Tag Archive: Mercury


New Moon in Gemini

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May 25, 2017   12:44 pm  PDT

The Sun and the Moon are currently in the Sign of the Twins: Gemini. Cogito Ergo Sum translates: “I think, therefore I am”,  which was coined by the French philosopher Renee Descartes. Gemini, being an Air Sign, is a Creative Thinker or Genius. The New Moon is a great time to continue the journey toward the within. Our thoughts may turn inward, only to move outward, as we will want to communicate with others. A lot of Gemini types appear to have their head in the attic of rationality. However, it is important for Gemini to allow their feelings to be experienced in the heart, rather than only the head. 

The heart hath its reason, which reason knows nothing of ~Blaise Pascal.  

Gemini which will lend to the duality theme during the coming weeks can bring about a fluctuation of moods as we navigate our way through the pillars of Gemini between sense and nonsense we may continue to feel divided between what we think and how we feel. The Sins of the Father become the Compassion of the Mother. The House that the New Moon transits can reveal what areas in our lives need attention at this time. Mars (Action) is also challenging Mercury in the sign it governs Gemini…and in the realm of action and reaction there may be conflict but also the opportunity to speak from the heart. Learning to integrate any opposing energies can be a motion such as the martial arts that transcends the great divide.

The greatest distance between two people is miscommunication. 

Gemini is the social butterfly that loves to flutter around and experience all of the variety of flowers in bloom. Sometimes the Social Gemini Moon can attract gossip and create needless misunderstandings. Make an effort to communicate effectively and to listen to others. Remember the children’s game Whispering Down The Lane? You whisper something into one person’s ear that is passed on to the next person and by the time it reaches the end of the line it has become totally out of context. Be mindful before speaking. In other words, put your mouth in gear before you put it into action (unless there is room in it for your foot).Gemini will spy with their logical eye to make sense of the nonsense. They are usually rather witty and interesting people. They tend to stick their finger in every pie like Georgie Porgie and can be mischievous like Curious George…although they can be fun to monkey around with. Sometimes when Geminis’ curiosity is aroused they can go bananas by attempting to understand everything new under the Sun. 

What the caterpillar calls death, the butterfly calls life.

Nervousness and worry are common traits of Gemini. Although they are not so prone to worry like their astro-cousins Virgo which is also associated with Mercury. Gemini rules the eyes and nervous system where an underlying restlessness is common. They tend to see the glass as either half full or half empty. Other peoples’ emotions can be difficult for Gemini types to handle. They have a way with words riddled with puns and clever wit. Geminis have no time for Taurus bullshit. They can fluctuate between being childlike and childish.

Media has become overloaded and our minds downloaded with a lot of negativity being reported in the news. There is just too much information at our disposal. We are being left to our own devices and experiencing reality through a digital world and cyberspace. This is a great time to turn off the TV/Cell Phone/Computer and tune in to the transmission of the planet and all our relations on an organic level. We are the center of our universe. Everything we think and do has an impact upon ourselves and our immediate surroundings. If we are restless and require distraction, then perhaps we could learn to meditate while practicing deep breathing to calm the nervous system. Gemini is associated with the lungs and nervous system. Think of ways to create Positive Action, then breathe life into it. Yes, the universe exists with both positive and negative energy. We need to bring any opposing forces together through integration and accord.

A world in black and white, hath no color. 

The Light Spectrum refuses no color. How would we know day without night? Get outside and bear witness to the beauty that nature paints for us in every moment. As Albert Einstein said: Imagination is far greater than knowledge. Dare to be different. When you change your perception, you transform your world. Remember to respect that other people’s Way may differ from your own. Same planet, different worlds.

There are many myths about Mercury/Hermes, the Ancient Messenger God, who was also known as the Patron of both Merchants, Great Thinkers and Thieves, as well as surfers and skateboarders in modern time. Imagine the mind of Leonardo Da Vinci observing the winged birds and igniting the spark that humans would eventually be able to fly…and eventually led to the industry of aviation. Thoughts and ideas can travel fast like quicksilver in the archetype of the Gemini Genius. I suggest reading about his myth, and also the story of his counterparts; the Egyptian Thoth and Norse Loki. 

