Monday, 30 September 2013

Moon in Leo ~ Dakini Love from the Heart of the Goddess - Sept13

SUNday Dakini Day _/\_ 29th September
Sun in Libra ~ Moon in Leo (ruled by the Sun)

Dakini LOVE emanates from the HEART of the Goddess to liberate all beings from feeling trapped in the chaotic caverns of despair. ~> Feel the ♥´¯`•L❀VE•´¯`•♥ of the Divine Goddess today, as Spirit Sun in relationship and beauty-orientated Libra makes a delightfully helpful aspect to the majestic Leo Moon (the sign which also governs the human heart )

Sun and Moon are now in a determined ‘yang’ combination, accenting loving kindness in dynamic action: Whilst a peaceful Libra Sun harmonizes social relations, the waning Moon in Leo enlightens in the shadows, to inspire culture and artistic ventures.

Great time for balancing light with the creative feminine dark side - as well as feasting with loved ones. Enjoy! ♥´¯`•.¸¸.

With thanks to A.Andrew Gonzalez for Golden Dakini _/\_

Friday, 27 September 2013

Green Tara ~ Dolma Moon - Wind over Water - Libra & Cancer

Green Tara ~ Dolma Moon ~> Honouring the Divine Feminine and the Great Mother Liberator who overcomes fear and danger _/♥\_

Today’s Sun in airy Libra blows the winds of change, stirring ripples across our (emotional) landscape, as the Moon comes to her last quarter in a deeply sensitive water sign, Cancer. A last quarter Moon generates remedial action. As 'The Lights' now galvanize the two elements, wind and water, the Goddess Mother highlights ‘the art of placement’: Feng (wind) over Shui (water); and how our location reflects our psychology, i.e. a messy room indicates scattered thoughts. Similarly, an ordered space affords the mind room to think and visualize and, very often, heal.

Depicted as green, Arya Tara is associated with the wind element, suggesting firm conviction and a willingness to bring about speedy change with gentle devotion. This last quarter moon is therefore optimum to quickly apply Libran balance and beauty into familiar settings, at home, in the work place, within the heart-mind - and be in tune with our surroundings, ready for a peaceful new Libra Moon October 4th.

Tara Mantra “OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SVAHA” _/♥\_

Many thanks to Sue Halstenberg  for her beautiful painting of Green Tara _/♥\_

Sunday, 22 September 2013

☼ Autumn Equinox in the North ~ ☯ ~ Spring Equinox in the South ☼ Sept'13


Whether contemplating falling leaves or looking at new green shoots, Equinox marks a moment of inevitable change as Spirit Sun enters Libra, the sign of the scales, on the 22nd September at 20:44UT, and the balance of the ‘light of life’ switches hemispheres. In the north, we embrace the darkened reflective womb of feminine yin, as nights get longer and days shorter. Whereas fiery yang will dominate in the south. But, for these few equinoctial days, as the effects of a Full Moon linger, the heavenly harmony of equal-day and equal night, yin and yang, are in total equilibrium.

Whichever hemisphere you are in, with the sensitive Moon now in sensual, earthy Taurus, this equinox has a very Venusian feel, as both Libra Sun and Taurus Moon share the Goddess of Love, Venus, as ruler.

Venus currently traverses insightful Scorpio together with karmic Saturn. Interestingly, Saturn is Libra’s hierarchical ruler, emphasizing the importance of working partnerships and social relations, as well as developing trust within intimate friendships. This conjunction of Goddess and Time Lord is generally considered testing, particularly as they conjoin the destiny-fulfilling North Node. Commitment, discipline and responsibility are now key transformational factors, especially when applied with tender loving care.

Controlling Saturn’s greatest lesson is to learn how to come from the heart, to love with integrity, to be fair and just - without strings or attachment. It’s worth bearing in mind that if feeling alone or lonely at this time of change, some important and long-lasting relationships can have this realistic yet loving celestial connection. Furthermore, in Scorpio, this celestial rapport intuitively knows who and what offers meaningful support to the profound alchemical process in the transformation of the heart. So if there is change to be made in our personal lives now, it is to surround ourselves with spiritual and like-minded friends, companions who favour awakening to the LOVEly ultimate reality that there is no separateness between 'me' or 'we', and that we are, in fact, pure wholesome bliss.

Happy Equinox _/☯\_ & thanks to unknown artist for lovely seasonal contemplative Buddha.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Full Moon in Pisces ~> The Blessings of Loving Kindness & the practice of ‘Metta’ _/♥\_ 2013

A glorious Harvest Moon 27Pisces (11:11UT! 19th Sept) suggests we can now reap rewards from qualities associated with the sign of the Fish, as well as the Goddess of Perfection, Virgo, especially those that illuminate spiritual healing and devoted practice. Meditation, yoga, tai-chi, mantra, music, dance, poetry, art, swimming (even) are all activities that align higher chakras to the heart-mind, to release the divine nectar of creative luminescence that transports one into the intuitive world of oceanic bliss. But perhaps the most valuable practice that combines the boundlessness of Pisces and pragmatic Virgo is that of universal loving kindness, also known as Metta (‘Maitri' in Sanskrit).

