GAIA Moon Magic Forecast ~ August 2014

~ The Age of Aquarius, artwork by KagayaAugust is the month of illumination and great new opportunity in this renaissance year 2014. Venus rising before the Sun now with the bright star Sirius is the signal event inaugurating this new Summer of Love at the dawning of the Aquarian Age. A Great Renaissance comes, the Phoenix is reborn, in a special 36-year Sun period every 500 years that is 1981 to 2016 in this cycle. It is during the final 4-year phase, the magical ‘9th wave,’ that the full nature of this Renaissance is revealed. This is a profoundly wonderful turn of time at the cusp a new 2160 year Age. What has been hidden now comes to light and our soul purpose is realized as the world is illuminated during the Lammas canonical period August 6-22.

Many were born for a world that is just coming to way. If you have felt lost before and been frustrated in realizing your purpose here, this is your time. Now the lost will come first and those locked into the old way of being will lose their way until being reborn in the new Dawn find their way anew. This is the time of the global awakening, the emergence of the Aquarian avatars, and the activation of the Round Table of illuminated souls that will usher in the New Age.

August brings one of the most fun and enlightening events of the celebration year. This is Lughnasa/Lammas (‘loaf mass’) Aug 6-8, when in the old shamanic tradition we go to a mountain with a picnic feast that includes wine and new bread. Jesus went to the mountaintop and was illuminated on Aug 6 (when the Sun is at midpoint Leo) and Mary Magdalene was there with him. Being wise in the ways of the Druids, Jesus knew the magic time to go to the mountain. This is the great communion with the illuminating spirit of the Sun and the soul of the world.

The Lughnasa feast is the original Catholic communion, the difference being that as the wine symbolizes the blood of the god (Dionysus) the bread is the flesh of Demeter, the goddess of the grain. In the Piscean Age just ending, Jesus is become the Fisher King one with the waters of the world. Now as the New Age begins Jesus says: “I am become the bright Morning Star.” The Dawn Star Venus is rising now, this is when we unite light to light at this new dawn of time.  (Native American visionary Brooke Medicine Eagle sings of this time when we learn to sing and dance awake the dream. At Winter Solstice the Dawn Star will be gone from the sky, then We become the Dawn.)

The Maya would take their feast to the mountain (or pyramid) top where they would create a mandala-like altar of food and flowers. They would then dance around their food mandala Sunwise honoring the divine in the natural world, the food was offered to the Sun god and then they enjoyed the feast. Now we return to the ancient ways with new knowing. Jesus directed us to “follow the water bearer into the upper room” and there to share in a feast. This is our guidance for the Aquarian Age. Water shared on the mountain is holy water and food is imbued with healing virtue, bread becomes ‘Lammas bread.’ Solar prana or chi, the divine life force, naturally flows down energy field lines to the tops of hills and this is far more so with the Sun mid-Leo. Jesus would often go to the mountain to talk to “the Father who art in Heaven” (the solar logos or Sun Spirit). And the Hopi in their wise way say: “On the bottom of the oceans lie all those great nations that forgot to sing praises to their creator from the tops of their hills.”

The New Age comes in with a new pantheon of cosmic friends led by the emerging great goddess of the underworld initially named Lillah (divine play), then Xena (the warrior princess), Persephone (though the IAU would not allow), now Eris (goddess of discord and mother of the monsters released from Pandora's box) and ultimately Kore (Kor-ee), the great goddess of the inner world who is Persephone by whatever name. Eris / Kore is accompanied by her magical rabbit familiar Makemake (a.k.a. Eostre or Chang'e), her magic child Haumea (a.k.a. Zagreus become Dionysus) and her 'constant companion' Hecate or Maat (the as yet to be formally named new dwarf planet 2007 OR10). Dwarf planets are different from regular planets in that they are composite planets and can be in several ways. Maat and Kore are co-orbital, both circling the Sun in the same orbital. Kore and Maat are the new rulers of Libra, both being deeper vibrations of Venus now rising before the Sun.

The Sun, the Moon and other cosmic forces come together this month to bring us into the New Age of Light. Sun in Leo illuminates who we are and what we are to be and do as this new creation comes to flower. The Aquarius Full Moon on August 11 illuminates our way forward into the new world. Now we come to understand and realize our unique design and destiny for this new time.

Aquarius is Latin for "water-bearer" or "cup-bearer" and its symbol represents water. And yet Aquarius is an air sign that rules the subtle energy present in the flowing water. Aquarius is ruled by the Uranus, the Promethean planet of awakening which is now in Aries, the sign of new beginnings that includes California, most of the U.S. west coast and a large part of Canada in the zodiac on Earth. It is here that the new world consciousness is born and from here spreads across the globe. The energy of Uranus is a high vibration that is stepped down by the Moon for us to receive. So the cycles of the Moon are increasingly important in this new era and the Full Moons become the chief celebrations of this new time.

Heaven and Nature sing together as the world’s way forward is illumined. Morning Star Venus is empowered with Sirius to restore the natural divine order of Love and Peace on Earth. As the old world begins to fade away, the new avatars come forth. Focus on the light of Morning Star Venus and breathe to receive blessings from the Goddess of Love. The Aquarian Age is just beginning and Love is our guide. Welcome to the New World!

 

Lammas / Lughnasa / White Rabbit! Aug 1 – New Magic Is Afoot

August begins with the Lughnasa festival celebrating the Celtic Sun god Lugh (for whom London is named). Also called Lammas or Loaf-mass, it’s traditional to share bread of the first harvest in communion with Nature at this time. The Lughnasa celebration culminates Aug 6-7 when the Sun is mid-Leo, the Summer cross-quarter. And the magic continues through the Lammas Hora Aug 7-22. Say White Rabbit first thing today for luck throughout the month. Rabbit is magic, alchemy and the Moon. #1 days belong to the Magician who pulls a new rabbit from his hat on the first day of each month. This month the rabbit is Makemake, the goddess Kore’s new ally. New magic is afoot, what new magic are we about?

 

1st Quarter Moon, Aug 3-6 (exact phase 8:50 pm Aug 3) – Time to Choose  

This Moon is a scythe cutting across the sky, it's time to cut free from the trappings of the past and affirm our purpose moving forward. Sacred to the Druids, the 1st Quarter is pivotal in the cycle of creation. This is a time to decide; choices now are likely right ones. Breathing deeply through the light of the crown frees energy flow up and down the spine to transform old world shadows and power our dreams.

 

Lammas / Lughnasa Cross-Quarter, Aug 6-8 – Illumination

The Lammas cross-quarter (exact 10:10 am Aug 7) is a time for mountain top picnics. Ideally we fast while going up the mountain and do the blessing ritual before enjoying the feast. Food on the mountain gathers the magic of this natural place of power - and hunger invokes the magic of the time. “Lammas bread” is imbued with a special energy that sustains the Hobbits in their Quest. Dreams and natural portents now predict what will be. The Feast of Transfiguration celebrates the mountaintop illumination of Jesus. At this mid-Leo power gate of fire, solar prana streams down to mountains all over the world bringing illumination to those who are there. This is a magic seed time, whatever is focused and intended at this Summer cross-quarter comes to flower in the autumn season.

 

Leo-Aquarius Full Moon, Aug 8-12 – Celebrate!

