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

New Moon in Pisces – A Creation Story

Flight_to_Home_webYesterday’s Pisces New Moon introduces the last stage of pregnancy where we are heavy with the potential of the impending newborn. The heavenly maternity room is very crowded this year, the Sun and Moon are sharing their birthing stool with a retrograde Mercury, Venus, Mars, Neptune and Chiron; all in Pisces chamber, waiting to be transmuted for another voyage round the zodiac.  This is the time of waiting. We are tuned in to the inner dimensions, wondering what the new will be. Are we ready? Have we prepared? Everything from the old annual cycle that will not survive the transition needs to be wound up and released.

Pisces has no boundaries and if we are very quiet we can feel the new life stirring within us. So far it is unseen, however, we know intimately this new life that is being conjured; we requested this  when weary of the old ways. Now there is a growing excitement and impatience to finally meet our creation in the material dimension. Each year we go through the ritual of this shift.  We disappear into Pisces’ womb, dissolving all we know to be us, in order to be resurrected  for another spiral around the zodiac.

The passage is always the same, yet different like we have entered a parallel universe. I keep getting the image and music from the film, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ where the gorilla discovers he can use a bone from a dinosaur’s skeleton to break things down. Pisces has been breaking down all that is old and redundant in us. Once the gorilla has completed his task he flings the bone away and it spirals into the sky where it becomes transformed into a space station, existing in another millennia. Each new discovery takes us irrevocably forward and we create the future.

This line up in Pisces has been building for several weeks. I have been getting insights and intuitions about what I am birthing and what I will eventually manifest. When I am alone I am having fun, ‘chilling’ and dreaming up how things could be. Enjoying reveries as I stand in the peaceful waters of the river, just being here now. Allowing… then I fall into an old mistake; I feel that in order to birth this beautiful vision I have to make something happen. I need to go out and take action to change my environment and to involve others in the change.

Hah! As if going and talking to the midwife is going to have any influence on when and who my baby is? Old beliefs come up that it is my responsibility to make the new happen. If I can get the midwife on board with my vision then the baby would appear- just as I  have seen her in my dreams. Such a sense of urgency and anxiety. Surely if I am unable to convince the midwife then my creation won’t manifest.

When we are faced with a lot of Pisces it is an automatic reaction to find a way to contain it and try and make sense of it. It is easy to crossover to the fish’s opposite sign and harness some Virgo qualities. There is a temptation to take vague ephemera and try to pin it down and turn it into discrete chunks that we can order and manage.  Virgo often suffers from feelings of inadequacy when faced with the cosmic visions of Pisces. She feels her job is critical. She must tackle the present in order to manifest the future. She gets anxious and starts to micro-manage the inevitable. Time and time again she learns that like a virgin, her job is to do nothing.

My dream is already a seed in the womb. It has its own life. I am merely the host, the container. The birth will happen all in good time. The creation will grow in its own way. I can sweat it all I like, but such activity is redundant. Now is the time to detach from what has been growing the last few months. The baby has been conceived. It now has it’s own life. The laws of nature will take its course and we need only enjoy allowing the alchemy to unfold. Pisces dreamlike state is a solitary trance and it is a joy to be present at the delivery of something that has never existed before. This is a magic time to attune to what is within.

The Moon and Mars move into Aries today. As the old drifts away we begin to get a little clarity.  We can use energy to prepare the nursery. The Sun will join Mars in eight days and that will be the point of separation from the cosmic waters we have been floating in, sometimes drowning. The next cycle will be the time of action when the new babe and its commands will be the centre of our world. Then all our energy will go to meeting its needs as it thrusts itself into the physical. Born again into activity, there will be little time then for reflection. Luckily the heroic quest of manifestation is infectious. We will be infatuated, hypnotised by love and not begrudge the demands the mewling infant makes of us.

 

Image: ‘Transformation’ Robin de Lavis. I recommend visiting her exquisite site to see more of her creations.

