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The Balsamic Moon

Posted by Lauren on May 18, 2017 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

May 19th ~ 26th


Listen to the wind, it talks. Listen to the silence, it speaks. Listen to the heart, it knows.


This week we are going to be navigating the dark of the moon. This is the waning phase of the Moon when it appears gradually to diminish to a mere sliver of a moon just before it vanishes altogether. Astrologers call this the Balsamic Moon. We are coming to the end of the lunar month, which is a time for assimilation, purification and withdrawal. This is when we are meant to get our bearings in order to prepare for the next leg of our journey. Something usually tells us to slow down at this time of the month, for it is time to restore our batteries and connect within. There are many ways to do so. Take your pick: meditate, contemplate, sing, chant, pray, draw, dream.


This weekend the Sun enters Gemini, a sign associated with the conventional, rational mind. The 5 senses are like the windows to our mind; and the mind in turn is the gateway to the soul. On a daily basis we are inundated with information through sound, sight, taste, smell and tactile sensations. Our mind is constantly needing to process all of that information and make sense of it. Depending on how much attention we give all this information, will determine how deep an impression it will make on our minds. Each of those impressions can leave photographic templates, memories, that linger, and may even decide to take up residence. If they are troublesome guests, they can take up valuable space, make noise, and be terribly distracting. There comes a time when these sorts of guests have over-stayed their welcome. It’s time to clean our mental house.


First we have to become aware that these residents are even there. You will need space and time in order to do so. Give yourself some down time this week, if even for a few minutes a day: turn down the noise, turn off the electronics, walk, daydream, watch the sun rise, read, get a massage, take a luxurious bath, do some yoga, meditate, draw, dance… whatever it takes to still your mind. Then purify, purify, purify. Release any energy-wasting negative thoughts that have taken up residence; ask these unwelcome guests to leave. Then surround yourself with those experiences, people and things that you would want to stay.


We are the caretakers of our own minds. And by taking care of our minds, we are also preparing ourselves for the next cycle to come with the next New Moon on May 25th. The New Moon does not make any major aspects this month, but the ruling planet of Gemini, Mercury, is in the still and earthy sign of Taurus. So in addition to any new intentions you might want to seed with the New Moon next week, consider cultivating a more peaceful, less distracted mind. This can often be a challenge as we move into Gemini season, a time of year that is often filled with distractions, information, and activity. Think of it as sitting calmly in the midst of all that activity, as you pick and choose where you wish to linger.


This exercise will come in pretty handy. For over the next 10 days Mars will be approaching its opposition to Saturn, a transit that can be fraught with frustration, obstacles, delays and annoyances. Mars and Saturn are traditionally considered the ‘malefics’, and usually not much good comes of these two locking horns. Especially with the way that Mars is behaving nowadays. However Saturn is still exactly trine Uranus which can bring some creative insight as to how to get around this pickle. Patience and objectivity are going to be called forth in spades. See if you can maintain that calm control that we are trying to cultivate this week, and not get swept up in the cosmic brouhaha that is gradually brewing over the next few weeks.

The above painting "Blue Circus" is by Marc Chagall.


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Horoscopes: May 19th thru 26th

Posted by Lauren on May 18, 2017 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (2)

For the week of May 19th thru the 26th, be sure to read your Rising Sign as well:



There are a number of forces afoot this week conniving to be something of a distraction, or an outright obstacle. It may be difficult to focus or stay on point this weekend, only because there seems to be so much else that you would much rather be doing, and it will be difficult to set limits. Unfortunately, it might be even more difficult to get things done later on, so plan accordingly. Schedule in time to digress, perhaps even indulge yourself, but also be aware of your limits and when you need to set appropriate boundaries. You will want to conserve your energy and resources for after the New Moon, when you are bound to be dealing with more formidable and energy-consuming challenges.



