Monday, 27 February 2017

☼✰··☾♡☽··✰☼ New Moon Pisces Solar Eclipse @14:58gmt ~>

☸ Losar ~ Tibetan New Year 2144 of the Red Firebird! ☸

Today’s New Moon Solar eclipse will see a magnificent ‘Ring of Fire’ over South Africa, with the potential for solar winds to make it rather spectacular, when we will be able to see the Sun’s all-illusive corona, high density plasma that holds the secrets of the Sun’s crowning glory. The Eclipse is in Pisces, the sign of the magical power of prayer, as well as collective confusion, and the compassion we generate within the mysteries.

·✰· When Sun and Moon unite in their orbits to form a total eclipse (Solar or Lunar) a massive amount of transformational celestial energy concentrates upon the degree concerned; in this case it is the 6-7-8-9-10-11° super-sensitive Pisces feeling the pull of oceanic and cosmic tidal change. This degree is also conjunct the Babylonian fixed Royal star Fomalhaut: a star which sometimes indicates dealing with difficult secrets and/or hanging out with the wrong crowd, as well as snake bites and squandered inheritance. Essentially Fomalhaut’s influence is to learn from and leave behind the negative and bring consciousness to the fore, dragging from the depths of the oblivion all kinds of insight into the light, and the inner and outer workings of the most subtle vibrations. It’s a star to watch very early on summer morning, with its spherical ‘fish’s eye’ hanging low in the sky. To my mind this star witnesses the embodied resonance of a collective soul - we are one - each with an actual body (relatively speaking) and corporeal soul. And this brings me to what I think the crux of this eclipse is about: how we collectively demonstrate loving kindness and compassion to all beings, as we all (eventually) become enlightened conduits for cosmic universal consciousness. 

Taking into account the fact that the mighty powerful Uranus-Pluto Square is now currently being reactivated, this then is no ordinary eclipse. It’s one, when looking at all the dramatic changes taking place, where we need to think in the long term. In the short-term, some situations happening now are directly and karmically connected to and/or even created by obstacles relating to 2012-13-14. BUT we mustn’t forget that the Uranus-Pluto cycle is a long one, approximately 125 years, and that where we are now is only the crisis ridden opening square; i.e. the first quarter of a longer cycle. Looking at this longer astrological cycle, it is also worth noting how an eclipse at this degree is also exactly opposite the feminist liberation and freedom loving conjunction of the mid-60’s, directly opposing that particular generational signature, (Uranus-Pluto conjunction in Virgo). Those born around that time may really resonate with this eclipse and feel a strong need to purify and connect to the divine, and with a sense of urgency if one is live in the kind of 'Peace,Love & Equality' the 60’s offered.

That said, Pisces is the very last sign of the zodiac, and to realise a collective heaven on earth, endurance and serenity are always a boon. Now, however, we need to collectively heal our connection to the sacred feminine, our bodies, the Earth herself as well as the Divine. Please also note how this opposition to this most famous 60’s conjunction, which saw freedom in love and information on computers grow to where we are now, is actually going to be in 2046-48, and it will be encompassing the same degree we are looking at now, i.e. 5-6-7° Pisces. What does this tell us? It tells us that every time there is an eclipse at this degree (every 19ish years) there will be an important cosmic download from the universal matrix which we need to integrate into our lives in order to become spiritual and practical world servers. And as we soon leave this tense trans-personal Uranus-Pluto aspect behind (by the end of next year) we will continue to look at the issues of making personal and collective sacrifices, so that we can heal the planet and ourselves. 

·✰· But most exciting in the immediate is how a day after this New Moon begins the Tibetan New Year of the Red Fire Bird, Losar, which starts on Monday 27th Feb to celebrate a fortnight of miracles the Buddha displayed during his lifetime. These are considered karma multiplied days. Each miracle accumulates more and more merit to awaken the Bodhi-mind, the awakened heart-mind; and on the 15th Full Moon day (12th March 2017) the accumulation of merit is celebrated with the ‘Day of Miracles’, also called known as 'Chötrul Düchen', or ‘The Great Prayer Festival’. 

With that, I wish you all a very happy ‘Losar Tashi Delek’!
Light blessings and love _/\_ from Laura
·✰· A New Moon is also a time of setting intentions. As always, our intention (here at Dharma Stars ) is to raise the cosmic love vibration with sincerity and a kind heart, especially when faced with difficulty and uncertainty, and to keep the faith!.
·✰· Geomagnetic storms are also forecast for the next few days, bringing beautiful Auroras to Mother’s Earth poles. As her natural Sushumna glows with healing LoveLight, so can ours. _/\_
Many thanks to unknown artist for Firebird _/\_

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Awakening Heart & Humanity ~> Sun Aquarius ~ Full Moon Lunar Eclipse Leo

~> to Love & be Loved in return.
An eclipse season always has at least two sets of eclipses, two weeks apart, with usually one Lunar – now on the rise - and one Solar, with a New Moon 26th Feb. Influences, geo-cosmic and geo-physical, generally begin to show a few days before an eclipse, often with consequences that last weeks, months or even years later. Due to the length of the actual eclipse, the effects of this particular Lunar eclipse could last up to four and a half months; the Solar even longer.

