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Full Moon in Cancer

 

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January 12, 2017  3:33 am  PST

Welcome to the first full moon of 2017! Known as the Cold Moon in the Northern Hemisphere when winter heralds in the Full Moon in Cancer.  In fact, this is the Full-feeling Moon that connects us with the Feminine Spirit and the Great Mother which waxes full at 3:33 am PST. I like to refer to this moon as “I want my mommy moon!”. This Cancer Full Moon is associated with the maternal instinct, hearth, home, compassion, and loving kindness. There are many people who nourish and nurture us in our lives and to them we give thanks. It would be a great gesture to offer the same to them by cooking a meal or baking some treats or even sitting next to a warm fire in both the hearth and heart to share the fondest of memories. To continue the spirit of the season with the ebb and flow of giving and receiving. 

The feast of the Yuletide season as the light of the sun offers increasing daylight and warmth in the Northern Hemisphere is over now as the days grow longer and we patiently await the first seeds to break out of their shell and into the light of day.

The astrological sign Cancer is ruled by the Moon. It is a water sign and can flow like the high and low tides of our Cranial Sea. It can be highly sensitive to the moods of others. The Full Moon in Cancer is all about hidden feeling! It  can deepen our need for loved ones.  It can be like a crab hiding beneath a rock needing its space.  Cancer the Crab can be very sensitive and can get a little crabby if the heat is on too strong.  Remember that the crab is protected by a tough shell on the outside but very soft on the inside.  Being a Water Sign, we can easily be washed away by the tide of strong emotion .  Moon and Mood are synonymous and come and go like the tides.  Sometimes we can feel dark and empty like the New Moon or we can feel light and fulfilled like the Full Moon.  Everyone’s mood changes; just as the moon changes during her 29.5 day cycle, sometimes appearing in the sky during the day but somewhat more visible at night.   Cancer is ruled by the Moon.

Even when alone it is a time to honour the truth within our own heart…he hearth of our body temple. To nurture and comfort ourselves with the cleansing and purification of the element of water. As the moon affects the tides of the ocean and luring marine life from the depths of the subterranean sea, so it affects the tides of the ocean and depths of the subconscious. Some of us may become very sensitive and emotional…

                               when the heart is full, the eyes overflow

The heavy clouds within our own minds can overwhelm us to the point of an emotional cloudburst releasing a myriad of chemicals from our brain when we shed tears. Whoever said that boys and men are not supposed to cry must have been a maniac. I would much rather see tears flowing through emotional wounds as opposed to blood being spilled. It takes a real man to face up to his emotions. Fortunately, we live in a time when we are able to face the fears of our tears more openly.

 With the Sun (Motivation) and Pluto (Power) in Capricorn (Limitations, Structure, Time, Discipline, Career Goals)  we may be feeling more down to earth after the restlessness and expansiveness of the Holidays. Some of us discover that we may have overindulged in food or drink. Or simply over spent by feeling obligated to buy gifts that perhaps were not necessary. In any case, the energy of Capricorn (ruled by Saturn) can expose our limitations and urge us to pull in the reins. People’s moods can become more serious. Capricorn represents Father and Cancer represents Mother. 

In the North American Native tradition this is also known as the Wolf Moon. I can hear the Lone Wolf howling at the full moon in the cold winter night, like a child cries for its mother. Some of us do not have a mother or a father, but we do have one another. Our chosen family can be just as important as our biological family. Our Tribe…and it is our vibe that attracts our tribe. This Full Moon may stir up a cornucopia of changing moods. If a warm cup of cocoa after a day on the snow covered slopes won’t entice you to stay at home and cozy up by candlelight/fire…then a vacation with family/friends to a tropical beach would be perfect (any beach, any place would be comforting). This is the Mother Moon during the season that celebrates the birth of the many Solar Deities from various cultures.

The Archetypal Great Mother flows through everyone if they are open to the experience. Many people are Care Givers in a variety of ways.  Health Spas, Healing Retreats, Alternative Health Care and Hospices, all offering healing touch with aromatic herbs and remedies.  Nature is a vital part of the Healing Arts.  Those who truly care can have such a miraculous impact in the healing process of others.  We all need to nurture and to be nurtured.  Just watching the adoration, wonder and love in a baby’s eyes for its mother can bring tears to my own.

Mother Earth has the power to give life and also to devour it. We must come to respect that we are all her children and need to take care of her as she has cared for and continues to care for us….the pearl is a symbol of the moon: 

“if we give her back her diamond, she will offer up her pearl” ~Dead Can Dance.

