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2021 ~ Restoring Harmony

One of the overriding themes of the year ahead is to restore balance and harmony to what is broken. We still have much work to do, as January brings myriad challenging astrological aspects that call us to consider our ability to respond to situations and the emotions they spark.
Maintaining a daily regimen of mindfulness serves us well this month and sets the stage for the individual and collective healing that the year ahead requires.

Since our greatest point of power, and therefore our work, is always in this moment, if we continually show up when discord stirs within and around us, we can see and own our shortcomings, flaws, doubts and misgivings. When we’re able to do this while incrementally increasing our expressions of self-love, our capacity to love others grows exponentially. This
is how the integration that 2021 is calling for will take place. Nourish self; nourish all.
This is a perfect time to keep clarifying what truly matters and nurture it as if our lives depend upon it. Hopefully, we find ourselves at the center of this exploration and our unconditional love and acceptance spirals outward and upward, expanding all that it touches.

The universe thrives on change and expansion, and we are as much agents of it as the celestial bodies of which we are made.
Here’s to daring to show up again and again as integrated beings of wholeness, perfect in our imperfection and willing to support ourselves and each other with compassion, grace and love.

With great courage and blessings, and always, love.
~ Christina

Full Moon in Cancer ~ Honoring light and shadow as 2020 comes to a close

As the Moon waxes full in Cancer tonight and peaks at 8:28 pm MST, I’m reminded of – and awed by – how much she affects and blesses us.
Her presence and power are constant, even as she changes form. Each of her phases shapes us in different ways, but she is always there, even when invisible.

A shape shifter of souls, she takes us on journeys across time and space. For this final full moon in Cancer during the year of 2020, I am called to honor her light, her shadow and her darkness, along with ours.

In her balsamic phase, when she’s dark and invisible, we dive deep into ourselves and our desires. Ideas percolate and gestate here, stirred by our attention.

With her seam of light, we are born anew, and her thin waxing crescent of potential awaits our impulses and intentions.
As she grows into her first quarter or half moon, possibilities increase and if we are awake enough to notice and wise enough to trust, opportunities begin to coalesce around us.
Half moons bring a sense of clarity and balance – tipping points where we can go this way or that, choose one path or another. It’s up to us to build our dreams.Momentum increases as she moves from her half moon phase into her waxing gibbous phase and the choices we’ve made are supported, regardless of our opinions, judgments, wishes or hopes.

When she waxes full, her light spills upon our path and beyond it – illuminating what is calling for realization and celebration while supporting our way forward.
In her waning gibbous phase, we begin to release what is not yet born and needs more time. Her third quarter phase is another tipping point, but this one turns us toward what needs to be trimmed and/or cut away for the next cycle of growth.

Her waning crescent helps us to surrender further and invites us to trust ourselves and the process of creation all over again.
With infinite gratitude, I recall all of the times she carried me across the expanse of night, helped me maneuver the terrain of what is felt but not seen, and emerge into the light of day.

The sense of what was, is, and will be possible fills me as I recall her surrendering in the western sky at dawn while the Sun, her partner in this dance of light and shadow and soul, claimed the day with me.

As her fullness shines upon us tonight and highlights the closure of this tumultuous year of contraction, growth and expansion, I bow to her demonstration of constancy in the midst of transformation and pray that we emulate her shape shifting brilliance for the highest good of all relations and sentient beings.

With infinite blessings of light and shadow and everything in-between,
~ Christina

 

 

 

A Winter Solstice Prayer ~

As Jupiter and Saturn partner together and invite us into a new era, may we be wise and brave enough to join them. 

May we open our minds and hearts enough to discover innovative solutions to global problems with the aid of Jupiter’s transit into Aquarius.

May we stretch ourselves beyond the limits of what we believe possible with Saturn’s support as it transits into Aquarius. 
With warm Winter Solstice blessings to all,
Always love.
~ Christina

Reflections on December 2020’s New Moon/Total Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius

On the eve of the New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius,
here’s to reflecting on what is true for us and letting everything else
soften into the sacred space that we share with all sentient beings.

The Solar Eclipse/New Moon in Sagittarius peaks at 9:15 am MST/9:17 am MST respectively, December 14, 2020, and it brings us yet another opportunity to release our beliefs, language and behaviors that no longer serve our highest expression. 

As I align with the stars and ground to the earth during the final moments of the balsamic moon on the eve of this celestial event, I’m aware that I’m closest to my highest truths when I’m immersed in nature. Its authentic beauty takes me to a place of stillness that stretches beyond time and space ~ and plants me right here, right now. Centered here, my reach has no limits and everything is possible.

