Taming our Basic Instincts

Full moon in Virgo March 12, 2017 @ 10:54 am at 22.13 degrees.2051940_1c6cf08d98

“Virgo 23: A Lion Tamer rushes fearlessly into the circus arena”

This is an interesting extension to last month’s full moon in Leo; whereas last month’s moon fell at the degree of the bareback rider, we return to the circus this month, now casting a spotlight on the lion tamer.  What does this mean?  Whereas last month we were all energetically encouraged to stick our neck out while controlling our instincts, this month, we are being called on instinct control while we focus on faith amidst a circus-like environment.  Both final winter moons call on self-control and self-mastery.  The distinction is that the Virgo moon calls for precision and forethought amidst the nebulous waters of a Piscean sun.

 

The extraordinary buildup of planets in Pisces:  the sun, Neptune, Chiron, the asteroid Pallas, and Mercury make waking life far more fantastical than our dream world.  It is likely under a Virgo moon that life’s details will get hammered out in sleep rather than in waking time.  We are called to navigate these cosmic, healing days with control and care that we see reality for what it truly is, our projected fears and dreams.

 

The sun raises our conscious awareness, Pallas is the asteroid that develops our ability to see the patterns of our lives, offering wisdom in that knowledge, and Chiron is the wound-bearer.  This is a big week to meditate on breaking bad habits, for seeing the patterns of our lives in greater clarity;  it is also a time for learning from our mistakes in order to evolve.  If you can see repeated themes in your life that are inhibiting your soul development, now is the time to respond differently to old triggers.  Because change is on the horizon, let it begin with your own evolution.

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Reality Check, Please

Full moon Penumbral Eclipse in Leo February 12, 2017 @ 6:34 am at 22.27 degrees.

 

“Leo 23: A Bareback Rider of the Circus Displays Their Dangerous Skill”

Tonight’s imperfect alignment of the earth, the sun in Aquarius, and the moon in Leo force a reconciliation of the way we navigate these energies in our lives – like a tightrope walk.  Earth is crossing the polarized path of ego expression and gratification vs humanitarian ideals and brotherhood tonight, as we struggle to reconcile the energies unleashed under the Aquarian new moon of January 27th at the degree of “A flag is seen turning into an eagle.”  The last two weeks have brought ideology center stage in American politics; Trump’s unbridled ambition to force his American vision has wrought ideological crises to almost everyone living on this planet.  Curiously enough, his likely downfall will be his own ego:  his obsessive need for attention and credit will be the unraveling of his case with the Supreme Court.  Trump had to let everyone know why he was doing what he did – ‘to cater to Christians, to fulfill his promise of a Muslim ban.’  He is now being called to account for his own words, to learn that what you say and what you do are all part of the same thing, and he will be learning this lesson all year, until he either learns it, gets thrown out of office, or worse.  He is an active and un-ignorable metaphor of this crisis we are all experiencing, to varying degrees, in our own lives.  Where does our sense of higher order get undercut by self-interest?  Where do we have to grow up in our chart?  Where do we have to accept greater risk?  During these Leo eclipses, we are having to learn how to mature into adult creators.  It is a time of risk, yes.  But it is a time of ethical risk that requires total acceptance of its consequences.

Leo loves fantasy and drama.  Aquarius favors truth and logic.  During this eclipse, we are all sorting theatre from reality, truth from headline, and we are coming to terms, collectively, with the danger of unchecked ego-stroking and over-zealous ideology.   People are being forced to recognize that individual desires can unleash realities that are way more disruptive than they bargained for.  There is also a growing recognition that no matter how the energy falls out for our futures, we all must abandon any false dreams that change is going to come without realistic sacrifice.  Otherwise, we are doomed to fight over each like cannibals.

Fortunately for all of us, some stability is on offer under this full moon in the unusual bond of two planets inherently disagreeable:  Saturn and Uranus are in a trine pattern, sending conservative and progressive thinking, in equal measure, to the pattern of our individual and collective lives.  Saturn in Sagittarius wants conservative, reasonable responses from us about our higher consciousness.  What have we learned from the past?  Sagittarius is the sign of ideology, and Saturn will call anyone out who is playing fast and loose with it at this time.  Uranus wants evolution of identity, here; Uranus is seeking advancement of the highest mental vibration.  If Aries is the sign of the warrior, Uranus in Aries is the sign of the humanitarian warrior.  The drums of change are growing stronger, and this time we enter is one of action, restructuring, and renewal.  Childish attitudes must be put aside; the purest form of adulthood is on order.

The beautiful news is that we are entering the magic of eclipse season.  Come February 26th, we experience the Piscean solar eclipse at the sign of Pisces 9:  The Race Begins:  Intent on Outdistancing his Rivals, a Jockey Spurs his Horse to Great Speed.  Despite the frenetic depiction, this is the sign of courage, foresight, and endurance.  We will all be fueled with determination and competitiveness, but victory is embedded in planning and commitment; this is not going to be a dash.  Whatever change you are stirred to create requires patience as much as zeal.

This February lunation is a good time to acknowledge our egos, to recognize what roles we may be acting out, to demand the curtain calls or else get thrown off stage, and to pray for higher truth and self-awareness to guide us into the next act.

