Archive for May, 2011


June i, 2011  2:02 pm  PDT

 

The Sun and the Moon are currently in the Sign of the Twins, Gemini. Cogito Ergo Sum translates: “I think, therefore I am”,  which was coined by the French philosopher Renee Descartes. Gemini, being an Air Sign, is a Creative Thinker or Genius. The New Moon is a great time to continue the journey toward the within. Our thoughts may turn inward, only to move outward, as we will want to communicate with others. A lot of Gemini types appear to have their head in the clouds…up to where they belong. However, it is important for Gemini to allow their feelings to be experienced in the heart, rather than the head. The heart hath its reason, which reason knows nothing of ~Blaise Pascal. Mercury, the Winged Messenger, ruler of Gemini is busy playing mind games with our sense of security in the Sign Taurus (Money, Possessions, Security, ). Think about what true security means. We may traverse down memory lane and want to complete any unfinished business both personal and professional.
Venus (Love, Harmony) and Mars (Action, Challenge) are still in Taurus which will lend to the placid feeling that one experiences when coming down to earth. Here the head and the heart can meet upon a common ground which enables us to secure our own personal comfort zone. A perfect time to get out and watch the Solar Eclipse which will occur when both the Sun and Moon are conjunct. This gives us an opportunity to look within and ask ourselves if we are eclipsing another’s personal light by overshadowing them with our own projections.
Gemini is the social butterfly that loves to flutter around and experience all of the variety of flowers in bloom. Sometimes the Social Gemini Moon can attract gossip and create needless misunderstandings. Make an effort to communicate effectively and to listen to others. Remember the children’s game Whispering Down The Lane? You whisper something into one person’s ear that is passed on to the next person and by the time it reaches the end of the line it has become totally out of context. Be mindful before speaking. In other words, put your mouth in gear before you speak (unless there is room in it for your foot).
Media has become overloaded and our minds downloaded with alot of negativity being reported in the news. There is just too much information at our disposal. We are being left to our own devices and experiencing the world through cyberspace. This is a great time to turn off the TV/Cell Phone/Computer and tune in to the transmission of the planet and all our relations on an organic level. We are the center of our universe. Everything we think and do has an impact upon ourselves and our immediate surroundings. If we are restless and require distraction, then perhaps we could learn to mediatate while practising deep breathing. Gemini is associated with the lungs and nervous system. Think of ways to create Positive Action, then breathe life into it. Yes, the universe exists with both positive and negative energy. We need to bring any opposing forces together through integration.

A world in black and white, hath no colour. The Light Spectrum refuses no colour. How would we know day without night? Get outside and bear witness to the beauty that nature paints for us in every moment. As Albert Einstein said: Imagination is far greater than knowledge. Dare to be different. When you change your perception, you transform your world. Remember to respect that other people’s Way may differ from your own. Same planet, different worlds.

There are many myths about Mercury/Hermes, the Ancient Messenger God, who was also known as the Patron of both Merchants and Theives, as well as surfers and skateboarders in modern time.. Thoughts and ideas can travel fast like quicksilver in the archetype of the Gemini Genius. I suggest reading about his myth, and also the story of his counterparts; the Egyptian Thoth and Norse Loki. This is the New Moon to begin a journal. Many people use journals for calendars, appointments and goals…rather than self-reflection and expression. Forget the attitude and think gratitude. Start focusing on the wins, rather than the losses in your life. Whatever you do, try to do it with an open mind and most importantly with an open heart.
(c) Richard Barrett 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 17, 2011  4:08 PDT

