Articles & Horoscopes
|Posted by Lauren on August 17, 2017 at 2:35 PM||comments (2)|
August 18th ~ 25th
A lot of people resist transition and therefore never allow themselves to enjoy who they are. Embrace the change, no matter what it is; once you do, you can learn about the new world you’re in and take advantage of it. ~ Nikki Giovanni
The long awaited Great American Solar Eclipse is nigh, and here is what we know about it:
This is a Total Eclipse, meaning that in certain locations, the Moon will totally cover the Sun, bringing a few moments of complete darkness in the middle of the day. Its arc of total visibility is along a 70-mile wide, 3,000 mile long path beginning in the state of Oregon, and ending in South Carolina. Eclipse maps can be found on the nasa.gov site: <https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-maps>. If you are along this arc, and wish to observe the eclipse, make sure that you do so safely. Here are some helpful tips from EarthSky News.
The Eclipse takes place on Monday, August 21st, at approximately 2:30 PM EDT on the East Coast and about 10:15 AM PDT on the West Coast. Time and Date have a calculator on their site: <https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in.html> that allows you to determine the exact time of the eclipse in your town. Hopefully the weather will cooperate!
Solar Eclipses are super-powered New Moons, associated with transitions and major turning points in our lives. Never is this more so than now, for those living in the U.S. We get at least two Solar Eclipses a year, but what makes this Eclipse so significant are all of the ties it has with the United States. To begin with, where the Eclipse is most visible, is also where it is most likely to have the most impact, and its path of visibility is exclusively crossing the United States from coast to coast. A second condition is whether or not it impacts on the chart of the Nation. In this case, the Eclipse directly opposes the Aquarius Moon in the Sibley chart, the most commonly used chart for the United States of America. A third condition is that it very strongly impacts the President’s chart in such a strongly significant way, that it is highly unlikely that his life will be quite the same again.
It is for this reason that many astrologers have been predicting President Trump’s political demise centering around this Eclipse on August 21st. It is closely aligned with his late Leo Ascendant and Mars, even while Saturn is stationing on his natal Moon and Lunar Eclipse. The current transiting Mars is also in Leo and quite close to this Eclipse, just as it was with the Lunar Eclipse on the 7th. And as I warned then about the transit of Mars to the eclipse point on August 13th: “truths are revealed, situations brought to a conclusion, conflicts brought to a head.” I also warned that the veil between the two eclipses is where “change, insanity and time warps converge and all we can do is walk through to the other side.” These events were not formed in a vacuum. Lunar Eclipses are times of crisis and culmination based on causes already sown.
Solar Eclipses, like the one coming up on Monday, can be New Beginnings often predicated on some very necessary ending. And as the President waffled about denouncing the racist atrocities of last week, we are beginning to see the rats jumping ship. This is not the only thing brewing here. A turning point is nigh. Traditionally this Nodal axis is and can be associated with the Fall of Kings and Leaders. Though it may not happen on this exact day, at this specific time, there is something significant already begun.
We might want to begin earlier this year, in May, when the Nodes of the Moon (the points where the eclipses occur) crossed the degree of Monday's eclipse. On May 9th, at the time that the Nodes were transitioning from Virgo/Pisces to Leo/Aquarius, the President fired James Comey, the director of the F.B.I., who was conducting an investigation into the interference of Russia in the United States elections. Only days later, Trump had a closed door meeting in the Oval Office of the White House with the Russian foreign minister and Ambassador. Then on May 17th, when the Nodes were exactly conjunct the eclipse point, Robert Mueller was named special counsel by the Justice Department to oversee the investigation into ties between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials. Since then Mueller has amassed a star-filled cadre of powerful lawyers to join his team.
It was also in May, that white supremacist Richard Spencer first demonstrated the removal of the statue of Robert E. Lee, in Charlottesville, which in turn launched the inspiration for last week’s violent demonstration. It was also in May that North Korea launched a successful missile test capable of traveling up to 4,000 km, far enough to hit Guam. The seeds were planted, and they have found fertile soil in which to grow, aided and abetted by a morally deficient leadership in the American administration.
