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LIBRA’S NEW MOON URGES BALANCE, PUTTING US ON NOTICE THAT BUSINESS AS USUAL IS NO LONGER AN OPTION

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While new moons always portend a push for new beginnings and growth, this particular new moon is packed with messages and energy!  Libra, the 7th sign of the zodiac with its glyph of scales symbolizes harmony, peace, love and beauty in our relationships and environment. However this new moon also comes in as a ‘super-moon’, the 4th of 6 we’ll have this year.  Super-moons happen when the moon is closest to the earth in either new or full expression, intensifying the gravitational pull on our emotions and our planet.  As a result, the energy of whatever other planets are acutely involved in the configuration of a new moon is magnified.

For this Moon, Mercury, the messenger of the gods, is sitting next to it, suggesting that we need to think about what’s out of balance— but this is only part of the story.  The Moon/Sun/Mercury are directly involved in the on-going Uranus/Pluto square.  For a few days, all three oppose Uranus in Aries, the planet of revolution, bringing an intensity to the concept of evolution.  In what ways do we need to think and act out of the box to move forward in a positive way?

Additionally, all three are squaring Pluto in Capricorn, which supports transformation in a way that is stable and sustainable.  There’s a lot of pressure for change in this complete configuration; the Moon/Sun/Mercury opposing Uranus in Aries and squaring Pluto in Capricorn produces a ‘T-Square’ of high and intense energy.  Squares are turning points and tend to represent internal process; oppositions can represent external process. 

The circumstances of life in which this configuration takes place for each of us depends on the houses involved in our charts.  Never-the-less, no matter which ones they are, we’re all being called to seriously consider a course correction in our thinking and actions.  In other words, business as usual is no longer an option.

 

 

 

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FIVE MONTHS LATER, PLUTO IS FINALLY GOING DIRECT GIVING US THE GREEN LIGHT TO MOVE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER

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Pluto always seems to get a bad rap and that’s before its status as a bonafide planet was brought into question.  Over the years I’ve heard the following phrases to describe a Pluto transit through a chart: “the cosmic 2×4” or “the cosmic enema”…either way, the message reads  “if you don’t clean it (whatever ‘it’ is)  up, Pluto will do it for you; Pluto takes no prisoners.” On Friday, Pluto halted it’s retrograde motion that began back in April.  Now stationing for a bit before it moves forward, Pluto’s energy will be intense and direct, making sure we get its message.

The energy of this planet is all about truth, power and transformation…urging us to dive down into the depths of the innermost ‘knowing’ of ourselves.  It’s  an opportunity to become students in learning  the art of discernment, what is real? What is fantasy?  Where have we been deluding ourselves?   As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, when a planet shifts into retrograde motion (‘appearing’ to move backwards in the sky), we’re encouraged to go inward, to evaluate how the particular planet’s energy is playing out in our chart and in our lives…where do we need to make adjustments?  This message is particularly true of Pluto…learning the art of course correction for our greatest good, our destiny.

Currently, Pluto is in Capricorn, the sign that wants to be effective through practicality, self-sufficiency, stability.  Whichever house Pluto is currently poised in your chart will give you clues about your particular task.  Sixth house?  Could be your daily work, health, skill set; ninth house?  Might be education, your philosophy or your over-optimism that needs a reality check!

 If we haven’t plugged in, Pluto will make sure we do.  Unfortunately (or fortunately) this usually comes in the form of an outward, material manifestation that reflects the significance of blowing Pluto’s message off.  While this is often tough going when we’re ‘in it’, down the road we can come to realize that the experience was a life saver.

 

 


 

 

 


THE LESSON OF DR. BACH’S GENTIAN DURING JUPITER’S RETROGRADE

Posted on by Gaye Mack in Balance, Karmic and Self-Discovery Astrology 1 Comment

On August 30th Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, began its annual four-month back up motion in the heavens.   This mammoth planet known to astrologers as the King of the Gods, the planet of expansion, optimism and good fortune now bids us to contemplate a course correction.  As I mentioned in my recent posting regarding Mercury’s retrograde, when planets enter a retrograde phase,it’s a signal to us to go inside and quiet down to contemplate, re-evaluate what the energy and chart placement means to our evolutionary agenda.  This retrograde is in Taurus, so we are directed to consider earthly things such as security and priorities.  What is really important to us for our well being?  With Jupiter, where have we been over enthusiastic, over optimistic regarding these issues?  

