Power and Connection – Pluto Stations Retrograde Approaching the Aries New Moon

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collage by Emily

Intense emotions stirring, shadow material surfacing, feeling pulled into the depths of darkness? Pluto, God/Goddess of the Underworld, is stationing – standing still as it prepares to turn Retrograde on Thursday (8:54 pm Pacific) – and we’re getting a strong dose of Kali-style medicine.

Pluto Retrograde asks: What in your life is out of alignment with your integrity and authenticity? What wants to die, and what wants to be reborn?

We’ve been in this Plutonian vibe for at least the past week, and it will continue to reverberate through the New Moon in Aries on Saturday (11:57am Pacific). The Aries New Moon is the first New Moon of the astrological year, which started at Spring Equinox on March 20, making it a super-potent time to catalyze new beginnings and fire up your passion, creativity and vitality.

The co-incidence of Pluto’s station with the Aries New Moon ideally inspires a purge (emotional, material, mental…) that frees up energy for the powerful New Moon beginning. What needs to be released so that more of your true self can emerge? What’s the “deadwood” in your life that’s holding you back from acting on your deepest desires? Where are you stifling or suppressing your creative energy because you’re following someone else’s rules?

mars in taurusMars, ruler of Aries and presiding deity of this New Moon, is in Taurus (March 31-May 11), and forms a close trine – 120-degree angle of harmony and support – to Pluto in Capricorn. While Mars signifies desire, Pluto, the “higher octave” of Mars, represents the soul’s desire. The Mars-Pluto trine supports releasing cravings for comfort, security, stability and safety that get in the way of stepping into our power, authenticity and authority. With Mars and Pluto both in Earth signs, the element of manifestation, their cooperation also empowers steady, step-by-step progress toward long-term goals.

Mercury the Magician – planet of perception and communication – is also in Taurus (April 14-April 30), forming a loose conjunction with Mars (which will be in effect for the next week, and exact on April 22). The Mercury-Mars combo empowers our minds, for better or worse, revealing whether we’re directing our thoughts and words in productive or destructive ways. The trine to Pluto can help us release thought patterns and “self-talk” that undermine our (Taurus-ruled) self-love and self-worth, and redirect that energy toward acting on our deepest values and priorities.

Venus, ruler of Taurus, is now in Mercury-ruled Gemini (April 11-May 7) – a “mutual reception,” whereby each planet occupies the other’s sign. The Mercury-Venus mutual reception amplifies the power of both planets, in this case stimulating much social activity and connection. Most appropriately, when I consulted The Faeries’ Oracle for insight into this New Moon, I got the Singer of Connection:

singer-of-connectionThe Singer supports all connections, the web of light between all beings, all particles, and between past, present, and future. It brings wholeness to apparent duality and combines all energies, uniting all that was, is, or could be. When we lose awareness of this connection in our lives, we feel isolated, lonely, bereft. Yet the energy is there. We only need to be open to it…. This Singer indicates the connection of things, especially reconnecting those that have been sundered. It is unifying and reunifying. ” (Brian Froud’s The Faeries’ Oracle)

According to esoteric astrology, Gemini the Twins, the sign of duality, is ruled by Venus, “the goddess of love whose primary purpose is to unite all opposites in bonds of harmonious matrimony.” (Alan Oken) High-vibration Venus in Gemini dissolves all “apparent duality,” perceived opposites and the illusion of separation in the heart, with unconditional love, acceptance and compassion.

Echoing this theme, the New Moon activates Alrisha, the fixed star located in the knot of the cord that binds the two Fishes of the constellation Pisces. The two Fishes represent the duality of spirit and matter, the divine paradox of living in a body while simultaneously existing as an infinite soul. What would our Aries new beginnings look like if we were rooted in unity and oneness, if we knew ourselves as embodied infinite souls, inherently connected with Source and with all life?

AlrishaThe optimal period for tuning into this New Moon energy, making wishes and setting intentions is from Saturday, April 18 at 2:31pm to Sunday, April 19 at 4:07pm (Pacific time). For more insight into what this New Moon means for you, find the house in your birth chart that contains 28 degrees Aries. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to: connect with your instincts and identify your deepest desires, needs and values; take the risk of initiating a brave new direction; reignite your connection with Source and your passion for life.