Each Full Moon brings revelation and opportunity for healing body, mind and soul.

The Sun in Leo / Aquarius Full Moon (exact 9:45 pm Aug 20) brings illumination like no other, this becomes the Full Moon of Sirius the star of Planetary Initiation.

A great global awakening is happening now and this is when all the lights are lit. Leo rules the heart and it is the home sign of Sol, the cosmic source of love. The meditation keynote of this Sun in Leo / Aquarius Full Moon is: "May the wellspring of Love find in us an unimpeded channel." Love rules in this New Age.

The Full Moon (exact 2:09 pm Aug 10) is a pitcher that pours out a healing elixir we just raise our cups to receive. Meditation, music making and dancing open us to the new light. Illuminating cosmic energies flow for 3 days following each Full Moon. Revelations come in dreams, chance encounters and flashes of inspiration.

Strange things happen at Full Moon when the lunar orb passes through the Earth's magnetotail. Then, for 5 days (2 days before and 2 after the Full Moon), solar plasma flows strongly through the Earth-Moon connection and the Moon becomes so charged electrically that Moon dust floats over the lunar surface. This is the science, the metaphysics is that solar prana and consciousness is drawn most strongly through the Earth - and through us - when the Moon is Full.

 

Perseids Meteor Shower, Aug 10-13 – Power Wishes, Power  Dreams

The sword of Perseus is the radiant source of these bright iron bearing meteors. The Perseids are also called the tears of St Lawrence, his feast day is Aug 10. People of Spain and the Canary Islands honor San Lorenzo with all night bonfires. Persians call these celestial fires Pairikas, they celebrate their Festival of the Pairikas Aug 10. Pairikas are "female angels" seen flying between Heaven and Earth. Make a wish when you see one to give your wish fiery wings.

 

3rd Quarter Moon, Aug 17-20 (begins 8:26 am Aug 17) – Realizing Dreams

This Moon cuts away all that distracts from putting dreams into action. The 3rd Quarter Moon integrates new ideas into creative expression; it's time to follow our bliss and do what feels good in concert with the whole.

 

Point of the Sphinx, Aug 22-23 – Balance of Forces, Renaissance

The Egyptian Sphinx half lion / half woman represents the Leo/Virgo cusp that is opposite the Pisces/Aquarius cusp of the Ages. The Sphinx was built 13,000 years ago when the Vernal Equinox point in precession crossed this Leo/Virgo cusp. Now, as the Spring Equinox point leaves Pisces, we enter the Age of Aquarius; as the Autumnal Equinox point leaves Virgo, we enter the Age of Leo on the other side. So we are entering the Aquarius/Leo Age properly speaking according to the astrologer Dane Rudhyar. Aug 22 also begins the 5-day Egyptian New Year when the bright star Sirius rising before the Sun signals a new Renaissance. During this time the riddle of the sphinx is solved - and the magic of the sphinx, the balance between Spirit and Nature, yin and yang, woman and man, will be realized.

 

Women’s Equality Day, Aug 26 – Balance Yin and Yang and Be New

This culminating 5th day of the old Egyptian New Year is celebrated by honoring women and the yin as equal to the yang and men. As this balance is achieved we discover the solution to the riddle of the Sphinx and Heaven and Earth are joined as one. As the Bennu Phoenix rises we are given opportunity to be new, balance and be reborn, raise our spirits and transform.

 

Balsamic Moon, Aug 20-23 – Make a Wish!

This is the Wishing Moon, a time to put wishes on the air. Also called the Witches Moon, it’s time to bring to mind those who need healing. Feeling invokes healing, the deeper we feel, the deeper we heal and the more Moon magic comes through the new lunar cycle. The Moon moves tides of emotion as it moves tides of the ocean. The outgoing tide takes away what is no longer needed, the incoming tide brings forth what is being seeded new. Moon shadows, old life patterns, go out with the waning tide. We just breathe in, breathe out and let go. As psychic shadows dissolve in the astral sea, chi is set free to realize dreams. See the lunar crescent rising before the Sun with bright Venus, the goddess of love. Venus brings blessings of new life, new inspiration and new love. Make a wish!

 

Dark of the Moon / Cancer New Moon, Aug 24-26 – Follow the Light Within

The day before New Moon until Sunset the day after is ideal for energy work and meditation to clear way for the new cycle; outer activity is well favored in the days after the new lunar crescent appears on the evening of Aug 26. Old Moon shadows give way as we connect to the light within and breathe. The day of the New Moon (exact 10:13 am July 25) is a cosmic spring that flows freely as we slow down. New Moon is the monthly reunion of Sun and Moon when a new pulse of divine light and spiritual direction enters our world.

Nostradamus calls New Moon "the day of Diana, a time for silent rest." The New Moon is a magic portal, a source of new creation and a psychic black hole much like Alice's rabbit hole. Wonders await our following the Moon Hare within. The New Moon is an access point where can be read the akashic records of past events. Now we can know what has been, what is, and how to realize the best yet to be.

 

Crescent New Moon, Aug 26-32 – A Time to Sow

It's time to bring forward what we wish to be realized. Farmers plant seeds when the new lunar crescent appears, seeds become fertile on every level; new beginnings are favored now. Whatever is dreamed and initiated in this new Summer of Love brings blessings for the years to come. Moon magic is strongest from Sunset to Moonset when the Moon is in the 7th House. Meditation now opens doorways, wishes take wing, prayers bring blessings for this lunar cycle and the new creation to be.

 

Steve Nelson is a professional astrologer who uses Tarot, name analysis, and traditional astrology to help clients understand personal myths and realize natural abilities. He can be reached at 704-375-3759 or email stevenelson@carolina.rr.com

GAIA Moon Magic Forecast ~ July 2014

 
~ Rejuvenation Moon, unknown artist

July is the great turnaround month in this Renaissance Year 2014. The future becomes brighter and hearts grow lighter as the magic of this month unfolds. This the time when we’re all to be purified and renewed through the magic of water and fire. The great cosmic events in this cycle are: Mercury moving forward July 1 rising before the Sun as ‘Mercury Prometheus’ bringing new fire; the July 10-15 Sundance Full Moon, the soli-lunar energy peak of the year; Saturn moving forward July 20 (and empowered stationary direct all month);  the Leo Gate of Inspiration July 22-23 bringing us all what we seek to know; and the July 26 1st decan Leo ‘Cauldron the Cerridwen’ New Moon with Jupiter that brings awareness of the new order of the world for this great new cycle of time.

July is named for Julius or Julia the “ever youthful and rejuvenating.” Juno rules Cancer, the sign of the Sun until July 22. Each year Juno returns to her sacred pool where she immerses herself entirely then re-emerges with her youthfulness and her virginity restored. Like the goddess Persephone in myth, Juno is forever young. The rejuvenating power of Persephone comes through the Moon and through the waters of the world that the Moon rules. Water has power to erase negative emotional memory and dissolve the trappings of the old world. The result is a clear slate of mind or psychic ‘virginity.’ As old attachments are let go the signs of early aging are erased. It is time to let go the trappings of the mind that hold us in old frames of thought that limit our ability to renew. All that would hold us back from our own unique magic is now to be let go. Water immersion rituals are most effective while the Sun is in Cancer (until July 22).

