Archive for March, 2014


New Moon in Aries

Artist: Josephine Wall

Artist: Josephine Wall

March 30, 2014  11:44 am  PDT

Welcome to the first New Moon of the Astrological Year. 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 mood 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 other 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 that are expression of repression. 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 challenging 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”.

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…with Uranus (social change) in Aries…so spring into action…better yet…make it positive action!
(c) Richard Barrett 2014

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Full Moon in Virgo

Artist: Josephine Wall

Artist: Josephine Wall

 

March 16, 2014  10:08 am  PDT

Certain persons can feel the pull between the Sun and the Moon during its 3 night full moon phase (18 hours prior to its peak and 18 hours after..for approximately a total of 36 hours.  Note: 18 is the Moon Card in the Major Arcana of the Tarot). 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 major storms and earthquakes with a higher magnitude.  I spoke about the Ancient God of the Sea in my New Moon in Pisces post on February 28, 2014. 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 Fukushima, Japan has caused that country 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 survive the whirlpool of our own doubt and fear. Certainly, the vast images captured in Japan, China, Pakistan and other parts of the globe 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  become instinctive and act wild and crazy 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 in Pisces (Sensitive, Dreamy, Intuitive, Delusional) 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 has brought our attention to something that attracts and distracts…diverting it from something else. Virgo wants to make sense out of the non-sense. Virgo is the Sign of the Caregiver, Planner, Teacher, Repair Person who may worry too much about perfection. 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 storms and 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.

 The Sun in Pisces opposing the Virgo full moon. People may tend to be more sensitive and intuitive but unable to communicate it clearly through Neptune’s haze which can lead to illusion and the path of addiction. Attachment to the past and letting go become tricky business. It is time to reorganize…rethink…replace…return…repeat…relive…reorganize…rethink…replace…return…repeat…resolve and to remember that like the planet Mercury appears to be moving backward…so our lives may have seem to take an unexpected turn. So in Virgo fashion…focus on the details and be careful not to overlook any important matters….and clean up any mess you have also left behind.

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 (the word mama is a root of mammary…the gland that offers milk from our mamas). 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 can be 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 mystery.  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.  Virgo will bake you a humble pie and share it with you gracefully.

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 2014

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New Moon in Pisces

Artist: Josephine Wall

Artist: Josephine Wall

February 28, 2014  11:59 PM  PST

The Sun and Moon are conjunct in the Water Sign Pisces beginning a new lunation cycle with a New Moon.  The Sun (our motivation), Moon (our mood), Neptune (our imagination)  ruler of Pisces…a planet that also has rings…part of its allusion and illusion…with Chiron (our healing) are all transiting the Sign of the Peacemaker. Personally, I believe nothing in excess is the key to planning our Great Escape here.  

We want to make our daydreams a reality so when the time comes to surrender to a higher power…our emotions can feel like a calm stream or a raging flood. Pisces has the Two Fish as its symbol. It has been said that this is the origin of the sayings: drinks like a fish or to get sloshed.  Pisces Energy is so sensitive that it can be like an emotional sponge taking on the suffering of others. A lot of Spiritual Advisers, Counselors, Therapists, Psychologists, etc. have Pisces prominent in their chart. Like most sensitive types, there needs to be caution when making sacrifices for others at the expense of one’s own self as it can become easy to fall into the Messiah Trap and become the Martyr.  Yet complete surrender of our own ego to help another is an escape from ourselves. Think of the Symbol of the Two Fish as Opposites.  There are moments when we need to dive deep into our subconscious sea to discover the secret treasures that are buried there, yet it is also important to surface and breathe life into what was discovered in the depths of the imagination. It was Albert Einstein who said:” Imagination is far greater than knowledge.” Daring to be different…to swim against the current flow of consensus reality has been a struggle for many spiritual beings.  So Pisces is the Sign of the Dreamer, Storyteller, Poet, Artist, Musician and Mystic. (Dionysius, Christ, Buddha are a few of the many Peace Makers that came to Earth to Sacrifice, a word that means: to make sacred.) This reminds me of the ancient story of the Boy and the Dolphin:

