Libra New Moon Solar Eclipse, Monday October 3, 2005 3:28 AM PST

Libra New Moon Solar Eclipse, Monday October 3, 2005 3:28 AM PST

BotticelliAt New Moons we always find a new birth. New Moon in Libra is the birth of Venus- she is the Venus of Botticelli, the moment that divine beauty entered the world. We are relating, dialoguing, creating art, and blazing paths for new levels of intimacy in the world. In the great work, Venus arrives fully born, on a shell-chariot fresh from Mediterranean breezes on a spring day. She is inhumanly flawless and so was her birth- no labor pains, messy blood and bodily fluids. How is it so? With Libra we’re bedazzled with perfection, the gold gilded ornamentation, the perfect female figure, the blessings of the fates and rose petals falling all around us, filling our senses with rich scent. Libra says: we exist for one another’s mutual enjoyment. The rosy scent covers any fishy half shell stench, and so the full story. Under the spell of the Libran ideal, charming enchantment replaces messy humanness; glossy family photos substitute for personal history. With the sweetest of smiles, she insists that ‘what you see is what you get’. But we soon learn that what she wants you to see is what you get.

Her birth tells a different story. The planet Saturn castrated his father, the self-absorbed and unrelateable Uranus for his inability to love his children’s flawed humanity- and throws his genitals into the sea. Beauty, grace and truth (Venus) is born. The phallus conceives an ideal birth, clean and pristine, with none of the violence of human childbirth. This ‘perfect’ birth was motherless and motivated by vengeance. Is it true that the brightest beauty born in the darkest corner of the heart? That place where we’re raw as the earth and unshapely, uncomely completely different from the ‘finished product’ we present to others. Libra presents the good, but she was born from the bad and the ugly. In her ability to create softness, ease, giving, consideration of others before self we see her birthright: rising above raw messiness into pure grace. Loveless and unrelated conceived a gift for love and relationship. When our heart is on lockdown and we see no way out, we ask for a miracle by relinquishing our personal will to Venus, saying: only grace can save us now.

Libra is an angel, a miracle love child. History precedes her, as the ancient astrologers have said: ‘She has the face of an angel, the heart of Mars. We know this legacy ourselves. In our search for love we too have been a violent cast-off into a stormy sea, left to toss and spin in the waters of our own and another’s emotionality. Bobbing in the waves, drifting, unguided, eventually we learned to rise above with a graceful objectivity. In our Mars heart, we have experienced brutality from another, the separation of hands from heart. We have been the recipient of brutal crimes against self, those things we have said or done which have perpetuated the pain of personal history (story). As reward for our tour of duty, we’ve been entrusted with the sacred task of protecting our heart territory. Object lesson: love born of grace is stronger than any obstacle to our loving. With the love of the Divine, there’s nothing to protect and in this knowing we are completely disarmed.

We all want love, as a species it’s our highest goal- to fall in love, live in love. But with this new moon, we also know that what we really want is what we want. And that what I want needs to be what you want, too. We remember that what we truly want what is best for the other (and spiritually we know this desire is grander than the small ‘I’) but our insistence for integrity and equality is strong. To be strong together we must truly be able to stand alone.

With Libra, there are dark corners of the heart, places we hide because we want to be loved and showing these risks the loss of idealization. So Libra constructs all kinds of ruses. Hiding under the guise of ‘what’s good for you is good for me’ is often just plain hiding. So also is coating some aspect of yourself with a powdery sugar as your partner eats arsenic poison. This eclipse energy amps us with the powerful urge to move quickly, breaking down or breaking through more deeply into relationship with a partner or endeavor. This requires more than sugar coated diplomacy about your needs vs. mine. There’s tons of energy to bust through blockages. When we’re breaking apart old habits, remember we are toggling with deep sensitivities. Libra is the warrior-relator in each of us. With sun in Libra, we invite the other in for a closer look. In the spirit of good-hearted sparring we enlist the sword of understanding to uncloak the masks that keep us separate.

New Moon Day 10/03 New Moon Solar Eclipse in Libra. Solar eclipses reveal by concealing, like a flickering light to a dim room. With Venus opposing Mars in mutual reception, va-va-voom. These two love to play like lovers, but there’s something to work out. Mars retrograde* stirs up trouble and here is the chance to lose one’s head in a fit of irritation or passion. It’s just that the relatedness principle and ego don’t merge, we’re feeling prickly, easily irritated by something ‘wrong’. 9/20- 10/11 Mars has virtually slowed to a stop on the fixed star Algol, the severed head. Like Perseus slaying Medusa, what needs to be slayed by wisdom & put to rest? Remember, what is true will survive. Conciliatory efforts show promise as long as you inquire a little deeper into the issues, ye be healed in about 3 days time. Communication is like deep sea diving, who knows what you’ll see down there unless you try? A good day for signing contracts and making commitments based on bottom lines.

10/04-5 Moon in Libra, then Scorpio this evening. Our mind wraps itself around the Rubik’s cube puzzle we’ve been patiently working on for the past week and a half, these problems may just be plain irritating, stubborn. We have tenacity and luckily Mercury, the mind, joins the planet of teachers, gurus on 10/05 allowing us to tap into some universal wisdom or a change of perspective. Open to your inner and outer guru to discover a new angle. Obstacles in relationship melt in the light of new information, communication-and the eclipse energy finally delivers opportunity for heart-healing. You will have to step up for the ground to rise up to meet you, so take the first step, feel the path to freedom from the past clear as Chiron moves forward.

10/6-8 Uranus trine Pallas evaluates exactly what needs to change and with a snap of her fingers, poof! Eyes are opened. All week, communication over action is favored. Moon in Scorpio can keep us holding onto a position, but where we release we find peace. 10/7 Moon into Sagittarius and Sun trining Neptune gives us easy access to inspiration and compassionate connection. We’re in communicado, but with the pent up energy of Mars we can appear defensive or unintentionally insensitive. Compassion goes a long when conversations and exchanges bring up wounding, so carefully attend to the ‘how’ of what you say. Presence works wonders.

Venus moves into Sagittarius today till 11/05. Shared affection is easier to express, much less loaded this month. Venus in Sag is the logical consequence of a too security conscious Scorpio. Let your inhibitions down-actually, with Sag, there were never any to begin with. We love generously, with an aesthetic for the finer things in life. ‘More, more, more’, we’re even a little hedonistic with Jupiter now in mutual reception. The sign Venus occupies is a surefire way to feed the heart. After last month’s bumps, we can nurture our bruised Venus hearts with anything that expands our perspective-travel, spirituality, philosophy, and teachers. Bring these into your relationships for a win-win.

10/8 Mercury into Scorpio (till 10/30) says communication will be a lot clearer if we are ‘no bull’. We won’t pull any punches, or get punched out, if we keep in integrity while being both honest and direct. Decisive speech will give you an A+ in exceptional communication skills.

10/9-10 Moon moves into serious Capricorn for a first quarter square on 10/10. Moon in Capricorn reflects the importance of responsibility and building a well-laid plan for relationship, continuing the Sun in Libra theme of this moon cycle. Whether you see them as obstacles or mutual obligations, these are the bricks for a workable structure. Energy is high later in the evening.

10/11-12 Moon in Aquarius breaks up the seriousness of Capricorn. If someone is holding on too rigidly, they learn to do it differently. Follow the moon as she brings sweetness to the afternoon. After sleeping off any lingering aches, the morning of 10/12 is dreamy. Look for inspired clues into your life path this afternoon. Evening brings hints of deeper knowing, even if slightly edgy.

10/13-14 Watery revelations! What we don’t understand logically, intuition answers, Mercury in Scorpio trine Uranus and Moon in Pisces. As the paradigm of material reality crumbles rigidity like a hurricane, we’d do well to listen to the message of Mother Nature. She says: ‘learn to listen & perceive differently’. A sign of the times: logic fails at least 50% of the time. When stuck for an answer, the ancients looked for omen, divination, intuition, God. The obvious solution still seems to compromise? There’s always a 3rd alternative. 10/14 gives our relationships a kick in the pants. What needs changing has been obvious and now its time for action, Venus square Uranus is ready to get the show on the road. We’re talking commitment or get outta here as Venus joins with Ceres, Sun sextile Juno. In partnership it’s about nurturing one another’s needs, holding what’s precious in the sacred container of relationship.

10/15-16 Moon moves into Aries in the backdrop of this hectic day. Watch out for flare-ups when we can easily react with anger to criticism or inflexible attitudes. As we’re both high-intensity and serious minded, we can get wrapped up in a project that requires focus- perhaps the best way to use this day. Saturn square Mercury brings up negative thinking, perhaps old patterns which need to be purged. Yet a sextile from the Sun to Pluto gives us the energy to tackle all of it-& Aries moon knows how to ‘get ovah it!’ Don’t underestimate the ability of an Aries moon to ‘keep on movin-‘.

