The Cup of Truth THE FULL MOON IN SCORPIO Apr 21-22, 2016
At every Full Moon, Luna's silver light illuminates what is normally hidden from view. The shadows recede and the world becomes an oracle, a time of revelation with insights reflected through the unique archetypal lens of the sign in which Luna falls. And no Full Moon has such revelatory powers as this one, unveiling its secrets through the Pluto- and Mars-ruled sign of Scorpio, with both of Scorpio's planetary rulers hovering powerfully at station retrograde.
At the Scorpio Full Moon, we are meant to embark on a very different kind of hero's journey, to dive down into the realm of darkness and retrieve some very odd riches. Not what we usually think of as treasure, like gold coins or jewels, Scorpio treasure consists of fragments: the darker aspects of ourselves that we, for one reason or another, deny. Scorpio treasure is everything that's NOT nice, that doesn't sparkle and shine. It is, instead, very dark stuff indeed made up of all our taboo curiosities and desires, unexpressed anger, rage, greed, and the many temptations and inclinations we don't want to admit, even to ourselves, we possess. Read more...
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Tao of Taurus SUN ENTERS TAURUS Apr 19, 2016
Today, our central, life-giving star departs the cardinal fire sign of Aries to enter the tranquil pastures of Taurus — the beginning of a new solar month flavored by this sensual, stabilizing sign. A fixed, earth sign, Taurus could not be more UNLIKE bold, on-the-go Aries. Well known for being rather stubborn and somewhat inflexible, Taurus the Bull's higher purpose is not to irritate but to consolidate — to identify the nonessentials and start snipping away. There are four things the Bull detests the most and they are: clutter, complications, distractions, and being rushed. I probably should have listed "being rushed" first for Taurus will immediately dig in her heels if anyone, however charming, tries to suggest any course of action she hasn't already thought through completely and deemed worthy. For Taurus's raison d'être is to shepherd what has already been initiated further along the road to completion. In order to do this, she must be practical, realistic, and most of all focused on what really matters, focused on the priorities — for example, finding that luscious clover patch. Read more...
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Out of the Depths PLUTO STATIONS RETROGRADE Apr 18, 2016
Mars stationed retrograde yesterday, and earlier this morning Pluto did as well, both hovering at standstill. huichol artCo-rulers of the Scorpio Full Moon coming later this week, as the lunar light increases, glimpses of what these two, introspective, retrograde cycles mean for you personally may rise from the depths, Pluto style.
As I discussed in the context of Mars, planets are more power at their stations and we definitely see these pronounced effects in the world. Retrogradation also seems to shift the planetary impulse towards introspection. Planetary energies go underground and we embark on an internalized reflection period. As Pluto is already associated with what's hidden and buried, with psychological depths, in many ways its retrograde cycles seem to increase its "diving-into-the-depths" strength. Makes complete sense doesn't it? Perhaps we should start thinking of Pluto retrograde as its normal motion. After all Pluto is in retrograde motion for almost half the year, every year. Read more...
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The King and the Knight MARS STATIONS RETROGRADE Apr 17, 2016
We are less than two days out from Mars' station retrograde now with the God of War moving at a snail's pace, inching its way to a stationary halt. Are you feeling the slowdown yourself: that lag in energy, motivation, get-up-and-go?
Mars retrogrades every two years, and this year its backwards journey will begin in Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius. A big part of the retrograde review then may involve examining the underlying motivations for our goals, actions and behavior. Are they sound and realistic enough? Are they goals that enhance or detract from establishing enough meaning and real substance in our lives? or is too much of our energy and focus dedicated to allaying fears and avoiding risks? Are we living a life that is a true reflection of who we are, or are we merely surviving? Read more...