 In Ancient Greece there are many artifacts adorned with a Boy and a Dolphin. Many cultures had the Dolphin rather than the Two Fish that appear in our modern day Zodiac. Today, some people still use the Two Dolphins as a symbol for Pisces. Anyway, the story is about a boy who feeds a dolphin that begins a beautiful friendship. They would meet everyday and play in the ocean until sunset. The boy was seen blissfully riding upon the Dolphin.  Some say that the boy was an orphan….One day the Dolphin came in search of his friend only to discover that the child had drowned. The Dolphin carried his friend to shore and remained there with the boy where it also died. To this day Dolphins are known to pair bond for life and to take an ailing companion to shore and remain with it until the end.

 Here we have the Compassion, Love and Sacrifice of the Martyr: the one who feels the profound pain and suffering of others.  It is important to be empathetic and sympathetic, to place one’s foot in someone else’s flipper, so to speak. To offer unconditional love takes great courage and compassion. We also discover the theme of  Letting Go in the story of the Boy and the Dolphin.  In Letting Go we are able to transcend the obstacles that hold us back.  Too many tears can cause us to drown in an ocean of self-pity. When the heart is full, the eyes overflow. Perhaps this is the New Moon of releasing some of that repressed emotion. Repression leads to depression. Time to make an impression!  We are all connected whether we are able to accept it or not. There is no such thing as being completely independent because we are all interdependent.  We live in a society that is drowning in the deception of grandiose illusion. People are so willing to let go of friends and lovers while they desperately hold on to objects that they really do not need and most likely do not want.  An open hand can contain more water than a closed fist. The Dark Wizards of so-called success brainwash people into a belief system that instills a competitive edge to be Number One.  Nothing can be ONE all the time. Each number has a significant and relative value. I don’t believe that we are meant to be what we are, but who we are.  All is One.  There is no such thing as a Peaceful War in a Military sense. There is no way to peace, Peace is the way…Pisces is Peace.  It is the Peace Maker. We can protest war by shouting: Peace in the Middle East!  It is the angry and wounded person who is not at peace and would attempt to take a piece out of you. However, we need to make peace with those disowned aspects of ourselves. When we are at peace with our own humanity we are able to be at peace with others.

 Is there someone you need to forgive?  Or a situation that you need to let go of?  This is a great Moon Cycle to begin the journey in healing ourselves and others. Forgiveness releases old wounds for everyone involved.  In forgiving ourselves we are better able to forgive others.  Is there someone that you know who needs some kind of support?  Take the time to let others know that you care. I personally love Random Acts of Kindness. This is a wonderful Moon to be in the water or even near it.  Be like the Dolphins and breathe in that salty sea air!  It is a night to use your imagination and create masterpieces of art, music and poetry. Pisces rules the feet which also makes it the Sign of the Dancer. What a relaxing way to let go by dancing to some amazing music to induce a trance-like state of being. Be careful not to drown in the haze of illusions. Neptune the planet associated with Pisces (Dreams and Illusions) was God of the Oceans and his daughters were the Mermaids. Neptune used his Trident to stir up the sea, just like hallucinogenic drugs can stir up the subconscious sea and cause some of us to sink into a whirlpool of despair.

 The Sacred Oracle at Delphi (Dolphin) in Ancient Greece had inscribed above the Temple Threshold: Know Thyself and Nothing In Excess.

 So, this is the last New Moon of the Astrological Year. The last New Moon of winter.

Remember the song: Row, row, row your boat…gently down the stream…
merrily, merrily, merrily…life is but a dream…so are the Salmon dreaming when they swim against the stream returning to their place of birth? All rivers lead to the ocean. So Let Go and Flow!  Transcend the Ego and feel your self floating upon the sea of Peace, Love and Compassion.

 

(c) Richard Barrett 2014

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