This is the New Moon to begin a journal. Especially those with Gemini prominent in their chart as their minds are easily distracted by the social behavior of others and their own internal whims. I have often heard a Gemini make a decision only to change it shortly thereafter…if they haven’t dismissed it all together…hence the trait scatter brained. Gemini needs to know Why? Many people use journals for calendars, appointments and goals…rather than self-reflection and expression. Forget the attitude and think gratitude. Start focusing on the wins, rather than the losses in your life. Whatever you do, try to do it with an open mind and most importantly with an open heart…for it is the caterpillar that eventually transforms into the butterfly…opening its wings to fly!

Live by the Sun

Love by the Moon

(c) Richard Barrett 2017

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March 27, 2017  7:57 PM   PDT

Welcome to the first New Moon of Spring! The Astrological Year began on March 20, 2017 marking the Vernal Equinox (Equal Day/Night as the days grow longer than the night). The Sun and Moon are in Aries initiating us to take action in our personal lives. It represents the self and the selfishness of the Ego when it refuses to listen to the Heart because it is stuck in the Head. The background mood can be extremely passionate in the heat of this night. The energy of this Fire Sign can ignite a lot of restlessness in many of us. Life is bursting forth with renewed forces that can be either positive or negative, depending on how we channel them. Some of us will feel burned out, while others will be amped up and good to go! If we are not mindful of others due to being overly self absorbed we may find ourselves literally ramming into other people and objects. The New Moon is like a magnetic pull from within the fire in our belly. Are we angry at someone and denying our own hurt? This is where conflict begins: the Self. Aries rules the Self or the Ego. It is a force to be reckoned with. We need to learn the difference between assertion and aggression.

Ares was the Greek God of Action and 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 gave 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 depletion of natural resources. Aries fuels the exploration of space. It seems ironic that we are unable to explore Venus the symbolic planet of love and peace which is closer to the Sun or Core of the universe…closer to the core of our being. Instead, we probe the Red Planet that has an archetypal link with Ares. We seem obsessed with Martians and other aliens in the realm of science and fantasy. Even if rational science dictates that it is not plausible to explore a planet like Venus, could we not, at the very least, explore the planet of Love symbolically within our own inner verse as opposed to the outer verse? It is interesting that our planet Earth is between two planets that represent War and Peace. Is the truth out there? Or is it in here, inside each and every one of us? Truth is such a personal belief system that seems to always be changing. Life is about transformation in so many ways.

 Change your perception and you change your world…

…your personal world…how you perceive it. Mercury (Communication), Venus (Attraction), Saturn (Limitation) and Uranus (Society) are also in Aries and is evident in the many personal/political conflicts that seem to be escalating across the globe.

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 yet everything is inter-dependent. Co-dependent has become a very negative cliche. There is so much needless conflict in our world. If we continue to feed only our greed then we sow another angry seed. It is the Ego that separates us from others. Do we multiply only to divide? We are in the Age of Aquarius, not the Age of Aries, and yet we live in a world that has become more and more competitive. A world obsessed with war and strife. How can everything be Number One at the same time? All is One relates to our spiritual connection and not the individuation of the Ego. The universe seems to be part of a Sacred Geometry; therefore, all numbers are relevant and equally important. To claim that there is only one true God (my God versus your God)…well, we all know how wars are started.

