Equinox Full Moon: Recalibrating

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Full Moon at 2 ARIES-Libra 00
September 24, 2018, 10:52pm EDT, 7:52pm PDT,
September 25, 3:52am BST, 12:52pm AEST

Image: "Eve of Hurricane Georges," from the Cosmic Feminine collage series by author, 1998. Hurriedly glued together or else to be blown away by oncoming Hurricane Georges in the Caribbean. Now or never! Note the white Feather of Truth.

The two consciousness-shifting factors current transitioning into new signs are both highly activated at this Full Moon, and both are about to remind us of unfinished business. Check your status. Powerful planetary patterns connection to both of these factors, Chiron and Uranus, are highlighted under this Full Moon, perfectly timed for the imminent Venus retrograde. Are you ready for an altered reality?

This Full Moon is a paradigm-buster page-turner, infused with the quantum implications of Chiron, the Teacher-Healer, transitioning into Aries.

Chiron, a comet-like Centaur Object, with the Full Moon opposite the Sun, evokes alternative ideas, perspective and news. Chiron suggests the proliferation of alternative, revelatory ideas that emerge like cosmic popcorn. Sun-Mercury-Ceres spread messages from the natural world and points of view that need to be heard and discussed.

As he steps into the fresh Aries fire, Chiron lights up subtle and not-so-subtle energy fields with brand-newness. Chiron stands next to this Full Moon, challenging us to follow the Star Trek motto, "to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no [hu]man has gone before!"

Who's in charge?
Saturn, the lordly ringed planet, just turned forward early this month, after 5 months of backward motion, stripping down to simple in order to consolidate sustainable gains. The dynamism of reality-check Saturn with maverick Chiron challenges any pre-formulated plans, confronting us with situations and circumstances that may "blow our minds." Are you open to invention? Trail blazers, please step up.

Saturn leaves no doubt that reality is reshaping, recalibrating. 

Musical suggestions: anything by… Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention...? Why did that occur to me? I was not a fan, so I looked on Youtube and this is the first thing that came up, "Oh, in the Sky!" An astrologer has to go with that!.... Okay, that was different!

More and more we are experiencing the implications of science's discovery of the quantum field. These have been rippling through the collective consciousness for some time now. Here is a timely article shared by the Resonance Science Foundation, leaders in advancing research and education of unified field physics and all sciences to empower people with understanding of their implications in our personal lives and in the world.

Mercury-Ceres
Mercury is closely communing with the Sun, like an advisor whispering in the ear. It behooves each of us to listen to "new" news. Ceres is here as well, speaking for the Earth. On the last New Moon newsletter, I wrote about the Ceres-Chiron opposition that comes to fruition at under this Full Moon:

"Ceres, Goddess of Grain and the land's fertility, conveys energy through the subterranean layers of Earth. This dwarf planet just entered Libra and is opposite Chiron, alerting us to the critical agenda of Earth's healing." 

The Sun and Mercury now aligned with Ceres, puts the message out clearly.

"Ceres in Libra calls for debate, negotiation and mediation in the interest of both parties. She is an advocate for those who are underserved, or on the short stick of justice. Things may be way out of balance. A fresh approach may be required and a level of integrity on both sides. Ceres stands for the wellbeing of all. She is asking many pointed questions. Where do we find true justice for all? How do apply the Rule of Law in such chaotic times? Who is right and who is wrong, innocent or guilty? How do we listen and talk to each other? What choices are you making and why?"

We can consult Ma'at, the Egyptian Goddess of Wisdom, who places her Feather of Truth on one side of the Libran Scales, balancing it with our hearts and souls, each one. Never more than now have we needed this Feather of Truth places on the Scales of Justice.  Chiron presence tips those scales according to some quantum measure, or may skew it because of some unhealed, unremembered or undiscussed Universal Truths and Divine Harmony.

Uranus in Taurus Square Dance
Unconventional Uranus anchors the second planetary pattern activated under this Full Moon, one that has been leading us a crazy dance since Uranus stepped into Taurus in May. The Awakener, higher consciousness has been intensely applied to social dynamics in the name of higher consciousness by the radical planet of Revolution, that literally turns on its side. 

Uranus has been dancing a change-your-partner square dance with Mars, Venus and this year's eclipses for 6 months. More recenty, Black Moon Lilith has joined the dance. Karmic issues, unhealed history and suppressed anger have flared up to be addressed. Mars/South Node in Aquarius have been asking us to step back for a broad perspective outside of our subjective issues. Some of us experience cognitive disconnect, some of us look for answers beyond the social polarization. We do need to come back to a personal, heart-connected space and take it from there, fostering love rather than hate, fear, anger.

Black Moon Lilith joins bright red Mars on the Aquarian South Node, heightening the electricity in the air and opening uncharted mental space. It is especially important to keep an open mind about what is going on. Judgment limits our perception and is likely to evoke pushback effects. No fooling around with Lilith. Much of what we can call the global "reality show" was triggered by the total solar eclipse last August. If we can manage to take a deep breath, step back, watch and consider what is going on (personally and globally) without emotional reactivity, we can gain a different perspective and let the fresh winds blow through without too much storm damage. Hurricane season is upon us. These times are world changing on so many levels.

