Purification and Presence – Saturday’s Solar Eclipse in Virgo

virgo solar eclipseThe Pisces Full Moon on August 29 launched us into Eclipse Season, a six-week period of intensified everything and a high-pressure portal into new realities.

Typically, there’s a lot of emotional energy flying around, surprising and even shocking events (both personally and on the world stage), significant people coming in and out of your life, major endings and beginnings, and a feeling of being pulled into the mysterious, fertile darkness of the UNKNOWN.

The ancients associated Eclipses with FATE – fated meetings, fated events, fated births and deaths. But we psychologically-hip moderns can benefit from Carl Jung’s insight that “When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate.” This is the higher function of Eclipses – to bring what has been hidden in the depths of the subconscious into the light of awareness.

Deep feelings rise up, demanding to be acknowledged, secrets are revealed, and revelations abound. There’s a sense of PURGING – clearing out the emotional gunk that’s built up over the past six months, since the previous set of Eclipses. It’s not uncommon for this purging or detox process to manifest through illness.

virgo solar eclipseThe Eclipsey urge to purge may be especially activated by Saturday’s Solar Eclipse (11:42pm Pacific), because the Sun and Moon unite in Virgo, the health-oriented sign of purification and cleansing. Virgo purifies in order to come into greater PRESENCE and to more fully embody her ESSENCE – clearing out the physical, mental and emotional clutter that takes her out of the here-and-now moment and distracts her from her highest path of service.

The Virgo Solar Eclipse wants you to clarify and clear out what is no longer in alignment with your essence, to call your power back into your body, get focused in present time, and become a more effective agent of planetary service. Virgo rules the small intestine, whose function is to DISCERN what is truly nourishing, and what wants to be released.

chiron in piscesThe Solar Eclipse opposes Chiron in Pisces, activating the Spiritual Warrior, Wounded Healer and Shaman in all of us. Our wounds are not meant to be covered up or coped with – they contain our most powerful gifts, the medicine with which we’re meant to heal the world. Rather than getting caught up in trying to “fix” these perceived wounds, better to shower them with a big dose of Piscean unconditional love, acceptance and compassion. Where you feel the most imperfect, inadequate, insecure, powerless and fractured may point to precisely how you are here to serve others.

A Solar Eclipse is an extra-potent New Moon, catalyzing major new beginnings that develop over the next six months, and even 19 years. I know that many of you beautiful readers are Virgos (like me!). So please know that this Solar Eclipse is especially powerful for you if your birthday falls on or near (within a day or two of) the Eclipse. A Solar Eclipse on or near your birthday means that your whole life is ripe for reinvention and regeneration. You may need to spend some time in the Underworld, letting die what is no longer in alignment with your essence and simply BEING in the Mystery, allowing the rebirth to happen in its own perfect time.

To get more insight into what this Solar Eclipse means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 20 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: purge what is no longer nourishing and realign with your essence; reclaim your sovereignty; make a new beginning in health, healing and service; simplify, get organized and increase your efficiency and productivity; and release judgment and perfectionism and start where you are.

Emily Trinkaus

Want to delve deeper into the Virgo Solar Eclipse? Join me on Saturday (or by recording) for a special teleclass: Underworld Initiation – Rebirthing Presence and Essence. Everyone is welcome, including astro-beginners, and you’ll learn how to find where the Eclipse is happening in your chart and what that means. Register by midnight Thursday to be included in the drawing to have your chart used as an example in class (I’ll pick two)! Sign up

And – for the Priestesses! Katie Todd and I are super-excited about our next Galactic Priestess Deep Dive: Relating With Power, starting September 15. Using the Galactic Priestess tools of astrology and energy work, we will deep-dive into the inner and invisible dynamics of how you hold power in all of your relationships. Get the details

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Release the Victim, Reconnect with Source – Saturday’s Super Full Moon in Pisces

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How do you handle chaos? How comfortable are you with the Unknown? How do you deal with the intense FEELINGS that come up when faced with wildfires, drought, planetary destruction and threats of mass extinction?

Saturday’s Super Full Moon in Pisces (11:35am Pacific) pulls you into deep, chaotic and mysterious waters, stirring up strong feelings and opening your psychic sensors to collective energies. The Pisces Full Moon highlights and heightens your sensitivity to all living beings, increasing your capacity to feel the suffering of the world.

