The starry vault of heaven is in truth the open book of cosmic projection, in which are reflected the mythologems, i.e., the archetypes. In this vision astrology and alchemy, the two classical functionaries of the psychology of the collective unconscious, join hands. - Carl .G. Jung
We've come three
quarters of the way around the Wheel of the Year. We rejoiced at the
Re-Birth of the Light at Yule on Winter Solstice. We looked for the
Light slowly coming back at Imbolc, bringing the hope of warmth and
new life with it. On Ostara at the Spring Equinox, we saw how a
balance of day and night struck in mid-March echoes this present
balance. The growing Light brought life and color and song to the
world at Beltane. And at Litha on Summer Solstice, we celebrated the
Earth's fertility, warmth, and life. On Lammas we saw the first
fruits of harvest come in, celebrated fun and family, along with
cooling weather, shorter days and the last push of summer.
Now we are about
to find our balance once again. In the northern hemisphere, we'll
celebrate the Autumn Equinox, when day and night are of equal length.
A moment of balance before we begin to enter the dark time of year.
In the southern hemisphere, the Light will grow and you will be
welcoming longer days and warmer weather.
This is the time
of year when we gather in our harvest and release what is dying back
to the Earth. What dies is the outer shell that grew and protected
the harvest – just like the habits and beliefs that shelter our
psyches until we're ready to mature. That's what we leave behind to
compost. When we recognize what we've become and learned this
year, we can also let go of what no longer serves our soul's purpose.
The Fall Equinox
is paradoxical: it's a time when we want to get on with business and
connect with others, and yet it also marks a time of introversion, a
time to turn within to communicate with our soul, through dreams,
stories, shamanic journeys and art. How do you feel about yourself?
Do you know what you've harvested this year? Do you know what you
really believe and value? Are you living them? When you do live your
truth, you can relate to others in a profound way.
With my Gemini
ascendant, I like to be active (mentally & physically), and
sometimes I move quickly through my day. This year as Neptune in
Pisces made a challenging square to my Ascendant, I learned to slow
down and go with the flow of the energy of the day, without shame or
blame – often getting lost in reading. I also admit that I chose
to create a few rapids during the year for some excitement. And in
allowing myself to change my rhythm, some things suddenly jelled
without my having to push for them. I learned a new way to Be in
the world and now Do things differently.
Through the years
I've learned to trust the universe, but now I'm living that trust
daily. So can you!
So take time this
weekend before the Equinox to recognize where you've been this past
year and gather in your harvest. It's been an intense year. Again.
This is Mother Earth in transition – the hardest part of labor –
as she pushes us out of the birth canal with great pressure to evolve
us into our new birth as mature human beings.
The Autumn Equinox
is called Mabon in the Celtic Wheel of the Year. The Celtic myth
about Mabon is interesting, because Mabon stays a mystery to us. The
Welsh god Mabon, son of Modron, the Great Mother. A
divine child, stolen away at birth. Locked away in the underworld.
Searched for. And eventually found. He is the Divine Youth of
possibilities. He is that spiritually awake part of us that is
repressed into the unconscious underworld of our psyches. He is the
energy to do what we incarnated on Earth to do. He is Greta
Thunberg and all our kids who are doing something to change the
world. Just like we did back in the 60s-70s. This is the next phase
of that transition into a new age. We have been searching for this
childlike vision that sees through the collective trance we've been
in – to see that corporate capitalism is the Emperor who has
no clothes on. We need to make systemic changes in our
society. It's time to grow up and become the Stewards of the Earth
we were created to be.
As Caroline Casey
says, Co-operators are standing by. Nature is standing by to
co-operate with everything and everyone. We just need to call on the
cosmic and earthy energies available to us.
stations direct on Wednesday September 18th.
a reminder. Saturn, the Master Tester, is about to move forward
again, this time to a full meeting with Pluto on January 12,
2020. Get ready to shed karma and start living your new story. We
all need new scripts, new ways to understand our lives at this
moment. Just as we need a new government that is not run by the
wealthy and connected. But by the people.
Saturn moves very
slowing as it changes direction. And so follow his lead. Go slow.
It's all about integrating your new, awakened emotional body into
your life. As your soul gets used to your skin, cut yourself some
slack. You've never done this before. Let your soul be your guide.
I can tell you, it takes a lot of experimenting and some failures.
But always new learning. So find out what house your Saturn is
transiting – might as well look up Pluto as well – and go slowly
and listen deeply.
Equinox, September 23, 2019
The Autumn Equinox
occurs September 23rd (the 22nd further West)
at 12:51am PDT/ 3:51am EDT/ 8:51am GMT. The Chart below is cast for
With the Sun in
Libra and the Moon in Cancer, we're looking at a last quarter Moon
energy – conserving the seeds of the future and choosing which
beliefs and values are important to take into that future.
The Libra Sun
forms a wide conjunction to Mars in Virgo and opposes Chiron in
Aries. Our integrity ( meaning: wholeness, completeness) comes from
Mars in Virgo – paying attention to details to get the complete
picture. Our wounded sense of ourselves (Chiron) can lead us to our
greatest gifts, so be open to relationships (Libra Sun) that give you
a chance to live your gifts rather than your wounding.
