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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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Antique Opal Cameo (artist unknown)

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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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
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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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Equinox & Eclipse – September 21 – 27

September 21st – 27th

This week, the Mercury retrograde in Libra is in full swing, while Jupiter in Virgo continues to oppose Neptune in Pisces. This is also the week of the fall equinox, which is when the Sun in Virgo transitions into Libra. Finally, on Sunday night in the Western hemisphere, there will be a blood moon lunar eclipse in the sign of Aries.

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I. The Chariot II. King of Cups III. 8 of Wands

Monday/Tuesday:  

The Chariot indicates that the beginning of this week is poised upon a precipice of positive change, but perhaps you feel lost in thought and paralyzed by inertia. Deep meditation upon the new direction you are taking should be an important part of this transition. With all the transitional planetary influences that favor chaos and creativity, you must become your own oracle. Your job is to create the space inside your heart for the Muses to enter and guide your forward motion into the unknown and uncertain future: hear them, feel them, commune with them. With the Muses on your side, joyful success is certain for they are the spirits of divine inspiration. No great artist or scholar in ancient times ever failed to invoke the Muses before beginning a great work. You may do the same in your endeavors to create new conditions, new narratives, and new feelings in your life. Let the Muses speak to you of your future, like it is a familiar story you are just remembering.

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Excerpt from Homer’s The Odyssey:

“Tell me, Muse, of the man of many ways, who was driven

far journeys, after he had sacked Troy’s sacred citadel.

many were they whose cities he saw, whose minds he learned of,

many the pains he suffered in his spirit on the wide sea,

struggling for his own life and the homecoming of his companions…

From some point here, goddess, daughter of Zeus, speak, and begin our story.”

Wednesday/Thursday:

The fall equinox on Wednesday, September 23rd brings the transition into Libra, the scales that balance the light and the dark. In Greek mythology, the fall was associated with the goddess Persephone’s melancholic return to the underworld to sit on the throne as Hades’ Queen. The King of Cups here signifies the tension between the masculine and feminine aspects of our spirits; between compassionate reception and aggressive action; between feeling Persephone’s resignation to fate and feeling the smoldering loneliness of Hades.

Persephone by Zaida Ben-Yusuf
Persephone by Zaida Ben-Yusuf

There is an initial resistance to the balance which Libran energy seeks to calibrate. We tend to mourn for a moment at the loss of Persephone’s earthly light, but such is the cycle of life. As the great poet Sappho once said, “There is no place for grief in a house which serves the Muse.

Spend these days releasing a habit which prevents you from fully embodying your emerging personality. Swim in whatever feelings arise, for the Muses can use any emotions for good purpose. This is a week to allow deep feelings to express themselves, for any agitation and sadness can be offered to the lunar eclipse as fuel for a powerful catharsis.

Friday/Saturday/Sunday:

Carpe Diem! The 8 of Wands indicates that at some point over the weekend you will be given the opportunity to know your own intentions clearly. Recall what you were feeling during the solar eclipse on September 13th and assess how your desires have grown or shifted. The bitter sadness from earlier in the week will mix with the sweetness of joy: a powerful elixir for your progress! Watch the road open up as you embody confidence and honesty. The song that the Muses are singing will reveal itself through synchronicities and bright ideas. Everything builds to the climax of the lunar eclipse, which is when the full moon is cast in the shadow of the earth. So too will you be cast in your own shadow. This is the potent celestial moment to release all that is weighing you down and holding you back. You can use the lunar eclipse to transform your shame into honor, your listlessness into excitement, and your fear into courage. Let misunderstandings yield to clarity as you move forward into next week.2014-04-17_534f1db352fe1_LunarEclipse4-15-2014

For Brad & Dela Moontribe

Full Moon Gathering – October 2014

“Once upon an eclipse,

the sensation of pulsation

the heart bleeding vibration

filled my limbs with wanderlust!

In the crashing waves of sound

I stumbled

—and tripped hard!

