Going to Ground

At the Pisces New Moon I began writing Astrology Mon Ami.  Despite the diffuseness of Pisces I managed to communicate with the collective psyche and get my words on-line. Then we had the pioneering Aries cycle. I was taken outside myself in an exciting way, full of new inspiration, energy and ideas. Now, we are in Taurus, the sign of my Moon, my home, in the eighth house of transformation and zilch! I have nothing to say. My Mercury, the planet of communication is here, tied to my Moon. Together, in fine Taurean fashion, they have decided to have a little lie down. Just sit around and smell the flowers.

Now, this brings to mind my favourite Greek myth. My ‘go to’ myth whenever I need guidance or understanding, the story of Demeter and Persephone.  In Homer’s ‘Hymn to Demeter’ we start with Persephone, ‘the one with the delicate ankles’ out picking flowers in her field when Hades, god of the underworld abducts her, taking her to his underground kingdom. Usually in this myth I associate with Demeter, her mother, ‘she who glories in the harvest’. Today I recognise that when I have my Taurean ‘lie down’ in the Eighth House (ruled by Pluto/Hades) the ground shifts below me and I sink deep into the nether regions. I am Persephone, claimed by the Earth.

Mercury, the ruler of my chart also gets pulled down into the depths. And so I lose my voice. This can happen literally as in laryngitis. More often I see it play out as a symptom of introversion. Recently I have been celebrating that with the discovery of writing this blog; I have found a way to communicate with others, without the need to find words in the moment of conversation. Now I feel time’s weight as I find no inclination to post. Still,  I feel an urgency to maintain contact with the outer world, in order to honour my commitments. I have journaled extensively but found that the script is too unpicked to make any coherent sense to another. Demeter’s role is to keep the Earth fertile providing food for its inhabitants. In her grief stricken search for her missing daughter she is unable to maintain her creative role and the ground becomes barren.

The strength of Mercury in this position is the capacity for research as the mind goes deep. It follows questions to the bowels of a subject, always seeking the thread that will lead it to mine treasure, and bring to the surface a gem of polished insight. This I have been doing as well; excavating, following the vein that may lead me to Pluto’s treasure chest. There is so much pure potential down here, awaiting discovery.

In Greek Myth, Hermes/Mercury is the only God who can go into the realm of the dead and return to the surface. Cutting to the final scenes of our story, this messenger is sent from the Gods above to negotiate with Hades for Persephone’s return. My Mercury is not yet there. Maybe at the full moon there may be some light, meanwhile the First Quarter Moon in Leo will happen in the next day or two and maybe I will gain some light from this Sun.

As I lie here with laptop on knees I look out over our field which climbs a hill. I can see the trees growing on the horizon. I realise I am far below them. My environment echoes my musings. Here I am, comfortable in my repose below the roots; seeking under~ standing.

This post reflects my personal journey because of the unique position of my Taurus Moon and Mercury in my chart. It may or may not have resonances for you. In a Taurus Moon we can see where we have slowed to rest. What seeds are you tending that were born in the last cycle? What are you valuing? What is important to you that you do not want to lose? How are you claiming your value in the world around you? This is where you identify what is yours and how much your talents are worth. There is treasure where your Taurus is found, waiting for you to utilise it.

 

 

 

Image: I have not been able to find the artist for this image. The link I offer here is of a beautiful site with art and writings associated with the subject of myth and Persephone

http://simonettavespucci14.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/persefone-y-los-misterios-de-eleusisi.html?utm_source=BP_recent

Taurus New Moon- Delighting Times

Today, the Moon and the Sun come together in Taurus for the  next chapter of our story. The Aries seed has begun sprouting. Towards the end of the Aries cycle I found myself exploring more and more energy work. I was on fire with the potential of higher vibrations and the thrill of where they could take me. I found myself exploring the promise of new territories in opening up our human potential.