 

Virgo Full Moon: Containing Light

Hp7part1Most days since the Sun has entered Pisces there has been a fog lying on the river. It must be a fog of humidity because the river is warm and the days are hot. Immersing myself in that water has been sweet surrender for a tired body. It is a quiet realm, three black cygnets float nervously in the mist and my trusty heron sits sentinel on the log. Such peace and silence as my soul finds rest in this nebulous space that could carry me to Avalon. The walk home is full of birds leading me here and there, off my usual track. I am pioneering a wieldy trail of trees that I visit and pay my respects. This time before everyone is fully awake is for living between worlds. How gracious and resplendent is a life amongst the spheres!

It is the Virgo Full Moon which, at its best can be the container of this other space, pregnant until the time is right to birth the Christos light. I find myself lost in suggestions of meaning. It then emerges so crystal clear that I feel like the shell of a bell; just happy to be struck and to follow the sound as it resonates and ripples like the water when I enter it. I am reaching out to unseen worlds and holding them in the hope that they can be birthed and survive in a land of contrasts.

I have been watching all the Harry Potter movies lately. Pisces rules movies. They provide a space of magic and creativity in a dreamlike world where we can escape our daily toil. J.K. Rowling has four planets in Virgo in the 12th house including the Moon and Venus. Perfect for creating form from the fantasy of Pisces.

As a baby, Harry receives a lightning shaped scar on his forehead  inflicted by the evil Voldemort. This is reminiscent of the insight we received in Aquarius of a potential that we can nurse into being. In Pisces this promise remains gestating; unconscious in the mundane world of Virgo. The muggle world and the magic world has redemption in its midst but must rely on Harry’s dangerous journey through seven books to realise the promise of his birth. Meanwhile, he is caught between the ignorance of the muggles  and the malicious intent of the Dark Lord .

Each of us is left alone to develop the skill and consciousness that will realise our dream. We can rely on goodwill and assistance from our allies in the magical realms. They can help but are impotent in actually fulfilling the task that is our special mission.

At the Virgo Full Moon we become conscious of the undertaking before us and recognise some of the magical tools we have to assist us on our mission. Invisibility cloaks, marauder’s maps, allies and animal messengers are all useful but essentially it is up to us to develop the consciousness and wit to achieve our goals. Like Harry we are the seeker and that path remains ours alone.

But essentially we are getting ahead of ourself. We can glimpse the elation and the peace that comes from the promise of redemption whilst we contemplate the possibilities of Pisces. Often though, as we recognise the enormity of the task, we experience the contrast of our vision with the reality of the mundane world. We feel as if a dementor has consumed our joy and left us in a state of depression. This is the danger of becoming lost in the formless world of Pisces. We need to remember our Patronus, created by the positiveness within and conjure it into our days to survive the passage through Pisces with our sanity intact.

As we were approaching the Full Moon last night I participated in my annual ritual of watching the Academy Awards. This is the one time of the year that I watch TV, a look in at the muggle world. I have always loved this event as it reminds me of a childhood  sharing in my father’s joyous love of movies. Like the ‘Mirror of Erised’ in Harry Potter it transports me to a happy time. I generally am able to ignore what the reality of the awards may be, to share in the glamour of the film industry and their glorious fulfilment in having their creative projects appreciated.

Last night, however, I was able to recognise how much I have dwelt in my own magical world since last year. My original glee at the novelty of network TV and their commercials soon wore thin as I became impatient with how little appeared to have changed. The main event itself seemed to have retrograded into the 50’s. I have always had a political sensibility and yet I have become so conscious of this time being a transitioning point in the affairs of the planet that I experienced shock at the austerity of the programming fed to the masses. I felt the lacklustre fare that was offered was straight from the McCathy Era, a propaganda machine for rattling sabres of a hidden power base. I have seen this before but have also seen the courage of some within this circle to deliver a different message. I perceived this was sadly missing from yesterday’s awards.

