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To Thine Own Self Be True ~ Full Moon in Leo, January 23rd, 2016

“This above all: to thine own self be true. ”

-Polonius in Shakespeare’s, Hamlet (Act I, scene iii)

On Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 the Moon will be full in the sign of Leo, a fire sign traditionally ruled by the Sun: the light of all life! One of Shakespeare’s most famous lines from Hamlet is the perfect embodiment of what this full moon is really all about. Leo is the sign of the Self, most associated with the high notes of creative expression and charisma, as well as the darker notes of egomania and selfishness.

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This Full Moon in Leo will cast a huge solar spotlight upon your subconscious, summoning the spirit of dramatic tension as you endeavor to be true to yourself.  There will be temptations and surges of overwhelming emotions, but the light of your own soul’s yearnings will guide you every step of the way.

Lulled into a state of openness by the warmth of Leo, whatever aspects of the psyche that have been hiding in the shadows will reveal themselves. If you are repressing desires, you will feel possessed by a voracious hunger for love, attention and pleasure. If there is unresolved jealousy or rage inside, your fangs will glint menacingly in the moonlight.

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With the addition of another powerful transit, Mercury Rx conjunct Pluto, this Full Moon will bring a feeling of being lit up inside, filled with purpose, but heavily crowned.  Your thoughts and words will not just skim the surface, but will be dredged up from deeper and darker places.  The Plutonian influence over Mercury deeply magnifies hypnotic powers of seduction. Stay above reproach by meaning what you say and saying what you mean, no matter how tempting it might be to play games of manipulation.

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Never doubt that Pluto conjunct Mercury retrograde on a Full Moon night may entice you to make promises you can not keep. You may recall what Hamlet wrote to Ophelia, though his actions never matched the beauty of his words and Ophelia’s life became a tragedy.

“Doubt thou the stars are fire,

Doubt that the sun doth move,

Doubt truth to be a liar,

But never doubt I love.” – (Act II, scene ii)

 

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This full moon will offer situations that cast you in the role of the grandiose protagonist, (filled with ethos, pathos, and light) who is shadowed by the infinite Universe that remains wholly indifferent to your struggle. You will feel exultant and eternal at the same time that you feel as dissolute as a shape-shifting cloud. These paradoxical feelings of vast importance and crushing insignificance are the tightened strings of melodrama that Leo so loves to play upon.

“Lord, we know what we are, but know not what we may be.” –

Ophelia (Act IV, scene v)

The best way to discover what you may be is to return to a childlike sense of “Me!”, which on a Full Moon night will be almost narcotic in its ability to alter your senses! Because Saturday night revelries tend to overflow with intoxicants, bear in mind that you are already starting out drunk on the romance of self-exploration.

With so much intensity of feeling, some of your demons will surely come out to play trying to prod you into overwrought dramatic scenarios. Even if you are home alone, the inner world will feel considerably stirred up. Remember that Hamlet’s most famous soliloquy is spoken alone in the dark.

“To be, or not to be, — that is the question: —

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,

Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,

And by opposing end them? — To die, to sleep…” – (Act III, scene i)

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Luckily, the potential for danger will be greatly softened by stable Venus in Capricorn, who is strong enough to withstand many slings and arrows and who always remembers that when something seems too good to be true, it probably IS NOT true!

With Venus’ guiding wisdom, and the North Node conjunct Jupiter in Virgo, it is likely that whatever you encounter tonight or feel you need to express will be highly therapeutic and in alignment with your desire for healing.

The highly benevolent conjunction in Virgo will use this Full Moon as a catalyst to empower new studies, business ventures or health regimes. This weekend is, therefore, a powerful opportunity to refresh your inspiration, weeding out anything that is suffocating your growth.

This Full Moon in Leo ultimately asks that you swell with so much passion that you exhaust the expression of Self, finally relinquishing control to a power which moves through you, shaping your experience in ways that YOU could never contrive. The sign of Leo is about developing  the “Self” into an instrument that plays with life force, knowing courage, sexual vitality, and artistic genius to be like various rays of the same golden Sun. 

As Hamlet says in the last Act:

“Our indiscretion sometimes serves us well

When our deep plots do pall, and that should learn us

There’s a divinity that shapes our ends,

Rough-hew them how we will.” (Act V, scene ii)

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12 Signs You’re A Natural-Born Astrologer

A natural born astrologer is not necessarily a mystic or a prophet or even a “people person”. A natural born astrologer is anyone who trips out on observing cycles of time and who appreciates the process of the spirit’s internal transformation. Astrologers are people who are born with the desire to watch things grow, transform, and fade away.

Before the advent of the atomic clock, astrology and astronomy were the keys to understanding cycles of natural phenomena. Knowledge of the heavens was once essential to the timing of everything, including: farming, navigating, traveling, and properly enacting any symbolic ritual. In more recent history, (since the Enlightenment era) astrology has been disregarded by scientific discourse based on assumptions that any symbolic language which draws its observations from a geocentric perspective is false.

However, the observation of the sunrise and sunset is experienced from a geocentric perspective and the phenomenon of envisioning the sun’s arrival and departure has a profound impact on our psychological state, our biology, and our behavior.  Consider that the commonly understood astronomical fact that the sun is not actually moving still does not affect our experience of day being vastly different from night. Therefore, where astronomy does inform us about the physical structure of the solar system, it does not explore the internal experience of our relationship to the heavens.

