Mercury is newly stationed retrograde. It’s palpable. While I write this, what I feel is a deep and still Presence (long exhale). It helps that I am in the nurturing embrace of Creacon Lodge Retreat Centre in Wexford, Ireland. I’m here with Stephanie and a group of adventurers here to explore consciousness with astrology. Realize that each of you who read this is in some way participating too with your own vibration and consciousness. That’s the Oneness. That’s the network. And it is just a little-big piece that we can glean while all of the personal planets travel through Pisces – Oneness – not to be confused with sameness. . . Just feel it.
Pisces is vast. It’s the symbol of the Ocean – an immense conductor of life force energy that reminds us of our limitless potential when we finally move beyond the hardships life hands to us. As you know, the Ocean can be challenging to navigate, so I am reminded of one of my all-time favorite poems. It carries no water metaphor, but it speaks to me and what’s going on now when the future feels so unknown and the only thing to do is to be fully committed to the present moment:
Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you,
If you leave it you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.
~ David Wagoner ~
We are never really lost are we? Every moment your breath is there to help you feel yourself, know yourself. Your environment is constantly speaking to you. Just listen and observe and wait for the message. Use the Mercury cycle to slow down and pay attention. Wait with patience. Let your buttons be pushed, but don’t judge yourself when they are. Just let it be and wait. This is the act of love you can give yourself and once empowered by it can then open your door and share with the world.
It’s a Full Moon Monday. The Virgo Full Moon on its own is a powerful illumination of the divine feminine archetype we are reclaiming and remembering in our lives. Can you see it all around you? And by the way, are you really taking care of yourself? The Virgo/Pisces polarity reflected here, with the Moon and Sun in those aspects of consciousness, compels you to do so, reminding you yet again that suffering is optional. Venus spends the day traversing the last and most masterful degree of Aquarius before moving into the limitless field of Pisces. Consider that your heart-center has opened to a whole new world of loving, one that goes way beyond any definition you’ve ever given it. Watch the expression of that attunement unfold this week.
Mercury retrogrades back into an exact connection with Mars today – think mind body syncopation lit up by the Virgo Moon. Whatever physical process you are in – via your body or within your environment – is taking a turn today. The inner focus of Mercury brings the message. Remember that your body speaks to you through dis-ease. Just listen and be present like you would with a beloved child. Because both planets are in Pisces, the messages may be broad emotional strokes designed to push through any previous definition you may have fashioned into belief. That belief needs to be released. The ocean has self-cleaning/healing mechanisms in place, as do you. Make time for yourself in the late afternoon or evening to do some meditative clearing.
The Sun and Chiron come together in Pisces today while the Moon moves through Libra. This alignment, balancing, awareness theme is speaking loudly in your life right now. Everybody say HORAY for Chiron. It’s that beautiful diamond in the rough you’ve been carefully polishing your whole life. He is shepparding you beyond the residue of fear and limitation that has trapped you in your painbody making you ready and able to live in harmony with those feelings that are part of your human experience. There is both completion today and the awareness of a new phase of growth around being empowered emotionally.
The Libra Moon is void nearly all day. It is definitely a day to focus inward and listen to the rhythms of your body and your physical environment. The relationship between your physical body and your mental body is being expanded through the limitless field. In this meditative day, if you practice putting your attention on the feeling of trust through the process of letting go you will find your suffering minimized. Trust is confidence in the heart, trust is a deep breath, trust is being willing. Keep it simple today and the divine feminine within you will emerge and lead you to a whole new experience of yourself.
The epic long Moon void continues until midday today before entering Scorpio. There is no denying that feelings and intuitions run deep and when you embrace this dark and fertile realm you open up your reservoir of resources – that Source connection you have. The Sun makes an exact sextile with Scorpio’s ruler, Pluto while also trining Saturn. With the new order taking more and more shape around you, it is becoming easier to see the evolution of what it means to be responsible for your life and to embrace the sense of personal authority that extends far beyond previous definition. These are amazing times that take courage and faith, but you have likely done most of the work to get here. It is about allowing now -Power versus force. Don’t forget that today.
The Moon is in Scorpio all day without any void phases. If you have the 2013 Daily Journal, you’ll notice the aspect list is quite long and that it is mostly Mercury making parallel or contra-parallel connections. Mercury is newly retrograding through the vast territory of universal consciousness we call Pisces. These parallel and contra-parallel connections are made in the 5th dimension, the part of your higher consciousness that is much easier to access now and feels way more like home than anything else ever did. Today the connections have to do with the returning of the divine feminine (which invariably means the balancing of the divine masculine) as well as the physical experience of the new order we are creating. Recognize your power to create today – witness and honor it. Don’t like what you see? Then shift your energy. It’s all you.
The Mercury/ higher mind connections continue today in the form of parallel and contra-parallel connections. There is something very significant about these past two days and because Pisces is behind it “it” may not be easy to define. But the vastness and the limitlessness is all the clarity really needed. The Scorpio Moon goes void for about 12 hours today, the bulk of the day until early evening. Perfect for a Sunday – a time to integrate and connect with yourself and your higher Self. Venus makes a subtle aspect to Uranus, suggesting again the opportunity to access and become familiar with this 5D territory we are now in. When the Moon moves into Sagittarius, you may become aware of what needs clearing from your energy field. Thank goodness for the light for it shines on you exactly what you need to know!
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