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New Moon in Taurus-Calling the Four Holy Creatures

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, Esbat, New Moon on April 26, 2017 by themagickalpen


April 26.2017
New Moon in Taurus
8:16am.

Sun in Taurus

 The Moon began its waxing journey New this morning a 8:16am (EDT) in the astrological sign of earthy Taurus, The Bull. Beyond the usual astrological attributions of Taurus, a deeper meaning and energy of Taurus can be accessed as one of the Four Holy Creatures.

Read More about the gifts of astrological Taurus:
A Fiercely Beating Heart: The Sun in Taurus

The Four Holy Creatures

The Four Holy Creatures are the expression of those parts of self that live in corporeal form, yet remain always as points of connection and aspiration towards our Divine nature. Those parts of our being that align with the elements, both in their alchemical and metaphysical states form the cross points within and from which we engage the process of evolving and reaching beyond our physical form and consciousness.
These Fixed signs of the astrological Great Wheel represent sustainability, longevity and permanence; each of the four holding the blueprint of one of the elements:

Taurus- The Bull/Earth
Leo- The Lion/Fire
Scorpio- The Scorpion:EAGLE:Phoenix/Water
Aquarius- The Water-Bearer (Human)/Air

In their evolved states, as the Four Holy Creatures, they encompass the necessary foundations and components to produce Form (manifest life) from that which is Form-less (Spirit).
In their designation as the Four Holy Creatures, each is winged, denoting elevation or an arising of their core energies to a state of higher awareness and use. They are represented as:

The Four Holy Creatures
Ox/Bull Lion Eagle Man
Strength Courage Swiftness Intelligence
Patience Nobility Aspiration Devotion

We could think of these energies in this way:

In It’s Mundane State….

Taurus, the Bull represents the strength, fecundity and anchoring of an animal that is large and sturdy in its presence. It will charge if provoked, and is ruled by its instinctual needs for survival.

The Winged Bull has now taken those instinctual directives and elevated them to be used in the building and anchoring of the Spirit. We tend to cast aside what we consider to be our “baser” nature as a human when on the quest for spiritual growth, which, given that we have chosen corporeal, human (animal) form is another way we disconnect and see our spiritual nature as being something separate from our physical drives. Each are vital to the whole of the experience we have chosen this lifetime and cultivating the higher forms of what serves our survival in this realm will allow the manifestation of survival in the realms of Spirit.

In It’s Mundane State….

Leo, the Lion represents courage and responsibility for its community. The Lion is a fierce hunter and even fiercer guardian of its pride and lands. It commands attention and the bellow of its roar speaks of its dominion as a predator.

The Winged Lion commands its place as master of its spiritual nature; having gained mastery over predicating what no longer serves and weakens the needs of the collective. This energy is one of claiming, through effort and skill, the Divine Kingship that is our birthright. These are the Spiritual Fires that electrify and magnetized all that we are as human and Divine.

In It’s Mundane State….

Scorpio, as the Scorpion is its most traditional assignation. The creature that lurks below and issues a deadly sting if disturbed; and at times, stinging itself in the process. Scorpio is the only astrological sign that overtly has 2 other levels of expression. The second being the Eagle.

The Eagle, as one of the Holy Creatures, offers the space of keen awareness of all that has transpired in the efforts to reach the heights finally achieved through hard work and laying bare all that would keep us below the surface. The Eagle soars on the currents of water that is breath and air itself and the elevation and lifting of the Spirit that results from this freedom to move, unsupported or tethered to earth, reminds us of the true lightness of our Being.

In It’s Mundane State….

Aquarius, the Water-Bearer represents the flow of mind poured out in a continued stream of return back to its source of acquisition. Aquarius is often mistaken as a water sign , because of those flowing waters, but the true mystery lay not in the waters, but in the empty and air-filled space of the vessel. This is the container of potential and much like the flow of thoughts and ideas, they must be routinely shared and communicated so that space is created for others.