The Ram is the animal totem of the sign Aries. A headstrong creature that 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 their placements in the Astrological Chart. Although Aries energy can be egotistical, aggressive and competitive in no way implies that all Aries are ruthless and constantly seeking to win a battle. Aries energy can initiate positive action. Fire is a very useful and necessary element as long as it is not implosive or explosive (a rocket scientist would probably argue my point, rightfully so). Aries rules the head and being a fire sign can initiate headaches, inflammation and other irritations that are expression of repression. However, from an esoteric point of view, the New Moon in Aries can be a very direct and exciting time. We can begin projects that require a lot of focus and energy. Aries is also associated with sports where we can experiment with these archetypes in a more constructive and playful way. Unfortunately, a lot of Major League sports have become too aggressive and violent. Sports, like the Olympics (named after the Olympian Champions of Ancient Greece) are a perfect outlet for restless and challenging forces. The lesson isn’t always about winning…it is about being a good sport.

Athena was the Greek Goddess of Wisdom and a sister of Ares. She was born with a spear and shield in hand and unlike her bother who was too impulsive, she invoked the wisdom of the Owl being wise and less rash in her actions. Athena represents the anima of her Brother Ares’ animus. It is said that Ares and Aphrodite bore the twins, Phobos “panic” and Deimos “fear” which together can create conflict. Fear is the absence of love. Both serve a purpose to be explored and understood within each and everyone one of us. Owning our personal inner conflict is winning half the battle. To forge ahead with positive action is our best weapon. As the Pilgrim of Peace said: “If someone were to kill me, they would only be killing my body and not my soul; if I kill another, I destroy my soul”.

Haste makes waste…if you’re looking for a fight or challenging others…you’re adding fire to fire. We find balance, fairness, justice and peace in the opposite sign Libra where we can learn to integrate these qualities by practicing the Way of the Peaceful Warrior. Mars is also in the Sign that it rules Aries which can propel us in either direction if we get caught in the friction of impulsive reaction. Last, but not least, we have Uranus in Aries igniting the social unrest and uprising brought about by hostile aggression…and yet there are humanitarians around the globe harnessing and channeling the energy to take on the challenges that have been imposed upon the many…by the few. Mercury will be transiting back into dreamy Pisces…where just letting go of what is beyond our control.

Aries is also symbolic of the Inner Child. The God Ares was the first born son of Zeus who always sought the love and approval of his father. I believe that a lot of tyrants are simply wounded children seeking the love and approval of an Almighty Father, their own father, the institutional father or their own personal God. Adults are merely children in grown up bodies and we need to rediscover the child in each of us so that we can heal. It is time to remove the superficial band aid, to allow our wounds to truly heal in the fresh air and light of day. It is said in several spiritual traditions that we are to be innocent as children to enter into Heaven, Nirvana, Paradise or state of Bliss.

It is the first New Moon of Spring…so spring into action…better yet…make it positive action!

Live by the Sun, Love by the Moon…
(c) Richard Barrett 2017

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Full Moon in Virgo

Virgo Moon

March 12, 2017  7:53 am  PDT

                                                Heal Thy Self~Healthy Self

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. 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, South America, the war torn Middle East and other parts of the globe illustrate experiencing chaos; 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 (Transcendance, Imagination, Spirit) and now a Full Moon in Virgo (Work, Health and Service).

This Full Moon in Virgo is not only reflecting the Sun’s light in Pisces (Sensitive, Dreamy, Intuitive, Illusional) 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.

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 Leo

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August 2, 2016 1:44 pm PDT

The Sun and the Moon are conjunct in the lion’s den…the Fire Sign of Leo. This turns up the summer heat…and at some point all of us want to feel hot! This can be like a handful of Sweet Hearts Candy where one says: Kiss Me, and another: Love Sucks. Which one am I going to taste? Bitter or Sweet? It is said that the most ferocious heart needs love the most. The timid heart craves affection but is afraid to open up to it. Venus is also in Leo which is all about affairs of the heart…the meaning of strength, courage and wisdom takes center stage. Our loyalty and devotion may feel like they are being put to the test…especially in bigger circles or community of friends and loved ones.

Leo is associated with the heart…the risks that we are willing to take…to make others notice us. The Sun rules this fire sign Leo as it transits through the peak of summer in late July and early August.

