Archive for August, 2010

Full Moon in Pisces

August 24, 2010

10:04 am  PDT

The Sun in Virgo (work, health and service) is illuminating the Full Moon in Pisces (spiritual, sacrifice, sensitivity) reflecting our need to transcend the ego by letting go. Nature sacrifices its many fruits and vegetables that let go of the tree and the soil…to be consumed…so that it may perpetuate the cycle of life. The grape is ready to be plucked from the vine and changed into wine as we dine and surrender to what is divine to each of us.

Pisces is the last Sign of the Astrological Year and is depicted in symbolism as two fish. In ancient times the symbol for Pisces was the Dolphin which was associated with Apollo the Greek Sun God. Dolphins have been connected to the divine. Water is an element that changes into many forms. The Dolphin is a mammal that dives deep into the subconscious realms while also transcending and surfacing into the conscious realm of air. This is a very sensitive Sign but don’t confuse it for weakness because the dolphin knows how to bring down a shark. The symbol of the Two Fish demonstrate Duality and is probably the reason Pisceans are considered to be wishy washy. A lot of people with a Pisces Moon in there birth chart tend to dive deep into their own fantasy world often being inspired to be creative in music, dance, poetry, storytelling and the arts. Our moods change like the face of the moon and there is a tendency to escape from the secular world.

Neptune was the God of the Sea, known to the ancient Greeks as Poseidon who ruled with the trident (three pronged spear) in his hand stirring the waters of the ocean and the subconscious realms of the mind. In modern time he has been portrayed as the father of Disney’s
Little Mermaid. The archetype was prevalent in the film Poseidon which illustrates his power over earthquakes and tidal waves: a huge tidal wave capsizes a luxury liner during a full moon, literally turning the vessel upside down. The passengers that survive are subject to an underwater journey into the dark sea, finding their way to the surface by escaping through the ship’s bottom and eventually being rescued in the light of day. Pisces is the need to surrender the ego which does not grasp the imagination to a Higher Power…be it God/dess, the Divine or Great Mystery. It also relates to illusion, fantasy and daydreams.  In our need to connect with the Divine through a mystical excursion we may choose to consume intoxicants in order to relax and let go. Here is where we may heed to the words Nothing In Excess. It is said that Pisces is associated with the fermented grape and is the origin of the saying: drinks like a fish.

Here is the Full moon to gather with family and friends to celebrate the last days of summer by feasting, drinking, dancing and sharing our stories experienced during the Season of the Sun.  Remember: Transcendence is the key word for this watery moon…escape into the fantasy realm of dreams… this is the time when the tree begins to let go of her fruit to continue the cycle of life… before the sweet September Harvest…Letting Go is the feeling of this moon… scribe poetry…sing a song from your soul… dance to the beat of the One Heart… if you feel like a fish out of water then swim in the ethereal realm… if you feel like a fish in water then dive deep into the cosmic sea of your unconscious mind…remember…life is but a dream… if you can be by the water do so and share your creative gifts with loved ones…trust that the universe is unfolding as it should… lift up your Holy Grail to the moon and drink of her luminous light!

(c) Richard Barrett 2010


New Moon in Leo

Monday, August 9, 2010 at 8:08 p.m. PDT

The Sun and the Moon are both conjunct in the lion’s den within the Fire Sign of Leo.  This turns up the summer heat…and at some point all of us want to feel hot!  This can be like a handful of Sweet Hearts Candy where one says: Kiss Me, and another: Love Sucks. Which one am I going to taste? Bitter or Sweet?  It is said that the most ferocious heart truly yearns for love. The timid heart craves affection but is afraid to open up to it. Time to turn on the Heart Light.

Welcome to the High Tide of Summer where the Sun rules Leo.  We are now past the mid-point between Summer and Autumn.  Many people are vacationing and allowing their innerchild to explore the world with a renewed sense of innocence.  The world is a stage and people want to act out many types of roles in the Sacred Drama of Life.  It is not surprising then to watch as people are willing to take risks such as: skydiving, river rafting, bungee jumping or simply taking the plunge into the uncharted waters of the unconscious mind.  Everyone wants to be the center of attention at some point in order to be noticed and gain recognition.  The Leo archetype can be found in the story ofthe Lion King teaching us about loyalty, devotion and pride.

All the world is a stage and we all play our part in it. Leo wants to be in the spotlight and receive due recognition. Some of us will create drama in our lives in order to get attention. The New Moon pulls us inward to where our wounds lay hidden beneath superficial masks of comedy and tragedy.  Love is the absence of fear, so be fearless. To have courage literally translates to have heart. It takes courage to risk being hurt when dealing with affairs of the heart. If you want to be loved, then love. Some people are too proud to risk wearing their heart upon their sleeve. They claim that they have been hurt and betrayed too many times and are unwilling to open their chakra center. They would rather be safe rather than allow that proverbial thorn in the lion’s paw to keep them wounded and fierce. Perhaps the thorn that pierces their wounded heart could be gently removed by an act of compassion and love.

The Tarot Deck contains a card called the Sun and it usually depicts a child riding upon a horse in a field of sunflowers beneath a huge yellow sun. Yellow is the colour of the Solar Plexus which is the chakra that contains our power.  Power over one’s self is greater and more challenging than attempting to gain power over others.

Sunflowers are in full bloom as they lift their warm colourful heads in adoration of the Sun. They are the tallest flower reaching for the Solar Light. The colours of the earth are muted in a golden brown and many crops are preparing for harvest.  What can we harvest from within our own heart?  Just remember that the Sun shines for us all!

(c) Richard Barrett 2010