Renewing Faith, Restoring Instinctual Wisdom – Chiron Stations Direct at the Sagittarius New Moon

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The wickedly intense Scorpio season is coming to a close. (Can I get an amen?) The Scorpionic themes of death, crisis, survival and diving into emotional depths have been heightened by the Scorpio Solar Eclipse, Saturn in Scorpio, and Mercury’s Retrograde station in Scorpio.

This weekend marks a turning point, a reemergence from the Underworld, a renewal of our faith, enthusiasm and inspiration. The Sun shifts into Sagittarius on Saturday (1:38 am PST), and just a few hours later the Sun and Moon unite at the New Moon (4:32 am PST). Having been initiated into the profound mysteries of Scorpioland, having been shattered open by forces beyond the ego’s control, what wisdom and meaning want to arise? What’s true for you NOW?

Sagittarius is the sign of guides and guidance, truth and knowing, instinctual wisdom and natural law. Sagittarius is a Centaur – half-human, half-horse – and to know our truth, to get proper guidance, we need to access our wild, untamed, animal selves. The Centaur theme is particularly strong right now, as Chiron the Wounded Healer, the most famous Centaur, is stationing – standing still as it prepares to turn from Retrograde to Direct on Sunday (2:00 pm Pacific).

Chiron’s wound – the one he could never heal, despite his great healing powers – was, depending on the version of the myth, to his hip, leg or foot, the “animal” part of his being, his instinctual self. In a culture that denies our inherent connection with the natural world, that enforces a split between “higher” humans and “lower” non-human animals, that destroys the planet’s wilderness to feed the ever-expanding empire of industrial civilization, we could say that Chiron’s wound is the wound of the modern West.

piscesChiron stations in Pisces (13 degrees), the Source of all life, the Great Mother’s womb of consciousness. Chiron in Pisces says that, as long as we’re disconnected from the wild, from our instinctual natures, we’re also disconnected from Source. We feel abandoned by God/Goddess, all alone instead of All One. The healing path is to bring high-vibration Piscean unconditional love, acceptance, forgiveness and compassion to our bodies, to the places we feel wounded, weird, different from or less than. Grieving the past may also be part of the process.

The New Moon squares Neptune in Pisces, reinforcing the Chirotic themes of heightening sensitivity to collective energies and increasing access to imagination and the dreamtime. Neptune’s involvement with the New Moon wants to align our future vision with our highest ideals and deepest spiritual truths. As you set your New Moon intentions, feel into your body to discern what’s true for YOU, as Neptune can also bring in cloud of confusion if we are not grounded in our own experience.

Jupiter, traditional ruler of both Sagittarius and Pisces, is in Leo – calling us into the wisdom and truth of the heart. Jupiter squares both Mercury and Saturn in Scorpio, testing us to stay centered in our hearts, even when confronted with dark or depressing news or information. This isn’t about “spiritual bypass” (a Sagittarian shadow) – glossing over unpleasant realities to stay focused on the “bright side” – but rather fully acknowledging harsh realities and opening our hearts wider to take it ALL in. Can we trust that our heartbreak is also a heart opening, that the pain serves a higher purpose – to open us up to new levels of compassion and service?

To get more specific about what this New Moon means for YOU, find 0 degree of Sagittarius in your birth chart. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to: get a higher perspective and clarify your future vision; access and take the risk of acting on your instincts; renew your enthusiasm, faith and inspiration; speak and stand in your truth; and free yourself from limiting beliefs.

I’ll leave you with some wise words from Clarissa Pinkola Estes:

Suppose… the body is a God in its own right, a teacher, a mentor, a certified guide? Then what? …. Are we strong enough to refute the party line and listen deep, listen true to the body as a powerful and holy being?” (from Women Who Run with the Wolves)

- Emily Trinkaus

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If you want to learn more about the astrology of next year AND you want to know what it means for YOU, please join me for my next DIY Astrology teleclass – Forecast Your New Year, a 3-part series that starts December 3! Everyone is welcome (including beginners) and you can participate from anywhere by phone or online. Get all the details and sign up here.

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Inner Stability in the Cauldron of Transformation – Thursday’s Full Moon in Taurus

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Two Eclipses plus Mercury Retrograde have added up to an emotionally intense, relentless ride into the deepest, darkest and most mysterious aspects of life. Now, approaching Thursday’s Full Moon in Taurus (2:23 pm PST), the transformational energies brewing for the past six weeks are reaching a point of culmination and manifestation.