10/16 Venus trine Saturn is a lady in touch with her passions, knowing what she wants & no qualms about speaking her piece. We realize that self-exploration and self-expression makes us feel more secure and confident. This is always a great planetary combination for putting that piece of art you’ve been thinking about into form (not necessarily creating it). Write it down, commit it to the canvas. Jupiter square Chiron wants to heal, as woundology may interrupt our good times or vice versa. Mercury in Scorpio on Pallas is the Princess of Swords. A final divination session -what logic fails, tarot curtails: mental fitness keeps you clear and on purpose. http://www.angelpaths.com/swords/swordsprs.html

Worth mention: on a larger backdrop, through the past month we’ve been dealing with the energies of quincunxes- Saturn/Uranus and Pluto/Mars. The latter has almost run its course, but the former continues. We’ve been between a rock and a hard spot, aspects that seem without resolve, that place in our life where we simultaneously throw in the towel ‘I give up!’ while still working an angle. This dissipates by month’s end. Saturn continues to close in on opposition to Neptune until 11/22 when it backs off (retrogrades). Career plans, recognition, foundations, authority (materiality) are dissolving into new paradigms, by being washed away with a hurricane or transcendentalized into a stronger spiritual base. A much longer and broader social shift, this continues through 2007.

*Mars Retrograde (the forecast that’s worth repeating) 10/01-12/09. Venus opposes Mars the day Mars goes retrograde in Taurus. He will appear to move backwards thru 12/09, which means we’re off center in some area of our life and balance will somewhat return by 12/09. (But not off the hook yet, because the job won’t finish until he completely re-traces his steps by 02/06/06.) Imagine a face off between the goddess of ‘we belong together’ and the god of ‘where’s the I in we?’ How will this play out as Mars makes his long journey? It’s probably not to Venus’ taste. We feel our sensibilities, and preferences challenged. Add fuel to the fire, Mars stations on the fixed star, Algol, a star that has a reputation for being nasty. Like the Perseus & Medusa myth after which it was named, this is the star of beheadings. Mars is keenly intellectual, so we lose an ability to be clearheaded somewhere in our lives largely because someone or something needs a good look in the mirror of Athena’s shield of self reflective wisdom. Old resentments flare, what you’ve been sitting on- you already know what that is!- is about to blow its top. Yet we feel more introspective during retrograde, so imagine a kettle on the back burner, simmering, simmering. Eventually it blows or burns, right? So use this time to reflect on how you will handle this situation before it handles you. We’re also thinking about money and resources during this period, cars and maintenance, self-defense and accumulating security. The rule of retrograde is anything ‘re-‘ re-evaluate, re-pair, re-work. Use this time wisely and you’ll be singing ‘-after that dreaded beheading I tied that sucker back on with a string, I guess I’m pretty different now, considering’. (Ani diFranco)

Pisces Full Harvest Moon, Saturday, September 17, 2005 7: 01 PM PST

A cool small evening shrunk to a dog bark and the clank of a bucket —

And you listening.
A spider’s web, tense for the dew’s touch.
A pail lifted, still and brimming — mirror
To tempt a first star to a tremor.

‘Moon!’ you cry suddenly, ‘Moon! Moon!’

The moon has stepped back like an artist gazing amazed at a work
That points at him amazed.

-Ted Hughes

Pisces Full Harvest Moon, Saturday, September 17, 2005 7: 01 PM PST

Autumn is coming, the spider webs are everywhere shimmering like gossamer webs, some ancient silvery thread spun blankets covered with morning dew. The blankets collect autumn sunlight in droplets of water, turning light and water into illusions of shimmering diamonds. The weave is symmetrical & luminous, a design from a master beyond the here and now-certainly beyond the small nervous system of the weaving artist-arachnid. Does the truly talented weaver ever really need to know the grand design? Harvest Moon in Pisces illumines the unfathomable question behind the small details of our weave working. We see this blazingly full orange moon for 5 days. As full moons forever bring us into polarity, we’re also illuminated in the reflective light of a problem solving Mercury in Virgo, now in the ‘heart of the sun’. How is it possible? we ask. Of this placement, master astrologer William Lilly says our minds are ‘wondrously strong’. Mind works busily, weaving content into context. Pisces tells us that what we don’t understand, we must turn over to faith. We are told to believe, and that faith is enough.

This full moon allows us to enjoy some of the fruits of our labors. Not everything that we planted this spring grew. And some unexpected seeds blew in with the nor easterly winds, a mystery seed we didn’t see coming. Dahlias bloomed where we planted cosmos. A strange & delightful surprise flower moved in unexpectedly, took root and ripened in the fertile soil of our hearts. The foxglove plant revived and sprung a new flower for the first time in years; people and situations we ‘left for dead’ miraculously regenerated and bloomed anew. That was unexpected! We’re able to see what’s ‘gone to seed’, perhaps what never took root in the face of neglect, too many commitments, a change of priorities or new awareness. Under the light of the moon we now see what is ‘dead on the vine’, we’re ready to cut.

A Virgo harvest is never only about reaping rewards; she is the chaste virgin, barren. Greek Demeter, Roman Ceres, she is the earth mother who always provides, with a staff of corn in one hand, the other yielding a sharp sickle blade. The plentiful, barren virgin first appears contradictory, yet this moon holds water. You’re holding both the bounty and the blade. The Virgin clearly sees everything she reaps as a result of her careful attention, skill and hard work. Discrimination is wise; we don’t need to plant seeds where the soil is malnourished, overused or full of clay. Energy is not given freely, you are a unique individual, your life giving powers require nutrients specific to you and you only. Abundance is now the result of a well-calculated plan.

These 5 days of full moon light connect directly to our ancestors need to gather the herbs, grains, vegetables- the extra days of moonlight guarantees there is enough light to do so. Although we may be removed from the hands that pick our food harvest, we can see the internal time clock reminding us of our soul food-that which feeds and sustains our being humanness-our complex emotional, relational, psychological and physical needs. We notice a part of our life is ‘out of balance’ when physical and emotional breakdowns occur. Virgo energy always provides a few breakdown crises to break into the new. This is the preparation work we’ve been performing the past few weeks. Necessity is the order we seek. We feel doubly challenged by necessity’s demands: the energy devoted to clean-up work continues as the push for integrating our lives more productively, efficiently stretches like a challenging yoga posture. How it will ever fit together? This is the Virgo axis. Yet we’re blessed with increased light during this full moon, allowing reflection time for the careful planning into the change of season. Let the next couple of weeks mellow you. Fortify yourself by looking toward the future from the perspective of gratitude and bounty- it’ll be easier to then decide what must be canned, stored, saved and discarded to blessedly survive and thrive through the fall and winter.

Full Moon Day, 9/17. Exciting developments of the past month bring subsequent life demands, stretching all parts of us so it’s important when looking at a new recipe to measure the ingredients for rightness of taste. A Saturn Venus square suggests cutting the recipe to ‘just right’ means paring down or feeling pinched in matters of love, finances or pleasures. Maybe we’re just worn out from running around. An ace up her sleeve, Venus has a twinkle in her eye as she adds an unusual twist, totally changing the flavor from ‘worn out’ to ‘new and improved’. Hidden reserves are revealed as a Jupiter/Pluto sextile perfect. New moon question: where or what is my hidden reservoir of strength? Work with your reserves and replenish what supports. http://www.dailyom.com/articles/2005/582.html

9/18-19 Moon in Aries gives impulse to yesterday’s thoughts. Early morning surprises are welcome because they’re good ones. Enlist flirtatious and adventuresome partners in crime. Later afternoon, taking care of business just feels right. 9/19 if you’re looking for answers, a dialogue with your inner Achilles heel will really heal. Visiting your healer or therapist will lead into relief on Tuesday, too.

9/20-21 brings more earth energy to the final Sun in Virgo days, creating a sweet trine between Sun, Chiron and Moon. This is soothing, grounding energy to give your sacred irritant some healing balm. Take a walk in nature; take advantage of the respite you’re offered now. As the mind turns, Mercury moves into Libra 9/20-10/07. Mercury is where the mind is and so we’re thinking about relationship, relationship, and relationship. How to get one, balance one or be in one– working as a team turns into a mercurial task of intellect. Venus in Scorpio has been the stick, stirring the waters cloudy, unclear and not a little murky. We’re seeing strange art forms, like watching oil move on water. Mercury helps out with much needed objectivity; we detach a little and find that we’re really not on this train ride alone. 9/21 remember that experience we’ve been having the past few weeks, of pushing our luck and somehow things just working out? The mantra has been ‘I’m a plucking lucky genius!’…As we leave the kids at the drycleaners and drop the dry-cleaning off at school. Today is reckoning day; we can’t have our cake and eat it too. If we are making a choice, it seems like a compromise. Restore self-power by saying: ‘this is what I choose’.

