Category Archives: New Moon

Daring to merge with the magic of Scorpio’s New Moon ~

Never underestimate the power of doing nothing, of just going along,
listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering. ~ a.a. milne
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If one can do nothing in the midst of spirited aspen relatives, all the better. ~ christina
Welcoming the spirit of Scorpio’s New Moon, Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 10:07 pm MST.

Scorpio brings elements of magic to life. It allows us to hear what is unspoken, sense what is felt but not shared, and see beyond the present moment into the void of possibility.

This New Moon cycle in Scorpio extends cooperative energy to the Pluto, Jupiter, and Saturn stellium in Capricorn in order to help us speed up our process of overturning ruts in our lives and on our planet. It sends a supportive current to Neptune in watery Pisces, further encouraging us to release and surrender that which is dead and no longer serves our highest consciousness.
Water and earth are feminine elements and new moons amplify receptivity. This is a perfect time to clarify our desires by tuning in to what we’re attracting, and to release what needs to be transformed into something else.
Sending deep and wide gratitude into the void for this season of Scorpio.
~ For the spaciousness found in allowing.
~ For the reminder to connect, receive and release.
~ For rebirth and the spirit of magic that reigns here, now, always.

With great blessings,
~ Christina

 

Migrating to a place of peace with October’s New Moon ~

October 14, 2020 ~ It’s the balsamic phase of the moon, when my internal clock best aligns with the cosmos. When, instead of our early morning walk at our nearby mountain lake, my puppy, Rumi, and I go late in the afternoon and arrive just in time to hear the liberating call of migrating Sandhill Cranes that stirs my soul at least twice each year.I look up in time to witness their sky dance of peace and trust and all that is good as they crest a hill of pine trees. Hope swirls in my heart and my spirit lifts skyward with them as they dip, flow and dive – their formations leaving calligraphic imprints of wonder in the atmosphere. I’m transported. Together, our spirits head South, where the energy medicine of childhood, healing and growth reside. Where innocence calls us home to play. Together, we bask in the freedom that comes with faith, and then, without notice but with unbridled joy, we circle back,
as if to say this place is perfect, too.

Rumi and I come home and it’s still light, but barely. I’m placing the body of another winged one that I discovered in our forest after high winds upon a natural altar of quartz under an old fir tree when I hear another wave of cranes. I’m blessed to witness their jubilant recital above me again, as I bid this smaller relative of theirs farewell.

Winged ones hold a sacred place in my heart and in our world. Angels, archangels, birds, butterflies, and pollinators of all kinds call to me often, filling me with awe and appreciation. In this state of grace and receptivity, I know that all is well. I know that there is perfection in each moment, and that the truth abides here and now, always. We’re simply invited to show up.

I align with and follow the dance of planets and celestial bodies in the same way that I align with and follow the winged ones. I’m ever grateful for the moments of synchronicity when the messages I receive from the charts I’m reading find their way into the lives of those seeking celestial wisdom and connection before we meet.

For me, astrology is ultimately a language of validation and possibility, and being attuned to the natural world allows us to bring astrology to life. It centers us, and when we’re centered, we exist at the core of the divine celestial plan that we co-created. Here, we’re surrounded by the energies of all the planets and luminaries in the cosmos, and everything is possible.

It is from this space of expansion and faith that I welcome the gifts of October’s New Moon.  ~ The New Moon that arrives Friday, October 16, 2020 at 1:31 pm MDT at 23 degrees Libra, the Venus-ruled, cardinal, airy sign of equilibrium, harmony, justice and love. Libra represents eventide, when the veil between day and night thins just enough to shift our perceptions.

~ The New Moon that opposes Retrograde Mars in Aries, and ignites our expression of warrior energy to reach out for what we desire. Since Mars is retrograde, we should consider our desires carefully.

~ The New Moon that squares the Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto stellium in Capricorn, and encourages us to continue to acknowledge and release what trips us up as we aim to learn from, expand and transform the structures that limit our growing, evolving consciousness and way of being.

~ The New Moon that arrives just three days after Mercury entered its retrograde journey in Scorpio, the sign of transformation and power, and dares us to pause, listen and trust the truth when it shows itself.

