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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 ~

Autumnal Equinox 2019 ~ Loving Self, Loving Others

Here’s to celebrating the beauty and balance of Libra’s realm as we welcome Autumnal Equinox in the west! It arrives at 1:50 am MDT on September 23, 2019.

While we dream tonight, the growing season of summer begins to wind down and the moments of sunlight in our days lessen. Chilly mornings and evenings help us turn toward what warms us.

Years ago, I came across a spiritual teaching that profoundly impacted my life. It suggested that gazing upon the sunrise and sunset daily would help us to live up to our potential and maximize our time on Earth. These two times of the day have always felt sacred to me, one full of possibility and the other full of gratitude. Respectively, they represent the axis of Aries (self) and Libra (others).

Venus-ruled Libra owns the time of day when the Sun comes to rest; when we pause and reflect on the day and give gratitude for its gifts. Contemplation, consideration, cooperation, collaboration, and harmony come naturally to Libra.

It’s an air sign, and when I’m standing in the awe of any given sunset, I’m acutely aware of the quality and power of the air around me – thoughts fall away without effort on my part and time ceases as the energy of Libra infuses my soul.

The Autumnal Equinox Sun forms a loose conjunction to Mars in Virgo on one end, and Venus in Libra on the other, lifting the arrival of the season with perfection and love. Venus joins Mercury in Libra, so the potential exists to lift up our consciousness, too. Together, Venus and Mercury square the Moon and the North Node in Cancer on one end and Saturn and the South Node in Capricorn on the other, an alignment that encourages radical self-care and nurturing. As above, so below: balance prevails as the way to peace.

May we pause often enough over these coming days of Autumn to find the center point between self and other. May we journey inward enough so that we can brave going outward.  May we gather close to what warms our hearts, and may we know peace.

Like most things, beauty is best when shared, so in the spirit of Libra’s love, enjoy these visions of her magical moments, and may each day’s end fill your heart with gratitude, and your soul with hope for a brighter dawn, for all relations.

Blessings, always,
Christina ~

Virgo’s New Moon Cycle ~ Embodying the Essential Self

All of us have the potential to be nourished by the Moon’s journey into Virgo, which occurs on August 30th, 2019, in the wee hours just before dawn at 4:37 am MDT, when some of us will
still be dreaming in the land of shadows.

Virgo’s Healing Earthy New Moon reminds me of why I garden and how it feeds my soul.

~ Feeling the damp soil in my fingers and on my cheek as I brush my hair away in the wind.

~ Tuning into the harmony of pollinators – from the buzzing bees to the whirring hummingbirds dashing from one source of life to another.

~ Delighting in the simplicity of chickadees and juncos bathing in the fountain, or the joyful surprise of Anna’s hummingbirds showering in the mist from the garden hose.

~ Finding peace in the vigilant silence of the baby rabbit nibbling on clover, trusting me completely to continue planting Sweet Williams by her side.

~ Appreciating the focused industry of ground squirrels and chipmunks gathering what they need for the coming winter.

~ Watching in awe as arachnids move about Her skin – from great grey wolf spiders camoflauged in the dirt to ancient orb weavers creating suspended works of art in the air.

~ Inhaling the manna of petrichor – the earthy aroma produced when rain falls on dry soil.
How perfect that the word petrichor is constructed from the Greek language –  petra meaning “stone”, and īchōr meaning “the fluid that flows in the veins of the Gods in Greek mythology.”
Of course, I would add that it flows in the veins of Goddesses, too.

Virgo is all about the Feminine Earth Goddess and
Her gardens of Life and Love with which she blesses us.

If we’re alert and open enough to her healing energy now, we’ll discover that we feel a bit more present – a bit more grounded – and a bit more nourished than we were just moments ago.

Our perfect selves yearn for our purest intentions to be expressed during this auspicious time. The clearer and more committed we are to what matters now, the easier our efforts will be in the month ahead. Virgo loves action, effort, order, and routine – and it thrives on efficiency.

