Spring Equinox 2019

I celebrate the new year at the Spring Equinox. The Sun moves from Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac, to Aries, the first sign. A new year begins. Here in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Mother Earth is awakening from her winter’s rest. Aries is associated with new beginnings and the creation of our individual selves through going out in the world on new adventures and facing new challenges. Sort of like the trees budding out and spring perennials reaching to the Sun for a new season of growth. Every place I look the world is brimming with life renewed. It is truly an energizing, magical time. Ask yourself what changes do you need or want to make? What is no longer in your highest good? Let go, let go, let go! Its time to bloom.

This year we have a Super Full Moon in Libra/Aries within hours of the Sun moving into Aries at the Equinox on March 20, 2019.  The last time this happened was in 2000 and the next time will be 2030. So, a special energy to help us awaken and evolve. The Aries energy discussed above is in dynamic balance with Libra energy. Libra teaches us that each relationship in our lives is a mirror, reflecting evolving parts of ourselves back to us helping us become more aware and whole. This Full Moon reminds us love is a state of being, a balance of mind and heart, masculine and feminine, outer and inner. The more we integrate and balance all aspects of ourselves, the more peace, love and beauty we experience and bring to the world.

Chiron in Aries is close to the Sun, reminding us healing happens when we face our deepest fears, let go of old beliefs that no longer serve us and discover who we all really are – Stardust! – Children of the Universe!

I really like the following quote by Anais Nin. It’s exactly on point to this Solstice/Full Moon/Chiron energy.

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.

“Living never wore one out so much as the effort not to live.”

Here’s to life!

Love and Peace.

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Astrology and the Seasons – Spring

The spring equinox when the Sun moves into the sign Aries is a few days away although it feels like spring is already here today. A warm, sunny day. The birds are singing, and early spring plants are blooming here in the mountains. A beautiful day!

Did you know  the zodiac is the foundation of our current calendar? Many people don’t realize  the first day of spring each year is determined by the exact time the Sun moves into the tropical sign Aries.  Remember signs are different from constellations.

It’s from the seasonal changes created by the Sun’s movement through the tropical zodiac that early observers of the heavens began to note not only agricultural changes, but also unique human characteristics of people born at different times throughout the year.

Basically, the signs of the zodiac represent personal attitudes and needs which are symbolized by the seasons of our year. The positions or locations of the signs in the birth chart (houses) determine the areas of life where these attitudes and needs are experienced and expressed.

It is interesting to view the signs from a “seasonal” perspective to see how we live out or demonstrate the purpose of each season in some special area of our lives. This post is about Spring. I’ll put up other seasonal posts as the year unfolds.

Spring – Aries/Taurus/Gemini

From a seasonal perspective, the beginning of spring marks a period of new birth. Animals come out of hibernation; mating season begins. Seeds are planted for future crops. The world takes on a new lightness after its winter rest. Similarly, the house cusp on which you find the sign Aries in your chart shows an area of your life where you are meant to be a trailblazer.

Wherever Aries falls in your own chart and life is where you will find your job is that of the initiator, the pioneer, and the originator. While not always having a clear vision of what the future holds in this area of your life (house), life challenges you to move toward it with courage and zeal. Instincts play a strong role in your search for selfhood.

From Aries, the Sun moves into Taurus where the energy of spring is concentrated. Seeds begin to take root. Conception is taking place in the animal world. The results of what Aries created are soon to be seen. Spring is at its midpoint and both humanity and nature are concerned with what will manifest from the activities initiated during the first thirty days of the season. The house of Taurus in your birth chart describes the area of your life where you need to display this concern for getting results in various ways. You are vitally connected to the material world and the physical pleasures life offers. You need to be acutely aware of the value and the wonders of life’s tangible offerings when meeting the experiences ruled by this house. The sensuality of the season is at its peak, as seen in the delight you take in using your five senses to the fullest.

The third phase of spring begins when the Sun moves into Gemini. Survival at this point depends on nature’s capacity to adjust to environmental influences and changes. Spring is about to merge with summer and nature adapts to the transition. Likewise, wherever you have Gemini in your horoscope shows where you have a natural ability to adapt to what surrounds you, to think about possibilities, to disseminate your ideas and communicate with others. As nature begins to synthesize all that has taken place since the first day of spring, you also demonstrate a desire to learn about synthesis and “relatedness”.

Living in tune with seasonal changes was a basic part of life for our ancestors. They ate what was in season in their area of the world and lived in accord with the flow of nature. Maybe we would benefit from remembering and living this way again?

Peace and Love.