The Full Moon brings to light where we might still be holding on, playing it safe, and staying stuck in “survival mode” instead of full-on living. Earthy Taurus is the sign of material security and stability, resources, money, essential needs and bottom-line priorities. With Venus – ruler of Taurus and presiding deity of this Full Moon – in Scorpio and “in the Underworld” (i.e., so close to the Sun as to be invisible), we’re being pushed to transform our relationship with these areas of life, to “walk our edge” when it comes to how we get our needs met and create material security. To access a core level of INNER stability, amidst external destabilization.

At the deepest level, Taurus rules self-love and self-worth. So much of the work of the past six weeks has been about uncovering our authentic desires – what we feel passionate about, what brings us alive. The Taurus Full Moon asks, Do you feel worthy of receiving what you want? How much pleasure, prosperity, fun, ease… do you allow into your life? Again, these are areas where we’re being called to stretch outside our comfort zones, and heal the underlying wounds that keep us playing small and closing off to the greater flow of life.

saturnVenus is approaching her yearly-ish conjunction with Saturn, exact on November 12 (at 25 Scorpio), adding a “make it or break it” pressure to relationships, intimacy, sexuality, money and values. Venus-Saturn reveals and clarifies what is and isn’t working, what can be fixed, and what just needs to be released.

Echoing and reinforcing these themes, Mars – traditional ruler of Scorpio – is in Saturn-ruled Capricorn and approaching a conjunction with Pluto, exact November 10 (at 11 Capricorn). This is our desire nature in the cauldron of purification, a realignment of our personal will with our deepest soul mission. Helpful approaches to both conjunctions: reveal vulnerability, take responsibility for projections, be honest with ourselves and others about our authentic desires, and take a strategic approach to restructuring relationships.

Meanwhile, Mercury is in its final phase of emerging from its Retrograde shadow, and the Retro cycle will (finally!) end on November 10. We’re  bringing to completion a process that started when we entered the pre-Retrograde shadow on September 14 (which seems like a lifetime ago). Insights and intuitions that have been percolating beneath the surface rise into awareness, and call for ACTION.

To get more specific about what this Full Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 14 degrees Taurus. The areas of life represented by that house are where events are coming to fruition or culmination; where you can get an important insight into your needs, values and/or resources; where you may be holding on out of “survival fear”; and where you may feel called to release an old attachment.

- Emily Trinkaus

taurus full moonHello, Priestess! Join energy-healing magician Katie Todd and me on Wednesday (or by recording) to Galactivate these powerful Full Moon energies. We’ll work on boosting our capacity to BE RESOURCED, repairing our sexual energy bodies, and nourishing our sensual selves. All women are welcome, and you can participate from anywhere by phone or online. Details here.

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Over the Edge, Through the Underworld – Thursday’s Solar Eclipse in Scorpio

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Submerged, disoriented, out of time, in-between worlds… For the past few weeks, we’ve been navigating the awkward, mysterious, sometimes magical and often very stressful time between two Eclipses. We feel the surge of transformational energies, the pressure to take a leap into a new reality, but the path is unclear, we have to find our way through the dark.

The Aries Lunar Eclipse on October 8 – a super-potent Full Moon – stirred up deep feelings and revelations about who we are and what we want. Now we’re approaching Thursday’s Scorpio Solar Eclipse (2:56 pm Pacific), an extra-powerful New Moon that asks us to deeply commit to what we love, value and desire, and release what no longer holds energy.

Eclipses always feel pretty edgy, bringing us into the dark, hidden places in our psyches, asking us to let go of what’s safe and known and surrender to the mystery. But this one more than usual, as Scorpio is the Edgewalker. In Daniel Giamario’s words: “Scorpio gets its power back, or gains power, by going up to and beyond whatever their personal edge is” (Shamanic Astrology Handbook). The Scorpio Solar Eclipse asks: Where are you losing power by playing it safe, by holding onto what drains your vitality?