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The emotional and psychological changes that the spectacle of a sunset arouses is what astrology is actually studying. Astrological studies explore the internal transformations within us that have been observed over millennia to be strangely in tandem with the stars and planets. As an astrologer, your goal is to get in rhythm with complex cosmic timing.

Here are the twelve signs that you were born to be an astrologer:

I. You Are Inspired by New Beginnings

A natural born astrologer is someone who is keen on observing transformation, even when it is personally painful. Therefore, even though some endings in life are agonizing, an astrologer tries to feel the promise of a new beginning within the pain, knowing it to be a seed of liberation. Though astrology does not demand a purely optimistic point of view, there is some comfort in knowing that some things are worth letting go of in order to usher in fresh energy and new beginnings.

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II. Your Concept of Reality is Highly Structured

Your world-view is only as big as the language you are familiar with. As a natural born astrologer, you are innately aware of that fact. Astrology is attractive to you as a dynamic symbolic system of human thought that enables you to expand your conception of the psyche, but within the structure of an ancient knowledge system that gives you a solid foundation from which to explore. Astrology has linguistic scaffolding for you to build a more nuanced world-view upon.

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III. You Love to Share and Receive Exciting Information/New Ideas

Astrology is a great way to find out a lot about people, which is something it has in common with psychology. If you love to have deep conversations with people about any subject, astrology is a great way to open up a rapport. Additionally, astrology is an expanding field of study and has more angles, approaches, and uses than you can imagine. If you like to get deeply involved in a subject, you will never find an end to exciting subjects in astrological research.

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IV. You are Most at Home Nurturing Others

The counseling aspect of astrology can be very analogous to therapy. If you like to encourage people and bring them insight, astrological counseling is a natural activity for you to engage in. In a time when many people need a therapist, but most therapists are inculcated by the belief that human feelings should be pathologized, astrologers as counselors are often a much needed alternative. Astrologers are not a substitute for medical professionals, but they can bring many people therapeutic insight and comfort.

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V. You Love Being in the Spotlight

Let’s face it. At a party, if you know something about astrology, then many people will be all ears. Even people who know about their sun sign already will still be interested in what your perspective is. People love to hear about themselves and about compatibility with lovers and friends. So, if you can talk astrology with any modicum of flair, you will find yourself quite popular in many social circles.

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VI. You are a Great Teacher With an Organized Mind

Astrology is a big ocean of information that intimidates many people from even dipping their toes in. This means that you will often forget how much people don’t know and you will often find yourself teaching people about what you are learning and experiencing. People who are natural born astrologers find a way to translate their studies in a way that will eventually be of some use to other people and they will have a way with finding excellent metaphors, personal anecdotes, and/or references to mythology that enable them to turn technical knowledge into a conversational tapestry.

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VII. You are a Natural Matchmaker

Love and Money. These are the questions that bring 99% of people to astrology. It is probably true for you too even if you can hardly remember. There are some assumptions made by pop-sun-sign astrology that some signs are compatible and others are not. This is not a belief that a natural born astrologer can ascribe to, however the synergy between people’s charts will be a fascinating study for you. Though you will never have all the answers, you really can provide people with insight into the strongest relationship points and the most vulnerable.

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VIII. You Love Solving Mysteries

Astrology does not have all the answers, nor is it the deepest wisdom of the universe. In addition, its accuracy is still a mystery and nobody has a purely rational or verifiable explanation for the “as above, so below” phenomenon of finding human experience reflected in the stars. Astrology asks that you remain open to mystery, accepting that some things are unknowable, but they remain profoundly inspiring nevertheless.

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IX. You Seek Excitement and Adventure

Natural born astrologers are highly creative people. Consider then that astrology opens up a whole new world of imagination that will ultimately summon a lot more creativity in your thinking and therefore manifest a lot more excitement in your life. For one thing, astrology will begin to reveal its influence in your life through amazing synchronicities. In  other words, it will often feel like you are being given signs, messages, and visions of manifest meaning that will lead you into new adventures all the time. Also, astrology tends to attract an interesting crowd of people into your life, for better or worse, and this social circle of eccentric people may offer you more interesting conversations and invitations.

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X. You Want an Advantage in Life

This is a tricky point to assert, but astrology does give you an advantage in life because it promotes within you a better sense of self and a better sense of timing. Do not get the impression that the winning lottery numbers are in your chart. However, if you wanted to ritually buy a lottery ticket on a day of great personal significance, then astrology has that to offer you. For a person who seeks to find a way to make every day a ritual of self-discovery and improvement, astrology definitely will offer an advantage in life.

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XI. You Have Been Called to Change the World

How does astrology help you change the world? It does not. But astrology does help you to articulate to yourself and others that the world is changing: always has and always will. Astrology will allow you to speak of particular cultural climates, to see transformation on micro and macrocosmic scales, and to find it within yourself to use this information to inspire others to remain flexible and philosophical, even during tempestuous times. An astrologer is a counselor and a visionary, so if you think you can change the world by inspiring people, then this is a practice you were born for!

