The Blessing and Challenges of The Sun and Many Planets In Pisces:

At the ford

As we cross the ford we must ask: What is real? What is illusion or delusion? Where is solid ground?

For the next month the cosmos will be requiring us to live in and focus on all that is fluid. Every form. from water, snow, chemicals, sneezes, to emotion and imagination. Some we can’t live with out and others might destroy us. Paradox could be another word for Pisces the sign of two fish swimming in opposite directions.

As a child wasn’t is wonderful to swim under water with your eyes open? Everything was strange and beautiful, floating, but you we could become easily disoriented. Up could become down or you would bump into the side of the pool. That is how life on earth may feel when all the personal planets are in the 12th sign of of the zodiac Pisces.  Add Neptune the ruler of Pisces to the mix we are  truly diving into a watery world.

FYI this is a rare occurrence, you might even say we are sailing off into uncharted waters. It might be fun to pay attention to how many watery metaphors you and the news are using as we get into the swim of things, or shall I say go with the flow. Those are two way to navigate a world where one could be swept away by beauty one moment and drowned by addiction the next.

To help us through to the other side Pluto is in Capricorn and Saturn is in Scorpio. What that means is that our bones, our structures, our rules of behavior are firmly in place as vehicles for reality checks when you need them.  What did your old dad tell you about…now is time to listen for the words of the ancestors. All this being said you could come up on shore on the first day of Spring with new and creative way  of solving (dissolving obsticals) problems Here are two wise women’s comments on our dive into Pisces:

During Mutable Water Pisces month, February 18-March 20, we turn inwards to our tender places and intimate dreams. Our energy may be low, but this can help us do less and process more, review the story of our year, compost its lessons, and dream the future before we begin a new cycle. Our challenge is to stay grounded in the moment.
— Heather Roan Robbins © Mother Tongue Ink 2012
Pisces Born: [and we all have Pisces in our charts] increased sensitivity and less motivating energy, gift of Neptune’s presence in your sign, becomes slightly more comfortable in 2013. You feel bolder, more playful and creative from mid-year on. Art allows you to channel sensitivity without being negatively affected by the uncertainty around you.
— Gretchen Lawlor © Mother Tongue Ink 2012

Imbolc Prepare to Burst Forth

Gather yourself together

Gather yourself together

Imbolc — Saturday February 2
This is the time after the Great Dark but before the Bursting Forth. This is the time for dreaming and for knowing our dreams. This is the time for illumination. The light grows. Shadows take form as the darkness recedes. Resting still in the cauldron of birth, we close two eyes and open our third … Gather in circles to grow more luminous, recite poetry, start seeds or a creative project. And light many candles!
Marian Spadone © Mother Tongue Ink 2012
I start sweet peas on Imbolc each year. It’s a great practice especially in June when there sweet perfume fills the air.
What will you do as an act of faith the Sun will return?

New Moon In Libra is About The Art of Living

The Autumn New Moon

This day October 15 is when the Venus Ruled Moon and Sun  seem to share the same spot in in the sky. We ask us to love one another, find common ground, tend and befriend acknowledge and find in our hearts anything that we as individuals would consider a female principal.  There is a Shaker song that goes something like this:

“When all things pass away, Music and joy shall live, music and joy shall live, never to die.” 

As a meditation for this new moon choose what you desire to live on… music and love, love and friends… Don’t worry about the rhythm because whatever we do we make it up as we go along…

Life While-You-Wait.
Performance without rehearsal.
Body without alterations.
Head without premeditation.

I know nothing of the role I play.
I only know it’s mine. I can’t exchange it.

I have to guess on the spot
just what this play’s all about.

Ill-prepared for the privilege of living,
I can barely keep up with the pace that the action demands.
I improvise, although I loathe improvisation.
I trip at every step over my own ignorance.
I can’t conceal my hayseed manners.
My instincts are for happy histrionics.
Stage fright makes excuses for me, which humiliate me more.
Extenuating circumstances strike me as cruel.

Words and impulses you can’t take back,
stars you’ll never get counted,
your character like a raincoat you button on the run ?
the pitiful results of all this unexpectedness.

If only I could just rehearse one Wednesday in advance,
or repeat a single Thursday that has passed!
But here comes Friday with a script I haven’t seen.
Is it fair, I ask
(my voice a little hoarse,
since I couldn’t even clear my throat offstage).