A global transformation occurs this month as Mars moves through the Lupus decan of Libra July 5 to 25. In this time the shadow wolf of the world is brought to the fiery altar to be transformed. This and Saturn turning forward (in Ara the Altar decan Libra) breaks the spell of the old world so we can move into the new. The power of a planet is greatly amplified in the degree of its turning. This ‘stationary’ degree is like the fulcrum of a lever, a point from which worlds can be moved.

Now the great ringed planet Saturn is in the degree of its turning (moving forward at 17 Scorpio) from June 30 to Aug 10. Uranus is also in its turnaround degree (going retrograde) at 17 Aries from June 16 to Aug 27, and Neptune is at its pivotal degree 8 Pisces from Apr 29 to July 29. As July begins, the large outer most planets Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are greatly, all invoking and leveraging cosmic forces for the new creation to be.

Saturn retrograde is Saturn in shadow. The shadow side of Saturn is Sauron, Voldemorte and the devil Satan. This figure appears as Tarot Key XV the Devil who wears the symbol of Saturn on his palm. Saturn moving retrograde from early March through June has brought out the worst of  people as seen in many very troubling world events. Old patterns of belief and behavior that have distorted human nature and impeded the new world awakening are highlighted now to be eliminated as Saturn turns forward. Now the Ring of false power is cast into the fires of Mt. Doom and the Devil will be cast into a lake of fire. As the Devil’s chains dissolve in the transforming fire the couple that were shackled are set free and Key XV (15) becomes The Lovers Key VI (1+5 = 6). All illusions and false attachments that keep from true Love are cast into the fire.

Saturn moving forward (exact July 21) is one of the most important events this year.  The nature of this cycle is illustrated by Saturn's turnaround degree (17 Scorpio) Sabian symbol: A Woman, fecundated by her own Spirit, is ‘great with child.’  This symbol reflects the nature of the Woman of Revelation (a new dimension of all womankind) prophesied to appear in this time and she brings forth a boy child, a new consciousness for the new time. Through her mediation the ‘boy child’ becomes the New Man who will take his place with the New Woman to bring a new divine order of the world.

Now as Saturn moves forward (from June 29) the ringed giant whose symbol is a scythe becomes a scythe clearing away old world shadows and reaping the harvest of the passing age. Only what is true to the divine spirit of the new era will remain as a foundation of a new world. Saturn and Uranus are the two rulers of Aquarius, the sign of this New Age. Saturn rules business and organizational structures old world and new; Uranus rules new technologies, astronomy, astrology and the unique creative genius that Jung called the osob (os-ob), a creative essence present in all. The osob is awakened now in each and every one.

As the osob (or Aeon) is activated, it attracts by synchronicity all that’s needed to realize its purpose in the world. Each now awakening to their calling attracts a suitable partner or partners with whom to realize their destiny. A new world is born and love is the key; whatever two or more in love agree will come to be.

Saturn moving forward brings practical benefits. Business concerns will be resolved and money needs will be met in seemingly miraculous ways after Saturn goes direct on July 20. As old patterns break, energy is freed for new creation. The energy set free when a psychic pattern breaks is like money on the psychic plane. And this becomes money in the physical as the transforming art is mastered.

The most powerful event this month is the July 10-14 Sundance Full Moon. The Native American Sundance is performed at this first Full Moon following Summer Solstice when the Moon channels most powerfully the light and spirit of the Sun. The vital energy of Nature is at its peak during this Full Moon. This is when we have most ready access to the divine light and spark of our own essential being. The purpose of the Sundance is to become one with the elder fire above (the Sun) and so receive vision of one's true place in the world.

Everything becomes clear, all questions will be answered, as this Full Moon of Cancer shines through the 7th House on the morning of July 12. Then the Cancer Sun and Capricorn Moon form a great Cardinal Cross with Mars in Libra opposite Uranus and the new planet Eris/Kore (aka Persephone) in Aries. This is the cross of planetary Initiation at the dawn of the new age.  

Divine purpose, our unique role in the new creation, is realized at the July 22-23 Leo-Aquarius Gate of Inspiration when there is a great influx of spiritual (avataric) awareness that will raise world consciousness and awaken all to the higher purpose of the soul. As this Gate opens on July 22 Mercury will align with the bright star Sirius and Venus rising before the Sun. This year’s heliacal rise of Venus and Sirius marks the beginning of a new Summer of Love that signals the dawning of the Aquarian Age.

 

Mercury Moves Forward / White Rabbit! July 1 – New Magic Afoot

Say White Rabbit first thing today for good luck throughout the month. Rabbit is magic, alchemy and the Moon. Cancer is ruled by the Moon, the Rabbit in the Moon is our magical guide. The Moon channels the energy of Uranus, the higher octave of Mercury, planet of the magician. #1 days belong to the Magician Tarot Key I. The Magician pulls another rabbit from his hat and this is Makemake (aka Eostre), another of the Magician’s mercurial companions. Each of the 8 planets has its dwarf planet companion and Makemake belongs with Mercury, the planet of  Magicians. Today Mercury begins moving forward (exact 12:50 pm gmt) rising before the Sun as ‘Mercury Prometheus’ bringing new fire to mortal minds. What new magic are we about? 

 

Crescent New Moon, July 1-4 – A Time to Sow

It's time to bring forward what we wish to be realized. Farmers plant seeds when the new lunar crescent appears, seeds become fertile on every level; new beginnings are favored now. What is dreamed and initiated as we enter this new Summer of Love brings blessings in the months and years to come. Moon magic is strongest from Sunset to Moonset when the Moon is in the 7th House. Meditation now opens doorways, wishes take wing, prayers bring blessings for this lunar cycle and the new creation to be.

The Moon is a great magnifying mirror that amplifies the influence of every planet and star it passes by. This is especially true for the waxing crescent which extends and expands this influence through the entire lunar cycle.

Crescent New Moon with 'the great benefic' Jupiter brings good luck, healing, abundance and peace. The New Moon with 'the high king star' Regulus, the heart of the Lion, calls forth the best from the hearts of men. This alignment signals the death, rebirth and healing of the 'king' and a new divine order of things. Balsamic Moon is for wishes, this is the time to create our world anew.  

 

Independence Day, July 4 – Celebrate Freedom

Happy Birthday America! The name America is from the Incan word Amaraku, "the land of the feathered serpent." The early colonists associated this name with Americus Vespucci in the same way many think the American eagle is of Roman origin though the Eagle or Thunder Bird was long long before the totem of Native America. Founded in 2nd decan Cancer, America is a Hydra nation. Hercules conquers the Hydra by raising it overhead. The raised torch of Liberty is key as it  represents primal energy raised to soul purpose; we raise the hydra serpent up, then we will live our destiny. This is soul freedom. Happy 4th of July!

 

1st Quarter Moon, July 5-8 (exact phase 12 pm gmt July 5) – Time to Choose  

This Moon is a scythe cutting across the sky, it's time to cut free from the trappings of the past and affirm our purpose moving forward. Sacred to the Druids, the 1st Quarter is pivotal in the cycle of creation. This is a time to decide; choices now are likely right ones. Breathing deeply through the light of the crown frees energy flow up and down the spine to transform old world shadows and power our dreams.

 

Tanabata, Star Lovers Festival, July 7 – Wish for Love

Once a year magpies form a bridge over the Milky Way so the star lovers Altair and Vega can come together for a single night. A wish making ritual is performed with children and lovers hanging poems for the stars on bamboo.