~ The New Moon that implores us to come to the centered space of our hearts. Where the “I AM” energies of Aries and the “WE ARE” energies of Libra co-exist in balanced harmony together. Where all relations are elevated because each of us is at the center of our journey, gracing the unified whole with our presence.

Where my journey is yours and your journey is mine. Where – if we’re present and humble enough – we can be carried skyward with the migrating cranes and merge with the mystery and magic of the cosmos.

As Rumi and I go outside after the twilight sky fades tonight, we hear a third flock of cranes overhead. Their collective song draws me to Jupiter as it emerges in the southern sky and confirms what I know to be true: We are one ~ and blessed beyond measure to dwell together on this sacred Earth, our Mother. Here. Now. Always.

With great love.
Always Love ~
Christina

August’s New Moon in Leo ~ Being the Light and Catching the Wind

August’s New Moon in Leo occurs on the 18th at 8:42 pm MDT. She conjoins Mercury, the Messenger planet who brings illumination, and forms an inconjunction or quincunx aspect to Saturn in Capricorn, which defines our lives and levels of maturity.

She also creates a fiery trine to Mars in Aries which represents our drive for survival, forms a sextile to the North Lunar Node in Gemini, which shows us options, and semi-squares Venus in Cancer, who loves emotional security and family.

Ruled by the Sun, Leo highlights our life force. It involves our intrinsic birthright, the inheritance that we receive from the Giver of Life and Light.

When the Moon is in Leo, it serves to brighten the light of the Sun more than merely reflect it. When the energy of the Moon merges with the energy of the Sun in Leo, we can imagine the happy partnership of unconditionally loving parents who want nothing more than their offspring to shine. Positive expressions of this celestial partnership are willful action, creative self-expression, and joyful revelry. If the energy of the light is blocked or suppressed, it can be acted out in dramatic ego-driven, attention-seeking displays.

Saturn is currently retrograde in Capricorn, the sign it rules, taking us deeper into the arena of rights, responsibilities, boundaries, lessons, and, hopefully, maturity and wisdom. Saturn will remain in Capricorn for most of the rest of 2020, only moving back into Aquarius in mid-December, a few days before the Light returns on Winter Solstice.

We were given a glimpse of our limitless potential as humans when Saturn dipped into Aquarius in late March of this year. Its retrograde journey and proximity to retrograde Pluto and Jupiter in Capricorn demands that we claim ownership to the totality of our collective legacy. The Universe is giving us the chance to right wrongs and heal wounds beyond our imagination.

Everything we are experiencing now – the darkness and the light; the fear and the love; the greed and the generosity; the evil and the kindness; and every other polarity we can conjure, is part of the collective consciousness that we have shared for eons.

In Capricorn, Saturn’s boundaries are limited by our definition of humanity. Leo represents will.The inconjunction between the New Moon in Leo and Saturn in Capricorn can be resolved if we willallow ourselves to expand our current definition of what it means to be human. Our limits and boundaries can expand beyond our imagination.

Our his/her-story shows us that we often have to go backwards to go forward. With several planets and asteroids in retrograde motion now, that lesson is being broadcast across the skies and into our souls.

In January of 2020, during a moment of exquisite clarity, I noticed that the Sun’s light had shifted in a way that defied logic. During the 9 o’clock hour of the morning, the skies donned
the cloak of twilight. I simultaneously received the message to remember the light.

Those three words ~ remember the light ~ continue to give me hope.

When I was not quite 10 years old, Ms. Greene sat on the steps of our auditorium’s stage in our Catholic school. Her remarkably short, fitted kelly-green shift dress brought a breath of fresh air and color into the room. Her flowing red hair draped over the neck of her acoustic guitar as she cast a spell on us with her rendition of Bob Dylan’s song, Blowin’ in the Wind.

For several New Moon cycles now, the questions in Dylan’s lyrics have been reverberating in my mind. I see Ms. Greene in all of her height, color and confidence, and I hear her voice ring with clarity, passion and possibility.

That we will catch the answers to them in my lifetime is my prayer, still.

