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Grounding and Healing with Virgo’s New Moon ~

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The moon slips into a void of course phase just as it becomes new tomorrow – Tuesday evening, Sept. 19, 2017, at 11:30 pm MDT, making this New Moon in Virgo a perfect time to ground, center, and heal ourselves and our world.

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The trees shared here hold unique gifts for the shadowy side of Virgo, where worry and guilt can occupy more than their fair share of space in the otherwise proficient consciousness of Virgo. The essence of Aspen help to connect us to a sense of well-being, dispelling worry – especially about what is unknown. Pine’s essence helps us release guilt and embrace the art of forgiveness, particularly in relation to ourselves.

Connect to the forest floor.
Ground into the Earth as trees do.

healing pinesImagine breathing in the scents and energies of this aspen and pine forest as the Earth willingly heals what we release. In return, she generously fills us with strength to greet what the new day – and night – brings. As we ground into this moment, wherever we are on Earth, we connect to what calls to be nurtured, healed.

Virgo is the ultimate healer, dedicated to service of the Earth, first and foremost. When we renew ourselves in her realm, we come to know our capacity to heal, to serve, to grow. We emerge more upright, aligned with a more perfect – and accurate – vision of our potential.
May we embrace the wisdom of the forest, remain centered and peaceful, and spread abundant blessings on the Earth, always ~

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August 2017 ~ Contemplating and Creating our Paths of Light

Tomorrow, on August 7, 2017, the Full Moon occurs at 15° Aquarius at 12:11 pm MDT, when it opposes the Sun at 15° Leo.  A Partial Lunar Eclipse follows closely behind at 12:22 pm MDT. A total Solar Eclipse arrives on August 21, 2017 at 12:26 pm MDT.

Mars, the red planet, ignites both eclipses that occur this month as it nears the Sun in Leo. Mars offers the energy to reach out for what we want and fire signs encourage inspiration. Mars in Leo wants to shine and attention amplifies its expression – the more it is noticed, the greater its performance. Its potent energy is best used consciously. When we repress or deny it, we can encounter ‘accidents’.

Leo is synonymous with will – its ruler is the Sun, the creative force of life. Aquarius is synonymous with possibilities. It is ruled by Uranus, the closest of the transpersonal planets. It serves to connect the expression of our personal will with our collective will. It inspires visions of what is possible so that our personal expressions serve higher aims. Sometimes it does this abruptly in ways that shake us to our core; other times we can experience lightening bolts of inspiration that spur us to change direction or take some long-overdue action.

One thing that is certain about Uranus’s influence is that while events and/or the actions of others are outside of our control, we always have the ability to choose how we respond to what occurs. This August could well be a time to take a few deep breaths, count to ten – repeatedly – or to step back from discord to gather our best selves in order to respond, rather than react. Ultimately, if we’re able to tap into and move with the energy that surrounds us now, our lives will flow with more grace and joy, and Leo loves to play! 

Leo’s fire is about self-expression and creativity, while Aquarius’s air encourages consideration of what is possible for our planetary family. When we cultivate and ignite choices that honor both of these energies, we maximize the power of this full moon and partial lunar eclipse.

What urges do we feel now, and who do our urges serve? Do they bring us joy?

What are we inspired to say, do, or create? How will our words, actions, and creations improve the world?

Who are we inspired to be – as individuals in a universal family?

In-between the space of the eclipses, on August 12th, Mercury, the messenger planet, goes retrograde (Rx) in Virgo. It joins Saturn in Sagittarius, Chiron and Neptune in Pisces, Uranus in Aries, and Pluto in Capricorn in that trajectory. This shift brings the cosmic prescription or major pause button in the sky to a more personal level. Opportunities to stop, contemplate, and clarify our intentions is emphasized again.Consideration is critical. Reconsideration, even better.
Mercury likes being in Virgo, but plans may need to be revised in order to be effective. Letting ideas gestate is important during periods when Mercury goes retrograde. We can seek to balance the urgency of Mars in Leo with the perspective of Mercury retrograde in Virgo by allowing space for the editing process.

The third week of August brings the Total Solar Eclipse at 28° Leo, amplifying the themes above. Mars remains in play on the Leo side of the stage, and Mercury Rx joins the party on the Virgo side.
 A Grand Fire trine connects the energies of the Sun, Moon, and Mars in Leo with Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries. Now, we’re urged to express our highest, most expansive truths as we light up the world’s stage with our brilliance in innovative ways that are uniquely ours. Whew! Breathe that in….and, no pressure!! Or, as Mary Oliver said, “Breathe it all in, Love it all out.”