Here’s to each of us connecting to our ultimate truths and allowing others to do the same as we journey upward together.

Blessings always,
~ Christina

Gemini’s Lunar Eclipse ~ Embracing and healing our collective story with love

As the year draws toward its close and I pour over the lunar cycles and eclipses left before the days grow lighter on the Winter Solstice, I’m struck by these questions:

~ What if the stories of our collective past simply yearn to be acknowledged?

~ What if the burdens of lineage to which we’re tied desire nothing more than to venture out of the shadows into the healing light of our hearts?

~ How refreshing and profound would it be if we met current triggers of past traumas with a welcoming sense of gratitude instead of dread?

Maybe the season of giving follows the season of gratitude in a way that aligns perfectly with the higher truth of both states of being.

When we are grateful, we are generous.
When we are generous, we are grateful.
In both states of being, we are for giving, and we are blessed.

What if we embraced all of the personal and collective pain that is emerging now with the spirit of gratitude, generosity, and forgiveness?

Tonight’s Lunar Eclipse at November 30, 2020 at 2:43 am MST, helps us clear the way forward by encouraging us to let go of what is dying. With the Moon at the eighth degree of Gemini and the Sun opposing it in Sagittarius, this eclipse asks us to speak of what is leaving in a way that honors its truth even as we bid it farewell. If we can do this with words wrapped in love and gratitude in our hearts, we can harness the limitless power of the spoken word and embrace the expansive optimism of Sagittarius.  In two short weeks, on December 14, 2020 at 9:15 am MST, we’ll have another opportunity to continue clearing the way forward during the Solar Eclipse at 23 degrees Sagittarius. We’ll be called once again to open our minds and hearts to the higher truths of humanity’s collective consciousness and own our part in creating it. As we acknowledge and release our pain now, we’ll be more prepared to co-create a place worthy of our presence.

Here’s to mining the collective treasures of our deeper work and creating a new world where we abide in love together.With peace and light, for all relations.
~ Christina

Daring to merge with the magic of Scorpio’s New Moon ~

Never underestimate the power of doing nothing, of just going along,
listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering. ~ a.a. milne
~
If one can do nothing in the midst of spirited aspen relatives, all the better. ~ christina
Welcoming the spirit of Scorpio’s New Moon, Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 10:07 pm MST.

Scorpio brings elements of magic to life. It allows us to hear what is unspoken, sense what is felt but not shared, and see beyond the present moment into the void of possibility.

This New Moon cycle in Scorpio extends cooperative energy to the Pluto, Jupiter, and Saturn stellium in Capricorn in order to help us speed up our process of overturning ruts in our lives and on our planet. It sends a supportive current to Neptune in watery Pisces, further encouraging us to release and surrender that which is dead and no longer serves our highest consciousness.
Water and earth are feminine elements and new moons amplify receptivity. This is a perfect time to clarify our desires by tuning in to what we’re attracting, and to release what needs to be transformed into something else.
Sending deep and wide gratitude into the void for this season of Scorpio.
~ For the spaciousness found in allowing.
~ For the reminder to connect, receive and release.
~ For rebirth and the spirit of magic that reigns here, now, always.

With great blessings,
~ Christina

 

October’s Blue Taurean Moon ~ Illuminating the Power of Love ~

October’s end brings a Blue Moon on the morning of All Hallows’ Eve, at 8:49 am MDT. Her light is growing as I write this and her glow spills over my left shoulder. I spent the last Full Moon in Taurus in the sacred lands of Sedona, pictured below. As I recall the moment when the Moon claimed her place in the evening sky, my heart fills with a sense of hopefulness and possibility. I’m transported to the red Earth where our ancestors walked, danced, sang, prayed, and blessed the desert with tears of joy and grief. Halloween, or Samhain, is a time when the veil between worlds thins, when we honor those that have gone before us. Blue Moons, the second Full Moon of any given month, serve to thin the veil even more, giving us a rare opportunity to connect with the realm of Spirit on a deeper level than normal.

This Full Moon in Taurus, will be exactly conjunct Retrograde Uranus at eight degrees, while the Sun opposes them in Scorpio. Uranus is the planet of change and inspiration, usually sudden and beyond our realm of control. It’s transpersonal and invested in the growth of humanity. It implores us to consider what is good for the whole and motivates us to expand our personal Saturnian boundaries and limits.