Chiron indicates that "something has got to give," and so it will, with some subtle or, more likely dramatic, tipping of the Scales. Some effects will fly under the radar, as Lilith smiles. She sees it coming. Let her blow your mind open and open your heart to the spacious, cosmic, photonic, waves shimmering into our whole solar system. The more synchronicities and serendipities the better!

If we suspend judgment along with initial reactions based on outworn, defensive, or dysfunctional expectations, we may be pleasantly surprised in ways that ultimately delight us. Well, "pleasant" might not quite be the right word. We are truly seeking something deeper, richer, even darker, like relief from the depths of letting go, disentangling.... It takes time. Gratefully we have the Venus retrograde in Scorpio coming up. It starts backward October 5, but we are already in its circle of influence..

Do you have any inklings or fresh ideas cooking? Any feelings you need to recycle and alchemize into more empowering feelings? Take them into the upcoming Venus retrograde that starts early next month. See how they survive or transform in Scorpio, as rich spices are stirred up from the bottom of the Goddess's cauldron.  

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Finding Your Feet • New Moon in Virgo

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New Moon at 17 Virgo 00
September 9, 2018, 2:01pm EDT, 11:01am PDT, 7:01pm BST,
September 10, 4:01am AEST
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: Star Goddess batik card by favorite Vermont artist, Sarah Munro.

This Virgo New Moon, accompanied by skillful Mercury can be an immensely productive time to improve your situation and help others to do the same.

Gaia energy predominates. All the earth signs are represented—Sun, Moon and Mercury in Virgo, appreciate the support of Uranus in Taurus and Saturn, just turned forward in Capricorn. Both Saturn and Mercury are in signs they rule. We can regain some sense of steadiness and be very productive, even if we can't exactly "settle in."

 After a cosmically complicated few months, with three eclipses and numerous planets moving backwards and forwards, we have weathered all kinds of stormy cosmic weather. The season is changing, yet remains somewhat stormy. We are asked to question what is going on in the world, but even more importantly, inside ourselves. Emotions run high.

The key is to feel creatively excited while keeping feet in measured forward movement on the ground. Considering that Neptune is in Pisces, sign of the feet, and that this New Moon opposes Neptune, that may be more of a job than we bargain for. Dancing can be a more fluid option, as Earth quakes and shakes, volcanos rumble, and tectonic plates shift.

Neptune is the sign of Dreaming. Consider this relevant question:

Are we dreaming the Earth or is the Earth dreaming us?  

This is a mutual, shared, interactive consciousness shift. As a member of our solar system family, Earth is evolving along with all of the planets. All of the planets are exhibiting changes under the waterfalls of cosmic glitter washing in from space. Have you seen the photos of the aurora on Saturn's north pole? Look here and . Read More...

Seasonal Currents New Moon

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Full Moon at 3 Virgo-PISCES 12
August 26, 2018, 7:56am EDT, 4:56am PDT, 12:56pm BST, 
9:56pm AEST
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Moonrise Over Lake Michigan II, oil on canvas, 2008, by Anne Nordhaus-Bike. Anne is a Chicago-based artist and astrologer. You can find out the story behind her Moonrise painting on her art website. For more about her astrology, visit here.

I especially love this particular Full Moon with Virgo Sun and Pisces Full Moon. Somehow it feels like harp music and angelic song, perhaps sung by nature devas, fairyfolk and, naturally, the mermaids of river and Neptunian seas. Are you tuned in to your natural rhythms? If not, it is time. The organic wisdom of your body can guide you if you are listening to its harmonies and discords.

[And if you haven't tuned in to my Cosmic Mermaids webinar, you can still do so. See below.]

Quicksilver Mercury is moving forward and so, at last, is red Mars. These two planetary lights have turned green. Still, there is no need to rev the engine with squealing tires to tarmac. Time marker Saturn is still in caution mode, retrograde until it greenlights on September 6. Flowing with the "go" is still the way to go, slow as the going may be. My Pandora is just now playing, "Where Fools Rush In," so there it is. Patience is well rewarded by Saturn. "There is a time to every purpose under Heaven."

Take advantage of Mars in Capricorn, one of its strong signs until September 10. Carefully consider how your plans are shaping up as you proceed. My friend wise Gail goes by this Buddhist motto: "Proceed as way opens." See how this works for you. What practical action do you need to take to keep things in order and progressing, workably and to your satisfaction? What has changed up, or needs change? Think about where you want to be about two years out, in 2020 when Saturn and Pluto meet up in Capricorn to define a new era. We are now preparing the ground to get us there in good shape. No slouching on this one. We are all called to some purpose. Gather your strength and resolve and be ready to move on it, when the "way opens."

Mercury, after some internal questioning about where you stand with yourself, and what that means to how you are thinking about life, continues on in Leo. When occasion calls, have the courage to say what you need to say, coming from your integrity and with heart. Mercury knows full well how hard it can be to understand and be understood by someone else. Mercury moves into pragmatic Virgo on September 6—right when Saturn is turning forward in Capricorn. We get right down to brass tacks then, just before the next Virgo New Moon. 

