Full Moon in Capricorn: Step by Step

Posted in Astrology, Esbat, Full Moon on July 19, 2016 by themagickalpen

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July 19.2016
6:57p.m. (EDT)

Sun in Cancer

Matter of continuum
Depth and breath
Of thin air.

One step taken
Carefully and slowly
Marking each in pace.

Diving deep to feel the
Sting of new beginnings.

Structure and form taking
Shape as carefully calculated
Pause instinctively recoils……

Tonight the Moon waxes full in the astrological sign of Capricorn-Cardinal Earth. We need a space of strengthening after the recent events of several month’s worth of injustice, hate, violence, terror and words spoken that reek of content that is neither honorable nor truthful. Now, the need for sure-footedness and graceful navigation on an earth that is shifting and changing in response to humanity’s cries for change!

Although Sun and Moon are in opposition (the usual aspect for a Full Moon), the sweet spot is the ability to refine and navigate the emotional landscape with the ease of the Sea-Goat; the astrological symbol for Capricorn. This is a creature that is able to dive into the depths of sea waters and scale the heights of aether and air. All with the preciseness and grace of the
goat or ram of our physical existence.

Cancer is a water sign, ruled by the Moon and is steeped in the identification and security of home and family (whether biological or other). Here the emotions run deep and are fed by relationships that fill the heart’s thirst for interconnectedness. Capricorn, takes that space of centeredness or the secure mid-ground, if you will, and uses it as the earthly rooted tether that allows for movement back to the waters of home that fed it or up towards the heavens and outer world that inspire it. Thinking on these two as Father (Sun) and Mother (Moon), the mid-point of rootedness is knowing that each is in support of fostering emotional support and encouraging the exploration of moving out into the world in search of what that new definition of stability and security may become.

Anchor in Those Footholds
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The Master waits at
The Gate and the Adept
Reaches out gingerly before
The hand withdraws.

And the steepness of drop
Reverberates at the base
Of darkened overflowing well.

Gold coins falling as leaves
Carried within the space
Of hope-filled airy breath….

Capricorn is an Earth sign and the quality of earth expressed is that of strength and agility in navigating the paths of mundane existence, both pleasurable and challenging. Its modality is Cardinal in nature, which means that strength and agility will be rooted as the foundational energy of fresh starts, new gifts of manifest earthly) use and the building of skills that will serve in future strivings. The ability to remain firmly rooted and anchored in whatever goal is set and to remain steadfast in the accumulated efforts towards that goal can be called upon to stabilize. The bumps in the road do not change, but your approach and the means by which you get to that place you desire can become intentional acts of anchoring and centeredness. All, very useful in how we choose to proceed in the months ahead and what we remember of the challenges that have been left behind.

Step by Step
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Once again the ascent begins
The space of time claiming
The continuum of Earthy
Strength and Will.

One step taken
Carefully and slowly
In newly informed pace….

Consider this moon one of taking charge of how you move forward as you remain rock steady in where you are. Please enjoy a recorded meditation for reflection at this Full Moon in Capricorn.

This recording is in Astrological Gifts on the Teachings web page… Enjoy!

Step by Step – Recorded Meditation

A Full Solstice Moon

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, Full Moon on June 20, 2016 by themagickalpen

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June 20.2016
Full Moon in Sagittarius
7:02am (EDT)

Summer Solstice
6:34pm (EDT)

Solar Transit into Cancer
6:34pm (EDT)

Mutable Grand Cross
Phase 2

Just when you thought the astrological energy couldn’t get any more complex, we arrive at the Summer Solstice. June 20.2016, numerologically and aptly a number 8 ( 6+2+2+1+6=17/8) is bursting with auspicious moments. In numerology, the number eight represents the image of the lemniscate; or time eternal and cyclical. If you position the number eight on its side, this is the symbol of the lemniscate and the openings on either end are both points of entry and release. Past, present and future occurring simultaneously and continually as what was moves through the central crossover space of the present and immediately enters into the future. Given the dynamics on this day of the number eight, we are experiencing some events that occur rarely (decades) and are strategically placed in juxtaposition to what we are familiar and comfortable with in the “norm” of astrological events.

