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December’s Gifts from Above ~

Before most of us in the western world rise on December 1st, 2017, Venus will already have shifted into the expansive, ever-wise sign of Sagittarius at 2:14 am MST – encouraging us to stretch ourselves in the areas and moments governed
by Love and Truth –

and, when it comes right down to it, isn’t that every area, 
and every moment? 


I cannot imagine a place, nor state of mind that wouldn’t benefit from the presence of love – nor from the love of presence.
  As more truths become exposed in our world, Venus in Sagittarius asks, “How we will meet them?” She implores us to step into our courageous feminine aspects and show up with love. Nothing more. Nothing less. 

Mars in Libra will oppose Uranus in Aries as the month begins so we have even more motivation to find and come from a place of loving kindness. 

Saturn has been helping us with the exposure of truth for some time now.

On December 3rd, at 12:34 am MST, Mercury, the Messenger planet of communication, not only joins Saturn in that mission, but also turns back in the end degrees of Sagittarius to enter a Retrograde period until Dec. 22nd. 
Keeping in mind the shadow period on either period of that timeframe – when Mercury passes the zodiacal degrees of its retrograde path, we know that Mercury in Sagittarius has been working in the background already – and will continue to do so into 2018. The shadow period for this  Rx cycle is mid-November 2017 to January 11, 2018. 

Rx Mercury in Sagittarius asks us first to seek and clarify the truth, then to understand and speak it. It helps us to see our paths from a higher place, and if we’re intelligent enough –
if we’re courageous enough – we’ll slow down, center ourselves, and then stand up enough to see, think, and speak from that vantage point. When we cooperate, Mercury’s gift is wisdom.

December’s Full Moon in Gemini is a Super Moon that adds to the excitement of the month’s first weekend. It peaks at 8:47 am MST, just after Mercury begins to slow down on December 3rd, 2017. The Gemini/Sagittarius axis is all about learning and teaching; questioning and knowing; seeking and expanding ~ always with wisdom being the subject.

Let’s roam – inside, outside, wherever ~ with open minds and open hearts!

If we’ve been noticing an increase in our sixth sense, we can thank both Neptune and Chiron in Pisces. Neptune went direct in November after a long retrograde period. On Dec. 3rd, Neptune squares the Full Moon, which could bring challenges if we aren’t tuning into and trusting our intuition. So, let’s check in, first.

Chiron goes direct on Dec. 5th. Chiron symbolizes the wise healer within, so we have even more encouragement to be compassionate with ourselves, which surely will radiate out to the world. Chiron in Pisces also reminds us to practice non-attachment when we may tend to taking things too personally. See the gift.

Mars, the fiery planet that helps us reach out for what we want, moves into Scorpio in the night sky on December 9th. Personal power and influence come into play and the power of and in secrets is emphasized. We can likely expect more of humanity’s underbelly to be revealed and we will do well to watch our need for control in personal relationships and interactions with others. Scorpio’s keywords are I desire – and Mars is an older ruler of Scorpio (the newer ruler is Pluto) so Mars is perfectly suited for ramping up personal power as it drives through the sign of Scorpio. Passion and intensity can help us accomplish amazing feats if channeled with intention ~ otherwise, watch out for Scorpio’s sting! It’s definitely a time to focus our attention on what we truly want! 

Five planets line up in Sagittarius for the New Moon on Dec. 17th, 2017 at 11:30 pm MST. Mercury Rx and Venus embrace the Sun and Moon on one side, while Saturn closes the circle on the other. If there ever was a time to plant seeds of truth that will culminate in our collective growth and expansion, this is it. 

A fiery trine from the New Moon in Sagittarius to Uranus in Aries and Ceres in Leo supports the activation and assertion of individual rights and freedom of expression in ways that feed our creative souls. It’s time spark what inspires us, and to revel in the light.

I was recently blessed with the opportunity to rise with the desert Sun with other kindred relations each morning – we sat in a circle around a bonfire as the Sun ascended into a sky
of pink, orange, and blue ribbons. In a simplified, yet humble and grateful way, we honored a native tradition of offering our prayers to all our relations. As we invoked the directions, swirls of white sage and flute song encircled us and cleared our minds so we could touch what matters. Doves, including the one pictured above, lined up to welcome the sun with us. As our hearts softened, we offered our intentions to the fire and the smoke carried our concerns, our wishes, our gratitudes upward. During moments like these, I’m reminded of what is right, and good, and true. Something stirs in my heart’s soul that transcends limitation and suffering ~ and all my relations are blessed by what I witness and what I open to.