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XII. You Love the Unknown

Astrology is an arcane and murky study when it really comes down to it because its mechanisms of accuracy remain mysterious and its point of perspective is as capricious as the gods of Homer’s Illiad. A natural born astrologer is someone who seduced by unanswerable questions and is inspired to experience the unity that all this information eventually dissolves back into. Astrology teaches you that it is the journey and not the end result that matters, so use this language to great effect and in the end, take it with a grain of salt! No world-view, cosmology, or language can fully express infinity, but astrology can give you the tools to have a really good time trying!

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The Business of Being Born ~ New Moon in Capricorn – January 9th, 2016

“From the fool’s gold mouthpiece

the hollow horn plays wasted words.

Proves to warn that

he not busy being born is busy dying.”

-Bob Dylan, It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)

 

Though the New Year was rung in over a week ago, this Saturday, January 9th 2016, the first New Moon of the year will appear in the sign of Capricorn. As the New Moon ushers in a fresh cycle of emotional energy, you can set the tone for the rest of the year by making a real commitment to the process of growth. A New Moon in the tenacious sign of Capricorn can inspire you to become the hero of your own story. But this calling, however noble, bears no learning without error; no triumph without struggle.

As you examine your desires, your resolutions and your dreams, you will need to ask yourself,

“Am I busy being born or am I busy dying?”

Often times when life becomes a struggle, the business of dying usurps one’s consciousness. Without hard-earned spiritual integrity, the business of dying takes over easily with the sound of a “hollow horn that plays wasted words”.  

This is especially true considering that most of the business of dying’s manifestations and habits are socially acceptable. (i.e., addiction, mass media, corporatism, corrupt politics or any other thought-forms and behaviors that promote willful ignorance)

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Of course, Capricorn’s desire for the attainment of success can be used to further the business of dying. This results in the stereotype of Capricorn as the cold-hearted executive whose only aim is to rule over others and exploit them. However, the true nature of Capricorn is to push life towards the business of being born, which results in continuing to grow and evolve with respect to your own nature.

Making lots of money and attaining worldly success is not excluded from the business of being born, but the deeper ambitions of Capricorn are to transform all desires through the labor of self-mastery. Therefore, the cycle of realization that may be catalyzed by this New Moon is less about what success looks like on the outside (status, wealth, power) and is more about what success feels like on the inside. (peace of mind, the value of your word, sublime trust in the universe)

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The true strength of this Capricorn influence is its ability to distill all experience, whether harrowing or joyful, into the fuel for evolutionary momentum. So Capricorn is not merely sadistic or tyrannical in its ambitions. It is the sign that has the heart to keep busy being born.

“And if the elevator tries to bring you down

Go crazy! Punch a higher floor!”

-Prince, Let’s Go Crazy

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This New Moon will summon a refreshing view of the big picture in your life. You may begin to see with new clarity how everything in your experience (the good and the bad) works together to catalyze your development. As the beginning of a new cycle, this New Moon in Capricorn will be an especially supportive influence for redefining your greatest ambitions.

For instance, if it is your ambition to become rich and famous, you might begin to understand the deeper significance of that desire which will bring you closer to self-mastery. Or, if you desire to become a mother, you may develop a keener understanding of the significance of that urge, probing deeper than biology and/or romantic fancies.

This New Moon will also be making major aspects to Pluto (primal ecological force of catharsis, death and rebirth) and Uranus (Promethean fire of revolution and rebellion). The New Moon will be conjunct to Pluto in Capricorn, magnifying its transformative power intensely. With lunar and Plutonic energies merged, you will feel moved by unseen forces to find the deep caves of mystery within.

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The Moon/Pluto conjunction will also square Uranus in Aries, offering the rush and the push  you need to forge new tunnels into unexplored caverns. The tension between these planets will enable you to overcome self-doubt and proceed in life with courage and hard work as your greatest totems. 117741258_image

Finally, Mercury’s retrograde through Capricorn at the time of this New Moon will also assist you in the business of being born. Mercury’s shift in direction will help you to reroute thought patterns that have long kept you hinged on bad habits and dull routines. When you change your language, you change your reality.

The only obvious purpose of life is to learn and to grow. Therefore, spiritual development should evoke the intensity of this purpose and create stimulating situations through which your consciousness can be applied and transformed.

However, a true spiritual quest should also allow you to take life a little less seriously than before, yielding you more peace of mind and good humor. The New Moon in Capricorn will coax you into the process of reshaping yourself through the power of your own will towards a way of life that is more deeply fulfilling.

Know thyself. Be enslaved by nothing and inspired by everything.

“And if my thought-dreams could be seen

They’d probably put my head in a guillotine

But it’s alright, Ma, it’s life, and life only.”

– Bob Dylan, It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)

 

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The Limits of Language ~ Mercury Rx in Capricorn- January 5-25, 2016

“The limits of my language means the limits of my world.”

– Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

The human imagination works in tandem with language to create the vision of reality that you perceive as your “known world”. The limits of this known world, as Wittgenstein stated, are found on the frayed edges of your symbolic intelligence. This means that your consciousness can only evolve as fast as your language can. They work in tandem to propel each other forward.

This January, Mercury (the planet associated with intelligence, language, and media) will be retrograding from Aquarius back into the sign of Capricorn, offering a chance for you to experience the metaphysical harmony between thought and reality in a deeper more profound way, ultimately pushing the boundaries of your language into as yet unknown territories.

