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

galactivationsCalling all priestesses! Want support for navigating these transformational Full Moon energies and strengthening your Planetary Priestess powers? 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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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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Grief and Surrender – Tuesday’s Neptunian Full Moon in Sagittarius

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Feeling weepy, confused, overwhelmed, hyper-sensitive, exhausted? (Me too!) Wondering why this Full Moon in fiery, fun Sagittarius doesn’t feel so fiery and fun? The Full Moon is the energetic and emotional peak of each moonth, and this one – exact on June 2 at 9:20 am Pacific – amplifies watery, porous, psychic, dreamy NEPTUNE, God/Goddess of the Ocean.

We’ve been in Neptune-land for the past week, as Mars, Mercury and the Sun, all in Gemini, have formed consecutive squares to Neptune in Pisces. When planets in Gemini – the busy, airy realm of the mind – meet Neptune, distraction, spaciness, confusion and nervous system burnout are possible. The more you try to “figure it out” by relying on logical analysis, the more confusion you’re likely to generate.

Now, the Sagittarius Full Moon joins the party, opposing the Gemini contingent and also squaring Neptune. Both Gemini and Sag are prone to over-extension, but the recommendation is to surrender to Neptune – unplug from media (Gemini), take time for meditation, rest and retreat, allow the tears to flow, take long salty baths, pray, stare at the ocean (or other body of water), ask your dreams for messages, dance, read/write poetry and make art.

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The higher potential of the Sagittarius Full Moon is to reconnect with feelings of trust, inspiration and enthusiasm, and to access your deepest truth and highest vision for the future. But in this case, we have to travel through the Neptunian depths, where we often encounter grief. While watery Neptune is associated with ALL feeling states, it specifically rules grief, the emotion that dissolves and dissipates old energies, just like salt water.

With Retrograde Mercury opposing the Full Moon, this could involve a reactivation of old grief, moving through another layer of feeling about a past loss. On a collective level, Neptune rules both oceans and oil, and I’ve been feeling heartbroken about the latest oil spill – feeling overwhelmed by grief for the creatures of the sea, feeling hopeless in the face of yet another assault on our precious planet. All of which can easily devolve into shadow Neptune/Pisces – the desire to escape, to numb out, to collapse into victimy powerlessness.

As always, the key is to allow yourself to really feel the feelings, to surrender to the tears, even if it feels like they’ll never stop (they will). The only way out is through, and at the bottom of the ocean of grief is the Archer’s arrow of truth – clear instinctual guidance about the next best step toward bringing your highest vision into reality. Work your Neptunian powers and imagine, as Charles Eisenstein says, “the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.” Know that you are not alone, you are always connected to the infinite and eternal web of life, and you are one of many visionary activists who are dreaming into reality a new paradigm of love, compassion and planetary service.

– Emily Trinkaus

sag full moonCalling all priestesses! Want support for navigating these Neptunian Full Moon energies, and deepening into trust and surrender? 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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Realign, Renew & Restore – Mercury Stations Retrograde at the Taurus New Moon

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I’ve been having to slow WAAAYY down, cancel or reschedule many appointments, feeling behind on all sorts of things (the to-do list just keeps growing)… How about you?

Mercury will turn Retrograde on Monday (May 18, 6:49pm Pacific), though we’ve been “in the shadow” – i.e., under the influence – since May 4. And this has felt like a particularly noticeable shadow period, replete with techno-glitches, miscommunications and mental confusion, perhaps because the Messenger God is in its home sign of Gemini.

As Mercury stands still in the sky preparing to reverse directions (or appearing to, from our earthly perspective), we’re advised to do the same – to slow down, hit the pause button on our busy lives, and take time to reflect and simply BE.

For the next three weeks, until June 11, Mercury Retro is ideal for turning inward, reviewing and resolving past issues, and rethinking how you want to move forward. Generally speaking, this is not the best time to launch a brand-new project or life direction. Now IS the time to back up computer data, take care of any car maintenance or repairs, and double-check all travel-related details.

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Hermes/Mercury pausing to reflect

In Gemini, the sign that rules the mind, this Mercury Retro puts an extra emphasis on rewiring perception – we have the opportunity to release old belief systems that block us from seeing clearly in present time, and to get new and useful perspectives that can help us resolve challenging situations. We’re more likely to get these “ahas” by softening our minds, being receptive and open to intuitive insights, rather than through logical analysis or looking outside ourselves for answers.

