Sunday, December 27, 2009

Mercury Retrograde Rabbit Hole Dec. 26!

"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost. There is where they should be. Now put foundations under them." ~ Thoreau!

The signs of Cancer and Capricorn are receiving quite a powerful focus in the heavens in 2010!! Pluto assured us last year at Thanksgiving, when it moved from Sagittarius to Capricorn, that we would focus our attention and our power more and more into Capricornian realms of basic economy, our money system, our own teeth and bones and the teeth and bones of our world--our power structures, and systems as they function in our practical world.

With Mercury retrograde in Capricorn, we are returning to review and rebuild where needed, our finances, our bones, our teeth, and all the infrastructure that "make our world go up and down." For the next three weeks, while mercury retrogrades in Capricorn--it is a natural season to review finances and rebuild financial infrastructure in this rapidly changing world economy.
Mercury went retrograde at 21 degrees Capricorn, on December 26th at 7:38am. It will retrograde back to 6 degrees Capricorn on January 15th, the day after the Solar Eclipse New Moon. The combination of Pluto POWER in early Capricorn, moving slowly, degree by degree, digging each capricorn degree like an enima is focus of POWER to cathart Capricorn for the next thirteen or so years.

In a closer faster cycle, this Mercury retrograde season asks us to review our own Capricornian realms, So the sign of Capricorn is receiving a tremendous amount of examination and review attention on many levels. Be ready to review numbers and financial systems willingly--to go to the table--during this mercury retrograde, as we go over and over our capricornian systems for the next three weeks. If the world demands more money, we can respond with money magic to remain on the "crest of the wave," and not under it.

Mercury hits 21 degrees of Capricorn again on February 3rd--a time when we can realize we've come out of the Mercury Retrograde rabbit hole that began on December 26th, or earlier, if we are sensitive, we feel it early.

Health Industry Relapse
The Health insurance industry has its roots in a kind of Capricornian hierarchical medical model that is a "profit-making" model at its core. This is one example of an old outmoded system. As mercury retrogrades over the next three weeks, we can re-examine this health care bill to see what it is really made of. Its good to be paying attention for this capricornian review on all levels.

Cosmic Economic Shift!!
All the activity in Capricorn shows the cosmic economy is changing courses!! If the cosmic economy tides shift, we too need to altar our "economic sails." Capricorn and Aquarius are co-planetary rulers of planet Saturn. When Capricorn has become worn out and over-buereaucratic, the archetype of Aquarius comes along just in time to throw enough chaos into a worn out system, to wake everyone up. With Jupiter, Neptune nand Chiron in Aquarius still, and Uranus mutually receiving this Aquarian river from Pisces, a river of Aquarian wake-up-chaos is available for our surfing and creative ingenius pleasure. Eclipses, like the influence of planet Uranus, can have a chaos affect and can sweep through with waves of change.

The eclipses in Capricorn are a powerful wave of drastic change
There are a few keys to surfing the crest of these waves of change, rather than feeling pummeled by them, or feeling overtaken by their currents. We need to "get with" this feeling of change! We can be fueled by the rapid change as it asks us to give up everything that causes a problem, either for us personally, or collectively, and jump into the waves of inspired change that call us forward.
It is time to resolve to know the universe is on our side, step aboard the new tide and allow it to lift us into our new sailboats! Oops, we may need to build the sailboats that ride these changing new energies of 2010!! (Mercury retrograde in Capricorn reminds us) Surfing mercury retrograde requires flexibility and willingness to go over and over a list of numbers with a partner until both people find resolution for mistakes in accounting or mis-calculations. It is a "going back to the beginning," of some system, and redoing the foundation, or reviewing the steps along the way. As long as we are willing to go in circles, where needed, without too much fuss, we can have a good time this mercury retrograde season, and allow the waves of cycles of change to wash us clean of the old ways and allow ourselves to be washed gracefully up onto the shores of our new forms, still emerging like tips of icebergs.

Blue Moon?
A "Blue Moon," as it is called, is named so because it is the "second full moon within one calendar month." For example, there was an early Full Moon on December 2nd and now a second Full Moon on December 31st. Although this "Blue Moon" phenomenon only means something from the perspective of the Gregorian Calendar year, i still find these little mythic symbols weave magic from every direction. So cheers to the special "blue" moon on NEW YEAR'S EVE on DECEMBER 31st!!!. For those who keep track, which the astroguyz are--the last blue moon was June 30th, 2007, and the next is August 31st, 2012.

If one simply lives within the lunar rythm, it is a special Full Moon, because it happens on New Year's Eve, of all moments . . . AND it is a Lunar Eclipse, marking a deep underground shifting. Some of us may feel exhilerated by this change and some of us may feel destabilized by it. Its good to pick up the surf board and enjoy the volatile waves of change, rather than attempting to hold a delicate set of china while managing an old system.

