Wednesday, 2 August 2017

“Three things cannot be hidden: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.

7th August Lunar Full Moon Partial Eclipse

15° Leo Sun – Aquarius Moon @18:11UT


“Three things cannot be hidden: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.” ~ Buddha

Over the coming weeks, during a spectacular eclipse season, the triple fold energy of Sun, Moon, and the truth, or at least the freedom to discover, speak and understand our truth comes to light in a dramatic and unpredictable fashion. A Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius indicates are now entering a period of surprises and exposΓ©s. Get ready now: prepare to open a generous heart to all that is genuine and sometimes seemingly crazy but decidedly real – and then implement any insight gained or revelations experienced for the benefit of others, as well as yourself. Then you, too, can learn to be naturally happy - which sounds simple enough, though a sustained effort of self-awareness to live in authentic presence – with dignity, integrity, and poise, now takes a rebellious kind of ethical discipline that also knows when its ‘right’ to bend oppressive rules in favour of benefitting the greater whole.

✰ From the astrological point of view, when our dynamic electro-magnetic Sun flashes and sparkles in the fiery sign of Leo, the solar systems’ astral authority is said to be in a favourable position, delighted to be ‘at home’ in its own domain, as Leo’s natural inclination is to emanate happiness with a steadfastly warm and loving glow. This golden luminous light is potentially at the heart of all Leo activity, boundless in both energy, and supply. As such, the congenial and dominant sign Leo is associated with creative self-expression, children and fun, art and parties, as well as all-important love and romance.
✰ Radiant Leo shines upon the part of our life and personality we consider central, i.e. Leo illuminates authority (personal, as well as the boss) and ‘the core self’, our ego identity and, on the higher vibration, our light-filled spirit. Fellow Buddhist or Vedanta readers might clamour here to say ‘But there is no Spirit, no ‘self’.’. Ultimately they would be correct: in that we are all made up of stardust as a bunch of densely vibrating atoms (made up of 99% space!), with relative sense perceptions that make it seem like the personality is solid and real. But when we actually look for the ‘conscious self’, consciousness itself is nowhere to be found. In our material world we cannot actually put our finger upon that essential sense of self anywhere, not in the brain or in the mind. What we do know about our conscious spirit, however, is that when that our heart aligns with an authentic purpose, strong in truth, then the ‘real self’ - our most natural shining nature - blazes brilliantly.  And this is exactly what the passage of the Sun in Leo and the powerful eclipses encourage us all to do: embrace all our magical gifts and talents and glisten and shimmer with a heartfelt glow.
☾☼☽Eclipses generally come in pairs, one Lunar, the other Solar, two weeks apart. During this Full Moon partial Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on Monday 7th (and ensuing Leo Solar Eclipse, 21st August), it’s as though that internal dimmer switch suddenly flickers to be turned full-on, possibly for a good few weeks, flashing golden neon during the New Moon Solar Eclipse. Subtle energies are always more pronounced during eclipses, so one must learn how to protect oneself psychically as well as physically. Therefore surround yourself with friends and loved ones who have your best interests at heart. At peak eclipse moments not only can the third eye twinkle (with a potentially vibrant crown chakra), but a certain edge of consciousness is also illuminated, enlightening never-seen-before corners within the psyche, previously shadowed by fear or doubt. It is these very insights that will help when dealing with the random outside events eclipses stir up.
However wild the weekend preceding the Monday Full Moon eclipse (on Moon day!), it could be helpful to note how this Lunar Eclipse is partial; i.e. nowhere on Earth does Luna become totally red. Instead, there will be penumbral shading at the Southern tip of the Moon, seen as peachy-pink more clearly over Asia for 30 minutes at the peak within the two hour length of time this eclipse takes to complete. And whilst the internet is focused upon the very exciting US total Solar New Moon Eclipse August 21st, this partial Lunar Eclipse sets the tone, only slightly lower-key; and is visible in Asia, Australia, Africa and Europe. Though Europe will have partial penumbral view at Moonrise, unless Europeans (not you Brits!) are Moon-bathing with a horizon in view, it won’t actually look that different.

And because the Sun is next to dynamic Mars in Leo during this eclipse, (as well as Ketu, South Node, Dragon’s Tail (from where Leo Mars likes to rattle sabres and bark orders)) this Full Eclipse Moon is cosmically bound to be dramatic. It’s also worth bearing in mind how, in Elemental Astrology, a Southerly direction shadowed (by the Earth) on the Moon, is associated with the colour red, the shape of the triangle, the zodiac signs Aries & Leo, as well as fire and lightening. Also, because this Lunar Eclipse is aligned along the Leo-Aquarius axis it awakens 2017’s Fire Phoenix, to ignite the wisdom flame in both mind and heart, to burn the dross and rise from the ashes reborn, with virtue of Spirit restored ~~~> Think back to this time last year, and note how your own creative spark of loving kindness has conquered fears in your own life, purely by creating fresh new outlooks.
Leo is a ‘personal’ sign in astrology because of its concerns with individual expression. By contrast Aquarius tends towards collective experience, team events and group activity. So while the co-operative revolutionary Aquarian Moon reflects Leo’s individual LoveLight, it’s conceivable that we, as a collective, have some kind of ‘Eureka!’ moment, when clarity and truth suddenly slot into place. The trick is not to distract each other with theatrics or talk that alienate self from others, or indeed sever the mind from one’s own intricate network of emotions. Use any original insight gained at this time to better all relations, specifically those with whom we consider our fellow kindred spirits, and you won’t be sorry. In fact, you will be empowered.