With great blessings of light and love.
Always love.
~ Christina

2020’s Second New Moon in Cancer ~ Growing Love

On July 20, 2020, at 11:33 am MDT, we’ll be blessed with a second New Moon in Cancer of the year. The first one brought a Solar Eclipse at zero degrees on June 20, 2020, the Summer Solstice, when we celebrated the longest day and shortest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

Cancer symbolizes new life and anything in its realm is destined to grow. It is ruled by the Moon, and invested in nourishment, security and love. Emotional sensitivity is abundant, family is paramount and mothering instincts are fierce.

Here is what nourishment, growth and love looked like in the natural world on that sacred Summer Solstice day ~

July’s New Moon arrives at 28 degrees of Cancer and forms an exact opposition to Saturn and looser ones to Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn. It implores us to stop defending rigid beliefs and structures built on them when their time is clearly over. It also forms a loose trine to Neptune in Pisces, where compassion is abundant and spiritual mastery flourishes.

This second New Moon cycle in Cancer offers the gift of time; it feels as if we’re being given a second chance. Cancer is associated with birth while Capricorn has to do with time and maturity. The fact that we are blessed with not one, but two New Moon cycles in Cancer this year is remarkable, and this New Moon’s opposition to the Capricorn stellium of Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto confirms that it is indeed time.

~ It is time to let go of conditioning that holds us back and separates us from each other.

~ It is time to to plant what we want to grow – individually and collectively.

~ It is time to nourish life with tender attention and care.

~ It is time for living life in a way that gives birth to love.

Here is how that showed up in Nature today ~

May we turn toward love and embody what the natural world shows us everyday.

With great blessings of love, light and peace, always.
~ Christina

 

Summer Solstice 2020 ~ A Turning Point Whose Time Has Come

As the sliver of the waning moon pierced the eastern sky before dawn this morning, I was immediately struck by how much power a thin curve of light can hold.

My new moon muse typically visits me in her dark balsamic phase – the silent, pregnant space of potential. This month’s new moon cycle seems to require the alchemy of that silver slice of luminescence, so I find myself sitting with the Summer Solstice/New Moon/Solar Eclipse chart as a steady rain pulses outside. It drives the abundant pine pollen of the mountains to the earth in rivulets of gold and green so that new life may emerge.

For me, each Equinox and Solstice brings its own magic. They are turning points in time where we welcome and celebrate the seasons that shape our lives.

This Summer Solstice brings three potent celestial events together to support our continued, much-needed growth and expansion. Summer Solstice, marked by the moment when the Sun moves into Cancer, will occur at 3:44 pm MDT on June 20, 2020. Then New Moon, Summer Solstice and an annular, “ring of fire” Solar Eclipse will converge during the midnight hour, MDT, on June 21, 2020 in the northern and western hemispheres, at zero degrees of Cancer.

Five planets, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto, are retrograde during this time, drawing us deeper into the realms that they govern: communication, love, beliefs, limits, and power, respectively. Neptune will soon join them, taking us deeper into the realm of spiritual unity.

If we need more impetus to make the sweeping changes that are upon us, it can be helpful to understand that eclipses in general provide thresholds. Solar ones, which occur only when the moon is in its new phase, intensify the call to step out of what is known into uncharted territory.

While the Solar/Lunar activity is centered in the cardinal sign of Cancer, it makes an exact inconjunction to Saturn in Aquarius. This aspect indicates a need for bringing incongruent ideas to the table and giving them each a voice.

Cancer is a cardinal modality and intent on reaching out to express its feelings and primal need for security. The Sun and Moon in this sign have everything to do with living in a safe, secure way that nourishes the heart and the child within.

Aquarius is fixed, and more interested in attracting what it needs, convinced that it will be provided for as it exists in the realm of possibility. It also has an abiding awareness of the interconnection and interdependence of the family of sentient beings in this and other realms. Saturn in this sign has galactic limits and knows without a doubt that what is old and outworn has no place in the brave new world of opportunity, where all beings can flourish.

These are the seemingly incongruent energies that are calling to us now.

~ Are we willing to trust what we feel in our hearts and then to take action born out of compassion?

~ Can we meet our own needs while supporting the needs of others?

~ Will we be courageous enough to offer everyone a seat at the table?

~ Are we ready to cultivate love, the most potent and abundant healing power on our planet?