You’d be wrong to think that it’s just a slapdash quiz
taken in makeshift accommodations. Oh no.
I’m standing on the set and I see how strong it is.
The props are surprisingly precise.
The machine rotating the stage has been around even longer.
The farthest galaxies have been turned on.
Oh no, there’s no question, this must be the premiere.
And whatever I do
will become forever what I’ve done.

~ Wislawa Szymborska ~

Cancer New Moon Washes Upon Our Shore Today

New Moon in in Watery Cancer calls attention to the ever changing tides of emotions as well as who we share our tables with. Now is time to choose what is good for our personal and collective digestions.

The New Moon in late Cancer taking place on Wednesday evening, July 18th, is a powerful one.

For one thing this New Moon squares Saturn, slowing us down. In another quite significant and yet contrary development, a strongly aspected Mars has come into exact opposition to Uranus – making for an exciting, lively and potentially accident-prone time.

Pluto square of these summer skies that is still quite active, being currently less than a degree from exact.

Then, too, Mercury has only just recently retrograded, and makes a quincunx aspect to Chiron, bringing a deeper meaning to the transformational tension of this timeframe, one that relates to inner wounding with regard to some important part of ourselves, and, ultimately, to healing in these crucial areas.

Thank you AstroGraph for this wisdom.

Solstice Once Again Invites Our Intentions

Passion Flower is the perfect off-kilter Compass Rose for setting our direction at the turning of the season in 2012. We are at the extremes of light and dark. Paying attention to where we’ve been and where we are going is demanded right now as we proceed through the rest of the Labyrinth of 2012.

New Moon, Summer Solstice, Venus returning from her stay in the Underworld!  The Heavens are in a celestial traffic jam!!  What’s an Earthling to do? (invitation to a ritual celebration below)

June 20 Stand still, like the sun (remember solstice is when the sun stands still). Review where you’ve been for the last 6 months. When your ready set intention. New Moon is when farmers plant seeds. The rest of us plant seeds of ideas small nuggets that will blossom into full blown projects come the Full Moon.

Again on June 20, the Sun makes its celebrated move into Cancer. The next month will demand that more time and attention be spent on your home, family, emotional life and all-things domestic. This doesn’t mean you can’t be creative or ambitious — you’ll simply find that you’re bound to have more success doing whatever truly comes from your heart. Watch out for Cancer’s moody tendencies and recognize that if you’re feeling down, it’s only fleeting. Otherwise, enjoy the comforts of home and the deeper bonds you’ll develop with loved ones throughout this time! (Thank you for your words: Care 2 Astrology)

A Word or two from super Astrologer Caroline Casey about Venus “Let’s cahoot with Venus emerging from the Underworld embarking on her triumphant global tour, with the anti-dote to the compensatory hyper-yang and sociopathic disregard for life currently wreaking havok.”

Summer Solstice and Sun into Cancer— Wednesday June 20

The seasonal cycle of the year is created by the tilt of the Earth’s axis, leaning toward or away from the Sun, north to south, as the Earth orbits the Sun. Solstices are the extreme points all over the world when the days and nights are longest or shortest. Seasonal celebrations of most cultures cluster around natural turning points, here are a few of the world’s many holydays around summer solstice. Sun and fire festivals—Niman Kachina (Hopi). Goddess Festivals: Isis (Egyptian), Lithia (North African), Yellow Corn Mother (Taino), Ishtar (Babylonian), Hestia (Greek), Sunna (Norse).
—Excerpted from We’Moon 2012 pg. 26 © Mother Tongue Ink 2003

As we celebrate this year’s seasonal rituals, we ask: how can we use the energy of these points on the solar wheel to express the deep transformations of 2012? In earth centered traditions, seasonal rituals not only celebrate change, they create it. As the Chrysalis of transformation hangs on the topmost branch of the World Tree, may our seasonal rituals become the birthing chants that call forth the new society, emerging bright-winged into a rejuvenated world.

— Frodo Okulam, excerpted from We’Moon 2012, p. 27 © Mother Tonge Ink 2011

I invite anyone in my neighborhood to join me around sunset June 20, 8-830 to Albany Beach. We will Toast to what we are intending for the rest of the year and Boast about our accomplishments and heroic acts of the first half of the year have been. “I have written a blog a day for since January 1 2012!” is my boast what is yours?

If you can’t get here “I lift a glass to you and yours!”

Many Blessings,