Venus joins Pluto | Divine Feminine Power

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Throughout January, Mercury passed through the Uranus-Pluto square, causing chaos in our minds and words…

Now, it’s Venus’s turn in the spotlight.

Venus – Goddess of the feminine, relationships, harmony – is in Capricorn and here she is dignified, reserved and more able to assert boundaries in relationships.

Don’t be fooled, she’s not without passion – but she prefers to express it privately and in a focused manner that achieves results.

She’s the ultimate female BOSS and she’s ready to get to work.

By Thursday and Friday, Venus joins Pluto, Lord of Transformation. Superficial relationships simply won’t satisfy.

Venus-Pluto wants to penetrate deeply, feel intensely, make love passionately. She craves to be consumed by the fire of her desires.

Can she clean up the mess left by Mercury with her grace and dignity? Perhaps.

Or she may just decide to cast aside what was shattered and enter into a sacred marriage with Pluto to reach greater depth where true regenerative healing lies.

If January was a wash, clear the decks and start fresh. The New Year begins now.

Have a blessed week, sister Goddesses xo

PS – Guys, make room for the feminine to be expressed in your life this week. She’s not in a mood to play around.

Aquarius New Moon |Utopian Vision

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Image: Ruth Crone Foster

New Moon
February 8, 2016
9:38 am EST
19 Aquarius

Happy New Year!

Yes, it’s February and 2016 ‘technically’ started last month, but many of us feel as though we’re catching up for lost time following an especially challenging Mercury retrograde in January. Fortunately, the New Moon in Aquarius can sense like a fresh, new beginning of opportunity and potential.

The February 8 New Moon coincides with the Chinese New Year, kicking off the Year of the Fire Monkey. The Fire Monkey bears gifts of exuberance, originality and promises success when one dares to be different.

These themes are echoed in the Aquarius New Moon that invites us to express our eccentricity in all it’s glory. We may struggle with notions of conventional wisdom in an effort to access the liminal space where the true jewels are found and perhaps even imagine a utopian existence.

The 2nd decan of Aquarius builds bridges between the exile and the citizens, heaven and Earth as described by Austin Coppock in “36 Faces.” He goes on to describe the Moon here as independent and rootless.  One’s mind and philosophy is enhanced, yet there shows a need to integrate the mind with the heart for a truly holistic experience of wisdom integration.

The co-rulers of this New Moon – Uranus and Saturn, both in fire signs – are in a flowing trine aspect, providing an undercurrent of enthusiasm and zeal. Both are in supporting sextiles to this New Moon indicating that progress is within our grasp, so long as we commit to the discipline required of us and adjust to any unexpected shifts along the way.

Venus in Capricorn will have recently passed through the Uranus-Pluto square, suggesting the relationships left standing will be strengthened and transformed. Cooperation is key now, so inviting others into the fold of your grand vision – one that benefits all – will be the perfect ingredient to ignite your next adventure.

The Sabian Symbol for 19 degrees Aquarius is “A Large White Dove Bearing a Message.”

Dane Rudhyar translates this as a blessed “secret prophesy of what is yet to come”, suggesting a courageous and transformational journey and a sense of victory. At the heart of every victory, the Divine is present and whispers the sacred message of:

“Mission accomplished. Peace be with you.”

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How astrology helped me get sober

Sobriety.

I never thought ‘sobriety’ was something I had to worry about.  The image of Nicolas Cage in Leaving Las Vegas as a lonely drunk in a hotel room was so far from my personal experience.  

But it was becoming clear that my dependence on alcohol wasn’t doing me any favors.

As an astrologer, I’m lucky to be able to forecast trends that affect the future.  So a few months ago when I saw my transits for 2016, I was worried.

Saturn, also known as Lord Karma, was approaching my natal Neptune.  Neptune is where we seek escape and it’s often difficult for us to ‘see’ this part of ourselves.  So this was saying to me that karma was coming home to roost in the area where I am turning a blind eye to.  (Yikes.)

My biggest means of escape, if I took an honest look at myself, was alcohol.  I turned 21 in Paris and ever since then, wine to me represented sophistication, elegance and celebration.  It was an essential part of a good dinner and I told myself it had health benefits.  I developed a pretty steady drinking habit and for the most part, I felt it was under control.  

But then, my mother passed away.

I immediately turned to alcohol to help numb the pain.  But after I came out of those first few months of grief, alcohol was still my constant companion.  I had fallen into the habit of it being not only an escape but a means of relaxation and even a source of joy.

I was feeling less able to cope with the demands of life and I constantly questioned my decisions.

Back to the astrology – what I could see from my transits and what my experience was telling me was that things were really happening for me:  

~I received a scholarship to a professional astrologer’s conference;

~I was asked to write for the Cosmic Intelligence Agency, a major international astrology blog;

~I’ve been invited to speak at a local professional astrologer’s group;

~In February I’ll be announced as one of Kaypacha’s Dream Team of astrologers for New Paradigm Cooperative.

