Archive for March, 2012


New Moon in Aries

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March 22, 2012  7:37 AM  PDT

The Sun and Moon are in Aries initiating us to take action in our personal lives. It represents the self and the selfishness of the Ego when it refuses to listen to the Heart. The background theme can be extremely passionate in the heat of this night. The energy of this Fire Sign can ignite a lot of restlessness in many of us. Life is bursting forth with renewed forces that can be either positive or negative, depending on how we channel them. Some of us will feel burned out, while others will be amped up and good to go! If we are not mindful of others due to our being overly self absorbed we may find ourselves literally bumping into people and objects. The New Moon is like a magnetic pull from within the fire in our belly. Are we angry at someone and denying our own hurt? This is where conflict begins: the Self. Aries rules the Self or the Ego. It is a force to be reckoned with. We need to learn the difference between assertion and aggression.


Ares was the Greek God of War (the opposite of his sister Aphrodite: Greek Goddess of Love and Peace) and was worshipped by Warlords in Ancient Greece. In Rome he was known as the God Mars who gave the name to the month of March. The martial arts are ruled by this sign. In fact, Ares is still worshipped today in an archetypal way. Billions of dollars are invested in warfare and the exploration of space. It seems ironic that we are unable to explore Venus the symbolic planet of love and peace which is closer to the Sun or Core of the universe…closer to the core of our being. Instead, we probe the Red Planet that has an archetypal link with Ares. We seem obsessed with Martians and other aliens in the realm of science and fantasy. Even if rational science dictates that it is not plausible to explore a planet like Venus, could we not, at the very least, explore the planet of Love symbolically within our own inner verse as opposed to the outer verse? It is interesting that our planet Earth is between two planets that represent War and Peace. Is the truth out there? Or is it in here, inside each and every one of us? Truth is such a personal belief system that seems to always be changing. Life is about transformation in so many ways. Change your perception and you change your world…your personal world…how you perceive it.


Life can be a challenge and Aries energy loves a good challenge! Rather than competing with others, we could confront our own Ego by transforming “me” into “we”. Nothing is completelyindependent everything is inter-dependant. Co-dependant has become a very negative catch word. There is so much needless conflict in our world. If we continue to feed only our greed then we sow another angry seed. It is the Ego that separates us from others. Do we multiply only to divide? We are in the Age of Aquarius, not the Age of Aries, and yet we live in a world that has become more and more competitive. A world obsessed with war and strife. How can everything be Number One at the same time? All is One relates to our spiritual connection and not the individuation of the Ego. The universe seems to be part of a Sacred Geometry; therefore, all numbers are relevant and equally important. To claim that there is only one true God (my God versus your God)…well, we all know how wars are started.


The Ram is the animal totem of the sign Aries. A headstrong creature can butt into personal affairs of others. Yet, inside every ram lies a gentle lamb. The aggressive nature of an Aries Sun/Moon/Rising Sign can be tempered by the other signs and there placements in the Astrological Chart. Although Aries energy can be egotistical, aggressive and competitive in no way implies that all Aries are ruthless and constantly seeking to win a battle. Aries energy can initiate positive action. Fire is a very useful and necessary element as long as it is not implosive or explosive (a rocket scientist would probably argue my point, rightfully so). Aries rules the head and being a fire sign can initiate headaches, inflammation and other irritations. But from an esoteric point of view the New Moon in Aries can be a very direct and exciting time. We can begin projects that require a lot of focus and energy. Aries is also associated with sports where we can experiment with these archetypes in a more constructive and playful way. Unfortunately, a lot of Major League sports have become too aggressive and violent. Sports, like the Olympics (named after the Olympian Champions of Ancient Greece) are a perfect outlet for restless and competitive forces. The lesson isn’t always about winning; it is about being a good sport.


Athena was the Greek Goddess of Wisdom and a sister of Ares. She was born with a spear and shield in hand and unlike her bother who was too impulsive, she invoked the wisdom of the Owl being wise and less rash in her actions. Athena represents the 
anima of her Brother Ares’animus. It is said that Ares and Aphrodite bore the twins, Phobos “panic” and Deimos “fear” which together can create conflict. Fear is the absence of love. Both serve a purpose to be explored and understood within each and everyone one of us. Owning our personal inner conflict is winning half the battle. To forge ahead with positive action is our best weapon. As the Pilgrim of Peace said: “If someone were to kill me, they would only be killing my body and not my soul; if I kill another, I destroy my soul”.