Scorpio is the sign of death – the ultimate transformation – and Eclipses are also associated with death. I don’t know if this is statistically true, but it seems like more deaths occur during Eclipse Season, and during these particular Eclipses, there seem to be many more deaths happening. I know a lot of people going through profound grief right now, dealing with the death of friends, family members or companion animals. Scorpio carries the wisdom that, in order to live fully, we have to be alert to the reality of our inevitable death. The Scorpio Solar Eclipse confronts us with our mortality with the purpose of regenerating our aliveness, our passion for living, our commitment to fully being here now.

hecateVenus closely conjoins the Eclipse, currently in her “Underworld” phase as she travels so close to the Sun that she’s invisible to us Earthlings. Venus in Scorpio and in the Underworld is the goddess empowered by darkness and mystery – the Sorceress, Witch, Dark Goddess and Crone. As Venus is “eclipsed,” the Venusian arenas of relationship, love, sexuality, intimacy, values, resources, money, attraction and receptivity are in the cauldron of transformation, ripe for regeneration.

For the past few weeks, Mercury has been Retrograde in Venus-ruled Libra, ideally bringing intuitive downloads and revelations about these areas. The Eclipse catalyzes these insights into action, although the action may not be immediate – the effects of an Eclipse develop over the next six months. In the bigger picture, a Solar Eclipse sets into motion a new 19-year cycle.

galactic centerMars, the traditional ruler of Scorpio, is in expansive, freedom-loving, truth-seeking Sagittarius. All these metaphorical and literal deaths in Scorpio-Eclipse-land are ultimately in service to our liberation, to our inner truth, and the renewal of our enthusiasm and inspiration. At the time of the Eclipse, Mars is traveling close to the Galactic Center, increasing psychic access to a much bigger frame of reference, and opening the gates of perception to new insights and information.

To get more insight into what this Eclipse means for you, find the house in your chart that contains 0 degrees Scorpio. (If you don’t know how to do this, join me for tonight’s teleclass!) The areas of life signified by that house are where you are invited to: release what you’ve outgrown to make space for a new beginning; explore deep feelings and get in touch what you love, value and desire; and revisit and heal old wounds (including from past lives). How intense this Solar Eclipse is for you will depend on how it’s interacting with your birth chart. If you have any planets within a few degrees of the Eclipse (i.e., in the range of 28 degrees Libra to 2 degrees Scorpio), you’re likely to feel it very personally.

Tonight – in the deep dark of the Moon, the very end of the lunar cycle – is an optimal time for rituals of release, for grieving the past, really letting yourself feel all those crappy feelings associated with not getting what you wanted and losing what you had. As of Thursday at 2:57 pm Pacific, the energy will support setting intentions and making wishes for the new cycle.

- Emily Trinkaus

solar eclipseWant more insight into tomorrow’s Solar Eclipse? Want to find out what it means for YOU? It’s not to late to jump into tonight’s teleclass at 5:00pm Pacific! Can’t make it to the live call? No worries – all registrants will get the link to the recording, and you can listen any time. All are welcome, and you can participate from anywhere by phone or online. Details here.

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Realign With Your True Desire – Mercury Stations Retrograde Approaching the Aries Lunar Eclipse

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Mercury turns Retrograde today (10:02 am PDT) until October 25, calling you inward to review, renew, redo, rethink and all the other “re-” words. As Mercury stations – stands still in the sky as it appears to reverse directions – we’re advised to do the same. To slow down, press the pause button on our busyness, and take time to rest and reflect.

However! This particular Mercury Retro coincides with two dramatic Eclipses and some feisty, fiery, go-for-it alignments. My feeling about this Mercury Retro is that it’s a lot about finally moving forward with something we’ve needed or wanted to do for a long time. Or, revitalizing or regenerating something we started in the past. Since Eclipses often feature dramatic endings and beginnings, this Retro cycle can also be about REleasing what’s in the way of pursuing our authentic passion, letting go of what’s become boring or stagnant to make space for what holds meaning and aliveness for us now.