Eclipses always present important turning points. Its worthwhile checking the degrees activated in your personal scope, to see how and where a potentially defining moment may be expressed in your own unique birthchart. With a fiery Leo Full Moon Lunar eclipse, we could witness stronger electrical storms, fires, quakes or volcanos, establishing natural earth changes, as tension builds between the aligning Earth, Moon and Sun, to create a ‘Penumbral Lunar Eclipse’, along the 22°28 axis of the zappy Aquarian Sun and fiery Leo Moon, on Saturday February 11th @12:33gmt, 11:33AST (Friday Feb 10th 19:33EST,16:33 PST).  

A penumbral eclipse is an ‘almost’ eclipse, meaning Luna is moving through the outer part of Earth’s shadow, so there will be little difference in the reflection of light, just slightly fainter Moonlight for a few hours. Although this pair of eclipses is also the last along the Virgo-Pisces axis, they are a taster of what is to come in August, when the summer’s Solar Total eclipse will be visible over the USA, accenting the shift of the destinty fulfilling North Node, aka Dragon’s head or Rahu, into Leo (and south node into Aquarius). Still, one should now be ready for sudden shifts, particularly realising how, while the Lion-heart Leo Moon activates a ‘Grand Fire Trine’,  the heart is THE organ of perception.  

The Sun in Aquarius is in classical detriment, however. And Leo Moon is in Sun’s sign of rulership. One might think the Heart Spirit of the centre of our Solar system would also be bolstered, even if slightly weakened, symbolic of a consciousness slightly obscured, while a majestic Leo Moon loses some glow during this Penumbral Eclipse (No theatrical Leo cry-babies, please, we know life’s a drama and you’re the star. ;) – Only kidding: we love Leo – and besides, this is your time to shine!). 

An inter-connected combination of ‘The Lights’, Sun and Moon, provides astral support from the esoteric point of view, which can raise the moral high-bar and majestic standard: because intellectual Aquarius is actually the sign of the deeply sensitive Moon’s ‘hierarchical’ ruler. By hierarchical I mean focusing upon the all-seeing, all-perceptive, ‘higher mind’, i.e. the way of the ascended masters and enlightened beings of deep realisation. with a heart-mind that connects self to universe, through the integral web of life to live in truth and love in all circumstances. 

Hence working with our ‘wisdom seeing eye’ positively influences, especially during this potentially pompous and stately Full Leo Moon dynamic, in as much as the home sign of regal Leo Moon is the authority of the crown; but it is the Aquarian people for whom the crown is worn, and is indeed given, through consent and cooperation.  With the hierarchical Aquarian rulership of the Moon, one is also inclined towards altruism as an emotional response in any crisis. A public-spirited reaction, of wanting to make the world a better place for everyone takes mindful practice – and fixed sign discipline. 

Both Leo and Aquarius are yang and fixed. Romantic Leo tends towards the obviously dominant, self-centered but good-hearted, and generous. Whereas, when not being the liberating radical innovator and/or surrounding themselves with kindred spirits, Aquarius can be materialistic, ambitious for social status, sometimes coming from the fascistic ‘do as I say, not as I do’ common-garden variety, emanating the kind of tyranny which makes it challenging for Leo to radiate inherent warmth; but is nonetheless important to do so.
Everyone under an essentially playful Leo Moon, and its propensity for childish ego, needs to be aware that issues of entitlement and privilege among friends and colleagues can easily come to light and impact upon the flourishing of creativity.  So, the question may be over this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse is how does one prompt a balance of altruistic, friendly openness, at the same time expressing one’s gifts and talents in the name of purpose, love and passion, without appearing arrogant – or odd?

Looking into the quite complex Penumbral Eclipse chart, we see a rare and helpful Mystic Rectangle. Made of two oppositions 60° apart, the Mystic Rectangle connects by sextiles facilitating ease and harmony in an unusual and uncanny manner. Maintaining a clear simplicity within the rectangle are the elements Fire and Air, which point to the connections and reconnections between heart and head, mind and brain, wisdom and intellect - with practical application as the means to producing magical results.  