This moon cycle invites us to make what we’re working on count, and its Earthy trine to Uranus in Taurus and Saturn in Capricorn supports our efforts to that end.

This Lunar Goddess also aligns with both Mars and Venus in Virgo, blessing us with the perfect balance and wholeness of masculine and feminine energies. It longs for us to claim what we desire and what we value, and it encourages us to clarify what we’re willing to give and what we’re willing to receive.

We are to call forth, ground into, and embody that which is natural and essential ~ that which is whole, unified, and perfect ~ that which is universal and right here in front of us, always: our genuine and magnificent selves. 

So it is and so it shall be. Always, healing. Always, love. Always, blessings.

For all relations ~
Christina

Expanding into the Light of the Full Moon in Sagittarius ~

The Gemini New Moon cycle that we’re currently in culminates in the fullness of 25° Sagittarius on Monday June 17th, 2019 at 2:31 am MDT, during the dark hours of the morning. She’s joining Jupiter on the way so we’re likely already feeling the pull to become more of who we want to be.

Later on Monday morning at 9:13 am MDT, the Moon will shift into Capricorn and show us how far we’ve come…or how far we have yet to go!

Since the universal law of attraction holds that what we focus on expands, this Gemini Moon cycle that began on June 3rd inspired me to celebrate and appreciate the blessings that surround me everyday. The abundance of beauty and magic in the natural world is boundless and with my attention and appreciation, its energy expands my Soul well beyond what I can see and touch. To glimpse some of these moments of inspiration from Nature and to get my blogpost updates, see my Facebook page here. If you’re feeling inspired to like the page, know that it’s appreciated!

Mercury, Mars and the South Lunar Node are currently in Cancer, inviting us to feel into the flow of a stream of heart-centered consciousness. They oppose Saturn, Pluto, and the North Lunar Node in Capricorn showing us the limits of our evolution.

Nurturing ourselves with authenticity and absolute love brings us to the center of the polarity of Cancer and Capricorn and allows us to grow into our potential as human beings.

Dropping into our hearts allows us to feed the seeds of possibility
that we’ve planted for eons.

We can think of all things in Cancer as infantile and needing care and attention. If we look to Nature for inspiration now in the west, we’ll see new babies of various species emerging on wobbly legs and untested wings making their way forward into the world.

Like them, we all have a universal need for unconditional love inside of us and crave support to explore the world without fear. Imagine that we cared for ourselves in the same way that we’re instinctively driven to care for those newly born.

What tenderness would appear and fill our moments?
What growth would we experience?
How much expansion would we know?

If Cancer is infancy, Capricorn is maturity, wisdom, and experience. It represents the pinnacle of achievement that comes from taking personal responsibility for our lives and the world that we are co-creating. When we express the best of both of these energy signatures, we become exponentially powerful.

Nothing less than this is being asked of us now:
to empower, express, and embrace new versions of ourselves
and the world that we share with all sentient beings.

May we expand together and enjoy the journey
to a brighter expression of love, life, and joy…for all relations.

With overflowing appreciation and blessings, always,

Christina ~

June’s New Moon in Gemini ~ Creating Space to Receive our Dreams

As with most New Moon posts, I write this in the balsamic phase of the moon where ideas gestate before birth. Tomorrow, in the dark just before dawn, the New Moon will form at 4:02 am MDT at 12 degrees of Gemini.

I’ve spent part of this weekend reconnecting to Source Energy at a workshop where Abraham and Esther Hicks shared wisdom from the non-physical realm. The other part was spent in my garden and forest around my home. Happily, inspiration and ideas are within my reach again.

Like many humans in the Abraham Hicks workshop, I was in grave need of inspiration; it has been waning for me personally – and many of us collectively – during these shifting times. In perfect alignment with the law of attraction that rules our Universe, the messages I received did not disappoint.