It will be particularly difficult to say no this weekend, especially if it is lathered in chocolate, or has sprinkles on top. There is a general atmosphere of celebration and a modicum of self-indulgence. But knowing when enough is enough will forestall any regrets later on, when the bills come in. Tensions could begin to rise after the weekend, and this will only be aggravated if any boundaries have been crossed. Even so, someone may successfully push your buttons or stir up trouble. The best way to handle this weather is objectively, and not allowing yourself to get drawn into the impending dramas.



We enter Gemini season this weekend as the Sun moves into your sign. This will be fully inaugurated next Thursday with the Gemini New Moon. This weekend could prove to be rather busy, but as the Moon begins to wane, prepare the field for that New Moon. Turn down the noise, avoid distractions, and find time in the week to connect with yourself. It is helpful to purify and recharge your batteries at this time: walk, meditate, or do whatever it is that allows you to find that connection. Then take into consideration those things that you would like to see improved. The upcoming New Moon is the perfect time for you to set intentions, for the Gemini Moon not only sets the tone for the month, but for the whole year ahead.



After the busyness of the weekend, we approach the last phase of the Moon, the intuitive, sacred, Balsamic Moon. This moon phase is best used for any sort of purification, reflection, introspection and dreaming. The veils between the waking and dreaming world are thinned at this time, allowing us access to the inner recesses of our subconscious and even into the most subtle light of our minds. But in order to access this treasure trove of insight and understanding, you will need to make some space: turn down the noise, allow time for much needed reflection and contemplation. Making these deep connections each month are essential for our mental and emotional development.



Your ruling orb, the Sun, moves into Gemini this weekend bringing you right along with him, opening your heart and mind to a broader vision and understanding. This is a good time of year for Leo, for it helps to orient you towards those hopes and dreams that you would like to see fulfilled. In order to do so, you might want to join forces with others, or further expand your influence. Gemini is a sign that wishes to connect with others: join a group, form a group, band together with friends. You have something to accomplish right now, and so much more can be achieved in the company of others, than you could on your own.



As the Sun moves into the sign of Gemini this weekend you are going to find yourself thinking more about the future. Before you set anything into stone, take some time out from your otherwise busy schedule, and pause. You will want to reorient yourself and replenish your energy for the challenges ahead. See if you can make time to turn down the noise and any external distractions, and reacquaint yourself with yourself and the goals that you would like to achieve in the foreseeable future. It may be that you will come to recognize those goals which are worthwhile, and those which are only leading to a dead end. In the weeks ahead, you may need to make a decision, but for now, you might want to just pause.



You are going to be hard pressed to find the motivation and energy to stay focussed and on point this weekend. These are lazy, hazy days most suited for partying, relaxing and decadent self-indulgence, which is fine if you have the free time and resources to do so. Not so great when you’re trying to meet a deadline, or are stuck paying the bills at the end of the week. Note that it will probably take a great deal more effort than usual to get things done. Plan accordingly. Things could get a little tense as the week wears on. Manipulative behaviors will be hard to ignore. Set the example, and avoid getting drawn into unnecessary dramas.



This week it would be helpful to be mindful of those things, people and circumstances over which you do have control, and those which you can simply release. This may require you to have to let go just when you most want to hold on and persist. If you need to be tying up any loose ends, paying up debts, or clearing up any other obstacles, you may want to try and get some of that done this week, in preparation for the New Moon on the 25th. This will allow you to focus on your future. you may find yourself confronted with a few obstacles over the next few weeks, but there’s nothing that a little creative thinking won’t be able to solve.



This may feel like something of a transition week between the old and the new, as you stand poised in the balance between where you came from, and where you see yourself going from here on. There is both a longing to hold on to those things that are swiftly changing, as well as those things that you are anticipating. It won’t help to try and rush things though. You will find that the harder you push, the more resistance you will meet. Everything will unfold in its own way in its own time. This week is more of a preparatory week. Re-charge your batteries, and reserve your energy whichever way you can, for later on you are going to be needing it all the more.



One thing to pay attention to this week, is being able to settle for the bird in the hand, no matter how much you may long for those two in the bush. A lot depends on what you can honestly and realistically afford. You may have been glimpsing a new path, one that shows you that you don’t have to keep doing things the way you have in the past. Don’t be discouraged over the next few weeks, if you find that there are certain obstacles getting in the way, or that circumstances prove to be somewhat frustrating. Anger and frustration can even arise. There may be a few hurdles to be overcome, but these can be handled with a certain amount of creative maneuvering.



