Thursday, November 12, 2015

Saturn in Sagittarius and Inconvenient Truths

In the next few years, we will be presented with situations in our lives that are less than perfect... it will be a time of facing inconvenient truths (Saturn in Sagittarius).  As a result, we will be forced to make a decision to either let go of (Neptune/Chiron in Pisces) obsolete/dysfunctional things or make efforts to improve (Jupiter in Virgo) things. Either way, we will need to adapt and change based on a revealing of certain truths.  These planetary energies will be available for all, for the purpose of fixing up, improving and healing the things in our lives that we have neglected/avoided.  The planets will show us very blatantly where we have dropped the ball and ignored realities.   Saturn is involved, so the more we are willing to face reality and make necessary changes to improve, the more Saturn will reward our efforts.  The more resistant we become under Saturn's influence, the more we continue to ignore, the more Saturn will apply force, and the result will ultimately be chaos and dysfunction.

Saturn in Sagittarius is all about the need to define truths. Saturn asks: What are the cold, hard truths in your life?   The revealing of these as Saturn makes its sojourn thru the sign of the archer will be the motivating factors that get you to take constructive action to either "fix" a situation or to let go of it.  As Neptune is squared by Saturn in Sagittarius,  he lifts the veil and exposes things that we may not want to acknowledge, and we can feel overwhelmed with disappointment.  SO in our disappointment, we must remember that Saturn truly wants the best for us and our lives, and the more we are willing to face inconvenient truths and do something about them, the better off we will fare under these skies.  I suggest using the serenity prayer as your mantra to get you through the next few years:

God grant me the serenity to accept what I cannot change
Courage to change the things I can
And the wisdom to know the difference

I believe this prayer can really help soften the edges of the difficult realities that we may all be facing under this transit.  It can act as our light and guidepost :) Neptune in Pisces can grant the serenity to accept what you cannot change, Jupiter in Virgo can gift you with the courage to change things that you can, and Saturn in Sag will give you the wisdom to know the difference.  These planets will be squaring and opposing each other off an on over the next few years, so the purpose of this article is to discuss how these energies will play out as they interact and mingle with one another.The key is to make this process conscious and to actively participate with these planetary energies - really make Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune work for you by working in cooperation with them.

Here is a concrete example of how this transit may play out: You are in a relationship that is showing to be problematic.  You don't know whether to stay or go.  Look at some of the cold/hard truths about the relationship.  Look at your principles and your values (Sagittarius) - does your relationship reflect those things? Stay true to yourself, be real and brutally honest (Saturn in Sag) about whether or not this is truly fixable or worth your time and effort to fix. If you don't follow this formula guided by the planets you will suffer, so keep it real.  If you decide to cling to Neptunian delusions and illusions about your situation, difficulties will very likely ensue, and Saturn will likely put the kibosh on your plans to salvage what is unsalvageable, or will force you to fix the things that you have been neglecting.

Here is another personal example:  My father had a heart attack recently.  He has personal planets in early Pisces, Virgo and Sag. Saturn was setting this aspect off as it transited through Sag when he had the heart attack.  My father smokes and eats tons of sugar, and is not the best with exercise.  It is known that smoking and sugar consumption destroys arterial health.  He had several blockages and needed stents to open up the veins.  His cold, hard reality is facing the fact that he has heart disease, and arteriosclerosis, and that HE WILLINGLY contributes to the problem by refusing to address the addiction (Pisces), and fails to make serious efforts to kick the habits in order to improve his health (Virgo).  As a result of all of this, his health is suffering, and now has limits placed on his daily activities (Saturn).   He is now facing an inconvenient, but very real truth.  I know several people this has happened to as Jupiter went into Virgo and Saturn into Sagittarius.  One a diabetic who does not properly manage blood sugars and another who smokes with COPD, and both had stints in the hospital.  So, if you think you can fall back into la-la land (sorry all my Pisces friends) with this transit, think again :)