Mars in Virgo also
squares Jupiter in Sagittarius, opposes Neptune in Pisces and trines
Pluto in Capricorn, so this Mars is powered by enthusiasm (perhaps
too much!), imagination (rather than illusion) and transformation
(reaching deep inside for the true you). Be authentic, have
integrity, invoke your creativity and use your power for life.
The Cancer Moon is
conjunct the Cancer North Node, highlighting the need to listen to
our emotional intelligence rather than the shoulds and oughts
of the old, dying patriarchal rules of engagement (Capricorn South
Node). It's interesting that the world-wide Climate Strikes that our
children are leading happens during this week of Equinox. Our North
Node destiny is to secure the safety of our children and families
from climate change – we need Mother Earth to be healthy to sustain
are some challenges this Equinox chart says we'll face. These
challenges come from two T-Squares. T-Squares are comprised of two
planets that oppose each other with a planet that squares (90*) both
planets of the opposition. This planet is called the
focal planet and is the dynamic point of release and resolution; it’s
where the seesaw polarization of the opposition can manifest in a
concrete way. It offers a powerful solution to the pent-up tension.
First, there's a
mutable T-square involving Mars in Virgo, Jupiter in Sagittarius,
Neptune in Pisces. Jupiter is the focal planet, challenging Mars and
Neptune to come up with some concrete solutions to our questions
about how do we manifest our faith and belief. If we put it in
terms of fake news vs. the truth, we need to ask ourselves: What
lies do we tell ourselves? How truthful are we with each other?
This ongoing Jupiter and Neptune square asks us to distinguish
between false illusions and daydreams and true visions that support
our beliefs. Can we have faith in our visions without getting
trapped in grand illusions? Denial won't help us now. We have to
look deeply into the Neptunian mists and find the truth that will
sustain us as we move forward to the Pluto/Saturn conjunction in
Capricorn next January 12, 2020.
Then there is the
more intense Cardinal T-square involving the Moon and North Node in
Cancer, Venus/Mercury in Libra, and Saturn, the South Node &
Pluto in Capricorn. While mutable planets can change things,
cardinal planets want to start things. So between these two
configurations, we have the ability to change our beliefs and grow
into them more fully by acting on them.
With the North
Node conjunct the Cancer Moon, we really need to check in with
ourselves about what we really need to feel nurtured and secure in
life. Not the fake 'I'll protect America first' security, but an
inner security that will help you stand tall when faced with
necessity. This Cancer Moon must look across the sky to Saturn and
Pluto releasing the South Node's old energy, the energy that sustains
the old patriarchal rules of society. How do we really feel about
the deep changes going on in our society?
There's a false
dichotomy between thinking of Capricorn as the outer world of society
and of Cancer as the inner world of family. Capricorn is supposed to
create the culture that sustains the family/tribe (Cancer). This is
what's breaking down now. Corporate rights are more important than
our citizens well-being. (BTY folks: The corporate mind is
the anti-Christ.How ironic and interesting that it owns so
many fundamentalists.) While the corporate mind cries, We
can't afford Social Security, cheaper schooling, updated
infrastructure, it is demanding more investment in the military
and more free rides for corporations like Amazon, which doesn't pay
any taxes. Corporate welfare has ruined our world, both financially
and environmentally. Our governments have given corporations, (what
in the old days were merely merchant traders) the power to rule over
all of them. That ring of power's gotta go, Frodo!
At the Climate
Strike yesterday, I saw all these beautiful young people demanding
that we face climate change with new ideas, especially the Green New
Deal. I wonder if they realize that this transformation of our
culture will demand sacrifice on all our parts. Sacrifice –
to make sacred. Will we recognize that to heal Mother Earth
we'll have to sacrifice our entitled style of life? Will these kids
willingly give up some of their technological toys as we shift energy
systems, which might entail using much less energy until the new
system is in place? Will we give up using our personal cars and use
more mass transit? The world won't change if we don't change the way
we live. Just saying!
The focal point of
this T-square are the planets Venus and Mercury conjunct in Libra.
This means that while we're bringing down our capitalist society and
what no longer works for us, we're challenged by the Libra
Venus/Mercury to do it courteously and diplomatically. By pointing
out what people really need at this moment in history rather than
what our rulers want for themselves. It truly is a time to re-create
democracy in our country and around the world. Just think what will
happen if we, the American people, take back our country from the
military-industrial complex and turn this country around on all
levels. Think of how the rest of the people in the world will react
when we share with them the important technology that will help heal
Mother Earth as well as give everyone a chance to flourish in life.
We have the
knowledge and technology to create Heaven on Earth. But we have let
economic interests turn our beautiful Mother into Mordor. It's time
to cast that ring of power into the fires of destruction. We have a
chance to redeem the mistakes of the Industrial Revolution by
creating technology to clean up our mess. So be courageous (Chiron
in Aries opposite Libra Sun) and fling that power ring into the
transformative fires. Go listen to your heart, rather than to the
fear and worry filling your head. Imagine your part in bringing in
a true new world order – one that we the people of the world create
The only planet
that doesn't make any aspects to other planets is Uranus in Taurus.
This wildcard energy is free to work on it's own to awaken us to a
new vision of who we are and what our world can become. So hook your
wagon to this rebellious energy and Be Yourself!
