Sun into Aries – Creating New Possibilities

5615801606_bf01c7e7f2_bThere is a…’ finally we are here feeling’ to this Equinox.  We have been swimming deep in Pisces ocean for so long there is a sense of  joy at the prospect of coming up for breath and emerging into a fresh round of the Sun moving through the zodiac. I know I am excited and enthusiastic to begin a new quest; a new journey around the signs. I have been dreaming this moment since the Cancer Full Moon when the Sun was at the top of the Capricorn mountain, content after his climb; looking forward and wondering what to begin at the years’s new birth in Aries.

Aries is the point where we start to create our world. No wonder there is excitement. Here we are at the beginning of our journey and now it is up to us. We can see the path laid out before us and we have the thrilling anticipation of pulling a rabbit out of the hat.  This is the time of birthing something that has never existed before. Whoo hoo! I am all of a sudden jumping into the physical ‘here and now’ of action rather than the sleepy dreamlike space I have been in for some time. I am ready to finally step up and take care of some physical realities in order to embark on this journey of creation. It is lovely to get my hands dirty in some practical tasks. Mercury has gone direct again, Mars is happy moving forward in its natural home of Aries. The mind is clear and the will is engaged. My schedule is full of work to do. Can I pull it off?… I feel capable and psyched to try.

This is birth energy and of course with each new birth is a separation. No more cruising in a watery womb, reflecting on the cosmos. We are committed. It is the time for action that propels us forward. We have had the luxury of dreaming up what could be possible and now in Aries we have become aligned with that possibility and have the thrill of seeing it manifest as we journey around the zodiac.

This will be a daring adventure as we create what hasn’t existed before. We may embark on concrete things like a change of residence or a plan to travel, a new job or start an exercise program. It may be something quite nebulous like the opening of our heart, the birthing of an idea or a new behaviour. We are talking about having a year to create something. We have an appointment at the end of December to once again sit on our mountain and feel content viewing how far we have come. A moment to celebrate what we have achieved. Whether large or small we know that it will be an accomplishment mastered along the path of our life. We now have the opportunity to enter this process deliberately, conscious of what we would like to manifest.

In my Astrology Group we have been playing with the Ascendant since the Pisces New Moon and have been getting some interesting insights.  The Ascendant in our Natal Chart, (also known as the rising sign), is that part of our sky which is coming over the Eastern horizon  at our birth. It is the lens through which we view life and with which others see us. It is the way we approach things and therefore how we start our projects. Its energy is naturally akin to Aries, the beginning of the zodiac.

This is the point of change and in this time in our history we are wondering what change means. I recognise for the first time that the word Ascendant has the same root as ascension. Ascension according to my on-line dictionary is the process of rising to an important position or a higher level and comes from the Middle English referring to the ascent of Christ.

Each time we touch on our Ascendant energy we are undergoing a shift in dimension. According to the Law of Attraction, what we focus on and believe to be real is exactly what we create. As the Ascendant describes the world as we see it, it is setting up our playground and therefore the world as we experience it. As we approach others, so they respond to us. Our Ascendant is the starting point on the game board of life. Each time we pass go we have the opportunity to change the way we play the game.

I love that in tracking astrology we have so many new beginnings. There are new moons, new signs and birthdays. We have many planets at different stages in their cycle. When two or more planets occupy the same degree of the zodiac, they are in conjunction and are embarking on a new phase in their relationship. Whenever anything passes the Ascendant, a new cycle starts. Life is always beginning, shifting, having a makeover. These are intoxicating times when we can turn on the head of a pin and devise a whole new MO for our life.

As we shift from Pisces into Aries we are carrying our dreamtime into the physical dimension which we create as we go.  We can allow the way we perceive reality to create our environment for us and respond accordingly…. or we can shift our perception and generate a new world. The choice is ours.

Over the last year I have taken my introverted self out of my journals and shared my experiences with the world. I have been writing my blog for over a year now and my whole life has changed. I have started my astrology group. I have always been the listener, keeping private my own stories, now I relish sharing them. Where I once feared ridicule, I have now discovered the delight of being accepted by others. What a miracle!

This year I intend to maintain what I have started, finding ways to remain at ease as I am carried by my always faster flowing stream. As I have been more out in the world, I have neglected some of the mundane earthly pleasures. I am returning to practical activities and rediscovering the joys of taking care of hearth and home.  Also over the last year I have found my relationship with nature has expanded in ways I didn’t think was possible. This year I aspire to let myself pierce the secure shell of my perceptual reality and allow more experiences of otherworldly possibilities.