Check your chart, see what houses Saturn, Neptune/Chiron, and Jupiter are transiting through,so that you can gauge what areas of life these transits will affect. From there, make a game plan as to how you are clean up, improve, fix, surrender or let go of of things symbolic of those houses.  Saturn appreciates methodical, structured plans and so does Virgo, so try as much as possible to take this life improvement seriously in order to manifest positive results.  Be on the lookout for Neptunian smoke and mirrors and try not to come under the spell of apathy and delusion - do not fall back into fantasy land (or onto additions, escapism, or bad habits and behaviors), lest you want to suffer under Saturn's stern finger shaking.  Use the higher, more exalted function of Neptune in Pisces and listen to your intuition, commune with your higher self - perhaps even use prayer to obtain answers on what moves to make and when. Make the spiritual a part of your life, but structure it and make it useful (don;t get lost in navel gazing).  Neptune also allows us to let go of or surrender to the obsolete and move on to greener pastures. It grants the ability to say goodbye to what no longer works with compassion and grace.

In summary, this will be a time to get real and to heal.

Important Dates:

Saturn square Neptune on November 26th, 2015, at 7 Sagittarius 02 (first) AND on June 17, 2016, at 12 Sagittarius 02, AND September 10th, 2016 at 10 Sagittarius 24 (last), with Neptune in Pisces.

Saturn square Jupiter on March 23, 2016, at 16 Sagittarius 24 AND May 26, 2016, at 13 Sagittarius 41 (last) with Jupiter in Virgo [first occurs in the sign of Scorpio on August 3rd, 2015]

Saturn square Chiron on December 28, 2016, at 21 Sagittarius 01 (first) AND on April 30, 2017, at 27 Sagittarius 18, AND on November 2nd, 2017, at 24 Sagittarius 47 (last) with Chiron in Pisces.

May - June 2016:  Neptune, Jupiter and Saturn will be an a t-square configuration, bringing much tension in our lives, and blowing up the above themes, so that we find positive resolutions.  Squares create friction so that we can grow and evolve.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Transformation is Still Upon Us...

With Saturn now in the last degree of Scorpio, we have one final attempt to complete long lasting life transformations.  In the act of transformation, something within us or in our lives must first die.  An attitude, pattern, belief, action, thoughts, judgements, a job, a relationship... whatever it is must go.

A re-birth and a clean slate to create something that is more authentic and healthy CANNOT occur, unless and until we are willing to give up that thing that no longer suffices, that no longer honors us, that thing that is cancerous to the soul.  Death creates space for new life, and in this positive light, death now becomes something to be celebrated and embraced rather than dreaded and feared.

For the past few years, with Saturn in Scorpio, the cosmos have been asking us to go deep within and explore the hidden depths of our psyche's... to get a better understanding of the things that make us tick and push our buttons,  the obsessions and compulsions, the cravings and addictions, the emotional morass of unmet needs... to become conscious of that weighty baggage we (knowingly or unknowingly) carry around, those nooses around our necks.  We have become blatantly aware of what disempowers us, so that we may become empowered once again.

As we take our decent into the Underworld to meet the characters of the id (hidden stuff), it is the chance of a lifetime to greet them with understanding, care and love, and guide them back to the light (our divinity and purity) so that they don't end up in control, running our lives and causing mass destruction along the way.  We give them a nod, we hear them out, we give them consciousness and then we (in our divine and untouched state) take the reins and run free.  Our renewal and transformation can begin, a new and different way is born, and our behaviors and choices are no longer influenced by and sourced from the EGO.  When we choose to become conscious of all that lurks within (Scorpio), we become wise (Saturn) and finally free.

Beyond Saturn in Scorpio, we are also coming upon a very energetic time period, chocked full of astrological configurations that require us to re-evaluate life, and again, let those things die that have served their purpose in our lives.

In September, we are full throttle in Eclipse Season, with the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Virgo (Sep. 13th) and the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aries (Sept.28th). Eclipses are notorious "course changers", ushering in new phases of life and different paths to take, many times requiring a letting go of sorts... again, "re-birth" themes.

Mercury retrograde (I know, sigh) is also just around the corner (September 18th).  This is a time when new information, that may have been previously hidden from view, surfaces into awareness. We may reassess a situation, and decide to leave it behind.  I know some people who skate thru Mercury retrogrades and some who are seemingly crucified by them.  This time period can peel the curtains back, give you a closer look, and reorganize your life in a major way.  Again, some goodbyes may be necessary...

