Libra Full Moon, Friday, March 25, 2005 12:58 PM PST

Libra Full Moon, Friday, March 25, 2005 12:58 PM PST

Spring is here! The promise of Aries is eager to get on with things, yet we face the challenge of renewal. To do so, we must clear out our winter cupboards of the past, a space bigger than a bread box, to make room for new. Both forward and backward thinking are required-‘huh? Your overwrought mind asks, ‘how can I look backward to correct the future?’ Clear some mental clutter: what do I need to drop off before I can spring ahead?

Here’s mind teaser to warm you up, in honor of Spring re-newal. The Catholic Church claimed Easter holiday as the resurrection day of Christ. Wait a second, Easter is exactly 9 months before the ‘virgin’ birth-what was Mary doing? The eggs and bunnies, eggs, bunnies, eggs-hmmm. BVM (Blessed Virgin Mary) was engaged in some Goddess festivities! But of course we know that all Christian holidays are displaced lunar holidays, what other explanation is there for the strange rituals of pine trees, eggs and such accompanying each Christian holiday. All started by those sex-crazed pagan goddess worshippers who evilly picked flowers, made mad love and decorated wishing eggs, probably with pentagrams, hiding them in secret dark and mysterious locations. And so the recycled story goes. Certainly a very special place is reserved for the person or group that bears the shadow of all we can’t own.

Case in point, the sad story of Ms. Schiavo of Florida, whose anorexia damaged body, is ironically kept alive on a liquid diet for the past 13 years. The pope has issued a statement, from his sick bed nonetheless, that only God decides when it’s time to go. Maybe this was true before medical science decided to play God, keeping people around longer than their natural shelf life. In his statement, Pope says ‘God, not politicians or scientists, decide when it’s time to die’. Really?

Our inheritance of half-truths constantly dialogues with the past, into the future and back, like a Spielberg special effect. It’s as though we have a liquid Technicolor well linking our personal and cultural histories. This well contains, among secrets to our success and demise, those mysteries as revealed by how we treat our self and others. In the physical world it’s easy to see where ‘others’ do wrong, where ‘they’ blame and disown instead of including and forgiving. How we do this in our inner emotional landscape may be harder to discern. Gaze deeply into the pool of your whys and wherefores.

Saturn’s move from retrograde suggests boundaries have shifted; some emotionally bound situation, in process of re-evaluation since November, has moved. Libra moon wants proper accountability. Do your values hold water like the Libra moon, swaying to and fro, changeable to circumstance, consensus or another persons opinion? Can you hold your own? The shadow of Aries sun asks: If you take a stand- is the call to battle stronger than the pursuit of understanding what is right and true for another? Is this war cry camouflaged by shadows of past injuries and fears?

Relationships are eager for new life as Venus, Sun face off Moon and Asteroid Goddess Pallas Athene. Pallas Athene suggests a strong urge toward justice and parity, possibly a contest of intellect. If you feel an inner struggle or engage in one, know that you will not be heard if you are motivated by right or might. In the history of conflict resolution, I’m positive no one ever changed an opinion with these tactics. By nature, force creates its opposite, resistance. True wisdom doesn’t rely on over intellectualized value systems. Wisdom doesn’t rely on justification, a veiled war tactic. The proof of wisdom is in the spontaneous and warm self-knowing it creates. In true Libran fashion, this requires a capacity to receive with an open heart. It is not always available, but when it happens it is wonderful to be received from this place.

Libra full moon sees both sides of an issue, the Goddess and the Patriarchy. The resurrection of Christ is a lovely theme, so startlingly alive that it moves masses of worshippers to a spiritual passion of devotion and longing. Those who have witnessed the last moments before death have been known to say ‘there’s no one so alive as a person on his death bed’. During winter we may’ve seen people die or get ill. Spring tests of spirit are built on our ability to cross the threshold into change. Goddess Persephone is intimate with this life impulse, spending ½ of her life with her husband, Hades, in the world of the dead, the other ½ above ground during Spring and Summer.

As she rises, filled with the freshness of both death and life so does the Goddess of Easter, Oestre. The Goddesses lovingly drops off those who have finished, and blow vibrant, playful Aries wind at the backs of the brave souls ready to begin again.

The winds of change are here. Make room for new life: bring your imperfect self and graciously forgive others imperfections along the way. Remember that we’re here to understand, not be understood. Then celebrate your ability to move forward by planting your spring eggs of ideas, visions & intuitive impulses into good earth. Do as the Goddesses, procreate and play!

BONUS: the superior conjunction of Venus.

The full moon illuminates relationship values-what we’ve learned over the past 9 months and how that’s changed what we’re doing now. Venus and the Sun meet in Aries for a superior conjunction which renews all things Venusian-relationships, our emotional make-up, value-system, preferences and how we make sense of life experience. During the past nine months our approach to relationship has been spontaneous, eager and impulsive- act now, think later. We may’ve had resiliency from emotions of fear and loss, less encumbered by the past. The next nine months Venus enters the second half of her cycle, where, like the full moon, she will reflect. Relationship values are now scrutinized in a more introverted, private way. This is the face of Venus that internalizes; we may more easily ruminate over hurts or disappointments in matters of the heart, carefully aligning steps forward with a tender spring-shoot value system, thinking deeply about what we say or do ahead of time. You’ve reached a threshold in matters of the heart-what has resulted from the past 9 months is a combination of failures and successes, only you can decide where you’ve grown and what still needs work. Think back to March 2001 for recurring themes.

Pallas Athene contributes to a woman’s relationship to her father; Venus symbolizes a man’s relationship to his mother. For both, this is a potent time to look at these relationships. Women: In myth, Pallas Athene is ruled by her intellect, having sprung from the head of her father. She adopted the ideology of the father, of patriarchy, in order to assume equality with the men. What looked ‘feminist’ was actually subordination of her feminine side. Men: Venus in Aries, this is the aspect of your mother who may not have wanted to be the mother. This Venus is independent, with goals and ambitions for herself-these weren’t easy or acceptable pursuits for women of earlier generations. Maybe this Venus wanted to be playing with her lover Mars, not tied down by the myriad demands of a family.

3/26 Early morning optimism with a dash of sensitivity lightens everyone up. Midday the energy changes (did you overdo it?) as early evening starts with a temporal physical symptom or limitation that dives right into thoughts of longstanding core blockages. Pluto goes down under until beginning of September. This is the planet of the subconscious, over these months seek and ye shall find dark stirrings from the bowels of your psychic dustbin. Pay attention to your trigger spot and work inward.

3/27 Moon is in Scorpio on Easter Sunday, the day of dark chocolate bunnies. Rich, deep and intensely sweet sensations are all possible. Watch for sugar low this evening, when irritation can spoil the spoils of warm fuzzies that need to last through Monday.

3/29 -3/30 the need for re-evaluation is apparent as Mercury redux joins the Sun and brings awareness and mental activity to a situation. As the mind circles itself with possibilities and options, Venus is eager to share these with others, especially new insights into relationship. Venus is moving at her maximum velocity, meeting with Sun at 7:30 PM PST, 3/30. Your relationship awareness on speed? Maybe. This Venus is feisty. If it’s already in the works, a culmination is likely- and likely to be quite good with some energy from the Sagittarius Moon stoking the passion fires. Moon throws logs into this fire dance as we celebrate our hard won truths about relationship, and contemplate where they will next lead.

3/31. Get busy and accomplish but all before 10:30 AM. Early morning optimism wanes as Moon joins Pluto late morning and things get heavier.

4/01 begins with a last quarter moon. Like the Fool, we step into April with several backward moving planets and impetus to somehow pull it all together. This is a good day to re-prioritize projects and examine plans for any errors.

4/02, 4/03 it may seem right to put pressure on someone else, or we are the recipient, feeling stretched as someone’s self-indulgent behavior is questionable. The demands of a situation may be unrealistic or expansionary, depending on your point of view. Find it useful to question outcomes before making promises or asking for too much. By examining expectations, wishful thinking is clarified like butter. Just as the process of making Indian ghee skims the fat for the rich golden essence-what you think you’re giving up is actually a gain, clarified into buttery gold.

4/05, 4/06 Put life on cruise control, kick back and listen to words on the wind or patterns in cloud skies. If you can find the motivation, during late afternoon of 4/05, inspiration is tuned toward spontaneous activity.

4/06 is a better day for measuring feet on the ground goals to head in the clouds vision as accomplishment peaks midday and wanes into evening shift.

4/07 begins the energy of a powerful new moon eclipse 4/08. Get ready to plant your new wishes for this passionate, fiery lunation.

Pisces New Moon, Thursday, March 10, 2005, 1:10 AM PST

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

-Anais Nin

Pisces New Moon, Thursday, March 10, 1:10 AM PST

Where were you on 3/04 when Mercury tumbled out of Pisces long dream and announced the first call of spring? Were you asleep and dreaming or did you hear Aries ram hooves shuffling outside your door of consciousness? In the Bay Area, we could sense the change with the weather. A co-worker pinpointed the exact hour his hay fever appeared, to the tune of Mercuryís entrance into Aries. It was an instant shift when this antennae planet changed our perceptions. With parting clouds, sensations of springtime appeared: urgency, quickening, warmth in the air, on your ideas, a sudden and gradual awakening. The irritation of hay fever comes too, typical Aries style.

The Sun is in Pisces for another 10 days, things continue shifting and changing. The impetus of the New Moonís call is longing. But this is longing of Odysseus, the longing for that singular journey only you are called to make. As a Siren calls the voyage off course, so we are challenged to course-correct to the alluring dreams and goals of Pisces. Jupiter and Neptune both rule Pisces; Jupiter is the believer, knowing all things are possible. Neptune is the enchanted dark forest where things are not what they seem. You look at your reflection on the surface of water, your image dances with light and water. These are changeable impressions, color, light, water shift and move, and you realize these are perhaps more true than the solidity of your body. The longer you reflect, the less solid you feel, and the less certain you are about the nature of your well-constructed reality. A piece of music starts playing in the back of your mind, you canít get it out of your head and you really donít want to. The song is so pure and true for you, so connected to this experience of yourself right now, in fact, you feel more alive and connected to yourself than ever before. This is who I am, you think. But who are you?

The truth is you are far bigger than you. Pisces is infamous for their lives of sensory overload–existing in one body but taking on the nature of many other subjective realities all in the course of a day. Pisces copes by diffusing these experiences, blurring the lines to protect the mind from the temptation to believe & the temptation not to believe, in all of it. Jupiter watches over Pisces by offering a belief system, God or guru to protect the fragile mind from exploding all over the place in chaotic grasping. Meanwhile, Neptune lurks like a voluptuous mermaid vulture with an ethereal beauty, songs hopeful and melodic. Neptune is your Siren, a beautiful distraction with hurricane force power to crash your dreams into the rocks. The Neptune aspect of Pisces is strangely serene and benign, as the atmosphere right before a hurricane. Like Odysseus, you are on your journey and so heed the navigations of Mercury in Aries, the only clear-headed one around. Too good to be true, he says. Of course it is. You recognize the song of your demise. Meanwhile your crew has been lulled into a Neptunian coma; reality has abandoned ship.

Awaken yourself. The harbingers of reality: Saturn opposing Mars in a t-square to Jupiter. This troop contrasts dreamy visions to the hard work of staying on course. Jupiter at the helm will direct the crew to keep personal goals in focus, while Mars and Saturn are unruly crewmembers, the workhorse course-correctors. But Mars is always on sex-drive default and Saturn has a reputation for both school-marmish discipline and bad-boy duplicity. It’s a tricky proposition: we must be wary of the beautifully evil Sirens, yet allow for enchantment of the shimmering dream. Thereís a subtle difference between escapism and enchantment and we must carefully, reverently walk this threshold or risk total peril.