The Sun at home in the sign of the Lion also boosts personal confidence. The Lion enables one to remain steadfast strong and determined, so that we can impart playful, good-hearted cheerfulness with unconditional warmth in all our affairs. The Leo Sun also symbolises monarchs and rulers; and the quality of light of those who govern in positions of power can determine the joy of his or her subjects; just as the regal Sun radiates upon Earth to give life with light and heat, a good leader is warm and kind.

A strong Leo Sun also adds distinctive dignity and power to any given situation. So if there was ever a moment to build strength, stay strong, and sound your own horn and big-up oneself, especially about what you personally add to enhance relationship – in love, business or friendship – as well as to any group situation, this may well be the Full Aquarian Moon to celebrate successes as both Lights, Sun & Moon, are in good aspect to Jupiter, the planet of triumph and jubilation. 

And this is all well and good BUT shocking in swiftness and extremity, it’s also a Full Moon Eclipse in radical Aquarius, when the exact opposite of what is expected is almost cosmically bound to happen, as Earth blocks the Leo LoveLight of Sun for the Aquarian Moon to reflect. All the while Sun has celestial back-up in any current situation, being conjoined to a fire-cracker Mars in Leo; there may be stiff competition to out-shine and out-perform, on stage or off.  Try now to understand how speed is aggression and that being a part of competition is not the same as only partaking to win. When playing the game of life, to align in truth makes it easier to rest in a spacious loving heart and find contentment within.

You are warned: Aquarian Moons can be edgy and electric. Being put on the spot may be the moment for personal development to take centre stage – even if it means looking at traits and aspects (of our self) we would consider bombastic, bossy or disjointed. Remember at all times how we need to be fearless when bringing love to light. The Sun-Mars conjunction in trine to Saturn in Sagittarius (stationed on the Galactic Centre, to go forward in the days following the Solar Eclipse (26th August)) will remind us that loving bravely takes courage, as well as faith – and a capacity to work together under trying circumstance. Even behind a faΓ§ade of bravado, this is a time to treasure those friends who reveal your weaknesses and faults, for they offer you the real gift of truly knowing oneself.
✰ Another important astrological feature to include in this eclipse comes hot on the heels of a third and final (closing) square between Jupiter and Pluto (to conjunct 2020), accenting how the power of love really does transform, just as easily as secrets can expand power bases. Not everyone needs to know your business. Both, the 7th’s Full Moon Partial Lunar Eclipse, and the New Moon Total Solar Eclipse on the 21st, are cosmically bound to generate defining moments in our collective stories, with power-plays acted out internally as well as in the mundane world. Be aware how eclipses always mark dramatic pivotal points, watershed moments when the course of ideas, actions and emotions, as well as history, can suddenly turn and flow towards a dramatically different direction. So check this mid-season 15° fixed points of Leo and Aquarius in your own scope to gauge how critical crossroads impact your own life. If you’re old enough to remember look back 19-ish years, and get an idea of how this eclipse cycle influences.
From a mundane point of view, we may also witness sudden U-turns with governments and bosses. Because this freedom-loving Aquarian moon highlights those in authority who dictate by ‘do as I say and not as I do’, (often done in order to divide and rule) are best avoided. Take note: commanders who self-serve do not have other’s best interests at heart. Better to oversee one’s own world now and discover the sovereignty of fairness and equality that comes about from curtailing personal ego, especially by being of service to humanity.

✰ Make no mistake, the Dragon’s Head, North Node in Leo, Rahu is rising: hot, fiery and tempestuous. In ancient times people would often stay indoors to try and avoid conflicts and/or the effects of an eclipse. While monastics meditate, the lay drum and dance to scare away negative effects of losing light. Indeed, it may well be that looking at a darkened Moon, or Sun (only looked at with eclipse glasses or else risk blindness) invites confusion, and in some rare cases, with a new moon solar eclipse, bring out the oddball eccentrics en masse.

Wherever you may be August 7th, at work, home, or with friends, when the light of the brilliant Leo Sun is reflected by the group-orientated Moon in Aquarius – as it is during this Full Moon, the potential to find ones’ place – and feel assured and poised in that position – also means recognising the unique gifts we personally bring to the greater whole. So be aware: within team-work, or even working individually, a special talent could now easily surface. Exciting times for personal evolution!

✰ Two more points of esoteric astrological significance compound the need to balance self-love with that of others during this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse:

1)  In Esoteric astrology the Moon has an Aquarian Hierarchical rulership, meaning ‘the Aquarian Light that shines on Earth across the sea’ is of great import; i.e. the Noosphere, or the Unified Biofield buzzes with potentiality. Aquarius is future orientated; so any personal sensitivity is best be directed towards altruism, making the world a better place, without being cold-hearted but seeing all beings as equal.   

2)  Also in Esoteric astrology, the Spirit of the Sun ‘veils’ Uranus, the traditional ruler of Aquarius, indicating how the clarity of ‘the self’ thrives when with one’s peers or in collective situations. The aspiration to identify with accomplishments is also heightened.