9/22-9/23 Moon in Gemini ushers in Autumn Equinox, the first day of fall. Will it be a Gemini fall, the weather forecast full of blustery gusts of information, communication, comings, goings and conversational exchanges of trivial proportions? Sun moves from earthy Virgo into Airy Libra (till 10/22) and we’re back in the fire/air paradigm again, a hot air balloon. Energy picks up; ideas get wind underneath. Libra is a pleasure-oriented sign; perhaps we’re relieved of Virgo’s duty. Partnerships of all forms take center stage, yet also concern for beauty, aesthetics and pleasures. Libra isn’t typically the artist, but the art appreciator. Who & what will we appreciate? Will they/it reciprocate with what we need? Expect debates to begin; relationships are based on mutual agreements. If you don’t agree, things don’t move forward. It’s a great time to clarify exactly what those agreements are.

This is the sign of the scales, and so we’re as dead set on getting across our point of view as we are on having balanced interactions. Sounds like makings for an argument, but Libra always adds sugar and spice first. Even though Libra will offer a body organ (with pleasure) to a loved one who needs it, what if we need it later? It’s a logical question.

9/24-25 Moon is out of phase until the evening. Last Quarter Moon in Cancer brings the sum total emotional consequences of being in relationship. What sensitivities to explore-where can we find more clarity in mind and heart? But a Neptune Venus square suggests a purple haze; a mild confusion around what we really feel. Drugs, escapism or subtle power drains are possible as is heightened sensitivity. However, Neptune is the cosmic lure, seemingly innocuous beautiful & seductive with Venus. We can turn this into a great dream date, soft and flowing yet we easily lose touch with reality and end up losing a glass slipper as we jump into the pumpkin before witching hour. Or stay in from the ball, safely space out in the safety of your own home movie theater as your fantasies spill and blend. While we may feel temporarily suspended, unable to name what’s going on right now, into late evening to early morning 9/25 clarity chirps like a morning bird. Information bursts onto the scene as level-headedness as we gain confidence in conversation.

Monday morning, 9/26 initiates a mellow week of low-key energy. There are not a lot of major planetary aspects; we can sense the subtle shifts, the ebb and flow of our moods and energy, less distracted by the peanut gallery. Use this time to do emotional settling. This evening a push of energy leads into a general satisfaction, whatever we’re doing we feel a little fuller for it.

9/27-28 Moon in Leo is fun loving and playful at best. This is the time to let off a little steam. With Saturn is close by, we can learn how to seriously play, or perhaps take our playtime seriously. Morning to midday 9/28 is good for taking care of business. Do it now, because by afternoon into evening we start to lose focus as our consciousness moves first toward discontent, then the pursuit of pleasure.

9/29-30 Imagination is the rule, not the exception. The way we perceive the world alters softly, like a shape shifter, what we once thought we knew to be certain and true now moves like putty in our minds. This is the esoteric problem solver; seek answers in the ethers. Moon waits until the evening of 9/29 to choose her sign of Virgo. 9/30 Moon in Virgo is the tee-totaller when Uranus toggles with Sun disrupting someone’s delicate idea of give and take. Uranus throws diplomacy out the window for truthfulness. An uneasy paradigm shift reminds us of the compromises we must continually choose to make in life- for which we are all under the contract of grace.

10/01-02 Several happenings on 10/01 make this day an unusually active dark of the moon phase. Are we feeling the rumblings of the new moon eclipse to come on 10/03? Todays activity stabilizes suggesting that the eclipse brings situations long overdue to a head. Sun sextiles Saturn and so sense efficiency, productivity, and purposefulness. If pragmatic, we aren’t far off course. But Venus opposes Mars the day Mars goes retrograde in Taurus. He will appear to move backwards thru 12/09, which means we’re off center in some area of our life and balance will somewhat return by 12/09. (But not off the hook yet, because the job won’t finish until he completely re-traces his steps by 02/06/06.) Imagine a face off between the goddess of ‘we belong together’ and the god of ‘where’s the I in we?’ How will this play out as Mars makes his long journey? It’s probably not to Venus’ taste. We feel our sensibilities, and preferences challenged. Add fuel to the fire, Mars stations on the fixed star, Algol, a star that has a reputation for being nasty. Like the Perseus & Medusa myth after which it was named, this is the star of beheadings. Mars is keenly intellectual, so we lose an ability to be clearheaded somewhere in our lives largely because someone or something needs a good look in the mirror of Athena’s shield of self reflective wisdom. Old resentments flare, what you’ve been sitting on- you already know what that is!- is about to blow its top. Yet we feel more introspective during retrograde, so imagine a kettle on the back burner, simmering, simmering. Eventually it blows or burns, right? So use this time to reflect on how you will handle this situation before it handles you. We’re also thinking about money and resources during this period, cars and maintenance, self-defense and accumulating security. The rule of retrograde is anything ‘re-‘ re-evaluate, re-pair, re-work. Use this time wisely and you’ll be singing ‘-after that dreaded beheading I tied that sucker back on with a string, I guess I’m pretty different now, considering’. (Ani diFranco)

P.S.- YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL GENIUS. YOU ARE A GORGEOUS MYSTERY.
(Pronoia RX)

*more about Mars Rx:

http://www.astrologycom.com/marsret.html

A cool small evening shrunk to a dog bark and the clank of a bucket —

And you listening.
A spider’s web, tense for the dew’s touch.
A pail lifted, still and brimming — mirror
To tempt a first star to a tremor.

Cows are going home in the lane there, looping the hedges with their warm
wreaths of breath —
A dark river of blood, many boulders,
Balancing unspilled milk.

‘Moon!’ you cry suddenly, ‘Moon! Moon!’

The moon has stepped back like an artist gazing amazed at a work
That points at him amazed.

— Ted Hughes, Full Moon and Little Frieda

New Moon Virgo, Saturday, September 3, 2005, 11:45 AM PST

New Moon Virgo, Saturday, September 3, 2005, 11:45 AM PST

Once upon a time not so long ago there was a Prince who more than anything wanted to marry a Princess. Many townswomen coveted his affections; he was wealthy, powerful, handsome, well-endowed, kind. He had the skills-certainly gifted with the male survival strategy of wooing. Yet as he widened his search, the Princess he sought was not found. She was too short or snorted when she laughed. Her bum was too big or flat. She didn’t laugh at his jokes or interrupted his stories. There was always something wrong.

And so one stormy night toward the end of his journey, a knock came in the middle of the night. He opened the door to a drenched human mop. He invited her in out of the pouring rain. Her face? Couldn’t even see it. Mascara ran down her cheeks, which were caked with mud. Her clothes were so limp they hung like heavy wet laundry on a hanger. Yet he sensed this woman was special, she was a Princess. His mother, the Queen, wasn’t so convinced and so concocted a real Princess litmus test. She placed a pea beneath 10 feather bed mattresses. If the woman didn’t miss a wink, she was not a real Princess. Now here is the interesting part of the tale– the special quality that differentiated noble blood from common was sensitivity. As the story goes, she doesn’t sleep and so is indeed a Princess, both hypersensitive and now symptomatically sleep deprived. Taking astrological license for the unwritten Virgo ending, we must attempt a few predictions. The Princess’s acute sensitivity turns royal Queen into a royal-housewife. She develops a sleeping disorder, blames her husband for her demise and drives him batty by obsessing about how to get that dang pea out from under the mattress. Or, option number two, she grows into a Queen who cultivates an attentive and nurturing caretaking for her mind body-connection. She doesn’t hop on the symptom wagon but instead holds that little seed of a problem and asks ‘how can I serve you?’ Instead of going to the palace physician for a prescription for Ambien, she learns to understand her body is her royal jewel and its wisdom a blessing. Every signal is biofeedback, pointing to necessary adjustment for the success of its rule. She fills her royal court with healers: an acupuncturist, a masseuse, a nutritionist, a personal trainer, a wise priest. Sensitivity leads to sensibility; she inhabits her body more fully and recognizes her true temple. This newly beautiful Queen has a profound impact on the Kingdom. Bumper stickers appear throughout the land read: ‘Real Men Do Yoga’. The King quits his day job and becomes a yoga instructor.