Metta is based upon the understanding all life is interconnected and taking to heart the care and well-being of others, which can then be used as an antidote to all negative emotion. The blessings of Metta are manifold, including the development of compassion, rejoicing in the happiness of others, and a calm personal equanimity.

ॐ_/♥\_ Metta Sutta ॐ_/♥\_
“This is what should be done by one who is skilled in goodness
And who knows the path of peace:
Let them be able and upright, straightforward and gentle in speech,
Humble and not conceited, contented and easily satisfied.
Unburdened with duties and frugal in their ways.
Peaceful and calm, and wise and skilful,
not proud and demanding in nature.
Let them not do the slightest thing that the wise would later reprove.
They should wish:
In gladness and in safety
May all beings be at ease.
Whatever living beings there may be,
Whether they are weak or strong, omitting none,
The great or the mighty, medium, short or small,
The seen and the unseen,
Those living near and far away,
Those born and to-be-born,
May all beings be at ease!
Let none deceive another, or despise any being in any state,
Let none through anger or ill-will wish harm upon another.
Even as a mother protects with her life her child, her only child,
So with a boundless heart should one cherish all living beings,
Radiating kindness over the entire world,
Spreading upwards to the skies, and downwards to the depths,
Outwards and unbounded, freed from hatred and ill-will.
Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down,
Free from drowsiness, one should sustain this recollection.”

ॐ_/♥\_Enjoy the blessings of this Full Harvest Moon _/\_ and thanks to unknown artist for KwanYin, Goddess of Compassion

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Virgo Lunation ~ Guru Rinpoche --> Cardinal Cross & Fixed 'T' Square 2013

September 14th ~> Guru Rinpoche
Sun in Virgo - Moon in Capricorn

I was asked today why, according to astrology, these are such challenging times. And this is a really long and involved answer with lots of astro-tech, as there are two very difficult aspects going on at the moment, which involve both Cardinal and Fixed signs (which is 2/3rd of the zodiac), so few escape the planetary energies – apart from the cosmic enlightened ones, of course, who are beyond the influences of the heavens. _/\_

One such difficult aspect is the Cardinal Cross of the Central Spiritual Sun, which will continue to come and go until 2015/6 with varying intensity (as it has already been doing for the past three years). This highly evolutionary square is rare in its longevity, and involves dynamic, active Cardinal Signs: Assertive Aries with Uranus, planet of awakening as the agent of the square; Sensitive Cancer, with Jupiter, planet of expansion as the synthesising factor; Balancing Libra with messenger Mercury, planet of communication – with the Equinox Sun highlighting the Cardinal Cross at the end of the calendar month; last but not least, responsible Capricorn with transformative Pluto.

At its highest vibration, this square represents a rising Divinity (within). To be honest, this Grand Square with its two oppositions and an enduring hard aspect between two generational planes, Uranus and Pluto, it’s not easy to say the least, as interconnected life can go ‘haywire’ it involves a great deal of personal transformation and spiritual awareness to remain true to self. And every time the Moon hits one of these planets during this incredible Cardinal Cross of the Central Spiritual Sun, we feel deeply the part we are playing in being able to dissolve the veils obscuring our shining and true Buddha nature.

Yet the required spiritual critical mass for Divinity to rise is, to my mind, almost here - if not already reached; as a collective tide turns towards the Divine Feminine, the Goddess balancing the rational of the mechanistic left-brain with the holistic creative right-brain, as well as awakening an intuitive wisdom with loving compassion. Still, the stress created by this realignment, of human with Divine, can be tough with on-going suppression of freedoms. And having a day when relationships falter, or self/others fail to produce, or authority clamps down and/or peer group seems alienating and a seemingly toxic collective upholds mass distraction with toys for celebrity boys (and girls), it’s all the more reason to hold ground, centre up and rest in the natural beauty of the glowing and radiant heart-mind ~> So when the going gets tough, breathe, meditate, slow down, and rise above the negative vibration that can hook the mind into slavish nonsense.


If the Grand Cross isn’t enough, the second aspect is a hard ‘T’ square between relationship-orientated Venus, disciplined Saturn, and the North Node in Scorpio (and by extention the South Node in Taurus) to Mars in Leo, which means fiery Mars has, for the past week or so, be on ‘The Bends’, turning between the dark side of the Moon and happenstance. Which could well feel just as crazy as it sounds! And Mars is still in square to Saturn creating a sensation a bit like wading through treacle, which has an upside, in as much as martial Mars is halted through fear, doubt, or plain realistic assessment (phew!). Note that Mars is akin to the energy of the South Node (logging the kind of energy we bring from previous incarnation or situations), and karmic Saturn is akin to destiny-fulfilling North-Node. So basically the Martial Lion has been wrapped around the Dragons’ Head AND the Dragon’s Tail, caught between coming and going. Now, he is going – straight into the arms of passionate, powerful love.