May the Blessing
of Mabon be yours this Equinox season.
to the mystery of being here and enter the quiet immensity of your
joy and peace in the temple of your senses.
encouragement when new frontiers beckon.
to the call of your gift and the courage to follow its path.
the flame of anger free you of all falsity.
warmth of heart keep your presence aflame.
anxiety never linger about you.
your outer dignity mirror an inner dignity of soul.
time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention.
consoled in the secret symmetry of your soul.
you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of
Cosmic Story: Pisces/Virgo Full Moon: September 13-14, 2019
the Vision: Practical Magic
Each New And Full
Moon bring us different energy filters, different emotional flows,
different perspectives on life, different challenges and blessings to
face. These we spin into the tapestry of our lives.
While the changing
Moon cycles have so many variables that effect us on subtle levels,
it is at the Full Moon that we feel her power most consciously. Her
orbit close or far from the Earth, the place of her rising in the
East and setting in the West, affect us viscerally. Her zodiacal sign
and energy, which is a human system for understanding cosmic laws,
helps us understand the meaning of the moment. If we allow the light
to fill us.
Pisces/Virgo Full Moon is not only the Harvest Moon (the Full Moon
closest to Fall Equinox, giving light to the harvesters in the
nighttime fields) it is also a mystic moonlight which can bring
us visions of how we can be of service to the world. Virgo has the
integrity to be of service in times of need, and Pisces provides the
connection with the World Soul of Mother Earth – the Anima Mundi.
What is the world
crying for? How can we be of service?
At the Virgo New
Moon on August 30th, we saw a lineup of Sun, Moon, Mercury,
Venus and Mars – all the personal planets – definitely planting
themselves in the seed of this New Moon. In the two weeks since
then, all of these planetary energies have come into a helpful
relationship to the stabilizing influence of Saturn and the
transformative energy of Pluto in Capricorn, as well as in a
challenging aspect to the Neptune/Jupiter square. Our instructions
were to realize what we believe (Jupiter/Neptune) and to regenerate
how we see ourselves (Sun) and our security needs (Moon), how our
minds work (Mercury), what our hearts want (Venus) and how to go
about getting it (Mars).
realizations have you had these past few weeks – about yourself,
your relationships and the state of the world? With the
devastation of the Bahamas and the storm's effect on eastern North
America during hurricane Dorian, what is that making you feel about
climate change and how you'll deal with it? Have you fallen into
depression and despair or are you feeling optimistic that the world
will finally do something about helping Mother Earth heal?
I was listening to
my friend Caroline Casey talk with Michael
Stuart Ani about the environmental crisis and the ancient ritual
of the Ghost Dance – 'a ritual created to save the human strand in
the weave of Nature'. It's how we dance life into being. Our work
is to re-establish ourselves in Nature's tapestry instead of
unraveling it. And what came out of that discussion is the idea –
not new – that we can help Mother Earth by our intentions. It's
not just our actions that will help heal Mother Earth – it is also
our focus and intentions that can help as well. Just remember –
“Intent is magic's most important ingredient and belief is the
spine of intent.” (Alyson Noel – The Soul Seeker
What are your
intentions? What do you believe is possible? As we leave the
patriarchal mindset of the only reality is 3 D reality, how
can we bring our spirituality into our everyday lives and create
miracles? That's the evolution we're called on to make. The
realization that we're all one and that intentions do matter.
Full Moon on Friday the 13th!: Practical Magic
Friday's Pisces Full Moon occurs at 9:33pm PDT on September 13th,
and on September 14th
at 12:33am EDT/ 5:33am GMT.
Sabian symbol for the Moon at 22* Pisces is: A
prophet carrying tablets of the new law is walking down the slopes of
This refers to Moses bringing his people the new laws to live by.
But it is a symbol for the need to bring the spiritual laws of life
into our everyday lives. That's what Virgo is concerned with – the
everyday rituals and routines, while Pisces is concerned with other
dimensions of reality and the visionary who sees and understands the
cosmic laws of life.
Full Moon in Pisces already has a mystical bent, and this creative,
spiritual energy is further enhanced by the Moon joining Neptune in
the sky. Neptune is the planetary archetypal energy of imagination,
spirituality and unity consciousness. This is the belief we need to
cultivate to create magic, not for ourselves but for Mother Earth.
The Sabian symbol for Neptune at 18* Pisces is: In
a gigantic tent, villagers witness a spectacular performance.
This signifies the ability to use our personal conviction to bring a
crowd to a state of enthusiasm. It's the ability to use our art,
our words, our passion to wake up those who are still caught in the
Sabian symbol for the Sun at 22* Virgo is: A
royal coat of arms enriched with precious stones.
This is an image of our ancestral royal nature – our ability to
act as mediators between heaven and earth. We've all incarnated
many times on this road to spiritual consciousness and we are now
called upon to act on that royal nature. The precious stones symbols
those values and virtues we need to live by. One of those virtues is
nobility of spirit. Nobility is the act of taking responsibility
for the health and well being of the whole nation. Are you ready to
take on the responsibility of your noble heritage?
NadiyaShah, a favorite astrologer of mine, pointed out the mystic rectangle
that is created by the Full Moon, Saturn and the South Node in
Capricorn and the North Node in Cancer. A mystic rectangle has
trines from Mars to Saturn and Neptune to the Cancer North Node. A
mystic rectangle is another energy that brings the mystical magical
energy down into the practical workings of our lives. As you can
see, the energy is here for us to use to bring our soul's spiritual
as the Pisces Moon is conjunct Neptune, the Virgo Sun is conjunct
Mars. And Mars is exactly opposite Neptune, helping us bring those
Neptunian visions into our daily routines. The Sabian symbol for
Mars at 18* Virgo is: A
This is an image of seeking inner guidance. Need I say more?
is a Full Moon where we can create practical magic.
