Sagittarius New Moon: Mission Accomplished

imagesWhen the Gemini Moon was eclipsing the Sun, I felt the need to create a new vision for the future. It became apparent that this was to fill the need to be connected to something that would carry me on. I needed a lifeline to hold whilst riding the roller coaster that life had become. I felt like a drunk rolling home with only that slender thread to pull me through. The Scorpio Moon manifested as an energy vortex with an intense undertow. All that was no longer needed was being sucked away. Often I felt like I was on my belly  in the mud, holding on to that slender filament as I inched forward with sheer determination to stay the course. Finally, the fibre began to be pulled by wild horses through the eye of the needle that was the 12-12-12 portal.

As things were moving fast and at times the work was upside down the main focus for me was to surrender to the flow. Much of the time the ride was ecstatic with energy from some otherworldly source filling my body ever more consistently with fiery light. Still the more it did so the more grief would rise up from the dark depths of hell that has often been our experience of life on earth. That is where the Sagittarian faith has proved invaluable. The body became a contortionist, the face disfigured with rising stress yet the Sagittarius enthusiasm for a new world ensured one held fast to the gossamer thread pulling us all through the birthing canal into the next dimension.

While the Scorpio Moon cycle came to a close over the last week, we were in the thick of hay baling season on our property. As anyone who has experienced this season would know, the mercury is high on the thermometer and yet the race is on to get the hay in, before the heat is relieved by the inevitable build up of rain. This season had the added drama of the baler breaking down and the stop/start of trying to keep things on track over several days. Life was in slow motion and with each step the landscape was transfigured with its own crude crop circles.

One of my favourite comedic sequences is the opening of the Hitchcock parody, ‘High Anxiety.’ We follow Mel Brook’s character as he disembarks from a plane and makes his way through the airport. There is loud dramatic music and all sorts of covert and threatening activities going on around him. Finally, he exits and as the doors slide closed the music suddenly stops and there is silence. He pauses and exclaims, ‘What a dramatic airport!’

In the stillness between the 12-12-12 portal and the the exact time of the New Moon I watched as the door was closed on the hay shed and the last ute disappeared down the drive. Ahhh, it is done! Each year the land gets shorn of her flowing tresses, leaving the yellow stubble of summer on the fields. I get immense satisfaction knowing that horses will be surviving on this gift of sustenance from the freely forming grasses of mother earth.

How does it feel to have those doors close on the past, whilst waiting the few hours for the New moon to kick in? At first I just feel stunned, shell shocked. Nothing seems to have changed, my body felt worse if anything. Then the slow creep of something new…. relief…chillin’ was the word that kept coming to mind. Whew!…chillin’ now and it is quiet and delicious. I laughed when I visited the pages of my favourite, fellow astrological blogger, Gneiss Moon. In her lovely homage to Uranus to celebrate it moving direct, she uses one word, chillin’. I love that we are all connected, no matter where on the planet we reside. We tap into the same universal experience and use the same words and metaphors to communicate how we are doing.

As the Moon and the Sun aligned with each other in Sagittarius, I emerged from fog and was able to start defining with clarity what this new world may be. The last Scorpio cycle was such a prolonged period of honouring and saying goodbye to life as I have known it. Time became meaningless. Now the thread of vision I have clung to so fervently becomes something with which I can sew and create. With so much baggage released I am free to generate my heart’s desire. Together the Sun and the Moon set over the water and I sketched designs for a new life; content and inspired.

This morning as I wake I kept making circles in my mind. I am the centre and the circle forms around me. It reminds me of working with a horse. You hold a loose rope as the large beast circles around, responding to your commands. The horse, the human both connected, intently focussed on learning and executing new behaviours. Together they create a future. The Centaur has set his goal and is seeking its manifestation.

We have passed through our rebirthing in Scorpio. Sagittarius is future focussed. Uranus has been retrograde since July, filling us with visions of the new without any experience of external change. It has now turned direct and we can follow our revelations out into the world. Mercury has completed its journey over the terrain it retrograded through. It now takes its message into new territory. Nothing can stop us now, we have entered the future.

In my mind’s eye I took the compass and made more circles on the rim of the first with the edge dissecting the centre point and on and on until the whole Earth is covered with the flowers of life.

I know that we have all been intent on following our true essence through the swamps and quicksand of this past eon. We have finally made it through. All of us are creating from our centre. The planet is rejoicing as a crystalline matrix has been formed by the collective dreaming.

Woo hoo! ‘Shine on all you, Crazy Diamonds.’