Venice is a sinking city, but I still dream on Venice. Ironically, the word Venice means serenity. The city knew it was sinking and so chose serenity. For Pisces, life is like this, an island of artistry, enchantment, mystery on constant verge of submersion by the great collective sea. I don’t buy real estate there, but I visit. I go to Venice in my imagination, this island of knowing. Maybe I’ll listen to the Sirens song from safely afar, dipping in for brief and ecstatic glances. Enigmatic, soulful, she re-fuels my devotion to the dreaming, to the emanation of everything.

These are the days

3/10 Possibilities are no longer potential, but tangible goals even as you watch them morph. Yet, frustration kicks in around the same time. But thereís room to move as Venus graces us with, well, grace. Saturnís cohorts remind you to honor your current commitments as overextension looms large. Responsibility is a worthwhile pursuit this evening when Saturn trines the Sun/Moon, letting us know that with careful planning and time/risk management, we can achieve some goals. Moon in Aries whispers more promise of spring in your ear into tomorrow.

3/12 Moon squares Saturn, Mars and trines Pluto all before the early afternoon. Your mood is cranky and restless but turns out to be a tour de force in emotional stamina. The evening has us settled down for the exactitude of Jupiter trine Neptune 3/14. Moon in Taurus is oriented toward the practical whilst the latter two are elusive dreamers. Mutual reception between Venus and Jupiter thru 3/22 opens us to artistic and creative pursuits. Since early March, Artists find these times exceptionally prolific & experimental.

3/14 What starts out mellow, easy even, by mid-afternoon has changed course.
This can animate you with an intensity of purpose and exacting executive abilities, or produce a heavy hand that forces your hand to the deeper demands of an issue. Venus trine Saturn suggests the solution that moves everyone forward is best accomplished by cooperation and responsibility to one another. Financial resources may need re-allocating today as we look at the bottom line of everything.

These planetary currents reverberate to 3/17. This first quarter square is busy networking in Gemini, but the environment may not be yielding the information you seek. The true issue may surface when evening brings us to our buried needs. Venus square Pluto shows up as experiences of power/lack of power in relationships, self-worth and questionable availability of resources. Combat loneliness and depression with some good Cancerian self-care. Cathartic activities heal; if feeling especially vulnerable be sensitive to your need for self-protection.

3/19 & 3/20 what a weekend! The big event of the day is Mercuryís retrograde in Aries. Mercury will retrograde in the sign of the ram until 4/12, creating extra potential and possibility for head-butting and courageous new ideas, perhaps even simultaneously. The usual instructions: communications and transportation are all subject to problems. Be careful with contracts and long-term plans made during this time period. If a plan is put into motion, it may change or fall apart by 4/12. Old friends reappear. Outstanding issues come back to haunt in an attempt toward reconciliation. However, itís a great time to tackle projects on the back burner, things youíve put off. Continuing what you’ve started and tying up the loose ends results in more mettle than muddle. Sun sextile Mars both in the last degrees of their respective signs prepare us for the burst of new energy tomorrow.

3/20 welcome spring equinox! Some of us don’t actually feel the strength and promise of 2005 until this day. Sun in Aries is the urge for life, all things in their seed potential, awaiting pollination. This is a heady fullness that doesnít quite know its power or force. Weíre renewed by this stamina, but yet unfamiliar with what it all means. Here’s an Aries suggestion: be a pioneer in anything you do.

Enter Mars into Aquarius. For the next month and a half, energy is especially focused on what doesn’t work to make way for expressions of individuality and uniqueness. Overlap with Mercury retrograde, watch out for aggrandizement of both self and others. As life is filled with contradictions, there is a subtext working here. We feel the newness but we don’t see it yet. Saturn’s got spring by the ankle, time is moving slowly as the planet changes pace to the tune of molasses.

3/21 Leo moon wants self-fulfillment in whatever form that may take, and with Saturn’s station to direct tonight, self-confidence means getting on with well-laid plans. The machinery has been in the shop all year and now the oiled gears shift and turn. This planet rules professionalism and social roles, expect some career restrictions to loosen up.

3/22 Venus enters Aries. Now we’re really cooking as the planet of relationship joins Sun and Mercury in Aries. Relationship tastes and preferences are hot and sudden, new and exciting. This Venus is about the thrill of the chase, stalking her prey to culminate in an erotic conquest. Wait; is this a relationship or a car show? Used constructively, Venus is really about taking a chance, finding the courage to love again or renew love with the fresh eyes of springtime. The thrill of this love involves risk-taking and even a little ego-stroking, vroom-vroom!

New Moon Aquarius, Tuesday, February 8, 2005 2:28 PM PST

I would love to kiss you.
-The price of kissing is your life.
Now my loving is running toward my life shouting,
What a bargain, let’s buy it!

-Rumi

New Moon Aquarius, Tuesday, February 8, 2005 2:28 PM PST

The astrological weather changes again, and aren’t things different from even a few weeks ago. The ancient Roman holiday of Saturnalia loosens the wool bindings at Saturn’s feet. The God of nose-to-the-grindstone loosens up. It would behoove you to perform some equally liberating ceremony, right now. Freedom is in the slightly electric air.

So, make a wish and run with it. This is a fabulous moon for dreams come true. Hope, wish and dream of Aquarius is that you use your personal wishes to better all of us. It’s no coincidence that Aquarius rules the house of hopes and dreams, and is also the sign of the humanitarian. It is true, the dreams associated with this sign always benefit all of humanity, even if the dream appears to be very personal. Your dream to live your life ‘on purpose’ has everything to do with the rest of us. Friends also play an important role with this energy. Go with any dream involving group endeavors and collaborations of like minds. The consciousness of someone else working on behalf of your dream and your dream working on behalf of others absolutely magnifies it. Your energy puts wind under everyone’s wings.

There’s a transcendent urge happening. Although Aquarius is a detached, intellectual sign, in close relationship to Neptune and Venus, you’ll find yourself not only wanting to connect your purpose to a larger vision, but feeling it. Stories of compassion, altruism send a signal to the animal brain we’ve all been listening to. ‘wake up, wake up, reality can be deconstructed!’ In the spirit of Aquarius, reality television may actually change the world. Something prompted me to do what I never do-watch a reality TV. show. A group of designers give a widowed wife and two children a new home and life. Witness the whole community of Bakersfield, CA build, create, heal not only the family, community but an entire ‘viewing audience’. The tides have turned, from Hollywood money-grubbing to whole-hearted acts of generosity and kindness. Headline: ‘Acts of Kindness Create Larger Market Reach.’ This is lovely. Aquarius comes as a water-bearer, healing and melting, cleansing and merging.

Warning: It may also be easy to space this lovely energy out. That’s Neptune for you, rubbing your belly with clever little addictions, diversions and fantasy, lulling you into total complacency. You’ve passed out in front of the tube for several days-‘huh?, transcendent change? I just want to check out.’ Wake up and smell the eucalyptus. There’s something fresh just outside your window but you have to open it.

I heard a newsbyte about a day trader’s career change. He was a millionaire by age 30. Successful by social standards, he was terribly unfulfilled. So he left urbanity, moved to Boulder, Colorado and wrote a rock opera. Now he is wildly happy. The day-trader friends now fly in to attend his unusual performances. The friends he lost in the process, uncomfortably look down at their martinis when his name is mentioned. A good friend once said, ‘there’s no higher price than the cost of freedom’. What is the cost of living someone else’s dream? The cost of not living yours? Acts of courage, insanity and social disruption encouraged here. Where we’re hard-wired to the inner critic, push the release button.

Although it sounds risky, it doesn’t feel edgy. And that’s your ‘in’, so you can take a step forward into what may normally cause you small anxiety attacks. It’s also what astrology is most excellent at providing, perfect timing to move you seamlessly, elegantly into a new beginning. This new moon offers the antidote to the usual suspects, the sidekicks of change–Fear and Distortion. The antidote is love-a soothing, melodic and transcendent song playing in the background. Iconoclasm meets a graceful prima ballerina. Be outlandish. Especially if your animal brain says: ‘-but that’s not me, I’d never do that.’ It’s a signal to loosen up & live a little.

Neptune’s love is transcendent, Venus’ love is personal, Aquarian love is visionary. The shadow of Neptune is codependence, fantasy and glamour. Hyped up fantasy is the mindset around Valentines Day. In an effort to combat the marketing sirens who want to convince you that you, your lover or love offering is imperfect, know that a more civilized society would honor your romantic longing instead of exchanging it for DeBeers billboards. Peek into Plato’s dialogues on the Nature of Love: Eros, Philia and Agape. Eros is not so much romantic physical love, but the element of ideal beauty your lover reflects in shared values and pursuits. Philia is mutual admiration, the cultivation of virtue in self and others experienced most often with friendship relationships, a priori self-love. Agape is the decidedly Aquarian ideal, containing both brotherly love and erotic passion, awe, and desire that transcends earthly cares and obstacles. This is the gaze of your lover, the mate to your soul. She is fervent, devoted and longing for reunion. Who is this faceless lover stirring in your heart, ready to marry your life’s work to everyone and everything? Name the promise you made to yourself, the dream that costs nothing less than everything-costing, in fact, all you have to spend. Buy it now. What a bargain.

http://www.iep.utm.edu/l/love.htm

Notable Dates:

2/10 Mercury in Aquarius trines Jupiter in Libra. Ease of information, the expansive mind and higher education. Communication has the potential to open new doors. Market your idea, speak your piece.

2/12 Moon in Aries, Sun and Mercury in Aquarius sextile Pluto in Sagittarius. Ride Thursday’s flow and you have the green light to do your own thing. Anything you’re doing on behalf of others has the potential for deep change, making everyone stronger. Remember that willfulness only pays if righteously applied, a light touch holds more promise than you thought. This is a good day for investments and joint ventures.

2/14 V-Day Venus in Aquarius conjunct Neptune. Dreamers, unite! Love, poetry, fantasy, mystery, intrigue. This day has all the makings of an epic romance. Actually, does this stuff ever really happen? Well, today maybe for a Leo, Libra or Aquarius. If you’re not busy feeding your lover grapes and wine conversing on Plato’s love: ‘ I think Eros is underrated-‘ take it to the movies. It’s a perfect day to bliss out & experience love, in all her emanations-from personal to divine.

2/15 First quarter moon in Taurus, Mars sextile Uranus. Get some spunk under you. If you’re feeling lethargy, blame it on your love hangover. First quarter moon we need to ‘do something’. Moon in Taurus is more placid than most, preferring security and stability to action. But Mars and Uranus give you some pep in your step.

2/15 Moon in Gemini, Mercury into Pisces. It’s a mental day, truly. Mercury moves into Pisces for the next month and this isn’t a strong position for the mind. Details get mixed up, facts have the chance for getting thrown in with the laundry, one red shirt turning everything pink. Forgive yourself for your spaciness and make space instead. Shut down the monkey mind and give the mind a chair on a beach. Suggestion: use this time for mental rest and non-rational creative pursuits of fantasy, spirituality and imagination.

2/17 Venus in Aquarius trine Jupiter in Libra. Okay love muffin, shower the people you love with love. Express it, give it-to someone specific or no one specific. Catch the eye of a stranger and smile. Actually talk to the cashier at your grocery store. Ask them how they are doing. If you’re surprised to feel the love bouncing back at you, contemplate your surprise. Why not do this all the time? Generosity is the absolute cure to loneliness.