 

Sundance Full Moon, July 10-14 – Celebrate!

Each Full Moon brings revelation and opportunity for healing body, mind and soul. The Full Moon (exact 11:25 am gmt July 12) is a pitcher that pours out a healing elixir we raise our cups to receive. Meditation, music making, dancing help open to the new light. Enlightening cosmic energies flow for 3 days following each Full Moon. Revelations come in dreams, chance encounters and flashes of inspiration.

Strange things happen at Full Moon when the lunar orb passes through the Earth's magnetotail. Then, for 5 days (2 days before and 2 after the Full Moon), solar plasma flows strongly through the Earth-Moon connection and the Moon becomes so charged electrically that Moon dust floats over the lunar surface. This is the science, the metaphysics is that solar prana and consciousness is drawn most strongly through the Earth - and through us - when the Moon is Full.

The Native American Sundance is performed at this first Full Moon following Summer Solstice when the Moon channels most powerfully the light and spirit of the Sun. The vital energy of Nature is at its peak during this Full Moon. Now we have most ready access to the divine light and spark of our own essential being. The purpose of the Sundance is to become one with the elder fire above (the Sun) and so receive vision of our true place in the world. In this year of transformation, the Sundance Moon is an opportunity to dance our dream alive and realize our true purpose in our Earthly tribe.

This dance is also about our nation America realizing her true place in the world.

   Behold - they are dancing!

   The sacred nation of the west is dancing.

   The day of the Sun shall bring them strength -

   an Eagle for the Eagle Nation.  

                                             ~ Oglala Sioux song

 

3rd Quarter Moon, July 18-20 (begins 2:08 pm 7/18) – Realize Your Dreams

This Moon cuts away all that distracts from putting dreams into action. The 3rd Quarter Moon integrates new ideas into creative expression; it's time to follow our bliss and do what feels good in concert with the whole.

 

Balsamic Moon, July 21-24 – Make a Wish!

This is the Wishing Moon, a time to put wishes on the air. Also called the Witches Moon, it’s time to bring to mind those who need healing. Feeling invokes healing, the deeper we feel, the deeper we heal and the more Moon magic comes through the new lunar cycle. The Moon moves tides of emotion as it moves tides of the ocean. The outgoing tide takes away what is no longer needed, the incoming tide brings forth what is seeded in the Dark of the Moon. Moon shadows, old life patterns, go out with the waning tide. We just breathe in, breathe out and let go. As psychic shadows dissolve in the astral sea, chi is set free to realize dreams. See the lunar crescent rising before the Sun with bright Venus, the goddess of love. She brings blessings of new life, new inspiration and new love. Make a wish!

 

Gate of Inspiration, July 22-23 (3:40 pm 7/22 – 3:40 am 7/24) – Dance, Be Free

Muse gates open every 40 days, 9 each year, beginning with Spring Equinox. The July 22 Muse is Terpsichore, “the lover of dancing.” This is a time to dance freely to release body tensions that hold us bound to outmoded ways of thinking and feeling. Breathe deeply (inspire) and move freely (dance) to shed old ways and become present to the power and promise of this new time. This Gate marks the Feast Day of St Mary Magdalene. She’s a new Muse for our time.

 

Dark of the Moon / Leo New Moon, July 25-27 – Follow the Light Within

The day before New Moon until Sunset the day after is ideal for energy work and meditation to clear way for the new cycle; outer activity is well favored in the days after the new lunar crescent appears on the evening of July 27. Old Moon shadows give way as we connect to the light within and breathe. The day of the New Moon (exact 10:42 pm July 26) is a cosmic spring that flows freely as we slow down. New Moon is the monthly reunion of Sun and Moon when a new pulse of divine light enters our world.

Nostradamus calls New Moon "the day of Diana, a time for silent rest." The New Moon is a magic portal, a source of new creation and a psychic black hole much like Alice's rabbit hole. Wonders await our following the Moon Hare within. The New Moon is an access point where can be read the akashic records of past events. Now we can know what has been, what is, and how to realize the best yet to be.

 

Leo - Virgo - Libra Crescent New Moon, July 27-Aug 2 – A Time to Sow

It's time to bring forward what we wish to be realized. Farmers plant seeds when the crescent appears, seeds become fertile on every level; all new beginnings are favored now. Whatever is dreamed and initiated in this magic time in the Summer of Love will bring blessings for years to come. Moon magic is strongest from Sunset to Moonset when the Moon is in the 7th House. Meditation opens doorways, wishes take wing, prayer...s bring blessings for this lunar cycle and the new creation to be.

The Moon is a great magnifying mirror that amplifies the influence of every planet and star she passes by. This is especially true for the waxing crescent which extends and expands this influence through the lunar cycle and beyond.

On Monday morning July 28 from 4:50 am to 7:50 am gmt the New Moon aligns with Merak, the Star of the Avatar, at 20 Leo in the decan of Centaurus Chiron. So begins the awakening of the White Horse Avatars in response to the needs of the world. 
 

Steve Nelson is a professional astrologer who uses Tarot, name analysis, and traditional astrology to help clients understand personal myths and realize natural abilities. He can be reached at 704-375-3759 or email stevenelson@carolina.rr.com

GAIA Moon Magic Forecast ~ June 2014

~ Summer Solstice Full Moon, Breaca  

This month the new light of spirit focused through the Wesak Full Moon is channeled toward the worldwide awakening that begins the New Age. The energy that came through the Taurus Full Moon is conducted globally through the Sun in Gemini Full Moon June 11-15. This Full Moon is the Festival of Humanity when all the world receives the new light. The June 13 Full Moon comes just as the Sun enters the 24th parallel north, the peak of the annual energy wave and degree of  Summer Solstice when heaven and earth unite. The global influx of spiritual energy in this time begins Earth’s Initiation as we enter the Aquarian Age; it's time to go to a mountain, city center or other place of natural power to connect with the Light of the New World.   

2014 brings the shift of the Ages, a convergence of cycles and the flowering of new consciousness for this new time. Myths of past ages now come to life. The new creation arises from the union of yin and yang at a higher turn of creation's spiral. All have a special role in this new creation story. Everyone has a unique essence Carl Jung called the "osob" (os-ob). When the osob (or Aeon) is activated, it attracts by synchronicity all that’s needed to realize its purpose in the world. Each now awakening to their calling attracts a suitable partner or partners with whom to realize their destiny. The coming together of these new partnerships and communities is a key feature of this auspicious Year of Jupiter 2014. A new world is born and love is the key; whatever two or more agree soon will come to be.

June is the month of Gemini which is symbolized by the Lovers Tarot Key VI. Gemini is ruled by Mercury and Venus, planets that have greatest influence this month. Mercury is in its end of cycle retrograde phase from June 7 to June 19 when a special 4-month Gemini New Mercury cycle begins. After this all new beginnings are favored. June 7-19 is good for finishing up old business, new business is better begun, new contacts are better made, after the fortunate Gemini New Mercury cycle begins June 19.

