Aries New Moon ~March 26, 2009

easter-sunday-2008-023The Aries New Moon is today. This is the new moon of the year for planting the seeds of that which you would like to see grow in your life this year by way of goal and intention setting. In other words, make a plan.

I used to have an aversion to making plans, for fear of limiting myself. What if it turned out that what I planned wasn’t really what I wanted, after all? Eventually, I realized that my strategy just left me feeling adrift. Once I started making some plans a kind of creative magic happened and all kinds of new information on the subject became available to me to which I previously had no access. Though a plan is no guarantee of success, it does open you to a world of new possibilities and potentials.

Despite all outward appearances, 2009 holds tremendous promise for all manner of new enterprise and creative endeavor. This New Moon has Venus, Goddess of Love and money, sensuality, self-esteem and values, relationships and the law close at hand. Though she has traveled back through Aries for this meeting, her influence is an important reminder not to move too quickly or forget to take care of ourselves in these rapidly-changing times. She encourages putting more of our energy into positively focused activities that feel uplifting rather than allowing our fears to dominate, controlling our decision-making and thus the tone and quality of our lives. Remember what matters to you. Keep in mind why you are doing what you do. And this year it is important that there be beauty–the definition of which is unique to each of us–woven into our endeavors and that we all choose to do more of the things we love. Turning away from the old systems and moving toward that which speaks to the heart of you is what is called for now.

Aries is the warrior, the pioneer, the individual that is not afraid to take a stand and stand out in the crowd or even lead the way to something different. The potential of this new moon unlocks the doors and throws them open to adventure, invention, beauty and grace.

Wishing you a beautiful, bountiful, blessed adventure that expands in ways that inspire and delight you on your journey into spring.


Intuition is a Spiritual Faculty

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“Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.
Standing on the bare ground
my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space
all mean egotism vanishes.
I become a transparent eyeball. I am nothing;
I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me;
I am part or parcel of God.
The name of the nearest friend sounds then foreign and accidental;
to be brothers, to be acquaintances, master or servant,
is then a trifle and a disturbance.
I am the lover uncontained and immortal beauty.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


Sun in Aries ~Vernal Equinox 2009

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Spring has arrived, at long last. Winter is behind us and Growing Season 2009 has begun.

The Sun has now joined the still retrograde Venus in Aries, so though there is still a lot of energy in Pisces and Aquarius, you may be feeling a bit more enthusiasm for life. The fog will clear even more as Mercury enters Aries on March 25th.

Aries is about shifting gears, starting over, getting going on something brand new. The Aries New Moon is on March 26th and is said to be the best day of the year for setting intentions for that which you would like to create in the weeks and months to come.

For many years, I held Treasure Mapping workshops on the day of the Aries New Moon. I encourage getting a few friends together for an afternoon of Treasure Mapping on March 26. All you will need are poster boards, scissors, a selection of magazines and some glue sticks. We always did a short meditation and visualization before beginning, to set the energy and really get into the creative space that guides one to produce a truly inspiring Treasure Map for the year.

This year, especially, with the North Node, Mars, Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune still in Aquarius, it is very helpful to pay attention to the inspired visions that feel intriguing. There is a wide-open realm of possibility and potential available to be tapped that simply was not there before. Dreams, visions and inspiration are the vehicles through which we move beyond the old ways and into the new. The world is ready for the inventors, those who are willing to ditch the old boxes and step into the fresh, clean unknown and create from there. How does the picture change when you color outside the lines? This Aries energy is inviting you to try it and see. Experiment. Aries asks us to entertain the possibilities, “What if we did this, instead?” Let your imagination run wild.

If you could birth something truly extraordinary in your life, what would it be? There may never be a better time for boldness. The world is looking for a better way to do so many things right now. What unique gifts do you bring to the party that might create a positive change? We are each born with at least a few extraordinary abilities or Sacred Gifts that benefit the world. There has never been a better time than now to start using them.

My friend, Monique MacDonald, teaches a course on Sacred Gifts. You can learn much more on her website Discover Your Sacred Gifts.

I wish you all a most delightful growing season. May the seeds you are planting today expand your life in a multitude of beautiful ways.


Drifting Through Pisces ~Dancing With Life

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If you don’t know quite what to do with yourself at the moment, relax. Honestly. Things will become clear in time. The most effective approach one can take now is to dance with what life brings your way and see what it has to offer.

