Saturday, 15 October 2016

◯☼ - Full Aries Super Moon conjunct Eris & Uranus ☼◯

◯ ‘Happiness is the heart being free’ ☼
– Sakyong Rinpoche –
Sun in Libra opposite Full Supermoon in Aries 

☼ ♎☍◯♈ @4:23UT 16th Oct 
In the words of Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher who taught about an ever-changing universe, change is our only constant. As the winds of change now begin to blow into a potential hooley, in the midst of such daily whirls and flow all we really want is to be happy. What stands out in this constant quest for happiness is how important it is for the human spirit to have a sense of autonomy, which is then freely directed towards helping oneself to help others. Even science notes ways in which we can be happy, such as taking the initiative, not comparing, smiling (even if you don’t want to), giving thanks, honouring friends, meaningful goals, and exercise. Nowhere on the list does it suggest buying a new outfit, diamond watch, or red corvette brings the kind of lasting rewards that makes us beam from the inside out (not even if you’re a ‘lookist’ Libran, or crazy speed-ball Aries 😉 ). Okay, a flash new car, designer dress or gold club card momentarily satisfies desire nature, but such gratification is usually fleeting, nothing on the scale of rejecting materialism for the kind of deeply-resonating, long-lasting and satisfying joy that exploring personal gifts and living life to the fullest can bring to oneself as well as others. The sign of the zodiac which venerates the greatest regard, admiration and respect for others, culturally and intellectually, is Libra; the sign through which the Sun currently transits.

Libra lives for love. Thriving in social situations, be that in marriage and partnership, business or romance, Libra considers the well-being of other’s a high priority when seeking personal peace of mind. We have much to learn from Libra: check your personal horoscope to see just where the sign of the scales weighs-up relations). So while the Libran Sun radiates opposite a currently courageous Aries Moon conjunct freedom-loving, radical Uranus, it’s time to bravely polish-up smart and savvy Libran skills, such as diplomacy, discretion and dignity, because these are especially useful when faced with (inner) uproar and mayhem. Libra teaches us to find beauty in peace and inner-equipoise, even in the midst of chaos. While it’s generally an Aries influence that initiates aggression, Librans armed with wit and charm, can, however, even start arguments in order for them to practice their impressive power of mediation. (Sorry, but you know it’s true, Libra. Think justice scales and precedence at law.)

In astrology, we call the axis that aligns Aries to Libra the ‘me-we’ alliance, emphasising how important it is that we find the balance between being dynamic and self-assertive and co-operative and considerate, particularly when getting everyone’s needs met. This Libra-Aries axis is a reminder to practice being kinder to one’s ‘self’, in order to more easily enable kindness towards others. Being the best we can, means we have the best to give.
At 23 Aries-Libra, the axis is pivotal during this full Supermoon Saturday/Sunday, depending upon where you are in the world: 15th in Canada and USA, 16th in Europe, Asia &Australia. With Luna conjunct rebellious Uranus there could be quite a hullabaloo in which to practice patience and loving kindness. And because the Moon joins forces with the astral wildcard, Uranus (and the even wilder trans-Plutonian outer-planet of discord and chaos, Eris), the emphasis is firmly upon all kinds of outsiders, misfits and freaks, possibly coming from left field, too.

This Full Moon is also first in a series of three Full Supermoons. When the ‘Supermoon’ is closest to the Earth it actually looks bigger, and geo-cosmic activity is heightened (think cyclones and hurricanes, flooding, fires, drought and quakes). (Nod & thanks to Moon maestro Mr Richard Knolles for ‘Supermoon’ awareness X J ). Similarly, during the supermoon, we too, experience heightened personal and inter-personal shifts: in perception, as well as inner and outer challenges. (Note that in this series of three, the middle Scorpio-Taurus SuperMoon may well be the most intense: something to look forward to!). That said, the effects of this Moon phase will probably last three days, if not feel like five or six, such is Luna’s electromagnetic pulling interaction.

