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Honoring the space between no longer and not yet ~

As the calendar year turns from 2016 to 2017 in our western culture and I consider the alignment of the cosmos to our planet Earth, this quote by Nancy Levin strikes me:

Honor the space between no longer and not yet.

Essentially, this space is the present moment. The sacred now. Much of how we approach astrology involves looking ahead, and prior years have found me falling into that pattern, but the pull I am feeling to be in this moment, right here, right now, is stronger than old habits.

 

I was practicing my meditation and affirming my intentions for the coming year on January first of 2017. I noticed that the nature of my intentions shifted from years past. Instead of listing goals related to tangible achievements, I found myself affirming things like honoring my intuition more, spending time in nature daily, listening to my body when making decisions, really looking into the eyes and hearts of those I see, and asking Spirit for guidance more often and then trusting what I am shown. As the Sun dropped beneath the mountains to the west, the clouds formed an exclamation point. Literally! The emphatic YES! from the Universe made me laugh aloud. 

In the fading light, a flock of crows flew from south to north, cawing in flight. One alit on a tall Douglas Fir to my left, its profile silhouetted by the sky’s last slip of gold. Crow medicine speaks of Universal Law, where the ability to gather wisdom and truth from all levels of time into the present moment is possible. The necessity of this medicine in our world is clear to me. We can – and must – learn from the past while letting it go. We can – and must – plant intentions for the future while growing in the present moment. Indeed, this moment is the only place we can bring our wisdom to bear on the world – where we can create what we intend – where we can bring the Spirit in us to life.

Honoring the Now ~

May we each seek and find the magic of life in each moment. It is here. Now. May we notice the shifts in the wind and the changing shapes of the clouds. May we hear the wisdom of the natural world, from the ice crystals that freeze autumn leaves in rivers to the animal messengers who speak to us. May we know that each moment ~ and each of us ~ holds great magic and power, and may we honor the NOW with an emphatic YES! 

With deep trust in the magic of our world and our higher selves to honor it,

Christina ~

 

 

 

Growing Lighter ~

Coming soon to a night sky near you ~ can you feel her energy growing?
On December 13th, 2016 at 5:05 pm MST, the Moon waxes Full in Gemini.

Which questions will we pose to Sources wiser than ourselves in order to expand our consciousness? Instead of expecting answers that are black/white – either/or – yes/no, can we consider those that honor both/and?

Can we entertain the idea that the answers we seek lie within the questions?
And then, can we trust the answers to which we are guided?

Here’s to our connection to and expansion of the Light ~

Sacred Waters of Scorpio’s New Moon ~

New Moons are a time to plant intentions, wishes, hopes, and seeds.

The New Moon in Scorpio today finds me wrapping my prayers
in the darkness of the Earth, not for my personal healing,

but for the healing of our collective Family of All Relations.

                           prayers                                


sacred water

Scorpio energy has a flowing, pulsating intensity about it ~ an innate desire and potency to create life by fusing the polar opposite energies of male and female. Its core energy signature is POWER. Opposite Scorpio in the zodiac, Taurus holds the stable, grounding energy of Mother Earth, that nurtures, nourishes, and feeds us. Its core energy signature is LOVE. 

During these divisive and polarized times, as we are transmuting the vast distortion of control and power on our planet, my prayers on this New Moon are planted deep in the truth of our potential to merge and embody Power and Love ~ with a deep commitment and knowing that both energies shall be fused until a new way of living emerges. In that new expression of being, our Collective Heart pulsates with the Power of Love, and Blessings flow to all beings ~
~ Christina

#prayersforstandingrock,#newearthessence,#ScorpioNewMoon,#poweroflove

bronze by Alan Houser: prayer for rain

 

Full Moon in Aries ~ dreaming and co-creating a new path ~

explosion of love

What if the volatility of October’s Full Moon at 23 degrees Aries, that bumps up against Uranus (the planet of surprising and inspiring events) and squares Pluto (the planet of utter transformation and the busting up of old, worn-out systems), and Mars (the planet of reaching out for our desires), resulted in an explosion of LOVE? 

Uranus’s energy pattern implores us to expand what we know. It inspires us to stretch beyond our current boundaries that may have once had their usefulness, but no longer serve our growth.

Uranus rules the zodiac Air sign of Aquarius, so if we consider those we know with Aquarian natures, we likely conjure out-of-the-box thinkers, who often seem to dwell in a world very different than most. Ingenuity is theirs, along with inspiration to see and create solutions that serve the whole of humanity. Now, imagine Uranus, with all of those qualities and impulses, in the innovative and survival-oriented sign of Aries. Uber-confident, fiery Aries is intent on paving new pathways for others to follow for the survival of self-identity, yes, but also, ultimately for the survival of its species. Surely, if we are to survive, the best of both expressions must be cultivated.

This Full Moon in Aries, on October 15th, Saturday night, at 10:23 pm MST, illuminates explosion of lightthose paths, and invites us to open new doorways to opportunities beyond our imagination, individually and collectively. It squares Pluto in Capricorn, which is perfectly poised to draw our attention to the systems of power and control that need to crumble in order for new life to emerge and flourish. It would be hard to deny that our larger limiting systems of power and control are breaking down in the world. Fortunately, there is increased awareness and transparency of the abuses of power in our world, and many of us are responding to the call to reclaim it. The elevated aspects of Pluto in Capricorn lead us to the wisdom of harnessing the power to co-create our experience and our reality. There is no place for victim-consciousness or remaining stuck in a cycle of blame. Instead, the square in the sky between places power in our realm, and allows us to choose our way forward with our thoughts, words, and actions. Since Pluto is currently conjunct, or next to Mars in Capricorn, the square from the Full Moon amplifies the strong desire we may feel to bust through our limiting belief systems and the structures in the world that keep them intact. Mars may add to our sense of urgency and volatility at this time, so taking care to pause and connect to our collective desires – where everyone wins – aligns us with the wisdom and honorable nature of Capricorn. 