The High Tide of Summer…the Sun rules Leo. We are at the mid-point between Summer and Autumn. Many people are vacationing and allowing their inner child to wander the world with a renewed sense of wonder. There is a difference between being childlike and childish. The world is a stage and people want to act out many types of roles in the Sacred Drama of Life. It is not surprising then to watch as people are willing to take risks such as: skydiving, river rafting, bungee jumping or simply taking the plunge into uncharted waters. Everyone wants to be the center of attention at some point in order to receive attention and gain recognition. Leo is about the Lion King teaching us about loyalty, devotion and pride.

All the world is a stage and we all play our part in it. Leo wants to be in the spotlight and receive due recognition. Some of us will create drama in our lives in order to get attention. The New Moon pulls us inward to where our wounds lay hidden beneath superficial masks of comedy and tragedy. Love is the absence of fear, so be fearless. To have courage literally translates to have heart. It takes courage to risk being hurt when dealing with affairs of the heart. If you want to be loved, then love. Some people are too proud to risk wearing their heart upon their sleeve. They claim that they have been hurt and betrayed too many times and are unwilling to open their chakra center. They would rather be stubborn and allow that proverbial thorn in the lion’s paw to keep them wounded and ferocious. Perhaps the thorn that pierces their wounded heart could be gently removed by an act of compassion and love.

The Tarot Deck contains a card called the Sun and it usually depicts a child riding upon a horse in a field of sunflowers beneath a huge yellow sun. Yellow is the colour of the Solar Plexus which is the chakra that contains our power. Power over one’s self is greater and more challenging than attempting to gain power over others. It is about confidence and happiness.
Sunflowers are in full bloom as they lift their warm colourful heads in adoration of the Sun. They are the tallest flower reaching for the Solar Light. The colours of the earth are muted in a golden brown and many crops are preparing for harvest. What can we harvest from within our own heart? Just remember that the Sun shines for us all!

Live by the Sun
Love by the Moon

© Richard Barrett 2016

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Cancer

Artist: Josephine Wall

 

July 4, 2016  4:00 am  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 Venus (Attraction) 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 coming Full Moon in Capricorn in about two weeks will be 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 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 2016
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June 4, 2016  7:59 pm  PDT

The Sun and the Moon are currently in the Sign of the Twins: Gemini. Cogito Ergo Sum translates: “I think, therefore I am”,  which was coined by the French philosopher Renee Descartes. Gemini, being an Air Sign, is a Creative Thinker or Genius. The New Moon is a great time to continue the journey toward the within. Our thoughts may turn inward, only to move outward, as we will want to communicate with others. A lot of Gemini types appear to have their head in the attic of rationality. However, it is important for Gemini to allow their feelings to be experienced in the heart, rather than only the head. The heart hath its reason, which reason knows nothing of ~Blaise Pascal.  

Mercury, the Winged Messenger, ruler of Gemini and coming out of retrograde is busy playing mind games with our sense of communication in the Sign it rules: Gemini which will lend to the duality theme during the coming weeks. This can bring about a fluctuation of moods as we navigate our way through the pillars of Gemini between sense and nonsense we may continue to feel divided between what we think and how we feel. The Sins of the Father become the Compassion of the Mother. The House that the New Moon transits can reveal what areas in our lives need attention at this time. Venus the planet of Attraction, Beauty and Love is also flirting with the shadow play of Mercury in the sign it governs Gemini…and in the realm of love there may be conflict but also the opportunity to speak from the heart. Learning to integrate any opposing energies can be a beautiful dance that transcends the great divide.

The greatest distance between two people is miscommunication. 

Gemini is the social butterfly that loves to flutter around and experience all of the variety of flowers in bloom. Sometimes the Social Gemini Moon can attract gossip and create needless misunderstandings. Make an effort to communicate effectively and to listen to others. Remember the children’s game Whispering Down The Lane? You whisper something into one person’s ear that is passed on to the next person and by the time it reaches the end of the line it has become totally out of context. Be mindful before speaking. In other words, put your mouth in gear before you put it into action (unless there is room in it for your foot).Gemini will spy with their logical eye to make sense of the nonsense. They are usually rather witty and interesting people. They tend to stick their finger in every pie like Georgie Porgie and can be mischievious like Curious George…although they can be fun to monkey around with. Sometimes when Geminis’ curiousity is aroused they can go bananas by attempting to understand everything new under the Sun. 