Live by the Sun, Love by the Moon

(c) Richard Barrett 2017

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“The greatest distance between two people is Misunderstanding…”

A Return to Mindfulness and Patience

Yep! The Winged Messenger/Trickster Hermes/Loki is playing in the pre-shadow beginning December 1, 2016 in Sagittarius (Faith/Optimism) swiftly moving into Capricorn (Tests/Lessons)  when it officially retrogrades on December 19, 2016 until it moves direct back in Sagittarius on January 8, 2017 1:43 am  PST

Mercury Retrograde is a time to be mindful and accountable for our words and communication…it is a discipline that warrants strategic practice into action in a world where frenetic lifestyles seem the norm. It is just as important to listen with not only our head and heart but with ears that can also hear what is not being said. It is attention to detail, the reading between the lines and more importantly respect. Respect means to look again or to see again to re-spect a situation. Mercury must have been in retrograde when the tortoise decided to take on the challenge of the hare and have a race to the finish line. This is a great allegory: haste makes waste.

When our thoughts become pots of tea constantly pouring into the Buddhist’s cup… overflowing it because the young monk’s mind was overflowing with thoughts too.

The Hare was comfortable in the ostentatious belief that he would inevitably win the race but the clever tortoise knew that in taking its time it would eventually get there however slow the progress. Does it matter who reaches the finish line first?

As it is said: it is about the journey not the destination.

When Mercury is retrograde, we tend to notice more issues in the areas of communication, in the way we interact with others and in our surroundings and neighborhood. It may also show up in our travel, the way we get around and in our interaction with other people.

Many people are familiar with the words: “Mercury in retrograde”. It is a period of time that occurs several times a year when the planet Mercury appears to be moving backwards due to the speed of its orbit from Earth perspective. So the planet that rules both Gemini (Communication) and Virgo (Organization) seems to play tricks with these Sun signs more overtly…as well as all things associated with Communications such as dialogue… thinking processes…Technology that is used to communicate will often disrupt the usual…You will hear people say: “What’s wrong with my phone this never happens!”…”I’ve been using this device for years and this has never happened!” It can affect anything from a television to an automobile (Mercury is the winged messenger associated with traveling and any form of transportation). People usually experience unusual last minute delays for travel changes and trip planning. The Sun, Moon or Rising Virgo or Gemini will be more affected.

So…if you place the prefix re
before any word…you’ll understand what Mercury retrograde is all about. (I already have had to make six corrections during this typing). So maybe your car won’t break down and maybe your neighbors will…if it happens to break down it is usually due to an oversight on one’s part…or the mechanic. Mercury is all about thinking…so if we are practicing mindfulness we should be able to avoid some of the repercussions of forgetfulness. Things tend to go missing more so when mercury is in retrograde…My friend nearly lost her gloves three times today…So we retrace when we misplace…Rather than simply be lost in space…People actually find things long forgotten when mercury is retrograde…Something that went missing in the previous Mercury retrograde suddenly appears…disappointment missing an appointment.

Another friend realized that the parking meter had expired 45 minutes prior to her realization…However there was no ticket…Which is usually the case…The oversight of the meter reader resulted in my friends not discovering a ticket.

Big purchases such as houses and the signing of important documents…legal bindings…are to be avoided due to someone missing an important factor…misunderstanding a word…or not able to honour the agreement. If you are willing to review re read repeat reassess…if you must…proceed with caution.

I think Mercury retrograde is a wonderful practice of mindfulness…Rethinking what we might otherwise not say…Repeating prayers and mantras…Refinishing unfinished projects…And this is where unfinished business comes into play…Old friends appear from the past…I don’t mean someone you met last month at the cafe….Sometimes people you’ve completely forgotten about appear in a conversation or right before your eyes.

My friend eventually misplaced one of her gloves…However upon arriving back at home the following day she discovered her purple leather glove poised in a waving gesture…and giggling to herself said: oh Mercury in retrograde…

Remember that this retrograde cycle ushers in the holiday season so be extra-mindful of trip planning and travel with a knapsack of compassion, lovingkindness and peace…

Live by the Sun
Love by the Moon…and Think with Mercury 😉

© Richard Barrett 2016
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New Moon in Sagittarius