In this month of Virgo, we do well to exercise its earthy common sense, ducks-in-a-row, count-every-penny approach that supports Capricorn's timely and orderly distillation into form. Mars, in C currently on board with Pluto, Saturn and Chariklo, Chiron's partner. A river mermaid turned centaur to be with Chiron, she knows how to shapeshift into whatever form most serves love. I like her approach. Think what you need to do, not being ashamed to put yourself first so you can be strong and purposeful, therefore of greater service to others. Such a generous motivation for self-care voids any tinge of selfishness, transcending the clutch of ego. This is not easy these days of heightened chaos and anxiety, but is the keystone act of courage and love to make your contribution to consciousness shift and the betterment of our world. READ MORE!

 

Lion Heart Solar Eclipse • New Moon 8/11/18

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LION HEART SOLAR ECLIPSE

New Moon Partial Solar Eclipse @ 18 LEO 42
August 11, 2018, 5:58am EDT, 2:58pm PDT, 12:58pm BST, 7:58pm AEST
Image: Backdrop design for Daphnis and Chloe, by Marc Chagall, 1958. 

Yet another eclipse doorway invites us to shine brighter. After the total eclipse two weeks ago, we are nudged to continue progress with yet another Lion's Roar, maybe a bit quieter and less dramatic this time under partial shadow. Still, it depends on how this one catches you and turns you inside out, as eclipses will do! 

Mercury retrograde (until August 19) accompanies this fiery, expressive New Moon, suggesting some second thoughts on what we are expressing and how we are doing so. 

This is a good time to think back over what has been going on in your life, to see it with fresh perspective and clearer eyes. Get new glasses if you need them! Think twice before you speak, and find ways to speak from your heart, loving and strong. Feel your heart beat and make more space for your higher heart to shine out across your sternum and into your throat area, aligning heart and throat chakras. Many hearts are hurting and constrained, inhibited and fearful. Breathe in, and contribute to opening the Heart Space during this eclipse. This will reverberate through the collective fields.

This retrograde Mercury is an added caution to the Mars retrograde in progress for another couple of weeks. This regressive movement has been activating reactive rebellion or passive aggression in some quarters, restraint and questioning in others.  What are you doing and how are you doing it? Mars is surely catching our attention with its large, bright red radiance in the night sky. As a sign of higher mind, Aquarius is having an extended activation from Mars while it comes so close in, ramping up social unrest and uncovering hidden information.

Black Moon Lilith has now entered Aquarius (Read More...)

Doozy Druzy • Full Moon July

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Full Moon Total Eclipse at 4 Leo-AQUARIUS 45
July 27, 2018, 4:20pm EDT, 1:20pm PDT, 9:20pm BST
July 28, 2018, 6:20am AEST
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Vortice, 2016, glass sculpture by Mary Ann "Toots" Zynsky. Photo by author from Palm Springs (CA) Art Museum exhibition, "No Glass Ceiling: Women Working in Glass, part 1, December 2017. Artist's comment: "I have inside, outside, back of the inside, and the other side. You can never see the whole piece at once. There's always something mysterious, no matter what angle or in what light you're looking at the piece. It forces you to move around it." 

This statement describes a key aspect of this month's radical eclipse season. This Total Lunar Eclipse, fueled by Mars retrograde in cahoots with Uranus, is a highly electrically-charged dynamic that requires changing our stances and looking from difference angles at both our own experience and what is going on in the larger social sphere. Techno issues are rampant and vertigo is becoming a more common experience. The Earth is like a rocking boat, with increasing earthquake and volcanic activity as tectonic plates shift. Grow your sea legs.

This Full Moon Total Eclipse is a doozy, for sure.

Doozy is defined as "something extraordinary or bizarre."  Druzies are stones upon which tiny quartz crystals form, creating a shimmer effect. Vortice, name of the pictured art piece above, refers to "vortex," a whirling mass of fluid or air that spins so fast it pulls everything into it— as in whirlwind or whirlpool, maybe a tornado, a hurricane or a black hole. A total eclipse is a kind of vortex, dark to light. 

This Full Moon Eclipse is all of the above. Its planetary dynamics indicate a power potential appropriate for a total lunar eclipse sandwiched between two more subtle solar eclipses. More often we have two eclipses twice a year. When we get a bonus third eclipse, it's a more intense eclipse "storm."  Also this is an especially long eclipse, extending the depth and reach of the dark vortex as we move through a spacetime wormhole tunnel! Are you up for an adventure. Read More.

Power of the Water • New Moon

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New Moon at 20 Cancer 41, partial solar eclipse
July 12, 2018, 10:48pm EDT, 7:48pm PDT
July 13, 2018, 3:48am BST, 12:48pm AEST
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Drawing of Naga Kanya, 2013, on St. John. This sculpture came to me for my 50th birthday. I drew this before sending her off to a new home. It turned out I was about to head out to a new home as well. I came to know her so much more intimately while drawing her, paying close attention and bringing her into expression.

 "The bright moon congeals the gold liquid,
Blue lotus refines jade reality.
When you've cooked the marrow of the sun and moon,
The pearl is so bright you don't worry about poverty."

