, perhaps, talk us out of it. Focus on building intuition.

This is our Moon work.

Our intuition, balanced nutritional health, identifying and restructuring our thoughts and thought patterns, emotional triggers and emotions, and meditation support us as we move forward to fulfill our purpose: the glorious light of our Sun sign.

Full Moon Revelation

FULL MOON IN SAGITTARIUS – A Revelation OF EVENTS THAT LEAD US TO TRUTH AND WELL-BEING.

Let’s take a look at June 9th full Moon in Sagittarius and what it has in store for you.

The full moon’s light illuminates the night sky and metaphorically highlights a realization, Revelation or a goal that has come to fruition yet not fully complete.  The light of a full moon is like a beacon that guides us toward the finish line.

The full Moon is always opposite the Sun.  This opposition is a call toward balance in the areas these luminaries fall in your chart.  So, if the full Moon is located in the 8th house other people’s resources are highlighted.  This full Moon is also asking you how your personal resources (Sun in the 2nd house) are being used and balanced with other people’s resources.

The full Moon in Sagittarius is about emotional truth.  It’s about adding more focused and dynamic flexibility in how we express our emotional truth.

The full Moon is conjunct Saturn so this is an emotionally sobering aspect – where in our lives did we take risks that failed because we acted first before we found out the information?  We do this all the time when we buy a car, a home, sign-up for a student loan, (vote for a President)– and if we are pressured through the hard sell, we may succumb to signing on the dotted line before we know all the facts.  This is the balancing act we have with Sun in Gemini – exploring knowledge through examination of facts and ask pertinent questions about what we believe or what other people might be telling you.

When I look at the planets configuration, they are providing flexibility and action to support our truth.  We have Jupiter in Libra turning direct so we, hopefully, have been learning to expand our ideas of relationships and valuing differing ideas from our own without too much judgment.  Jupiter is making a harmonious aspect to this full Moon.  Jupiter rules Sagittarius so we could tend to emotionally exaggerate our stories to really drive home the point of our beliefs, our truths to convince others to believe us as well.

Mars has moved into Cancer and I call this the family warrior.  Mars the warrior and Cancer, home, family, personal security (and is ruler of the Moon) is asking us to set personal boundaries that cause us to feel safe, that protects our family.  We can also be rather ‘crabby’ here is as well when our needs are not met.

Venus is in Taurus, it’s natural home.  Sensual, earthy, artistic.  This is a self-care message and station identification break: get a massage or massage your loved one.  Spend time in nature, paint, sing, take a bath in essential oils – love yourself deeply.

So, the truth has been revealed or is continuing to reveal itself.  Are we going to fess up and start from scratch?  Or are we going to tell BS stories to keep our lies intact?

Tell the truth.  Question authority.  Do the research.  Examine the research. Set your boundaries in supportive, loving and gentle ways that respect you and others.

Above all, have fun and love yourself even more than ever.

 

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Full Moon in Libra April 11, 2017

Full Moon in Libra at 2:08 AM EST this morning and 11:08 PM PST.

We are already in our Full Moon mode – so let’s get to it!

The Full Moon is the culmination of events that you started at the New Moon in Aries.   As we reap the fruits of our labor we can celebrate and further that energy into the next week or two.

The Full Moon in Libra is about how we feel (moon) about relationships and love as well as about how we feel about ourselves in those relationships.  Libra is an air sign and full of ideas about how to communicate with other people.  Libra will add grace and harmony to that communication and may not come across so authentic to the brash and authentic Aries.

When we had the New Moon in Aries we were concerned with asserting ourselves and plowing passionately and courageously toward our desires!  We were hoping that others would follow us down that path.   The Sun in Aries continues to support the self-s need to express one’s identity and purpose AND the Moon in Libra is concerned about maintaining harmonious communication and emotional balance with another (spouse, friend, etc).

The energy that can Heal this opposition is to strike a balance between your needs and the other’s needs.  How to do this?

First, let’s look at the other players in the sky.

The Moon (our emotions, memory and past) is conjunct Jupiter (our ability to elevate ourselves toward good fortune and abundance).  Jupiter grows and expands the Moon’s emotions.   With fixed star Spica, we really do have the support to be successful in our endeavors.  Jupiter is retrograde.  Are we on an emotional high and believe this awesome feeling is where it’s at?  Sometimes, it’s best to ride out the emotional wave before we move forward with a decision.  You know, those one night stands can be incredible until you wake up in the morning and go ‘what the heck was I thinking?’  Well, thinking was the last thing on your mind — it was all this feel good emotion.  Wait.  Reflect.