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Artist: Josephine Wall

November 29, 2016  4:18 am  PST

In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.  ~ Blaise Pascal

The Sun and Moon are once again in union with the aspiration and optimism of Sagittarius.  The New Moon can feel like a very dark place this time of year with the colder weather ushering us inside our warm homes (those of us who are blessed to have homes) and inside our body temples. Mercury (Communication) is about to enter its retrograde shadow on December 1, 2016 until it stations retrograde on December 19, 2016 until January 8, 2016 which I will post about tomorrow.
After all the intense, transformative energies of Scorpio played out in very mysterious and profound ways…we begin to feel the discipline of Saturn with its constricting rings which can test our limits and especially our faith in the sign Sagittarius. The energy seems to be shifting toward faith, goodwill and kindness. These Holy Days are celebrated in a mosaic of faith and worship of the Light in all of its radiance and glory. Sagittarius is the Sage. We seek value and meaning in the season of peace, love and joy.  This holyday season open up your heart because it is the greatest gift that anyone can give or receive.
There is a wonderful story called The Gift Of The Magi: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gift_of_the_Magi  about two lovers who do not have the finances to purchase extravagant gifts for one another. In an ironic twist they make sacrifices to obtain the desired gifts but the gifts are rendered useless. It is a great story to remind ourselves of the magi within us and to follow our own shining star to the place wherein dwells our own divinity.
Sagittarius wants to express its restless energy and propel the wheel of evolution into a more expansive, multi-cultural society of inter-faith with optimism and openess.  It is a time of learning new ways to grow in personal and interpersonal ways. Now is the time to sow the seeds of our faith in ourselves and in others.  It is a time to remember the Teacher within. A time to remember the many healers and mentors in our lives. The archer aims steady allowing the arrow of ambition to make its mark.Sagittarius is also affiliated with the planet Jupiter which is the largest in our Solar System. Due to its size, it has been associated with joy, opportunity, expansiveness, abundance and luck. It had the potential to be another Sun in our Solar System. It is also associated with faith. When the Sun is in Sagittarius, a lot of people celebrate the Season of the Light Bringers of Faith in December. Astronomically and Astrologically we are reminded of that faith when the light of the Sun is reborn at Winter’s Solstice. The Sun appears to standstill as it sets on the southwest horizon marking the shortest day of the year while the Earth’s axis begins its journey toward longer days of warmth and light.In the Nativity story the Three Magi use both astronomy and astrology to mark the date, time and place of  the birth of the Christ Child. They traveled afar being from foreign lands bearing gifts of the Sage. Here we are reminded of the torch bearers of the Light and the archetypes of Sagittarius (travelers, foreigner, wisdom seeker, keeper of the faith and opportunist). Hanukkah begins on December 24, 2016 with the lighting of the Menorah which is another tradition of ushering the Light into the Dark time of the year.

 

Express your enthusiasm with the gratitude of the abundance that we may receive…and remember to share your blessings…whether as a Random Act of Kindness…an encouraging word…a gentle touch…a warm embrace…just aim from the heart and shoot for the stars! However you celebrate the holyday season may it be filled with Light, Laughter and Love.

Live By the Sun

Love by the Moon

(c) Richard Barrett 2016

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November 14, 2016  5:51 am  PST
Note: The Moon will be orbiting closer to the Earth…it hasn’t been this close in nearly 70 years. It is commonly referred to as a Super Moon because it appears 30% brighter and 15% larger.
This is the season of storms in many regions. There have already been reports of earthquakes in Chile, Italy and New Zealand. Events like these often bring us closer to the true value and meaning of our lives with the full moon in Taurus. Do we feel safe? With so many modern devices it is no wonder that we are left to our own devices. In this accelerated age of a technological edge it seems that more people are discovering that these very tools that were marketed to make our lives more convenient and safe…now seem to be driving us crazy. Bottom line is : Too much information…too fast!
The Sun (our core/motivation) is still in Scorpio (our mystery/power) which enhances the effect of this Full Moon in Taurus (our security/value). We are a midst the season of change and decay with the many transformations that are colouring not only world politics… but also the politics of personal power that we engage in with others and with ourselves. We are constantly being convinced that life is a struggle rather than a journey into the ever unfolding mystery of life, death and beyond. We are told that we can not have peace without war. During the Sign of Scorpio we remember those who fought for peace and those who have passed away. Many customs are celebrated around the world to honour the memory of our ancestors.

The Full Moon in Taurus is all about our sense of security on all levels. It is the full-fillment of living in the material or matter-real world. Moon is associated with Mother and how she was able to be nurturing or not in our sense of value, meaning and security. It is not a time to be charging after something like a raging bull and stubbornly clinging to that which we cannot possess (often seen in as the scorpion attached to the balls of the bull)… rather it can a time to take the Bull by the horns and get real with ourselves and each other. We all need the comfort and support of friends, family and lovers. This is a great oppurtunity to gather and remember the many blessings that continue to come to us in the most surprising of gifts. We are apt to feel more sensual during this Moon…as its gravational pull is so strong bringing us down to earth and grounding us…after the Moon in Aries (restlessness/challenge/action/passion/anger/conflict) transit the last few days.

Too often we find ourselves trying to POSSESS that which is not truly ours and living with a false sense of security. Money does not create emotional security. Love does not create financial security (although partnership can). Like the many gardeners that love to 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.  Has it been fertilised with a lot of bullshit 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. It is about Personal Power experienced by the individual.