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Mercury Retrograde

Its that time of year again – Mercury retrograde. A time when my logical, thinking mind might be a little off line or foggy. And, this particular retrograde is in Pisces and close to the planet Neptune which all by himself can fog up our thoughts. So, a double dose of not seeing clearly. It’s a great time to practice relying on your intuition – Neptune’s energy.   What feels right?

In any retrograde period, it’s a good idea to check and double check facts, travel arrangement, contracts – anything where accuracy and precision are needed. Communication can be almost comical. “I know you think you understood what I said – but what you don’t know is that I didn’t say what I mean!”  That just about sums it up.

It’s also a good idea to just go at life a little slower. Remember – tune in, what feels right? Since Neptune is involved you may feel confused or think you are losing it. You’re not!

Here are the dates: The planet Mercury goes retrograde here in the eastern part of the United States on March 5, 2019 at 29 degrees Pisces. It will go direct on March 28 at 16 degrees Pisces and will enter Aries and be out of its shadow on April 17, 2019.   The New Moon in Pisces and Neptune in Pisces will influence this retrograde period.

Love and Peace

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The Planet Neptune

I’m having one of those dreamy, foggy days – happy to stare out at the mountain range, let my mind drift and my intuition and creativity come out to play. The energy represented by the planet Neptune is front and center for me today for sure.

Neptune represents water, imagination, creativity, music, movies, dreams and illusions. Also, spirituality (not religion, that’s Jupiter), ideals and things we intuitively know. It’s the planet of the mystic and we can feel “foggy” when we are experiencing a Neptune transit. Sort of like our mind is off line or operating through a heavy fog.

If this energy is repressed or denied you may be confused, feel hypersensitive, be careless, overly sentimental, scattered, indecisive or impractical. It is associated with escapism, particularly alcoholism and drug addiction. Neptune can give us spiritual guidance and protection or encourage us to avoid all responsibility – and everything in between.

We can all get too caught up in daily responsibilities and not take time to tune in to the real person inside. Ask yourself where in your life are you too logical, too practical? Where are there too many goals and lists? This energy helps us stop long enough to feel our intuitive guidance. Sometimes I think we make our lives more difficult than they need to be. I know I sure do from time to time. If I can remember I have a logical mind and an intuitive heart, my intuition is usually right on. Part of the challenge is learning to integrate all our aspects into a cohesive team. Neptune helps us.

The symbol for Neptune is the trident of Poseidon, the sea god of old. Some see the symbol as Spirit penetrating into consciousness which brings inspirational visions and compassion. Neptune is the modern ruler of the sign Pisces. The traditional ruler is Jupiter. Many astrologers view them as co-rulers. Rulership simply means the energies of the planets and the sign are compatible. Neptune is at home in this sign and can manifest more easily.

Neptune is the higher octave of the planet Venus. Venus is the planet of personal love – she offers her heart and demands a heart in return. Neptune is more akin to spiritual, self-sacrificing love. Venus takes pleasure in sharing. Neptune in giving.

Most of us really can’t live up to the higher vibrations of Neptune. We can feel an awareness or yearning for oneness with a higher power, source, creator or however you understand this transcendent energy. That yearning we feel inside is Neptune.

Duality. Ego/Soul. Conscious/Unconscious. Madness/Sanity. Some astrologers see this planet in a natal chart as a positive, mystical, compassionate influence. Some as a weakening force leading to escapism through alcohol or drugs. Probably for most of us both are true. We do escape at times. And, we do feel a mystical oneness at other times. The challenge with Neptune is to be aware and let go at the same time.

Love and Peace.

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The Sign Pisces

“You are not a drop in the ocean; you are the entire ocean in a drop.” — Rumi

As I sit here on this very rainy day contemplating the meaning of life, I realized I was in a Piscean sort of place. Mother Ocean symbolizes the mystery of life. I like the above Rumi quote. I’m not a drop in the ocean, the entire ocean is in me. All of life is in me. If this discussion so far seems a bit “out there” – it is. Pisces is an “out there” sign.

These days science talks about the “hard problem” of consciousness. They just need to get several people with a lot of Pisces energy on their teams. Pisces understands consciousness, transcendence, spirituality (not religion – that’s Sagittarius) and a true need to have a relationship with a higher power.

The symbol for Pisces is two crescent moons back to back, connected by a straight line. This represents Emotion and Higher Consciousness tied down to the material world. Pisces was ruled by the planet Jupiter in olden times and by the planet Neptune in modern times. Many astrologers these days consider both as rulers. Rulership simply means the energy of these planets is compatible with the energy of the sign, so they can express themselves more easily here.

