Articles & Horoscopes
|Posted by Lauren on March 15, 2018 at 2:50 PM||comments (0)|
March 16th ~ 23rd
Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity. ~ Pema Chodron
The New Moon on Saturday comes riding in on Chiron, the Wounded Healer, in the late degrees of sensitive and compassionate Pisces. The week then quickly transitions into fiery Aries on Tuesday, culminating at the end of the month with a feisty and contentious Full Moon on the 31st. Regardless, this is still a Pisces New Moon, and we are needing to navigate and even plumb the depths of these Piscean waters, even before we arrive at the Aries Equinox on the 20th. Our very health and well-being may depend on it.
And then there is Mars. Mars will be asking for accountability and reckoning when it enters Capricorn on the same day as the New Moon. And we will be needing to navigate some treacherous and formidable waters over the next few weeks in order to do so. The Aries Equinox on the 20th of March opens the astrological New Year, and also sets the tone for the year ahead. With a very activity driven and reactive Sun square Mars, we will need all the strength and energy we can at our disposal.
In order to fight the good fight over the next several weeks, we are first needing to make ourselves whole. The recent Mars/Chiron square may have already opened old wounds, or recreated new ones that are layered upon old scars from long ago. Mars brings any pain, harm, urgency to the surface which can manifest as physical, mental, emotional, psychological or spiritual pain, laced with fear, insecurity and shame. If you have become aware of a recent wound, it was to make you aware of some even deeper wounds that are trying to come to the surface to be healed and released, once and for all.
Chiron not only makes us aware of our own and others pain and suffering, it also brings us the tools to heal these. There is going to be a lot of activity ahead, so it is important to do this inner healing work now. Through Pisces we are better able to connect to that subtle part of our psyche that we identify with spirit, soul, Higher Self; as well as the subtle inner body which is the basis for the grosser physical aspects of ourselves. But in order to make full use of the time, we will need to turn down some of the noise in our lives and initiate some serious self care in whichever way works best for you. Think of it as a retreat with whatever healing modalities, or peaceful self-indulgences, you have at your disposal.
A friend shared the following meditation which resonates well with this New Moon. It is a Tonglen meditation, or a “Taking and Giving” practice, as outlined by Sogyal Rinpoche in the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. In this exercise think of dividing yourself into two aspects, an aspect of yourself as the Open Heart, Part A; and another aspect of yourself which is limited by fear and constriction, Part B. Part A is the you that is compassionate, warm, and caring like a true friend. The part of you that is willing to be there for you, without any judgement or criticism, no matter what your faults or shortcomings may be.
Part B, is the part of you that has been hurt, that feels neglected, misunderstood, frustrated, bitter, victimized, hurt, injured or angry. Reflect on a time or times when you were unjustly treated, or abused, harmed or been wronged by others or society. Place that part of you, that wounded self, directly in front of you. And for the purposes of this exercise take on the role of the part of you, Part A, that is the compassionate Open Heart.
As you gaze with compassion and understanding on the broken parts of yourself, allow your heart to fill completely, taking in all of your wounded self’s suffering and pain. Then breathe it all in. You can visualize this in whichever way is most helpful: as thick dark smoke; as something sticky or unyielding, or a fog filled with poison and defilement. And as you breathe in the pain from your wounded self, the compassion in your heart, your own very kindness, forgiveness, and understanding, melts away all the pain, the suffering and the fear. It is literally transforming the suffering into a healing clear light. Then as you breathe out you can then send this clear light filled with healing, love, warmth, trust, comfort, acceptance, understanding and joy into the parts of you that were once broken.
Only when we know our own darkness well, and when we can also feel compassion for that part of us that knows that darkness, can we be present with the darkness of others. As Pema Chodron advises: Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity. So may we all find healing, understanding and wholeness in this New moon in Pisces. And may it carry us forward, like a life raft lightly floating on rocky waters, over the months ahead.
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|Posted by Lauren on March 15, 2018 at 2:45 PM||comments (0)|
For the week of March 16th thru the 23rd, be sure to read your Rising Sign as well:
The New Moon in Pisces is a time of emotional and psychological release for Aries. For the past 7 years Aries has been navigating the deeper more hidden avenues of their psyche, digging up all sorts of things in the process; and coming face to face with their own wounds. Needless to say, Aries usually skips right past those uncomfortable parts. But there is something to say for letting stuff go that you’ve been holding on to, in order to have more energy moving forwards. Whether that be guilt, regret, anger, resentment: release, forgive, transform, let it go. The tide is shifting this week, and you’ll need to bring as light a load as you can for the ride coming up, as the energy is amping up over the course of the next few weeks. Positively, see if you can channel some of this emerging energy into taking on challenges you would otherwise avoid, or to make any necessary changes.
