An Advent Calendar of Inspiration ~

A few years ago, I was inspired to recreate a family tradition of opening a window on each day in December leading up to the Christmas holiday. On my lifelong spiritual journey, I’ve broadened my definition of holiday to see what is holy in each day, in each religion, and even, on my better days, in each moment.

Thankfully, I’m forever blessed with moments of earth, sky, and wild beings that grace my days and nights and remind me of why I came here now.

It is in this spirit that I offer this year’s Advent Calendar of inspiration from Nature and Souls far wiser and more daring than me, whose words and light continue to illuminate the way forward.

With abundant appreciation and blessings for all relations. Always love.
~ Christina

Day 1 ~ Awaken

Day 2 ~ Rise 

Day 3 ~ Play

Day 4 ~ Moments

Day 5 ~ Freedom

Day 6 ~ Sunset

Day 7 ~ Keep close

Day 8 ~ Trees

Day 9 ~ Blossoms

Day 10 ~ Listening

Day 11 ~ Spirit

Day 12 ~ Faith

Day 13 ~ Dimensions

Day 14 ~ Colors

Day 15 ~ Calling 

Day 16 ~ Exploration

Day 17 ~ Soul

Day 18 ~ Curiosity

Day 19 ~ Stars

Day 20 ~ Imagination

Day 21 ~ Perseverance ~ Welcoming Winter Solstice and the return of the light! Happy Birthday to all those Capricorn-born!

Day 22 ~ Love

Day 23 ~ The Way

Day 24 ~ Wilderness

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 ~

September’s Full Moon in Pisces & the Power of Compassion

September’s Full Moon in Pisces illuminates the night sky and infuses our dreams on Friday the 13th, at 10:33 pm MDT, but many of us are already feeling her powerful pull.

When she peaks at 21 degrees of Pisces, she’ll shine just 4 degrees away from Neptune – the compassionate and powerful ruler of Pisces – and together they’ll oppose the Sun, Mars, Venus, and Mercury in Virgo.

The opposition between Neptune and Mars will be exact at 17 degrees, increasing the intensity, so pausing and centering ourselves with deep breaths is a perfect coping skill to cultivate now. Meanwhile, both Venus and Mercury will be conjunct at the final degree of Virgo, encouraging us to clean up any unfinished business in our hearts and minds before moving into the more peaceful realm of Libra. 

September’s Full Moon also forms a cooperative sextile to Pluto in Capricorn, while the Sun in Virgo creates a trine of earthy support to it. And, the North Node in Cancer comes into play with a watery, emotional trine to the Moon. 

Meanwhile, the opposing line of energy from the Full Moon/Neptune in Pisces and Sun/Mars in Virgo creates a T-square to Jupiter in Sagittarius – adding some fire into the mix as well as a tendency to overdo things, or overextend ourselves.

No wonder we’re feeling this one on so many levels!

“What does this mean?” is probably the question that astrologers hear more often than any other, and I hear it in my head now. Even though what this means for each of us varies depending on how these celestial bodies line up in our personal birth charts, there are some general patterns in play that deserve our attention.

First, Full Moons help us celebrate our successes! Our efforts culminate and we can fully express and honor ourselves and each other. Soon enough, we can turn toward releasing what is ready to go as the cycle of the Moon continues to flow. For this moment in time, though, the spotlight shines on living like we mean it, so the real question is: Are we?
Are we shifting enough to and see ourselves – and each other – as whole, perfect beings? 

Any Full Moon in Pisces helps us to feel everything deeper and fuller and the way this one lines up with other potent planets heightens things even more. Fortunately, just knowing that emotions are elevated can help us tone down any potential flare-ups, reactive outbursts, or bouts of self-deprecation and judgment.

While we may be tempted to escape from and/or overreact to dramas around us – or even initiate them – the wiser use of these energies is to stay grounded in our centers and express ourselves with compassion.

Staying close to the grace of forgiveness and dissolution will be helpful, too.

The Piscean sphere of influence is all about unity and if we separate ourselves from the higher truth of that, well…we’ll simply add more fuel to the already raging fires in our world. Embodying the healing potential of this period will have the opposite effect. To that end, the Full Moon’s trine to the North Node in Cancer reminds us to pay special attention to our level of self-care.

How we’re nurturing ourselves (or neglecting to do so) during these tumultuous
times ripples outward and affects the whole of humanity.

We’re still in the midst of turning over some heavy patterns from the past that tend to hold our collective consciousness down, and we’ve been here for some time. This Moon’s sextile to Pluto helps us cooperate with each other to truly transform tired and old worn-out ways of living, while the Sun’s earthy trine to Pluto empowers us to make our changes tangible. 

In fact, all of the aspects this Moon touches support our growth ~ it’s simply up to us to respond in kind and embody it.

At this very moment, the radiant and almost Full Moon rises behind me in the eastern sky as the western one blushes with rose and peach sweetness before me. The Earth’s mountains carve the sky with her peaks and valleys as dragonflies give way to bats.
Deep and wide gratitude ripples from my heart
in an endless circle of love
and all is well
~

With great 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

Entering the Portal of Light of Leo’s New Moon Cycle

Our motivation and willingness to be fully alive falls under Leo’s spotlight during tonight’s New Moon cycle. At 9:12 pm MDT, it joins Venus and together, the Sun, Moon, and Venus in Leo create a fiery trine to Ceres in Sagittarius and Chiron in Aries.

