Category Archives: Astrology

Autumn Equinox 2020 ~ Pausing for Beauty

The moment that we migrate into Libra is one of my favorite times of the year. Maybe it’s because I’m Scorpio-born, but the crisp chill in the morning air shifts my soul to soften into what is more than any other season.Libra represents the time of day when we surrender the day to the evening, when dragonflies give way to bats and stars emerge to show us the way forward, despite the approaching darkness. It marks the year’s turn into Autumn, when nature winds down and prepares to rest. Venus-ruled Libra symbolizes harmony, balance and cooperation, and it gives us an opportunity to coexist in ways that align with love.

At a time when it’s challenging to remain in the grace of appreciation, I’m moved to share some of the gifts that Autumn’s arrival has blessed me with this year. These beings, great and small, take me into the space of now instantly, and I’m ever grateful that I’m blessed to live my life immersed in the wonder of Colorado’s natural world.
From watching bees and the the summer’s last hummingbirds share nectar from the same fuchsia plant, witnessing a Robin, Pygmy nuthatch and Townsend’s solitaire quench their thirst at our birdbath at the same time, surrendering our garden to passing wildlife, being surprised by a lone bull elk grazing at dawn, to marveling at a murder of crows as they soar over the backdrop of twilight – each moment I spend in nature fuels me to face yet another day of uncertainty on our planet.

May these moments allow us to pause and appreciate the beauty of life, and may we collectively emulate the harmony that exists in nature for the highest good of all relations.

With great blessings of love, always.
~ 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

June 2020 ~ Pausing for Love

It’s June 4, 2020. I’m sitting outside with the setting sun in Gemini as the lark’s song coaxes the day to let go and rest. The Moon will rise tonight in her almost-full Sagittarian brilliance. Tomorrow, June 5th, 2020, brings a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse as she grows full in that truth-telling expansive sign.

If Gemini asks questions, Sagittarius is where answers dwell. It is the realm of expansion and growth, and few would argue that our country and our world are in grave need of both now. 

Sorting through the rubble in cities across the United States, gentle kind souls are coming together to help us come clean and heal. Humans of all colors, in and out of uniforms, are kneeling in solidarity for a better, higher, and more expansive version of humanity. Countless people are sharing their truths, tears and hearts across the planet. 

When I sit in this space of acknowledgement of and gratitude for all that is good in our world, my sense that we’re not out of the darkness yet softens and my hope for a brighter tomorrow – sooner rather than later – calls me home.

I’ve been going in and out of receptivity to it lately, so to be able to sit beside hope again as the day fades and the Moon rises soothes my soul. It feels as if a distant, yet primal memory is being revived. 

Tomorrow’s Full Moon will shine her light across the globe from me during our afternoon, at 1:12 pm MDT, and her Penumbral Eclipse will peak at 1:25 pm MDT. The Sun will be at 15 degrees of Gemini next to Venus at 12 degrees Gemini. The Moon will be at 15 degrees of Sagittarius. The solar/lunar mutable opposition will form an exact T-square to Mars in Pisces. Less exact, but still important connections bring the energies of Ceres and Neptune in Pisces on either side of Mars into play. 

T-squares, or any square aspects, in fact, can trip us up if we’re not paying attention. Eclipses always offer us a chance to clear the slate – to let go of what impedes our vitality and spirit. We’ll have not one, but two eclipses in June this year: tomorrow’s Penumbral Lunar one, and an Annular Solar Eclipse on the Summer Solstice at zero degrees Cancer, the sign of healing, nurturing and growth. 

I’ve been taught that a grand square aspect can help the energy move or flow easier than a T-square aspect since there is a balancing point on any given side of the square. Without this balancing point, T-squares can be more rigid, and we can be caught off guard.

T-squares in mutable modalities (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) call for cooperation, flexibility and adaptability. With the warrior planet of Mars in the mix, and its square to Venus in Gemini, this one implores us to consider our thoughts, words, and actions before we form, speak and engage them. 

According to older astrology texts, Mars in Pisces is said to be in its “fall” – a less than optimal placement as Mars is more aligned with the active, dynamic energy of Virgo that opposes Pisces. I prefer to think of this placement as an opportunity to surrender into a space that is bigger than ourselves. 

What if we choose to to “fall” into compassion, forgiveness, divinity and unity?
These are the gifts that Piscean’s mastery offers. 

For myself and many others born in the 1960’s, the mutable T-square created by the Lunar Eclipse that graces our skies tomorrow will be transformed into a grand mutable square or cross. The transit of Mars in Pisces will oppose our natal placement of Pluto in Virgo and offer a balancing point to help us shift the current state of our world.

Personally, my Plutonian placement is at exactly 15 degrees Virgo, marking this celestial event as more potent than most. Unconcerned with ego-driven expression, Pluto rules collective power. It holds the power to create and destroy life, to rebirth what seeks to be born. It is one of the three outer transpersonal planets, aligned with the greater evolution of humanity.
Those born under any given sign or expression of Pluto are bound by a shared vision and mission.  

To that end, I’m being called to hold space for the deep level of transformation we need now, and I intend to spend the day in the sacred space of silence and meditation, lifting up what I know we collectively have the power to rebirth: LOVE. 

It’s getting darker now. The lines of tangerine are thinning over the spine of the western horizon as cerulean expanses of sky shift into violet shadows. Bats swirl in and around the former paths of hummingbirds. The birds are quieting. A lone dog howls to my south. Another answers in the western distance as the wind picks up. 

There is more that I can share about other key celestial aspects of support that tomorrow’s Full Moon and Partial Lunar Eclipse holds. Such as the cooperative semi-square to Saturn in Aquarius, where the energies of maturity and responsibility for all of humanity abide and, with a little connection and effort on our parts, can be embraced and expressed. Or the looser semi-square to Jupiter in Capricorn, where if we’re wise enough, we can expand our perspectives and consciousness. Or the cooperative trine to Chiron in Aries where we’re encouraged to heal our wounds in order to survive as a species. Or how Ceres in Pisces shows us how to nourish ourselves by surrendering to the eternal flow of life. Or how Neptune is in its element in Pisces, where we are each held in the sacredness and light of life, as spiritual beings sharing human experiences. 

In this moment, though, I want to pause. I want to breathe. I want to let my tears fall with the light of the day as the rising moon’s silver light falls upon my back and casts my shadow upon the curve of the hillside beneath me.

I want to send my heart’s love around our planet Earth, this sacred and sublime home of ours. For the highest good of all relations. 

With great love and blessings, always.
Always love.
~ 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

 

 

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