Category Archives: Monthly Celestial Updates

Virgo’s New Moon Cycle ~ Embodying the Essential Self

All of us have the potential to be nourished by the Moon’s journey into Virgo, which occurs on August 30th, 2019, in the wee hours just before dawn at 4:37 am MDT, when some of us will
still be dreaming in the land of shadows.

Virgo’s Healing Earthy New Moon reminds me of why I garden and how it feeds my soul.

~ Feeling the damp soil in my fingers and on my cheek as I brush my hair away in the wind.

~ Tuning into the harmony of pollinators – from the buzzing bees to the whirring hummingbirds dashing from one source of life to another.

~ Delighting in the simplicity of chickadees and juncos bathing in the fountain, or the joyful surprise of Anna’s hummingbirds showering in the mist from the garden hose.

~ Finding peace in the vigilant silence of the baby rabbit nibbling on clover, trusting me completely to continue planting Sweet Williams by her side.

~ Appreciating the focused industry of ground squirrels and chipmunks gathering what they need for the coming winter.

~ Watching in awe as arachnids move about Her skin – from great grey wolf spiders camoflauged in the dirt to ancient orb weavers creating suspended works of art in the air.

~ Inhaling the manna of petrichor – the earthy aroma produced when rain falls on dry soil.
How perfect that the word petrichor is constructed from the Greek language –  petra meaning “stone”, and īchōr meaning “the fluid that flows in the veins of the Gods in Greek mythology.”
Of course, I would add that it flows in the veins of Goddesses, too.

Virgo is all about the Feminine Earth Goddess and
Her gardens of Life and Love with which she blesses us.

If we’re alert and open enough to her healing energy now, we’ll discover that we feel a bit more present – a bit more grounded – and a bit more nourished than we were just moments ago.

Our perfect selves yearn for our purest intentions to be expressed during this auspicious time. The clearer and more committed we are to what matters now, the easier our efforts will be in the month ahead. Virgo loves action, effort, order, and routine – and it thrives on efficiency.

This moon cycle invites us to make what we’re working on count, and its Earthy trine to Uranus in Taurus and Saturn in Capricorn supports our efforts to that end.

This Lunar Goddess also aligns with both Mars and Venus in Virgo, blessing us with the perfect balance and wholeness of masculine and feminine energies. It longs for us to claim what we desire and what we value, and it encourages us to clarify what we’re willing to give and what we’re willing to receive.

We are to call forth, ground into, and embody that which is natural and essential ~ that which is whole, unified, and perfect ~ that which is universal and right here in front of us, always: our genuine and magnificent selves. 

So it is and so it shall be. Always, healing. Always, love. Always, blessings.

For all relations ~
Christina

Entering the Portal of Light of Leo’s New Moon Cycle

Our motivation and willingness to be fully alive falls under Leo’s spotlight during tonight’s New Moon cycle. At 9:12 pm MDT, it joins Venus and together, the Sun, Moon, and Venus in Leo create a fiery trine to Ceres in Sagittarius and Chiron in Aries.

The Sun in Leo beams Source energy that stokes our inner flame. The Moon in Leo reflects that brilliance. Venus in Leo loves all forms of radiant beauty, especially if they have an element of performance. Ceres in Sagittarius gestates expansion. Chiron in Aries offers a healing bridge to our survival.

If we connect to this portal of light and accept the gifts of courage, beauty, love, and healing power that it offers, we can ignite the spark of creativity waiting inside each of us and enlighten our world.

As an activator of life, Sun-ruled Leo also shines the light on our inheritance. Our talents, gifts, strengths, courage, shadows, fears, values, beliefs, ideas, behaviors – literally everything we think, do, and have is tied to what came before. Evaluating whether or not what we hold and share is worthy of the stage is especially important now.

How much of what we carry belongs to a lineage whose time has passed?

Another potent trine from this New Moon connects to Jupiter at 14 degrees Sagittarius. There is a quality to the degree of 14 Sagittarius that goes beyond linear time. where the potential exists for actions taken now to affect the past and the present simultaneously. If we had the power to bend time – to transcend the boundaries of it – what would we do with that ability? Would we heal old wounds? Would we bless them for their wisdom, and in doing so, honor what came before?

The New Moon and Sun also square Uranus in Taurus, challenging us to choose our values with great care, because what we focus on brings more of the same. In the midst of rapidly changing times, we’re standing on the foundation of what came before and building what will come. If we have the courage to shape it with love, we’ll all win.