With deep gratitude to Abraham, Esther, her team, and others in the workshop, I wish to share some of the gems that emerged as we welcome the New Moon in Gemini.

May these paraphrased ideas from the workshop stimulate new thoughts, ignite new conversations, and inspire all of us to receive what is possible – and to be what is possible.

Growth and expansion will happen. Experiencing joy along the way is a choice. Gemini loves choices! Gemini and its ruler Mercury also love learning. Here’s to aligning with their energies and choosing to expand our perspectives with joy!

Where is joy waiting for us? Gemini also loves to have fun, so let’s go there this month!

There is a vast difference in receiving a thought and thinking a thought. Empowerment comes from receiving what comes from our Source energy. When we enter the present moment without expectations, we’re able to receive the ideas from our dreams.

Are we creating space to receive? Or, are we constantly thinking and stopping the flow?

Trusting the images and ideas that we get is pivotal and waiting to act until we’re guided to do so increases the flow of blessings that will follow.

When we insist on knowing the way forward and struggle to make things happen, we interrupt the co-creation and emergence of our dreams. This is especially important now, as the New Moon in Gemini connects to intuitive Neptune and expansive Jupiter. Intuition comes when we’re open to receiving it, while forcing things shuts it down.

The mutable signs of Gemini, Pisces, and Sagittarius are accentuated during this Moon’s cycle, so embracing cooperation, flexibility, and a willingness to change our ways of thinking into the arena of being and allowing aligns us with the flow of life and love.

Immersing ourselves in nature, meditation, and/or anything that fosters presence and joy helps us enter the realm of receptivity. Grounding into the Earth helps us connect our heads with our hearts, bodies, and spirits, and this is especially important this month.

Boredom is the opposite of momentum toward what you desire, and it often comes from fear of making wavesFinding magical places to daydream is always recommended, but this month it becomes paramount. Without expectation, be open, attentive, and curious in your daydreams and see what shows itself.

What do you desire? What makes your spark of light shine?

Inspiration has always come to me from Nature, usually through the lens of my camera. Wayne Dyer shared a thought that resonated with me when he said that photographs contain and convey vibrations of energy, and those that gaze upon them are lifted to a higher place. From a place of deep and wide inspired love, I plan to share an image of something from our natural world for which I’m grateful for during each day of this New Moon cycle on my New Earth Essence Facebook page.

What inspires you? What are you appreciating now?

I’m appreciating basking in the present moment and realm of possibility again, where I notice love and beauty in the world, and I’m ever thankful to spread it around so that it expands…for our common joy and well-being.

Thank you for receiving what is possible with me, and for shining your light, always.

With Abundant Joyful Blessings
~ Christina

Celebrating the Earth and the Beauty of Taurus ~

The clouds are heavy with mist and rain as my bare feet sink into the Earth. Her strength, resilience, and completely unconditional acceptance grounds me into this sacred moment of grace.

The Sun moved into earthy Taurus this past weekend, and it joins Uranus at 2 degrees there today, on this 49th Annual Earth Day.

In Venus-ruled Taurus, we’re reminded to cultivate beauty and turn our hearts to what truly matters. While Taurus wants to take its time when it comes to remodeling our value system, Aquarius-ruled Uranus charges the air with a sense of unlimited possibility and inspiration. It asks us to ground into our vision of tomorrow and pave the way forward by building lives that will sustain not only ourselves, but also our human family. 

Meanwhile, Venus, Chiron, and Mercury form a stellium of supportive, self-preserving energy in Aries, calling us to care for and heal ourselves along the way. The waning Moon in Sagittarius moves closer to its conjunction Jupiter as it opposes Mars in Gemini and forms a T-square to Neptune in Pisces. Freedom, expansion, duality, and forgiveness continue to remain available to those willing to serve our higher collective calling. 

Here’s to growing together, for our common good ~
Blessings, always,
Christina