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A cosmic reflection on the space in-between

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The space in-between eclipses – n. a pause between the inhale and exhale of the cosmos. February’s Full Moon in Leo on the 10th brought a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse and on this Sunday, the 26th, the New Moon in Pisces will emerge moments after the peak of an Annular Solar Eclipse. As I attune to higher realms, I sense a spaciousness being stretched to its boundaries by questions. At the core of this ever-expanding galactic balloon is this one:

Can we trust the space in-between?

Are we willing to exist where we are neither letting go nor receiving? Can we live without attachment to either/or?

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I was planning on writing about the typical issues that tend to surface when we are in-between the cycles of eclipses: What are we willing to release that has outlived its value? What will we erase in order to write a new script? Yet, as the wind whips through the skies on this evening when the Moon in Capricorn cooperates with Neptune, I am finding myself shifting into a different place – one that feels more fertile, pregnant even, with possibility. When I sit in this place of limitless presence, all that was and all that will be is here with me, and all is well.

Come. Breathe in. Pause.

Breathe out. Pause.

Let the Cosmos breathe you awake in the space in-between ~

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With infinite blessings from this ever-expansive space,

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 ~

 

 

 

Growing Lighter ~

Coming soon to a night sky near you ~ can you feel her energy growing?
On December 13th, 2016 at 5:05 pm MST, the Moon waxes Full in Gemini.

Which questions will we pose to Sources wiser than ourselves in order to expand our consciousness? Instead of expecting answers that are black/white – either/or – yes/no, can we consider those that honor both/and?

Can we entertain the idea that the answers we seek lie within the questions?
And then, can we trust the answers to which we are guided?

Here’s to our connection to and expansion of the Light ~

Full Moon in Aries ~ dreaming and co-creating a new path ~

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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? 

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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 ~

Jupiter in Libra ~ an invitation

Jupiter moved from Virgo into Libra today, can you feel the shift?

Jupiter’s nature is expansive while Virgo’s is exacting. Jupiter in Virgo asked us what is working and what is not? It was concerned with efficiency and what made sense, especially in terms of how we are meant to serve.

In Libra, Jupiter’s energies shift to the area of what feels balanced, peaceful, and in harmony with a higher perspective where the ‘other’ is also considered. If our relations with ourselves are centered and balanced, we’ll have an easier time expanding our consciousness into the arena of relationships.

 Jupiter will expand whatever it touches ~ so the questions become:
How peaceful are our hearts? How connected are we to others in our lives, our world?
What thoughts are we holding, nourishing with our hearts? Where might
 we cultivate harmony? 

 

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photo credit: NASA

With endless gratitude for infinite blessings ~
Christina

 

Meeting September’s shifts…with gentle steps ~

A gentle cosmic reminder on this eve of the New Moon and Solar Eclipse ~ when Mars, my favorite Red Planet, partners with Saturn which squares Neptune. As if that square between what is dreamt and what is real needed a boost….may we plant our dreams wisely, my dear friends, and grow our world anew.
thoughts ~

 

 

greeting ~ This week (and the month of September) offers several potent celestial shifts ~ from Venus moving into Libra, Mercury going Rx, a New Moon in Virgo/Solar Eclipse, to Jupiter moving into Libra and a Full Moon in Pisces/Lunar Eclipse – to name a few.

I offer ~ for now ~ less words and more love.

With blessings that mirror the way the clouds caress the earth,
and the earth responds in kind,
~ Christina

July’s Moon Cycle ~ featuring Summer’s Growth ~

 

centerAmerica’s Independence Day dawns on
the New Moon in Cancer ~ the zodiac sign ruled by the same Moon that harmonizes the rhythmic tides of the oceans.
It is symbolic of nourishment, emotional sensitivity, comfort, security, family, and growth. I’ve heard that one can never tell how much something in Cancer will grow because its possibilities are endless.

Relying on the horoscope for America on this day in history, and following that sentiment about Cancer ~ as a country, we were born to grow. My birthday wish for Americans is that we grow in connection to each other and honor the elemental truth that there is far more that we share in common than that which separates us. May we live up to the United part of our name and think and act from the heartbeat that connects ~ and heals ~ us all. Then, may we understand and embrace the connection we have to the global pulse and infuse it with our compassion. 