The Winged Man is the reconciliation of conscious awareness of our Divine potential and nature. Many have heard the phrase that we are “Divine Beings having a Human Experience”, but, try as we might we often forget how profound that statement truly is. More importantly we fail to acknowledge its correctness at all levels of our being. The Winged Man (aka. The perfected Man) is one who walks in all of the worlds give more credit to neither the Spiritual or Physical form he/she holds because the consciousness of gnosis has been achieved and both are at once a tiny drop in the cosmic sea and the sea itself.

These images of the Four Holy Creatures of spiritual perfection are held in the aethers; accessible yet easily transparent in their energies unless conscious awareness and action is taken towards clarifying their purpose. Taken as a whole, each a polarity and resonance of the other, it is fitting that these Four Holy Creatures also represent the Ages of Humanity. For Humanity, as a collective whole itself , must transit through the elements of evolution before coming full cycle back to the primordial place of its collective creation.

Now at this time of the New Moon in Taurus, I call to the strength and awareness of manifest and physical form. The Bull, that guards and protects and holds strongly anchored in who and what it is. I call to the energy of allowing what is steeped in instinctual and physical response to become a creature of elevated form and nature. This is the aspiration of what is driven by the desire to survive that lifts that desire to the space of manifesting and individual who is instinctually attuned to the Divine and moves in accord with a higher purpose. And in this calling al of the Holy Creatures shall answer for their nature is one of wholeness…

Entering the Temple of the Moon

Please enjoy this special live recording of our work in the Temple of the Moon last night as part of the Under the Veil of Night:Lunar Magick series. We called to the Four Holy Creatures to enliven our new beginnings and offered in return the light of our awakening. Click below…

New Moon in Taurus
(a) Calling to the Four Holy Creatures

How To:
Find a quiet space where you will not be disturbed (and would be able to move a bit). If you wish to set up an altar, do so in whatever style is aligned with your practice; a simple white candle will suffice, as well. And, when you are ready and have settled in, take a few deep breaths and begin the recording. 

Blessings on your Work…Robin

Reset-Firing Up New Beginnings! New Moon in Aries

Posted in Astrology, New Moon, Solar, The Temple of the Sun on March 27, 2017 by themagickalpen


March 27.2017
New Moon in Aries
10:57p.m.

Sun in Aries

The moon waxes New later today in the cardinal sign of Aries. Aries is the first sign of the Great Wheel and brings with it Cardinal (catalyzing and initiating) energy that is filled with the potential for enthusiasm and optimism. Two things that we are sorely in need of.

I know for many of us the weight of politics, philosophies, daily expectations and the effort required to bring all of these things in accord with your spiritual nature and practices has left us feeling worn out and depleted. This new moon offers the respite and renewal to reset and reclaim the catalyzing fires that inspire us to action and movement.

Urging You to Start Your Engines and Drive It Home for Change

In fact, we have the bolstering of 5 (Five, the number of change and pushing through the status quo)
that are in the astrological sign of Aries:

Sun
Moon
Mercury
Venus (Retrograde)
Uranus

Think of it this way:

Father Sun stands central, the place of magnetic and communal Spirit
And, on four pillars square sit:

Mother Moon – ready to push the young hatchling out of the nest, knowing that instinct will take hold and the action of flying will begin.

Mercury – talkative and the director of global communication that heats up the incentives and generates the necessary buy-in for active and collaborative engagement.

Venus – stretches and reaches; it’s impact hyper-focused and dynamic in wanting to stir up passion for what will be refined and honed in balanced form and essence. Note: Venus has been retrograde since Mar. 4th and will remain so until April 15th. This creates a very focused and intense ability to peel away what has become lackluster and revel in the fresh start of newly charged passion for whatever sights are set upon. Relationships-of all manner-not simply human are ready to be seen from a new perspective that is not jaded by “what has been” and ready to re-write “what will become”.

Uranus – the hot-wire that sends enough power, charge and motivation to ensure that a circuit of action, will and communal inspiration will be magnetically charged as the wheels of Father Sun revolve and we start our engines towards change.

A Journey Through the Solar Year

A project that I began in 2015 was once of attunement to the Solar Year and exploration of each Sun’s transit through the astrological signs:

The Temple of the Sun


I offer this suggestion now as a new beginning and a reset for your Spirit. We have changeable times ahead and we are not only subject to the energies of our mundane experiences and the life on this planet. Cosmically, we are continually responding to planetary and astrological energy that reaches deeply into who and what we are at the level of our natal blueprint.