I felt the despair of a dementor’s attack which was leading me to paranoia. That is the other energy of Pisces touched on in my last post. This is the dissolving. Tears of grief or sensitivity can come up at any time to wash away the remnants of the past. These sudden cutting moments of Virgo’s critical acuity are painful but are to be embraced. It is only by knowing what you don’t want with such clarity that we become committed to the heroic journey of change. Only then can the enchanted domain we yearn for be created. Sometimes it is good to hollow out that old shell so we can fill it with the resounding call of our Patronus. The beautiful light made manifest in the etheric will banish the dark and we receive another tool, a visionary torch that will light our way.

 

Image: El Patronus de Snape

 

 

Bursting Forth

Last cycle I published my blog in a period of relative quiet. The world in Pisces was turned  inward as it attuned to the messages of the collective and waited for the birth of the new.

It was wonderful for me to create this space as a womb for my re-entry into the world. Now the baby has been born and the cycle resumes, life starts again.

In a past cycle I had my daughter in a local birthing centre, a water birth.  As I went through the 17 hours of labour, I felt solid and grounded. Outside a huge storm was raging and the trees were bent over in wild winds as if echoing my every contraction. I was oblivious to the Earth’s echo of my process; in the calm centre of the storm all was quiet. Finally, I emerged out of my Pisces pool and as I stood on land, my daughter was born. In our open arms she screamed her victory cry.

We returned home the next day, the storm had passed and the landscape was altered. Trees were down and a local shop was burnt out. We came to our house and the big metal gate had been torn off its hinges and blown down the road. Our daughter was now born and our world had changed; we had expanded and were now exposed to a new life.

I was amazed how we were initiated into a world I had never seen. Neighbours we had hardly acknowledged, paraded in over the ensuing days with presents, welcoming; knowing far more than us about the continuous marathon of child rearing we were embarking on. Food was left on our doorstep to see us through.

And so it is with Aries. The birthing of Self or any creation takes an initial passage through the unknown, the transition from nothing to the all consuming effort of nurture and growth. You re-enter the normal world that you know and then some.

This is why Aries is associated with courage and the heroic quest. Aries just knows it needs to begin. It is driven to move from the comfort of the womb by a desire, an impulse, a knowing that without its movement all life will cease, there will be no incarnation and no creation. Aries doesn’t know of the terrain he will have to pass through or what that creation will cost. He just knows that it is important to embark on the journey because the future of the kingdom rests with him.

As the Moon and Sun move on, my own established life has recommenced along with the fresh beginning. I have had constant dealings with many new people and an expansion of my work. The people I am meeting are young and full of energy, mustering the courage and hope for the journey before them.

As the expedition begins the Collective rearranges to accommodate our quest and to realise our dream of fully becoming.  There is also another cry we hear from the dying past.  The fear of the furies pull at the coat tails trying to hold the hero in check. They know the knight’s success means the death of the old comfort even though it has already grown too tight. The old and established may be maintained as their final days are near but there is no sure survival for the young in that stagnant pond. The “one per cent” of the old order know the hero’s quest will alter all they have established. In one final fling, they throw up all the boogeyman stories that have kept the gates of the kingdom safely closed. When the hero closes his ears to their messages, they heap abuse as he pulls away. The old king is hoping our questing knight will become the outcast that will perish on dangerous ground rather than the saviour of the collective. However, there is always help available when assistance is required, his tentative steps to survive outside the womb will lead to success.

A seed grows, nourished in the soil formed from the decay of the old. Now, full of invincible energy, nothing can hold the fresh growth back.

Over the period since the New Moon what impulse have you been feeling? What is your birthing story? How have you felt the urge to move on with your quest? Where have you felt the raging of the furies? Remember in Aries, the fears are the ephemera that evaporate as you continue forward.

Image: I have found this delightful image for Aries that has been widely used on the internet but I have been unable to find the artist’s information. If anyone know who the creator is, I would love to credit them here.