Our collective growth starts within each of us, of course, so this New Moon and this Month of Cancer energies offers a perfect garden in which to plant and nourish our deepest personal seeds ~ from what feeds our sense of comfort and safety to our grandest dreams and wishes ~ and everything in-between.

We can look for an emotionally sensitive beginning to July ~ with Mercury in Cancer and a water trine connecting Venus in Cancer, Mars in Scorpio, and Neptune in Pisces. This translates to supportive energy that helps us (if we’re willing) to take what is personal up to the higher realms of trust, forgiveness, and surrender. Neptune in Pisces symbolizes above all else, Oneness. It is consciousness itself, that dwells beyond ego. Here, vivid dreams, artistic creativity, and enhanced intuition are ours if we enter with humility and willingness. 

An opposition to Pluto, the planet that rules personal power and transformation, lends an edge to the New Moon and encourages us to reclaim any power we’ve relinquished in terms of co-creating our lives and our world. In Capricorn, Pluto currently calls us to take back responsibility and call out abuses of power. If Cancer is the sign of infancy and birth, Capricorn is the wise elder who knows how to lead the way. Each dwells in us and awaits our attention and action. 

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Mid-month, the Moon waxes Full on the 19th, in the end degrees of Capricorn, shining the light on our choices, allowing us to see if we’ve stepped forward or back.

A T-square aspect to Uranus (the planet of sudden and often surprising changes) in Aries urges us to pay attention to the need for change. In Aries, Uranus stirs the independent warrior within who wants to blaze a new path. Will we ~ individually and collectively ~ allow our unique spirits to shine? Will we be the creative innovators that our world so desperately needs to contribute to a better future? 

The Full Moon in Capricorn brings a passionate embrace between Mercury and Venus in Fiery Leo ~ sparking us to express and love what makes us shine! Getting creative in our conversations and relationships with others is encouraged – and likely unavoidable!

Saturn continues to square Neptune, reminding us to surrender what isn’t working and reshape our beliefs to accommodate what does. What supports an expanded perspective? What limits can stretch – especially those that we’ve held onto long enough? This aspect is designed to help us adjust to a more inclusive worldview ~ our essential humanity, our relationship to others, the pulse of the Cosmos to which we’re all connected. Neptune in Pisces asks, “Can we let go of that which restricts our greater understanding of Unity and Oneness?” May we be united in our answer…

Happy Independence Day to each of us ~ may we be free to choose with our hearts, always.

With infinite blessings and light ~
Christina

 

the mutability of things ~ Summer Solstice 2016 ~

On this eve of Summer Solstice, as a snow-white thunderhead catches the last flicker of light from the Sun tucking into the mountains in the West and edges closer to the dancing Red Planet in the South, I am reminded of the mutability of things.

solstice eveThe clouds have been speaking to me lately. They speak of how moistened air instantly shifts what it touches and what we see; they speak of how our beliefs can change with the speed of thought; they speak of how our yearning to converse and connect with others is as deep and necessary as our need to breathe; they speak of how each phase of the breath (the inhale, the pause, the exhale, the pause) are integral to the whole – the essence of the breath. Without any one of these components, they say, the breath – would not be. Without one, the other would not be. Without the other, one would not be.

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Tomorrow’s Full Moon (June 20, 2016) brings all things mercurial to light just before dawn in the mountains of Colorado (5:02 am MDT). At the end degrees of Sagittarius and Gemini, we’re invited to celebrate what we’ve learned and the myriad ways that our awareness has expanded. A Grand Mutable Cross between Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune emphasizes the value of flexibility, of changing our fixed patterns of limiting thoughts and beliefs, and flowing into that expansion. What if the patterns that shape our worldview were not fixed? What if we could, quite literally, lighten up? What if we approached obstacles with a breath of fresh air? These are the questions that drift before me now.

Most especially, this one: What if we trusted our highest truths? The ones that honored the relationship of the one and the other?

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Later tomorrow (June 20, 2016 at 4:34 pm MDT), the fluctuating nature of the Sun in Gemini will give way to the Lunar-ruled nourishing ways of Cancer, marking the longest day and the Summer Solstice in the western world. By then, the Moon will have left Sagittarius and entered the wise and mature realm of Capricorn. The Sun and Venus will caress each other in Cancer, helping us to feel our way through it all – through the tears, the joys, the beginnings and endings, the life and the loss. Their joining will support us in honoring each phase of our evolution – each part of the collective breath that we share as
ever-growing beings on this planet, our home for now.

