Category Archives: Astrology

Learning to share love in the light of Libra’s Full Moon

As tonight’s full moon casts it glorious light upon us, my Libran Soul is drawn to the spaces between us and the thoughts, words, and blessings that we’re filling them with during this pivotal time in our evolutionary history.

There are always a multitude of opportunities to learn more about ourselves and the ways we live our lives, but at this moment, even more are showing up. Personally, I’m blessed to have access to the digital world, where all kinds of free courses and presentations call me to show up. Yale University is helping  me rekindle my early studies in psychology with their free Coursera course on the Science of Well Being. Seeing Martin Seligman, the father of the positive psychology movement, on global stages and confirming that my character strengths are exactly as I would have guessed, is affirming and uplifting for my mind, body and soul.

Being reminded to practice my strengths daily because positive results
bring more of the same is an extra bonus.

Tuning in daily to Oprah’s and Deepak’s meditation series on Hope grounds me into the fertile soil of ancient truths. Taking tabata breaks with spicy beings such as Maria Horstmann with Be Fab Be You spikes my days with energy. Tuning in to Dr. Ritamarie’s masterful understanding of nutrition on her webinars inspires me to create and consume more green foods. Watching Dr. James in his treehouse gives me a morning spiritual elixir shot.

Meanwhile, thanks to Fender, my partner in life is learning to play the blues on his acoustic guitar. Hearing his tentative chords stirs me to finally take my seat at our ever-patient piano and resume lessons that were undertaken in what feels like another lifetime.

Venus rules Taurus and Libra. In Taurus, we’re invited to attract what we value in order to build form and structure. We focus our attention on self-worth and personal integrity. In Libra, we move into the social realm of life where we dare to step outside of ourselves and see our reflections in the other.

In the spaces between us, we become aware of our innate need
to learn and to love, and we reflect
the Divine because we recognize the value of others.

As positive psychology has known for years, focusing on our strengths always brings more of the same. As tonight’s Full Moon bathes us in her light, may we reflect it back to each other and let what we’re learning and have learned about love harmonize the space in-between.

With great gratitude and love, always.
~ Christina

 

 

Spring Equinox 2020 ~ Birthing our New Earth’s Essence ~

As the Sun shifts from Pisces into Aries on March 19, 2020 at 9:49 pm MDT, and marks Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, we find ourselves grounded in a circle of celestial light.

Alert yet calm, we invite the energies around us
to infuse our awareness and show how to be in this new world.

The primal fire of the Sun in Mars-ruled Aries ignites our survival instinct, while its partnership with Chiron in Aries stretches our perceptions to a new, higher understanding of how our survival is connected to that of others. A fresh understanding of self worth and success dawns upon us and an acute sense of what is critical for our physical bodies emerges now.

In the hush that falls upon us, we can almost intuit humanity’s collective new purpose and we instinctively know that our choices and actions have the power to support or suppress it.

The fundamental challenge of caring for ourselves– meeting our immediate needs now – seems to be at odds with a growing awareness of the interconnectedness between all living species on our planet, and indeed, Earth herself. This misalignment of our bodies and our spirits is calling for correction. 

When Jupiter, the planet of expansion, is in the earth element, it points to the expansion of structures. The structures we’ve built as humans on our Earth home are changing rapidly now and expanding into something else entirely. Although on some primal level the changes we’re experiencing aren’t completely mysterious, they are nonetheless uncomfortable and/or unbearable for many. Growth thrives in zones of discomfort.

When planets are in Capricorn, they function at the level of our current definition of our human capacity. When Jupiter is in Capricorn, we become walking proof of our belief systems and any limits or freedoms that they hold. As Jupiter partners with Mars in earthy Capricorn, there is an extra magnetic force around us that draw our desires to us. Whether those desires are fueled by fear or love is up to us to decide.

As the wheel of winter turns to spring, what is unfinished in Capricorn must be resolved so that what waits to be born in Aries can arrive. Saturn, the celestial ruler of Capricorn, is at the end degrees of this mature sign, urging us to redefine what it means to be human now. Saturn and Pluto have been partnering in Capricorn for awhile to support our breakthrough to completely new understandings of ourselves and our limitless potential.

It’s up to us to take the next courageous steps forward and
assume our roles as creators of our ever-expanding reality.

If we drop into our hearts as we sit in this circle, compassion from Neptune in Pisces softens our rigid edges. As the noise of what was quiets and a sense of something bigger than ourselves fills the void, we court the concepts of trust and faith. The lines between us blur and we know that we’re not alone, nor were we ever, despite conditioning that led us to cling to that illusion.