Whilst pioneering this joyous energy I found I was continually being called back to earth to deal with the mechanics of my environment, which didn’t seem to be coping as well with the increasing energy. I mean this literally. My watch stopped, no it hasn’t, yes it has. Not the battery, it needs a mechanical overhaul. I have lost all sense of time. My car, supposedly all fixed, seems to be having trouble recharging the battery and so regularly needs a jump start. Fridge fan going crazy. Water pump thumping and spurting. Electricity pulsing. Computer cords powering up only sometimes. Blender… internet connection….showers…Too many things to take seriously. I keep needing to go outside to ground myself and ramp up my energy to maintain my equilibrium.

I have had the pleasure of meeting lots of cheery Aries or Mars in Virgo types; men that fix things! I am in awe of their clear rational explanation of how things work as they proceed to make them better. However I have had to resort to a more esoteric explanation of why things… don’t work, do, don’t work …all at once. Speedy Mercury has returned to Fiery Aries and has been moving closer to Electric Uranus whilst forming a tense aspect (inconjunct) with direct Mars, taking deliberate steps forward in Fix It Virgo. As I am developing my own ability to have more and more energy vibrating through me, the mechanics of my world seem to be dealing with the same challenges. Lots of recharging required.

How does all this relate to our Taurus New Moon? Today we start on a new journey. Taurus feels the need to slow down. It knows all those Aries energies may be wasted; spurted out on barren ground. Taurus will ensure they remain fertilised. She desires to ground, maintain and make certain nothing is lost. Taurus is not interested in always focussing forward, she wishes to engage the present moment. She knows that craziness lies in forever rushing  without stopping to smell the roses, lie on the grass and fully indulge the senses. Taurus asks us to take some time out, assess where we are, celebrate all that we have and ensure that what was planted is growing. Everything has its own energy and its own will to fulfil it’s potential. Time to take pleasure in letting things be.

Aries was the time for activations. Taurus is the time for allowing what was born to become.  Everything has been born for a reason and has worth and value in the scheme of things. They need to find a home in our body and in our life.

I find myself wanting to explore energy in more concrete forms. I feel drawn to play with crystals and essential oils. I want to enjoy flowers and the beauty of nature. Colour. Birdsong.  It is time for massages and some sweet loving. Naps. Time to re-acquaint myself with delicious food and drink. To breathe and sigh…ahhh…mmm. Yum.

I am creating beautiful music with the earth, here now!

 

 

 

Image: This illustration “Satellite” by David Burk illustrates the straddling of energy beautifully.

http://picture-book.com/content/satellite

The Elephant

Since I have started this blog we have shared a couple of Moon Cycles and the Sun starting its annual sojourn around the Zodiac. As Mercury and  Mars changed direction in the sky I introduced them. These planets are easy to relate to as they are involved in the stuff of our everyday life. I wish to connect with them and remain connected to them as these are the qualities we have clothed ourself with here on Earth. They are our allies that accompany us each step of he way. As humans we utilise our natural born talents that are represented by these and more planets that I have yet to introduce on our journey.

Now, it is time to address the elephant in the room. ‘Times are a changing’ and everyone can feel it in some way. Things have sped up and the ground appears to be moving beneath us. It feels like it may be more than normal fluctuations of the cycles. This is the work of the outer planets.

The outer planets lie beyond human eyesight and only came into our consciousness when we began to use technology to aid us to see the unseen. Up till then Saturn with its rings marked the boundary of human experience.  With the invention of the telescope, Herschel discovered Uranus in 1781 and that began an expansion of our awareness and a change to how we experienced life on Earth.

Co-incident with the discoveries of the new bodies in the Solar System our experience of what was possible changed. It seemed that humanity and the individual started taking a momentous journey together. Uranus was discovered in the  Age of Enlightenment. The human experience was altered by science, revolutions, the discovery of the New world, industrialisation, electricity, the splitting of the atom, individual expression, world wars, space flight, social consciousness and the computer chip. Before this relentless change, the quiet of an agrarian lifestyle  defined the days for generation after generation. Religion or the monarchy managed or caused whatever occurred to disrupt daily life. The boundaries that Saturn marked have been forever changed as there has been a continuous push to expand our consciousness to accommodate greater and greater possibilities.

The names of the planets come from the Roman version of the gods in the Greek pantheon. Greek mythology is a  rich source of stories which astrologers like to utilise in describing our experiences of life. In these tales the  heroes were the offspring of  kings, queens and gods. They went on adventures which transformed the individual and changed the world they belong to.

