Archive for December, 2014


New Moon in Capricorn

Artist: Josephine Wall

Artist: Josephine Wall

December 21, 2014  5:35 PM PST
It’s a new dawn…a new day…a new season…and a New Moon in Capricorn! The Sun and Moon are both conjunct in the sign Capricorn joined by Mercury (communication), Venus (attraction) and Pluto (transformation) meaning it is time to get serious. Some of us may feel very grounded and connected to earth energy or weighed down by gravity and perhaps feel more depressed during this time of the year due to the anticipation and expectation that may end in disappointment. In many cultures the birth of the Light or Return of the Invincible Sun Sol Invictus is celebrated as a holy day on or near the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, which is the longest night of the year and which marks the shift of the seasons as the Earth begins its perpetual dance to and from the Light of the Sun. This is a major shift for those with a Sun, Moon or Rising Capricorn Sign with a stellium of orbs currently in this sign. In an astrological sense it is the Saturnalia or modern New Year which always occurs near this new moon as Old Father Time ushers in the New Born. Capricorn is the sign of the birth of the Divine.
Saturn is associated with Capricorn (Dharma, Limitations, Authority and Time) it is the planet that says: get a grip! The rings around this planet are like a belt that needs to be tightened so we don’t wind up with our pants down…so to speak. This is the last planet visible to the naked eye and is symbolic of the naked truth of the self-imposed restrictions and limitations that can sometimes hold us back from pursuing and attaining our goals. In Ancient Rome, people celebrated the Saturnalia (our modern day New Years) and as the sands of the old calendar year pass through the hour glass of time, we begin to start anew by thinking of making resolutions or goals (think Discipline). It doesn’t neccessarily matter that we attain every goal set, as long as we strive to do our personal best.
Those who resolve to make personal commitments and agreements for their own benefit or simply to appease others on January 1st will probably notice the lack of discipline that prevents us from honouring the goals of our own personal best. The New Moon in Capricorn is getting down to business and being your own boss when it comes to the material realm.  It is the Capricorn nature that inhibits itself due to lack of confidence even though it is born to achieve. Where do we begin? By observing the house the New Moon will be transiting at the start of this cycle.

The New Moon is a time to initiate a change for the better and to establish some new boundaries in both our personal and professional lives. It is a good time to create a budget that will keep us within our means. It is easy to forget the abundance that some have while others seem to struggle. Too much of something can be a whole lot of nothing. Remember that we are meant to slow down during the cold, dark of winter. A time to gather indoors near the hearth (heart of home) to cook and to keep warm. If you celebrate the holy days may they be filled with Light, Laughter and Love.
Remember,there are two kinds of Mountain Goats: one takes it time grazing on a plateau, while the other strives to climb that steep hill unable to keep still. Neither is right or wrong, so there is no need to get someone elses’ goat, only to wind up locking horns of indifference. Nor is it the time to be butting our heads into other people’s personal pilgrimage.  
Sometimes there can be a need to be in total control of ourselves/others  possibly due to our perception of fear. The half human/half goat Pan may sound his horn causing us to panic. Take the time to slow down and prepare for the coming Spring. Oftentimes, grounded (Capricorn is an Earth Sign) and laid back people are considered lazy in our fast paced culture. It is easy to scapegoat others when we are unable to face our own mistakes or shortcomings. All those Capricorn Saviour deities seemed to agree on one concept: Be Still and you shall eventually find rest and peace. If you need to rush ahead of the herd, then at least be mindful of the pace of others who are unable to keep up with yours.

Although Capricorn energy can be slow yet steady on the pathway to success, sometimes the outlook can be pessimistic and inhibited. Responsibility is the ability to respond with practicality. Capricorns also can be prone to being despondent and yet their offbeat sense of humour and dry wit can remedy this. It is said that Capricorns are old when young, and young when old. The newborn child (puer) and the old man (senex) are symbols of the New Year replacing the Old Year. January is named after the ancient deity Janus who was two faced looking both to the past and the future.

