Sunday, 29 May 2011

Cosmic Twins point way with triple set of eclipses -> June '11

A New Gemini Moon at 22:03 BST, on June 1st, is a partial Solar Eclipse over the northern Arctic, stretching from Sibera to Nova Scotia, also marking ‘Saka Dawa’, the most the venerated lunar month in the Tibetan calendar. Saka Dawa celebrates Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana ( this often happens a month after the rest of Asia). 

This eclipse, although partial, is still an important astrological phenomenon as the Dragon’s tail (following South Node) in the sign of the Gemini Twins highlights the need to come from a well-informed place - implying the time is ripe for some serious mind-training. It's time for a healthy neuroplasticity meditation. Bear in mind how eclipses are the result of earth encountering yin-yang energy vortices, from which we confront duality; all kinds of energies can swirl and ride the enquiring Gemini mind – the seen and the unseen, positive and negative, light Gemini twin and dark Gemini twin, all can spin the wild out-of-control mind and turn our thinking upside down (which can, of course, in certain circumstances be rather helpful). 

Because Gemini is an ‘Air’ sign, we are therefore encouraged to guard the Bodhi mind’s treasure, to be mindful of breath (as mind’s vehicle to Spirit) and support calm abiding Shamatha meditation so that pure prana, ki, r’lung, bio energy (different names for cosmic energy) swiftly pacifies and protects mind-body-spirit, helping not to incur negative karma.  Please also be aware that from the physical body’s perspective, breathing problems can also be magnified during this lunation (28 days), such as asthma and allergy ~& Breathe gently, even when stuck at the traffic light or in a slow-moving queue; take the opportunity to tune into breath and calm the mind with long, slow, mindful inhalation and exhalation. Earth itself is also experiencing 'winds', with powerfully strong tornadoes; and the official Atlantic hurrican season starts with this New Moon Gemini Solar Eclipse.

As this is Saka Dawa month, Karma is also multiplied throughout, with positive karma generated from taking the eight Mahayana precepts during this sacred month magnified (Basic 5 precepts: no killing, no stealing, no lying, no intoxicants, and no sexual misconduct.). What makes this Saka Dawa special is how this is a triple eclipse season with two solar eclipses, as both June and July commence with a New Moon accenting Earth’s poles: first in the Northern Land of The Midnight Sun in June, and at the Southern Antarctic (where all the world's water meets) in July. It’s as though Earth’s Sushumna is activated with this set of eclipses (so that we can consiously download the healing gamma ray activity coming from the Crab nebula) Sandwiched in between at the apt middle way, is Saka Dawa Duchen, with a Full Moon Lunar eclipse on 15th June – A Lunar eclipse (visible over Europe and Asia but not the US) just before Summer Solstice picks up the last Winter Solstice Lunar eclipse which pointed directly to the galaxy ~> amplifying an opportunity to tap into and embrace the light of intelligence, and raise the cosmic love vibration. As Sun, Moon and Earth symbolise unifying duality of the relations between male and female, yin and yang, and poles north and south, crown and root chakra, we mindfully meld action with wisdom and evolve mindful-consciousness.

Regular readers are now aware to be attentive to the subtle body, with chakras, winds and channels being extra sensitive at the time of an eclipse: Eclipses can be an integral (and sometimes backdoor) passage for spiritual evolution.  On a relative level we often witness life-changing events and situations during eclipse season, especially if the degree of the eclipse constellates our own horoscope. At 11degrees Gemini, this first of these three eclipses comes in regal style as it conjuncts Aldeberan, a Babylonian Royal star that confers honour through risk (think twice before doing anything too crazy).  This star is the (third?) eye of the Bull; which  Babylonians refferred to as 'The Furrow of Heavens' - perhaps in relation to the milky way and galaxy. In the tropical sign of Gemini, this promises to be a powerful month with the potential for awakening to collective enlightenment, particularly by analysing and questioning the verity of one’s beliefs.  
Saka Dawa Duchen culminates with a Festival of Lights on the 15th June with the lunar eclipse pointing towards the centre of the Galaxy.  This lunar eclipse shares a similar vibration with the last Winter Solstice Lunar eclipse (link to blog) in as much as it is a means for us to understand the nature of the etheric and subtle bodies, and activates the collective sacred fire. Alice A. Bailey teaches that Gemini is the Hierarchal ruler of Earth; and Earth is esoteric ruler of Sagittarius; thus the connection between these three highlights the unique relation and exaltation of the nodal axis in these signs.  This combination almost guarantees soul development: “When the dual forces of the cosmic brothers (Gemini) becomes the energy of the one who rides towards the light (Sagittarius) then the fourth (chakra or dimension) becomes the fifth (chakra or dimension). Humanity, the link, becomes the Hierarchy, the bestower of all good. Then all the Sons of God rejoice” (p356 Esoteric Astrology.  Italics are my own interpretations).

