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Under Cover of Night ~ December 14th-20th, 2015

“If you’re frightened of dying and you’re holding on, you will see devils tearing your life away. If you have made your peace, then the devils are really angels freeing you from the earth.”

– an interpretation of the works of Meister Eckhart from the film Jacob’s Ladder 

This week is the darkest week of the year. Thankfully, the tension between Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces is finally easing, meaning that the storm of unrest that brings no answers will begin to mellow out. The nights have been growing steadily longer and longer, stretching the ratio of darkness to light. Next Monday, December 21st, this momentum of darkness will reach its crescendo at the Winter Solstice. But until then, the last galloping legs of the Sagittarius season will drag you onward into the barren night, lost in visions of the future! Whether that future is a verdant paradise or a scorching hellscape is entirely dependent on you.

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Under cover of night, your psyche reveals its insides. Think of this darkness at the end of the year like an inkblot upon which you may project your biggest imaginings. This week, think of your experiences as an extended Rorschach test: a time when the shadows will reveal to you the order and disorder of your cognition, personality, and motivations.

If there are devils, know that their vicious nature was born inside of you. If there is bitterness, then you are tasting your own resentment. And if there are angels, then you will know that you are primed and ready for the dawning of the light!

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I. Princess of Pentacles(reversed) – II. The Devil – III. Queen of Pentacles(reversed)

 

Monday/Tuesday – The Princess of Pentacles (reversed)

At the beginning of the week, the Princess of Pentacles reversed urges you to change your approach to something important in your life which has been holding you back from progress. This might indicate a shift in morality, a change in opinions, or a confession of guilt. Use the experiences of frustration early in this week to find the will and the humility to admit error and change your tactics.

On Monday, December 14th, your intentions for this lunation cycle will be hugely expanded by the Sun’s square with Jupiter in Virgo. The New Moon in Sagittarius last Friday also squared Jupiter in Virgo, lending a weary dissonance to the holiday spirit of idealism and hope. With the Sun and Moon making the same square to Jupiter just a few days apart, there will be many themes of healing and a demanding process of learning that will be repeated. Let this square between the Sun and Jupiter expand the visionary potential of the New Moon and bring into order some of the parts of your life that remain incoherent or out of control.

Also on Monday, the Moon in Capricorn will sextile Neptune in Pisces: the imagination may run wild! Under an influence like this both meditation and prayer will feel deeply moving rather than stiff and unyielding. This can become a great source of inspiration, but also acts as a momentary detriment to whatever solid plans or new routines you are trying to enact.

tumblr_mgd210G5WU1qf4hg2o1_500.jpgWednesday/Thursday: The Devil

The middle of the week is hugely important for discovering more about your internal conditions, your current beliefs and your true values. The Devil is a card that evokes fear and this reaction is one of the intended purposes of the Devil card, so do not try to avoid the feelings that come up. Facing the fear that enslaves you is the healing intention of the Devil.

In regards to this week’s reading, the Devil teaches that repressed thoughts and feelings do not disappear, but instead mirror back to you, amplifying their negative expression.

Suddenly-Last-Summer-1959-elizabeth-taylor-4703481-799-423 All your thoughts and emotions engender your psychic reality, and if you do not recognize your own hand in the creation of the shadow-sides of experience, then a devil may appear, interfering with your sense of self and all of your conscious intentions.

You must encounter the darkest and most unconscious parts of the self in order to maintain a true sense of autonomy that is not subject to escapism, fear, and manipulation from anything.

“The only thing that burns in hell is the part of you that won’t let go of your life: your memories, your attachments.” -Jacob’s Ladder

On Wednesday, the Moon will be in Pisces, conjuncting Neptune late in the night. The Moon will also be squared to Saturn, which is an aspect that creates tension and conflict, but may also allow you to interpret your dreams as aspects of conscious reality. Signs and omens and synchronicities will abound.  An excellent activity under this influence would be to write down your dreams, for not only will you be able to recall them with greater detail, you will also be likely to find that the dream contains a vivid revelation. 

dreamer (1)On Thursday, Venus in Scorpio will sextile Pluto in Capricorn, making it a favorable day to have an intimate connection with others, which may change the status you have with friends, family or consorts significantly. (Love becomes deeper or business relations become tighter.) If you sincerely offer yourself, someone will sincerely reciprocate.