The Solar Eclipse is in the fire sign of Leo and conjunct combustible Mars. There is a lot of fire invested in this Eclipse which is also exactly trine Uranus also in the fiery martian sign of Aries. Uranus is revelatory and enlightening. With the trine to the Eclipse the facades are pulled away, and it becomes evident that the Emperor has no Clothes. Although eclipses are always unpredictable and changeable, there are also a number of fortuitous signs mixed in with this eclipse, presenting sudden surprises and opportunities, as the universe is shifting, just enough, to make manifest our destiny.
This is why alchemy exists, the boy said. So that everyone will search for his treasure, find it, and then want to be better than he was in his former life. Lead will play its role until the world has no further need for lead; and then lead will have to turn itself into gold. That’s what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too. ~ Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist)
The South Node represents where we individually and collectively have gone south. Often this is revealed to us through a series of events that show us where we are undermining our evolutionary growth. By contrast the North Node serves as a lodestar as to what we need to further develop. With the North Node in Leo we are being asked to honor our own sense of integrity, and not allow ourselves to be drawn along by the clamoring hordes. When the South Node in Aquarius goes horribly wrong we will see things like:
- Uncontrolled mobs and rioting hordes
- Ideological extremism and totalitarian fringe groups
- Fringe groups in general who feel disengaged, disenchanted and previously ignored
- Trending populist tides
- with the intention to force absolute concepts on others
The South Node in Aquarius points to the negative consequence of the group horde mentality. Humans have instinctual responses that can be exaggerated and exacerbated by group influences. What we may never think of doing as individuals, we are more likely to do as part of a group, because people tend to lose their usual inhibitions through the anonymity of the group. Group influences can be stabilizing such as when altruistic principles dominate the group behavior, as with peaceful movements. But if the group behavior is based on hatred and violence this becomes the trending motivation. We’ve seen evidence of this sort of mob mentality throughout history with lynchings and witch burnings, and religious extremism. We also saw it last week.
Through the North Node in Leo we are being asked to honor our own integrity and principles, and resist extreme rhetoric and ideology. In so doing we can then use our voices to set a positive example for others. At these times it is important to not only question immoral ideology, but to courageously and confidently speak out against it. With Mars currently traveling with the North Node in Leo this week, we are all being asked to consider what it means to do the right thing. Leo is a sign of Love. And in its highest expression, Leo is a sign of confidence, leadership and Dignity.
With the Solar Eclipse exactly trine Uranus, and Saturn trine the Nodes, we are being given the chance to learn from our past, and apply what we have learned in order to inform our future. Uranus is revelatory. It bares the truth. Things are uncovered. And once you see the truth, you can no longer un-see it. Uranus is sudden and unexpected, and brings opportunities when and where you least expect it. The emerging Jupiter/Saturn sextile is revealing a plan that is about to unfold, and galvanized by this powerful Eclipse, we are being asked to pay attention to that new path. In some way, we are all being asked to take responsibility for the betterment of our own lives, the betterment of our communities and the betterment of humanity as a whole. A stronger sense of responsibility prevails, and we are all being called to honor it. Not just for oneself, but for the greater good.
There will be another Solar Eclipse in February, 2018, at 27º of Aquarius, right on the US Moon, and opposing Trump’s Mars. This 6-month window between these two eclipses could be quite volatile and changeable for the President as well as the country. Pay special close attention to the days between September 1st and September 10th. This is when Mercury and Mars converge and unite exactly on the Eclipse point. Mars will be exactly at this degree on September 3rd, but we should feel it even before that. Mercury is retrograde and appearing to move back through the zodiac. It will slow for its Direct station on September 5th, at this exact same degree. Mercury coming from one direction, Mars from the other. Once again, is the worry that Mars can be combustible and reactive. But it can also bring us the courage to use our voices, begin new initiatives, restore some dignity to the country, and make a new and better beginning.