The week begins well, as there is a strong connection between heart and mind, that allows you to better navigate your current situation, which is asking you to create a sanctuary of peace and well-being. However, as the week wears on this could prove to be challenging due to conflicting beliefs or values, that leave you in a state of utter consternation. Try to avoid participating in any attempts at manipulation or power ploys, as they are not likely to end well. Rather try to get to the bottom of any apparent unethical situation or controlling behaviors; and make yourself aware of what your rights are just in case; assuring yourself that you are on the side of truth. At the same time, it would probably be wise to not make too much of a situation, if it is at all possible. Especially if it interferes overly much with your much earned peace of mind.
While Chiron has been traveling through Pisces these past 7 years, Gemini has been coming to terms with the role that they play in their community, their family and their lives; as well as navigating what it means to have a ‘reputation’. In a way, success comes, when Chiron is in the picture, when you worry less about reputation, and focus more, on acceptance of self: knowing who you are and what you have to offer. The New Moon could indeed shine a light on how that has played out, and what that means to you now. Mercury is also slowing down for its retrograde station on the 22nd/23rd, and you might already be feeling it. Traveling with Venus, it is also asking us to get our priorities in order. It is just impossible to be all things to all people, all the time.
The New Moon is asking us all to release any lingering remnants of doubt, fear or insecurity… even pain; in order to move on. One thing to explore with this Moon are any feelings of being an outcast because of your beliefs or outlook. Finding support through others who share the same beliefs can be reconfirming. There can also be questions here about self-improvement; qualifications; and education. Chiron has been traveling in Pisces for the past 7 years, and in doing so actually brought benefit and much learning to Cancer. Through accepting that there is so much more to learn; Chiron’s presence here guides us on a journey to know and discover. Look back and reflect on all that you have learned these past 7 years, and the ways that it can serve you now with whatever conflicts or challenges may be arising in your life.
As Chiron has been traveling through the sign of Pisces these past 7 years, Leo has been coming face to face with their own deeply embedded wounds. Nothing is sacred here. Nothing remains hidden for long. And truth wills out. But by facing your fears, whatever those fears may be, you can gain powerful insights and ultimately greater control over your own life. The New Moon could now be shining a light on some sort of painful experience or wound that needs to be worked through, released, and/or rehabilitated. Chiron can literally bring us to our knees. But by the time Chiron leaves Pisces this year, the hope is that not only will you be healed, but you can then take on the role of guide and healer to others. It’s one of those things: been there, done that, I’ve got this.
Mercury is slowing for its retrograde station on the 22nd/23rd, and you are probably already feeling it to some degree. Electronics may act up; messages misconstrued; the usual mishaps. But as Mercury slows this week, it is traveling with Venus in fiery Aries, asking us all to get our priorities in order. One way to do that is to check within, and come to terms with what your true priorities are. This New Moon falls in Pisces, and can be quite strong for those Virgo’s who are at the end of the sign, born between the 18th and 22nd of September, or have 25-29º of Virgo Rising. Through this Moon deeper connections can be made with others, especially when we accept that we are all suffering with one problem or another. Accepting people where they are without trying to change them is key here. Especially when aiming for healing and inclusion.
You will be able to continue to navigate whatever conflicts, crises, or fires arise in your usual diplomatic and inimitable fashion early on this week. However, as the week progresses, pressures could escalate, and your talents for coordinating and negotiating could be sorely challenged. Avoid engaging in power plays, for they are not likely to end well. It will probably be the more subtle forms of manipulation that will leave you shaking your head, and ruminating. Pay attention as to where you might need to establish better boundaries. This New Moon can be about exploring alternative healing modalities, or readjusting diet, or making appropriate lifestyle changes that will address any lingering health issues. With Chiron traveling in Pisces these past 7 years, an appreciation for the mind/body continuum may have already been established. If not, pay attention to that now, and how establishing much needed balance is essential for your good health.
For the past 7 years that Chiron has been traveling in Pisces, Scorpio has been negotiating and unearthing those fears, subconscious insecurities and doubts that have been blocking your personal self-expression. Through the process of embracing those things that make you happy, a great healing is possible, as well as the inspiration to even pursue your true calling. Or a calling. Something that stirs your heart, and has the capacity to release deep feelings which can consequently heal yourself and others. You might want to ask, What do you need to let go of in order to allow more love and joy in your life? There’s something else going on this week: An irritating square between your ruler, Mars, and the Sun begins to stir things up. Try to channel some of that aggressive and assertive energy into constructive projects, or by working out at the gym. It could bring much needed energy to take on challenging projects.