It is also a good day to have a therapy session of some kind. Conversations will veer towards deep truths and will lead you to realizations that will aid you in releasing the devils that haunt you.

Friday/Saturday/Sunday- The Queen of Pentacles (reversed)

The Queen of Pentacles reversed is a card that asks you tend to yourself this week before tending to anyone else. There will be lots of time for putting others first next week, but this is an introverted time to heal and contemplate.

Even for yourself, do not try to overstretch. If you have been facing the demons inside, you can not simultaneously be fully engaged with the mundane world. The Queen of Pentacles asks that you focus on the quality of your inner world before the New Year so that the quality of your manifest world can flourish in the months to come. 01500-2t

Pull the weeds, flush out the poisons, and plant things in your life that are beautiful for beauty’s sake.

On Friday, the Moon will enter the sign of Aries, and that offers a little extra energy to anyone who has been suffering from inertia.

On Saturday, December 19th, Mercury in Capricorn will conjunct Pluto in Capricorn at 14 degrees. You may find that the effect of this transit deeply magnifies your powers of persuasion, and that is because the power of your words will be profoundly enhanced. Rather than wasting time attempting to overpower others, use the energy wisely to empower yourself.

With a little extra magic in the words that you use, what might you do to improve your life? What might you grow in the garden of your mind?

(write a letter…a journal entry… an introduction to a novel…make a sigil…try self-hypnosis)

You should also know that when Mercury goes retrograde in January, this conjunction with Pluto will happen again. Therefore, whatever deep work you begin today will be revisited again later. If the truth is not yet known to you regarding a certain issue, it will be revealed before January is over.

The contemplation of Saturday will explode into some kind of  revelation on Sunday, when Mercury squares Uranus in Aries at 16 degrees. That sense of a golden tomorrow will overtake you! There will be excitement about the possibilities for the upcoming New Year. Since Sunday is also the second to last day of Sagittarius, it is a perfect time to gulp down as much optimism as you can handle before settling down into Capricorn’s austere season of accomplishment through struggle. 

By the end of the weekend, you will feel the imminence of the Winter Solstice as a sparkling jewel upon your crown of joy!

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Beautiful and Free ~ September 28th – October 4th

In the wake of Sunday’s total lunar eclipse, you may feel stimulated and full of questions about what just happened. If you peruse metaphysical or New Age blogs, even in the most peripheral way, you have no doubt encountered the myriad of interpretations for this eclipse. No matter what the spiritual interpretation, Sunday’s culmination of the tetrad of Blood-Moon lunar eclipses, was an event that most of the world was simultaneously interested in and there was great power in that. dance

What is primal and essential about eclipses, without interference from specific cultural narratives, is that they bring forth a sense of deep cosmic time and of being in tune with cosmic timing. Eclipses are an open arms invitation for every sentient being to become one with the rhythm within and without. Think of the euphoric sensation experienced while listening to music and dancing. There is a profound sense of release and relief in the moment of becoming one with rhythm!

Whatever creative outpouring results from that experience of becoming one with rhythm can be called by any number of terms: ascension, purification, or satori. Call it whatever feels good to you and remember that even after these intense communions with the universe, life goes on complete with boredom and struggle. However, music, once imprinted, never really leaves one’s heart and that is the eternal gift of the eclipse cycle that just ended. You have been given the gift of a new rhythm. 

This week will be an interesting beginning to a new era.