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

Superficially, we are defined by what we do rather than who we are. We enter this world or realm of the senses with nothing material other than our body temple infused with soul and we depart from mundane realm with nothing tangible. Yet we are conditioned by constant marketing schemes to convince us to purchase things that we do not necessarily need; or eventually that we no longer want when they become a useless burden. 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. The Full Moon in Taurus can also affect our sexuality as well as our sensuality. Venus ruled Taurus wants to love and experience beauty in its many manifestations. As the saying goes: if you want to be loved, then offer love. A romantic time with a loved one exchanging sensual touch and healing massage would be beneficial.
 
During the next two weeks prior to the next New Moon as the moon wanes or decreases in light would be a great opportunity to let go of the things that no longer serve any value or meaning in our quest for purpose. A friend just overcame her fear of releasing the many objects that encumbered her with the notion that she would need them to feel secure both in her present and future. Rather than merely discarding items…like my friend, we could donate them to a charity or a women’s shelter which my friend chose to do. It is also what nature is doing in the Northern Hemisphere as the trees let go of their fruit and leaves…as they fall unto the ground to be returned to the earth…what is not consumed feeds the soil and roots in preparation for the coming spring after their winter slumber…perpetuating the perpetual cycle of the seasons…in the perpetual dance of the Sun and Moon.

Taurus is is named after the Minotaur ( a Greek word meaning Bull of Minos). There is a Greek myth of the Labyrinth and the White Bull of King Minos of Crete. In modern times, the Labyrinth is still used as a meditative and symbolic pathway. The Full Moon draws our energy outward like the Bull at the center of the labyrinth journeys outward as it illuminates the darkness. We can appreciate the darker side of the nature of things in ourselves and in others.
 Do you want to be like a Bull in a china shop destroying things by being mindless?  Or more like Ferdinand the Bull, who chose not to fight but instead took the time to smell the beautiful roses of  love.
Live by the Sun
Love by the Moon
(c) Richard Barrett 2016
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New Moon in Scorpio

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October 30, 2016  10:38 am  PDT

The Sun and the Moon engage in their mo(o)nthly union with the New Moon in Scorpio. The energy seems to be most powerful in the hidden depths of our being. Sometimes referred to as the Dark Moon because it is not visible. The impact that it has upon our planet and our moods can vary due to the gravitational pull of the Sun and Moon conjunct. Birth Charts with even a few major planets in a water sign or 8th House tend to be more emotionally intense than usual.  If you have access to your Birth Chart you can see what area or House is being highlighted during this lunation cycle. The fact that the New Moon in Scorpio is about exploring ways in which to channel our Personal Power, to use it wisely with regard to our own Personal Transformation by revealing the hidden aspects of the power struggle that exists in all of us.

The Sun (Core), Moon (Mood) and Mercury (Communication) will all be transiting Scorpio this morning.

“It is easier to understand a child who is afraid of the dark than a man who is afraid of the light”

Why do we fear the dark? When we open the door to a room void of light it allows the light to pour in. Power contains both positive and negative charges. A battery requires both these charges. Energy implodes or explodes. There is an intensity of restlessness harnessed by the secrets of the universe at this time.  The media reports the news of death and destruction.  The ending of political power in some parts of the world and the rising of new regimes elsewhere. Technology continues to seek and probe the outer limits. NASA just discovered water (hydrogen and oxygen) in the form of ice and steam in a dark crater of  the Moon…which scientists have said was merely a dead rock orbiting the Earth.

In the Northern Hemisphere it is the Season of Dying…in the Celtic tradition Samhain marks the time of Winter. The Wheel of the Seasons bring change. The Earth is consuming what  she gave birth to in the Spring taking it back into her womb to be transmuted and reborn again in Spring. All the decay is returning to the soil feeding the creatures that exist in a cold, dark and mysterious place.  Imagine what is going on beneath the surface feeding the deep roots of plants and trees that seek the light of the Sun to be reborn into beautiful blossoms. As the nights grow longer, the temperatures decline and some of us begin to feel more isolated, remaining indoors where it is warm and cozy. We enter into the Sacred Silence. Scorpio is named after the scorpion who has the ability to sting itself again and again. I know many Scorpio types with a tough veneer able to be protective of their intense emotions unless provoked by an outsider who will cause their venom to surface with an emotional sting like the scorpion. Be willing to peer beyond the veneer and respect what truth may be hidden there.