What marks this October’s Supermoon is the way recent change, whether wanted or not, can be so quickly felt and the audaciously implemented could even be labelled ‘dictatorial’. While Uranus, the Great awakener, heralds change that affects an entire generation, when in brave and passionate Aries, situations can be especially sparky and fiery whenever there is a people’s cause to champion. Aries Moon also has a delightfully playful but impulsive streak, one that dares venture into the unknown with a willingness to be open and genuine (if a little naive and innocent). All of which can be very exciting, as well as refreshing. Heroic Aries tends to bring in the novel and new with speed – and often a bang. But hold your fire Aries – for the moment anyway; there are still many factors to evaluate

It is worth bearing in mind that Uranus, equality-seeking ruler of Aquarius, and generational planet representing friendly peer-groups, team mates and kooky kindred spirits, also accents the sudden flashes of genius that zap-in with an electrical bolt from the blue. The glyph for Uranus ♅ even looks like a space station’s radar, ready to receive and earth the lightning-fast inspiration that seemingly comes from nowhere; i.e. space. Interestingly, in esoteric astrology, altruistic Uranus is the also the hierarchical ruler of Aries. For those who practice ‘regular’ astrology, the concept of another rulership may seem a little strange. But if there ever was a time to introduce a new astrological spiritual insight, it may well be when the receptive Moon is conjunct Uranus, planet of the bizarre, as well as astrology.

Conventional astrology looks to Mars as the exoteric ruler of Aries – and thereby we note now how cardinal Mars is currently exalted in Capricorn: prudent and practical in traditional martial techniques of control and power. Esoteric astrology also looks at a deeper meaning of what seemingly goes on in the head (Aries rules the physical head); and gives Mercury, as planet of the mind, as the esoteric ruler of Aries.

The wisdom teachings say that only we, ourselves, have the power to tame our own chattering monkey minds’. Mercury’s esoteric connection to Aries therefore signifies that allowing the mind to bravely go into new zones encourages neuroplasticity, with inner-mind reshaping thought and memory, past and future, Mercury here is enabled to wave his magic mercurial caduceus wand to even repair broken DNA and overcome impediments.

Transiting Mercury is currently with Libra, now making it easy to sit on the fence and watch what’s happening arounds us and, if we can, check all sides of stories. Serious decision making may still be full of doubt; but when the mind’s deeper esoteric connections start to spark, Mercury’s influence upon Aries is clearly to weigh-up what’s in front (within a time frame of 27th Oct, when Mercury is at Superior Solar conjunction), then look at new solutions, especially when dealing with old (Capricorn) problems.

Lastly in the three of Aries esoteric rulerships: when we turn the spiritual warrior’s head up towards the heavenly angelic realms, the hierarchical ruler of Aries is Uranus, the planet that ultimately seeks liberation for oneself as well as for humanity, and even Mother Earth herself. Planetoid Ceres, also known as Demeter, nurturing Goddess of Grain is also with the Aries/Uranus/Eris Supermoon.

When Luna reflects such strong yang Aries, the feminine is emboldened. Still, it may be the natural feminine instinct to care and provide that can also pacify and soften the otherwise Aries hot-head tendency. The most dangerous enemy to ardent Aries is its’ own over-heated impatience. Self-absorbed and unaware, impulsively acting quickly to see fast results could easily backfire. The essence of valour is not only to be adventurous but to be humanitarian as core process, involving the great good of all.

With Mars and Pluto in Capricorn presently making a loose T-Square to the ‘Me-We’ ‘Aries-Libra’ axis, it is time to consider one’s own accomplishments – in relationship and out, at work and rest, without comparing to others; be now more cautious, reflect, connect to beauty and principles , and be truly aware that real change only happens within the heart. So that when we make changes to ourselves, the world around us changes too.

With thanks for astral_lotus to b33rheart
.for beautiful lotus light _/\_ :)

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Dream Healing Wounded Feeling ~ Lunar Eclipse in Pisces Sept '16

KARMA MULTIPLIED day x 7 million! (+or -)
The last eclipse of 2016 is also third in a series of three eclipses, taking place with a Full Moon lunar eclipse this Friday 16th or Saturday 17th, depending upon where you are in the world. At 24° 20′ PISCES, and @19:03 UT, it’s worth noting how this Full Moon penumbral eclipse highlights the visible and the invisible, the real and imagined, with psychic threads connecting heaven to earth. We won’t actually see Luna turn red, instead the Moon will only appear slightly darker (over Europe/Africa); but because it is the Full MOON closest to the season-changing equinox, when geomagnetic activity is already heightened and Earth’s auroras and magnetic fields are stronger, we are cosmically bound to feel a powerful surge of deep emotions which an eclipse in a water sign arouses; these feelings can illuminate and connect the natural beauty of the heart-mind, as well as bring to light the previously hidden or unconscious.

