Leo Full Moon- Contact

We have been walking for a while; up hill and down dale. With the Capricorn New Moon we have just taken that last little climb to the peak of the mountain. Welcome. Sit down. This place is very comfortable. Rest your staff across your knees. At the New Moon I had the opportunity to recognise my work had value and it felt wonderfully fulfilling. It is good to take pause from the journey and see all that has been achieved on the road. My! How far we have come.

Over this time and particularly at the full moon I have met several Kings of Pentacles. These are men and women who have mastered their domain. They are confident and easy. They have no doubt about their ability and have nothing to prove. No need to boast or sell their mastery. They know what they can do and they love it. Prosperity comes naturally, they have fulfilled their promise. Life is good and they are content. Now they pause, firmly planted on their mountain throne, surveying the scenery.

What a view it is! At this height there is nothing to impede our vision. We can see 360 degrees laid out all around; where we have come and what lays before us. There are many great mountains, some with other masters viewing their realm. Before us lies kingdoms we have yet to travel; heroes climbing unknown peaks, rivers, oceans, people residing in valleys contemplating what path may best serve their talent. From here we can consider the cosmos and choose a star to follow next. Before us lies all the potential and as yet uncreated possibilities.

At this radiant Full Moon we can sit at leisure and let the Leo light allow full awareness of our true and abundant power. The eagles soar at this great height; their clarity offers glimpses of exquisite detail in the tapestry that extends in every direction.

The voyager that has laboured up this mountain over the last  year can feel secure in their achievement. It took courage, faith and perseverance to get this far. Now as we rest up in the firmament, we are participating in the dreaming. The Aboriginal people respect the Rainbow Serpent that lies before them and through participation in the dreaming they honour the laws of creation.

This last weekend at the Leo Full Moon we have engaged in a community dreaming, We are delighted in the panorama we have called up. This snake forms the rainbow bridge that links us to next year. There is no need for tarot or astrology, tell yourself the story of your weekend. This dreaming contains all the decisions, directions and guidance to follow the path of your tribe as you conjure up the heights that will become your next mastery. This weekend was the wormhole that leads to the future. Remember the movie, Contact, when Jodie Foster entered her Merkaba-shaped contraption and visited with another dimension. No-one at home base saw her leave, she bi-located into another time and space but only she knew the journey she had taken.No-one noticed she had left. Like Alice down the rabbit-hole, you also visited another place.

Now you have a crystal ball in your hand. What dreams did you have? Who did you see, contact or think about? Who thought of you? These are your travelling companions. What are the stories that played out around you? Alan used an ancient wooden ladder and climbed its apex to change the globes, bringing light into new parts of our cosmos previously dark. Susan and I excavated layers of fabric to discover a cedar hexagon table. A two dimensional Merkaba on which we created a diorama of the Mad Hatter’s tea party, whilst an unknown King told us of his passion for the mathematical language of financial management. Visitors were drawn to our creation but as in ‘Contact,’ the people with us didn’t notice the transformation that dominated the landscape. Stained glass treasure boxes arrived, worthy of a priestess of Avalon. Bec shared an abundant vision of a world that provided healthy produce for everyone and stunned us with how much she had already mastered. We farewelled the French couple that shared our lives over the last nine months, creating new Ley lines between worlds.

A crystal ball actually did arrive and I looked into it expecting to see my future.This weekend we were given sight. Look into that clear orb and see what you have created and what you are manifesting. You have a view of all that is before you. Take the prescience, see the details, play with it, polish the jewels and the path forward will be well lit. This is an opportunity to become conscious of your vision. Write it, paint it, anchor it, whatever is your way; make a touchstone. It will be capstone that will hold your new castle in place.We are going to have the most amazing year and be stunned by our creation.

Soon we will need to descend from our lofty height. We will begin pruning, ploughing, planting and tending. The work is ahead of us but at this moment we already hold the harvest in our hands. We are watching the worker ants toiling in the valley. The candle that lit the flame in your heart has become a phallus impregnating the land.