Mercury Retro and the Eclipses are not only happening simultaneously, their themes are very much intertwined. Mercury turns Retrograde at 2 degrees Scorpio, close to the degree of the Solar Eclipse (0 Scorpio) on October 23. When Mercury stations direct – starts moving forward again – it will be at 16 Libra, close to the Sun’s degree (15 Libra) at the Lunar Eclipse on October 8. Libra is the sign of partnership, love, interdependence and codependence, while Scorpio rules intimacy, sexuality, emotional bonding and merging. These are major arenas for revelation, reconsideration and renegotiation over the next month.

lunar eclipseSomething that Eclipses and Mercury Retro share in common is that they both turn attention toward the past – old issues resurface, and people you haven’t seen or thought of in years reappear, in waking life or through your dreams and memories. We can expect to revisit themes from six months ago, when the previous pair of Eclipses occurred, a Libra Lunar Eclipse on April 15 and a Taurus Solar Eclipse on April 28. Another reference point is 1995, as Eclipses happen at the same degree of the zodiac every 19 years.

Eclipses pull us into the darkness of the unknown, the darkness of our own repressed needs and feelings, and the darkness of infinite potential and possibility – the womb of regeneration and rebirth. The light of the Sun or Moon goes dark, and then returns, signifying a resetting of consciousness. This reset requires a purging of all the gunk that’s built up over the past six months, an emotional and physical detox, which is why people tend to get colds and such more often during Eclipse Season.

Wednesday’s Lunar Eclipse in Aries (3:52 am PDT) is a super-charged Full Moon, featuring heightened emotions, revelations and breakthroughs relating to the essential Aries questions: Who am I? and What do I want? The Moon is sandwiched between Uranus and the South Node, and squares Pluto, and the potential here is to free ourselves from old ideas of who we “should” be, and uncover a deeper level of true self and authentic desire. In the context of all this focus on relationship, this Eclipse asks us to first get right with ourselves.

ariesFear and anger are emotions likely to be stirred up by this Eclipse – the fear of being our radical, freaky selves, the fear of going after what we really want, and anger at how we’ve repressed our true selves and true desires in the past. How much time have you wasted trying to please everyone, trying to fit in, trying to be “nice,” living out someone else’s idea of who you’re supposed to be?

Mars is the traditional ruler of Aries and Scorpio, and plays a starring role this Eclipse Season. Mars in fiery, adventurous, expansive Sagittarius (September 14-October 26) wants to fire up your enthusiasm and spark inspired action. Mars in Sag can help us lean into the big picture and higher vision even as we descend into the depths of darkness. Fueling the fire at the Lunar Eclipse, Mars is part of a rare and powerful Grand Trine in the Fire signs, with Jupiter in Leo and the Moon, Uranus and the South Node in Aries. Where are you being called to take a leap of faith? What direction feels exciting and liberating?

Accessing all this inspirational, fiery goodness may require moving through some old pain or grief, as indicated by Mars’ other major angle – a square to Chiron in Pisces. I had this experience the other night when I finally watched The Barefoot Artist, the documentary about Lily Yeh. I had bought the DVD a few months ago, as soon as it came out, because I’m a huge fan of Yeh’s work and feel so inspired by her. But! I had postponed watching it because I knew it would be emotionally intense – every time I hear her speak (as in many past interviews with Caroline Casey), I cry.

In case you’re not familiar with Yekujenga_pamoja_parkh’s work, she’s an artist who goes into “broken” places, like Rwanda, and creates art projects with the community, focused around healing and community building. “Beauty,” she says, “is intimately engaged with darkness, with chaos, with destruction…. From the depths of darkness, beauty transforms and transcends.” Indeed, I cried through much of the movie, but came out feeling re-inspired about the potential for one person to be a force for positive change in the world. Offering excellent guidance for Eclipse Season, Yeh says: “You need to walk into the darkness and then look at it and listen to it and hold it in your arms.

For deeper insight into what Wednesday’s Lunar Eclipse means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 15 degrees Aries. 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 let go of what’s NOT authentically you; and where you’re asking the Aries questions, What do I really want? Where is my vitality and excitement calling me? What would it look like just to be myself?

To learn more about what this Mercury Retro means for you, find the house or houses that contain 16 degrees Libra to 2 degrees Scorpio. (If you don’t know how to do this, get the recording from my Mercury Retro teleclass!) The areas of life signified by that house or houses are where you’re: regenerating a past passion or project; completing unfinished business; rethinking your desires and renegotiating your commitments; and releasing what’s no longer authentic or alive for you.

- Emily Trinkaus

Calling all priestesses! Join energy-healing genius Katie Todd and me next Tuesday for our Full Moon Galactivation (or enjoy the recording at your leisure) – we’ll be working with these powerful Lunar Eclipse energies in our fun and informative teleclass. All women are welcome, and can participate from anywhere by phone or online. Register by midnight Saturday to be eligible to win a personalized priestess session on the call! Details here.

