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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

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!


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


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.”


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.


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 

“Cruel All Moons and Bitter the Suns” ~ September 14th-20th

This is the week of Mercury’s retrograde into Libra (September 17th) and of Saturn’s entrance into Sagittarius (September 18th) where it will stay until the end of 2017.

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The eclipse on Saturday night revealed something about yourself. The moment your ego (sun) was swallowed whole by primal feeling (moon) you were torn from your mundane confinement and routine. The eclipse obliterated your “self consciousness” in favor of epiphany. In the momentum of its climax, you were thrust into an inner realm where conceptual categories, metaphors, and metonymies were perceived as swirling luminescent images that lit up the space between your familiar web of knowledge. This vision was at once hellish and glorious.
“And this is still life! . . . I think I’m in hell, therefore I am. No end to these hallucinations. It’s exactly what I’ve always known: no more faith in history, principles forgotten. ”
– Arthur Rimbaud (Hellish Night- A Season in Hell)
Tarot Reading
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I. 9 of Swords II. Death III. The High Priestess
Monday and Tuesday (September 14th-15) are represented by the 9 of Swords.
Your mind has opened to so many new channels of information, it is bound to be difficult to reconcile the new streams of consciousness with old ideas and the stagnate routines that are disintegrating. Let your thoughts scatter like autumn leaves, for that dried desiccated matter will nourish the soil that you need for the new paradigm you are designing. It may feel strange to make any big decisions, but equally strange to continue doing the same things you have always done. Live in this limbo, acknowledging that you are going from nowhere to nowhere until the delicious moment that you can perceive the Now Here.
“I turned silences and nights into words. What was unutterable, I wrote down. I made the whirling world stand still.”
-Arthur Rimbaud (The Drunken Boat- A Season in Hell)

Wednesday and Thursday (September 16th-17th)
are represented by the Death card. 
The first signs of radical external transformation begin. Expect your wild thoughts to become evident in an unexpected occurrence. This seemingly random event is no doubt your first sign of Mercury’s retrograde. Learn from its humor, its aggravation, its depth of character for this will be the theme that you will work on for the next three weeks. The Death card asks us to learn the art of dying before dying, meaning allowing relationships and situations to disintegrate with full faith that “everything changes, nothing perishes”.
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“True I have wept too much! Dawns are heartbreaking; Cruel all moons and bitter the suns.”
– Arthur Rimbaud (The Drunken Boat -A Season in Hell)
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday (September 18th-20th) are represented by the High Priestess. The High Priestess offers her guidance in the transition between Saturn in Scorpio and its new position in Sagittarius. She, connected to the light of all knowledge in the universe, is guiding us into equilibrium as we encounter Saturn’s gravity in the fiery philosophical sign of Sagittarius. You will be stirred by questions of consciousness, confronted by regimens of self-improvement, inspired by stories of heaven, ascension, and salvation. 
“Theology’s a serious thing, hell is certainly way down—and heaven’s above.—Ecstasy, nightmare, sleep in a nest of flames. I’m going to unveil all the mysteries: religious mysteries or natural, death, birth, future, past, cosmogony, nothingness. I’m a master of hallucinations.” 
– Arthur Rimbaud (Hellish Night- A Season in Hell)
In this eruption of energy, the High Priestess offers something to consider. She says, “Wisdom is a gift given to the wise.” So, use this weekend to meditate on this statement. Consider its limitations and its strengths. Wisdom is not an entitlement nor an object that can be bought or stolen. Wisdom is not even a gift that can be given to one who is unable to receive it. But only wisdom can tell you when you are actually, Now Here
Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Beata Beatrix, ca 1864-70.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Beata Beatrix, ca 1864-70.
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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.


The Process of Metamorphosis: A Tarot Reading.



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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note the yin yang symbol

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.

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

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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