It tells us that when we can see and live the magic and spirituality
in our everyday lives, we will re-create the world.
With Saturn slowing down to resume direct motion on September 18th, its power is strong and steady. Saturn retrograde has been working within us to establish stronger boundaries and psychic structures. Now it can help us create those new behaviors and structures in the outer world. This Saturn moving forward is heading to its big conjunction with Pluto next January 12, 2020. Stay tuned for more cosmic news about this big event.
Virgo Sun and Mars trine Pluto and Saturn, adding emotional power and
steadiness to your insights and actions. These Capricorn planets
sextile the Pisces Moon and Neptune, opening our minds and attracting
experiences and sychronicities that put us on the right track.
ruling planets of both the Sun (Mercury rules Virgo) and Moon
(Jupiter is the ancient ruler of Pisces) are in their own signs,
making the effects of this Full Moon stronger.
is conjunct Venus in the last degree of Virgo, bringing our thought
processes to a head. With Venus turning our knowledge into wisdom,
we have a chance to make some different decisions, based on our
heart's wisdom. The Sabian symbol for Venus and Mercury at 30* Virgo
is: A woman calmly
cleaning house in the midst of an earthquake. This
speaks to the need for total concentration for reaching our spiritual
goals. In our unstable world, it's important to find our security
and footing in our inner purpose.
Eye of the Unconscious
and Jupiter are both considered the rulers of Pisces, the sign of the Collective Unconscious. With Neptune
conjunct the Pisces Moon squaring Jupiter in his own sign of
Sagittarius, we're asked to check in with our beliefs. Jupiter in
Sagittarius might think he knows the truth
what truth are we talking about? It's time to look at the bigger
picture. Are we deluding ourselves into thinking that spirituality
has nothing to do
with the environmental crisis our world faces or do we see our soul's
mission in relationship to what is happening in the world?
seems to me that Spirit is asking us to dig deep into our psyches to
discover what our real purpose is this lifetime. I can tell you it's
not to focus our intentions for our personal benefit, but rather to
see that we are part of the whole. We are Mother Earth's children,
and we need to reweave ourselves back into her tapestry to discover
why we're here on Earth at this moment in time. So please don't
waste time on affirmations for your personal abundance. We don't
need any more millionaires. We need people who are willing to face
the hard truths about our society and who are willing to sacrifice –
to make sacred – some of our 1st
world entitlements for the good of all.
focused all her industry and energy back in the early 1940s on
winning World War II. How can we not focus everything on creating a
sustainable future for ourselves, our children and the world? Mother
Earth will get through these times – but will humanity?
7 out of 10 of the major planets in earth signs, this is the time and
the place to make our stand. Who do you want to be?
on Friday night, take time to watch the Full Moon rise. And then go
and meditate and ask your guides, 'What does my soul want me to do?'
And then dance. Dance to bring in Spirit. Dance to move your energy
through your body so you can embody the Full Moon's energy. Dance and
let your prayers flow through you. Ask your Higher Self – what am
I here to do?
Listen for the response.
Mote It Be!
Virgo is the energy of integration and self-knowledge, this is the
time to ask yourself the serious questions about life.
Fox, the Christian theologian, talked about the climate crisis in
terms of his four ways. These are the questions he asked.
do you express your reverence for Earth?
are your fears? What are you having to let go of?
new ideas, images, and possibilities
welling up inside of you?
is your ministry? To where are you drawn to offer service to Earth in
this unprecedented time of change?
Fall has all too soon made an appearance here in Rhode
Island this past week. And while Summer isn't officially over until
September 23rd, we are definitely losing light each day.
And the kids are all back in school already! Where did the Summer
definitely into harvest time. The farmers' markets are filled with
the fruits of that harvest. On a personal level, it's time to reap
what we've sown. As we enter the sign of Virgo, the Virgin, remember
that it is represented by both Mother and Child, Isis and Horus.
Virgo energy is a combination of nurturing Mother energy as well as
the new Child/harvest who evolves from this year's potential. This
divine Child is an evolution of our own unique Self – the union of
our body, mind and spirit. This is the Virgo gift.
And this month, we'll see that harvest in abundance.
For good or ill.
What I love about astrology is that it offers us a map
and a story of the cosmic energies available to us at any moment.
Despite our cultural rational bias against a spiritual understanding
of current events, astrology offers us a system that can guide us
through dark times and encourage us through hopeful times. There's
no doubt we are in a time of world-wide cultural crisis – and it's
all described for us up there in the heavens if we only know how to
read symbolic language. Isn't this hopeful? Knowing that the
heavens are mirroring our collective energies can help us navigate
through these stressful times and can help us become more self-aware
about the possibilities and choices we have in our lives.
It's more important than ever to become conscious if we
are going to get through this evolutionary crisis our world faces.
