Category Archives: 2019 ~ Flowing with the Current of Grace

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mutable – adjective– liable to change.

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

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

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

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

With great blessings and gratitude, always,
~ Christina

Grounding into February’s Full Moon in Virgo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blessings, Always, For All Relations ~
Christina

Happy New Moon in Aquarius ~ the #whatelseispossible Moon!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How much better can we be?

Happy New Moon in Aquarius ~ the #whatelseispossible Moon.

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

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Welcome February ~ inhale love, exhale joy, repeat…

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

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

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

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

Waning Gibbous Half-Moon in Scorpio Blessings ~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What can we surrender to become love?

Blessings, always ~
Christina

Embracing the Spirit of January’s Total Lunar Eclipse ~

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

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

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

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

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

Tonight, the way forward holds the promise of light.

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

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

What will we surrender? 

What will we bring forward into the light?

Who are we willing to be? 

Are we willing to shine? 

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

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

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

With great love and blessings, always ~
Christina

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

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