Category Archives: Monthly Celestial Updates

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

 

 

 

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 ~

 

 

 

27 degrees Aquarius ~ the New Moon/Partial Solar Eclipse ~ and Us

I sit in the dark, silent space of the Balsamic Moon, just before she turns New, and the Sun is partially eclipsed tomorrow.

We’re in the late degrees of Aquarius now, where the sum of what we can accomplish together waits, ready to lift us beyond limits into the void of possibility.

If we are willing.

Are we willing to acknowledge our connection with each other?

What if we recognize – and celebrate – our inextricable humanity?

Balancing the Leo/Aquarius energies calls us to the center-point of self expression and the greater good. It requires showing up with courage, compassion, and acceptance.

Inclusion.

In this fertile place of awareness what we touch radiates from us like echoing beats of a ceremonial drum, stirring fresh patterns of light in our hearts, on the ground, in the sky.

We cannot go back.

We can only let go and rise into the void.

Together.

To create a new world.

I’ll see you there ~
Christina

 

 

December’s Gifts from Above ~

Before most of us in the western world rise on December 1st, 2017, Venus will already have shifted into the expansive, ever-wise sign of Sagittarius at 2:14 am MST – encouraging us to stretch ourselves in the areas and moments governed
by Love and Truth –

and, when it comes right down to it, isn’t that every area, 
and every moment? 


I cannot imagine a place, nor state of mind that wouldn’t benefit from the presence of love – nor from the love of presence.
  As more truths become exposed in our world, Venus in Sagittarius asks, “How we will meet them?” She implores us to step into our courageous feminine aspects and show up with love. Nothing more. Nothing less. 

Mars in Libra will oppose Uranus in Aries as the month begins so we have even more motivation to find and come from a place of loving kindness. 

Saturn has been helping us with the exposure of truth for some time now.

On December 3rd, at 12:34 am MST, Mercury, the Messenger planet of communication, not only joins Saturn in that mission, but also turns back in the end degrees of Sagittarius to enter a Retrograde period until Dec. 22nd. 
Keeping in mind the shadow period on either period of that timeframe – when Mercury passes the zodiacal degrees of its retrograde path, we know that Mercury in Sagittarius has been working in the background already – and will continue to do so into 2018. The shadow period for this  Rx cycle is mid-November 2017 to January 11, 2018. 

Rx Mercury in Sagittarius asks us first to seek and clarify the truth, then to understand and speak it. It helps us to see our paths from a higher place, and if we’re intelligent enough –
if we’re courageous enough – we’ll slow down, center ourselves, and then stand up enough to see, think, and speak from that vantage point. When we cooperate, Mercury’s gift is wisdom.

December’s Full Moon in Gemini is a Super Moon that adds to the excitement of the month’s first weekend. It peaks at 8:47 am MST, just after Mercury begins to slow down on December 3rd, 2017. The Gemini/Sagittarius axis is all about learning and teaching; questioning and knowing; seeking and expanding ~ always with wisdom being the subject.

Let’s roam – inside, outside, wherever ~ with open minds and open hearts!

If we’ve been noticing an increase in our sixth sense, we can thank both Neptune and Chiron in Pisces. Neptune went direct in November after a long retrograde period. On Dec. 3rd, Neptune squares the Full Moon, which could bring challenges if we aren’t tuning into and trusting our intuition. So, let’s check in, first.

Chiron goes direct on Dec. 5th. Chiron symbolizes the wise healer within, so we have even more encouragement to be compassionate with ourselves, which surely will radiate out to the world. Chiron in Pisces also reminds us to practice non-attachment when we may tend to taking things too personally. See the gift.

Mars, the fiery planet that helps us reach out for what we want, moves into Scorpio in the night sky on December 9th. Personal power and influence come into play and the power of and in secrets is emphasized. We can likely expect more of humanity’s underbelly to be revealed and we will do well to watch our need for control in personal relationships and interactions with others. Scorpio’s keywords are I desire – and Mars is an older ruler of Scorpio (the newer ruler is Pluto) so Mars is perfectly suited for ramping up personal power as it drives through the sign of Scorpio. Passion and intensity can help us accomplish amazing feats if channeled with intention ~ otherwise, watch out for Scorpio’s sting! It’s definitely a time to focus our attention on what we truly want! 

Five planets line up in Sagittarius for the New Moon on Dec. 17th, 2017 at 11:30 pm MST. Mercury Rx and Venus embrace the Sun and Moon on one side, while Saturn closes the circle on the other. If there ever was a time to plant seeds of truth that will culminate in our collective growth and expansion, this is it. 

A fiery trine from the New Moon in Sagittarius to Uranus in Aries and Ceres in Leo supports the activation and assertion of individual rights and freedom of expression in ways that feed our creative souls. It’s time to spark what inspires us, and to revel in the light.

Just before the winter solstice, Saturn will move from Sagittarius into Capricorn, emphasizing the importance of restructuring larger systems in our world, especially those that hold authority. Sifting through the truths that Saturn in Sagittarius recently revealed, we are now  asked to respond. How much authority will we continue to abdicate to those in power? How can we align with Saturn to restructure our collective boundaries? 

I was recently blessed with the opportunity to rise with the desert Sun with other kindred relations each morning – we sat in a circle around a bonfire as the Sun ascended into a sky
of pink, orange, and blue ribbons. In a simplified, yet humble and grateful way, we honored a native tradition of offering our prayers to all our relations. As we invoked the directions, swirls of white sage and flute song encircled us and cleared our minds so we could touch what matters. Doves, including the one pictured above, lined up to welcome the sun with us. As our hearts softened, we offered our intentions to the fire and the smoke carried our concerns, our wishes, our gratitudes upward. During moments like these, I’m reminded of what is right, and good, and true. Something stirs in my heart’s soul that transcends limitation and suffering ~ and all my relations are blessed by what I witness and what I open to.

The Winter Solstice is another sacred time for my soul, when the Sun’s light rises to the drumbeats of kindred souls and our collective heart beats in tune to something deep,
ancient, and true. This year, that sacred moment occurs on December 21st, at 9:28 am MST, when the Sun shifts into Capricorn. If it is true that Capricorn represents the outer limits of our evolution of consciousness, then let us stretch those limits more than what we believe is possible. Let us work together and help each other as we climb the mountain,
so that all of us can see, and know, and love what lies ahead. 

As the month ends, all of the planets will be in direct motion offering forward momentum. Here’s to aligning and running with it into a brighter world!

May all relations know what is true ~ May all relations know love ~
May all relations know more kindness and beauty ~

Many blessings, 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 

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 ~

 

 

 

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                                


sacred water

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 ~

explosion of love

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? 

what if?

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 ~