If communication never broke down then there would cease to be a need to innovate it. If old language always sufficed, then there would never be any new words or styles of expression. Therefore, despite the superstitious reputation that surrounds Mercury retrogrades, these periods are a time to expand your mind and evolve your perceptions of reality.

This Mercury retrograde lasts for 20 days from January 5th – 25th, 2016. Capricorn, the cardinal earth sign, is characterised by the human qualities of sobriety, ambition and tenacity. Its zodiacal symbol, the goat, is one that demonstrates the innate desire to climb to the highest peaks of the surrounding terrain, finding the best vantage point from which to envision the world in all its majesty. Mercury in Capricorn is all about the Big Picture!gloria-swanson-1

During Mercury’s retrograde into Capricorn, the intellect will become very powerful, but its expressions may seem sober and subdued. This is not a time for showing off your wits, but is instead a time to rid your mind of any frivolous impulses and redundant speech which might prevent you from ascending to the summit of your ambitions.

For the next three weeks, take up a study or practice of something that you normally find to be difficult and take note of how much endurance you have.

This retrograde officially begins on Tuesday, January 5th, when Mercury stations retrograde in the first degree of Aquarius: the sign of the divine intermediary (shaman, witch, artist) who lives in between worlds exploring the farthest frontiers of human knowledge.  

 

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On this day, just as Mercury alights upon the Aquarian shores of exiled genius, he squares Mars in Scorpio. In the midst of the aggression that is aroused by this aspect, you may encounter a sudden explosion of competition in yourself or in those around you. For good or ill, there will be explorations of how power is played with in relationships, government, and economy. It is essential that you speak carefully and tread lightly in situations where you might endanger your status.

 

With the heat of battle still in his veins, Mercury’s retrograde journey into Capricorn on January 8th has even more titanic confrontations in store. By the third week of the month, he will square Uranus (January 20) and then finally conjunct Pluto (January 22).

 

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In a psychological sense, this Mercury retrograde may include the disquieting feeling of being photographed in high definition, very close-up. As the lens of deep perception looms, you know that every imperfection is going to show itself. Know that this discomfort is the best catalyst for inspiring you to reach for higher consciousness. As your language changes, it will lead you into a new world of imagination.

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The benefits of this retrograde are that you may suddenly find a way in which to change your situation for the better, especially around the New Moon in Capricorn on Saturday, January 9th. This first New Moon of the year is a brilliant time to declare that you will be victorious in all your endeavors! This union of the Capricorn Sun with the Moon, a few degrees from Pluto in Capricorn squaring Uranus in Aries represents such a potent formation that it might summon a new era that is almost mythological in its impact on your life’s narrative.

 

Suffice it to say that on a human level, there will be some internal and external challenges in your experience that will demand all of your integrity. As a trickster god, it is Mercury’s intention to teach you, come hell or high water, what the difference between lip-service and honesty is.

What do you really want out of life?

 


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Many will perceive that communication is breaking down because semantics and sophistry are of little use during this time. Those forms of language are confining and suffocating prisons for the mind. During Mercury retrograde in Capricorn, you will not be afforded all the familiar hiding places under polite speech patterns and pleasantries. Instead, you will be forced to remain wide awake, blazing new neural pathways with the white hot passion of your thoughts and feelings.

Your desire for power, if long repressed, may overwhelm you. And your desire for healing too might catalyze an astonishing transformation in your life that puts you back in touch with a sense of authority and empowerment.

During these weeks, you will experience a shift in your consciousness pertaining to sovereignty.  Suffice it to say that this time will pull you into a dimension where you will be required to bring your consciousness up to a new level, lest you find yourself bound up in ideological entanglements.

“People are deeply imbedded in philosophical, i.e., grammatical confusions. And to free them presupposes pulling them out of the immensely manifold connections they are caught up in.”

Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Occasions

As Mercury retrogrades, know that it is not to sabotage all you are trying to accomplish. Rather, this is Mercury’s time to modulate the key of his hypnogogic song so that you will become more receptive to your primal creative power.

In Capricorn, Mercury’s retrograde will allow you to carefully sort through your thoughts about your own sovereignty as a divine creator of thoughts and deeds. This encourages subconscious material to rise to the surface of your conscious mind, which eventually softens your resistance to change.

All the break-downs, the miscommunications, and the strangeness of a Mercury retrograde are meant to pull you out of “the immensely manifold connections [that you] are caught up in.”

You were born to be free.

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Getting High on Optimism ~New Moon in Sagittarius December 11th, 2015

The year is not over yet, but on Friday, December 11th, the last New Moon of 2015 will appear at 19 degrees Sagittarius. A New Moon is always a momentous occasion to set new intentions in your life and to make fresh starts. Even the most general acknowledgement of the moon’s ebb and flow will help you synchronize your desires with the rhythms of the cosmos. When you use the time of the New Moon to set intentions, your life will naturally find more strength and support for your process of growth.

Some rudimentary ways to set New Moon intentions include: writing a letter, lighting a candle, or speaking your desires out loud!

Even without astrological knowledge, New Moon magic is powerful! But what about this New Moon being in Sagittarius? The sign of Sagittarius in the zodiac is all about the expansion of consciousness beyond the known universe, which is limited by a horizon line, finite dimensions, and is often bound to a prophesied doomsday.

Therefore, the intentions you set during this New Moon should include the desire for the dissolution of boundaries and limiting beliefs.

