Embracing Libra’s Light ~ Autumn Equinox 2018

Hello Libra!

Autumn Equinox arrives in the west just after the quintessential time of Libra, when the Sun gives way to night by softening the cobalt sky with a sigh of lavender, rose, and golden love.

At 7:54 pm MDT, on Saturday, September 22, 2018, we’ll move from the arena of earthy, practical Virgo into the realm of airy, cooperative Libra, where our focus on ourselves expands to include others. Imagine less analysis and effort and more partnership and connection.

Can we bask in this space for a blissful moment in time? Can we place ourselves in the beauty of knowing that all is working out for us? Can we trust that we are being guided and supported on this Earthwalk and that we have absolutely everything that we need? That, as
co-creative beings on this planet, the Universe holds our highest visions as its own,
so we can expand together?

Transition is the theme and the gift of the season. Days shift into evenings. Autumn brings us from Summer to Winter. Life goes inward, to rest, to replenish, and renew.

Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius bless the season. Cardinal Air, Fixed Water, and Mutable Fire help us cultivate peace, transform, and expand.

As I write this, on the World day of Peace, I journey into the present moment of perfection. It’s always here, waiting for us to meet it. Now, as a gentle breeze sings through the fir trees, their branches busy with flitting chickadees and nuthatches, the bending aspen trees surrender their golden leaves to the forest floor, and all is well. Here. Now.

Cardinal signs (Libra, Aries, Capricorn, Cancer) call for expression and action. Fixed signs (Aquarius, Leo, Scorpio, Taurus) have a drawing power – they help us attract and receive.

The Sun and Mercury in Libra oppose Chiron in Aries, and their resulting T-square to Saturn in Capricorn emphasizes the need for healing around authority and boundaries – especially in terms of our bodies, our rights to ownership and survival, and our longing for balanced power.

At the same time, a fixed T-square between Rx (retrograde) Uranus opposite Venus in Scorpio square Mars in Aquarius continues to spice things up. This T-square turns into a cross thanks to a conjunction between Mars and the South Lunar Node in Aquarius and the North Lunar Node in Leo. Remodeling and shaking up our value systems and the way we reach out to meet and express our needs comes into play. If there is discord between what we love and how we get or receive it, we can expect it to show up.

T-squares give us the opportunity – and the challenge – to notice what is out of balance and to restore harmony. If we know that something is calling our attention, we’re less likely to trip over it or to be thrown off-center.

In two days, on Monday, September 24th, the Moon will wax full in Aries at 8:53 pm MDT. The cardinal T-square mentioned above will be heightened by the Moon’s fullness in the warrior-filled energy field of Mars.

When self-preservation (Aries) and harmony with others (Libra) are at either end of the spectrum, peace can be found in the middle where an understanding and acceptance of our interconnection abides.

Finding beauty in the moment can help temper any flare-ups that occur around and/or within us. Remembering that we can always choose how we respond to events can help – especially where Uranus is involved. To this end, cultivating inner peace is paramount. Breathe, ground, get out in nature and go into your heart ~ however and wherever
peace lives for you – go there, be that. 

To top off the month, Pluto goes direct in Capricorn on September 30th. It’s time to completely reclaim our newfound and transformed relationship to personal and collective authority and power.

From a summer when 7 planets or asteroids were retrograde, we now enter early fall with only three slowing down – Neptune, Uranus, and Chiron (at least until Venus retrogrades in early October). Still, I am hearing from clients and friends that there remains a sense of delay or holding back – a lack of forward momentum, and to some degree, a sense of futility.

Fall is a time of going inward, so maybe that is part of it. Perhaps, like the Earth in the west, we are individually and collectively retreating to gather our strength. Maybe, just maybe, all is well. Here. Now.

With abundant blessings and beauty, always
~ Christina

 

 

 

Full Moon in Pisces and its blessing of a Kite ~

This month’s Full Moon will dawn on us in the west at 5:56 am MDT, on August 26th, 2018 at 3 degrees Pisces ~ encouraging us to feel, surrender, trust, and flow.

A GRAND Earth trine is formed by the Sun in Virgo, Saturn in Capricorn, and Uranus in Taurus. As the Full Moon opposes the Sun, it also sextiles both Saturn and Uranus, forming a Kite. 

We can think of the Kite giving the Earth Trine a lift, helping us to focus on the energy that the Trine inspires and put it to practical use.

The Focal point in this Kite is the Sun at 3 degrees Virgo – the Moon at 3 degrees Pisces that opposes it offers a reference point so that we can see the clear purpose of the Sun’s expression. The two sextiles from the Moon to Saturn in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus offer support in activating the energy of the trine.