Astroguyz did some great research and as they say it,"not everyone will get to witness; a partial eclipse of the full “blue” moon. The second full moon of December, the first occurred on December 2nd of this month. This eclipse, however, is extremely shallow; at maximum, the moon will only be 7.63% immersed in the dark umbra of the earth’s shadow. Viewing favors Asia, Europe, and Africa; Australia will see a setting eclipse at sunrise, and most of the Americas will miss out. Only the Canadian Maritimes and extreme northeastern New England can expect to see a shallow, rising eclipse at dusk on the 31st."

This particular eclipse is a part of saros cycle 115. A Saros cycle is a period of 6585 + 1/3 days (approximately 18 years 10 days and 8 hours) Every saros (meaning a mark of time) the Sun, the Earth and the Moon return to approximately the same places woven by a larger archetypal thread. We can look back to the turning of the year from 1991 to 1992 to see some larger pattern of change in our lives. Eighteen years is a full cycle of the North and South Nodal Axis, sometimes called the "eclipse axis." As we reflect back to 1991 and the new year's crossover to 1992, we turn another great cycle and feel a certain river of change that we've felt wash through us before, 18 years before.

"Destiny happens in 18 year cycles," says the snake of past and future time. Eclipses are points of great karmic turning and un-escapable forces of change that have the power to sweep us out of old issues, blocks or outmoded patterns. We can trust this potent volatile and fast moving force of change.

If earthquakes come, they come to break up the old stuck places, bringing enough chaos for new life and new springs to emerge out of the crumbling old rigid places.

Capricorn- Cancer Alchemy in 2010!!
Time for Inventions!! "Chaos is the mother of invention."
Any time there is a "problem" in January, it is a good time to "invent a new system!" There is no better time for ingenuity than when change brings us to outliving our old forms . . . what is the next step? Where do we go from here? The question of the capricorn alchemy of 2010. The mountain goat climbs the mountain one step at a time, with no fear of hights or depths.
Cancer _ Getting with the Mama! The secret key of Capricorn/Cancer alchemy!!
When Capricorns over-serious skeptical analysis has us down, Cancer nourishes us with her protective yet soft life-giving nourishment. The archetype of Cancer, where the moon will be when it is Full Moon Eclipsing opposite the Sun in Capricorn, on New Year's Eve, is where our focus needs to be. The grand Mama eclipse. In one way or another, i will celebrate the Divine Mother on New Year's Eve. I will bless and pray for all of the mama's on the earth.

Eclipses in Cancer . . . How is your Mother?
With eclipses coming in Cancer, it is good to care for and check in with our Mothers, who may be feeling this deep change on some level. If we see them changing outwardly, it is a good sign, the change needs to be integrated fully through our bodies so as not to cause external chaos in our lives, more likely when we refuse to integrate these changes willingly. Nourishing our mothers, in all forms, through whatever changes they are going through at this time, is an important part of our 2010 journey. May the mother of mother's be with your heart this year!! As the shock waves of change move through our Cancer and Capricorn realms.

Starlit Love,

Opening Quote: I found this quote from Sheri Herndon, who comments: I love Thoreau's deep wisdom and thank you Michelle Sharine Grenier for sharing this quote.

Blue Moon and Eclipse Viewing information--thanks to Astroguyz!!

"The Abbey" Full Moon - Thanks to .craig
Eclipse Surfer - Thanks to pericomart(Feliz Navidad A Los Malos Tambien)
Blue Moon - Thanks to C@rlJones
Change Grafitti Wall - Thanks to The Value Web Photo Gallery
"Divine Mother's Love" - Thanks to CG2-SoulArtist

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Happy Winter Solstice!!


This is the end of last year's Solar work of creation!!!! Today we complete the old year, get to the bottom of the darkness for the year, and we begin a new creation--TOMORROW!! Tomorrow the sun will shine with light that is fresh, having crossed from the season of waning light at the end, to waxing new light at the beginning of a new cycle of creation.

This is one of my favorite moments of the astrological year. We are all humbled. We have all seen our own darkness and are in a place of longing for an increase in spiritual light.

The day before Winter Solstice, this morning, Sunday, Mars has just started retrograding, adding mystery to our activity as we enter the portal of the solstice. This solstice, and this new year . . . we enter it with the Cosmos in love.

Venus is sextiling a conjunction between Jupiter and Neptune. Jupiter conjunct Neptune is an aspect we see every twelve or thirteen years. This conjunction is the third of three Jupiter Neptune conjunctions this year. The first two conjunctions took place in May and July.

