Venus-Enlightened Full Moon

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Full Moon @ 22 Leo-AQUARIUS 24
August 15, 2019 @ 8:29am EDT, 5:29am PDT, 12:29pm GMT,
10:29pm AEST
Image: The Glowing Heart of Ieva's Lily, photo by author.

August celebrations continue under this Full Moon in Aquarius/Leo.

I always give the Sun sign with the Full Moon sign, as the Moon is reflecting the Sun, thus highlighting the polarity between the two signs.This can bring out the best and/or the worst, as two opposite signs complement each other or have a tug of war for prominence. A key to the better or worse is the level of self-awareness that each of us is capable of and, particularly under this Full Moon, our emotional intelligence.

The strengthening Venus/Mars pair infuses the already emotional Leo Sun with more desire/delight/demand/dynamism. In Leo, these two personal planets tend to express from a self-oriented point of view—very naturally. We feel a strong desire to express ourselves in this creative sign fueled by the solar life force. We need the light of the Full Aquarian Moon to gain a more impersonal perspective on how we are acting in relation to the greater whole, a more objective view of how we are showing up, how we fit in (or not) with what is going on around us. This Full Moon brings into high definition our sovereign Selfhood and our role in the social context of our lives and our interpretation of the "signs of the times".

Venus looks for what feels satisfying, what makes us smile, what gives personal value to our lives. Goddess Venus is often pictured holding a mirror, reflecting back where in our lives we find beauty, resonance and love—as well as where we are experiencing unhappiness and negative feedback about who we (think we) are.

The Venus/Sun Sabian Symbol @22 Leo gives us this image:
"A Carrier Pigeon Fulfilling Its Mission"
A mission is complete. We have finished a journey with a clear sense of purpose and direction. Something in us knew how to reach our destination, as if we have been pulled there by divine guidance. We have received a meaningful message that takes us where we want to go. What is feeling like this in your life? It may be a subtle sensation of a new calm, a project complete, a new plan crafted, a new way of experiencing time, a heightened perception of beauty in the world, a richer sense of your worthiness. What does this mean for you?

With Venus in the same degree as the Sun, this Full Moon is reflecting Venusian-infused Sunlight. On the far side of Sun, Venus aligns with the heart of our star. Even if we don't see our sister planet, we can feel the light-hearted uplift—perhaps even a cosmic wave of joy. Mars is close by the Sun as well, increasing the emotional activity of this Full Moon.

In a short week, a strong change of tone follows the Sun and a retinue of planets from fiery Leo into earth-toned Virgo over the last ten days of the month. Tasks to be accomplished call our attention to the work-a-day world, to Nature and an oncoming change of seasons. The New Moon on the 30th nudges us to reset our priorities. Let's put JOY high on the list.

The shimmering pink-gold love energy of Venus radiates with the Sun in conjunction every four years at this same time of year, in front of the Sun or in back of the Sun. Look back 4 years to August of 2015 in order to see what emotional resonances you can glean from that time when Venus was conjunct the Sun when closest to Earth. That was the start of a particular Venus cycle that is fulfilling itself now. Look back 8 years ago to consider what you were experiencing the last time Venus was conjunct the Sun in Leo from the far side, as it is now. You can track your experience back every 4 years in this way, a potentially enlightening exercise.

One difference this time is that Mars is close to the Sun as well, charging us with courage from the heart of Regulus, the Royal Star that marks the heart of Leo the Lion. On the 18th of this month, Mars is the first planet to move from Leo to Virgo, across the cusp of the Sphinx, with the body of the Lion and the head of the Goddess. Royal star Regulus shines brightly in the heart of the Lion. Since this slow-moving fixed star has recently moved across the same cusp, true leadership is now in service of the people rather than for the self.

This theme is reinforced when Venus moves into Virgo on the 21st, the Sun on the 23rd, and Mercury on the 29th. The 24th is a special day as Venus joins Mars for an invisible rendezvous in a sunlit grotto beyond our sight. This can be emotionally calming if we let it be, by letting go of stress and allowing our bodies to find their own rhythm in the day. It's just not worth it to push ourselves or strive for some elusive ideal of perfection that cannot be sustained in this world.

"You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves....
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting—
over and over announcing your place in the family of things."
Listen to Mary Oliver read the whole of her lovely poem, "Wild Geese"

Jupiter has turned forward, ready to gallop toward the Sagittarian finish line by the beginning of December. The Big Planet has certainly stimulated our imagination, at times "harsh and exciting" yet also benevolent and wise. Next month, this largest planet, at its most expansive in its own sign, makes its last exact square with Neptune in Pisces, also in its own sign (first time since 1861). This combination has evoked a powerful flexing of moral muscle and a tune up of right brain waves from discordant to harmonious (if we have positively engaged with it). This dynamic has defined a significant inspiration and challenge of 2019: to seek a true vision and sense of direction in an increasingly fluid reality. Aim your arrow true as you move forward. Intuition guides the way. Imagine the world you most deeply desire to experience. [Seek musical inspiration from John Lennon, as needed]

Meanwhile, Uranus has halted forward motion, turning backward to re-plow the fresh ground we have already covered, to make it softer and more receptive for the seeding of new crops. What are you planting in the field of your life? Review this year so far to see how and which initiatives and activities are growing and healthy. Some may need to be re-stimulated, tended, watered or even thinned out. Which are you enjoying enough to continue to invest your time, energy and love? What will bring pleasure and reward in the long run?
Use the creative inspiration on offer under this Full Moon and for the next week!
The Sabian Symbols of the Sun and Moon both suggest a circus theme, as we witness ourselves and others as performers in the 'circus of life."

The Sun at 23 Leo(following the carrier pigeon of Venus, above):
"A Bareback Rider in a Circus Displays Her Dangerous Skill"
How are you being daring with your best creative skills? Don't "show off" unless you know what you are doing. "Courage and mastery over ones powerful energies," writes Lynda Hill in her The Sabian Symbols as an Oracle.

The Full Moon @23 Aquarius:
"A Big Trained Bear Sitting Down and Waving All Its Paws"
A performing animal is not living its natural life. In many ways, we are similar in being trained, taught or role-modeled to be a certain way. Are there places in your life where you are "performing," rather than "being"? How can you more fully express your true Self? Do you need to balance your life between doing what others want and doing what your heart calls you to? Sometimes these are the same, but sometimes they are not. We are not honoring ourselves when we are out of integrity, and our Venus (self esteem wilts and Mars energy withers).

As Mars and Venus move closer together to join in Virgo, we can feel a humble common sense within that shows us how we can be true to ourselves and best serve the Earth.

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This week, August 15th and next week, August 22,
I will be out of town and share pre-recorded shows, both featuring a
Journey Through the Planets playlist.
An eclectic variety of musicians take us from the Sun through the planets from Mercury to Pluto. It was fun to put together and I think you will enjoy it and get some interesting perspectives.
i.e., Saturn by Stevie Wonder, where he is
"Going back to Saturn, where the rings all glow,
Rainbow, moonbeams and orange snow.
On Saturn
people live to be two hundred and five.
Going back to Saturn where the people smile
Don't need cars cause we've learned to fly
On Saturn
Just to live is our natural high."

KELLEY'S SCHEDULE
August 22, Thetford, VT
Latham Memorial Library, 4:00pm
Stories in the Stars: Myths of the Zodiac
The starry sky is a library of tales from around the world.
Come hear classic and unusual tales about the twelve Zodiac constellations, plus the magical 13th constellation.
Which story is yours?

August 23-25—Women's Herbal Conference, Hebron, NH
I'll be part of the Little Village of Wellness again this year at the spirited wild Earth women event. I'll give a Free Thyme talk called Earth Awakening: Astrological Signs of the Times.
Find more information at https://www.newomensherbal.com

Cosmic Inspiration • New Moon in Leo

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New Moon @ 8 Leo 37
July 31, 2019 @ 11:12pm EDT, 8:12pm PDT
August 1 @ 3:12am GMT, 1:12pm AEST
Image: Detail of blown glass sphere by Dale Chihuly from the installation in the Denver Botanical Gardens in 2014. 

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon at 9 Leo evokes the creation of beauty:

"Glass Blowers Shape Beautiful Forms with their Controlled Breathing."

 Such artists craft with care, skill and precision, drawing inspiration from the sacred geometries of Nature. We are surrounded by so much beauty, let us appreciate and follow the beauty path that unfolds before us. A dynamic and busy time of year opens up as we head into August...and on into September. How will you now contribute? what can you create? What has been evoked in you through the eclipses and Mercury retrograde of July? We continue to feel and flow with the plasma waves washing through our solar system, waking us up.

 This New Moon in Leo signals a noticeable shift in tone as Venus and Mars invisibly flank the Sun. Venus is moving around behind the Sun from our earthly point of view, communing with the stars and channeling a higher, heavenly love through the solar radiance.

 (Musical suggestion: listen to this lovely version of Steve Winwood's 'Bring me a Higher Love' sung by his daughter Lilly with him on piano and backup vocals)

 Engulfed in the light of the Sun for a couple of months, Venus will not reappear to our sight until early September when she begins to rise as the Evening Star.

While in the vales and veils of light, Venus will join Mars. The archetypal lovers come together for an unseen conjunction on August 24th in the "lightworld" of the Sun, which can be experienced as an emotional integration. This New Moon augurs that cosmic moment as Mars now joins Juno, another Queen of Heaven like Venus, wanting commitment—be it to a relationship or a cause, or a new phase of our life purpose.

Uranus in Taurus squares Leo New Moon 

Expect some Big Drama through this whole August Moon cycle as Uranus disrupts and throws lightning bolts onto the scene the whole week of this New Moon. Can you sense that we are living in unprecedented times? 

Mercury Turns Forward

After a bear of a retrograde (wasn't it?!) with Mercury submerged in the Cancer eclipse waters, are you feeling rather waterlogged? This New Moon is the turning point of Mercury to direct motion. It doesn't take Mercury too long to gain speed. On August 11th, the Messenger of the Gods enters fiery Leo, joining the party there and picking up more pace. Enjoy! The three personal planets will be in Leo with the Sun until after the August 15th Full Moon, offering a special window of time of augmented creativity before the party moves into Virgo for clean up, rearranging 'furniture' and listing priorities.  

Put that date, August 11, into your calendar, as the same day Uranus turns retrograde, to heighten the electrical tension, and Jupiter turns forward, to race like a wild horsethrough Sagittarius and enter into Capricorn around Christmas. The pace of change is picking up, with more manifestational earth energy directed straight and true by the Sagittarian arrow. The tip of that arrow leads us to the Heart of the Milky Way Galaxy. The arrow is also aimed toward the heart of the Scorpion. We let go of resistance to fly into expanded horizons and focus our sight on enriched experience and quality of living.  

Prepare to do your bit. This is a serious time. Much of this year (with Jupiter in Sag square Neptune in Pisces) has been about seeking a vision that reverberates true to our hearts, giving us a sense of direction in an increasingly fluid reality. These next few months will tell a tale. What is your vision? What is your story? 

Half way between the New and Full Moons, we enter the 

Lions Gate Portal—an annual gateway into the celestial realm, inviting higher frequencies from the star, Sirius. The brightest star we see, Sirius flashes rainbow light from 8 light years away (so scientists say). I have an idea that there is an immediate connection to any of the starry suns in the heavens that we engage with awe in our hearts. The Lions Gate Portal is activated every year on 8-8. This is Sirius time. 

With so many planets expressing Lion-Hearted radiance, this can be a special month of solar, life-giving dispensation. Create with joy as an antidote to the intense and profound transformation that can evoke fear and anxiety. We are staring into hidden recesses of darkness to dispel such undermining reactions. This can be a highly challenging yet deeply empowering Moon cycle. 

