New Moon in Leo July 23, 2017: Your Kingdom Awaits

Date: July 23, 2017

Moonbeams: Fire! Fire! Fire!

Degree- 0 Degrees of Leo

Aspects: Sun and Moon Conjunct Mars in Leo Square Uranus in Fire

The overall theme of this NM is self empowerment. Fire energy is activating, spontaneous, unpredictable, and fast. Just take a look at all of the fire energy present at this time.

Sun in Leo= Fire

Moon in Leo= Fire

Mars in Leo= Fire + Fire

Uranus in Aries= Fire

Mercury in Leo= Fire

The big theme of 2017 has been de-conditioning- letting go of the known in order to build your new foundation. But this has required a lot of soul searching, releasing, and re-evaluating. It has been an incredibly intense inner process. Fire energy on the other hand burns right to the heart (Leo) of the matter. It doesn’t require psycho-analysis or deep release work. All Leo wants you to do is to step into your Kingdom or Queendom by trusting the spontaneity of this time which manifests as instant presence.  Major changes are unfolding over the next weeks through activating passionate responses from you. There’s no more dillying dallying around things or needing to feel them out before you decide to act. Trust your initial responses at this time as 0 degrees of Leo marks an important creation point. Change can only occur when you yourself change.

Emotions will go unchecked which are a necessary part of change. This does not mean that you can be reckless or irresponsible with how you choose to react, rather the highest expression of Leo is inner truth. Observe your emotions from a place of neutrality in order for them to move through you and set fire to whatever needs to be activated at this time.

There’s no room for self pity or tears during these next 2 weeks. It’s time to strengthen your will, to stoke the fires of your soul by acting from a place of passion, as this is your truth, this is who you ARE without the illusory waters, hardened earth, or analytical air. Fire is uncontainable, it both destroys and creates at the same time, much like 2017 has been contradictory at times for us all.

Leo is connected to royalty because Kings amd Queens answer to nobody. They command presence through their stoic presentation. It’s time to come out of the shadows and embrace the crown. Your kingdom within awaits you.

 

Featured Image by MoontoMoon from Flickr.

Full Moon in Capricorn July 8/9- Chained to the Rhythm

Date: July 8/9

Moonbeams- Purging, Awakening, Self-Awareness

Many Astrologers are calling this the most intense moon of the year. This is due to the Full Moon in Capricorn being conjunct Pluto- planet of the underworld. This is the alchemical equation for transformation- bringing together Capricorn- the sign of emotional responsibility, and Pluto- the planet of depth. There is also a T-Square with the Sun in Cancer conjunct Mars in Cancer, squaring Jupiter in Libra.  You will feel on edge, explosive, and overly emotional.  The square to Jupiter in Libra will show you how you react and how others react to you. It’s about making the choice on how you want to react to people and situations. You always have the choice. When you throw Pluto and Jupiter into the mix, over-exaggerated reactions and feelings can come up, due to subconscious fears. If you think back to the February eclipses which this lunation is triggering, your subconscious fears were on full display at that time, by either coming true, or spurring an emotional response within you.  Pluto loves to bring to light that which is hidden, and conjunct the illuminating Moon, you will have a better and deeper understanding of what is holding you back.  It’s important to remember, that there is a lot going on behind the scenes right now, and our planetary configurations are trying to get you to wake up how to your attachments (Mars in Cancer) to feelings (Cancer Sun) and situations are holding you back. Understanding that your internal feelings create your external reality is the most important lesson of this Full Moon in Capricorn. The sign of Capricorn is here to teach us how to emotionally detach. When Caps have a goal, they accomplish it, slowly but surely, without investing a lot of their emotions into it.  Capricorn just wants you to compose yourself and move on! As an earth sign moon, we must turn to nature to help us cope during these emotionally intense times. Nature has a rhythm and a cycle, if flowers got too attached to blooming, they would never go dormant- and this would kill them. Remember, attachments are like chains, and if you want to be free to live your life, you must cut them away! We’re all used the rhythm of our life, but the time has come to make a change, invite it, welcome it, and surrender to it.

I thought Katy Perry’s song ‘Chained to the Rhythm’ was a great explanation of this moon. This song is about how we get comfy and cozy in our little worlds- which is actually to our detriment because we’re not truly living and evolving.