All that being said, Eclipses assist us in clearing the way so that a new expression of ourselves and our lives may emerge. If this feels like a mountain of pressure that makes us want to retreat, then we can retreat – but let’s do it consciously! The world is full of possibilities and choices. All of the retrograde energies certainly support us in nurturing ourselves as we surrender what is ready to be released, what no longer serves our evolving visions, personally and collectively. This may well be the path: the one that is illuminated. Here. Now. 

With Abundant Gratitude and Blessings for each one of us and the Light that we are…always.

Christina ~

 

 

Abundant Summer Solstice Blessings ~

As the wheel turns and the Sun enters the realm of Cancer’s deep oceans and powerful shifting tides this evening (June 20th, 2017 at 10:24 pm MT), I invite us to ponder what we want to grow over the next 3 Moon cycles ~ Cancer is all about nurturing and growing ourselves, our families, and our hearts. May we connect with our larger family in the name of growth for all sentient beings ~ so that all may be blessed. 

Cancer is ruled by the Moon, whose reflection of the Sun’s light shifts the waters of the Earth and stirs the mysteries within our Souls. The newborns that we once were, suspended in the womb of our mothers reach for us now ~ and the deep primal need for safety, warmth, and love emerges once again. In a world where the certainty that our needs will be – and are being – met is tenuous, Cancer asks us to feel our way through

Some of the outer planets are retrograding now, adding to the urgency we may feel for both growth and safety – freedom and discipline. As Saturn slows and journeys backward in the expansive sign of Sagittarius, we’re being invited to stretch our limits in many areas – to revisit beliefs and structures that hold us back.
Neptune is retrograding in its home sign of Pisces, deepening our emotions and intuition – asking us to trust what we know but cannot see.
Pluto is retrograde in Capricorn, drawing out the period of time needed for a true and lasting transformation of the ways that power is manifested – especially where abuses of it exist. Rather than assisting us to remodel our existing outworn institutions, Pluto urges us to level them so that we can begin again.

Happily, the ever-helpful planet of Jupiter has gone direct this month in the harmonious and balancing sign of Venus-ruled Libra. Jupiter’s aim is to help us grow in wisdom. In Libra, the key to that wisdom lies in considering both sides – ours and others, yours and mine, yes and no. As we align with the potential abundance of Jupiter’s blessings, may we see both/and a bit more often than we see either/or.

May the harmony of all of these planets, and the rest that I haven’t mentioned but always appreciate, stir within each of us on this Solstice in ways that birth the best of all that we are capable of being. 

Here are a few of Cancer’s friends for inspiration on the journey of loving ourselves, and each other, enough ~ 

 


Abundant Blessings to All on this Summer Solstice ~
May we grow together in Love, always…Christina 

A cosmic reflection on the space in-between

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The space in-between eclipses – n. a pause between the inhale and exhale of the cosmos. February’s Full Moon in Leo on the 10th brought a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse and on this Sunday, the 26th, the New Moon in Pisces will emerge moments after the peak of an Annular Solar Eclipse. As I attune to higher realms, I sense a spaciousness being stretched to its boundaries by questions. At the core of this ever-expanding galactic balloon is this one:

Can we trust the space in-between?

Are we willing to exist where we are neither letting go nor receiving? Can we live without attachment to either/or?

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I was planning on writing about the typical issues that tend to surface when we are in-between the cycles of eclipses: What are we willing to release that has outlived its value? What will we erase in order to write a new script? Yet, as the wind whips through the skies on this evening when the Moon in Capricorn cooperates with Neptune, I am finding myself shifting into a different place – one that feels more fertile, pregnant even, with possibility. When I sit in this place of limitless presence, all that was and all that will be is here with me, and all is well.

Come. Breathe in. Pause.

Breathe out. Pause.

Let the Cosmos breathe you awake in the space in-between ~

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With infinite blessings from this ever-expansive space,

Christina ~

 

 

 

Honoring the space between no longer and not yet ~

As the calendar year turns from 2016 to 2017 in our western culture and I consider the alignment of the cosmos to our planet Earth, this quote by Nancy Levin strikes me:

Honor the space between no longer and not yet.

Essentially, this space is the present moment. The sacred now. Much of how we approach astrology involves looking ahead, and prior years have found me falling into that pattern, but the pull I am feeling to be in this moment, right here, right now, is stronger than old habits.