It’s worth repeating: Virgo’s sensitivity is not her downfall; it is her nobility. At first glance, the Virgin may behave like her husband the Prince, who fault-finds his way to his bride. No one is good enough, and the criticisms appear heavy handed, nit-picky. Under his methodical scrutiny, he is a Jerry Seinfeld of a Prince- letting a superficial hang up dominate the search for wholeness. Here is the Princess, eternally awake in her bed, unable to appreciate the palace for the pea. Virgo’s psychology can resemble an itchy mohair sweater; always another itch to scratch, there’s simply always something wrong. What’s at work behind the analysis paralysis? Virgo’s additive and subtractive process is quite beautiful. Akin to a sculptor allowing the image reveal as he shaves and releases it from a block of clay, with Virgo we are always searching for the perfect form. Virgo holds both the artist-Creator and the raw material. What’s the space in between? A lot of work. We feel the restriction of inert matter and start to animate it by shaving away what is not essential for absolute perfection. Until perfection is reached, we are preoccupied with the existential pea. With this enormous task, we give thanks for the Virgos in our universe. What a job!

If the goal is nothing less than reflection of divine perfection, preparatory for Libra, the next sign of the zodiac, wouldn’t you be uptight, too? It’s the pressure of readiness for partnership, union of any kind where harmony of mind, body and spirit must first be achieved. A marriage of masculine to feminine, compassion to wisdom, psyche to cosmos, the particular to the eternal, body to mind to spirit. We’re looking in the mirror and realistically assessing all of our flaws. We learn to forgive Virgo’s discrimination and instead see it as necessary discernment. We notice our annoyances & grievances and use them as tools to shape solutions. As with Libra’s judgment, we learn that that used consciously judgment is good and necessary. When we really listen to the voice of the inner critic, we embrace the voice of the critical thinker as our ally, the only one who will truthfully point out when we’ve veered off course. Virgo pulls no punches.

New Moon in Virgo is the new seed pointing to worship of our body-mind-spirit temples. Organizing, cleaning, analyzing like crazy is healing, because sorting and sifting allows all of our being to participate in a subtle integration. We figure out what’s wrong to get to the ‘what’s right now’. When we ‘get something into our body’ we’re doing a Virgo thing. We trust the higher mind to direct us to mundane tasks of self-improvement: list maKing, appointments with health care providers, creating new files, throwing out old papers, seeKing wise counsel. We use Virgo’s body-sensate experiences to give us feedback about how we’re doing mentally, emotionally, physically. There’s useful information in there. As we give the details of the body-life the attention they deserve we find we’re able to loosen up to a sense of magnimosity. Magnanimous- a whole body experience of your largesse in the world. And with a magnanimous body-mind-spirit you just may find you no longer need to sleep on the pea every night. Instead, as the classic story ends- we place the pea under glass in the town museum. The irritating minutiae transformed into sacred irritant! Marvel at the temple of your sacred irritant. Honor how one little pea sized problem, a certain sticking point of ‘This thing really does bug me-‘ or ‘I won’t settle for anything less than-‘ polishes the key at the door of your blissful union. And proves a blessing for the rest of us, your entire kin-dom.

New Moon Day, 9/03 just because you don’t see it yet doesn’t mean its not coming to you. Virgo can feel like the underdog, so much work to do & where’s the reward? No, remember that fall is the harvest. You’ve busted through some patterns this summer. Yesterday, Pluto’s recently directed motion has some of us sensing new pea shoots even while in the trenches, meanwhile those who haven’t blasted through chronic issues are feeling more mired. Virgo provides the motivation- responsibility to others, serving the whole of life. Ignore at your own peril your connection to the global tragedies, crisis of friends and loved ones, and your own inflamed pea. Truly the only control we can exercise in life’s unexpected curveballs is our respond-ability. Responsibility literally translated is nothing uber-heavy, just an ability to respond. No matter how insignificant you deem your contribution, it is important. The Uranus/Sun opposition says a decision to improve any situation in your life benefits us all.

9/4 Moon is wandering aimlessly today as we wake up to sweet relationship solutions. We can be loving one another more fully if we’ve dropped a little bit more of yesterday’s baggage. As Mercury moves into Virgo, your inner drama gives way to solution-focused thoughts. Mercury’s Leo movie- the editorial team could’ve cut the running time by half. Too much drama! The long, comically tragic drawn out affair is over; self-analysis replaces excessive self-expression & ego involvement. Mercury’s trip through Virgo is brief (through 9/19) but en pointe. Our mind now clearly sees what our self-involvement had obscured. At our best we’ll wisely use our time and resources for the tasks at hand. Let’s affirm new & better solutions for the world.

A slow shift has begun (through 9/20) Mars quincunx Jupiter, a couple weeks of adjustment. Is it groundwork time for Mars’ retrograde journey later this fall? The Taurus Mars is snugly stubborn taking the next step only if there’s an agreement in values; Jupiter is hedging its bets for compromise by promising the benefits received by taking a larger perspective. Your ability to cope with new life changes hinges on relinquishing the controls you’ve grown used to exercising. It’s not like you’re manhandling or forcing a situation or somebody, is it? Well, are you approaching a new development in your life with an old instruction manual titled ‘this is how I’ve always done it’? To begin a new manual- all it takes is a simple intention.

9/5-6 Moon in Libra points to enjoyment of others on this Labor Day. Libra loves to please and can please her way right out of a personal take for the sake of others. Balancing the needs and wants of others to your own closes the loop. 9/6 The mood starts out dreamy, perhaps loosening tongues and opening ears. If you find yourself spewing excess, balance it by blessing the ears on which your words land.

9/7-8 Moon of the Scorpion always turns up the heat, albeit in a cool undercover kind of way. The detective is called when lines get Neptune fuzzy and boundaries aren’t as easily respected. We may find smears of ink on what’s presented as pristinely white. Pallas joins with Venus, the Queen on her white horse stampedes through the falsity with her eminence’s thirst for truth, justice, beauty and relationship. Institutions & higher authorities may appear to have the upper hand, but by appealing to a sense of holism, compromise triumphs over subterfuge. 9/8 with nervous systems highly attuned and situations proving less than stable, some refuge is in order. A slow aspect between Saturn and Pluto perfects, like the wheels on an ancient machine coming to a grinding halt. Flashes of insight, lightning dancing across a dry midnight on the desert plain, illuminating what’s stuck. If at first you don’t succeed, try again this time with humor.

9/9-10 Wandering moon gives us time to finish up business and get routine stuff done. There’s a little heart tenderness happening today, we find it easy to yearn for the love we think we’re missing. Soothe yourself by knowing that the loving you muster up for yourself comes back to you in Divine time. Send love to the universe http://www.spcare.org/practices/lovingkindness.html 9/10 is a mellow day for the usually energetic Sagittarius moon. She prepares for the activity of tomorrow.

9/11 First Quarter moon in Sagittarius and Sun in Virgo. How to accomplish the nuts and bolts of life while staying true to the journey? It’s the practical questions that send us into deep questioning. We’re feeling the beginning of a later week Sun square Pluto, the dynamic of might meets right. We ask the question: is coercion and force ever useful? With this aspect, the pot you innocently left on the back burner turns out to be more of a pressure cooker. Venus moves into the sign of Scorpio today until 10/06. During this time Lady Love is searching for the quality of connection that wants to know it all. Dissatisfied with the superficial, this lady digs around in your past, your secret desires, and the skeletons in your closet. Relationships have undercurrents and we now see them as though a river, wide, deep and powerful. Through love, learn to corral the watery forces of emotion, possession, desire and seduction into a potent love spell. The kind of love spell we’re looking for transforms vulnerabilities into tenderness & depth, a true capacity to be with & transform the good, the bad, and the ugly. If you experience guerilla tactics, look past the blood, hiss and spit. Venus reveals depth insight into why you’ve provoked this particular response. Remember, even though one of you initiates the seduction, it takes two to tango.

9/12-9/14 this week power structures may change, perhaps in authority or reporting structure. A task may seem to require enormous strength and although concerned about overstretching our resources, they seem to be there in the nick of time. It does take some willingness to look, and a good dose of realistic assessment, balancing time to resources, Virgo style. 9/12 We have the energy to tackle business matters this week kicked off by Moon in Capricorn. This is good, because we have a lot on our plate. 9/13 is the big push; Sun trine Mars is the heave ho! supplying the green light for whoever needs to be moved off the ship deck. Roll up your sleeves and tackle the project that will, like a linebacker, take you down if you’re not already on your way to the goalpost. Gentle nudges throughout the day support the former, not the latter. 9/14 Moon in Aquarius encourages seeing with new eyes. This week’s energy may’ve felt heavy or harsh but we’re trying to put our mind on progress in the midst of long-term demolition project. What is torn down must be built up again. Options seem restricted but we find the focus to work it out. Like an engineer looking at the bugs, you are the architect of your universe.

