2016 Scorpio Full Moon
1:23am EDT, 10:23pm (4/21/16) PDT, 6:23am BST
2 Scorpio 30
I passed a neighbor on a walk yesterday. She was outside weaving a large rectangular basket. It was beautiful. "For a person", she said. It turns out it was a casket, not yet claimed. The Full Moon in Scorpio opposes the Sun in Taurus. Life and death are cyclic and interconnected. On a beautiful spring day, with new life growing all around, my neighbor was creating a vessel for the dead. You are shedding and growing new skin all the time. The Full Moon is a vessel for releasing layers that are ready to be sloughed off, so new growth can emerge.
The deep Self rises to the surface with this Moon - the part of your being that is beyond identification with this one life. The wellspring of life and the destroyer of it, are one and the same. It can be scary to welcome and yet difficult to ignore.
Scorpio asks that you go deep. That you differentiate between desires that bring you closer to source and those that bring your farther away. As everything is inherently perfect, there is no judgement here. Running after illusions brings disillusionment, yes, but is just as much a path to the truth as going straight for it.
Juno is conjunct the Full Moon and soul-level contracts are up for healing, release or a deepening of commitment. She asks you to commit to yourself first and foremost; to trust in your higher self; to marry your self to your Self.
Emotional integration serves the evolution/expansion of consciousness and this is so much a part of this Moon. Dams that have interrupted the flow of Love within are breaking apart. Coagulations of intense attachments, fears, and emotional memories, dense enough to stop forward movement are being loosened. If resistance has been intense, the dam might break all at once, but by consistently removing a stick here and a stick there, you can calmly liberate the vital force that's been suppressed along with emotions. When you open to your depths, the flow washes you clean, bringing a renewal of spirit. Unconditional love is there through it all.
Expansion can be overwhelming, which is why grounding and creating a foundation of self-care is so important. The physical container can only handle so much, so strengthening your own system is essential for expansion without burning out.
Discernment is key because resistance isn't something to ignore. Is it truly the time and place to go deeper, to see what's on the other side of a fear of vulnerability? Or not? You are so wise in this regard and it's up to you to be completely honest with yourself. Don't be careless, but do find a way to challenge yourself to grow beyond a current limitation.
An opportunity to grow likely won't be hard to find. There is a jolt from Uranus and Venus connecting in Aries that travels easily through the water of the Full Moon. You are waking up to your full potential; to unconditioned self-expression. So often this can feel alien, when it's awakened but not emotionally integrated and grounded in the physical. Not so this time. Set the intention to be fully present on all levels of being, and have the courage to take an empowered step forward into your new self - which may actually be more like revealing who you already are.
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Thursday April 7, 2016
7:23am EDT, 4:23am PDT, 12:23pm GT
18 Aries 04
The New Moon in Aries is the first new Moon of spring and intentions set now have added power. The new Moon supports solidifying and re-affirming intentions you have been working with for some time. What you've been dreaming into being since the winter solstice (in the northern hemisphere), may have recently broken above ground and is ready to shoot up another foot.
Nature is waking up from her winter slumber. If a year were a day, we're somewhere around 6:30 am. It's time to wake up, which is exactly what the new Moon close to Uranus, wants you to do. Practically speaking, does your morning routine need an overhaul? Don't wait too long to get out of bed, or too long to act, when you feel a clear impulse.
The Aries new Moon is driven by the fire of desire. Well considered desires linked with focused action fuels evolution. It's possible to get stuck focusing on the object of desire as the be all end all. Even if you find yourself caught in that, know that fully living out what is present for you in the moment will draw you closer to exhausting that habit. Desiring that which is not ultimately fulfilling eventually leads to the desire for that which is. It's a beautiful thing to have a desire to pursue. Can you find gratitude for the quality of desire, regardless of whether you receive what you want or not? What desires are being born out of the wholeness of who you are rather than from a place of lack? If there was less attachment to outcomes, where would you place your energy?
Can you see the beauty in not getting what you want? Whether not getting what you want brings regret or relief teaches so much about your true needs. It's in the surrender to the ever unfolding nature of life that your freedom lies. If you do get what you want, or if you don't, that moment has passed. If you don't get what you want, keep looking forward not back. What you want is likely coming in a different form at another time.