Mars is back in Pisces for the first time in about two years. Mars in Pisces is fueled by inspiration and imagination. This means that for the time being we are all experiencing our energy levels ebb and flow. Allowing works much better than insisting. And patience is definitely a virtue, at the moment. Mars, The Warrior, ruler of instinctive, direct, ‘take no prisoners’, Aries, is most out of its element in Pisces. Mars doesn’t know how to act in this foreign terrain that dowses his fire. He can feel like he is all washed up. His fighting spirit is lost in the vast nebulous pacifism of this oceanic territory.

My favorite guy has his natal Mars in Pisces. He has taught me most of what I know about the fine art of allowing, of letting things be, of accepting what is and moving on to the next thing that comes along. He rarely gets stuck resisting something he does not like. He is the master of waiting to see what will happen before making a move. Does he miss out on things by doing this? Maybe. On the other hand, by the time he is ready to take action on something, the energy is all lined up for him–he calls this looking for the opportunity to present itself. He has a real gift of vision and can see how the pieces could come together for an optimal result. In being able to bide his time until it makes sense to him to act, he has enjoyed a great deal of success.

With Mercury, Uranus and the Sun still in Pisces, too, the heavens are awash with watery (emotionally sensitive) energy. Imagination, illusion, inspiration and dreams rule the day. Go with the flow, have faith and remember, it is always a good idea to breathe it out and let it go, whatever it is. Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac, cauldron of glamor, illusion, trends, the arts, death, completion, releasing, relinquishing. Spiritual sign of the dreamer, the artist, the poet, the dancer…. open, receptive, flowing, encourages drifting along to see where life takes you, answers come in dreams and visions.

My first astrology teacher, Georgia Stathis, born with her Sun in Pisces, had this to say on the subject: “Pisces is the sign of two fish swimming in opposite directions. It may appear to you that you can see exactly where they are, but if you stick your hand in the water they are never where you thought they were. The water creates an illusion that makes it impossible to know exactly where those fish are. Pisces is ruled by Neptune, God of the Sea. If you are in the ocean and can relax, it will support you and carry you along. If you fight it, you will surely drown.”

I saw Rev. Michael Beckwith, recently, on Oprah. He said that true spirituality is never about gaining anything, it always about letting go of something. As we release more of who we are not we become a clearer expression of who we really are.

This is not the time to fight. This is the time to wait… and see. Or go to the beach and let yourself be… Or walk by the water and set yourself free… Or take a long nap and let yourself dream… Bask in the artwork of nature and breathe.


Venus Retrograde in Aries

echoingheart-2Speaking of the Goddess, Venus entered the forty-day retrograde phase of her cycle last weekend. Venus has been in Aries since early February, stirring  passion, possibility and the spirit of pioneering in the hearts and souls of men and women everywhere. Venus in Aries is a busy Goddess; bold, instinctive and impulsive in nature. She is inspires leadership, prompts acting directly from the heart, sparks spurts of self-promotion and fans the flames of a desire for something new and different.

Since Venus is the ruler of love, money and values, once she goes into retreat, it is natural to reconsider  these very things and see them in a new, and sometimes alarming, light. Planets are said to “go retrograde” when they get to be a certain distance from the Sun, the difference being unique to each planet. As Venus now travels back through Aries to meet up with the Sun, the principle of conscious awareness, we may find ourselves experiencing a change of heart about what we have been doing and taking a fresh look at our relationship with self , since Aries is the sign of the individual. The challenges in our relationships with others always reflect some unresolved matter within one’s own heart. Venus retrograde offers an opening to see our heart in a new and compassionate light. During Venus retrograde periods we have an opportunity to realize that some of the things we have done on impulse in the past look much different from where we stand today.

Some questions to ask might be:

  • What really matters to me now?   ~For many people the answer is different than it was just a short time ago.
  • What can I happily live without?   ~Honestly, this one is very liberating.
  • What changes can I make that will enrich  my life?   ~Even one little positive change opens you to new possibilities.
  • What happened to my passion? or Why am I not doing those things I know ignite my passion?   ~The answers to these questions might surprise you.

The Goddess of Love has much to show us right now about who we are and our intrinsic value to the world. As Goethe said, “Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” There is so much more to say on this topic but I will leave it at this for now.