In honor of the Solar Eclipse, purify, cleanse, and release. Do so before the actual eclipse on Monday. Let go of those things that are preventing you from growing and evolving. You might want to ask yourself about the ways that you compromise and undermine your own talent, self-worth and integrity just to fit in with the group, or not rock the boat. Eclipses are excellent times to release bad habits, negative delusions, anger, pride, resentment and other negative emotions. Breathe out the negativity like black smoke from a chimney, taking with it all delusions, regrets and denial. Then after Monday’s Eclipse, with its inimitable power behind you, sow new seeds and create better conditions for kindness, love, joy and happiness to thrive. Eclipses are turning points, and times of New Beginnings. Therefore may we all be a beacon for the greater good.
For the upcoming week’s horoscopes, click below:
|Posted by Lauren on August 17, 2017 at 2:30 PM||comments (0)|
For the week of August 18th thru the 25th be sure to read your Rising Sign as well:
Despite recent events, and what insanity may be going on in the world, there is also a lot of positive energy arising out of this powerful fiery Eclipse. Not for nothing, but your ruling planet, Mars, has been holding sway over this eclipse season putting you front and center. Mercury is still retrograde, so you may not be able to fully implement plans right away, but there is this concept of a plan gradually unfolding. This can include harnessing all of your energies, passions, interests and experiences, in order to create a role that will allow you to fully express your unique talents and abilities. Don’t be afraid to follow through. The actions you are taking now, are leading you to fulfill your life’s goals and objectives. Destiny calls, and you’re feeling really motivated with this Eclipse energy at your back. And there’s no telling where this will bring you.
Healing and wholeness can be found by accepting and appreciating the myriad of differences in people. In fact, it can be those very differences that allow you to see your world and your environs from a whole new perspective. Daring to see things through someone else’s eyes, or to walk in another person’s shoes could be down right illuminating. Perhaps even unexpectedly so. And in some way you are being asked to step out of your comfort zone. Solar Eclipses are just as much about endings and releasing, as they are about new beginnings. They represent shifts and turning points. Focus, in particular, on those things that you need to release in order to create a more reliable platform from which you can then launch a new beginning. One way to begin is by decluttering, or thoroughly purifying and clearing your personal space.
Something about the past continues to be compelling this week. This may be your personal past, or it could be your family, your heritage, or your family’s history. But it continues to haunt you as you try to make sense of your role and identity in the present. Something is shifting with the Solar Eclipse on Monday, and part of this can be due to certain realities or truths that can no longer be denied. What is becoming apparent, is how all the choices and events of the past have brought you to this place in this time, right now. Eclipses can often bring an over-abundance of information. So it will be all you can do to sift through it all. Nonetheless, betwixt and between can be found some illuminating and perhaps even mind-altering realizations. Make the intention to honor truth by seeing, hearing and speaking your own truth, and speaking it from the heart.
This Solar Eclipse can offer you the opportunity to unburden yourself of oppressive expenses and responsibilities that prove to be more costly than they are worth, and may be limiting you from focusing on those things that are worth your while. The ask with this Eclipse is to reconfirm those talents, those resources those abilities that you have that make you most valuable to yourself as well as to others. It’s not just about being more marketable, though that might be a consideration right now as well, but it’s really more about how well you value yourself and what you do. Chances are if you are doing what you are passionate about, and following a calling that resonates with you, then you will receive confirmation of this. However if you are not, then this will also be confirmed for you. Either way, as you come to realize what your true priorities are, you will find yourself wanting to reinvest your valuable time and resources to support these.
This is a powerful eclipse that will most strongly impact those Leo’s born between August 19th and the 23rd, or who have 26-29º of Leo Rising, however all Leo’s will resonate with this eclipse to some degree. At the very least this is a strong New Moon, with a shift in the direction that your life will be taking. It is an opportunity for all Leo’s to make significant beginnings over the next several weeks. This could even be as radical as a complete departure from your former life, that then brings you in a whole new direction. This shift could come from an unexpected corner, and be something of a surprise. The word unprecedented comes to mind. Yet again. Do realize that even if this eclipse brings changes that at first appear to be unwelcome, there may also be an opportunity to live a more authentic lifestyle as a consequence of these changes. Therefore welcome these changes, no matter what guise they come in, for they are bringing you where you need to go.
