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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.

 

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July 19, 2016  3:56 am  PDT

Before the invention of the telescope the Solar System harboured only the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn (as well as the 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 misfortune, since it is associated with limitation, constraint, boundaries and even Satan (the archetypal scapegoat of Capricorn).Saturn is associated with Capricorn which 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. On the other side of the Earth, the Moon is Full in the Sign of Capricorn (an Earth sign). Pluto (Depth and Transformation) is also currently in Capricorn.

 

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. We will want to appear calm and cool. Secretly, we feel the need to control others (rules, regulations and authority) which can expend a lot of our valuable energy. We need to focus upon control of our own actions rather than accusing others of having negative energy or bad karma. 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. When we throw mud we lose ground. A lot of 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 in particular. Remember, repression leads to depression. Yet, the beautiful lotus flower is born out of the deep dark and murky mud.

Time is what keeps everything from happening at once.

Capricorn is the Teacher. A wise teacher will honour 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 teachings of your own experience. We go to school and are taught a plethora 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. Saturn is the Task Maker and our sense of Duty currently in the sign of higher learning and foreign culture but more importantly, our faith. Many people are experiencing a test in their faith with all the negative and toxic media reports that are a drop in a vast ocean of human experience and perception of reality.  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 circadian or internal clock). So, take the time to stretch up when you reach for the stars.

Live by the Sun,

Love by the Moon.

 

(c) Richard Barrett 2016  All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full Moon in Cancer

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December 25, 2015 3:11 am  PST

The Cold Moon or 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 3:11 am PST Christmas Eve (Mothering Night) early Christmas Morning on the 25th. 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. 

It is the the Yuletide season as the light of the sun offers increasing daylight and warmth in the Northern Hemisphere.

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 tough 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 if we are alone it is a time to honour the truth within our own heart. To nurture and comfort ourselves by the cleansing and purification of the element of water. As the moon affects the tides of the ocean, so it affects the tides of the ocean 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), Mercury (Communication) and Jupiter (Faith) in Capricorn (Limitations, Structure, Time, Discipline, Career Goals)  we may be feeling more down to earth during 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. 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 trip 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.

(c) Richard Barrett 2015

Live by the Sun, Love by the Moon

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Total Eclipse of the Full Moon in Aries
September 27th, 2015 at 7:50 pm PDT 

A reminder not to eclipse the Light of others,

and not allow others to eclipse your Light.

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 leaves.
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 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 is 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 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 completely independent 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. 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 faster 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.

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 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. During this Full Moon there will be a Lunar Eclipse…I usually look to see what House the Moon is Transiting when this happens. To see what areas of my life might be affected by this. In any case…it reminds me to be mindful of not eclipsing the light from others…and not allowing others to eclipse the light from me.

Live by the Sun,
Love by the Moon

© Richard Barrett 2015
All rights reserved ☆

Full Moon in Pisces

Artist: Josephine Wall

Artist: Josephine Wall                                                                                                

August 29, 2015  11:35 am  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. 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 2015

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.

New Moon in Cancer

Artist: Josephine Wall

Artist: Josephine Wall                              

July 15, 2015  6:24 PM  PDT

The Moon is hiding within the Light of the Sun…a holographic lover in the sky!  The New Moon in Cancer is the Moody Moon…and is all about feeling! It can be like a day at the beach with 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 shell of a crab is tough 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…Sometimes we can feel light and fulfilled like the Full Moon.  Our 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. This round the Sun (Motivation) and Moon (Mood) are accompanied by the planets Mercury (Communication) and Mars (Action) creating what is referred to by astrologers as a stellium of orbs in the same Sign. This enhances the mood of Cancer’s watery sensitivity. When the Sun is in Cancer it marks the beginning of Summer…a time when families gather and spend more time together during the holidays. Many people return to their homes and roots of origin. It can be a wonderful time but eventually, like the crab, people will sidestep to seek some personal space. The previous Full Moon in Capricorn is all about boundaries.
 