 

 

Image: Crystal Light Matrix of Gaia

Film: I couldn’t find a clip for the opening sequence of High Anxiety. This is an excerpt of the dramatic airport and this is the trailer.

News: There is a lovely synchronicity as NASA publishes new images of the Earth lit up at night.

The Owl

Dave WattsYesterday I was tired, feeling a contraction from too much going on, invading my body and laying a heavy apathy over my emotions. Later I was returning home in the dark when I saw something in the middle of the road. I pulled up beside it. It was an owl, less than a metre away.  It didn’t move. I wound down my window and spoke lovingly to it. It turned its head and locked its penetrating eyes on me. It felt like forever, as our orbs exchanged light and my heart stirred from numbness to aching presence. My monkey mind became concerned the owl may be injured and as if in answer the bird took flight. As it flew away all the clarity of feather and colour disappeared and it seemed that a black owl shape was rent through the fabric of reality as it moved across the dark landscape.

Today is the Last Quarter Moon, a time of review before we enter the next cycle. During this time the Moon starts to disappear from our night sky.  At the moment the darkness is made even more potent by the Uranus/Pluto square which is almost exact. After being held in it’s thrall for so long we are finally looking the foreboding beast in the eye. What is darkness if not a perfect foil for seeing the light?

This Gemini cycle started with the Solar Eclipse and its ring of fire. Record numbers took to the streets in the Northern Hemisphere and gazed at the sky, bringing the cosmos into the consciousness of all.  Those of us without a front row seat gobbled up the stunning pictures flooding our networks. Gemini has to do things in two (or more) and the skies didn’t fail us following this stunning spectacle with  the rare Venus transit across the Sun. Once more millions tuned in as Venus, the radiant jewel, turned dark against the brightness of our Solar source of energy and life. It seems both our feminine principles of Moon Mother and Venus Lover have taken a bath in the light to wash clean the debris that has soiled our Earthly perceptions of the passive, intuitive feminine polarity of all things. (Personally I have experienced toxins coming out through my skin marring my Venus beauty. 😉 )

Many of us have gathered together to enjoy these global events, laying aside our concerns and allowed ourselves to be taken up with joyful curiosity for things that lay outside our familiar environment. This month we recognised our neighbourhood of the inner Solar System.

Gemini rules the local environment, neighbours, communication and learning. After Taurus we have learnt our worth and feel secure to turn our focus outward to find  what exists beyond us. I found I challenged my introverted self this month to be continually out and about in my local environment meeting and interchanging with lots of people. The marketplace is a Gemini environment where we exchange our value through interaction. I put myself on the market in an effort  to redress the financial shortfall that presented itself insistently during the Taurus cycle. I went for interviews and increased the astrology and tarot I do in the local community. I finally got around to starting an Astrology Gathering in my town where people can come together to learn, share and exchange ideas on my favourite subject. My Gemini is in the 9th House and so my desire is to exchange of thoughts and ideas with the world. The wonderful world wide web has been such a gift for me. I am thrilled to have people from 55 countries visit my blog. I am finding so many international neighbours that share my interests and I get to have so many scintillating conversations, sparking ideas with a growing number of people who are taking residence in my heart. I even embraced Facebook this month, updating my static site and expanding my friends. I am also attracting more on-line astrology consultations participating in a global marketplace.. Everything is expanding.

The Gemini quality has saturated my month. I have been fuelled with the child-like delight of so much joyous contact and exploration. I have been immersed in all kinds of writing, learning, listening, driving, sharing, playing; all Gemini. Now as the Moon enters its dark period of review I am beginning to feel the giddiness of the ride I have been on and desire to slow down. My awareness this month has been about light. I have been able to fill myself with high vibrations and sense in my body where there has been resistance and sound it out. It has been exciting maintaining a speed that I have not experienced for some time. Now I know a new energy will be knocking on our doors as we move into Cancer. The one thing about light is that everything grows. After awhile we feel we have to clear the weeds to make  our new garden. The question is how can I maintain this new expanded level of operating when it is no longer my focus? The contraction I started to feel yesterday comes from a growing anxiety about how I can  go on participating in my expanded environment.

As we move into this Last Quarter Moon, Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, triggers the Uranus/Pluto square by opposing Pluto and squaring Uranus. It is turning away from the distractions we have had in our inner solar system back to the heavyweight game of the slower planets that are here for the long haul through our changing times. Mercury is questioning once more, after much needed light relief, “How do we solve the problems of the old in order to bring a new more enlightened way of being for all that share this planet?” We know Uranus will bring many sparks of  unseen possibilities into the dark backdrop Pluto is providing. Mercury, faster, sharper and delighted by new playmates is waiting by to catch and bring out the ideas in a way we can articulate and share..