Another cosmic trigger to consider is the Uranus/Pluto square. They will be moving into a much closer square configuration once again, being a degree apart starting December 31st, and lasting through March 2016.  Pluto has us examining how we follow the status quo (Capricorn), and how we are limited by past familial patterns and conditioning (Cancer polarity point), to the detriment of becoming free and sovereign individuals in our own right (Uranus in Aries).  Pluto is acting to purge out the inauthentic self, to make way for a new and more authentic, free and true individual to be born.  We are all being "deconstructed".   This is pretty heavy stuff, and the influence will continue to transform us through 2016.

Yes, it will be an extraordinarily energetic month transforming us to the core, so be gentle with yourself (and others)  and remember:  "Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly"!

Fly free my friends, fly free...

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Venus into Virgo, Venus Retrograde and Venus in Leo

Venus will glide into Virgo on July 18th, and stay briefly until it's retrograde back into Leo.  It stations retrograde on July 25th in Virgo at 0 degrees.  All the while, as Saturn sits at the 28th degree of intense Scorpio, it casts a very serious and scrutinizing glare over to that Venus in a stressful square aspect which will be in effect from now until about August 8th.  Virgo jives pretty well though with Saturn and Scorpio.  Virgo can be serious, determined, intense -  it likes to fix things like Saturn and can be obsessive/compulsive like Scorpio. This aspect reminds me of Venus taking an underworld journey to explore the hidden psyche, and more importantly the condition of our heart.

Alongside this Venus/Saturn tango, Mars and Mercury in Cancer come up against an opposition to Pluto in Capricorn (peaking on July 16th) ... YIKES!  That is a whole lotta seriousness and intensity happening, perhaps challenging our emotional stability and jabbing at our comfort zones and feelings of security. Pluto/Scorpio/Saturn/Cap is about purging and pruning those things that no longer work for us, no matter how much it hurts.  This energy is about taking responsibility for outdated behavior patterns and possible wrong choices that we have made that creates dysfunctions and problems for us.  Here is a chance to get real, let go and clear the decks.

Back to Venus....

Venus has been transiting Leo about a month now, which is all about romance, parties, expressing the self, creativity and shining your light a little brighter. Venus is extroverted here.  The switch to Virgo has Venus taking it down a couple of notches, becoming more modest - perhaps more introverted, discriminating about how it expresses its heart.  You may notice a pulling back of your love, affections and warmth right now  (or others doing the same to you) as Venus in Virgo is trying to decide what is "worth" its time, energy, and heart. This is a period of significant analysis and reconsideration of all things Venus - Money, Love, Worth, Value, Aesthetics.  Add that Saturn in Scorp. square into the mix  and you could recollect and rethink all of your past relationships, and feel  the sting of any abandonments, rejections, regrets, hurts, losses or for that matter any relationship patterns that just ARE NOT tolerable any longer.  This is not a great time for amputations, as it is for RE-considerations, by examining facts AND feelings for a possible change of heart after the retrograde period is over on October 9th.  This is a time for serious discernment and facing facts  about love, finances, worth and value (both intrinsic and extrinsic).  The Venus in Virgo square Saturn in Scorpio sets the tone for the whole Venus retrograde period, which spends most of its time in Leo, as it moves backwards.  Again, get ready for your personal Persephone journey to the underworld to meet some necessary demons.

After Venus goes back into Leo from Virgo, you once again get to express your heart, and engage with all those things you "think" (key word is think) you love and value, but you may start to see some cracks appear.  This is a period of revealing through experience, all those things in your life that have lost their value, those outdated relationships that have no real meaning and worth, those things that you give to or assign importance to that do not fill up your heart any longer or that are just plain unworkable and soul destroying, those things that lack BOTH substance (Saturn/Scorpio) and sparkle (Leo).