Imagine that the sparkling rosy pink energy of Venus blends with the golden rays of the Sun to uplift our planetary and personal experience, infusing us with a flood of beauty that delights every cell in our bodies and throughout Nature. Feel the shower of sunlit snowflakes of uniquely beautiful designs and resonance that quickens as yet dormant creative life force in each cosmically-informed subatomic particle.

Just entertaining such thoughts changes our view of what life can be.
A good way to come out of a mind-altering Mercury retrograde!

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New Moon • July 2, 2019

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Cosmic Inspiration News:  Inside Out Total Eclipse
July 2, 2019 @ 10 Cancer 38
3:17pm EDT, 12:17pm PDT, 7:17pm GMT,
July 3, 5:17am AEST
Cosmic Inspiration Radio is live!!!   
Thursdays, 4-5pm ET—see more below on how to listen in.
Image: Our galaxy's magnetic center, by NASA's SOFIA and Hubble. An interesting type of fireworks! This image, "appearing perhaps like a surreal mashup of impasto art and gravitational astrophysics," shows details in "the magnetic field in a around a dusty ring surrounding Sagittarius A, the black hole in our Milky Way's center." I feel, somehow, that eclipses may tap this center, inviting input into our system. Read full NASA description here.

 July 2019 Overview

In July we have two eclipses.

A total solar eclipse on the 2nd, is a seasonal highlight, the one first since August 2017. The Full Moon eclipse on the 16this a partial eclipse with a bittersweet, urgent yet nurturing energy to guide us toward necessary and timely changes. 

Mercury retrograde starting on the 7thgives us a good three weeks to work with this input, picking up some dropped stitches, as in knitting. We don't want gaping holes in the fabric of our lives. We may not have had time to take care of everything in the made dash of seasonal activities and unexpected developments. Big changes are in motion. Take needed time now to shore up the homestead and family circle. Contemplate advantageous changes are needed now to grow and prosper. 

On the 31st, Mercury turns forward under a second, celebratory New Moon, turning the page into August. If a second Full Moon in one month is a Blue Moon, what color is a second New Moon? Let's make it a personal choice.

JULY 2 is Total Solar Eclipse

at 10-11 degrees Cancer. We haven't had such a one since August 2017. We have an ECLIPSE SEASON every 6 months, but not every time is the eclipse total. Total solar eclipses are the rarest.

Eclipses are power portals that have ripple effects; though not all of the impact is experienced on that very day. Often, though, significant things do take place.

The ripple effects if a total eclipse last longer. It will be interesting to see what happens that day, that week and onward.

Let's consider the Sabian Symbol of the eclipse:

"A Clown is Caricaturing Well-Known Personalities."

Sabian Queen Lynda Hill writes this in her classic The Sabian Symbols as an Oracle

"There can be role-playing here, where someone is putting on an archetypal 'face' and performing because one must, for some reason. This can end up obscuring who one truly is on the inside. This can be because it is difficult, or compromising, to let one's real emotions or thoughts be known. Perhaps there are secrets or information that it's best for others not to know. The 'Caricaturing' can take up time whilst things, or conditions, change for the better. However, this Symbol may imply that the situation needs to be less serious...

"Laughter is often said to be the best medicine and 'many things said in jest' may be a useful thing to remember as you relax and get things back on the right track...This can also be about the need to see things objectively or from someone else's point of view What is really behind the facial expressions and masks?"

Note: We can always count on Lynda Hill for profound Sabian connections @ https://sabiansymbols.com. You can also ask the Sabian oracle a personal question!

Along this line, we find Venus at the far edge of trickster sign Gemini in this eclipse, ready to head across the Cancer Solstice point within 24 hours, adding a light, playful note, much needed for many. Venus is a good ally when things feel ultra-serious at moments of strong impact—like now. Play with your best face showing.

Mercury is retrograde from July 7-31,

an interesting complexity of this eclipse season is that.Don't groan!  Mercury R can be tricky, but it is a natural occurrence 3x/years. We need such a pause, a time to go back over things: to RE THINK. RE =REtrograde.

 Mercury stations (stops) turning retrograde conjunct Mars and squared Uranus, for a rather dynamic, potentially pushy, assertive, if not downright rude and aggressive activation. Time for change, time for action. But can we figure out what is happening, and the proper action (not reaction) to take? Mercury backs off to reposition itself, going back into Cancer, to REconsider, REflection, using caution and taking care. We need this time. Take it for yourself, for smoothing out any ruffled feathers that have been blown in these wild winds of change, to put yourself in a better "mood" or state of being.

This Mercury retrograde, in eclipse season, gives us a good three weeks to work with any new, disconcerting input, to pick up any dropped stitches, as in knitting. We don't want gaping holes in the fabric of our lives. We may not have had time to take care of everything in the mad dash of seasonal activities and unexpected developments. Big changes are in motion. Take needed time now to shore up the homestead and family circle. Contemplate advantageous changes are needed now to grow and prosper. We may be more ready and confident to respond to another call to action as we head into August.

A Note to Cancer Suns, Moons or Rising Signs, who are all having quite a month. Cancer is a water sign. Listen to your feelings. This is not a rational process. The USA, with its July 4 birthday, is under the shadow of this eclipse, though not geographically as with the "Great American Eclipse" of August 2017. The heads-up extends to opposite sign Capricorn and also to Libra and Aries, signs activated and questioned by the eclipses and retrograde Mercury. This also has meaning for groups who have:

Saturn in Cancer—1944-1945, 1974 into 1976, 2003 into 2005;

Saturn in Capricorn—1931-1932, 1959-1961, 1989-1999;

Pluto in Cancer— 1914-1939;

Uranus in Cancer—1949-1956;

Uranus in Capricorn—188-1995;

Neptune in Capricorn—1984-1996.

[Other groups with generational planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto in Libra or Aries are also engaged; not to mention all of you who have other planets in these signs.]

You may be feeling "embattled" or "invited" by the eclipses, perhaps closed in or frustrated by Mercury retrograde. Embrace this time to pull inside, tune in to the invitation of this special celestial choreography, asking for what you need. Maybe you don't know what you need. Maybe it's different than what you want. Sing it! "You can't always get what you want, but you get what you need." Here is a version of that 1969 Rolling Stones classic (wow, 50 years ago-a Chiron return). See 1998 performance version. It is a good theme song for us all to remember this July, a month of Cancer eclipses and Mercury retrograde.  

Be kind to yourself and others. Take the time you need in go back over and tune in to all that you have been experiencing this year. This is a month to feel out the changes in motion and look through this cosmic window to new horizons. Cancer is a gentle and sensitive sign, with that hard, protective crab shell, sidestepping perceived danger and retreating into its hole in the sand. Sometimes Cancer has been pictured as a crayfish or a lobster. I think oyster fits, too, in the way these sea creatures carefully hold and nurture their shining pearls of wisdom, keeping it safe until it is perfectly formed and ready to be shared with those who will value it. "Cast not pearls before swine," cautions the Bible.

If you want a good Cancer star story (from Hindu mythology) for more inspiration, you can listen to my June 27 Cosmic Inspiration Radio show as indicated in the notes below.

Or, go to my astro-mythology website page.

The Full Moon follow up to this New Moon Solar Eclipse is a Partial Lunar Eclipse on July 16.  A partial eclipse is typically not as strong as a total, but this one is a worthy partner to this month's potent Total Solar Eclipse, as it aligns with the planetary power pair, Saturn and Pluto. This is a game-changer. Saturn will be very close to the eclipsed "crescent" Moon. I'll unpack this more next time. See you on the other side of this Total Solar Eclipse.....

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Birthday Sun Sign reading—  Celebrate yourself with this useful celestial gift for an overview of your personal year that is all about you. MerFolk Cancers, this is a time when you are impacted by this season's eclipses. Sunny Leos, your turn starting July 22. Astrological insights may be very helpful.  We use the window of your birth chart and your 2019 birthday chart, along with current planetary cycles to look into timing, themes and guidance for your personal new year. One hour, $125.

Give a Gift of the Stars!This special fee also applies to a birthday gift for someone special in your life. I have special e-cards you can use.

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Full Moon June 17 • Window into a New Season

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Full Moon @ 25 Gemini/Sagittarius 53
June 17, 2019 @ 4:30am EDT, 1:30am PDT, 8:30am GMT
6:30pm AEST
Image: "Window into a New Season," oil painting in progress by author.

This Full Moon continues the ongoing jigsaw puzzle sensation of wondering which way to turn to get the real story, to figure out what is really going on. The puzzle pieced keep rearranging themselves "out there," so the short answer is— seek within. 

Gemini Sun and Venus offer options and various points of view. This is a tolerant, open-minded and highly curious sign that likes options, dislikes commitments and frequently changes its mind.  Venus, especially, offers sweet and spicy thoughts along with a talent to harmonize paradox and polarity. Venus also suggests that we may be more at ease, and even enjoy, changing circumstances and perspectives if we are open to new ideas—just for fun, just to try on something different. Be curious! 

On the other hand (as always with Gemini), could there be someone whispering sweet "nothings" into your ear? Watch out for the Gemini trickster, so good at telling us what we want to hear, so good at making a sale, so good at deceiving— especially, as now, with the help of Neptune in Pisces. Fine tune your psychic antennae and see how any incoming information resonates (or not).

Sagittarius Full Moon guided by its ruler Jupiter loves the great myths that convey life's archetypal and universal meaning. Sagittarian enthusiasm can be inspiring, catching one up like a positive sports (or life) coach. Especially in its home sign, Jupiter can tend to exaggerate (for a better story) and or be overly-directive, being quite sure they know what is right for you. They tend to have strong beliefs and/or biases. The best of Sag is its intuitive capacity, with an inner bell of truth that rings with a conviction that cannot be shaken. Are you hearing that bell?  This Full Moon is a prime time to listen for it, to let it ring and reverberate through your system, no matter what anyone else says to the contrary. There is no need to defend your position; just stay true to your inner knowing. 

We are being presented/confronted/surprised by new perceptions that challenge our belief systems, now exposed and questioned. What assumptions are so automatic that we don't even think about them being false? Imagine if everything we have known in our lives is shaken up and rearranged like a rubrics cube? That's a paradigm shift! This kind of process may happen in counseling or therapy, as we start to see our background and personal life history in a new light, becoming more aware of our auto-reactivity. It also happens through meditation, through guided and judicious use of psychotropic substances, and it can happen, as now, through a huge influx of plasma waves with higher frequencies. 

New brain cells light up, channeling a higher quality of perception.  

This can be hard on our bodies, so we need to take good care of ourselves in this process, strengthening our bodies and eliminating substances that undermine our energy and clarity. One of the big themes of our times is to go simple and back to the basics. Dandelion greens, anyone? I so enjoyed this video about the history of one of our best plant friends: https://youtu.be/xyePMeGE3CI. File it in your Uranus in Taurus notes.

We are now in high preparation mode for next month's eclipse season. Eclipses are marked by the two Nodes of the Moon, points where the path of the Moon crosses the path of the Sun on either side of its orbit. These crossings mark the times Earth dwellers are able to see eclipses of the Sun and Moon. The next New Moon on July 2 is a total eclipse of the Sun; the Full Moon following is a partial eclipse. 

This year it rather feels as if we are in a perpetual eclipse zone. Even into 2020, the South Node of the Moon is accompanied by the intense pair of two powerful planets—Pluto and Saturn, drilling down into some deep layers evoking and revealing collective history and karma. And also bringing forth ancient memories and a reconfiguring of Earth's various fields. With these planets on the Nodes, the eclipse energies are already strongly activated.

On this Full Moon, and as we soon sail through the June 21st Solstice portal into Sun sign Cancer, we have both the Sun and various planets on the North Node in that water sign, the guiding light of eclipse season. Cancer is the sign of the Crab or crayfish, sometime octopus. For this eclipse season, I'd to imagine another ocean dweller with a shell—the oyster that creates a treasured gem inside its secret chamber. 