I. King of Pentacles II. Queen of Swords III. The Tower
I. King of Pentacles
II. Queen of Swords
III. The Tower

Tarot Reading for September 28th-October 4th, 2015

Monday/Tuesday: The King of Pentacles

In the wake of the eclipse, you have been empowered by a driving force of motivation.  For Monday and most of Tuesday, the Moon remains in Aries, the sign of the lunar eclipse. The fire of your will to individuate, express, and ignite your dreams into manifestation are very much alive! Whatever you released to the total eclipse has given you a sense of newness and freshness in your thinking. Following your inspiration and instincts will be more natural in these first couple of days. Allow yourself to feel guided and protected.

Wednesday/Thursday: The Queen of Swords

The Sun in Libra and Mercury retrograde in Libra will go conjunct on Wednesday, giving you the insight to work through a linguistic or diplomatic problem in your life. There is a brooding internalized power building strength inside you that will allow you to develop a previously unrealized strategy for solving an issue that you probably thought you needed more help with. Feel free of that burden! Thursday marks the first day of October, which prepares you for the encroaching darkness of the fall season and you may feel that first fluttering sensation of the approaching holidays. In the spirit of the Libra Sun, cultivating the proper disciplines in your life for ‘right speech’ and the ‘right action’ that follows will be highly favored.

Friday/Saturday/Sunday: The Tower

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The weekend does not bring disaster and cataclysm. Quite the opposite in fact. Despite the first feelings evoked by the image of The Tower, this is actually a card which urges you to see that you have liberated yourself from an element of darkness that had been holding you prisoner. In most cases, imprisonment is a mental state of ignorance. The lightening blasting through the Tower is the Truth that sets you free.

One can be imprisoned most effectively through rigid belief systems. Consider that the natural state of belief should allow for growth and change and fun. But when belief becomes too rigid, its power becomes malignant: learning comes to a screeching halt and dogmatic systems of “thought” emerge as the sour and bitter fruit of consciousness.

Consider how many ideologies and beliefs you were conditioned into through family, religion, mass media, and politics etc… You can endlessly deconstruct the amount of behaviors and actions that have become routine in your life based upon “cultural programming”, and that deconstructionist lens can often present a grim and depressing sense of feeling fated to remain forever an inculcated subject of propaganda and politics. This is the GOOD news of The Tower card, for it depicts the rigidity of beliefs being destroyed to make way for a fluid and creative state of mind. The Tower is that “hand of god” which frees you from your ignorance and enables you to expand your compassion, your talents, and your spiritual evolution. This weekend is a time to feel beautiful and free!

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In the last lines of his lyrical drama, Prometheus Unbound, (1820) Percy Shelley writes a beautiful declaration for the liberation of the human spirit from hatred and oppression.  I leave it to him to inspire you! 

“To defy Power, which seems omnipotent;

To love, and bear; to hope till Hope creates;

From its own wreck the thing it contemplates;

Neither to change, nor falter, nor repent; 

This, like thy glory, Titan,

is to be Good, great and joyous,

beautiful and free;

This is alone Life, Joy,

Empire, and Victory.”

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Think for Yourself. Question Authority. ~ Saturn in Sagittarius

September 18th, 2015. Saturn has finally made the long-anticipated shift from Scorpio (dark waters of transformation) into Sagittarius (fire of evolution).

Since October 2012, the emotional turbulence of Saturn in Scorpio has left a mark upon you, as you were drowned many times over in a maelstrom of agony and ecstasy.Miranda by J.W. WaterhouseYou were uplifted only to be brought down, glorified only to be mocked.  (Shame, fear, addiction, and betrayal all got lots of callbacks for this performance) In the grand finale, you were left with the taunting phrase, “you were born to die” ringing in your ears.

“Birth is but the beginning of a trajectory to death; for all their love, parents cannot halt it and in a sense have “given us to death” merely by giving us birth.

The Upanishads

The truth is that the Saturn in Scorpio transit was meant to distress and disorient you so that you would become wiser. These conditions finally forced you to transmute your repression and pain into some inspired action and self-confidence. Think about what has transpired between the end of 2012 and the present. Now acknowledge how much fear has been transmuted into courage and how much pain into motivation since then! 