To all of those who participated in my life over the last year, those that have been sharing this Moon cycle and people who I have touched and who have touched me over the last 48 hours; you are my comrades on this journey. Thank you for being part of my life and this vista we are calling into being.

We are singing up a new world with every step, following the song we have written in our heart. Next year we will meet on that peak, way over there, feeling fulfilled and ready to take a new flight of fancy.

A stranger came in for a reading. I learnt nothing of her life. As she left she stated warmly and confidently, ‘I will see you next year.’ Something about her authority surprised me, my heart flew open and my body shivered in excitement.  Yes, my loves, I will see you next year!

Image: A Generation of Vipers’ By Lindsey Carr 

Sun into Aquarius: Shifting

800px-Jheronimus_Bosch_023Last night I dreamt that I was at Cobweb Designs, the gallery in our local village where I do consultations and help out in the shop. Of course being a dream it has metamorphosed into a different reality; I have visited this place before in nightly sojourns. It is a bigger store, more open to a cobbled street, full of people. This is a prosperous venue with a bevy of paid staff.

This transformation is not reflected in my space which in reality is a beautifully appointed room. I am directed to my clients who are twin boys with a physical disability that makes there bodies wasted, twisted and weak. They are young men probably about 18 years old and have been ushered into one of two egg shaped modules where I apparently do my readings. I look in on them and it is a stale, green felt environment, musty with mildew. Disgusted, I usher them out planning to use the other egg which evaporates and so we settle on a bed to do the tarot reading. These young men are eager even when I haven’t got my usual deck and have to struggle with large unfamiliar cards which I choose randomly. The designs are very intricate and colourful. It takes me time to translate them from my old deck and discuss the meaning. The twins have no trouble identifying them as we excitedly explore their potential. Our location constantly changes. Sometimes we are surrounded by their peers who jeer at their weirdness, sometimes we are around a campfire lost in time or amongst the trees on my property. We lose ourselves in the possible world we are creating via the mind expanding promise of the cards.

On waking I recognise that these twins, represented the Aquarian portion of my Gemini self. This is the so called higher mind: alien, genius, visionary – not quite physically grounded in our present world, connected to a different drum beat and inventing the future that in time will become manifest and accepted as normal. These are the folk that whisper to us in Elvish or deliver alien messages from their journey around the cosmos. They pour the electrified water from their urn which kickstarts us into a better world.

Since 21-12 I have felt the energy shifting from the downloads we have received over recent years to a solid grounding in the energy of the earth. I have never felt as rooted and held by the mother as I have over this last month. This has provided a grounding, a solid security of belonging and a desire to serve the planet and an  awareness that the work of Capricorn is to serve our connection to the changing earth. Now in Aquarius we are more likely to perceive the waterfall of light energy pouring over us from  the Aquarian urn, which must be located in the galactic centre.

Sometime during the Capricorn cycle I stumbled upon a Youtube clip which presented a new theory of the Earth. This has fascinated me, regularly playing over in my mind. It rejects the idea of continental drift, proposing instead that the earth is expanding. That the earth started out as a solid marble of land and as it grew the land broke apart forming the continents and the gaps filled with water that became our oceans. I must say I rather like the idea of the heavy denseness being magically filled with transparent glistening water. The solid reality becomes looser, more flexible and iridescent with shine and shimmer. Water absorbs everything, taking the form of whatever it comes in contact with. It is where life is conceived and born. It takes the imprint of light and is able to bring potential to full term. It is this light-seed that Aquarius implants in the next sign. Pisces watery womb carries the Aquarian imprint and nurtures matrixes of other dimensions and unknown futures.

