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June 09, 2017  6:09 am  PDT

The Sun is in Gemini and the Moon is Full in Sagittarius. This combo says: Think Big! It seems as though everything in nature is buzzing with communication, while the days are significantly longer and warmer when we begin making plans for the summer. This is the Full Moon of Spontaneity! We need to get out of our heads and to expand our conscious awareness. Our thoughts can be direct and focused upon the goals that we aspire to achieve. What or who gets in the way of what our heart truly desires? Rather than act upon impulse…we could tap into the pulse of the One Heart. Jupiter (although retrograde) will aspire many thoughts to aim high for our personal best…depending upon whether we reach for the sky or the stars. It is all about faith…in some cases blind faith. With Saturn (Authority) in Sagittarius it will feel like a fluctuation sometimes with a rubber band effect when people push boundaries with over enthusiastic behavior without heeding to others’ limitations. It is also the Great Test of Faith. Both Jupiter and Saturn are retrograde causing a slow down slippery ahead mindset with so many setbacks that appear to be moving backward rather than forward. Jupiter is expansion and Saturn is restriction. This is very evident in the test of faith and religious intolerance that seems to be relinquishing power and losing the confidence of the people. There is a clash of energy with this placement causing a tug of war causing needless conflict in our own moral dilemma. This is being demonstrated by the recent challenges of free speech and religious freedom with the constraint of Saturn that is associated with restrictions, boundaries, governments and patriarchal institutions.

          No matter our differences; we all look at the same sun and moon…

There is a wonderful Greek myth about Hercules and his mentor Chiron.  Chiron was the Wise (Sage) Centaur (half-human/half-animal) who was a Great Teacher and Healer. Teaching, post education and higher learning are all associated with Sagittarius. One day, Hercules went to seek the counsel of his Wise Teacher, where upon his arrival, he was met by a group of Centaurs that were drinking wine. In the short version of this myth, Hercules became impatient and bored due to his Teacher being absent and began to also drink some wine after refusing several offers. Later, when he was intoxicated, Hercules could hear the sound of hooves stomping upon the ground and became nervous. Lacking focus, Hercules reached for the arrows in his quiver and began to shoot aimlessly, until one of the arrows found his friend and teacher, Chiron, wounding him in his leg.  Chiron forgave Hercules for his short sighted error. Thus, Chiron came to be known as the Wounded Healer. Here was a test of one’s faith.  Full Moons tend to draw out our energy escalating into crisis and even violence when people push the limit…and some of us will want to overindulge in food and drink, but we must be careful not to hurt others while in an inebriated state. Otherwise, we may not be wise in our buoyancy and create needless crisis.

Indeed, this is the Full Moon to enjoy a social gathering in the outdoors with friends, family and colleagues. Sitting around a warm fire can imbue many philosophic conversations. Avoid too much gossip and remember; where one finger is pointing, three are pointing back. We all have our tales to tell, try to focus upon the stories that inspire. This is a fire moon that can raise the light of consciousness like a flame to illuminate the darkness of ignorance.  Remember…the Sun is always shining whether in a shroud of cloud or illuminating the other side of the planet. Both Sun and Rain give birth to all the colors of the visible light spectrum.

Sagittarius is also affiliated with the planet Jupiter which is the largest in our Solar System. Due to its size, it has been associated with joy, opportunity, expansiveness, abundance and luck. It had the potential to be another Sun in our galaxy. It is also associated with faith. When the Sun is in Sagittarius, a lot of people celebrate the Season of the Light Bringers of Faith in December. We are reminded of that faith when the light of the Full Moon in Sagittarius shines brightly in the early summer sky. Again, it will be followed by the longest days of the year. Time for summer fun! This is the Full Moon to take a leap of faith. So try to be optimystic and reach for the sky before you reach for the stars.

Live by the Sun, Love by the Moon

(c) Richard Barrett 2017

New Moon in Taurus

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April 26, 2017 5:16 AM  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.