Today marks the second Full Moon in Sagittarius; the first occurring last month. The archer has practiced aim and sharpened those arrows in one more effort at bringing to fruition and full realization of what desires have been smoldering in the fiery bow. This first also occurred when Father Sun had just changed his garb to reflect Gemini’s duality and flexibility in communication and creative thought. Today, another costume change is readied as the Sun(transits) flows into the watery garb of Cancer’s healing lunar filled waters. Home and family being the primary focus as communicative outreach takes a backseat and heart heats up the ebb and flow.

There is plenty of time for this changing of the garb, as this day of The Summer Solstice is the longest of daylight in the year and every last ray is held tightly in the space of memory marking the solar wisdom of the waning of the year and increasingly shorter minutes of daylight until the Winter Solstice. And, the planetary energies have been re-positioning themselves from the First noted mutable Grand Cross configuration at the Dark Moon on June 4th. Now, in the place of Venus, her partner Mercury; quite at home in his ruling sign of Gemini has stepped in to offer the necessary resistance to Saturn’s Sagittarian structuring. Where Venus sought refinement that at times was more akin to idealization, Mercury just wants to get the information out there; order and structure not a prerequisite when the need for discourse moves swiftly.

Venus has joined the Sun in the soothing waters of Cancer basking in the beauty of a well-illumined space that reveals all the treasures that she seeks in her quest for harmony and balanced grace.

Change your Partners!
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Mutable Grand Cross:Phase Two

 (Retrograde) Neptune in Pisces & Jupiter in Virgo
(Retrograde) Saturn in Sagittarius & Mercury in Gemini

The suggestion for navigating these Grand Crosses was to sit as the observer. This hold true for this iteration as well and should not be considered passivity; rather an opportunity to allow time (Saturn’s gift) to shake out what MUST remain before we impetuously run in to “fix” things. A reminder regarding the Mutable action of this Cross. Flexibility implies endings and new beginnings; however creating an untimely demise has lasting repercussions from which the process of regeneration can be much more challenging!

Venus in the line-up on June 4th provided the potential for amicable endings before Mercury moved into position, in this phase, to begin the process of communicating and directing the impetus of next steps (new growth). Additionally, Neptune stationed Retrograde on June 13th providing more murkiness to the matters of heart and emotion as greater depths are reached pulling on the naturally expansive nature of Jupiter in the opposing sign of Virgo. The weight of the world’s tears and emotional outpourings (Neptune in Pisces) have pushed deeper into the the womb of earth’s fertility (Virgo) and it responds by accommodating and flexing (Jupiter) appropriately.

Retrograde Saturn is still intent on redirecting the fiery catalysts of Sagittarius as the master of versatility (Mercury) steps up to prod and loosen the tension allowing those arrows to fly and begin new dialogues (Gemini) and brain storming that moves what remains inert.

Waiting in the Darkened Wings

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Why wait? Why Observe? Because waiting in the wings are two additional players whose influences are part of the bigger picture. Mars and Pluto have been retrograde since mid-April in the astrological signs of Scorpio and Capricorn, respectively. These are the both planets that offer an intensity that slowly builds, and can remain largely transparent in its real effects until precisely the right cue is given and the stage is theirs.

Mars urges action and change that is assertive in its manner and in the astrological sign of Scorpio, the most complex of the signs, Fire (Mars) and Water (Scorpio) have the potential to reach a boiling point that pulls to the surface what lay as discarded remains at the bottom. The caution is that much of what has been discarded has been so for a reason; past hurts,harmful actions, unkind thoughts and words, etc.. This is where the need for discernment and clarity in put some of these into action to effect productive change requires a slow and steady command infused with supreme self-control.

Pluto carries the seeding of what has been composted as past endeavors to allow for the vision of what future products may be. In the astrological sign of Capricorn, the effects of this are primarily in the earthy (or manifest) realms and are directed by slow and steady progress that can maneuver through the extremes of the highest and lowest intentions. The goal is one of securing just enough information that will inspire and reveal confidence in the knowledge that when you are ready to take action in your life, the way will be sure-footed and purposeful.