Opposite the intense pair of power planets, Pluto and Saturn, on the South Node, there are also two planets accompanying the North Node in Cancer for greater emphasis on this Full Moon—Mercury and Mars.  Short term but potent dynamics from this face-off foreshadow the upcoming eclipses. This is a contentious combination that may evoke aggressive defense of any cherished ideas or circumstances. Under the light of this Full Moon, we can have no doubts that deep transformations are stirring and in motion. We need to pay attention to what we are doing and why, keeping our intentions clear. 

With strong dynamics accompanying the eclipse points, we are turning a collective corner, though what that is may not yet be clearly visible. Some clues are out there, if we look around for indications of such a paradigm shift. Some are quicker to take note than others. Take your time, but don't lag.  Take care of yourself in the process, while keeping in mind that this is a time for self-vigilance, not for self-indulgence.

Watch for any reactivity, your own or others', based on insecurity, anger, fear, anxiety or frustration. It is so important to proceed with care, for ourselves as well as those we care most about and all with whom we interact. One way to deal with this is to consider our responsibilities, what we can handle/what we can't and what others can handle/what they cannot. Many are feeling fragile, vulnerable, extra-sensitive. As much as we are able, we need to steady ourselves on an internal foundation of strength, focus and maturity. 

We all need some help and support in such intense times. This season is a good time to circle the wagons of hearth and home, taking time to consider and address our changing circumstances.  (Mercury is retrograde most of July, as we will be discussing next time.) One essential lesson might be to fill your own fuel tank before you give more than you have to give. Does that sound selfish to you? It is our responsibility to take care of ourselves the best we are able. That is why you are you. The essence of the Cancer/Capricorn dynamic is to support mutual growth in giving and receiving, to develop our personal capacities so that we can offer our best to our families and communities. 

We can also invite help from the divine, invoked by this calming, protective Biblical Psalm 121:

"I will lift up mine eyes to the hills

From whence cometh my help.

My help cometh from the Lord

The Lord which made heaven and earth....

The sun shall not smite thee by day

Nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil; he shall preserve thy soul.

The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in 

from this time forth and for ever more."  

Let's invite such support and be open to how it comes, not always as expected or desired. This is a very personal process of growth, and we are all in "it" together.

New Moon in Gemini • June 3rd

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New Moon @ 12 Gemini 34
June 3, 2019 @ 6:03am EDT, 3:03am PDT, 10:03am GMT,
8:03pm AEST
Image
: Penelope, oil painting by Les Anderson, artist and sailor, St. John, Virgin Islands. Read more about the life of artist and boat at https://www.allatsea.net/art-and-soul-st-john-artist-and-sailor-les-anderson/  Many of his paintings have been made into cards. For more info, contact his manager @mblazine@yahoo.com. If you want a special get-away in the winter season, look up Fiddlewood, their quiet, beautifully-designed St. John rental cottage with water views and walkable to two lovely, off-the-beaten path beaches.

June 2019

The slow-onset of a new season coincides with several retrograde planets, slowing things down. In spite of so much juggling, let's try to take advantage of any downtime moments in the rapid pace before we head into July's eclipse season. A potential collective paradigm shift may evoke reactivity. A flexible and open mind gives options for consideration. Enjoy Nature and fall in love with her beauty every day. 

Getting to Know Young Aardvark Woman 

In my last newsletter, I mentioned the recently named planetoid, G!kun||'homdima(try saying it like Goon-home-dee-mah). Closely conjunct this New Moon at 11 Gemini 46, she has lost no time getting involved with us. We can experience more of what "she" is about this coming month.

Discovered on October 19, 2007 by the prolific KBO discovery team at Palomar Observatory in California, this object got its name from an African myth of  "the beautiful aardvark girl of Jul'hoan mythology who sometimes appears in stories as a python and sometimes as an elephant. She defends her people and punishes wrongdoers using g\|amispines, a raincloud full of hail, and her magical oryx horn G!o'e!Hu," according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory website.Its one satellite, one of the reddest objects  in the Kuiper Belt, is named G!o'e!Hu for the oryx horn. Wikileaks has more

A Medicine Woman with a shamanic capacity for shapeshifting, G!kun||'homdima(Goon-home-dee-mah) stands for cosmic justice, adding her unique strength to the influence of this year's notable Jupiter-Neptune dynamic. Keep attuned to revelations in dream visions by night. By day, question everything you here, listening for the internal ring of from that intuitive Sagittarian bell of truth—and stand in that truth. Seek out tranquil moments that allow your mundane mind to rest and your imagination to soar.

Here is Christopher Cross' iconic song, "Sailing," that offers an uplifting  inspirational note, more Neptunian than a call to justice. We need some free moments to be able to be in the right place to answer that call.:

"If the wind is right you can sail away and find tranquility....

you can find the joy of innocence again." 

Mercury is in its prime sign across from Jupiter in its Sagittarian strong suit

This opposition elicits a powerful truth serum. Likely there will be news that confounds our sense of reality, putting an interesting twist on our interpretation of events and situations. Gemini gathers new pieces to the puzzle that sometimes Sagittarius thought it had all put together. No tidy packages here. Loose ends, fraying edges, lots of dandelion fluff buffeted by the winds of change. Open minds and hearts are called for, with a Buddha-like attitude of inquiry. Assumptions are challenged, sharply pointed out by the tip of her magical oryx horn. Note the number ofheavy hail storms that have been pounding down in unusual places on the globe this year. Her myth is coming alive.

The discovery chart for our interesting new KBO neighbor features Sun @25 Libra and Moon @ 28 Capricorn, soon to be visited by Saturn and then Pluto. We are going to hear more from her! I'm bound to mention her again in late summer (why? stay tuned!).  Meanwhile keep an ear to the ground for news of more hail storms, deaths by spikes, or newsworthy sightings of aardvark, oryx, elephant or python.  With an orbit of 620 years, more than twice as far out as Pluto, when she comes around, she hangs around for a while. 

Make friends with your inner aardvark, an ancient Earth creature, helpful for feeling grounded.  

Pause during the day to feel your feet on the ground, while allowing your higher mind some air time. Here's another relevant musical interlude. This verison of "On a Clear Day" is from the original Broadcast recording includes the rarely-played introduction:

"Could anyone among us

Have an inkling or a clue

What magic feats or wizardry

And voodoo you can do?...

So much more than we ever knew,

So much more were we born to do.

Should you draw back the curtain,

This I am certain:

You'll be impressed with you."

In her strong sign as well, Venus in Taurus is on her way to a June 6 conjunction with Algol, the Lilith starI wrote of last time, when the Sun was conjunct that penetrating star marking the Eye of Medusa.  With her sweeter Eye on things, nevertheless Venus is promoting the ongoing transformational agenda of the intense Pluto-Saturn-South Node conjunction. New ground is revealed in this deep dig into what is going on— not all pretty, but necessary for ultimately improving our lives. Are you committed to sweeping out your cobwebs to invite the fresh wind to blow through your life? This is the time to get aboard and go with the flow, with the wind at your back.

Venus invites us to appreciate this moment, to see clearly the Beauty of Nature around us, the simple things in life—as in this Rumi poem (translated by Daniel Landinsky in his Love Poems from God), perfectly attuned to the best of this New Moon:

"On a day when the wind is perfect,

The sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty.

Today is such a

Day.

My eyes are like the sun that makes promises,

The promise of life

That it always

Keeps

Each morning

The living heart gives to us as does that luminous sphere,

Both caress the earth with great tenderness.

There is a breeze that can enter the soul.

This love I know plays a drum. Arms move around me;

Who can contain their self before my beauty?

Peace is wonderful,

But ecstatic dance is more fun, and less narcissistic;

Gregarious he makes our lips.

One a day when the wind is perfect,

The sail just needs to open

And love starts,

Today is such

A day."                                 

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Coming in June!  

Cosmic Inspiration Radio, Thursdays, 4pm Eastern Time on WGDR/WGDH, Goddard College Community Radio, livestream online @www.wgdr.org.  Watch for official announcement!

 Astro-Specials  The times are extraordinary and call for extra specials!  Schedule via email to kelley@heliastar.com

Birthday Sun Sign reading—  Celebrate yourselfwith this useful celestial gift for an overview of your personal year that is all about you. Buzzing Bee Gemini, it's your turn until June Solstice, a good time to put together all the pieces of your cosmic blueprint. We use the window of your birthday chart along with current planetary cycles to look into timing, themes and guidance for your personal new year. One hour, $125.

Give a Gift of the Stars!This special fee also applies to a birthday gift for someone special in your life. I have special e-cards you can use. 

Webinar Recordings available to view
You can still register and watch:
Cosmic Mermaids: Astrological Sea Goddesses Surfacing in our Collective Consciousness. 
Newly emerging mermaids planetoids continue to be so very active well into this year of 2019. If you missed this webinar last July and hear the mermaids singing, you might want to register and watch now. 

https://www.learnitlive.com/class/12422/COSMIC-MERMAIDS

 Kelley's Schedule
June 7-9—International Herbal Symposium, held at Wheaton College, Norton, MA. I look forward to a wealth of herbal teachings and meeting many wonderful people who come for an astrology readings with me. I will be giving a Free Thyme talk,
Earth Awakening: Astrological Signs of the Times

Medusa Full Moon • May 18, 2019

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Full Moon @ 27 Scorpio/Taurus 39
May 18, 2019 @ 5:12pm EDT, 2:12pm PDT, 10:12pm GMT,
May 20 @ 9:12am AEST
Image:
Lilith by ArtbyLadyViktoria on Etsy

The Deep Earth Full Moon is goddess-infused under the bright light of this Scorpio Full Moon, as it takes us a deep dive into hidden, subterranean, subatomic realms.

A noteworthy news article this week reported on a record-breaking submarine dive almost 7 miles down into the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench. Heading into the deepest known point in the Earth's seabed, called Challenger Deep, Victor Vescovo discovered new sea creatures along with a plastic bag and candy wrappers. That's an environmental wake-up call, along with many more mind-blowing messages on many fronts coming our way this month. The Scorpio Moon will elicit secrets, such as this one in the deepest waters beneath the surface. 

What more hard evidence will be unearthed in earth sign Taurus?

The Sun and Mercury combo reflected by this Full Moon is aligned with the star Algol, which marks the penetrating and paralyzing Eye of Medusa at 26+ Taurus. This Eye "perceives with an objectivity like that of nature itself and our dreams, boring into the soul to find the naked truth, to see reality beneath all its myriad forms and the illusions and defenses it displays," as Jungian psychology Sylvia Perera writes in Descent to the Goddess.

Sometimes this star has been called Lilith.

Another Lilith, the Black Moon, is now in sea sign Pisces, at its most alluring and mysterious, evocative of mermaids, seductive songs of the sirens and, attuned with Neptune as it is, to mystical poems of love and longing.

Neptune is strong in its own sign of Pisces. We are half way through this 14-year passage, experienced by no one presently living on Earth (unless you are 160 years old). Deception is rampant and even more subtle than usual under the influence of Black Moon Lilith. 

We human beings are invited into the essential spiritual field of Oneness, to search for the truth of our own lives, from our hearts, creating a new way of living from the inside out, finding a vision we can live with, be inspired by and share. Along the way we are faced with misperceptions, self-deceptions, obfuscations and paranoia that clouds our view. We feel our way with a level of faith that is personally meaningful in some exquisite language.

Venus is also strong in it own sign, just entering Taurus on the 15th

It is now joined with the wild and radical Awakener Uranus in early Taurus. As we become more aware of the beauty and joy of Gaia Earth, we tune into more deep earth inspiration and the glory thereof. First, we need to work through personal emotional issues and free ourselves from old conditioning that caused lack of self worth. Our values are being radically questioned, as we seek richer quality in our lifestyles, beyond what is standard in our current culture. Revolutions around the globe, with the people rising up to challenge the status quo, controlling government impositions. We are in a different time now, and are called to attend to basics of food, shelter and clothing. 