9/15-9/16 if Mother Nature assigns all of her creature’s job titles the spider is ‘head architect’. My good luck charm, the spider is never without an elaborate and intricate web of connection. Although we may not know the grand design, we work on one strand at a time, knowing one strand will weave onto the next. Even in the face of fear, our visionary self knows its beautiful snowflake design. As we hatch the next plan, recognize that each action we put into the world sends a ripple effect into many other parts of our lives. Practical activism advice: immediately turn any negative thinking into acts of concentrated effort.

New Moon Virgo, Saturday, September 3, 2005, 11:45 AM PST

New Moon Virgo, Saturday, September 3, 2005, 11:45 AM PST

Once upon a time not so long ago there was a Prince who more than anything wanted to marry a Princess. Many townswomen coveted his affections; he was wealthy, powerful, handsome, well-endowed, kind. He had the skills-certainly gifted with the male survival strategy of wooing. Yet as he widened his search, the Princess he sought was not found. She was too short or snorted when she laughed. Her bum was too big or flat. She didn’t laugh at his jokes or interrupted his stories. There was always something wrong.

And so one stormy night toward the end of his journey, a knock came in the middle of the night. He opened the door to a drenched human mop. He invited her in out of the pouring rain. Her face? Couldn’t even see it. Mascara ran down her cheeks, which were caked with mud. Her clothes were so limp they hung like heavy wet laundry on a hanger. Yet he sensed this woman was special, she was a Princess. His mother, the Queen, wasn’t so convinced and so concocted a real Princess litmus test. She placed a pea beneath 10 feather bed mattresses. If the woman didn’t miss a wink, she was not a real Princess. Now here is the interesting part of the tale– the special quality that differentiated noble blood from common was sensitivity. As the story goes, she doesn’t sleep and so is indeed a Princess, both hypersensitive and now symptomatically sleep deprived. Taking astrological license for the unwritten Virgo ending, we must attempt a few predictions. The Princess’s acute sensitivity turns royal Queen into a royal-housewife. She develops a sleeping disorder, blames her husband for her demise and drives him batty by obsessing about how to get that dang pea out from under the mattress. Or, option number two, she grows into a Queen who cultivates an attentive and nurturing caretaking for her mind body-connection. She doesn’t hop on the symptom wagon but instead holds that little seed of a problem and asks ‘how can I serve you?’ Instead of going to the palace physician for a prescription for Ambien, she learns to understand her body is her royal jewel and its wisdom a blessing. Every signal is biofeedback, pointing to necessary adjustment for the success of its rule. She fills her royal court with healers: an acupuncturist, a masseuse, a nutritionist, a personal trainer, a wise priest. Sensitivity leads to sensibility; she inhabits her body more fully and recognizes her true temple. This newly beautiful Queen has a profound impact on the Kingdom. Bumper stickers appear throughout the land read: ‘Real Men Do Yoga’. The King quits his day job and becomes a yoga instructor.

It’s worth repeating: Virgo’s sensitivity is not her downfall; it is her nobility. At first glance, the Virgin may behave like her husband the Prince, who fault-finds his way to his bride. No one is good enough, and the criticisms appear heavy handed, nit-picky. Under his methodical scrutiny, he is a Jerry Seinfeld of a Prince- letting a superficial hang up dominate the search for wholeness. Here is the Princess, eternally awake in her bed, unable to appreciate the palace for the pea. Virgo’s psychology can resemble an itchy mohair sweater; always another itch to scratch, there’s simply always something wrong. What’s at work behind the analysis paralysis? Virgo’s additive and subtractive process is quite beautiful. Akin to a sculptor allowing the image reveal as he shaves and releases it from a block of clay, with Virgo we are always searching for the perfect form. Virgo holds both the artist-Creator and the raw material. What’s the space in between? A lot of work. We feel the restriction of inert matter and start to animate it by shaving away what is not essential for absolute perfection. Until perfection is reached, we are preoccupied with the existential pea. With this enormous task, we give thanks for the Virgos in our universe. What a job!

If the goal is nothing less than reflection of divine perfection, preparatory for Libra, the next sign of the zodiac, wouldn’t you be uptight, too? It’s the pressure of readiness for partnership, union of any kind where harmony of mind, body and spirit must first be achieved. A marriage of masculine to feminine, compassion to wisdom, psyche to cosmos, the particular to the eternal, body to mind to spirit. We’re looking in the mirror and realistically assessing all of our flaws. We learn to forgive Virgo’s discrimination and instead see it as necessary discernment. We notice our annoyances & grievances and use them as tools to shape solutions. As with Libra’s judgment, we learn that that used consciously judgment is good and necessary. When we really listen to the voice of the inner critic, we embrace the voice of the critical thinker as our ally, the only one who will truthfully point out when we’ve veered off course. Virgo pulls no punches.

New Moon in Virgo is the new seed pointing to worship of our body-mind-spirit temples. Organizing, cleaning, analyzing like crazy is healing, because sorting and sifting allows all of our being to participate in a subtle integration. We figure out what’s wrong to get to the ‘what’s right now’. When we ‘get something into our body’ we’re doing a Virgo thing. We trust the higher mind to direct us to mundane tasks of self-improvement: list maKing, appointments with health care providers, creating new files, throwing out old papers, seeKing wise counsel. We use Virgo’s body-sensate experiences to give us feedback about how we’re doing mentally, emotionally, physically. There’s useful information in there. As we give the details of the body-life the attention they deserve we find we’re able to loosen up to a sense of magnimosity. Magnanimous- a whole body experience of your largesse in the world. And with a magnanimous body-mind-spirit you just may find you no longer need to sleep on the pea every night. Instead, as the classic story ends- we place the pea under glass in the town museum. The irritating minutiae transformed into sacred irritant! Marvel at the temple of your sacred irritant. Honor how one little pea sized problem, a certain sticking point of ‘This thing really does bug me-‘ or ‘I won’t settle for anything less than-‘ polishes the key at the door of your blissful union. And proves a blessing for the rest of us, your entire kin-dom.

New Moon Day, 9/03 just because you don’t see it yet doesn’t mean its not coming to you. Virgo can feel like the underdog, so much work to do & where’s the reward? No, remember that fall is the harvest. You’ve busted through some patterns this summer. Yesterday, Pluto’s recently directed motion has some of us sensing new pea shoots even while in the trenches, meanwhile those who haven’t blasted through chronic issues are feeling more mired. Virgo provides the motivation- responsibility to others, serving the whole of life. Ignore at your own peril your connection to the global tragedies, crisis of friends and loved ones, and your own inflamed pea. Truly the only control we can exercise in life’s unexpected curveballs is our respond-ability. Responsibility literally translated is nothing uber-heavy, just an ability to respond. No matter how insignificant you deem your contribution, it is important. The Uranus/Sun opposition says a decision to improve any situation in your life benefits us all.

9/4 Moon is wandering aimlessly today as we wake up to sweet relationship solutions. We can be loving one another more fully if we’ve dropped a little bit more of yesterday’s baggage. As Mercury moves into Virgo, your inner drama gives way to solution-focused thoughts. Mercury’s Leo movie- the editorial team could’ve cut the running time by half. Too much drama! The long, comically tragic drawn out affair is over; self-analysis replaces excessive self-expression & ego involvement. Mercury’s trip through Virgo is brief (through 9/19) but en pointe. Our mind now clearly sees what our self-involvement had obscured. At our best we’ll wisely use our time and resources for the tasks at hand. Let’s affirm new & better solutions for the world.

A slow shift has begun (through 9/20) Mars quincunx Jupiter, a couple weeks of adjustment. Is it groundwork time for Mars’ retrograde journey later this fall? The Taurus Mars is snugly stubborn taking the next step only if there’s an agreement in values; Jupiter is hedging its bets for compromise by promising the benefits received by taking a larger perspective. Your ability to cope with new life changes hinges on relinquishing the controls you’ve grown used to exercising. It’s not like you’re manhandling or forcing a situation or somebody, is it? Well, are you approaching a new development in your life with an old instruction manual titled ‘this is how I’ve always done it’? To begin a new manual- all it takes is a simple intention.

9/5-6 Moon in Libra points to enjoyment of others on this Labor Day. Libra loves to please and can please her way right out of a personal take for the sake of others. Balancing the needs and wants of others to your own closes the loop. 9/6 The mood starts out dreamy, perhaps loosening tongues and opening ears. If you find yourself spewing excess, balance it by blessing the ears on which your words land.

9/7-8 Moon of the Scorpion always turns up the heat, albeit in a cool undercover kind of way. The detective is called when lines get Neptune fuzzy and boundaries aren’t as easily respected. We may find smears of ink on what’s presented as pristinely white. Pallas joins with Venus, the Queen on her white horse stampedes through the falsity with her eminence’s thirst for truth, justice, beauty and relationship. Institutions & higher authorities may appear to have the upper hand, but by appealing to a sense of holism, compromise triumphs over subterfuge. 9/8 with nervous systems highly attuned and situations proving less than stable, some refuge is in order. A slow aspect between Saturn and Pluto perfects, like the wheels on an ancient machine coming to a grinding halt. Flashes of insight, lightning dancing across a dry midnight on the desert plain, illuminating what’s stuck. If at first you don’t succeed, try again this time with humor.