Fire Rooster

As we enter this new lunar year today, Mars enters Aries, igniting fires in all of our identity “cabinets.”  Where do you have Aries in your chart?  That house will be lit up this spring.  While we each navigate inner adjustment, we must accept the truth that America is in its own identity crisis at the moment, entering a stage of development that brings breakage and release, a burning away of falsehoods in service to cleaner and clearer relationship with truth.  The stakes are high and Mars-Aries is ready to fight for a new way.  What will a post-empire America look like?  What will your life look three, five years from now?  Three to five months from now?  Time to get straight with ourselves.  No more sideshow distraction.

*Hours after writing those words, Donald Trump unleashed his newest attack on democracy. He is a wildfire.  I should note,  we all are; as of Sunday the 28th, the planet of attraction is also entering the shadow of this spring Venus retrograde.  With Mars in Aries and Venus entering its four month transit through the sign of Aries next week, Donald Trump is declaring war on the world.  And it begins with a war on and in America.  Make plans for a messy four months.

Over the last year, I made a point of not studying the politician’s charts, and only now can I engage with Donald Trump’s birth chart and transits in any detail.  His chart is wildly troublesome, for him, and in relation to the chart of America.   We are all students and teachers here as he navigates painful opportunities for personal growth in a disturbingly self-unaware way.  If you want to know what it looks like when your chart is offering you lessons, and you refuse to humble yourself to them, here you go.  Fighting growth creates chaos.   Remember, astrology reveals life patterns as invitation for response- in this present moment.  We always have the choice to hit “repeat” and react to those patterns with self-destructive habits rather than humbling ourselves to a higher path of responding.  Trump’s infatuation with the past demonstrates how static toxicity devours our spirits and bodies.  As we respond to him, we must remember the higher way, and not react but respond from a position of love and faith in our own higher purpose.  If we have been divided, here may be the devil who draws us together.

I link to this  beautiful blog by astrologer, Jessica Murray, who details Trump’s aspects, America’s nervous breakdown, and our “collective identity in active decay.”  It is an eloquent meditation for us all.

http://mothersky.com/2017/01/fools-gold/

The Wolf Moon

Full moon in Cancer January 12, 2017 @ 6:34 am at 22.27 degrees.

“Cancer 23: The Meeting of a Study Group or Literary Society”

Hello 2017.  We enter this shifting landscape with a powerful full moon in its home sign, Cancer.  Cancer is lunar energy, emotive, sensitive, protective, and intuitive.  It is the cardinal yin energy of water, a container of our instinctive being.  This full moon can provoke nervous energy as the moon is reflecting Capricorn solar rays, the task-oriented disciplinary energy we also possess.  Cancer energy absorbs and transmits directives and intellectual processes into feelings.  This sun moon opposition is aptly described as a “study group” as the moon is receiving information from all corners of our night sky. A grand cross or diamond pattern is at play involving two outer planets of change and maturation:  Pluto, the regenerator and Uranus, the disrupter, are in Capricorn and Aries respectively.  Across the sky in Libra dwells the planet that infuses us with uninhibited growth potential, Jupiter.

 

These heavy hitters in cardinal corners are lighting us up; cardinal energy is initiative.  We are being granted an alchemical starter kit for the new year, offering our psyches the mandate to learn, to grow beyond perceived limitations and comfort zones, and to make new things happen that innovate and evolve the human project.  All of this is being asked for.  Cardinal energy requires appropriate action, and we will be tested on what is appropriate this spring with the cardinal sign of Aries being lit up for four months.  Under this same full moon, our yin and yang personal planets are making their voices heard in the sign of spiritual surrender, Pisces.  Mars is forming a supportive trine to Pluto, softening our aggressive energies while Venus is forming a conjunction with Neptune in the same sign, opening our spiritual antennae to receive any sensory wisdom trying to reach us.  Both planets also reach out to the moon.  This is a lot to emotionally process.  If we appreciate how integral our individual actions are to the larger pattern, we can honor and elevate others’ energies this year as well.  Next week, Mars makes a challenging square to Saturn and any aggressive impulses we may have will get checked by the planet of conservation in the realm of justice.  Saturn will check any non-appropriate action that tries to cheat its way out of the starting gate.

 

Needless to say, there is a lot going on.  This January moon is a good time to center, to allow our etheric bodies to expand, to harness the lightning-like energy that is cracking our self-perceptions open, to feel anchored to the earth as we shed a protective layer that is no longer of service to us, and above all, to honor our intuition and to allow ourselves to be guided by our wisest inner knowing.  Trust is called for here, but this full moon is integrating earth, air, water, and fire in service to inner realignment.  If you sit still long enough, you will hear yourself growing.

Happy new year!

As we desire to lean as far from a challenging 2016 as possible, it is worth remembering to calibrate our energy and return to our cores at the turn of the calendar year.  2017 comes with its own opportunities and challenges, best met when we are aligned with our physical and spiritual centers.

2016 found me invited in a million directions, and I am making the necessary adjustments internally.  I am committed to monthly forecasts and reflections here in 2017, likely coinciding with each month’s full moon cycle.  If you’d like to stay updated as we navigate headstrong fire energies in 2017, join me here.

If you’d like a year ahead report, I am creating them now.  Each is custom to its user, entailing a 12-15 page written report and a face-to-face consultation that cover the year’s upcoming Mercury and Venus retrograde cycles, transits of all major planets in your chart, and a look at the upcoming eclipse cycles as well.  Fee for the printed and in-person reading combined is $75.00.

We earthlings are diving in to personal and collective restructuring.  My wish for the new year is that we all sit sweetly in our individual process, stand openly in our highest intentions, and be gentle with others sharing our path.

Love and peace through our unfolding,

Caroline