We seek a good life on our own terms. How are we cooperating with Earth to enjoy the simple gifts?

Or we can look to something wild and radical and wonderful and leading edge. 

This Full Scorpio Moon fully supports the ongoing partnership of the two heavy weight planets, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, relentlessly digging up dirt from deep down, with unhealed history that needs to be healed through processing and composting. The soil needs to be revitalized the soil healthy growth. The necessity is urgent, necessary and inevitable, as we root out poisonous weeds of hopelessness, helplessness and powerlessness under corrupt, lawless and controlling governments. 

In relation to the collective global chaos we are plunged into during this process, it is interesting to note that the last time Pluto was in Capricorn was 1762-1778. The United States, "born" in 1776, is experiencing its first Pluto return, a 248-year cycle. This return phase spans 2008-2024, describing the current upheaval and national identity crisis. To move forward we can look back to our foundations and history, how we got off-track and how to honor all citizens. 

Again, this is a global transformation.

We are each an integral part of this process of deconstruction and redesign. How do we live together and govern ourselves? What are the principles that guide us? What do we stand for? Each of us is called to take responsibility. This is a huge moment, punctuated by Saturn's rigorous timing. 

Let's get to it.

Such are the times we live in. Let's live them to the full under this Full Moon, one of the most intense of the year in rather intense times. Engage the courage of your spiritual warrior, guided by the beauty and love in each moment.

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Soon Coming! 
Cosmic Inspiration Radio, Thursdays, 4pm Eastern Time on WGDR/WGDH,
Goddard College Community Radio, livestream online @www.wgdr.org,
Watch for official announcement.
 
Astro-Specials 
Schedule via email to kelley@heliastar.com
Birthday Sun Sign reading—  Celebrate yourselfwith this useful celestial gift for an overview of your personal year that is all about you. Persistent Taurus, it's your turn until the 21st, at a pivotal time for your sign, with a once in a lifetime visitation from Uranus. Airy Gemini, you can prebook now! We use the window of your birthday chart along with current planetary cycles to look into timing, themes and guidance for your personal new year. One hour, $125.
Give a Gift of the Stars!This special fee also applies to a birthday gift for someone special in your life. I have special e-cards you can use.
 
Webinar Recordings available to view
You can still register and watch:
Cosmic Mermaids: Astrological Sea Goddesses Surfacing in our Collective Consciousness.
Newly emerging mermaids planetoids continue to be so very active well into this year of 2019.
If you missed this webinar last July and hear the mermaids singing, you might want to register and watch now.
https://www.learnitlive.com/class/12422/COSMIC-MERMAIDS
 
Kelley's Schedule
June 7-9—International Herbal Symposium, held at Wheaton College, Norton, MA.
I look forward to a wealth of herbal teachings and meeting many wonderful people who come for an astrology readings with me.
I will be giving a Free Thyme talk,
Earth Awakening: Astrological Signs of the Times
 
July-August 10 & 22, Vermont
Marshfield, July 31, Jaquith Public Library, 6:45pm
East Corinth, August 5, Blake Memorial Library, 6:30pm
Pittsford, Vermont, August 10, Maclure Library, 12-1:30pm
Thetford, Vermont, August 22, Latham Memorial Library, 4:00pm
Stories in the Stars: Myths of the Zodiac
 
August 23-25—Women's Herbal Conference, Hebron, NH
I'll be part of the Little Village of Wellness again this year at this wonderful spirited wild Earth women event.
 
Oct 11-13— ASK, Astrological Society of Kentucky, Louisville,                                                                                                                                       Friday evening—The Four Liliths: Ancient Goddess in the Modern World,
Saturday workshop— The Cosmic Feminine: Three Essential Aspects of Self-Awareness
Personal consultations available.
For more info 
 

DEEP EARTH SONG: New Moon, May 4

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May 4, 2019 @ 6:46pm EDT, 3:46pm PDT, 11:46pm GMT,
May 5 @ 8:46am AEST
Image:
Vesta illustration from my Planetary Gods & Goddesses Coloring Book, colored by Claude Richter. "The Priestess of the Sacred Fire has a quite glow about her. She is the brightest of the asteroids. Eldest sister of the Olympian gods, Vesta is honored for her loving devotion in the circle of home and hearth. She also creates an uplifting sanctuary in places of worship—temple, church, cathedral, mosque, synagogue or sacred site in Nature. Her flowers are the poppy and angel trumpet. Her Greek name is Hestia."

This New Moon in Taurus is hunkered right in the critical center point and turning point of this fixed Earth sign, a power degree of the zodiac. This sign digs deep into earth, planting seeds that bear fruit over time.

For the next 7 years, the Taurus Sun will get charged up, excited yet again with this paradigm-shifting transit of Uranus through Taurus. This year it was on April 22—do you remember any special thing going on for you that day?

The thinning crescent Moon met Venus in the pre-dawn sky on Thursday and went dark on Friday, May 3, ending a lunar cycle that began April 5. The Moon enters its dark phase wielding the sword of Kali (Pluto) as it sweeps up the last vestiges of deceptions unveiled in the last Moon to throw into the holy fire of Venus. Throw any fears or worries into that fire. One basic choice we have in life is to live from fear or to live from love.

Venus rules Taurus, as does Gaia Earth herself, therefore we look to our home planet and our sister planet for guidance as we dig deeper into this new 7-year cycle. This New Moon in Taurus demonstrates our current position and posture in the face of changing times. Something highly significant is happening, reshaping the landscape and the territory we inhabit. This comes from the deep vein of the Earth's molten heart, reaching out to its sister planet, Venus Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, Beauty and Bounty—and Joy. We are invited to bring these emotions more centrally into our lives, basing decisions and inevitable life changes these lovely energies. Is it possible to live this way? Let's find out.

 Venus is fiery in mid-Aries, accompanied by Vesta, Devotional Priestess of the Sacred Flame, the hearth fire.  Any such fire we kindle for warmth or prayers is mirrored by the deep central fire in the Earth's heart and, beyond that, the cosmic eternal fire in the heart of the galaxy. Yet, as universal as her heart may reach, she always brings our attention back to the mundane. Vesta lights up simple moments of life, as we attend to daily chores like sweeping up or washing dishes, remembering to look out the window at trees unfurling fresh spring green.

One of my daily winter chores has been tossing logs into my woodstove, emptying the ashes in my woodstove, and periodically starting a fresh fire. I appreciate the special penetration and deep warmth of heating with a woodstove. As the season shifts to spring here in the New England, the daily attention starts turning toward the soil and in the garden, finally revealed again from under piles of snow.

In Volume 2 of his Astropoetic Series, Astrologer Joe Landwehr writes of Vesta:

"She is not just serving herself, or even the collective, but the ancestors and the gods and goddesses in whose footsteps she walks. Vesta ups the ante, challenging those under her tutelage to find within themselves a deeper reason for doing what they do: one rooted in increasing allegiance to and identification with the Divine Intelligence at the Heart of One. As the personal work of healing is embraced..., the transpersonal power of the One shines through unimpeded, and Vesta is an important guide to this process."

On this New Moon, Vesta attends Venus, as they stand between the Nodes of the Moon, influencing the current course of destiny and channeling the intense transformational necessity of Saturn and Pluto. In the old Greek myth, Pluto invisibly erupted from below the surface, the realm of the Underworld.  That story is being replayed in some modern, third millennium way, as dormant volcanoes are stirred and earthquakes rumble up from deep below the Earth's surface. Some not so pretty collective and personal stuff is coming to the surface as well, to be revealed and healed. Venus and Vesta together help ignite dormant brain cells and deeper strands of our DNA to come to the service of healing and awakening. 

Following this New Moon bizarre events may surprise and shock—that's the nature of Change-Agent Uranus, the Awakener. When it changes sign every 7 years, like it just has, new developments swiftly come to our attention. Someone on the radio just now is talking about "normalcy bias," referring to a tendency humans have to expect things to go on the way they always have, or that the current unsettledness will eventually return to "normal." This is a self-deception we can't afford, as something unprecedented is going on that will be challenging to deal with, hard to perceive and conceive of. We are invited into new experience that arises from the current chaos that announces any fresh start or pioneering adventure. Chaos theory says that if we can tap into the heart of the chaos, we find the creative seed that leads to the new unfolding reality. Perhaps we can expect the best rather than the worst.

This New Moon begins a month to ground new developments in our lives. While the Moon is dark, we feel our way deep within to find strength, to steady ourselves and to grab hold of that creative seed we seek to reorder our lives. When the New Moon crescent becomes visible on Monday, the 6th, we celebrate the emergence of our new creation. We tend its growth, feeding it with attention, love and action, while dancing and singing hearty and vibrant songs of the Deep and Renewed Earth.

O sing unto the Lord a new song...

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.  

Sing unto the Lord with the harp;  with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.

With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the Lord, the King.

Let the sea roar, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful...                      —Psalm 98:4-8

 

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Schedule via email to kelley@heliastar.com

Birthday Sun Sign reading—  Celebrate yourself- while the Sun is in your sign- with this useful celestial overview of your personal year that is all about you. Persistent Taurus, it's your turn until 21st, at a pivotal time for your sign, with a once in a lifetime visitation from Uranus. We use the window of your birthday chart along with current planetary cycles to look into timing, themes and guidance for your personal new year. One hour, $125, a discount of over %15 from usual fee.

Give a Gift of the Stars!This special fee also applies to a birthday gift for someone special in your life. I have special e-cards you can use.

 

Webinar Recordings available to view

You can still register and watch:

Earth Awakening: Uranus in Taurus, 2019-2025

Planetary Change Agent Uranus digs into earthy Taurus for seven years, rocking and rolling, earth-quaking and shaking up our values and experience in the material world. Back to the basics. We are called to more deeply embody impulses from higher mind octaves, while strong plasma waves from the galactic center charge up Earth's magnetosphere. Is Gaia evolving? Now! Are we? How? Where is your Uranus?  As we consider themes relevant to this new cycle, we look at how this cycle may impact the revolutionary, consciousness-awakening agenda of your particular Uranus mini-generation. Good astrological nourishment.

Cosmic Mermaids: Astrological Sea Goddesses Surfacing in our Collective Consciousness.

Newly emerging mermaid planetoids continue to be so very active well into this year of 2019. If you missed this webinar last July and hear the mermaids singing, you might want to register and watch now.

 

Kelley's Schedule

June 7-9—International Herbal Symposium, held at Wheaton College, Norton, MA. I look forward to a wealth of herbal teachings and meeting many wonderful people who come for an astrology readings with me. I will be giving a Free Thyme talk, Earth Awakening: Astrological Signs of the Times

 

August 10 & 22, Vermont

Marshfield, VT, July 31, 6:45pm at the Jaquith Public Library

East Corinth, VT, August 5, 6:30pm, Blake Memorial Library

Pittsford, Vermont, August 10, 12-1:30pm, at the Maclure Library

Thetford, Vermont, August 22, 4:00pm, at the Latham Library

Stories in the Stars: Myths of the Zodiac

The starry sky is a library of tales from around the world.

Come hear classic and unusual tales about the twelve Zodiac constellations, plus the magical 13th constellation. Which story is yours?

 

August 23-25—Women's Herbal Conference, Hebron, NH

I'll be part of the Little Village of Wellness again this year at this wonderful spirited wild Earth women event.