✰ All of this just as Uranus begins a retrograde motion, August 3rd, only turning direct New Year’s Day 2018! Thus, for the rest of the year Uranus retrograde in Aries inflames the 2017 year of the Phoenix Fire Bird’s Grand Fire trine, taking place between the Leo North Node (Dragon’s Head) and Saturn in Sagittarius to spark the passionate flames of creative love. Indeed, Uranus makes a final exact trine to Saturn 11:11, providing spacial awareness that opens a powerful portal for heroic inner-work, for the spiritual warrior who generates altruism to galvanize and inspire, bravely lighting the way for others on the path. 
✰ The last point to mention on this extended Full Moon Eclipse report concerns Mercury retrograde on 13th August, going back from Virgo into Leo, to pick up the exact degree of the Solar Eclipse 21st August! Both the Celestial Messenger and the Sun will accent the bight Fixed Royal Star, Regulus, at the heart of the Lion. Unbridled success can be enjoyed under this star, and is phenomenal – if only for a short time, as missions can dramatically fail should revenge, pride or arrogance be primary motivation.  Suffice to say that whatever theatrics take place during these coming weeks (timed since July 24th), there’s every chance we will still be talking about (whatever) the situation well into the Autumn Equinox.  

Upon closing I wish everyone to have a wonderful Full Moon and Eclipse season. With LoveLight from Agent Dakini (who still has a few places left for retreats in Southern France –> press here!) and a big THANK YOU to HymalayanTrader for wonderful Buddha with Dragons illustration thangka _/\_
And remember in all this Leo love action:
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.”


Sunday, 9 July 2017

♋♑ ~> River Deep – Mountain High - Sun in Cancer Full Moon in Capricorn 17°09’ @5:07 UT July 9th