—from Thomas Cleary, "Immortal Sisters"

This Cancer New Moon is mildly eclipsed with just a touch of shadow, a subtle Cancerian hint at some tidal shift in play.

The cosmic dance is quite intricate this season, with various planets moving backwards and forwards from Earth's point of view. It might, at times, feel like a kid's bumper car track, or a spicy tango. Three eclipses add to the excitement. 

We had two major planet sign changes in April and May, which take some getting used to (into next year). Now we have time to pause, try things out and reconsider. June may have been the smoothest sailing of the season, but not for everyone. July takes a back step, with juicy dynamics challenging, emotional, and creatively inspiring. The New Moon on July 13 is partially eclipsed, followed by total lunar eclipse on July 27. The New Moon on August 11 is partial bonus eclipse. Expect and welcome change. Stay up with the times!

 On this New Moon Mermaid Cancer is expressing herself. Such a mermaid time! (Last time I wrote about mermaid Salacia. You can read about her here. See announcement below re upcoming Cosmic Mythic Mermaid webinar). With intense plasma waves coming in through the solar field, mermaids are feeling the tides in the cosmic flow evoking ancient memories. Many mermaids are emerging, a choir of sing song, sea song. So I am going with the flow here, following what comes up as I write. 

We have both a water triangle and an earth triangle of planets, for a fertile field of manifestation. The main hub of this elemental dynamic is Pluto in Capricorn opposite the New Moon. Pluto is so closely in opposition that the subjectivity and moodiness of Cancer can be more pronounced with undercurrents and subterfuge. Oh my! did you get that merge of "subterfuge" with a musical "fugue"? Where did that come from? This unconscious juicy word meld sent me off on a research vision quest, starting with dictionary references.
 
Subterfuge is defined as "an artifice or expedient used to evade a rule, escape a consequence, hide something, etc.," in other words, a deception, scheme, ruse, trick. Here are two interesting musical tracks that can evoke another level of understanding beyond the mental. Check these out (if you dare). 

"Subterfuge" track from Bela Fleck and the Flecktones' 2006 album, The Hidden Land.

The album cover shows them in what looks like an underground cave with water. It's a rather wild and intriguing jazz piece. You can continue on to listen to "Sinister Minister," for further musical reference to Pluto.

There is also a "Subterfuge" track from Demolition, a Judas Priest album. This is a new group to me, pretty intense. Honestly I couldn't listen to the whole piece. FYI: it comes with Parental Advisory warning. (Read More.)

Sculpted Full Moon • June 28, 7:53am

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Full Moon at 6 Cancer-CAPRICORN 28
June 27, 2018, 9:53pm PDT
June 28, 2018, 12:53am EDT, 5:53am BST, 7:53am AEST

Image: Mermaid drawing by Paula Lamay, photographed (above the bathtub) by author in farmhouse of Aloha Works teacher, healer and reader, Katherine Veilleux, one of the special people in the Vermont's Green Mountains (www.aloha-works.com).  

Full Moon in Earth Sign Capricorn

Ringed Saturn shapes this Full Moon with crafty skill and a new twist. In Capricorn, its own sign, Saturn rules. The Full Moon stands by to point it out. Best to look for Saturn a day or so before or after the Full Moon, so it shows up more clearly. Remember that the far stars twinkle, our neighborhood planets radiate. Saturn's dramatic rings are tilted toward Earth, making for fabulous viewing through a telescope or even binoculars. 

Skywatching is prime this month. Red Mars, turning retrograde in the midst of an unusual dust storm, follows close on Saturn's heels, close to the Moon on the 30th, and increasing in brightness. Venusremains the bright evening star in the west, as Jupiterrises around sunset and ascends through the night.

Full Moon in Capricorn is like a sculptor who frees the form from inside the stone.

What is your true shape?

The "new twist" to this Full Moon is the keystone planetoid, Chiron, squaring the Moon and Sun from early Aries. This is a highly activated invitation to meet each moment anew, fresh without any preconceptions. That's a tall order, impulsed by green-lit neural pathways shimmering with cosmic sparkle and heightened charge from plasma streams. Obvious indicators demonstrate that new developments are happening. Our experiences are being shaped in unusual ways, as Mars shifts karmic direction. 

 As I wrote at the beginning of this Moon cycle two weeks ago:
"The mystery of life is great. Some things just do not make rational sense. Are there other forms of logic?"

Have you been experiencing any especially mind-blowing serendipities/ synchronicities? Like crumbs or feathers on the path, they let us know we are going in the right direction. Some events, like locked gates, let us know that particular path is no longer open to us, or the time is not right. This Full Moon holds such indicators.  

Saturn and Chiron impact this Moon strongly by demonstrating how evidently the outline of reality is being redrawn (by whom? are you on the team?)

 Watch for Mermaid Sightings.

We can't forget that the Moon is reflecting the Sun in Cancer, a water, mermaid sign. (I have a Cancer Moon so I know, and I have met many other mermaids and mermen.)