 

Oct 11-13— ASK, Astrological Society of Kentucky, Louisville

Friday evening—The Four Liliths: Ancient Goddess in the Modern World,

Saturday workshop— The Cosmic Feminine: Three Essential Aspects of Self-Awareness

Personal consultations available.

more info will soon be available on the ASK website

 

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Green Light Full Moon

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Full Moon @ 29 Aries 07
April 19, 2019 at 7:12am EDT, 4:12am PDT, 11:12am GMT/UTC,
April 19 at 9:12 pm AEST
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"White Unicorn," web collage by Dana Hunt. The magical Unicorn emerges in a swirl of shimmering light, from the black hole at the center of our galaxy. Powehi, "adorned fathomless dark creation" is the name Hawaiian astronomers have given to Sagittarius A, a.k.a. the Black Hole of our Galactic Center. (Thanks Philip@philipsedgwick.com for sharing this info.)

A multi-talented team using a global network of telescopes collaborated for years to compile this recently-released, if somewhat artificial, first image of the black hole at the heart of our Milky Way Galaxy. It could become as iconic as that of planet Earth from space decades ago.

Still, we each need to feel a direct connection to the Galactic Heart, without mediation by the algorithms of the scientific priesthood. Find your own relationship to this image that is rippling through the collective imagination. I am sharing this one to stimulate your imagination. See original photo at https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap190411.html.

A lot of energy is streaming into our solar system from galactic headquarters, especially since the 2012 Mayan calendar shift date. Are you feeling it?
NOTE: See below for announcement of my membership subscription program. 

This Full Moon in Aries-Libra is at the very last degree of these two polarized signs. A month ago, on March 20, we had a powerful Full Moon on the first degree of Aries. A Blue Moon is a second full moon within one month. So let's give this astrological full moon within one sign a different designation. This Full Moon is a clear bright green light signal for moving ahead, so let's call it the Green Light Full Moon—at least this time!

The planetary dynamics of this "Green Moon" take several days to unfold. Here is the calendar:

April 17th— Just before the Full Moon, Mercury moves into Aries!Very much a green flash on the horizon! After an unusually long stay of two whole months in Pisces (usually less than one month in a sign), during which Mercury was both retrograde and conjunct Neptune for three of those weeks, it has been a rather hazy, confusing (and for some, a highly spiritual) time, with accelerated anxiety for many. Now that the fog has lifted, we can't deny that we are way more sensitive than we thought we were, intimately connected to everything around us and impacted mentally, emotionally and physically by the overload of input that we take in each day. Were you able to take time to rest, meditate or enjoy a simple walk in Mother Nature to help ground and calm you down? A good remedy with so many planets in earth signs now.

With a more grounded stance, you will be ready for the Mercury jump into Aries "ready, set, go" moment and be able to push off cleanly when the green light flashes. On to new initiatives! Finally it's time to explore the new territory we have entered, with a fresh take on your life. Sabian Symbol for 1 Aries:

"A woman arises from the sea, embraced by a seal."

18th—Almost full, the Moon squares both Saturn and Pluto. This can feel like a moment of decision or resolution, as in "It's Time," "This is it," or "I'm done here."
19-20th— Mercury gets a quantum input, as this Messenger of the godsconjuncts quantum shift Chiron and sparkling sea queen Salacia. What is flashing into your view? Magic can happen. Perhaps this is a particular, indicative push to make your move. When synchronicity strikes like a flash and things line up with serendipity, that's a green light moment!
Full Moon on the 19th!Grab someone's hand (Libra) and have an adventure (Aries) or dance in the moonlight. Within 24 hours, the Sun moves into solid earth sign Taurus(a very green sign) and immediately conjuncts Uranus.
Recently I've been exploring a new book by my astro-twin Joseph Landwehr —Astrology and the Archetypal Power of Numbers, Part 2: Arithmology in the Birthchart. It's full of astrological nuggets of all flavors, relating numbers and planets, asteroid goddesses and mythology—a real treasure trove from a lifelong astrologer. Here is some timely commentary on Sun-Uranus:
"Sun and Uranus work together... to ensure that the solar path followed by the soul in surrendering to a deeper identification with Spirit is highly individuated, defying old rules and breaking new ground to transmute chaos into "illuminated order". On a personal level Uranus facilitates the process of individuation and creative self-discovery that allows a unique contribution to be made, one capable of shining a brilliant light into the darkness of the Abyss....

"We depend upon the Sun for its predictable reliability and regularity; Uranus is an agent of syncopated rhythms, unexpected surprises, chaotic breakdowns in the established order. The Sun naturally gravitates toward that which sustains life and ensures stability; Uranus perpetually walks on the edge of balance and seeks out that which is foreign, disturbing in its intensity and disorienting in its shimmering numinosity. The Sun facilitates health ego development; Uranus can, and often does, precipitate challenges beyond the ego's capacity to cope. The Sun places itself at the nexus of a resonant field of functionally useful relationships; Uranus triggers emotional restlessness and shatters relationships one has outgrown for the sake of growth."

When Joe writes, "precipitate challenges beyond the ego's capacity to cope," don't freak out. Uranus enlightens us into our higher minds, from where we can cope. "Awaken in your own individualized way," is the invitation. Also, please note his phrase, "shimmering numinosity" in relation the Mermaid Goddess Salacia, who causes the Sun to shimmer on the sea.

As we continue on our extended Full Moon calendar, here is another invitation— from Venus—as she lights up in a "Joy to the World" moment.
20thVenus moves into Aries! It feels so right and resonant, enhancing the serendipity frequency. We feel so ready for the new. I repeat the Sabian Symbol for 1 Aries:

"A woman arises from the sea, embraced by a seal," another mermaid image. Flow with fluid luminosity and your highest excitement.

23rd— The Goddess of Love joins CHiron and Salacia. Be fully present and feel surrounded by waves of shimmering joy. If you can't feel something of this, why not? Send out an invitation and welcome the light. It's truer and deeper than any fears that may infiltrate from the intensity of the collective chaos right now.

Such fears are being rigorously evoked and provoked as the intense authority of Saturn/Pluto confronts us with instances of unhealed global history through the South Node. This has been happening for a while around the world. We are called to resist this repressive pair, standing up with the greater authority of life-giving Gaia and our own empowered capability and Self-authority clothed in the mantle of responsibility and accountability. As long as we bend the Capricorn knee to a greater spiritual authority beyond our greedy ego, we stand an agent of transformation and renewal, tending to the evolution of Earth and all our relations on this living planet. Gaia is speaking quite clearly with her planet body, reconfiguring herself. We 'simply' need to work with her to heal, grow and prosper.

In relation to this transformational configuration, let's add a couple more significant dates to our tracking: note that both Pluto (on the 24th) and Saturn (on the 29th) turn to retrograde motion, giving us some months to integrate our progress so far and create some appropriate results in our lives.
24th—Pluto retrograde @ 23 Capricorn
29th— Saturn retrograde @ 20.5 Capricorn
A last important note: Chariklo, She Who Accompanies the Healer, stands by Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn, ancient as a standing stone rooted into the heart of the Earth. Once a river mermaid, she shifted from half-fish into half-horse to be a centaur alongside Chiron. Chariklo shapeshifts into whatever form most serves love. Let's invite her to show us how. She helped Chiron shift into his star body as the constellation of The Centaur. She is present for us, embodying and demonstrating the Power of Love.

Find your ground and dance on with Gaia in the joy of Venus. Create from there. 

COSMIC INSPIRATION NEWS: Laser-Focused New Moon

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New Moon @ 15 Aries 17
April 5, 2019, 4:50am EDT, 1:50am PDT,
8:50am GMT, 7:50pm AEDT
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"Contemplating Rebirth", web collage by creative visionary Dana Hunt. We are a bit beyond contemplation, perhaps through that window, rushing toward the waterfall toward a new horizon. Can we be in both places at once? This New Moon suggests we can. 

This Aries New Moon is like a switch that turns on the light as it waxes toward fullness on the 19th. By then Mercury will finally be out of Pisces and join Chiron in Aries, followed immediately by Venus. The Sun moves into Taurus to join Uranus in that sign. We will feel the impact from beneath our toes to the tippy top of our heads. Meanwhile, things are becoming increasingly different.
 
Is your world shifting in some irrevocable way? I asked this question on the last Full Moon. With Mercury now moving forward, but still in Pisces, along with Venus and Neptune, we are certainly feeling it but not quite able, perhaps, to put a finger on just how. The Piscean brush stroke a little blurry, impressionistic or dreamlike—or anxiety-ridden. Yet, also with a strong, Venus-loving invitation to melt and merge (musical cue coming!) "Into the Mystic," as Van Morrison sings.
 
In relation to Neptune, I have oft repeated the shamanic motto, "The World is As We Dream It." This is a good reminder now, let's take it to heart. Waters are continuing to wash away under the cosmic bridge, even as Chiron and Uranus have both moved into their new signs, suggesting that we are over that bridge. Are some blinders dissolving? Are you perceiving things differently? How are you viewing the fresh horizons that are revealing themselves through newly sparked brain neurons, informed by Heart and Soul?
 
This New Moon in mid-Aries invites us to jump on some kind of wild animal and take a ride. Which is your totem creature, your animal guide for this next seven years?  I was introduced to Musk Ox, who brings "prosperity through perseverance and stability". So Uranus in Taurus!  I am taking this phrase in as I imaginatively climb on a strong Musk Ox back. I foresee a long steady ride, over some rough ground here and there, but I want to feel what I imagine to be a level of stability in steady movement forward, with meaningful pauses choreographed by any retrograde planets remaining this year.
 
In fact, Jupiter turns retrograde in just a few days, on the 10th, zooming in on questions of belief, asking us to open our minds, expand our thinking. Are you able to entertain new possibilities?
 
Most significantly, this New Moon at mid-Aries waxes under strong impact from a significant Capricorn challenge. A rigorous combo of Saturn, Pluto and the karmic South Node indicate a repatterning of global geometrics (shifting tectonic plates and magnetic poles) and various global systems (social, political, economic, weather). There has been A LOT of astrological attention on this power trio, that will create a large ripple effect throughout the next two-three years and onward.
 
"There is a time for every purpose under Heaven," as is written in the Bible. A profound "Plan" is unfolding in its time, NOW. Together, Master Elder Saturn and Death-and-Rebirth Pluto are riding the tail of the Dragon, in a rather prophetic season that is meant to be.
 
[G-O-T Side Note— It really is the last season of Game of Thrones! 
Honestly, I was so turned off by the one episode I saw a few years ago when visiting family, that I never got interested until recently, realizing its huge popularity. Such impact on the collective indicates a resonance, a deep sense of relevance to what we are currently experiencing. Game of Thrones, indeed! What truth is there in this series that is catching people's attention?]

As with the non-disclosure agreements securing secrecy about the final storyline of the popular series, it can be hard to see what is happening in the chaos of the larger world drama. Pluto is secretive and hard to fathom, as much is going on behind the scenes and under the surface. We are in a new season, if not the last season, as the collective landscape is heaving. Some endings are inevitable game-changers, as Pluto and Saturn continue their serious, necessary, and inevitable restructuring of our experience, influenced by cosmic waves coming into our system to wake us up— a Great Awakening.
 
Another factor joins in this meeting of the powerful— the Centauress Chariklo is also present. Wife and teaching partner of Chiron, she has very special skills to offer. She takes whatever shape most serves love. Amidst this reshaping of our reality, I am so glad she is right in there on this potent transformational moment.
 
I said it this way in my last newsletter worth repeating:
 
"Here is one more turbo-charged combo that we ignore at our peril. The intensifying alignment of definitively Saturn with transformational Pluto and the Moon's South Node in Capricorn is bringing stuff forward from our collective history—many levels of dark stuff, both individual and collective, that is absolutely necessary to acknowledge, bring into the light and purge. Old "stuff"—ancestral? historic? unforgiven?— attitudes, regrets, beliefs, self concepts, etc.)—can get in our way blocking growth and forward movement. In what ways do you feel like a root-bound plant in too small a pot?
 