As the Earth Revolves Around the Sun

Tomorrow the Sun enters Aries and restarts the journey around the Zodiac. In my last post I suggested you look back over the year and see what ideas may have bloomed for you as the months elapsed. I have been doing this for myself and my review is the subject of this post.

I started in the present. What do I feel I have achieved? This is  easy as the intention this Moon cycle was to get my WordPress site up and here I am writing a post on this very blog.

By going back a year, we are looking at the Sun’s journey to this point. Does where you are now have anything to do with your Sun sign? My Sun sign is Gemini and  I am excited to see how this spiral has furthered my writing. Writing is associated with Gemini.

The Sun in our chart represents a heart’s desire. We are not born fully equipped with our zodiac sign’s qualities necessarily but an intention to explore the areas represented by the quality of our Sun sign. A sign carries much more than one quality or expression. There are many other ways of expressing Gemini but over this year my writing has been in focus.

I can look back over a lifetime which has faithfully led me to realising this particular aspect of Self.

As a child I wrote naturally and happily. In my teens this writing was formalised in chronicles that tracked my emerging independence. As I took on adult responsibility these journals were forever a refuge of my private yearning. I always felt I was a writer but never had a subject I felt worthy of sharing with others.

Later my notebooks developed some purpose as I wanted to keep a record of how the planets in the sky reflected my own experience or vice versa.  As I became interested in flower essences, my scribblings continued as a research tool documenting case studies of clients and myself.

After reading Julia Cameron’s ‘The Artist’s Way’ I took on the discipline of  ‘Morning Pages’, three pages of random writing a day. My spiral notebooks and fountain pen were my treasures as I  watched the words pour out and my bookshelves fill up.

I tried computer journalling but it wasn’t the same. That is until Christmas 2011, when my beloved gave me a macbook. This wondrous tool was no larger than my diaries and with a 10 hour battery just as portable. My time became split between my notebooks and my mac.

This leads us to the Pisces Sun period a year ago and the transition into our review year. My pages for the Pisces period of 2011 are full of joy and appreciation for the magnificent life I was living. I was aware that a period of my life had ended as my daughter entered college. Up to this point we had been home educating (another expression of Gemini). My longing now was to participate more fully in my world. I was aware that I was full and wanted to share more of myself.

As the Sun started its new journey through the signs, I was surprised to be drawn to an on-line journal, Per Se. It looked just like a moleskin diary. The pages turn like a book. I could experiment with different fonts. Best of all I could add images and articles off the net. I could track the news and other things that were not easy to copy so comprehensively in my paper journals. I could add audio and video. My last paper entry was at the end of Aries 2011 as the old was replaced with the new.  Funnily enough as I stored my last journal, it took the last space in my bookcase. An era had ended.

I was totally hooked on this new resource and spent much of the Taurus and Gemini months playing with its new multi-dimensionality. Through my journal notes in May the desire to be a writer was being whispered in the pages.

It dawned on me that it was just a step to taking my writings on line and I came up with a name, Astrology Mon Ami. Cancer saw things get bogged down as I tried to  get a WordPress.org site and faltered over the technical details. I was not yet ready to create this new home. My domain name was registered though.

I committed to a thousand words a day clarifying my ideas, learning to remain steady despite other commitments . Through Leo my creativity expanded and in Virgo I wrote through illness, travel and taking on more employment to get us through lean times. These are the crisis times and yet I still nurtured my love and expanded my ability.

In Libra my commitment became a knowing and contented waiting. I had become merged with my becoming. It changed how I interacted with the world. I was self assured, happy, radiant, confident. People responded to me differently and me to them.

In Scorpio the transformation was complete, the universe stepped in and I got an invite to the Boundless Living Challenge, a ning site that was being revived after a hiatus. What joy, I could  post my blogs in a safe community of the most generous and beautiful people. Not only was I able to have a space to write but miraculously I had the most fantastic audience to read and encourage me. My writing was published in Sagittarius. You cannot imagine how heart opening this experience has been for me. I added images. Through Capricorn I grew in confidence. In Aquarius I was celebrating my belonging to a new global community.