2/18 Moon in Cancer, Sun in Pisces. Sun moves into imaginative, nebulous Pisces. Artists love this energy– we all have a heightened ability to drink the ethers of the cosmos with thirsty abandon. Our sense of purpose is primarily felt in the moment rather than rationalized. Sensitive, subtle and intuitive energy predominate the Sun’s trip through Pisces. This is the sign of the believer. Don’t expect a Pisces to know exactly where they’re going and why. They ‘just know’ that they’re on the right track and when to get off. Use the lesson of Pisces: the gift of knowing. You don’t have to justify or explain anything. Just be.

2/19 Mercury in Pisces conjunct Uranus. Carry a pen or tape recorder to jot down electric impulses and ideas. Put on your secret decoder ring.

2/21 Moon in Leo, Venus and Mercury in Aquarius sextile Pluto in Sagittarius. Moon in Leo highlights pride and where we exercise our creative powers. Venus and Pluto want you to see below the surface of things, making sure everyone is counted. Merge the energies by using integrity and truthfulness in all relationships.

New Moon Capricorn, Monday, January 10, 2005 4:03 AM PST

New Moon Capricorn, Monday, January 10, 2005 4:03 AM PST

What a New Year! I am incredibly saddened by the devastation in Southeast Asia. When we are becoming increasingly sensitized to the world’s suffering, how do we make meaning of the suffering? The earth hangs like an earring in the universe, so delicate and small. We often forget that we serve the earth, that she is a living, breathing thing- she absorbs all of it so quietly and gracefully. Until she has been pushed too far, & like the organism she is, breaks down. Astrologer Malvin Artley points out that as with any organism, when she is stressed, the weakest link crumbles the castle. One perspective: we look at southeast Asia’s third world conditions and compare to it’s wealthier neighbors. Many of the islands hit are popular resort destinations, playgrounds of the wealthier nations of the world. History continues to bare out the natural law -where disparity exists, nature corrects. Nature’s law only cares that we live in equilibrium.

Sun and Moon in Capricorn rebalance the scales, earning ruling planet Saturn’s title as ‘lord of karma’. Saturn/Karma is not punitive, it is simple cause and effect. ‘Karma’ is elusive to the human mind because we cannot understand how tragedy is corrective and good for anyone. What if we could really grasp this truth-that our personal tragedies and triumphs are all apart of this great cosmic web? We are indeed balancing the scales for one another, living out our great-grandmother’s karma, and a resort worker in Phukhet just as we live our own. How can our mind possibly hold the responsibility for something of this magnitude? A tragedy of this size asks us to be seized by a magnanimous grace, a kind born of honoring our interdependence & responsibility to one another.

Nature’s laws, like God, may be equally mysterious and intimately knowable. The Earth is a body, like your physical one. She is impressionable to your word & intention. Intentionality is key; where we direct our attention is where we reap results. In the sign of ‘put your money where your mouth is’ New Moon in Capricorn intentions want you to merge who you say you are with what you do in the world. With Capricorn it’s actually that black and white, that simple.

The first new moon of the year, I’ll venture to say that January 10 will feel more like the start of the New Year than 12/31. There’s plenty of energy for new beginnings, the impressions of our words and actions sink into the wet cement of the universal mind. Intention has weight, heft; work on where you want to be.

The new doesn’t happen without growing pains: the new Moon is a close approximation to a t-square: Moon and Sun conjunct Chiron, old wounds-we are beginning anew with wisdom in the ground of past pains– opposing Saturn, we feel the place where goals meet limitations and restrictions. This opposition reminds me of the re-building process, as though we’re walking through a foundation laid bare with broken pipes & tears, architectural plans in hand. But the t-square in a new Moon is an active energy, capable of great accomplishment, full of motion and resolve. The point of tension is held at an apex by Jupiter– we’re having crisis of faith, doubts. As Jupiter holds the tension, he also holds the solution. Jupiter is the planet of goodwill, faith, the almighty, miracles; Libra is love. Here we have visionary love, graceful generosity and expanded capacity to be a bigger presence in relationships. Like the world stage, are previously unimagined relationships where we renew our faith and find blessing? We’ve already seen the bright response of generosity in response to tragedy, each nation monetarily competing for goodwill.

Many people have been presented with new or expanded relationships the latter half of the past year, a promise of Jupiter’s passage through Libra. Yet just this past week, some notable/celebrity relationships ended. As we steward our relationships, our interdependence on the earth and one another, it’s good to get clear on just what our obligations are to self and to others. This New Year/Moon we’ll be asked to be honest with ourselves-not fudge the answers to the important questions. When we give to another we do so with integrity and truthfulness to self, not making promises we can’t keep. If we compromise self for another, we find that our foundation will crumble.

A suggestion of this New Year chart is that with a correction of attitudes and beliefs- that by dropping some of the baggage of the past, we are in a position with enough to give. Develop some New Moon/Year epiphanies designed to get rid of anything that limits your freedom. Try these on:

I question the power of the past to control my future dreams.

I don’t mistake circumstance for the reality of the infinite.

I see the previously solid nature of my perceptions and identity as fluid and expansive.

To be certain, we are feeling both a contraction and expansion –two forces, when paired, negate forward movement. If fear is present; look squarely in those cold beady eyes knowing that fear only gains power if we do what it wants us to. Expansion is scary from a place of contraction & need. Jupiter exposes us to the place we need to incorporate an attitude of abundance, while Chiron encourages us to own our wisdom by caring for our Achilles heel, our loveable limitations. We learn to be both broken and whole. Venus in Capricorn is applying a sweet sextile to Uranus, giving us a boost of ‘practical optimism’. If we show up for self, the things and people we love will, too. There we learn to trade the same old stuff for enlightened change.

For a taster, here are a few more bigger picture notes for 2005. Although it’s started out awnry, the year will be more visionary than last. Through mid-2005 we’ll have an inconjunct between Saturn and Pluto. We can expect to see more seismic creaks and groans as old structures are ruthlessly assessed for their stability. Consider any creative restructuring like preventative medicine. The news and media continue to play a role in exposing what boil needs lancing. On an upbeat note, Jupiter and Neptune will be waxing sextile through mid-August. This brings an influx of inspiration and hope into the overall collective mood. We could all use a little uplifting news and it looks like we’ll all have an ease of access to inspiration and the messages of encouragement we need. Meanwhile Uranus in Pisces and Neptune in Aquarius continue to mutually receive one another – wherever we need to show up as revolutionary and idealistic change makers, we are supported. Shift will happen mid-summer when Saturn moves into Leo, and Jupiter moves into Scorpio. Hopefully, Saturn’s move means less overall pressure on the U.S. economy, since the U.S. is a Cancer nation and Saturn leaves Cancer by mid- July. Around the same time Jupiter enters Scorpio with a mutual reception to Pluto in Sagittarius, encouraging us to dig deeper for resources. Jupiter will be the megaphone for hidden treasure (including those who ‘hide’ their financial dealings) with a possibility for financial boons and sudden influx of money. This will also highlight merging of finances and we’ll all want to get clear on to whom we’re financially partnered or indebted.

In the day by day, 1/10 Mercury and Venus in Capricorn continue to travel together through the full moon. This lends credibility and polish to our speech and social interactions. It also may lend a make it or break it quality to relationships-maybe it’s not time for the bottom line– listen to your intuition. It’s a great time to be writing, expressing yourself creatively or artistically in some tangible way.

1/13 is a day when we may be stopped by the reality police for an error we’ve neglected, a parking ticket unpaid. This isn’t an easy for anyone, Saturn opposing Sun dampens spirits and puts noses to the grindstone. Don’t mess with authority here as you’re sure to be called out on all the places you’re weak. This influence is felt for a few days before and after, yet these days too shall pass, so try and take it easy on you. The evening wants to relieve your burden and give you new ideas and approaches. Venus sextiles Uranus; maybe you call a friend and get a different take on things. Venus and Mercury join and both sextile Uranus on 1/14– introducing our minds & relationships to new possibilities and outcomes. Open yourself to radical ideas and people that you might not normally consider and you’ll put yourself in a great position for receiving new life energy to put the swing back in your step. Moon in Aries supports risk taking, wanting you garner your courage and rally around your cause with self-motivated enthusiasm. As Mars sextiles Neptune, a gentler approach is required as energy simultaneously wanes and wants expression. The first quarter moon on 1/16 is all about action, and partners with the node in a square that may fan desires and aggression toward getting it- whatever ‘it’ is. The moons nodes are enigmatic, often out of the blue providing timing and propulsion to a previously laid plan. Since this moon is already a fiery girl ready to take the next step, this could mean a commitment to a new enterprise. In natal astrology, the north node joined to the moon could be a literal joining to a woman of maternal nature, children or a home.

Mercury sextiles Neptune on 1/19 to the tune of a Gemini moon. Sun moves into Aquarius. Communication may be unclear or clumsy, yet receive moments of mystical communication. Messages are spoken in tongues, but attune your inner ear for the message. As the sun moves into Aquarius for the next month, we have the capacity to envision what needs to come next. Sun in Capricorn can naysay the New Year’s wishes away and Aquarius is the solution. In affect until 2/18, our focus turns re-visionary. How do we want things to change and what needs to stay the same? Rebelliousness around questions of conformity/authority plays out as we bounce new ideas off of what isn’t working. This is the master deconstructionist who gleefully cuts away anything and anyone that impedes progress. Nervous systems may be more tightly wound as pragmatism makes room for change we look at the good of humanity, the whole organism as we think about new approaches to satisfying our personal will and of others.

1/21 Venus in Capricorn inconjunct Neptune in Aquarius, Mars in Sagittarius sextiles Jupiter in Libra. Idealism is high, pleasures & relationships aren’t as satisfying as we’d like or maybe it’s our expectations that need checking. The promise is tantalizing though and Jupiter wants to deliver unto us some new enthusiasms. Energies are uplifted and open, apply a little optimism to your efforts & find yourself infused with sense of purpose. If you’ve been feeling like a girly man, go to the gym, pump iron with this ego/energy boosting aspect. Don’t overdo it. The next day, 1/22 Mercury in Capricorn squares Jupiter in Libra. The planet of movement, mind & communication squares the planet of expansion- take care to not take on too much or you may find yourself dissipated. This could lead to too many thoughts, paperwork or errands. Prioritize what you need to get done. There’s always a danger of overextension, over inflation with a Jupiter square. Think back to 1/7 when Jupiter squared Sun, a few too many cooks in the kitchen. Follow this with a Venus square Jupiter on 1/24. We all need the occasional indulgence; this may be one of those days when you just have to let it all hang out. A tough day, let it go tonight by giving yourself a sweet treat that doesn’t break the diet. Send the people you love a little token of affection. Everyone could use some love right now– to put yourself in a position to receive, remember the law of the universe: give and you shall receive. With an open hand, let a little go to get something back.

Full Moon Cancer, Sunday, December 26, 2004 7:06 AM PST

I had been hungry all the years;
my noon had come, to dine;
I, trembling, drew the table near, and touched the curious wine.
‘T was this on tables I had seen,
when turning, hungry, lone,
I looked in windows,for the wealth
I could not hope to own.
I did not know the ample bread,
‘T was so unlike the crumb
The birds and I had often shared
In Nature’s dining-room.
The plenty hurt me, ’twas so new, —
Myself felt ill and odd,
As berry of a mountain bush
Transplanted to the road.
Nor was I hungry; so I found
That hunger was a way
Of persons outside windows,
The entering takes away.

­‘Hunger’, Emily Dickinson

Full Moon Cancer, Sunday, December 26, 2004 7:06 AM PST

Passing the longest night of the year in the blink of an eye, here we are with the days now slowly increasing in light, so slow that we don’t notice the change. Time slows down, all but stopping. Time moves in cycles, we feel this now, remembering when the summer days were long and when there was hope in our hearts. Where has it gone? Will there be light again? For some of us, this time of year offers space for reflection. The darkness brings comfort and room for renewal, we let it cloak our days like a big woolen cape, dropping our hoods gratefully for the brief moments of sunshine.

