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Time to Clean House: Saturn Retrograde 2015

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, Saturn on March 14, 2015 by themagickalpen

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March 14 – August 1/2.2015
11:02a.m. (EDT)
Saturn Retrograde

Saturn stationed retrograde this morning in the Astrological sign of Sagittarius. Saturn is the planet of reform, structure, order and time. Within Saturn’s energy is the gift of organization and making changes that are permanent and as lasting as the Gatekeeper of Time shows the eternal impermanence of everything.

A Saturn retrograde applies pressure to those things that need re-structuring. This is the time of doing some house cleaning on those inner spaces leaving an open and welcoming home for those we wish to interact.  This is the wisdom of the Mother who has  the experience of time on her side as she guides her children towards stability in their life’s endeavors. She may not always be gentle in her prodding and push and may ultimately have to resort to forcibly pushing them out of the nest; but the result is always one of them gaining a new level of strength whether it be through adversity or success.

I envision planetary Saturn’s rings as the holders of the cyclical continuity that remains within their bounds. These are the finer extensions that reach out and into the vastness of space each complete in its own rhythm and elliptical. This is reminder to me of the power of extension that I hold as time and space move around and through me and order and structure are what define the efforts and progress made in the impact I have on all that surrounds.

The astrological sign of Sagittarius, as we have learned, is one of outreach and networking. This is the fire that leaves its mark on all it engages and offers choice of bringing that fire of action and will to the place of a full blaze or simply the momentarily igniting that will catch on at another time. As Saturn dons the costume of this energy, order and structure take on the focus of where will and action are required to create permanent change. Additionally, the goal will be one of working collaboratively in communal effort as it spark of structure and restoration of order spreads creating a pattern that is timeless and cyclical in nature.

The Saturn retrograde allows us to realign what has shifted out of balance. To search deeply within where our nurturance and tough love needs to be exacted and open ourselves to the truth that the time limits we impose and their seeming constraints affect us only in as much as we allow them to. Saturn’s energy pulls us into the primordial womb where our life’s stories may be rewritten to propel us forward strong, capable and catalytic (Sagittarius) in all of our interactions.

This is not a comfortable or easily traversed retrograde, but if used wisely and with great respect we can learn a great deal about ourselves and how the structures we have set up for ourselves have contributed to who we are now. This is the impermanence of all we believe to be true. And the illusion of time that categorizes, marks and stamps its date of expiration on everything.

Some Breathing Room

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Image: Fire breathing Guinness world record holder Fredrik Karlsson doing “The dragon’s breath”

Jupiter remains retrograde in Leo, another Fire sign; this of the fixed modality. This is the support of expansiveness that pulls to the centermost core those areas of ourselves that require a more resilient nature and those that need to find their space held within in contracted state.

Think of these two planets working collectively in a cross current of timing and inner space.  Jupiter (flexibility and outreach) in Fixed Leo (structured Fire of action and will that synthesizes and regulates). And Saturn (structure and synthesis by control) in Mutable Sagittarius (flexible and expansive Fire that flows from the contraction of lower will as it expands into the release of expansive Higher Will).

Happy New Year and My Saturn Return!

Posted in Bonus Posts, Saturn on December 31, 2014 by themagickalpen

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On this last day of the year, many of us will reflect on what has transpired in these months prior. We leave behind many things as we joyously embrace a “clean slate”. Every year on this date I review and analyze the failures and successes of the year and make plans to bring new light and a fresh perspective into the upcoming year.

For me personally, the year began as a year of challenge and unavoidable growth from what loomed large in expectation. So it is fitting that the end of this year marks another phase of challenge and growth, my second Saturn return. A Saturn return occurs when the planet transits or moves in direct alignment with the astrological sign and degree it was in when you were born. The importance of this event lies in the opportunity to steer course in an entirely different direction as you restructure your life….

Read More at The Womb of Light Blog: My Personal Reflection on the New Year

Lifting the Veil- Neptune Retrograde

Posted in Auspicious Days, Neptune, Pluto, Retrogrades, Saturn with tags , , , , , on June 11, 2014 by themagickalpen
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Neptune Retrograde
June 9- November 15
3:51 p.m.

We are currently in the holding pattern of 4 planets that have stationed Retrograde in the past few months:

Saturn (structure and discipline) March 2 – July 20
Pluto (regeneration and transformation) April 14 – September 22
Mercury (communication) June 7 – July 1

And, the latest planet, Neptune that began its retrograde on June 9th. Each of these planets has their own particular intensity in the normal progressions, so when they retrograde in their cycles and hold strong for the duration of that transit, everything is magnified and enabled for deep and potentially very productive inner dialogue.

