Archive for July, 2014


New Moon in Leo

Artist: Josephine Wall

Artist: Josephine Wall

July 26, 2014  3:41 pm   PDT

 The Sun and the Moon are 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 needs love the most. The timid heart craves affection but is afraid to open up to it. With Mercury (Communication) still in moody Cancer…soon to be in Leo again… we may need to tend to affairs of the heart through the theater of the mind with a cast of thoughts acting  out drama after drama. Sometimes we create drama when when we are lacking true passion and compassion in our lives. Jupiter (Faith/Optimism) is also in Leo which becomes a test of faith…the meaning of strength, courage and wisdom takes center stage. Our loyalty and devotion may feel like they are being put to the test…especially in bigger circles or community of friends and loved ones.

The High Tide of Summer…the Sun rules Leo.  We near the mid-point between Summer and Autumn.  Many people are vacationing and allowing their inner child to explore the world with a renewed sense of innocence. There is a difference between being childlike and childish. 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 uncharted waters.  Everyone wants to be the center of attention at some point in order to receive attention and gain recognition.  Leo is about the 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 stubborn and allow that proverbial thorn in the lion’s paw to keep them wounded and ferocious. Perhap’s 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. It is about confidence and happiness.
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 2013

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Artist: Josephine Wall

Artist: Josephine Wall

 

July 12, 2014  4:20 am  PDT

Before the invention of the telescope, the Solar System, harboured only the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, against a backdrop of  stars (to the naked eye). Saturday which is named after Saturn is the last day of the week. The Sun was considered a Solar Deity or God of Light that was worshiped by different cultures around the globe. Saturn was considered the outer limit of the Solar System and was associated with endings and the God of Darkness. Many ancient cultures created their myths around these seven orbs that are still prevalent today. Even in modern times, certain people suspect the planet Saturn, with its rings to be associated with a lot of negative stereotypes, such as melancholia and  misfortune, since it is associated with limitation, constraint, boundaries and even Satan (the archetypal scapegoat of Capricorn).Saturn is associated with Capricorn which Sun Sign begins around December 21st which is the longest and darkest night of the year, as well as the first day of Winter. It was a time when the Ancient Romans celebrated the Saturnalia (modern day New Year’s festivities) with its endings and beginnings. Six months later, we experience the opposite, with the Sun transiting into Cancer around June 21st, which marks the longest and brightest day of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere). The Sun is in Cancer (Mother, Nurture,Compassion, Home) and being a Water Sign heralds in the season of Summer when people come out of their own protective shells to search for seashells, crabs and many other creatures (yes, including people) as they retreat to the beach. The water entices us to cool down, nurture and refresh our bodies. The tide of summer is rising as we plan vacation retreats that allow us to simply go with the flow…or flow with the flow. We lay in the sun to bronze our skin and receive life-giving rays. Our moods seem to ebb and flow like the tides as we fluctuate between wanting to be loved and needing our own space. Some people will be cruising for a summer fling.  On the other side of the Earth, the Moon is Full in the Sign of Capricorn (an Earth sign). This time the moon will appear 5x larger due to its orbit being closest to the earth (Perigee). The Full Moon in Capricorn can be a capricious one at that. It is the Full Moon that can reveal our serious side. We may want to be in control. To control others (rules, regulations and authority) can expend much of our valuable energy. We need to focus upon control of our own actions rather than accusing others of having bad karma (which can be fear based or love based). The inner rebel may very well want to howl beneath this Full Moon and break through those boundaries and limitations set by others. Again, this is the time we need to reflect upon our own path and learn to take responsibility for our own actions. We can choose to respond (take responsibility) or react irresponsibly to the obstacles that appear to be in our way.The Goat has long been associated with Capricorn. The uphill climb, on a sometimes steep and rugged hill, can be a thrill of a lifetime. Some of us are reluctant to take that extra step. Since Capricorn is also linked with Career, some of us will clash head on with our boss or the bossy-ness of others. No one likes to be told what to do, so be mindful when requesting assistance in any undertaking. Remember, when you ask you may not always receive, so be respectful of other peoples’ boundaries also.
Capricorn (an Earth Sign) wants to create structure and support in the traditional sense. Too much water will turn the ground into mud. Many persons with Capricorn Sun, Moon, Rising or orbs prominent in this sign, can feel swamped and tend to be rigid when it comes to their emotions. They become so focused on their reputation and social status that they fear rejection to the point of being wound up so tight when it comes to their feelings. Lack of healthy emotional release can manifest in disease of the bones and joints (flexibility) in particular. Remember, repression leads to depression.

Capricorn is  about Duty. Wise authority will honor both the student and the teacher in others. Saturn is also associated with old age and wisdom. We all have our lessons to learn. Learn to heed to the authority of your own experience. We go to school and are taught a lot of structured, limited and old ways of education, which we begin to unlearn as we grow older. Life experience is the greatest teacher, it gives us the test first, and then, we learn the lesson.

It is said that Time is the greatest healer.Time was named after Chronos or Saturn.  Perhaps, we willingly allow time to limit our freedom. We all face the reality of time running out. Time is a paradox: a technical gadget that we shackle around our wrists. I once wrote: Time is two hands on a clock, reaching out to strangle me (that’s my Capricorn Moon talking). There is Universal Time, Earth Time and Human Time (we all have our own internal clock). Capricorn is known to be old when young and young when old.  

Remember when pursuing your goals to be mindful of those you pass on the way up the corporate ladder…you will be passing them again on the way down. Welcome the first full moon of summer!

(c) Richard Barrett 2014