Category Archives: 2018 ~ Changing the status quo

Summer Solstice Magic ~

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

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

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

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

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

What nourishment do we seek now?

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

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

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

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

Warm Summer Solstice Blessings ~
Christina ~

 

 

 

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

Greetings from the place where earth meets sky ~

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

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

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

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

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

New Moon Blessings,

Christina

 

Scorpio’s Powerful Moon ~

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

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

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

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

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

We only need to let go.

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

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

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

~ Christina

By the Light of the Full Moon in Libra ~

Lunar Blessings in Libra on this last day of March ~

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

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

Who am I?

Who are you?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Consideration and Cooperation. Courage and Action.

If we’re open enough…

If we’re daring enough…

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

Christina

 

 

 

When she stirs our souls in our dreams…

She’s growing full, this luminous orb that rocks our tides and our souls.

Her tether to the Earth grows taut as she reflects more of Pisces’ mystical light.

To what are we tethered to as she waxes full in Virgo?

Are we tethered to the Sacred Earth?

Are we centered and grounded here, now?

Do we feel our feet on the nourishing, alive skin of the forest floor?

Or, are we floating above, seeking to be elsewhere?

Is our energy pulsating within us, alive and dancing to the beat of her rhythm?

Or, are we scattered in realms of fear, doubt, worry, and separation?

When she stirs our souls in our dreams, will we dare to dance?

full moon 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

 

 

Creative Fire – Future Mind

The year’s first Total Lunar Eclipse occurs on January 31st at 11 degrees Leo. She’s Super (closest to the Earth) and Blue (the 2nd Full Moon in the month) – although, if we’re lucky enough to glimpse her, she’ll appear red during the eclipse, like the one pictured below. In the Mountain Time Zone, I’ll be joining her at 5:31 am in the western sky.

This powerful Moon joins Ceres, one of 4 asteroids that represent different faces of creative energy, at that same 11th degree of Leo. Ceres is known for her mothering and nurturing qualities, and she is fiercely dedicated to our growth. In Leo, she sparks us to bring our creative nature to fruition. What passions burn in our souls? In what ways do we seek to illumine the lives of those around us? How will we shine and warm others with our flames? Can we open our minds and hearts enough to be warmed by others?

The Moon’s Fullness in Leo comes from reflecting the Sun’s Aquarian glow, so our creative juices are best spent serving the whole of us, and not just for today, but tomorrow, and many days to come. The Sun will be conjunct Venus in Aquarius, inviting us to embrace love with impartiality and openness, and Juno, another asteroid that reflects the light of Spirit. In Aquarius, she supports us to suddenly manifest our hopes and wishes.

The Moon is also conjunct the North Node in Leo, calling us to strike the balance point between the best of Leo and Aquarius. Will we spark our creative fire to ignite our future mind?

Leo’s gifts are like that of its ruler, the Sun. It shines for all of life – and all of us – without expectations or conditions.  Aquarius offers gifts of impartial genius. Its ruler is Uranus, the great disrupter who snaps us to attention. It brings spontaneous inspiration and sudden changes that shake us out of our comfort zones. It asks us to take the hawk’s or eagle’s view – to see beyond the tiny stages where our individual lives play out – to distance ourselves from drama and connect to our collective sentient family. May we be like the Sun, nurture like the moon, see like the Hawk and Eagle, and co-create a world we love! 

Eclipses bring opportunities for fresh starts. This one, in fixed signs, serves to help us release outworn paths of yesterday – places where we dig in; routes that are worn out; mundane habits that we move through without awareness; routines, patterns, ruts, and grooves carved in our brains – individually and collectively.

Beliefs about ourselves, beliefs about others, and beliefs about our connections with others – especially those that we’ve held for eons – come onto the stage now.

How they play out is entirely up to us.

Which roles, if any, will we hang onto?
Which roles will we cast off to make room for what is inspired?
How willing are we to enter a new realm of what is possible for our future selves? 

With infinite willingness and blessings,
Christina

January’s New Moon in Capricorn ~ answering the call

Tonight’s New Moon in Capricorn fortifies our forward momentum with the help of Venus’s embrace, and Saturn, Mercury, and Pluto in Capricorn. If we want to buoy our efforts with resolve, strength, and power, the time is now! With this powerful line-up of Capricorn energy, we’re supported to not only set intentions for what we love to be manifested, but to actually take steps toward making them real.

Want a daily yoga practice? Get on your mat! Want to share more of your light in the world? Shine on! Want to change the status quo? Share your positive ideas and energy with others! Want to ______? Fill in the blank, claim your power, and make your move!

As one of the strongest women of our time says, “Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” Oprah ~

As we do this, let’s remember to bring the best of those seen and unseen who walked and worked before us along, because, let’s face it: we need all of the help we can get to make our collective leap. 

Here’s to stepping forward into a brighter day, for the highest good of all relations ~

New Moon Blessings,
Christina ~

 

 

 

2018 ~ Changing the status quo ~ heeding whispers on the wind

The year begins with the Sun at 10 degrees Capricorn, conjunct Saturn at one degree, Venus at 8 degrees, and Pluto at 18 degrees of Capricorn. That’s a whole lot o’ Capricorn’s earthy energy to start our year! The Sun sextiles Mars in Scorpio (who happens to be conjunct Jupiter) and Neptune in Pisces ~ helping us to partner with our personal power and intuition. A Cardinal cross to Libra on the Ascending horizon and Aries on the Descending horizon asks us to continue clarifying and defining our identity. Who are we, truly? What have we learned since the 7 times that the cardinal energies of Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries squared off between the years of 2012 and 2015? What did we glean from the Venus transit of the Sun in June of 2012, when the Divine Feminine literally enveloped us with unconditional love?