For those who have planets in either the sign of the Fish, Pisces, or the purifying Goddess, Virgo (check your horoscope, especially around 20-28 degrees of the mutable signs (Sag and Gemini included), looking for long-term timing within the coming turning points – because eclipses always present some kind of watershed moment – look back to August 2007 when taking stock of where you are now, examining (during this currently detailed obsessed retrograde Mercury) what kind of conditions are being created for the future in very practical terms; then project forward to September 2024. This is when our next set of Pisces-Virgo eclipses will take place. So instead of now feeling like you have little or no control over what might be in store (which can happen when Piscean energy abounds), this Full Moon also suggests visualisation is instrumental when unlocking the power of the mind, and is the precursor to solidifying long-held dreams. It’s a great time to make a creatively empowering ‘vision board’ and send the message out into the universe of not what ‘stuff’ you want, but how you would like to feel in the future.  This is not to say concretising certain dreams can’t or won’t happen sooner, as they can and will (again, check your scope for timing), or that the journey to fulfilment isn’t more important than the goal, as the only time that really matters is ‘now’. But in a world that naïvely demands instant results, it is sometimes more helpful to think in ways that one can abide happily, all-the-while dedicating towards the realisation of long-term objectives. Remember: it can take lifetimes to achieve enlightenment and that forgiveness and kind-heartedness are the all-important means to awakening awareness, fulfilment and attainment.

A Full Moon in any water sign, Pisces, Scorpio or Cancer, tends to provoke passionate but jumbled-up emotions, complicated relations and crazy situations at the best of times; with energetic emotional imbalance and confinement to a lunatic asylum at worst. With a Lunar eclipse in Pisces, the very last all-consuming sign of the zodiac, sensitivity is deeply imaginative, often overwhelming and sometimes all-too-much that one needs to retreat – which is why, for whatever reason, love, money, despair, people turn to self-medicating with drugs or alcohol to (temporarily and often unsuccessfully) alleviate difficult feelings, such as self-judging moral weakness and the ensuing guilt aggravating already difficult situations with toxic overload. Please try not overindulge these reactions or activities to the point of addiction (which is very Pisces); there are other, safer, life-enhancing ways to forgive (oneself), placate challenging or overwhelming feelings, and reconnect to the inborn goodness that lies within each and every one of us, such as being of helpful service to others, or going inwards to meditate, or even allowing feelings to be magically processed through song, music, dance, yoga or prayer. 

Pisces easily senses what others are doing through its ability to tap into the unsaid by reading between the lines. A simple brushstroke on a painting, a note within a tune, a swish of fabric or a glance or look can often tell Pisces everything it needs to know; for the sign of the Fish most situations are often felt on an intensely psychic level before any actual manifestation takes place. In the reflective light of this Full Moon, I cannot emphasise enough how the importance of working with our intuition is currently heightened (especially now, with the exact third and final Saturn-Neptune Square in conjunction with the Full Moon, when an irresistible force meets immoveable object). 

Pisces also helps us to release into the void feelings that prevent us from moving on with a happy heart. Even if it means making a sacrifice for the great good of the whole, this Full Moon can even help realise how we play unconscious power games of victim or martyr, wanting to be either the saviour or be saved, as sinner or saint. There are, however, different expressions of wanting to make the world, our world, a better place. We can work on a very practical level, for instance, with unseen bio-energy, by understanding the living biofield, with its interacting, pulsing electro-magnetism, can actually have a huge impact upon our everyday lives, enabling the creation of the changes we want to see. 