Here’s to affirming, on this Summer Solstice of 2020, that the answer at the forefront of our collective mind is yes. Unconditionally yes.

We will embrace this turning point whose time has come.

With great love, blessings and prayers for fresh, brighter new beginnings, like those that follow a night of rain, for all relations.
~ Christina

Loving the Earth and Each Other under the New Moon in Taurus

In perfect alignment with Divine order, the New Moon in Taurus greets us
on the evening
of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, 2020 at 8:26 pm MDT!

Earthy Taurus welcomes 3 luminaries on this special day – the Sun, Moon, and Uranus.

Uranus in Taurus reminds us that what matters to us now really matters because Taurus is the embodiment of the law of attraction – where like attracts like and we draw to us exactly what we focus upon. Uranus moving through that kind of powerful magnetic space charges it with elements of innovation, inspiration and change. We’ve been asked to consider our values and to examine what it is that we hold dear….what it is that we love.

As I study the skies during the dark balsamic phase of the Moon tonight, I am struck by the degrees of Taurus that the New Moon, Sun, and Uranus will embrace and their corresponding Sabian Symbols.

The New Moon and Sun will occupy the space in Taurus at 3 degrees – the symbol for which is “Natural steps up to a lawn blooming with clover.” This symbol speaks of hope that is within reach – even though some action is necessary on our part it shouldn’t be overly difficult. The promise of something nurturing and good is on the horizon. Imagine the simplicity of playing barefoot on grassy fields while bees dance about the blossoms. The breeze blows our cares away and joy fills the spaces where fear used to dwell. If we engage in life with a playful heart and take the steps that are in front of us, we can know harmony, beauty, and peace. Venus-ruled Taurus owns all of these things and more. This symbol shows us that while we’re encouraged to enjoy the journey, we can risk not embracing abundance if we’re unwilling to make any effort at all.

Uranus holds its position at 6 degrees Taurus and invokes the symbol “A bridge being built across a high narrow gorge.” This symbol speaks to the bigger challenge of getting past some separateness or distance in order to get to a new, higher place. It calls us to find creative solutions to connect to others or to solve some problem that we’re facing. Our success lies in our ability to ask for and receive help, as well as to offer our own services toward the solution. The bridge serves all who need to get to the new ground, so working together is prudent and practical. This symbol requires us to build structures that span distances between places or people and time and space. If we’re willing to work together, we can overcome physical barriers and limitations.

Yes, the New Moon and Sun in Taurus squares Saturn in Aquarius, and Jupiter, Pluto, and Vesta in Capricorn. Yes, we’re facing extraordinary challenges now. The New Moon and Sun also form a cooperative sextile to the North Lunar Node in Cancer, where self care is held sacred.
Yes, there is hope. We are creative beings endowed with the most powerful force in the Universe: LOVE. We have each other, and we’re ever supported by countless beings who’ve gone before us, and who’ve yet to arrive.

Here’s to planting new seeds of life and love on our planet on this
50th anniversary of Earth Day and New Moon cycle in Taurus ~ for all relations.

With great gratitude and love,
Always love.
~ Christina

 

 

Aries New Moon Cycle ~ Planting Seeds of Light in our Collective Solar Plexus

During this Aries New Moon cycle where new life emerges, I’m sending abundant
healing intentions and light to our collective solar/soular plexus. 

As we dive deeper into solitude and inner spaces, and our Earth home heals from our influences, I am sending massive golden light to our planet and all sentient beings that dwell here. The image above of calcite, citrine, mica, and frankincense was taken during a Leo eclipse cycle, and while we’re not experiencing an eclipse right now, it feels like we are – old ways of being are ending and we’re being asked to find new ways to be alive now.

The image below is of a golden healer crystal sphere resting on an autumn forest floor. As we visualize its healing energy surrounding our planet, bathing all that live here in Universal Life Force energy, we can align with a higher natural order and flow. Grounding into the present moment, we can breathe in calm and exhale peace. Right here, right now. We can assist our collective healing process and nurture our new collective life that seeks to be born.
With everlasting gratitude for the support from higher realms, I nod Namaste to the wisdom inherent in each of us and in the unfolding of our collective experience, as challenging as it is now. Aries is determined to survive ~ its energy signature is congruent with being, and its will to live is undeniable.

