Wild Moon ~Aquarius Lunar Eclipse of Aug 5-6, 2009

Lake Tahoe Resized

Did you see that crazy moon last night? Not only was it full and bright, it was the third in a series of eclipses that started a month ago. This Lunar Eclipse right in the middle of the never-a-dull-moment sign, Aquarius, followed the Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn on July 7, the Solar Eclipse in Cancer on July 21. I don’t know about you, but I have had an amazing summer, unlike any other, these past couple of months. Having gotten better at letting go, I feel a sense of personal freedom and wonder at how quickly things are changing. After years of studying the effects of eclipses this last series felt especially intense in terms of how swiftly people’s lives are changing.

The conditions in one’s natal chart will show whether an eclipse, or any astrological event, will be experienced directly, through those around us or through the collective. I have Aquarius Rising, so this eclipse occurred in my first house, the house of the personality, appearance, the instincts and the body. My experience of this eclipse was physical. I felt awash in emotion, upset by things that I would normally take in stride. Old, previously stuck emotional patterns were surfacing like waves on the beach finally available for acknowledgment and release.

The ongoing line-up of Jupiter, Neptune and Chiron in Aquarius continues to shake up the status quo and this Aquarius eclipse amplifies their effect even more. Breakthroughs are likely as the moon, still in full (manifestation) mode brings fresh light to this area of the zodiac and our lives, in breaking down old patterns and creating new potentials for something more healing, visionary, ingenious, humanitarian and inspired to occur.

This Aquarius Lunar Eclipse occurred on or very close to the natal Sun of those Aquarians with birthdays between around January 27–February 3. If that is you, expect the unexpected. You know how much you like to do things your own way, this energy is ripe for finding yourself in a situation you didn’t necessarily see coming. This is no time to sit around waiting to act on what you want. If you’ve been itching to take a chance on something, this may be your golden opportunity.

Those Geminis and Libras with birthdays between about the 27th of May or September and the 3rd of June or October (and even a few days on either side of those dates) are likely to be feeling an energetic boost from this eclipse in a positive, let’s get going and make something happen, kind of way. Full Moons are a time of manifestation. Whereas New Moons are about fresh starts.

The other fixed signs: Taurus, Leo and Scorpio are under a dynamic tension to take action now. Status quo is no longer a viable alternative for anyone, really. Change is only stressful when resisted. As much as those born under a fixed sign prefer that others make the changes so they don’t have to–I am speaking from personal experience, here–there are times when the only thing to do is accept that sometimes change is necessary and ultimately, a good thing, and then do what you know must be done.

As with any event, remember that though you may not have a conscious choice over what happens in your life, you always have a choice about how you respond to what is happening. It is much easier to navigate the river of life when we are open to accepting where we are at the moment. In being present to what is, we can make wise choices about the next step and the one after that. May your precious summer days be filled with sunshine and love.


Dancing to the Land of Ahs

August 31, 2006~16 ~2
The Sun just finished a busy journey through watery Cancer that included lots of ups and downs, two Cancer New Moons (a rare occurrence) and a couple of eclipses that set off all manner of change. Hard to believe it all happened in just a month. Family, emotions, security, nurturing, care-giving, and business have all been high priorities on the minds of most. And now, the Sun has moved into Leo. Leo is the fiery sign of the heart, ruled by the Sun. It’s time to dry those tears, put those worries aside and celebrate the gifts of life and love.

I have felt a call to dance for decades now. I was never very good at the actual dancing part but have always loved music and in my mind, at least, I knew I could move. Ten years ago I took my first dance class; a salsa class at a community center. I learned a few steps and loved the music but other things took priority and after a few sessions I stopped taking classes.

Since then I have taken a hula, jazz and belly dance. For one reason or another none of those styles or classes felt right to me. I began thinking dance wasn’t really for me, after all. Then someone told me about Nia and how it had changed her life. She said it was more than a dance or exercise class, it had become a way of life for so many women who were looking to embody their Goddess nature and live more joyfully in their bodies.

After looking for a class in the area for two years, I finally attended my first Nia class in May. Katleen, our fabulous teacher, made it easy, even for me, to follow along and before I knew it I was dancing. I wasn’t good, but I was having a great time in a room full of women moving together, led by a teacher I could relate to who so beautifully led us in this dance. We embodied our spirits, felt our connection to the Goddess, danced heaven and earth into our experience and pulsed into the joy of being alive through graceful, powerful movement.

I have been to every class since. Each time it is getting a little easier. Nia has helped me to have a joyful physical experience of stretching beyond my comfort zone, learning to think in new ways, learning to be in ways I’d never before considered. And now I’m dancing to some really fabulous music, twice a week, every week, at 8:00 AM.

Being an astrologer has meant having to step out of my personal experience of life and view it through a lens that is impersonal and detached. So many of the ideas Kathleen introduces in class are things that I have thought and written about and spoken about with others. In class, though, we bring them into the dance so the body can know and express them. Dancing has, even in this short time, helped me to be more grounded in my writing and work and to feel more present, regardless of what I am doing.

Learning to do something physical that you enjoy that stretches you beyond your comfort zone keeps you young, in mind as well as body. It strengthens you so you can more gracefully and effectively face other challenges. Grace is dependent on strength. Flexibility and being light on our feet help you to move with grace through these uncertain times. My spirit has been urging me to dance for years. It wasn’t just dance, as it turns out, it was discovering the ‘just right’ place that I am coming to through Nia, that finally delivered me to the land of ahs.

Let yourself experiment with doing new things you love. When you find the ones that make your spirit sing, you are well on your way. What is that ‘just right’ place for you? As the Sun enters Leo, remember, joy is of the essence. Take the time to play, be creative, take the spotlight if it calls you, honor your passion and lead with your heart. Celebrate being you!