The presently exalted Mercury, retrograde in Virgo, asks us to be practical about our innate sensitivity to our personal and interpersonal environment (and continues to implore that we remain level-headed (especially with invisible energy) until the end of the separating shadow period, Oct 6th); it’s those strange, funny feelings in our bones or waters, or sensations in the pit of our stomach that now also clamour to be acknowledged, listened to and dealt with in a very practical manner, i.e. with benevolence, working towards the greater good of all (not just humans, or those we personally know, but for all beings, seen and unseen). 

As the Moon now begins to connect to the South Node (aka Ketu, or the Dragon’s tail) many will tune into the collective undercurrent, with all its infectious hysteria.  If you find yourself ‘picking-up’ subconscious but overwhelming emotions, which when analysed you sense are not yours (or even if they are) know they too will pass. Instances of ‘Deja vu’ are almost bound to slip through the rip in the fabric of space-time this lunar eclipse presents, so that feeling of ‘already experienced’ could even be a past-life connection; the trick is to reflect and try to remember what happens next, in order to direct life more lucidly.  
While this is a Moon phase when one could be easily swept away by the oceanic, hopefully by a song and dance, sound or gesture, there are other important celestial factors to consider: because this Pisces Moon is also with its’ divinely inspired ruler Neptune, associated by a wide orb of 14 degrees; Luna is closer to the witnessing wounded-healer, Shamanic Chiron, which is at 22° degrees.  Putting these astrological pointers together, and coming from the global perspective, one might say this Lunar eclipse highlights a need to observe the underlying deep disturbance coming to light which concerns the element of water; and from a personal level, this will affect emotions which flow through the body. It is rather fitting that all over the world people are now realising the importance of clean water (during the Virgo-Pisces axis); not just for physical health, but also how such purity resonates with the clarity of our own feelings; as the human body is made up of anything from 65-90% water, helping ourselves to be less complicated or polluted by disturbing emotions means that we are also able to of greater affect in the world.   

From an Esoteric astrological point of view, in the run-up to the Full Moon, and indeed even the Lunar Eclipse itself, we are also blessed by the starry auspices of ‘Ursa Major’, a fabulous star system that navigates our Northern Pole Star. Ursa Major is also known as the ‘Great Bear’, the ‘Big Dipper’, or the ‘Saucepan’, as it changes from being a container that holds to one that pours with the seasons.  Now it is the container. The seven stars which make up the Great Bear constellation are also known as Rishis, or seven sages (according to Vedic and Tibetan astrology); these seven stars also relate to the seven rays, and the seven main chakras, as well as seven colours, traditional planets, musical notes, major organs in the body, and days of the week. As such, right now there is a connection to the magical number 7 that represent spirit dissolving into matter. This time of collecting and blessing water magnifies the positivity of ‘good stars’ (Sun & Mercury trine transformational Pluto (esoteric ruler of Pisces)), as the water is instilled with magical healing properties that could even help to unblock, pacify or activate chakras, and align the light-body, so that every action is one of goodness, every thought beneficial and every word spoken is constructive and helpful.

Astral tip: The Virgo-Pisces axis also activates our innate LOVE-WISDOM. So even if being saintly is way out of reach (keep working on it ;)), this full Moon is an optimum time to tune into dreams and take note of all messages of the night, as the crystalline light of the phantasmagorical Pisces moonbeams reveal a previously hidden Divinity that emanates universal love.

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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

❤ Awakening the Heart ❤ Full Aquarius Moon August 18th 2016

☆ For stargazers who have wide orbs (of the astrological kind) like myself, when ‘The Lights’, Sun & Moon, are 17° away from the shadowy karmic nodal axis (a.k.a. the life-changing North and South node; and with contact between Lights and eclipse points already comfortable within 15 degrees) it denotes an ‘almost’ Lunar eclipse on 18th August, @9:25UT, only just skims the edge of the usual ecliptic parameters. August’s Full Moon is therefore the first in an unusual series of three ‘faint’ eclipses; with two Lunar eclipses either side of September 1st’s Earth Goddess Virgo Solar eclipse, encompassing universal signs, Aquarius and Pisces. A set of eclipses such as this, means the prospect for a collective wake-up call is heightened, and for many to experience a glimpse of clarity through awakening the heartmind, as a veil between ‘us’ and ‘other’ is slightly lifted, so we can hopefully see without prejudice or bias. 