☽☼☾ On July 9th, from the outer reaches of our solar system, the astrological Lord of the Underworld, Pluto, aligns perfectly with a Full Moon @ 17°09’ Capricorn, opposite the Cancerian Sun (at same degrees). During this alignment certain situations, feelings or relationships are cosmically bound to transform purely by being confident, caring, and daring to look and indeed going beyond the norm. Take note: this is a Full Moon where discipline is called for when taking action to go bravely beyond one’s comfort zone, especially when exploring Pluto’s mysteries.
Enigmatic Pluto is a generational planet, meaning entire swathes of people born between rather long time frames have a similar means of transforming all that which no longer serves. Ruthless in fixity, Pluto is the planet of extremes that takes one higher onto the mountain, deeper into the unknown, safe in the wisdom that we are never really alone and that the cosmos always supports – even in the face of adversity. The generation born today will bear the celestial hallmark of an Pluto in Capricorn, the sign of the spiritual and ambitious mountain goat. Thus, it’s a collective, all-or-nothing transformation of authority, taxes, business, and, perhaps most importantly, the conservation of shared resources, such as the land, mining and forestry. Sharing such assets could also come naturally to those who are intent on making the world an easier place for the many and not the few*.
Often with an air of invisibility, Pluto is an metamorphic planet of secrets and power, sexual magnetism and psychic sensibility – a slow-moving planet that can indicate a seductive gradual unfolding of subtle energies now illuminated by the Sun. Due to its long orbit around the Sun (248 years), Pluto is currently slowly ploughing through earthy, ambitious, mountain-climbing Capricorn, making transparency – or the lack of it – a key issue for those hungry for control by any means possible. But while the last of vestiges of the ‘7x Uranus-Pluto Cardinal square’ continues to spotlight corruption and tyranny (without and within), the collective task of altruistic 'social reform in the age of technological innovation'** (the Uranus-Pluto square that lasts from 2010-2018) continues apace, sadly all-too-often with the kind of upheaval and disruption that can make people cynical, anxious and suspicious.
Because the sensitive Moon is in its’ ‘fall’ in Capricorn, even the unconditional nurturing nature of Mother Moon may seem limited. For whatever reason: too busy, too tired, too hard bitten, or unable to emote by letting the mind rule the heart, the Moon with profound Pluto indicates there’s a tendency towards a broody sangfroid, dressed up in a seductive sexiness that exudes issues of control, that do no one any favours. Should you encounter this attitude within yourself or others – as the Moon and Pluto in Capricorn can turn things against oneself, best move on, investing time and energy into accomplishing matters that satisfy the deeply spiritual side of yourself by being profound in ways that empower, yet still allow one to remain private and confidential in one’s accomplishment.
From the astrological historical point of view, what makes this Moon Pluto contact most interesting is how both the Cancerian Sun and Mars (the latter a Pluto adversary) have all come together to highlight the degree of Pluto’s discovery, which was in Cancer at the time when the nuclear bomb was discovered, as well as the introduction for birth-control pills for women. Pluto is the planet of sex, death, snake medicine, and other people’s assets, so it no surprise to see life and death issues now raised – and attempts to control the feminine Shakti power. It’s also evolutionary Pluto’s nodal degree, indicating an unseen power portal has opened, through which we can jointly tunnel through difficulties, by concentrating and holding the light in focus.
All the while Pluto and the Moon reflect the beams of the comforting Cancerian Sun – in the Moon’s home sign; the strength of which may resemble the warm love a mother has for her child, a love which may even negate and avert any potential dark night of the soul, especially for those who can handle opposition with grace and clarity.
Yet even though the radiant Sun is in the Moon’s domain, Sol cosies up to usually dynamic Mars, but which is now in ‘detriment’ in the sign of the Crab, i.e. Mars is not the Sun’s usual strong henchman and both Sun and Moon sense vulnerability. Mars is in fact currently very weak and battle scarred, possibly even needing a place to rest and looking forward to holidays. In Cancer, heroic Mars also defends ideals that lie in the ancestral past. Even if skeletons rattle in the Plutonic closet, family ties are important over this Full Moon. With nepotism aside, Mars with the Sun also suggests the chances for staying home to make fairy cakes may (eventually) ignite more passion than swashbuckling with celebrity pirates in super yachts and other such brash summer fun. So best save the bling until the New Leo Moon in a couple of weeks, when its sparkles a-go-go.
Within astrological rulerships there are times, however, when planets in ‘fall’ and ‘detriment’ can still helpfully connect to facilitate positive outcomes. And this could well be the case at this Full Moon, as Mars is exalted in Capricorn, and the Moon at home in Cancer. So both Mars, and Luna, find themselves in signs in which the other excels. This kind of mutual admiration from afar can work wonders; a configuration such as this can help clarify good friends from bad enemies – which could be very handy at a Full Moon that reactivates the now infamous ‘Cardinal Cross of The Central Spiritual Sun’: the astrological configuration dominating the heavens in various waves of intensity for the past seven years raising spiritual awareness as well as the materialistic opposite. As the Lights, Sun and Moon, also form a tight T-Square to expansive Jupiter in harmonious Libra, they also tighten the square towards Uranus in Aries July 10th, as the Moon then creates a square Cardinal sky mandala, with four planets each approximately 90° apart. Just as Jupiter’s far sighted wisdom make it the Cardinal Cross’s synthesiser, it is Uranus that functions as THE ‘Agent of Change’, with the intention to benefit others the stimulus to act. Those who have planets dominant in Cardinal signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn in his or her scope may even experience a seemingly sudden change of direction the day after the exact culmination of the Full Moon, around July 10th, extending the time-frame to the above mentioned New Leo Moon, July 23rd.
A Cardinal Cross is always action-packed, and the will to perfect good actions will certainly hold one in karmic stead. Whatever a planet/sign joins the either Sun or Moon, in this instance of the Cardinal Square with Mars, Jupiter, Pluto, Uranus, it further defines and suddenly brings to light, from out of the shadows all kinds of previously hidden and murky issues. Pluto in Capricorn, for instance, means empire-building Big Boys feel the heat. Make no mistake, getting to the bottom of certain shared secrets and investments during this Full Moon is no ordinary mission, but one that requires utmost self-control, responsibility and TRUST.
Sun and Moon are approaching good aspect to Chiron, which has just gone retrograde for the rest of the year, only going forward at the beginning of December, bring the healing of our waters, emotions and dreams to the fore. Shaman Chiron squares up to karmic Saturn to face-up to the pain which teaches compassion.
This year of the Fire Bird’s insightful and creative ‘Fire Trine’ also now begins to witness planets and asteroids come and go within 2017’s astral triangle featuring key players: Uranus in Aries, North Node in Leo, and Saturn in Sagittarius. Notably, Warrior Goddess Pallas Athena, though now shifting signs into Taurus, stays close to Uranus for the rest of the year, indicating a need to plan for iconoclastic change; and Karmic Saturn now joins the dark side of the feminine, Black Moon Lilith, for a few months of intense soul searching into one’s own truth, especially giving form to the heady responsibility of the wild woman’s freedoms; plus the August eclipses when The Lights’ really begin to spark and burn away the dross to reveal an innate inner-wisdom.
To sum up, standing in the shadows may seem like a preferred option for some in the run up to Full Moon culmination, but as Luna peaks the desire to instigate alternatives and revel in the new and beautiful may be too irresistible – though it may still take time to formalise options and adjustments.
With Full Moon Blessings of Love and Light - especially as this is also Guru Purnima, the day we honour our teachers, to whom I give thanks for their blessings and faith, from Laura aka Astro Dakini πŸ™❤️πŸ’–πŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’›
Also, a note to say there are a few places left for this year’s Astrology Retreats in Southern France.
And a mention to two astrologers whose work struck me this week : * Bill Herbst – Mountain Astrologer Dec ‘15 & **Astrid Fallon – Planetary Cycles, with Love and thanks πŸ™πŸ’•also to Onejian from Deviant Art for Buddha Mountain Buddha artwork πŸ™❤️