The Full Moon closely conjoins with Neptune, God/Goddess of the Ocean and modern ruler of the Fishes, amplifying these Piscean themes and specifically calling out your inner VICTIM. Any part of yourself that still feels and acts like a victim is likely to be lit up at this Full Moon, ready to seen, felt and dissolved as you reconnect with the truth of your infinite Source self.

neptuneNo need to go into shadow-Virgo shame or judgment, dear friends. Here at the end of the Age of Pisces, we’re ALL dealing with the Victim archetype as we collectively process and heal from the closing cycle. The ultimate lesson of Pisces is that we’re all one, and as long as we’re suffering from the illusion of separation, we’ll continue to project our divine power outside ourselves and play the victim.

The Pisces Full Moon calls you inward to reconnect with Source, your true place of power. Take a break from Virgo-season busyness and tend to your soul. Let yourself fully know and embrace and love your inner Victim (resistance and denial are not so useful). Feel your feelings, honor your sensitivity and be compassionate with yourself. Unplug from the energy of collective trauma and freak-out, and reconnect with the ultimate level of reality, where everything truly is in divine order (despite appearances to the contrary). Piscean paths to healing include music, dance, art, meditation, prayer, dream work and grief work.

While the Pisces Full Moon conjoins with Neptune, the Virgo Sun conjoins with Jupiter – a big hello to the Jupiter-Neptune opposition, which will be in effect through next spring. Jupiter is the traditional ruler of Pisces (i.e., the planet associated with Pisces before Neptune was discovered in 1846), and its opposition with Neptune presents a challenge to embody your spiritual power, use your magical gifts, and live your ideals – walk the talk.

virgoThe Virgo-Pisces polarity, highlighted by the Full Moon and further amplified by the Jupiter-Neptune opposition, is the axis of SERVICE. As we face seemingly insurmountable global crises, it’s very tempting to check out, hide out, run for cover and hope it all blows over before we run out of canned goods. Not the most empowering or useful approach. Instead, we’re being called to serve at a higher level, to act as Planetary Priestesses and Priests, each doing our small but essential part in laying to rest the old paradigm and midwifing the new.

The Sun-Jupiter conjunction in Virgo brings the helpful quality of DISCERNMENT to the potentially mass-hysteria-producing Neptunian/Piscean chaotic deluge. The discernment of: What is real here? What do you know to be true in your BODY? (Trust it!) How can you best utilize your specific skills to respond effectively in the moment?

For more insight into what this Full Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 6 degrees Pisces. The areas of life represented by this house are where you’re invited to: recognize and release your inner Victim; 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

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Reinfusion of Light, Love and Radiance – Today’s Venusian New Moon in Leo

Transcend, Frequency of Violet, from the 13-Moon Oracle

Transcend, Frequency of Violet, from the 13-Moon Oracle

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

Today’s New Moon in Leo (7:53am Pacific) invites you to receive and radiate more LIGHT. In this video, I share all the Virgoan details about the New Moon, its square to Saturn (boundaries!), trine to Uranus (innovation!), and conjunction with Venus – activation of the Solar Feminine. And we delve into Venus Retrograde, Venus in the Underworld, and tomorrow’s Venus-Sun conjunction.

I also talk about the card I picked for the New Moon – Transcend, the Frequency of Violet, from Ariel Spilsbury’s 13-Moon Oracle: “In the act of forgiving the ‘other’ the radiance of the self is actually freed…. Enter now into this radiant, flowing wholeness that is offered by the Divine to release anything that you have not, until this moment, loved into wholeness.” I wanted to show the card in the video but it disappeared when I had to pick up my little lion Bessie (who makes a special guest star appearance in the video).

If you’d rather just listen to the audio, download the mp3.

– Emily Trinkaus

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Solar Feminine Activation! Friday’s Special Venusian Leo New Moon Video Hangout with Emily

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Friday’s New Moon in Leo (7:53am Pacific) closely conjoins with Venus, the transmitter of Divine Feminine energies on Earth – a powerful activation of the Solar Feminine and a mega-infusion of love, radiance and fertility. On Saturday, Venus – at perigee, traveling closest to the Earth – will conjoin with the Sun, fertilizing a new 19-month Venus cycle.

In honor of these exciting and auspicious cosmic events, I’m offering a special FREE video hangout tomorrow! We’ll gather at 8:00am Pacific, for about a half-hour, and delve into the New Moon and Venus-Sun conjunction. Everyone is welcome, and I’ll post the replay here tomorrow, but you need to register to get the link to join me live:  Sign up now

– Emily Trinkaus

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Surrender and Spaciousness – Saturn Stations Direct at the Aquarius Full Moon

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Friday’s Full Moon in Aquarius (3:43am PDT) invites you to take a deep breath, step back from the drama, and see a more objective, higher perspective on where you’re at and where you’re headed.