For more insight into what Pluto Retrograde means for you, find the house in your birth chart that contains 15 degrees Capricorn. The areas of life represented by that house are where you are being called/compelled to: look beneath the surface to uncover what’s been hidden, repressed or denied; let go of what no longer feels in alignment with your authentic self; and move through fear and stand in your power.

- Emily Trinkaus

galactic priestess money immersionHello, Priestess! On Monday, April 20, energy-working magical genius Katie Todd and I are offering a FREE preview call for our upcoming 10-week Galactic Priestess Money Immersion. I’ll give you an astro-map for the next two months in relation to the theme of money and manifestation. Katie will guide you into your energetic money landscape to clean up where money is misaligned and activate your seeds of wealth. There’s no cost for this teleclass, but you must register to get the call-in info and recording link – sign up.

Also! I’m beyond thrilled that my article “Venus, Mary Magdalene and the Reemerging Sacred Feminine,” which was published in the current Mountain Astrologer Magazine, is now available to read online at astro.com – check it out.

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Releasing Reactivity, Returning to Love – Saturday’s Lunar Eclipse in Libra

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The Equinox-infused Pisces Solar Eclipse on March 20 launched us into a high-intensity lunar cycle – and a new astro-year – and now we’re approaching the culmination of that cycle, a Libra Lunar Eclipse on April 4 (5:07am Pacific).

A Lunar Eclipse is an extra-potent Full Moon, so emotions are running high, and there’s a pressure-cooker kind of feeling. What’s been submerged in the subconscious rises up, demanding to be seen, felt, released, transformed, healed or simply held in love. This Lunar Eclipse carries a bonus dose of intensity as it activates the Uranus-Pluto square. Wildly unpredictable, sometimes shocking Uranian energies are swirling about while we’re simultaneously pulled into the underworldly depths of our Plutonian shadows.

In Libra, this Eclipse points to relationship-land as a primary arena for change, growth, healing, awakening, shadow-dancing and quantum-leaping. Libra is not only about romantic partnership but signifies how we relate to “the other,” the dynamic of projection. We’re being asked to work VERY consciously and carefully in this realm, especially over the next week.

The line-up of Mercury, the Sun and Uranus all conjunct the Aries South Node suggests a strong potential for reactivity, the kind of reactivity that poisons relationships and curses the people you care about, while of course hurting yourself in the process. Strong words, I know, but last night I asked the fairies for insight into this Eclipse (via Brian Froud’s deck, The Faeries’ Oracle), and got The Soul Shrinker. Here are some of his words of wisdom:

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The Soul Shrinker, from Brian Froud’s The Faeries’ Oracle

The distasteful task of the Soul Shrinker is to observe what we say to and about others, especially the mean, nasty, and unnecessarily critical things. By observing our behavior this way, he reflects it back to us…. Critical and malicious thoughts and words are having a detrimental effect on the situation and the people involved in it. Steps need to be taken to banish this curse energy through love and compassion – or at the very least, through forgiveness… One of the things usually involved here is taking responsibility for ourselves and our own feelings rather than blaming others for the way we are. Another part of this process is to learn to be compassionate toward ourselves. If we can do that, it is much easier not to be horrible to and about others.

Libra is an Air sign, the mental realm, and before we can see clearly what is just or fair or righteous in any situation, we need to bring our inner scales into balance, to come into the state that Marianne Williamson calls “divine neutrality.” The Eclipsed Moon conjunct the Libra North Node advises us that the best way forward, the path of our highest soul growth, is to pause, turn inward, and access this state of inner balance and neutrality before we attempt to change anything or anyone “out there.”

Transformation is not about wishing something different would happen,” Marianne Williamson said in this week’s Monday livestream, “but about looking at it from a different point of view.” Although she didn’t say anything about astrology, her talk was all about this Eclipse, and she gave great advice for how to break out of the illusion of separation and return to unconditional love and peace – high-vibration Libra.

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Venus, photo by Rick Schmidt

The presiding deity of this Eclipse is Venus, ruler of Libra, who is now in Taurus, her other home sign. Venus in Taurus points to self-love and self-worth as the foundation for healthy relationships with others. I know for myself, when I go into judgment and comparison, it’s because I’m feeling insecure, I’ve lost touch with my own worthiness. Venus in earthy, sensual Taurus says that self-love is not just a nice idea, it’s a practice – a daily practice of caring for our bodies, nurturing ourselves with simple pleasures, tending to ourselves as the sacred vessels we are.