9/9-10 Wandering moon gives us time to finish up business and get routine stuff done. There’s a little heart tenderness happening today, we find it easy to yearn for the love we think we’re missing. Soothe yourself by knowing that the loving you muster up for yourself comes back to you in Divine time. Send love to the universe http://www.spcare.org/practices/lovingkindness.html 9/10 is a mellow day for the usually energetic Sagittarius moon. She prepares for the activity of tomorrow.

9/11 First Quarter moon in Sagittarius and Sun in Virgo. How to accomplish the nuts and bolts of life while staying true to the journey? It’s the practical questions that send us into deep questioning. We’re feeling the beginning of a later week Sun square Pluto, the dynamic of might meets right. We ask the question: is coercion and force ever useful? With this aspect, the pot you innocently left on the back burner turns out to be more of a pressure cooker. Venus moves into the sign of Scorpio today until 10/06. During this time Lady Love is searching for the quality of connection that wants to know it all. Dissatisfied with the superficial, this lady digs around in your past, your secret desires, and the skeletons in your closet. Relationships have undercurrents and we now see them as though a river, wide, deep and powerful. Through love, learn to corral the watery forces of emotion, possession, desire and seduction into a potent love spell. The kind of love spell we’re looking for transforms vulnerabilities into tenderness & depth, a true capacity to be with & transform the good, the bad, and the ugly. If you experience guerilla tactics, look past the blood, hiss and spit. Venus reveals depth insight into why you’ve provoked this particular response. Remember, even though one of you initiates the seduction, it takes two to tango.

9/12-9/14 this week power structures may change, perhaps in authority or reporting structure. A task may seem to require enormous strength and although concerned about overstretching our resources, they seem to be there in the nick of time. It does take some willingness to look, and a good dose of realistic assessment, balancing time to resources, Virgo style. 9/12 We have the energy to tackle business matters this week kicked off by Moon in Capricorn. This is good, because we have a lot on our plate. 9/13 is the big push; Sun trine Mars is the heave ho! supplying the green light for whoever needs to be moved off the ship deck. Roll up your sleeves and tackle the project that will, like a linebacker, take you down if you’re not already on your way to the goalpost. Gentle nudges throughout the day support the former, not the latter. 9/14 Moon in Aquarius encourages seeing with new eyes. This week’s energy may’ve felt heavy or harsh but we’re trying to put our mind on progress in the midst of long-term demolition project. What is torn down must be built up again. Options seem restricted but we find the focus to work it out. Like an engineer looking at the bugs, you are the architect of your universe.

9/15-9/16 if Mother Nature assigns all of her creature’s job titles the spider is ‘head architect’. My good luck charm, the spider is never without an elaborate and intricate web of connection. Although we may not know the grand design, we work on one strand at a time, knowing one strand will weave onto the next. Even in the face of fear, our visionary self knows its beautiful snowflake design. As we hatch the next plan, recognize that each action we put into the world sends a ripple effect into many other parts of our lives. Practical activism advice: immediately turn any negative thinking into acts of concentrated effort.

Full Moon Aquarius, August 19, 2005 10:53 AM PST

You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.
-Nietzsche

Now ev’ry gambler knows that the secret to survivin’
Is knowin’ what to throw away and knowing what to keep-
You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em,
Know when to walk away and know when to run.
You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table.
There’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done.
-the Gambler, Kenny Rogers

Full Moon Aquarius, August 19, 2005 10:53 AM PST

How does the universe speak to you? Do you notice? And if you haven’t noticed, what’s the problem? You may be missing a very special next step in the birthing of your Destiny. Because the universal pump is especially primed and if your biceps aren’t plum tuckered by now, you just ain’t tryin’. Leo is the Divine Messenger with direct satellite to the Maker. And when the Lion roars, who doesn’t listen?

We may think a message about our path or from God is quite literally a booming voice. When He doesn’t answer in a language we understand we resignedly join the bankrupt consensus cult who reads pithy statements as scripture: ‘seeing is believing’ and ‘the proof is in the pudding’ and ‘walk a mile in my shoes’… We give ourselves the fervent equivalent of Religious Right brainwashing when we favor hard reality mantras to the soul whispers of Delicious Truth. As we wait for The Big Answer our prayers appear to be a one way conversation, which is by the way a sure sign we’re held in the collective death vice grip of consensus reality. We have given the Divine human attributes: a voice that sounds like a megaphone and who, like a stern and loving parent, will tell us how to make it better while totally neglecting the mess in our pants, our own unique individual requirements for the unfolding of our truth. While there is no booming voice, we are like small children who don’t know any better. We begin to feel unloved & unheard- and this gives your self esteem and prayer and God and your parents a really bad rap. We really are children who want to get to University with a grade school diploma. But how do we learn deep listening when we’re never taught how?

The sacred messages you’re able to hear right now require some pretty pink leopard print Leonine ear muffs, in other words, something you mightn’t have worn before. The goal: to play with the spontaneous rabble rousing bubbling from the voice of your heart. To amplify your heart, envision a mic connected from heart to mind to mouth. Then, let it rip like a rock star. Epiphanies that surface astound and delight. Words are revolutionary and pungent, but so are symbols, intuitions, conversations with those we love. We actually find answers by being open to listen & receive differently. We find that by playing at listening, with the courage of Leo the lion, we fortify our natural heart connection to others and Goddess, inspiring a ripple effect in the University of Love. Mercury retrograde provided some playful antics, asking for the mental fortitude to examine the choices we’re making about our hearts path. The message is: messages are everywhere. Right now the universe is humming your favorite tune & you, my fellow Lioness, are in the perfect position to receive.

We may also find our self in the position to take a gamble, or having recently taken one. We place a bet and we are very happy to be apart of the game. The next move is ours. When we move into the risky self-assessment of ‘can I or can’t I?’ defining what we can and can’t do-our choices directly mirror how we feel about our self, how shaky or solid that is. What do you need for support? Carolyn Myss connects psychic ability to intuition, intuition to self-esteem and self-esteem as the ability to receive a message and act on it immediately. This is the vehicle to the Leonine concept of dharma, living a life path inspired by courageous self-knowing. Leo is the Creator knowing itself through you, the Sun that unapologetically shines on everywhere and everyone; bringing light to darkness is all it knows. This is the artist that creates because she must. This is the life that you are called to heal. The Love you are inspired to follow. This is the sweet message you seek, the one that lifts you up so high to set you back down into an intuitive act. There is no hiding here.

When we don’t hide out, we are vulnerable. But we are also raw and tender, just like the natural state of the heart. With an open heart we move fully forward into the actions life asks of us. If it feels like open heart surgery, then that’s what it is. Or maybe you’re flexing your heart muscle like a hamstring that hasn’t been stretched in a really long time. The difference between melting into overwhelming vulnerability and being tender and raw rests in your perception. You are just present with your sensitivity. Buddhist teacher Chogyam Trungpa called this quality of vulnerable openness ‘shaky tenderness’. By not shutting down or caving in, we stay engaged, healthy and available. This gift of Leo means that the shaky heart is a beating heart is a strong heart. There’s incredible power in your vulnerable heart.

Even while oft feeling like little needles have been pricking the heart, the Sun’s passage through the final days of Leo has prodded us to create acts of daring. Daring and courage always requires examination about our limiting beliefs, where what we’ve previously thought impossible have, through necessity, been re-worked or perhaps shed. The tough Cancer/Capricorn lunations this summer alighted core issues around wounding and bottom lines. As the final days of Leo prod your shaky tenderness, it’s as though your fingers finally get to poke holes into a very delicious Angel Food cake treat. Gifts have or will appear in surprising ways. Limitations are now sponge-y. They have a new malleability, an ability to be worked with instead of working you over. What question can you ask yourself that will serve as a reminder of your golden goal? If you can’t think of one, you can borrow one of mine: ‘what practical steps can I take to support my success today?’ Repeat your magical question as often as you need. This effort is championed by Leo, the lover of risk, the gambler who’s willing to sell her soul for a piece of True Love. This full moon illuminates a glorious truth & there’s no getting around it- creative risk is the only path to reward. Listen softly for ingenious epiphanies.