Ask yourself, “Where am I stagnating in life?” “How would I like to see that change?”

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Sagittarius, the centaur, defiantly shoots his arrow up and away, beyond the sea, aiming for nothing less than eternity! It is under a Sagittarian influence that you may dream the impossible dream and inhale the vapors of optimism ‘til you are flying high. Remember that philosophy has never solely resided in the realm of cold hard facts, but has always lived on an ethereal plane of thought experiments. So experiment with your thoughts, finding that long lost inspiration!

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A New Moon in Sagittarius heralds a remarkable opportunity for you to expand the limits of your known universe, liberating your imagination to stretch many miles beyond what you would have ever thought possible before.

What do you want to know before you die? Why did you ever stop asking so many questions?

If you have thought that your past accomplishments would remain the highlight of your life, this New Moon will offer you a chance to make new memories of joyous achievement, finding new ways to flourish and discover the beauty in your life.

Sagittarius is traditionally associated with foreign travel and higher education, so imagine your life being governed by a new intensity of evolutionary purpose, catalyzing you to cycle through the roles of inspired student, dreamy wanderer and meditative sage.

As the light of this Moon waxes, between now and Christmas Day, a profound realization of your autonomy and unexplored imaginative talents will begin to blossom. This New Moon, set your intention to re-discover yourself!

“Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms.”

– Khalil Gibran

This New Moon will blossom in hard aspect to Sagittarius’ planetary ruler, Jupiter, which is currently transiting the earth sign of Virgo. As aforementioned, Sagittarian energy pushes for the expansion of consciousness to the outer limits. However, the Sagittarian attitude will be made more solemn by its square with Jupiter in Virgo, weighing down effervescent inspiration with responsibility, integrity and attention to detail. You will see through the eyes of a philosopher that knows the weary dissonance felt when human ideals are chewed up and swallowed by indifferent societal structures. Nevertheless, you must continue hold and protect your vision.

This means that in whatever you are manifesting with this New Moon, you are likely to encounter some obstacles that force you to be more attentive to your work.

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“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.”

-Khalil Gibran

Ultimately, your progress will show a remarkable improvement in the quality of your character, your strength, and your creative output. With Saturn also in Sagittarius, this New Moon is a time to accept the hard lessons that will bring you out of paralysis and into an inventive creative mentality.

Your liberation from delusion and your realization of the self as eternal will be the priceless rewards for your efforts!

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How to Shine Through A Glass Darkly ~Venus in Scorpio – December 4-30, 2015

Since November 8th, 2015 the planet Venus has been in the sign of Libra, a comfortable place since it is one of her rulerships. Depending on your natal chart, some aspect of your social life has probably begun to ripen and bear fruit! Don’t let these opportunities wither on the vine, for the Venusian season is about to change!

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Therefore, when Venus is in Libra, it is as much a time for romantic relationships to find their momentum as it is for artists to collaborate on a project or for entrepreneurs to invest in a new business venture.

On Friday December 4th, 2015, Venus enters the sign of Scorpio, remaining there until December 30th. If only it were as simple as: “Goddess of Love Hooks Up With Sexy Scorpio and it is Outta Sight!” Scorpio is in fact one the signs where Venus is in her detriment, meaning she has a bit of a rough time expressing herself here. In Scorpio, Venus must shine through a glass, darkly.

So, why is Venus considered to be in her detriment in Scorpio, the sign of sex, death, and transformation? Succinctly put, Venus is in her detriment here because a plunge into the realm of Scorpionic emotion summons up aggression and obsession. That ebullient Venusian charm can be somewhat obscured by these murkier aspects of the psyche.

swanlakeblack (1)Mars traditionally rules Scorpio, a planetary energy typified by the act of war, representing the human inclinations towards possessiveness and conquest. Typically during wartime, Venus gets lost… (You may recall Aphrodite on the battlefield in the Iliad) So when Venus enters Scorpio, her softer side is overtaken by hunger, competition and psychoanalysis.

This December, Venus in Scorpio will take you on a stilettoed street walk through a red light district: a chiaroscuro of yearning passion and repressed desire. So much is veiled in that dimness: all the scars, bruises and mercenary pimps hiding well beneath the shadows.

But Venus is not afraid, for in the underworld, she becomes magnetic, hypnotic and lucky! With all this intoxicating occult power, the Venusian spirit often casts herself in the role of home-wrecker, dominatrix or sorceress! She sees herself through a glass, darkly never looking into a mirror for approval.

tumblr_n97z49fxlc1qjyn6go1_500The ideal courtesan, the charming socialite and the worshipped artiste, all rely upon their reflections to survive. But mirrors are of no interest to Venus in Scorpio. She wears her sunglasses at night killing pride, hurting feelings and remaining mercilessly enchanting. This transit may be a time when your relationships intensify: amplifying eroticism as well increasing the potential for manipulation. With Venus in Scorpio, many relationships will dance upon that razor thin line between love and hate, sometimes losing sight of free will beneath the shadows.


 

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But for those who strive to give and receive sincerely, the ultimate purpose of Venus in Scorpio is to use your powers of attraction to strengthen the muscle fibers of your integrity. When you resist the temptation to exploit people, you exercise true compassion. Therefore, Venus in Scorpio offers you the power to love with an intensity that can not be wrought from the lighter sides of the glass. To know others you must “know thyself” and it often takes a thrashing catharsis to discover the layers that are deeper than mere social performance.