The new Moon brings the opportunity to step back and observe the current edge you are poised upon. It's said that we breakdown to breakthrough. If breakdown is present, perhaps you can welcome it as an opportunity for re-alignment and re-empowerment. It can take stepping back and observing a situation from a distance to see the next step. You have the benefit of having an emotional body as a guide. What does it feel like when you have a strong desire? Where in your body do you notice this? The goal now is to be able to do both; connect with your desires very consciously, and also be able to discern which actions will serve your own and other's growth and which will not. It's time to make new choices, that are perhaps difficult, but are ultimately strengthening.
You are living part of a long-term evolutionary journey. It can be easier to forego immediate gratification, or a distraction, for the choice that is a bit scary but holds greater growth potential, when you know that the choices you make now will impact your evolution long-term. The steps you take on a personal level also have an important impact on the collective. Examine a quick fix option to see if there isn't a more long-term track you wold prefer to take, that would ultimately be more empowering. It can feel incredibly good to consciously engage with a core challenge.
The new Moon, linking up harmoniously with Saturn, is an exceptional transit for taking action on a long-range goal. Saturn is not allowing false steps to be taken; he is holding you to your truth. There is the strong desire to step bravely forward, while at the same there may be hesitation. There is value in thinking before speaking and in taking the desired outcome in a situation into consideration before jumping into action. However it's also possible that the hesitation is due to fear of living your truth. Repressed desires and truths that are rising into awareness are best acknowledged head on, in order to avoid more stress.
No matter how challenging, you will keep being drawn to your next evolutionary step. You will continue being drawn towards the full expression of your unique purpose. That is where the greatest potential lies. The stars at the new Moon bring mastery to working with fear. Consciousness is being re-structured so that the desire for truth and authenticity carries more weight than the fear of the unknown.
The raw power of your desire is channeled into what holds the most meaning for you. Distractions abound, but you have an bow and arrow in your possession to help direct your energy as you choose. What's your target? What do you need to cut through to get to the truth? What do you need to do for yourself? In a battle of wills or a stalemate situation, somethings got to give, and movement is definitely supported with this Moon. What can you advocate for, rather than against - for yourself, for a relationship, and for your community?
Mars is preparing for a retrograde cycle that begins on April 17th. Intentions set now will be carried deep and far. The retrograde cycle will either help you step back and focus if you've gotten ahead of yourself, or help you take a courageous step if you need a boost.
You likely have a clear vision of at least part of what the future holds. You don't have to close the entire gap between here and there right now. But you can orient yourself in the direction of your desired future and take one powerful step.
Saying yes to certain desires, you are by default saying no to other potentials - at least at this time. It can be scary to commit. Making choices narrows down the focus so that you can work with what's in front of you. Can you surrender fully to the stream you choose (or that chooses you)? What you let go of can be picked up by someone else - is likely someone else's to have, hold and mold.
In appreciating each other and encouraging one another to follow our streams of desire we all are fulfilled. You can't do everything and be everything in this human form, in one life. What you can do, is live bravely at the edge of your unfolding. You can make the commitment to making choices that resonate with your soul. You can walk your path and know that it is valuable. You can say yes, and you can say no.
"Do not seek after what you yearn for; seek the source of the yearning itself" ~ Adyashanti
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2015 Libra Full Moon/ LUNAR ECLIPSE
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
8:01am EDT, 5:01am PDT, 1:01pm GT
3 Libra 17
The Libra full Moon features a lunar eclipse and a realignment of relationships; the one you have with yourself, with other people, and with the divine. With Venus in Pisces, you can find yourself floating in the sea of unconditional Love. Have your favorite book of poetry, or musical instrument, close by.
Astrology gifts us with a clear view of the cycles within cycles that unfold throughout life. This eclipse is a sendoff into 6 months of development. There will be another set of eclipses in August and September 2016. To help you catch up with where you are now, think back to what was taking place during the last set of eclipses in September 2015. Notice if themes are resurfacing. What have you been apprenticing yourself to over the last 6 months? How have your desires been unfolding?