 

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A New Relationship to Your Root – Pluto Stations Direct at Fall Equinox and the Libra New Moon

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Two major cosmic events coincide on Monday, marking a significant shifting of energies, a turning point. Underworld God/Goddess Pluto turns from Retrograde to Direct (5:36 pm Pacific) and just a few hours later (7:30 pm), the Sun enters Libra, signaling the Fall Equinox (Spring in the Southern Hemisphere).

In case that’s not enough astro-excitement for you, the Libra New Moon happens Tuesday night (11:13 pm). We’re already in the field of this concentrated cosmic activity, and it can feel like a lot is churning, simmering and reconfiguring.

Fall Equinox marks the halfway point in the yearly cycle of the Sun’s light on Earth – day and night are equal, and then darkness takes ascendance as we head into winter. At this gate of power in the wheel of the year, the Libra Sun invites you to pause, reflect and recalibrate your inner scales. What did you start at Spring Equinox on March 20? What are you harvesting and what needs to be weeded out? How can you create more balance, peace, beauty and harmony?

Pluto’s station – standing still before (appearing to) reverse directions and move forward –amplifies the Equinoxy feeling of heading into the dark, and the need to pause and check in with your soul. Pluto has been Retrograde since April 14, a time when transformational energies were working behind the scenes and beneath the surface, inaccessible to the conscious mind. Now, at Pluto’s direct turn, those processes rise into awareness, and you can see more clearly what changes want to happen in your outer reality. What elements of your life are out of integrity with your soul’s purpose?

Ultimately, Pluto in Capricorn (2008-2024) is about doing the work of transforming fear into power. As Pluto stations – and we’ve been feeling it for at least the past week – our deepest darkest fears get stirred up. Instead of obsessing over the story, Pluto wants us to look beneath the “content” and focus on the “process” – i.e., work with the feelings themselves. Pluto is the modern ruler of Scorpio, the sign of fixed water, and the work is to bring some flow to emotions (water) that have become stuck or frozen (fixed).

root chakraOn the most literal level, the Plutonian Underworld is the ground beneath our feet, the inner Earth, which the Judeo-Christian tradition has designated as “hell,” but which the ancients honored as a sacred source of power. (Read more in my post Entering the Underworld.)

Pluto is associated with the root chakra – the energy center through which we root down into the Earth, and where we access feelings of safety and security. Caroline Myss calls this chakra “the foundation of emotional and mental health” and identifies its “Sacred Truth” as “All is One: You are connected to all of life. Every choice you make and every belief you hold exerts influence upon the whole of life.” (see her ChakraFlash)

Libra is the sign of relationship, and the co-incidence of Pluto’s station/root chakra activation with the Sun’s entry into Libra and the Libra New Moon creates an opening to rework our most foundational relationship, the one on which all other relationships depend. If we don’t feel safe and secure in our own bodies and on the planet, if we’re stuck in survival fear, then we’re likely to fall into the shadow Libra dynamic of codependence – seeking to ground or root into another person for safety and security rather than directly rooting into the Earth.

protestThis dynamic also operates on the collective level – a fearful population, separated from the felt connection with all life, projects their power onto external authorities, who will “keep us safe” by starting yet another war against yet another “terrorist threat.” Mars, planet of war, is squaring Neptune – illusion, delusion and deception – reminding us that the real reason for war is never the one given. As Major Smedley Butler famously said, “WAR is a racket…. A racket is best described… as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people…. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many.” (read his full speech here)

If you have a copy of your birth chart and want deeper insight into what Pluto’s station means for you, find the house that contains 11 degrees Capricorn. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re called to: feel and heal survival fears and reclaim your power; release what’s stagnant and no longer serving your soul; pull back your projections and own your shadow.

To get more specific about what the New Moon means for you, find the house in your birth chart that contains 1 degree Libra. The areas of life signified by that house are where the cosmos wants you to:  restore balance; establish an equal exchange of give and take; initiate a new collaborative project or renew your spirit of cooperation; create more beauty and increase the flow of love.