During Venus in Scorpio, submit to explore a repressed desire and in so doing, discover that instinct is the primordial wisdom of divine consciousness and that emotion is your spirit flowing through your body, moving, guiding, and stretching you into an increasingly refined form.

This December, Venus in Scorpio will reveal the hellfire in your soul, burning bright in the darkness of the night. What you choose to do with all that heat is one of the great artistic pleasures of life. Enjoy this process of transmutation and shine!tumblr_lwy3olquxh1qbdq9so1_r1_500

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Hang On To Your Ego ~ November 25th ~ Full Moon in Gemini

“…I know there’s an answer
I know now but I have to find it by myself…”

-The Beach Boys, Hang on To Your Ego, 1966

The zodiacal season has changed from Scorpio into Sagittarius. To herald this time, the story of the collective psyche has shape-shifted from a sojourn through the underworld into a Mythical Quest for everlasting glory and spiritual enlightenment! On Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 the Moon will be full in the sign of Gemini, opposing the Sun, Saturn and Mercury in Sagittarius, lending a kinetic and pedantically analytical response to some heavy confrontations with faith and ideology. With the Moon in the mutable air sign of Gemini, the breezy motion of intellectual exercises will be exalted. Find a point of focus for mental activity because if thoughts are not given enough room to fly, all that caged energy may begin to attack the central nervous system. (Anxiety!) This Full Moon will create a confrontation with the collective infophilia, which is the belief that wisdom can be equated with quantifiable information and therefore that the wisdom of tradition can be hacked and its bits easily interchanged. As voracious subjects of this belief people accept this condition as dogmatically as religious zealots accept extremist rhetoric.

resized__180x237_yogaHistorically speaking, the hallmark of the Information Age appears to be that the inheritors of the whole history of human knowledge (internet users) are at every moment just TEN EASY STEPS from greatness! >=)

Full Moons bring that music high…high..high..high-er, followed by a rushing release. The Full Moon will arouse some of the shadow-side of the Gemini/Sagittarius axis, observed in Gemini’s unscrupulous appetite for data (more bits and bytes) which can overstimulate the Sagittarian desire to find a cause to ride on into a future of prophesied glory! Without patience or a properly cultivated foundation, both signs have a tendency to become fanatical. In Gemini’s shadow we find the obsessive fan that knows everything there is to know about… and in Sagittarius’ shadow lies the enthusiastic cult member who is so excited to invite you to…

How can these mutable signs evolve into more resilient energies of intelligence and wisdom? For those who wish to yield to the Sagittarian call for philosophy and who are also moved by Gemini’s high velocity of information processing, consider this to be an excellent solar – lunar opposition under which to explore the works of 19th-century philosopher, Max Stirner: originator of the School of Egoist Anarchism!

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Stirner was a German philosopher, born in 1806 as a lower middle class Lutheran. He is famous for, The Ego and Its Own, a philosophical text still controversial for being as arrogant as it is idiosyncratic. In The Ego and Its Own, Stirner proposes that the Protestant Reformation was not an historical time in which religion lessened its control, but was instead when religion gained a tighter grip upon the sensual and invaded the internal. Stirner recognized that the same fanatical religious modes of thought were alive in the humanism that inspired all the concurrent political movements in Europe. Based on this perspective, Stirner declared that he disagreed with all future revolutions based solely upon the fact that organized radicalism was the result of mass subordination to the will of other people, just as holy wars are an act of subordination to the will of God.

In Stirner’s mind, subordination to the will of a leader, an abstracted God or body politic was antithetical to human evolution. He believed that the only advanced response to communal hysteria was to evolve into egoism, a life of total autonomy and self-mastery. Stirner’s egoism was defined thusly:

“I am my own, only when I am master of myself instead of being mastered by anything else.”  

 

By considering Stirner’s points, one can see that it is nonsensical to believe that freedom can be given by any society. You either are free or you are not. One thing is for certain though: if you have to ask for freedom, then it is nowhere to be found.

Even with its manifold meanings and shifting context, the word “egoist” still has a sting. #ascension #lightworkers “Good people” usually claim to be serving their family, their community, or their traditions and want nothing to do with egoism. Stirner was aware of the religious outrage his ideas would face and he responded saying:

“The egoist, before whom the humane shudder, is a spook as much as the devil is: he exists only as a bogie and phantasm in their brain. If they were not unsophisticatedly drifting back and forth in the antediluvian opposition of good and evil, to which they have given the modern names of “human” and “egoistic,” they would not have freshened up the hoary “sinner” into an “egoist” either, and put a new patch on an old garment.”

The Ego and Its Own [Second Part: The Owner: 3 – My Self Enjoyment]

At the end of 2015, that “hoary sinner” is still often called an egoist, egotist, or just an ego: blamed for all manner of human flaws. #enlightenment Personal sacrifice, compromise, and censorship are still the law of the land. (ask almost anyone who has a job) And so, Stirner’s wish for humans to pursue an autonomous life, without need for supplication to any authority outside of themselves, still remains a blurry idea. Stirner’s Egoism, and any other impulse towards true autonomy, remain totally unfulfilled by our modern infophilic cults: corporatism, globalism, scientism etc…

bf4236b0c22d59680a97acd803055efaAs the Full Moon in Gemini reflects the light of the Sagittarian Sun, there will be an exchange between raw information and a lineage of wisdom. With Saturn in Sagittarius, this Full Moon will be particularly impactful for inspiring catharsis, especially in relation to the subject of philosophical authority.