If you’re feeling the Eclipse freak-out, Venus in Taurus says: slow down, do something kind for your body, play in the dirt, put your bare feet on the ground, hug a tree, eat some root vegetables, contemplate the beauty of a flower or sunset or Venus herself high and bright in the evening sky.

For more insight into what this Lunar Eclipse means for you, find the house in your birth chart that contains 14 degrees Libra. The areas of life signified by that house are where: change is brewing, volatile energy is erupting, and something from the past is coming to culmination, fruition or completion; where you’re being called to recalibrate your scales and return to peace, love, balance and “divine neutrality”; where awareness of and owning your projections can lead to deep healing and a greater sense of personal power.

- Emily Trinkaus

galactivationsCalling all priestesses! Want support for navigating these transformational Eclipse energies, returning to balance, and deepening into self-love and self-worth? Join energy-healing genius Katie Todd and me on Thursday (or by recording) for our Full Moon Galactivation! All women are welcome, and this is a teleclass, so you just need a phone or interweb connection to participate. Details here.

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Are You Feeling the Call of the Venus Revolution?

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Since the fall of 2011, I’ve apprenticed myself to Venus. Feeling the call of the Divine Feminine, like many others at this time, but not really knowing WTF that meant, I set out to get to know the Goddess. As an astrologer, my starting point was Venus, associated with the Divine Feminine for thousands of years.

I’ve kept this work mostly behind the scenes these past years, as I delved into what I referred to as my “Venus Project.” My research has ranged from scholarly to up-close-and-personal, and has included diverse sources – historical, fictional, channeled and mythological. Along the way, I’ve studied the Priestess Path with Elayne Doughty, the Sacredly Sexual Priestess with Jennifer Posada and Anaiya Sophia, and feminine power with Lucia René.

While I feel blessed to have learned from many amazing writers and teachers, my most powerful teacher on the path has been Venus Herself. If the Divine Feminine is indeed reemerging, then we are the agents for Her reemergence. I’ve discovered the power and magic of aligning with Venus’ cycles and rhythms, and letting Her be the guide for how the Divine Feminine wants to be expressed through us. When we align with Venus, we reawaken our ancient Priestess power, becoming conduits for the Goddess.

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Venus and the crescent Moon

In following Venus through her signs and phases, we deepen into the multi-faceted expressions of the Divine Feminine. While conventional astrology limits Venus to the planet of love, beauty and relationship, my exploration has taken me into a much broader range of ancient Venusian archetypes.

The fruits of my Venusian labors are ready to emerge in the world, in the form of the Venus Revolution. The purpose of any revolution is liberation, and the Venus Revolution liberates the feminine from old patriarchal and new “new age” constraints – expanding the possibilities of what it means to live as a Goddess and a Modern Priestess.

I’m offering a 4-month immersion for women Venus Revolution: Turn On Your Priestess Power – which starts this Friday, March 27. The immersion will include 10 live video classes (which you can also access by recording), fun and creative Venusian assignments between classes, and participation in a private Facebook group. There’s also an upgrade option for one-on-one sessions with me during the course.

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Venus and the crescent Moon

Last Sunday I presented a free Venus Revolution preview call, which introduced Venus as a transmitter for Divine Feminine energies, and also discussed how to work with Venus in Her current phase, Rising through the 4th Gate. I received some sweet feedback: “I just love ‘seeing’ you all lit up and full of passion.  Your energy on the call and the wisdom and clarity you shared was inspiring!” and “Thank you so much for such an incredible and deep Venus lesson.” And my Mom said, “Great call! You did great, as usual!” (Thanks, Mom!) You can listen to the recording here (if you’re not seeing the audio player, find it here):

 

A beautiful group of Sisters from around the planet are gathering – do you feel called to enter the Temple of Venus Revolution?

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photo by Debbie Baxter

Details and registration

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with love, Emily

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A Radical Break from the Old Story – Saturn Retrograde and the Uranus-Pluto Square, Approaching Spring Equinox

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collage/painting by Emily

Spring Equinox on March 20 (Fall in the Southern Hemisphere) signals the start of a new astrological cycle, rebirth and renewal. The Sun enters Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, and we’re called to realign with our passion and vitality and take a courageous leap into the unknown.

This year’s Equinox occurs just hours after a Super-New-Moon Solar Eclipse  at the very last degree of the Zodiac (29 Pisces). The Eclipse amps up the power of Equinox intentions and initiations, but this rebirth requires a major shedding of the past, a mega-transition from old to new realities. Adding to this theme of significant endings and beginnings, and the disorientation of straddling past and future, yesterday was the seventh and final exact Uranus-Pluto square.