Finally in a pause between challenges I have reached this Pisces Moon Cycle and jumped out completely into the public sphere launching my blog, Astrology Mon Ami.

Now I feel that writing has become my profession. I maintain both blogs and enjoy participating in both communities. I love to read and comment on other peoples work and I love to write my own. I feel so fortunate. I love my life.

This has been the Sun’s passage through my year. When I look back at my tentative beginnings, wondering how I was going to expand into the world, I would never have dreamt of such perfect fulfilment.

How exciting to have another year before me now, where will it take us?

 Image: Louis XIV dans Lully’s Le Ballet de la Nuit 1653 

Cycles Drawing to a Close

We are now in the Dark Moon. This is the time we start to review where we have been over this cycle. Whatever came in with the New Moon has climaxed and is fast losing its energy. We may have achieved what we desired and are now ready to allow it to bubble along at this level for awhile. We may have pushed it as far as we can and need to leave it awhile to allow new inspiration to come in. We begin to feel a certain loss of traction for the focus we have had and are ready for the next phase.

My friend, Holly, gave a perfect description of this. Nothing feels right today. Nothing fits! It is true this dying Moon cycle doesn’t fit any longer. We are in a period of shedding our old skin, so we can expand with the new spiral.

We have been in Pisces and have been viewing the period as a time where we have been pregnant with a dream. Now we are restless to move on, make something happen. Paddling around in the collective unconscious is growing old.  We want to be birthing, holding the baby now. Tired of dreaming, we are rested and want to wake up.

And so these next few days that will take us through to the Vernal Equinox will be a time of completing this phase of our journey. There is a certain amount of letting go and creating space for the new to come through. We become aware of other aspects of our life that need focus, or of new things calling for our attention. The moon doesn’t rise until the wee hours of the morning and so our nights are dark. We have little access to light that can guide us. We have to wait sensing form being created in the darkness. And yet that sky with the moon absent is full of stars speaking their wonder and their magic. So many new shiny things calling us forth into a new cycle of manifestation.

Use this time to finish things up. Make sure that the things you want to take into the next cycle have processes that can be automatically followed when your attention gets taken up with the busyness of the new. Release whatever you don’t want to lug into the future.

This is not only the closing of a moon cycle; the sun is also completing her journey around the zodiac. Look back on what you started at the end of March 2011. What seed was planted and how have you nurtured and integrated it into your life.  What was birthed then, has become a chapter of your life that you will never lose. It has become a part of you.

Most of all take time out, rest, relax, free float.  Don’t  push anything that doesn’t happen naturally. There lies anxiety. Allow the starry night to whisper it’s new magic and inspirations will come to you. As your desires bubble up and seem as distant as those pricks of light in the sky, send them out and let the universe collect their dust to form a new gift for you.

Image: “Starry Night” Vincent Van Gough

I have always loved this image and as I tried to find something to illustrate my post I was reminded of it. Then I found this wonderful video that so illustrates my final words. Yay!!!

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Virgo Full Moon: Preparing for Pisces Potential

The period of the Virgo Full Moon has now past and my intention is to review what happened for me and to encourage you to ponder on how this energy is reflected in your ongoing story.

I often find Full Moons very hectic and this was no exception. Most of the busyness was mundane, full of everyday management issues.  I had work shifts serving in a local hotel cafe. It was a Labour Day long weekend and so very busy as many tourists were having their last holiday before the autumn/fall settles into wintry cold.  I enjoyed the big influx as I discovered how competent I have become in this new field of employment.

Virgo rules skill development, mundane work, labour, service, routine, competence.

The Full Moon fell on my Pisces partner’s birthday and was the first time in a couple of decades that I was taken away from him on his birthday. This was a perfect opportunity for a birthday season. I was unsure what to get him that was personal for his birthday. He had already purchased the main gifts he wanted. I ventured on a shopping expedition handing the finding of the perfect gift to the universe. I was immediately lead to a perfect pair of brown suede shoes. He has been desiring brown shoes for a long time but been unable to find the right pair. We had a wonderful pre-birthday celebration dinner at a new restaurant-bar. We also attracted free drinks something that has become a synchronistic regular on his birthday. In between my work shifts we have had lovely celebrations as a family and the birthday was joyous despite the separation.