The Sun and Moon in their perpetual movement have danced apart and are now facing one another like the Matador waving a red cloth of passion, desire and even anger, taunting the Bull with lust, impatience and potential death. A ritual is thus performed between opposing forces that seek to defeat the other, rather than meeting upon common ground.  The Sun (the Core of our Being) in Taurus, like Ferdinand, again needs to smell all the flowers of spring, rather than being taunted by the Matador beneath the Full Moon (our Mood, Feeling)  in Scorpio. Mercury (Communication), Venus (Harmony, Love) and Mars (Action) have all recently joined the Sun in the Sign of Taurus, after being in the restless, impulsive fiery Sign of Aries. For some it will feel like coming back to earth…a gentle fall or a crash landing. 
Scorpio can be intense, secretive, sexual, powerful, mysterious and destructive. In the Full Moon light we can deconstruct some of the darker myths and transform them into more positive ones.  This is the night to dare to reveal your darkest secrets to those you can trust, above all, your own conscience.  When we carry our so-called secrets that can sting us like a scorpion with guilt and shame…we begin to blame and project our negative energies like a snake filled with venom.  We can become as sick as our secrets. So this is the Full Moon to shed that old skin of resentment and be reborn like the Phoenix from its ashes. 
The Moon affects the tides of our personal emotions.  The ebb and flow of all energy.  We live in an era where deception and destruction seem to be projected into our minds by the constant bombardment of controlled media.  Who do we trust?  Inscribed on certain coins are the words: In God We Trust. A penny for your thoughts? Your thoughts must be free from the smokescreens of trickery imposed upon you by others who want power and control.  Death may destroy the body, but it does not destroy the soul.  So we must be like soul detectives and seek to find and expose those dark demons inside each and every one of us. Where there is absence of Love, there is Fear.  Why do some people fear the dark?  Use the Light of the Full Moon to illuminate those dark areas that you may fear to tread.
Scorpio is a water sign, however, in the dead of winter it can appear to be as cold, hard and distant as the icy orb Pluto. The Sun in Taurus melts the ice into rivers that eventually lead to the ocean. Now in Spring, the last frost of winter can melt away into streams of conscious transformation and self-empowerment. The Snow Queen (Scorpio) of Winter becomes the May Queen (Taurus) of Spring.  So the Rites of Spring are celebrated on May Day or Beltane to usher in fertility and abundance in the merry month of May.  The Maypole is a fertility symbol used to fructify the soil of Mother Earth.  People dance around the pole with coloured ribbons, harmoniously weaving opposing energies into a union of masculine and feminine, like two snakes coil around the staff of Hermes (Caduceus: the Emblem used by the Medical Profession).  People can also join in sexual union to honour the act that procreates life as well as pleasure and harmony.
The Full Moon in Scorpio would be a great opportunity to explore our sexuality and to celebrate our being sexy in a very unique way. Dare to be different.  Channel this restless energy into a more sensual experience with others as well as ourselves.  Sex and Spirit are connected although they have been severed by powers that would divide and conquer us as individuals.  Gather with friends and play a fun game like Clue, Truth Or Dare, or plan a Mystery Solving evening. Lovers could engage in fantasy play or engage in some deep and meaningful dialogue.
Remember, Scorpio can be symbolic like the lower natured Scorpion or Snake within us, but it also contains the higher archetypes of both the Phoenix and the Eagle.  The Phoenix transforms but the Eagle soars high and flies closest to the Sun. 
(c) Richard Barrett 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011  11 :50 PM  PDT

The Sun and Moon are in the Venus (Love, Beauty, Attraction) ruled Earth Sign of Taurus, which is named after the Minotaur.  There is a Greek myth about the Labyrinth and the Bull named after King Minos of Crete.  In modern times, the Labyrinth is still used as a meditative and symbolic pathway.  On our personal journey toward the within, we sometimes find ourselves wandering further away from our center, only to discover that we are actually navigating closer to it.  This is the time to dig deep within ourselves to discover what truly makes us feel secure.
Security is experienced on many levels, particularly the realm of matter or the material realm.  How many of us live our lives with a false sense of security?  Here is the perfect Moon Cycle to question the meaning of being secure on every level.  Money does not create emotional security.  Love does not create financial security (although partnership can).  Like the many gardeners that get their hands dirty cultivating the soil of their gardens, we can also unearth some of the misconceptions that have been planted in our own Secret Garden and fertilised with alot of bull that stifles our personal growth.
Why is it that some people are able to make us feel secure, while others make us feel insecure?  I believe it is all about investment.  Who and what do we invest in?  Are we giving and receiving our fair share?  Do we own our possessions or do our possessions own us?  Do we merely borrow our existence or do we own it?  When we feel we are not being respected or honoured for our efforts, we may become insecure.
Superficially, we are defined by what we do rather than who we are.  We enter this world or realm of the senses with nothing and we depart from it with nothing.  Yet we are conditioned by constant marketing schemes to convince us to purchase things that we do not neccessarily need; or eventually that we do not want.  Again, it is the attachment to the sentiment, rather than the object itself that the Taurus type wants to cling to.  After all, eventually you will be thrown off by the bull, both literally and figuratively.
Taurus loves the textiles of the earth and has been known to collect antiques.  It is also a very creative and practical sign.  Taurus is slow and placid.  Stubborn and persistant.  A lot of Taureans will admit they are clumsy like a bull in a china shop.  Patience is a virtue.  Remember, Ferdinand the Bull taking the time to smell the roses.  However, if a person with a lot of Taurus in their chart does lose their patience, they will charge headstrong with anger like a raging bull.
The Sun and Moon have both transited out of Aries…however, still remaining in Aries are the other Personal Planets Mercury (Communication) Venus (Harmony) and Mars (Conflict)…while Jupiter (Faith) and Uranus (Liberation) the Social Planets are  also in this fiery sign.  It may feel like a war between our head and our hearts.  In each of these areas of our lives we are affected depending upon which House they are transiting. While some will be springing into positive action and taking up the challenge…others may become restless, irritated and angered to the point of combat. Use this Lunar cycle to take the the time to find a seed in your own heart and bring forth a flower…Deep breathing allows us to slow down and ground to the sound of our own drum.  The sister of passion is compassion. Be assertive rather than aggressive.

Think about our earth’s resources and how insufficiently they are being distributed.  There are enough natural resources to feed, shelter and clothe those who live in poverty.  We all need to grab the bull by the horns and harness its power and connection to Mother Earth. If we give her back her diamond, she will offer up her pearl. ~Dead Can Dance

(c) Richard Barrett  2011