Mercury is Out of Bounds North until June 5. All are more open-minded, mentally agile, communication savvy and magical while Mercury travels the higher world, the realm of freedom and imagination. New ideas are more easily shared, new business ventures and unique social gatherings are favored now. It's time to share opportunities, make announcements, reveal hidden mysteries, invent anew, bring new discoveries to light. New beginnings are well favored until June 7 when Mercury goes retrograde. Then we have 12 days to finish up old business and clear away the trappings of the old world mindset before a wonderful new Mercury cycle begins in Gemini where Mercury rules.

Morning Star Venus brings power to restore natural law and order in the world. All things resonant with Venus bring benefit now. The rose is the flower of Venus; rose is an anagram for eros, love. A single rose deepens communication and opens hearts to love. Apple, the fruit of Venus, cut crosswise reveals her magic pentacle. All natural forms of 5-fold division (roses, apples, strawberries) are Venus. The metal copper resonates with Venus as do chocolate and gems containing copper (turquoise, lapis lazuli). Yoga, tai chi and other forms of body culture help release muscle tensions that keep us from connection with the goddess of love. This month all tensions physical and psychic that restrict free soul expression are to be let go.

Every 500 years the Phoenix dies and is born anew from its ashes; an old world passes away and a new world is born. Morning Star Venus signals the flight of the new Phoenix in this time. The Mayans call Venus rising Quetzalcoatl, the Egyptians know her as the Phoenix ‘Bennu.’ Those in the good graces of Venus are in the right place at the right time to make good connections to receive what is needed in their lives. Gaze into the light of Morning Star Venus and breathe deeply to receive blessings from the goddess of Love.

 

Juno Moneta / White Rabbit! June 1 – Opening New Doors

New magic is afoot, say 'White Rabbit' first thing today for luck through the month. The Magician pulls another rabbit from his hat and this is the Moon Hare, creature of alchemy and bringer of abundance. June is the month of Juno the Queen of Olympus who shares temple with her sister Moneta, the goddess of prosperity. June 1st is the feast day of Juno Moneta, this is the day to close the doors of the old world and open doors to the world we wish to be.

"Juno Moneta, an epithet of Juno, was the protectress of funds. As such, money in ancient Rome was coined in her temple. The word 'moneta' is where we get the words 'money', or 'monetize', used by writers such as Ovid and Cicero."~ Wikapedia

The calends (1st day) of each month marks a new beginning and therefore carries a kind of magic in the nature of the god or goddess of the time. On the calends of June is celebrated Juno, the high queen of Olympus and goddess of marriage. Juno is also a protectress of women and children, she wields the thunderbolts of Zeus to destroy evil in the world. This is an archetypal power within all women to be realized. Celebrating Juno invokes her power.

Juno is one of the "big four" asteroids that channel the power of the four elements, she rules all the water signs. Juno is now located in the 21st degree of Taurus where she conjuncts New Orleans in the zodiac on earth. Juno is closely sextile her partner Jupiter now in the 21st degree of Cancer, the sign where Jupiter is most strong. Juno and Jupiter are well positioned to spark new relationships that often begin in Gemini, the sign of the Lovers Key VI in Tarot. Happy June!

 

Crescent New Moon, June 1-5 – A Time to Sow

It's time to bring forward what we wish to be realized. Farmers plant seeds when the new lunar crescent appears, seeds become fertile on every level; all beginnings are favored now. What is dreamed and initiated in this renaissance Spring brings blessings through months to come. Moon magic is strongest from Sunset to Moonset when the Moon is in the 7th House. Meditation now opens doorways, wishes take wing, prayers bring blessings for this lunar cycle and the year to be.

Just like the day cycle and the year, the lunar cycle has 8 phases with 8 significant phase shift times. Each lunar phase lasts 3 days and 16 hours with the first 28 hours (a canonical Moon period) of each phase exerting the greatest energy for change. The waxing Moon phase is generally thought to be the visible crescent leading to 1st Quarter. In Dane Rudhyar's classic Lunation Cycle the first 3 1/2 days after the Sun/Moon alignment is the New Moon phase and the next 3 1/2 days is Crescent phase. At the onset of this Crescent New Moon power time (June 1 10:54 pm gmt until June 2 2:54 pm gmt), Mercury is Out of Bounds North conjunct in parallel with the Pleiades while Venus parallels the High King star Regulus and Jupiter is conjunct Adhara, the "maiden star" identified with Andromeda, Persephone and the High Priestess in Tarot. Choose the role you wish to play, this is your magic time.

 

1st Quarter Moon June 5-8 (begins 8:40 pm gmt June 5) – Time to Choose  

This Moon is a scythe cutting across the sky, it's time to cut free from the trappings of the past and affirm our purpose moving forward. Sacred to the Druids, the 1st Quarter is pivotal in the cycle of creation. This is a time to decide; choices now are likely right ones. Breathing deeply through the light of the crown frees energy flow up and down the spine to transform old world shadows and power our dreams.

 

Moon at the Equator North, June 6 (7 am - 7 pm gmt)– Imagine!

Lunar 0 Points are cosmic balance times for creative imagination. Moon at the Equator going North is a time to envision what we wish to be.

 

Mercury Retrograde, June 7-19 – Think Before Speaking, Finish Old Business

Mercury will be in its challenging end of cycle retrograde phase from June 7 to June 19 when a special 4-month Gemini New Mercury cycle begins. June 7-19 is good for finishing up old business, new business is better begun and new contacts better made after the fortunate Gemini New Mercury.

 

Whit Sunday / Pentecost, June 8 – Climbing the Heights

The disciples of Jesus were “baptized with fire” at Pentecost 50 days after the resurrection . “Twelve balls, that seemed like balls of fire, fell from heaven - a ball from every sign of all the circle of the heavens, and on the head of each apostle there appeared a flaming ball of fire.” (The Aquarian Gospel by Levi). The apostles were empowered to perform miracles and speak so all could understand. Earlier, Moses received the new law on Mt. Sinai 50 days after Passover; King Arthur was crowned and the Round Table was formed on Pentecost. New law, new vision, new spiritual power are realized in this time. 50 is a magic number, it is the 10 of Cups, the rainbow connection. The rainbow of light from the Easter Full Moon arches over the season descending to the tops of the hills at Pentecost. Enlightenment comes to all who ascend to receive the new fire. Understanding grows until we know and live our destiny in this New World.

 

Gate of Inspiration, June 10 at 11:40 pm – June 11 11:40 pm - Dance, Be Free

Muse Gates open every 40 days, 9 each year. The June 10-11 Muse is “beautiful voiced” Calliope, the muse of epic poetry. She signals it’s time to speak our mind.

Whatever inhibits free expression, whatever restricts creative flow, comes before this Gate to be let go. This is a time to release body tensions that hold outmoded ways of thinking and feeling. Breathe deeply (inspire) and move freely (dance!) to shed the old and be present to the blessings of this new time.

 

Moon Rides High, June 11-14 (11:10 pm 6/11 – 12:30 pm 6/14) - Opportunity

We enter the higher world of freedom and imagination where all are more open-minded and ready for change. New ideas are successfully shared. This is a good time to start a new business, have a special social gathering, share opportunities, make announcements and bring new discoveries to light.

 

Sun in Gemini Full Moon / Festival of Humanity, June 11-16 – Celebrate!