Although, our natal chart highlights the heavens at the exact moment we were born, the beauty is that nothing is set in stone. I always tell my students to think of their charts as holding the pre-dispositions for specific archetypical energy, and those “suggestions” are subject to change and re-writing as we formulate our will to become.

So, with these thoughts in mind, perhaps you will find just what you need in the gifts of a changeable Solar Year.

New Moon in Aquarius: Build the Vision of What Could Be!

Posted in Astrology, New Moon on January 27, 2017 by themagickalpen

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January 27.2017
New Moon in Aquarius
7:07p.m. (EST)

Sun in Aquarius

The last post, Scry Deeply For Your Vision of Change, issued a call to reaching into those deep waters of self to explore who you are and what your core beliefs and philosophies reflect. And, now 8 days later, the Moon begins Her phase of new journey, potential and HOPE in the astrological sign of Aquarius. The work that was claimed and shed during that 4th Quarter phase on the 19th is ready for the quickening of its energy as we enter the dynamics of an Aquarius Moon and Sun opening the Gates to what an inspired mind can produce.

The Moon transits New this evening in the astrological sign of Aquarius. Aquarius is sign of elemental Air and Fixed (synthesis to create a stable foundation from which to draw) modality. With its placement as the 11th sign (of 12) on the Zodiacal Wheel there is a sense of cumulative understanding that has progressed from the first thoughts of Gemini’s agility and ease with communication (Mutable:flexible and expansive Mind:air) and found its refined and balanced expression in Libra (Cardinal:catalytic new beginnings of Seed Thought:air). Libra is the space of awareness of what new products may be created from the inpouring of Gemini’s mental explorations. Aquarius being the last and 3rd of the Air (mind and communication) infused signs takes from its predecessors and gathers all of the extraneous information and varied styles of communication as the blueprint to be created for a vision that will electrify and propel all who can understand the nuances and complexities of that vision into the future carried on the breath of change. Think of the change and potential for new creations that occurred with the realization of electricity as an alternative source to the limitations of candle light.

This electrical capacity is driven by its ruling planet, Uranus- the higher amplification of Mercury. We all know of Mercury’s mysteries and the infamous retrograde where communication slows and/or stalls and misunderstanding abounds. Now envision that communication and deftness of ease in moving from topic to topic and upgrade it to lightspeed. Or, in other words, Mercury is the beautiful letter that arrives several days later via mail courier and Uranus is the text that is instantaneous and can reach across the seas! This also means that when we call upon Uranus to inspire and inform the work of synthesis that Aquarius exerts on all matters of the mind, intellect, communication and flow of exchange – the result is a think tank that can envision all sides of a possibility and spit out at will a suitable outcome in half the time, to boot!

Unfortunately, most of this is done using logic and the tendency is to neglect the human equation in the formula. Pure thought can be a beautiful tool for building the constructs of what could be and if that construct is infused with the nurturing of a heart based action, the vision becomes one that can be built upon grace as what is devised in the realm of air takes form in the manifest world. This is also the pivotal point of trust. Trust that what is abstract can be applied in practical fashion to the benefit of All, not just a few. Fear feeds into this lack of trust, as the mind can derail the most heartfelt plans when over analysis and withdrawal into the imagined rather than what is possible become a distraction.

And, perhaps the greatest fear is that of success. Of being able to breathe life into what you envision and then ultimately also being responsible for its care and feeding to sustain that breath. Using the energy of Uranus as a means of keeping that electricity flowing pulls from a cosmic source that has no fear and is ripe and full with the potential of new action.

This New Moon can begin to turn the tides of what you fear into what you will create for yourself, and ultimately, each in turn  who claim that power of self-directed change add to the collective spirit of what can be built for all. Aquarius is the breath of innovation and solution. It can then communicate that solution in a way that reaches into the networking of energy that we are all part of. The right mindset that flashes on that neon billboard can’t help but be noticed and what results from that display of light and expression is like attracting like, one inspired action, one inspired thought, one inspired place of new beginning-at a time.