Sun in Capricorn is Father Time, chronos and kairos time. Chronos time is the clock time we’ve created to structure our days; this time was a manmade creation–like the railroad transportation system which created the time zones allowing us to organize our time on earth. Kairos time is our circadian rhythm, not just a physiological clock but an organic, moving continuum. Our mind knows chronos time, but our body/mind knows kairos time. This inner knowing tells us what stage of the continuum we’re in right now. Are we beginning, synthesizing, gathering, sustaining, harvesting, ending, dissolving? Sun in Capricorn looks through these evaluatory dark glasses, only picking up the light and dark, the essential view. We arrive at the end of the tunnel of winter with a clearer understanding of where we’ve come from, who we are now and where we’re going.

Like old Ebenezer Scrooge, uncompromising Capricorn energy will overlook nuance and rosy sunsets for outcome, product, the bottom line. This may be a necessary point of view; we need the stark landscape to re-inspire our new-year dreams. We need to face down our demons of the past and hopes for the future in the dead of night. Melancholy, sadness and reflection on days of yore lend themselves nicely to this process. Everything seems to have an air of finality about it; our dreams may feel terribly earthbound with restrictions and limitations. Know it’s natural to feel this way right now.

Christmas materialism has just scratched at our door like a hungry cat. The mewing would have you think this cat hasn’t eaten in years. The mewing cat is calling out the contrast of what we’ve yet to achieve against all we have. This hard reality can be disheartening; but Capricorn teaches that the exact place our heart hardens, there exists the fatal flaw of our hopes and dreams. Is there a hard place in your heart, the place where that bitter pill you keep swallowing becomes jagged edged, wounding the soft, beating flesh? Your heart is listening to that story.

The challenge of Capricorn is to keep tender, to keep climbing the mountain, long view in sight while honestly assessing what is and is not working.

Full moon in Cancer is a call to balance, to not neglect the heart for the ‘reality bites’ soundtrack. What nurtures and sustains the heart on this long journey through the dead of winter? It is nourishing to have a good home, supportive and nurturing relationship, family, rooted ness, tradition. It is nourishing to have your basic emotional and physical needs met.

The heart needs the practicality of Capricorn, the realism of Capricorn needs the hearth-flame, a rooted ness of heart. This is the inner knowing that we all truly live- in the deepest sense of the word, in the heart. No matter what we build in the world, the heart is the home, the place where we know how to allow our self to fearlessly release into the spring, summer, autumn, fall of life. A well-nourished heart is life-support at all the right moments. An injured heart falters and we end up hungry. When we ‘keep the home fires burning’ we give ourselves and others a sense of place, belonging and interconnection.

This full moon, appreciate the importance of your heart needs. The fulfillment of these basic needs animates life. It’s the difference between having a house or making a home in the world.

12/26 Full Moon day Saturn still opposes Chiron, exact. All year we’ve had the opportunity to heal relationship wounds and end those not working. Separation and reconciliation are themes. If this sounds familiar, by now you will know on which side of the fence you stand. If your story grew a shell around your heart, it may be thin and fragile as an eggshell but strong enough to keep both the bogeyman and the dream away. Put the wind back under your sails with a trio of optimism; Mercury, Venus and Mars in Sagittarius give us all the energy to push on. Like buoys in the sea of life, we are tossed about but always stay above water.

Our mental outlook is upbeat and facing-future and sextiling Neptune, idealistic and seduced into sugar plum fantasies. Mercury travels close to Venus, the people we have around us mirror our own inner attitude right now—they are encouraging and enthusiastic, warming our hearts despite the winter chill. Mars has just entered Sagittarius, leaving powerhouse Scorpio where our energy had a lot of focused staying power and we were up to the task. For the next 6 weeks in Sag, physical energy is easily dispersed among many things, with the potential for overextension. If you have the tendency, take care not to over commit.

12/27 Moon in Cancer, Venus sextile Neptune and we’re lost in a daydream of pleasure. Sit by the fire and meditate on all the Christmas gifts you’ve accumulated. 12/28 Mercury and Venus join exactly on a Moon in Leo day.

Friends are gabby and dramatic; we talk about travel, journeying and making future plans. The planet of information gathering joins the planet of what makes-me-happy in the sign of hopes and visions makes this an ideal day for gathering your resolutions ‘round.

12/29-12/30 It’s all in the game of love. Venus and Jupiter make beautiful music together in a mutual reception. Venus loves Jupiter and Jupiter loves Venus to be sure. Relationships experience a cosmic bear hug and we’re in love again. In the pinball game of love/life, you have just been given 50,000 extra points to spend as you please. This gamey Venus is ready to take a chance, and Jupiter is happy to oblige. How will you spend your windfall? Do not miss out on this aspect! Perform some planetary magic by putting yourself in a position where the ‘pleasure odds’ are in your favor.

With Jupiter, is there a place you want to go, a dream you want to live out, right now? Jupiter is the planet of travel, teachers and higher learning: long voyages of the mind and body are favored. Spiritual pilgrimages & journeys with heart invigorate and inspire. Mercury sextiles Jupiter making 12/30 It’s a good day for travel and big picture thinking– like marketing.

One major cautionary note for this day and it’s a biggie. Mars squares Uranus, always a volatile and dangerous pair. Mars newly in Sag may be overeager and careless—this is a problem for Mars because among others he rules cars, sharp instruments, firearms. Uranus always means sudden changes of events and disruption. Unfortunately, the potential for violence and destruction is energetically supported. If you’re traveling by car this day, you cannot be too careful. This aspect is exact in the late evening (PST); try to get where you’re going by then.

Clear skies for 12/31 New Year’s Eve. Sober moon in Virgo and festivities may be atypically restrained, making a quiet eve more attractive. Moon trine Sun in earth signs make us more concerned about comfort and physical pleasure than the get-up and go. Virgo moon doesn’t like excess or overindulgence so beware of too much drink; the body will feel the consequences. Virgo energy continues through 1/01. Inward and reflective, we stand at the threshold of another year, seeing both potential and potential faults. In the evening, Moon sextiles Saturn and we find the commitment to do what it takes.

1/02-1/03 last quarter square, Moon in Libra. Venus and Pluto conjunct, Sun inconjunct Neptune. A now pensive Venus has the potential for bringing up relationship issues. If a new perspective or change in mind comes up, don’t be surprised—it’s been in the works. Heavy handed, yes, but brutally honest. Sun inconjuncts Neptune asking for dissolution of a stubborn stance, perfectly timed for this Venus who demands sacrifice.

1/04 Moon in Scorpio, Mercury on Pluto and it’s more of the same. Thanks to retrograde Mercury, this first took place 11/19, 12/07 and now finally 1/04. This is the mind-purge. Obsessions, grudges, resentments—all the ugly and destructive thoughts you hold onto hold you back. Who’s in control here?

The mental attitude is dark and tenacious. This final pass means it’s finally time to let go. Things won’t move forward without dropping the baggage. Look to the last New Moon’s newsletter for guidance. Still in effect, 1/05 be sensitive to others as Venus is quincunxed by Saturn. Relationships require compromise, feel the consequences for better or worse.

1/06 Moon finally moves into Sagittarius in the evening, moods lighten up a little and we can begin to unwind. 1/07 Sun in Capricorn square Jupiter in Libra. This may be the pressure release we’ve been searching for, but we may want more than we can actually handle or afford. An authority figure or the reality police have the potential to spoil your fun. Appease the planetary gods by asking for a side of ‘a little bit less’ with your order of ‘more’.

1/09 Venus and Mercury move into Capricorn, Moon in Capricorn. Venus in Capricorn is the ultimate millionaire’s wife- she looks for status and security in relationship, and so do we during the tour de Capricorn till 2/02. Traditionally, Venus is not so happy in Capricorn. On her own, Venus is sociable, sharing and flirtatious. In Capricorn she doesn’t socialize, she networks; when she shares she is making a mental tally of give and take; she doesn’t flirt, she is sizing you up for marriage material. Are you stable, successful, financially established? We may find ourselves and others concerned with social acceptance, status and prestige. Yes, if we can hold it in our hand and in front of others, it has weight and worth.

Mercury is right there beside her, so we have agreement between the head and our desires. If only there was a Howard Hughes for every girl.

New Moon Sagittarius, Saturday, December 11, 2004 5:29 PM PST

Come, come, whoever you are, this caravan has no despair. Even though you have broken your vows perhaps ten thousand times
Still, come again, come, whoever you are, Whoever you are, come. Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving, come!
-Rumi

New Moon Sagittarius, Saturday, December 11, 2004 5:29 PM PST

A second lunation for Sagittarius, another opportunity to cultivate the seeker. The full moon illumined the inkling of a seed something. We read the lay of the land with its many paths and directions. The river whispered your name, the bending tree told you which direction to best follow your life destination. Your vision was broad, and the particulars needed focus-,it was just beginning. The full moon promised new roads in the backyard of our familiar. Hopefully we discovered some. Sagittarius wants us to reach further, to envision outlandish possibility. This is the searcher, seeker, preacher, teacher, poet-philosopher, mystic & magician in you. Looking for the purpose in all things, this is where we weave context and meaning. To the mystics, the mundane of ordinary life events are like puzzle pieces falling into a larger cosmic web. This new moon wants us to drop the baggage off on the way.

The timing of this lunation seems especially relevant to the new paradigms we’re now living. There have been big shifts this fall; many people have been catapulted into new realities. These changes were subtly announced with elegant planetary patterns, long awaited breakthroughs happened almost seamlessly, like a knife through butter. All your surrender, work, your patient waiting for life, finally softened and allowed room for new. If you showed up to the moment, the effects produced profound results: healings, endings & beginnings. The Divine blew gentle kisses into your ear. For Sagittarius, life is magic, the universe pulsing with color and new experience. The visionary in us lives for expansion. As we get ready to expand, there is clean up work.

The thinker, Mercury the mind, has been stressed. Mercury is moving backwards and has for the 2nd time joined with Pluto, the planet of ‘all that you can’t leave behind’. You may find yourself circling in loops of emotional memory; jealousy, resentment, bitterness, fear, desire…name your injury, the restless and fixed energy of the mind knows the difference between where you want to be and where you are. The mind is thinking with your gut, and your gut has a list of injuries longer than Santa’s. A repeating aspect, you may’ve reached your edge more than once through the past month; this is the phone call you avoid, the phone ringing off the hook. This is the caller asking for a past due invoice. What is it you need to finally stop thinking or believing? You hunger for change and expansion like the roaming mystic/gypsy/poet traveler you are. The urge to expand is countered by an initial contraction. A priori to the new, we must be willing to get deep into the nitty- gritty of our own beliefs, the root cellar of mind.

Imagine a deep forest, dark and still. The landscape pulses waves of dense black-green. You find your story beyond the stillness, where redwood trees begin to look human. Did they just speak & move? Senses so alive, you can taste the rich and thick smells, primordial, earthy. Smell something rotten and fresh alive. This is the mind, fertile and powerful. The mind knows the stories of humanity since the beginning of time. A million voices: tell, untell, remember, forget, relive, release. Your story holds a very powerful connection to the timeless and your very personal beliefs.

Leaning into our personal story may take the rest of our lives. But here we are in the sign of the visionary, at the edge of deep inner space. With Pluto, Venus and Mars in Scorpio, all that we can’t leave behind is our hidden richness, our wealth of energy. It’s all bound up down there like a magical kundalini charging our creativity and desires with raw funky stuff.