The Sun at 3 degrees Virgo shows us the Sabian Symbol of Two Guardian Angels Bringing us Protection. Virgo is a healing sign, where we are driven to take the necessary steps to bring something to fruition, to make things function, to manifest the mastery that is funneled through the Piscean energy on the other side of its axis.

This Sabian Symbol reminds us to seek and trust the Higher Guidance
that always surrounds us. 

The Full Moon at 3 degrees Pisces gives us the Sabian Symbol of A Petrified Forest, An Eternal Record of a Life Lived Long Ago. It speaks of the legacy that we leave behind, whether in the form of pictures, stories, diaries, art, or memories. It helps us conjure records carved in stone/Earth. This Moon calls us to consider our history and its impact on our present experience. What are we carrying from our past? Are we burdened or encouraged by it?
What did we let go of that we would be better off retrieving and cherishing?

Using the Moon’s influence and the Kite formation to make the most of the Earth Trine, we can connect with our value systems and make adjustments in our lives that nourish our hearts and surround us with beauty and love (Uranus in Taurus).

At the same time, we can reclaim our authority to form and build new boundaries that  allow the rivers of our lives to flow with more ease and grace (Saturn in Capricorn). Releasing  structures that were born out of expectation or obligation and surrendering to the flow of our highest truths allows us to stretch into lives that we love and makes space for possibilities (Saturn in Capricorn). 

As we surrender to making the shifts that our higher guidance systems suggest, the natural outcome is that we heal old wounds, find new solutions to old problems, and literally walk our Spirit’s perfection forward with grace and light (Sun in Virgo). 

Here’s to surrendering to the flow of higher currents and stepping more fully into our truths, our beauty, and our souls.
May we soar like kites on the winds of change. 

With blessings, always,
~ Christina

 

 

 

Receiving August’s Gifts ~ continued

Uranus moved into its retrograde (Rx) position this morning, at 10:49 am MST, bringing the total number of Rx planets to a record number of seven, further inviting slow, deep, centering breaths and presence of mind, body, heart, and soul. 

*Uranus slows down in the early degrees of Taurus, where all things beautiful live. This planet encourages us to expand our Saturnian boundaries and stretch ourselves.

In Taurus, its focus falls to what really nourishes us ~ deep in our hearts ~ where our core values quiver for our attention. 

What really matters?

Where can we stretch our wings to break through limits and reach for what nourishes our souls?

What joy awaits us in this new place?

Here’s to drinking in the gifts we find and letting the love we receive reverberate to all ~

*Uranus will remain retrograde until early January 2019, dipping back into Aries in early November 2018. It will continue to ignite change in Aries until early March 2019, when it revisits Taurus, taking us back to our hearts.

With sweet summer blessings ~
Christina

Aligning with our noble purpose ~ July’s Lunar Eclipse

The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on July 27, 2018 highlights the Aquarius/Leo axis. The Full Moon, Retrograde (Rx) Mars, and the South Node in Aquarius are opposed to the Sun in Leo, and their polarity creates a T-square to Uranus in Taurus.

If there ever was a time to align with our noble purpose, this is it.

Ruled by the Sun, Leo is Life. It is Spirit’s form manifested in our distinct creative expression. It gives us confidence, courage, and will.

Ruled by Uranus, Aquarius represents our higher collective will that aims to serve the greater good. It inspires us to stretch beyond our limited views and personal desires to support all of life, and the future.

When challenges are revealed in astrology, we look to the gifts to help us through them. Tomorrow, as we continue to shake up our routines that aren’t loyal to our truest values via the T-square, we can look to four key trines for support.

In this case, gifts arrive in Water, Earth, and Fire trines involving the outer planets and the closer personal ones.

We can breathe into our Hearts, the Earth, and Spirit for inspiration and guidance.

  • Our hearts can find solace in the watery connection between Jupiter in Scorpio and Rx Neptune in Pisces. Feeling into the depths of truth and wisdom is the guiding force here. Jupiter in Scorpio dives deep and Rx Neptune Pisces elevates the search for the truth to the realm of the intuitive heart.
  • As Uranus in earthy Taurus aligns with Rx Saturn in earthy Capricorn we’re invited to ground into our deepest values as we continue to release situations, possessions, and/or relationships that limit us. Rx Saturn in Capricorn has been helping us create new boundaries that work – Uranus in Taurus yearns to help us stretch those boundaries. This Capricorn/Taurus trine reminds us to do the work. If the goal, the process, and the outcome are grounded in love, success is assured – and we all win.
  • Rx Pluto provides another grounded current to Venus in Virgo. As we transform systems built on outworn, conditioned beliefs and reclaim our authority to create lives we love, what are the processes and routines that nurture and heal us? What works? What heals? In the world of Venus in Virgo, they are one and the same: What works heals us and what heals us works. 
  • Finally, the Sun in Leo sparks a fiery inspiring current of healing to Rx Chiron in Aries, igniting confidence that will get us through anything. Healing our perceptions of ourselves as wounded beings is illuminated ~ and if we engage the playful nature of Leo, we can see and trust the way forward with clarity and excitement.
    This trine says, “Lighten Up!” 

If we were to sit with our Master/s – our Highest Guide/s – our Wisest Manifestations of our Souls, however that looks to us ~ whether it’s a reflection of our Highest Selves, a Team of Supporters or Guardians, a band of Angels or Archangels, one omnipotent and omniscient Being, or many such Beings ~ How would we approach the space? What would it feel like? What would we share? What would we receive? 

In the midst of this cycle of eclipses,
I invite us to go there
with all our hearts,
and find out…

With abundant blessings and love ~ always,

Christina

p.s. with all of the hype out there about Rx Mercury in Leo, I simply want to say thank you to the Messenger planet for helping us pause and reconsider how we express our willfulness. 😉

Cosmic Rx ~ Harnessing the healing qualities of Retrograde Mars ~

Mars, the planet of desire and how we reach out for what we want, just began its retrograde journey in the early degrees of Aquarius. It will continue moving against its normal path through the upcoming summer eclipse season and dip back into the end degrees of Capricorn before it goes direct on August 27th.

The fiery, warrior-like planet of action helps us reach out for what we want and drives our need to express ourselves. It brings up what motivates us.

If our desires are approached consciously, Mars can help us channel great strength and focus to manifest our goals. If we’re unconsciously driven by unnamed or unclear desires, we can experience frustration, obstacles, and turmoil.

When any planet goes retrograde, we’re invited to step deeper into the energy signature of that planet. Here, we’re encouraged to dive into our motives:

  • What do we want?
  • Why do we want it?
  • How can we get it?

    Mars in Aquarius wants to change, to evolve, and to know the feeling of release from restriction – not only for ourselves personally, but for the collective. Aquarius encompasses concern for humanity, so the impetus to examine our desires brings us to the arena of whether or not manifesting them serves the whole of us.

If we’re feeling boxed in, blocked, or limited in exercising our power – and if we’re honest, who among us isn’t feeling this way as lines are drawn daily around personal and global freedoms?retrograde Mars asks us to stop and see if our choices reflect our truest desires.

Then, we’re asked to take another step and consider how our actions to get what we want affect those around us.

The more harmonious we are with our highest, truest desires – those that come from our hearts – the greater positive effect we’ll have on each other and our world. As it turns around, Mars remains in opposition to Venus, the planet that rules what we love, so striking the balance here is the fastest way to harmony and peace.

The Moon is waxing as I write this; she’ll reach her fullness in Capricorn tomorrow night, June 27th, at 10:53 pm MDT, when she joins Saturn in its retrograde position. Together, they will form a trine to Uranus in Taurus, the planet of change.

Grounding into this flow of earthy energy could help us find practical solutions – if we’re willing to shift our outmoded ways of thinking and avoid habitual reactions. That’s critical, because the opposition of Mars and Venus creates a T-square to Jupiter retrograde in Scorpio and we may well find ourselves tripping over old ruts in our paths, where our thoughts are automatic, reactive, and repetitive.

So…what are the remedies? What can we do to tap into and receive the gifts that surround us?

  • Stop. (with other planets, I’d say pause, but Mars calls for a full stop)
  • Breathe.
  • Reflect.
  • Ground.
  • Create space to entertain new and inventive approaches.
  • Then – once we’re clear – move in the direction of the energy that shows up, with open mind/heart connections.

Staying with any one of these actions for as long as we need to is okay – there is really no rush. In fact, rushing right now is to court chaos…and who wants that?

With blessings of peace, always
~ Christina

 

Summer Solstice Magic ~

Just before dawn MDT on June 21, 2018, we entered the realm of Cancer, where everything grows. Cancer holds close to its heart that which it loves, and it nourishes what needs to be fed.

It feels everything. It knows what is needed to support growth and sustain life.

The lizard on the lichen-covered rock drinks in the warmth of the sunniest day of the year, completely trusting the present moment even as it dreams its future.

Seeds sowed in the spring bear flowers that open their petals to bees, butterflies, and birds. Water from recent rains quenches the forest and fills hollowed out places in cliffs high in the mountains for ground squirrels, warblers, and dark-eyed juncos.

Ruled by the moon, Cancer is the ultimate feminine goddess calling us home to her heart and hearth.

What nourishment do we seek now?

How willing are we to give what we receive to others that need it?