Towards the end of Capricorn, Venus triggered the Uranus/Pluto square by first squaring Uranus and then joining Pluto. This has been a strange time of sudden events and intense and erratic changes of the energy. I have noticed environments being full and alive with celebration, quickly empty, as if all the air has been sucked out and the streets turn into a ghostly town. These shifts happen during the day, turning on a dime. People describe losing inspiration, feeling empty, deciding to give up. They are puzzled because they have shifted from being so connected and uplifted. Then its all gone, a mere memory.

I see Pluto is working away in his underground kingdom clearing more and more of what holds us to our known reality. It is doing the emptying like a deep vortex sucking out all that is old and decayed. Uranus is now reinforced by Aquarius filling the space with high pulsating light, still a little out of reach for the vibrational range of our senses. Together they are creating a void in our normal range of perception and yet we are birthing new senses that can still detect what is happening all around us. The egg that has contained us like in my dream has become too small and putrid – we need to break out into new visions and new surroundings.

During Capricorn I have sat with the mother amongst the Pine trees connecting to the rhythm of her heartbeat. The last few days since the Sun has moved into Aquarius I have walked on waking. A gumtree called to me, alive with flowers, bees and ants. This tree alone amongst a grove of upright companions was in full bloom. Like the twins in my dream it was different; it had twisted its natural upright shape to form an almost horizontal spiral, angling itself away from the shade of its companions and out into the light.

On the river beach I close my eyes in meditation and when I open them I feel giddy. The expanse of water in front of me reveals its underwater world in patches, the changeable surface reflects dancing light in different ways and are sometimes fully eclipsed by the misty clouds.  The sand forms many tidal patterns and pebbles flow out in different directions. So many worlds exposed all at once is disorientating. I can feel everything moving, altering, shifting. My feet are no longer on solid ground as everything re-arranges. Whilst we are inundated with the light energy of this sign we have a window into the new world. Let yourself  be immersed in possibility,  you are being seeded by the light that will create its own reality as we birth and grow throughout the year.

 

Image: ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ Heronimus Bosch

 

New Moon in Capricorn- Saturnalia

cygnet1What, is she crazy? This happened last Friday or Saturday depending where on this planet you are reading this. Ah, but I was off doing good Capricorn things like serving my community. The Capricorn New Moon coincided with the Cygnet Folk Festival. For 31 years the world has come to our little village for music and revelry. A little late for Saturnalia but having much the same effect on our town as that ancient celebration, where everything gets turned upside down for a period of time. All ages gather together and find the form of celebration that suits them.

Why wouldn’t I just miss the post? After all, there was a Balsamic Moon post just days before…. Structure; Capricorn is all about structure. Each cycle of posts start at the New Moon. The New Moon is the seed of the whole journey, no matter how much the terrain may change, as we travel through the passage of time. The Full Moon has no meaning without its beginning in the New Moon. This will be the first complete cycle for 2013 and that will leave an imprint on the whole year. Capricorn likes history, so it is apt that I have to work my memory to access the recent past and recognise this beginning.

The Balsamic Moon tends to foretell the next cycle and it is interesting that one of the major themes of that post was questioning the linearity of time. Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn, is often known as Father Time. It is appropriate to observe the tricks that time is playing as Saturn is sextile Pluto in Capricorn, which is undermining what we thought of as reality.

In astrology, Capricorn is the culminating sign of the zodiac. We started our journey in Aries back in late March. Since then our hero has travelled  from one Moon cycle to the next, following a spiralling path around the mountain which will reach its culmination at the peak on the Full Moon. At the top of the mountain we can survey the terrain and see where we have come from and where we are going. We are now at a confluence in time. We are  beginning a calendar year and climbing the last rise to the peak of the zodiac mountain. It is worthwhile to reflect back to where you were and what you were beginning at the Aries New Moon of 2012. Reflect on the journey of the last year and how much you have changed.

I will reflect now on the recent past that covers the current cycle. The festival energy began on the Friday with Venus sextile Neptune, a perfect beginning full of charm, compassion and the enjoyment of beauty and music. The Moon was conjunct Pluto which is sextile Saturn. We were comfortable and looking forward to being transformed, knowing that festival energy can overthrow some old structures allowing ourselves to be transformed in preparation for our new year.