Anchor Into The Beauty of Your World

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Just breathe. Be the observer and take in the beauty and energy of this planet as the events of the cosmos unfold. As you celebrate the Light of the Solstice day and the Full Moon, anchor deeper into the gentleness of the Mother. This is the space of quiet and refuge as the cosmic energy reaches critical mass. Look out and up towards a sky patterned with the leaves of a Tree and re-member the strength and resiliency that is held within.

In our current class, I offered up a drumming respite to connect with a tree, moving into its roots and drawing up the intention of strengthening. I offer this again to use if you wish as the heavens move in their cycles and great change is still to come. I invite you to use the space of this longest day to find sometime to sit under your favorite Tree and simply be…

Journey Into the Tree: Recorded Drumming Meditation

 

New Moon in Gemini-React With An Informed Response

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, New Moon on June 1, 2016 by themagickalpen

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June 4.2016
New Moon in Gemini
10:59p.m. (EDT)

Sun in Gemini

Mutable Grand Cross
Phase One

Neptune in Pisces & Jupiter in Virgo
(Retrograde) Saturn in Sagittarius & Venus in Gemini

The Moon enters a new beginning late Saturday evening and brings with it a host of stellar events that will shape how we move through the weeks up to the Solstice Full Moon on the 20th, and beyond!

The buzzword for this month is Mutable Grand Cross and it carries an intensity and potential for reaction or response. A Grand Cross occurs when four (4) planets create aspects that result in 2 dynamics (or lines) of opposition; intersecting creating 4/right angles at the mid-point and thus forming the geometric image of a cross. Additionally, these four planets each represent the four alchemical elements (earth-air-fire-water) of one of three modalities; meaning that they are the four elements of a Cardinal (beginning catalyst) – Fixed (stability of synthesis) -or, in this case – Mutable (flexibility of ebb and flow) Cross.

The Mutability of this auspicious celestial event provides the lessons of adaptability and resiliency. In the cycle of the three modalities, the Cardinal beginnings or seeding moves towards the Fixed intention of synthesizing and providing structure so that the energy may be utilized. Once the bolstering and defining work of the Fixed nature is complete, this newly organized energy moves into the space of Mutable imprint, where it may expand, test its flexibility and in so doing, ultimately release its former constraints and bring with it the experience of its journey that spills into that will be birthed anew as it feeds the Cardinal spark of new beginnings. This Grand Cross of Mutability is both a time of releasing what has been outgrown and feeding what will be the next phase of journey that heralds a new way of “being”.

There are two (2) Grand Crosses that will occur this month- the first at the New Moon and the second on the Full Moon on June 20th. In both instances retrograde planets remain and, in the case of the second, the inclusion of a Solar transit and the Solstice. As with most astrological events, these aspects and dynamics do not happen all at once, but are the peak of planetary movement inching its way towards creating enough change to form a dynamic pattern that refuses to remain unnoticed. Remembering this is a way to keep yourself on track; maintain a balanced approach and choose carefully how you will re-act or respond to the accumulated energy.

Gemini – The Erudite Professor or Eloquent Persuader?

This New Moon and Sun in Gemini are tools that can be used to navigate the opposition of Retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius. One of the Cross lines of opposing agendas will occur with Saturn in Sagittarius and Venus in Gemini. This means that Gemini is represented three times: New Moon, Sun and Venus. This also means that communication may have the same effect as listening to a broadcast of crossed wires and mixed signals. We just experienced the loosening of Mercury’s Retrograde (the ruling planet of Gemini) on the 22nd of May, and are still receiving some of the errant waves of miscommunication that are lingering behind.

Saturn seeks to control and re-order whatever it lays its application towards and the weight of this energy remaining retrograde in Sagittarius, can act in a way that suppresses the organic flow and outreach of Sagittarius’ inquiring nature. Sagittarian Fire seeks to find the place of viable landing of multiple arrows of connection and action that are dispersed. Now, that aim and release is imbued with a highly structured and controlled approach, putting on hold the natural spontaneity of the Sagittarian archer.