The Snake is also associated with Scorpio (Transformation/Rebirth) due to the ability to shed its old skin and re-emerge anew. The Serpent at the base of the spine known as Kundalini Energy can be awakened through certain Tantric Sexual Practices. Scorpio rules the Sexual Energy and Reproductive Organs. Sexual Energy is very powerful and must be respected and honoured in every individual. Just as the Sun and Moon are in symbolic union during this phase, we may feel the urge to connect with another on a deeply sexual level. Sharing sexual energy with another being can be a very intense and liberating expression without depleting it for purely selfish reasons. It isn’t meant to be about conquest but more about inquest into the intimacy (into-me-see) between ourselves and others. Personally, I feel that we are all Spiritual/Sensual/Sexual Beings and that we need to honour those levels of expression with integrity. After all,  it is one of the key ingredients in the elixir of Love. The Power of Love rather than the Love of Power.

                       “hurt me with the truth, don’t comfort me with a lie”

Secrecy is another aspect to Scorpio and our willingness to become Soul Detectives bringing the flashlight into the dark to address the more negative side to our being. We need to be shining that bright light into our own eyes and interrogating ourselves and to see with our inner eyes the disguise that we don’t always need to wear. If we face our own fear we are able to bring it into the light and own it rather than projecting it onto others. So many myths have been written about the Scorpio archetypes and have been woven into stories of unsolved mysteries and crimes. Alas, like the Phoenix rises from its own ashes, we also can arise from the ashes of our own ignorance and fear. Secrets seem to breed the very thing that we attempt to hide. Again, taking back our power also means being responsible for our dark side rather than projecting it  onto others. Even though we may not always see the writing on the wall of our subconscious, like the Dark Moon that is not visible but we know it is there like the answers to our own mystery. It is not about power over others but power over ourselves. There is an overload of intensity in the arena of global politics that is causing undue stress upon the environment and the inhabitants of the Earth. The veil of ignorance is being lifted as more and more people are looking through a magnifying glass that is illustrating the power struggle between the bi-polar politics specifically in the US where they are preparing to elect a new president as they do every four years when the Sun is in Scorpio. Prior to the discovery of Pluto and atomic energy in the early 1930’s, the planet Mars (War) ruled Scorpio. Mars also represents action and this can be seen in the many efforts of citizens around the globe to assert their individual and collective rights that are being denied due to so-called globalization by military regimes that are caught between the sense and nonsense that is being projected by the media. This is indeed a challenging time for those who are being betrayed by their own governments that are perpetuating the divide and conquer tactic such as: Pro Gun ~ Anti Gun, Pro Life Anti Abortion, thereby setting up the game of protagonist vs antagonist which divides us individually and collectively.

It is a great Lunation Cycle to seek out solutions to help us transform and heal ourselves and each other. We journey together upon the path of Life between Birth and Death. To Be Here Now requires a surrendering of desire to inspire us. I think of the Tao and the Sacred Dance of the Light and the Dark. Take a good look into the mirror and ask some profound and meaningful questions that you truthfully seek to answer. What ever you do, dare to be yourself because this is the time to look beyond the veil.

If we give her back her diamond…she will offer up her pearl… ~Dead Can Dance

Here’s to pearls of wisdom

Live by the Sun
Love by the Moon

© Richard Barrett 2016
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October  15, 2016  9:23 pm  PDT

Welcome to the first full moon of Autumn…in Aries! Time to turn up the heat in the Northern Hemisphere.

Flaming colours ignited by the Sun splashing yellow, orange and red on the tree leaves.
Ares was the Greek God of War (the opposite of his sister Aphrodite: Greek Goddess of Love and Peace) and was worshiped by Warlords in Ancient Greece. In Rome, he was known as the God Mars who gives the name to the month of March. The martial arts are ruled by this sign. In fact, Ares is still worshiped 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. Instead, we probe the Red Planet that is 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 exists between two planets that represent War and Peace, as well as being the symbols for Male and Female. 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 test 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 completely independent everything is inter-dependent. Co-dependent 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. 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 action oriented. Think of how time seems to have accelerated by the speed of technology. A world obsessed by action and trying to be first at everything. Aries is the first Sign of the Astrological Wheel. How can everything be Number One at the same time? All is One relates to our spiritual connection to everyone and everything.

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. It has been said that God is too ominous for just one religion. Uranus is also in Aries which affects society as a whole…there is a restless energy brewing that cries out for reformation and revolution due to the many injustices in our world today. Aries sometimes needs to conquer…and strategy is one of the ways it divides people through the Ego…like dividing a military army so that it can create conflict within the individual and others…fueling an “us” vs. “them” attitude. If we allow our Egos to always be right…we may win the battle…but lose the war.

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 fiery, direct or aggressive 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, fever and other irritations.

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”.

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. 

