Monday, June 29, 2009

The pause before inhale

With Uranus stationary now, it feels a bit like that pause in the breathing cycle where we momentarily rest before taking another inhale. We are certainly setting the stage for considerable shifts over the next few weeks, with the three eclipses scheduled. Eclipses always correspond with a change in the way the cosmic wind is blowing -- and to have three within five weeks is considerable.

The first eclipse, a Lunar Eclipse on July 7, is the "new" eclipse, based on the fact that eclipse locations repeat every 19 years. While the eclipses on July 22 and August 6 are at the same degrees as their predecessors in 1990, the July 7 eclipse is anchoring a new energy into the planet.

A Lunar Eclipse is a magnified Full Moon, and so is meant to bring about increased awareness to some area of our experience. The eclipse next week is a partial eclipse, anchoring new energies at 15 degrees of Capricorn (the location of the Moon) and 15 degrees of Cancer (the location of the Sun).

To be proactive in directing our growth, we can find where those degrees are located in our natal charts, and spend some time considering how we are being asked to grow in new ways in these areas. If you need reminders about the meanings of the different houses, the "Houses" page of my website at will supply some basics to work from.

Friday, June 26, 2009

What's up in L.A.?

A friend just e-mailed me that question, based on the transitions of three celebrities in just a few days of each other: Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson.

One common thread is that all three were icons who had their greatest fame decades ago. My thinking is that this relates to Pluto being opposite the Sun this week. Pluto in Capricorn is tearing down old structures that are no longer applicable or viable in our new reality -- and it makes sense that this would include role models and icons.

We may see more along these lines, since the Pluto-Sun opposition was part of the Solstice chart, which is considered an indication of trends for the next three months.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Adjustment phase

It's taking a while to adjust to the energies that came in with the Solstice, especially on physical levels. As we raise our vibrational levels, the cellular structure of our bodies are changing, and everything needs to shift accordingly. If you're feeling achy and tired right now, this adjustment phase may be the cause.

Still, there's a new sense of possibility that has opened up, and today's New Moon is amplifying that feeling. This is actually a "SuperMoon," which means it is occurring when the Moon is at perigee (the part of its cycle where it is closest to the Earth). This proximity amplifies the Moon's magnetic effects on the planet and her people, another reason we may be feeling more sensitive today.

Adding to that sensitivity is the fact that the New Moon is in Cancer, perhaps the most feeling-oriented of the signs. Under this influence, we may be feeling emotionally vulnerable, and in need of all the self-nurturing we can give to ourselves. A good day to nestle in, if you can, and sip soul- and body-nourishing fluids.

The Pluto-Sun opposition is exact tomorrow -- very early here on the Pacific coast (12:39am PDT), so we'll be seeing the effects both today and tomorrow. The tension needn't result in conflict, however. The way through the stress of an opposition is to find a place of balance in the middle. This means acknowledging the need to make significant changes in how we've structured our lives up to now, and rooting out the fears that have kept us from taking charge of our life direction (Pluto in Capricorn). At the same time, we must realize the need to treat ourselves kindly and gently, and perhaps to make new commitments to strengthening the emotional foundations that support our going forth (Sun-Moon-Vesta in Cancer).

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Solstice and....?

There's a building sense of anticipation in the air. The Solstice is this weekend (Saturday evening, 10: 48pm Pacific Daylight Time), and it appears to be an important turning point.

In whatever ways you can utilize this energetic wave, it will be a good one to catch and ride! There's a new meditation specifically to use this weekend just posted by Solara An-Ra -- you can download the "Octahedron of Love Meditation" file at or watch a meditation video on YouTube

It's interesting that different versions of this octahedron meditation have appeared in several channeled postings recently -- it may not be the only way to take advantage of the incoming energies, but it seems to be both a powerful and appropriate way to connect with them.