I like to think that as humans we are all heroes; unique, perfect offspring of the gods and well equipped for grand adventures. As we move into unpredictable territory we create, with courage, each step into the unknown. The fruits of our experience seed grand new worlds. Our stories are told in the news, inspire films, feed gossip, fill our blogs and are bequeathed to our children. Each of us has an original tale that makes up the tapestry of life on this planet.

We are born with our individual talents and predispositions exactly as we desire. We are offered reflections of our quest everywhere. My personal favourite is the birth chart which shows in symbols all our resources and a map of the terrain. The Sun through to Saturn’s gifts,  we can easily pull around us. Beyond Saturn the outer planets provide the whispers of the unknown, our quest, the game that will pull us out of a static and mundane life into adventure. Here we use our inner knowing to access new consciousness that comes with every step we create.

Astrologers watch the solar system beyond Saturn with bated breath trying to divine how this new experience will play out for the individual and for humanity.

Enter the current elephant in the room. Eccentric Uranus is the planet whose discovery in 1781 opened the portals for a shift in consciousness which allowed us all equal and free access to sudden insights of genius. Any individual regardless of the privileges of birth could harness their potential and change the world. This planet that takes 84 years to move through the zodiac started a new cycle in Aries last year indicating the beginning of a radical change for us all.

Pluto was discovered in 1930 and heralded in the nuclear age with the splitting of the atom and the horrors of WW2. Pluto, made an entrance into our consciousness worthy of the Lord of the Underworld. For the first time in recorded history we became aware of our ability to destroy the planet we live on, and to wipe out life as we know it.  As a species, we acquired a new level of power and the task has become to wield it responsibly. The game had totally changed.

Between 2012 and 2015 there will be seven dynamic face offs (exact squares- in astrologese) between Uranus and Pluto. We have been feeling this energy build up since late 2008. The first square will happen in June this year. I expect I will post many thoughts on this duo as time unfolds.

Many traditions have references to the power of these times and I suspect we all feel something has shifted that is making the future uncertain and up for grabs. As heroes, we all signed up for this adventure and each of us are creating new stepping stones that will provide pathways into a new world. The outer bodies in the solar system are forever calling us forward and we are on the leading edge of this consciousness.

The stakes are high and I believe we are creating a world like we have not known before. During this time it is unwise to live our lives externally without access to our own knowing. That is an old way of playing the game where we hand our power over to the authority of government and church.The anxiety we hear from these voices will leave us in the middle of a stampede of fear.

So far, my posts have been on smaller and more personal cycles. The purpose is not to ignore the elephant but to remind us of our personal power. We need to have faith in our own ability and remain centred in our stories. We can trust that we have what we require in the present moment. This is our adventure and we are creating the steps that will make a brave new world. Each of us has a splendid role to play. As we make each move, we will call up the allies of our knowing and trust the messages we hear whispered from within.

I think elephants are a perfect symbol of Uranus and Pluto. There is no doubt about their majestic power and their longevity. Elephants have an amazing ability to communicate, apparently telepathically, over great distances. One group senses another many miles away through vibrations (Uranus) that run through the ground(Pluto). One herd stamps a foot and the other picks up the message through their own wide feet. We all have many unique senses, seen and unseen, by remaining grounded and open like the elephant, we will tune into the correct response at the correct time.

 

 

 

Image: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-566186/Pictured-The-moment-huge-elephant-crushes-safari-couples-car-roof.html

Mars in Training

Yesterday I fell into one of those depressive funks. I have had the urge to take action to do something like write this post but instead have chosen to just have it go around in my head.  A bit like trying to find the end of the sticky tape that has become invisible on the roll. I have felt wonderful of late,  my energy being uplifted and feeling complete in my self in a way I have rarely felt. It has been delicious. I have been purring contentedly like the proverbial cat with cream. Now I am in a dark tank of stagnant water with no sense of where the sides are. There is hope though. I know that in getting this post out I will have restored order and returned to a sense of personal competency.

Today we are at the Last Quarter Moon on our Aries journey. Here we reach the review point. Time to see what was born at the New Moon and came to fruition at the Full moon a week ago. What has been achieved and what will be saved for future cycles?