Finally, the Sun in Libra, whose Light illuminates the Full Moon in Aries, must become part of the conversation. Libra: where the scales of balance are weighed; where Venus has her say and the Laws of Love and Harmony come into play; where beauty abides and everyone is valued equally and unequivocally, and we all win.  

What if, as all of these cosmic energies arrange themselves, we choose to see their alignment for our greater good, and then focus on the abundant opportunities to
stretch, bend, and grow our collective heart? 

what if?

It is here that I will meet you tomorrow night, sleeping in the glow of Libran light cast upon the Arian Moon, dreaming and co-creating a new path,
for the good of all relations…

With infinite blessings to all,
Christina ~

Jupiter in Libra ~ an invitation

Jupiter moved from Virgo into Libra today, can you feel the shift?

Jupiter’s nature is expansive while Virgo’s is exacting. Jupiter in Virgo asked us what is working and what is not? It was concerned with efficiency and what made sense, especially in terms of how we are meant to serve.

In Libra, Jupiter’s energies shift to the area of what feels balanced, peaceful, and in harmony with a higher perspective where the ‘other’ is also considered. If our relations with ourselves are centered and balanced, we’ll have an easier time expanding our consciousness into the arena of relationships.

 Jupiter will expand whatever it touches ~ so the questions become:
How peaceful are our hearts? How connected are we to others in our lives, our world?
What thoughts are we holding, nourishing with our hearts? Where might
 we cultivate harmony? 

 

harmony

photo credit: NASA

With endless gratitude for infinite blessings ~
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

July’s Moon Cycle ~ featuring Summer’s Growth ~

 

centerAmerica’s Independence Day dawns on
the New Moon in Cancer ~ the zodiac sign ruled by the same Moon that harmonizes the rhythmic tides of the oceans.
It is symbolic of nourishment, emotional sensitivity, comfort, security, family, and growth. I’ve heard that one can never tell how much something in Cancer will grow because its possibilities are endless.

Relying on the horoscope for America on this day in history, and following that sentiment about Cancer ~ as a country, we were born to grow. My birthday wish for Americans is that we grow in connection to each other and honor the elemental truth that there is far more that we share in common than that which separates us. May we live up to the United part of our name and think and act from the heartbeat that connects ~ and heals ~ us all. Then, may we understand and embrace the connection we have to the global pulse and infuse it with our compassion. 

Our collective growth starts within each of us, of course, so this New Moon and this Month of Cancer energies offers a perfect garden in which to plant and nourish our deepest personal seeds ~ from what feeds our sense of comfort and safety to our grandest dreams and wishes ~ and everything in-between.

We can look for an emotionally sensitive beginning to July ~ with Mercury in Cancer and a water trine connecting Venus in Cancer, Mars in Scorpio, and Neptune in Pisces. This translates to supportive energy that helps us (if we’re willing) to take what is personal up to the higher realms of trust, forgiveness, and surrender. Neptune in Pisces symbolizes above all else, Oneness. It is consciousness itself, that dwells beyond ego. Here, vivid dreams, artistic creativity, and enhanced intuition are ours if we enter with humility and willingness. 

An opposition to Pluto, the planet that rules personal power and transformation, lends an edge to the New Moon and encourages us to reclaim any power we’ve relinquished in terms of co-creating our lives and our world. In Capricorn, Pluto currently calls us to take back responsibility and call out abuses of power. If Cancer is the sign of infancy and birth, Capricorn is the wise elder who knows how to lead the way. Each dwells in us and awaits our attention and action. 

wholeness

Mid-month, the Moon waxes Full on the 19th, in the end degrees of Capricorn, shining the light on our choices, allowing us to see if we’ve stepped forward or back.

A T-square aspect to Uranus (the planet of sudden and often surprising changes) in Aries urges us to pay attention to the need for change. In Aries, Uranus stirs the independent warrior within who wants to blaze a new path. Will we ~ individually and collectively ~ allow our unique spirits to shine? Will we be the creative innovators that our world so desperately needs to contribute to a better future? 

The Full Moon in Capricorn brings a passionate embrace between Mercury and Venus in Fiery Leo ~ sparking us to express and love what makes us shine! Getting creative in our conversations and relationships with others is encouraged – and likely unavoidable!

Saturn continues to square Neptune, reminding us to surrender what isn’t working and reshape our beliefs to accommodate what does. What supports an expanded perspective? What limits can stretch – especially those that we’ve held onto long enough? This aspect is designed to help us adjust to a more inclusive worldview ~ our essential humanity, our relationship to others, the pulse of the Cosmos to which we’re all connected. Neptune in Pisces asks, “Can we let go of that which restricts our greater understanding of Unity and Oneness?” May we be united in our answer…

Happy Independence Day to each of us ~ may we be free to choose with our hearts, always.

With infinite blessings and light ~
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 ~