In order to make a new beginning sometimes you need to make a new ending. With your ruler, Mercury, retrograde until the 1st week of September, and the Solar Eclipse in Leo, this is very much about allowing yourself to release, purge, and let go of those things and circumstances that are preventing you from being able to make the new beginning that is trying to emerge. This is when you realize that you have outgrown certain areas of your life; that you are holding on to something that is only holding you back; or that you are relying on old habits and ways of doing things that are preventing you from growing. At the same time, things that were previously hidden behind the scenes are now coming to light. Secrets are revealed, and circumstances from the past are coming into perspective. You may even find yourself going back to the past in order to find your new beginning. But only if you are willing to let go.
In some way you are going to be asked to step outside of your comfort zone. And although this may feel a little disorienting and uncomfortable, there are also opportunities for healing and confirmation. This is an interesting Eclipse for Libra, as you stop and ask yourself, where do I want to go from here? A curious series of events have brought you to this place, and now you have many decisions to make in order to make your hopes and aspirations a closer reality. Through this process, some associations may end, but others will begin as you aim to reach a much broader audience. The next question to ask, is how you can best use your skills and experience in order to make some sort of valuable contribution to society. This is your wishing Moon. Therefore dare to also ask yourself, what does it mean to live the life of your dreams?
Eclipses can be interesting turning points, and this one should not be an exception. If nothing else, it becomes apparent what needs to be released from the past, in order for you to embrace your future. Also look at where you may be hesitant to embrace a position of authority or leadership due to self-doubt or a reluctance to be in the spotlight. In Leo periods we are all being asked to shine, even reticent and private Scorpio. The way others respect and see your value, will impact on the choices that you are going to be making. Something could be unexpectedly revealed that could change the picture. A path is gradually unfolding over the next few weeks, and recent events and revelations can be instrumental in motivating you to have the conviction to pursue, focus and do the necessary work that will help you to make that plan a closer reality.
It’s been something of a wild ride these days. But starting today, you will begin to feel like you can focus on getting something constructively accomplished. With all that you have learned and become aware of over the past few years, a plan should finally be unfolding. You may not be able to implement it right away, and there may still be a few bugs to be worked out, nonetheless there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Solar Eclipses are often times of new beginnings, that can be something of a departure from what you were previously accustomed to. Eclipses can be down right revelatory, and this one is especially so. Many of the things that you assumed to have been true in the past, are being challenged. Be willing to have your mind bend a little. Once you see the truth about someone or something, it will be very difficult to un-see it again. In some way you are being asked to see things from a much higher perspective. Within the aura of the eclipse, explore what is standing in the way of you being able to do so.
Eclipses can be times of endings as well as new beginnings. Realize, however, that you do not have to throw the baby out with the bathwater in order to rebuild your life. It seems that you are on the verge of discovery. But before you get there a few changes will need to be made. This may mean having to resolve some issues from the past, pay off old debts, or face any fears you may have about making constructive changes. Lucky for you, a plan is already beginning to unfold, which just may point you in the direction you need to go. You may not be able to implement it right away. Mercury is still retrograde for a few weeks, but it is a good time to research, and explore your possibilities. And remove any obstacles that may be in your way. You may not be able to make a new start right away, but you can begin to make a new ending. And gratefully so.
This is a strong eclipse, especially as it concerns your relationships with others. Because cranky Mars is in the picture, there could be a bit of dissension. These will be hard to ignore. It is important to understand what is at the basis of any conflicts that arise, as these challenges could prove to be somewhat enlightening. This may mean having to reassess certain relationship that you have outgrown. But it also leaves you room to be able to create new, more genuine and appropriate connections. Eclipses are turning points, and in this case you are being asked to approach your relationships with others in a more direct, open and honest way. If you are looking for a new relationship, this is a good time to sow the intention to attract the sorts of people with whom you share common hopes, wishes and ideals.