The real magic held in any given moment is, however, always shown by the placement of the Moon. Thus, in this first full Moon of the Lunar year of the Red Fire Bird, the most practical application that will enable you to get the most out of this Full Moon, and indeed the most of 2017, is by activating the aforementioned transiting Grand Fire Trine, as it regularly comes into and out of focus throughout the year. The Grand Fire Trine in this Full Moon chart also has two main flyers from not one, but two Yang driven, Fire & Air ‘Kites’, within which the Leo Moon and Aries Uranus are key navigators. The Moon encourages illumination through self-reflection; and to kindle inner-fire, so that one has the strength to be of Uranian world service.  

A Leo Moon awakens the fiery heart of love. When understanding self in relation to a world in turmoil, loving kindness is the only way. Although, the Age of Aquarius, when love rules the stars and peace guides the planet’, is still some three-hundred years away. During this time we obviously need to keep practicing the art of love, particularly to oneself, in order to maintain the energy needed to face of a constant stream of challenges and distraction. Be mindful; take time to rekindle one’s inner-fire should it flag in this era of sense-dulling toxic pollution. There are quick and practical ways to nurture your inner –fire, your ‘Agni’, as noted by the Mystic Rectangle and Grand Fire Trine. Encourage positive thinking; eat a balanced, healthy diet; detox (body & mind (switch off, go for walks)); do a daily 15-minute exercise; declutter (thoughts, people, stuff, situations, debts); meditate daily, and take time to rest in between and let the Light of Life grow from within.  

The major theme for the Red Firebird 2017 is awakening: and this Grand Fire Trine will continue to rouse ardour and passion as it has since Xmas, in fact, with Saturn in Sagittarius Trine to Aries Uranus connecting to a fire cycle that links back even further, to 1988, when Uranus and Saturn were conjunct in Sagittarius (where Saturn is now), almost 30 years ago. This means those now going through his or her Saturn return will be extra-charged when heeding the responsibility of a call for change. 

In the broader view, we are all looking at tradition working in harmony with a variety of sometimes fast-moving change (which, in the ideal world, would benefit all). This is also the closing trine of a of a 45-year cycle. (So you 28-30 year olds can note this long-term15-year projection, with which you might resonate). 

With the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto ‘T square’ still in operation (for most of this year), it activates powerful transformation through people-power as well as local heroes, big business and righteous law. This super dynamic T-square carries with it the build-up of the last seven years of the 7-hit Uranus-Pluto Square (since 2010). We always knew this Cardinal Square would last until late 2017. Disruptive unrest has yet to reveal positive social reform, but there is also still the potential to bestow great public relations and cooperative relations, with grand gestures and devotion to the humanitarian and environmental cause. 

Last to be mentioned, but by no means least because they are holding this very lively and inspiring Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, Fire Trine, Mystic Rectangle and T-square, are Two ‘Cradles’ of five planets forming four sextiles! The heavens now indicate that all can be comfortably contained and, with a correct view it can now be straightforward to nurture inner-fire to achieve heart-felt coherence, and build greater confidence and strength. Enjoy!

"Self-confidence is knowing that we have the capacity to do something good and firmly decide not to give up." ~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama ~

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Stay well, stay blessed,
With love and full moonlight ~ Astro Dakini ♥☼♥

During the eclipse, the Aspiration prayer Samantabadhra's King of Prayer is recited. And if you have dark sky look out for the green comet in the constellation Hercules _/\_♥ ૐ

With many thanks to unknown artist for Tapihritsa from the Bon tradition. _/\_♥ ૐ

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

✴️️ 🕯️ ✴️️ Feb 1st – 3rd Imbolc ️~ Brigit’s Day ~ Candlemas ~ Saraswati Panchami _/\_ Groundhog day… _/\_ ✴️️ 🕯️ ✴️️

🕯️ Both West and East now celebrate the light and hope that emanates from the Goddess of purity, hearth and heart, of wisdom and craft, music and poetry. Taking time to kindle the inner-flame of the Sacred Goddess will allow her warmth to gently radiate within and around you.  

🕯️ As the female Fire Bird year flies on the wing to the seasonal Fixed Air cross-quarter, mid-way point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox (exact 3rd Feb), she remind us to hold steady and strong, united in love and humanity, before the seasons change again from winter to spring in the north, summer to autumn in the south.

🕯️ A First Quarter Moon on the 3rd-4th is an exalted Medicine Moon in earthy Taurus. Because ‘The Lights’, Sun & Moon, are exactly at the 15°mid-point, there is the potential to stabilise – even when performing critical actions. Indeed action is called for: sudden or measured, a step in the right direction, even in the midst of chaos can avoid flapping wings of desire, to find pleasure in living a simple and good life, connected to helpful kindred spirits.

Image is Goddess Saraswati painter unknown <3
with love ~> Om Sara Si Dhi Hrem Hrem.... _/\_
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