Gemini season is usually a pleasant season for Aquarius: a time to play, let down your hair, doing what Aquarius does, but with joy. But as the week wears on someone or something could prove to be a bit of a challenge to deal with. Perhaps they’re being a bit reckless. Perhaps annoying. But it’s nothing you can’t handle. However, if they push you beyond your endurance, you will not hesitate to let them know. As with all challenges coming up towards the end of this month, see if you can find a clever or creative way of dealing with them, instead of plowing through.



The general weather is trending towards kicking back, and indulging, so it will be difficult to get motivated. This is fine and dandy if you don’t have anything else on the agenda, and you aren’t burning the candle at both ends, however you might still want to be mindful of boundaries. Generosity and carefree abandon is fine, provided you have enough to cover it when the bills start rolling in. That being said, this is a great time to have a great time. But, it is also the dark of the Moon, and you will want to turn down the noise a bit after the weekend in order to recharge your batteries, and center yourself. Think of this as a brief pause, before the New Moon next week, in which to purify, cleanse and release.

A Finer World

Posted by Lauren on May 11, 2017 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

May 12th ~ 19th


Surprise! The Scorpio Full Moon raked up all sorts of dirt last week, telling us to pay attention to what is going on behind that screen. Scorpio is the sign of the wary detective, and everyone was donning their Deerstalker hats, trying (yet again!), to make sense of the insensible. But it was Mercury’s long stay with unpredictable Uranus that brought all that shock and awe to the news rooms across the country this past week. Now that the Nodes have moved into Leo/Aquarius questions about authority and the abuse of power are likely to be a theme. It has been an interesting week, in an already interesting year. There will be more to come.


What has been building up in the background, is more than just a feeling of righteousness as we stand fixed and bewildered. This coming week, Saturn, retrograde and reflective, will perfect its trine to radical and unpredictable Uranus. Being retrograde, Saturn is showing us how to connect the dots, in order not to repeat history. Uranus is trying to show us how to correct the mistakes of the past, and combined with Saturn, the resolve to bring our lives, and our principles, more in alignment with our highest ideals. Uranus is about freedom, and breaking down traditions. But Saturn is here to remind us, that with freedom, also comes responsibility and consequences.


Keywords for this trine are ‘creative but practical innovations’; ‘constructive new inventions’; ‘a commitment to an alternative path’; and understanding that there may be new and better solutions to achieving our goals. This is a good time to learn a new skill, or learn new technology that will make your life a lot easier. Saturn/Uranus periods are traditionally associated with invention and scientific breakthroughs. But there also are other breakthroughs that can occur now, that have more to do with the evolution of society.


Saturn is what stabilizes us. And in this time of change and uncertainty, Saturn is trying to regain its footing, and that may mean having to readjust goals and strategies in order to do so. It also means to bring our own personal goals and strategies more in alignment with our ideals, especially where it may benefit a greater cause, or greater humanity.


In April of 1959, Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed a youth march for the integration of schools. He congratulated the young people gathered there, and commended them on making history, and what a truly great example they were setting for others. The speech he made that day was deeply inspirational. And it is the last two paragraphs of his speech that day that resonates so strongly with this Saturn/Uranus theme:


As June approaches, with its graduation ceremonies and speeches, a thought suggests itself. You will hear much about careers, security, and prosperity. I will leave the discussion of such matters to your deans, your principals, and your valedictorians. But I do have a graduation thought to pass along to you. Whatever career you may choose for yourself ~ doctor, lawyer, teacher ~ let me propose an avocation to be pursued along with it. Become a dedicated fighter for civil rights.

Make it a central part of your life. It will make you a better doctor, a better lawyer, a better teacher. It will enrich your spirit as nothing else possibly can. It will give you that rare sense of nobility that can only spring from love and selflessly helping your fellow man. Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater Nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.


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