Hummingbirds dash, sing, and dart their way about pine boughs under a sky brushed with wisps of angels’ wings and a single dragonfly weave its trail of mystery around me. The joy of life’s magic can be just tiny enough to give us pause, or it can be so magnificent that it engulfs us.

Here’s to entering tonight’s portal of light
and being open to what it sparks!

With Great Love, always,
Christina ~

 

Cancer’s New Moon Cycle Births the Eclipse Season ~

July brings powerful gifts with two eclipses in the Cancer/Capricorn axis. The first one, a Total Solar Eclipse, occurs at 9° and 10° Cancer. It begins on the morning of the Cancer New Moon on July 2nd at 10:55 am MDT, reaches totality at 1:22 pm MDT (just after the New Moon at 1:16 pm MDT) and ends at 3:50 pm MDT.
It will be visible in South America and the Pacific.

The New Moon in Cancer on July 2nd is pregnant with possibilities for growth and rebirth, and this first Total Solar Eclipse of the year maximizes its potential. Its proximity to the North Node in Cancer and its opposition to Saturn and the South Node in Capricorn holds the urgency that is felt before emerging into a new life.

If we’ve responded to the energies of the lunar nodal axis in Cancer/Capricorn lately, we’ve clarified our needs and worked toward meeting them by engaging in radical self-care and love. If we’ve ignored this impulse, we could be caught in a cycle of expectation and blame where we look to others or the world around us to fill our soul needs and/or wounds. Avoiding personal responsibility and feeding old patterns of victim thinking is exactly what this eclipse cycle is inviting us to release and transform.

Mars joins Mercury in fiery Leo during this Cancer New Moon/Total Solar Eclipse. Mercury in Leo encourage us to shine a light on thoughts that we want to make tangible in our lives, while Mars in Leo wants to illuminate the desires in our hearts. Let’s direct the light to uplifting thoughts and reach out for what and who we love.

Mercury goes retrograde in Leo on the 7thof July, and will revisit Cancer before it goes direct at the month’s end. Remembering to cultivate the thoughts that nurture and heal will help us through this period of growth and expansion. The ability to respond rather than react cannot be overvalued.

The second eclipse in this cycle, a Partial Lunar Eclipse, occurs at 22°- 24° Capricorn on the afternoon of the Full Moon on July 16, 2019. It begins at 12:43 pm MDT,reaches its maximum at 3:30 pm, and ends at 6:17 MDT that evening. It will be visible over most of Europe, most of Asia, Australia, Africa, South/East North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, and Antarctica.

As the Moon waxes full in Capricorn, this Partial Lunar Eclipse is packed with Pluto’s insistence that we excavate and transform our collective consciousness. To this end, we can explore what thoughts and energy we’re bringing to our days, our interactions with each other, and the world. Intentions have infinite organizing power – and this eclipse can bring instant feedback on ours. Choosing them wisely is highly recommended. 

~ Are we empowered as co-creators of our existence? Or, are we victims of something that is seemingly outside of our control?

~ How can we shift our thoughts/energies/actions to contribute to a brighter world?

Eclipse cycles always bring opportunities to wipe away what no longer serves us and embrace a fresh start. This one is ripe with potential to birth a fluid new way of understanding ourselves and our place in the greater family of living, growing beings of which we’re a part.

May we love ourselves and each other along the way, and bless our shared journey with joy.

With abundant blessings and appreciation, always,
~ Christina

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

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.

2019 ~ Flowing with the Current of Grace ~

2019 greets us with two potent eclipses to make sure we’re on track right out of the gate.

Meanwhile Mars, our favorite red planet of action, finds its home in fiery Aries on January 1st, and remains in there all month. We can get inspired to reach out for what we truly desire – especially in the area of self-expression and fulfillment. Using this energy will be important so that frustration and/or anger doesn’t build up. 

The New Moon on the 5th ushers in the first eclipse of the year – a partial solar eclipse at 15° Capricorn. At the center of Capricorn, the power and wisdom of owning the consequences of our choices waits for our recognition. Choosing our commitments with care and showing up for what matters brings great rewards.