We’ve got a week of high-pressure cosmic events (deep breath, everyone), which culminates at Friday’s Equinox and started with Saturn turning Retrograde on Saturnday:

saturnSaturn Stations Retrograde
Saturnday, March 14, 8:02am Pacific, at 4 degrees Sagittarius

When a planet stations, we get a big dose of its energy, for about a week before and after, and with Saturn, we can feel heavy, slow, and depressive/melancholy (saturnine). Saturn is the wise elder, the inner teacher, the hermit – asking us to slow down and turn inward so we can take stock – what’s working, what’s not? How are we honoring our priorities, commitments, responsibilities, boundaries, long-term goals?

This is Saturn’s first station since moving into Sagittarius on December 23. Saturn in Sag wants us to examine how our belief systems, the stories we tell about ourselves and the world, structure our reality. Are these beliefs and stories useful, aligned with our deepest truth, supporting us in creating a positive future?

Marianne Williamson, in last week’s Monday talk, channeled Saturn Retro in Sag with this blessing to an audience member (I’m paraphrasing): “May you grow as bored with your stories as everyone around you already is.” May we ALL grow bored with our victimy old stories! Saturn Retrograde, until August 1, is a time for releasing the old stories, restructuring belief systems, and reclaiming our authority from the stories (our own or other people’s) that limit our potential.

While Pluto is in Saturn-ruled Capricorn (2008-2024), the sign that Saturn occupies indicates issues and arenas of experience ready to burn in Pluto’s cauldron of transformation. Pluto in Capricorn says: all unsustainable social structures and models of power must die. Saturn in Sagittarius, the sign of religion, directs this death-and-rebirth process to the underlying story structures that serve and support the dying dominator paradigm.

We’re transitioning out of the old story of separation – the foundational belief system of everything that’s f-ed-up in our culture. (Charles Eisenstein describes this perfectly in The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible.) At the core of the story of separation is the severing of spirit and matter, as exemplified in the “sky god” religions: god has left the planet, our bodies and sexuality are evil, and the Earth and all her creatures are soul-less matter for our use and abuse. (Lynn Picknett quips that archeologists of the future might call the Judeo-Christian religions “sterility cults.”)

uranusThe 7th and Final Uranus-Pluto Square
Monday, March 16, 7:54pm Pacific at 15 degrees Aries/Capricorn

Uranus the Great Awakener – planet of revolution, liberation and radical breaks – catalyzes and accelerates the Plutonian process of death and rebirth. The exact squares, seven altogether starting in June 2012, represent peaks in the ongoing wave of transformation. Although the exact alignments are over, we can expect these world-changing energies to continue reverberating for several years.

For clues about how to navigate the current square, we can look at the larger, 150-year Uranus-Pluto cycle. Quoting from my 2015 Forecast article in The Mountain Astrologer (if you’re a subscriber, you can read the full article online):

The current Uranus-Pluto cycle started in the mid-1960s with their conjunction, the “New Moon” phase, a seed-planting surge of revolutionary energies. We’re now at the “First Quarter” phase (the opening square), a challenge to take committed action on what was set into motion. Astrologer Moll Frothingham [in her 2013 talk at NORWAC] stresses the importance of going back to the sign of the conjunction – Virgo – for clues about how to navigate the current square.

Earthy, practical Virgo rules the “little things” – the daily details that, moment by moment, make up the fabric of our lives. In the face of overwhelming planetary crisis, Virgo says start now, start small, start where you are, just start….

virgo earth goddessAs Frothingham describes it, the “Virgo revolution” isn’t a dramatic fight but rather “people turning away from what doesn’t work and fixing what we can… turning away from ways of life that aren’t healthy and embracing the recognition of what we actually need to survive and live.”

One of the big lies of our time is that our individual actions don’t matter, that one person can’t make a difference, that we are insignificant beings. But the Virgo archetype reminds us that all the little pieces make up the whole, and each of us is here to play a key part in the healing.

Tad “Marketing for Hippies” Hargrave was tapping into this Virgo vibe in his recent blog post, “Why ‘Stop Playing Small’ Is Bullshit.” He writes: “Small can be beautiful…. Small can be making a difference in your own community instead of trying to ‘change the world’ (as if ‘the world’ were one monolithic thing we could effect…).