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

• • •( ( (☾ ☼ DARK MOON SOLSTICE ☼ ☽) ) )• • •

“As you breathe in, cherish yourself.
As you breathe out, cherish all Beings.”
~ His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama __/\__
June 21st 2017 @4:24UT Sun 0 Cancer Moon 18 Taurus
☼ Our Sun is ‘The Great Illuminator’ and ‘the Spiritual Centre’ which freely radiates warmth, love and light from its’ generous heart. Life on Earth thrives when we have the right proportions of light and warmth: too much light and we are over stimulated; too much heat and we burn. For the spiritual warrior it’s important to recognise the phases, strength – and courage – of the Sun so that we can mindfully tune into the innate healing power that emanates from our central life-giving source - and take cover when too hot
☼ Sun represents our consciousness. In esoteric astrology it is ‘The Light of intelligence’. In the horoscope, the Sun in individual identity, central to one’s being, determining who we are growing into (a process which can take a lifetime), as well as the dominant issues we are managing and learning in this life.
☼ Yang in quality, Sun is also authority, ego, father and boss. At 0 degrees Cancer – Capricorn Sun dertemins a major turning point: right now it begins the longest days in the North, and shortest in the south, before it changes to swap around again. align in your scope to get an idea of what, how and where the world axis activates one’s own inner-authority.
☼ When Sun is at standstill, as it is over Solstice for the next three days it creates a cosmic pause; like 'the gap' in meditation that happens in between our out breath and the in. Solstice is the collective pause. For the practice meditator Solstice could even encourage samahdi. For most of us a Dark Moon Solstice is a time in which we can rest, and gather closely our thoughts, friends and ideas .
☽ With the Dark Moon ending this Saka Dawa lunation, Luna is exalted in Taurus (Buddha’s birth sign), conjunct Venus, also at home in Taurus. As the Queens of the Night meet, Moon & Venus together provide a feminine touch for perfect days – and nights - to reflect and meditate upon that which we value, before the New Moon Saturday 24th makes it a weekend of newness and setting the right intention for healing familial, working, and personal relationships.
With love and thanks to all... ☸️πŸ’–☸️ πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™
& to unknown artist for sun-filled Buddha 

Friday, 9 June 2017

☸ • πŸ”― Fire Bird Saka Dawa DΓΌchen πŸ”― • ☸ Jun 9/10th 2017

Celebrating Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment & Paranirvana
Karma multiplied day x 100 million πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

Challenges can bring the Gift of Wisdom ~>

Don’t be frightened – Get Enlightened!

18°53′ Full Moon in Sagittarius
9th June @13:09UT, 2017

Functioning as our emotional radar, the June Full Moon, a.k.a. the ‘Bright Love Moon’ or ‘Honey Moon’, is an intuitive Full Moon that heightens senses and accents a dynamic and passionate heart. What naturally comes into focus during this three-night Full Moon could easily stimulate thoughts and feelings which ultimately appertain to brighter prospects in all relationships, with partners and lovers, brothers, sisters and authority, nature and humanity.
πŸ”― Dominating in varying degrees of intensity over the course over this Full Moon is a beautifully auspicious 6-pointed Yang Star formation, involving elements Air and Fire, interlocking with a ‘Grand Air Trine’ and the Fire Bird year’s ‘Grand Fire Trine’. Triangles in the horoscope, as regular readers will know, demand personal interaction to get the most out of any cosmic brilliance on offer. This double tetrahedron shining Yang-Star proposes a unifying and spiritually enhancing Full Moon; one that has the potential to educates us all to think creatively and help overcome concerns about taking risks that appertain to spiritual growth and understanding.

πŸ”― There is a celestial catch to easily tuning into a 6-pointed Star ascension, with potentially twinkling chakras sparkling the radiant clear ascension of Shakti-power, as La Luna conjoins Saturn, Karmic Taskmaster extraordinaire to reveal deeply ingrained limitations. Emotional and personal, perceived or real, obstacles seem to come with a long history, or may not even originate entirely from recent actions, originating instead from a past (life) source.
Together Moon and Saturn present an immediately felt reality; however hard truth may be to digest, wisdom is often only gained through challenging circumstance and facing fears head-on. And therein is the major focus of this Full Moon report, because it’s a changeable and fiery Full Moon in zealous Sagittarius, conjunct the Time Lord Saturn (only recently emerged from a tussle with an out-of-bounds, reckless upstart, Mars). 

The Moon and Saturn jointly become the tail of our high-flying Fire-Air Yang-Star, also in Kite formation; as the Air Element fans the winds to ignite the flames of passion, reminding us how together we can fly our dreams to form a starry, heart-centred future. Though, because it’s Saturn on our tail, those with less conviction, blinded by dangerous propaganda could be cowed by fear or doubt. Successful outcomes depend upon the amount of personal concern one invests in looking forward with optimism, embracing new skills to stretch the mind – and the imagination.

Individual responsibility – even about collective issues – always takes on a deeply karmic resonance whenever the Moon is with fatalistic Saturn. While this combo sounds like heavy weather – especially on a karma multiplied day, as Saturn concentrates the receptive (public) responsibility and sympathy of the Moon; it can seem stormy and depressing to some. But this is also a planetary pattern that indicates how we have reached an information/knowledge threshold. From this crossing point we can pass into a world of greater illumination – on SakaDawa - and implement into everyday life a practical kind of wisdom. To reinterate: as long as one is personally prepared to work with and see each other as brothers and sisters on planet Earth, no matter what creed, colour or sex, then being in diverse communities with those from different cultures and beliefs, and with tolerance of ‘the other’, we are more easily able to maintain the open heartmind – which is essential to embrace the evolutionary sacred space of the 6-pointed star.

Though it has to be said that the Moon and Saturn combination, in its more workaday sense, can solidify and give form; but again, only with greater effect with personal involvement. Check 17-27 degrees Sagittarius in your own chart to see where Saturn and the Moon illuminate real and concrete issues, so that you/we really know what we are up against. Remember patience is called for. Sometimes pain, problems, uphill struggles can appear so daunting they seem insurmountable. But don’t worry: this is a mutable Full Moon that determines change is our only constant – and timing is, of course, key to understanding change – and karma – which is where astrology excels.