 

I was practicing my meditation and affirming my intentions for the coming year on January first of 2017. I noticed that the nature of my intentions shifted from years past. Instead of listing goals related to tangible achievements, I found myself affirming things like honoring my intuition more, spending time in nature daily, listening to my body when making decisions, really looking into the eyes and hearts of those I see, and asking Spirit for guidance more often and then trusting what I am shown. As the Sun dropped beneath the mountains to the west, the clouds formed an exclamation point. Literally! The emphatic YES! from the Universe made me laugh aloud. 

In the fading light, a flock of crows flew from south to north, cawing in flight. One alit on a tall Douglas Fir to my left, its profile silhouetted by the sky’s last slip of gold. Crow medicine speaks of Universal Law, where the ability to gather wisdom and truth from all levels of time into the present moment is possible. The necessity of this medicine in our world is clear to me. We can – and must – learn from the past while letting it go. We can – and must – plant intentions for the future while growing in the present moment. Indeed, this moment is the only place we can bring our wisdom to bear on the world – where we can create what we intend – where we can bring the Spirit in us to life.

Honoring the Now ~

May we each seek and find the magic of life in each moment. It is here. Now. May we notice the shifts in the wind and the changing shapes of the clouds. May we hear the wisdom of the natural world, from the ice crystals that freeze autumn leaves in rivers to the animal messengers who speak to us. May we know that each moment ~ and each of us ~ holds great magic and power, and may we honor the NOW with an emphatic YES! 

With deep trust in the magic of our world and our higher selves to honor it,

Christina ~

 

 

 

Growing Lighter ~

Coming soon to a night sky near you ~ can you feel her energy growing?
On December 13th, 2016 at 5:05 pm MST, the Moon waxes Full in Gemini.

Which questions will we pose to Sources wiser than ourselves in order to expand our consciousness? Instead of expecting answers that are black/white – either/or – yes/no, can we consider those that honor both/and?

Can we entertain the idea that the answers we seek lie within the questions?
And then, can we trust the answers to which we are guided?

Here’s to our connection to and expansion of the Light ~

Sacred Waters of Scorpio’s New Moon ~

New Moons are a time to plant intentions, wishes, hopes, and seeds.

The New Moon in Scorpio today finds me wrapping my prayers
in the darkness of the Earth, not for my personal healing,

but for the healing of our collective Family of All Relations.

                           prayers                                


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Scorpio energy has a flowing, pulsating intensity about it ~ an innate desire and potency to create life by fusing the polar opposite energies of male and female. Its core energy signature is POWER. Opposite Scorpio in the zodiac, Taurus holds the stable, grounding energy of Mother Earth, that nurtures, nourishes, and feeds us. Its core energy signature is LOVE. 

During these divisive and polarized times, as we are transmuting the vast distortion of control and power on our planet, my prayers on this New Moon are planted deep in the truth of our potential to merge and embody Power and Love ~ with a deep commitment and knowing that both energies shall be fused until a new way of living emerges. In that new expression of being, our Collective Heart pulsates with the Power of Love, and Blessings flow to all beings ~
~ Christina

#prayersforstandingrock,#newearthessence,#ScorpioNewMoon,#poweroflove

bronze by Alan Houser: prayer for rain

 

Full Moon in Aries ~ dreaming and co-creating a new path ~

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What if the volatility of October’s Full Moon at 23 degrees Aries, that bumps up against Uranus (the planet of surprising and inspiring events) and squares Pluto (the planet of utter transformation and the busting up of old, worn-out systems), and Mars (the planet of reaching out for our desires), resulted in an explosion of LOVE? 

Uranus’s energy pattern implores us to expand what we know. It inspires us to stretch beyond our current boundaries that may have once had their usefulness, but no longer serve our growth.

Uranus rules the zodiac Air sign of Aquarius, so if we consider those we know with Aquarian natures, we likely conjure out-of-the-box thinkers, who often seem to dwell in a world very different than most. Ingenuity is theirs, along with inspiration to see and create solutions that serve the whole of humanity. Now, imagine Uranus, with all of those qualities and impulses, in the innovative and survival-oriented sign of Aries. Uber-confident, fiery Aries is intent on paving new pathways for others to follow for the survival of self-identity, yes, but also, ultimately for the survival of its species. Surely, if we are to survive, the best of both expressions must be cultivated.

