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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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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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Tax Day, April 15th 2015

Dark Moon in Pisces – Tax Day, April 15th, 2015

11140272_1627907280755678_1074056979640632238_n-1Today, the Hanged Man says:

“You have sought happiness by taking Delusion as your paramour, calling her Beauty as she demanded. At night, you sleep beside her, breathing softly as you die, an intellectual suicide and philosophical murder in your bed. The night sky is a mere painting on your bedroom wall and you never seek to question why the heavens do not circle you! All of your maps are just crude drawings of a non-existent territory. Know that you will never find freedom within rhetoric.”

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Sometimes the truth hurts. Sometimes the truth grows inside the nexus of fear, like a fruit tangled in brambles. Truth is a shape-shifting consciousness of evolution, and when you’re in alignment with it, you will find yourself filled with enthusiasm and horror. Modern technocratic society, still patriarchal, hierarchical and divorced from nature, contextualizes your life against a background filled with the wrathful consequences of blasphemy and the healing catharsis of tragedy.

Today is one that offers transpersonal experience to flow through your subjective perceptions. Be quiet and still. As you meditate, allow the enormous wave of human history to find its apex in all that is and is not you.
When you come back to a focused point of individuality, you will feel greatly renewed in your purpose.

Now What!?

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This is the question that emerges after a great project has reached its completion. In this case, it is not with dissatisfaction or indolence that you ask, but with fervor and inspiration. Now what!? It thrashes inside you, an unformed desire to keep moving! There is so much more that you have to give, for you have found the work that nourishes with renewed energy. You are totally in love with what you have recently accomplished. But no matter how precious this work was to you, something essential about it is now behind.

The way you speak of it has changed to past-tense, and this is the way in which its meaning will begin to shape-shift in the ocean of memory. Do not harden these memories into a monument of stone which you will revere with dogmatic sentimentality. You need not rest on your laurels with a wistful sigh. Know instead that the resounding power of your recent work lies in its mutability; its dynamic flow. Let the waves of transformation wash everything away, with full faith that whatever you are meant to keep will wash back up on the shore, softened and reshaped. If you can relax in this transitory time, and allow chaos to be chaos, a north star will appear that you may follow to your next destination. Even if you have no idea where you might be headed, you are certainly following a path towards finer wisdom and more abundant love. Inner peace and illumination are the just rewards for accepting and adapting to change.
Remember, “you are only as young as the last time you changed your mind” – Tim Leary

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The Shadow of Pleasure…

“Mark how beautiful an order has sprung from the dust and blood of this fierce chaos! how the world, as from a resurrection, balancing itself on the golden wings of Knowledge and of Hope, has reassumed its yet unwearied flight into the heaven of time…”- Percy Shelley, “A Defence of Poetry”

The Devil Himself...Recently, you have been courting the Devil himself. There are no excuses to be made. You have summoned the darkness for an express purpose. You know that to be in the world and of the world is to suffer. Nevertheless, the full immersion into “worldliness” is the path to receiving whatever teachings that are meant for you. It is desire that keeps you alive and desire can only grow from your unquiet mind and your aching heart, which yearns for “more and more and more!” The devil is your only companion when every sip of water increases your thirst, every step forward falters, and every kiss only intensifies your loneliness. You have been drunk, lustful, and greedy. Never condemn yourself, for this too has been a part of your great work.

Your sorrows have afforded you knowledge of the ‘shadow of pleasure which exists in pain.’ You have been wise to play with the devil, for you know that the refreshment you feel when thirst is finally quenched is incomparable to any mundane satiety. You know that the joy you feel in a loving embrace after total isolation is incomprehensible. You know the irrepressible ecstasy of finding an oasis in the desert after 40 days and nights. This is how you are discovering the truth of who you are. This is how you have developed your ability to distinguish a mirage from an earthly garden of paradise. This is why you have many interesting stories to tell!

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