Freedom is as Freedom does
For the last dozen or so years while
Pluto trekked through Sag it threw daggers at Pisces. If you question the
power of Pluto’s arsenal ask any Pisces how they made it through the last few
years and they’ll give you a shell shocked answer. But now Pluto is aiming
its salvos at others signs freeing Pisces from his shackles. What does
this mean for this lunar cycle? It means that we will have a bit more
freedom to access the magic, the dreaminess and the beauty of Pisces. We
had some opportunity in previous Pisces cycles but the way we got there was
always a hard path. Now we get the perks of Pisces in an effortless
way. We can bump around in the day and night maybe running into
someone or hearing about something that just ‘feels’ like it might be
important. Not in a scary, ‘uh-oh” way but in a subtle, “hmmm” way.
It has been a long time since we had this kind of Pisces energy. In
all fairness last year’s Pisces New Moon also had Pluto in Capricorn but at that
time Pluto was getting ready to go retrograde so it was not as free of an energy
I believe we are finally getting this nice liberated
Pisces cycle for a reason. We have a New Moon in Aries next month and that
will be our Treasure Map moon (for more on that go here) where we plot and plan
the things we would like to have in the next year. But before we get
to that moon we are getting this gentle, soft, emotional yes, but still a much
more liberated Piscean Moon. It is almost as if the Universe wanted us to
let down our guard and let the mystical side of ourselves run free and
unencumbered before we sit down and map out our goals next month.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I made my first Treasure Map in 1996 after my astrologer and teacher, Buz Meyers asked all of us in his group to make them. I was intrigued when he presented it and was very curious to see if he was right when he indicated that if we build the map on Aries New Moon we will see results by Cancer New Moon (3 months later). I thought, “Great” and I built the map with my two good friends. On my map I put an image of a guy sailing on a yacht. I did not know why I picked that image except that there was something about the guy I liked. Well, within a month I met a man who would later be my husband and lo and behold, he was and is a sailor! There is much more to the whole Treasure Map experience and I invite you to read it here.
So, every year since 1996 I have been making Treasure Maps. And since 2002 I have been hosting online groups to build their maps and believe me Treasure Maps work, there are many people who can attest for their value! Then, in 2007 I noticed a lot of people were talking about making Vision Boards which I believe they learned about from “The Secret”. I am all for funneling energies into boards and Treasure Maps but the difference between a vision board and a Treasure Map is that Treasure Maps are made on Aries New Moon. To me it is a profound difference. Imagine trying to surf on a wave as it is about one minute from crashing on shore, versus surfing a wave a mile off shore. You can ride the whole wave when is off shore. It has way more punch, right? That’s the difference. The astrological year begins with the New Moon in Aries. Those 3 days are the beginning of the flow for the next twelve months. By building your Treasure Map at that time you are harnessing all the energy that propels the whole year. I’m sure vision boards can be very successful but if you want to move it along faster and clearer—make your map on Aries New Moon.
Anyway, this year’s Aries New Moon is March 26 12:06 pm EST. 6 degrees Aries 08.
You do not begin your Treasure Map until that time. And I will be posting for that day closer to the event. But what are you suppose to do until that time to prepare for the Treasure Map?
Well, we are in the balsamic phase of the sun and like all good balsamics now is the time to release. Get rid of stuff. Get rid of clutter. Take the broken things out of your house and give them away or take them to the trash. Are there clothes that you no longer wear? Get rid of them. Especially get rid of the things that have too big of an emotional charge on them. And the furniture that needs repair? Get it to the repair shop or ditch it. What about that thing you have been promising to give to your friend? Just finally do it!
And it is not just things that you should get rid of now…how about beliefs? What judgments are you holding onto that probably no longer serve you? Are you racing all over the city to take care of everyone but you? Why? And are you secretly resentful of friends, bosses, co-workers, family? Well, I suggest you dump that between now and Aries new moon. You have got a whole Pisces moon to figure out why you are locked into beliefs and opinions about yourself that are just misguided and full of illusion. And once you figure it out --- DITCH IT!
Remember, Einstein who was a rather smart dude said, “No two things can occupy the same space.” So, are you hanging on to stuff that is wasting space? Now would be the time to get rid of it, after all you want to be able to have all the energy in the world to help you on Aries New Moon. Don’t have your life clogged up with stuff that should not be there.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I have been pondering the news of late and I find myself nodding my head quite a bit thinking, ‘Feels like the North Node’. I suppose it is no accident that I am seeing The Node’s influence more on this Aquarius lunar cycle than other lunar cycles since the New moon was conjunct the North Node and the full moon was conjunct the South Node in Leo. It is clear that both energies are out in full view and I thought I would take a moment to bring you up to speed on the Nodes since a lot of people are in the dark about these powerful doorways.
For those of you who do not know about the nodes, they aren’t planets or asteroids. They are points. “Huh? Points? What does that mean?”