This lunar cycle, which started at the Cancer New Moon on July 15, is mostly characterized by Water and Fire, which can feel like being caught up in a swirl of feeling and activity. This cycle also includes three different planetary stations – apparent reversals of direction – signifying turning points, and giving us a lot to digest and integrate.

The Aquarius Full Moon brings a welcome amplification of the AIR element, which holds the gifts of objectivity, neutrality and spaciousness. As the last of the Air signs, Aquarius is especially gifted in seeing the big picture, tuning into the future, and identifying what’s best for the community or collective.

scorpioSaturn, the traditional ruler of Aquarius, will turn Direct (forward) on Saturnday (August 1), ending its Retrograde that started on March 14. As Saturn stations, we’re getting a grand-finale mega-dose of Saturn in Scorpio, which started in October 2012 and calls for deep-level emotional healing. Saturn works through PRESSURE, and when Saturn is active (like, now), we can feel the pressure of too much to do, not enough time, and needing to make decisions that have long-term consequences.

In relation to this Aquarius Full Moon, Saturn in Scorpio reveals any subconscious fears holding you back and sabotaging your future. As the “reality check” planet, Saturn brings your airy Aquarius vision down to Earth, giving it foundation and roots. Saturn asks, what kind of structure, container, system, strategy do you need? What’s your plan for making it REAL?

Rather than over-asserting your will or “pushing” for answers, Saturn in Scorpio calls for shedding whatever is inauthentic, out of alignment with who you are now, and draining your juju and then allowing what’s true and authentic to rise from the ashes. One of the big Saturn in Scorpio lessons is SURRENDER – a skill that is hugely underrated and underutilized in the modern West.

jupiterSaturnian energies are further amplified by a square from Jupiter in Leo, which will be exact on August 3 but is in effect all month. Some themes of this Jupiter-Saturn square include:

•    facing and working through the fear of being BIG and shining your light in the world
•    clarifying and implementing the support system you need to manifest your creative vision
•    getting more serious, disciplined and focused about bringing your vision into reality
•    surrendering the need for approval and outside validation for expressing your true self.

To get more insight into what this Full Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 7 degrees Aquarius. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to:  get a big-picture perspective and clarify your future vision; surrender your ego’s agenda and trust what holds energy for you now; feel and move through any fears about expressing your true, freaky self.

– Emily Trinkaus

galactivationsCalling all priestesses! Want support for navigating these transformational Full Moon energies? Join energy-healing genius Katie Todd and me on Wednesday (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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Radical Nourishment – Wednesday’s Uranian New Moon in Cancer

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Wednesday’s New Moon wants to shake you out of your ruts, strip away your security blanket of comfy conditioning and catalyze your most radical, creative, ALIVE and genius self.

The New Moon (6:24pm Pacific) animates security-seeking Cancer the Crab, but its square to revolutionary Uranus stirs up restlessness and a readiness for radical change. Cancer rules history, memory and the past, and signifies the conditioned self – the self you developed based on your earliest experiences, including those in the womb. Cancer is associated with the subconscious, which was programmed before age 5 and which basically runs the show 99 percent of the time.

Uranus the Great Awakener disrupts your regularly scheduled programming and wakes up the feelings, needs and desires of your true self. What are the old habits you need to break out of so you can feel fed at the deepest level? How can you best nurture and cultivate your unique genius? Where are you limiting your power, vitality and growth by playing it safe? The Uranian revolutionary impulse is extra-potent right now, and for the next few weeks, as Uranus prepares to turn Retrograde on July 26.

uranusCancer is the sign of home, foundation, family and tribe – the root system you need pursue your goals and take power in the world. This Uranian Cancer New Moon could bring a lightning bolt of awareness to what’s NOT working in your current support system and the steps you can take to ultimately create more nurturing and nourishment.

Cancerian themes are further activated at the New Moon by the conjunction of Mercury and Mars in Cancer exactly opposing Pluto in Capricorn. Transformational Pluto calls for shedding your ego’s agenda of what you THINK you should want and need, and dropping into a deeper level of self-honesty and authenticity. Notice where you’re feeling powerless, pissed-off, self-pitying, and/or victimy – that’s your signal to pull back, take responsibility for your feelings, and commit to honoring your true needs and desires.

As outer planets, Uranus and Pluto want to connect our personal lives (Cancer) with the bigger picture, the life of the collective. At this time of hyper-technologized culture and virtual everything, where much of life happens in our minds and on our screens, one of the most radical things we can do is to really come home to our bodies and to the body of the Earth.