The radically transformative Uranus-Pluto conjunction in Virgo is also about questioning how we define the “little things.” To the ancients, the constellation Virgo was the Earth Goddess, and She was honored through daily practices and rituals devoted to the sacred in all life – the “little things” like the water we need to survive, the land base we live on, the food we eat, the fire that keeps us warm, the lovemaking that generates new life. All of which are devalued and degraded by the sky-god religions that project the divine into some distant sphere we reach only in death.

The Uranus-Pluto conjunction in the 60s was the seed-planting for the return of Goddess consciousness, the reemerging Divine Feminine. Now, the opening square signifies a crisis of action. We are the agents of the Goddess on Earth, and we participate in Her reemergence by recognizing and honoring the sacred in the ordinary details of life, by serving our planet and each other with humility, gratitude and awe. We give birth to the new story of connection and wholeness through these small, infinitely powerful acts of reverence.

- Emily Trinkaus

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galactivationshello, Priestess! Want support for riding these wild cosmic waves? Join energy-magician Katie Todd and me this Friday (or by recording) for our special Spring Equinox/Solar Eclipse Galactivation: Radical Rebirth. All women are welcome, and this is a teleclass, so you can participate from anywhere by phone or online. Details and registration

venus revolutionAnd! In the spirit of the Uranus-Pluto square, I’m excited to introduce the Venus Revolution in a FREE preview call on Sunday, March 22 (or by recording): Rising through the 4th Gate. We’ll meet as Venus conjoins with the waxing crescent Moon, correlating to the Goddess Inanna at the 4th Gate, and to the 4th chakra. You’ll learn about the meaning and significance of this conjunction, and how to work with its energy in your own life.  Sign up!

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Clarity, Simplicity and Synthesis – Approaching the Virgo Full Moon

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We’re already riding the waves of Thursday’s Virgo Full Moon (10:06 am PST) – are you feeling it? The urge to clear out the clutter, organize your space, simplify your life, purify your body? The need to get to the essence and clear out the excess so you can focus on your priorities?

This lunar cycle, which started on February 18 with the Aquarian-Piscean New Moon, is so freakin’ intense. The pressure is amping up toward the seventh and final exact Uranus-Pluto square (March 16), soon followed by the super-charged Solar-Eclipse-infused Spring Equinox (March 20).

Translation? Lots of wild energies swirling about, many potentials and possibilities and known and unknown unknowns. Major endings, major beginnings, and feeling pulled and/or stuck between the old and the new.

The world is burning, the stakes are high. As Mary Oliver asks: What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? (“The Summer Day”)

In that same poem, Oliver, who has a Virgo Sun (and shares my birthday!), writes: “I don’t know exactly what a prayer is./I do know how to pay attention” – a beautiful reflection of the Virgo-Pisces polarity activated by this Full Moon. Watery Pisces, currently occupied by the Sun, Neptune and Chiron, signifies the ocean of consciousness, the infinite, the dreamtime, the great mysterious Mystery, all that is ultimately ineffable and unknowable. Piscean energies have been super-strong, amplified by Saturn’s square to Neptune – the modern ruler of Pisces – all of which can feel blissful and ecstatic, but also potentially overwhelming, confusing and exhausting.

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Virgo stained glass at Chartres cathedral

Earthy Virgo balances out the deluge by helping us get grounded, anchor into our bodies and the center of the planet, and reconnect with the here-and-now reality. Virgo says: when you really pay attention, when you approach everyday life with reverence, when you are fully present, the world opens up to you as the miracle it is, you see the God/Goddess in the tiniest details.

The much-mocked cleanliness and purity of Virgo is not about being uptight or prudish, but about clearing out the clutter and chaos that distract us from the quality of attention needed to be clear channels for the Piscean flow of consciousness and for working MAGIC.

Tosha Silver, in Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead, gives an assignment that’s perfect for working some practical magic at the Virgo Full Moon. If there’s some area of your life that’s feeling stuck or otherwise problematic, choose one small area in your home – one disorganized drawer, cabinet, corner or closet – to clean out and restore order, and dedicate that cleaning to healing and resolving the issue in question.