The Sun is conjunct Uranus so something wild and unexpected could cross our path and change the way we feel about someone or something.  It could make us feel excited about where we are headed and yet cause tension with the Moon and Jupiter.   Uranus could awaken us to our purpose or a higher purpose – it could enlighten us to who we are and who will we be or would like to be in the future.

Exciting change is on the horizon!

Jupiter and Uranus are in a T-square with Pluto –  Where we feel the urge to expand and grow will be opposing where we have had a sudden jolt or awakened to who we are – and this will cause tension and frustration with Pluto – death/rebirth total transformation or power to make significant changes in our lives.  Is someone or something getting in the way of you going after your dreams or are you assuming that this other person or situation is holding you back?  This energy is frustrating for certain because the energy in the collective is that we want to move forward and be happy productive people living out our dreams but there is still something we have to look at.

The practical way to heal this is through assertive communication.    Assertive communication blends the assertive and authentic qualities of Aries with the grace, skill and harmony of Libra communication.

We don’t have to give up our values, our goals, or our reason for being on this plane of existence to achieve what we want or to express what we want.

With all this retrograde energy in the air it is time to slow down and become conscious of what we want, how we want to get there, the structures of our belief systems and if they no longer serve a purpose or function well, and how we can communicate this to others (and ourselves).

Retrograde energy is NOT something to fear or an excuse for not taking responsibility for the chaos that happens in our lives.  Do not hide under a table or isolate yourself!  Retrograde energy activates the shadow side of the planet and the sign that planet travels in.  When we go retrograde, we change direction – meaning that instead of unconsciously doing what we do – we slow down and go within.  We reflect.  When that retrograde goes direct, so do we.  We come out with a new awareness to implement in our lives that will improve the quality of our lives.

Mercury is retrograde in Taurus/Aries – Mercury is our mind and how we think and communicate.  During a retrograde we will download or receive messages (Hermes ruler of Mercury) related to Taurus and Aries areas of our life where we are stuck or operate in shadow elements.  If we aren’t paying attention, then the chaos of Mercury retrograde will certainly get our attention so we can get the message!

I think that this Mercury retrograde is asking us to review our values (Taurus) and lift those values to a higher awareness (exalted Aries).  Expect change in unexpected and exciting ways.  You might get exactly what you’ve always wanted.

My astrological prescription:

  1. Learn and practice assertive communication skills (https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/Assertiveness.htm, or DBT Skills Workbook https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/DBT-Skills-Workbook.pdf)
  2. Slow down. Take a walk in nature. Breathe deeply.
  3. Go within to reflect upon what is really important to you
  4. Make decisions that support and value who you are and where you want to go in life

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New Moon in Aries – March 27th

We have a new Moon in Aries and this energy embodies the courage to start something new.  There is a tremendous amount of growth potential in this springtime energy.  The emphasis on moving forward and making something happen is related to the Mars energy — as Mars rules Aries.

Aries has dynamic energy that has a momentum towards more freedom and independence and therefore, more focused on the self. Aries rules the head, acts first and asks questions later.

Mars in Taurus is saying ‘slow and steady wins the race’.  Taurus is a fixed earth sign.  Earth is slow and steady and more receptive and reflective.  Aries cardinal fire energy is fast and dynamic.  Mars is calling out to the new Moon to  consolidate this dynamic energy to build something that will last.  If we want it to last we can’t squander the energy.

Mars is in a sextile with Neptune in Pisces.  We are blending the spiritual (Pisces) with the physical (Taurus) – we first listen to our intuition or our connection to our higher self, god, the divine, whatever you want to call it,  before we take action to manifest it on the physical plane.

With Mars in trine to Pluto in Capricorn, another feminine earth sign, we have the support to make our plans manifest on the physical plane.

As the New Moon always conjuncts the Sun, what we cultivate should help us grow in self-confidence and support our life goals.

Mercury is also in Aries.  Mercury in this placement does not give a hoot about what other people think.  Mercury is conjunct Uranus so this adds an unconventional and brilliant flash of insight to our thinking.  Where would you dare to be courageous enough to say what you think without caring what others think of you?

New Moon is also conjunct with Venus retrograde.  At some point, we have to regenerate and give back to ourselves what we put out into the world.  If we run on empty, we have nothing to give.   Venus is what we attract; it’s our values and sense of self-worth.  If our values and sense of self worth is not very healthy we will attract unhealthy people and situations.  We must start to focus on loving ourselves more so that we have healthier interactions with other people.