Jupiter expands the spiritual river of Neptune. Neptune's river is not always expressed spiritually, however, when we are in alignment with divine will, we will experience this conjunction as a HUGE UPGRADE in our FLOW with SPIRITUAL POWER and KNOWING. It is a wonderful thing to see Jupiter conjunct Neptune on the Winter Solstice!!!

Since Chiron is only a few degrees ahead of this conjunction, the wounded healer stands nearby reminding us of all that needs healing. As we become more empowered in our "knowing," that knowing will lead us to heal and balance ourselves, humanity and the earth. 2010 and the next solar cycle is colored with this message about human empowerment into higher states of knowing and connectedness, giving the power to respond to the current world and human situation with "more intelligence," than the level of intelligence that created the problem.

We will see an expansion of focus on WATER this year, and the archetype of "The River," will speak to us on many levels. It is truly time to "jump into the river," in 2010 and "go with the flow." So where is that flow taking us? I know and trust that if we "tune in" and align with these greater archetypal forces, they will take us somewhere beautiful. These are the forces that unfold us, like flowers, into our highest potential. Only our own illusions, resistance and self or conditioning-imposed limitations will keep us from a divine unfolding.

The exact time of the Winter Solstice is 10:47am on Monday December 21st. There are beautiful aspects all day on the Winter Solstice. The Moon, Venus, the Sun and Pluto all get involved in supporting us on the Winter Solstice, THE DAY to anchor ourselves into our dream for our next year. It is important to take the time to root ourselves into our year now with this empowerment day, to prepare for the somewhat initiatory and tension energies to come as we come upon the Christmas days and the New Year's Eve Eclipse. By rooting ourselves into the new cycle tomorrow, and spending some deep time to align while the energies are strong, can give us the connectedness and "in the flow," that we need to ride the tension aspects and initiatory eclipses with grace.

May your new creation year fulfill your flowering into knowing your soul, the earth, our human purpose, and the collaborative miracle it will take to re-align humanity into right relationship with the cosmos.

I will be writing about Eclipses as Portals after looking into this eclipse on New Year's Eve a little more. (Sorry for the delay--for those who i told i would write about this!)


Thank you to Alice Popkorn for the image.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

New Moon in Sagittarius - Beginning Ascent toward Full Moon Eclipse!


This Holy Days New Moon happened at 5:04am MST this morning, Wednesday December 15th. Today's New Moon is in Sagittarius and it has a very clear message: "Aim High!" Imagine the BEST possible scenario in every situation, and then get down to business in the practical world, as this moon has done, since it was at 24 degrees of Sagittarius, it went into Capricorn within a few hours. The energy of this cycle asks us to aim high and ground fast!

In the days ahead, we will want to experiment with being optimists and tie camels quickly. If we take the time to imagine some kind of impossible miracle that will solve the problem or limitation we are facing RIGHT NOW and Now, and NOW . . . If we can envision a "best possible scenario," even when things "don't look good," it just might happen!!

I'm calling this the TURTLE NEW MOON!! It is time to get prepared to be a "turtle," and be able to feel "at home" in our body, and be able to "go anywhere," because just about anything might happen and we need to be prepared. The intuition or the gut "knows" what it needs to know to navigate the next cycle, and the next year.

For me, my belly is my turtle-home. When i listen to my belly--it knows what to do in each moment. The closer we get to the eclipse, the more important it will be to be vigilant. Vigilance needs to increase each day as we walk toward the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on New Years Eve.

Sagittarius Key - Aim High
Capricorn Key - Capricorn and Aquarius are both related to Saturn and are doing a kind of deep alchemy at this time. We are shifting from Capricornian to Aquarian structures. The unconditional love and gentle heart of Pisces is our guide in the next two months, during this Caprico-Aquario change-over. The spiritual Spring of Pisces radiates its light and wisdom to us in the deep dark winter. i can feel it radiating from March in the future--this Piscean love light, calling us through the next few months, to spring. Take care of practical things and Trust in a deep alchemy of soul and spirit even in the presence of fear or perceived limitation

I'm remembering a book title, "Return of the Children of Light: Incan and Mayan Prophecies for a New World." This book is by Judith Bluestone Polich. I participated with Judith in a Don Miguel Ruiz apprenticeship. This book title is ringing right now in my ears. The return of the children of light.

This cycle is a powerful time in the mysteries of the Christos. The second coming of Christ will be through the Divine Feminine, and these eclipses, will be like angel's trumpets calling forth this awakening. There is already a call that women and men are feeling. Jesus led an awakening that began an error of men. (mythically and archetypally) Now, at the "second coming," as it is called, I believe women will lead the awakening through our capacity for unconditional love and miracle consciousness, and return our earth and humanity to balance.