As Spring dawns upon us this year, may our collective awakening
inspire compassionate action for our collective spirited expansion of love
across all boundaries of time and space.  

With great love and blessings,
~ Christina

Reveling in the everyday wisdom of Virgo’s Full Moon ~

As I ground into today’s Full Moon in earthy Virgo, I revel in our efforts and the way that no matter what happens, healing, connection, love and service triumph.

The orb of illumination cast by Virgo’s Moon at 11:48 am MDT today shines upon our accomplishments and calls us to celebrate the way that we care for ourselves and each other every day.

It creates strong cooperative trine aspects to several planetary bodies in Capricorn, including Mars, Pallas Athena, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto, along with the asteroid Vesta in Taurus. These connections invite us to take stock of and ground into the changes we’ve initiated and/or completed lately. Especially those that involved turning over old issues, patterns, and actions that no longer serve our daily lives and expanding consciousness.

Venus also partners with Uranus in Taurus today, amplifying the power of choosing love, which is the most powerful source of energy on Earth and the driving force of the law of attraction.

Like the mountains on our planet, trines in the element of earth inspire us to strive for what is possible and to do the work that’s required to get there. The valleys on the way are part of the climb toward higher vantage points and Virgo reminds us that they are as important as the peaks.

Virgo’s Full Moon also shines upon the Sun’s partnership with Neptune in Pisces, and invites us to celebrate what we’ve surrendered. It’s a perfect time to acknowledge the blessings that come from forgiveness and to trust ourselves and our journey.

Here’s to seeing ourselves in others and appreciating that we’re truly one masterful expression of something greater than ourselves.

With deep and wide appreciation and love, always,
~ 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

Mercury’s journey of Love ~

Mercury goes direct today, November 20, 2019, at 12:12 pm MDT. It will turn at 11 degrees Scorpio, and its shadow period – the zodiacal journey that it traversed while retrograde – will end on December 6, 2019.

During Mercury’s recent transit of the Sun on 11/11/19, I was steeped in the sacred lands
of Sedona where time bends into the realm of infinite possibility. Where shrubs and trees
become shifting figures of ancient guardians with a peripheral glance. Where you can
reverently step into the center of twisted crone junipers and receive the enduring love of our Earth Mother. Where the almost full Moon takes your breath away as it ends its journey in Aries and claims the eastern sky even as the Sun sleeps in the west after painting the land with love.

Ceremonial gatherings at dawn always stir my soul across the expanse of time and space, and this one enriched my journey well beyond my expectations.

As I ascended the red Earth up to the place where we would gather in meditation, my heart’s prayer was that the message from Mercury’s transmission would alight on and heal our collective heart. I prayed that it would seep into the hard places on our planet and begin to soothe them; that it would allow our wounds to connect us so that we could lift each other up; that it would shine its soft golden light on the shadowy places in our consciousness that long to be seen and set free.

Crows carried our energy from the western rocks behind us into the path of light as prayer flags caught our intentions in a flash of color and our fears rose and fell on the breeze.

As the Sun kissed the eastern ridge and our circle with its light, the Messenger planet spun this across the sky and into our hearts: Love. 

I’m ever grateful that  we have the capacity to love, always. It is the true agent of transformation. It is our collective why and how, and the time to embody it is now.

Always love.
~ Christina

 

 

 

Opening to the Gifts of Scorpio’s New Moon Cycle and Retrograde Mercury’s Blessings

Scorpio, the sign of the zodiac that demands integrity and authenticity, is upon us. It’s the sign of the impeccable detective that maneuvers comfortably in the dark corners of our psyches.
It senses BS from afar and will call it out – every time.

Dwelling in the autumnal season of transition, Scorpio serves the greater purpose of rebirth and exists to transmute that which is not aligned with our collective growth.

This year, Pluto-ruled Scorpio initiates a potent New Moon cycle on Sunday night, October 27th, 2019, at 9:38 p.m. MDT at 4 degrees, where it will form an exact opposition to retrograde Uranus in Venus-ruled Taurus.

The polarity of power (Pluto/Scorpio) and love (Venus/Taurus) abides here, and our purpose is simply to honor and balance both of these qualities. As one born with Mercury and other key luminaries in Scorpio, the simple but profound question that shows up for me now is this:

Can we allow love to transform us?

Scorpio’s powerful lunar cycle also brings abundant opportunities from Mercury, the Messenger planet, via two significant events. 

The first gift is Mercury’s Retrograde (Rx) cycle that will begin on October 31st, Samhain/Halloween, and end on November 20, 2019. Although, the shadow period of this retrograde cycle began on October 12th, 2019 and will remain in play until December 8th.