The Queen of the Mermaids in the sky! Sweet and salty and strong, Salacia became Neptune's Queen. She, too, squares this Full Moon. She welcomed Chiron into Aries, and now occupies 3-4 degrees of that fire sign. Her fire is seen as the sparkles on the calm, sunlit sea, as if reflecting the stars in the sky. You see her in the shafts of sunlight that penetrate down into the water, rippling and shimmering. Salacia laughs and sings her sweet, seductive song as she plays with dolphins along the Moonlit path on the water. Not simply sweet, she is a little salty, too. She feels things deeply, questioning emotional interplay from a place of steady self-honoring. She knows her worth and keeps her council. You prove yourself with her. These qualities inform her astrological signature. Pay attention. (Read More)

New Moon June: Cosmic Inspiration

New Moon at 22 Gemini 44
June 13, 2018, 3:43pm EDT, 12:43pm PDT, 8:43pm BST, 
June 14, 5:43am AEST

Image: "Brooklyn Bridge," Georgia O'Keefe, 1949, oil on masonite. Her farewell painting to New York on the eve of her solo move to New Mexico. What do you want to say farewell to during this switch-up Moon cycle? Photo by author from show at Peabody Art Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, 2018.
 
Still influenced by Neptune, this New Moon may carry wispy remnants of dreams and otherworlds that challenge our practical focus or create distractions, confusion or inspiration. Reality, as we each perceive it, flips around with various interpretations. News, personal and global, will continue to expose our subjective biases. How are we interpreting— with our rational minds? our logic? our hearts? our intuition? (Continued below the image.)

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The mystery of life is great. Some things just do not make rational sense. Are there other forms of "logic"? How do we engage logic within the mystery, especially when we just don't see (yet) what is going on below the surface? And then, when a psychic volcano erupts and we do see underlying layers exposed, beyond our expectations or stretching our conceptualizations, how do we deal with them? Go to the heart.
 
What is the best way for you to decode such subtle influence and nuanced information from this type of message stream? It's like a song. Perhaps you will want to sing it, tone it, play it on the piano?
 
Something from within, another layer of your life, needs to be expressed, perhaps creatively. When we don't know what it is that wants to come out, artistic play is a really good way to tap your inner impulses. Especially for the next week and on through the Full Moon, Venus just now entering Leo supports creative endeavors and personal expression. 
 
The interplay of Venus and Mars in the next couple of weeks also stimulates the creative juices. Any such medium can be a good means to channel the high emotional charge that can come with the imminent interaction of Venus and Mars across the sky from each other. 
 
Watch for brilliant Venus setting in the west, with ruddy Mars rising in the east. No doubt you will notice glorious Jupiter higher in the eastern sky as well. This mythic pair is stirred into action by the dragons of destiny, Mars riding the Dragon's Tail, or South Node of the Moon (past influences, a bit of a choppy ride) and Venus riding the Dragon's Head, or North Node of the Moon, the evolution point. Personal relationships are highlighted, suggesting turning points in our lives and loves.
 
Perspective is needed to channel energy to be expressed in ways that warm our hearts. We may need to step back, take a deep breath and consider what we are doing and how we like what it. Our hearts want to be richer and happier, more satisfied. That may include fuller expression of ourselves through generosity to others, which precludes judgment and bias to focus on what we have in common. This is a current priority for us to move forward as a human family. (Read More.)

Red Start Full Moon • May 29-30, 2018

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Full Moon at 8 Gemini-SAGITTARIUS 10
May 29, 2018, 10:19am EDT, 7:48am PDT, 3:48pm BST,
May 30, 12:19am AEST

Image: Earth to Moon, Kimberly Boulon, oil, 2003. One of St. John's favorite artists, you can see more of her land and seascapes at http://www.kimberlyboulon.com/home. She gave this painting to me, as we share the same birthday and I was the cosmic inspiration. It reminds me of how intimate the Moon and Earth are. 

The Full Moon on May 29-30 fulfills the deep-thinking considerations impulsed by new developments and a significant shift in the planetary cycles inaugurated on the New Moon. With Uranus trying on its new Taurus garb, we are beginning tap into the new energies and get our feet back under us, with subterranean forces still at work.

The Sun and Moon are channeling the vibration of two royal, red super giant stars. The Sun is now consorting with Aldebaran, Watcher of the East, the red star of Taurus that marks the Bull's Eye. This Eye sees through materiality into its spiritual essence, Earth as sacred. 

Aldebaran is a star of The Dancer, who moves in rhythms that embody the joy of incarnation. Aldebaran calls for honor in all of our dealings, a challenge in today's greedy business culture.  Let's keep this in mind as a central theme for the 7-year passage of Uranus in Taurus and prepare to change it up. Star with what makes your life worth living and take it from there. 

The Full Moon feels the intensity of Antares, the Watcher of the West, the very gargantuan red star of the Scorpion's Heart. There is a call to courage, a rousing drive to give "it" all you've got, which can lead to success. What is your "it" factor? Let go of anything lesser, but beware of a tendency to go to extremes. What is the motivation behind your actions, your desires? (Read More)

 

Medusa New Moon

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NEW MOON at 24 TAURUS 36
May 15, 2018, 7:48am EDT, 4:48am PDT, 12:48pm BST, 
9:48pm AEST
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Medusa, clay sculpture by author, 1998.