Pisces rules allowing the universe to lead, shoes, separation, alcohol and in my case love for my partner as it falls on my house of partnership.

What started at the New Moon was ‘Astrology Mon Ami.’ Everyday I do something towards this, writing, planning, learning about managing a site. At the Full Moon I have listened to a few tutorials and seminars learning more about how to manage blogs. I find a large world opening up. I am excited about the potential and motivated to do the step by step actions and processes that will over time lead to a unique and magnetic presence in this virtual world. What was seeded at the New Moon is now starting to reveal its potential. I feel heavily pregnant with possibility, eager to greet my new creation. I am inspired by a huge vision that I sense but cannot as yet articulate. This is my Pisces potential and my Virgo discernment will allow me to acquire what is needed for successful delivery.

This reminds me of a dream I had on the night of the Full Moon. I was taken in the night to an unremarkable shack on the seashore. Once inside though, I was shocked to find a huge cathedral-like architecture space with all the luxury appointments one could desire. There were many people that welcomed me that were professionals in  their fields. I felt huge reassurance that I was going to be supported on my quest and felt great gratitude, wonder and love.

This Virgo/Pisces Full Moon is the last of the old zodiac cycle. When we reach the Aries New Moon, a new cycle will be birthed that will take us through the year and into the next. There are 11 days left of this transitional time. Nurture what you feel growing inside and let go of what no longer serves you. This period combined with other astrological indicators happening at this time will be the most introspective period of the year. Outward action may feel frustrated, so recognise it as a gift of time to better prepare for the coming arrival.

Image: ‘Super Moon Over Port Phillip Bay’ photographed by Lester Hunt. This wonderful photo was taken at last years Virgo Full Moon. I love how the moon is being fished out of the Pisces ocean.

Midwife to the Full Moon

This is a short post for those following their Pisces Moon Cycle. We are nearing the Virgo Full Moon. The Sun is still in Pisces and is day by day, step by step building the dream we conceived at that time. Meanwhile, the Moon has moved through the Zodiac signs and now reaches Virgo, the opposite sign to Pisces.  Pisces is the womb of the gestating dream emerging out of the unconscious. Virgo is the midwife that will help bring the dream into manifestation.

Virgo seeks to create order out of the chaos of the Pisces unconscious.  Each sign has its opposite that is the other end of the stick. Where Pisces is the unconscious, Virgo is conscious. Where Pisces is aware we are all connected, Virgo discerns the discrete detail. While Pisces is everything, Virgo is contained. It is Virgo’s role to take the dream and make it a practical reality. Virgo serves the dream by taking care of its needs so it will survive in our everyday existence.

We are now in the energy of the Pisces/Virgo Full Moon and you may wish to reflect on what you felt was bubbling up at the New Moon. See what ideas you want to contain and nurse into your everyday reality. What routines are you setting up? Are there systems that you are rearranging to accommodate this new desire? How are you preparing for the birth of this dream? What new skills do you wish to develop in order to support it? As we observe our journey we will hear the whispers that answer these questions.

Virgo has a reputation for being critical when in reality it is trying to create the safest environment to birth the delicate and vulnerable. At this Full Moon it is worth being aware of that inner critic without succumbing to despair at the enormity of the task.

Virgo is witnesses the nebulousness of the Pisces domain. She knows the power of a small shift that  allows a whole new reality to manifest as the story unfolds. She is the facilitator of discrete moments that deliver you the outcome you desire. When you look back  you can see how seemingly random actions provide perfect steps to the present. The Full Moon is the time to answer the prompting that calls you take up a new skill, clear out a space, integrate a new habit or set up a daily schedule. You are now preparing the nursery for the birth of your dream.