Let it bubble up. Investigate the story. Chances are, much has changed since the song first began. Have you noticed? Life has given you so much, even through the darkness of injury and pain. Pay in kind by relinquishing a little piece of the woundedness. With a gentle touch in the right spot, universes shift, realities folding like pudding batter. Find a small way to give up the old story, let obsession be replaced by a new expansionary expression.

To bridge the inner world to the outer- this isn’t a New Moon you’ll want to do alone, or spend doing the same old thing. Sagittarius lives for the open road—take a day trip! Visit someplace special to you, a teacher or church you haven’t been in awhile. Experiment with new perspectives, dialogue. Take in points of view on the outside as food for growth.

12/11

Venus in Scorpio has just left a sextile to Chiron (12/10) and applies a trine to Saturn on Monday. This is soft energy for intense times. Kindness in relationship proves healing. The urge to prematurely act out is countered by awareness of the others emotional, physical limits. Much has been learned through Venus’ tour with Mars the past few weeks; the inner and outer tantrums were just as passionate as the sex. After all the hiss and spit, this is the place where we take what we’ve learned and apply with care.

12/12 Mercury sextile Jupiter, Moon in Capricorn. Take your trip this day, talk to friends, your mind is opened and receptive to information. Mercury is sitting between Jupiter and Neptune for some creative inspiration. The imagination may be rich right now and the perceptual field dense with possibility. Use fantasy, travel, movies, art to give you a lift. Not too head in the clouds, down to earth moon leans toward practical concerns, money, time, effort spent & how our plans fit in the overall scheme of things.

12/14 Moon into Aquarius, Mercury sextile Neptune. The mood is a little experimental and imaginative. Shake it up by doing something out of the ordinary. Eat some squid ink pasta while composing esoteric poetry from your bathtub.

12/16 Venus moves into Sagittarius, shifting social preferences, interactions and tastes from close encounters of the dominatrix kind to a little bit of everything. This is Venus, International Style, with a catch-me-if-you-can attitude that leaves us all very non-committal, but always wanting more. I’ll take one of …everything, please. The marketers for last minute Christmas Shopping love this Venus. Moon in Pisces shape shifts seamlessly.

12/18 First Quarter Moon in Pisces swims around what she wants to do. Impressionable and vacillating, we dive right in to a Moon in Aries that afternoon. Regardless of what’s unclear, we move forward with determination. Moon trines Venus in fire signs, take this Saturday night to the streets and enjoy natural spontaneity and enthusiasm. All fired up for 12/19 when Venus does an about face to Uranus. Someone’s cranky and looking for attention; we find it difficult to reconcile issues of freedom in relationship. Too much or too little, we’re looking at how to get the best of both worlds. Jupiter in Libra andVenus in Sagittarius behold one another in mutual reception. This is like the Goddess of Love receiving the benefits of Fortuna. Whew, a planetary agreement saves the day! For now, and the next month or so it is possible to blend both freedom and relationship. This is also a great aspect for getting those last minute Christmas gifts—your tastes may be unusual or you may find a surprise. Chances are you’ll like what you find.

Mercury goes direct today, meaning green lights, go, the gate has been lifted. Now you can put into action those decisions and purchases, contracts you’ve been holding at bay. Isn’t it nice to have a little more positive feedback from the world? No more round robin on all the endless details, persnickety people and mechanical breakdowns. Mars trine Saturn is a steady hand guiding our energy in the right direction.

12/21 Sun moves from Sagittarius into Capricorn, Moon in Taurus. This is the winter solstice, when the night is the longest. The good news: from now on we get more daylight, not less. Capricorn energy is practical, efficient and focused on sustaining material and social resources; Moon in Taurus emphasizes this.

Tune into Capricorn by thinking of your prairie ancestors at this time of year in the cold, dead of winter. They had canned, dried food, chopped wood from the summer and fall so there would be food on the table, warmth in the house. This is a time of year when resources have always been harder to find- we can easily find ourselves in black or white thinking, focused on the bottom line. Look at your sadness or melancholy through the world lens of this phenomenon and it becomes bearable by connecting you to life.

12/24 Sun sextiles Uranus, Moon in Gemini. Throw a Christmas Eve mixer. This is a social day perfect for sleigh-bells ringing, are you listening… All good spirits are optimistic, and facing forward. The inner revolutionary nudges the Scrooge naysayer away.

New Moon Sagittarius poetry/wisdom offering to the Teacher within:

If we can dream it up, we can dream it down. -Rev Ike
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Scorpio New Moon, Friday, November 12, 2004, 6:27 AM PST

Scorpio New Moon, Friday, November 12, 2004, 6:27 AM PST

In Ancient Greece, Medusa was the most beautiful woman in the world. Her beauty had the power to captivate any man. Original cast member of ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’, Medusa incurred the wrath of Artemis when she took the coveted Poseidon as a lover—in a temple of Artemis, no less. As punishment, Artemis turned Medusa and her sisters into hags, making Medusa hideously ugly, with snakes for hair.

Imagine Medusa’s power and influence for beauty, and thus truth, banished to a dark cave, underground. Medusa is forced to live in a cave, accursed with a wretched form of beauty. Here she remains, unseen, her blood boiling on a high simmer. She grows night vision– penetrating and allergic to the light of day. She becomes a keeper of secrets: the secret of Artemis’ dark shadow of jealousy and betrayal. She learns that her gaze turns mortal and immortals unable to face the hideous truth of their own shadow, to stone. She realizes that truth and beauty are prizes coveted by the most influential and powerful—and that price of ownership is high.

Scorpio is the keeper of secrets, and no one knows more than she that so-called secrets are nothing more than the obvious truth. Funny thing about secrets—they’re not really secret at all, just the white elephant in the room, the dysfunction everyone can see but the owner. Scorpio magnetizes the falsity below the veneer, drawing into her energy the deeper darkness, which refuses to be consciously named. Scorpio’s reputation for impatience with superficiality ultimately bears out in explosive acts of transformative power, call it ‘death by truth’. Yet as a feminine sign banished to the bowels of the earth, this is a truth we may be forced to hold for a very long time. Truth doesn’t have to be a weapon for destruction, but a surgeon’s scalpel; the secrets must remain below the belly in order to essentialize and transform into a palatable & incisive expression.

I digress, back to Medusa. Has she become victim of someone else’s destruction doomed to spend rest of her days living in the bowels? She thinks to herself: Maybe she shouldn’t have used her beauty/power to seduce the God most coveted by Athena, no less in her own temple. But it was her power, to do with as she chose! She sits and sits becoming really mad, very pissed– no, this is rage. She is enraged! She has been brutalized and so becomes brutal. She wants to destroy everyone she sees. A human reaction we understand. We have all experienced this to some degree or another. We sit with the snakes, our hair– our connection to spirit–writhing, venomous, truly unmanageable hair, eh? We develop that acrid taste for revenge. We stew and kill, then stew and kill, recognize our own suffering, stew, kill, recognize our own suffering and on. Enter Perseus, the slayer of suffering, who walks into the cave backwards and using Athena’s shield as mirror slays Medusa via her reflection. The hero never directly looks at Medusa because to kill the truth (Medusa) any way other than by reflection is total death. Knowing that directly facing the stony rage is a death wish he uses the mirror/shield as reflection for his slayer sword. She loses her head (analysis paralysis, negative thinking) and by so doing finally experiences transformation. From her pierced eye, Scorpio’s power to reveal truth, emerges Pegasus, the winged horse of In-sight, wisdom creativity and intuition.

Where Scorpio lives in our birth chart, Medusa sits. New Moon in Scorpio wants us to honor the deep and transformative power of the secret darkness we hide from light, maybe even from ourselves. The secret is a sacred seed and with the moon, our job is protection. Not defense or denial but protection. Protection is merely serving our capacity to reflect, to sit with and hold the truth until the moment is ripe, the moment when truth will not destroy but will transform and heal. It’s the part of our lives where death is imminent and where we are finally ready to embrace the regenerative power of loss.

Medusa/Scorpio sits and stews like a good autumn soup. Eat it too early and it is lifeless, pale, and bland. This is the attack that prematurely attacks itself, the antibiotic without the antidote wiping out without providing the cure. With a strategy however, Scorpio becomes a slayer on the behalf of Truth. Remember the Slayers of the ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ days? The slayer always appears at the right moment as though there were a sub-sonic vampire whistle calling the slayers to battle the bloodsuckers. The magnetic energy (intuition) Medusa generates as she stews is a draw for the dark forces that smell her power and want to taste it. She doesn’t ‘do’ anything; she simply attracts. By setting the stove on simmer, we give ourselves the opportunity to experience the nuance, subtlety & depth of our power/powerlessness in life. Rage & loss beget life; life begets rage & loss. It’s all in the pot.

How do we take on the darkness of our own loss/urge for new life without becoming possessed by, stuck in our emotions or obsessed with rage? How do we protect our self so our spirits aren’t broken, horrified by the heavy truth? Perseus was sent to slay the demon in Medusa, on behalf of Athena, the jailer. That which imprisons us also sets us free. This is the truth of Scorpio and the truth of life. Only by ‘serving time’ do we learn the lessons of power, desire, betrayal and loss.

And so we don the protective power of Athena’s mirror/shield as psychic protection against forces that have the power to wipe us out. Wisdom, beauty and truth are in our service. We honor our distrust for superficiality and triviality, allowing our gaze to penetrate veneers. We willingly keep secrets because we honor the sacred power in darkness, knowing it will transform when the time is right. We understand Life as the ultimate teacher of Truth and become Life’s passionate devotees– this passion infuses our actions with integrity even as we stare down the darkness of mystery. Like the starfish who re-grows a lost limb, we realize that we lose is not lost forever, just regenerated in a new way. And ultimately, we recover a knowing: that we have enough faith in life’s love for us to know that we too will grow a new limb, relationship, treasure, dream or skill. This is the power of the New Moon in Scorpio.

11/12 Mars moves into Scorpio on this New Moon day, your perfect tool for crafting a long-term strategy. Obviously this Mars says: first reflect, action draws to you as a result of your power. Know that your urges for self-assertion have both a forcefulness and fixity–unlike the previous few months spent in Libra’s Waffle House.

11/14-11/15 Mars trines Uranus. Uranus exit from backward motion (June-November) has us actively looking for new approaches to tired circumstances, patterns. With Mars, we have the opportunity to re-vision our behavior, our ability to respond to life. The visionary warrior appears.

Venus in Libra sextiles Pluto in Sagittarius and we receive a little gemstone from the salt mines. With minor digging we may uncover a kernel of truth in relationship with our closest partners, something of value, substance. This is music to Capricorn’s ears as today and the next we’re looking for the substance behind the flash and style.

11/18 The moon heads into it’s monthly first quarter square, this time in the sign of Aquarius, enhancing the Saturn retrograde feeling we’ve all recently encountered. How do we move ahead when limitations linger like bedraggled bedfellows? Imagine a hospital corridor: ‘I know I’m healing, but look at all these people walking around real slow like with tubes and bandages.’ The bone has been effectively set (Sun trine Saturn), but the doctor just told you that it will be a few more months than anticipated (Saturn retrograde). Despite the delays, with Uranus as co-ruler of Aquarius, we have enough spunk to be upbeat. Heading into 11/19, Venus in Libra squares retrograde Saturn in Cancer providing enough frustration to send anyone into the underbelly of Scorpio. Relationships are tested and wallets feel the pinch. It may be time to integrate a give and take around emotional and security needs. If you find yourself and partner in a row, cool off. Saturn is a cool, dry planet and is asking for the distance of detachment. A little primer on Saturn retrograde:

Saturn mantras: The good things in life are worth waiting for. Negative emotions mellow with age. Sell no wine before its time. All in good time. Patience is a virtue. I wish I knew then what I know now. Wisdom is golden. Good things come to those who wait.