On this day a bigger cycle is reaching a turning point as well. Mars, the planet of action, energy and personal desire is finally turning direct after a prolonged period of being retrograde. This is a period where Mars seems to go backward in the sky, an illusion caused by our vantage point from Earth rather than the true centre of the solar system, the Sun.  As it slows in its apparent backward movement and turns forward it appears stationary in the sky. I seem to reflect this so well, feeling unable to move yet feeling the energy build up inside till I feel I will  implode. My description is inappropriately intense possibly because as Mars becomes direct, Pluto, the Lord of the Underground, has turned retrograde and so there is a bit of an undertow happening beneath the feet.

This is a time for review and we have plenty of dates to deal with. You may reflect on the Moon Cycle of the last three weeks as well as the Mars cycle.  It turned retrograde at 23 degrees Virgo on  January 24 and went back over ground that we had been covering since the  November16, 2011. If you like to understand where you are in cycles you may wish to go back to how you felt at this time because it was the beginning of Mars’ run on this circular track. Many of you may have been conscious of the 11/11/11 date last year when many people tuned in to the global energy. In reflecting on your personal journey, see what was happening then and what links there are to now.  Mars was at 3 degrees Virgo, then and now.

At that time I had many things going full speed ahead and taking me more and more out into the world. I had recently taken mundane work in a local cafe to make ends meet. I was relieved to be giving myself more time to become financially secure in what I truly loved doing. My ambition was to do what I love with the expectation that the money will follow. Virgo is a time when we are doing the hard yakka to develop our skills and often having to do what we can to survive as we have yet to feel competent in our true calling.

A friend and I who had been working closely together were planning a series of workshops to start during this time. I was finding myself increasingly scattered and frustrated in this partnership. I felt we were not communicating well and I was unable to articulate my viewpoint. I sensed I was not being heard. I became  passive aggressive, often lashing out offensively in order to assert my viewpoint. My poor friend was feeling bewildered and hurt. It felt like we were forcing something to birth that was not yet ready. My friend is very extroverted and seemed baffled by my introversion. I tried to explain our different styles of operating and thinking but she perceived it as being over controlled and felt she just needed to jolly me out of resistance.

At the same time I had joined a wonderful on-line community where I was posting my writing for the first time. The other members were very supportive of my introverted self and I was expressing it fully for the first time.  I felt seen and I was ecstatic. My friend intended to read my posts but her life had no space or time  for this activity. Our workshops were scheduled and I felt out of alignment. We were arguing about content as Mars was going over this degree. I returned home to be at the side of my dying pet sheep. The next day my car aqua-planned into a bank, the first car accident I have ever had in several decades of driving. That night I had a very intense dream starring my friend. We then decided to cancel the workshops.

Mars rules Aries the Ram and thereby my sheep. It also rules cars and movement. It rules arguments especially between opposing viewpoints. It indicates where we stand up for who we are. Obviously this period was well marked by Mars for me. It was the beginning of a journey where I have become more and more aligned with being who I am and how I wish to live my life. Expressing my own energy has become a central concern;  I have embraced my own operating style and become more confident in my  way of being. Much of this period has been involved in repairing my car and changing the basis of my relationship with my friend, so we are both stronger in ourselves.

As Mars began revisiting this same energy I read a blog and watched a TED talk on introversion bringing this issue back into my consciousness. I have been thrilled that my friend has developed the confidence to put on her own workshop. I attended this a couple of days ago. She was in her element, I felt out of mine. That is perfectly okay. I have since that time started this blog and know this to be my milieu. Our friendship is much stronger, we recognise our differences and respect each others strengths. Now I feel we stand side by side forming a congruent continuum rather than the tug of war we were experiencing.

Mars will now be going direct and we can finally experience forward momentum. This particular movement has not yet completed as we will have one more victorious sweep over this terrain, really laying the path down till the 19 June.  Then Mars finally escapes beyond 23 degrees Virgo and starts pioneering new ground. So all the digging, refining and aligning we have experienced over the last five months has created ground well prepared to ensure our true energy can be congruently and fully utilised.  We will be in possession of our full power.