Claiming Your Power 
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The day after this New Moon, and still in its aura of waxing, the planet Mars transits into Aries, its ruling astrological sign. Mars is raw energy and action, which is why it often gets the negative reputation of aggression and war like posturing. Yes, I used the word posturing, because in many cases, this rebellious and war like sign is a facade for misdirected enthusiasm and the inability to remain still. Aries, being the youth and first sign of the zodiac is aptly served by Mars. Think about the boundless energy that a child has. And, sometimes that over-the-top excitement causes havoc and stirs up the emotions in the parent who has to be the one in charge. But if guided well, that Mars like energy can strengthen that child’s resolve in working hard towards their goals and facing challenges head on.

As we continue to build that vision of what could be and we anchor into the power of Mars in its most natural state of being, we can tap into an unending supply of determination and determined-action that will break down some of the feelings of powerlessness we may have.

Use this New Moon to craft a dynamic blueprint of how you will move through the year ahead. Be as the place of synthesized inspiration, drawing into yourself what you know of yourself to be your strengths and honoring those places of weakness that you perceive. Let the vision unfold, pixel by pixel, as you allow the inspired spark of electrified wisdom stabilize the vision of what can be. Draw from that spark the fires of asserting yourself fueled by a vision that is not diminished by the challenges that will unfold as the vision grows and gains in might. And, with each breath taken allow yourself to be open to the bigger picture of you as a singular yet unique and vital piece of a much larger community that together can build the vision of what will be…

A Ritual Pathworking to Sustain

On Saturday Afternoon I will be posting a Ritual Pathworking that corresponds to a very special ritual our coven will be doing live on Sunday- Lighting Our Torches! All Hail, Columbia! You may use this as a resource of continued working as we move through the remainder of Solar Aquarius and greet the charismatic heat of the Full Moon in Leo and a Lunar Eclipse on February 10th.

Click Here:  Lighting the Torch! A Ritual Pathworking…

Blessings of vision on your sacred work….Robin

A Shot in the Dark: New Moon in Sagittarius

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, New Moon, pathworking on November 29, 2016 by themagickalpen

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November 29.2016
New Moon in Sagittarius
7:18a.m. (EST)

Sun in Sagittarius

There are times when we feel powerless in affecting change in the way that we would wish. Times that are particularly difficult to navigate and the anticipation of what the future will bring is colored by doubt and fear. We push and strain to let our voices be heard and in the best of it, we step more fully into our power. In the worst, we feel that all of our efforts have been a shot in the dark. Each strike sent out from a tense bow of frustration and an exaggerated aim that often overreaches the goal we loosely had in mind.

These are the times we are facing now, with recent political events looming large and ominous in the United States and global affairs precarious in their awaiting the outcome of the collective mind of the USA and alliances that had been made. So, how do we make use of this New Moon in collectively minded Sagittarius and a Solar boost to this astrological Fire that is Mutable; which means flexibility and adaptability. This is also a Fire of will to action that expands and contracts as thresholds of endings and beginnings test the boundaries of where that action is directed and how willful we are in burning through it.

These are also the fires of newly ignited flames; in other words there is the potential for the fire to completely go out if it is not fed carefully and appropriately with skillful attention to placement of breath/air and intention.

We are nearing the end of November and with the advent and waxing of Mother Moon into December, how we feed and tend those Fires now will go a long way in support of December’s Solar transition into foundational Capricorn and the Winter Solstice. We will have passed the full moon by the time the solstice occurs but those last and most mature energies of Solar Sagittarius hold the spark that will ignite as those fiery arrows that were launched in the light of Solar Sagittarius gain ground in earthy Capricorn.

A Shot in the Dark

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My proposal to you is one of cultivating patience and discernment and shoring up your arrows of connectivity; trusting that intention will guide the way. This means spending some time reflecting and truly thinking through where you wish to send out your fires of action. Where will they take root and what will become wasted energy and effort at a time when clarity and precision in picking the right battles to burn through is at an all time high.