The Grand Mutable Cross will still be in alignment and the question remains – will we?
As we are shown what is and what isn’t working in our lives and our world, (as Mercury in Gemini, and Jupiter in Virgo are want to do) and what foundations that we stand upon are too rigid or limiting for these changing times (as Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces are known to bring up), how will we respond? As our ‘reality’ (Saturn) encounters our ‘ideals’ (Neptune) how will we reconcile the differences, if we find them? How willingly and gracefully shall we bring the truth to light? 

With growing faith in the mutability and beauty of things – and our Earthship Crew –
I send infinite blessings in the pauses of each breath on every cloud ~ christina

 

December’s Gifts of Divine Order ~

Golden GiftHeartfelt Greetings ~
On a crisp morning after a storm I followed an internal whisper to go to a small Aspen grove north of our home. Watching the snow sift to the ground like powered sugar as gentle winds stirred the branches, a flock of Evening Grosbeaks graced me with a photo session.
Intuition continues to be heightened now, as Neptune went direct in Pisces (which it rules and loves) last month and currently squares Saturn in Sagittarius.

Tuning into and trusting the ways we are nudged in certain directions pays off in small and large ways, and sharing the gifts we receive multiplies the blessings. The cycle of giving and receiving reminds me of the astrological wheel, with no heirarchy, no beginning and no ending ~ in Divine and Perfect Order ~ always.

It follows then, that our mores are shifting as we personally and collectively make room for more inclusion and connection with higher truths ~ and each other. To that end, Neptune in Pisces encourages forgiveness and suspends judgment ~ for ourselves and each other ~
as we surrender into grace.

Fortunately, December opens and closes with supportive aspects to Inspire and Center us.

SoarThe month begins with a Grand Fire Trine ~ igniting the Spirit within. Trines offer flowing supportive energy, and those in Fire signs stir us to create ourselves anew. This one involves the Moon in Leo, Mercury in Sagittarius, and Uranus in Aries. It motivates and encourages action. What inspires us? What do we feel passionate about? What new action can we take to let our Spirits shine? What do we need to release in order to engage the new intention?
The Moon in Leo brings the energy of the Sun to light, driving us to Shine our Souls. Mercury in Sag seeks higher planes of consciousness, stirs elevated conversation, and takes ideas to new levels. Uranus in Aries sparks sudden and often surprising changes that give life to new ways of being. Tapping into this trinity of planetary gifts offers immense power – which is good, given that the Saturn/Neptune square can present challenges if we attempt to hold on to the past…

The New Moon on the 11th at 3:29 am MST is in expansive Sagittarius, inviting us to nurture and cultivate areas and thoughts that we want to stretch. It forms aspects to both Jupiter in Virgo and Chiron in Pisces, creating a T-square that invites us to look at what’s working and what is not. What is healing, and what is harming? Once again, seeking the higher path, solution, idea, and action is called for. Carefully cultivating mindfulness is wise with this New Moon’s energy.

The wheel turns to the Winter Solstice on the 21st, when the Sun moves into Capricorn at 9:48 pm MST. Another supportive Grand Trine forms, this time in Earth signs, to help us ground and center our intentions. The Moon in Taurus, Mercury in Capricorn, and Jupiter in Virgo align with gifts of stabilizing energy. The Moon in Taurus offers Venus’s magnetic field to help us attract and build what we love. Mercury in Capricorn bears practical wisdom while Jupiter in Virgo helps us find workable solutions that serve the whole. Together, this trinity blesses our solstice with abundance.

The Full Moon arrives before Dawn on the 25th at 4:11 am MST in the watery, home-and- family-loving sign of Cancer. As we gather with those we love this month, on whatever holy days we may be celebrating or choosing not to celebrate, may we connect to the family of which we are all a part, no matter our beliefs, with a purity of Heart that transcends language, lineage, and history.

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Cancer symbolizes the infant in us that needs love in order to grow. Perhaps our gift to our Mother Earth, and all those who call Her Home, can be that Love.

Wherever our personal journeys take us, may we serve our collective one with Light, Love, and the Universal Presence of Peace ~

With Infinite Blessings,
~ Christina

November’s Garden of Grace ~

Greetings from the Garden,
The Half Moon in Leo is suspended in the sky of time as a soft wind stirs the reflections of grasses and trees in the pond at my feet. Streams bubble with delight and a reclaimed tree split in half lengthwise supports me as I notice and absorb these gifts of Sacred Earth. At my back, a Pinon Pine’s aroma calls me to attention; on a peach tree to my right, clusters of banana-shaped leaves, a mix of burnt umber and crimson, tremble ever so slightly.