To what or to whom do you sacrifice your autonomy and your will?  Why?

It is true that there is a great deal of fundamentalism in Stirner’s ideas, but the point of his philosophy was to provoke and liberate people’s thoughts from familiar paths. In the muddled mix of Information Age social media –brought to you by the same sponsors that “allow” freedom of speech– this 19th-century model of egoism should be considered an interesting idea and most certainly an engaging response to many recurring human problems.

Considering the potential in Egoism is a thought experiment. So relax and imagine living only for yourself, doing only what pleases you and only what feels right. The initial reactionary vision of a berserker criminal will fade quickly. Instead, consider the life and actions of a person who never goes against their instincts, ethics, or reason. How much less resentment, hatred and guilt would exist in the mind and heart of someone who never permitted their own exploitation or enslavement? If a person lived their life in pure integrity, truly looking out for their own autonomy, it would be impossible to manipulate them into becoming involved in a predatory cult, a pyramid scheme, or anything resembling war.

Voyagedanslalune1This Full Moon in Gemini, in its heated dialogue with the Sun, Saturn, and Mercury in Sagittarius, will be an opportunity for you to reflect upon the wisdom that you sacrifice for information, the self-mastery that you sacrifice for #enlightenment, and the autonomy that you sacrifice for the group. Perhaps a flurry of historical facts will suddenly combine with profound personal experience, spinning into a luminescent thread that can be followed all the way to an ontological breakthrough.

#namaste

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Spirit into Matter ~ Full Moon in Taurus ~ October 27th, 2015

Full Moon in Taurus

The moon will be full in Taurus starting at midnight PST Tuesday, October 27th. This night will bring a welcome settling of the energy that got stirred up by the wild and frenetic eclipse season. All moon cycles symbolize growth and change, but this particular full moon concerns the need to devote yourself to the life-giving Earth and to renew the heart’s wellspring of genuine gratitude. Taurus is ruled by sensual Venus, but is more astutely associated with the ancient Egyptian goddess, Hathor, the primordial sacred cow.

1934: Claudette Colbert (Lily Chauchoin, 1903 - 1996), as she appears in the title role of Cecil B DeMille's 'Cleopatra'. Costume designed by Travis Banton.
Cow Goddess~Claudette Colbert 1934

According to the wisdom of astrology, the Moon is exalted in the earth sign of Taurus. This means that Taurus is the Moon’s favorite place to be. For as much as we know about the Moon’s affinity with shape-shifting water, (its natural element) it is within solid earth and definite form that the Moon takes her most ecstatic pleasures. In Taurus, the wavering light calms, the shifting sand solidifies, and the Moon receives the vision of form within dimension, eternally flooded by sensate intelligence.

In other words, the Moon in Taurus breathes into the Earth, touching, tasting and feeling everything. Suffice it to say that this Full Moon will illuminate your senses, grounding your consciousness into your body. So rather than tripping out into galaxies far, far away, you may be more inclined to have the wonder of infinity revealed through the experience of your own form. Contemplate the neural network of the human brain, quantum entanglements, or the phenomenon of corporeal memory.

What is truly magnificent about the body is that you don’t have to think to be rapt with pleasure. Forget the images of infinite neurons, and take extra time to enjoy massages, soft fabrics, and magical scents: all things delicious! As if it were your first and last day on Earth, this full moon wants you to relish the sexual, drown in the sensual, and seek only what makes your body sing! You are electrically conductive! Dance, kiss, and taste the salt in your sweat. These are your alchemical tools. With renewed life in every cell, offer unwanted emotional burdens as your holy sacrifice. With all this pleasure to be had, this should be a great night for a party!!

Octavia St. Laurent from Paris is Burning
Octavia St. Laurent from the film, “Paris is Burning”

Major Aspects

Pepper LaBeija from Paris is Burning
Pepper LaBeija from the film, “Paris is Burning”

For those who expect a full moon to bring a fair share of mysticism, you are in luck! There are three aspects to Neptune on this night, which will summon the highest powers of planetary alchemy! Neptune is a transpersonal planet, associated with the transmutation of one energy into another. (lead into gold) Neptune’s power is revealed in all experiences with drugs which, through a small shift in chemistry, catalyze transformations of perception. Likewise, Neptune rules the sparkling essence of glamour, a magic so powerful it can transform a man into a beautiful woman with lighting and make-up! ~Shapeshifting!

The immersive quality of music, poetry and film are also Neptunian experiences, which carry your senses out to sea to mingle your visions with the cosmos, far outside of time and mind.

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still from Jean Cocteau’s “The Blood of a Poet”

During the night, the full Moon in Taurus will be moving into a supportive sextile with Neptune in Pisces, evoking the feeling of a surrealist film: all visual metaphors and non-sequiturs! The approaching trine between the Sun in Scorpio and Neptune will be exact on Halloween. But on this full Moon night, Scorpio’s dark realm of subconscious desire will be influenced by the sensitivity of mystical Pisces. Expect an interesting tone to feelings that emerge. Like chemical compounds, your emotions may be mixtures of disparate elements. Think of feeling the heat of scorching jealousy bonded to light of profound admiration. 