Being the Lord of Karma, Saturn, is often depicted as an old man with a long grey beard, holding a scythe, indicating the cutting down of what was once flourishing. In the reaping, lines get drawn in the earth (could we see more interesting crop circles?!), while boundary-defining Saturn emphasizes the working aspects of farms, finances, public buildings, governments, and the elderly. And with the Moon, Saturn also highlights personal wisdom through harmonising (feminine) experience; in Sagittarius there is also philosophy, academia, in-laws and order to consider.

Rather telling about this Full Moon is how the Gemini Sun is joined by a planetoid, Ceres: the Great Earth Mother. So on one side of the zodiac we see the karmic (Grim) reaper shining with the emotive Moon; and on the other, Mother Goddess of grain, growth and grieving, under the hot Sun’s beams.
Sun’s Gemini Twins and Ceres are also conjunct a Fixed Star, ‘Rigel’, which is a wonderfully bright star that accents wealth through knowledge and education. Rigel marks the Hunter Orion’s left foot that touches Eridanus, the ‘River of Life’ (and the path of the Sun’s passage across the ecliptic); and is a star that denotes being in the flow, nourished by water’s wealth and riches. Mythology tells of the Hunter, in killing all Earths’ beasts he oversteps the mark; and how the Great Goddess sent a scorpion to fatally sting Orion to stop him. Not being cautious, or going ahead while weak, is an important message to take on board, especially for battered cowboys that ride the edge of town looking to party.

While Sun and Ceres do not contact Scorpio in this Full Moon horoscope, Sun does form a quincunx (the 150° awkwardly adjusting push-me-pull-you aspect), to Pluto, Scorpio’s ruler currently in Capricorn (and yet to have third Jupiter-Pluto Square August 4th); all the while Moon throws a connecting semi-sextile that links the wilds of Sagittarius to conservative Capricorn (which rules Saturn); there’s a minor temptation to thrive on the psychological-tensions that surround the never-ending cycle life-death and rebirth.
Synthesising all this suggests we need to inform and educate, and create healthy limits around negative influences that pollute the mind. Rigel’s position also gives a love of action and great success when we learn our lessons: to be life-supporting by nurturing mind, body and soul, to be life-sustaining, not life-defeating. This then, is a Full Moon to really take on board karmic Saturn’s maxim ‘As you sow, so shall you reap’.

Though a mercurial Gemini Sun is generally restless and moves in double-quick time (and along with it the pace of brotherly love, as well as gossip, global news and information), Luna next to Saturn urges us to disseminate slowly, taking time to look with a longer-view at what is already growing, as well as that which can be grown. Be aware how rushing headlong over hurdles could only slow one down this June 8-9-10th. To avoid depleting nerves – and develop resilience – best be comfortable while assessing complications or hindrances; travelling for work could also be slow. 

Another astrologically major factor to consider when observing this visionary Full Moon conjunct a retrograde Saturn, is that they are both bang-on the Galactic Centre, accenting the gravity of a massive black hole around which our entire galaxy spins. The Sagittarian Archer’s arrow now points towards a very specific galactic opening. A Centaur tends to THINK BIG at the best of times; and performing actions for the greater good of the whole could open doors and create opportunities that help stay on course when holding the light, and could possibly even explain phobias of being mysteriously pulled into the unknown.
Ultimately, the planets in mutable signs, Gemini & Sagittarius, are also in a tight T-Square to illusive Neptune/Chiron in Pisces, teaching that nothing lasts forever and everything is subject to change. So while the Sun is in Gemini we may want to seek out myriad distractions that promise, albeit temporarily alleviation from tacking whatever is it that bugs or prevents from accomplishing ambitions, even going so deep to admit that any impediment could well be linked to the shallowness of our understanding.

Maturity is required to move ahead freely into the spaces in between (thoughts, places, people) that which you think hold you back. Luckily both ‘Lights’, Sun & Moon (and therefore Earth Goddess and Grim Reaper) are also in the good, triangle aspect with expansive, freedom-loving Jupiter. Jupiter is also extremely potent right now (activating Libra & Aries and situations from April, when Venus retrograde the opposite degree) . After four and half months of retrograde motion, Jupiter is at station to go forward at 13° in relationship-orientated, peace-loving Libra on the third night of the Full Moon. Lawful contracts can be signed, finances balanced, fashion shows and partnership issues harmonised.

πŸ”― Lastly, this is also a ‘Mini Moon’ in as much as it will look much smaller than usual, but it still holds potent qualities to impart creativity and idealism. As both the virile Sun and confident Jupiter will be in applying (strong) mode to the destiny-fulfilling Aquarian South Node, invigorating the intellectual Grand Air Trine for a week, we become innately aware of the need for balance and clarity in all social dealings. So that when the unifying Grand Air Trine fuses with the spiritually enhancing Grand Fire Trine, between Saturn, Uranus and the North Node, we can learn to glow from the inside out (see Full Moon reports for April & May for details). Within the natural warmth that arises when Air and Fire mingle, all our relationships can become mutually meaningful.