First let’s go over grade school astronomy. The Sun travels across the sky past all the constellations. This we know. At the same time, the Moon goes around the Earth. Again, something we know. Now, imagine the path the Sun takes around the zodiac as a highway. And then imagine the path the Moon takes around the Earth as a highway. Those two highways actually cross each other in two spots. Those spots or points are called The North Node and The South Node.
Here is a link to see it
Those spots, just like planets are in the astrological signs. The North is in one sign and the South node is in the opposite sign. For example, right now The North Node is in Aquarius and the South Node is in Leo.
It usually takes about 18 years for the nodes to travel through all twelve signs but unlike the planets, the nodes move backwards. Meaning the North node travels from Aries to Pisces to Aquarius to Capricorn, all the way back and then starts over again. And as the North Node travels, its partner the South node will be in the opposite sign but also traveling backwards.
Of course, every 18 years, the nodes will be exactly where they were when you were born. This lines up basically around ages, 18, 36, 54, 72 and 90. And you often will see some kind of break out or adjustment during those nodal returns. When I was 18 and 36 I had some break out experiences. Things that made me really re-identify my life and my future. Of course, I have a North Node in Scorpio so that demands a breakthrough. Perhaps a bit dramatic since Scorpio has a ‘change or die’ motto. Had I been lazy and been like my Taurus South node, I would have tried to hang on to the status quo and kept my life safe. Had I done that I promise you I would have missed out on a lot of goodies that only came because of the roads I took that stretched my North Node at those ages.
With slower moving planets and that also applies to the nodes, they influence a large group of people. After all anyone born about six or nine months before or after you has their North Node in the same place as you. Where it gets personal is in the house. If you want to find out more about your own north node and where it is in your chart take a look at this link
Take a read and see if you can feel your North node.
On part two we’ll talk about the influence of the Nodes on the world at large.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Nothing compares with the giants found in Cueva de los Cristales, or Cave of Crystals. The limestone cavern and its glittering beams were discovered in 2000 by a pair of brothers drilling nearly a thousand feet below ground in the Naica mine, one of Mexico's most productive, yielding tons of lead and silver each year. The brothers were astonished by their find, but it was not without precedent. The geologic processes that create lead and silver also provide raw materials for crystals, and at Naica, miners had hammered into chambers of impressive, though much smaller, crystals before. But as news spread of the massive crystals' discovery, the question confronting scientists became: How did they grow so big?
ETA: I just found out National Geographic channel is airing a program all about the crystal cave on Sunday March 8th! Set your TIVO
Friday, February 6, 2009
As many of you know, the New Moon which you can find here, I asked all of you to dig in hard and resist temptation to be negative. I still stand by that analysis of the 28 day Aquarius Lunar cycle. But at the same time I must admit that this Full Moon On Monday Feb 9th, might push you a bit towards melancholy and negativity. You see not only is it a Full Moon it is also a lunar eclipse. And it has got a couple of aspects that are a wee bit challenging.
With a lunar eclipse the sun shines on earth in such a way that there is shadow over the moon. That is a pretty powerful ego for the sun, right? Well, now add to the equation that the moon is in Leo which has its own huge ego. So, now we have ego on ego. Yikes! Expect Egos to flare up next week in the news and perhaps personally!
In conjunction (literally and figuratively) with the all this is Neptune adding some visionary, unworldly, mystical, cosmic and delusional, drunk thinking and then Chiron the great wounded healer is in the mix conjuncting the Sun and opposing the Moon.
If you don’t know about Chiron he has a great story. He was a centaur (half man half horse) born from a god (father) who turned himself into a horse so that he could be with a beautiful mortal woman (Mother). Isn't that just like those darn greek/roman gods? Always turning themselves into something to boost their lives. Kind of like Wall street Bigwigs. Anway, when the beautiful mom birthed her half human half horse child she ran for the hills (small minded bitch) abandoning poor Chiron. Fate stepped in and Chiron ended up being raised by another god where he learned all kind of great crafts and learned subjects and ultimately becoming the most eduated Centaur and later he became a teacher to all and was beloved by everyone. Unfortunately one day at a wedding full of debauchery another centaur got drunk and accidentally wounded Chiron. He retreated to take care of his wound, but later he was asked to give up his life to help others of which he agreed. Eventually, he was made into a god.
As you can see, where we have Chiron in our chart can be an area where we both excel and hurt ourselves. Trust me, as one who has it in the 11th house, it can be hard on friendships! Sigh. Anyway, with this full moon we will find Chiron on the Sun right next to Neptune.
We have a lot of ego, lot of tension, shadows on others, digging in and then Chiron adding his two cents, well, I expect someone will screw something up royally. But this big fat screw up will ultimately serve others in the long run. In our personal lives we might want to be extra cautious during the Full moon phase (3.5 days). No sense shooting ourselves in the foot! Perhaps we can meditate on things we would like to see in our world and see what it might bring.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Particularly you might find this passage noteable. It sounds familiar doesn't it? Yeah, blame Pluto once again. It is driving back and forth over the Fed's chart for most of 2009.