These will be pivotal questions as more planets enter the feminine signs of earth and water in the months ahead. 

The Moon casts its glow on the year as she waxes full in Cancer at 7:24 pm MST on January 1st. It’s the first of 2 full moons this month, with a Blue Moon in Leo at 6:27 am MST on January 31st, followed by a Total Lunar Eclipse just 4 minutes later. We can look to her at fullness at 11 degrees Cancer to reflect back to us what we’ve learned (and/or have yet to learn!) on our Earthwalk. As 2017 comes to a close, what needs to be released will be shown by her growing light. We’ll do well to reflect on what made us shine this past year and what led us to retreat into the shadowy places.

By blessing both ends of the spectrum of light – and everything in-between – we free ourselves to co-create new paths of growth, grace, and possibilities.

All things in the watery womb of Cancer are meant to grow, so the big question before us at the gateway to a new calendar year is:

What do we desire to grow?

Since the moon rules our emotional bodies, we may also ask, how are we feeling? what is our temperament? what is in our hearts? for this is what we’ll carry into 2018, and it will shape our experiences in the year ahead. Now is the time to let go of what is old or outworn and to step into the full responsibility of our intentions. I sense a year of striking changes ahead.

As I write this, tendrils of sandlewood incense, sage, and sweetgrass swirl around me, taking me back to ancient circles of healing, renewal, and rebirth. The purity of palo santo nudges my aura with a reminder me to be present with what is and not go too far ahead just yet…

To that end, I’ll be revisiting and expanding this post after I dream with the waxing moon tonight and dance with her fullness tomorrow. Until then, I wish all a powerful and gentle clearing, and a blessed awakening into 2018 ~ a year that calls for cooperation, balance, and absolute presence if we hope to rise to our capacity for change and expansion. 

Update: January 5, 2018 ~ 

Not surprisingly, my time with the skybeings over the past few days brought abundant gifts in several dimensions ~ dreams, waking time, meditation, visitations from totems, tarot readings, etc. Tonight, as I sit under a canopy of flickering planets, shooting stars, and building clouds reflected by the rising moon, warm winds from the southwest whisper, “show more of who you are.” A deeper current lends encouragement to heed the call, so here I am.

When I began to offer my services so many years (lifetimes?) ago, I shaped my intentions with what I thought was a simple mantra: ‘to become a clear channel of unconditional love and light.’ The adage, be careful of what you ask for, comes to mind as I recall how often shadows fell, and continue to fall, on my path.

I suspect that most – if not all – who serve the whole of us by sharing our gifts pepper them with personal experiences, beliefs, and emotions. Authors, healers, readers, psychics, artists, actors, mediums…no matter what roles we play…we all have our filters – and thank goodness.

 

When I show up – when I really show up – to my soul, to the sky, to the earth, and the galaxy that holds us, it is as if I am lit from within. When I see the Rosette Nebula flirt with Orion, her sexy scarlet salsa dance stirs something ancient and powerful inside of me. When I connect with the cool blue aura of Uranus in Aries as it rises in the eastern horizon, I become electric with possibility and verve. When the Pleiades cluster comes into view on clear cold nights, my heart knows the immediate and complete warmth of pure love.

Having a fixed grand cross in fixed houses can trip you up – literally and figuratively – over, and over, and over…thus the fixedness. Having Aries at your Midheaven suggests that what you do in the world – your calling, your mission, your vision – is bound to be personal. I have both of these configurations in my natal chart, and I can speak to the accuracy of those effects with absolute certainty. I also know that within that certainty lies limitless possibility.

When I read charts for those that consult me, I am first awed by their courage to show up; then, by their willingness to witness what is possible; and finally, to see them champion the brilliant starry paths they intended to dance into life. When their inner sparks of light connect with the ones that shone as they entered the Earth’s sphere, it is pure magic, and I am humbly honored and blessed to witness the reunions. 

What I share in my readings, posts, and photos comes from my heart as I connect to the great mystery. Nothing that I write is, nor ever will be, otherwise. I’m also blessed and ever-grateful to glimpse – and sometimes capture – the exquisite beauty of our earthly and heavenly bodies in my photos, which I include in my readings. They also grace all of my posts with the exception of some of NASA’s best (which I credit as due). True to my chart, it’s all personal, and a gift that I’m blessed to share.

This is indeed a year for startling changes; we’re moving faster and faster, and shadows and distractions are mounting. Fortunately, when we show up – when each of us shows up – we are given everything we need to change the status quo. We literally become what we need.

Here’s to showing up in 2018 ~ to seeking and heeding wisdom that comes on the winds of change ~ for the highest good of all relations. It is time.

With blessings of clear unconditional love and light, always,

Christina

ps ~ more to come soon on our collective celestial journey through January….until then, keep showing – and looking – up! I offer deep gratitude for your gifts.