Happy 2015 Solstice Earth

On December 21, 2015 at 11:49ET, the Soltice will be exact. In the Northern  hemisphere, it will signal Winter and for the Southern it will signal Summer. Either way, harsh weather is coming and whether you impose energy of Capricorn on the idea of icy wasteland or on scorching dryness, they both carry the same theme.

It is the theme of being ruled by the immediate necessity to make lasting results. It is about taking what is largely deemed currently unusable by many and building a legacy upon it. In the North, it is the rebirth of the Sun. downloadThe winter solstice does not signal His immediate return though. There is a gradual building of the Sun’s vitality that has to take place that is often glossed over here. Yes, the day begins to grow longer but there is a period of waiting that needs to happen before seeds can grow and life can speed back up to the pace that occurred before winter’s slumber.

That is the Capricorn energy we know. Most people prefer the shoulder seasons (spring and fall) due to their more balanced nature. The cold and heat are better balanced and we as humans are better able to navigate and accomplish our goals during these times. Winter and Summer, however, are harsh. Winter brings a cold that causes most of us to huddle indoors and wait for the bone chilling temps to pass. Summer brings about heat that cause most to dream of abandoning working due to lack of productivity. That is the framework that Capricorn works in and that is why its ambitious ideas are legendary. Capricorn energy sees that there is still a way to make things happen during these barren times but patience is key.

We can attribute this to Capricorn being an Earth element. Earth elements deal in practical manifestation. Even with a Cardinal modality, Capricorn is willing to wait. The payoff down the line, just outside of its immediate view, is the goal of Capricorn energy. This is what we celebrate. We celebrate the ability to hold on. To see a glimmer of hope and nurture that seed into something that many just luck up on. Capricorn is about respecting time enough to let it work on our side. To dial into the cyclical nature of life and the universe and use it to our benefit on a practical and material scale. Because honestly, who during their first encounter with harsh and unfogiving winter believes that budding flowers will come again in time. Capricorn does and understands that moving forward not just in faith but with preparation and extended action will bring about the harvests of spring and fall.

I hope this Yule/Winter Solstice embues you with the “sticktoitness” that Capricorn is known for and that you are able to plan for the future while balancing the need to live for today.

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Scorpio New Moon 11/2015- So close it hurts but pain can be pleasure

New moon is coming on 11/11 ooooooohhhh

Yes folks we have a new moon waiting to signal the beginning of a new cycle around 12:45pm ET on November 11th. The celestial  meet and greet takes place in the heavy sign of Scorpio. Scorpio often gets a bad rap but it really is a necessary sign. Astrologers love to play up the transformative angle of Scorpio while dabblers love to play up the possessive part of the scorpio. They are both right though. Scorpio is a fixed sign so it looks to build upon what it already has at its’ disposal. That means that all of the nasty, muck ridden, shadow lit things that it has, Scorpio is willing to see if it serves a purpose. If it doesn’t the urgency with which a planet moving thru Scorpio toses is as about as legendary as the strength it holds on with.

With the sun and moon meeting in Scorpio, we can look to Scorpio themed things for this current cycle- sex, death, rebirth, shadow sides, taxes, shared resources, and intimacy. I feel like the last one needs to be repeated-INTIMACY. Oftentimes, sex gets overplayed as the domain of Scorpio when it is really about intimacy. The joining of two in space that is vulnerable, emotionally wrought, yet undeniably  satisfying. That is where the Scorpio magic happens.

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This new moon in Scorpio certainly looks to be pointing to that piece of Scorpio this go round. The uncomfortable desire to get intimate in a way that bares us is coming. Chiron in Pisces forms a trine with the new moon so old wounds may flare in a way that only deep and honest conversation with close loved ones can heal if we access the conjunction of Mercury in Scorpio. Obsessing over how to get the upper hand and how to make the most out of the situation defeats the purpose of getting close so allow things to unfold as they will. Jupiter in Virgo trines this new moon so a desire to get ducks in a row to feel better may rise but don’t forget to trust the process. Balance the desire for practical results with intuitive knowing. We want to connect deeply and the levels of our being are steering us in ways to do so that may not make sense consciously. They may hurt or seem like emotional suicide. Do it anyway. Scorpio sun makes treasure out of trash constantly and Scorpio moon knows how to breakthrough those layers of hard rock to get to some gems.

There is a Steven Universe connection here to transformation, intimacy, fusion and Scorpio that I won’t go into right now but I will leave you with this awesome Garnet pic I found because if this isn’t a fabulous example of it, I can’t help you understand anything.images

As always, I suggest that Scorpio season is the time to look  at your tax situation whatever it may be and get prepared. Digging up missing resources is a use of Scorpio energy and waiting for the tax man to hit you is often a bad idea. Strike fast and prepared and smoothly so Uncle Sam gets only the bare minimum of what he is owed. Looking at will and estate paperwork is a good idea as well because the only other thing we can’t avoid forever besides taxes is death.

Overall, I suggest we all prepare to get uncomfortable and have some folks we can trust deeply around us to mirror what we need to grow. Scorpio transforms self but it does so thru experiences and emotional connections it makes outside of its self. Be firm. Be loving. Be vulnerable. How this new moon will affect you specifically all depends on your natal chart. Check to see what planets you have in Scorpio as well as which house it rules for clues as to where you should focus you energy on intimate, transformative connections. If that seems too hard for you to figure out, contact me to schedule a consultation and I’ll do it for you.

Until next time good peoples…

Samhain’s coming…hunh?!?!

It is said that the veil between worlds is the thinnest on Samhain/Halloween. That is not entirely true. The veil is the thinnest around what many folks celebrated as one of the four cross quarters. This particular midpoint happens between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice. In Western tropical astrology, that translates into the sun residing at 15° Scorpio. This puts the thinning of the veil typically between November 7th and 8th each year instead of October 31st.

This is largely due to a change in calendars. The Julian calendar was a week slower than the current Gregorian one we use. This fact combined with the Christian church’s decision to mix non christian holidays with their own gave rise to All Saint’s Eve and All Hallow’s Eve meshing into what we now know as Halloween.

This year’s midpoint is 11/7 (some divine comedy there for those get it) so it’s not too late at all to peer beyond the veil, if you choose to. If nothing else, celebrate with deeply discounted candy and a libation for those who have gone before us. A very Scorpio thing to do if I do say so.

Back to Basics and Social Graces- Mercury Retrograde September 2015

Mercury will go retrograde tomorrow in the sign of Libra. Time to get back to basics of social graces, especially considering that a lunar eclipse in Aries will be happening soon. Don’t cry and scream bloody murder. Just take your time and allow for flubs and delays.

Mercury– lower consciousness, how we filter information, how we process the world around us into usable pieces

Libra– cardinal air, enterprising, forward thinking, leader and connector, fresh ideas with a concentration on relationship/partnership

Mercury retrograde in Libra– time to reassess and reevaluate relationships/partnerships and their quality, time to see just how shallow we may have been and what we have overlooked  in a quest to connect, time to explore and explain how we desire to connect and share our creative endeavors

** Not necessarily a good time to start a new partnership or relationship. Best to figure out what isn’t working within what you already have or get clear on the qualities you want to seek out**