Live by the Sun,
Love by the Moon

© Richard Barrett 2016
All rights reserved ☆

 

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Artist: Josephine Wall

September 30, 2016  5:11 pm  PDT

… there is a universal justice ~ and the eyes of truth are always watching…

There appears to be a lot of hype around the so-called Black Moon named so because it is a second New Moon in the same calendar month. There aren’t many reputable astrologers writing about this rare event. Two New Moons in the same calendar month seems to be a coincidence. The two Full Moons that occur in the same calendar month…once in a blue moon… when the second full moon is called a Blue Moon. Bear in mind that calendars have been revised throughout the ages and the Black Moon is simply the ending of yet another Lunation Cycle that begins with the New Moon and ends approximately 29.5 days later in the Dark Moon phase (basically the same phase). The Black Moon is a matter of perspective and does not follow the Lunar Calendar. In astrology there is a Dark Moon named after Lilith, not to be confused with the Black Moon.

The Sun (Core) and the Moon (Mood) merge in the Air Sign Libra seeking balance and harmony with self and with others. Mercury (Communication) has just completed moving out of retrograde which may release some of the inner and outer conflict that many seem to be experiencing on a profound level recently. Jupiter (Faith) is also transiting Libra which means we are dealing with huge issues that reflect what is truly fair and just while the media continues to test our faith with biased and contradicting information. This is also the New Moon of the Sacred Union between any inharmonious energy dynamics. Each of us are faced with moments in which we need to assess opposing forces in our lives and to weigh them upon the scales of Balance and Justice. Try to remove the blindfold of Injustice and see that everything is beautiful in its own way and that includes each and everyone of us. The mood seems to be one of fluctuation…weighing the pros and cons in the search for liberty, justice, peace and harmony. In certain parts of the world the scales remain unfairly imbalanced. Social injustice is being addressed on many issues…and seems to come round again when the sun and moon are conjunct in Libra …including Libra’s realm of partnerships, equality, equity, union and attraction.

Most people are familiar with the Law of Attraction but seem to negate the Law of Repulsion. When we accept that certain energy (even the energy within each of us) is sometimes repelling in order to achieve harmony and to accept its unique way. Positive and Negative are both equal and necessary charges and without them we simply can not recharge our batteries. We need to empty so that we may fill. Good/Evil, Happy/Sad, Light/Dark, Sparse/Dense, Yin/Yang, Head/Heart are on the axis of opposites. Movement is ebb and flow. If the scales were completely still, they would in essence become stagnant, boring and without motion.

if there are no ups and downs in life…you’re dead.

Libra marks the first day of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. As the cool weather draws near and the nights grow longer, many people want to nest with a companion. Venus (Aphrodite) the Goddess of love is blowing a kiss with thought and feeling about merging with Other. All in not fair in love and war…or so it goes. It is the perfect New Moon to deal with relationship issues on all levels, including the relationship that we experience with ourselves. Be willing to risk honesty when weighing our own heart with the feather of our own truth. Be fair when someone professes a truth that you are not in agreement with.  Each may be a truth according to their own experience and viewpoint. If we need to refine any agreements in our intimate relations, then now is the moment to initiate them.

sun lights up the daytime, moon lights up the night

A ritual of love and beauty can be performed in any romantic setting: A fire with lots of candles or ambient lighting with sensual adornments like a red rose of love or a white lily of eros. Of course, water cleanses…why not enjoy a luxurious bubble bath infused with the most delicious essential oils like lavender,orange and vanilla or better yet rose oil from the rose flower associated with Venus? Treat your self to something of beauty. Remember to look beyond the Vanity Mirror of superficial beauty and look at the many beautiful mirrors of our loved ones who also reflect our inner beauty.

We all desire to be valued and loved. Are there any friends or family that you need to express your love and appreciation to?  Perhaps there has been an injustice that needs to be addressed. Can we meet upon a common ground of acceptance and not take rejection to heart? Indeed this Lunation Cycle begins with decision making. If we are the Universe’s way of knowing itself, then Peace and Harmony truly begins with each and everyone one of us.

Live by the Sun, Love by the Moon

© Richard Barrett 2016

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pisces

September 15, 2016  12:05 pm  PDT

Harvest Moon

The Sun in Virgo (work, health and service) has fully waxed the lunar light of this Full Moon in Pisces (sensitive, spiritual, artistic) reflecting our need to transcend the ego by letting go and surrendering. Earth meets Water. Nature sacrifices its many fruits and vegetables that let go of the tree and the earth…to be consumed…so that it may perpetuate the cycle of life. The grape is ready to be plucked from the vine and changed into wine as we dine and surrender to what is divine to each of us in the coming season of thanksgiving for what we have sown.

Neptune (Illusion) is also in Pisces which is the Sign that it rules. Chiron (the Wounded Healer) is conjunct in Pisces too.  This may make for a very sensitive time with the dreamy…imaginative…romantic Moon. The opposition of the Sun and Moon during this time of the year reflects the mood of people gearing down from the high tide of Summer as they slowly Fall back into work, school, etc. The imagination will shine through for many who will channel this power energy into creative works of art, music and poetry. 