Finally, to complete the study of Neptune for the evening, this strange planet of alien dream-time is approaching an exact square with Saturn in Sagittarius next month. As this influence is growing steadily, it will amplify some tension and frustration on this night, effectually generating some drama! (Maybe it’s much needed to shake a stagnant social order up)

Based on the knowledge of Saturn and Neptune’s approaching square, over the next couple of months prepare to have an illusion stripped away, to have a belief or an ideology that you thought was sacred snatched from your arms and thrown into oblivion. What can this be? You will not know until it happens, but glimpses of it are likely to show themselves on this full moon night through these aspects to Neptune. Start preparing yourself now, for Saturn in Sagittarius loves giving major reality checks, giving no preferential treatment to anyone, least of all surrealist poets, free-spirits, and intellectual idealists.


Full Moon Gathering Tarot Reading ~ October 2015

FMG October 2015 reading
I.The Moon II. 9 of Wands III. 5 of Pentacles

Beneath the full moon’s gleaming light, you slip into a dimension of surreality, where music is the medium of consciousness. The vibration becomes a morphic field, and you a buzzing atom in its organizing grasp, clustering along mandala vertices in the initiation of the spirit into matter: a universe of sound, born again and again… ad infinitum! 

Gold by Mark Golding
“Gold” ~ original mandala art by Mark Golding

Mirrors become like water; stars are born between lips; the blood of a poet seeps through veils. Time passes fragrantly, a blossoming array of past, present and future, where memories, images, and senses arrange themselves as one bouquet. This night is a grand performance of the primal myth, a lifeform’s spiraling emergence from the protogenoi into eternity. This realm of myth is womb-like, regenerating the consciousness it communes with. In the slipstream of thoughtless thoughts, that story comes alive beneath the Moon. All ends with beginnings.

On this night, dancing will be the devotional act that merges your dreams with divine will. What does that mean for your life? Qui vivra verra!

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It All Begins In Fire ~ September 27th Total Lunar Eclipse in Aries

It All Begins In Fire

“Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony.” – Heraclitus

On September 27th-28th, 2015 (depending on where you live in the world) there will be a total lunar eclipse in the fire sign of Aries! The visual phenomenon of an eclipse occurs when the Earth hangs in the middle of the radiance and reflection between the Sun and the Moon, casting its own shadow. This specific lunar eclipse will be upon a Super Moon, meaning that this Moon will be closer to the Earth than any other we have seen this year! Make an effort to see it because you will definitely feel it! This event will furiously burn away something which has been impeding you and will usher in a new era of self-awareness. Aries is a fire sign that represents the ignition of consciousness experienced at birth so this is a “rebirth” eclipse in a BIG way!

“A Heavenly Blessing” – original hand painted mandala by Mark Golding
http://markgolding.co.uk/

This event completes this month’s cycle begun on September 13th when a partial solar eclipse occurred in Virgo. It also is the culmination of a much larger cycle, for this Sunday night’s eclipse will be the last in a “tetrad” — referring to four total lunar eclipses that have been occurring in six-month intervals for the last 18 months. Think back over the last year and a half and reflect upon what has been in dynamic flux. Now, consider what can be released from your life with great gusto and intention!

From an astrological point of view, something significant that you have been working on, healing, or bringing into manifestation is about to transform! There will be an end that ushers in new conditions in ‘concord’ with your current evolutionary needs. Look at where 4 degrees Aries is on your natal chart to determine what areas of your life are most likely to be opening up to experiencing a great departure that will lead you to a new era in your life.

Autumn_flowers_(10376232316)In the case of this “Harvest Moon-Blood Moon-Super Moon-Culmination of the Tetrad-Total Eclipse”, suffice it to say that it will be a miraculous moment to sacrifice something to the transmutational energies. This will be a spectacular demonstration of your ability to release an unnecessary condition in your life, making the soil fertile once more for the growth of emotional fulfillment, opportunity, romance, friendship, creativity, finances etc… etc…

This great flourishing will be in an area where you most desire it if you gently allow your own will to mingle with the transformational cycles of nature! 

Sunday’s total lunar eclipse in Aries beautifully exemplifies ancient wisdom of the transformational cycles, for a lunar eclipse represents the power of catalyzing change through opposing energies. “Opposition brings concord…”  Moreover, this eclipse will be in Aries, the first sign in the Zodiac, characterized by the element of cardinal fire associated with the light of consciousness received upon birth and which rejuvenates all life every spring. In the Zodiac, everything begins in fire!

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Heraclitus of Ephesus was the most influential of the Pre-Socratic philosophers and he based his wisdom upon understanding the nature of transformation and dynamic flux. Heraclitus defined the underlying governance of nature as an “ever-living fire”, whose incessant transformations are the essence of the cycle of life and death.

In his view, fire constitutes and symbolizes the omnipresent processes of nature and the light of intelligence (the “logos”). Therefore, as the source of all life and all thought, fire is what lends us the illumination of self-discovery and transformation! 

So, in the heat of this total eclipse feel yourself burning bright! Ignite that inner spark and courageously blaze a new trail for yourself! You will be on fire! 

Original Photograph by Dcshoecousa
Original Photograph by Dcshoecousa

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