       Take the time to find a seed within your own heart and bring forth a flower

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 come with limited benefits).  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 bullshit that stifles our personal growth.
Why is it that some people are able to make us feel secure, while others make us feel insecure?  I believe it is all about investment.  Who and what do we invest in?  Are we giving and receiving our fair share?  Do we own our possessions or do our possessions own us?  Do we merely borrow our existence or do we own it?  When we feel we are not being respected or 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) is still retrograde in Aries (Action, Challenge, Conflict) until May 3, 2017.  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 sow seeds of lovingkindness and compassion that will break through the shell…out of the darkness and into the light of day. 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 coming into full bloom 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

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

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

Too often we find ourselves trying to POSSESS that which is not truly ours and living with a false sense of security. Money does not create emotional security. Love does not create financial security (although partnership can). Like the many gardeners that love to get their hands dirty…cultivating the soil of their gardens, we can also unearth some of the misconceptions that have been planted in our own Secret Garden.  Has it been fertilised with a lot of bullshit that stifles our personal growth?
 
Why is it that some people are able to make us feel secure, while others make us feel insecure? I believe it is all about investment. Who and what do we invest in? Are we giving and receiving our fair share? Do we own our possessions or do our possessions own us? Do we merely borrow our existence or do we own it? When we feel we are not being respected or honoured for our efforts, we may become insecure. It is about Personal Power experienced by the individual.

Think about our earth’s resources and how insufficiently they are being distributed. There are enough natural resources to feed, shelter and clothe those who live in poverty. We all need to grab the bull by the horns and harness its power and connection to Mother Earth. If we give her back her diamond, she will offer up her pearl. ~Dead Can Dance

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

Taurus is is named after the Minotaur ( a Greek word meaning Bull of Minos). There is a Greek myth of the Labyrinth and the White Bull of King Minos of Crete. In modern times, the Labyrinth is still used as a meditative and symbolic pathway. The Full Moon draws our energy outward like the Bull at the center of the labyrinth journeys outward as it illuminates the darkness. We can appreciate the darker side of the nature of things in ourselves and in others.
 Do you want to be like a Bull in a china shop destroying things by being mindless?  Or more like Ferdinand the Bull, who chose not to fight but instead took the time to smell the beautiful roses of  love.
Live by the Sun
Love by the Moon
(c) Richard Barrett 2016
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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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March 8, 2016  5:54 pm  PST

The Sun and Moon are conjunct in the Water Sign Pisces beginning a new lunation cycle with a New Moon. There is also a Total Solar Eclipse at 5:57 pm  PST. 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.

Note: When the Sun and Moon are conjunct it is called a New Moon or to some a Dark Moon because it is not visible. Sometimes a rare phenomenon we know as a Total Solar Eclipse occurs when the Moon crosses directly in front of the Sun blocking its light transforming day into night. To the ancients this foretold of a bad omen or some misfortune. Today astrologers are less superstitious and will most likely tell you how a Solar Eclipse can affect a certain area in your astrological birth chart. An eclipse can symbolize a major change for some. Astronomers are able to study the corona or crown of rays around the Sun moreso during an eclipse. It is a reminder of not overshadowing others by standing in the way of their light… And not allowing others to eclipse our own light. It is very symbolic of not seeing the whole picture, temporary blindness, or being in the dark over an important matter…and importantly “this too shall pass”. It portends change…especially during the New Moon in Pisces ending the current lunation cycle which began on the New Moon in Aquarius early February which represents change.

From Earth perspective it is a very enchanting event if one is able to view it from where they are. This eclipse is only visible in Southeast Asia.

Total Solar Eclipse Tuesday March 8, 2016 5:57 pm PST

Live by the Sun
Love by the Moon

 

(c) Richard Barrett 2016

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Full Moon in Virgo

Virgo Moon

February 22, 2016  10:19 am  PST

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. The rift in Fukushima, Japan had 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, 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 Aquarius (Collective Consciousness, Change) 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, 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.