Pisces is the last Sign of the Astrological Year and is depicted in symbolism as two fish. In ancient times the symbol for Pisces was the Dolphin which was associated with Apollo the Greek Sun God. Dolphins have been connected messengers to the divine. Water is an element that changes into many forms. The Dolphin is a mammal that dives deep into the subconscious realms while also transcending and surfacing into the conscious realm of air. This is a very sensitive Sign but don’t confuse it for weakness because the dolphin knows how to bring down a shark. The symbol of the Two Fish demonstrate Duality and is probably why a lot of persons with Sun, Moon or Ascendant in Pisces are considered to be wishy washy. Those persons with a Pisces prominent in their chart tend to dive deep into there own fantasy world often being inspired to be creative in music, poetry and the arts….while some swim in murky waters of excess drowning their sorrows in ailments. They are great storytellers and also crafty at telling tall tales that they convince themselves to be true.

Neptune is associated with Pisces (the Peacemaker) and is now in the sign it rules Pisces…so his trident may stir things up in the subconscious…so there may be a need to surrender the ego to a Higher Power…be it God/dess, the Divine or Great Mystery. It also relates to illusion, fantasy and daydreams. In our need to connect with the Divine we may choose to consume intoxicants in order to relax and let go. Here is where we may heed to the words Nothing In Excess. It is said that Pisces is associated with the fermented grape and is the origin of the saying: drinks like a fish.

Here is the Full moon to gather with family and friends to celebrate the last days of summer by feasting, drinking, dancing and sharing our stories experienced during the Season of the Sun. We have opportunity to be sensitive toward the suffering of others and to share our joy in a mutual and beneficial way. Remember: Transcendence is the key word for this watery moon…Escape into the fantasy realm of dreams… This is the time when the tree begins to let go of her fruit to continue the cycle of life…sweet September Harvest…Letting Go is the feeling of this moon… scribe poetry…sing a song from your soul… dance to the beat of the One Heart… if you feel like a fish out of water then swim in the ethereal realm… if you feel like a fish in water then dive deep into the cosmic sea of your unconscious mind…remember…life is but a dream… if you can be by the water do so and share your creative gifts with loved ones…trust that the universe is unfolding as it should… lift up your holy grail to the moon and drink of her luminous light!

Live by the Sun,  Love by the Moon

(c) Richard Barrett 2016

Note: when the Moon is transiting a particular Sign it is like a mirror reflecting the mood of  that Sign and may be felt on a more emotional level. Ec;ipses are symbolic of not overshadowing others light or your light being eclipsed by another.

 

annular

September 1, 2016  2:03 am  PDT (Eclipse 2:06 am  PDT not visible)

The New Moon can be experienced as a journey toward the within…to the center of our being. The New Moon in Virgo is a time to reap within what has been sown without.  It is the time when we begin to harvest that which brings us back to earth during the last weeks of summer.  Many people return to work, school or some form of service. Sun (Motivation), Moon (Mood), Mercury (Communication) in Retrograde and Jupiter (Faith) are all conjunct in Virgo…at core we feel the need to strive…to thrive…and stay alive. What can I do? How can I repair? How do I make it better? Are those really butterflies in my tummy? 
 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 (Sun/ Moon/Rising or a stellium of orbs in the 6th House) can be a stickler to detail. Too much detail can derail us from our beingness.  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.
Where there is Light…there is Shadow…
So the Sun in Virgo through excessive worry and needing to be of service can sometimes leave the Perfectionist personality in the Dark and ignore any complex matter by falling into the abyss of martyrdom. The Inner Critic is simply a recording of the Outer Critic…which is the voice of others who have inundated us with the projection of their own shadow and in the process their criticism has become destructive to the self-esteem and confidence…which can further demise and victimize poor Virgo.   People born with the Moon in Virgo tend to be quite critical of their self and others; as well as being shy and sometimes emotionally aloof because they need to know the facts of the matter to ensure that it is perfect…before they can open the gate to their Secret Garden.  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…sometimes obsessed.  Virgo is also associated with worry which can lead to problems in the stomach and intestines where we digest and process not only our food but also our gut instinct.
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. As mentioned, Virgo is health oriented and prompts us to focus upon our personal health issues and to commit ourselves to a healthier lifestyle.  It can be a time to be supportive of the health of others, in particular the caregivers in our lives.  A lot of Virgo energy is channeled through the many health care service providers who are often overworked and unappreciated.  Our Health Care System seems to 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 Thyself.  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 that when I help to heal others I am also helping to heal myself.Divine Servitude is in a sense the calling that allows Virgo (associated with the Virgin) to harvest the fruits of its labours to assist others in a time of solace.  Many Virgo types enter into deep seclusion to contemplate the pain and suffering of others that they too feel. Being of service is a word that also translates the latin word servus which means slave. Virgo loves to offer assistance on its own terms of service oftentimes volunteering without wage but it will not respond well to arrogant demands that treat them as a slave.  It is truly about integrity and needing to be humble about being served as well as being of service.
 Ceres was the ancient Roman Goddess of Agriculture and harvest of the grain.  She is incorporated into the Virgo symbol of a woman holding a sheath of wheat.  The word cereal is derived from her name.  The glyph of the scythe that cuts away the barley is similar to the symbol of the question mark that cuts away to an answer after a period of analysis.