Venus seeks the balance and harmony of a refined order that produces beautiful result. Beauty, not limited by the visual constructs of what “beauty” means to us personally, but broadened to see the inherent beauty in the design that contributes to what that construct becomes. Venus wearing the mantle of Gemini adds to this balance versatility and adeptness around how that balance is expressed and what form that expression takes. Gemini is the master of duality (and manipulative persuasion, if necessary) and facility of style surrounding all manner of communication.

Put these two together on the same line of trajectory, as is the case of this line of the Grand Cross and false starts, hiccups and what seeks to order can actually create a jam up of efforts at communicating clearly and in harmony with a defined and precise aim.

This dynamic also leaves open the space for persuasion to take hold, simply because it “seems” like the right course instead of holding steady and choosing a response that has knowledge and consideration of previous experience as its guide. That also means, being patient enough to allow that information to come of its own accord.

Neptune in Pisces and Jupiter in Virgo..

The second line of dynamic in the Grand Cross is that of flowing waters and expansion that moves much like a ratchet, step-by-step; carefully organized and analyzed. As partners, yes I did say partners, in mastery of movement Pisces has finely honed the craft of overflow and freely giving of its emotional reserves and Virgo has mastered the art of restricting and allowing only what should run with a strong current do so. Virgo, as a sign of earth provides the container for what Pisces would naturally flood because of its organic instinct towards acting as provider and insures that there will be adequate supply left of that outpouring to renew, rather than deplete.

In this line of the Grand Cross we find Neptune in its sign of rulership, Pisces, so the dialogue between the two is a tale of old friends. A point of tension and opposition arises from Jupiter in a more restricting sign of Virgo. Imagine the damming up of what has mastered the tides of expansive reach that moves in accord with the rhythm of calibrated contraction as needed. Virgo tightens that contractive action, making sure that everything is in order and each outcome has been evaluated, verified and then checked again, before any expansion can occur. Emotions that arise from the deepest space of our vast ocean of experience and memory that would, otherwise, have been transparent in our sightline are now placed in a holding pattern to allow for greater scrutiny.

Sit As the Observer..

As difficult as it may be, the best course of action is to simply sit as the observer looking out as the waxing light provides a better view of what the options are. Breathe into the space of acknowledging that you may be feeling the pull of your emotional self to react rather than wait for the correct response that will insure you move from an informed heart-centered space. Acknowledge that although you are feeling pressed to restructure aspects of your life that you have not been in clear communication with for some time, this reaction could result in your overlooking a very useful, albeit small, detail of previous experience that will resurface when you remain still and open enough for it to gain your attention.

A Center Point of Calm Response…

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Alchemically, Mind and breath (Venus in Airy Gemini) have the potential to move with a grace and refinement that is your personal signature of harmony achieved through the beauty found in the process.

Will and action (Saturn in Fiery Sagittarius) are enabled to burn brightly in a structured and orderly way that endure time and catalyze the smaller fires of continued outreach towards collaborative and communal effort that is both aligning your internal communal s(S)elves and the outer world you inhabit.

Compassion and a healing heart (Neptune in Watery Pisces) can flow fully and with the appropriate discernment that heals and soothes without depleting its own reserves and capacity to give.

Prosperity and the realization of an abundance (Jupiter in Earthy Virgo) that provides what is needed devoid of excess and becomes fruitful in manifesting the space of gratitude are honed within the “knowing” that the earth of our bodies and home will sustain.

Find the space of stillness within. Find the space of receptive communication that flows. Find the gift of patience and deepening of your own self-aligning nature. Find the center point where each of the dynamics of this Grand Cross have opportunity to flow into, fuel and inform, so that you may find the resonance that is uniquely your own path towards future growth.