As Venus makes its sojourn, it meets up with benefic Jupiter, August 4-6 at 28 Leo, emphasizing the idea that the internal changes that we are making with regards to Venusian themes (Love, Relationships, Money, Worth, Values) will have future implications - in other words we are creating a new template for the future, one purged of bad dynamics, poor choices, and things that are not authentic to us any longer.  And while this purging may be painful, it is quite necessary in order to create a clean slate.  Jupiter inspires us to cultivate hope, faith and trust (Jupiter) that this process of letting go of (Saturn/Scorpio) what is no good (patterns, people, jobs, habits etc.) and what has become inauthentic to our hearts expression, will only open doors to a new and better life, one filled with not only joy and abundance, but also embodies a certain solidity and stability (Saturn) that we can really count on.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Saturn's Last Hurrah in Scorpio Square Venus: Purging the Shadow from the Heart

I know many of you will be grunting upon Saturn's return to Scorpio for one last round of "Shadow Boxing", but since it will be our reality from June 14th thru September 17th, it could be of benefit to understand what this means for us so that we may make the best use of this transit.

Scorpio is all about the act of diving deep into the unconscious, in order to better understand the hidden emotional forces and unresolved traumas that drive our self destructive actions and behaviors. Its coming face to face in the most honest and sometimes brutal way with those cancers that infect our being and prevent us from truly being empowered and reaching our higher selves.  

Scorpio can be likened to the realm of Hades (Underworld), where Persephone was taken to in order to shed her naivety and wrestle with some heavy demons - after which she was released back to the light of day, reborn in the Spring, refreshed with new life and transformed... a bit older and wiser. Not a pretty process, but leads to true freedom and guides us to the authentic source of our power  - rather than being overpowered by unconscious forces.   This is where we get to the root of our dysfunctions and learn about our deep psychological dynamics in order to purge the toxicities and get on better than before.  Its the process of purification and transformation through traumas and adversities... like a rising from the ashes.  What doesn't kill you in the Scorpionic realm really does make you  stronger.

Good news is that we have been schooled in these realms pretty much since 2012, when Saturn first entered Scorpio, and also when the Uranus/Pluto Square commenced, so at this point, we should be no stranger to this process. We all have had our Hadean abductions or have experienced them thru osmosis from someone close to us having their own Scorpionic battles,  We finally got our release from the Underworld somewhat on Christmas Day 2014, as Saturn slid into Sagittarius BUT, there are some things that obviously need one last look over,  some demons that are still lurking in the shadows.... hence the dip back into Scorpionic waters. The fun will begin June 14th.

Taking another look at our psycho-emotional contents that disempower will now involve the sign of Leo, as Saturn in Scorpio will square several planets as they make their way through the Lion's domain. This may make for an epically dramatic and difficult summer, but forewarned and armed with knowledge of this process can help lessen the Scorpionic Sting.

First,  Saturn will square Venus in Leo (in its Pre-retrograde Shadow Phase) approx. July 7th to the 15th and again August 6th thru 8th.  The Venus Retro - Shadow Phase will have us rethinking such things as love, relationships, finances, beauty, self worth and self value as well as what we place value and worth on in our lives. The square from Saturn will make us very seriously reconsider the above and will not allow things to remain in our lives that are shoddy.  Saturn is about quality and building sound  and solid structures.  If your "love consciousness" isn't what it should be, it will now get a makeover.

Venus in Leo is on Fire.  It's about expressing what's in the heart with a passionate fervor, it loves LOVE and romance and displays of unabated affection, BUT Saturn puts the brakes on in Scorpio and says WAIT A MINUTE!!  Is this authentic, or is this frivilous?  Is this phoney, is this shabby, is this just about EGO,  or is this true, right, and of quality?  Are you giving your heart to something/someone for the wrong reasons?  Are you just looking for attention that you never got in childhood, some ego stroking?  Are you with someone because there is no one else to be with?  What are the state of your friendships/social life?  Are you staying with someone who treats you poorly because you have low self worth or abandonment issues?  Are you a Narcisist? Are you with a Narcisist?  Do you spend all your money on clothes, hair, makeup to make you look pretty because you have no intrinsic self worth?  Are you in a job that makes tons, but sacrificing your true happiness and true calling (aka, selling out)?  Heavy stuff here guys, that's Scorpio for you.  