So, whether you are an over-achiever, an under-achiever or simply an achiever, be kind to those you pass on the way up the hill because you may end up passing them again on the way down.
As the song goes: …ain’t no mountain high enough, ain’t no valley low enough…we can see the vast horizon on the mountaintop or the majesty of the mountain from the valley below.
(c) Richard Barrett 2014

Full Moon in Gemini

Johfra Gemini

December 6, 2014  4:26 am  PST

The Sun is currently in Sagittarius igniting the Holy-day Season by marking the beginning of the many Festivals of Light honoured during these the darkest days of the year. The Full Moon is solitary in Gemini facing the Sun with all of its luminous beauty. This combination can make our Spirits Bright as we think about how we celebrate our faith or perhaps how others view it as a philosophical question asking what are we truly celebrating? Or we may feel conflicted by the seeming double standards that are witnessed by the frenetic pace of people rushing about…in their quest for value and meaning…and the reason for the Season. It can feel like a bi-polar moon!

A vast majority of religions celebrate the Birth of the Light during this month. It is an affirmation and dedication to the many Beings of Light who have been Spiritual Torch Bearers throughout the millennium. 

Jupiter rules Sagittarius helping to expand our faith in the true meaning of the holy-days…Sun (Core), Mercury (Communication), Venus (Love) and Uranus (Community) currently tenanting this fire sign. People travel short and long distances to be with family and loved ones. To come together and share in the Feast of Abundance and to nestle with one another in the warmth and comfort of the hearth and home. Discussions are shared in the guise of heated debates over shallow and misguided thoughts and others are engaged in deep meaningful conversations sharing each others stories of faith, hope and love.

The Full Moon in Gemini can also make us more restless and anxious as we prepare for all of the many festivities that are celebrated during this time. Office parties are being held and would be a great time to let loose and just be who we are as opposed to what we think we are. We may think we know it all, only to discover that we are pulling the wool over our own eyes when we could be knitting that wool into a sweater that we could gift to someone else. It is a beneficial time to share ideas or new concepts with friends and colleagues as it is the Social Networking Moon.

Again, Communication is a key component of Gemini and this is a time to get those letters, cards and parcels off to loved ones to make it safely through the hustle and bustle of the season. No one wants to be alone during this time. Turn off the TV and attend a Holy-day concert or one of the many Festival of Light Celebrations talking over a cup of warm holy-day cheer with others.

This would be a great moon to be inspired with gift giving ideas. It’s not all about overspending and stressing out in the consumption of too many needless things, only to end up feeling exhausted and resentful for having endured the long line ups and expensive purchases. Think expansive rather than expensive. Too much of something can end up being a whole lot of nothing. We have many gifts that we can create and share with others.

Sometimes the Gemini Sun, Moon or Rising person is the social butterfly on the fly needing to know why…and loving a good conversation whether behaving friendly of flippant.  Too much talk 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. This is where Mercury the ruler of Gemini plays the trickster teaching us the wisdom in foolishness or even the foolishness in wisdom. 

Communication with others may go back and forth and become passive/aggressive. It is not the best time to rationalize feelings as there can be so much mental clutter in our heads that cause confusion for ourselves and other. Travel plans can be unexpectedly thwarted…so be prepared for delays and exercise patience in all of these matters. 

This is the Full Moon of Communion with our Higher Aspirations. It is the dance of the Light and Dark Twins in each of us. The Dark Twin being our Shadow which seems to surface during the Dark Time of the year as we catch glimpses of it wherever there is Light that is too bright  like the blinding Sun. You can gaze at the Moon for hours and endless nights only to witness the changing phases due to the shadow effect. Eclipses bring an opportunity to feel what or whom eclipses the Light in our own lives or whether we overshadow others with our own Shadow side. 

Sun. Moon and Rising Gemini can feel the swift change of moods also. Flipping from one side of the coin to another. We are all gifts of the Cosmos wrapped and adorned in a myriad of colourful expression; some more decorated than others. However, it is what is inside us that is the actual gift of our own soul personality. 

If you can purchase a live Tree for the holy-days you will be able to return it and regift it to Mother Earth for others to enjoy.

Finally, let us be as the Three Magi and keep our eyes upon the North Star and the hope that it symbolizes. The gifts of Light, Life and Love are to be cherished. The Return of the Invincible Sun Sol Invictus will mark the Winter Solstice in just a few weeks.  Be mindful that there are many pathways that seek the Light and when choosing a holy-day greeting consider the many holy-day feasts and rituals that may not where the same mask but share the same Divine Light.

So, eat, drink and be merry! Take care of each other and journey safely! Most of all, enjoy the Magic of the Season…and may the Lamb and the Lion in each and everyone of your hearts lay down together in peace…Happy Holy Days!

Richard Barrett  (c) 2014

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