The environmental crisis frames our evolutionary purpose – we must
evolve as a species and change our mindset if humanity is going to
survive the coming earth changes. It's time for humanity to leave
behind our adolescence and become grown up human beings with a strong
moral compass and real freedom. The freedom that isn't afraid of
acting as a compassionate community. And so I urge you to join our
children's environmental strike during the week of September 20th
– 27th. Because we don't have to do this alone. And we
are stronger when we band together.
The astrological sign of Virgo speaks to this
evolutionary necessity. Virgo's mission statement is “Know
Thyself”. That's the first requirement of true spirituality.
It's not enough for us to heal ourselves of our wounds. Those wounds
are how we learned about ourselves and the world. Now we need to
live a new story. We have to dive deep and touch on our soul's
purpose. Once we know ourselves, we can act to change the world.
On Friday, August 30th the Virgo New Moon
occurs at 3:37am PDT/ 6:37am EDT and 11:37am GMT. Because the Moon
is close (perigee) to the Earth, this New Moon is considered a
SuperMoon, but unlike the Full Moon SuperMoon, the way we'll notice
it is through its influence on the tides. With both Sun and Moon
together, the tidal flow will be much stronger. Which doesn't bode
well for the people in Hurricane Dorian's path this weekend.
Virgo New Moon 2019
What makes this Virgo New Moon so powerful
psychologically is that is it part of a Grand Earth Trine, which
means that there are planets in all three Earth Signs working
together. Besides the Virgo stellium comprised of Mercury, Juno,
Sun, Moon, Mars and Venus, there is a tight trine (120*) to Uranus in
Taurus to the New Moon and also a wide trine from Saturn, the South
Node and Pluto in Capricorn. When the planets form an Earth Grand
Trine, it energizes a powerful manifestation time – hence my hopes
that you all have a great harvest, whether of literal gardens or
inner sacred space Gardens.
After watching Nadiya Shah, one of my favorite
astrologers, speak about this New Moon, I was inspired to write
something about it. With Uranus, the planet of awakening, revolution
and authenticity exactly feeding its power into this New Moon, my
harvest is that I'm getting ready to write again after taking time
this year to just Be.
What are you energized to do?
All these Virgo planets have already connected with
Uranus or will be in the next few days. So be opened to sudden
surprises and quick turnarounds. Venus trined (an easy flow and
gift) Uranus on Monday August 26th – Women's Equality
Day. Don't you love the synchronicity! Mars trined Uranus on
Wednesday August 28th, enlivening us (Mars is our life
energy) to get things done. The Sun and Moon trine Uranus on August
29th – 30th, planting a seed of authenticity
and awakening in our harvest. Mercury trines Uranus on Sunday
September 1st, so stay open to surprising and out of the
The Virgo planets, especially Venus, are opposite
Neptune retrograde in Pisces and square Jupiter in Sagittarius. Both
Neptune and Jupiter are archetypes of spiritual power and imagination
and they challenge us to make sure we're not being deluded (another
Neptune trait) by inappropriate desires or too overconfident in our
beliefs (Jupiter in Sagittarius). These energies will inspire and
open us to new insights and actions as the Virgo planets oppose and
Our ability to manifest is conditioned by our spiritual
vision and insight. We are programed to be authentic now with
Uranus in Taurus trining this New Moon. Can we breakout of old
patterns and programs to reach our authentic Self? First we have to
have an authentic vision of what we want the future to look like, for
ourselves and our world.
Thankfully, the other leg of this grand trine will help
us stabilize that vision with some long term planning. Each of these
Virgo planets (all our personal planets) will also trine Saturn, the
planet of form and structure, groundedness and practicality as well
as Pluto, the planet of evolution and power. Venus, the archetype of
Love and Wisdom, trines Saturn on September 1st, grounding
in the heart of the vision. Then Mercury, the archetype of the Mind,
settles down to real planning when it trines Saturn on September 5th.
The Virgo Sun trines Saturn on September 6th, owning the
vision. Mars trines Saturn on September 9th, giving us the
focus and determination we need to carry out the plan. Venus trines
Pluto on the 6th, Mercury on the 8th, and the
Sun just before the Pisces/Virgo Full Moon on Friday the 13th.
Mars waits until September 19th to trine Pluto – urging
us to take action just before the world-wide week of environmental
As you can see, this year's Virgo lessons are powerful.
We've been talking about change and choice for many years. It is NOW
that we have to act on it.
Evolution happens! Make a conscious choice to be part
Full Moon rising over Narragansett Beach
Pisces-Virgo Full Moon occurs on September 13th
This is the Harvest Moon – the Full Moon closest to the Autumn
Equinox, which occurs on September 23rd
Pisces/Virgo Full Moon 2019
Virgo Sun forms a close trine to Pluto, making another powerful
statement about the importance of knowing yourself. Because the
Pisces Moon is conjunct Neptune, we will be especially sensitive now
to others as well as being open to the unconscious collective
energies. Make sure you aren't swept away by the crowd. It is not a
time to feel judgment, anger or hatred, since it can come back to
you three-fold. There's an old and very wise Native American saying,
time you point a finger in scorn – there are three remaining
fingers pointing right back at you.”
is the time for us to stand up for our values and act on our beliefs.
If we want peace, we must have peace in our hearts. If we believe
in the power of Love, then we must feel that love. It doesn't mean
we can't name evil
for what it is: ignorance, ego and greed. So whenever I find
myself ill-wishing certain political leaders (which I do), I have to
remind myself that they too are aspects of unity we say we want.