And as Venus, the planet of love now conjuncts Saturn, a commitment to the transformational power of deep, meaningful love means abandoning power plays of control and domination. So that when Love Goddess Venus squares passionate Warrior Mars at the last quarter moon 27/28th September, it can spark ardour, confidence, and the consciousness to renew and revitalise shared enterprise by following the urge to accomplish brave deeds, with unconditional LOVE conquering anger, hatred and aggression; for in the planetary pantheon Mars only disarms with Venusian charms.

So seeing that today, 14th September, is this lunation’s Guru Rinpoche day, with Sun in healing Virgo, the sign of the perfect and abundant Goddess, in good aspect to the sympathetic Moon in sensible Capricorn, it is more than fitting to ask for blessings and protection (from the Guru within) and discover the ability to overcome obstacles of these difficult aspects, so that all our aspirations can be fulfilled. ॐ_/♥\_

With many thanks to Luke Brown for beautiful Double Dorje & to Buddha of Compassion org, for the beautiful image of Guru Rinpoche as Medicine Buddha. Guru Rinpoche Mantra ~> "Om Ah Hung Vajra Guru Pema Siddhi Hung" _/♥\_

Friday, 13 September 2013

An arrow of blessings ~ Medicine Buddha Moon Sept '13

First Quarter Moon ~ Medicine Buddha ~ Tara Puja __/♥\__

To eat lightly, rest deeply, and work in the healthy service of all sentient beings are the energies of Spirit Sun in physical, earthy, purifying Virgo, the zodiac's healing Goddess. Now the Sun is in square to the Moon in fiery, far-reaching Sagittarius, ‘The Lights’ work with base chakras, keeping feet planted on the ground to remain optimistic when searching for truths which resonate deep within the heart-mind. Tonight’s Sagittarian Medicine Buddha Moon helps direct energy up and beyond, sending out an arrow of blessings. Maintain a sense of adventure when performing the most ordinary activities, and spirits will rise to see the beauty in simple tasks such as cooking, cleaning, or caring for oneself and/or others. So as we head towards the meditative Full Moon in Pisces on the 19th September, sensitivity is heightened to demonstrate compassion and kindness. The Grand Cross of the Central Spiritual Sun is also once activated over the coming days: Being anchored within helps to overcome doubts and fears (especially within relationship), as noted by the Venus and Saturn conjunction riding the destiny-fulfilling North Node on the western horizon at sunset - Such a heavenly sight at this time of major transformation!

Thanks to Fred Van Der Zee for his beautiful image of Medicine Buddha surrounded by Healing Dakinis __/♥\__

Medicine Buddha Mantra "Tayatha Om Bekanze Bekanze MahaBekanze Rasa Samut Gate Soha" __/♥\__

“Hail! Appear, O Healer, O Healer, O Great Healer, O King of Healing! Let the Healing be swift And let the Healing begin!” __/♥\__

Thursday, 5 September 2013

✫ ☾☉ ~ ♍ NEW MOON ♍ ~ ☉☽✫ Sept 5 2013

A last sparkle of the six-pointed star glimmers for this new Virgo Moon at 12:35 bst, 5th September. After months of resting in a magical double tetrahedron and the essence of the Goddess, the Earth/Water Grand Sextile begins to disappear as la Luna grows towards a Full Moon on the 19th September that will take us through Equinox, a point of change, balance and harmony. But don’t be too sad to see the heaven’s glorious starry ode to Goddess fade, as this Sacred Star will be back, all be it fleetingly October 24th, for another very obvious heavenly reminder of the deeply sensitive feminine within. Meanwhile, the protective Divine Feminine materializes with this new Virgo lunation (made all the more powerful, as the Moon is Virgo’s esoteric ruler), making it possible to break negative responses by affirming the real-world need, as well as the ability, for practical, down-to-earth healing.

Restoration, recovery and revitalisation are major themes when the sensible New Virgo Moon aligns with Spirit Sun. As ‘The Lights’ oppose shamanic Chiron, the wounded healer, they heavens suggest many ways to heal a wound, be the wound physical or emotional, psychological or spiritual. Chiron is in the visionary water sign Pisces, when dreams can now be a great source of healing inspiration – as can music, dance, art and poetry. According to the late, great Gabrielle Roth, “In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions. When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence? Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experience the loss of soul. Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves.”

Now is the time to apply those salves, but at the same time be reasonable with ourselves, making necessary adjustments to lifestyle and diet, applying helpful tonics daily work-outs, singing, dancing and, perhaps most importantly, keeping a positive outlook foremost in one’s mind, being happy just where we are.

Thanks to wonderful unknown Thanka painter for this beautiful image of ‘The White Umbrella Goddess’, Ushnisha Sitataputra, who protects against harm, natural and supernatural, with the active power of compassion.

Her short mantra is “OM SIT TA TA PA TREY HUM PHET” ॐ_/♥\_