Venus will resume forward motion on April 17th.


Virgo Full Moon of the Goddess ~March 10, 2009

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Full moons are the time of the flowering of the seeds that have been planted so we can see their fruits in vibrant color. Virgo is the practical, grounded sign of the Goddess, the earth’s bounty, integration, tending to things–including the body–and simplicity.

The Virgo Full Moon Moon joins Saturn opposite the Sun and Uranus, the Awakener, in Pisces.Virgo’s ruler, Mercury has just entered Pisces, too, so intuition is more reliable than facts and figures, at the moment. How does it feel to you? What do you sense about what you are looking at? Does this direction feel more inviting than that one? Trust your gut and go with the flow.

With the bulk of the planets in the air and water signs of Aquarius and Pisces, respectively, this grounded Virgo energy offers substance to the mix that can help make our dreams and visions a reality. Virgo’s symbol is the Virgin–in essence, the Divine Feminine principle of creation, appreciation and love.

Virgo is the sign of integration, of sorting through the bits and pieces of our lives and releasing those that don’t fit, don’t work or no longer serve any useful purpose. Saturn in Virgo has been beating the drum of the necessity of letting go of that which is not right for us. As we let go we bring our lives current, into the present, where we can be effective in our actions and interactions, once again. Too much stuff, too many possibilities, too many responsibilities that we can’t possibly fulfill, attempting to go in too many directions at the same time all drain our precious natural resources of time and energy and the attention that gives our life direction.

The Full Moon joining Saturn in Virgo prompts us to get grounded in our own lives. In any moment we can choose to turn off the fear-mongering news, step away from watching the erratic stock market for a while and realize that we didn’t get where we are, overnight and it is going to take time before we see the effects of what is happening now. In the mean time, this is a wonderful opportunity to come back into your own center. Focus on the things you can do something about: tend to your body, organize and fabulize your home–even little improvements make a big difference, clear the clutter from your messy office, plant flowers or buy a colorful plant for your home.

What have you neglected that you know makes you feel better? What is one practical thing can you do right now that will change things for the better? Who or what have you taken for granted that will benefit from your thoughtful consideration and appreciation? Focusing on and tending to the things we love and appreciate creates an energetic expansion that bears fruit in a multitude of wonderful ways.

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”  ~Rumi


Dreamspell Galactic Signature ~Red Rhythmic Skywalker

I have found the Dreamspell Galactic Signature a fascinating and enlightening tool that I have personally referred to several times over the years and I always glean new insights.

I have had a fascination with learning about many different systems that speak to the nature of the individual for as long as I can remember. We are all absolutely unique and any kind of label is only part of the story. However, systems can offer insight into at least some of the preferences and parameters we chose to work within this time around. To find your Dreamspell Galactic Signature, go to http://astrodreamadvisor.com/free_mayan_readings.html# and click on the Dreamspell Calculator. Then scroll to the bottom of that window and input your birth date to discover your Dreamspell Galactic Signature. If you go back to the original page you will find links of each of the signatures. Click on the one that is yours to learn much more.

Here is mine: Red Rhythmic Skywalker

Red Skywalker is your Conscious Self – who you are and who you are becoming.

Red Skywalker is the skywalker, the time/space traveller who can jump dimensions to assist you in realizing heaven on Earth. Red Skywalker is unlimited in form but often chooses the form of the angelic messenger.

A person who embodies cosmic wisdom may be known as a sky-walker, sage or bodhisattva. When others see such light in human form, they feel the vibration of heaven. This vibration may be embodied by you or experienced with a guru, master, an energy such as Red Skywalker, or in a ‘chance’ encounter with an extraordinary person.

An encounter with the energy of Red Skywalker can spark a deep yearning within you for reunion with the Source. Yet from this place of love and compassion, you also have a desire (embodied in physical form) to serve the light. This is the place in you that has the courage to fully express unconditional love, the depths of your being. Red Skywalker asks you to live the new myth by bringing this heaven to Earth in your daily life. As this reality is lived, it touches and awakens the same truth in others: “They kingdom come, Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in heaven.”

Red Skywalker represents balance in your life – not static balance, but a dynamic equilibrium that includes both your present expression and your starseeded self. In Red Skywalker’s star-glyph you see that the pillars of heaven don’t appear to touch the Earth. You are the element that appears to be missing in the star-glyph. You are the one whose expression of the light assists in drawing the pillars of heaven to Earth.