Each Full Moon brings revelation and opportunity for healing body, mind and soul. The Full Moon (exact 4:11 am gmt June 13) is a pitcher that pours out a healing elixir we raise our cups to receive. Meditation, music making, dancing help open to the new light. Enlightening cosmic energies flow for 3 days following each Full Moon. Revelations come in dreams, chance encounters and flashes of inspiration.

The Sun in Gemini Full Moon is called the Festival of Humanity; this is when the divine light and power of Wesak (Taurus Full Moon) is distributed to the world.  Divine power focused and grounded by the fixed sign Taurus is shared globally during the Full Moon of the mutable / communicative sign Gemini.

Strange things happen at Full Moon when the lunar orb passes through the Earth's magnetotail. Then, for 5 days (2 days before and 2 after the Full Moon), solar plasma flows strongly through the Earth-Moon connection and the Moon becomes so charged electrically that Moon dust floats over the lunar surface. This is the science, the metaphysics is that solar prana and consciousness is drawn most strongly through the Earth - and through us - when the Moon is Full.

 

Gemini New Mercury, June 20 (exact 12:50 am gmt) – Initiation

All new beginnings are well favored (though Mercury is still retrograde until 7/ 1).

Mercury crosses between Earth and Sun and a new 4-month cycle of Mercury is begun. Just as a New Moon begins a new creative feeling cycle, so a New Mercury begins a new cycle of creative thinking, communication and commerce. All new enterprises are favored from this time.

 

3rd Quarter Moon, June 19-22 (begins 16:40 pm June 19) – Realizing Dreams

This Moon cuts away all that distracts from putting dreams into action. The 3rd Quarter Moon integrates new ideas into creative expression; it's time to follow our bliss and do what feels good in concert with the whole.

 

Summer Solstice, June 21 (exact 10:51 am gmt) – Free Your Soul!

Solstice means “still standing Sun,” it is when the Sun rises and sets at the same place on the horizon. The Summer Solstice continues for 3-4 days culminating on Mid-Summer’s Day June 24 when the Sun begins to move southward again.

 

Mid-Summer’s Eve / Day, June 23-24 – Celebrate, Dance to the Music

Midsummer is the vital peak of the annual cycle, a time "when magic is most potent and fairies become visible." Vital energy is elevated in plants and trees, nature spirits come out and about. Snakes shed their skins at Midsummer and we can shed our old psychic skin through circle dancing and fire leaping. We leap Mid-Summer fire 3 times (a candle will do) to shed past shadows and free the soul. Shedding body armor this way clears inner vision so fairies become visible. Dance Sunwise (clockwise) clears astral shadows that impinge on our realm, then dancing widdershins (counterclockwise) brings in the magic of the new world to be.

 

Balsamic Moon, June 23-25 – Make a Wish!

This is the Wishing Moon, a time to put wishes on the air. Also called the Witches Moon, it’s time to bring to mind those who need healing. Feeling invokes healing, the deeper we feel, the deeper we heal and the more Moon magic comes through the new lunar cycle. This lunar cycle moves tides of emotion as it moves tides of the ocean. The outgoing tide takes away what is no longer needed, the incoming tide brings forth what is seeded in the June 26-28 Dark of the Moon. Moon shadows, old life patterns, go out with the waning tide. We just breathe in, breathe out and let go. As psychic shadows dissolve in the astral sea, chi is set free to realize dreams. See the wee waning crescent rising before the Sun.  Make a wish!

 

Dark of the Moon / Cancer New Moon, June 26-28 – Follow the Light Within

The day before New Moon until Sunset the day after is ideal for energy work and meditation to clear way for the new cycle; outer activity is well favored in the days after the new lunar crescent appears on the evening of June 28. Old Moon shadows give way as we connect to the light within and breathe. The day of the New Moon (exact 8:08 am gmt June 27) is a cosmic spring that flows freely as we slow down. New Moon is the monthly reunion of Sun and Moon when a new pulse of divine light enters our world.

Nostradamus calls New Moon "the day of Diana, a time for silent rest." The New Moon is a magic portal, a source of new creation and a psychic black hole much like Alice's rabbit hole. Wonders await our following the Moon Hare within. The New Moon is an access point where can be read the akashic records of past events. Now we can know what has been, what is, and how to realize the best yet to be.

 

Crescent New Moon, June 29 - July 3 – A Time to Sow

It's time to bring forward what we wish to be realized; all new beginnings are favored now. What is dreamed and initiated in this renaissance time brings blessings for years to come. Moon magic is strongest from Sunset to Moonset when the Moon is in the 7th House. Meditation now opens doorways, wishes take wing, prayers bring blessings for this lunar cycle and the new creation to be. Crescent New Moon of Cancer with Jupiter brings abundance and peace.

 

Steve Nelson is a professional astrologer who uses Tarot, name analysis, and traditional astrology to help clients understand personal myths and realize natural abilities. He can be reached at 704-375-3759 or email stevenelson@carolina.rr.com

GAIA Moon Magic Forecast ~ May 2014

This is the month of the global awakening and beginning of the new era of light. The new consciousness inspired on May Day and seeded at Beltane (May 5) is quickened during Wesak (May 13-15), the most powerful Full Moon of the year. May Day prepares the way; the May Muse Gate brings new light and inspiration to realize our dreams. Then at the May 5 Beltane midpoint Taurus the Earth Spirit joins with the Sun god Bel seeding the future world to be. Now, at this magical  seasonal cross-quarter, the full influence of the past weeks cosmic alignment is realized in the world. This is the Earth’s Initiation as we enter the New Age; it is time to go to a mountain top or other place of natural power to connect with the light of the New World.   

Nature spirits appear on Walpurgis Night / May Eve when women dance in ankle bells beating pots with wooden spoons to chase away the shades of the past world. Shadows appear before each dawn and shift in time. Seasonal celebrations shed old ways and renew. Now we leave the mundane world Malkuth and enter the sphere of the Moon on our way to higher worlds. This is the night the fairies come out.

On May Eve / May Day, 40 days after Spring Equinox, the Clio muse gate opens and the 40-day period of the Moon sphere Yesod begins. Now we begin to ascend the Tree of Life that grows anew each year. Water and fire rituals clear the psyche so we can dream and realize what is needed to be.

These practices include full body water immersion, fire gazing, passage between twin fires and clockwise (Sunwise) circle dancing. Fire purifies the mental body as water purifies our feeling nature. Whole body water immersion clears emotional memories; Juno re-emerges from her sacred pool where her youthfulness and virginity are restored.

Ritual passage between twin fires (candles will do) clears astral shades so good health, physical and psychic, is renewed. Twin fires at entrance ways protect from evil in the world. Dancing Sunwise around May Pole or Liberty Tree sets the soul free to dream the future and realize destiny. To everything there is a season, turn, turn, turn; this is a turning, changing time. Happy May Eve, Happy May Day!

Spring 2014 brings the shift of the Ages, a convergence of cycles and the flowering of new consciousness for this new time. Myths of past ages come to life now. The new creation arises from the union of yin and yang at a higher turn of creation's spiral. All have a special role in this new creation story. Everyone has a unique essence Carl Jung called the "osob" (os-ob). When the osob (or Aeon) is activated, it attracts through synchronicity all that’s needed to realize its purpose in the world. So each awakening to their true calling attracts a suitable partner or partners with whom to realize their destiny. The coming together of these new partnerships and communities is a key feature of this auspicious year of Jupiter 2014.