Uranus moves into Taurus on this May 15 New Moon—a naturally cosmic moment to begin a new phase of collective experience, one with global implications and personal impact for each of us. This whole Moon cycle is colored by this sign shift of Uranus, the Awakener. 

Are you feeling the Earth quake under your feet? Taurus is about using resources to their utmost, asking, "How can you best use your time, energy and money? What will be most productive, give the most satisfying results, not only in the short term, but more importantly the long run?"

Taurus is an earth sign. This shift is very much about Earth herself. “Earth (Taurus) quake (Uranus)” is a pithy keyword description for this, with evidently increasing manifestations. Earth is going through energetic and physical changes from incoming galactic frequencies conducted by solar waves. Check out space weather sites for more on this. Our planet is like an organ in the larger body of the solar system, reflecting our biology. Earth has its function, as do all the other planets, including newly discovered planetoids in our expanding solar system. This is beyond what we call climate change. 

[There is so much more to say about it, that I want to do just that say more. I will soon be inaugurating a new audio format. This will allow me to share a fuller stream of information than my fingers can type out in the same amount of time. Stay tuned.] (Read More)

Seriously Ceres Full Moon

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FULL MOON at 9 Taurus-SCORPIO 39
April 29, 2018, 8:58pm EDT, 5:58pm PDT
April 30, 1:58am BST, 10:58am AEST
Image: Photo by author. This is the second statue of Ceres, State Goddess of Vermont, who has stood atop the golden dome of the State House since 1938. I was taken up through the barnlike dome out to the cupola on top, where I could touch the hem of her robe, a mythically thrilling experience. 

The Full Moon in Scorpio reflects the Sun in Taurus, evoking the zodiacal polarity of subatomic dance moves with power to transform the material world from the inside out. The joint rulers of Scorpio, Mars and Pluto, still joined up in the basic structures of Capricorn, are breaking up some painful arthritic joints in the global skeletal power system. Korea! Black Moon Lilith stands with them, wielding authoritative earth magic.

The Full Moon soon moves to meet with the King of the Gods, Jupiter in Scorpio, for a gigantic volcanic eruption in the collective consciousness. We are poised on a Full Moon precipice, with Chiron now in Aries and Uranus about to go into Taurus— right on the next New Moon! Woohoo! Wild times in the celestial realms. There will a lot to say next time. I'll probably need to record extra audio interpretation. 

There's a buzz everywhere on multiple levels, as Dragons fly through the celestial spheres. The Nodes of the Moon, also known as the Dragon's Head and Tail, closely square the Sun and Full Moon, giving it four-square manifestational impact. "Something's happening here," what it is just ain't exactly clear—yet. (Read More Here)

Photonic Waterfall New Moon

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April 15, 9:57pm EDT, 6:57pm PDT,
April 16, 2:57am BST, 11:57am AEST
Image: "Glee," mixed media, by Carolyn Caldwell. See more of her fresh work at: http://carolyncaldwell.com. She shared this quote, so relevant to this New Moon cycle, in her recent email newsletter:

Forget the cringing selves you sometimes are
and remember, instead,
the magic essence of your own being
that sings even now through your fingertips.
That is the reality which you are seeking.
Experience it fully.  
   —Seth

SUCH a momentous New Moon!

Fireworks and breakthrough developments on the threshold of major global change. Consciousness-changing planets are about to change signs, thereby changing our planetary consciousness! Incoming photonic waves sweeping subliminal light through our solar system via solar winds. New dimensions of experience are waking us up, both in sudden gusts (like now) and slowly but surely. 

Uranus! Mercury turns forward while Saturn turns backward. 
Chiron enters Aries! 
Prepare for Uranus entering Taurus!! (May 15)

This Uranus-charged, electric kool-aid New Moon in late Aries is ready-set-to go on the heels of Mercury's forward turn in early Aries. 

Any forward, focused momentum of the productive Saturn-Mars conjunction in Capricorn might have been diverted to other responsibilities. (Read More)

Full Blue Moon • Mercury Equinox Extension

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FULL (BLUE!) MOON at 10 Aries-LIRBRA 45
May 31: 8:37am EDT, 5:37am PDT, 12:37pm GMT, 9:37pm AEDT 

Yes, Mercury is retrograde! Let's make a joyful noise and be glad for a bit or respite. Let's take a look back at this phenomenon and its current story.

We passed the Equinox turning point into Aries, bringing in a fresh new season, no matter which hemisphere you are in. 

Is everyone on the same page? No, not yet.

Mercury goes retrograde (tomorrow). Had to give y'all a quick heads up!

Use this time well to reach out for possibilities that delight you. Mercury is close to Venus, stopping just after their meet up with Venus. "Nice to see you," kiss kiss, "I love you. I'll catch up with you again in the fall, Glorious Goddess, to tell you some secrets." With a Namaste and a wave, he turns around to head back to the beginning of Aries. "I need to keep the Equinox door open for Chiron and welcome him into Aries. Just a few weeks to go!" 