Image:  ‘Mars’ by Diego Velazquez 1639-41 A rare moment of Mars in repose that suitably reflects the retrograde energy.

Related Post: This post rekindled my feelings about introversion and has links to an excellent TED talk. I Listen More Than I Speak http://orthographies.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/i-listen-more-than-i-speak/

Libra Full Moon: Trusting the Attraction

Aries’ journey is reaching its climax over the next few days with the Full Moon in Libra.

I have found the journey rather breathless.  I think of Aries as the newborn babe and, like a newborn myself, know that at some level I also have stepped over the threshold into a completely new realm. I am at the centre of a new world and everything shines brightly as if encountered for the first time. My journey this cycle has been about trusting that this is all okay. The universe really does have my back.

As a newborn we are the centre of our world. As helpless and vulnerable as that baby is, there is no frantic rush to do anything. There is an expectation that all will be provided. This is how I have experienced this Arian energy. There is only the moment, in which magical things appear. One doesn’t assess, weigh or judge the value of the thing presenting itself, it only requires a little attention and perhaps a response if it resonates with us. Reassurance comes not from the mind, which  hasn’t yet learnt how to discriminate, but from our instinctive responses.

Aries have a reputation of being selfish. How puzzling that must be for them. What self? I am… I am…. I am…  What else can I be? What else is there?

There is the unexplored here and as I embrace this commitment to be in this unique reality I respond to the desire to go with each impulse; knowing that if I keep seeking what feels good I will not only survive but thrive. I am exhilarated by the excitement in discovery and have no desire for the old. I know this is the path I carve and by following each urge, something completely original shall result. The promise is that I, like every other individual, have been born to add my indispensable unique piece/peace to this brave new world.

Now we encounter the Libra Full Moon – the opposite to our Aries instinct. Do we now have to accommodate the other?  Is this where our newborn Aries instinct has to conform, to allow space for all others to express themselves? With Libra we have consciousness, we have perspective and in that perspective we can call what is right and wrong. Do we now edit the Aries urges and make them acceptable to the people we love?

This last two weeks, allowing myself to follow and trust the urges that arise in the moment without censorship, I have experienced great joy. When I have felt lost and anxious I have paused and consulted my internal compass for a better feeling place.  Aries knows when it is off track and gets immediately frustrated, angry and impatient. My commitment to honour myself, as if a baby in it’s own care, has brought me always back to how to soothe my mewling. This inner spark must be allowed to burn. What I have learnt is that my Aries babe always wants to feel better, feel peace, feel love, experience the beauty that lies ahead in this exciting new land. I realise that Aries is not opposed to the peace and harmony that Libra offers. Aries is on a quest to merge with everything that feels good and that is Libra. He knows that life is not worth living without the beauty, love and peace that Libra represents. In Aries one doesn’t go, one is drawn.

This Full Moon offers us true self-acceptance. The trust that by following our unique desires we are creating a harmonious world.

Image: “Highlining at Cathedral Peak, Yosemite, California”Photograph by Mikey Schaefer 

This is an excerpt from the National Geographic article quoting Dean Potter the highliner in the picture. Everything here exemplifies the Aries spirit.

“On the highline my thoughts are simple and clear,” says pioneering rock climber, BASE jumper, and wing suit flyer Dean Potter. “Fundamental needs shine through the mental clutter. I focus completely on my breath, my connection with the line, and making it safely to the other side.” This highline was set up on the summit of Cathedral Peak, in Yosemite National Park, at an elevation of 10,911 feet. Though Potter is untethered, he is in control. “I’ve always been a ‘free soloist.’ Whatever I do, I long to be untethered and free,” notes Potter. “I am completely confident with my ability to catch the line if I were to fall.”

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In Search of Aries

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”        ―  W.B. Yeats

I have a confession to make, in my birth chart my Aries is buried. It has no access door to the outside and so ironically, the most direct of signs, I don’t have direct access to. Add to this the planet that rules Aries, Mars is in self-protecting Cancer. Needless to say, the gung-ho, adventuring Arian energy is a bit of a mystery to me. As an astrologer I should have this as a disclaimer. “No Arian experience, take advice in this area at your own risk.” When we are extolled to take action, just do it! I get very diffident and it is more likely that when the starter gun fires, I will run in the opposite direction.