Mercury Retrograde is also in Aries (since March 12th) during this time which can lend to the impatience and impulsiveness of our thoughts reacting like a barometer moving up and down. It is time to be responsive without having to be reactive. While Mars ruler of Aries is also retrograde which adds fuel to the fire of communication breakdown…whether with others or telecommunication devices.  Echoes of “What the hell?” can be heard everywhere. It is an opportune time to slow down and rethink, revisit, reconnect, redo, review and research what seems missing. Nothing is ever lost…it is misplaced. It is best to wait before initiating any new plan of action until Mercury goes Direct (on April 4th). Haste makes waste…if you’re looking for a fight or challenging others…you’re adding fire to fire.  We find balance, fairness, justice and peace in the opposite sign Libra where we can learn to integrate these qualities by practicing the Way of the Peaceful Warrior. Mars is also in the Sign that it rules Aries which can propel us in either direction if we get caught in the friction of impulsive reaction.  Last, but not least, we have Uranus in Aries igniting the social unrest and uprising brought about by hostile aggression…and yet there are humanitarians around the globe harnessing and channelling the energy to take on the challenges that have been imposed upon the many…by the few. Mercury will be transiting back into dreamy Pisces…where just letting go of what is beyond our control.


Aries is also symbolic of the Inner Child. The God Ares was the first born son of Zeus who always sought the love and approval of his father. I believe that a lot of tyrants are simply wounded children seeking the love and approval of an Almighty Father, their own father, the institutional father or their own personal God. Adults are merely children in grown up bodies and we need to rediscover the child in each of us so that we can heal. It is time to remove the superficial band aid, to allow our wounds to truly heal in the fresh air and light of day. It is said in several spiritual traditions that we are to be innocent as children to enter into Heaven, Nirvana, Paradise or state of Bliss.


It is the first New Moon of Spring…so spring into action…better yet…make it positive action!



(c) Richard Barrett 2012


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Full Moon in Virgo

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 March 8, 2012    1:36 AM PDT

Certain persons can feel the pull between the Sun and the Moon during its 3 night full moon phase. The gravitational effects of the moon on the tides is evident on a daily basis. The pull is stronger during the days surrounding the New and Full Moons which can contribute to earthquakes with a higher magnitude as has been the case with Haiti  on January 12, 2010 two days prior to the New Moon, Chile on February 27, 2010 during a full moon, Japan on December 21, 2010  during a full moon, and then the devestating earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan on March 11, 2011 occurring between the new and full moon (although many scientists would label me a lunatic for even suggesting this). There were quakes in Japan a few days closer to the new moon but it seems that something significant was going to happen with so many planets in the Sign of Pisces (Dreams, Creativity, Ideals, Victims))  which is associated with Neptune in Astrology.  I spoke about the Ancient God of the Sea in my New Moon in Pisces post on February 21, 2012. In his myth Poseidon would stir up the seas with his trident or thrust it upon the ground causing earthquakes and tsunamis. The rift in japan has caused it to shift geologically and consciously. Neptune in our charts can cause little earthquakes in our personal foundation and a tidal wave of emotion when we breakthrough an illusion. Certainly, the vast images captured in Japan illustrate the magnitude of devastation and has shaken many of us around the world.  Since the moon affects the ocean tides it can certainly have an affect upon bodily fluids and the brain’s Cranial Sea.  In fact, the word lunatic is derived from the Latin word for moon which is Luna, because a lot of people would act crazy and wild during this time of the month. There is much debate around this theory but I notice a lot more lunacy during this time. So the current Lunation Cycle began with a New Moon in Pisces and now a Full Moon in Virgo.