George Bernard Shaw once said: “If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.” Healing arises with this New Moon by realizing that we all have some sort of dysfunction in our families or our past. Knowing this allows you to connect with others on equal terms. Recognize that we not only inherit issues, but that there are also gifts that we have inherited through our ancestors. This even includes those parent figures who have been less than perfect. One thing you can ask with this Moon is: How can I make my home environment closer to the ideal that I envision? And if that ideal vision is meant for you, see if you can step out of the way of your own wisdom and inner knowing, allowing it to guide you to the best conditions that will allow that to happen.
One of the things that Capricorn has been navigating for the past 7 years is coming to the understanding that you have something very important to say and to be heard. In finding your voice, and understanding how important it is to use language in a more meaningful way, you also understand the power of words. Words can wound; but they can also heal. The New Moon is currently shining a light on this use of words and language; and how it can best be used to share life and experiences, but also heal these. On the same day of the New Moon, Mars will also enter your sign, instilling a renewed sense of energy and initiative. Now is your time to act, but do so strategically and wisely. Things must be done in the right way, and at the right time, with the weather coming up.
As Chiron has been traveling through Pisces these past 7 years, Aquarius has been navigating those things that you value the most, including those things about yourself. A certain wisdom is developed through learning to honor and value your own unique gifts and skills, and what you have to offer others. This annual New Moon in Pisces is generally a good time for Aquarius to think about and develop a financial plan for the future. But this Moon goes a little deeper than just concerning your current financial state of affairs, as it stresses exploring your priorities, and the understanding that there are some things in life that are truly priceless. Therefore in the wave of this healing New Moon, make the affirmation to prioritize those things which are most meaningful to you.
This New Moon is particularly important for Pisces as it falls in your sign. It is especially potent for those Pisceans born between the 15th and 19th of March, or who have 25-29º Pisces Rising. All New Moons are about new beginnings, the New Moon in Pisces is especially so as it helps to set the tone for the year ahead. For the past 7 years, Chiron has been traveling through Pisces, and this Moon is shining a light on this journey of learning, acceptance and understanding. Through Chiron, we come to accept our limitations with grace, and gain deeper meaning and wisdom about our journey of self-exploration and personal meaning in life. In this way, the New Moon in Pisces can instill a renewed sense of self-awareness, and affirmation for the sort of statement that you wish to make about yourself to the world.
|Posted by Lauren on March 8, 2018 at 5:20 PM||comments (0)|
March 9th ~ 16th
Joy is not in things; it is in us. ~ Richard Wagner
It can be said that nothing remains hidden for long when Jupiter is in Scorpio. And this has certainly felt true since Jupiter first entered this sign back in October. Scorpio, a sign of scandals, sexual indiscretion, and the abuse of power, is being brought to justice now that Jupiter is traveling here. On March (8th) 9th Jupiter stations retrograde. Whenever Jupiter stations, either retrograde or direct, it also makes a trine to the Sun, reinvesting hope and anticipation for our future aspirations. However, with the retrograde station, there can be this mixed blessing of anticipation and the withdrawal of promises at the same time.
It could simply be, that promises are unable to be fulfilled right away, and that there are other conditions to be met before we can proceed. Nonetheless, a retrograde Jupiter can be associated with this withdrawal of abundance, and the withdrawal of the immediate fulfillment of certain promises. Our attention is being turned away from fulfillment in the outer world, and directed back within to the source. If we think all of our happiness will be found in that chocolate cake, or getting that one job, or if only there was enough money, or some other outside condition, then we will never be truly happy. Happiness is not in these external things. We can get that perfect job, and yet still grow bored or dissatisfied with it over time, and then we’re not happy any more. As Richard Wagner points out: Joy is not in things; it is in us.
Jupiter is stirring up all this controversy in the outer world, making us all too aware of the immoral or unethical behaviors of others. When Jupiter stations retrograde we are being asked to connect with our own conscience, our own moral high ground. Not to judge others, so much as to reevaluate our own moral and ethical standards and expectations of ourselves. And so we are all being asked to do our own inventory at this time. Ask:
Am I living up to my own moral and ethical standards? Am I walking the walk, as well as talking the talk? Is this truly the path that I am supposed to be on? Am I keeping my priorities in order? What can I do differently in order to bring my life, or my behavior, more in alignment with my own standards and ideals? What is one thing about myself that I would really like to work on?
In this way, these 4-month periods every year, that Jupiter is retrograde, are integral to our own moral and spiritual development.
With the trine to the Sun in Pisces, we are being asked to consider a larger vision for the future. A means for improving ourselves and our lives. But first we are being asked to sit with that vision, making sure that this is truly the correct path for us, and that we are going to fulfill that journey in the right way, at the right time; allowing wisdom, ethical action, compassion and skillful means to be our guides along the way.
Knowing others is intelligence. Knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power. ~ Lao Tzu
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