This Full Moon in Aries, on October 15th, Saturday night, at 10:23 pm MST, illuminates explosion of lightthose paths, and invites us to open new doorways to opportunities beyond our imagination, individually and collectively. It squares Pluto in Capricorn, which is perfectly poised to draw our attention to the systems of power and control that need to crumble in order for new life to emerge and flourish. It would be hard to deny that our larger limiting systems of power and control are breaking down in the world. Fortunately, there is increased awareness and transparency of the abuses of power in our world, and many of us are responding to the call to reclaim it. The elevated aspects of Pluto in Capricorn lead us to the wisdom of harnessing the power to co-create our experience and our reality. There is no place for victim-consciousness or remaining stuck in a cycle of blame. Instead, the square in the sky between places power in our realm, and allows us to choose our way forward with our thoughts, words, and actions. Since Pluto is currently conjunct, or next to Mars in Capricorn, the square from the Full Moon amplifies the strong desire we may feel to bust through our limiting belief systems and the structures in the world that keep them intact. Mars may add to our sense of urgency and volatility at this time, so taking care to pause and connect to our collective desires – where everyone wins – aligns us with the wisdom and honorable nature of Capricorn. 

Finally, the Sun in Libra, whose Light illuminates the Full Moon in Aries, must become part of the conversation. Libra: where the scales of balance are weighed; where Venus has her say and the Laws of Love and Harmony come into play; where beauty abides and everyone is valued equally and unequivocally, and we all win.  

What if, as all of these cosmic energies arrange themselves, we choose to see their alignment for our greater good, and then focus on the abundant opportunities to
stretch, bend, and grow our collective heart? 

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It is here that I will meet you tomorrow night, sleeping in the glow of Libran light cast upon the Arian Moon, dreaming and co-creating a new path,
for the good of all relations…

With infinite blessings to all,
Christina ~

Connecting the Lines…still.

light ~Connecting the Lines ~ 

After September 11th. After the Writer’s Workshop. After driving into the rain that comes at you sideways, straight on, reaching its destination despite the massive rock faces that line the highway. After the jackrabbit leaves its safe stand of still-golden aspen and blue spruce and bounds across the open meadow even as a red-tailed hawk circles the twilight sky.

September 12th, 2001 ~

“Look, mom, I’m an airplane!” she squeaks, belly down on her U-shaped swing, tiny four-year-old feet running on the threadbare grass as she approaches it then lifting up as she takes off laughing with unbridled joy. I hear her squeals and I want more than anything for everyone on Earth to know this moment. Her laughter, though, rings out to a silent sky on this late summer afternoon. She twists her swing now, winding around and around and through my tears I glimpse her white-blonde hair twirling against the deep green grass as she lets go, spinning swiftly, freely. Dizzy squeaks of delight intercept my thoughts of peace and grief and together they become a prayer.

October 6th
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I walk up the 13 stairs of my redwood deck and I see my husband on the couch watching the Texas-OU football game while our four-year-old daughter sits on the floor playing animal doctor with her stuffed husky dog. The one that resembles our real husky, Sasha, whom we buried on a snowy evening last November.

Their backs are to me and I hear my daughter say, “Hey Dad, are the guys in the striped suits there to make sure nobody cheats?” He begins to explain, “Well, sort of-” But then she hears me close the gate. “Mom is home!” she screams, running to the front door, her blue and yellow plastic stethoscope flying from her neck as she jumps
up to my open arms and we squeeze each other so tight it almost hurts. Then we squeeze each other some more. As we sit on the couch her Sasha dog tumbles in a black and white spiral to the floor. She picks it up, makes sure the band-aid is still stuck to her fur and hugs me again.

When she gets off of my lap to get her stethoscope, I turn to my husband kissing him first just behind his left ear because I know that gives him goosebumps and his right one does not. He turns off the television and waits for me to tell him about my trip, his face a question. But because I know he loves football about as much as I love writing, I turn the tv. back on and relax back into his arms. “I can wait,” I say. “No, really, I’d rather hear how it went.” “Yeah, mom, tell us,” our daughter says as she grabs the remote to silence the game.

“Well,” I begin, “the first animal I saw was a jackrabbit soaked in the pink light of sunset running out of some golden aspen trees into a meadow. Then I drove through rain that came out of the sky sideways, straight at me! And, there were dogs there that you wouldn’t believe,” I say, noticing her eyes get bigger along with her smile. “One dog, named Bandit, was chestnut red,” I tell them, “and at lunch he jumped through the air and stole a burger out of a guy’s hand without even touching anything but the burger.” We all laugh and she quickly asks, “Can you tell that one again, mom?”