What the caterpillar calls death, the butterfly calls life.

Nervousness and worry are common traits of Gemini. Although they are not so prone to worry like their astro-cousins Virgo which is also associated with Mercury. Gemini rules the nervous system and an underlying restlessness is common. They tend to see the glass as either half full or half empty. Other peoples’ emotions can be difficult for Gemini types to handle. They have a way with words riddled with puns and clever wit. Geminis have no time for Taurus bullshit. They can fluctuate between being childlike and childish.

Media has become overloaded and our minds downloaded with a lot of negativity being reported in the news. There is just too much information at our disposal. We are being left to our own devices and experiencing reality through a digital world and cyberspace. This is a great time to turn off the TV/Cell Phone/Computer and tune in to the transmission of the planet and all our relations on an organic level. We are the center of our universe. Everything we think and do has an impact upon ourselves and our immediate surroundings. If we are restless and require distraction, then perhaps we could learn to meditate while practicing deep breathing to calm the nervous system. Gemini is associated with the lungs and nervous system. Think of ways to create Positive Action, then breathe life into it. Yes, the universe exists with both positive and negative energy. We need to bring any opposing forces together through integration and accord.

A world in black and white, hath no colour. 

The Light Spectrum refuses no colour. How would we know day without night? Get outside and bear witness to the beauty that nature paints for us in every moment. As Albert Einstein said: Imagination is far greater than knowledge. Dare to be different. When you change your perception, you transform your world. Remember to respect that other people’s Way may differ from your own. Same planet, different worlds.

There are many myths about Mercury/Hermes, the Ancient Messenger God, who was also known as the Patron of both Merchants, Great Thinkers and Thieves, as well as surfers and skateboarders in modern time. Imagine the mind of Leonardo Da Vinci observing the winged birds and igniting the spark that humans would eventually be able to fly…and eventually led to the industry of aviation. Thoughts and ideas can travel fast like quicksilver in the archetype of the Gemini Genius. I suggest reading about his myth, and also the story of his counterparts; the Egyptian Thoth and Norse Loki. 

This is the New Moon to begin a journal. Especially those with Gemini prominent in their chart as their minds are easily distracted by the social behavior of others and their own internal whims. I have often heard a Gemini make a decision only to change it shortly thereafter…if they haven’t dismissed it all together…hence the trait scatter brained. Gemini needs to know Why? Many people use journals for calendars, appointments and goals…rather than self-reflection and expression. Forget the attitude and think gratitude. Start focusing on the wins, rather than the losses in your life. Whatever you do, try to do it with an open mind and most importantly with an open heart…for it is the caterpillar that eventually transforms into the butterfly…opening its wings to fly!

Live by the Sun

Love by the Moon

(c) Richard Barrett 2016

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Artist: Josephine Wall

 

May 6, 2016 12:29 PM  PDT

The Sun (Motivation) and the Moon (Mood) are in the Venus (Love, Beauty, Attraction) ruled Earth Sign of Taurus, which is named after the Minotaur.  There is a Greek myth about the Labyrinth and the Bull named after King Minos of Crete.  In modern times, the Labyrinth is still used as a meditative and symbolic pathway.  On our personal journey toward the within, we sometimes find ourselves wandering further away from our center, only to discover that we are actually navigating closer to it.  This is the time to dig deep within ourselves to discover what truly makes us feel secure.