They are the small, weak, fearful part of each of us. Heal that part
of yourself and hopefully it will lead to the healing of the world.
Lady Gaga says, 'we're
out of the Shallow now'.
want to thank Anodea Judith for the idea of naming myself an
evolutionary activist. I
am here to evolve my consciousness and to mentor those who want to do
the same. The environmental story of the Rainbow Warriors comes to
mind. We are the ones who will save the Earth and all her relations.
August is here, the long slow ending of summer. When
life is good and easy, just waiting to be enjoyed. There's a
fullness to August, a ripeness. As if the Sun's glow has sunk into
the Earth herself, giving her the glow of life. There are hay rolls
in the fields, tomatoes ripening on the vine; thunder clouds pile up in the sky, while the humidity builds until the heavens pour down. There's hot sunlight in
the day, but also a slowly expanding nighttime.
Venus, Moon and Jupiter
This is the time of year to go outside at night and live
for awhile under the stars. What better way to contemplate our
blessings than by looking at the majesty and mystery of the heavens.
Harvest time is always a good time to try to see the big picture.
And the night sky heavens certainly provide us with one.
Interestingly, the only two planets visible in the night sky now are
Jupiter and Saturn – the archetypal energies that shape societies
and world issues, the energies that test us and shape us.
At Lammas, we also tend to look at ourselves and wonder
what we've done this year. It's time to look for some of the results
of our year's focus and energy. What are you preparing and
harvesting? What has your garden grown? We are harvesting our
gardens now, seeing the abundance Mother Earth gives us if we give
her our respect and care. Just as we have to be good stewards of the
Earth we also have to be good stewards our ourselves and our
communities. Perhaps our harvest will help with that.
Wheel of the Year: Lammas – The First Harvest
In the Celtic Wheel of the Year, the cross-quarter
holiday that stands between Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox is
Lammas, or Lughnasadh on August 1-8, celebrating the first grain
harvest. Lammas is a celebration of life and the bread of life
(before Monsanto poisoned it with Roundup). With bread in abundance,
we tend to forget how important bread was in sustaining ancient
people through the winter months.
Lammas was also a festival to the Celtic god Lugh of the
Long Hand, the god of many crafts, the king of his people, god of the
Sun. It was a time of gathering, feasting and dancing, when
marriages were contracted, goods sold and treaties made. But mostly,
it faced and celebrated the fact that the Sun was beginning to wan as
it moved South, with shorter days and less light and warmth. You'll
notice that as we enter August, the daylight hours decline more
Harvesting the Grain
With the cutting of the grains, the god of growth offers
up his life to feed and sustain the community. It was a symbolic
sacrifice of the King, offering the best to the gods and to life.
This is both harvest and seed for the new year, offering us the
knowledge that all things come to an end. And that there is rebirth
awaiting the turn of the Wheel.
What is our harvest this year? What have we grown and
is it ready to be harvested?
With two other harvests yet to come, at
Autumn Equinox for fruit and at Samhain/Halloween for nuts and seeds,
there is still plenty of time to gather in our harvest. But it is
time to look at what needs taking care of now. And we need to see
what sacrifices must be offered to life.
There is a great need for our ideas and visions to
manifest in 3-D reality. This is our moment. Since we are the
change we've been waiting for. Even more than our outer political
reality, it is our inner, soulful reality that will shift the
balance. Think of it as a shifting of the balance between light and
dark, yin and yang, male and female. We are coming to a new balance,
a new harmony and equilibrium. When we bring the tension of
opposites into balance, a new, transcendent path appears before us.
Ask the goddess Hecate to guide you to your new path. She will meet you at the Crossroads.
Each of us has a gift and talent we can offer the world.
What have you spent your life learning? Many of us have developed
multiple talents, for we are Renaissance people. We are bringing in
a new birth, a new vision for society and for the planet. What are
you working on? How can you synthesize what you know? What is the
best possible way for you to manifest your gifts? Are you practicing
and experimenting? I hope you are!
Tiverton, RI: Sunset
spiritual practice of this time of year is that of the Royal
Sacrifice. Our sacrifice is to make sacred all of Life. In his
book, Original Blessings,
Matthew Fox shows us what we are called upon to do now.
speak of “Original Blessing” is to speak of times past when
healthy air, water, soil, forests, animals, birds, insects and the
rest could be taken for granted. When the goodness of our existence,
even amidst struggle, nevertheless was always there.
we cannot take Original Blessing for granted. We have to work to
return nature and human nature back to a healthy state. That is the
naked struggle today: Can we rediscover the sacredness of creation?
If so, can the mystic in us come alive
again, fall in love again, enough to carry on the struggle for the
salvation of our Earth biosphere as we know it?
we have the energy, passion and willingness to see this struggle
through in the next eleven years, and the generosity needed to
change our ways, let go, reinvent our footprints on this planet?
The Lion's Gate occurs during the end of July and
beginning of August, harking back to ancient Egypt and the helical
rising of the star Sirius before the Sun. We can say that the Sun is
channeling information from the Sirian star system during this time.
Sirius is considered by many native peoples one of the star systems
that seeded our Earth and which continue to work with us on subtle
energy levels. If you work more consciously with these energies,
then this is the time to stock up!
