Saturday, August 30, 2008

New Moon in Virgo

Virgo is known as one of the pragmatic signs of the zodiac. The organizer, the planner. Not the one to come up with the idea, but the one to make it happen. An earth sign which helps us to analyze, discern, refine and assimilate. It rules the digestion.

I had been planning for months to go to South Dakota for Segment III of the Evolutionary Astrology training with Kim Marie. Something kept me from buying an airline ticket and I was still debating whether I might drive. Then, the last minute, a family situation came up and I needed to stay home to take care of it. Thankfully, I was not going to lose any money from this last minute change of plans. While I was disappointed, I felt that in fact, it was perfect since I don't feel the need to take in any new information right now. Instead, I feel I need to digest and assimilate all that I have been learning in the last few months. It didn't occur to me until now that what I am feeling is completely in tune with the cosmos and what is going on in my own chart. The more I pursue this study of astrology, the more I am amazed at 'how it works'. In fact, this New Moon is conjunct my ascendant and my Mars and so the right action for me is to take action to realize and materialize my goals.

For all of us, Saturn is very close to this New Moon and will be in Virgo for the next couple of years. It is the principle of time, space and all forms of physical manifestation.

Stephanie Austin says "In Virgo, Saturn seeks the perfect form, the most appropriate way of expressing what is in our heart and soul. Saturn also tells us that we are the boss, the chooser, the creator of our reality, and that we have the power to change whatever forms are no longer functional or desirable, including our defenses. The mythic Reaper makes its yearly conjunction with the Sun on September 3, turning the spotlight on whatever most needs to be strengthened, revamped, or abandoned." She suggests that we use the power of this New Moon to "examine and dismantle what holds you back from expressing your creativity. Listen to your body. Be willing to be a beginner and try out some new steps."

Look at your own chart to see where this New Moon occurs. This is where you will feel the energy. Where is Virgo in your chart? This is where the lessons of Saturn will play out in the next couple years.

quotes are from the Mountain Astrologer Aug/Sept 2008

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Galactic Center - Sun of our Sun

The Galactic Center, is a massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. It is obscured by 'dust' and appears as if it were in fog. Radiation at every kind of frequency we can measure comes forth from it.

It is currently at 26 degrees Sagittarius. Pluto recently passed over it and being retrograde, is conjunct within a 2 degree orb.

In general, it indicates an area of life where one feels driven to act - where there is a sense of 'no choice'.

Research is now being done to learn the meaning of the GC in charts. The preliminary data indicates that the influences of close aspects are as follows:

Mercury - teachers, people in health care or food services
Venus - laziness or sensual focus on life or a talent for sales, arts or public relations
Mars - sexual or competitive drives
Jupiter - great success, travel and business
Saturn - able administrators and people dealing with depression

When I first heard of it I looked for that point in my chart. I have Jupiter conjunct the GC in the 4th house opposing Uranus in Gemini in the 10th. When Pluto passed over it the first time, I received an unexpected gift that has allowed me to follow my bliss and create my current life/work which includes travel. I will be leading a tour of Morocco next May. Leave a comment and a way to contact you if you're interested.

Where does 26 Sagittarius occur in your chart?

Friday, August 15, 2008

Eclipse, Trip to Fez and a Give-away, What More Could You Ask For?

Saturday there will be another eclipse. This time it's a Lunar eclipse. Although it will not be visible here in Northern California, its effects can still be felt.

Caroline Casey on her Visionary Activist show this past Thursday at 2pm on KPFA, said that since the Moon will block the light of the Sun, we can see the reflected light of the Earth on the Moon's surface instead. (If you want to hear this show or any other, go to where they have all the shows archived)

I was thinking about that. Over the centuries the reflected 'Earth light' has gotten brighter and brighter, especially in the northern hemisphere. What could be the significance of this? Something to ponder.

Stephanie Austin in her article on the eclipse in The Mountain Astrologer, gives the etymology of the word 'eclipse' as being a combination of the Greek verbs ecleipo "to cease existing" and calypse "to cover".

She advises that since Neptune conjuncts the Moon and therefore opposes the Sun, that our right brain will be dominant, "amplifying our intuition and our capacity to envision our highest hopes and dreams." She goes on to say that "Neptune enables us to feel our interconnectedness, as well as our infinite potential."

The Sabian symbol for the Sun at 25 degrees Leo is: "A large camel is seen crossing a vast and forbidding desert; self-sufficiency in the face of a long and exhausting adventure."

For the Moon at 25 degrees Aquarius: "A butterfly with the right wing more perfectly formed; the capacity to develop the rational and fully conscious aspect of the mind ahead of normal evolution."

Austin suggests "watch your day and night dreams closely. Envision the world you wish to inhabit. Hold it in your heart. Share it, live it, be it. Remember: 'The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.' (James Allen)"

So in 'light' of this, I would like to announce two things.

First: an upcoming tour I will be leading to Morocco. Next May 2009, we will be going to the Fez Sacred Music Festival, touring Casablanca, Rabat, Fez, Marrakesh and Essaouira, the shrine of a famous Sufi saint and an ancient Roman city. We will stay in the heart of Old Fez in the midst of the festival. We will have herbal footbaths, rub downs at the hammam and feast on the delicious Moroccan cuisine. If you want more information please leave a comment with a way to contact you. (the camel)

Second: a giveaway. To the first person who writes a comment with their name (can be a pseudonym), date, time and place of birth a free Day Watch calender by email. This is a 25.00 value. (the butterfly)

Last night I dreamt I discovered rock-climbing and loved it. The thought occurred to me that it was to be my next endeavor. That I enjoyed it and that I could do it.

Many years ago, a friend of mine did a give-away for Thanksgiving. He offered a rock-climbing experience to a small group. I went and I did it. It was a 40 or 50ft. rock. Just enough to get the challenge, the thrill and the rush. I learned that when you are stuck in a crack wiggling like a snake can get you out.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Day Watch Calender

Get your own personalized calender, showing the transits and progressions to your natal chart. Here's a sample calculated using a well-known person born in Los Angeles, California. Click here to see the sample.

This is better than a generic astrological calender that you can buy at a bookstore, because it is calculated in relation to your own chart, showing your transits etc., rather than those for the U.S.

Order through the PayPal Buy Now button under the Day Watch graphic. Make sure to include name, date, time and place of birth or I can't calculate the calender. If you wish to use a psuedonym, feel free to do so. I will email it to you as an attachment. You can then print it or keep it on your computer. It's a good way to know what's coming up for you.

They make great gifts as well. Print them up and put in a decorative folder using art, graphics, photos etc., to further personalize them.

If you would like to create and sell your own calenders, you can order your software right here through the Matrix link here on my page.