Leo loves romance, grand gestures of love. attention and affection.  It wants to be noticed and swooned over.  It wants to express all of the joy, creativity and passion that resides in the heart. However, Saturn in Scorpio will bring up issues that may potentially prevent this from happening. Scorpio will bring to the surface any issues that taint our Venus energy from fully expressing healthfully and authentically.  How can the heart clearly express itself and its desires freely with Saturn's negating and blocking effects?  It's not that Venus in Leo while Square to Saturn absolutely cannot express its  hearts desires, it's not that it cannot express love, creativity, joy and passion... it's that Saturn in Scorpio will FIRST have to clear out the heart center of past and present traumas, wounds (Scorpio),  and dysfunctions so that we can manifest true and pure desires of the heart, free from negative distortions related to those unresolved issues.  This will produce a necessary clearing and unblocking of the heart chakra center,  in order to create a healing. This process will require FEELING EMOTIONS and having to wade through some sticking psycho-emotional issues, and get real with what rises to the surface.  As unpleasant as it is, that is the function of Saturn in Scorpio and that is what is being asked of us... we don't get a choice here.  This is a good thing.  Who wants to walk around with a dysfunctional Venus and get more of what we don't want... more misery, more suffering, more unhappiness, more inauthenticity of the heart?  Do the healing work and Saturn rewards, rather than withholds or punishes.

What do you really desire for your life?  What does your heart want to express?  Are these desires and expressions pure or tainted with wounds and traumas? How do you give/receive love? Healthfully?  Do you feel Joy?  Are you able to manifest abundance for yourself - not just in material ways , but also in loving and appreciating the little things? Are you valuing appropriate things... or are they empty, shallow and without real meaning?  How is your self worth and value?  What has worth to you in your life?  Do you need to resolve, heal and square away any blocks to the above things? What past traumas lingers in the depths of your heart that prevents it from opening fully? You can bet that all things Venus related will be Seriously (Saturn) Purged (Scorpio) under this transit, so better to be proactive with this process of purification rather than wallowing in self pity when the wrecking ball hits.  This will be a time to clear the decks and to reclaim the healed heart. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Libra, April 4, 2015. The Purge

So here we are again, in the midst of yet another Eclipse Season.  With the Uranus/Pluto square at the backdrop of every other cosmic event since 2012, the chaos seems never ending... the drama seems to never cease, and this Eclipse season is no exception.  With Pluto/Uranus driving this Eclipse, what else can we really expect but drama, especially the personal emotional kind.  :)

We just went through a Solar Eclipse in Pisces, which in a way marked the End of Era of something, and this something is different and personal for each and every one of us.  Pisces is partly about denial and illusions, and if we held either of those about anything in our lives, it became apparent at this Eclipse.  Acting in unconscious ways is no longer cool.  Being a conscious and active participant in life, paying attention to the details is now very much in vogue.  Awareness and accountability is where its at! Anything that undermines (Pisces) our lives "should have" been gently released and forgiven at the Pisces Solar Eclipse, including all of our self undoing behaviors (also Pisces).  Its now Spring, so we get a fresh clean slate to work from.  Endings and new beginnings is the theme.

So now we must again face the music of another eclipse (Full Moon) in Libra that is in the clutches of the Pluto/Uranus Square, meaning relationships and relating will be ground zero.  First of all, get ready to purge anything about your relationships (Libra) that is toxic (Pluto).  Pluto is transiting Capricorn and its natural polarity point of Cancer is brought in.  Cancer/Cap loves tradition and maintaining the past... that is where they derive their security, no matter how outlived, outdated or unhealthy something is. Dysfunctional patterns that we have been holding onto for eons, that affect the way we relate to others really gets uprooted in quite shocking and intense ways at this Eclipse.  Nothing to be scared about really... that's just nature.  When your body carries something harmful, it does what it can to purge the toxicity.   Same here at the eclipse.  We go through a round of purging, so that we can get on with life in a much better way than before. Its a clearing of the path ahead.

The ruler of this Eclipse is Venus, transiting Taurus, which means we are all craving and desiring things of quality and value. Building good, solid and stable relationships should be on top of the to do list.

Eclipses are portals of change, and if we can welcome the energy of change, we will be much better equipped to the handle the process without coming undone.  Its all about flow, really.  The Astrology tells us what is coming cosmically, it gives us the heads up, and we get to decide (through free will) if we are going to cooperate and prepare or not (and get dragged kicking, screaming and tantruming), its that simple.