Feel the necessity for re-working a foundational issue and apply your own mantra to the place where you find your bottom line needs reinforcements.

11/20 Mercury conjuncts Pluto in Sagittarius. Mercury in Sag is prone to foot-in-mouth disease, mentally running ahead of itself. As he bumps into something hidden or previously unseen, information provides rich discourse. Sun moves into Sagittarius 11/21, ready to create that festive mood we associate with the holiday hustle and bustle. Where are our motivations? Idealism is high and we find ourselves ‘in the spirit’, connecting with purpose and meaning throughout our own particular style of holiday worship. This year, holidays are appreciated through Jupiter in Libra—generosity with loved ones, many social events and interesting discourse. We use Jupiter best when we strive to honor everyone at the Thanksgiving table by learning from one another’s philosophy, perspective. Sign o’ the times –it’s a good lesson for us all.

11/24-25 Sun squares Uranus providing us with the perfect Jupiter practice. Some disruptions in plans, last minute changes are possible. Like a rowdy distant cousin from back home interrupting the flow of your feng-shui’d holiday table, accommodating the unexpected is on your late night shopping run. Sushi meets cranberry sauce while the take-it-slow–and-easy Taurus moon somehow makes it palatable. Our holiday culminates in full bellies on the eve of the full moon. Expect to be more stuffed than usual!

Red & Green Alert: Mercury the Magnific goes retrograde 11/30-12/24 just in time for holiday shopping season! Do I have to spell it out? No electronics or mechanical gadgets should be purchased 11/30 or after. In fact, those of you who are familiar with Mercury’s antics know that about 2 wks. prior and at least one week following we do not sign contracts, make big purchases (especially related to communications) or expect the details of our day to day life to go forward, hardly. Get your holiday plans down, presents purchased, as soon as possible. Saving grace, Santa’s reindeer are recovered from their winter flu by 12/24. Yes Tiny Tim, Christmas comes to the children after all.

Full Harvest Moon Aries, Tuesday, September 28, 2004 6:09 AM

Full Harvest Moon Aries, Tuesday, September 28, 2004 6:09 AM

The Harvest Moon is the first fall moon that falls after the autumn equinox
in the northern hemisphere. The gap in light between sunset and moonrise
has shortened, with only 1/2 hour between sunset and moonrise. So named
Harvest moon as the moonlight allowed farmers to harvest their crops in the
evening, as daylight dwindled and there was still work to be done. The sign
of Virgo is one of harvest, the Virgo energy of the last month perfecting
what we can to produce the best of who we are. This full moon illuminates
the harvest, and like all full moons, asks us to make room for new
awareness. Falling so close to the autumn equinox, changing of the seasons
and signs, suddenly we are participants in a new cyclic process. Fall
harvests the bounty to prepare for the winter ahead. Out moves in, light
moves into dark.

Because the moon is cyclic and builds in light, the full moon doesn’t seem
as straightforward as New Moon energy. The collection of light builds, from
new to first quarter to full. The initial impulse takes color and
complexity building to a crescendo of multiple perspectives and choices. As
the moon has filled her belly, so we are full with choice. Ideally, this
harvest moon is a culmination of the seeds we’ve planted. The opportunity
is to see with precision and clarity, what our next step will be, what
action is ripe for the taking.

Sun, Mars and Jupiter all line up in the early degrees of Libra, Mercury
will be moving into Libra the day after. Virgo held the same planets in a
‘tour of duty’ over the past month; we stop picking ourselves apart and find
the strength in paradox. We are flawed and imperfect, divine and human–
there is more acceptance around this now. Virgo’s stomachache is soothed
with Libra’s cool hand of reason. Libra is the urge for equality and
balance in relationship; the aesthetic of beauty & balance attempts to
answer the human need for the inner peace, harmony. This peace of Libra is
one path to freedom, bliss in balance.

When Aries pushes forward into full moon energy, somewhere there is strain.
Aries is forceful; Libra has suddenly started asking difficult questions
around our capacity to hold the tension in relationships. Aries feels an
impulse to move in a direction, which may be premature, too hard, too quick
or too soon. There are other people’s realities to consider, expectations
and demands which require a tactful knack for diplomacy. Diplomacy isn’t
just a word for politicians; it’s another expression of balance. We need to
sustain goodwill toward the players in our lives in order to keep our
personal world spinning in delicate balance. Like a hanging mobile-we are
each holding pieces and parts of a structure that each hang in the balance
of the other. A weakness or kink in the system may show up, requiring a up
close and personal look at where we’ve been too pushy, self-centered or
unwise in our use of personal will.

The recently directed motion of Chiron suggests this may be an old wound, a
continued pattern in need of healing. Questionssurface: How do we give
when we are left wanting? How do we do this thing called ‘taking others
into consideration’ when others may not do this for us? What do we do when
we’ve given and now find ourselves depleted? Is there an ‘I’ in ‘We’? The
questions prompt a new understanding around giving and receiving,
relationship and independence, codependence and interdependence. The
suggestion of the Full Moon is that you find yourself on one side of the
fence; polarized from your innately balanced, true nature.

How to take this yearning for harmony, deeper, into the action of the Full
Moon? The depletion and defeat of pouring self out into others, into the
world, can only be remedied with the equal action of taking in for self. We
cannot give to others if we are hurting inside, if we haven’t taken the time
and intention to honor our own need for giving to our self. Giving to
others has become so culturally marketed, its partner receiving takes a back
seat, a menial by-product to the sainthood we’re told to aspire. We begin
to build a default reality of ‘no expectations’, taking our needs &
dependencies inward, secretly letting them fester with each missed
expectation. Each missed expectation builds resentments and possibly
co-dependency, taking us into dark territories. At this point we declare
how much we do for the other, and how little reward we are given. We ask
for sainthood and end up martyring our self. Or we pull away completely
into a bubble of ‘I don’t need you, I’m fine on my own’. The end result is
aggression and violence in relationship, destroying the delicate balance in
the cycle of flow. All because we have a need to receive and cannot seem to
find a way to find this for our self.

We acknowledge the need to receive and give in measure, in balance, but how
many of us can say that we are at any given time in possession of this
balance? We must learn how to do both. Despite popular opinion, there is
no shame in receiving. If you need to give to yourself now, acknowledge
it. Take it in like air. Then decide how to do it for yourself (Moon in
Aries) instead of getting on a self-righteous bender (also Moon in Aries).
It is necessary to ask for what you need in relationship, but before we can
make this request we must be certain we are doing it right for self. I’ll
let you in on a secret and paradoxical law of Libra-give to yourself, and
receive. This is a special spin for those of us who do our share of giving
and need reminding that we must put ourselves as sacred before we can do
this for another. When you reach that point of emptiness or deficit, it
also helps to realize that nothing you give away is irreplaceable; it all
comes from the infinite source within. You are however, subject to the
human/divine laws of giving and receiving. If one is working in overdrive,
the body & soul feels the impact, transmitting the message that it’s time to
correct the course, or suffer injury. Correct the instrument and move
along-use Mercury in the last degree of Virgo to glean one last lesson: the
only obstacle between you and change is choice.

Still faced with a Full Moon in Aries screaming need, what do we do? How do
we create experiences of receiving when it’s either impractical or
impossible to receive from another? Start small. Try noticing a compliment
and really taking it in. Appreciating it, repeating it, mulling it over in
your head like you do so well with your negative thoughts. Or notice the
way the color you wear today affected your day; how it uplifted everyone you
came into contact with. Acknowledge how laughter ripples through a room
like a stone’s throw on a lake, how your thoughts work like this, too.
Relish the smell of the fall, eucalyptus trees and the sharp, brisk take the
air has lately. Do those things you do for you anyway, but let yourself
have them completely. The class, pedicure, the meal under the stars, the
treat you buy yourself. Become completely engaged with the fact that your
energy is moving inward now, out toward activity, or wherever it needs to
be. Accept and receive how good it feels to give yourself the gift of total
presence to the moments in your life that make your life uniquely yours, no
one else’s. Your preferences, your feelings, and the nuances of what you
notice. Giving your self permission to enjoy completely those things you
know to be true for you, without judgment, is incredibly restorative and
healing. And this is what we look for when we’re looking to balance our
giving/receiving equation. Full Harvest Moon in Aries wants you to see,
hear, touch, and taste what makes you feel most alive. Take it in real deep
and praise it with the love you’ve kept bound up inside like a question
waiting for an answer. You are the question and the answer.

9/29 Mercury moves into Libra, now the fabulous 4- Sun, Mercury, Mars and
Jupiter reside in the sign of the scales. Mars and Jupiter are happy to be
so close to one another, in the agreeable side of Libra much less prone to
act like a crazed Giants fan, Mars & Jupiter’s’ fanatical behavior.
Fanaticism will more likely show up in the art of negotiation, discourse and
the desire to see all sides of the situation. This can leave the feisties
in a stalemate, because they do want to move ahead while Libra’s analysis
paralysis must be certain everyone has had their say. Individualism can
dissipate into just trying to get along, albeit with much enthusiasm and
bickering. Mercury’s gift of fluidity comes in handy when things get too
hot. A creative negotiation is in order on 9/29 and 9/30 when Mercury joins
Mars. The need for impartiality is highlighted; words can be weapons here,
even in the name of truth. Hear ‘Both Sides Now’ like the Joni Mitchell
song. Be wary of anyone who tells you they have the truth market cornered
as Mercury quincunxes Uranus-the objective is to look at an old issue with
new eyes. Communication may suffer some distortions as words have the
impact of electricity, shocking & rocking the boat of reason. Charged up,
people are taking things ‘on principle’ arguments break out in the name of
‘fairness’ and ‘equality’. Reason weighs right and might; this time, right
wins. Moon is in Taurus our concerns are on the practical-security, money,
how we are compensated and valued.

10/01 Mars quincunxes Uranus Change something in your behavior now to
incorporate a new way of expressing what you want. We may find the courage
and means to act on behalf of or in the name of others; someone may want us
to incorporate some new ideas around assertion into the picture. If it
doesn’t feel safe, it’s probably not right, but if it pushes the edge into
new discovery, it was worth the risk. Moon in Taurus may want to play it
safe, so holding the tension with love is paramount.

10/03 Venus moves into Virgo and Moon in Gemini. Venus shifts and so do our
preferences. Moving into Virgo she may not be so happy, finding fault
before love and not getting the appreciation she’s due. The line-up of
planets in her ruling sign, Libra will make sure she’s given due
attention-but what is highlighted may be all that’s left to fix and clean-up
for the fulfillment of the relationship or ideal. It’s a month long journey
which is sure to entail some course correction. This can cause some
resentment or disappointment when a promise turns out to have been a
stand-in for true change. Do not fear, says Moon in Gemini, we’ve plenty of
ideas for improving our love life. Resources are within reach and a new
piece of information or conversation proves invaluable.

10/05 Mercury and Sun meet to discuss their preoccupation with what is so
darn obvious to them, why can’t anyone else see it? Yes, vision is myopic
and both trining Neptune the Nebulous, it’s easy to fall prey to the pretty
delusion of our own mind. However pretty it may be, Venus opposes Uranus,
guaranteeing some strange, eccentric or unusual behavior from others. While
you talk yourself in circles and then do the surrender dance of Neptune by
checking out from sheer exhaustion, you may be strangely drawn to magnetized
to someone who is excitedly different, or someone who has an unusual take on
things. The upside is the ability to see what needs to change in
relationship, ultimately for your own benefit although perhaps
discombobulating. Explore a new taste. Partnered or not, try not to
claim’sour apples’ as Venus wants to jump to conclusions in lieu of taking a
risk. Throughout this day moon in Cancer may sensitize us a little more
than usual. If emotions run high and logic is faulty, order in and rent an
oddball flick. Now at the last quarter of the moon cycle, if consciousness
is saturated, perfect timing to throw something that has fallen into state
of disuse, away.