 

Albion Rose by William Blake
Albion Rose by William Blake

Now that Saturn has shifted into Sagittarius, many aspects of life should feel brighter and fresher, like a beautiful morning after the rain! As the sun rises, there will be a mass evocation of Sagittarian spirit, including newly inspired explorations of inner and outer space. Expect the unexpected. Ingenious creative works will influence you to embrace the fluidity of belief and allow you to remain receptive. Philosophical, theological, and mystical perspectives that effectively syncretize the vast array of human spiritual knowledge will afford you much growth.

The key word here is effectively. Though the ceaseless aggregation of information may create infinite possibilities for stimulating the evolution of minds, the results do not necessarily include the essential characteristics of flexibility, strength, and symmetry. Poor nutrition is bad for development, even when it is just food for thought. For instance, just where are the thousands of Sirian/Arcturian/Pleiadian channelings on Youtube supposed to be leading in terms of cosmological advancement? And what about all the endless disputes on message boards over comic book character costumes? 

Though these sources of information are voluminous, without flexibility, strength, and symmetry, the superfluous amount of “genetic drift” in this information has very little chance of making a significant evolutionary impact. Therefore, to take an ecological perspective, Saturn in Sagittarius will bring intelligent mutation to the wildly amplified expansion of the Information Age. This will be a powerful dynamic, for as Sagittarius excitedly explores the world seeking holy grails and panaceas, Saturn will mercilessly cut down fruitless babbling and pointless lies. AN00176530_001_l

Like outer space, information itself is exponentially expanding, billowing out into the abyss at an ever increasing rate of speed. Over the next two years, the gravity of Saturn will begin to pull some of this matter back into solid form, giving humanity the gift of some new philosophical ground on which to stand. (hopefully full of remarkable wit and humor)

There will be tension between the energy of Saturn and Sagittarius, but this will create a flux of power that will enable you to make lasting and desirable changes in your life. Time is Saturn’s essence and it is only within the medium of time that development and expansion have any significance. It is the force of opposition, between the beginning and the end, that Saturn uses to crystallize everything into form. 

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“The little space within the heart is as great as the vast universe.
The heavens and the earth are there, and the sun and the moon and the stars. Fire and lightening and winds are there, and all that now is and all that is not.”
―  The Upanishads: Breath from the Eternal

How will this transit affect you?

You will be driven to dive deeply into subjects that stir you, for you will naturally find more momentum behind your desire to learn. Any disciplined study will be beautifully supported. During Saturn in Sagittarius, you will be stirred by questions of consciousness, as you are confronted by your desire for new regimens of self-improvement. (Make it easier on yourself by starting healthier routines )


john-william-waterhouse-the-sorceress-1401210965_orgYou will likely become more interested in spiritual quests that imply ascension or salvation or transcendence. While this is not inherently dangerous, the dark side of this mentality could include things like law of attraction cults, apocalypse cults, or pyramid schemes. These are all expressions of Sagittarius’ overwrought theological side reacting to some of the unnerving pressure from Saturn, which results in a craving for escapism and dogma.

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Saturn’s purpose in Sagittarius is to help you to learn to follow your own heart, will and desire rather than getting sucked into cults. This transit, therefore, is 
a perfect time to establish your own sense of authority and to insist upon asking questions and seeking answers. You probably did not actually learn this technique in school, but you will master it quickly once you’ve begun asking How? and  Why? all the time. No matter what answers you receive, your simple resolve should be to: “Think for yourself. Question Authority.”

“Think for yourself. Question Authority.”

– Tim Leary

In conclusion, in 2015, no religious myth or scientific model from the past is immense enough to encompass what humans have learned about reality. During Saturn in Sagittarius, new syncretic systems of thought, such as ecological philosophy, can spur the evolution of consciousness rather than impeding it. Many ontological limitations of the past will dissolve during this transit, making way for a grander vision of the expanding multiverse with vast stretches of stars and galaxies multiplied ad infinitum. ~As above, So Below~

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Solar Eclipse in Virgo: “Everything Changes, Nothing Perishes”

September 12th, 2015 – Virgo Solar Eclipse

“Omnia mutantur, nihil interit.”