Mercury stops at 16-17 Aries (a good number to use for the lottery this week):

Two Prim Spinsters are sitting together in silence.

What does this evoke for you? (Read More.)

New Moon in Pisces • Shapes of Water

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March 17, 2018, 9:11am EDT, 6:11am PDT, 1:22pm GMT,
10:11pm AEDT
Image:
Water Nymph Chariklo shapeshifted from a mermaid to a centaur to become Chiron's Wife, web collage by Dana Hunt.
 
Chiron conjuncts this New Moon, opening up a month unlike any other in recent memory. I don't yet know what this means. Do you have any inkling? If so, just put it aside for now.

Whatever you think or imagine, let go into the 'Be Here Now' as the best strategy to align body-mind-spirit. Chiron tends to evoke what needs to be healed to smooth the serendipity between heaven and earth.

Mythically Chiron is the man-horse who ultimately surrenders his bodily form to transmute a life of eternal pain from an unintended wound. With Jupiter's permission and support from his mate, Chariklo, he takes on his star shape, the constellation of The Centaur in the southern sky. With a natural ability for shapeshifting, Chariklo herself was a river mermaid who transformed into a centaur to be with Chiron. In my version, What Best Serves Love: Chariklo's Story, when he transcends she then shapeshifts back into a mermaid and swims out into the larger sea.
 
Chariklo is at 18-19 Capricorn now, closing in on Pluto, and already reshaping our reality. She will be involved the intense Saturn-Pluto-Mercury conjunction on the Full Moon eclipse of January 11, 2020 (a partial eclipse, thankfully—we can only handle so much!). This celestial choreography has astrologers buzzing. A special group on call for that maneuver is the mini-generation born from 188-1994, especially 1989-91. If you are in that group, you might want to take advantage of my Capricorn Kids Special reading. Contact me if you are interested.

With this Chironic Pisces New Moon looming, it is not a surprise that The Shape of Water won the Best Movie Oscar a couple of weeks ago.

It is a strange and original film in many ways, evocative and mythical, an unusual love story and a thriller, with impressionistic visuals of bluegreen moving waters. In this film, the water god being is clearly a Chironic character who can heal himself when hurt. At the end he revives and transforms his lover into a river mermaid. Off they swim together. If you haven't seen the movie and think this is a spoiler, it does not dim the magic.
 
Something about this fluid shifting of shapes is available to us on this Chironic New Moon. What needs to be healed in your life? Can you draw upon your natural ability for reshaping ...(continue here).

Alternative Realities • Full Moon 7:51pm EST

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Full Moon at 11 VIRGO-Pisces 23
March 1, 2018, 7:51pm EST, 4:51PM PST
March 2, 12:51am GMT, 11:51am AEDT
Image: "Merge," by Susan Wahlrab, varnished watercolor on archival clayboard. See more of her extraordinary, original works at www.susanwahlrab.com. If you are in Vermont or Maine, her new work opens at the West Branch Gallery in Stowe, Vermont on March 24 and in The Choice Show at Maine Art Kennebunk on June 9 and Maine Art Shows, July 21.

This Full Moon in earth sign Virgo is a form of prayer to us from Earth, Mother Nature, to realign ourselves with spiritual, galactic frequencies that are showering down through interstellar space.

Humanity serves by quietly and consciously connecting Heaven and Earth. We each have our gift to give.

The Full Moon in Virgo is reflecting the Sun and a host of planets across the sky in Pisces. Neptune rules in the Piscean seas, close to the Sun on this Full Moon. He wields his trident, stirring up choppy waters, raising foggy mist and veiled illusions, as well as inspiring whispers from angelic realms that invite us to new levels of perception more from heart than head. We can't believe all that we hear of the spoken word. Everyone has an agenda, conscious or not. What is yours? What does your seeking heart and soul yearn for?

For some, this Full Moon may come in the guise of bodily symptoms of discomfort or anxiety, prompting shifts in diet, schedule or work as we seek shelter and peace amidst stormy waters. Do you need a nap or daytime rest for a peaceful moment of communion with your spirit? Our bodies are the first port of call for our vulnerable sensitivities when we are not quite sure of our hold on reality, lately so fluid, flexible and flummoxing. 

Therein lies the key question: what is reality?

(Read More) 

Inside Out Eclipse • New Moon 2-15-18

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February 15, 2018, 4:05pm EST, 1:05pm PST, 9:05pm GMT,
February 16, 8:05am AEDT
Image: Dragon made from recycled tin cans, at Jardin des Plantes, a park in Paris. Photo by author, 2005.

"...dive into your increasing depths where life calmly gives out its own secret"  —R.M.Rilke

This New Moon is a partial solar eclipse. The Eclipse Dragon only bites off about half the Sun, clearly not as dramatic as last summer's, and likely more relaxing. Still, it is a Dragon! This one is visible in southern South America and Antarctica (what is going on there?). 

Eclipses are indicated by the Nodes of the Moon, also called the Dragon's Head and Tail. Soulful poet Rilke suggested, "Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that want our love."