Wishing all being be happy and free from suffering at this Fire Bird Saka Dawa _/\_
β„’β„΄Ρ΅β„― _/✿\_ & thanks to for spiritually uplifting artwork
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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Fire bird Sakadawa ~> New Moon Gemini _/\_ 25th May 2017 ♊ πŸ™

The New Gemini Moon of the Fire Bird Year (20:44BST) is perigee, meaning it is the closest New Moon to Earth of the year, with tides higher than usual - and emotions could also overflow up to three days after the New Moon.

For the Himalayan Buddhist this New Moon is the start of Sakadawa, and a karma multiplied month x100 that gains momentum until the Full Moon June 9th, when ka
rma is multiplied by 100 billion as we celebrate the Buddha’s enlightenment.

Although this sounds delightful in the need to be mindful of action and results, this is also a New Moon with two rather difficult astral signatures within its scope: one is how the Goddess of Love, Venus – now conjunct asteroid Pallas Athena - is bringing out the fearless warrior woman looking for serious change. And as Venus and Pallas square up to Pluto, the secretive planet of control, it puts the feminine archetype into a powerful position, which may or may not work. Successful outcomes depend upon intention and insight.

Another factor to take into account is one of my least favourite transits, that of feisty Mars in opposition (Rx) to taskmaster Saturn. This combination of the two planetary malefics can signify all kinds of hard-hitting bully-boy tactics. And as the Moon connects to this aspect over the weekend, it brings home harsh realities and how much work needs to be done to overcome doubt and fear. We would all do well to take an active responsibility within our various walks of life, so that can we find within the strength to overcome any fear that could stultify positive potential.

Back in the 80’s there used to be a popular phrase that I always found helpful which was ‘feel the fear – but do it anyway’; and Pema Chodron says in her book 'When things fall apart' "Usually we think that brave people have no fear. The truth is that they are intimate with fear. When I was first married, my husband said I was one of the bravest people he knew. When I asked him why, he said because I was a complete coward but went ahead and did things anyhow." So be brave, my friends, as life goes on in its myriad of changes. Thankfully the planets begin to brighten up somewhat towards the middle of next week.
May all our new Moon intentions be helpful, especially to be free from the fear of suffering by the means of enlightened thoughts, words and activity. πŸ™πŸŒΉ

With many thanks for 'Chenrezig, Lord of Compassion', to unknown artist _/\_

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

‘Wesak’ ~ ‘Buddha Purnima’ & the Anima Mundi ~> Full Moon 2017

_/\_ Transforming the Life of the World Soul _/\_

Sun in Taurus & Full Moon 20°24 Scorpio @ 22:42BST
At the time of a Fixed cross-quarter Full Moon (i.e. halfway point between an equinox and solstice) Wednesday 10th May, the steady Taurus Sun shines also with a Fixed Star, Botein (meaning back leg), adding a frolic with gusto to the Bull’s usually slow and sturdy gait. While planets wander skies and signs, ‘Fixed Stars’ remain static (to the human eye), bestowing a universal dimension to any horoscope. Fixed Stars broaden the astrological background picture from personal to solar to cosmic, from singular Spirit to a union with the heart of the Divine. Always augmenting the qualities of whichever planet activates the Fixed Star, all sorts of tendencies come into sharper focus – often in an extreme manner, positive or negative, depending upon the intensity of a star’s magnitude and its’ position in the heavens. 

It’s interesting to note while the often stubborn stuck-in-the-mud Taurean Sun receives Botein’s playful boot towards earthy abundance and flowery fertility with all the Bull’s material blessings, the highly intuitive, extremely-intense, super sexy Scorpio Moon conjuncts a rare green-star, Zubenelshamali. This is a Fixed Star under which the ancients advised little movement; emphasising instead a careful balancing act, weighing-up the qualities and value of the planet in question, which in this case is the Moon, i.e. what makes us feel secure on an everyday level. Indeed, according to fixed star expert, Robson, when the sensitive Moon transits Zubenelshamali (the northern pan of a set of scales) it’s good to buy cattle but not to navigate. And though this might not stop a desirous Bull from shopping or flirting, it may well bring out another Taurean trait, such as lazy procrastination when not much gets done (and this may be a good thing!).

Therein lies (on the sun lounger) this Full Moon’s polarising factor: Sun is Spirit’s essence – not to be confused with the brash ego authority, as it receives a cosmic light to swing into action; all the while the Scorpio Moon illuminates personal and intimate relationship (sexual as well as financial); and our global families need’s signal a time to count blessings and stocktake assets and chattels (cattleπŸ˜‰ included, food as well as finances and taxes, buildings and intimate affairs) all of which will require a modicum of patient, careful handling in order to tally successfully poised.

The portents are helpful to remain optimistic and open-minded when assessing our resources, especially those we have to share, be it finances or friends, gifts and/or talents. And though still in its’ ‘separating shadow period’ Mercury now going forward to return May 20th, to the very same place as when it when retro, indicates the chances are that rifling through your address book could easily reveal connections and/or reconnections with those who can help you perceive value in life, which then enhances your physical, emotional or spiritual wellbeing. 