The Winter Solstice is another sacred time for my soul, when the Sun’s light rises to the drumbeats of kindred souls and our collective heart beats in tune to something deep,
ancient, and true. This year, that sacred moment occurs on December 21st, at 9:28 am MST, when the Sun shifts into Capricorn. If it is true that Capricorn represents the outer limits of our evolution of consciousness, then let us stretch those limits more than what we believe is possible. Let us work together to climb the mountain, so that all of us can see, and know, and love what lies ahead. 

May all relations know what is true ~ May all relations know love. 

Many blessings, always,
Christina

 

August 2017 ~ Contemplating and Creating our Paths of Light

Tomorrow, on August 7, 2017, the Full Moon occurs at 15° Aquarius at 12:11 pm MDT, when it opposes the Sun at 15° Leo.  A Partial Lunar Eclipse follows closely behind at 12:22 pm MDT. A total Solar Eclipse arrives on August 21, 2017 at 12:26 pm MDT.

Mars, the red planet, ignites both eclipses that occur this month as it nears the Sun in Leo. Mars offers the energy to reach out for what we want and fire signs encourage inspiration. Mars in Leo wants to shine and attention amplifies its expression – the more it is noticed, the greater its performance. Its potent energy is best used consciously. When we repress or deny it, we can encounter ‘accidents’.

Leo is synonymous with will – its ruler is the Sun, the creative force of life. Aquarius is synonymous with possibilities. It is ruled by Uranus, the closest of the transpersonal planets. It serves to connect the expression of our personal will with our collective will. It inspires visions of what is possible so that our personal expressions serve higher aims. Sometimes it does this abruptly in ways that shake us to our core; other times we can experience lightening bolts of inspiration that spur us to change direction or take some long-overdue action.

One thing that is certain about Uranus’s influence is that while events and/or the actions of others are outside of our control, we always have the ability to choose how we respond to what occurs. This August could well be a time to take a few deep breaths, count to ten – repeatedly – or to step back from discord to gather our best selves in order to respond, rather than react. Ultimately, if we’re able to tap into and move with the energy that surrounds us now, our lives will flow with more grace and joy, and Leo loves to play! 

Leo’s fire is about self-expression and creativity, while Aquarius’s air encourages consideration of what is possible for our planetary family. When we cultivate and ignite choices that honor both of these energies, we maximize the power of this full moon and partial lunar eclipse.

What urges do we feel now, and who do our urges serve? Do they bring us joy?

What are we inspired to say, do, or create? How will our words, actions, and creations improve the world?

Who are we inspired to be – as individuals in a universal family?

In-between the space of the eclipses, on August 12th, Mercury, the messenger planet, goes retrograde (Rx) in Virgo. It joins Saturn in Sagittarius, Chiron and Neptune in Pisces, Uranus in Aries, and Pluto in Capricorn in that trajectory. This shift brings the cosmic prescription or major pause button in the sky to a more personal level. Opportunities to stop, contemplate, and clarify our intentions is emphasized again.Consideration is critical. Reconsideration, even better.
Mercury likes being in Virgo, but plans may need to be revised in order to be effective. Letting ideas gestate is important during periods when Mercury goes retrograde. We can seek to balance the urgency of Mars in Leo with the perspective of Mercury retrograde in Virgo by allowing space for the editing process.

The third week of August brings the Total Solar Eclipse at 28° Leo, amplifying the themes above. Mars remains in play on the Leo side of the stage, and Mercury Rx joins the party on the Virgo side.
 A Grand Fire trine connects the energies of the Sun, Moon, and Mars in Leo with Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries. Now, we’re urged to express our highest, most expansive truths as we light up the world’s stage with our brilliance in innovative ways that are uniquely ours. Whew! Breathe that in….and, no pressure!! Or, as Mary Oliver said, “Breathe it all in, Love it all out.”

All that being said, Eclipses assist us in clearing the way so that a new expression of ourselves and our lives may emerge. If this feels like a mountain of pressure that makes us want to retreat, then we can retreat – but let’s do it consciously! The world is full of possibilities and choices. All of the retrograde energies certainly support us in nurturing ourselves as we surrender what is ready to be released, what no longer serves our evolving visions, personally and collectively. This may well be the path: the one that is illuminated. Here. Now. 

With Abundant Gratitude and Blessings for each one of us and the Light that we are…always.

Christina ~

 

 

Meeting September’s shifts…with gentle steps ~

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

 

 

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

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

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

Gemini’s Illumination, Mercury’s Shift, and the Full Moon!