☆ While this Full Moon eclipse will not turn a romantic copper-coloured red during this month-plus-long eclipse season (give or take a few days), the freedom-loving Full Aquarian Moon reflecting the bright light of the playful Leo Sun stills promises lots of fun and games. With a Full Moon that sextiles Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius (which then trines the Leo Sun) it portends sudden zaps and flashes of inspiration into past-present-future action - especially in regards to one’s own uniqueness and creativity, the gifts one brings to organisations and group situations can enhance the sense of ‘oneness’.
☆ Aquarius is an intellectual yet independent sign that is often rebellious; but there is currently a wonderful influence for casting a discerning eye that patiently allows these promised insights to bubble up through the ethers – insight which enables obstacles and issues to be sharply pinpointed without creating too much chaos or disruption. Being aware of hitches or hurdles that get in the way of goals, or hold back you or the team you are part of is half way to being able to overcome issues and seize any opportunity to better oneself – and improve relations with friends. (An excellent Full Moon for the Olympics!)
Aligning the crowd-crowning Aquarian Moon to a regal Leo Sun King, we need to remember how this Full Moon is a hair’s breadth within ecliptic orb, and situations can seem almost pre-destined.

☆ While the wacky, new and exciting holds a certain appeal under an Aquarian Moon, making allowances for seemingly neurotic or erratic behaviour empowers us to be of greater affect to seek alternatives that can help one self to help others. That said, with events, feelings and thoughts now subject to eccentric theatrics, keeping a light heart with an open mind will be a sign of strength, the kind of fortitude that encourages the express ability to be original and think creatively. Honours may even be bestowed to Leo-Aquarians who can stay on course and share their unique and individual talent(s) with kindred spirits (check 23-27° Leo/Aquarius in your personal horoscope scope as to what, how, or where); but to really bask in success, the consciously minded also considers the needs of others – and takes that into their remit when seemingly doing what pleases themselves..

☆ For a spiritual practitioner, subtle body energies detected either in meditation during the Full Moon, or when dealing with left-field out-of-nowhere sensation, idea, or action, could also produce an opportunity to participate in generating a kinder heart. Chakras from the heart to the third eye can also be super-sensitive during this Full Moon, as two fixed signs enter into celestial play, resolved to align head to heart. Energies may be active or blocked, but the Sun’s generously shared healing prana feeds the light of consciousness that resides at our own heart. And in home sign Leo, Sol’s resplendent and preferred position suggests a heart-chakra focused upon unconditional love raises our ability to shift the overall global vibration (aka the noosphere) from solely thinking about self (Sun in Leo) to the altruistic care of our collective brother-sister-hood, as indicated by Aquarius being the Moon’s hierarchical ruler. In esoteric astrology ‘hierarchical’ in this case refers to that part of oneself which emotes with the clear consciousness of the ‘higher self’, nurturing friendships and kinship purely for the greater good of all.

☆ Before looking further in-depth at Luna’s Full Moon aspects and other current transits, a word about eclipses as portals for unseen influences and psychic energy; eclipses can be triggers for powerful events and transformation. For when our three main celestial bodies, Sun, Moon and Earth lock into a formation that creates contrasting light and shadow, however faint or fierce, even a ‘softer’ eclipse such as this can coincide with dramatic revelations and events can become turning points in our lives, watersheds that propel entirely new trajectories.  The two other eclipses which belong to this triad are in September; the 1st sees a Virgo New Moon as an annual Solar eclipse (which, in itself is not so strong, but with Sun conjunct an exalted, but retrograde Mercury, communication, health, education and feminine concerns come directly under the celestial spotlight); last in the series sees the September 16th Full Pisces Moon also only a partial Lunar eclipse. But it is the Full Moon closest to Earth’s equinox, which gives greater influence and the change of season becomes obvious (into Autumn or Spring, depending upon which hemisphere you are in).
☆ The Aquarian Luna also conjuncts asteroid Pallas Athena, and fixed star Deneb Algedi: the former a symbol of wonder woman, the successful and strategic warrior woman; the latter a professional advisor with aims to protect and help others.  This combination has all the potential for altruistic action – to serve by leading, even in the face of (home-grown) drama.  Remember it’s an ‘almost’ eclipse: there will be no actual shadow crossing to see on either Sun or Moon. There may also be the feeling of a close shave with the dark side’s emotional and unseen shadow, but at the same time the Light of the Leo sun affords the chance to overcome fears and shine a steady light when walking or witnessing the wild side. 

