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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 

Invoking Scorpio’s Full Moonlight to Cleanse our Collective Heart ~

The Full Moon in Scorpio casts its light on the shadowy places where the inner workings of our subconscious psyches work their spells of creation. This one, that peaks at 4:45 am MDT on May 7, 2020 reflects an impressive amount of light from the Sun, Mercury and Uranus in Taurus and begs us to examine what it is that we’re constructing now. Scorpio’s ruling planet, Pluto, takes us deeper into this journey of discovery as it recently went retrograde and will remain so through early October of 2020.

If we dare to explore our deepest desires and find ourselves wanting more, what are we yearning for? If we sit long enough in the space of uncertainty, will peace prevail?

For some, this is a time of simplification. It’s a time to cut away what is superfluous and cultivate and appreciate what truly matters. For others, the dichotomy of what we have and what we want feels impossible to resolve. If we’re honest, we’ll admit that we can feel both of these extremes almost simultaneously.

This is the gift and the challenge of polarities. In astrology, the way forward is always shown when we come to the center. When we stand firmly in the middle ground of both Scorpio and Taurus, we allow the creative life-sustaining power of unconditional love to fill our beings and fuel our choices with passion. For ourselves first, and then naturally and organically for others. In this hallowed space, we know that each one of us is doing our own work on our own path while also contributing to the good of the world.

When we cut through the noise and drop the façade of control, living in integrity becomes clear and simple, whether it’s dawn or midnight – whether the path we’re on is known or mysterious, or some indescribable place in-between.

As the Moon’s light waxes full this month in Scorpio’s mystery, may its light cleanse the tidal channels of our hearts; may our tears flow as freely as soft rain; and may we embody and express our power as beings of love. For all relations.

With great love, 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

 

 

Aries New Moon Cycle ~ Planting Seeds of Light in our Collective Solar Plexus

During this Aries New Moon cycle where new life emerges, I’m sending abundant
healing intentions and light to our collective solar/soular plexus. 

As we dive deeper into solitude and inner spaces, and our Earth home heals from our influences, I am sending massive golden light to our planet and all sentient beings that dwell here. The image above of calcite, citrine, mica, and frankincense was taken during a Leo eclipse cycle, and while we’re not experiencing an eclipse right now, it feels like we are – old ways of being are ending and we’re being asked to find new ways to be alive now.

The image below is of a golden healer crystal sphere resting on an autumn forest floor. As we visualize its healing energy surrounding our planet, bathing all that live here in Universal Life Force energy, we can align with a higher natural order and flow. Grounding into the present moment, we can breathe in calm and exhale peace. Right here, right now. We can assist our collective healing process and nurture our new collective life that seeks to be born.
With everlasting gratitude for the support from higher realms, I nod Namaste to the wisdom inherent in each of us and in the unfolding of our collective experience, as challenging as it is now. Aries is determined to survive ~ its energy signature is congruent with being, and its will to live is undeniable.

If Aries were to describe itself, it would begin with the words: I AM. How we choose to follow that beginning is up to each of us. Our individual and collective survival depends upon our choices now, perhaps more than ever for many of us.With the purest golden healing light that I can conjure, and with the help of Mother Earth and Father Sky, may these blessings find you and yours in the light of love. For the highest good of all relations.
Always Love.
~ Christina

 

Receiving the gifts of the Aquarian New Moon Cycle ~

The New Moon Cycle of Uranus-ruled Aquarius brings sudden insight to shake and wake us up. It invites us to step out of our comfort zones and asks us to stretch ourselves into the field of possibility. A fixed square from the New Moon and Sun in Aquarius to Uranus in Taurus adds extra tension to this process of letting go and moving on, but with focused attention and willingness, we can trust that we’ve been moving toward this moment all along.

Aspects from the Moon to the North Node in Cancer reminds us that self-care continues to be critical for our collective growth. Injecting our days with new ways to nurture our bodies, minds, and spirits serves us well. A cooperative connection to Chiron in Aries boosts our confidence.