Nodal Axis Change May 9, 2017: The New Renaissance

A rustling of silk taffeta can be heard, a artist adds a dash of crimson to his fresco, a lion roars in the Colosseum signalling a fight, marble statues of men litter the gardens, a gilded rebirth is on the horizon, the sparkling palace of your heart awaits an insurgence of creative embellishment.

On May 9, 2017 the nodal axis changes from Virgo/Pisces to Leo/Aquarius until November 7, 2018. The Virgo/Pisces axis was one of aligning to spirit through extracting the spiritual nutrients and discarding the toxins of illusions. The Leo/Aquarius axis is one of embracing the new version of ourselves un-apologetically. Leo represents creativity, self expression, individuality, and the inner child. Aquarius energy represents the other and the collective consciousness. This next year and half is asking us to let go of group conditioning and follow our hearts, wherever that may lead us. The Leo north node will be guiding us to embracing our individuality and uniqueness regardless of what others may think. The south node will be challenging this, luring us back into the cult of of what other people might think about our choices and decisions. Using discernment will be a huge help during what is a delicate time of me versus them. Remember, if every lion thought about what the animals thought of them, they wouldn’t be the kings and queens of the jungle. They own their title proudly, so embrace the throne and wear your crown proudly. If you find yourself becoming the cowardly lion, you will know that you aren’t listening to your inner roar.

I personally feel we will be entering a new renaissance during this next year and a half. The Renaissance of history was a time of building upon classical antiquity (Aquarius) but transforming the traditional into something new and creative (Leo). This will be a period where the old you will be left in the past in favour of your rebirth. On a collective scale I think creativity will flourish thanks to the innovative foundation of Aquarius. A more humanist approach to everything from politics, economics, to art will be much more self centred, hence Mr. Leo Donald Trump’s policy of “America First.”  It will be a tense time where selfishness at the expense of others will be seen in many major areas. Respecting other’s opinions without sacrificing yourself will be the challenge during this time. Coming out victoriously means that you turn others down with love (heart=Leo) as opposed to arrogance. The good thing is that the water bearer Aquarius will always be there to dampen the fiery flames of Leo if things do go unchecked. If you would like to see what you will be re-birthing in your life, check to see where the Leo/Aquarius axis falls in your natal chart.

We may not see the erections of basilicas, or the spread of religious iconography, but what we will see are more subtle examples of grandeur- self love, creativity, independence, and the pursuit of happiness………..and what more beautiful ornamentation could you ask for?

 

Aries Rising- 5th house Leo/11th house Aquarius

Embrace your creativity, focus on bringing out your inner child. Let go of people pleasing and be selective with regards to your social circles.

 

Taurus Rising- 4th house Leo/10th house Aquarius

The focus will shift to your home life, beautify your dwelling, animal prints and exotic decor will be favoured during this time. Lion cubs at home might be more needy. Career will take a back seat, so let go and have fun with the family!

 

Gemini Rising- 3rd house Leo/9th house Aquarius

Stellar communication will be your forte so spend time writing, blogging, public speaking, and having those heart to heart conversations. 9th house Aquarius is asking you to let go of preaching and to communicate your own philosophy of life.

 

Cancer Rising-2nd house Leo/8th house Aquarius

This is your time to earn big and to become self sufficient. Releasing financial co-dependency will become easier for you.

 

Leo Rising- 1st House Leo/7th House Aquarius

Okay all you lions and lionesses this is your time to roar! Happening in your first house, the Leo north node is asking you to be confident and bold without approval seeking from your partners.

 

Virgo Rising- 12th house Leo/6th house Aquarius

Virgo risings will be entering the jungles of spirituality, play around with divination and spirit and let go of the rigidity of everyday routines.

 

Libra Rising- 11th house Leo/5th house Aquarius

The Leo north node is asking you to find a new lion pack to join. Put yourself out there by joining social circles and finding some fierce female companions. Saying goodbye to lackluster hobbies and romantic relationships will allow you to pursue more engaging activities.

 

Scorpio Rising- 10th house Leo/4th house Aquarius

The career will be Scorpio ASC’s domain this next year and a half. Don’t be afraid of having more responsibilities or accepting a promotion. Home and family will be stable in order to focus on career aspirations.