If Aries were to describe itself, it would begin with the words: I AM. How we choose to follow that beginning is up to each of us. Our individual and collective survival depends upon our choices now, perhaps more than ever for many of us.With the purest golden healing light that I can conjure, and with the help of Mother Earth and Father Sky, may these blessings find you and yours in the light of love. For the highest good of all relations.
Always Love.
~ Christina

 

The ripples, waves, and tears of Pisces ~

February’s New Moon cycle in Pisces brings us closer to all that is Sacred. It reminds us of our connections – to our hearts, our joys, our tears, and each other. It asks us to let go, to listen, and to trust what shows up.As I write this, in the dark of the Balsamic Moon, I know that her light will return tomorrow, Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 8:32 am MST. Tuning in to the rhythm of Earth’s lunar phases helps me to flow with life rather than struggle against it. In this place, I discover that the gifts of the darkness are equal to those that exist in the light. It’s quiet here. There is spaciousness and a sense of mystery. A palpable sense of healing support envelops me. I am not alone. We are not alone.

I’ve been honored to witness the transitions of myriad brave fellow human and animal beings in recent days, months, and years. Life is tenuous and impermanent, yet when I view it with the lens of Pisces, it also feels strong and everlasting.

The power of Spirit never ceases to astonish me. It is present in the arms of a comforting embrace and eye contact held without the need for words. It shows up when we step outside of our expectations long enough to be surprised by the kindness of others. It flourishes in the richest source of healing liquid on the planet – our tears.

Ripples ~ waves ~ tides ~ feelings ~ emotions.

How do we navigate these forces of water in our world?

When the Moon is new and in Pisces, if we trust enough, the answer arrives. We simply have to show up. It is as simple and challenging as that. If we’re courageous enough, we’re blessed beyond measure.

Here’s to showing up, diving in, and trusting the ebb and flow of life and love.

With great blessings, gratitude and grace,
~ Christina

Receiving the gifts of the Aquarian New Moon Cycle ~

The New Moon Cycle of Uranus-ruled Aquarius brings sudden insight to shake and wake us up. It invites us to step out of our comfort zones and asks us to stretch ourselves into the field of possibility. A fixed square from the New Moon and Sun in Aquarius to Uranus in Taurus adds extra tension to this process of letting go and moving on, but with focused attention and willingness, we can trust that we’ve been moving toward this moment all along.

Aspects from the Moon to the North Node in Cancer reminds us that self-care continues to be critical for our collective growth. Injecting our days with new ways to nurture our bodies, minds, and spirits serves us well. A cooperative connection to Chiron in Aries boosts our confidence.

This cycle also brings a mutable square between Mars in Sagittarius and Venus and Neptune in Pisces, so bringing a sense of flexibility and kindness to our interactions with others is encouraged. It also invites us to connect to the truth about what we want and then to let our hearts guide us in drawing it to us. If something is out of sync, this New Moon cycle will bring it to our attention. Trusting our inner guidance system is critical.

Desmond Tutu said, “My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.”
As the Aquarian New Moon cycle continues, here’s to setting intentions that serve our well-being and our humanity with gratitude, grace, and love.
~ Christina

Capricorn’s New Moon and Solar Eclipse ~ Grounding into Love

2019 comes to a close with a celestial invitation to begin again.

Aspects of this month’s New Moon and Solar Eclipse on December 25, 2019 at 10:13 pm MST, highlight the themes that we’ve been working on for some time. Transpiring at four degrees Capricorn, the Moon and Sun join the South Node at 8 degrees Capricorn and oppose the North Node in Cancer, activating the way we care for ourselves and each other. Engaging in common goals with compassion and cooperation takes us to the higher levels of growth, expansion, and wisdom that Jupiter in Capricorn promises. 

An earthy trine to Uranus in Taurus reminds us that what really matters needs to be at the heart of our goals for the personal and collective win. To that end, connecting to the bounty and beauty of our shared home offers much-needed support. In these rapidly changing and challenging times, grounding the Earth’s energy into our hearts and planting intentions to nourish what we love serves us all now. 

With blessings of love, always.
~ Christina