Sirius: brightest star in the night sky
we reach the Leo power degree of 15* on August 7th,
just hours after the first quarter Scorpio Moon of the Leo New Moon
cycle. With both the Sun and Moon at fixed power gates (always 15*
of the power signs, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius), we are
receiving information from both signs. We are challenged (the
square) to face our shadows and karma (Scorpio) and bring the light
of consciousness (Leo) to them.
Shadow comprises those parts of ourselves that hold stunted energy,
energy that has stopped developing as originally intended. Jung
believed that the Shadow develops to protect our young ego from
parents and teacher's expectations. Because of these shadow
energies, our ability to be ourselves and to act in accordance with
our true nature is twisted. Jung says the Shadow needs to be
recognized and worked with if we want a clear channel to our anima
(our soulful being) and our animus (our virtuous doing).
We can touch
on our Shadow when we judge others harshly, because we are projecting
our Shadow onto them. A liar projects those lies onto others; a
racist projects his fear and loathing of the
unconscious parts of himself
onto strangers. When do we stop lying to ourselves? When do we stop
being afraid of life!? In this moment, where Shadows are so evident
in our chaotic world, we need to find and shine our light into the
It is time to release ourselves from the bondage of our
old stories. It's time to stop complaining about our lives and get
on with them. It's time to face our human frailties and forgive
ourselves. It's time to stop questioning what our purpose is and to
see it there before us. Whatever we're dealing with is our
purpose. Whatever virtues we believe in we need to embody.
Whatever gifts we have we need to offer to the world.
a new astrological system I'm studying called The
the energy of mid-Leo is attuned to guidance and virtuous living.
Out of division comes the ability to guide others through the
darkness. And the energy of the Scorpio quarter Moon is to move from
entropy, where we've been in a static chaotic state, to one of
creativity, freshness and fierce beauty.
We are called to listen to our Heart's wisdom. As our
souls awaken, we begin to live out of our Higher Self, the part of us
which is connected to everything in the universe. We rediscover our
place in Earth's biosphere and in the cosmic order. I have to tell
you, it's a much more radiant and abundant place to stand in than in
the chaos of a failing patriarchal social system. From this place of
peace and harmony, we can act upon the world in the correct ways,
because in the inner silence, we can tap into our higher wisdom –
we can connect to Lady Wisdom, our Sophia.
conjunction: A secret, sacred Marriage – August 24, 2019
The great gift the cosmos is bestowing on us during this
Lammas season is the union of Venus and Mars, occurring on the royal
star, Regulus, in the heart of the Lion.
Whenever Venus and Mars get
together, a new energy of relationship emerges – relationship to
self and others and to Nature. To occur on this Royal Star, which
has just recently moved into tropical Virgo, is auspicious. The
royal energy now flows through the divine Feminine. And this is a
Wise feminine energy being birthed this season.
This sacred marriage of the archetypal energies of love
and desire (Venus & Mars/ Psyche & Eros) occurs at 5* Virgo.
The core Shadow theme of this degree is our distrust of others,
especially in relationships. It is all about dishonesty. We're
afraid to show people who we really are, and so our Shadow comes into
play. Be truthful with yourself and you can be truthful to others.
conjunction takes place in the
because both planets cannot be seen – they are both too close to
the Sun. Venus will conjunct the Sun on August 14th,
just before the Aquarius Full Moon. She has just swung around behind
the Sun and is on her way to becoming an Evening Star, visible again
around September 20th.
Mars is just approaching the Sun, and will conjunct it on September
and it will appear as a morning star around October 17th.
Sacred Marriage in the Unconscious
So this meeting of Venus and Mars on August 24th
is hidden from our view and our consciousness. It will bring up
those unconscious places within us where we need to be honest with
ourselves. If we don't look at our Shadow, it will act upon us
unconsciously, it will meet us in the outer world. If we dance with
our Shadows, we'll integrate them. If we stay conscious, we will
pick the energy up through the body. That is the place it will
manifest first. So pay attention to your body wisdom. The Body
Adam Gainsburg is a living sky astrologer, someone who actually looks
at the heavens and tracks the planets in the night sky instead of on
a computer. He's written a book on the phases of Venus called TheLight of Venus
where he tracks the 13 phases of Venus journey through the sky.
(He's also working on a book on Mars phases). As Venus disappears
into the glare of the Sun, she also moves behind the Sun so we don't
see her until she moves far enough away to appear as the Evening Star
in late September.
calls this phase of Venus cycle the
of Venus, when She sheds the old garments, beliefs and qualities of
her Morning Star phase and transmutes and alchemizes it into
something new. As Adam says, “Such intense light – as love –
forces us to meet our dark self or opposite, everything we're
convinced that we aren't. An invisible Venus forces us to see our
inside ourselves.” (Light of Venus, page 119). Adam says
transmutation is essentially feminine, with changes occurring within
you at first so you concentrate on who you're becoming. It's future
must learn to embrace our sovereignty, our wisdom of both Heaven and
Earth. Our feminine wisdom, love and compassion must rule the day.
Venus is heading away from the Sun on August 24th, Mars is
heading into it, joining the Sun on September 2nd. This
allows both energies to look at their shadows, for what else can we
see in the bright glare of the Sun? Both archetypal energies are
purified by our Star's fire. Our ego steps into the fiery furnace
of life and hopefully emerges ready to stand up for truth, justice
and life. The fact that these energies meet on the fixed star
Regulus, which is the Lion's Heart, awakens our own lion-heartedness.