 

Sagittarius Rising- 9th house Leo/3rd house Aquarius

Higher education, forming new philosophies, and foreign travel will be favoured. This is encouraging you to speak your truth and to remove outdated theories and spiritual information from your life.

 

Capricorn Rising- 8th house Leo/2nd house Aquarius

Getting your finances in order will be the focus for you. Refinance, budget, take out a loan. Revamping your spiritual practices will be getting underway, so don’t expect to be holding onto what no longer serves you.

 

Aquarius Rising- 7th house Leo/1st house Aquarius

Get ready for a time of relationships! Pay attention to mirroring as this will be a period of self discovery for you.

 

Pisces Rising- 6th house Leo/12 house Aquarius

This is the time of cleaning up your everyday life. Start a new health regime, balance your work and home life, and get productive! Now is not the time to become the hermit, hiding yourself away from the world for introspection. Work hard and play hard this year.

New Venus Cycle Begins!

March 25, Venus enters a new 19 month cycle also known as the rebirth of Venus! 8 days after today, Venus will become visible in the sky as a morning star, which will mark new values, new ideas about relationships and new experiences with love and art during these next 19 months. This is about what YOU WANT as opposed to what others expect of you.

Many Astrologers have been discussing the Venus pentagram and or flower which is a complicated journey that Venus travels, marking important evolutionary events in a person’s life. What’s important to note is that this new cycle begins at 4 degrees Aries, so check to see where 4 degrees Aries falls in your chart as this area of your life will experience new beginnings during this 19 month cycle. Venus will be making her next point at 19 degrees of Capricorn on January 9, 2018, when she enters Scorpio, conjunct Pluto. Check to see where 19 degrees of Capricorn falls in your chart as well, because this area of your life will see a major transformation.

Audrey Hepburn and her film ‘Sabrina’ have been my muses during our Venus RX cycle, as she was born with Venus in Aries RX (like myself). The above gif marks the point in the film when Sabrina returns from her stint in Paris, as a sophisticated woman who knows what she wants. Venus’ transformation from an evening star to a morning star is asking us to ponder this question, “if we were given the opportunity to leave the world for a while and return as an upgraded version of ourselves, who would you be, and what would that look like?” Would you be a spiritual guru? An artist? A humanitarian? Rise like the star you are, and get ready for a new adventure!

Today is an excellent day to set some new intentions regarding Venusian things. Now that we are in the halfway point of our Venus Retrograde cycle, some things probably need to be reworked in your life when it comes to what’s important to you. Write a love letter to yourself, or to your ideal partner. Pay attention to what comes up for you during these next few days. Be creative, be bold, and start a new self-care practice if you can! Keep all of this in mind, when Venus conjuncts our New Moon in Aries coming up on March 27-28, which will ask us to try something new.

I’m wishing you all a beautiful heartful Venus cycle!

xo

Venus Retrograde in Aries: Sabrina

Time- March 4, 2017-April 15, 2017

Energy- Re-evaluating our values and needs, honouring ourselves

Tips- Look back to 2009 when Venus was RX in Aries to reflect on lessons learned

“I might as well be reaching for the moon,”  laments Audrey Hepburn’s character in the film Sabrina. Her character only wants the man she has been longing for to fall in love with her. This is the shadow side of Venus RX. When Venus turns RX we might be longing for more Venusian things in our lives, wanting a relationship, possessions, and for many, opportunities will present themselves. However, this is a trick Venus likes to play. Temptation. What Venus RX is really teaching us, is to value ourselves, but in order to do that we must get clarity on what our values and needs are. In the film, Sabrina believes that she needs to become a sophisticated woman in order to charm the man of her dreams, David Larabee. She goes away to Paris to cooking school and comes back as a Venus archetype- feminine, charming, ready for love, and assertive. Her time away made her realize that she does not need to run away from life and love, she must be the initiator. Venus RX is a time of rebelling, reviewing, re-evaluating, and reliving. Her time in Paris is a time in Paris for us all. As Sabrina herself said “Paris is the way to change your outlook.” This is the time to live life by your own rules and transform yourself by honouring your own needs, and through doing that, can foster beautiful intimate relationships.