Thus, because Jupiter is all about faith and optimism, we can become easily deluded and tricked in the face of reality— if we aren’t careful.  Jupiter in our charts reflects the necessity of walking a fine line of balance between having faith in ourselves and optimism in our dreams against reality.  When we lose our balance within this framework we can be easily opened up to the shock of disappointment and discouragement.  Jupiter’s retrograde highlights which old beliefs and self-imposed benchmarks  are no longer useful,  may be dragging us down; in other words, they need to be jettisoned.  This lesson can be and  often is,  disheartening.  We are ready to throw in the towel when it feels like the wheels are coming off…but there is help on the way!  

Dr. Bach’s flower remedy Gentian, is there to help us when we lose our Jupiter balance.  As one of Bach’s original ‘Twelve Healers’, the negative Gentian mood state  is all about discouragement, self-doubt and perseverance.  According to Dr. Bach the purpose of the Gentian remedy is to lead us to an:  understanding that there is no failure when you are doing your utmost, whatever the apparent result’.  

This understanding helps us realize that that steady perseverance is essential to overcoming self-doubt.  A vital key to our own soul evolution is to remember that cosmic law dictates trusting the perfect timing of the universe; that the universe provides us with whatever we  need for our expansion and growth. When we find change and challenge difficult, Gentian helps us to understand the value of, and engage in, perseverance in the face of adversity and disappointment.  

In case you are wondering…in my own birth chart I have Jupiter in my first house of ‘self’ and it is also my chart ruler… which is why I have Gentian in the large economy size on my desk! 

                                                                                                                                                                   

 Gentian Photography courtesy of the Dr. Edward Bach Center


July Ends with Powerful New Moon in Dramatic and Creative Leo; August begins with Mercury shifting into Retrograde Mode

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WELCOME TO WRITERS MUSE!

My intent for this blog is to offer postings on a variety of subjects(as I learn to navigate the technical side of blogging!) that interest me, and I hope you as well as this site grows over time.  For now I invite you to take a peek into the arena of ‘horoscope musings’ as July ends with a powerful new moon in Leo and August begins with Mercury in retrograde!

New moons always herald in new beginnings in some fashion for each of us  both individually and for the planet as a whole.  This new moon which was  exact at 1:40 p.m. CST on the 30th,  is no exception. It signals a new cycle and level of creative drive mixed with perhaps a bit of drama which the sign of the lion is known for.  

This drive is further emphasized as Venus, the planet of love and beauty cozies up to the sun/moon conjunction at 3 ° pushing us to be creative in a new way, to play, experiment and enjoy.  How do we know how creative we can be unless we jump in with no expectations?  

New Moons affect all signs but those with the strong influence of Leo or the 5th house in their charts will particularly feel the message of this moon in their hearts.  And, we can plan on feeling these effects for approximately 4 days after the exact conjunction.

But of course it is never enough…Mercury, that mighty little planet, whom the ancients viewed as messenger of the Gods, zooms around its orbit faster than any other planet in the zodiac.  Mercury is all about language and transmission of information.

 Ratcheting up at the end of July, on August 2nd,  this planet will shift into ‘retrograde’ motion appearing to move backwards in the heavens until August 26th.  While the point of working with the energy of a Mercury retrograde is to go inside ourselves to connect more deeply with our own inner communication, in the ‘outside’ world it can wreak havoc with all forms of communication.  Ever wonder why voice mails, emails suddenly seem to get dropped during a particular time frame, conversations get bungled or misinterpreted…or electronics that have to do with transmission seem to go on the fritz, particularly computers?  You can blame it on ‘Mercury retrograde’.  The real point however, is for us to slow down, give our central nervous systems a rest and quiet down.  A rest…now this sounds wonderful ….but.

Mercury rules both Gemini and Virgo.  For those of us who have these two signs significantly appearing  in our birth charts or powerful aspects to Mercury…be prepared.  I know well of what I speak…make sure that EVERYTHING is backed up in your computer at all times….if you must sign any type of contract, make sure you read the fine print carefully…and as far as social or business appointments?  Reconfirm, reconfirm, reconfirm!

 Oh and by the way…the file for my next post just vanished!

 

 

 

 



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