“Wait,” I answer, “because there is another story about a dog who was this tall,” my hand stretched out as high as my hip, “who chased two stray cows out of the yard until they jumped over the fence into their pasture. She was an Irish Wolfhound with long gray hair the color of the ashes in our wood stove.” “There was another Irish Wolfhound, too,” I continue, “that was the color of the television screen when it is turned off. He was very wise and he had three legs instead of four. He had two legs in back and one in front—
“Why did he, mom?” she interrupts, “well, he had cancer,” I reply.
 “Like Sasha?” she asks.
 “Yeah, a little bit like Sasha,” I say quietly.
“Oh,” she whispers.

And I know that these are the stories she will ask me to tell her over and over in the days ahead. Always with new questions pouring out of her: what was on the burger? was it a veggie-burger or a meat burger? did the three-legged dog have a tail? did the other wolf-dog jump over the fence after the cows? and on and on until she connects the lines for herself.

October 7th
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We used to have this ritual every Sunday morning where we made breakfast together. Whole-wheat oatmeal pancakes, wildberry and real maple syrup, vegetarian sausage, and fresh-squeezed orange juice. They surprise me with it today. It is so delicious it reminds me of the meals I had at the writer’s workshop in the mountains, meals cooked by people with enormous love in their hearts.

It is the middle of the day. I am on the living room floor finishing a collage I began on September 15th. Around me are scissors, cloud-covered poster board, glue sticks, and countless images so full of heart it makes me ache.

I start with the one my daughter picked, the American flag—at half-mast—high above the Rocky Mountains, distant shapes of violet and indigo as the sun begins to rest. My daughter thinks that every flag she sees is a prayer, and a part of me kind of agrees with her.

Now I glue on the close-up black and white of two women holding hands at a makeshift memorial, their tears mingling together as their faces touch side by side.

I am trimming another now, the tiny boy, sandy brown hair cut in a bowl around his face framing his small wire-rimmed glasses. He stands, hands folded under the flag on his Old Navy t-shirt, in the middle of a crowd of Muslims on their knees in a prayer to Allah, his puzzled face contorted in fear and pain.

Above him, I place a small shot of two hands; one black, one white, clasped together in prayer.

Next to that, the human chain wrapped around a mosque at an interfaith ceremony in Denver.

Now, women from Iran, black shawls covering all but their eyes, mourning for us all.

At the bottom I place the throng of people gathered in downtown Chicago at noon on Friday, September 14th, the day of remembrance, the moment of silence.

Finally, the schoolchildren from London, sending their sorrow to us from abroad. Clad in crisp blue and white uniforms, sitting atop their wooden desks, they express condolences with wisdom beyond their years.

In the middle of the collage I place the quote by Lucille Clifton:

Things don’t fall apart. Things hold. Lines connect in thin ways that last and last and lives become generations made out of pictures and words just kept.

It is late. Quiet. My family is asleep. The waning moon is just beginning to rise over the ridge east of our house. I listen to the last thin line of water in the stream as it journeys to a larger body of water somewhere in our world and I write it all down.

After September 11th.
 Sideways rain.
The jackrabbit bounding out of its safe grove of aspen into the meadow at twilight. I connect the lines.

September 11th, Fifteen years later ~
I pause, grow silent, light candles, and pray, remembering and honoring the force that binds us all, and fosters our growth beyond imagination: Love.      Version 2

Jupiter in Libra ~ an invitation

Jupiter moved from Virgo into Libra today, can you feel the shift?

Jupiter’s nature is expansive while Virgo’s is exacting. Jupiter in Virgo asked us what is working and what is not? It was concerned with efficiency and what made sense, especially in terms of how we are meant to serve.

In Libra, Jupiter’s energies shift to the area of what feels balanced, peaceful, and in harmony with a higher perspective where the ‘other’ is also considered. If our relations with ourselves are centered and balanced, we’ll have an easier time expanding our consciousness into the arena of relationships.

 Jupiter will expand whatever it touches ~ so the questions become:
How peaceful are our hearts? How connected are we to others in our lives, our world?
What thoughts are we holding, nourishing with our hearts? Where might
 we cultivate harmony? 

 

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photo credit: NASA

With endless gratitude for infinite blessings ~
Christina