With the north node in Libra through most of 2014 and 2015 there was an intensive focus on relationships. They continue to unfold and some may shift form completely. This eclipse supports taking a realistic look at what you need, what you have to give, and the expectations you place on others. Your perspective is always expanding. What is it like to see everyone from a place of love? This is a good time to set the intention to see everything as clearly as possible, beginning with yourself. You are empowered in relationships and meeting others as a true equal. You're able to find a better balance in life, having learned the importance of tending to your own wellbeing.
In the northern hemisphere, the eclipse takes place just days after the spring equinox. Energy is stirring, rising, and ready to push up through thawed earth. The vital force is rising within and heightening your senses. Open with courage to each new experience.
Mercury and the Sun form a superior conjunction in Aries the day after the eclipse. Thoughts quickly transform into actions and into physical creations. You may not realize what you are thinking until you hear yourself say it. Embrace the manifestations that come, they're here to facilitate your evolution.
Do you have faith that all is coming? That the universe meets your needs? If you don't, see it as an invitation to explore this further. Practice trusting in divine timing. Listening to a recording the other morning I heard the astute comment that when we exhale we don't worry about where the next breath is coming from. A few hours later, I heard my yoga teacher reinforce the point saying, the inhale is given, don't force it. And it is - you don't have to force, you don't have to worry. Yet you do have to make space. If you didn't exhale you couldn't take in a fresh breath. It becomes much more difficult to grow when you resist a natural flow.
Change is a given in this world and nothing is meant to be grasped. That doesn't mean nothing stays, plenty does, but with a continually renewing contract, that has freedom built into it. Open the windows and let fresh air into any situation in your life that feels stagnant. What's meant to stay, will stay, and what's meant to be transformed will shift into a new way of being.
Mars in Sagittarius in aspect to the eclipse, helps you burst into fuller self-expression. If there was no fear, what would you do with your life and why? Is there a risk you are ready to take that would support a part of you wanting to break above ground? Mars is on a mission to take something further; to exceed your expectations. When you are living in alignment with your nature and the natural forces around you, growth becomes much easier.
This eclipse emphasizes the north node of the Moon in Virgo, the symbol of your destiny. The last eclipse on March 8th fell on the south node side of this axis. In Pisces, that eclipse focused on surrendering to the powerful oceanic currents of the soul, on facing what wanted to rise to the surface to be released, and on seeing what is ready to be manifested. The north node in Virgo speaks to the path forward emerging when you put one foot in front of the other. You're walking out of the ocean onto the shore. It will feel good to take these Virgo steps towards your goals, towards greater health and towards fulfillment and spiritual connection through service. Every step forward from here on out is taken with devotion, following your inner guidance. Jupiter continues to reside on the north node, helping to remove blocks on the path. It can be as easy as exhaling and opening to the next breath.
Libra is the sign of balance and the lunar eclipse brings you in touch with an inner balance that is independent of ever-changing outer conditions. This inner relationship to the ultimate other, to all others, is a point of equilibrium we all contain. It becomes easier to stretch outside of a comfort zone when you realize you can never truly lose your center.
The Aries Sun and Libra Moon speak to connecting the head and the heart. A busy mind can't hear the messages of the soul. Not listening can cause situations to escalate, or symptoms to increase, in order to get our attention. Find a way to quiet the mind and listen intently. Deep wisdom speaks through you.
Full Heart, Full Moon Blessings
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2016 Virgo New Moon
TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE
Monday, March 8, 2016
8:55pm EST, 5:55pm PST, 1:55am (March 9) GT
18 Pisces 56
Eclipse season is upon us. We enter through the gate of the Super New Moon Total Solar Eclipse in Pisces. This new Moon eclipse comes with a lot of energy in mutable signs. As the seasons officially shift later this month, we too are being propelled forward by the winds of change. A new Moon always signifies both endings and beginnings. The eclipse in Pisces amps up the theme of closure, which gives way to new horizons. What threshold are you crossing?