At the same time, we can pull on our experience from the deep past, bolstering us with the capability to look these things in the eye and resolve them. Intimately involved with new developments is Chiron's mythic spouse, Chariklo, who teaches how to flow with the waters of life, rather than resisting destiny. Adaptability and preparation engage creativity to meet any exigency, as we stand at the ready to respond to our calling."
 
Now is the time to get laser-focused on your plan of action. 
It will reveal itself to you if you pay attention. 
Take your time to feel it out, and then go for it! 
The next Full Moon on April 19th and into the 20th is our green light moment.
 

Via Combusta

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I was born in the Via Combusta: that mysterious place that lies between 15 degrees Libra and 15 degrees Scorpio. And Neptune sits at 15 degrees Scorpio. So…I could be quite magic, but will always be a Line Strider.

“Being Born In The Via Combusta Means You Have Magical Powers. The term Via Combusta, this scary sector of the Zodiac, was coined in a foreboding era. People faced real evils in the form of openly corrupt clerics and rulers. There were inquisitions, crusades, and wars against pagans undertaken by local councils. The Via Combusta is a super potent time of the year. The alchemists worked with it. Personal planets or points there meant you had a powerful affinity with magical energy. I love the sound of your Phoenix wardrobe.”

- Read more at: https://mysticmedusa.com/2016/06/traveling-via-combusta/

Full Moon • Frequency Surge

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March 20, 2019 @ 9:43pm EDT, 6:43pm PDT
March 21 @ 1:43am GMT/UTC, 12:43pm AE
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Image: La Ciudad Hidroespacial (The Hydrospatial City), detail, hanging installation by Gyula Kosece, acrylic, paint, metal and light. Photo by author from the Palm Springs (CA) Museum exhibit, December 2017.

[Note] see below for webinar announcement and extra special astro-specials! 

This Full Moon, at almost the exact moment of Equinox, inserts an exclamation point at this major seasonal turning point of the year. You might remember that there was a Full Moon exclamation point at the Solstice Full Moon last December. Two seasonal exclamation points in a row now—wow! This is special.

Pure energetic portal. 

Is your world shifting in some irrevocable way? This is a new season, a new day, a fresh, unprecedented field of energy that stretches ahead of us.

And there is more— indeed, a rather spectacular cosmic switch is turned on, as the Sun joins and the Full Moon reflects its light altared by Chiron, the Holistic Quantum Shapeshifter. Chiron activates alternate, inclusive perspectives that unite the mentality of the brain with the heartbeat resonance of love-wisdom. If you want to amp up your own potential to thicken your corpus callosum, the largest white matter structure in the brain, and improve interactive circuitry between left and right brain hemispheres, move both of your open-palmed hands back and forth in front of you. Playing drums, poi ball spinning, qigong, tai chi and other modalities that involve movement crossing the body may appeal.

Also present is Salacia, Queen of the Mer People, who makes the sun to sparkle on the sea, an amazing goddess presence. As you may know, I've been very interested in cosmic mermaids lately, and this Full Moon validates my interest. Being a newly discovered planetoid in the river of small icy bodies in the distant Kuiper Belt, I imagine her smiles create a shimmer in the incoming fluid plasma waves, sparkling with subliminal light from the star field and the central life source in the heart of our galaxy.

"Sonoluminescence" means Sound into Light! What a great word! Experimentation is showing that the sound frequencies of stars produce geometric patterns as well as light. Perhaps Salacia sings mermaid songs to make the light dance on the waves.

Plasma carries the electric currents which create the magnetic field of the galaxy. Charged particles move in spiral orbits with this field.

 Another great word, "magnetohydrodynamic" energy,' refers to a fluid combination of electro-magnetic and physical forces as described by experimental electrical engineer and plasma physicist Hannes Alfven, 1970 Nobel Laureate. Space is alive with plasma and electromagnetism, "filled with a network of currents which transfer energy and momentum over large or very large distances," he wrote.

 Huge amounts of energy can be converted, stored and released by cosmic plasma. "From the smallest particle to the largest galactic formation, a web of electrical circuitry connects an unifies all of nature, organizing galaxies, energizing stars, giving birth to planets and, on our own world, controlling weather and animating biological organisms. Thee are no isolated islands in an electric universe," write David Talbott and Wallace Thornhill in Thunderbolts of the Gods. Read More Here.

Earth Dream New Moon

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Impressions

New Moon @ 15 Pisces 47
March 6, 2019 @11:04am EST, 8:04am PST, 4:04pm GMT/UTC,
March 7 @3:04am AEDT
Image: "Stjarnfodd," (means something like "Starborn" in Swedish), photo by Jonna Jinton. See more of Jonna's inspiring art and watch her tell of her life in remote Sweden—beautiful landscapes.

Be sure to listen to her "Song of the Ice," actually audio of sounds made in a deep frozen lake, powerful earth song which echoes the celestial music. Here is a link to download this extraordinary piece of nature music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ws6xaVnusbc&t=1205s

She writes, "Ever since I first heard the sounds of the ice growing I've felt fascinated by it. Sometimes it makes these high, vibrating almost alien-like sounds. And sometimes, these really deep, low sounds as if the ancient spirit of the earth awakened from it's sleep and roars out in the night." 

Midway through the month of Pisces, this special, effervescent New Moon ripples with subtle wavelengths from the cosmic seas above us. Earth is ever singing, shaking, bursting with new life. Our evolvingEarth is dreaming a New Dream, a Dream of Awakening, a Big Dream. 

I share impressions, particularly appropriate for such Piscean energies. And also because, like many of you, this merry-go-round world seems turning faster than usual, with various distractions, mental swirling and whirling, and priorities to juggle. The Kosmos is asking lots of perplexing questions with answers that can only come through our own attendance and experience.

What a New Moon! Uranus enters Taurus, Mercury turns retrograde, and a special Neptune/Vesta conjunction calls for dedication and attention to the sacred.

Biggest New Moon News!

Uranus, the Awakener, crosses into Taurus just hours before this New Moon, indicating and accompanying an increasing activation of the Earth's magnetosphere, from incoming cosmic waves and heightened energy fields. Uranus gave us a heads up last May amidst an emotional roller coaster of eclipses and retrogrades that lasted through the rest of 2018. Uranus stepped back into Aries to reignite our excitement about embarking on the new adventure of our transforming planet. Now in Taurus for the next seven years, Uranus calls us to more deeply embody potentials higher consciousness. Simplicity and basic resources are key. And remember that Chiron just entered Aries, for a fresh circle round the zodiac signs. This is an exciting time to be alive!

This New Moon at 16 Pisces has a most resonant Sabian Symbol—

"In a Quiet Moment, a Creative Individual Experiences the Flow of Inspiration"

Artists will be very inspired during this Moon cycle. The Muse of Music will be especially tuned in and tuned up. Imagery, dream-stories, poetry, fine arts in all mediums, will speak loudly to our spirits and fine tune our emotional bodies.

A worthwhile suggestion is to develop an emotionally enriching and uplifting music list to delight you, with your heart song favorites, perhaps including classical and "new age" pieces that flow and harmonize your biofield and light up your star body. Music and frequency creates light.

"The Luminous Energy Field is a biomagnetic field which does not end where your skin ends but rather extends to the farthest reaches of the universe, diminishing in intensity, yet never vanishing altogether. Your LEF contains stars and galaxies within it."

─ excerpt from Dr. Alberto Villoldo's new book, Grow a New Body

Planet Neptune, God of the Sea, infuses this New Moon with extraordinary and subtle influences, if we give ourselves time to tune in. We will need soothing of our spirits amidst the outer chaos and choppy seas. Neptune is, at times, a stormy god, and continues strong in its own sign, Pisces. The realm of feelings is deep, fluid and often secretive, like mermaids. Neptune's companion on this Moon is the bright asteroid Vesta, Priestess of the Sacred Flame, in a devotional submission to the light. We seek spiritual sanctuary or "refuge," as Buddhists call it. 

At 17 Pisces, Right next to the New Moon, at 17 Pisces, this planet/asteroid pair evokes another relevant Sabian Symbol: "An Easter Promenade." This image alludes to the public celebratory side of holy mysteries that attend this turning point time of year, heading toward Equinox. Don't let your head by turned by the glamour of all the stylish Easter bonnets! Attend to that deeper call, from that place of yearning, of soul desire, the truth that gives life value and is worth living—and dying— for, the spiritual source that ever-renews us. Even the Earth expresses this desire in its beauty that inspires our reverence for the divine. This is one theme amplified by Uranus in earth sign Taurus.

"Who has heard in their dreaming that voice which speaks at the corner in a flowering copse of Faerie? A voice unknown which comes like words of consecration, telling of quests pursued, of ends attained in quest and very secret things of an end beyond all ends.

 

O the wild ways of Faerie, lightness and darkness, 

amber deeps of brightness and violet shadows.

Glory of grass, glory of leaves, and glory of painted flowers.

Give me the glory of Faeries till I tire of all the images.

Give me the one image, which is love in the heart of all."

                            —Quest of the Golden Stairs, A.E. Waite

 

Mercury now retrograde READ MORE HERE

Full Moon • February

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Full Moon @ 0 Pisces-Virgo 42
February 19, 10:53am EST, 7:53am PST, 3:53pm GMT
February 20, 2:53am AEDT

The interplay between the faerie magic of nature-loving Virgo and cosmic seafaring Pisces is subtle and delightfully nuanced. There is a delicate angelic touch, like the vibration of heavenly harps, especially at the very first breath of these two signs. 
 
"Blessed are the openings beyond the hills, 
sunset and sunrise, East and West in Faerie, 
platforms and uplands, height above height ascending,
the way of the Path to Heaven." 
—The Quest of the Golden Stairs, A.E. Waite
 
The Full Moon at the Leo-Virgo cusp evokes the Sphinx, with its strong Lion body and head of the Goddess. This cusp reminds us of the last Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017, at this very edge. That powerful moment emphasized the Lion; this Moon in with the Goddess. What has occurred in your life since then? Where are you in your life, with yourself now as we emerge from that cycle into a brand new one?
 
With her mystery and mythic mystique, what was and what is the question the Sphinx has for you? No doubt, it's a doozy. Or maybe a druzy, a good name for this dazzling Super Moon (yes, another one!). A druzy is a fine crystalline dusting on a rock surface or a geode. You've probably seen druzy jewelry, so very shimmery, catching the light on multiple tiny facets. It's very much like the "cosmic glitter" that I've been reporting on, as waves of high frequency subatomic photons sweep through our solar system. Here we are, in a waterfall of invisible interstellar druzy. It's as if a fine dust of crystalline stardust is wafting through our atmosphere, through our astral (star) bodies and our very cells. So that might be the key question: Do you feel the sparkly druzy? 
Sparkle on— shimmer shimmer shimmer...bling bling bling!
 
"All living cells of plants, animals and human beings emit biophotons which cannot be seen by the naked eye but can be measured by special equipment....PHOTONIC BODY is a biohologram projected by coherent light and sound. We arise from and are sustained by field phenomena, waves of biophotonic light and sound, which form our essential nature through acoustic holography." 
—from an article by Iona Miller I clipped some years ago.
 
Another question: Did you notice my unfinished line in the February 4th New Moon newsletter, re "The best side of Eris is......."?
That's one good Sphinx-like question, even as Eris and Uranus continue their edgy disruption. I couldn't figure it out right then, and forgot to go back to it. One sharp-eyed reader wrote back immediately, offering her answer: "Eris, keeping us on our toes." 
 
Uranus is just about to finish up its 7-year passage through Aries, still with edgy Eris influence (no slacking!), crossing the line into Taurus on the next New Moon. The activating square with Uranus and the Nodes of the Moon is still flaring, with the potential of translating the basic pragmatic approach of Capricorn into the gentle resilience of caring Cancer. We can use the earthiness of Capricorn to calm any emotional turbulence of Cancer that might arise in front of extraordinary change. We also need each other in this shift. Capricorn tends to take it all on and feel the pressure, but Cancer knows when support is needed. Invite and welcome what you need.
 