Evaluation of self in comparison to others, however, is not a helpful hobby and should also come with a warning: do not compare yourself to others! Be aware that no one, anywhere, at any time, will ever do/be/have anything like the same as you. Amazingly, even though we are ‘One under the same Sun’, when it comes to our personalities, paths and relationships, we are all exceptionally different (as indicated by our unique birth chart). 

Any appraisal you may now take should also take into account how others also have their own karmic path to walk and talk. And you have yours. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, or how good-looking, rich or privileged xyz is, or the kind of car anyone drives, there will always be someone else smarter, cooler or cuter behind you, and someone else similar in front. 

The point about self-worth is to be happy with where, and who you are now. Richness isn’t about material possession or what you have or own. Finding your passion and making it work for you enhances self-worth (which is, of course, where astrology really works as it highlights skill and challenge). It’s also important to recognise that you have within your power, especially with a Scorpio Moon, to change your personal relationship to your own obsessions and envy – and maybe, just maybe, to even rejoice in other people’s success.
Also note how Luna is in her fall in Scorpio. So best avoid making a drama out of any crisis, in relationship, at work, with friends, or at home. Even if you feel like you are going through difficult times of releasing the old and outmoded, be good to yourself and simplify goals (and possibly join that lazy old Bull on the sofa). 

In actuality this could be quite an intense Moon, with a couple of very interesting opposing factors to consider: 

☩ As well as ‘The Lights’, Sun & Moon, both also making helpful aspects to outer celestial wanderers Chiron, Neptune and Pluto – illuminating collective wounds amid the longing to transform. Couple these astral configurations with the alignment of Sun and Moon, in the latter degrees of Taurus and Scorpio, plus how the nodal axis has shifted backwards into Leo-Aquarius. And iIt means this Full Moon carries with it the transformational qualities of a ‘Grand Fixed Cross’. 

So not only is it a ‘cross-quarter’ Full Moon in fixed signs, but the Lights also form an actual ‘Fixed Cross’ formation with the destiny fulfilling Nodes. A ‘Cross’ formation has four celestial markers, ninety degrees apart to form a large square that dominates the chart; and this particular case it also means the Lights are coming to perfect a position known as being ‘at the bends’, i.e. when a planet squares the karmically connected Nodes (Dragon’s head and Dragon’s tail, the unseen portals Rahu and Ketu respectively). In this configuration, learning from past collective issues is crucial to remaining true to one’s ethics and principles. 

☩ Carrying a metaphoric cross can obviously stress and crucify the human spirit, which seeks freedom from pain, suffering and sacrifice, free to skip the light fantastic through the noosphere of ideas and concepts, and into the playful sphere of enlightened happiness. Such is the calling of Spirits’ consciousness. 

To remain in one’s flow with faith, in trust, untouched by phase or fortune, one needs to relax the heart and mind comfortably. A powerful stimulation from the Fixed Cross can deeply impact upon the heart, however, provoking transformation from within. An emotional heart struggles, as we all do from time to time, to unknot the confusion and chaos of our heart’s desire, our anger or ignorance, which, unless we get a handle on a runaway psyche, habitually haunts our lives; but this often self-imposed psychological torture need not blight us, though it requires practical training to calm the heart and mind, and remain authentic to one’s true nature. 

☩ Such discipline and training are the astrological domain of Saturn, always a key player in any Fixed Cross. Saturn’s presence is made all the more significant whenever there are crisis turning points (as in the current association with the nodes). Even a retrograde Saturn can teach one how to be resilient in the face of the torrent of life’s demands – as in that delightful Scorpio meme: what doesn’t do you in makes you stronger. With the Fixed Cross, a healthy soul also develops sunny Leo’s generosity, plus the Aquarian ability to keep an open mind and look on the bright side of life (even if it is a little weird); add the Taurus talent of holding attention, and one’s welfare could soon be secure enough to allow intuition to go beyond superficial instruction. With such consciousness one can also transform selfishness into selflessness. 

There are two key ways to harness the transformational quality of a Fixed Cross: 

1) ♄ With Saturn in Sagittarius urging us to develop philosophical understanding, the higher mind and ethical wisdom, we can tamp-up personal disciple and self-control by working with our own natal Saturn; and/or empower by tuning into the Phoenix Fire Trine, to which Saturn will be a key player for almost the rest of the year. 

2) ♆ Neptune can dissolve the fears Saturn may bring up, and activate from within what is known in esoteric astrology as ‘love-aspiration’, which is the desire for all beings to be well and happy. Once again, you can find support from your own personal Neptune, and if inclined merge with the current passage of oceanic Neptune through magical Pisces, by further developing compassion and loving kindness by bringing the love-aspiration into daily life. 

Lastly, this Full Moon is also known as ‘Wesak’ or ‘Buddha Purnima’ across much of the Asian world, a festival celebrating a most famous Taurus, Shakyamuni Buddha, who, in good earthy Taurus style was born under a tree, gained enlightenment under a tree, and even died under one. Just that simple fact alone about the historical man of peace tells us that inner-peace and happiness can all be found in nature! Thus when dealing with issues of shared values and self-worth over this Full Moon, an easy way to begin to cherish all life and raise self-esteem may well be found in the great outdoors, where you can literally transform your soul with a magical Moonbathe, and possibly even make a difference to the world’s soul too, the ‘anima mundi’ – heaven knows Mother Earth also needs to know she is loved too sometimes πŸ˜‰

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