Just as the archer of the Sagittarian symbology requires skill and practice to insure that each arrow hits the intended mark, this is a proposal that has no expiration date on honing and refining its many moving parts. What we need is a plan and plans take time and more importantly those who are knowledgeable in their skill set to make lasting change.

One arrow of hope -aka.one intention released of action that has been fueled by a will that has scanned the best and most direct route for impact- can become the one that ignites a larger path to action that is palpable in its effect and brings about growth that rises from the ashes stronger and more dynamic than what had been planned.

I encourage you to use the energy of this New Moon productively letting the light of your intentions to begin the process of connecting with others of similar philosophy and belief. Release an arrow of understanding that you may gain deeper awareness of who and what the issues are, seeing them from both perspectives. You know there is the saying that one keeps their friends close and their enemies closer. Send out an arrow of clarity so that your actions will carry the most weight in leaving footprints that are easy for others to follow on the path towards right action.

Release an arrow of love and respect, that remains tethered to you as it seeks its mark. This is the arrow of reciprocity. One that requires you respect yourself enough that you will not allow the same type of narrow mindedness to rule your actions as that which you are condemning. Love is a powerful ally and although all cannot be easily diffused or transformed by love, the action, intention and efforts towards remaining this space, especially when challenges are at peak, strengthens your own convictions and place of right action.

Think of these arrows that you send forth his New Moon as the first strikes of the match that craft the fires of Illumination, Healing and Cleansing. And, once this Fire is collectively lit, nothing can extinguish what arises from its flames.

I’ve recorded a special Pathworking for this New Moon to begin the process of right action and focused intent. Enjoy…

A Shot in the Dark

Meeting on Solid Ground-New Moon in Scorpio

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, New Moon, pathworking on October 30, 2016 by themagickalpen

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October 30.2016
New Moon in Scorpio
1:38p.m. (EDT)

Sun in Scorpio
Mercury in Scorpio

Neptune Retrograde in Pisces

If you celebrate Samhain during the Traditional time of the year, today we are mid-point between a 3-day aura of Samhain’s energies. The 29th heralded the transition into the Scorpio Moon at 10:01p.m. and today’s New Moon shifts the gears from waning towards waxing at 1:38 p.m. All this carried forward into tomorrow, October 31st traditional Samhain. You could stop the Samhain revels there , if you like, but consider this. The 31st is the appetizer served to whet the appetite for the most potent and nourishing of energies that occur on the date of Astrological Samhain (Sun in Scorpio); usually somewhere around Nov. 6-7 or 8th.

Why, this second date? Technically these celebrations were calculated in accord with the mid-point (of days) between the Equinoxes and Solstices. The same holds true for Imbolc (Feb. 4/5-Aquarius); Beltane (May 5/6-Taurus) and Lughnasadh (Aug. 5/6-Leo). Additionally, each of these Sabbats fall within the Solar month of one of the four Fixed astrological signs during the Solar year. The Sabbat, or Solar/Fire Holi-day occurs when the Sun is 15-degrees in the fixed sign; that being the mid-point or height of potency for that sign’s energy. (More about this in a later post)

For now, let’s make use of the New Moon on this auspicious day as we greet our Ancestors.

Scorpion, Eagle and Phoenix

Father Sun and Mother Moon dance in the dark deep waters of Scorpio. And, Mercury-the communicator extraordinaire, also in Scorpio, joins the party of mystery and deep insight. All systems are go for seeking interaction with our beloved ancestors. Scorpio, as the astrological sign of Fixed water provides a stable container that may serve as the filter of what has come before and what will emerge in the future while remaining fully present in the now. Mercury eases and opens the gates of communication, much like the international liaison between two lands (living and departed) that may not speak the same language so that exchange can be made. This communication takes on the expression of Scorpio, so whatever comes through will most likely be what has lain in wait in the subconscious and now the time is ripe to draw it up to the surface. Don’t be surprised at the bluntness of what is communicated, however. This is the “sting” of the scorpion’s tail that awakens you to what lurks deeply below the surface.