Full Moon Day, 8/19 Moon in Aquarius translates like a tuning fork to the day’s messages. The day is dreamy and mentally involved. Uranus, planet of sudden change lends himself to problem solving. Normally abrupt and obvious, this is a gentler, more mental path to change, best accessed through creative searching, tuning into dreams and visions, symbolic thinking, abstractions that birth creative and rare beauty. Saturn, Jupiter and Uranus form a Yod aspect aka the ‘finger of fate’. Imagine Michelangelo’s Creation of Man; your finger of fate, like Adam’s, touching God. It’s an electricity stream from you to the maker. If the mental reorganization you’re experiencing seems epic, it is. Relationships are in the foreground, questions about commitment as Venus, Saturn and Juno aspect one another harmoniously. Partnering is in the air and on the mind; the question may be about how to get closer, or what making a commitment entails- to who & how. Make sure you’re on the same page; a commitment means something different to everyone. Jupiter still travels closely with Pallas; justice has been served. New relationships have ended or formed. The south node with Jupiter has erased some past debts and presented us with new karmic privilege. Mercury’s direct! -and finally gets moving past the retrograde degree today so expect the mail & correspondence you’ve been waiting for to finally arrive.

8/20-21 Pisces Moon allows us to merge completely with others, if you’re noticing a little agitation around this; it’s a prologue for later this week when the space between self and others gets lax or antagonistic. If anxiety surfaces, take it to the canvas or the drawing board-today is a great one for defining what you need to make you happy with Venus sextile Saturn. A tone of formality lends practical support for our goals, creating a workable agreement that lasts. Recognize there are people you can count on in your life, people willing to buttress the load. Late afternoon 8/21, Moon moves into Aries, a minor rush of energy finishes up the end of Sun in Leo with a direct intuitive hit.

8/22-23 Moon in Aries makes the morning good for taking care of business. Fond adieu, Leo! Sun enters Virgo today. How to ‘make it work’ is the question on everyone’s mind for the next month. Life presents more than enough challenges, and we’ve been given a Rubik’s cube to cull out Virgo’s dexterity. The colors are kaleidoscopic; we see the task at hand and the colored cubes just don’t line up. These are workable problems, but they do require the patience to sit there, not to mention a good helping of self-analysis. If we understand the process, we are closer to the solution. Be willing to process all that comes up; although it may seem myopic to focus on the process exclusively, by so doing you allow the solutions to reveal in their own time. Avoid Virgo’s shadow of criticism by criticizing the critic: Hey big complainer, you only make it worse when you look at what’s wrong! If life reads you a How To manual, wouldn’t you rather learn from a Critic who equally gives you a good dose of What’s Right Now? 8/23 Moon is out of phase until this evening, making it hard to do anything other than business as usual. Use this down time to let up.

8/24-27 Blessings to Moon in Taurus to whom we say ‘ground the energy from the Great Mother Earth into these next few days of surrendered action’. Feel your feet on the ground and soak up her grounding energy, release the confusion- she can handle it. A quincunx to her ruler points to adjustment- we’re looking for new ways to do relationship; mutual agreements are here if we can just figure out how to hold the center without spilling the milk. Communication mishaps that seem to undermine our attempts at clarity: ‘I swear some stuff you just see better from further away, And I think I communicate best now, the less I say-‘ Did the cell phone or your mind fall into the cosmic aquarium? Double messages make anyone antagonistic and it’s hard to keep the peace. Mars holds the tension, in a kundalini dance of release, yet rather hazy and we can’t yet reach the goal: ‘And there’s a dusty old dust storm on mars, they say, so tonight you can’t see it too clear… Still I stood in line to look through their telescope. Looked like a distant ship light as seen from a foggy pier. And I know that I was warned, still it was not what I hoped.’ Know that this anxiety and confusion will pass like a ship in the night. (lyrics, Ani DiFranco)

8/28-9/1 And so it has. These are days of falling in love. Those who find their hearts open will find the key. With Venus, Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto (for good measure) it’s a creative time for the creator. Like the Birth of Venus, what delicately arises from the tempest is a resurrected phoenix. How do we ever truly know God if we do not know True Love? That’s why we look so hard for love. 8/28 creates opportunity for working out the miscommunication snafus of previous days with Mercury sextile Jupiter. Moon in Cancer supports mutual sympathy with clear sunshine of heartfelt communication. Heart in hand; pour warmth into your words. The Lover is showering compliments on his Beloved. Be generous by not holding back your beautiful thoughts- if you have something wonderful to say, speak it. 8/29 healing power in deep exchanges; opening up the wounds feels easy and right. 8/30-31 Fantasy is strong; ‘too good to be true’ even while foreshadowed by certain change & upheaval in the days ahead. Dream figures lurk like in half-shadowed hope at the edge of sleep, the air is electrically charged with magnetism, Moon in Leo roars while we find the power to create the Art we seek. http://www.angelpaths.com/majors/art.html. Spiritual devotional practices deliver in spades.

I swear, since seeing Your face,
the whole world is fraud and fantasy
The garden is bewildered as to what is leaf
or blossom. The distracted birds
can’t distinguish the birdseed from the snare.

A house of love with no limits,
a presence more beautiful than venus or the moon,
a beauty whose image fills the mirror of the heart.

-Rumi

A Sun/Uranus opposition holds the backdrop, assimilating changes in rapid fire. Unexpected developments create twists and turns for the nervous system. We try and catch our breath as we trip and stumble over Beauty. 9/01 The first day of September is a heart chakra revival, the blissful union. Use this day to conceive of your next act of beauty, make a devotional commitment to generosity. This day seeds the cycle of all forms of love for the following year.

9/2- Moon in Virgo, Pluto’s direct motion and the dark of the moon want to release the past, release fears, worries, wounds- the cosmic energy supports dropping at least some of it. Perform a ritual for release, more potent the days before the new moon when less light equals the death of what you no longer need.

And love is not the easy thing
The only baggage that you can bring
Is all that you can’t leave behind
-U2

New Moon Leo, Wednesday, August 4, 2005 8:05 PM PST

You are incompletely disguised as a mortal
You are the eternal stranger I have always known -James Broughton

I need perfection
Some twisted selection
That tangles me
To keep me alive -Michael Hutchence

New Moon Leo, Wednesday, August 4, 2005 8:05 PM PST

Rock Star INXS seemed like a really bad idea-replacing the post-mortem lead singer of ‘suicide blonde’ with a new one? But Saturn’s entry into Leo says we need more rock stars. As the High Princes of Pop Materialism want you to keep sucking down unoriginal, one-hit wonder music with more glee than a 10 year old with an ICEE, at sugar high wipe-out, awaken the hunger for something life-sustaining. Rocker love: the virile, strong, luminescent force of raw life truth-to-self talent. When Mick Jagger’s luscious mouth ‘starts me up’, as Steve Tyler dances around with those tight little pants we respond to the whole package- voice, image, and sex appeal. A charisma that can’t be bought nor sold is the birthright of true talent-and it’s the birthright of your Sun sign. We revive lead singer Leo when the accruements we call identity reveal as a pale mannequin to the real deal. Recognize the feeling of being ‘on’- on fire, on purpose, is the soul knowing its own magnetism, the soul’s unobstructed power to shine.

Here we have a cast of leading ladies and men, all delicious and beautiful, with different strengths and weaknesses and the majority will go home ‘losing’. They perform, sometimes very well, sometimes badly, and the ones that perform badly get to perform again. Ah, the wheel of life. There seems to be several keys to success with the band: raw talent & charisma (you see ‘star quality’), ability to get along well with others (no upstaging or slighting anyone), generosity of spirit (giving the ‘good’ songs to those who are struggling), a physical strength (for the endless competition) and emotional/spiritual resiliency (to withstand Navarro’s leers). All of this being equal, what hangs the star: an ability to self-improve on weaknesses. This means not falling prey to Leonine pride of ‘I know what I’m doing, critics be damned’. To accept help when it is offered seems to make the weak, stronger and the strong more versatile.

For us everyday rock stars, living in the spotlight of ‘on purpose’ appears to come easier to some than others. Although most Leos we’ve known have an invisible spot following them wherever they go, none are exempt from every woman’s hero journey- which always involves slaying dragons and meeting the enemy. The enemy may be the glamorous ‘other’, who or whatever that other embodies, enticing us into believing what we have is certainly not as bright and shiny as that over there. The glamour whore doesn’t reflect our creativity, it parasitically feeds on it. When image is substituted for imagination, ‘head-in-the-stars’ deflates true star-power. Take Dave Navarro for example, the MC of Rock Star-he’s not a member of the band, so we pose the question: what is he doing on the panel of judges? Eye candy. Here is the glam-rock persona whose feather boa has really pulled one over on us. (Google him and the first website tagline you see: Dave Navarro is God) He says things like: ‘baby, you look so great I could just lick you’, and giving advice to a kittenish prospective M. Hutchence: ‘I think you’re great but they just want to hear more vulnerability in your voice’. Offensive. When one contestant says: ‘My sister sends her love’ Dave replies: ‘I’ll thank her when I talk to her tonight’. Blatantly offensive. When this land of plenty engages our self-poverty complexes ever more fiercely, we must consciously slay the dark forces of light diminishment, even in innocuous-looking succubus sex-oh-God please-don’t-open-your-mouth Daves of the world. This glamour whore drains authenticity and allure quicker than a tub of bathwater.