10/06 through 10/11 Jupiter quincunxes Uranus, where big ideas and change
aren’t really seeing eye to eye. This aspect runs itself out for a few days
and that may be how long it takes to re-stabilize and establish some feet on
the ground perspective. This is the dynamic duo of potential– the
booby-trap is getting swept up in what could be, leaving behind what needs
practical attention. The last quarter Moon on 10/06 sets the tone with
Saturn attempts to align us with the urge for sustainability even in the
flow of progress and change. The practical details may win out when the hot
air balloon we’ve been riding starts to slowly descend. This is a natural
part of the cycle, a necessary loss for the next step. Moon in Leo 10/07 &
10/08 may still want to take us higher.

10/09 Mercury is still riding sidesaddle to the Sun; both sextile Pluto,
Mercury 10/09 and Sun on 10/12. This is the opportunity for synthesizing
our deepest thoughts with our purpose. Libra wants us to think and
perceive with fairness, Pluto is interested only in the truth. The
combination makes for a good Supreme Court Justice with the ability to get
to the bottom of the matter at hand. Deliberate attention is rewarded with
a fair and just verdict. Listen with impartiality, remembering the scales
of Maat-keep the wisdom of the heart as deep as the ocean and as light as a
feather. Test for truth: if it is a Universal Truth, it won’t hold true for
just one ‘for instance’, it can be applied to anything and everything.

New Moon Virgo, Tuesday, September 14, 2004 7:29 AM

New Moon Virgo, Tuesday, September 14, 2004 7:29 AM

Virgo is in a precarious position on the zodiac wheel; it’s located at the point where the physical body makes an adjustment or tune up before it crosses into the southern half of the circle. I see the symbol in my life as I sit down to write and realize I’m experiencing minor back pain from a late night yoga posture turned jiu-jitsu maneuver. I had fun doing it! says the preceding sign, Leo. After Leo’s fun, Virgo steps back and discriminates looking for any excess, unwise or indiscriminate behavior. The urge to perfect experience in this reality of form is channeled through the physical body. If we try to bypass this step, the body feels the impact. Virgo knows that the body is a great source of feedback, thus the sign’s preoccupation with health and healing. It is a container holding that sacred ground where memory, spirit & mystery intermingle. The body is the container for the magical alchemy of our experience here—the temple for the nameless, formless and mysterious. Much of the time we walk around in this sacred space blindfolded. The blindfold appears as a form of neglect, addiction, procrastination, disorderliness– all of which eventually create physical crisis. Blind to our body, the blindfold is our inability to sense what we know are greater truths happening in the here and now, in the body. The appearance of a bodily crisis or limitation points to the separation we have from greater truths. It is the body that holds the space for the co-creation of our very personal reality.

Virgo can initiate us, through the body, into mysteries far deeper than we initially deem ourselves capable of holding. As a ‘house’ on the zodiacal wheel, Virgo represents the place, the ‘room’ we enter right before we’re ready to show self to the world. Imagine this as a dressing room where you get to examine yourself up close and personal. Florescent lighting, mirrors from all angles and yes, you are wearing a bikini. You’re sizing yourself up because in the next room you travel to, Libra; there will be another person ready and all too willing to hold up a hand mirror to your beauty. Are you ready to see beauty or are you up in the mirror, squeezing the ooze out, spying the imperfections? If you’re honest, there are many things to fix here. There shows up our teacher asking us to make room for pain, discomfort or adjustment.

Moon in Virgo is the spirit perfecting itself through the body; the daily adjustments and grunt work, the activities and requirements for doing what it takes’. This impulse is a clever veil for the urge for perfection. This happens in myriad ways—the new diet is no longer working (again), work has become overwhelming or monotonous, an old injury needs new attention or the neglected inner life starts rowdily demanding attention, emotional backlog. Initially, this may appear as work or drudgery, a new responsibility, one not planned on taking. These are practical demands, practically demanding that we adjust, as the cost of neglect is too high. Self-improvement needs to happen and quick. This is the uninvited guest we are asked to set a place for—in the midst of an already full banquet of life.

The secret of Virgo is two-fold: humility & work. If you are blessed with the inner and outer vision to see what it takes to improve your situation, offer all of yourself to the cause fully and completely. If you’ve ever selflessly given something of yourself while relinquishing all desire in happiness for self, you know the purifying power of Virgo’s humility. It’s as though someone came along and deep cleaned your soul, you blessedly receive the equivalent of a ‘spiritual facial’. You life energy amps up so brightly, you practically levitate into your beauty. This is the inner glow we see radiating from people we admire, the awe-inspiring question we ask ourselves ‘how do they look so good?’ There is a catch though, and this is where Cosmo and Vogue miss the beauty boat entirely. As with many concepts we think we know and own but really don’t have a clue how to practice: Humility is not an idea, but a way of being. One of the most direct paths to humility is service, and service implies work. ‘Too much work’ you complain. Work is really just a time and energy commitment. If we’re all constantly committing time and energy, are we committing in the right place? It may just be a matter of re-directing priorities.

Here’s something to work with: humility is not just useful in orphanages, volunteer work and giving money to the homeless– although at the right time, these can be very profound practices. Humility is about offering all of yourself to the best aspect of you. Not trading up your weakness for strengths but letting your strengths shine into the parts of your self aching for improvement. In fact, I offer that this is the best way you can use this Virgo energy right now. What are we doing here if not bringing heaven to earth, attempting divine perfection in our own human bodies? So often we say we’re ‘only human’ as though being in the body is synonymous with being imperfect. In the spirit of this Mars/Jupiter/Moon/Sun alignment I am both assigning and challenging you: Daily, over the next few weeks, humbly bow to the best parts of yourself as though you were bowing at the feet of the divine. Then, lovingly, tenderly, wash the stinky feet. Make the lifestyle changes you need to make to bring yourself closer to your God, to burn more brightly and beautiful. You can humbly admit and commit.

On the tail of a Mercury Uranus opposition yesterday (9/13), you are crackling with electricity and may have a wild card up your sleeve. Insight and revelation make it through all the static somehow, busy-ness and hyperawareness take precedence over the forceful passion/destruction of the weekend. Play the insight card and you’re at a full house with four planets in the get-busy sign of Virgo sextiling Saturn, the Lord of Form on this New Moon. This planetary energy is about taking the ideal to the real, as earth signs want to manifest something physical. This is an absolutely perfect time to put the pedal to the medal and expect to see long-term results. With all the Virgo energy this month, you may’ve already started a diet, exercise regimen, cleaned up an old behavior, cleaned out a closet, began a new project—these are all Virgo pursuits of purification for the body and soul. If you’re in a helping profession, you’ll be particularly aware of the healing energy asked of and available to you right now. You may also find yourself vulnerable to the demands of others. Don’t forget to put yourself first, a priori to being of any use to anyone! Venus in Leo should keep you in check, reminding you not to be shy about asking for attention and affection. Admiration and praise are what we all need to feel loved and appreciated right now. Likewise, it may be easy to see someone else’s exaggerated demands for attention. Give them center stage they crave while reminding them that Oscar gives the same gold awards to supporting actors & stage designers. No one does it alone.

Muscle Man Mars gives you stamina as he travels with Sun until 9/21. This is energy just waiting to give you some kind of payoff—I can’t emphasize this enough. If you’ve been waiting for the right time to stop procrastinating you’ve hit pay dirt. With few retrograde planets, the energy appears to be moving forward for the first time all year. Mars exactly sextiles Saturn on 9/17 & 18 joining concentration and effort. Strong-arming, with a gentle touch, can lock a plan into place. Two aspects of Venus on 9/18 & 9/19 soften the atmosphere, a welcome reprieve to workaholism or energy burnout. Venus opposed by Neptune softens our senses, extending body intelligence to include the realm of the senses, the psychic, and the creative impulse. As though you’ve been walking down a city street full of jackhammers and construction, you notice the quality of the morning light or find yourself lost in an internal reverie of color. Let this aspect transport you; lift you out of the trap of the mundane. Neptune is the glamour planet with a marvelously seductive ability. Partnered with Venus, con artists, messiahs and saviors now find it easy to pull a fast one. You are vulnerable now so take all promises with a grain of salt—and expect none to pan out. Use illusion and creativity to your advantage by creating an experience of enlightened bliss, instead of falling prey to an apparition of the relationship of your dreams. Mercury inconjuncts Venus at the same time as relationship preferences walk the line between fact and fiction. This is a great aspect for some poetry; jumbled words and images coalesce far more effectively than analysis paralysis.

The intensely focused energy of the past month begins to shift on 9/21 when Sun and Jupiter join and bid Virgo adieu at the fated 29th degree. The day of truth is here. The past year has delivered rewards to a certain part of your life- have you received them? The rays of the Sun take on the expanse of Jupiter. Jupiter is a teacher and philosopher who uplifts and broadens perspective- by enriching, he teaches. Some astrology refers to the 29th degree as the crisis degree– I liken this to a sense of urgency around managing the energy of the planet. Jupiter is the jolly green giant of the cosmos. Like Jack and the Beanstalk, Jupiter continually outgrows us, just when we think we’ve seen it all it pushes us to think bigger, be bigger. If we’ve kept pace with our capacity to expand, truth be told, we’ll continually be catching glimpses of a new vista. This is one of those magical moments when we can really grasp this understanding. This planet is meant to push us beyond our boundaries, beyond what is comfortable and safe. Not for the sake of trespassing what we hold inviolable but in order for us to experience a bigger reality, a bigger experience of what and who we are. Where is it that you tighten and constrict when a big bear embrace would do wonders? Sun entering Libra on 9/22 prepares us for Jupiter’s shift into Libra on 9/24. Take a deep breath around this day and ask yourself if you can feel the new wind under your wings. This is a breath of fresh air enlivening an area of your life over the next year, an area ready to receive the cosmic boon of bigger and better. A fiery Venus and Pluto sextile today providing a boon of inspiration, so tap into the charisma around you and let it animate the beginning of this new cycle.

9/25 Mercury sextiles Saturn is a good day for clear communication and day-to-day type transactions of importance. If you’ve wanted to sign a contract or make an agreement stick, give it longevity and stability by signing today. Let your friends know how much they mean to you today and they’ll really hear it.

This is one loaded day as Mars moves into Libra on 9/26 (thru 11/10) urging the warrior to be more balanced in his assertions. As he has been over the past month, he’s still moving very close to the Sun where his aggressive nature is intensified by the Sun’s heat. Adding the new element of airy Libra, fire is creating a lot of hot air. Yes, people are just beginning to take others into account. This feeds debate and dialogue as we crave impartiality but don’t see it yet! Represent the highest aspect of Libra by recognizing both the relevancy and relativity of each side. When we are truly able to sit in the middle, we open to the truth of the situation. This same day, Mars joins Jupiter, initiating Jupiter into his new kingdom. Energy and enthusiasm meet and we may experience overload. Our enthusiasms take us to extremes and we may just want to bite off more than we can chew. Positively, these same qualities usher in signs of what’s to come over the next year. Use this day to make the big push in that direction you feel moved to follow. Libra always plays well with others, using diplomacy and moderation when called for– so don’t run over others in your haste.