As current markers of change, this set of eclipses also resonates at similar degrees and signs ( 23-27° Leo/Aquarius), as those coming up February 2017.  Good to note in the diary where and how you are now, as a place to look back for comparison, when Feb ’17 rolls around.

☆ Between 17th/18th August Full Moon and the Libra Air Equinox, there is, however, a manageable month-size chunk of time, where one learns to adjust to new seasonal rhythms. No one should be complacent between now and then, or get too lost in a motley crew shamanic party scene, as there are several other aspects coursing the heavens that carry great astrological import, such as the magnificent Mars-Saturn-Antares conjunction (exact 24th August). The Scorpions’ piercing red eye now aids dynamic Mars and the other malefic, Saturn, to see in the dark. This triangle of active taskmasters now has laser-like vision to determine exactly what is important in life – truth and freedom, wisdom and compassion – to then cautiously and diligently work on whatever it is that gives life most meaning for you.

☆ For those seeking the astro weather: geo cosmic activity – volcanic fires & cyclonic winds may also blow during the first part of this eclipse season.
Places where many people gather can also be of concern in case of sudden dramas; be especially cautious in crowds and places of long-distant transit and travel, prayer, healing, and law-courts.   
May you go mindfully throughout this rather interesting triple set of eclipses. If you want to be happy, be altruistic. Practice compassion, and start to glow from the inside, with a genuine, happy heart. 

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

‘Guru Purnima’, a.k.a. the 'Teacher’s Moon’ ~ Full Capricorn Moon 2016

Tonight's Full Capricorn Moon (@23:57bst) is ‘Guru Purnima’, a.k.a. the 'Teacher’s Moon’, to honour the illuminating insight of the spiritual instructor (which the aspirant carries within the heart (of his or her own Sun)). Devotion to a teacher is often misunderstood (in western society), as we so often think we will achieve enlightenment on our own, without being shown or taught how to. And while its true that a few bright spirits do have the karma to be self-illuminating, for the most part our inherent potential for enlightment needs a guiding hand to steer our thoughts and actions towards the light - which is where the compassionate and wise spiritual teacher steps in to help us become wiser, kinder, and more loving. That said, even Shakyamuni Buddha advised everyone to test his teachings as if they were nuggets of gold, and not just accept out of reverence. So in the words of our most precious guiding light, H.H.14th Dalai Lama, “The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.” i.e. 'the teacher within'. As such, this is the Moon to give thanks for the wisdom of the sages. __/\__

Beautiful art from Karma Phuntsok, with love & thanks for sharing

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Full Moon in Capricorn ~ July 16 ~> Shadow & Light

The lunation now culminating in a midnight Full Capricorn Moon on the 19th/20th July (22:57 19th UT) began earlier this July, with the still cardinal Cancer Sun and its’ ruler, the Moon, opposite Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto is the tiny outer-planet that packs powerful impact. As a ‘generational’ planet, Pluto’s influence can be extremely far-reaching, working on subtle and atomic, psychic levels; weighing the soul evolution of the masses, especially notable when accented by the waxing Full Moon, as it is this July 2016.

At the further-reaches of our solar system, Pluto is ‘Lord of the Underworld’. As such, any heavenly body that comes into contact with Pluto is familiarized with the shadowy world of the hidden and a depth of psychology in which one faces existential fears and phobias and unspoken taboos such as sexual relations, death, and taxes. Pluto currently holds sway over the determined and practical Sea-Goat, Capricorn – an ambitious sign that requires (spiritual) initiation when crossing into its threshold, which Pluto entered 2008 and finally leaves on November 2024. During this 16-year period, Pluto’s journey from dark to light (and back again for some), signifies testing times, discipline, and intense rites-of-passage in personal and collective transformation through the dissolution of traditional power structures and old crystallised thoughts or worn-out ideals that no longer support or prevent the revelation of truth. Be aware: whatever is no longer necessary, or that has been secretly pushed under-the-carpet and out-of-sight, can suddenly find itself in plain view at any point throughout these years especially when Pluto is aspecting ‘The Lights’ (Sun & Moon) (bringing the recent 7xUR-PLSQ to life again), to be given a closer inspection and judgement in relevance. Now in aspect to the Moon, emotions run deep.