(everything changes, nothing perishes)

― Ovid, Metamorphoses

On September 12th/13th, (depending on where you live in the world) there will be a partial solar eclipse in the sign of Virgo. If you live in Los Angeles, as I do, the partial Solar Eclipse will be exact at 11:40 p.m. on Saturday night. However, it’s transformative power will resound for the next 90 days, so use this night to meditate, contemplate and set some intentions for your own healing and success.

Virgo Solar Eclipse!

An eclipse is a New Moon that conjuncts the Sun. Therefore, the rhythm of planting seeds and birthing new conditions, routinely observed at a New Moon, becomes exponentially magnified! A solar eclipse contains the power of Metamorphosis! However, in order to fully experience great transformation in your life, you must first release the fear that accompanies change.

In ancient alchemy, a total solar eclipse was referred to as The Alchemical Marriage, which is the most sublime and powerful expression of Duality melting back into Unity through intimate exchange. (the Chinese yin-yang symbol most beautifully illustrates this melding of opposites into unity) This September 2015 event is a partial solar eclipse, so perhaps it is more of an Alchemical Triste rather than an Alchemical Marriage. Nevertheless, the point is that everything in the Universe is born from sexual union and a partial solar eclipse represents a union of opposites powerful enough to give birth to new beliefs, new emotional responses, and of course, new creativity. (As above, so below)EclipseGoddess2

It is very auspicious for this eclipse to be occurring in the sign of Virgo, which is alchemically characterized as mutable earth. Virgo, the harvest goddess who protects and nourishes the rich fertile soil, is the perfect divine energy in which to invoke metamorphosis.

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The Process of Metamorphosis: A Tarot Reading.

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I. The Tower (Liberation)

The rays of the catalyzing eclipse rain down upon your head! Whether you envision yourself to be confined within the walls of a prison, or softly dreaming inside of a cocoon, you will be wrenched from your stasis! You are ready for the change, whether you have consciously willed it or not. Conscious will is not needed to give birth, for it is a process that builds its own momentum and then suddenly bursts into existence. Embrace this liberation, though the air may be cold and your nerves still raw. You feel unsettled because you are unsettled. 

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II. Justice (Harmony)

The desire and the resistance finally merge into union. The ecstasy that follows is the realization of omnipresent energetic interrelatedness in the cosmos. In losing your singular existence, you merge with the infinite, filling your subjective reality with sparkling starlight! This is the birthplace of your new ideas; your new feelings; your new world!

EclipseHermitIII. The Hermit (Integration)

Mystical visions have come and gone. A new path has been illuminated and you will carry the memory of its terrain forever. This is the light of wisdom behind your eyes that will lead you onwards to the next phase of evolution. The Hermit is the card associated with Virgo, and she keeps a close eye on all evolutionary processes, disallowing malignant mutations and pouring her love upon all prosperous growth. Have no fear of losing anything that matters and let Virgo help you to maintain the integrity that you need to make outstanding improvements in your life.

In conclusion, allow the rhythms of the cosmos to pull you along as a dancer is pulled along by music. Let your life be a song of metamorphoses!

“My soul would sing of metamorphoses.

But since, o gods, you were the source of these

bodies becoming other bodies, breathe

your breath into my book of changes: may

the song I sing be seamless as its way

weaves from the world’s beginning to our day.”

― Ovid, Metamorphoses

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Everything You Need to Know About Mercury Retrograde in Libra~Sept.-Oct. 2015

The Birth of a Dancing Star

Mercury will be retrograde from September 17th, 2015 to October 9th, 2015 in the sign of Libra. During these weeks, you will experience a powerful shift in your consciousness pertaining to harmony, balance, and diplomatic relations (Libra). These themes will have more context depending on what house Libra is in on your natal chart. Even without these details, 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 entanglements.attachment (1)

Have NO fear! Rise to the occasion, remain receptive and prioritize peace of mind. For any survival tips you may feel you need, read up on Wu Wei.