Security is experienced on many levels, particularly the realm of matter or the material realm.  How many of us live our lives with a false sense of security?  Here is the perfect Moon Cycle to question the meaning of being secure on every level.  Money does not create emotional security.  Love does not create financial security (although partnership can).  Like the many gardeners that 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 and fertilized with a lot of bull 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 honored for our efforts, we may become insecure.
Superficially, we are defined by what we do rather than who we are.  We enter the secular world or realm of the senses…our body temple with nothing of material value or meaning and we depart from it with nothing .  Yet we are conditioned constantly by marketing schemes to convince us to purchase things that we do not necessarily need; or eventually that we do not want.  Again, it is the attachment to the sentiment, rather than the object itself that the Taurus type wants to hold on to.  After all, eventually you will be thrown off by the bull, both literally and figuratively.
Taurus loves the textiles of the earth and has been known to collect antiques.  It is also a very creative and practical sign.  Taurus is slow and placid.  Stubborn and persistent.  Many Taurus  Sun, Moon or Rising are skilled in attracting money and making investments. The Bank teller of the astrological signs. Many will admit that they are clumsy like a bull in a china shop.  Patience is a virtue.  Remember, Ferdinand the Bull taking the time to smell the roses.  However, if a person with a lot of Taurus in their chart does lose their patience, they will charge headstrong with the force of a raging bull.

The Sun and Moon have both transited out of Aries.  Mercury (Communication) and Venus (Attraction) are also in the cautious sign Taurus.  It may feel like a war of the roses or a bonfire of the vanities during such phases.  In each of these personal areas of our lives we are affected depending upon which House they are transiting during this time in our birth chart. While some will be springing into positive action and taking up the challenge…others may become restless, irritated and stubborn to the point of conflict. Use this Lunation cycle to take the the time to find a seed within your own heart and bring forth a flower…Deep breathing allows us to slow down and ground to the sound of our own drum.  The sister of passion is compassion. Be assertive rather than aggressive.

Goddess on the mountaintop and Venus was her name…she is the May Queen that flirts with the earth…now covered in green and embroidered with colourful flowers during the Merry Month of May. 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

(c) Richard Barrett  2016

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New Moon in Aries

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Artist: Josephine Wall

 

April 7, 2016  4:23 am  PDT

Welcome to the first New Moon of Spring.The Astrological Year began on March 20, 2016 marking the Vernal Equinox. . The Sun and Moon are in Aries initiating us to take action in our personal lives. It represents the self and the selfishness of the Ego when it refuses to listen to the Heart because it is stuck in the Head. The background mood can be extremely passionate in the heat of this night. The energy of this Fire Sign can ignite a lot of restlessness in many of us. Life is bursting forth with renewed forces that can be either positive or negative, depending on how we channel them. Some of us will feel burned out, while others will be amped up and good to go! If we are not mindful of others due to being overly self absorbed we may find ourselves literally ramming into other people and objects. The New Moon is like a magnetic pull from within the fire in our belly. Are we angry at someone and denying our own hurt? This is where conflict begins: the Self. Aries rules the Self or the Ego. It is a force to be reckoned with. We need to learn the difference between assertion and aggression.

Ares was the Greek God of Action and 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 gave 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 or Core of the universe…closer to the core of our being. Instead, we probe the Red Planet that has an archetypal link with Ares. We seem obsessed with Martians and other aliens in the realm of science and fantasy. Even if rational science dictates that it is not plausible to explore a planet like Venus, could we not, at the very least, explore the planet of Love symbolically within our own inner verse as opposed to the outer verse? It is interesting that our planet Earth is between two planets that represent War and Peace. Is the truth out there? Or is it in here, inside each and every one of us? Truth is such a personal belief system that seems to always be changing. Life is about transformation in so many ways. Change your perception and you change your world…your personal world…how you perceive it. Mercury (Communication), Venus (Attraction) and Uranus (Social Change) are also in Aries and is evident in the many personal/political conflicts that seem to be escalating across the globe.