The Pisces energy in us is compassionate, sympathetic and intuitive. This energy can also be impractical. Physicist Albert Einstein had a Pisces Sun. His theories were almost other worldly and impractical – also correct and eventually shaped the direction of science. He was an “out there” kind of guy.

If you have a lot of Pisces energy in your chart and life you may flow back and forth between the objective (fact based material world) and the subjective (intuitions, emotions, feelings and opinions world). Your pull will always be toward the subjective. You may find imagining, daydreaming, meditation or being creative somehow soothes you. In this way you may be able to stay in touch with your own deep inner self and approach true transcendence.

If this energy is repressed or denied you may simply drift through life and not be able to cope very well with the material world. So much effort goes into maintaining a normal personality, little is left for true goals or commitments. You have relationships and a job and just march the march. You can feel overwhelmed by visions, dreams, intuitions and emotions. You may retreat into yourself and feel empty or numb. That’s why addiction and escapism is associated with this sign. Alcohol, drugs, sleeping ten hours a day, food, sex, TV – lots of ways to escape.

Being in touch with your spiritual (not religious) needs, tuning into your very good intuition, having faith in yourself and your destiny and being the good Samaritan will help you stay in touch with this deep, watery (emotional) energy.

Love and peace.

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The Sign Taurus

It’s unseasonably warm here in the mountains now. A break in the winter cold. I live in the woods on top of a ridge. Silent. Peaceful. I sat for quite a while today on a warm rock watching the birds, feeling the warmth of the sun on my face. Not thinking about anything. Just feeling. For that little bit of time I was in a perfect Taurus kind of place inside and out here in the world.

Maybe not all people with Taurus prominent in their lives and charts are nature lovers like I am. Even if they live in a city, they are likely to live with a dog, cat or house plants. They may enjoy spending time in a park. Mother Earth in her many forms is one of their primary teachers. The other is inner and outer silence.

My Moon is in Taurus and I love imagining resting in the arms of the Divine Earth Mother. I’m an organic gardener and am energized being in nature. Spending time in silence brings such peace and simplicity. Listening to music quiets my mind.

The symbol for Taurus is the Bull.  Not the charging Bull.  The one standing contentedly grazing without a care in the world.

Taurus energy  is very sensual. Whether its hands in the soil, shaping clay, cleaning house or peeling vegetables, it somehow feels right and healing. The feel of your partner’s body snuggled next to your skin, your fingers caressing a beautiful piece of turned wood or enjoying either playing or listening to music – all are perfect moments for this aspect of us. These moments soothe us, quiet us like a baby being held close and rocked. We find our ground and heal.

Taurus is associated with very down to earth practicality, dependability, beauty, music, comfortable homes and calm in the midst of life’s storms.

This energy when taken to extremes or repressed can result in stubbornness, laziness, jealousy and a resistance to change. Inner and outer security can become so important that life isn’t lived fully. We are here to grow and be happy. If you have a lot of this energy in your life and natal chart you may feel “staying the same” is a virtue. Its not.   Build that strong, stable base in your life. And from there, go explore your world.

Where Taurus falls in your chart and any planets you have in Taurus can give you insight into the area of your life where this energy wants to be expressed.

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Love and Peace.

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The Sign Aries

I was talking with a friend the other day and she was struggling with discovering what she really wants in her life now.   She has a fair amount of awareness and could see fear of the unknown was holding her back from allowing herself to even consider making changes in her life. I have certainly been in that place several times over the years. It takes courage to step out of the known into the unknown. Courage – that’s what Aries teaches. And, courage is scared into us. You can’t find it any other way. Feel the fear and do it anyway!

The symbol for Aries is the sprouting seed or the Ram, head down and blindly charging into life.

Aries is the life force, point of all beginnings, the outrushing force, here “I am” – the pure joy of being. The pioneering spirit. If you have a lot of Aries energy in your life, you likely enjoying starting things and may not enjoy seeing them through to their conclusion. You like being on the move and can be a daredevil. “This is my life” and I have the right to seek whatever I choose!

If this energy goes to the extreme, is denied or repressed you can be domineering, quick tempered, violent, selfish, crude, foolhardy or egotistical. Your emotional responses can be out of proportion to any perceived conflict. You simply fight the wrong war, often with the wrong people.

Aries is ruled by Mars, the God of War. Can you feel how these two energies are compatible? That’s one way to think of rulership – compatibility.

We all have Aries in our natal chart and life someplace. You can find a free copy of your birth chart here. Check it out. What area of life – house – is affected by Aries energy? Where are you learning courage?

Love and Peace.

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