And on the ground my eyes beheld

the beauty of such tiny flowers

born on the parched exhale

of howling desert winds

silver stems and filmy petals

were awake beneath the moon!

And in my joy,

my heart did break

In gravity’s grasp

my bones dissolved

into the dust

from whence I formed

my memories

were vaporous spores

And all that was and was not me

still shuddered

at the scraping chopping razors

tangled hooks and wires

bits and biting bytes

hung on an endless —-vivisection!

in agony came the primal scream

the lightning of cathartic cries

In one electric seizure

I was now… all eyes

singing in the rain of stars

and dancing veils of symmetry”

by Aeolian Heart 

The Season of Eclipse. September 7th-13th, 2015

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September 7th-13th Reading 1. Eight of Wands: Monday/Tuesday 2. The Moon XVIII: Wednesday/ Thursday 3. Last Judgement XX: Friday/Saturday/Sunday

“Departing summer hath assumed

An aspect tenderly illumed,

The gentlest look of spring;

That calls from yonder leafy shade

Unfaded, yet prepared to fade,

A timely carolling.”

–  William Wordsworth, September

September is our time to transmute glory and grief into comfort and joy. There is something inside us all that longs for ‘an eternal summer that shall not fade’*. At least in memory, golden summer days and balmy summer nights are the pinnacle of vivacious experience. September is then the time when the grandiose optimism of summer must fade into its amber evening. Virgo season gives us the motivation to begin to organize our life and prepare for the darkening of the light. During longer evenings, we can begin to better articulate our memories and to properly assess our progress this year. All this introspection comes quickly, and it often carries with it the grief that long good-byes always do. We must release that which can no longer can thrive within us.

Monday, September 7th is Labor Day, which is astrologically highlighted by a brief but illuminating opposition between the Moon in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn. This is a grand opportunity to move easily through an emotional obstacle that has been impeding you. Let the shadow come out and lose its power to control you. The eight of wands for the beginning of the week indicates that there is plenty of will and passion to aid you in making a breakthrough. It will happen so naturally that you won’t even realize the strength of the momentum behind you until you’ve been running for quite awhile.attachment

Wednesday and Thursday, September 9th and 10th, are represented by the Moon. In tarot, the Moon has manifold meanings, but they all point to transformation of subconscious materials. Therefore, the middle of the week will support your ability to transmute fear into courage, reticence into confidence. Your dreams will tell you the story of this process in detail if you care to pay extra attention to them. Astrologically speaking, the Moon will be in Leo on both of these days, going conjunct Venus on the 9th and Mars on the 10th. This will lend your subconscious more support in seizing your creative spark and embodying your own ideal of courage. Liberate whatever artistic abilities you usually hide, for there will be something rarefied and poignant to draw from these days. Be receptive, be gentle, and most of all, be cool.

Finally, the 11th-13th shows the Last Judgement card which coincides with the partial solar eclipse which will be at its maximum potency in Los Angeles a little before midnight on the 12th, spilling over into the earlyEclipse_2010_Hao_1 morning hours of the 13th! How do the Last Judgement card and the eclipse correlate? In my mind, this is saying that as the New Moon traverses the Sun, swallowing solar energy in lunar light, the emotional, spiritual, and artistic work that you have done this week will finally bring down the walls inside you that have constrained the free movement of your spirit. This is a moment for setting resounding intentions! During an eclipse, your thoughts and feelings are greatly amplified, so allow them to move you towards positive change and inspiring situations. (do some magic) The energy will be so palpable that you may have a vision or a lucid dream! Or you may have an epiphany which reveals to you how the walls once meant to protect have instead divided you, the towers from which you sought a higher vantage point have now isolated you. These reflections will come in the flurry of dissolution that will liberate you from your former limitations. Beliefs will become a more fluid medium of consciousness. Love will be revealed to be all that you are and you will finally delight in letting summer recede into its blazing finale!IMG_0600

*quote from Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18

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