There is challenging energy between Jupiter and Pluto with Mercury and Uranus.  We want so much to break free of the past shackles that bind us and to do so, we must be brave enough to do something different this time.

Who dares to go after their dreams and make those dreams into manifest reality?  It could be you!

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Full Moon in Virgo Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 10:52 AM EST, 7:52 AM PST

The full Moon will be in Virgo and illuminating our health, daily routines and the work environment.  The daily home routines we encounter such as taking the trash out, cleaning the toilets and scrubbing the scum from the tiles in our shower or dusting behind the fridge, feel like a burden.  Even so, there are routine tasks of care in all aspects of our life.  At work, it may be the details in our paperwork, phone calls, filling out our time cards, driving through traffic – and then our self-care like eating healthy and taking frequent breaks or that massage you’ve been putting off.

Okay, not everyone can afford a massage – even so —  you have two hands and can do it yourself.  You don’t want to because it’s too taxing.  So, instead, you turn on the tele or eat your favorite ice cream.  Habits and comfort zone keeps us stagnant and not too fulfilled in the long-term.

Virgo can be prone to critical rumination when it is faced with doing something it doesn’t like or want to do. These critical mental Pattern cause us to make less healthy choices.

When the New Moon was in Pisces two weeks ago we weren’t thinking about spring cleaning or making healthier food choices.   We didn’t mind going out for a drink with our friends, dancing into the wee hours of the morning – or doing yoga, meditation or reading poetry to our loved ones.

Any mundane activity pales in comparison to a yoga session or clubbing with our friends.  Yet, these mundane activities are what keep our homes clean, us free of illness, and our minds less cluttered.

With the moon feeling tense vibes from Saturn we find these mundane routines stifling.  We might even hear the distant voice of our mother telling us to clean our room or make the bed – even worse – wash the dishes.

The moon is challenged by Mercury and the Sun.  Our mind wants to forge ahead and overlook the minute details and our deepest internal needs.   Chiron conjunct this Mercury/Sun configuration – we feel we can’t go out with our friends because we have homework to do.

The excitement of Uranus dashing our plans or taking us away from our plans is another sign that we just can’t find any peace in our lives or get shit done.  Or can you?

What is the resolution?

We have Pluto trine the Moon which provides emotional power to deepen our commitments to ourselves.

If we focus on the perceived drudgery as a spiritual task we can move our New Moon wish toward completion.  We can be spiritual, clean our toilets and have fun while we do it.

Let’s face it, don’t you feel better with a clean house, a clear mind and a cleaner body?

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what are you stuck having to do that you don’t want to do?  How can you turn that into a spiritual practice?

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Pisces

I had my first ‘mystical’ experience in 1997 on the border of Mexico and California.   I was living in Los Angeles and attending film school.  I had this dream of becoming a filmmaker and photographer and had just finished the filming of my student film.  I decided to treat myself to a spa weekend at Deepak Chopra institute just outside San Diego.

At the time, I dabbled in various spiritual and occult practices without much commitment.  That was March of 1997 and for the next two years, I had a variety of mystical experiences in my waking and dream life that led me to leave the film industry and attend massage school and study energy healing.    The Pisces Solar Eclipse of 1997 was in my 8th house of other people’s resources, the invisible/spirit world, and intimacy.

In the last 20 years, I’ve traversed a very eclectic path that led me to a disillusionment with all that was spiritual — and I banished the spiritual world from my life to live a ‘regular life’.  It has become clear to me with this upcoming New Moon Solar Eclipse in Pisces at 8 degrees, again in my 8th house – I can’t run away from this calling any longer – however, with a more practical and much wiser (is that a word?) understanding –

As the moon will be casting a shadow on the earth as it is blocking the Sun’s light, we are called to let the mystical side of Pisces in.  It’s like a moon on steroids because it is receiving an immense amount of light from the Sun – yet the Earth only receives a small portion of that light.

Let go of the burdensome thoughts and emotions you have – do not identify with them as a part of you – Neptune will conjunct this New Moon configuration – encouraging the letting go process – the mystical experience that could come if we let go – be careful not to get too carried away in fantasy and delusion or old co-dependent or drug addicted behaviors – the South Node will conjunct this configuration as well as Mercury– it is time to PURGE the old – let it go so we can let the beginning of something new enter our lives.