Tonight’s New Moon in Taurus (9:14pm Pacific) is infused with the Retro vibe, meaning that, while the New Moon typically inspires a new beginning, this lunar cycle may be more about REnewing.  Here are some thoughts about how to combine these Mercury Retro/Taurus New Moon energies:

– realign with your values and priorities
– rewire your perceptions about money, security and abundance
– recommit to your creativity
– reawaken pleasure, sensuality and beauty
– reconnect with your body’s wisdom and with the Earth
– regenerate self-love and self-worth
– restore self-care practices
– release feelings of lack, scarcity and being in “survival mode”

Because of the void-of-course Moon, the best times for setting intentions and working your New Moon magical mojo will be between May 18 at 2:27am and May 19 at 10:57am (Pacific time). For more insight into what this New Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 26 degrees Taurus. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to: reconsider and realign with your values and priorities; reevaluate your needs and release what is not truly nurturing or supportive; restore a sense of abundance.

For more insight into what this Mercury Retro means for you, find the house or houses containing 4-13 degrees Gemini. The areas of life signified by that house (or houses) are where you’re invited to: revisit and resolve old business; reconnect with people from your past; release old beliefs and rewire perceptions; use your intuition to access a shift in perspective.

– Emily Trinkaus

NORWACDear fellow/sister astro-geeks – I’m speaking at NORWAC (Northwest Astro-Conference) in Seattle next weekend. If you’re there, please say hello!


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Alchemy and Surrender – Sunday’s Full Moon in Scorpio

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This super-charged lunar cycle started with the Aries New Moon on April 18 and will peak at Sunday’s Full Moon in Scorpio (8:42pm Pacific). At the New Moon, Scorpio’s modern ruler Pluto, God/Goddess of the Underworld, turned Retrograde, suggesting that our courageous new beginnings required a purge of old patterns and energies.

The Plutonian purging theme continues and culminates at the Scorpio Full Moon, which lights up the basement of the subconscious and reveals inner blocks to creativity and growth. Where have you lost your power, passion and vitality?  Where are you playing it safe and not playing your edge? What do you need to let go of so you can create what you really want?

Taurus-Scorpio themes amplified at this Full Moon include power, money and resources, intimacy and sexuality (just a few light areas…), and the tension between holding on and letting go, control and surrender. The Scorpio Full Moon also illuminates our shadows, the parts of ourselves we’ve rejected, suppressed, denied or disowned.

Jupiter in Leo tightly squares the Full Moon, stirring up the potential for reactivity, melodrama and over-indulgence. Since the Sun, Moon and Jupiter are all in fixed signs, there’s also the possibility of going into stuckness and stubbornness. The higher potential here is to surrender to the wisdom of the heart, and allow it to guide us through the Scorpionic intensity and into a deeper state of trust, intimacy and authenticity.

scorpio full moonMost appropriately, Nelys the Alchemist showed up when I asked the faeries for insight into this Full Moon (Scorpio is the High Priestess of Alchemy). “When things are stuck and movement has become impossible, Nelys firmly waves her rowan wand and things happen in ourselves and in the world.” However! When I picked Nelys, her card was reversed:

You may be getting in Nelys’s way as she does her work. To put it bluntly, you may be the main obstacle in your own path. It may be necessary to transform attitudes and behaviors. She will first approach you with tact and a kindly faery warning, pointing out an alternate path you might try. At this point, it would be well to begin actively cooperating with her energy of alchemical transformation.” (Brian Froud’s The Faeries’ Oracle)

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, this Full Moon coincides with Beltane – the Venusian high holyday celebrating fertility. Beltane was traditionally honored by making love in the fields to bless the crops. Although often celebrated on May 1, Beltane marks the halfway point between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice, and occurs when the Sun reaches 15 degrees of Taurus, on May 5. This Full Moon is ideal for working some sex magic and Earth magic – get creative, people. At the very least, send a dose of mega-love and gratitude to your favorite home planet.

If you have some astro-technical know-how, you can discover more about what this Full Moon means for YOU by finding the house in your birth chart that contains 13 degrees Scorpio. The areas of your life signified by that house are where you’re invited to:  regenerate, transform, heal and “let go to grow;” surrender control so that more power can come through; explore the depths and reveal your secrets; share your vulnerability and deepen intimacy.

– Emily Trinkaus

scorpio full moonCalling all priestesses! Want support for navigating these transformational Full Moon energies? Join energy-healing genius Katie Todd and me on Friday (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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Power and Connection – Pluto Stations Retrograde Approaching the Aries New Moon

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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

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