Aww, it’s okay, Dave. From Leo’s perspective, we are all children. Here we are in our innocence, playing with our ability to co-create-every time we up the ante on our creativity-o-meter, so too the Creator giggles with glee saying ‘Yes, yes, do it again!’. Isn’t it beautiful when this happens, that no matter how different our skill level or unique gift, when we perform an authentic creative act the universe sighs a deep diaphragm belly breath? Ever notice? Finally, someone’s noticed Her. If this feeling is a distant memory, now is the time to re-engage your inner artist with a spontaneous (or planned, a la Saturn) act of creativity. Follow your imagination to an event, class, book, action that re-enchants your world with magic and allure. This is a fantasy act on behalf of your future self-seed, not a phantasm. Neptune’s opposition can be the cosmic bait to transcending the small self so we can actually experience a connection to everything & everyone. But Neptune can as easily become an alluring forbidden fruit that robs us of our life energy in its elusive pursuit. Repeat after me: “To avoid phantasmagoric results, we will not be following a sub-longing or Id urge into a really bad decision”. Hold out for higher ground. Remember that every creation begins as a ‘what if’-and there’s no better time to give the universe some life support: deep, delicious belly breaths.

New Moon Day, 8/4: The measured easy life, prone to spinning out in fantasy and having experiences of being totally in tune. We have been space cadets and time travelers with Mercury opposed Neptune, warmed over. Drug abuse is exposed, people are thinking about recovery. Childhood memories come easy, also reminiscences of when times were better, the desire to escape is worth listening to. Romance is heightened, only softly distorted on the glass of hard reality. Mercury retrograde, the impulse to do new avoids later re-visit by taking on only projects already begun. The evening can start us in on a pattern of self-involved introspection, good ideas flow as the mind cranks through 8/5.

8/5-7 8/5 we linger over our opportunities and options, as new information and invitations flow. It’s good to explore; these ideas will change over time but what’s really buzzing is an upswing of potentiality. The most useful news is old news with a new twist so pay attention to the slight differences especially in the context of a scripted storyline. 8/6 If self-involvement is borderline myopic, take the fun energy of Sun sextile Jupiter to get outside your head. Take a trip, go anywhere to regions of the unknown and unknowable. Spirits are generous; generosity is infectious like a giggle that turns into a deep belly laugh. Moon in Virgo helps keep our heads in check as mindfulness becomes an art and a science; impressions come and go quickly these days and a little applied analysis at a key moment finds precious opportunity to mine the effervescence of tangential spin-outs. Ceres square Neptune has us longing for absolution from the great mother, or grandmother as it may be. Call her this weekend, in prayer or on the telephone. 8/7 Sleep may be erratic in the early morning hours. The haze of Neptune descends like a fog rolling through a sunny day. Is this heightened self-awareness or a purple haze that blurs our boundaries with others? Open to inspiration in the mundane. (See below*)Later this evening, nurture the urge to process material around relationships.

8/8-10 We may feel out of phase with head in the clouds one minute, wading through murky waters the next. People we’ve given authority to in our lives possess an enigmatic hold, becoming mirror-like, fire dancing on water. The dance may seem unreal, but by surrendered watching of the flicker and sway we learn about our role, our participation in this relationship. Used skillfully, transcendental meditation, spiritual practices and healing vibrations are accessible. 8/9 the dance gets eerie, entering as an event that takes a darker turn. We’ve been in a romance novel, capacity for heightened reverie & emotionalism colludes with the page turning plot, as the heroine of our story is pulled down into a place of pain or injury. Trust is hard & we’re suspicious of all who go there, even those who want to help. Signs of the times show abuses of women by the powers that be, monumental challenges to the feminine spirit. At the same time Pallas with Jupiter can apply reforming intelligence to any injustice. While tolls on relationship are experienced intensely, there’s opportunity to work it out with the higher mind- or the high courts.

8/11-12 Moon in Scorpio values emotional and physical exchange above all, so what’s come up is well nigh handled now. The strain of obligation or injury is felt late morning, and the evening shows the energy that won’t move- the stubborn Mars in Taurus who would rather sit on it than confront. First quarter energy impels getting to the root of the problem, if the foundation is fouled, the whole house stinks. It’s also a time we feel impelled to act, and encounter obstacles to doing so (which impels action). We have some internal power and resiliency right now, so ask Scorpio questions like: who or what is threatening my intimacy needs? Can this deep insecurity be handled differently?

8/13-14 Moon in Sagittarius, retrograde, slow moving Mercury squares stubborn Mars. Picture a normally staid professor who vents his anger by yelling in Indian on his drive home from work. ‘This is absolutely unacceptable-‘ he shouts in his white man with Indian accent shtick, disrobing the anger into the naked hilariousness of life, arriving home quietly relaxed ready for dinner with his wife. Then when provoked one morning in a silly dispute, he unconsciously (and disrespectfully) lapses into his Indian accent plus curse words. Double oops! Mental tension or anguish may reveal a sticking point we need to work through. It’s a point of contention that requires a little more flexibility than insistence. 8/14 today is one of those days to seek ingenious solutions; with a slight pressure a world of opportunity appears. Outspoken, vital and a little uninhibited, if there’s an opportunity to ‘do different’ we can run with it. Feel your strength and notice what sparks that awareness. See the Lust card of the tarot deck. http://www.angelpaths.com/majors/lust.html

8/15-16 Moon in Capricorn is always back to business, with an eternal Monday morning feel. Meanwhile Mercury, the mind, has reached a standstill. We don’t know what to think next, and by so knowing know we’re in the right place. 8/16 Early morning rushing about or excitement. This evening, Venus changes signs (thru 9/10) as our Virgoan health & habit conscious vanities move toward gratification in relating. No longer the Virgin sitting at the dressing table overly concerned with self-purification, we are now more aware of the urge to invite the other into the boudoir. Relationships become more active, like Venus in pursuit of her ideal, we are symbolic sculptors building our very own de Milo. What would the ideal other look like? What we give and receive is highlighted; imbalance is noted like a bill of sale, this is the price of compromise in relationship. How much do we share, what do we keep for self only? Venus in Libra claims to be all-giving and impartial; ideally she’s holding the scales for self and other so that no one ends up bankrupt. Preoccupation with appearances may point to a need to appreciate beauty beyond the mirror. Art, music, wine, culture- the patroness of pleasure needs these treats to feel appreciated! All this throughout the next month but before this she bids Virgo adieu with a healing trine to Chiron. Re-decorate a room, purify your environment, perform a ritual, do something lovely for your self and find healing in the action.

8/17 the planets of benevolence and mystical cosmic love drift into a slow languid harmony. This pair has really framed the moon cycle this month, backdrop energy. ‘I don’t know, it’s something good, can you feel it? I mean it just feels like everything’s going to turn out no matter how bad it looks-‘ Indefinable on one level, yet on another this pair has sprinkled our summer’s path with guardian angels. We are divinely cared for and know this is true on an intuitive level. Synchronicity and experiences of bliss, union sound less new-agey, they’re just ‘happening’. Moon in Aquarius this afternoon, kissing Venus makes this night a special one. Fatigue hits late night- go to bed before 11 PM so you don’t turn into a pumpkin.

*Rx for the Planets (they work so hard to bring you what you love)

Saturn wants a contract. http://www.dailyom.com/articles/2005/479.html

He’s not a troublemaker, a fear-monger or a karmic grim reaper. He just wants your signature on the record deal, your commitment to do what it takes. What would your rock star lifestyle look like? Cultivate the value in walking in your own light. Comparison of self to others, measuring self worth by net earning worth, measuring the value of our personal gold by anything other than to scale of knowing how far you’ve come on your personal journey is like buying the mass hallucination of capitalism on bad credit. Turn the propaganda into angel messages. The voice that says ‘you’ve come a long way baby’ is your soul knowing itself.

For Neptune: The Bliss Of With by James Broughton
You have come to me out of antiquities
We have loved one another for generations
We have loved one another for centuries

You teach me to trust the voice of my voices
You teach me to believe my own believings
You touch the palpability of my possibilities

Together we reflect what our mirrors conceal
Together we upgrade the sun in our meridians
We remain open night and day to transcendence

You are incompletely disguised as a mortal
You are the eternal stranger I have always known
I saw your wings this morning
I saw your wings this morning