Blessings of this New Moon and this first Mutable Grand Cross …

All A Quiver-Full Moon in Sagittarius

Posted in Esbat, Full Moon, pathworking, Retrogrades, Sagittarius on May 20, 2016 by themagickalpen

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May 21.2016
Full Moon in Sagittarius
5:14 p.m. (EDT)

Sun in Gemini Transit: May 20
10:36a.m. (EDT)

We began the Solar Month of Gemini on Friday as the last 48-hrs. of Mercury’s (planetary ruler of Gemini) retrograde holds us accountable and cautious regarding matters of communication. Very opportune, giving the Full Moon’s energies of Sagittarius and the potential to allow the seeds of our catalytic will to be carried out into the world; arrows aflame! Think of this space of time as the additional care to be given as the archer’s bow and arrow are aligned precisely where we wish to hit the mark of change and stimulate new growth.

This is one of two Full Moons that will wear the mantle of Sagittarian energy, the second occurring next month on June 20th and will be in its 29th degree wearing its developed and mature garb. This Moon heralds the first steps in stepping into Sagittarius’ energy at the 1st degree. Even, this dynamic is one that we can harness, using this Full Moon’s energy with a similar intention of cycle that flows from New Moon to Full Moon. Apply this to the waxing of Sagittarius’ fiery energy: this Full Moon sees the first picking up of the bow that will then hold the arrow of intention that are released and, if sure and true, will hit its mark and become the fullness of flame (at June’s 29th degree Full Sagittarian Moon) and heat that cause lasting change!  Pretty cool, isn’t it?

Riding the wave of this energy, we are moving along a Fire Moon’s path that culminates on the Full Moon of the Summer Solstice, also June 20th and the transit of the Sun into the astrological sign of watery (and Moon ruled) Cancer. Think of this apex in this way:

On the longest day (Summer Solstice) when Father Sun crests in his vitality and strength, that heat is cooled by Mother Moon’s waters of fiery and quickened intent (Sagittarius). Their dance is a Tango, passionate and flowing, yet sharp and precise in the pointed nature and intention of each gesture and posture (the sharpened arrows of Sagittarius). He gives the full burst of energetic response, his emotions rising in heated desire (Transit into Cancer and waters enlivened by Sun’s rays) with each caress and entwining of embrace. The celestial music plays and as the day’s energies wane, the dance slows as the consummate union of Sun and Moon, Masculine and Feminine, Fire and Water herald the promise of new creation.

Rewind to this Full Moon of May: This is the space of planning, practicing and preparing for whatever the bull’s eye of your intention is. Bows raised in the first release of intention that we seek to enliven with the fires of change. Sights set on what will be catalyzed. Breathe deeply and let go! With the help of the Sun in Gemini, and its last efforts (Retrograde until Sunday, May 22nd) at slowing things down enough to give your intentions time to communicate with your actions, we have greater potential of actually hitting the goal with fewer attempts.

All A Quiver..

An additional dynamic to this Full Moon energy is a conjunction formed between the Moon and Retrograde Mars in Sagittarius. A conjunction occurs when the planets involved are within an orb up to 10-degrees of each other. In this case both the Moon and Mars are at 1-degree aspects.

Mars energy is active, assertive and can serve productively if positively directed. The retrograde intensifies the need to be active, so impulsivity or spontaneity can be favorable in allowing for flexibility of change or derailing the best efforts. This also means that tension will arise and the tautness that occurs replaces flexibility with rigidity. But, tension, more accurately just the right application of tension can bolster the efforts of  Sagittarius’ natural predisposition towards outreach and action. This ties in well with the directive of Mercury and its retrograde putting extra pressure on detail and precision in communication (or letting those arrows fly).

Envision this Mars-Moon conversation as one of emotional desire (Moon) that is allowing the will towards action (Mars) to assist in the co-creation of of change and broader dialogue that reaches beyond (Sagittarius) the normal boundaries that we often self-impose.

As the light of this blessed Full Moon shines stand in the space of your readiness to ignite the night sky with your arrows of action and intention….