Live by the Sun, Love by the Moon…

 (c) Richard Barrett 2016

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Full Moon in Leo

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January 23, 2016  5:45 pm   PST

When the Sun is shining bright in Aquarius although we are  still cold in winter…the Moon is reflecting the light in Leo reminding us when we were still hot in summer six months earlier…polar opposites of the Aquarius/Leo axis. Thus we continue the current lunation cycle that began 14 days ago at the New Moon. Where Aquarius proclaims freedom and love of community…Leo roars with need of attention and love of friends.
Leo rules the heart and is associated with the Sun. I like to think of this Full Moon as a night of  lighthearted  fun!  With the Sun (our core identity) in Aquarius and the Moon (our mood) in Leo…it will be the eternal drama between the head and heart…the heart hath its reason, which reason knows nothing of…an act of love whether for humanity or vanity is still a form of love. This is the time to act and attract the change that you feel in the Heart Chakra/Solar Plexus (both located just above the belly button and near the heart).

All the world’s a stage and we all play our part in it. Leo wants to be in the spotlight and receive attention. Some of us will create drama in our lives in order to feel the recognition that we need. It is a fire sign that can make us somewhat restless and frisky. Romance can be extra hot on this fiery Full Moon which ignites the first signs of spring  fever. This Full Moon occurs during the midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox. In fact, the month of February is named after the Ancient Roman Goddess Februa who presided over the fever and passion of Love…

Sun lights up the daytime…Moon lights up the night…Everybody’s got the fever…That is something you should know…Fever isn’t such a new scene…Fever started long ago…

It is no wonder that we celebrate the Festival of Romance with white, red and pink hearts on Valentine’s Day. Vali was a Norse archer god (Valiant, Valour)  while Cupid/Eros was the pansexual Roman/Greek deity of erotic love. Personally, I feel that this celebration of Love has been corrupted by the belief system that love is so conditional; that showering someone with flowers, candy, cards or dinner professes one’s undying love. It is more than simply a Hallmark holiday. Should love be exclusive to couples only? There are so many ways to show that you love someone without having to buy their affection. Remember, there are many degrees of love and it is not to be measured by the monetary value of a gift or extravagant dinner. What an honour it would be to have a loved one create a heartfelt dinner, and then for us to return the favour with a hot bubble bath and an erotic massage. There are a multitude of ways to say: I Love You!

 Personally, it is more of a celebration of the One Heart that beats and loves us all unconditionally on this magickal and mysterious tour between birth and death. 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 own heart chakra.  They would rather be fierce and allow that proverbial thorn in the lion’s paw to keep them wounded. Perhaps the thorn that pierces their wounded heart could be gently removed by an act of compassion and love. when the heart is full..the eyes overflow…

This is a great night to gather with lovers and friends. As I mentioned, Leo is a fire sign and can ignite this Full Moon night. This is no time to play mind games with ourselves or with others. We all can become a bit self-centered during this time, so play fair. It is the Moon to entertain and to be entertained by going to a concert, the theatre, a sports game or a night on the town dancing. Sitting around a fire with a group of friends would definitely warm up the night. Focus on being creative and having fun…and yes…even a heart to heart with a lover or friend can channel the restless energy.

The Sun in Aquarius (Freedom) is being mirrored by the Moon in Leo (Loyalty) and reminds me of the lion in the film Born Free. Don’t we all just want to be…free? Maybe even a bit wild? With the Sun in the sign of Humanity  and the Moon in Leo of taking heart…is what courage requires with seeds of compassion. In the jungle, no lion sleeps tonight. Remember, not everyone can be the King or Queen of the Jungle all of the time, so make room on your personal stage to allow others to shine in the moonlight too!