November arrives…and invites us into the wisdom of transition.

This is the time of Scorpio. Her regenerative power is palpable here, where she beckons the garden dwellers deeper into Mother Earth’s womb. Trusting her mysterious depths where transformation occurs, they surrender completely to the rhythm of life.

How perfect then, this union of Mars and Venus today, November 2nd, where the sacred balance of action and reception takes place and wholeness emerges. With this cosmic couple in Virgo along with Jupiter, what we desire, reach for, and embrace is amplified.
Virgo: where perfection comes from practice; where service rises from choice;
where we shine Spirit’s magnificence on Earth ~ manifesting our Divinity with our
humble expressions of Humanity.

Jupiter in Virgo blesses our potential to heal even more in the coming days, as it opposes Chiron in Pisces on November 3rd. Chiron has been called the ‘wounded healer’- if we shift that to ‘wise healer’ it opens a world of possibilities and restores faith, which Pisces has in abundance. Intuition is amplified now ~ whispers are louder ~ gut feelings stronger ~ the quieter we get, the more answers we are given. This is the power of Jupiter and Chiron when we come to the center of their opposition and honor both energies.

November 11th brings a New Moon in Scorpio and asks us what we can drop into the depths of the Earth. What can we surrender to the mystery? What needs to be released so that we can be transformed, reborn?

On the 18th, Neptune, the planet of Unity and Oneness, goes direct in Pisces. Thinning veils surround us now, offering access to deeper knowing, the power of forgiveness, and a growing awareness of the common threads we share in the tapestry we are co-creating.

Scorpio gives way to Sagittarius on November 22nd as the Sun illuminates truth and wisdom. Jupiter rules Sagittarius and offers expansion. As our willingness to see beyond our current view stretches, so does our reach.

November’s Full Moon in Gemini graces the day before Thanksgiving, when many of us in America gather in gratitude with those we love and celebrate our blessings, Wednesday, the 25th, at 3:44 pm MDT. Light-hearted and quick-witted, this Moon’s light stimulates conversation, open-mindedness and joy!
In honor of Her arrival, I offer heartfelt gratitude to all of the signs of the zodiac, the planets that rule them, and the unique ways that they show up at the table, through us. After all, we are blessed with each and every one of them, to some degree!  😉

Thank you, Aries ~ for saying “YES!” to adventure
Thank you, Taurus ~ for creating a path of beauty
Thank you, Gemini ~ for your unceasing curiosity
Thank you, Cancer ~ for sharing your heart-shine
Thank you, Leo ~ for lighting the way with joy
Thank you, Virgo ~ for demonstrating exquisite discernment and sense of purpose
Thank you, Libra ~ for holding sacred the middle way
Thank you, Scorpio ~ for seeing through illusion and taking us deeper into the mystery
Thank you, Sagittarius ~ for expanding into wisdom
Thank you, Capricorn ~ for your steadfast determination to succeed
Thank you, Aquarius ~ for inspiring the future ~ now
Thank you, Pisces ~ for being Spirit on Earth

In the garden on this perfect Autumn November day, I’m seated on a bench with a plaque that reads, Every day is a gift. There is something magical about having leaves of gold and crimson drop upon and around you. Their crunch under tiny sneakers running in the courtyard. Halves of flowers hanging, waiting, on their stems. A Black-eyed Susan with just one bright yellow petal radiating from its center. Couples, young and old, holding hands, simply smiling at the day. Mothers and their adult daughters, fathers and their adult sons. A four-year old girl toting 3 toddlers in a large plastic wagon, happily asking, “Which way?”
One of the toddler’s gaze locking with mine as he takes it all in: the leaves drifting, fluttering to the ground, gathering, and starting a new conversation; my pen on the page as the wind stirs and turns it. Gardens. Holy Places. Sacred Earth. Every day is a gift. Yes. And a prayer.

Prayer for Rain ~

 

November ~ a month of renewal, where gratitude transforms us, and wisdom emerges ~

Blessings, Gifts, and Prayers, to All ~ everyday,
Christina

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‘Prayer for Rain’ bronze sculpture by Allan Houser
Denver Botanic Gardens, November 11, 2011.

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