~I’m teaching a 10-week online course on Soul Centered Astrology starting Jan 26.

This is BIG stuff, evidenced by Pluto squaring my natal Jupiter and transiting Jupiter sextile my natal Venus, ruler of my Midheaven.

When opportunities like this come along, you can either let them pass you by, coast along and do just enough to get by, or you can wake up, get busy and make the most of them.

I decided it was time to wake up.  I didn’t want to be in a haze of alcohol as my dreams were becoming a reality.  

My last hurrah was a trip to New Orleans on my 40th birthday on Dec 28 (where I also eloped!  Squeee!).  I gave myself full rein to drink as much champagne, wine and cocktails as I wanted through the New Year.  It was a bittersweet goodbye to a longtime love.

Me in my cocktail imbibing days.
Me in my cocktail imbibing days.

The January New Moon in Capricorn was conjunct Pluto which made it ideal for banishing bad habits and creating long lasting change at a deep level.  It, as well as Mercury retrograde in Capricorn was occurring in my 1st house of self and body.  This gave me just the momentum I needed to reform, remake and revitalize my wellness.

Because my natal Neptune is in the 11th house of groups, I thought I’d start a group for those overcoming alcohol dependency and it has been amazing.  The support we receive from one another has been tremendous and I credit it for helping me make a smooth transition to sobriety.

Tomorrow will be 3 weeks of zero alcohol, and all in all it has been relatively painless.  As they say, the timing was just right.

I read a blog post by a recovering alcoholic that said sobriety made life “less like russian roulette and more like chess,” and I totally agree with this.  I love knowing that I am in control of my destiny.  No more second-guessing myself.

As for the astrology, would I have faced my alcohol problem without knowing my astrology?  Possibly.  Or, it could have taken Lord Karma to create some outer event to make me ‘wake up’ to what was going on that I refused to face.  But having the insight of my transits empowered me to do the internal work necessary knowing that the stars were on my side.

We’re nearing the end of a very intense Mercury retrograde, where I’m sure many of you have been doing profound inner questioning as well.  Mercury retrograde in an Earth sign can knock us off our intended track and guide us to working on the foundations our life is built upon.  


Tonight, the doors close to my 10-week intermediate level astrology course.  For the cost of 2 private astrology sessions, you can learn the techniques to empower yourself to understand your own personal astrology and make choices and decisions that support your brightest future.

If you want to learn more, visit the Course page here.  The doors close tonight at Midnight EST.   

Blessings to you for a powerful Leo Full Moon!

Leo Full Moon | Creative Instinct

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Saturday’s Leo Full Moon at 3 degrees Leo, exact at 8:45pm EST, is an opportunity to connect with our Leo nature which wants childlike play, creativity, romance, boldness and most importantly, an audience!  We can inject a bit of humor or lightness into the current intense atmosphere.

Early on Saturday, the Moon is Void in Cancer (although technically the Moon isn’t considered void in it’s own sign) so we may find ourselves on the emotional side or seeking comfort.  But the mood will likely shift when the Moon enters firey Leo at 2:20pm EST.

As the Leo Moon opposes the Aquarius Sun this weekend, it’ll be a chance to stand apart from the crowd and shine in your own special way.  As children we’re usually eager to show off, entertain and get swept up in our own imagination – that’s what Leo needs to truly feel expressed.

The Moon is Leo Decan 1 points to emotional receptivity and sensitivity, so don’t let the hecklers and trolls dim your light.  Instead, summon your creative inspiration and channel it into your genius.

Mars is Scorpio is joined by Juno – the partnership asteroid, so issues concerning all types of partnerships may arise as they form a wide square to the Full Moon.  This can either invigorate partnerships or bring about conflict.  Full Moons are often crisis points as issues that have been swept under the rug may come to a head.

Mars also symbolizes our instinct, both creative and sexual, so allow it to agitate your urges in a way that leads to pleasure or productivity.  The choice is yours.  Venus is entering Capricorn so relationships may seem more reserved on the surface… but what do your instincts tell you is really going on?

All relationships need a bit of stirring to stay interesting.  However, things could tip into rocky territory as Mercury is stationing direct conjunct Pluto and square Uranus.  We’re likely not afraid to go deep or to the dark side in our thoughts and communication now.  Check out my Mercury station direct post here.

Wishing you a weekend that’s more exciting than dramatic.  Align with your inner light and put your drive into creating from your brilliance.

 

Mercury station direct | Sound and Fury

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The Sun enters Aquarius today, marking 30 days of innovation, liberation, community and visionary drive at the heart of our collective experience.  This will be an intense couple of weeks, but we’re best to align to our authenticity as events unfold in the world at large and in our own personal lives.

We’re in the final stretch of January’s Mercury retrograde, and it’s this last couple of weeks that will likely cause awakenings for many as Mercury transits the aspect of ‘revolutionary transformation’, the Uranus-Pluto square.  There can be lots of sound and fury these coming weeks with some very intense aspects to Mercury.