Astrologically, there's plenty of verification of the important shift taking place. At the time of the Solstice, the Moon aligns with Mercury in Gemini, helping us to open our minds to new ideas and to be willing to change as needed. Venus is conjunct Mars in Taurus, helping us take concrete action inspired by the heart's wisdom and the knowing of what has true value in our lives. The Neptune-Chiron-Jupiter alignment continues to broadcast higher heart energy in support of our spiritual and emotional healing.

That means that seven of the eleven primary astrological players are involved in a conjunction -- a sure indicator that we are completing a phase of our evolutionary development, and beginning an important new chapter.

The Pluto-Sun opposition at the Solstice should help us get to the core of what needs healing, and the wide square from both planets to Uranus can help free us from attachment to what has gone before. These aspects are perhaps the wild cards of the Solstice chart, since neither Uranus nor Pluto tends to be subtle in effect. But the potential here for important shifts is hard to ignore... and exciting to consider!

Many blessings to all on the ride ahead!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Physical symptoms

I received an e-mail today from a client with a question that I thought others might have, too. Here's what she wrote:

"I have been experiencing an inexplicable sense of anxiety, especially in my 4th chakra area. I have a consistent morning practice and a Dahn yoga practice. I wondered if the astrology of the times would be a factor in my puzzling symptoms."

And here's what I replied:

Your symptoms are not uncommon! The energies that have come in starting June 1 have been highly elevated High Heart chakra energies, and many people I know (myself included) are experiencing physical symptoms. As the level of Love increases, the level of fear rises as well, so that we will find the flow that guides us through.

Everything is vibrating to this higher energy, and if we have some residual emotional/mental patterns that are not in sync, they're vibrating, too. I'm trying to think of an analogy... the best I can describe is visualizing a set of bells suspended in air. Some are perfectly aligned, but a couple are off-center. As a wind comes through, all the bells start to chime, but the ones that are off-center kind of go clunk instead.

So fears that remain inside us, yet to be processed, are clunking loudly. And since we're healing not only this lifetime but all our lifetimes, and not only our generation but the generations preceding us, we have many levels to work on. Fears that may not seem like ours are coming up, in addition to the ones we recognize. But they exist somewhere in us, and so they vibrate, ready to be released.

Perhaps astrologically, we can point to the alignment of Venus and Mars as amplifying the enhanced heart energies, already well established by the Neptune-Chiron-Jupiter conjunction. If Venus and Mars are involved, we may see some intensification of symptoms and the accompanying need to release fears through the exact Mars-Venus conjunction on June 21.

Friday, June 5, 2009


It seems we're flowing into a channel where things are moving more and more swiftly. The energy shift that took place early this week was quite profound -- does anyone else feel like they're a different person than they were just a few days ago?

My guidance said that this impulse was High Heart energy, and it truly does feel expansive. And, as a result, slipping back into lower-vibrational emotions and places feels all the more deadening.

It appears to be time to weed out, clear out, clean out whatever no longer matches the higher vibrational path. We have a local recycling event tomorrow, so I am finally discarding an old computer I haven't used for years. The process of removing the computer this morning ended up taking on a life of its own. What began as a 5-minute transport out turned into a 3-hour rampage of clearing and cleaning.

And, for those of us on the west coast of the United States, in particular Oregon, Nature swept through with quite a wind and thunderstorm yesterday, doing her own version of cleaning house -- perhaps in anticipation of Sunday's Full Moon energies, which will be helping us release the ancient thought patterns and beliefs that have inhibited our progress.

Monday, June 1, 2009

June begins

It's been an interesting day. The energies are already feeling subtly different than even just yesterday.

In meditation this morning, when I called light to me as usual, it came in and around me softly, rather than as a beam of bright light, which I am more used to. So perhaps there is a more feminine energy afloat? That would certainly go along with the High Heart chakra opening. And I very much admit to feeling more emotional today, more vulnerable perhaps.

And, from talking with a friend, we both agree that we're feeling less grounded.

Anyone else have an experience to share? Does June already feel different than May to you?