The Sun in Libra quincunxes Uranus on this same day, indicating creative adjustment and a change in plans. Revolutionary solutions, creative compromise, reinforce the quest for balance in relationship. Libra energy is replacing that of Virgo and we move from housecleaning into prettying ourselves up. We find ourselves wanting to partake in pleasures of art, music, beauty and love. Mercury, the mind, moves into Libra on 9/28 where she joins Sun, Mars and Jupiter. The myriad perceptions we encounter are focused through relationships. Expect to encounter idealism in self and others as we try to put on our best face for the world. The shadow side of Libra is people pleasing, neglecting who we are for who we believe others want us to be. The trickster checks this misperception—when we try to become who we are not, we fall flat to those same people we were hoping to please. We want to please others and this is a noble pursuit. How do we do this without compromising self? Who experiences the reward of our giving? ‘Give and you shall receive’ may paradoxically read ‘Receive and you shall give’. Open to receive and watch your world populate with Jupiter’s bounty!

Jupiter Bonus: If you have a copy of your natal chart, look to see what area of life Jupiter is entering. However, we can also supplement your personal ‘transit’ by looking at Jupiter’s relationship to your sun sign. Here are some very general areas where you can expect an influx of good fortune:

Aries- one on one relationship and business partnerships

Taurus- work, habits & routine, health, fitness

Gemini- romance, creativity, children, fun

Cancer- home, family, real estate

Leo- communications, siblings and extended family, friends, neighborhood

Virgo- money, financial stability, self worth

Libra- YOU, you lucky thing. Attractiveness, charisma, the body and life force

Scorpio- mystery, the world of imagination, spiritual awareness, secrets, letting go

Sagittarius- hopes, wishes and dreams

Capricorn- career, public persona, establishing stability in profession

Aquarius- travel, higher education & higher mind, expanding into different perspectives

Pisces- joint resources, financial obligations, psychic & physical transformation

New Moon Leo, Sunday, August 15, 2004, 6:24 PM PDT

‘Your heart will give you greater counsel than all the world’s scholars.’ -The Talmud

New Moon Leo, Sunday, August 15, 2004, 6:24 PM PDT

The wheel of the zodiac symbolizes a life cycle. The circle as an ancient mandala of life contains 12 houses corresponding to each zodiac sign symbolizing progressive life stages from birth to death. Last month’s new moon cycle in the constellation of Cancer lent the moon’s light to the attention of home, roots, safety, security, nurturance and the elements necessary to sustain and nourish life. At the full moon, deficiencies may’ve been highlighted, or new steps taken to secure basic needs vital to the emotional and physical body’s viability. Imagine that you’ve just passed a crucial step in your development; after all it is one of the four corners of the wheel, a symbolic threshold between the signs of Gemini and Leo. See the four directions, or the four cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) as pillars, the framework holding the whole of the wheel. If you cannot pass Cancer’s call for inner supports, the house falls. This last month gave you the opportunity to shore foundations in some part of your life. Now you prepare to cross the threshold entering Leo’s realm, the lair of the Lion.

Leo is the satisfaction of Cancer’s work. Emotional satiety and physical security, your basic needs have been met. You are now reaching beyond your immediate needs and wake up to the discovery of a light filled world bursting with color and dynamism. This is the fun house of the zodiac, where all the planets love to play and frolic. In traditional astrology, Venus finds her joy in Leo’s house as she flirts and teases, entertains as Madame extraordinaire. It’s a phantasmagoria of fun when you hang out in Leo’s house, and Leo will personally introduce you to your heart’s desires, to which Leo swears are the equivalent of longevity elixirs. Leo’s question to you: Who is the person inside you that colors your world with creativity? Will you innate artist, actress, lover, king or queen, hero, sports, fan, child, diva please stand up? There is someone living inside you that makes your spirit hum, possibly belly laugh, actually, magnificently sign at the top of her lungs Opera-diva style. Leo knows no limits to the power and magnetism of self-expression, which you evoke by taking up your passion and following it to its limit.

This passion is personal, not the sexy steamy stuff of Scorpio, the exuberant excitement of Sagittarius or the altruistic save the world or perish passions of Aquarius. It’s the kind Anthony Robbins talks about in his personal power seminars. The walking-on-fire kind. Metaphysical and psychological debates aside, who would ever thought it possible to walk on fire? Who would have the hubris to think he could virtually outsmart nature? A Leo. Here the pride and vanity of Leo lends itself to acts of audacious courage.

The word courage has its etiology cour- meaning ‘of the heart’. The word ‘encourage’ means ‘to take heart’. The key to any successful firewalk is the act of taking heart. This New Moon points to the hotbed of your hearts desire. Where can you be a bit more audacious and bold, more willing to take risks and push your personal excellence envelope? It is not an act of pride if it has heart. This heart quality of Leo is a good check against the ego-urge you may confront when you attempt to stop eating humble pie and instead opt for something that reflects your true preferences, tastes and talents. If we are to become truly excellent we must learn to truly take heart, take heart in the truth, strength and beauty contained within our unique contribution to the world. Stepping into a greater level of personal power is no small task and so Leo is saddled with the unfortunate burden of the negative ego. This may be the voice inside which belittles accomplishment, telling you the small acts of beauty you’ve performed are are no big deal. At other times, the negative ego would convince you that you’ve just built the new Taj Mahal and sell it to your brother! I’m reminded of ancient Egyptian paintings depicting the scales, the judgment of the dead. On one side of the scale is a feather and the other, a heart. Only if the heart is light, may you pass the gates. The action is praiseworthy, no matter how big or small, if it has heart. Leo reminds: If it has heart, Praise Be!

I had a conversation with my neighbor last week about the recent death of a relatively young friend of hers. She died of a heart attack, in front of her parish in the arms of her priest. We both marveled at the wonder of that last creative act and agreed that she had chosen a conscious dying. Beyond this though, what lingered in my mind of our conversation was an elegant piece of wisdom my neighbor shared. She said ‘the older I get, the more I realize how alike we all are’. Take any accomplished person, President Dynes (UC’s president ) for example probably goes home at night and wonders if he is living it right, worries that he’s disappointed his mother, wonders if he’s on purpose at all. We’re all living with the same hopes and fears. We all want to be happy; we all want to avoid suffering. They seem to appear in different forms, but are really imposters of the same drive. In one person it looks like designer shoes, in another, a devotion to spiritual practice. No one rises above or rests below hope/fear. Spiritually and philosophically, this drive seems to revolve around the quest for love, love for self and others. Experiences of true love necessitate some degree of self-actualization, the activation of our true potential and life purpose. Why not ask for and believe in the highest from yourself? Like the Cowardly Lion looking for his heart, it may b e necessary to disrobe the lonely little man behind the controls of our smoke and mirrors, the imposter wizard. Yet, without the courage to undertake the journey to the heart there is no chance of unleashing our true Lion/Lioness potential into the world. Remember this as you dive into unsettled times.

This New Moon occurs during Mercury retrograde, giving us a chance to think before we act. Mercury’s apparent backward motion is not the devil we make him out to be, he allows us time to re-asses and collect our thoughts. Details have been omitted, plans need to be thought through and filled out. Any new moon brings a potential, a promise. We may see the potential of our brilliance but there is m much to sort through before we can shine. Try to shine prematurely, before your mind is settled and you invite Mercury’s malice. This is where the bravado of Leo rushes forward like an actor who has relied on his good looks to earn the part. Mercury in Virgo sees right through this, recognizing the work and substance underneath any craft. And so right now, your mind is well suited to pick out the craftiness in self and others, and right the facts. Pay particular attention this energy quality around 8/18 as backward Mercury meets Mars, both opposing Uranus. This can be an unsettling day, sudden obstacles appearing out of the blue seemingly intent on disrupting routine when movement meets motion and faces off with sudden upheavals. As with any astrological aspect, if you are on your right path, listening to your intuition, this energy doesn’t have to come at you  but arises as a situation or energy just right for your personal growth. This first appears on the New Moon day, but reverberates throughout this week. A push to do differently appears, albeit somewhat aggressively. Your thoughts and ideas may be peculiarly over the top with an urge to ‘act now’ or ‘do or die’. Try to view any extremism with a grain of salt; globally we’re at a very strained time in history. Uranus in Pisces sensitizes us to the unconscious suffering of all. Whether you identify suffering as yours or another’s, realize that we are all now highly sensitized to a much larger body of pain, the pain of the collective. If this energy appears as a personal affront from yourself or another, taking a broader view may be an effective remedy to undue upheaval.

Backtrack to the day of the New Moon 8/16, which sets the energetic tone for this whole 28-day cycle. As discussed above, Mars opposes Uranus creating urgency and the thrust for freedom. Although this agent of change is an agitator, the mind is open to receive the gifts of companionship and compassionate support. Venus in Cancer with Mercury in Virgo epitomizes the empathetic listener, the nurturing friend who says all the right things, lifting your mind out of the morass of overworked, re-hashed details. All this processing is enough to give me a stomach ache!, says Venus in Cancer. Remember to let yourself be soothed by water, hot baths, and the sea. Stretches of tranquility, family and good food are all helpful.

The Sun moves into the sign of Virgo on 8/22, joining Mercury and Mars in the same sign. This is a threesome absolutely focused on getting down to the essentials. Likely a busy time, roll up your sleeves and dutifully surrender to the clean up work in your life. Sun in Virgo is the janitorial service of the zodiac; the housekeeper that drops in once a year and analyzes the crap (literally) out of your ability to keep house when she’s not there. Virgo has a reputation for being nagging, bossy and negative. If you had to perform the white glove test for everyone you knew, you’d be critical too! retorts Virgo. It’s her job to clean the mildew off the bathroom tiles, so point your attention toward living right. Keep it clean, people!

The first quarter moon on 8/23 may push the envelope when Moon in 0 degrees Sagittarius tries to put the wagon before the horse. With retrograde Mercury joining the Sun, objectivity is questionable, objectivity surrounding our thoughts or the morass of details we face. Traditional astrology says the Sun on top of any planet steals that planets light or ability to function. Taking action now may be based on a leap of faith rather than well-thought reason. The next day, 8/24, Mercury retrogrades back into Leo which says again, anything new started now is either a repeat performance or will be repeated in the future. This may be a good time to reconnect with your intention around the new moon, remembering to hold the heart quality contained within your innate creative potential. Put your attention into what makes your passionate heart wildly beat. Let go of excessive self-chatter. Saturn and Jupiter continue to hold ground for whatever you feel may be too ‘up in the air’ right now. Hold onto this inner knowing that your efforts are leading you to the place you want to be. Your job is staying connected in spirit, to that place you’re headed. After all this astrological information is just information to help you guide your boat; your heart contains the message behind the message.

Heading into the full moon, Uranus opposes sun and Venus quincunxes Pluto 8/27. It may be worthwhile to question authority, your own and others. What is the intention behind this authority? What seems impartial may disguise a ‘divide and conquer’ attitude. Who does this attitude serve? If it’s in the service of positive change, you’ll know it and will make adjustments as presented. You may not enjoy this process but as you see the rumblings of the deeper machinery at work realize that anything hidden takes on greater potential for disruption. In the context of our current culture, transformation may be an overused and misunderstood word. It’s not really about seeing something suddenly become different than what it was, like a Jim Carrey character in a movie. Transformation is allowing; the allowing of a process to occur which eventually and ultimately creates a shift. The shift happens as a result of the work done beforehand, silently and when you’re not looking. This day may be an incredibly inventive one, where you find the ability to experiment with new ideas in a deeply profound way. Open your mind to the unusual. Do so and you may hear the call of your true character, the creative and expressive person you most desire to be. Unleash the light of your inner star.