As we remain alert and vigilant, scanning the ocean horizon for a fresh sparkly trail, along which we can trek to where water meets sky. Chiron has just moved across that liminal horizon at the far side of Pisces into Aries, like the famous green flash at sunset, so elusive and effervescent one wonders, "Did I really see that?" You can answer "nnoooo" and turn away, either discouraged or ready to try again tomorrow. Or you can step up and answer "Yes!" and light up new brain cells that change your reality.
 
"Liminal" means an in-between space, "situated at a sensory threshold: barely perceptible or capable of eliciting a response," says Merriam-Webster online dictionary. Thus it is no longer "subliminal" or below the threshold. It is on the threshold of reality, like subatomic particles coalesce into matter. Or the aetheric field, the vibrational sea from which matter emerges. 
 
In anthropology, "liminality is the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of rites, when participants no longer hold their pre-ritual status but have not yet begun the transition to the status they will hold when the rite is complete." We are there or, rather we are Here! Chiron is the "Be Here Now" catalyst. To be as fully present as we can in each moment can reveal the new horizons, open previously unforeseen potentials.
 
Welcoming Chiron into Aries, we find one of the recently discovered objects in the distant Kuiper Belt beyond Pluto. Mermaid Salacia causes the sunlight to sparkle on the sea. Having entered Aries in just the last two years, she has been very interactive with the photonic wave influx, enhancing the sparkling effect with the gentle love in her heart. Neptune was so taken by her special light-hearted qualities that he married her, but only after she tested his serious intentions. Salacia is Goddess of the Sea, reminding us of the Cosmic Cornucopia that pours forth its bounty and blessings on all who honor the All That Is.
 
We are clearly swimming in the cosmic seas this Pisces Sun sign month. Neptune continues in its own sign, Pisces, now joined by Mercury. Mercury extends it stay in Pisces through an extra month or more, turning retrograde on March 5-6—that same New Moon in Pisces that sees the Uranus sign change.  That will be a "sea change" indeed.
 
In Pisces all the way until April 17, Mercury informs us through psychic attunement, strong dreaming, empathy and compassion, tuning in to the heart rather than the brain. Take your time to listen deeply. Perhaps you'll hear the angels play their harps or be given wise guidance in your dreams or meditations. Take care how you say things, being as clear as you can, and clear your ears and heart to be able to hear what others are communicating to you. Let's be kind to ourselves and each other as we navigate rather confusing waters in a sometimes foggy landscape. Don't take your hand off the rudder or get distracted or go escapist. More frequently than usual, you may need to come back to yourself and center in your sparkling, druzy light bodies. Attend to your spiritual life. Honor the highest in you. What could be more important?

This Full Moon in Virgo is fine-tuning our daily priorities and our values. What is most useful? What does success really mean? We can be of service to Earth and the highest good of all by infusing even simple daily tasks with thanks giving. Let's start by thanking the stars that shine, sparkling and shimmering like heavenly druzys!
 

Cosmic Glitter New Moon

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February 4, 4:04pm EST, 1:04pm PST, 9:04pm GMT
February 5, 8:10am AEDT
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: Section of "La Ciudad Hidroespacial" ("The Hydrospatial City"), installation by Gyula Kosice, created from acrylic, paint, metal and light, exhibition at Palm Springs Art Museum, CA, 2017.
Photo by author.

With courage in our hearts, we raise our arms to welcome a shimmering cosmic influx that changes everything. This electric Aquarian New Moon follows-up the powerful portal of the January 20-21 Total Super Moon Eclipse (doesn't that seem SO long ago?!). It serves as a harbinger to unexpected developments that will continue to ripple through our solar system, planet Earth and our psychosomatic fields for months to come. Some say this is an unprecedented game-changer for consciousness and life on our planet. Sounds dramatic, but what if it is true? Do you imagine it could be possible? What do you imagine it might be like? Are you courageous enough let your heart do the imagining?

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This New Moon is fueled by a Mars/ Uranus conjunction— explosive! in Aries —indicating action on several levels. Mars pushes us further through the eclipse doorway from two weeks ago. The presence of dwarf planet Eris pushes the edge even further, with her radical daring to stir things up, shake, rattle and roll. Some will be taken by surprise, even shocked. Others are restless for change; some cause provocation; some may lash out from frustration. Many move forward, energized and positive-minded. How will you respond? The best side of Eris is
 
Saturn and Pluto are moving toward their inevitable rapprochement in earth sign Capricorn, with potent impact on our collective destiny. Gaia Earth is evolving in the cosmic flow. We need to follow her lead and take practical action to conserve resources and attend to basics. There is a lot going on behind the scenes and under the surface that we will not see. Earthquakes and volcanic activity are likely to be heightened on physical, mental and emotional levels, shaking up our world. What kind of change do you want? Empower it. Venus just entered Capricorn to add longterm value. This is an opportune moment, with boundless potential for grace and growth.
 
If we are listening, we can receive the guidance of Asteroid Pallas (Athena) holding high her Libran Scales of Justice, and implementing her tactical wisdom to fight injustice and open our awareness for peace. She has allies. Flanking the New Moon, Mercury in Aquarius offers a broad perspective, even more spacious partnered with Black Moon Lilith and her experiential wisdom transmission.A useful perspective: It Is As It Is. Take it from there. Arguing with events because they don't match your expectations or beliefs will only create anxiety. Mental distortions and cognitive dissociation are often caused because we are too much in our heads.

One of my (multiple) Aquarian friends recently experienced the death of her mother. The death was anticipated, and she thought she knew how it would be, but the experience was not at all what she expected. One can theorize all one wants about how things will unfold or feel, but life doesn't often match our ideas. Thank goodness!
 
How open are you to new ideas and, most of all, to how you are feeling in each moment? Let this New Moon cycle take you into new levels of what is possible within you. Witness the mental tricks your own mind throws at you, obfuscating what is right in front of you. Let the cosmic glitter sparkle through your energy body and into your bloodstream with a shimmering radiance that dis-covers darkness.  Find your way to let go and push out all that holds you back.
 
On the eve of the next Full Moon, February 19, the Sun enters Pisces. And Chiron again moves across the Zodiac zero point into Aries. Last April, Chiron entered Aries for a few months (into September) for a heads up. What did you notice? Since returning to Pisces for the last few months, a lot of water has washed away under Chiron's bridge, bringing much loss for many of us. We are more ready and laundry-fresh, crisp and clean, to enter the new heightened field of energy that vibrates with clarity.  Find your own zero point and plug in. Align with cosmic companions with whom you are in most alignment, true friends that embrace you for who you are, no matter the "small stuff," those with whom you can shine. Co-creation is the name of the game. Play your part. Shine on! Sparkle with the incoming cosmic glitter. This game of life is serious. Can we make light of it? What a contribution that would be!
 
"When you follow the path of the Earthkeepers with sincere intention and an open heart, 
you'll find yourself in the company of like-minded individuals who strive to live by ethics and vision."       ─Alberto Villoldo, PhD

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Lunar Eclipse Cancer • Full Moon Leo

SUPER MOON ECLIPSE PORTAL
Full Moon @ 0 Aquarius/LEO 52
January 20, 2019, 9:17pm PST,
January 21, 12:17am EST, 5:17am GMT

Image: Total Eclipse of January 31, 2018, photo by Cosmic News reader Peggy Lenahan. One year later, here we go again with a supermoon eclipse, taking us to the next level!
 
2019 has started right out with eclipses, the first subtle solar eclipse on January 6 and now our first (total!) lunar eclipse changes the color and tone of our experience early on in the new year. Sandwiched tightly between Saturn and Pluto, this is a 'no-nonsense,' 'Big Happenings are happening' opening window into a fast-tracked year.
 
All year, we continue to be under the disciplined regimen of Saturn and Pluto, implacably focused on a redesign of the way we are living on a living planet. In Capricorn, the best response is simple, basic, clean, streamlined, useful and practical. The basic pragmatic approach of Capricorn earthiness can often calm emotional turmoil, settle insecure feelings and effectively move a stagnant situation into a new gear.
 
This Total Full Moon Eclipse is a super 'blood' moon, especially large because closer to Earth. A total eclipse that turns the Moon reddish, therefore called a 'blood moon.' This is the last total lunar eclipse until 2021. In 2018 we had two. It is also the last eclipse that occurs in the signs Leo and Aquarius, a sequence that began with the famous "Great American Eclipse of August 2017. Have you satisfactorily stepped up to the challenge of these eclipses: to show up as more of who you really are?
 
A lunar eclipse has broader visibility than a solar eclipse. This one is basically visible from the eastern Pacific, across the Americas and the Atlantic, in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and a bit of northeastern Asia. Whether you can see it or not, welcome and respond to this stunning invitation, asa compelling opportunity to engage the energetic awakening, unexpected perspectives and surprising flashes of fresh developments on the horizons in 2019.

The emotional desire of this Moon is to break through the eclipse shadows into the freedom and adventure of uncharted territory.
 
In a few short weeks (February 17-18th), Chiron crosses the Pisces/Aries 'event horizon,' the point at the end and beginning of the zodiac cycle— just in time to celebrate the very next Full Moon, on February 19th. If we are willing to let this Full Moon Eclipse wash away stale energies, spiritual weariness, disconnected mentalizing; any discouragement, hopelessness, fear or anxieties that are resisting growth and openness to the brand new sparkling field of energy that is shining around us. How do we become aware that this field shimmers through own field of energy and through our bodies, charging up dormant brain cells, offering unprecedented potentials, if we are open to perceive, receive and answer the call to create the new vision.
 
The eclipse energy may take us by surprise, with some hidden surprises hidden in its shadows. 
Uranus, the Wild Card Change Maker, is highly active in this eclipse, fired up for a last burst of fireworks in Aries before it grounds the lightning. 
Uranus plants itself in Taurus for the next seven years, starting on the March 6 New Moon. (The planets seem to be coordinating with the Moon cycle!) That's just a couple of months from now!) Read More

Solar Eclipse • New Moon 1/5/2019

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NEW MOON partial solar eclipse @ 15 Capricorn 25
January 5, 2019, 8:29pm EST, 5:29pm PST,
January 6, 1:29pm GMT, 12:29pm AEDT

 
A partial solar eclipse is the first New Moon in this New Year, changing the color and tone of our experience early on in 2019. Sandwiched tightly between Saturn and Pluto, this is a 'no-nonsense,' 'Big Happenings are happening' opening window into a fast-tracked year. Ultima Thule, indeed!
 
Capricorn is a serious, sometimes quirky sign that takes earthy experience in its hands like a potter shaping clay. If you have ever used a potter's wheel, you know that by using the pressure of your hands you can shape the clay, even while the texture and weight of the clay responds with its own specific earthy qualities. How do we deepen our relationship with Gaia, the living Earth, amidst the necessities and exigencies of mundane life on Earth— even as She changes and we change in mutual creative and complex choreography, all orchestrated by larger and smaller planetary cycles?
 
We can look for the magic in the mundane, as cosmic waves roll in and raise the frequencies of the whole solar system. We are part of something much bigger and greater, but have our own particular 'job' to do for the whole to function. This eclipse indicates a subtle but definite step up in our response-ability to this mutual embrace and support, the giving and receiving of the life force. How open can you be?
 
We may be taken by surprise. Uranus is fired up for a last burst of fireworks in Aries before it grounds the lightning. It plants itself in Taurus for the next seven years, starting on the March 6 New Moon. That's just a couple of months from now! Read More …

Solstice Full Moon

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Full Moon @ 0 Capricorn/Cancer 50
December 22, 2018, 12:50pm EST, 9:50am PST, 5:50pm GMT
December 23, 4:50am AEDT
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: White Unicorn, web collage by Dana Hunt. The Unicorn is a wonderful image for the Sagittarius-Capricorn cusp, as it combines the horsy sense of Sagittarius and the archer's arrow in its single horn, as well as being a magical, mythical beast as is the Capricorn Sea Goat.