The Venus RX paradox is one of looking to its polarity for the missing link. The second house which is ruled by Taurus which is in turn ruled by Venus, is the house of our values. If we look to its polarity we find the 8th house, of bonding and shared values. We can only learn what our values are when we are in exchange with others. The same goes for the 7th house ruled by Libra and Venus, the house of partnerships, we look to its polarity in the 1st house, the house of self. Once again, the only way we can transform ourselves is through our interactions and relationships with others. Sabrina transformed herself into a sophisticated woman when she saw David only interacted with sophisticated women.

Venus RX in Aries marks a new cycle of transforming our desires and needs. Aries, the first house once again is about beginnings and our self. We look to the 7th house its polarity, the house of relationships, we look to the 7th house for feedback (Libra). Every relationship and interaction is a mirror of ourselves. Sabrina felt the need to change everything about herself in order to make David fall in love with her. However, in the end she fell in love with David’s brother Linus, the man who was secure in himself from the beginning, and the man she thought could never fall in love with anyone, and that’s when Sabrina realized, all she had to do was be herself in order to finally fall in love.

Venus Rx in Aries teaches us to not be afraid to be ourselves, to honour ourselves, but not in a selfish way. Venus RX in Aries in its shadow is the loner, but in its greatest power is the warrior goddess, the person who is not afraid to live life and to love, because it is those experiences that offer us the most valuable lessons.Our exchange with others is what gives us feedback on our values all the time, initiating our evolution.

As Sabrina says in the movie “I have learned how to live, how to be in the world and of the world, and not just to stand aside and watch. And I will never, never again run from away from life. Or from love, either.”

 

Year of the Fire Rooster!

Who’s ready to shake their tail feathers and strut their stuff? The year of the fire rooster will be a year of flamboyancy, commitment, determination, and success. This is a year of rebirth and transformation, not unlike our New Moon in Aquarius happening the same day.The year of the Fire Rooster is a year where the sky’s the limit….. and this rooster does not want to be confined to perching on rooftops…. nope, he wants to spread his wings and fly if he could. But the rooster knows that other animals are relying on him to wake them up, signaling dawn. It’s important to remember, that while the rooster energy is  independent and original, you cannot do it alone. Because the rooster has a natural talent for time, expect many more divine timings, and synchroncities to appear in your life. You will always seem to be in the right place at the right time. The rooster also encourages us to push the boundaries of what’s comfortable. Take a cue from your colourful plumage and take risks and pursue your wildest dreams. This Fire Rooster is also a yin rooster, meaning your intuition will be on fire this year. While a yang fire rooster is all about volatility and charging forth, the yin of this year signals more of a surrendering to the divine and process of life as opposed to aggressive determination. There is also a tremendous opportunity to embrace your creative side with this energy, so try to explore some new creative projects!

The cock-a-doodle-doo of the Rooster is the wake up call to the other animals every morning, and on a personal level, we will each experience a major wake up call this year. This will be the year of awakening as also foretold in 2017 Astrology.

The year of the Fire Rooster will see many successes, as long as humility is kept in check. This is not the year to hide away in your barn, like meek little hens. This is the year to put yourself out into the world and dream big! Plan your next move by trusting your intuition, and awaken to the empowering spirit of the Fire Rooster!

*If your’re a rooster like me, be mindful that you are entering a new 12 year cycle, so the seeds you plant now, will be sown during these next 12 years.

*Featured Image- Prada Spring 2017 Collection- a feathery chinoise cacophany.

Shadow: 2017 Colour of the Year

I am very excited that Benjamin Moore has selected Shadow as its colour of the year for 2017. To me, it speaks of admiring a piece of lavender through a sheer curtain at dusk, looking at the world through amethyst coloured glasses, and watching a raven flap its smoky black wings against the pink sky of twilight. I really do feel that 2017 will be a year of light, and what better way to remind ourselves that there is only light because of darkness than through the colour of Shadow.

“It ebbs and flows with its surroundings, and light brings it to life. Rich, royal amethyst can fade into the soft lilac-grey of distant mountains or morph into lustrous coal. Indulge your mysterious side. Let Shadow set the mood.”

—Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director

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