At the time of the June 1st eclipse, the horoscope indicates the Sun and Moon make wonderful aspects to disciplined Saturn: an indication how we take on our work with a greater sense of responsibility. This aligement also accents our ongoing Spiritual development with the Cardinal Cross of the Central Spiritual Sun coming into perfection only three days after the actual eclipse (so still very much within effect). The same can also be said about the lunar eclipse being only six days before the Summer Solstice, which also brings into line the Cardinal Cross.  The last of the three eclipses finishes the set with a perfect Cardinal Cross, meaning we must once again look to Uranus as the agent of the changes making an easy sextile to Mars in Gemini only a few degrees away from our original eclipse - making it even more important that we are aware of 'what goes around, comes around'. 

So while I am often labelled 'optimistic' when delivering complex astrology (I have a propensity of fire over water in my own chart), I appreciate these are extremely unusual times of enormous change, but at least we can be aware of what is happening; with information at our fingertips (Gemini) we can make an informed decision as to the direction in which we should go (Sagittarius).  I’ll probably write more about the Cardinal Cross of the Spiritual Sun over the summer... And who knows? I may even finish the sign-by-sign analysis I so enthusiastically promised last year! Meanwhile, enjoy the blessings of blissful Sakadawa love-light and remember to go easy during this intense eclipse period.   

Many thanks to LAMA ZOPA RINPOCHE, for the karma pacifying mantra; & thanks as always to Bill Brouard for the Event Horizon Buddha; to Vishnu108 for the fabulous earth twirling Buddha;  and to other unknown artist/photographers for much appreciated images.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Wesak Buddha Purnima --> Full Moon in Scorpio 2011

While the Full Moon in Scorpio is widely recognised and celebrated as the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and mahanirvana, and this upcoming Full Moon, in Fixed sign Scorpio opposite Sun in Taurus, is known all over Asia as either ‘Wesak’ or ‘Buddha Purnima’; the Tibetans have another quite complicated calendar system, which will celebrate the thrice-blessed moon known as ‘SakaDawa’ on June the 15th (when there is a solar eclipse – making the Summer Solstice Full Moon one of the year’s mega moons).

To clarify: this upcoming Full Moon, 27 degrees Taurus, at 12:09 (British Summertime) on the 17th May, is ‘Buddha Purnima’, honoured generally in the Hindu faith with Shakyamuni Buddha as an emanation of Vishnu, ‘The Preserver’; and, at the same time the three sacred events are venerated by Theravada Buddhist tradition with ‘Wesak’.

In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, during this Full Moon we connect to the ‘Wheel of Time’, Kalachakra, with the Mandala for World Peace. 


Symbolic of feelings, needs and desires, the emotive Moon in the zodiac sign Scorpio – sign of intimacy, depth and death, signals we now intuitively know when enough is enough. It’s an optimum time to root out and rid oneself of destructive habits. While the illuminating Sun in materialistic Taurus, together with the personal planets, Mecury, Venus AND Mars, shine light upon the limited satisfaction of continually chasing desire nature, this Full Moon, 26-27-28 degrees of Scorpio, highlights the spirit-soul makeover, so necessary en route to enlightenment.

Wherever this fixed axis of Taurus and Scorpio lies across an individual’s horoscope, it accents secret desires, previously hidden painful attachment and/or obsessions about power and control. Its also the alignement of fruitful Earth & perceptive Water, appreciating insight to yield results. These soulful moonbeams also illuminate a natural sixth sense, leading to the psychological, emotional, or spiritual resources which help to ease a transformation from drama to stability, fear to love, conflict to peace.

Moon & Sun now form a challenging ‘T Square’ to the Neptune-Chiron conjunction in Pisces; our understanding of Maya and dream-like illusion heals not only our own wounds, but others’ too. This configuration suggests a potenitally powerful collective spiritual healing, personal emotional renewal, and a balancing of the subtle body through ‘holding’ with positive focus and heartfelt vibration, allowing the magic of unconditional love to flow and restore faith.  (Read restructuring water/emotions).

Thanks to Visual Alchemist for Buddha Love Mind :)

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Lively up Yourself -> Four Aries planets in pre-dawn sky ->

The current Mercury-Venus-Mars-Jupiter conjunction in Aries, now seen in the pre-dawn sky is rare . We haven't seen the likes of which since 1966. Even then it only lasted 7 days, compared to the 20 days we will experience this rather dynamic conjunction, so good for new projects. Last time we had the 20 days wild alignment was in 1680, quite some time ago. The next is in 2040, so best make the most of it while we can!
Along with another tricky aspect (Uranus in Pisces (sudden floods/radiation)), this Aries alignment has already proved itself to be HUGE. Look to the part of your horoscope with the last decanate of Aries and the first of Taurus, to confirm how a bigger picture is quickly unfolding propelling action that puts personal motivation into perspective; for wherever these degrees are in the personal horoscope, there is an indication of the area where a cosmic springboard now encourages us to jump into the new, with the spirit of adventure, and stability as the goal.