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-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. It is the Ego that separates us from others. Do we multiply only to divide? We are in the Age of Aquarius, not the Age of Aries, and yet we live in a world that has become more and more competitive. A world obsessed with war and strife. How can everything be Number One at the same time? All is One relates to our spiritual connection and not the individuation of the Ego. The universe seems to be part of a Sacred Geometry; therefore, all numbers are relevant and equally important. To claim that there is only one true God (my God versus your God)…well, we all know how wars are started.

The Ram is the animal totem of the sign Aries. A headstrong creature can butt into personal affairs of others. Yet, inside every ram lies a gentle lamb. The aggressive nature of an Aries Sun/Moon/Rising Sign can be tempered by the other signs and there placements in the Astrological Chart. Although Aries energy can be egotistical, aggressive and competitive in no way implies that all Aries are ruthless and constantly seeking to win a battle. Aries energy can initiate positive action. Fire is a very useful and necessary element as long as it is not implosive or explosive (a rocket scientist would probably argue my point, rightfully so). Aries rules the head and being a fire sign can initiate headaches, inflammation and other irritations that are expression of repression. But from an esoteric point of view the New Moon in Aries can be a very direct and exciting time. We can begin projects that require a lot of focus and energy. Aries is also associated with sports where we can experiment with these archetypes in a more constructive and playful way. Unfortunately, a lot of Major League sports have become too aggressive and violent. Sports, like the Olympics (named after the Olympian Champions of Ancient Greece) are a perfect outlet for restless and challenging forces. The lesson isn’t always about winning…it is about being a good sport.

Athena was the Greek Goddess of Wisdom and a sister of Ares. She was born with a spear and shield in hand and unlike her bother who was too impulsive, she invoked the wisdom of the Owl being wise and less rash in her actions. Athena represents the anima of her Brother Ares’animus. It is said that Ares and Aphrodite bore the twins, Phobos “panic” and Deimos “fear” which together can create conflict. Fear is the absence of love. Both serve a purpose to be explored and understood within each and everyone one of us. Owning our personal inner conflict is winning half the battle. To forge ahead with positive action is our best weapon. As the Pilgrim of Peace said: “If someone were to kill me, they would only be killing my body and not my soul; if I kill another, I destroy my soul”.

Haste makes waste…if you’re looking for a fight or challenging others…you’re adding fire to fire. We find balance, fairness, justice and peace in the opposite sign Libra where we can learn to integrate these qualities by practicing the Way of the Peaceful Warrior. Mars is also in the Sign that it rules Aries which can propel us in either direction if we get caught in the friction of impulsive reaction. Last, but not least, we have Uranus in Aries igniting the social unrest and uprising brought about by hostile aggression…and yet there are humanitarians around the globe harnessing and channeling the energy to take on the challenges that have been imposed upon the many…by the few. Mercury will be transiting back into dreamy Pisces…where just letting go of what is beyond our control.

Aries is also symbolic of the Inner Child. The God Ares was the first born son of Zeus who always sought the love and approval of his father. I believe that a lot of tyrants are simply wounded children seeking the love and approval of an Almighty Father, their own father, the institutional father or their own personal God. Adults are merely children in grown up bodies and we need to rediscover the child in each of us so that we can heal. It is time to remove the superficial band aid, to allow our wounds to truly heal in the fresh air and light of day. It is said in several spiritual traditions that we are to be innocent as children to enter into Heaven, Nirvana, Paradise or state of Bliss.

It is the first New Moon of Spring…so spring into action…better yet…make it positive action!
(c) Richard Barrett 2016

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March 23, 2016  5:00 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 Partial Lunar Eclipse. 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 an omen. Even modern day apocalyptic 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 and the magnitude of earthquakes. As the moon affects our ocean’s tides it must also have an affect upon our bodily fluids. Mood swings in the Cranial Sea, women’s menstruation and patients bleeding more profusely during surgery. One thing most people would agree upon is that the Moon is controversial!

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.
We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives… inside ourselves. Albert Camus

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…and yes, war.

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

Live by the Sun, Love by the Moon

(c) Richard Barrett 2016

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