More recently, we can look at the passage of Pluto as having described changes in the Federal Reserve System. From the fall of 1971 until the fall of 1972 Pluto passed back and forth over zero Libra. The president was given the power to nationalize the bank industry via the Fed in what has become known as the Economic Emergency Act. In June of 1980, stationary direct Pluto made its last square to the Fed's Mars. The Monetary Control Act was passed. This act essentially gives the Fed the power to reduce bank reserve requirements to zero, granting the power to inflate to infinity. Almost as important was the provision of the law that enables the Fed to purchase any debt. This means that the Fed is no longer limited to purchasing U.S. government debt but can purchase obligations of corporations or of bankrupt nations. Efforts to find out whether this power is being used to bail out bankrupt countries have been blocked. The Fed simply refuses to reveal whether they are purchasing foreign debt, information that their publications formerly disclosed. Again we see the South Node in the third house and the Mercury-Saturn opposition at work. (It is amusing and yet tragic to note that when I contacted the Fed to receive samples of the publications distributed to the public, I received a comic book. The comic book blamed inflation on Arabs, greedy businessmen, and housewives.)
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
In honor of the opposition this week between Saturn and Uranus I would offer up something that is perfectly in tune with Saturn in earthbound Virgo.
Being good stewards of our land and being good stewards of our properties is all about Saturn in Virgo. How we eat, what we eat, what we buy, what we use and also....drum roll..what we throw away is all apart of the work we are currently doing as Saturn transits Virgo.
I invite all of you to watch this small video. It is not long and it is not laborious. It is smart and pithy and extremely educational. And it is perfect for where we are right now astrologically speaking. The Story of Stuff
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Of course I am writing that with tongue in cheek because even though these two planets are creating tremendous chaos and tension in the world there are also some perks emerging.
First, let’s look at the dates where Saturn and Uranus are exactly opposite each other.
November 4, 2008
February 5, 2009
September 15, 2009
April 26, 2010
July 15, 2010 * Aries/Libra
Now look at that first date: November 4. Does that date look familiar? It should, it was the date of the general election where Barack Obama morphed from the junior senator of Illinois to the 44th president of the United States. That would be Uranus taking hold of the world and saying, “I want change.” And many will say that is a perk.
But at the same time and with the same amount of willpower Saturn in Virgo is saying, “I want structures that work from the ground up. And if they don’t work, ‘eff em”
On the big picture it is interesting that Obama’s pick for cabinet choices are screwing themselves with Nannygates and IRSgates etc. He could be the agent of change (Uranus) but if his choices aren’t walking their talk (Saturn Virgo) they are out of here (opposition).
That is the picture on the big level but what does it mean to us on a personal level? Well, somewhere in your chart you have Virgo and you have Pisces and where those houses are in your chart you are experiencing a major tension. There is a part of you that just wants to collapse and get lost on your bed and dream about stuff. And at the same time there is this other part of you that wakes up every day promising yourself that you will absolutely take care of everything on your “To-Do” list. As you can tell this would be quite polarizing. I mean I was sick for a few days and I laid on my bed watching one movie after another. I loved it but I equally loathed myself because I had so many tasks that needed to be handled. And then when I felt better and took care of all the tasks that needed to be done I longed for getting cozy in bed. Talk about ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul.”
The key to all of this in my opinion is to do the hard work of Saturn in Virgo and build upon your dreams--Uranus in Pisces. Of course this is not easy work and frankly it is my opinion that one of the reasons why we are going to have this aspect five times is that it is going to take us until Fall of 2010 to really understand what are our dreams.
Sure, right now, a lot of people think their dream is, “Get a solid job so I can keep my house, my child in private school, my this and my that.” I hear you, I am not immune from this thinking. But ask yourself if your dreams are only serving to keep the same old dream in place and if the answer is ‘yes’ than you are missing the point. Uranus in Pisces is not about last year’s dream or five years ago dream or three years ago dream. It is about the dream that make sense for now and the current future. And in case you haven’t noticed the future has changed. It is important now for the dreams to make the shift. So, what if Great Spirit (Uranus in Pisces) hears your desire to hold on to the status quo but it is looking at you and thinking, “Hmmm, I’ve got other plans.” Such as what if you might be better served living in a different town with a different community? Or maybe, “Your skills and talents need to be used in another way.” It is probably going to take the whole 18 months to get your attention.
That is not to say I don’t I think we are getting glimpses of our path and our future. I know my own visions are like reflections on water. Not quite in focus but it seems like a hint of an image I might know.
On Thursday while the aspect is exact, take a look at your world. See where you feel like a teeter totter? Take a few minutes and reflect on the tension. Then write the following affirmation: “I am happy and grateful that I building upon my dreams.”
Even if you feel like you aren’t doing it. Please suspend reality and go into that gray area and consider the fact that you are building on your dreams even if you don’t know it.