The time around eclipses, and especially in between them, is incredibly potent. The eclipses set the stage for the next 6 months, when the next eclipse season comes around. The strength of the eclipses is conditioned by their proximity to planets or angles in our chart. You will likely feel this one most strongly if it makes contact with a planet, or forms a tight aspect with one, in your chart. Eclipses bring accelerated evolution. As the eclipses always occur in close proximity to the karmic nodal axis of the Moon, there can be a strong focus on something from the past coming up for healing/release and an equally strong focus on evolving into a new state of being.
To make the most of the wild card energy of the solar eclipse, stay focused on the highest and best outcome for all. Desire and attention lead to manifestation, so focus on what you wish to create, knowing that whatever transpires from what you seed now, is the perfect expression of what you are ready to bring to flower and fruit.
The eclipse in Pisces isn't alone. It's flanked by Neptune, Ceres, Chiron and the South Node of the Moon. This eclipse brings up specific themes from the past that are wanting to be relived and reworked, on a personal level and on the world stage. Gifts from the past are also ready to be brought forth. Awareness and compassion can be brought to core wounds, including experiences of deception, loss, confusion, hopelessness, overwhelm, escapism and addiction. When we are willing to acknowledge difficult experiences and look for the root cause, we are well on the way to healing.
Asteroid goddess Psyche, is on the north node of Uranus in Gemini, squaring the Pisces eclipse, and speaking in no uncertain terms about the necessity of listening to the wisdom of the Soul, and communicating from that place. The truth is within and readily accessible when we listen. Though we can choose to listen to the truth or not; to act on it or not, it is thankfully not going anywhere. Truth is independent of our opinion of it.
Soul doesn't necessarily speak in a language we are familiar with. It's messages may confuse the linear mind. However the answers to our questions are available when we quiet the mind and are open to receiving wisdom. With Uranian energy in play, we can expect the unexpected and perhaps experience lightening flashes of insight hinting at our destiny and helping us navigate some current challenge.
In the myth, at the outset of each of the difficult tasks given to Psyche, she feels overwhelmed, powerless and wants to end her life. Instead of doing that though, she sits still - a core lesson we learn from her through Robert A. Johnson's interpretation in his beautiful book, She. In times of overwhelm (which can be familiar territory for Pisces) Psyche teaches us that stillness is the ground from which direction and help arises. Being still may be one of the most difficult things to do in our society with it's many distractions. When we are flexibly, gently still and receptive, we enter to a space where energy is free to move. Psyche shows us that help always comes; an insight arises at some point. Jupiter on the north node of the Moon reminds us that we all have a way forward. What steps are you being guided to take? What obstacles are on the path? Or are perhaps being miraculously removed?
The eclipse in aspect to Psyche and Saturn shows us the importance of both focusing and thinking outside the box; of creating effective, energy-conserving strategies for achieving our goals. Maybe we are trying to use too much force. Maybe we can surrender our fears and have faith that all is coming. By working intelligently and working together, we accomplish more than we can on our own. Energy is lost through worry, fear, negativity, and repression of our individuality. We consolidate energy through faith, positivity, and focus on the task at hand.
The new Moon is in harmonious aspect to the north node's of Saturn and Pluto in Cancer. We are tuned into our collective destiny; tuned into the desire for societies built on values of safety, health, nourishment and opportunity for all. This is the destination we are working towards, shaky as our progress may sometimes feel.
The eclipse in Pisces encourages us to contemplate where we find meaning. We are invited to humbly connect with the sacred in seemingly mundane moments, and to make sure that every step we take is in service of a worthy vision for the future.
The mutable signs as a whole ask us to be open to change. This is a powerful time to shift some long-held, deep rooted patterns, both personally and collectively. I think we can all feel the potency of this time - a turning point as we transition into the age of Aquarius. The unresolved past rears it's head, as it must, though how it plays out into the future is up to us, based on our capacity to make new choices and to respond versus react.
We are part of the same root system. Let's feed these roots and follow them deep down within to be nourished by the source that sustains us all. Pisces is the sign of ultimate potential and oneness. Our little human forms are one way of containing and expressing the vastness of consciousness. What a thrill and a gift to have this human experience.
Emily Samet, M.S. is available for soul-centered evolutionary astrology readings and nutritional consultations via emilysamet.com.