Virgo is also the sign of integration, synthesis and digestion (literally and figuratively), and we’ve got A LOT to digest from these first few months of 2015. Mercury the Magician, the ruler of Virgo, is just now emerging from its Retrograde shadow (woot!). The Retro influence, which started on January 6, when Mercury entered its pre-Retro shadow, is finally coming to completion as of March 3, bringing a very welcome dose of CLARITY.

mercury in aquariusMercury in airy Aquarius, where it’s hanging out for an extra-long time due to the Retrograde (January 4-March 12), stirs up some seriously buzzy mental energy, a whole slew of innovative ideas and perspectives and possible futures – all very exciting, but also a bit overwhelming. The Virgo Full Moon helps us discern which of these possible futures are truly nourishing to our bodies and spirits, aligned with our path of service, and ultimately “workable” in the reality of our lives.

As the Uranus-Pluto square calls us to courageously step out in our full authenticity and power, the Virgo Full Moon brings to light any shadow Virgo issues of perfectionism that get in the way of giving our gifts to the world. “I’m not ready yet, I need to take another class/workshop/training, my skills aren’t perfect yet, I don’t have a 10-year plan…” etc. – sometimes there’s truth in these thoughts, but sometimes it’s just our old friend FEAR. The Virgo part of all of us is learning to understand perfection as a process and practice, not an end result, and the best way to perfect our skills is to use them. Start where you are, take the first small step, and then the next step will become clear.

For more insight into what this Full Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 14 degrees Virgo. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to:  clean, organize, streamline and simplify; come more fully into the present so you can better work your magic; purge perfectionism, guilt, shame, criticism and judgment; harvest results from past efforts and integrate your experience; take a close look at how you’re using your time, energy and efforts.

- Emily Trinkaus

virgo full moonCalling all priestesses! Grab your broom and get witchy with your priestess sisters in the virtual galactic temple – this Tuesday. Energy-healing genius Katie Todd and I will be working with these powerful Full Moon energies in our fun and informative Galactivation. Can’t make the live call? No worries, you can participate by recording. All women are welcome, and this is a teleclass, so you just need a phone or interweb connection to participate. Details here.

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Wednesday’s Weird Aquarian-Piscean Super New Moon

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Wednesday’s New Moon is WEIRD. The Sun and Moon will unite at the last minute of the last degree of Aquarius – 29 degrees, 59 minutes (3:47 pm PST). Moments later, both will shift into Pisces. Since the New Moon coincides with the Moon’s perigee – when it travels closes to Earth – it’s also a super-charged Supermoon. And it’s Chinese New Year, initiating the Year of the Sheep.

Flavored by the last two signs of the zodiac, this New Moon asks us to clarify and commit to our vision for the future (Aquarius), but also to be willing to dissolve, surrender, and allow our plans and ideas to morph into something beyond what our little minds can figure out (Pisces).

The New Moon is loosely conjunct Neptune (at 6 Pisces), activating the Saturn-Neptune square. This square reinforces the New Moon’s blending of Aquarian and Piscean energies, as Saturn is the traditional ruler of Aquarius, while Neptune is the modern ruler of Pisces. According to astro-genius (and Pisces Sun) Rick Tarnas, Saturn-Neptune contacts inspire:

neptunedisenchantment and disillusionment – in both the negative and positive senses…. These include not only loss of faith, discouragement, social alienation, and sense of existential meaninglessness but also the empowerment that can emerge from confronting an illusion, shedding a faith that is no longer viable, waking as if from a dream, lucidly recognizing the consensus madness, demystifying the received version of reality.” (Cosmos and Psyche)

The New Moon also activates another major planetary alignment – the square between Uranus, the modern ruler of Aquarius, and Pluto. The pressure is intensifying as we approach the seventh and final exact square on March 16, culminating a process of radical transformation that started in 2012. The New Moon occurs at the midpoint of (i.e., halfway between) these two planets.

That awkward, uncomfortable and sometimes seemingly stuck place in-between the old and the new seems to be part of the territory of the Uranus-Pluto square. Two consecutive New Moons at the 29th degree – next month’s will be at 29 Pisces, the last degree of the zodiac – punctuate this theme. The last degree of a sign, called the anaretic degree, represents a culmination of energies, and can carry a feeling of urgency or crisis. The last degree of Aquarius has to do with the urgency of knowing, trusting and following our own truth, breaking free from the hive mind and taking the risk of being our freaky selves, so we can give our unique gifts to the collective.

aquarius new moonWe’ve been working with these Aquarian themes over the past month. The previous Aquarius New Moon, on January 20, coincided with Mercury turning Retrograde in Aquarius. Mercury is Direct (moving forward) again, as of February 11, but we’re still “in the shadow” until March 3 – a phase of integrating the information, insights and perspectives gained during Mercury Retro. At last month’s New Moon, all the information wasn’t in yet; now we’ve got what we need to move forward.