It may be that you’ve already been focussed on improving your health. And if you have been dealing with any health issues, now comes the healing. One way to do this is by decreasing stress and increasing wellness by establishing health-promoting routines and environments in your personal and work lives. Because eclipses can be life-altering turning points, for some people this can even mean taking on a new job or ending a current job. Or at least cutting back on certain obligations that are becoming overwhelming. This allows you to create more order and space in your life. This is something of a pro-active eclipse, asking us all to create new positive initiatives. For you it’s about making changes that will impact on your everyday life, health and well-being. Even small changes can have a huge impact at these times.
|Posted by Lauren on August 10, 2017 at 11:05 AM||comments (0)|
August 11th ~ 18th
Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life, and you will call it fate. ~ C.G. Jung
Eclipses occur when our two sacred orbs, the Sun and the Moon, come into perfect alignment in such a way that one or the other becomes partially or totally obscured. What makes these transitional times so profound, has to do with what these orbs represent in our lives. The Sun represents our very life force that courses through our bodies, and invests us with life, existence and conscious identity. The Moon represents our soul's yearnings, traveling back through our DNA and the remote recesses of our soul’s journey, usually buried deeply within our subconscious memory. Where and when these two meet, at the Nodes of the Moon, is revealed the very story of our Life Path and Sacred Journey. We see these in snippets as pieces of our story are revealed, or we pause in these liminal spaces as stories end, and new stories begin. And as we try to get our bearings, it can sometimes feel a bit like chaos. It can also be accompanied by sheer exhaustion. These are times of change and evolution, as the spark within that was once incipient and potential, becomes manifest.
This week we stand between these two time warp portals, the Lunar and Solar eclipses. However this is no respite. This weekend, Mars, a catalyst for action, will transit directly opposite the degree of last week's Lunar Eclipse, accelerating the potential contained there. Mars in Leo, when it goes south, can be loud, posturing and arrogant; fiery and dramatic. President Trump, who has Mars rising in Leo near the degree of the upcoming Solar Eclipse, often demonstrates the unfortunate qualities of this Mars, such as his recent posturing against North Korean President, Kim Jong Un. In the shadow of Mercury retrograde many of us will be guilty of saying regrettable things, but not with quite the same ramifications.These kinds of actions only throw more fuel on the fire of the changeable, and ignitable, eclipse season.
These Mars in Leo periods are also opportunities for us to prove to ourselves and others what we are capable of achieving. Mars in Leo can bring confidence to the doubtful, pride to the forlorn, courage to the fearful. These eclipse periods can often feel like chaos, but they are also opportunities for evolutionary growth. If you find yourself on the threshold of change and transformation, do not resist, for it is a sign of what is trying to emerge, from within, out.
Changing is not just changing the things outside of us. First of all we need the right view that transcends all notions including of being and non-being, creator and creature, mind and spirit. That kind of insight is crucial for transformation and healing. Thich Nhat Hanh
Mercury stations retrograde this weekend (August 12th or 13th) as it makes an opposition to Neptune, the planet of illusion. Mercury is in Virgo, a sign seeking clarity, the desire to make Sense of the Insensible, to Organize and rationalize our senses, feelings and perceptions of our external and internal environment. At this point we ask ourselves if we truly are on the correct path, and whether we continue to have confidence and faith in that path. For the 3 weeks that Mercury will be retrograde we are being given the opportunity to assimilate, analyze and make sense of all of the experiences and information that we have been receiving. With the opposition to Neptune, we may be having some healthy doubts and a bit of confusion. Sit with that. It is best not to make major decisions just yet. But it is an important time to become familiar with our own minds, and gain deeper understanding.
We often become inundated by the inconveniences associated with the Mercury retrograde period that we can easily miss out on the whole purpose of this phase of the Mercury cycle. In our own personal lives the retrograde phase of Mercury, which lasts until September 5th, brings the usual advice: Avoid making major decisions if it can be at all helped, as one’s perspective can and often does change once Mercury is direct again. Allow time for delays while traveling, recognizing that time and schedules are on vacation, even if we are not. Messages can become garbled, communications misconstrued, therefore do not make any assumptions, and make sure you have all the facts.
What this Mercury retrograde phase is good for is working on our own minds and hearts: deep analysis; reassessment; review; research; deep thought that can lead to understanding; discovery; finishing up projects; getting rid of old clutter; fixing things the way they should have been in the first place; revisiting the past; reunions; going back to a place you once knew; reflection; and finally, getting down to the business of understanding and organizing our inner and outer lives.
For the upcoming week’s horoscopes, click below: