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Celebrating the Earth and the Beauty of Taurus ~

The clouds are heavy with mist and rain as my bare feet sink into the Earth. Her strength, resilience, and completely unconditional acceptance grounds me into this sacred moment of grace.

The Sun moved into earthy Taurus this past weekend, and it joins Uranus at 2 degrees there today, on this 49th Annual Earth Day.

In Venus-ruled Taurus, we’re reminded to cultivate beauty and turn our hearts to what truly matters. While Taurus wants to take its time when it comes to remodeling our value system, Aquarius-ruled Uranus charges the air with a sense of unlimited possibility and inspiration. It asks us to ground into our vision of tomorrow and pave the way forward by building lives that will sustain not only ourselves, but also our human family. 

Meanwhile, Venus, Chiron, and Mercury form a stellium of supportive, self-preserving energy in Aries, calling us to care for and heal ourselves along the way. The waning Moon in Sagittarius moves closer to its conjunction Jupiter as it opposes Mars in Gemini and forms a T-square to Neptune in Pisces. Freedom, expansion, duality, and forgiveness continue to remain available to those willing to serve our higher collective calling. 

Here’s to growing together, for our common good ~
Blessings, always,
Christina

 

 

 

 

April’s New Moon in Aries ~ Weaving Ourselves Alive

…as are we.

The Sabian symbol for this month’s New Moon at 15° Aries is An Indian Weaving a Ceremonial Blanket in the Light of the Setting Sun.
As Dane Rudhyar reflects on this imagery in his book, An Astrological Mandala, he muses about spiritual seekers being “robed in the Universe…the Great White Robe of interwoven stars.”

Weaving my story with this New Moon, I conjure the warmth and comfort of my woolen blanket on a chilly May dawn so many years ago, and yet, here, now. The juniper in my circle of prayers casts its twisted shadow on the rocky earth as the Moon’s silver light bathes the backs of buffalo mothers and babies, dark cocoa and cinnamon, grazing on fields winking with mica. In that timeless moment of contemplation and surrender, what was, is, and would be coalesced into a heart-stopping void of grace and awe.

We are all robed in interwoven stars, weaving our way together. Every thread we’ve touched, lived, breathed, spoken, held, loved, laughed, rejected, grieved, and released is part of our living and evolving tapestry. As is every thread that waits for us to grasp it.

Here’s to weaving our lives with open hearts across time and space, for the love of all that is life.

With timeless blessings,
~ Christina

Opening to the Creative Celestial Flow of April ~

The Sun and Chiron in Aries continue to stir life within and around us, while the Moon (along with Venus, Mercury, and Neptune in Pisces) calls us to feel into the mystery.

Strong currents of creativity are showing up for those daring enough to court them.

As the early degrees of the personal signs of Aries, Taurus, and Gemini are visited by Chiron, Uranus, and Mars respectively, we’re encouraged to continue healing, valuing, and expressing ourselves.

Fortunately, engaging in the arts to express the raw emotions that may emerge now can help ease some of the pressure that comes from diving into the deep end, where evolutionary leaps in consciousness are made. Dance, Poetry, Acting, Painting, Journaling, Sculpting, Music, and Song are just a few of the endless ways to play with these energies.

Some of us may have noticed a shift recently as Mercury moved direct at the end of last week, although clarity can still be a bit elusive as Neptune and Mercury remain close for awhile longer.

Still, as the old ways are released, we can take comfort in the absolute certainty of certain things. Spring follows winter. What is planted sprouts. Intuition grows as it is trusted.
Life finds a way. Love magnifies when given and received, and we all win.

With blessings of life,

~ Christina

 

Opening to Spring Equinox and the Full Moon in Libra ~

The Sun glares at zero degrees Aries and embraces Chiron at one degree Aries as the wheel turns and we welcome the Vernal Equinox at 3:58 pm MDT today, March 20, 2019.

The Sun and Chiron conjunction forms a semi-sextile to Uranus at zero degrees Taurus, creating a low-level of tension that could build as the Moon grows full tonight, so we’re urged to consider whether or not our desires are aligned with our deepest values.
The Full Moon at zero degrees Libra, at 7:43 pm MDT, accentuates any potential gap between our desires and our values, and asks:

~ What and/or whom do we love?

~ What and/or whom calls out for healing?

~ How can we cultivate beauty, love, and all things Venusian as we exert our reach for what we desire?

~ How can we strike a point of balance and harmony between ourselves and others?

~ Where does the power to co-create our world originate?

These questions are highlighted by several other aspects in the charts of the Vernal Equinox and tonight’s Full Moon in Libra –

  • Mars and Venus square each other in fixed signs of Taurus and Aquarius, respectively. Think masculine/feminine, expression/reception, warrior/lover, and bridge the gap between them.
  • Mar in Taurus is inconjunct Jupiter in Sagittarius, so we may let our primal needs take precedent over our higher ones. Think stubborn obsession over open-mindedness and possibility thinking. The potential for making practical progress toward our goals exists, but the way forward will be infinitely easier if we align our reach with our true callings and allow for our higher truths to present themselves.
  • Another semi-sextile creates a sense of uneasiness between Venus in Aquarius and Pluto in Capricorn. Venus in Aquarius brings the focus of our love to a higher, more impersonal and universal level, which is where Pluto exerts its transformative influence. If we attempt to harness the power of Pluto for personal gain it’s likely to backfire, and it is time to clear old wounds, not create more pain.
  • The conjunction of Retrograde Mercury and Neptune in Pisces may blur things a bit, but it also offers a solution in surrendering the old. Think forgiveness, dissolution, and release. A massive bounty of grace awaits those who surrender control and embrace acceptance as we undergo this powerful transition in the evolution of our consciousness.

As I write this on the east coast of the US, I can feel Spring’s pull beneath the surface of the buds on the branches of the cherry trees.

Each rising Sun calls us to open just a little more, to relax into the warmth and promise of a new day, to trust the cycles of life…and ourselves.

Here’s to shedding the layers of the past and opening to the gifts of Spring ~

With abundant blessings and hope, always,
~ Christina

 

 

 

March’s New Moon in Pisces and the Wisdom of Adaptability

As Mercury begins its retrograde journey today at 29° Pisces, it’s encouraging us
to surrender old issues and wounds, and it’s amplifying its message by tugging on
Chiron at 00° Aries.

While it’s true that we must begin again in Aries in order to grow, the messenger planet is asking us to make sure we’ve cleaned everything up. Even – and especially – the stuff we’re not consciously aware of: the stuff gathering dust in dark corners, the stuff we revisit in our dreams, the covert stuff we’d rather not discover or accept.

The courageous ones among us will tend to our inner whispers and dreams. The wise ones will cultivate patience, meditation, and allowing. Then, when the timing is just right, we will begin the process of gestating the ideas that are calling for fresh air and light.

Tomorrow morning, on March 6th, 2019, at 9:04 am MST, the New Moon joins Neptune and Vesta in watery Pisces, and sextiles Mars in earthy Taurus and Saturn in earthy Capricorn on either side of it. It also creates a T-square to Juno in airy Gemini and Ceres in fiery Sagittarius, while it squares Jupiter in Sagittarius.

The nature of this Pisces New Moon is watery, feminine, and mutable.

Mutable – adjective– liable to change.

The importance of adaptability was made clear to me as I recently traveled with a friend to the high desert of Sedona just after a record snowstorm. Witnessing the miracle of desert rock formations draped in thick snow, I felt that Mother Earth was quenching her thirst, and I drank in her beauty as I walked with extra care upon her.

 
As the snow melted, it traveled through rising creeks as sunlight danced with joy upon the swirls and pools that refreshed prickly pear cacti, twisted juniper, and pinyon pine. Forgoing
our plans for long hikes on sacred lands, we breathed into the beauty that presented itself around us and
flowed with what was. 

We’re living in a time where the Universe is asking us if we’re sure of ourselves. And sometimes (often, it seems), it nudges us to choose again. The ability to notice and heed the nudges is at the heart of this New Moon’s gift…and gifts are best when received with open hearts. 

Here’s to receiving the abundant blessings of adaptability and flowing with grace ~

With great blessings and gratitude, always,
~ Christina

Grounding into February’s Full Moon in Virgo

Celestial bodies continue to encourage us to evolve with more shifts this month…

Chiron moves into Aries on Monday the 18th, at 2:10 am MST, calling forth our courage. Surrendering our wounds while Chiron was in Pisces allows for our inspired expression now.

The Sun slips from Aquarius to Pisces that same afternoon at 4:04 pm MST. Pisces holds artistry, unity, and mastery in a chamber of mystery. Tapping into our dreamscapes enriches our journey on both sides of the veil. The capacity for healing to occur in our dreams
is heightened now, and great power can be found when we intentionally engage it.

Meanwhile, the Moon waxes toward fullness and will rise at 8:53 am MST on Tuesday, February 19th, at zero degrees of Virgo. It forms an inconjunction to Chiron at zero degrees Aries, and invites us to heal old, lingering wounds around self-confidence. It trines both Uranus at 29° Aries and Mars at 3° Taurus, connecting 2 elements of earth and fire, and 3 modes of operation: mutable Virgo, cardinal Aries, and fixed Taurus.

Grounding into Earth is important now. Virgo’s Full Moon shines a light on what works and what does not. It loves efficiency, order, logic, process, and routine. It rules the areas of our lives that are conscious, earthly, and health-oriented. While Pisces, whose sunlight it reflects now, loves poetry, flow, intuition, being, and mystery. It rules the areas of our lives that are unconscious, artistic, and spiritual.

By bringing Spirit down to Earth through our thoughts, words, and actions everyday, we demonstrate the powerful perfection of the Pisces/Virgo energies. February’s Full Moon in Virgo spotlights the dreams that we’re manifesting. Do we like what we’ve created enough to celebrate it? Do we move through our days consciously? Gratefully? Gracefully?

A recent winter retreat found me basking in the bits of sunshine splashed on these sacred mountains where the Ute Indians once dwelled in peace. Walking by the flowing river by day, soaking in the healing mineral springs by night, seeing eagles, coyotes, a flock of bluebirds, families of deer, and more crows than I could count, I was reminded how easy healing is
when I’m present, and how generous the natural world is with its gifts of beauty and grace.

One of my walks led me to a medicine wheel where a prayer cairn holds a magnificent bronze eagle that was dedicated to Dennis Weaver upon his transition to the Great Mystery. People who visit this memorial park are invited to place prayer cairns upon and around the wheel. Serenity enveloped me as I entered the space, and like the eagle, my intentions rode a thermal wave of energy skyward. It’s a quiet place of power, this park, where humans and nature coexist peacefully in harmony and hope. February’s Full Moon in Virgo will find me celebrating this state of grace ~ where our co-creation reflects the mystery and the mastery of life perfectly.

Blessings, Always, For All Relations ~
Christina

Happy New Moon in Aquarius ~ the #whatelseispossible Moon!

There is an exact sextile between Neptune at 15º Pisces and Saturn at 15º Capricorn, and today’s New Moon, on February 4th, 2019 at 2:03 pm MST, is positioned precisely in between them at 15º Aquarius. This forms two semisextiles – one that is waxing to Neptune and one that is waning to Saturn.

Neptune and Saturn represent completely different energy patterns, bringing what is ideal (Neptune/Pisces) and what is realistic (Saturn/Capricorn) into our field of awareness. Sextiles are generally cooperative, giving us a boost of momentum to move forward.

With the semisextiles in place, this New Moon’s cycle is inviting us not only to examine what we’re willing to do, and choose which way we’re going to go, but also to assess our progress (or lack thereof) from the past. 

Have we released enough of what needs to go in order to manifest our dreams and co-create what is possible for our collective highest good, or do we have more cleaning up to do?

Are we ready to forgive the past, each other, and ourselves for what was and what is?

Do we trust ourselves and each other to give structure to what our imaginations are showing us so that we can build new ground to stand upon together?

While we consider these questions, we may well notice a strong pull to stay entrenched in the status quo – or, at the very least, we may sense mounting tensions as we attempt to break free.

Capricorn shows us the limits of our current evolutionary level of maturity, while Aquarius takes us into the future – the realm of unlimited possibilities. Saturn is moving closer to Pluto in Capricorn, while Uranus and Mars are joining forces in the end degree of Aries. Uranus is the ruling planet of Aquarius that shakes us out of Saturn’s ruts, and Mars is the ruling planet of Aries that drives us to reach out and express our desires. Aries is all about survival – of self, species, and life. It shows us a new beginning – with Uranus and Mars there, we’re given the gift of aligning with a brighter tomorrow.

Meanwhile, a challenging square from both Uranus and Mars in Aries to Pluto in Capricorn calls us to make sure that loose ends are cleaned up and transformed. Pluto always initiates changes for the higher, collective good – it’s less concerned with ego-driven personal power struggles. We can only change what we’re willing to look at and own.

At the same time, another square from Neptune in Pisces to Jupiter in Sagittarius reminds us to see things from a higher, idealistic view, but warns against overreaching. Fortunately, a trine takes us from Uranus and Mars to Venus in Capricorn, where a more mature expression of love awaits.

With the fiery Aries energy squaring earthy Capricorn, and the old/new, real/ideal, push/pull energy patterns in play, the more time we take to mindfully assess and restructure our beliefs, patterns, values, and behaviors, the better off we’ll be – both personally and collectively. As this month’s New Moon emerges, the question really comes down to this:

How much better can we be?

Happy New Moon in Aquarius ~ the #whatelseispossible Moon.

Blessings always, and hope for what else is possible…
~ Christina

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Welcome February ~ inhale love, exhale joy, repeat…

Feeling feisty as February begins? You’re likely not alone, as the month kicks off with some fairly provocative energies – football reference not intended, but hey, if it fits…
We’ll do well to watch out for impulsivity, impatience, and knee-jerk reactions with strong Mars energies activating in Aries, and quickly approaching Uranus there.