We are several weeks into the Saturn and Pluto retrogrades and no doubt you have sensed an underlying need for change (Pluto) that would bring order (Saturn) to certain areas of your life. At times this push was most likely unavoidable and the emotions generated were bubbling under the guise of detachment and apathy (Pluto) as you struggled to hold tight to the (chaotic) status quo. If you have been actively working with the Saturnian and Plutonian energies, although there is still much work to be done in shoring up those aspects within your life that need greater control and regimen (Saturn), you have made efforts towards revitalizing and transforming (Pluto) what could be saved as you sought out to find the weak points and bolster (Saturn) them with more disciplined action and intent.

Mercury’s recent retrograde added to the mix offers the opportunity for deeper scrutiny and a pause on charging ahead. Think of it as a filter to be sure that everything is truly in the correct state of affairs and ready to be expressed (Mercury) in the best possible light when the dust clears and Mercury moves direct. Add to this mix a retrograde of Neptune and you have the potion of change at all levels of self.

Neptune is the ruling planet of Pisces (the most compassionate of the Zodiacal signs) and is considered the deepest waters of emotional expression. At this level of submersion the outcome of successful navigation is finding those treasures buried deeply within the subconscious and finding all of those beautiful aspects of self that light the deep abyss with bioluminescence. This light is the heightened awareness that intuitively guides you through the darkness, trusting its course. As Neptune stationed retrograde, the Moon was waxing in the astrological sign of Scorpio. This added a deeper complexity to the start of this retrograde, both being of water, hidden resources and the mysteries of the subconscious.

In Esoteric astrology, Neptune is considered the higher octave of the Moon and is most closely linked to the work of the Soul as it manifests its purpose through our physical form. These are the emotions that have been drawn into the Soul level and have been infused with a deep and mystical understanding of all compassionate Love. This burgeoning of compassion produces a sensitivity to others that during the retrograde may become more pronounced. Try to take nothing “personally”, but instead allow these feelings to move easily along simply acknowledging them and then letting them pass. Part of the work in being human is learning that we can be attuned to others, but do not need to wear the mantle of their sorrows as our own.

The Moon provides the flow of understanding and intuition that create the space for healing and compassion. The waxing and waning of this energy, carefully carving the pathway of opening, much like the shoreline’s redefinition with the ebb and flow of the tides, that changes the way in which we interact and present ourselves to the world. This is the aspect of “humanity” within that connects us to the collective condition of the human race. This is where understanding and compassion lives within and it is from the vista of this inner temple that we can safely dive into the surrounding waters that hold the keys for expression. If we amplify this energy moving deeper into the mysteries of our emotional seascape, Neptune (Archetypically, The King of the Sea) awaits us ready to guide that journey.

Neptune comes as an initiator into the deeper mysteries of the Soul’s work. Much of this work is brought to the surface through our dreams and the intended focus of allowing ourselves to be receptive to the insights offered. Traditionally, Neptune is attributed with holding a veil of illusion that clouds the true sight. It is true that the deep waters of the ocean’s depths can be murky and lack the clarity that is needed in seeing what lay ahead. But, this so called “veiling” is also what encourages us to rely on our inner sense of sight and visioning that is the truer course. The lifting of this veil is also the threshold we pass through as we enter into the dream state and deep visioning.

When Neptune retrogrades our dreams often become richer and more active as the intuitive senses open to the deeper reserves that are Neptune’s domain. Entering into the dream state with questions posed or a problem to be solved during this time will often provide the necessary keys for answer and resolution. If we approach this work wielding the Trident of King Neptune we can make use of the specific type of energy it represents. This triad emanates will, love and intellect working cohesively through its pointed directive. This interaction pierces the waters of our deepest nature and the result is one of active creation and transformation of what rises to the surface. We require the will of desire to accomplish our intended goal. The emotional engagement (love) fuels that desire and the inventive mind allows us to see the task from all perspectives and reach viable conclusion. The cycle begins anew with the seed of thought (intellect) acting as catalyst to inspired the newly informed will to love.

So, dive deeply into the dreamscape. Hold the intent of seeing with a deeper sense of what will support your spiritual journey and light the way towards moving intuitively and organically through all of your actions. Envision a space of deepening that is your inner Temple of insight that allows you to lift the veil of what you feel yourself to be. Look out on the vastness that is the ocean of your dreams, hopes, creations and all things that add the “humanity” to your physical expression.

A Little Numerology:

Neptune retrogrades on the Ninth (9) day of the Sixth (6) month. Nine is the number of initiations, thresholds, death and rebirth. Six is the illumined trinity of harmonious action. The 3 parts of selves elevated in dialogue with the 3 higher parts of Being. And, the entire year we re held under the number 7 (2014= 2+1+4=7). Seven is the number of new paths taken carved from the experiences and lessons learned previously. It is the space of higher education and new trails to be blazed.

 

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