This cycle also brings a mutable square between Mars in Sagittarius and Venus and Neptune in Pisces, so bringing a sense of flexibility and kindness to our interactions with others is encouraged. It also invites us to connect to the truth about what we want and then to let our hearts guide us in drawing it to us. If something is out of sync, this New Moon cycle will bring it to our attention. Trusting our inner guidance system is critical.

Desmond Tutu said, “My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.”
As the Aquarian New Moon cycle continues, here’s to setting intentions that serve our well-being and our humanity with gratitude, grace, and love.
~ Christina

2020 ~ Breathing into the Mystery

This new decade beckons us to love what is, even as we transform our attachments to it and trust the process of our expansion and growth.We’re steeped in a time when the old ways of living are dying to what wants to be born, and the year’s first Penumbral Lunar Eclipse arrives on January 10th at 19 degrees Cancer to help us make these revolutionary – and evolutionary – shifts. Its maximum point is at 12:11 pm MST, just before the Full Moon peaks ten minutes later, at 20 degrees Cancer at 12:21 pm MST. As Pluto and Saturn come closer together and conjoin in Capricorn during this Lunar Eclipse in January, we are given the opportunity to encounter what happens when Mystery meets Reality.

When Pluto and Saturn meet in the sky, we are gifted with all that is possible.

At first, they glance furtively at each other, gauging their power and positions. Each of them feels secure in their stance and possesses a sense of pride in their sphere of influence. Saturn is the master of time, boundaries, and wisdom, and Pluto is the master of transformation, death, and rebirth; both are powerful in their own right.

They chance a longer, measured glance at each other and something else entirely emerges. A decision is made and they edge closer to each other while a vague sense of familiarity encircles them. The field of energy around and between them shimmers and flexes. It weaves between them, grows around them, and places them in uncharted territory. In this shared space, each of them feels stronger and more potent. Their understanding of themselves and their roles in the Celestial Universe morphs into something infinite and indefinable.

When Mystery and Reality dance together, everything is possible. When we breathe into the presence of what is, time, as we know it, ceases to exist. Awe, love, and appreciation seep into our awareness and our understanding of our place in the Celestial Universe shimmers and flexes.

If what we’ve built up until now in our personal lives and on a global scale isn’t working, we can call upon abundant celestial support to make positive changes this year. By first being honest about our beliefs and emotions concerning what we’re being called to restructure, we clear the way forward so we can engage in tangible, compassionate action steps.

Capricorn’s placement in our personal natal chart can guide us to where we need to evaluate our lives and release old ways of thinking, being, and living. Cancer’s presence shows us how to nurture ourselves through the challenges of embarking on this courageous journey.

This year, as we courageously step into the Celestial Universal field of possibility, may we glance at what is real and see the mysterious.

May we let curiosity bring us closer to each other and discover that our proximity makes us stronger.

May we be daring enough to hold the space for what is dying to do so.

And, when we’re steeped in infinite moments of awakened willingness and
authentic appreciation, may we welcome what is on its way.

With a deep and wide open heart, and infinite appreciation for what is, and all relations,
~ Christina

Winter Solstice 2019 ~ Welcoming the Light and Wisdom of Capricorn!

Warm greetings to all those that follow and shine the light of the cosmos!

The arrival of Winter Solstice and the wisdom of the Sun in Capricorn blesses us at 9:19 pm MST on December 21, 2019. The Sun joins an impressive array of planets and points in Capricorn – Jupiter, the South Lunar Node, Ceres, Saturn, and Pluto. Capricorn symbolizes the limits of our current definition of humanity and this potent celestial lineup of personal and transpersonal luminaries asks us to go beyond them.

We’re being called to expand our current understanding of our role in creating our world, and to examine our willingness and capacity to become instruments of transformation. 

