Monday, 25 August 2014

New Virgo Moon ~> 25th August ~> @15:13bst

The remedial Virgo Sun’s ruler, quicksilver Mercury, makes an encouraging and helpful aspect to the currently forceful Mars/Saturn conjunction in powerful, secretive Scorpio. Setting a positive intention is paramount with the start of a lunation that begins with a mighty Mars/Saturn conjunction, as this potent vibration can hold for the whole month. I recently likened this aggregation of forceful scarlet Mars and taskmaster Saturn to that of wading through treacle: Sweet because the connection of Jupiter/Venus is still in playful Leo; but sticky too, due to the muddied and complex nature of active Mars and karmic Saturn controlling; with fiery Mars an earthy Saturn can harden and form into something solid, like a wall that can either protect, or one that needs scaling in order to discover what's behind or reach further insights.

Luckily, the shape-shifting Virgo Mercury’s plasticity allows the mind to see what is concretising from various angles. Mercury's variety of experience shows it’s how we view situations, which can make all the difference to both process and outcome. So we need to be careful how we now shape our thoughts at the time of this New Moon in the the beautiful sign of the Virgo Goddess, and particularly how we steer inner feelings to discern and stabilize emotions, to reap the individual and collective healing this lunation offers. For concentrated deep spiritual healing employ feminine wisdom with the compassion of a rational heart, and we can heal the dream, as well as dream the healing.

With ℒℴѵℯ_/✿\_ & many thanks to Laura Marshall for her beautiful Great Mother Liberator, Green Tara, whose mantra 'Om Tara Tutara Ture Soha' can invoke the Goddess to help remove obstacles ॐ_/\_

Monday, 18 August 2014

Tara Moon ~ Medicine Buddha ~> 17th August 2014

Sun in Leo square Last quarter Moon in Taurus…

"With the realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world. According to my own experience, self-confidence is very important. That sort of confidence is not a blind one; it is an awareness of one’s own potential. On that basis, human beings can transform themselves by increasing the good qualities and reducing the negative qualities." ~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama, from 'Dalai Lama's Book of Wisdom'

In astrology, the radiant Sun is symbol of the self, exuding warmth, confidence and courage. The Sun is still currently at home in these last degrees of fiery Leo, so you’d think we could all be shiny, happy people having fun. But during this past week or so, karmic Saturn has made tricky aspects to both Spirit Sun and the sensitive Moon making it feel like we are wading through treacle, slowing us down to focus upon what’s important, especially when trying to move ahead and create dynamic change. This is not to say we cannot manifest the transformations and adjustments we wish, but whenever task master Saturn is prominent, as it is for a while yet (to be conjunct active Mars with the New Virgo Moon August 25th) that we should be patient with tough karmic lessons, appreciating what we learn within each present moment, particularly when working towards goals.

At this last quarter exalted Taurus Moon, the Lights, the Leo Sun & Moon, encourage us to be realistic and return to source. Taurus Moon exalts the Divine Feminine, to unconditionally nurture and build strength and stamina, quietly polishing and stabilizing our inherent and glistening Buddha nature, to positively gleam with the clear light mind.

Thanks to unknown artist for image of Green Tara, Goddess who quickly removes obstacles and whose mantra is ‘Om Tara Tutare Ture Soha’ _/\_

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Saturday, 9 August 2014

~ ☆ Freedom & Responsibility ☆ ~ Full Moon in Aquarius 10/11th August 2014

In Esoteric astrology, Aquarius is the hierarchical ruler of the Moon; this means at our ‘highest’ emotional vibration we are world servers, wanting the best for all beings, and humanely cooperating with others when bringing our unique gift to the world.  In order for such freedom to exist we need to be accountable for our actions and ideas.

“We must take direct responsibility for our own spiritual lives and rely upon nobody and nothing, for even the Buddhas of the ten directions and three times are unable to help us if we do not help ourselves. If another being were able to save us, surely he would have already done so. It is time, therefore, that we help ourselves.”
_/\_ says HH Dalai Lama, in the Buddhist Approach to Knowledge.

SUNday’s 18degrees Aquarius Supermoon at 19:09 bst (10:09PST) may well lessen the chance to see the usually dramatic Persieds meteor shower this year (though it may still be possible to witness a long sky streak). Instead, the lights, the regal Leo Sun and egalitarian Aquarius Moon, encourage the reclamation of spiritual strength and power so that we can embrace the future with a happy heart, comfortable with our own personal responsibility.

Though there may well be obstacles, which are possibly even preceded by breakthroughs; and any sense of limitation needs to be addressed from a conscientious place of personal answerability. Whilst giving ourselves space to think outside the box is important, any encounter with a power imbalance, be that in friendship, partnership, at work, in the home, wherever equality is called for, it may now mark a need to define boundaries and draw protective lines to avoid real or even psychic abuse.  

You see, this is karmically laden  Supermoon, when heavy important matters materialise, from seemingly out-of-the-blue. Emotional issues of trust, honour and loyalty need to be treated with illuminated insight. Generosity is also called for, where kindred spirits, spiritual friends and sangha provide helpful alliance. For the 21st Century Spiritual Warrior with planets at 14-20 fixed signs, it might be helpful to cast your mind back to August 1999 and see how best to be now.  As the generous Solar Light perfects the heart-essence, this Lammas fixed fire cross-quarter Full Moon accents the source of love and light that provides warmth, food and shelter, cosmically connecting and binding us all together under One Sun. To tap into this spiritual force and maintain (the quest for) self-awareness at the same time as raising altruistic intention during difficult times makes this emotionally charged, high tidal flow SuperMoon one of co-operation, hope, and concrete co-creation.
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With ℒℴѵℯ_/\_ & many thanks to Alex Groseth for ‘The_Shree_Yantra’

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Fire trine △ August 6th 2014 ~> Guru Rinpoche day! _/✿\_

On this 10th day of the 6th Tibetan month, Padmasambhava appeared lotus born to become Tibet’s second Buddha, otherwise known as Guru Rinpoche. It is said Buddha Shakyamuni foretold his rebirth; and today we honour the precious Guru Rinpoche who taught Buddha’s teachings through Tantric form.

☼ ♌~ △ ~ ☾♐ ~ △ ~ ♅♈
This year the Golden light of the Sun in Leo and the inspirational Moon in Sagittarius seal this holy Guru Rinpoche day with a ‘Grand Fire Trine’, as the lights, Sun & Moon, form a spiritual triplicity with Uranus in combustible Aries. When the Moon is in a fire sign, the power of wisdom is increased, igniting the creative spark; fire in Tantra is associated with wisdom. With insight and sagacity, this combination can bring about spontaneous and liberating self-awareness, lighting the innermost recesses of the mind in a flash.

Today is a perfect day for making light offerings ~>
_/\_ with the words of the Buddha
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Similarly, Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

Photo of the statue of Guru Rinpoche in glorious radiant sunlight is one I took recently at Lerab Ling, in Languedoc-Rousillion, Southern France, shared with ℒℴѵℯ. May all beings be happy - and wise! __/\__