A theme of many of the tarots was relationships, though not the ‘when do I meet my man’ variety. These readings were about experiencing new territories. People were finding they had never experienced relationships this way before and were keen to explore fresh ground and create a new way of being with another person. Otherwise, they were experiencing the Saturn/Pluto energy with a determination to no longer allow the dominating behaviour of others to curb them from living their life to the full, with all its unique expression.

The anticipation of the first night was exhilarating. We had a ball, staying open until nearly midnight, the first time the gallery had opened after dark.  The next morning the New Moon became exact and the energy became more focussed, determined and disciplined. It was very busy but the lightness of the night before seemed to dissipate. The predominant theme of readings became career decisions as people were embarking in exciting new directions and job changes. They were recreating themselves and stepping out on paths that more closely aligned with their ambitions. All day we laboured hard and this felt grounded and satisfying.

Buoyed by the experience of the night before we were keen to stay open again. The Moon moved into Aquarius and Venus was in an exact square to Uranus. The energy hyped up but in a more manic way. People were reporting feeling weird. Connections were being missed. Relationships and groups were beginning to feel a little strained and individuals were wondering who they felt at home with. Everyone was appearing vacant and a little lost. An irritated drunk come rampaging through the shop, picking up the artefacts and loudly criticising their value. He left and then we had one policewoman enter and browse, followed by another and then a third. All three uniformed and dominating the small space. They seemed somnambulant, doing a zombie walk around the gallery. People outside thought some incident was going down. This again was an example of things being out of time. Later that night, after closing, someone in a fit of frustration punched through a pane of glass. The police nearby were oblivious, their attention elsewhere.

The winds were whipping around  and the partying was getting erratic. We decided that it was time to close and escape before things got crazier. I think that after a hard day of Capricorn work, tiredness was setting in and we were unable to contain the higher vibrations of the Aquarius/Uranian energy. I am sure the people attending concerts experienced a better transition using the uplifting music to carry them through. Apparently at 3am a crowd started impromptu drumming using whatever they could find to make their music. At this point the Moon in Aquarius was sextile Uranus which was still being squared by Venus. Although a rude awakening for anyone sleeping I expect it was a very healthy way to become comfortable with the erratic vibes. You have to love the excitement of festivals.

The festival energy went on for a couple more days but I will stop my story telling keeping it within the bounds of the New Moon.

Personally, every festival marks the opening of my year. My partner and I often comment that we get lifted off our feet at the beginning of November with my daughter’s birthday and get carried through the silly season that is Christmas and holidays. It isn’t until after the Folk Festival that we get placed back on the ground, ready to dust off and orient ourselves into the New Year. In fine Capricorn tradition the annual festival allows me to see how competent I have become over the previous year. The large amount of readings I get over a short space of time allows me to discover new ways I can work with people. ‘Tarot Reader’ is not a high status job. 🙂 It is ‘behind the scenes’ work that you will not find at career expos. This year I noticed how much I labour to ensure each person leaves with a potent insight they can use to pivot into the next year. A number of people actually expressed getting goosebumps. It was a pleasure to open my inbox after the festival and find e-mails prompted by the weekend. What I do is very satisfying and I have actually allowed myself to realise that it is also important and meaningful.

It is worthwhile to note over this  Capricorn Moon cycle how you contribute to the world around you and how that service is expressed in a way that is fulfilling and integral to you. As we pull ourself upright at the top of the mountain we can stand in our integrity and have the shadow of our endeavours reach farther than ever before.

 

Image: The festival procession snakes its way through Cygnet by Matt Thompson

 

Balsamic Moon- Space Between Years

pine treeI am trying to capture my waking thoughts as I felt impelled to write a post for the final closing of 2012. How arbitrary time is! Can we really measure that which is always swirling around us. In the last few days during the Third Quarter Moon we have released the cycle we have been engaged in over the last month.Today we enter the timeless space known as the Balsamic Moon.  This is a place where the old has died and the new hasn’t quite commenced. It is a gap for dreaming; an opening between worlds; a vortex of attraction.