While many people may cringe at the mention of retrograde Mercury and/or blame the Messenger planet for challenges they encounter, others (including myself) appreciate the wisdom of this cosmic event that helps us pause, get present, and reconsider all things having to do with communication. The areas of our lives where we’re asked to pay careful attention to our thoughts, intentions, beliefs, words, and actions vary, depending on the sign that Mercury journeys through during its retrograde period, and where and how that energy shows up in our natal chart.

In general, though, we can all benefit from knowing more about each Mercury retrograde cycle. In Scorpio, retrograde Mercury takes us deeper into what matters. Our integrity radar is on high alert and superficiality, dishonesty, and inauthenticity are scrutinized, and often brought out from the shadows into the light. Things will go smoother for everyone if we do our inner work, as challenging as that may be right now. It’s a perfect time to get to the heart of things – to be courageous enough to look within and see if the lives we’re living reflect what we find in our hearts.

The second blessing of this Scorpio New Moon cycle is Mercury’s transit of the Sun on 11/11/19. When any planet aspects the Sun, it amplifies the energy signature of that planet. When a planet transits the Sun, as Mercury will do, the energy signature of the transiting planet infuses the life force that the Sun beams to us. 

Mercury transits the Sun on average only a little more than a dozen times each century – unlike Venus, which transits the Sun on average only twice during the same period.

Our last Venus transit occurred in June of 2012, and from an astrological perspective, it blessed the Earth with a powerful infusion of Divine Feminine Love bathed in the brilliance of Gemini, the perpetual student and messenger that Mercury rules in the zodiac.

Our last Mercury transit was in May of 2016 and our next one will occur in November of 2032.

Composite image of Mercury transiting across the sun on 9 May, 2016, as seen by HMI on NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. Credit: NASA/SDO

The approaching Mercury transit of the Sun on 11/11/19 will occur while Mercury is retrograde and will begin its journey at 19 degrees Scorpio.

The Sabian symbol for 19 degrees Scorpio is: A parrot repeats a conversation he has overheard. According to Dane Rudhyar in his book, An Astrological Mandala, this zodiacal degree has to do with the the faith and capacity to transmit wisdom beyond one’s normal level of understandingHe writes, “The mind that has learned to be silent and attentive can become attuned to the rhythm of utterances which he may not comprehend intellectually, yet which may truly manifest superhuman realizations. Discrimination is needed to balance the overeagerness of faith.”

By the ever present grace of Spirit, Mercury’s celestial journey across the morning Sun will find me with fellow astrology students and teachers on a rise of sacred red earth in Sedona. We’ll sit in a circle of love, quiet our minds, ground our bodies, and open our hearts and souls toward the East, the place of New Beginnings and Possibilities, and we’ll see what the light and shadows bring forth.

The following day, November 12, 2019, the Moon will wax full at 19 degrees Taurus as it reflects the light of the Sun at 19 degrees Scorpio. The Sabian symbol for 19 degrees Taurus is: A new continent is rising out of an ocean. Rudhyar writes, “When the mind has been emptied and light has been called upon to purify the consciousness freed from its attachment and contaminations, a new release of life can emerge out of the infinite Ocean of potentiality, the Virgin SPACE. What will it be used for?”

It is my heart’s desire that Scorpio’s gifts are discovered and embraced by each of us, so that we may rise into the realm of love and power…together. 

Blessings and Love, always Love, for all relations ~
Christina

 

Connecting with October’s Full Moon in Aries – and the Best of Ourselves ~

When any of the four cardinal signs of the zodiac (Aries, Libra, Cancer, Capricorn) are activated, we’re shown issues around our identity and expression. Tomorrow’s Full Moon at 20 degrees Aries, at 3:08 pm MDT, amplifies this area for us as it highlights all four of the cardinal signs with a Grand Cross or Square.

The Full Moon in Aries opposes the Sun in Libra and they square the North Lunar Node in Cancer, and Saturn, Pluto, and the South Lunar Node in Capricorn. 

Simply put, cardinal energies require and call for expression, and tomorrow’s celestial arrangement implores us to balance all four points of this Grand Cross.

  • Aries wants us to express our selves.
  • Libra wants us to express balance and harmony in our relationships with others.
  • Cancer wants us to express our emotional needs – while feeling secure enough to do so.
  • Capricorn wants us to express our personal responsibility and wisdom.

With the Sun in Venus-ruled Libra and the Full Moon in Mars-ruled Aries, balancing all four of these areas in our lives is the key to discovering and embodying peace and harmony. Libra reminds us that really are in this life experience together, despite situations or encounters that may make us lean toward judgment, isolation, and separation.

The spruce that is surrounded by aspens is not alone.
In fact, the entire forest is stronger for their connection.