Joining these pillars in yourself can be viewed as reuniting your male and female aspects. Together, in balance, we create the pillars of the etheric temples of heaven on Earth.

The natural state of every system moves toward balance that is fluid and free, as in dance. That balance is experienced differently by each person, but it often brings a sense of steadiness or centeredness even in the midst of movement and change. When you are dancing, you can use your very state of imbalance to create the fluidity of the dance.


Pluto, Pisces, Aquarius and More Aquarius

04160821Currently, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, the North Node, Chiron and Neptune are all in Aquarius. The Sun is approaching Uranus in Pisces. And Pluto is just getting started in Capricorn. If there were ever a time when extraordinary things were likely, this is it. Over half of the planets of the zodiac are in the signs ruled by the impersonal, anti-grounded signs ruled by the outer planets. True, Capricorn will bring us back to Earth, but Pluto is moving through early Capricorn like a cosmic roto-rooter unearthing all manner of unhealthy government and business practice and procedure. The good news is that Pluto is about transformation. Skeletons and secrets that were buried or kept in vaults or behind boardroom doors are being uncovered and will now be changed in ways that allow for evolution, rather than continuing to poison the ground water from which we all drink.

This ongoing, major line-up of energies in Aquarius, the sign of humanity, invention, technology, revolution, genius and the one who walks to the beat of his/her own drum is opening and offering all manner of fresh opportunity. It may take a while before they become apparent, but rest assured, in this energetic climate, opportunities abound. I like to think of that famously Aquarian drum as the heart. What better beat could there be for keeping pace and passing the time of our lives?

This time is ripe with fresh potentials that were never before possible. If you have been paddling upstream trying to get somewhere you were before, you might want to consider turning your canoe around. We are in the middle of the rapids and there is no going back to where we were even one short year ago.

The evolutionary wheel has turned and the revolution has begun. Things will continue to change. If we choose to make changes based on our vision of what is possible rather than by of our fear of the unknown we will see that we are far from powerless. We are, in fact, powerful beyond measure. What if you let the beauty of what you love be your point of focus?


2009 ~The Year of Miracles

This article was written for my Light In Motion II newsletter, published January 14, 2009 and is cross-posted on my Random Acts of Truth and Beauty blog.

apophysis-090225-1-21A few days ago I was reading something that mentioned 2008 having been the Year of something or other. I wondered what 2009 would be the year of, and immediately heard, “2009 is The Year of Miracles”. Wow! And not a moment too soon, from the sounds of things, lately.

I had to smile at the thought of a year of miracles. I feel the Divine is already right there for us, awaiting our activation of the potentials before us. I see evidence of the miraculous in our election of Barack Obama, in the sudden plummeting of gas prices, and in the shift of energy in the past few weeks that has me feeling a new optimism about what is now possible. These are all potentials that are miraculous in the fact that they were once unexpected and have shifted reality remarkably. Though we may have hoped for them, none of us by force of will or determination could have created them without a little help from the unseen realms.

I don’t know about you, but I take very little for granted these days. When I see something that speaks to me I make a point of stopping to be with it and appreciate it for what it has to offer. Life itself is a series of miracles when I am present to them.

Miracles are really just realized potentials that we are unaware are possible until they occur. They are always love-based, inspiring and uplifting when we witness them. The miraculous is happening all the time. Our true nature is Divine. Humans are born with a natural ability to do many things that we have been taught to believe are miracles. It is just a matter of being present enough to notice, to see the beauty that is literally everywhere we look. More and more people are ready to Be the Change. And there are quite a few of us who are now embracing our lives whole-heartedly with a real Passion for what we are doing. Enough so that we are willing to step up to living and loving as exactly who we are.

If you would like to reconnect with, or discover your Passion, an Intuitive Astrology reading can help. This year promises to be filled with change for everyone. Self-awareness is empowering and allows you to consciously entertain the potentials before you and proactively make choices based on your preferences. The astrology chart offers a helpful guide to your own best timing and is an excellent tool for discovering the most effective strategies for accomplishing your desires. Insights that arise in a reading often reveal potentials and options that were not apparent before we sat down together.

For more information, or to schedule an Intuitive Astrology reading or Intuitive Consultation, see my website or send me an email.

May miracles abound in your New Year.