Each New Moon is an ending and a new beginning more or less, the April 29 solar eclipse far more so. A solar eclipse is Mother Nature's most powerful instrument for transformation. Whatever needs eclipsing comes up in the weeks before to be cleared; this process continues through the lunar cycle following a solar eclipse. The ultimate purpose of an eclipse is to clear astral shadows from the world. This shadow clearing is most effectively done at the turning times of the day (hours beginning at sunrise, true noon, sunset and true midnight) during the month following a solar eclipse.

When an eclipse occurs above, things get eclipsed here below. Whatever needs eclipsing comes up to be cleared through the ring of fire solar eclipse cycle 29 April - 28 May. A solar eclipse isn't just here and gone, this month long lunar cycle brings opportunities for eclipsing shadows (addictions, emotional attachments et al) ready to be let go. Darkness comes before dawn; as shadow clouds clear, all that remains is the pure light of the soul / Sol. 

An eclipse is an opportunity to eliminate patterns of thought and behavior that are troubling our world. This is a time to clear away what stands in the way of dreams being realized. A solar eclipse is positively transformative as we learn to detach from what is breaking down and shift attention to what is breaking through. Energy bound in old forms is released to power dreams being realized. The more shadow patterns are transformed, the more energy is freed for new creation.

The world is ready for change and this ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse cycle is all about change. An eclipse of the Sun is an opportunity to change whatever we wish at the deepest level. All that's needed is to slow down in coming weeks and go within where everything can be rewired. The whole world changes as this eclipse lunation triggers about a collective psychic reset followed by a ‘reboot’ to a new operating system that occurs over the coming month.

The Druids built great stone edifices to predict solar eclipses because eclipses are key to transformation, the basis of all real magic. The Druids lit bonfires and beat drums following a solar eclipse, not 'to bring back the Sun' as many believed, but to tune into and power on a new creation. Understanding eclipses is key to Druid natural science. Stonehenge and other great stone rings predict eclipses and channel their power.

Also in regard to eclipses, it is important to note that the Druids celebrated 8 'solar power gate' or fire festivals at the equinoxes, solstices and cross-quarter days. Following a solar eclipse the next solar power gate is instrumental in powering on the new creation. Beltane marks the cross-quarter of Spring: the mid-Taurus 'power gate of earth' May 4-6. The Beltane ('bright fire') celebration beginning May 1 culminates May 5 when Earth and Sun are united as One. Now the Druids stoke their fires and beat drums to power on the new creation of the world.

A global shift in consciousness begins this month as a Grand Cardinal Cross forms between the planets Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto in the 14th degrees of the cardinal signs Libra, Cancer, Aries and Capricorn. Much has been written about this Cardinal Cross and much more is to be discovered. If the Fixed Cross of the Saros cycle #1 total solar eclipse on 11 Aug 1999 (preceding the 9/11 attacks) symbolized global crucifixion, the April 2014 Cardinal Cross with its Saros #16 eclipses (lunar April 15 / solar April 29) signifies the beginning of global resurrection. This Cardinal Cross is a key cosmic pattern for our time, its influence extends through the 29 April - 28 May lunar cycle.

Morning Star Venus brings power to restore natural law and order in the world. All things resonant with Venus bring benefit now. The rose is the flower of Venus; rose is an anagram for eros which is love. A single rose deepens communication and opens hearts to love. Apple, the fruit of Venus, cut crosswise reveals her magic pentacle. All natural forms of 5-fold division (roses, apples, strawberries) are Venus. The metal copper also resonates with Venus as do chocolate and gems containing copper (turquoise, lapis lazuli). Yoga, tai chi and other forms of body culture help release muscle tensions that keep us from connection with the goddess of love. This month all these tensions are let go.

Every 500 years the Phoenix dies and is born anew from its ashes. An old world passes away and a new world is born. Morning Star Venus signals the flight of the Phoenix. The Mayans call Venus rising Quetzalcoatl, the Egyptians know her as the Phoenix ‘Bennu.’ Those in the good graces of Venus are in the right place at the right time to make right connections to receive what is needed in their lives. Attuning to Venus harmonizes relationships. Gaze into the light of Morning Star Venus and breathe deeply to receive blessings from the goddess of Love.

Celebration is key to transformation and renewal. Beltane festivities culminate May 5 at the mid-Taurus solar power gate when the Sun spirit Bel unites with the Spirit of the Earth. Each season’s fixed sign midpoint focuses (fixes) energy for the next season to come. Bel, the Sun spirit (our Soul) now enters into the fullness of this auspicious Spring brimming with energy to realize dreams. Creative ideas and dreams fertilized at Beltane bear fruit in the coming Summer of Love.

 

White Rabbit / May Day Muse Gate, May 1 – Dance, Be Free

May Day brings new light and inspiration to realize our dreams. In America the Maypole became the Liberty Tree. Dancing Sunwise around pole or tree sets the soul free.  Muse Gates open every 40 days, 9 each year. Clio “the Proclaimer” is the May Day Muse. Clio holds the scroll of fame and fortune; those who gain her favor become stars in this new world. Whatever inhibits inspiration, whatever restricts free creative flow, comes before the Gate to be let go. This is a time to release body tensions that hold outmoded ways of thinking and feeling. Breathe deeply and move (do yoga, tai chi, dance!) to shed the old and be present to the blessings of this new time. Say ‘White Rabbit’ today for luck through the month. Happy May Day!

 

Crescent New Moon, May 1-5 – A Time to Sow

It's time to bring forward what we wish to be realized. Farmers plant seeds when the new lunar crescent appears, seeds become fertile on every level; all beginnings are favored now. What is dreamed and initiated in this Renaissance Spring brings blessings in years to come. Moon magic is strongest from Sunset to Moonset when the Moon is in the 7th House. Meditation now opens doorways, wishes take wing, prayers bring blessings for this lunar cycle and the year to be.

 

Moon Rides High, May 1-3 (1:40 am 5/1 - 11:24 pm 5/3)

We enter the higher world of freedom and imagination where all are more open-minded and ready for change. New ideas are successfully shared. This is a good time to start a new business, have a special social gathering, share opportunities, make announcements and bring new discoveries to light.

 

Beltane Cross-Quarter Day / Cinqo de Mayo,  May 5– Celebrate!

Beltane festivities culminate May 4/5 with bonfires lighting the night. Beltane celebrates the union of the Earth Spirit with the Sun god Bel. This is the Spring cross-quarter day fire festival when the Sun is at midpoint Taurus. Beltane fires fix the vital spirit in the earth fertilizing natural growth. Fire transforms and empowers what is true. This is done by gazing into a candle flame or dancing around a fire. People and animals pass 3 times between twin fires (candles will do) to clear away astral shadows so the Sun god Bel (our Soul) can enter into the fullness of Spring.

“This was the time of fruitfulness, and time to plant. During Beltane (May 1-5) the Druids performed magical rites to encourage the growth of crops, and honored Belinus, their Sun god. Before going out to graze in summer pastures, cattle were driven between two bonfires to be purified and to prevent sickness. Dancing was done in Sunwise direction, and torches were carried around the fields following the Sun’s path." - Victoria Williams

 

1st Quarter Moon, May 7-9 (begins 11:15 pm May 6) – Time to Choose  

This Moon is a scythe cutting across the sky, it's time to cut free from the trappings of the past and affirm our purpose moving forward. Sacred to the Druids, the 1st Quarter is pivotal in the cycle of creation. This is a time to decide; choices now are likely right ones. Breathing deeply through the light of the crown frees energy flow up and down the spine to transform old world shadows and power our dreams.