I suggest really being honest with yourself about the state of all your important one to one relationships, and your own relating patterns.  Take the time to self reflect, and have those important conversations with your loved ones.  Allow for a catharsis in this area, which is a very distinct possibility.  Think rebirth and all of the good that can come from clearing away the toxicity of the past, and welcoming the new, better and different in celebration of the glory and hope of the Spring that lies ahead of us all!

Happy Easter to All..  New Life Awaits!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Pisces.. Letting Go to Start Anew

As we usher in Spring, and the Solar Eclipse in Pisces (on the same day/20th) infuses its energies in our lives for better or worse,  it really depends on how you view, work with and embrace letting go and change that makes your experience of Eclipse season positive or negative.

Eclipses are potent cosmic game changers where valuable information and insights that were once hidden, seemingly rises to the surface of our immediate awareness and consequently re-routs our life path. Perhaps the information is NOT what you necessarily wanted to hear - but who are YOU?  That small egoic "I"  with all its narrow minded and short sighted views, opinions and plans? Bah!  Ego takes a back seat during eclipse season, and if it doesn't cooperate and go into that back seat willingly, that's where Eclipses can bite us in the ass. We've got to sometimes gently nudge it there :) Move out of the way of Spirit, and make room for ITS voice in your life now... take note of the insights being revealed.

I find that with Eclipses, the best thing to do is allow hidden information to rise and sit with how it really feels in the gut.  A greater Cosmic Intelligence than our little minds wants to show us the way, a better way, if we could only shrinky dink our insistent, noisy egos for the time being and align with the knowledge and information pouring in from the higher self.

Revelations typically come about that allow us to change course in some way - that aids  us in making  a long and overdue move, to change a habit, to scrap  a dynamic, to kick to the curb (nicely and compassionately with Pisces) things that just don't fit who we authentically are anymore -  It's kind of like cosmic reboot for our lives!

Viewing eclipses in this way allows us to work with the sometimes unnerving and unwelcome process of change that we humans seem to despise.  Yes, there are intense energies that sometimes hit us like a ton of bricks during these eclipses, and cause emotions to run high, but if we allow ourselves to gently lean into the whole process of change, if we take the time to reflect on info streaming in, if we can simply observe and just breathe, it can take the sting off sometimes.  This Moon will also require a time of grieving and letting go, so a good cry, holler or shout that doesn't invade someone else's space is good for releasing pent up emotions.

This Eclipse falls in Pisces, the sign of endings, and at the 29th degree (last in the zodiac!), so this theme of "endings" is really emphasized.  Pisces is also the sign of self undoing, falling into illusions and delusions about something or someone, disappointments and sorrow.  Pisces is also extremely attuned to the unseen and spiritual dimensions of existence, so here, we can receive great blessings by connecting with our guts intuition, beyond the materialized ego.

This Pisces  Eclipse energy seems reminiscent of a long overdue housecleaning, or even a house moving.  You sift through all the things you have accumulated in your life thus far, which can have a sort of melancholic nostalgia associated with it.  You may look at old pictures, remember old times (good and bad), grieve losses, and just mentally comb through any and all of your life's experiences, behaviors, choices and patterns. You throw away things that are no longer YOU, things that have faded or seem insignificant, maybe even things that are harmful for you, including your own destructive or self undoing (Pisces) patterns.  Most likely though these insights and memories will just pour into your awareness without having to undertake your physical ritual house cleaning, but still, a great time to do that.

With Pisces, the more we can forgive, the more we can look at our lives and all of the sad and disappointing parts with eyes of loving compassion, knowing that we have all been wounded, and just really looking for love, the easier our house cleanings will be.  Many times we get redemption from our sorrows and regrets when we are willing to let go of those things that undermine us, including our own behaviors.  When and if we are required to say our goodbyes at this eclipse, the more we can say them with an open and understanding heart,  with tenderness and love, the easier those goodbyes will be.  This act of forgiveness, pardoning and letting go, is a necessary must at this time, so as to clear the decks for what lies ahead.  Write a letter and burn it, have that difficult conversation but  speak with love, do a life review.  Choose anything that has personal meaning to you that is an act of letting go to make room for Spring.

Very shortly after the eclipse, the sun and moon rush head first into ARIES, the Ram!  Spring is ushered in with passion and gusto, ready to get us going with new endeavors, starting on a perfectly shiny clean slate!  After all the Pisces sorting, sifting, and letting go of what is no longer useful to us, we get that energy of change once again as we do every year to start anew!  That's a call for celebration, and in that way the Eclipse doesn't really seem so bad after all!!