Of course, like everyone else, I do have Aries in my chart, it is just that I don’t have it readily available. I stumble upon it and then feel the whoosh of adventure carry me along. Feeling the surprise and the newness of the energy is exhilarating. One such opportunity is when the Sun goes through Aries every year and everyone on Earth gets to experience this impulsive energy.

The flower essence that I selected this New Moon to carry me through this chapter of the year was Baby Blue Eyes. This essence restores a childlike innocence, trust and openness toward the world for those suffering from insecurity or cynicism. This is perfect as my intention this cycle was to quell my anxiety and go with the increased energy, allowing it to take me where it will. I crave uncharted territory and yearn to trust the impulse of growth.  In the past I have felt this tender newness and lost my nerve retreating into more familiar territory. For me now it is imperative to move forward into the new land and into the unknown. I yearn for high and impetuous energy that gives me courage. I am impatient with myself if I feel my energy ebb. Riding the momentum seems so important now, like the race of a sperm to fertilise that egg.  I wish to keep going at a speed uncharacteristic for me. I feel my life somehow depends on breaking free.

We are now at the First Quarter Moon and the Sun is eleven days into Aries. The old world has receded. I have once more been included in the Aries journey. Aries is the newborn and as he experiences this life on Earth everything is fresh and wondrous, seen for the first time. I have found I have gotten busy as predicted in my last blog and I am flowing with many new demands. These have come both in unfamiliar experiences or unexpected emergencies, as well as new people.

When I feel the energy ebbing out of me and my courage fail, I flounder around agitated, determined to ease that decline. I have been doing this with regular meditations, emergency energy sessions or quick naps to restore my alignment and keep the niggardly fear at bay. I have allowed myself to relax and embrace the adventures as they unfold.

My reward for this effort is the allure of new sights and listening to romantic tales of beauty in the midst of fear. It is in these moments that one knows one is in touch with another realm where magic is the norm and we know the faerie people must exist in their fey land.

These are just some of the exciting tales of Aries adventure I have been exposed to over the last week:

 A young man told of a fearful moment when he jumped into deep water and into a school of fish that formed a vertical wall full of blinking eyes; a phantom terrifying enough to ward off prey and chill the marrow in the man’s bones. 

 A buzzard flew to my Texan friend and delivered a dead snake; maybe the one she had evicted from her barn that morning. 

A gentleman who wished to be a deep sea Salvage Diver. 

A boy getting the opportunity to join a luxury cruiser and tender the speed boat for the privileged passengers to explore islands and secret coves. One of his dreams come true.

A young woman creating beautiful terrariums as she waits to conceive. 

I visited the Sea Shepherd ship ‘Bob Barker’ and heard stories of Antarctic battles to save the whales by Vegan warriors that value non-violent aggression.

A bloggers tale’s of childhood ice fishing in a landscape so unfamiliar to me that I find it difficult to believe it exists in this wonderful world.

My daughter getting to ride wave after wave, standing on her surf board for the first time.

My new friend guiding her metal detector over our land in search for treasure underneath our soil.

Then there is my very own visitation from a heron, far from his familiar river flat. He came knocking on my window, not one, but two days running. With my face pressed to the glass, he allowed me to watch him stalk over my garden furniture just feet away. This hero showing me, that I, too, with a curbing of the routine, can be a hero in strange lands….

What adventures have you been experiencing? What are you seeing with new eyes? Where does everything feel child-like again? Who is inspiring you with images of uncharted territory? What treasure quest are you engaged in? How is your heart expanding with excitement? Where are you showing courage?

If you would like to see where Aries lay in your Birth Chart contact me at perianne@live.com.au with your time, date and place of birth and I will send you a short description at no cost.

 

 

Read: Ice Shanty- A Young Boy’s Tale on Five Reflection’s blog 

http://fivereflections.wordpress.com/2012/03/18/ice-shanty-a-young-boys-tale/

Image: “Freedom- The Carousel” by Anne Wipf

To see more beautiful work by this artist http://fivereflections.wordpress.com/2012/03/18/ice-shanty-a-young-boys-tale/