It is the first New Moon of Summer, so a lot of people will be on vacation retreating near the water, to keep cool from the heat of the Sun.  Some of us will be hanging at the beach, swimming in a lake, fishing on a river or meditating by a waterfall. Others will be singing in the shower or crying in a pillow.  We all want to be nurtured and loved, even when we deny that need.  Cancer is associated with the Mother, Family, Home, Hearth, Cooking, Nurturing, and Compassion.  It draws our attention to our origins.  Some of us have lost our mothers and seek her in others.  Other people need to cut the apron string from an overprotective mother, who tenaciously clings on like a crab, and move on with their own life.
I feel that we are all part of the Great Mother and belong to the World Tree, not only our Family Tree.  There have been many occasions when I did not have the arms of a mother to nurture and protect me.  Instead, I have found solace in Mother Earth who has held and comforted me, when no one else could or would.  She listens without judgment, holding me for as long as I need.  She feeds me and nourishes me.  She wipes away my tears with a gentle breeze and cleanses me with her tears of rain.  She gently cradles me in the water adorned with sunlight sparkling like a thousand diamonds dancing upon the sea. The pearl is found in the shell of certain oysters and is also a symbol of the Moon…our own pearl of wisdom can be hidden beneath a veneer of fear and for many Moon children (Cancer) are very strong protectors of the home and family. Maternal Instinct is highly sensitive in this sign.
The Archetypal Great Mother flows through everyone if they are open to the experience. Many people born with two or more orbs in the Sign Cancer or four or more planets in the same House (a stellium) are often Nurses and 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 of a baby’s eyes for its mother can bring tears to my own. Lovingkindness and Compassion for each other needs to be tended to like a delicate plant requires attention and nurturing.
During this lunation cycle some of us will be able to sense the thoughts and feelings of others.  It is a time to be mindful of other people’s space, whether it is their home or their privacy.  Home is where the heart is…Om is where the heart is…not everyone is at home in their own body or able to express their true feelings.  Our relationships can mirror the type of connection we have with our selves and the parent that nurtured us the most, which could be either a mother or father.  If we try to trap the crab it will become defensive and move to a hiding place.  It would be foolish to build a castle on quicksand so why attempt to construct a relationship without a solid foundation?
When the heart is full, the eyes overflow…and as we taste our salty tears may we once again be reminded that we are part of the Great Cosmic Sea. Did you know that the amount of salt in our bodiy fluids is the same as in the sea water. Be sensitive to the needs of others and we will soon forget our own worries. Personally, I feel much better after an opportunity to be able to spend time watching a beautiful sunset in the warmth of summer. Giving thanks for another day…the slumber that comes at night and the promise of a new day.  Live by the sun…Love by the moon.
Take the time to be near or in the water…it can take you back to a time when your body was floating in the womb of mother.  Prepare some nourishing food and reach the beach with friends and loved ones.  Allow yourself to feel all of the elements; as you rest upon the sand of the earth, in the cool ocean of water, breathing in the fresh air, beneath the fire of the sun.  Become one with all that is and in that awesome moment, allow the power of loving kindness and compassion to flow through you.  Again, nurture yourself and nurture others.  Take a vacation from the attachment of consensus reality and just be…or just beach.
Live by the Sun,
Love by the Moon
(c) Richard Barrett 2015
All rights reserved.
Artist: Josephine Wall

Artist: Josephine Wall

April 4, 2015  5:07 am  PDT

Did you know that going to the Ball had its origin in the custom of going to a party or social gathering during a Full Moon?  Prior to electricity, people would rely upon the Full Moon to light up the night of festivities, therefore, being referred to as the Ball. These days certain people still gather beneath the Full Moon.  The Mirror Ball (Disco Ball) in most dance clubs replicates the light of the moon by reflecting the rays of the spotlight…into a myriad of artificial moonbeams affecting each person’s mood in a unique way. Tonight there is a rare celestial show when the Earth shadows the light of the sun upon the moon resulting in a Total Lunar Eclipse which will be visible in most of Western North America. It will begin around 3:30 am and be completely shadowed by the Earth at 5:07 am PDT. I always interpret the Eclipse as a reminder not to block another’s light…or allow others to eclipse my own. Also referred to as the Blood moon due to the colour of the moon during the eclipse. To the ancients this was perceived as a omen. Even modern day apocolyptic types see this as the End. Well…now you see it…now you don’t…the eclipse will only have a personal affect upon someone who is attempting conscious reflection about the personal symbolism that the Eclipse represents to the individual. On a grander scale it can affect the weather.

Welcome the first full moon of Spring!

The current Lunation Cycle began with a New Moon in Pisces…affecting the deeper senses within each of us. This has been a month of watery emotions with a stellium of planets in sensitive Pisces. The Sun (motivation) Mercury (Communication) and Uranus (Humanity) are still in fiery Aries. Collectively, there has been a tremendous amount of unrest within Gaia and within us. I attribute it to the anticipation of the season with an abundance of energy that is struggling to breakthrough…like a seed in the dark soil preparing to shed its shell and emerge into the light of day. In winter, old ways die and in spring are reborn. How do we channel this renewed energy into positive action as opposed to the frenetic activity that can sometimes overwhelm us…whether through media or social interaction. 

Where there is light…there is shadow. 