The Sun in Leo beams Source energy that stokes our inner flame. The Moon in Leo reflects that brilliance. Venus in Leo loves all forms of radiant beauty, especially if they have an element of performance. Ceres in Sagittarius gestates expansion. Chiron in Aries offers a healing bridge to our survival.

If we connect to this portal of light and accept the gifts of courage, beauty, love, and healing power that it offers, we can ignite the spark of creativity waiting inside each of us and enlighten our world.

As an activator of life, Sun-ruled Leo also shines the light on our inheritance. Our talents, gifts, strengths, courage, shadows, fears, values, beliefs, ideas, behaviors – literally everything we think, do, and have is tied to what came before. Evaluating whether or not what we hold and share is worthy of the stage is especially important now.

How much of what we carry belongs to a lineage whose time has passed?

Another potent trine from this New Moon connects to Jupiter at 14 degrees Sagittarius. There is a quality to the degree of 14 Sagittarius that goes beyond linear time. where the potential exists for actions taken now to affect the past and the present simultaneously. If we had the power to bend time – to transcend the boundaries of it – what would we do with that ability? Would we heal old wounds? Would we bless them for their wisdom, and in doing so, honor what came before?

The New Moon and Sun also square Uranus in Taurus, challenging us to choose our values with great care, because what we focus on brings more of the same. In the midst of rapidly changing times, we’re standing on the foundation of what came before and building what will come. If we have the courage to shape it with love, we’ll all win.

Hummingbirds dash, sing, and dart their way about pine boughs under a sky brushed with wisps of angels’ wings and a single dragonfly weave its trail of mystery around me. The joy of life’s magic can be just tiny enough to give us pause, or it can be so magnificent that it engulfs us.

Here’s to entering tonight’s portal of light
and being open to what it sparks!

With Great Love, always,
Christina ~

 

Cancer’s New Moon Cycle Births the Eclipse Season ~

July brings powerful gifts with two eclipses in the Cancer/Capricorn axis. The first one, a Total Solar Eclipse, occurs at 9° and 10° Cancer. It begins on the morning of the Cancer New Moon on July 2nd at 10:55 am MDT, reaches totality at 1:22 pm MDT (just after the New Moon at 1:16 pm MDT) and ends at 3:50 pm MDT.
It will be visible in South America and the Pacific.

The New Moon in Cancer on July 2nd is pregnant with possibilities for growth and rebirth, and this first Total Solar Eclipse of the year maximizes its potential. Its proximity to the North Node in Cancer and its opposition to Saturn and the South Node in Capricorn holds the urgency that is felt before emerging into a new life.

If we’ve responded to the energies of the lunar nodal axis in Cancer/Capricorn lately, we’ve clarified our needs and worked toward meeting them by engaging in radical self-care and love. If we’ve ignored this impulse, we could be caught in a cycle of expectation and blame where we look to others or the world around us to fill our soul needs and/or wounds. Avoiding personal responsibility and feeding old patterns of victim thinking is exactly what this eclipse cycle is inviting us to release and transform.

Mars joins Mercury in fiery Leo during this Cancer New Moon/Total Solar Eclipse. Mercury in Leo encourage us to shine a light on thoughts that we want to make tangible in our lives, while Mars in Leo wants to illuminate the desires in our hearts. Let’s direct the light to uplifting thoughts and reach out for what and who we love.

Mercury goes retrograde in Leo on the 7thof July, and will revisit Cancer before it goes direct at the month’s end. Remembering to cultivate the thoughts that nurture and heal will help us through this period of growth and expansion. The ability to respond rather than react cannot be overvalued.

The second eclipse in this cycle, a Partial Lunar Eclipse, occurs at 22°- 24° Capricorn on the afternoon of the Full Moon on July 16, 2019. It begins at 12:43 pm MDT,reaches its maximum at 3:30 pm, and ends at 6:17 MDT that evening. It will be visible over most of Europe, most of Asia, Australia, Africa, South/East North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, and Antarctica.

As the Moon waxes full in Capricorn, this Partial Lunar Eclipse is packed with Pluto’s insistence that we excavate and transform our collective consciousness. To this end, we can explore what thoughts and energy we’re bringing to our days, our interactions with each other, and the world. Intentions have infinite organizing power – and this eclipse can bring instant feedback on ours. Choosing them wisely is highly recommended. 

~ Are we empowered as co-creators of our existence? Or, are we victims of something that is seemingly outside of our control?

~ How can we shift our thoughts/energies/actions to contribute to a brighter world?

Eclipse cycles always bring opportunities to wipe away what no longer serves us and embrace a fresh start. This one is ripe with potential to birth a fluid new way of understanding ourselves and our place in the greater family of living, growing beings of which we’re a part.

May we love ourselves and each other along the way, and bless our shared journey with joy.

With abundant blessings and appreciation, always,
~ Christina