The beauty of astrological Scorpio is that what is hidden beneath has the ability through its naturally transformative quality to allow a rising high above as it takes the form of the Eagle (a second attribution to Scorpio); keen of sight and able to see precisely what is needed to be sacrificed to feed and nourish. And, once that state has been mastered, the Phoenix (the third of attributions) stands center and strong in rendering down the last of our resistance and re-generating from the ash a {w}holly changed being! This phase of metamorphosis is the blueprint for seeking ancestral wisdom, taking it in-challenges and all-and letting this new knowledge transform how we walk within our world of the living and share the gifts of our deeper gnosis.

Retrograde Neptune in astrological Pisces

An additional cosmic boon is the energy of Neptune, now retrograde in its ruling astrological sign of Pisces. Pisces is the last of the water signs as well as holding the auspicious place of being the 12th and last of the astrological signs of the Zodiacal Wheel. Pisces expresses itself in compassion and self sacrifice that is honed by extraordinary natural empathetic and intuitive sight. Neptune, as mythical God carries the Trident that parts the seas (of emotional outpouring) as the three pronged staff directs a triad of energetic power towards higher aspirations. The triune quality is one that is Spiritual in nature and calls forth the Divine spark, each prong much like flames of will, action and desire. Holding the knowledge of this planetary energy in heart as we seek audience with our beloveds creates a space of intuitive insight and receptivity that is of Spirit to Spirit (our Highest self) meeting in the common seas of creation itself. This sea being one that is not bound by time or space an one in which all that was, is and shall be converge as a singular point of meeting.

Now,we are ready to pen our heart and minds to those we wish to commune with at this most sacred of times. Now, the place of meeting will be awakened as we step through the veils…

Meeting on Solid Ground

This pathworking can be used at anytime, but will be particularly potent today because of the preliminary work that has been set in motion with the previous posts. We will be using it again on November 7th, as the final post for the intention begun on October 16th.

Click here for the recorded pathworking….

Calling to the Ancestors

Into the Dark: New Moon in Libra

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, New Moon, pathworking on September 29, 2016 by themagickalpen

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September 30.2016
New Moon in Libra
3:52am (EDT)

Maiden Moon is cloaked in darkness as She begins a new journey tomorrow in the astrological sign of Libra. The Moon transits in Libra at 3:52a.m. and rises New at 8:11 p.m.(EDT). Balance, harmony and beauty flow through these dark waters as she rises like Venus from the waters; this Maiden is one of polarized opposite to that of the brilliantly lit Venus her sister of light and revelation. Her nakedness is hidden in the night, yet she allows herself the vulnerability that can only be achieved through trust un the inherent balance striven towards.

There is courage that flows through this New Moon, having stationed into this phase mid-point of the scales of the Libran Solar Month. This mid-point of solar light seeks the coolness of dark moon’s undercurrent. After all, without the mystery of this darkness, the light of Solar gift will not be quite so brilliant.

We began the month with a New Moon and end this month with yet another. Two counterpoints of balance, the first flowed from the detail of Virgo’s stream and this now meeting the space of weighing of what was extracted from that detail ensuring that everything is in its most harmonious form. What appears as perfection in form, much like the image we have of Venus is only made so because of the imperfections that have learned to come together and provide an image of grace and beauty.

Each cycle flows one into the other and so this moon is setting the stage for the Solar Month of Scorpio to take hold on October 22nd. Mother Moon will wax full in earthy Taurus, anchoring in and birthing all that is held within the aspirations of manifestation. The darkness of the Maiden and her every growing fertile waters hold the potency that will be seeded in due time; incubated in sweet waters that flow into the light. And, what we seed in those waters will in what seems to be the void, emerge transformed touched by a light that now has awareness of itself within the spectrum of shadow and brilliance.

Into the Dark

I invite you into the caverns of darkness on this New Moon. Enter with openness and trust that all will be as it should be, if you stay the course and follow the path your heart guides you upon. This is the sweet innocence of the Maiden, enjoying the space of anticipation of what could be. Look up towards the night sky and you will see the ever so slight rimming of light that holds the promise of nubile form. She arise from the waters, the Dark Venus of burgeoning life.

Click below for a guided pathworking..

Into the Dark

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 …

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