Live by the Sun, Love by the Moon…

(c) Richard Barrett  2016

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Art by Josephine Wall

Art by Josephine Wall

September 12, 2015  11:41 pm  PDT

The New Moon can be experienced as a journey toward the within…to the center of our being. The New Moon in Virgo is a time to reap within what has been sown without.  It is the time when we begin to harvest that which brings us back to earth during the last weeks of summer.  Many people return to work, school or some form of service. Sun (Motivation), Moon (Mood) and Jupiter (Faith) are all conjunct in Virgo…at core we feel the need to strive…to thrive…and stay alive. What can I do? How can I repair? How do I make it better? Are those really butterflies in my tummy?  Too much analysis can lead to paralysis…Being a Virgo, I completely concur with the above quote, because Virgo is the Sign of the Analyst.  Anyone with Virgo prominent in their birth chart (Sun/ Moon/Rising or a stellium of Orbs in the 6th House) can be a stickler to detail. Too much detail can derail us from our beingness.  It is the Sign of the Perfectionist, and it can be difficult to put away the voice of the Inner Critic that resides in us all. Where there is Light…there is Shadow…so the Sun Virgo through excessive worry and needing to be of service can sometimes leave the Perfectionist personality in the Dark and ignore any complex matter by falling into the abyss of martyrdom. The Inner Critic is simply a recording of the Outer Critic…which is the voice of others who have inundated us with the projection of their own shadow and in the process their criticism has become destructive to the self-esteem and confidence…which can further demise and victimize poor Virgo.   People born with the Moon in Virgo tend to be quite critical of their self and others; as well as being shy and sometimes emotionally aloof because they need to know the facts of the matter to ensure that it is perfect…before they can open the gate to their Secret Garden.  By comparing, judging and needing to know why, we steer away from the center of our being.  Of course we require these cognitive tools at times because Virgo wants to be of service, to work and is health focused…sometimes obsessed.  Virgo is also associated with worry which can lead to problems in the stomach and intestines where we digest and process not only our food but also our gut instinct.  In fact, the Medical Health Care Profession uses the symbol of Mercury’s Winged Staff Caduceus as their emblem. The two snakes intertwine like the double helix of DNA. As mentioned, Virgo is health oriented and prompts us to focus upon our personal health issues and to commit ourselves to a healthier lifestyle.  It can be a time to be supportive of the health of others, in particular the caregivers in our lives.  A lot of Virgo energy is channeled through the many health care service providers who are often overworked and unappreciated.  Our Health Care System seems to be inundated with problems and lacking the resources that we are in dire need of.  That is why it is important to heed to the words: Physician Heal Thyself.  We need to explore ways in which we can heal ourselves in Body, Mind and Spirit.  There are many healers in this world, but we are our best healer in the long run.  I am grateful that there are those who can set broken bones, stitch wounds and save lives.  However, I think about the saying: Broken bones mend faster than broken spirits.  We need to integrate both Allopathic and Alternative Health Practices. It can be very frustrating when one side dismisses the benefits of the other.  Without a healthy planet we cannot expect to be healthy ourselves.  I have discovered that when I help to heal others I am also helping to heal myself.Divine Servitude is in a sense the calling that allows Virgo (associated with the Virgin) to harvest the fruits of its labours to assist others in a time of solace.  Many Virgo types enter into deep seclusion to contemplate the pain and suffering of others that they too feel. Being of service is a word that also translates the latin word servus which means slave. Virgo loves to offer assistance on its own terms of service oftentimes volunteering without wage but it will not respond well to arrogant demands that treat them as a slave.  It is truly about integrity and needing to be humble about being served as well as being of service. 

Ceres was the ancient Roman Goddess of Agriculture and harvest of the grain.  She is incorporated into the Virgo symbol of a woman holding a sheath of wheat.  The word cereal is derived from her name.  The glyph of the scythe that cuts away the barley is similar to the symbol of the question mark that cuts away to an answer after a period of analysis.

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

Note: There will be a Partial Solar Eclipse during this New Moon as she moves between the Earth and Sun casting her shadow…reminding us not to eclipse the light of others…or allow ourselves to be overshadowed by another. 
(c) Richard Barrett 2015

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Artist: Josephine Wall

Artist: Josephine Wall

July 1, 2015  7:19 PM  PDT

Before the invention of the telescope the Solar System harboured only the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, 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. 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.

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. Perhaps, we willingly allow time to limit our freedom. We all face the reality of time running out. Time is a paradox: a technical gadget that we shackle around our wrists. I once wrote: Time is two hands on a clock, reaching out to strangle me (that’s my Capricorn Moon talking). There is Universal Time, Earth Time and Human Time (we all have our own internal clock). So, take the time to stretch up when you reach for the stars.

Live by the Sun,

Love by the Moon.

(c) Richard Barrett 2015  All rights reserved.