As the Sun dawns in Gemini on Friday May 20th, at 8:36 am MDT, I want
to acknowledge and thank its ruling planet, Mercury, which has been imparting all
sorts of lessons during its second retrograde (Rx) cycle ~ of 4 this year.

Personally, I’ve been on a bit of a cosmic hiatus (especially recommended if Mercury is Rx in
a sign opposite your own, i.e. Taurus) and I’ve been observing the lessons of the Messenger planet. During this receptive time, I’ve been taking in what has been coming in the way
of intuitive hunches, whispers, and dreams.

simplicity

In that spirit, look for my monthly newsletters and posts to align with the energy of the Sun as it shifts into each zodiac sign, rather than at the first of the month.

We’re moving from Grounded, Fixed, Earthy Taurus into Intellectual,
Mutable, Light-hearted, 
Airy Gemini,
so get ready for some stimulation ~

 

That said, as Mercury winds up its retrograde cycle, before it stations direct and begins to
go forward early on Sunday, May 22nd, it is still a perfect time to continue to practice a calm and present state of being. If we haven’t noticed it already, retrograde Mercury encourages
us to nurture an inward journey, where we cultivate ideas,
visions, and dreams
without necessarily acting on them.

This isn’t to say that we have to become totally passive in our daily lives, but forcing our
way forward can be fraught with obstacles from misunderstandings and miscommunication
at best, and all-out conflict and/or failure of our intended operations at worst.

One critical thing to cultivate during any Mercury Rx period is clarity. This can be
an inward look at what we intend to convey, followed by a simple check-in with those
we’re communicating with, such as asking, ‘did you understand what I mean?’
This goes both ways, of course, meaning that we can – and ought to – clarify the intentions
of those around us. Again, simply saying, ‘this is what I heard, is this what you mean?’ will suffice. In this way, we support the mutual win.

baby

All of this is especially important as we move into the Full Moon in Sagittarius this Saturday, May 21st, at 3:14 pm MDT.

Gemini and Sagittarius are two of the 4 mutable signs – another reason to be flexible, to flow with changes in plans, and to surrender control. They both have to do with learning and teaching, with Gemini being the perpetual student and Sagittarius the wise teacher. Seeking higher truths is emphasized with this Full Moon, as is expanding our belief systems, and busting through what limits our evolution in terms of consciousness. 

Full Moons in general carry a certain amount of heightened potency and volatility. This one holds even more of that intensity thanks to a conjunction with the Warrior Planet, Mars, which is retrograde in the early degrees of Sagittarius.   

If cultivating clarity and patience wasn’t a priority during the last few weeks, it ought to be high on our lists this weekend.

trio

Mars is the planet that helps us reach out for what we desire ~ when it is retrograde it helps us clarify what we want. In expansive Sagittarius, the last thing Mars wants is restriction – so we shouldn’t be surprised if we feel more urges to go after what we want – nor should we be surprised if others want their way too. Again, clarity is at the heart of the solution.

In short: Breathe, Ground,
Count to Ten, Repeat.

Seek the higher truth. Walk – better yet – dance the higher path.

This weekend, as Mercury stations direct before it turns around, and the Full Moon joins Mars, may we seek the peaceful, blissful path. And may we cultivate the lessons from these past few weeks as we set out to manifest the dreams and visions that emerged from our Hearts ~   

desert sun


As Emerson said, “Scatter Joy!”

To that end, may we follow the lead
of Nature, and enjoy these bits of
Her happiness scattered throughout
this 
post ~ and our world…

smile

 

 

…because he also said,
“The Earth laughs in flowers” ~

 

with Endless Smiles, Laughter, & Blessings ~
christina

 

 

 

 

 

Mercury’s Retrograde Nature ~ another Cosmic Prescription

As April nears its close, Mercury shifts into Retrograde on the 28th, joining 4 other
planets in that introspective position that helps us to pause and reevalutate our thoughts,
beliefs, choices, words, and actions. This quick-moving Messenger planet will go back
through grounded, earthy Taurus, so our need to get centered and take things
slower than normal is emphasized.
I tend to avoid the hype and/or fear around assigning blame to Retrograde Mercury when things go in a direction other than what I’d like, and instead prefer to connect with the
deeper message from the planet’s shift in course.
In this case, I turn to Venus, the ruling planet of Taurus, and connect to Love…
HeartLight ~So, now we have the ever delightful, quick-thinking, talkative, Gemini-loving energy of Mercury moving through Taurus, where creating and building things that bring us beauty, pleasures, and comfort lives. Where the Universal Law of ‘Like Attracts Like’ flourishes ~ and Love prevails.