We need to be fierce in our defense of our Earth, our people and all
Susan Seddon Boulet
is an interesting season because three planets conjunct the Sun –
besides Venus and Mars, Mercury also dives into the Sun's fiery
furnace on September 3rd. Three very personal planets are
being renewed in the Sun's fire. We have to make conscious our love
and wisdom, our desires and goals, and our ability to communicate
those needs honestly.
and Sabian Symbols
are four shifts in planetary direction this season. When planets are
retrograde, our energy is directed within to remember, review and
restructure. When a planet stations and turns back to direct motion,
the energy we've been working on within turns back into the world.
Mercury turns direct on July 31st at 24* Cancer. Two
directional shifts occur on August 11th: Jupiter at 15*
Sagittarius turns direct and Uranus at 7* Taurus turns retrograde.
And Saturn at 14* Capricorn goes direct on September 17-18th.
Try to feel the energy shift in your body on these days. And also
pay attention to your dreams, which show us what's going on in the
Sabian symbol for Mercury direct at 24* Cancer is: A woman and
two men castaways on a small island in the South Seas.
What aspects of our psyche have been 'cast away' or lost? What can
the woman/soul do? The doubling of the men suggests that we are
beginning to see a new way of 'doing' things. Jung always said that
when an image is doubled, it means that part of that energy is
becoming conscious, while the other part is still unconscious and
needs to be worked on. What does your soul yearn for and
what can you do to give it what it needs?
Sabian symbol for Jupiter at 15* Sagittarius is: The
ground hog looking for its shadow on Ground Hog's Day, February 2nd.
This image suggests that we try
to get a bigger perspective on events. Ground Hog's Days is Imbolc –
the Celtic gateway to Spring, when we look to the future. Be aware
of what happens on the 11th,
taking it as a clue to future events. It's a great time to journey
and meditate on what's ahead for you.
Sabian symbol for Uranus at 7* Taurus is: The woman of
Sumaria at the ancestral well.
The story of Jesus meeting the Sumaritan woman at the well symbolizes
a transition from the old tribal order to a new order based on
Universal Love. Jesus revealed his divine nature to a woman who
guards the wellsprings of life. The Water of Life. Our Christ
consciousness greets our Wisdom/Sophia consciousness. We have to
really believe we are spiritual beings, so we can access the wisdom
we need to face our collective evolutionary crisis. A new
quality of being arises that
transcends the old ways of patriarchal being and doing. This is what
we have to awaken within ourselves during this retrograde, which
lasts until January 10, 2020, when Uranus turns direct on a Full Moon
Sabian symbol for the sacred marriage of Venus and Mars at 5* Virgo
is: A person becoming aware of nature spirits and normally
unseen spiritual agencies. What
a great symbol! We are learning to go beyond what we see in 3-D
reality and now can look deeply into the world around us. It is
through the use of the creative imagination
that we see so deeply. Isn't it time to learn how to exercise this
important muscle? I've been working with it for over 30 years and
it's the most important function we can learn work with now, since it
has to do with manifestation. We need to own our own imaginations
before we can transform the world. So get your head out of TV and
the mass media and create your own reality!
Sabian symbol for Saturn turning direct at 14* Capricorn is: An
ancient bas-relief carved in granite remains a witness to a
long-forgotten culture. Saturn,
along with Pluto in Capricorn, energizes a re-structuring of our
society. We have seen how our democracy has been taken over by
large, corporate entities such as big Pharma, the oil and gas
industries, the military-industrial complex. The 1% do own the
government and run our society. That's not what our founding fathers
wanted for America. And so we need to restructure and renew our
society along the lines of a true democracy. These are the ancient
beliefs we need to remember and incorporate. And those 'founding
fathers' learned from the Native American Grandmothers what was
necessary to found a new country based on freedom for all. How
ironic and ultimately evil that we killed the very people who guided
our nation's founding!
that's all for now. I hope your harvest is fruitful and that you are
blessed by its bounty. I'm here if you need me.
in the Light,
"John Barleycorn (Must Die)"
(Harvest folk song)
There were three men came out of the west, their fortunes for to try
And these three men made a solemn vow
John Barleycorn must die
They've plowed, they've sown, they've harrowed him in
Threw clods upon his head
And these three men made a solemn vow
John Barleycorn was dead
They've let him lie for a very long time, 'til the rains from heaven did fall
And little Sir John sprung up his head and so amazed them all
They've let him stand 'til Midsummer's Day 'til he looked both pale and wan
And little Sir John's grown a long long beard and so become a man
They've hired men with their scythes so sharp to cut him off at the knee
They've rolled him and tied him by the way, serving him most barbarously
They've hired men with their sharp pitchforks who've pricked him to the heart
And the loader he has served him worse than that
For he's bound him to the cart
They've wheeled him around and around a field 'til they came onto a pond
And there they made a solemn oath on poor John Barleycorn
They've hired men with their crabtree sticks to cut him skin from bone
And the miller he has served him worse than that
For he's ground him between two stones
And little Sir John and the nut brown bowl and his brandy in the glass
And little Sir John and the nut brown bowl proved the strongest man at last
The huntsman he can't hunt the fox nor so loudly to blow his horn
And the tinker he can't mend kettle or pots without a little barleycorn