 

Image:  ‘Scheherazade’ Brigid Marlin 
Today I was lucky enough to discover the beautiful work of artist, Brigid Marlin. The image perfectly displays the Virgo energy bringing the Pisces creativity into the world we are familiar with. Scheherazade told stories that delighted a King, saved a sister and live on in the imaginations of generation after generation.
See more of Brigid’s work  http://www.brigidmarlin.com/index.html

Incubating a Dream

We are now a few days away from the Full Moon of our Pisces New Moon Cycle and it is timely to reflect on some of my experience this cycle. As appropriate for the amorphousness of Piscean energy, experience is  too strong a word. What transpires is internal and the surface provides little hint of what is happening under the water. In reflecting on your Pisces cycle you are looking for deep unarticulated resonances. 

At the New Moon I had a dream. Dreams at this time are always great indicators of the cycle and as Pisces also rules dreams it is a double banger. In my dream I was totally focussed on dealing with what was before me – writing and my blog. There was a level of anxiety as there seemed too many details so I just focussed on my writing. Then, like in a movie the dream panned back from above and the scene around me slowly came into focus. I was sitting comfortably on a huge deck with space all around me. As the perspective continued to expand I was able to see I was a small dot on this huge ship that was slowly but surely carrying me forward. 

I felt a flood of reassurance and safety. I knew that as I focussed on what I loved there was no need for anxiety as much greater forces were moving me in the same direction. I needed only to enjoy my play. I was a particle doing my perfect work as the whole moved effortlessly forward. If I made a mess of things it would not matter to the ship. This is a huge relief to one who always feels responsible. Big breath.

Astrology Mon Ami was born at this time and has been the main focus of my thoughts and energies. It has been an intention for a long time to start a blog and I felt I no longer wished to procrastinate.  With a delightful flourish of focussed energy like the girl on the ship I threw the site together and published. 

It felt magical and that was reflected in my experience with the possum. Things happened around me and although beyond my normal scope they were handled effortlessly. This was an adventure and I was in the flow. This has been so exciting for me. I am very grateful to you who have read my posts.

Pisces is a time of gestation. It is hidden and in the womb. A strange time to launch something. The possum is a perfect symbol of what I have done. She is a marsupial and as such gives birth to a tiny fetus-like offspring which instinctively climbs up the mother’s belly and enters the dark safety of the pouch where it is further nourished and grown. Come to think of it, the mother possum is like the ship carrying the fragile life safely forward. Pisces  contains everything and is the incubator of our dreams, allowing them to grow in an environment that ensures they are safe till ready. You may like to reflect what dream you are nourishing till it is ready to stand alone.

It has been 10 days since I have embarked on this creation. As the camera has panned back I have been exploring the environment that I have entered. I have been defining the space. First, I concentrated on getting some material in the form of posts. Ideas flooded my consciousness and then I had to make some sense of what my mission is with the site. Practical considerations like how many posts, how often. Maybe once a week, maybe two. 

My view expanded as my first post was completed, ideas and desires tumbled in and the reality of manifestation in time became apparent. This medium is huge. Patience! Allow the moments to unfurl, allow my everything to reveal with perfect timing. I have claimed a New Moon to start and this journey will go through each sign with its unique offerings before it returns to Pisces in a year and be ready for another spiral. So many adventures ahead.

The Full Moon is approaching and we can see it revealed in the greater light of consciousness. The Sun has maintained its steady journey through Pisces like the ship gliding through the deep  waters of this oceanic sign. The Moon meanwhile moves rapidly through the signs seeding the creation with the feelings that it will meet again and again as it flows through the cycle of birth to maturity and beyond. 

As the Moon has grown from invisibility to lighting up the night landscape, I have started to explore the world of blogs. I claimed a space in this virtual reality as effortlessly as becoming pregnant can be and now I realise I am a part of a world that is as unfamiliar to me as parenthood was when I held my baby in my arms. I must say I am excited. The world I have encountered as an idle consumer looks quite different through the eyes of this mother who wants her baby to become a magnificent expression of her potential.