At its core, astrology is about polarities and relationships. Having the courage to make the journey to the center point of any polarities or aspects at play allows us to embrace the best of each celestial body and the zodiac sign it is traveling through at the time.

If the best of our strong, self-confident, and courageous Aries self could meet our peaceful, balanced, and cooperative Libra self, we’d realize that we can be both empowered and harmonious. And, if our infantile, sensitive, and emotional Cancer self could meet our older, wiser, and responsible Capricorn self, we’d see that we’re both secure and unstoppable.

If we stay too long in any one expression of these signs, we’ll likely notice and feel mounting tension – and we’ll probably experience recurring patterns of behavior that reinforce the imbalance. 

I believe this is why the celestial bodies form patterns like the one that tomorrow’s Full Moon brings…so that we are encouraged to wake up and breakthrough habitual ruts. So that we can move to the center point of all of the axis points of our lives, and know the peace that abides there.

  • Aries/Libra = I am/We are
  • Cancer/Capricorn = I Feel/I Use
  • Taurus/Scorpio = I Have/I Desire
  • Leo/Aquarius = I Will/I Know
  • Gemini/Sagittarius = I Think/I See
  • Virgo/Pisces = I Serve/I Believe

Most of us get that Full Moons tend to intensify things…emotions heighten, and people can express less than their best selves. The Full Moon on October 13, 2019 is no exception.

One tool to help us move to the safe and balanced place on the Aries/Libra and Cancer/Capricorn axis is to create space in our lives. Then, we can consider the quality
of that space.

~ What if we created space with our breath and infused it with the quality of love?

~ What if we created space with our thoughts and infused it with the quality of choice?

~ What if we created space with our presence and infused it with the qualities of joy and
gratitude?

Another gift of this Full Moon is that it forms a flowing fiery trine to Jupiter in Sagittarius while the Sun in Libra forms a cooperative sextile to Jupiter. Tapping into creativity that lifts our perceptions to higher ground is supported by this celestial arrangement. Embracing the expansive light-heartedness of these energies will lighten any intensity that bogs us down.

Here’s to shining the Full Moon’s light on the center-point of our personal and collective Grand Cross and radiating it with celestial love and conviction – and having FUN in the process!
With great love and blessings, for all relations ~
Christina

 

 

 

 

Libra’s New Moon and the Space Between Us ~

I love Libra, and Libra’s New Moon cycle offers some amazing opportunities for reflection. It also holds abundant gifts of appreciation, balance, peace, and harmony through connections with others.

So, let’s center ourselves. Let’s breathe into this moment, this space, when the Moon is in the balsamic phase of darkness just before her new light returns in Libra tomorrow, September 28, 2019, at 12:26 pm MDT. The balsamic phase is where ideas coalesce, so let’s marinate here for a moment.

Continuing to notice our breath, let’s feel our feet on the ground rooting into the Earth – and let’s feel our hearts lifting and connecting to the Cosmos.

When we’re centered within ourselves in this way, between Earth and Above,
we’re in the realm of Aries.

The journey from fiery Aries to airy Libra takes us from our centers into the spaces that exist between us. The New Moon in Venus-ruled Libra reminds us that the quality of the space between us depends on what we bring to it.

New moons in general are ideal times to set intentions, and this one has some amazing aspects that offer much potential for us to manifest them.

One of these aspects is the New Moon’s opposition to the asteroid Chiron in Aries, the wise healer that supports our survival. If we’re willing to step outside of ourselves on the way from Aries to Libra, we can see our reflection in others. If we’re willing to go even deeper, we’ll appreciate our ability to mirror them, as well. Bravely taking this journey with compassion guiding us brings balance and harmony to the ways we live, heal, and express ourselves.

Another potent aspect of this New Moon in Libra is a T-square to Saturn and the South Lunar Node in Capricorn, and the North Nodal Node in Cancer. This connection helps us release lessons and habits from the past that no longer serve our best expression. It also reminds us to adopt a willingness to take responsibility for practicing loving self-care and for fulfilling our needs.

Finally, this New Moon makes an exact inconjunction to Uranus in Taurus. A conjunction is a supportive aspect where energies pair up close to each other, while an inconjunction is the opposite. Inconjunctions require us to notice the disconnection and correct our course, if needed. Uranus in Taurus wants us to really get in touch with our values, and the New Moon’s aspect to it implores us to connect with what really matters so that we can restore balance and harmony to our lives.

The upshot of this New Moon is that it’s time. It’s time to show up and make our intentions matter, because they truly do. Together, we can know and appreciate balance, peace, and harmony – where we all mirror the best of each other. Let’s do this!

With much love and harmony, always,
Christina ~