For more insight into what this Aquarian-Piscean New Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 29 degrees Aquarius. (If you don’t know how to do this, check out this post from a previous Aquarius New Moon.) The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to: shake up your perceptions and open to new possible futures; take action to bring your dreams and ideals into reality; surrender having to know how it’s all going to play out and just take the first step; free yourself from realities that are no longer true to who you are and what you value.

- Emily Trinkaus

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Refuel Your Creative Power, Re-anchor in Your Heart – Tuesday’s Leo Full Moon

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collage by Emily

Is time extra-weird right now, or what? One minute I’m feeling like, how did it get to be February already? And the next minute I can’t believe it’s still winter. The future is calling us, the past wants to be cleared and healed, and it seems like the hardest place to be is in the present.

The upcoming Leo Full Moon (Tuesday, 3:10 pm Pacific) calls us back to present time to realign with and re-anchor ourselves in the heart – the part of the body ruled by Leo. “When we are disconnected from the pulse of our heart,” writes Christine Page, “we forget that we are immortal magicians and we readily relinquish our wand and our power.” (2012 and the Galactic Center)

Page describes the heart as the “transformer” that bridges spirit and matter, that makes it possible to bring our ideals and visions into physical reality: “When I am living in the present [in the heart], I am immersed in eternal possibilities while experiencing the finite wherever I choose to pay attention at that moment in time.

This lunar cycle kicked off with the sparky, visionary, future-oriented Aquarius New Moon on January 20, and just a day later, Mercury – also in Aquarius – turned Retrograde. Our big assignment for this cycle is to rethink, rework, realign with, restore, etc. our future vision, and to release what’s blocking us from living in the flow of truth, freedom and authenticity. Aquarian arenas of community, friendship, teamwork, and the unique gifts we have to share with the world are also up for Retrograde reevaluation.

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painting by Susan Seddon Boulet

All this airy, brainiacal, potentially insomniacal Aquarian energy (extra-fueled by Uranus in Aries on the South Node – see my last post) now wants to be balanced by the Leo Full Moon. The Moon conjoins with expansive Jupiter, amping up the Leonine fire. The Full Moon is the emotional peak of the month, and while the shadow side of mega-Leo-activation could look like melodrama, childishness and willfulness, the higher side is mucho creative power. The key, of course, is whether or not we’re centered in our hearts.

Oh and another key – are we giving ourselves the love, attention, validation and approval we want and need, or are we trying to get that from other people? Leo is the sign of children and our inner child, and this Full Moon brings us into wounded child territory, forming a close quincunx (150-degree angle) to both Pluto in Capricorn and Chiron in Pisces. Potentially stirred up and ripe for healing are the kinds of childhood wounds that resulted in a fear of shining, and even a fear of being seen. There’s also the fear of being different, the fear of standing out and being successful (“no one will love me if I’m exuberantly happy and creating the life of my dreams”), and the fear of failure (“I’ll look like a fool if I try and fail”).

Chiron is part of a whole Pisces party (astro-technically, a stellium) that includes Neptune, Venus and Mars. Translation? In addition to the feisty fire of the Leo Full Moon, we’ve also got a whole lot of WATER – meaning that we need time simply BE and FEEL and let ourselves melt a bit (tears are good). Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac, and part of its job is to dissolve the past, to cleanse and purify in preparation for rebirth. Coinciding with the Leo Full Moon, this is about softening defenses around the heart, releasing those old heart-wounds, so we’re able to come more fully into the present and access more creative power.

To get more insight into what this Full Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 14 degrees Leo. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to: feel into your heart’s authentic desires; courageously commit to your creativity and passion; heal childhood wounds and fears around letting your light shine; and deepen into, open up to, and radiate more LOVE.

- Emily Trinkaus

galactivationsCalling all priestesses! Energy-healing genius Katie Todd and I will be working with these powerful Full Moon energies on Tuesday in our virtual galactic temple. (Or you can participate by recording.) All women are welcome, and this is a teleclass, so you just need a phone or interweb connection to participate. Register by midnight tonight (Sunday) to be eligible to win a personalized session on the call! Details here.

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