If we were to dwell in the space of our hearts, and then think and speak from there, what would we say? 

In the warm days to come, as the moon waxes full in Capricorn next week and two eclipses in July command our attention, we’ll do well to revisit these questions and journey to our hearts and let love guide our thoughts, words, and steps… 

Here’s to turning toward the light and growing…together.

Warm Summer Solstice Blessings ~
Christina ~

 

 

 

Planting what you love ~ Blessings from the New Moon – and Uranus – in Taurus

Greetings from the place where earth meets sky ~

At 5:48 am MDT, on May 15th, the New Moon at 24 degrees Taurus trines Mars and Pluto in Capricorn and opposes Jupiter Rx in Scorpio. New moons bless us with divine openings to plant seeds and ideas, and to make plans. This one invites us to do so by working with
the energies of love (Taurus) and power (Scorpio) – in a way where compassion and unconditional love guide the process so that those involved and the collective are empowered, and higher wisdom prevails.

Uranus, the planet of sudden change, shifts into Venus-ruled Taurus and conjuncts Mercury. Together, they square Mars in Capricorn, and call us to pay attention to how we communicate our needs – especially when it comes to the urge to bring conclusion to something that we want to resolve – including the ages-old, ego-driven impulse to be right.

Coming out of fiery Mars-ruled Aries, Uranus’s sphere of influence shifts from our self-identity and self-expression to our value systems – to what we find worthwhile enough to possess – and, ultimately, whether or not we feel valued, appreciated, and loved. If there are areas where our return on our investment of energy falls short of what we truly want, we can look to Uranus to inspire change…ready or not!

Uranus’s energy is said to be beyond our control, and efforts to halt its impact can be futile at best and disastrous at worst. Fortunately, our ability to respond to changes that occur in our lives and our world, however they occur, is always within our control.

Here’s to sowing seeds that will grow our hearts’ truest dreams ~ the ones that truly matter ~ and doing it with intentional grace. 

New Moon Blessings,

Christina

 

Scorpio’s Powerful Moon ~

She’s waxing in the harmonious space of Libra now, on her way to Scorpio’s passionate fullness this weekend – Sunday, April 29th, @6:58 pm MDT.

When she’s full, she’ll join Jupiter in Scorpio’s realm, where alchemy is second nature and braving the snaking path of transformation is as essential as breathing.

Pluto, the ruler of Scorpio, remains close to Mars in Capricorn. Although this Full Moon doesn’t come into aspect to that potentially volatile pairing, any building or lingering tension from our need to resolve things our way is softened by two lunar arrangements.

One of these lunar gifts is the sextile to Saturn in Capricorn, where we can harness attitudes of cooperation as we continue to create healthy boundaries and shape lives that work – not only for ourselves, but for others, as well.

Another blessing of this Scorpion Full Moon is her trine to Neptune in Pisces. If we need access to a powerful current of release and happiness, this is it. Neptune’s energy dissolves and melts what is difficult, rigid, and isolating into the pool of grace, bliss, and connection.

We only need to let go.

Surrendering into this current of power and love allows us to touch the center point between Scorpio and Taurus: that timeless, potent place of infinite beauty.

This Full Moon’s magic will find me winding my way through ancient groves of Aspen trees deep in the Rocky Mountains. Their essence of easing fears of the unknown will fill my body, mind, soul, and spirit, and their willingness to bend with each breeze will remind me that I, too, can soften and trust this moment, and the next…and so on.

Sending abundant Full Moon Blessings of love and power to all…

~ Christina

By the Light of the Full Moon in Libra ~

Lunar Blessings in Libra on this last day of March ~

She squared Mars and Saturn in Capricorn early this morning (6:37 am MDT), while the Arian Sun that reflected her beauty hugged Mercury in its retrograde phase, heightening the polarity of self and other.

Whenever the cardinal signs of fiery Aries and airy Libra are activated, I’m driven to find the center point between myself and others.

Who am I?

Who are you?

And most critically – especially now – who are we together?

Her square to strong forces in Capricorn takes me to the landscape of boundaries and lines.

We draw them every day, every moment, as we create patterns in our brains – and our lives.
We constantly revisit and retrace old tracks of opinions, assessments, definitions, judgments, and we make decisions from our inner, comfortable landscape.

Unless…we allow space, which is one of Libra’s gifts, to permeate our conditioning.

Unless…we breathe into the silence of presence and consideration.

Unless…we dare to carve new pathways that create unfamiliar yet exciting new connections within ourselves and with others.

Consideration and Cooperation. Courage and Action.

If we’re open enough…

If we’re daring enough…

These are the blessings of Libra’s Full Moon, and what I wish for us, always ~

Christina