Note how these four planets working together in the Aries conjunction is fast acting, and is an extremely fiery combination that can easily whip-up things to fly about the air (as we have seen with the US’s current spate of tornados). As mentioned previously, this is a time of enormous risk and pomp, be that regal, religious, or military. Whenever Jupiter is present, it tends to magnify any situation, be it good or bad, hence the current proliferation of awesome events, emotions and situations. 
This is no time to procrastinate, the call is for immediate action, of putting the new into place, be it thought, word or deed. As I write this my Brixton neighbour's reggae resounds through me with a fire trine with the Moon in Leo, the four planets in Aries, and the North Node in Sag indicate lively activity with heightened sensitivity.  With this in mind, I could even have some fun!
You're gonna lively up yourself and
Don't be no drag
You lively up yourself, oh
Reggae is another bag
You lively up yourself and don't say no
You're gonna lively up yourself
'Cause I said so
(Hear what you gonna do)
You rock so you rock so
Like you never did before
You dip so, you dip so
Dip thru my door
You come so, you come so,
Oh yeah!
You skank so, you skank so,
Be alive today.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Moon in Cancer ☽ ♥ ☽ Celestial Mother ~ Beltane '11

A beautiful & fairly long-lasting conjunction between loving Venus and messenger Mercury can currently make our conncection with the Mother Goddess a healing experience. Until 24th May, the Venusian heart and Mercurial mind lock into tight cosmic embrace as they transition from the last degrees of autonomous Aries into stabilising Taurus. The intensity of a potentially blissful communion is also magnified by the presence of Jupiter, who can jolly the proceedings over the next few days.

Happy Mother’s Day! :) _/♥\_

Rather fitting that today the celestial body which represents Mother, the Moon, is now at home in Cancer, which is governed by the Moon. ♥

May all sentient Mother beings in all realms be happy!

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

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This Beltane new Moon in Taurus, May2nd/3rd, 7:51bst, highlights the Spiritual Warrior’s ability to forgive and move quickly on to manifest for the greater good with love, wisdom, and compassion as necessary stabilising forces. Exalted in Taurus, here the Moon offers the best possible place to remain constant and steady – even in the midst of rapid change the Moon in Taurus keeps feet planted on the ground in a very practical and sustainable manner. All the while a stellium of more volatile Aries planets presents the currently challenging mega-mammoth roller-coaster, ridden with stately pomp, as symbolised by martial Mars at home in assertive and dynamic Aries, conjunct the King of the Heavenly Gods, Jupiter, along with media-master Mercury and loving Venus - the latter Aries planets in opposition to task-master Saturn.  (Esoteric ruler of Aries, Mercury is still in retrograde shadow til the 5th).  Saturn exalted in Libra denotes the seriousness of karma that can also be incurred at this time, as well as the heightened need to overcome reactionary fear through realised love - love of self in relation to others, specifically.

Valuing Spirit over ego and coming from the heart breeds love instead fear; with awareness of self in relation to the whole encouraging the kind of self-acceptance which motivates one to create and, at the same time, truly comprehend the rhetoric (personal and/or collective), we are better equipped to find and hold firmly onto the thread of kindness that runs through and binds together our inter-connected Divine oneness.

Taking Saturn’s lesson of karmic balance into account – by being responsible for the love we share – we’re also more likely to be fair-minded, able to remain clear in any situation to overcome anger or nip any rampant demon desire in the bud more quickly too.

With two of the solar systems heavyweights now in Venus ruled signs: solid and earthy Sun in Taurus and Saturn in Libra, we have the planetary potential to even things out: so that when we access the equanimious heart-mind, we have a taste of how good life really is. Being ruled by Venus, Taurean influences heighten earthy sensuous passion. Venus is the Goddess of Love, after all, defining intimacy, close relationships, ardour, and the entire smoochie business of romance & attraction. Harmonious Venus also rules beauty and refinement in all areas of life. Wherever Venus is found in the horoscope, there you will find your capacity for good taste and sweetness, as well as showing how you sparkle in the arts, in your social life, and in fashion. With Venus in Aries and the Sun in Taurus (now in mutual reception), we can quickly seek to stimulate the senses; soft, sexy fabric stroking skin, healthy food and drink to take care of within, and pretty flowers for lovely company are sometimes all it takes to find beauty and bliss.

Venus also shows how we value ourselves in relationship, as well as financially and/or psychologically – spiritually, even.  Woman tend relate to Venus differently than Men, who are symbolised by warrior Mars (which impacts through dynamic Aries). Women tend to use the Venus in a horoscope to seek balance in the sphere she inhabits.  Interestingly, there is now a mutual reception between the Sun in Taurus and the Taurean ruler Venus, who is now in Aries until mid-May; This means both Spirit Sun and relationship-orientated Venus are working towards a common goal in harmony. That goal is to value self-love with spiritual self-awareness, free from greed, lust and fear.
Changes are taking place that lead to incredible sweetness 8th-15th May.
This lunation (a lunation is one Moon cycle, from New to Full in 28 days) also heralds the last month of expansive Jupiter being action hero Aries; as from June 5th Jupiter moves into Taurus for the a year, when our understanding of love, as well as the financial situation, has better potential to improve.  We now get a taste of that essential basic goodness with the Sun in Taurus.

So, if the fast pace of the last few months has seemed hectic, tune into this new Moon and revel in the beauty of nature, adjust to sacred simplicity and rest within the generous fertile fullness of Mother Earth.

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