My own astrology teacher, the late, great Howard Sasportas taught in reference to Pluto transits (which can be passionately emotional/relationship, psychological, sexual, or financial depending upon where Pluto lies in birth chart), that one needs to ‘go down’ and descend into the depths before ‘rising up’, stronger and more determined. Pluto’s lessons can be hard (even with good aspects), sometimes harder than Saturn’s, as they involve a total eradication of destructive emotions; particularly ignorance, jealousy and obsession. As the Lamas tell us: it is only when one is free of such attachments, one's mind is able to ascend towards the light like the lotus through muddied waters, reaching out of the dark towards the Sun and the full Light of consciousness.

“Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it’s dark.” ~Zen Proverb

From an individual’s point of view, though possibly on the edge of crisis (emotional or spiritual, financial or practical), this Full Capricorn Moon spotlights the unconscious and squares up to the agent of change, Uranus: transformation can come about through surprising new means. By letting go of the obsessive need to control (others, or even one’s self, and noting that discipline is not the same as control), developing trust in those tell-tale gut-instincts can now help get closer to one’s essential essence and stay on centre.

Acknowledging past results affect future developments (a.k.a. karma) also enables us to pave the way to affect a positive outcome: events surrounding this Full Moon can actually help us to begin the process of building trust by dismantling walls – emotional, real and perceived – that prevent access to feeling wholly connected to our personal spirit of consciousness. Let go of unhelpful energy patterns, and remain mindful in the present moment to dissolve ego desire or fear, and be at one with time and space – all of which can be wonderfully liberating. 

Also, it’s good to be aware how there are always techniques that can be employed to help overcome certain negative emotions that could emerge during this Lunar culmination: we just need to practice and become familiar with methods that work. With jealousy, for instance, we need to learn how to go beyond ourselves and our own wants and worries, and truly rejoice about other people’s successes; whether in relationship, job, intelligence, strength, beauty, money, house, be happy for them – even if it means you’re are not in a situation which you had imagined.  Granted, counting other people’s blessings may be a challenging exercise for some, but it’s not impossible.  It is, however, a sure-fire way to access the inner you, the deepest part of you, from where a powerful ego transformation begins. And this alchemical treasure trove is found purely by celebrating others’ good fortune when feelings of jealousy arise.  It’s also the sacred part of the emotional body from where strength, love, and resilience can be tapped into and stored – a love that can be showered upon self, as well as others.  

To rise-up,  phoenix-like,  from the ashes of difficult situations, be they personal or collective, could now be made easier during this Capricorn Full Moon, which is, in point of astrological fact, the high-flying tail of a very helpful, rare ‘Kite Formation’. In effect throughout the Full Moon and headed by the caring Cancer Sun in the marvellous ‘Grand Water Trine’, and with active Mars and shamanic Chiron, this ‘feminine’ and rare Full Moon Kite also features a mini-triangle, with the sensitive Moon in harmonious sextile to both, the dynamic and now-direct Mars, at home in formidable Scorpio, and the Piscean ‘wounded-healer’, Chiron; this earth-water elemental combination (Capricorn Moon is ‘earthy’) suggests psychic as well as real boundaries are essential for any seed of creation to find form; bear in mind that even flying a kite in high wind needs a practiced hand with string to hold and steer the kite to apparently dance freely in flight. 

In short: this moon is for surveying old walls as well as creating careful new markers for future reference – all of which is subject to change.  Before the end of the calendar month, Uranus, the planet seeding change, will begin a lengthy retrograde. Those born between the 7 and 14th April could feel the winds of change more than most; though many will need until the end of November to understand the importance of powerful jolts of awareness. 

By the time the New Leo Moon rolls around August 2nd, the planetary energies will have shifted emphasis, towards overcoming the fear of taking personal responsibility for freedom.  When the question will be: how dependable are you? Clue: VERY!