Please enjoy a Pathworking into the Hall of Sagittarius
Flowering Embers

 

 

Read More:

Full Moon in Sagittarius (2014)
Ready, Aim, Shoot

The Temple of the Sun
Full Disclosure: The Sun in Gemini

Mercury Retrograde
Speak Slowly and Clearly Into the Microphone

Mars Retrograde
Stand Down-Mars Retrograde

The New Moon of Nuit’s Creation

Posted in Uncategorized on May 5, 2016 by themagickalpen

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May 6.2016
New Moon in Taurus
3:30 p.m. (EDT)

Sun in Taurus

I breathe out exhaling
And thousands of fiery
Stars burst forth.

Each light is the pulsing
Of my celestial body.
Each silently issues the
Sacred sound of universal
Sky held in timeless magick.

I inhale and all of Earth’s
Fertility is drawn into me
Moving in ecstatic joy as
The starry heaven of my body
And the fecundity of earth
Join as one.

I breathe and my lover stretches
Upward in embrace seeking the
Perfection of our profound union.

I breathe and the Cosmos speaks
My Name and the star-filled
Breath of its calling becomes the
All of creation.

We just celebrated the Sacred Union of Beltane’s Lord and Lady, so it is fitting that this New Moon in the astrological sign of Taurus is one of beginnings that may flow through all of our manifest endeavors. I have chosen the Egyptian Goddess Nuit as the image and energy for this New Moon. She is an ancient Goddess of the Heavens and her brother, Geb lay beneath her as the embodiment of the Earth. Her body is that of the blackened starry night and within that mantle lay the potential of planet and luminary to shine as they will adorning her form.

The union of Geb/Earth and Nuit/Sky held the space of the between from which life and the quickening of form drawn down into fertile space of ground could become. The cloak of Taurus calls us to be present in all of our physical workings.; and as it adorns the strength of the Solar God it illumines the way for what this bull of longevity and commitment chooses as its focus of protection. Nuit wearing the veiling of Taurus provides the promise “as above, so below” that bodes the nurturing of the cosmos and the life contained within her.

The Moon lay hidden; embedded in Nuit’s creative waters. Sun and Moon find their way, entwining and moving in the ecstasy of promised union. This is the calling of a new moon’s beginnings. This is the space of breath just before the exhale that gently feeds what will blossom forth in fullness in the weeks ahead. Look up to the blackness of the night sky, knowing that Nuit’s Moon surrounds you. You, who stand on the form of her lover, Geb and for a moment in time, seed and womb becomes as one. What will you manifest this night?

Please enjoy a recorded meditation honoring Nuit’s New Moon of Creation…

Nuit’s Moon of Creation

All Hail the Maiden of Fire and the Youth of Earth!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 3, 2016 by themagickalpen

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All Hail to Astrological Beltane and the Parting of the Veils of New Life!

A little background..

In many traditions the date of celebration for Beltane is May 1st and that of its counterpart, Samhain is Oct. 31 or Nov. 1. Although these dates have accumulated much astral energy from repeated use, if you wish to follow the astronomical approach, which is where the origins of the cross-quarter days lay, those dates are premature.

Beltane falls mid-point between the Vernal Equinox and the Summer Solstice. Each of the cross-quarter Sabbats – Beltane, Lammas, Samhain and Imbolc fall within that half way point between an Equinox and a Solstice. And, for those ancient practitioners who strongly followed the correlate of Solar tides, this placement provided very specific energy in relationship to the line of the Sun’s outpouring onto Earth, its placement during these times between and what was called into action in celebration, ritual and devotion.

If you look a bit closer at the timing of the astrological correlates and know, even a bit, about the energetics of the zodiacal signs as they move through the Solar Year, there is a wellspring of underlying meaning that can be drawn from as you open to new levels of connection that deeply inform how you construct your personal ritual or celebration of these cross-quarter days. Read more here…

Speak Slowly and Clearly Into the Microphone-Mercury Retrograde

Posted in Uncategorized on April 28, 2016 by themagickalpen

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April 28.2016
1:20 p.m.

Mercury stationed Retrograde this afternoon and adds its energy to a retrograde hit list of 4 other planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and Pluto. Five is the number of change and abrupt transformation. It is also the space of creation; having envisioned the point of newness that pushes through a 4-sided wall of foundation and becomes something more than a static base.