Uranus and Mars joining forces in Aries – watch out!  The impulse to change can be so intense that you move forward before you have resolved any of those old issues – you could be highly triggered to explode

Pluto is going to be a player here as well – in Capricorn – we are breaking down old structures – and whatever Pluto demands must be done – it will happen no matter what – with Jupiter in the mix here – there are some big changes coming.  Will you be ready for it?

Regardless of what happens out in the world or within you – do something Piscean related—get in touch with your intuition — soak in a hot bath, listen to your favorite music, do something for someone else, meditate, do yoga – it helps the purge feel less intense — it’s the birth of a new you — get in tune with your vibes, Baby

Thank you for reading — I’d love to hear from you — I’m curious to know what you are ready to let go of.  Leave a comment and let me know.  You might inspire or motivate someone by sharing something!

Are you feeling stuck? — READ THIS

I’m not ready yet, I’m not ready yet, I’m not ready yet – has this been your mantra?  No, I can’t quite take a chance, move forward, do something different – walk across the tightrope with eyes closed and hope for the best — don’t do that to yourself!

If you aren’t ready to move forward – then don’t take on projects or tasks that you aren’t fully equipped to handle.  Why?  Because that is where you are at and there is everything right with being exactly where you are at.

Do not fake it till you make it no matter how often people tell you it has given them more confidence to pursue and push through seeming obstacles (your own lack of readiness?).  Fake it til you make it is really bad advice.  It implies that you should not be authentic and it implies that you should not embrace the present moment.  It means to embrace a feeling that is not you right now.

In the law of attraction they say to embody how you would feel, think and act if you had whatever it is you are wanting to create or attract.  To do this, you have to (yes, I just said ‘have to’ ugh) embrace or shall we say, get down and dirty, with what you feel (and think) right now.  Once you do that and peel that thorny thorn out – you are a bit closer to your light of authentic being.  Trust me – it works.  However, you have to want to do it.  It’s not a walk in the park — that comes after you do the work!

You will know if you are holding yourself back out of fear or if you truly don’t have it all together right now to make a move.  That is okay.

The energy of Mars wants to take action – not all Mars placements are adept at taking action in the way Mars intends – and that is the flip side of Mars – impulsive—so if you take impulsive action you will see how the result lands (Saturn) and the lesson (Jupiter) you take from that action.

For example, if your Mars is in an air sign – you probably have said this mantra ‘I’m not ready yet’ many times especially if Mars is in Libra – you hold back.  Mars in an air sign is about taking action on ideas – so our ideas come from a mental place and our action comes from behavior – so it takes time before an idea becomes manifested within the body to take action – so it’s okay to wait.  It is okay.

Now, we want to wait before we take action because we need to visualize what we want.  We aren’t aimlessly waiting for something outside of us to tell us what we want — we decide all on our very own!  How cool!

We need to dream a little bit about what we want to create for ourselves.  It is that ‘law of attraction’ puzzle piece that assists us in manifesting what would truly nurture our soul’s purpose.

Visualize responsibly– sounds boring, eh?

When I say visualize responsibly what I mean is visualize consciously.  I’ll give you an example of visualizing unconsciously –  an acquaintance of mine really wanted to make a million dollars a year.  For him, this would be the pinnacle of success that would draw to him a hot chick and a mansion with a white picket fence.  He actively and impulsively took action on these dreams – guess what?  His idea to make a million dollars was based on a design he created (faulty because he had no clue what he was really designing) – he wanted a million dollars and he constantly received mail from reader’s digest and publisher’s clearing house to enter a contest to win a million dollars — a few people supported him in his design but refused to invest — so after a few years he was exhausted and bitter because he had not made over $25,000 in a year.  The hot chick who believed in his dreams had a personality disorder and ruined his life.

Where it is you dream and visualize what you want would be an interaction with Neptune and the Sun – Neptune can take you on a wild adventure through foggy swamp lands and into confusion or it take you on a spiritual journey into the unknown in which you gain your spiritual wings.

So, please – visualize responsibly, consciously and in specific detail.  Make it big, make it Juicy

The best place to visualize what you want is by being fully present.  You create what you want or don’t want in this moment – not in the past or in the future – right here, right now.   In this moment take a listen to your thoughts – what is going through your mind right now?  That will be your clue about what you are creating – and if you don’t like what you are attracting to you – then identifying your thoughts will be really helpful to you.  You will start to see a pattern if you watch long enough.

The more awareness you bring to these thoughts, the easier it will be to consciously create – you can totally reframe any thought that comes through your mind – you can let go of any core belief that causes you to make unhelpful choices.

This life is up to you – make it a good one.

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