Can’t resist a little “Root Down” action from the Beastie Boys (since that song’s been in my head while writing this post…):

- Emily Trinkaus

hello Beautiful Priestess (yes, you) – Energy-healing queen Katie Todd and I are offering a special Equinox Galactivation on Tuesday at 5pm Pacific. You can participate from anywhere by phone or online, and all women are welcome in the virtual galactic temple. Can’t make it to the live call? No worries – you’ll receive a recording and can listen at your leisure. Register by Friday at midnight to be included in our drawing for a personalized session! Find out more.

And – astro-geeks everywhere – We’ve entered the “shadow” of the upcoming Mercury Retrograde (October 4-25). Find out how to work with its energies for success in next Thursday’s teleclass:  Review, Renew and Redo (5-6:30pm Pacific, or by recording). You’ll learn how to figure out which parts of your own chart (and life) are being activated, and so much more. Register by Monday to be included in the drawing to have your chart used as an example in class! Sign up.

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Honoring Sensitivity, Reconnecting with Source – Monday’s Super Full Moon in Pisces, Conjunct Chiron

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This has been one of the more intense lunar cycles – are you feeling it?? We’re coming up on a Super Full Moon (the last of 2014) in watery, uber-sensitive Pisces, stirring up strong feelings and opening our psychic sensors. The energies peak on Monday (6:38 pm Pacific), and if you’re feeling overwhelmed, weepy, exhausted and/or escapist then you’re perfectly in tune with the cosmos.

The Pisces Full Moon highlights and heightens our sensitivity to other people and our environment, and the existential suffering that arises from the paradox of being spiritual beings in physical form. The high-vibration expression of Pisces is unconditional love, ecstatic divine union, a felt connection with all life. As the last sign in the zodiac, Pisces is where everything dissolves back into the ocean of consciousness, where we lose the illusion of separation and remember the truth of our infinite Source selves. The challenge is how to stay connected with that ultimate spiritual truth, how to stay in that vulnerable, heart-wide-open place, while being in our bodies and on the planet.

This Piscean energy has been strong since the start of the lunar cycle on August 25, when the Virgo New Moon opposed Neptune in Pisces. Now, as we approach the Full Moon, the core theme of the Virgo-Pisces polarity – healing the separation between matter and spirit – emerges more fully into awareness, opening the potential for revelation and transformation. The Full Moon closely conjoins with Chiron the Wounded Healer, highlighting all the ways we feel separate from Source, abandoned by God/Goddess, or disconnected from our own souls.

chiron in piscesChiron’s involvement with the Full Moon amps up the intensity, bringing the potential for existential crisis or spiritual emergency. Is it safe for my soul to come fully into my body? As a sensitive person, how can I handle living on this crazy-ass planet? With the ongoing onslaught of violence and trauma in the collective field, and our emotional bodies more porous than usual, this is a tough time for us sensitive types, and it can be easy to fall into shadow Pisces – addiction, escapism, victimization, helplessness.

Take a break from Virgo-season busyness to tend to your soul and feel your feelings. Honor your sensitivity and be compassionate with yourself. Unplug from the energy of collective trauma and reconnect with the ultimate level of reality, where everything truly is in divine order (despite apparent evidence to the contrary). If you feel overwhelmed by the suffering in the world, find one small thing you can do to relieve suffering in your immediate environment. Piscean paths to healing include music, dance, art, meditation, prayer, dream work and grief work.

For more insight into what this Full Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 16 degrees Pisces. (Don’t know how to do this? You can get the recording of my New Moon teleclass and get the necessary astro-technical skills!) The areas of life signified by this house are where you’re invited to: reconnect with your spiritual source and receive an infusion of divine love; open to guidance from your dreams, intuition and imagination; surrender having to have all the answers or the perfect plan and trust the mysterious flow of life; and allow for more compassion and forgiveness.

- Emily Trinkaus

hey sensitive Priestess! Join me and energy healing diva Katie Todd on Monday for our Pisces Full Moon galactivation teleclass. Get support for bringing your soul more fully into your body, and balancing your endocrine system, so you can navigate Earth school with greater ease and power. All women are welcome and you can participate from anywhere in the world with a phone or online. Can’t make it to the live call? No worries – we’ll send you the recording, so you can galactivate at your convenience. Register here

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Desire and Discernment – Mars Meets Saturn at Monday’s Virgo New Moon

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Monday’s New Moon in Virgo (7:13 am Pacific) is strongly flavored by the conjunction of Mars and Saturn – potentially stirring up feelings of frustration, anger, fear, pressure and powerlessness.