A headline on the news service caught my attention. ‘People stranded as roller coaster comes to a standstill’ It seems the ‘Green Lantern’ at Movie World lost power for a short while, leaving people high, mid-momentum. He he. I have been using the roller coaster as a metaphor for the wild ride through the birth canal we have experienced over this Sagittarian New Moon cycle, which will be completed in the next few days. It is the final closing of 2012 and has taken us through the much anticipated 21-12 date of the Mayan Calendar.

This period has taken me through many deep experiences, dramatic happenings and delightful celebrations. I have been so busy that I have learnt to stay present in the spacious moment. In the past, I have been guilty of criticising my Sagittarian comrades. They are always so excited about some amazing happening and use their boundless marketing skills to entice me to join them. When I enquire a week later, how that life altering event went, they look blankly at me, having completely forgotten. ‘Oh, that is old news!’ ‘Harrumph!’ I think to myself, ‘it is a good thing I didn’t enlist.’ Sagittarians are ruled by Jupiter, the Great Benefic, and are generally very fortunate. With their natural enthusiasm and their eye on the future, they were born to manifest using the Law of Attraction. They appear to fall on their feet every time. Now, as I have been exploring this energy over the current cycle I realise it is such a blessed place. I think inhabiting the moment fully and joyfully as one is rushing headlong into the next, is a perfect way to live life. I apologise for my negative opinion. Rush on and I will do my best to adopt this marvellous quality for myself.  I have Saturn in Sagittarius opposite my Sun and tend to experience all that play as work and wonder where I will get the reserves of energy to manage it all.

Now, as we have moved into Capricorn, all that fire has indeed turned into work. My tiny island state of Tasmania has been on fire since last Friday. Many people have lost their homes. The wilderness is burning uncontrolled and over a 100,000 hectares of pristine land has been lost. My home and river valley has been thick with smoke, funnelled here from other places. The high temperatures have now ignited hundreds of fires on the Australian mainland which fire fighters are desperately trying to control, ahead of another week of extreme temperature and wild winds. Ironically the temperature has now dropped in Tasmania and there is snow on the mountains. Hopefully that inhibits the fires in our Heritage areas.

As this Moon cycle which started in 2012, finally draws to an end so does the energy of that year. This current pause point before the Capricorn New Moon on the 11-12 January is therefore a closing of the year, as well as the moon cycle.

It has been a wonderful year for me, full of expansion. I have emerged from a relatively reclusive period of my life and realised my dream of writing. Now I have a world wide audience. I have taken my inner space and shared it with outer space.

As a result my community of friends has expanded hugely. It is hard to believe most of the people in my life now weren’t there over a year ago. Again I experience the timeless quality. It does not feel as if I have found new friends, instead I have reconnected to those that were always there. I feel very grateful for my expanded family.

This connection is not just confined to the human species. My walks along the mighty Huon River connect me to the water and provides me with so many encounters of finned, furred and feathered friends that constantly open my heart. Since the Sweat Lodge I participated in earlier in the cycle, as the Sun moved into Capricorn, I make it my morning practice to sit in the Pine Grove on our property. I commune with the trees and feel the Mother under my feet. As I  participate in the stillness, the thriving life around me emerge; plants, insects, birds and animals reveal themselves in the detail. Each day there are unique experiences and abundant gifts.

In 2012 I learnt to live deeper, wider, higher than I have ever done before. Here I am standing in the eye of the needle, straddling the pause point between worlds. I feel as if I am stepping into a vortex of potential that is 2013. I am excited and expectant that this new year will carry me to places I have yet to imagine. I am looking forward to meeting you all there.

 

Image: Red Pine #307 by Eugene Vandal