At the same time Jupiter is embarking on a year long journey through Gemini giving hope that we can run with the expanded environment and benefit from the sharing of our discoveries.

The owl can see in the dark. With those deep penetrating orbs of eyes he reveals the energy that resides there, plenty of electricity to maintain all our circuits. As he freely flies away, the blackness of his form reveals how tenuous this surface reality is and how much wisdom is available if we are prepared to go beyond known form into the darkness from whence everything emerges. For all of us that seem to be facing  a fearful future, take heart, we have been bathed in light and as we keep stepping bravely into the unknown, the light is always with us.

 

Image: ‘Southern Boobook Owl’ photographed by Dave Watts

The Gemini Eclipse – Ascension Anyone?!!

I am a Gemini. Does anyone else smart at the qualities that people throw at you when they discover your sun sign? I feel offended when I am accused of being fickle and two faced. I have Sun, Venus and Ceres in Gemini with Saturn, the planet of authority, responsibility and limitation, opposing them from the third house. It seems I have taken on Saturn’s approbation and disapproval of my Mercurial nature. My Virgo Ascendant and Taurus Moon weigh in to ground some of that Gemini whimsy. It may feel more comfortable but not always so merry. I have been horrified to be thought of as a party girl, social butterfly or light weight…no way! I am one of those that will get defensive for other notorious Gemini’s like Marilyn Monroe. ‘She is a great comedienne! You need intelligence to pull such timing and wit!’

I remember when I was first with my partner, I started playing the fool, pulling faces and generally mucking around. I was shocked and amazed at my levity and very delighted. I think at that point I knew I had found a safe haven with someone I could frolic with irreverently.

Still, no matter how often I indulged in childlike behaviour, I always felt it would not be condoned by the ‘real world.’ My core qualities were those I could not openly value causing a rift between my private and public self. Gemini is after all a sign of duality. Therein lies a feeling of alienation from my neighbours, of not belonging, because of my naturally errant ways.

My Gemini Sun has therefore, always felt eclipsed, which brings me to the subject of this post- the Solar Eclipse in Gemini. We have a day more in the Taurus energy before quite suddenly the New Moon and the Eclipse coincides at zero degrees Gemini. Anyone who has been reading my posts over the last Sun/Moon cycle through Taurus would have witnessed and likely felt for themselves, my ‘sinking into the earth’ sensation, slowing down almost to a standstill. Over the last few days my sleep has been very heavy and when I wake I have experienced my consciousness as almost physical, taking effort to pull my awareness up through my body where it had been captured by slothful slumber. Everything has been very sensate. Now the Sun will move into the bright light of Gemini and the Moon will shift from its dark slumber and will embrace the golden orb so enthusiastically, that for a time it will blot out the Sun’s bright light allowing the dross to be burnt off in a ring of fire.

Mercury, the God of the mind, is the only planet that can dart around and go safely to places where the other gods cannot. He can enter the underworld and negotiate for the release of those held there. He is capable of tricks that allow him to conceal his whereabouts by appearing to turn backwards. My Gemini self is much amused as her ruling planet displays these antics during this eclipse. Mercury’s trickster qualities come in when the path of the full eclipse can be viewed over Southwest China and Japan on the 21st of May. It then travels over the Pacific crossing the International Dateline so it arrives in the USA on the day before on 20th May. (Much mirth at mercurial magic :D) It enters the USA at the California/Oregon border and travels in full fire through to Texas. And so the Messenger God does double duty going back in time to rescue us from whatever paralysing dilemma we have been experiencing in the underworld during the Dark Moon in Taurus.

As I matured I began to really appreciate the value of my Sun sign. What I was judging as lightweight and bubble-headed, I now perceive as de-light-ful. What I perceived as feather-brained I, now see as nonjudgemental, more like the feather that is used to measure the purity of the heart in the Egyptian Book of the Dead. I appreciate and engage curiously with whatever I encounter, allowing it to be the perfection that it is, no matter how contradictory. I am curious to know, and without preconceptions allow the paradox to lead me into further discovery. I have learnt to value my lightness and know that it is a gift I have to share with others. At my best I become the light-bearer bringing good vibes and the tinkle of joy wherever my essence may shine.

This Gemini Eclipse promises to bring light to our underworld wanderings, illuminating the path of ascension to our rightful place amongst the stars.

Image: FredericLeighton-The Return of Persephone (1891) Here we see Mercury/Hermes returning Persephone to her mother, Demeter on the surface after her abduction into the underworld. A perfect echo of this eclipse.

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