Even such a partial eclipse shifts the narrative as we head into another lunar month, with a shift in the regular rhythm. This is a Dragon Tail eclipse, aligning with the South Node of the Moon, evoking history, clearing the decks, making way for new insights that lead you forward. This is a continuing change in the social dynamic, personally and globally. Surely there is a lot going on! Don't fall into fear-mongering. Keep your heart strong and courageous. Our energetic, heart-connected "vote" impacts the collective consciousness. On the whole, this is likely to be a much more relaxing eclipse, where we express much that we have integrated and release to make room. Breathe and make space around you in the many ways that you can.

This New Moon in late Aquarius is the inside-out, opposite one from the one big one in late Leo last August. Read More...

Super Blue Eclipse

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Full Moon at 11 LEO-Aquarius 37
January 31, 2018, 8:27am EST, 5:27am PST, 1:27pm GMT
February 1, 12:27am AEDT (not Blue in Sydney, Australia)

(Image: Full Red Moon Rising, photo by Cosmic Inspiration reader Peggy Lenahan.)

It was pretty special to have a Super Full Moon to begin 2018, auguring an "interesting" year. Now this Full Moon ups the ante by being not only Super, but Blue and a Total Eclipse as well. Well! Well done, Moon. High fiving you, Kosmos. 

A Super Moon is closer to Earth than usual. A Blue Moon is a second Full Moon in one month. A Total Eclipse is indicated by a close conjunction with the Nodes of the Moon, points where the Moon crosses the path of the Sun. This is a veritable convergence of especially special. Let it be so. 

Science magazine says such a phenomenon hasn't happened since 1866, calling it a "super blue blood moon eclipse," since an eclipsed moons has a ruddy, "bloody" appearance. People in western North America, Asia, Australia, and most of the eastern hemisphere will see this eclipse. If you can see it, will your blood turn blue? A Blueblood is often defined as "a person of noble birth." This is relevant to the Leo archetype, with its royal solar flair/flare

I imagine the ruddy and blue Moon to turn some shade of purple, calling for magic. In esoteric tradition, the amethyst Violet Ray is the source of invocation and ceremonial magic, the fusion of spirit and matter, and the transfiguration effect of angelic love and compassion. The energy of this ray moves through channels in our bodies to dispel shadows and heal. Take a large full breath and see how that feels. Do you become more aware of the rhythm of your heart?  On this Full Moon, the large breath...(read more):

New Year Super Full Moon

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Full Moon at 11 Capricorn-CANCER 38
January 1, 2018, 9:24pm EST, 6:24pm PST
January 2, 2018, 2:24am GMT, 1:24pm AEDT

Image (below): "Memory," oil painting by Agnes Pelton, 1937, photographed by author at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Cancer is a sign of deep memory and impressions. Doesn't this image also evoke a new year's celebratory flute of champagne? 

A Super Full Moon begins a New Year! What an encouraging augur! A super Full Moon looks larger, since it is closer to Earth. Can you FEEL its tidal pull? And we'll get another Super Full—and Blue—Moon at the end of this month. What a way to start a year! (Consider the painting...and read below.)

 
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The Moon is especially strong in its own sign, Cancer. We may feel we want to stay close to home and hearth, to our near ones and dear ones on this Moon of moons. It is not often we have a New (Super!) Moon to open a new year. Its energy will define and carry throughout the year, highlighting this year as special, outstanding and memorable in larger global and smaller personal ways. Moon in Cancer is a strong evocation of the Mother Goddess who wraps her arms around us all. Taking a cue from Capricorn, she supports our growth, kindly urging us to mature, to stretch into our full capacity, to take responsibility and take charge of our lives as fully as we are able. Helping each other along the way, we strengthen family, community, nation and the global family.

Cancer often has a particularly deep memory, hence the graphic above. Read More...

Heart of Space New Moon

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New Moon at 26 Sagittarius 31
December 17, 10:30pm PST
December 18, 1:30am EST, 6:30am GMT, 5:30pm AEDT
Image: Unicorn Pegasus heads toward Earth with Venus' blessing. (Web collage by Dana Hunt.)

This New Moon sets our intuitive Sag-sights from a deep impulse, as it amplifies Mercury's retrograde dive deep into the Heart of the Milky Way Galaxy at 26 Sagittarius. Set your sights into the New Year and out two and a half years, which is Saturn's time frame in Capricorn. Stepping in time with the Solstice Sun, Saturn claims this New Year as his domain. We have about 30 months to fulfill a significant accomplishment. Name yours, draft a game Plan A, and keep a Plan B and Plan C on hand.

Saturn leads the way across the Unicorn cusp that joins the imagery of the one-pointed arrow of Sagittarius and the mythic Sea-Goat of Capricorn. The Moon, Saturn, Sun, then Venus follow.  Mercury, the Trickster, has circled and welcomed Venus into Sagittarius to light up this New Moon with her holiday cheer and join Saturn for a spectacular Solstice celebration. Consider this Saturn Solstice as the true New Year. 

Mercury completes the celestial caravanserai, turning forward on December 23, then crossing the Unicorn cusp on 1/11 with final New Year greetings and pulling another resolution or two out of a back pocket. 

This has been a very deep Mercury retrograde process...(Read More)