My Mars Retrograde  post was entitled “Stand Down”. Now, with the addition of a Mercury retrograde, the need for observation, non-resistance and being patient takes on more meaning. Any retrograde intensifies the baseline energy of that planet’s gifts. Mercury is one we are most familiar with, since its frequency is generally 2-3 times per year. The stereotypical Mercury Retrograde involves failed communication, technology glitches, tongue stumbling and the attempts at expressing oneself, being misunderstood, misconstrued and generally frustrating.

However, the plus side to these inconveniences is the opportunity to check and double-check what you say, how you proceed and generally slow down the frantic communication strategies we have come accustomed to in this highly “connected” age.

The Mars Retrograde on Apr. 18th amplified the need to step back from the natural push of this planet in asserting its willful action. Saturn’s retrograde is holding in check the exuberance of Mar’s energy; both being in the fiery sign of Sagittarius. And, Pluto stationing Retrograde the day after Mars in the earthy sign of Capricorn required slow and careful footing as travels into the great “beyond” of what we perceive as the most distant of planet’s energy.

The stage is now set, the microphone readied and communication that is deliberate and clear is asked to be the star of the show. The intensity of Mercury will play out in a very physical and concrete way. Taurus is a sign of the Earth element. This is the strength of the bull that establishes his territory and holds firm in protecting. Mercury in Taurus means that the intellect and style of communication will be very deliberate and abundantly clear in its purpose. Again, think of the bull and the “no mistaking” active communication when you venture into its territory and perceived a threat. Additionally, Taurus as a sign of the Fixed modality applies structure and synthesis. Now, add the complexity of this stalwart approach as a focus of intensified application to Mercury, the quintessential sign of communication and you will soon understand the need to speak slowly and clearly into the amplifying mic.

Staying with the stage analogy, the Sun is currently in its Solar month of Taurus! Spotlight (Sun) on the communicative star (Mercury) on opening day of a highly theatrical run that will engage its cosmic audience through May 22nd.

“Fire in the Hole”

Mars and Saturn in Sagittarius – Fire
Jupiter in Virgo – Earth
Mercury in Taurus – Earth
Pluto in Capricorn – Earth

An interesting occurrence is that 3 of the 5 Retrograde planets are in Earth signs; and together represent the trinity of modalities Cardinal – Fixed and Mutable. We began this trinity in the space of Mutable Virgo acting as the vehicle for Jupiter. Mutability is flexibility; the flexibility that allows for endings to flow into new beginnings. Pluto in Cardinal Capricorn, laid the ground work for those new reachings to take hold and the Cardinal intentions of new growth to bubble up. Mercury in Fixed Taurus, provides the container that draws from the Cardinal outpourings; mixes and refines the product as it stabilizes in preparation for the next cycle of Mutable action to begin. All the while, this action is taking place with the intentions of manifestation and palpable effect in the physical realms.

Mars and Saturn add Fire to the mix. Not just any fire, but that of the Mutable kind; hoping to spread its seeds of will to action and making full use of its catalytic nature. Here we find the friction of Mars, wanting to charge full speed ahead and Saturn, demanding that everything be ordered and structured in a lasting and durable way. These are the volatile fires that if not carefully balanced detonate in a blinding burst of chaos and upheaval.

So, think of all the efforts towards manifestation having aptly applied expansion (Jupiter),  and the seeding of the unknown (Pluto) into a carefully constructed vessel that clearly communicates its intention (Mercury). The fires have settled in and if not handled with the utmost of care, attention, observation and proceeding with caution, the sparks will fly and what foundations may have been laid will soon be blown apart, only to have to rebuild again.

Go Gently Into These Times…

The words, “be gentle with yourself”, are those to follow this year. Take time for yourself. Take time to be with those you love. Use the energy of this year’s astrology to find out more about who you are. What things are your passion and what things will you willingly release in finding the path back to “you”. Think of these (and the others that occur later in the year) as times to slow down and to sit with all the gifts of humanity that allow you to experience the changes, challenges and joys of having the “time” to be fully present in the moment.

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