This Mars-Saturn energy has been building all week, making us aware of limits and obstacles, and asking: What do you really want? How do you go after what you want, and is that working? How committed are you to your desires and passions, and do you feel empowered to pursue them? Are you afraid to get what you want? Mars-Saturn in Scorpio focuses attention on intimacy, sexuality, money and vitality.

Mars and Saturn conjoin about every two years, signaling the end of one two-year cycle and the beginning of a new one. Their previous conjunction – the start of the cycle that’s now coming to a close – was on August 15, 2012 (read my post about it here). What was up for you then around these themes of desire and commitment, action and responsibility? How have you grown and changed since then?

saturnAs we start a new Mars-Saturn cycle, you can work productively with this energy by: identifying the underlying feelings stirred up by outer events, and taking time to really feel through the fear, anger, etc.; writing a list of your desires (be specific) and what you want to have created two years from now; and making a plan of action to increase your vitality.

As the sign of regeneration – the cycle of death and rebirth – Scorpio has to do with letting go of what’s NOT working, so consider what wants to be released in order to feel more aliveness and create what you want in this new cycle. This is also about finding the right balance between pragmatism and playing your edge.

The Mars-Saturn conjunction culminates (i.e., is exact) just a few hours after the New Moon, and the co-incidence of these two events marks a major re-setting of energies. The New Moon is in Virgo, which has a natural affinity with Scorpio – both signs are associated with healing and magic, and with the Priest/Priestess archetype. This is a super-witchy New Moon! Invoke your magical powers through ritual, ceremony, intention-setting, prayer and meditation.

Mercury the Magician, the ruler of Virgo and presiding deity of this New Moon, is powerfully placed in its home sign Virgo, which is also the sign of its exaltation. Mercury forms a precise sextile – 60-degree angle of excitation – to the Mars-Saturn conjunction, increasing the magical healing mojo of this New Moon. The Virgoan superpowers of discernment, refinement, synthesis and analysis can be applied to the Mars-Saturn mandate to clarify your desires and get strategic about pursuing them.

piscesBe aware that there’s also some potential for distorted thinking, getting lost in illusion, and falling into escapist behaviors. The New Moon opposes Neptune in Pisces, while Mercury opposes Chiron in Pisces. Both aspects increase sensitivity to the pain and suffering of the collective and of our beloved planet, and that heightened sensitivity can feel overwhelming, bringing the temptation to go into denial, delusion and despair (shadow Neptune/Pisces). It can be easy to want to check out, go unconscious, and float around in an out-of-body trance state. The problem with this is that our place of power is actually in our bodies.

The high-vibration integration of the Virgo/Pisces polarity looks like being fully embodied and connected with the Earth (Virgo) while also hooked up with our infinite Source selves (Pisces). To the ancients, Virgo was the Goddess, and our ancestors knew that heaven is right here on Earth, that our bodies are sacred vessels for spirit, that all matter is inherently infused with the divine. Neptune in Pisces (2011-2025) wants to dissolve the moldy old Piscean-Age paradigm that says god and heaven are somewhere way out there and your body is sinful and dirty. The Virgo New Moon calls for spiritual discernment and seeing through the illusions that keep us powerless so we can reclaim our sovereignty.

virgoTo get more insight into what this New Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 2 degrees Virgo. (If you don’t know how, check out my teleclass below!) The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to: reclaim your sovereignty; make a new beginning in health, healing and wholeness; perfect your skills; simplify, organize and increase your efficiency and productivity; and release judgment and accept the perfection of what is.

You can get more insight into what the Mars-Saturn conjunction is about for you by finding the house in your chart that contains 17 degrees Scorpio. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re being called to: clarify your desires and passions; take steps to restore your vitality; recognize how you may have sabotaged yourself from getting what you want; and take responsibility for creating different results.

- Emily Trinkaus

Get witchy with me on Monday! I’m offering a special teleclass: DIY New Moon Magic. Learn the astro-technical details about how to work with the New Moon, including how to find where it’s happening in your own birth chart. We gather (by phone or online) at 5pm Pacific, but the class will be recorded so you can listen any time. You can buy the recording here.

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