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

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/

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/