Mercury rx passes through the Uranus-Pluto square
Today, Jan 20th, Mercury rx squares Uranus – the Great Awakener – which can be exciting, surprising or even shocking news.  Remember, Mercury is retrograde so it may take repeating or digesting news rather than taking it at face value.  Uranus in Aries is the revolutionary, the warrior, the daredevil, the adventurer.  When Uranus is calling for liberation, know that all involved are being liberated toward a destiny that is calling for forward movement.

By Friday, Jan 22nd, Mercury rx joins up with Pluto, the Great Transformer.  Whenever Pluto is involved it calls for issues that have been long overdue, perhaps even lifetimes overdue.  Any retrograde takes the planet into the ‘Underworld’ and the meeting with Pluto, the Lord of the Underworld, is often a time to pause and apply intense focus to the issue at hand.  Both are in the sign of Capricorn, suggesting that the structures and foundations of our lives and perhaps even society need overhauling in some fundamental way.

Jupiter in Virgo conjunct the North Lunar Node of Destiny
Jan 22 is also the exact conjunction of Jupiter and the North Node of Destiny in Virgo.  Jupiter bring expansion and the North Node attracts in people and experiences that lead us toward our highest destiny and fulfillment, so it’s important to note those destined connections.  However, the South Node in Pisces will be opposed by Jupiter which can cause relationships that are no longer moving us forward to leave our lives.  The SN is widely conjunct Chiron, the soul healer and maverick planet so we’ll likely see even more notable celebrities passing away during this time as Jupiter also symbolizes an expansion of the soul and it’s liberation from human life.

Mercury station direct
Mercury then stations direct on the 25th and this is often a time that illuminates important information, as messenger Mercury re-emerges.  Perhaps some piece of information changes our course or reveals something overlooked during the rx period.  But the intensity won’t be over quite yet as it will continue to then retrace it’s steps, joining with Pluto on Jan 29 and squaring Uranus again on Jan 31.

On a collective level, we’ll likely see more intensity of communication, people speaking up or speaking out as catalysts of transformation for new structures, new leadership, new paradigms (the recent controversy over the racial inequality of the Oscars comes to mind).  On a personal level, we can use our conscious intention and apply the ferocious energy we may be feeling inside toward constructive projects in our lives that provide us a more solid foundation going forward.  The intensity will be great, so sharpen your focus and choose your target.  And aim it well.

More to come soon on Saturday’s Full Moon in Leo…

New Moon in Capricorn | Your Visionary Manifesto

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Image: Serpentfire Tarot

Capricorn New Moon
Saturday, January 9
19 degrees 13 min Capricorn
5:30pm PST
8:30pm EST

“Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles.
Facebook, the world’s most popular media company, creates no content.
Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory.
And Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate.
Something interesting is happening.” -Tom Goodwin

Something interesting has been happening for quite some time.  Paradigm shifts have become worldwide movements.

Capricorn, the sign most associated with business and structure, has experienced an intense metamorphosis in recent years with Pluto transiting it, squared by Uranus in Aries.

We’ve witnessed the Pluto-Uranus square create radical and often disturbing change in society, but let’s not forget the possibility of advancement, innovation and distribution of power.

The Sun recently passed through the Uranus-Pluto square from Jan 5-7, so it’s worth observing in your own world how tables may have turned, structures shaken or power roles reversed.  Who’s in charge now?

Saturday’s Capricorn New Moon will be in close alignment with the Uranus-Pluto square and indicates that radical change is possible.  We’ll have extra power to banish long held bad habits (Pluto) and replace them with those that propel us forward (Uranus).

The Sabian Symbol for 19 Capricorn of “A hidden choir is singing during a religious service” suggests transcendence of the individual merging with the harmony of the collective in a sacred multidimensional symphony.

New Moons are perfect opportunities to set intentions for the 6- to 18-month cycle ahead, so if you have yet to make 2016 plans, this weekend is a perfect time.  And of course, we’re in Mercury retrograde in Capricorn, that wants us to review how the past can help support our future.

Saturn, the ruler of this New Moon, encourages us to make a plan and put it in writing.  Saturn is joined with Venus in Sagittarius, which suggests that a sense of soberness and duty in areas of love, relationships and money will be important elements to include in our vision of the future.

Corporations love Mission Statements.  But that’s the old paradigm.

For this radical New Moon in Capricorn, consider crafting a Manifesto, one that inspires you to take action and move forward even when the going gets tough.

Here are some ideas to ponder when crafting your personal New Moon Manifesto:

-“I BELIEVE…”

-“The IMPACT I will make this year is…”

-“The world needs to be AWAKENED to…”

-“I SURRENDER…”

-“The VISION I hold for the world is…”

Use these insights to gain perspective on how your influence can create change in the world.

Be generator for paradigm shifts in 2016, starting with your own.

Let me know your 2016 intentions on Instagram by tagging @radiantastro #NewMoonManifesto

Happy New Moon!