Persons born with the Sun Sign Libra may feel the full moon more intensely as it is the opposite time of the year and balancing opposition is what they strive to do. They may feel indecisive about important matters involving  Other. Not all may seem fair in love…

Welcome to the first Full Moon of Spring!  If you look closely you can see the rabbit in the moon. Spring always occurs just before Easter (which always falls on the first Sunday, after the first Full Moon, after the first day of Spring. Each year the Full Moon occurs heralding the festival of Easter and Spring. The Sun rises in the east and thus is our Eastern Star which also marks the beginning of the Astrological New Year. Life seems to be bursting with energy as the days grow longer and warmer. The Sun (motivation) and Mars (action) are currently in the Sign Aries (Greek God of War, Action, Aggression) symbolic of the power and fire igniting the season. The Moon in Libra is diametrically opposed to the Sun, reflecting the restlessness of  Spring Fever .  Libra is associated with the ancient Roman Goddess Venus of Beauty and Love (Aphrodite: Greek Goddess of Love, Beauty, Arts) is the sign of Balance, Justice, Fairness, Truth, Beauty, and Harmony. Imagine the two Greek deities facing off:  the male God of Martial Arts and War opposite the female Goddess of Marital Arts and Peace.  Is it possible to integrate this archetypal conflict in our personal lives, so that we may be the love and peace that we seek through positive action?  We pray for peace in the Middle East, yet we neglect the war within our own country and within ourselves. I ponder this dilemma as I gaze at the Full Moon encompassed by a rainbow aura of peace and contentment.  Do War and Peace even belong in the same sentence?  If I were to allow myself to be bombarded by images of war and violence in the media, I would never have the opportunity to seek and experience peace. When I walk along streets canopied with Cherry Blossoms ( a gift to us from Japan), I am certainly intoxicated with a sense of  peace, as nature continues to paint a breathtaking portrait of beauty each and every moment.

Since this is the Full Moon of Love and Peace, some of us may be yearning intimate connections with others. How beautiful life is when we take the time to see it in all its glory. The Sun is warming but can also burn. Nature contains opposites which seek to balance. Aries is the Sign of independence ~ Libra is the Sign of inter-dependence. Aries offers the fuel for positive action and in its opposite sign we gravitate to Other. There is a universal justice and the eyes of truth are watching…

 There is a balance in the scheme of things that allows us to integrate opposing energies through the Law of Harmony. Libra is associated with the Scales of Balance and Justice, and Harmony, therefore, we tend to weigh the pros and cons while remaining in a state of indecision.  Instead of listening to the voice of the inner critic, perhaps we could recreate a dialogue of compromise and compassion, embracing the The Peaceful Warrior within.  We can create a healthy relationship between our head and our heart.  

It can be a perfect time to channel our restless energy by engaging with others in a social gathering. Turn on your charm, creativity and romance.  Make love like the birds and the bees. Hug the trees!  Beauty is everywhere…check it out. Be as the Full Moon and reflect the Light of your Sun on others who may be traversing in the dark. It doesn’t have to be a Total Eclipse of the Heart. If you can…love your enemy…love your self…love others!

Just make love, not war

(c) Richard Barrett 2015

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Artist: Josephine Wall

Artist: Josephine Wall

March 20, 2015  2:36 am  PDT

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), Mercury (Communication), Neptune (our imagination and 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. There will also be a Total Solar Eclipse. We are arriving at the Vernal Equinox of 12 hrs of Light and 12 hrs of Darkness…  the balance and harmony of the seasons as the light overcomes the dark in the Northern Hemisphere. Marking the diurnal cycle of night and day and the cycles of the seasons. It is a New Moon in Pisces with the Sun and Moon conjunct and a total eclipse of the Sun during the Equinox. We begin with 0 degrees Aries the first day of spring and the beginning of the astrological new year. During solar eclipses we need to be mindful of not standing in the light of others. it is equally important not to be eclipsing our own light… or allowing others to overshadow our Light.

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 2015

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Full Moon in Virgo

Virgo Moon

March 5, 2015  10:05 am  PST

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. 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. Vesta Virgin of the Flame and Hearth with Ceres Goddess of the Grain (where we get the word cereal) will bake you a humble pie and share it with you gracefully. Good time to cleanse the heart and hearth of home.

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 2015

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Full Moon in Cancer

Artist: Josephine Wall

Artist: Josephine Wall                                        

January 4, 2014 8:53 pm  PST

The Cold Moon or Full Moon in Cancer.  In fact, this is the Full-feeling Moon that connects us with the Feminine Spirit and the Great Mother. 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. 

It is the ending of the Yuletide season as the light of the sun offers increasing daylight and warmth in the Northern Hemisphere. If a seed was sown just after the New moon on December 21, 2014 it will come to light during the Full Moon over the next few days.

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 tough 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 if we are alone it is a time to honour the truth within our own heart. To nurture and comfort ourselves by the cleansing and purification of the element of water. As the moon affects the tides of the ocean, so it affects the tides of the ocean 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 (Transformation) 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. 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 trip 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.

(c) Richard Barrett 2015