The Mercury retrograde is the most commonly recognized astrological concept outside of sun signs. However, recognition does not indicate a depth of understanding, for most popular astrology resorts to advising people to stop all activity and assume that all technology, transportation, and communication are perilous games to be avoided. Let’s move away from that, shall we?     
Archetypally speaking, Mercury is a psychopomp, meaning he enables communication between the overworld and underworld (conscious/subconscious) while dancing in between the sharp edges of logic and the frayed ends of ancient wisdom. It is this dance that allows him so much freedom from morality, for he delights in deception and thievery, laughing joyously at other’s expense, while somehow being of irreplaceable and undying service to all.attachment (6) Mercury’s game seems complex, but his intention is simple. He wants you to know more than language and commerce.

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Magnum Chaos

He wants you to remember your origins in the Protogenoi, and so he whispers in your ear to evoke the haunting vision of the Chaos that preceded all form. He does so out of genuine love, for “…one must still have chaos in oneself to give birth to a dancing star…” (more on how harmony can be found in the surrender to chaos)
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I say unto you: one must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. I say unto you: you still have chaos in yourselves.” – Freidrich Nietzsche (Thus spoke Zarathustra)

As Mercury retrogrades, which happens three or four times a year, it is not a sabotage of 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 and your own poetic genius which channels the essence of dancing stars! In Libra, Mercury’s retrograde will allow you to carefully sort through your thoughts, for they are the shadows of deeper feelings. In other words, this retrograde encourages subconscious material to rise to the surface of your conscious mind, which smooths your path and softens your resistance to change. Meditate on metamorphosis, finding that you are both the light and darkness; the emptiness and the form.

Please, enjoy the Mercury Retrograde for what it is: a passionate dance with the primal forces of creation!

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Venus Rising from the Sea…

…to Greet the Golden Dawn

Carved Opal, Gold. Diamonds & Ruby Stickpin. Wilhelm Von Cranach. c. 1900.
Carved Opal, Gold. Diamonds & Ruby Stickpin. Wilhelm Von Cranach. c. 1900.

September 6th, 2015

At last, the Venus retrograde is over. Her golden light has re-emerged though we still have a few weeks of that summertime sadness to sort through. In fact, the shadow period of this retrograde will last all the way until October 9th, as Venus delicately retraces the steps she made back into the sign of Leo. Aesthetically speaking, a shadow can dramatically enhance the beauty of any form if one has the eye to perceive the right angles.This is no less true of the experiences you will have as Venus re-emerges as the effervescent goddess of beauty and love, sparkling above as the morning star. Therefore, let this shadow period be a time to languorously reflect on the essence of beauty in your development..

“…Oh, my God, I feel it in the air
Telephone wires above are sizzling like a snare
Honey, I’m on fire, I feel it everywhere
Nothing scares me anymore…”

-Summertime Sadness (Lana Del Rey)

There is a fearlessness you can embody as Venus goes direct again in Leo, for this path is not unknown and there is a light of wisdom behind your eyes. Over the next few weeks, you will recover your sense and sensuality, your rightful place within relationships, your sense of refinement, and your charm. You will soon be back in your own good graces.

Remember that whatever challenges to your ego that you have experienced since July have been part of the journey of self-mastery. Think of it this way. In a professional ballet class, whenever a student falls in the middle of a choreography, the class erupts into applause! This is not mocking, but is proud encouragement from a group who knows that this fallen student has just carved new muscle memory into the sinew of their legs. To fall is, in fact, the only way to stay on pointe!

So, whatever falls you may have taken during Venus’ retrograde this summer are cause for celebration! Your performance is undoubtedly improving!

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