 

Image: The Dream Ship

“Within the New Moon’s Silver Boat on Slumber Sea”
From an Irish Lullaby by Alfred Perceval Graves
Painting by Robert Lawson. Designer magazine, March 1921

Perpetual Flux

One of my personal values is that we are all perfectly unique and constantly shaping a distinctive life through our individual journey. We can create what we desire through our own perceptions and if we allow ourselves to follow our bliss uninhibited, what we create may be beyond our wildest dreams. I see astrology as one of the languages we have to describe the qualities that are constantly available to us.

We have learnt that we are in a universe made up of loads of space and  constant pulsating vibration, always changing, always moving. Despite this we live in physical bodies with a range of senses. The main five senses we all accept as normal allows us to perceive ourselves and our environment as solid and definitive. Using these senses we have created a world we can generally agree upon and accept as reality. Although science tells us we live in a cosmic soup, we are less comfortable having an experience outside of our physical senses. We may believe we are defined by our shared physical reality but we have no difficulty accepting our unique individual talents that allow us to express our perceptions in valuable and different ways.

We may know that dogs can hear things that we can’t, snakes see thermal mass and bats use sonar to guide them. Elephants can communicate over immense distance through vibrations relayed via the earth and detected through their feet.

Astrology is one communication system that allows some of us to view the mass of energies in a different way to our senses. Instead of perceiving the environment as colour, line, shape, sound or mass. It describes different qualities of experience. An astrologer may be perceived as reading the stars. I am thinking that an astrologer is particularly sensitive to cycles of changing energy. They are particularly interested in the idea of gestation, birth, development, maturation, completion, decay, death, transition, review and perpetual rebirth into a new cycle. Each cycle unique and yet still following the same principles. An acorn grows into an oak, a sperm becomes a baby, an idea becomes an ipod, a theory becomes a worldview, a perception becomes a religion, a bang becomes a universe.

An astrologer develops the sensitivity to read the energy of the moment underlying the cycle and transfers this to the object of study. An artist doesn’t paint a picture with one colour as there is a whole spectrum  to choose from and each shade chosen influences and affects the others used in the composition. Overall we end up with one thing, a painting and yet that painting uses a myriad of elements from colour, texture, form, perspective, etc to create a unique and singular vision. An astrologer doesn’t describe just one quality at a particular point in the cycle. They know that there is an unlimited number of cycles and qualities being experienced by an individual at any point in time. Like an artist they select and choose from infinite possibilities a description that may communicate or reveal to the audience something that is meaningful at that moment. Like a flickering image on the screen this perception is ephemeral forever dissolving into the next image. An artist may steal a moment and freeze it on the canvas and so an astrologer may do the same in describing a point in time.

So why use planets? I don’t know. Maybe because they describe an isolated system with many parts that performs predictably. Maybe they are remote enough that we cannot influence them and thereby only observe. Sort of like a control is used in scientific experiments. We can observe a whole system of cycles interacting with one another but not pollute the outcome with our interference.

I started this blog with the intention of describing Pisces and instead have wandered off into the bigger picture of what astrology may be. As a mere mortal in a moment of time I have wandered into the ocean of the infinite and unknowable. This is what Pisces is. We are physical beings with five senses but look closer and everything dissolves into vibration and we can no longer discern what is real. Pisces is everything. It is formless and full of infinite potential. It is where we source the possibility of all creation. The rest of the zodiac signs deal with the journey of birth, growing, constant transformation till once again all dissolves back into Pisces, nothing and everything.

I have happened to start this blog when Pisces energy is strong. It is a time when  form dissipates into the unknown and gestation is hidden in the womb. Maybe it will give me access to the creative unconscious. One thing is for certain the journey begins before the form is known and these posts will unfold in their own way.

 

Image: ‘Europa Dawn’ by Robert A. Weingart (undertow) http://undertow.rooms.cwal.net/wallpaper/