Happy Eclipsing :)

Monday, March 9, 2015

Saturn - Neptune Square and Undermining Influences

How is everyone faring under the Neptune/Saturn square?  Although this influence is not exact (3 degree orb) the influence can still be felt.  I have many Neptune/Saturn signatures in my chart and have been through some very sticky Neptune transits, so I am very familiar with the energies.

This square of Neptune in Pisces squaring or chaffing against Saturn in Sagittarius seems to be producing a situation where something in our lives is being undermined (Neptune).,,, and as a result, we are getting real (Saturn) about this influence - waking up to it... doing something about it... or at least for now, seeing it more realistically.

Example - I am having this Saturn transit in my 4th house.  I want to break out of the town I live in, and the house I live in (and at times the family I belong to) and feel trapped there.  I want to build a new foundation emotionally and physically, free from the negative and stultifying patterns and influences of my past.  I want a fresh start... a new life make-over.

Neptune is squaring this Saturn in the 4th from my 7th house of others.  People in my life... my relationships seem to be undermining my ability to break free.  No matter where I turn, I am surrounded by negative influences... people seemingly undermining my goals of starting anew.  I keep being pulled back into the negative past, which seems to be eroding my stability and my ability to put down firm roots, healthy roots, new roots, and to feel joyful and free.  And with Mars getting caught up in the Pluto Uranus square, it came to a head today... and i've seen that it has for many others also feeling this undermining influence.

Neptune will do that.  It will erode, undermine, deplete until you are exhausted.

It is so important under this transit to be aware of this influence and to make sure that you are not allowing Neptune's energies to take you down,

My advice under this transit is to eliminate as much as possible those things which seek to throw you off from your goals.  This means showing up in life, in the present moment with clarity, knowing what to engage with and what to ignore... what strengthens us and brings us closer to our goals and what weakens us and pulls us off our path.  Commit to that which strengthens you - disengage from that which weakens you.

With Sagittarius hosting Saturn, we need to be defining our life goals, and sticking by our truths... knowing what is right and good for ourselves.

Neptune is known to trick, fool and deceive.  Hell, we could even be doing that to ourselves right now!  Are you convincing yourself that someone or something is good for you, when its actually terrible for you?   Stop undermining yourself.

Now is the time to put your foot down and demand better for your life.  Sagittarius shoots for the stars, and Saturn here wants the very best for our lives and for our future,  Tell those Neptune tricksters in your life, whatever and whomever they may be (including your own delusions),  to take a hike.  Take off those rose colored glasses and get real about what is good for you and what isn't.

With the Nodes in Libra/Aries, its likely that for many of us, relationship issues of all kinds are becoming a stumbling block... the influence that erodes what is good and healthy for us, that which prevents us from living free and joyous lives.  I'm not saying to ditch all your loved ones, but drawing lines in the sand may be very much needed right now.

We just had a Full Moon in Virgo, which means getting real about the details of our lives, cleaning our closets and taking out the trash.  On the 20th, we have an Eclipse in Pisces (BIG ENERGY SHIFT)  - at the 29th degree nonetheless!  This will require us to really take stock of everything in our lives and decide what is worth keeping and what has outlived its usefulness.  Time to say goodbye (gently-pisces style) to any and all undermining influences, tying in with the Saturn/Neptune Square.  Can you say MAJOR SPRING CLEANING!

Neptune will be the ruler of the New Moon Solar Eclipse, so the square will really be a focal point and all the issues in our lives that are connected with it.

Its time to be brutally honest about what is and is not working in your life any longer. If it is restricting your hopes and dreams of a better life, if it is preventing you from building something of lasting value for your future... if it is disrespecting your deeper truths - LET IT GO.  It may not feel good now to let go, but it will open a door for future possibilities to enter you life that ARE in alignment with your HIGHEST SELF and all that represents.

So, Keep your feet on the ground, stay in the present and keep on keeping on the path of your best and highest self!  Have faith, keep it real... and make good solid choices for yourself.

Hope this HELPS all of those feeling a little undermined!