The Moon will be at 8 degrees of Scorpio as the Solstice heralds the return of the light, and it will form an exact trine to the North Lunar Node at 8 degrees Cancer. This aspect highlights the importance of  nurturing ourselves and each other as we change harmful ways of thinking and living on our planet.

An opposition from the Moon in Scorpio to Uranus in Taurus brings home the message to continue to cultivate what matters in our hearts and souls. Power and love emerge so that we can engage in dialogue and implement changes that take us to new places of discovery, vulnerability, and authenticity.

What I love about following the evolving journey of the cosmos is the profound sense of connection that I feel. To me, astrology reveals our abiding connection to each other and to a more expanded potentiality that we collectively agreed to experience from a higher place of consciousness. This place feels timeless – where the past, present, and future merge into an infinite field of possibility.

There is still much work to do, yes. And it’s true that the time to do it is upon us. Yet, with each chart that I study, I see that we’re making strides. We’re healing what is old and outworn, and we’re becoming more whole and perfect and wise in the process. I feel blessed to see a future brimming with light and possibility and it is with this spirit that I welcome the sunrise on Winter Solstice.

As I drum up the Sun with others of like hearts, minds, and spirits on this Solstice morning, waves of loving energy ripple across the planet and warm the hearts of our collective soul. The heartbeats of our drums and rattles reverberate through time and space and alert our ancestors and those to come that we’re present and willing to live, to learn, and to love on our collective journey of expansion. 

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

 

 

 

Gemini’s Full Moon ~ Starting the conversation

This month’s Full Moon in Gemini will call to us at 10:12 pm MST on December 11, 2019.

Ever curious, Gemini represents the perpetual student while Sagittarius symbolizes the teacher. This Full Moon may well bring answers to our questions if we are open-minded and courageous enough to ask them.

A T-square from the Full Moon in Gemini and the Sun in Sagittarius to Neptune in Pisces underscores the need for being open and willing to trust the guidance that we receive. It also encourages surrendering control and/or attachment to a certain outcome.

Gemini’s Full Moon also makes three inconjunctions to Venus, Saturn, and Pluto in Capricorn that need our attention. Unlike conjunctions where planets or luminaries partner with each other for mutual purposes, inconjunctions show planetary energies that don’t work together.

Imagine different relatives at the family table who won’t talk to each other – sometimes they need a guiding force to encourage amicable interaction. With some focus and willingness on our parts, this Full Moon in Gemini could spark the critical conversation we’ve been waiting for.

Capricorn has to do with maturity, wisdom, and responsibility. It represents the outer limits of our current evolutionary understanding. The Saturn, Venus, and Pluto stellium in Capricorn highlights boundaries and rights, values and love, personal and creative power respectively. Thanks to Capricorn, we are being shown our limits in each of these areas.

Another stellium in Capricorn (Jupiter, the South Lunar Node, and Ceres) underscores the importance of making the effort to show up and ask the tough questions.

  • What are the limits upon which our lives are built?
  • Are we content to continue to live within these boundaries? Or, is there more waiting for us?
  • What is possible when we suspend limiting, conditioned beliefs?
  • Who are we when we expand our beliefs about our power to co-create ourselves and what we experience?
  • What if we acknowledged doubt, regret, and/or blame about choices we’ve made on the way here and gave them a place at the table?
  • What if we agreed that we all bring something to our collective experience and decided that we wanted to contribute something more loving?

Here’s to continuing the conversation and stretching our limits of possibility…under the light of the Full Moon.

In 10 short days, on December 21, 2019, Winter Solstice will expand the lineup of Capricorn light in our skies and lives, and on December 25, 2019, the Capricorn New Moon and Solar Eclipse offer another fresh start. May we all take our places at the table and embrace the way forward with our collective heart.

With blessings, always,
~ Christina

p.s. December’s Advent Calendar of Inspiration from Nature and Souls that have blessed our Earth with their light continues to grow below this post. I hope that you enjoy breathing in the beauty that surrounds us on this globe that we are honored to call home.

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