When we’re not counting to ten and taking deep breaths, we can tap into the creative fiery trine between Uranus and Mars in Aries and Venus in Sagittarius in the first few days of the month.

Jupiter will join the fiery flow soon enough just after the New Moon on the 4th, so engaging in something creative and fun that feeds our spirits – while not overdoing it – brings expansion.

More to come on the New Moon at 15° Aquarius on February 4th soon! For now, here’s to taking a collective deep breath of higher love, and exhaling joy.

Waning Gibbous Half-Moon in Scorpio Blessings ~

At 2:10 pm MST today, January 27, 2019, the waning gibbous moon will reach her halfway point at 7° Scorpio. She will make an exact square from to the Sun (and an almost exact one to Mercury) in Aquarius and form a T-square to Uranus in the end degrees of Aries.

As one of many squares that are in the skies right now, this one, between the airy masculine energy of the Sun and the watery feminine energy of the Moon, emphasizes our challenge to connect to what’s important in the bigger picture of our lives, for the collective win.

To encourage our evolution even more, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn square Mars in Aries. All of these strong planets and signs want their way, so tensions could mount and/or erupt. Neptune in Pisces also squares Venus and Jupiter in Sagittarius, pitting more feminine watery energies against male fiery ones.

Fortunately, where there are challenges, there are always gifts. Today, these include a watery trine from the Moon in Scorpio to Neptune in Pisces inviting surrender, flow, faith, and love.

Fiery trines between Mars and Uranus in Aries to Venus and Jupiter in Sagittarius lift our level of love and understanding higher, as we find new, cooperative ways to assert our individuality where all involved feel a level of freedom. 

An out-of-element trine between Chiron in the end degrees of Pisces to Ceres in the beginning degrees of Sagittarius fosters healing. Ceres shows us how to nurture and mother ourselves – in Sagittarius, expansion and freedom are gestated. If we flow with this restorative current and have fun with our self-care routine, we’ll receive the liberating gifts of unconditional love. We can embrace this healing flow even more if we get outside in nature. 

Finally, an exact cooperative sextile between Saturn in Capricorn to Neptune in Pisces helps us bridge the gap between what is real and what is ideal.

How can our higher selves show up in our daily lives so that we flow with our divine plan?

What dreams can we manifest when we consciously work toward them?

What can we surrender to become love?

Blessings, always ~
Christina

Embracing the Spirit of January’s Total Lunar Eclipse ~

Tonight’s Full Moon is expanding in the last half of Cancer’s realm now. It’s fast approaching the north lunar node and will tow it along as it waxes full and is totally eclipsed, in the beginning degrees of Leo tonight. 

I sat to write this post yesterday afternoon, at the exact moment that the Moon opposed Saturn in Capricorn and created a T-square to Mars in Aries. It got my attention. Since all I’ve been wanting to do lately is to practice radical self-care, I followed my instinct and did that instead. This morning finds me rested and able to share my musings on how to flow with the shifting tides of the Moon’s energy field.  

Cancer is the sign that the Moon governs. Imagine a caring nanny watching over her children as they learn to become who they are meant to be. The Moon does this for us, too, when we let her into our hearts and follow her lead from there.

Tuning into the omniscient guidance system of our emotional bodies not only smooths out the bumps on the road, but also elevates the journey. Mary Oliver, the beloved, brilliant soul who left this earthly realm earlier this week echoed the Moon’s truth in her poem, Wild Geese ~ “…You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.” 

When we are courageous enough to take deep breaths, laugh with our little ones, cry over losses, and give shelter to ourselves when we’re in shadowy places, we are heeding and flowing with the wisdom of the Moon. She never misguides us. Instead, like the loving governess who has our highest growth and development in mind, she shows us the way forward.

Tonight, the way forward holds the promise of light.

As the Moon beams full in Leo, the role of governing our emotional bodies is given to the Sun, who will eclipse it and assist us in severing ties to that which limits our expansion.

Eclipses always offer a blank page for us to fill. What we splash upon it is up to us. Tears, Laughter, Love, Kindness, Presence, Courage, Fear, Trust…the keywords for Leo are “I will.” 

What will we surrender? 

What will we bring forward into the light?

Who are we willing to be? 

Are we willing to shine? 

When we express our highest will, we come to the center of the Leo/Aquarius plane and serve the whole of us, our greater family, where we shine like the Sun and love like the Moon.

Meanwhile, the Moon’s willingness to pull the North Node in Cancer along with it helps us to flow with the wonderfully watery trine to Ceres in Scorpio, where rebirth gestates, and Chiron in Pisces, where impeccable intuition, knowing, and healing awaits.

Here’s to splashing our truest, most beautiful selves all over the page ~ in all of our crazy colors and radiant light…bright or dappled as it may be.

With great love and blessings, always ~
Christina

for Mary, and our ever-evolving family of things…