In Taurus, Uranus aims to remodel our relationship to what matters to us. Practical values come to mind, but so do matters of the heart, for Taurus is ruled by Venus, the planet of love.
Its retrograde position deepens this process of exploration and discovery.

If the lives we’re living aren’t aligned with our highest ideals, we’re likely to experience change. One of the key things to keep in mind when Uranus is activated is that while we cannot control circumstances and events outside of ourselves, we can definitely control our responses to them. When responsibility is understood as our ‘ability to respond’ it changes everything.

Opposite the Moon, the Sun in Scorpio brings us to consider power – both creative
and destructive. Scorpio is ruled by Pluto, the planet of transformation, whose power can be seen in nature during the changing seasons and in the cycles of life of all sentient beings on Earth. It carries the energy of water and forces what is circulating beneath the surface to show itself.

We can harness the power of opposing planets and luminaries by embodying the gifts of each one. Grounded to the Earth in the center of opposing forces, we are at our strongest and able to weather the changes that come our way.

This Full Moon in Taurus offers us the opportunity to stand in the center of love and power.It takes great courage to stand in love in the face of uncertainty. To know that love is the most powerful force on our planet, and to trust that when applied to any situation, it transforms and elevates the outcome.

As the Moon rises, falls, and waxes during the coming days and peaks on All Hallows’ Eve, I’m sending massive courage to all relations – past, present and future – to embody love
and power, for the highest good of all sentient beings.To our ancestors who illuminated paths upon Earth before us and continue to light the
way forward, I send infinite gratitude, blessings and love.

Always, Love.
~ Christina

 

Trusting the Flow of the Full Moon in Pisces ~

The first night of September 2020 gifts us with a Full Moon in Pisces at 11:22 pm MDT that forms a cooperative sextile to Uranus in Taurus.In this cosmic moment of magic, the feminine, mutable energies of watery Pisces and earthy Virgo create a harmonious current of hope to Uranus in feminine, fixed and earthy Taurus.

If we attune to this flow, we can soften the tension between opposing Mars in Aries and Saturn in Capricorn, and their cardinal square with Venus in Cancer and the asteroid Juno in Libra.

Squares in cardinal signs demand expression, while aspects in mutable signs are designed to cooperate and collaborate with each other.

Divine feminine energy is longing to be honored upon our planet. If we pause long enough and turn our open hearts toward what and whom we love, this Full Moon promises healing across time and space, and the conscious and unconscious levels of our collective creation.

This Moon’s energy invites us to pause…to ground…to feel our connection to the Earth as she spins through the cosmos. She beckons us to breathe into the flow of Love….to pause…to breathe out into the flow of Love. As we allow and trust her ebb and flow in each effortless moment, we feel the universal stream of love breathe us. With magical Full Moon blessings, and love.
Always love.
~ Christina

2020’s Second New Moon in Cancer ~ Growing Love

On July 20, 2020, at 11:33 am MDT, we’ll be blessed with a second New Moon in Cancer of the year. The first one brought a Solar Eclipse at zero degrees on June 20, 2020, the Summer Solstice, when we celebrated the longest day and shortest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

Cancer symbolizes new life and anything in its realm is destined to grow. It is ruled by the Moon, and invested in nourishment, security and love. Emotional sensitivity is abundant, family is paramount and mothering instincts are fierce.

Here is what nourishment, growth and love looked like in the natural world on that sacred Summer Solstice day ~

July’s New Moon arrives at 28 degrees of Cancer and forms an exact opposition to Saturn and looser ones to Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn. It implores us to stop defending rigid beliefs and structures built on them when their time is clearly over. It also forms a loose trine to Neptune in Pisces, where compassion is abundant and spiritual mastery flourishes.

This second New Moon cycle in Cancer offers the gift of time; it feels as if we’re being given a second chance. Cancer is associated with birth while Capricorn has to do with time and maturity. The fact that we are blessed with not one, but two New Moon cycles in Cancer this year is remarkable, and this New Moon’s opposition to the Capricorn stellium of Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto confirms that it is indeed time.

~ It is time to let go of conditioning that holds us back and separates us from each other.

~ It is time to to plant what we want to grow – individually and collectively.

~ It is time to nourish life with tender attention and care.

~ It is time for living life in a way that gives birth to love.

Here is how that showed up in Nature today ~

May we turn toward love and embody what the natural world shows us everyday.

With great blessings of love, light and peace, always.
~ Christina

 

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