There is an idea that every time we make a choice, parallel universes spring up. An aspect of ourself takes the alternate routes and explores the other possibilities. On some level, perhaps in our sleeping state we commune with the myriad versions of us that are constantly expanding the multi-verses.  What an opportunity to co-create and develop constantly a more magnificent and magical realm.

Image: Pan’s Balls by The Prince of Centraxis

Virgo New Moon in a Changing World

I haven’t written much as I have felt the desire to stay contained. I have been learning heaps but am not ready to release it or reveal it. The containment of Virgo combined with the fact that the 12th House is a hidden realm has meant that what I experience has been too ineffable to communicate. I am still finding ways to register what I am experiencing let alone expressing it to others.

I was beginning to wonder whether I would write a post again. Contained and hidden is not a good recipe for maintaining a blog.

Thankfully time moves on and the Sun has re-emerged into the first house and the Moon has moved into Libra. I can now present myself (First House) to others (Libra). I am very grateful to all those that check my site for a new post and thank you for your patience.  My commitment is to follow the energy and sometimes that disappears into an inner rabbit-hole or in keeping with the current energy perhaps a wormhole is a better description.

On the 18/19th of September we have the second exact square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. Are y’all feeling it? On one hand, there are the blissful downloads of insights, filling the body with hope of the possibility that something wonderful is beginning. This is a brave new world unlike anything that we have seen before. Everyday there are whispers of new technologies, new movements that can resolve our impossible problems. One can feel the courage, the insight, the power before us to create a reality that is beneficial for us all. On the other hand, we have the rug pulled from under us as nothing seems to change. Our problems are still here and seem insurmountable. The Masters of War are rattling their sabres, unrest is in the winds and the ‘powers that be’ are holding on with a vice-like grip. This is the stress of two realities. Am I going to stand up for a shiny new idealistic realm where all can be free? Or am I going to bunker down and take defensive action to protect my family in a crumbling world? Do we accept the established but flawed status quo, known as reality, or do we stand up for something that supports the value of each individual and their unique contribution?  It can be extreme but squares, especially ones as powerful as this, feel intense and irresolvable. It seems each position is demanding decisive action and we have to appease both the mighty God of the Underworld with a sacrifice and the Sky God with his call for heroic action.

I have been learning heaps but have not been ready to release it.  I am still finding ways to register what I am experiencing let alone conveying it to others.  I regularly feel the energy and the joy carousing through my body which feels expanded and huge. I feel as if I sit above the experiences of life, my consciousness held in another dimension. I love this state and commit to maintaining it as much as possible. I set the intention at the last New Moon to practise  daily meditation.  Setting up new daily routines and habits are a good use of Virgo energy. I look forward to this time because I know how good I feel afterwards. Daily dwelling in these realms make them more real for me. One of the Virgoan tasks is to take some of the ethereal otherworldly realms of Pisces and anchor it into daily reality.

Part of this process for me has been to become conscious and aware of energy and light in my environment. With my expanded sense of self I am aware of more. Time and space transform and with practise it becomes easier to fully inhabit a moment without losing consciousness. As a result I have increased my awareness of the different dimensions, the structure of the earth, and our role within it. Some of this is learnt but more than this is the new sureness of inner knowing. Neptune is currently in its natural home of Pisces making this otherworldly energy more available to everyone. I have been devoted to making the nonphysical realms more conscious. Virgo rules the cognitive state and given the current strength of the outer planets we can make what is normally hidden from a mundane world, more accessible.

This awareness of light energy has altered the way I view our material situation, however that situation still exists and becomes a polarity in its own right. As one appears to be feeling quite full bodied within a nonphysical realm, one also experiences great density on the physical realm. We have put our house on the market, taking one step into the unknown after another. The movement towards something long resisted, provides its own release and flows easily resulting in a satisfying sense of achievement. Meanwhile, everything about our home glistens. The river and its environs are magnificent as we take our daily walk. The winds of the Equinox have started, creating wonderfully wild weather. Everything is in flux and oh, so beautiful.

All my journeying through Virgo and now with the New Moon I have emerged into my  personal New Year as the Sun begins a new journey around my chart. This annual cycle will contain two exact hits of the Uranus Pluto square, now and in May 2013. There will be a radical (Uranus) transformation (Pluto) of life as we know it. I feel as if I am in the grip of this global process. There seems to be no way to see beyond the present as the changes that we are experiencing are inevitable and unknown. We are undergoing a paradigm shift and it is difficult to divine what may happen when you are still within the old paradigm. Anything is possible. Expect the unexpected. While the changes are emerging as the Sun crosses my natal ascendant, I can expect that this time next year everything will have changed for the world and for me.

Image: Earth and the Moon seen from the stratosphere. Nasa