Give us this day our daily bread so that we may share it with others. Just some food for thought or barley soup for the soul. Remember Health is True Wealth.

Note: There will be a Annular Solar Eclipse during this New Moon as she moves between the Earth and Sun casting her shadow…reminding us not to eclipse the light of others…or allow ourselves to be overshadowed by another.

Live by the Sun, Love by the Moon 
(c) Richard Barrett 2016

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Full Moon in Aquarius

aquarius water

Artist: Josephine Wall

August 18, 2016  2:26 am  PDT

Aquarius is associated with the planet Uranus which was discovered in 1781 only a few decades after electricity was harnessed and began the flow of energy that would invent and power the light bulb (popping up over the heads of the inventors and other scientists with ideas that were considered eccentric during that time) and charge such inventions as the battery, camera and hot air balloon.  Uranus was also discovered between both the French and American Revolutions. So Aquarius came to be associated with freedom, revolution, rebellion, electricity, eccentricity, technology, the New Age and last (but not least) community and being humanitarian. Some Aquarians can send a shocking bolt out of the blue because many of them are great thinkers with eccentric ideas. As Einstein said: imagination is far greater than knowledge.

Here we are, centuries later, shifting into the Age of Aquarius. Change is taking place at a more rapid pace, we spend our valuable energy on trying to change so many things at once but as the saying goes: the more things change, the more they remain the same.  Even Shakespeare said: Striving to be better, oft we mar what is well.  So we expend our resources attempting to change the world around us.  Many  people attempt to change others out of fear and ignorance.  Our differences are Our similarities.  Change our attitude and we change our world.  Nothing is constant but change.  Therefore, as a human ( man or woman) we create and affect change everyday.  We engage in change all the time… if you want to make change… this Full Moon is a perfect opportunity.  If you follow the Solar/Lunar Way this is the day…we are all a part of the global community.

Commune means to come together, not only as a group but to honour and respect (take a closer look) the Free Spirit within us all.  Perhaps this is why Moon in Air Signs such as Aquarius are emotionally reserved taking the time to allow the waters of the unconscious to pour out of the urn of their subconscious mind (air).  Aquarius is the Water Bearer…nothing is as soft as water, but who can withstand the raging flood?   Water represents the emotions.  I feel it is important in this Age of Telecommunication to be not only mindful but more importantly heartful. This is why many people feel disconnected and want to belong.  Social Networking is a result of the Leo/Aquarius axis.  The Sun in Leo wants to receive love and attention…deep down yearning for acceptance…recognition and approval in a very competitive society…and willing to risk all individuality to belong to a group, cult or even a gang.  This is not the lion’s roar…this is the rebel’s yell.

Aquarius is also the sign of the humanitarian. Many persons with Moon in Aquarius can antagonize others when it comes to their somewhat aloof personality with Other becoming emotionally shocked at times when they feel intimidated…losing their sense of freedom. Like many Air Signs they are easily bored and crave excitement. Here is where the Leo/Aquarius axis comes into play and the mood changes like the flip of a coin….one moment attached and the next detached…flying like a bat out of hell screaming: freedom!     

The Full Moon in Aquarius reflects the Sun in Leo and illuminates the mind with the changes we feel compelled to make while in a state of playfulness in the summer heat. We want to be engaged with others while at the same time needing our freedom. Remember…a whole lot of something can be a whole lot of nothing. Friendship is key…loyalty fundamental. If you are seeking an affair then shine and make certain to be in the spotlight flirting for a summer fling.  So the cycle continues in the eternal ebb and flow of evolution and revolution.  Gather with friends in positive action rather than negative reaction.  There is a time to dream and a time to awaken.  Be a part of the solution. Be a Rebel with a Cause!

There will be a partial eclipse that is not visible during this Full Moon. Eclipses are a reminder not to overshadow others and not to allow others to eclipse our own light. Be the change that you seek.

Live by the Sun,

Love by the Moon  

(c) Richard Barrett 2016