 

This Full Moon in Virgo is not only reflecting the Sun’s light but also the recent dark events that have come to light. Virgo is associated with the Winged Messenger Mercury who has certainly been spreading a great deal of news around the world. Modern Communication in all forms has brought our attention to something and diverted it from something else. Virgo wants to make sense out of the non-sense. Virgo is the Sign of Work, Health and Service and reflects the theme of this full moon. How can we be of service during a time of crisis? Especially when the tragedy is somewhere else? Many people will volunteer their work in every form of aid possible. Health and Service Workers of every field are deployed to where disaster hits. When all can donate energy in a variety of ways. There are many concerned about the recent tornadoes striking. Prayers and visualizations from around the globe are being sent to all affected by this catastrophic event. Now is the time to repair the damage and to heal the collective wound. 


As I mentioned, Virgo is health and service oriented and it is the Full Moon to focus upon our personal health issues and to commit ourselves to a healthier lifestyle. It can be a time to be mindful of the health of others, in particular the caregivers in our lives. A lot of Virgo energy is channeled through the many caregivers who are often overworked and unappreciated. Our Health Care System seems be inundated with problems and lacking the resources that we are in dire need of. That is why it is important to heed to the words:Physician Heal Thy Self. We need to explore ways in which we can heal ourselves in Body, Mind and Spirit. There are many healers in this world, but we are our best healer in the long run. I am grateful that there are those who can set broken bones, stitch wounds and save lives. However, I think about the saying: Broken bones mend faster than broken spirits. We need to integrate both Allopathic and Alternative Health Practices. It can be very frustrating when one side dismisses the benefits of the other. Without a healthy planet we cannot expect to be healthy ourselves. I have discovered than when I help to heal others I am also helping to heal myself.

 

Too much analysis can lead to paralysis

Being a Virgo, I completely concur with the above quote, because Virgo is the Sign of the Analyst.  Anyone with Virgo prominent in their birth chart can be a stickler to detail. Too much detail can derail us from our beingness. Virgo is associated with the stomach and intestines (how we digest our spiritual and emotional foods). It is the Sign of the Perfectionist, and it can be difficult to put away the voice of the Inner Critic that resides in us all. People born with the Moon in Virgo tend to be quite critical of their Self and Other. A Virgo Moon seems to be emotionally aloof because they need to know the facts of the matter before they can open the gate to their Secret Garden of emotion. By comparing, judging and needing to know why, we steer away from the center of our being. Of course we require these cognitive tools at times because Virgo wants to be of service, to work and is health focused. In fact, the Medical Health Care Profession uses the symbol of Mercury’s Winged Staff: Caduceus as their emblem. The two snakes intertwine like the double helix of DNA.

 

 

 

So, the Moon is reflecting the Light of the Sun in Pisces. Sensitive, spiritual and dreamy Pisces. Both of the Signs Virgo and Pisces are very connected. Healing our Spirit is just as important as taking care of our body. It is here that the elements of Water (Pisces) and Earth (Virgo) can be integrated. Too much water will turn the earth into mud, while too much earth can absorb the water resulting in a dry and barren landscape within. Some of us need to be like the Virgo Hermit and go within to perfect itself through a higher ideal because something requires fixing. The Solar Pisces energy may inspire us to be more creative, musical, poetic, dreamy and mystical. Some of us need to get out of our mind and just let go. Those who are usually very hardworking will want to let loose and escape from all the overwhelming details of the Mundane world and dive deeply into the Sensual world. If you do need to escape, remember: Nothing In Excess. So avoid drinking like a fish even if you feel like a fish out of water.

Everyone is born with the Moon in a particular sign.  The Moon is how we feel and how we howl. It is our connection to our mothers and memories. When the moon transits or passes through a particular Sign and House it can affect each person differently. Virgo Moons tend to be motherly but need to be careful about being a martyr. There is thieving with some forms of giving.  If you were born while the Moon was in either Taurus or Capricorn (also earth signs) you may feel more practical, a need to be grounded or you will bury your feelings.  If you were born with the Moon in Scorpio (a water sign) you may feel less energetic and slow down enough to heed to your own intuition.  While the Natal Moon in a fire sign like Leo can feel less flamboyant as the Virgo Moon’s earth may put out the flames for a few days.

Whether or not you notice the energy of the Full Moon, may its affect upon you teach you more about your inner (spiritual) world and your place in the outer (secular) world. It is a great time to work with your hands in the intrinsic arts and crafts of our planet Earth. 

 

 (c) Richard Barrett 2012