I love it when a Full Moon lights up a Solstice, like an exclamation point.

The Solstices mark the (apparent) northerly and southerly turn-around points of the Sun, and the change of dark to light, light to dark. The Sun seems to pause for about 5 days, like a retrograde planet turning around, opening a doorway, a celebratory space, into a new season.  This Full Moon activates both Solstice points, with the Sun in Capricorn and the Moon in Cancer. These two potent cusps mark the "official" beginning of summer and winter seasons, reversed in the northern and southern hemispheres.

This major turning point is accompanied by several planetary combinations spice up the sky, most notably:

Jupiter and Mercury in Sagittarius— King and Counselor. May Justice and Righteousness prevail.  Intuition inspires perception. Lots of News. Adventure at the drop of a hat.

 Mars and Chiron in Pisces, with Neptune's nearby influence, may undermine (on the negative side) or soften (positive side) our energy. It is a combination that suggests taking it easy, to be present and still at this turning point of the Sun. Prayer, meditation, bathing, and various subtle holistic (Chiron) modalities that can soothe your energy, washing off anxieties. A lot of old 'stuff' is washing away under the bridge, as Chiron transitions into a new sign in the new year.  

 Venus and Ceres commune in Scorpio. As Venus emerges from the circle of her retrograde, Ceres greets her. Ceres, guardian of the people and "all our relations," has been a significance influence in relation to this Venus deep dive, strongly evoking the journey of Persephone into the underworld. She finds her sovereignty as Queen, and can return with this self-knowledge. How deep has your journey been? Have you experienced a pull that brought forth another level of your desire to be, to transform, to renew? What do you bring back from that journey into your heart? What has been released? Can you stay with the internal heart connection that has been made, in both painful and joyful ways?

Venus retrograde is a "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all"

experience. Pay attention to your process of unfolding the gifts, stay fully embodied, be courageous enough to Be Here Now.

 

A mantra for your New Year's resolution?

 The Magic of Intention

You are what

your deepest desire is.

As your desire,

so is your intention.

As your intention,

so is your will.

As your will,

so is your deed.

As your deed,

so is your destiny.

 

Enough reading. Go out and experience the light of this special Solstice Full Moon.
Read more about what Kelley’s up to here.

Dream Vision New Moon

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New Moon @ 15 Sagittarius 07
December 6, 2018, 11:20pm PST
December 7, 2:20am EST, 7:20am GMT, 6:20pm AEDT
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: Ancient Goddess Gemu resides in Lion Mountain and appears to the people riding a white horse. For this New Moon, perhaps we can see her as a horse goddess aspect of the Sagittarian Archer.  Brilliant goddess scholar Max Dashu (of www.suppressedhistories.net) recently shared about Gemu, referencing this website for more of her stories and interesting history.

December offers clear breath of fresh motivation and inspiration. Get on your horse and ride with Gemu!

A quick succession of planetary movements picks up the pace:
*12/6   Mercury turns forward@27 Scorpio—deep reconsiderations and mental reconfigurations uncover insights that lead to a vision we can enthusiasically aim for.
*12/6-7   New Moon @ 15+ Sagittarius—a new lunar cycle begins tapping into profound impulse from The Great Attractor, the focal point of a gigantic galactic supercluster of thousands of galaxies that our Milky Way Galaxy is part of. Wow, more than Awesome.
*12/8    Chiron turns forward@ 28 Pisces— healing water flow under the bridge freeing up old pain, opening compassion and spiritual grace, as new cellular and brain synapses fire up.
*12/12   Mercury re-enters Sagittarius, sighting the true target.
*12/21-22   Mercury meets up with Jupiter in Sagittarius, powerful in its own sign, on the Solstice Full Moon— the Messenger of the Gods broadcasts wisdom from the King of the Gods, wielder of the lightning bolt. More on this next time, when we'll all know more.

The Sabian Symbol that goes with it. Dane Rudhyar's version is my favorite for 16 Sagittarius:

"A calm ocean; a motionless ship; lazily soaring seagulls."

(Read more… ) So much GREAT STUFF to read this month…don’t miss it!!!

Cuspy Full Moon • November 23, 2018

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CUSPY FULL MOON
Full Moon at 00 Sagittarius/ GEMINI 52

November 22, 2018, 9:39pm PST
November 23, 2018, 12:39am EST, 5:39am GMT, 2:39pm AEDT
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Almost Full Moon Eclipse, 7-26-18, photograph by Cosmic News reader Peggy Lenahan. 

This Full Moon falls at the intersection of two zodiac signs—cusps, we call them. Such edges where signs overlap offer creative mixtures of zodiac imagery. I've played with these from time to time over the years, without making it a formal study. This Full Moon gives an excellent opportunity to overlay imagery and merge signs.

Sun at 0+ Sagittarius, still carries an undercurrent of Scorpio's intensity. 

One option of their joined imagery is the Zen Archer!

String the Sagittarian bow and fit it with a sharp arrow from the Archer's quiver. Prepare to let loose that arrow, but wait. Close your eyes. Tap into your heart. Listen deeply. Move the aim of the arrow as you feel out the direction that will be the truest for you. Then Zing! let go the arrow as your intuition indicates the time is right. 

Full Moon at 0+ Gemini, merges earthy Taurus with airy Gemini to give us the Dandelion— from deep earthy Taurus roots to airborn Gemini seedlings.

With healthy roots and nutritious leaves for salads, tea and remedies, the dandelion spreads prolifically across lawns and fields in spring/summer. Often dismissed as a weed, dandelion is a earthy herbal power house with a touch of Gemini whimsy. The yellow fuzzy flower is colorful, teasing and fun-looking, attracting bees, butterflies and beetles, before unexpectedly turning to fluffy winged parachutes that carry seedlings on the wind far and wide to pop up in new places next spring. 

The Sun and Moon both square Mars, now in Pisces. There is so much going on, this week can feel like a busy big city intersection at rush hour. 

In such a pattern, three corners of a square are occupied, leaving empty the 4th corner. This empty corner is called in; the activity of the squares moves to fill in that empty corner, Virgo! Keep your priorities straight, find your natural flow and you will find things work out—in spite of Mercury retrograde!

Ah, yes, Mercury is retrograde until December 6, just in time for the next New Moon. Don't be dismayed, use it! Take advantage of this "time out" from mundane time. Meanwhile so many celestial signs encourage us to transmute fears, anxieties and (Read More…)

Gift of the Goddess New Moon

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New Moon at 15 Scorpio 11
November 7, 2018, 11:02am EST, 8:02am PST, 4:02pm GMT,
November 8, 1:02am AEDT
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Vermont's new Ceres as "Agriculture"— model/photo by Jerry Williams, for the third incarnation of Vermont's State House statue. Now in process of being sculpted in her full 14-foot stature, Vermont's third incarnation of the goddess replaces an older one that had deteriorated beyond repair. The new Ceres will be lifted atop the golden dome of the State House at the end of this month. /photo[I have written an article about the history of the three statues for Vermont Woman magazine. I will send link to online version when published.]
 
Summary of November
A tangible change in the energy field this month slowly turns the tide of 2018 with this November 7 New Moon. Opportunity and adventure beckon as King Jupiter jumps into fiery Sagittarius, where he rules. Halfway through the month, Mercury turns retrograde in that same sign. It takes more time than we want to get a clear sense of direction. Detours or rerouting are likely. The Full Moon on November 23 is dynamic and very busy, with a push-pull of distractions. Exercise discernment—and exercise, period. Oxygenate your body and intuition. Don't believe everything you hear. Find the truth in your heart.
 
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Before I outline the sequence of changes this month, I want to share one especially lovely feature of this New Moon. Let's b that Venus is still retrograde for another week. In her own sign of Libra all month, she graciously smoothes things out and seeks agreements— within ourselves first.
 
There is a special meeting of Venus and Ceres, conjunct at 26-28 Libra. Ceres is a Mother Nature archetype, Mother of millions of small asteroids. Ceres was the first discovered object in the asteroid belt and the largest. First considered a planet, then one of the growing number of asteroids, it is now considered a dwarf planet. Symbolically, then, Ceres has become more significant in our collective consciousness. I love that she joins Venus, as the Goddess of Love slows to turn forward in her own sign. A new balance is being achieved. We have been through a deep process as Venus plunged into the dark subterranean territory of Scorpio. She pulled us into personal depths to find a new and vital vein of heart intelligence that reverberates in harmony with a chord of truth and connects us to a greater field of universal energy. Ceres suggests this deeper harmony ties into a resonance with Earth energy as well. We need this awareness with the increasing planetary emphasis in the earth signs—Pluto and Saturn approach a powerful 2020 conjunction in Capricorn and, soon, Uranus will be in Taurus.
 
Venus and Ceres are also in alignment with Spica, the blue white "Gifting Star" in Virgo, representing the sheaf of wheat that she holds, as seed and fruit of Nature's cycle. As Goddess of Agriculture, Ceres is also pictured with a sheaf of wheat, indicating a strong emphasis on the Gifts of the Goddess. Astronomically Venus is unusually close to the star. Are you open to receiving their gifts? Have you found some renewed sense of emotional balance that prepare you to recognize potentials and unexpected options that are opening up for you, that can inform the choices and decisions you make? There is a warning that we be careful not to make rash decisions, but to consider deeply what feels truly and deeply right, honorable and appropriate.  
 
Let's add in the Sabian Symbol for this New Moon @ 16 Scorpio, as another cosmic feminine reference: "A Girl's Face Breaking into a Smile."
What would cause your face break into a smile, like a sudden shaft of sunlight breaking through the clouds?
Here is a quote in Lynda Hill's classic, The Sabian Symbols as an Oracle, for this 16 Scorpio degree, especially relevant to Venus:
"Beauty is a power; a smile is its sword." —Charles Reade
A smile is a Gift from the Goddess, as referenced by this stellium of influences: Venus, Ceres, and Virgo's star Spica.
 
November's Shifting Ground
This beautiful trio of goddesses gives us a backdrop of three Graces as we look to November's series of significant sign changes that changes the tone of our experience in a clear way. Here's a summary:
 
October 31— Mercury in Sagittarius & Venus in Libra
On Halloween planetary trickster Mercury shifted into Sagittariusand
Venus retrograded back into Libra, a sweet treat in her own sign. These two planets stay where they are for all of November.
 
November 6— Uranus back in Ariesuntil March 6, 2019
Uranus sends up flares, lights more fires and creates a fresh surge of excitement. Yet another lightning storm of incoming plasma waves sweeps in from the center of the galaxy. This Awakener planet of higher mind, turns on dormant brain cells, changing our minds. Rewired and surprised? Invite cosmic spaciousness with an Aries open-minded flare of "tabla rasa," standing alert with "Be Here Now" attention.
Uranus stays in Aries into the New Year. We need this Aries "take two" to be stronger and better prepared when Uranus reenters the fields of Taurus again next March, to plow new territory. We'll be in new cosmic country by then.
 
November 7— This New Moon   in mid-Scorpio announces further exciting changes:
 
Nov. 8— Jupiter enters Sagittarius!until December 2, 2019
Once a year the Big Planet changes sign. This is the day that finds Jupiter in its rulership for the first time in 12 years! Hurrah! The pace picks up with Jupiter's cheerleading. We are stimulated with visionary fire, enthusiasm and intuitive imagination. Archers, string your bow and sharpen your arrows in readiness. Mercury soon retrogrades in Sagittarius to give us extra time to rewrite the script as we seek our true aim and clear direction. 
 
This is a juicy sequence of dates: (Read more)