Mercury’s retrograde journey takes us through May 22nd, so we might as well surrender the need to control what is beyond our grip, connect to our hearts’ desires, and enjoy ourselves!

With deep and wide gratitude for an amazing April ~ with its abundant blessings from Above, and the HeartLight that each of us walk forward onto the Earth ~

“Yes, We May!” ~ 2015 ~

awakening softly Remember the childhood game “Mother May I?” Contemplating our relationship with Mother Earth and each other as the Sun radiates in Taurus’s earthy, Venus-ruled realm of Love makes me wish we would consult Her in that simple way before we take all of our steps, whatever their nature: baby, half, full, giant, slow, fast, jumping, skipping, spinning, running, scissoring, cart-wheeling, forward, backward, sideways…

What would Mother Earth’s “Yes, you May!” look like if our steps were grounded in love and service to Her and the lives of all of her inhabitants, including ourselves and each other? What if we considered the effects of our choices before we made them, the weight or lightness of our thoughts before we spoke them, and moved in harmony with the heartbeat we share with Mother Earth and all relations?

If the patterns in the sky offer any hints, it might look like a way out of old patterns that pit opposites against each other by finding a solution in the middle, where both sides are seen as part of the same whole. It might look like merging Love and Power, the energies of Taurus/Venus and Scorpio/Pluto, respectively. In the middle, instead of denying one and/or wielding the other, out of fear of rejection or feeling left out or less than, we have the potential to realize and manifest the Power of Love. Here, loving our power allows us to know, embody, and become the absolute, omniscient essence of the power of love.

Highlights of May’s cosmic patterns include much encouragement for this shift in consciousness.

The Full Moon in Scorpio on May 3rd at 9:42 MDT, brings the Scorpio/Taurus opposition mentioned above to the table. Whether we see things as a confrontation or a conversation, a battle or an embrace, is up to us. We could get distracted by the T-square to Jupiter in Leo which wants to expand our creative self-expression…
…or, perhaps we may bring that energy into the dance and see how our illumination helps others shine even brighter. Perhaps we may let Jupiter’s light shine on our shadow places where power is played out in ways that weaken our collective. Perhaps we may gather enough of the Love that encircles and infuses our world to courageously transform and transcend old, habitual, conditioned responses that limit our highest expressions.

The messenger planet, Mercury, moves into Gemini, the sign it loves and rules just before May 1st, encouraging us to ask the questions and collect the data that allow us to evolve. Its opposition to Saturn in Sagittarius invites us to stretch our understanding of spiritual limits, where we realize that we are spiritual beings having human experiences. Their opposition forms another T-square – this one to Neptune in Pisces. We could trip over old tendencies to escape via addictions and repetitive habits that inhibit our expansion and feed a ‘victim/martyr’ mentality or ‘us vs. them’ mindset…
…or, perhaps we may use Neptune’s gifts of sensitivity, forgiveness, unity, and mastery to trust our process of spiritual growth and expand our reach into realms beyond our current beliefs. Perhaps we may employ intuition and faith to help us reframe our questions and redefine our limits.

Perhaps, when Venus moves into Cancer on May 7th, we may feel secure in our expressions and experiences of love, power, and unity. Then, perhaps, when Mars moves into Gemini on May 11th, we may name and claim the information needed to create the relationships we desire.

Perhaps, when the New Moon hugs the Sun in Taurus on May 17th, at 10:13 pm MDT, we may plant new seeds and dreams: ones filled with integrity and values worthy of our best selves – our most-loved, expansive, spiritual selves.

Perhaps, when Mercury turns retrograde in Gemini on the 18th and remains so through June 11th, we may pause with it instead of resisting or blaming it (or others) for what we perceive to be delays or obstacles. Perhaps we may redefine how we see, create, and receive support, and trust the guidance that shows up, however it shows up.

Perhaps, as the Sun shifts from earthy Taurus into airy, thoughtful Gemini on May 21st, we may ask the best questions…and know unequivocally that the answers always follow, for they are held within each one.

May marks a month of fertility and festivals, where new life emerges from the depths of Mother Earth, and flora and fauna blossom in celebratory song.
Mother, may our choices and steps reflect your Love?
Yes, they may!

With infinite blessings from somewhere in the middle,
May we Unite in Peace,

Christina

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