There is a call from the deep feminine and it echoes out across the earth. Girls being cut, women being raped, these "calls" echo across the earth, and across consciousness. It may become more and more difficult for us to "ignore" these calls. The trumpets are ringing. Meanwhile, lighter and lighter states of joy, ecstasy and time-travel are becoming available to those who can access them.

The joy is a healing balm and what it will take, to heal the world of poisoned waters and abused women. There is joy in healing. This is the year to find the joy of healing. 2010 is a power year, and also a "tricky" year, in which we need to step into more mastery, as revealed by the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on New Year's Eve.

This may NOT be a New Years Eve to be out driving around, and if you do--be ULTRA CAREFUL with potential drunk drivers, etc. It is a New Year's Eve to be in high ceremony in communion with the divine. Portals of all kinds are opening and all the extremes will be felt. It is a time of purification and rebirth. These archetypal cycles return again and again. In July and August we had a set of three eclipses last summer. This is the next pass into an eclipse field!! The last set of eclipses were special in that there were THREE of them!! These eclipses are impacted by the POWER of PLUTO in Capricorn.

Some people may choose to leave the earth at this time. Eclipse fields tend to be portals of coming and going--in and out of the third dimensional earth plane. With Pluto involved in the eclipse field, the underworld is alive. It is a time to take care of intenstines and plumbing. It is important as we move toward this Full Moon Eclipse to explore our "right use of power," so we are channeling power into grace and miracles, rather than one form of underworld hell or another, ruled in the tarot by "the devil," or "bad ideas."

The Scoprio Key (sign of Pluto) is: Boundaries for Beauty. (meaning power can be used to create boundaries and "space" for beauty to happen) For example, placing a boundary to keep oil and gas from drilling into water basins, protects the beauty of nature that we create our own beauty in each day. The power of Pluto and Scorpio can be harnessed on behalf of "Boundaries for Beauty." In order to have a deeply meaningful experience, we have to create the boundaries (or beliefs) for that experience to happen inside of.

New Moon Solar Eclipse follows just after midnight the night of January 14th. An "old astrologer's tale," tells us the window of shake-up, death of ego and death of kings is ten days before and three days after an eclipse. I've found the field of the eclipses to expand up to a full lunar cycle (or two) surrounding these intense points of LIFE and DEATH POWER.

This power will either lift us up, when we are so aligned "with life," that we are upheld by the new world pushing through, even if we might be hospicing the death of the old, we will feel full of life. This is a time to be aligned with higher divine forces and with "life itself." If one is feeling off center, it is good to take the extra time to "get centered" before engaging in any activity, especially involving heavy machinery or children. Since the eclipses will be in Cancer/Capricorn they will remind us of everything we NEED TO KNOW NOW about our NEW way of WORKING, which may involve "letting go of the old way of working." The Cancer archetype is related to our Children and we will also see eclipse-like changes related to mothering and children.

Our children, our homes and our families will remind us how important they are to us. We all need to practice being families of turtles, who can jump into the middle of the river of LIFE and guide increasingly chaotic situations, into grace, miracles and a core of radiant power that comes when we are aligned with both the earth and the heavens. It is the time to ignite the power to be in our core and center, no matter what is happening, and be able to envision and commit best case scenarios and be able to meet the worst possible scenarios if necessary.

Health may be challenged, as we see this is happening on a National Level as well as on a personal level. We are coming into the "transition times." In these times, we can raise our vibration with elevated states of joy, compassion, faith, miracle consciousness, mercy, forgiveness and gratitude. These higher states will resinate a body back to health from any dis-ease. We need to learn how to work with health in a completely different way, as we enter this eclipse field. The vaccine scandals are just the beginning of what could be "anything." We will increasingly have the power to create with our thoughts and heal or wound ourselves with our thoughts and beliefs.

I am sorry to say that i do not at this time believe that most of Western Medicine is based in what i would call "healthy belief systems." I believe in order to survive the coming times, we will need to develop our capacity to self heal, and to create a system of beliefs and healing that reveals our spirit-mind-body-heart-system as a vehicle that is designed to self heal and mediate consciousness with form for the purpose of stewarding the earth and creating inside of its (our) beauty.

These eclipses in Cancer and Capricorn herald a time to come on the earth where our homes will emerge as our new "healing places," rather than hospitals. I believe it is possible that hospitals could one day be obsolete. These eclipses will push that turn-over forward. The more we can be comfortable healing ourselves like shamans, healers, and priests (or priestesses) the more comfortable we will be, in the coming times.

May the source be with you!!

PHOTO CREDITS: from the Creative Commons:
Thanks to "Rob Inh00d" on Flickr for the Sea Turtle image.
Thank you to "Pascal \o/" for the New Moon image.

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