The Full Moon on the 20th inspires us with a total lunar eclipse at 00° Leo. Planetary energies are most potent at the early and end degrees, and this Full Moon should prove it.     
As the Moon grows full and is eclipsed, we’ll do well to shine our light as the Sun does, simply because it must. In doing so, it enlivens and warms all that it touches. Leo has much to do with the will. When we engage our will for the good of the whole, we embody the best of Leo and Aquarius and align with the quintessential power of Light.

Light-bearers, all, this is our time to shine.

A square from expansive Jupiter in Sagittarius to dreamy Neptune in Pisces is activated all month long. Being aware of higher truths that help us grow will ease potential tension, while tuning into and trusting our dreams and intuition helps us release limitation and know freedom. The mutability of these signs say: “Be flexible.” “Compromise.” “Let go.”

Update on 1/4/19 ~ during the Balsamic phase of the moon…

In this dark, balsamic phase of the moon, just before it emerges new tomorrow at 15 degrees Capricorn…just before we experience a partial solar eclipse embraced by Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, just before Uranus shifts into direct motion in Aries, what is asking to be released?
 
What is outworn in our thinking and our ways of living in the world that we’ve co-created? What are we better than? January holds two potent eclipses for fresh starts – tomorrow’s and a total lunar eclipse on January 20th.
 
How will we hold and dance with the light? Firemancers all, may we do it mindfully, with great care, and with our hearts leading the way ~

With blessings of light and a refreshing air of optimism,
may we flow with the current of grace, always,
~ Christina

 

Where Power and Love Unite ~ Full Moon in Taurus 2018

The moon waxes full on Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 at 10:45 am MDT. At one degree Taurus, the Moon joins Retrograde (Rx) Uranus and opposes the Sun and Rx Venus in Scorpio. Their opposition forms a Fixed Cross with the lunar nodes in Leo and Aquarius.

This cosmic event spotlights what we love and value and urges us to look deeper
at how we attract and express it. 

It also brings up the question:

Does what we’re attracting sustain our collective tomorrow?

Uranus is a transpersonal planet with an innovative energy signature from the future; it’s concerned with the collective. In grounded, earthy Taurus, it asks much more of us. No longer content to settle for old, stagnant ways of living, we must stretch into new territory and build what is viable for the future.  Think of making updates that benefit the majority.

Changes can come in sudden flashes of insight or in the form of unexpected disruptions.
When Uranus goes retrograde, we’re given the chance to see our reality from a wider perspective. If we’re willing, we can drop into the space between worlds and find ways to embrace changes that benefit the whole of humanity.

Change is inevitable. Our best option is to let go of what is archaic
and no longer serves our evolution, and then to allow the future
to unfold
and grace our lives.

Venus is a very personal planet that helps us draw that which we love to us. When retrograde, we are invited to explore and know real love. The kind that lives deep in our hearts and exists beyond the constructs of love that we were taught to believe. If we’re open enough, this period offers a window through which we can begin to see ourselves with absolute love.

The journey to the center is called for in any opposition, and this Full Moon is no exception. We are aiming for the balance of love and power – with a spark of inspiration and help from – and for – our future.

When we take stock of what we love and value and are willing to inspire and implement the changes that we’re shown, we’ll know the infinite, omnipotent, and true nature of love. 

We may notice emotional swings and/or a sense of restlessness with this Moon’s energies, especially if there are fixed patterns or habits that we’re working on transforming. Fixed crosses compel us to find ways to release pent-up, stuck emotions. Cultivating a keen sense of self-awareness and expressing ourselves in creative ways can help us move through challenges.

If we can tap into and embrace what our hearts know, we will serve not only ourselves, but others as well, and we’ll flow with the powerful currents of Scorpio and Taurus. Otherwise, we can be tossed about in what feels like a storm.

In the space in-between worlds, in the space in-between ourselves and our fellow sentient beings, in the space in-between breaths and moments, the highest truth of love, in all of its resplendent power and light, waits for our embrace.

A few questions to ponder in the space in-between…under the light of the moon, perhaps.

  • Are we nurturing beauty and love? Are we open to receiving the same?
  • Are we letting go of what is out of alignment with our sense of peace?
  • Does what we’re attracting and/or creating sustain our inner sense of well-being?
  • Does what we’re drawing to us create a better, expansive tomorrow?
  • How can we experience more heart and less doubt? More hope and less despair?

Here’s to aligning with the flow of love and power in unique ways that bring all of us abundant peace, beauty, joy, and light ~ 

Blessings, always ~
Christina