The bottom-line Cancer “issue” is INSECURITY – pervasive in the modern West and often appearing as over-eating, hyper-consumerism and other addictions. We’ll never feel really safe or secure or satiated until we root down and make home right where we are, and tend to our bodies and home planet as the sacred beings they/we are. As Michael Meade says, “we can never get enough of what we don’t really need.”

cancer new moon To get more insight into what this New Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 23 degrees Cancer. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to:  break out of your comfort zone and break free from old habits and attachments; awaken to a deeper feeling of security based on honoring your true self; strengthen your self-care routines; honor your body’s deepest needs and desires; and nurture and cultivate your unique creative genius.

– Emily Trinkaus

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Radical Restructuring – Wednesday’s Plutonian Full Moon in Capricorn

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The lunar cycle is building to its dramatic culmination – an emotionally volatile, high-pressure Full Moon on July 1 (7:20pm Pacific). The Full Moon conjoins Pluto, God/Goddess of the Underworld, opposes Mars the Warrior, and squares the Nodes of the Moon, forming a power-house Cardinal Cross. Are you feeling the freak-out?

The cycle started on June 16 with the Gemini New Moon (which I didn’t write about, I was on vacation!), a seed-planting of ideas, options and possible directions. Mercury, ruler of Gemini, had recently emerged from its Retrograde (May 18-June 11), but was still in its shadow (until June 27) – we were still in the process of gathering information and gaining clarity.

Gemini is an Air sign – the realm of the mind, in which it’s easy to see multiple perspectives and it’s possible to create absolutely anything. Capricorn is Earth – the material realm of manifestation, in which we’re subject to the laws and limits of time and space. This Full Moon asks: Out of all the options and possibilities, what’s your priority? How do you want to focus your time and energy? What are you really committed to?

saturnThe Full Moon’s conjunction with Pluto suggests there might be something you need to transform, restructure or completely let go of in order to honor your deepest, soul-level commitments. Reinforcing this theme, Saturn – Capricorn’s planetary ruler and the presiding deity of this Full Moon – recently retrograded back into Pluto-ruled Scorpio (on June 14), where it will remain until September 18. Saturn in Scorpio pulls you back into your inner depths, asking you to realign with your vitality and passion, and release the dead weight that’s blocking your aliveness and power.

The Cancer-Capricorn polarity specifically focuses attention on the balance and integration of your inner and outer lives. Do you feel nurtured and fulfilled by your work? Do you have the root system/home base you need to support you in pursuing your goals? Does the weight of the past – what you inherited from your family and ancestors, old emotional trauma, etc. – hold you back from going after what you really want? The Capricorn Full Moon makes clear what’s working, what’s not, and what’s ready to shift.

At the Full Moon, the Sun and Mars in Cancer oppose the Moon and Pluto in Capricorn, all squaring the Aries/Libra Nodal Axis (the Nodes of the Moon), forming a booty-kicking Cardinal Grand Cross. The Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) are the leaders, pioneers, innovators and catalysts of the zodiac, and all this Cardinal energy amps up the pressure to take decisive action. You will feel especially stirred up if in your birth chart you have planets in the range of 3-18 degrees of any of the Cardinal signs.

cancerThe Aries South Node warns not to make decisions or take action from a place of impatience, emotional reactivity or lizard brain “survival mode.” As the ruler of Aries, Mars in Cancer (precisely squaring the Nodes at the Full Moon) can trigger the neediness and insecurity of your inner child – not to mention some serious crankiness and crabbiness.

The Libra North Node says that the best way forward arises from a state of inner calm, peace and balance. If you’re feeling a big emotional charge, hit the pause button, feel the feelings, love up your inner child, and wait until you’ve chillaxed before making a decision or taking action. Libra is the sign of partnership and interdependence, and you might also consider how you could collaborate or ask for support in order to move forward with more EASE and PLEASURE.

If you have a copy of your birth chart and some astro-technical know-how, you can get more specific about what this Full Moon means for YOU. Find the house in your birth chart that contains 9 degrees Capricorn. The areas of life represented by that house are where you’re called to: make or break a commitment; come into greater integrity with your deepest passion and soul mission; radically restructure and reorganize; get strategic about reaching your goals; face your fears, especially around success and failure; and reclaim your authority.

– Emily Trinkaus

galactivationsCalling all priestesses! Want support for navigating these transformational Full Moon energies? Join energy-healing genius Katie Todd and me on Tuesday (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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