 

Moon at the Equator North, May 9 (5:44 pm) - May 10 (5:40 pm) – Imagine!

Lunar 0 Points are cosmic balance times for creative imagination. Moon at the Equator going North is a time to envision what we wish to be.

 

Mother’s Day, May 11 – Honor the Divine Mother

May is the month of Maia/Mary, the World Mother. Today we honor and celebrate mothers, the mother within all, the soul of the world.

 

Wesak / Sun in Taurus Full Moon, May 12-17 – Celebrate!

Each Full Moon brings revelation and opportunity for healing body, mind and soul. The Full Moon (exact 3:16 pm May 14) is a pitcher that pours out a healing elixir we raise our cups to receive. Meditation, music making, dancing help open to the new light. Enlightening cosmic energies flow for 3 days following each Full Moon. Revelations come in dreams, chance encounters and flashes of inspiration.

The Buddha was born, was enlightened and left earthly incarnation under the Wesak / Sun in Taurus Full Moon. And the Buddha returns each year for 8 minutes at Wesak Full Moon. Those in meditation (3:12 - 3:20 pm May 14) now receive revelations from the Buddha. The Wesak Full Moon is the peak of the 2-month “higher interlude,” the most creative time of the year. A new consciousness is realized now that will unfold its magic through the year. This Wesak Full Moon powers our awakening into the New World.

Strange things happen at Full Moon when the lunar orb passes through the Earth's magnetotail. Then, for 5 days (2 days before and 2 after the Full Moon), solar plasma flows strongly through the Earth-Moon connection and the Moon becomes so charged electrically that Moon dust floats over the lunar surface. This is the science, the metaphysics is that solar prana and consciousness is drawn most strongly through the Earth - and through us - when the Moon is Full.

 

3rd Quarter Moon, May 21-23 (exact 9:00 am May 21) – Realizing Dreams

This Moon cuts away all that distracts from putting dreams into action. The 3rd Quarter Moon integrates new ideas into creative expression; it's time to follow our bliss and do what feels good in concert with the whole.

 

Balsamic Moon, May 24-27 – Make a Wish!

This is the Wishing Moon, a time to put wishes on the air. Also called the Witches Moon, it’s time to bring to mind those who need healing. Feeling invokes healing, the deeper we feel, the deeper we heal and the more Moon magic comes through the new lunar cycle. Moon shadows, old life patterns, go out with the waning tide. We just breathe in, breathe out and let go. As psychic shadows dissolve in the astral sea, chi is set free to realize our dreams. See the wee waning crescent rising before the Sun.  Make a wish!

 

Memorial Day, May 26 (true date May 30) – Remember

Heldengedentag, “Heroes Memory Day,” was the original name for this celebration that was started by a Union soldier of German descent.  Two women in Mississippi popularized the holiday when they led a procession to place flowers on the graves of Confederate and Union soldiers alike on May 30th, 1886.  May 30  meaningfully coincides with the passing of two of our greatest folk heroes:  Joan of Arc and King Arthur.  It’s  time to honor and invoke the guidance of our ancestors - the virtues and sacred powers they can bring us are needed in our world.

 

Dark of the Moon /Gemini New Moon, May 27-29 – Follow the Light Within

The day before New Moon until Sunset the day after is ideal for energy work and meditation to clear way for the new cycle; outer activity is well favored in the days after the new lunar crescent appears on the evening of May 29. Old Moon shadows give way as we connect to the light divine within and breathe. The day of the New Moon (exact 2:40 pm May 28) is a cosmic spring that flows freely as we slow down. New Moon is the monthly reunion of Sun and Moon when a new pulse of divine light enters our world.

Nostradamus calls New Moon "the day of Diana, a time for silent rest." The New Moon is a magic portal, a source of new creation and a psychic black hole much like Alice's rabbit hole. Wonders await our following the Moon Hare within. The New Moon is an access point where can be read the akashic records of past events. Now we can know what has been, what is, and how to realize the best yet to be.

 

Steve Nelson is a professional astrologer who uses Tarot, name analysis, and traditional astrology to help clients understand personal myths and realize natural abilities. He can be reached at 704-375-3759 or email stevenelson@carolina.rr.com

GAIA Moon Magic Forecast ~ April 2014

                                                                                                  ~ Total Lunar Eclipse, Ethan Siegel

April is the month of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of Love. The first day each month sets the tone. April Fool’s Day is the original Aphrodite’s Day. Aphrodite is Venus, the goddess of good humor as well as love. Everyone becomes a fool for love as Spring comes to flower and Venus shines brightly in the early morning sky. Venus begins the month (and the Springtide Moon cycle) in Cetus / Libra decan Aquarius where Venus rules. Here Venus highlights what is to be set right in the world. Venus exalted (most happy) in Pisces this month (April 5 - May 3) is most fortunate for our creative work, for money and for love.  

Venus is the goddess of love, grace, beauty and higher truth; Morning Star Venus brings power to restore natural law and order in the world. All things resonant with Venus bring benefit. The rose is the flower of Venus; rose is an anagram for eros which means love. A single rose deepens communication and opens hearts to love. Apple, the fruit of Venus, cut crosswise reveals her magic pentacle. All natural forms of 5-fold division (roses, apples, strawberries) are Venus. The metal copper also resonates with Venus as do chocolate and gems containing copper (turquoise, lapis lazuli). Yoga, tai chi and other forms of body culture also help release muscle tensions that may inhibit connection with the goddess of love. This is the month to let all those tensions go.

Every 500 years the Phoenix dies and is born anew from its ashes. An old world passes away and a new world is born. Morning Star Venus signals the flight of the Phoenix according to the ancient Egyptians. The Mayans call Venus rising Quetzalcoatl, the Egyptians know her as the Phoenix bird ‘Bennu.’ Those in the good graces of Venus will be in the right place at the right time to make the right connections to receive what is needed in their lives. We get in the good graces of Venus by gazing on her light.

This month’s Aries lunar cycle begins the new Aquarian Age, “when peace will guide the planets and love will steer the stars.” How can we know this is so? Our first clue is  bright Morning Star Venus, a prerequisite for each new Renaissance. Another indicator is the Age of Aquarius planet Uranus in Aries, the sign of new beginnings. This only happens every 84 years. A new age begins every 2160 years during a 108 year transition period, the current transition began in 1945. The renaissance shift always happens in a 36-year Sun period that, like the mythic Phoenix, happens every 500 years. The current renaissance Sun period began at Spring Equinox 1981 and will be complete at Spring Equinox 2017. All new cycles begin in the Spring with the first lunar cycle of the new zodiacal year.

The greatest shift in consciousness and being comes on Earth Day April 22 when an extraordinary Cardinal Cross appears in the sky with the planets Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto located in the 14th degrees of the cardinal signs Libra, Cancer, Aries and Capricorn. Much has been written about this Cardinal Cross and much more will be said. If the total solar eclipse Fixed Cross preceding the 9/11 attacks represented our global crucifixion then this April 22-24 Cardinal Cross signifies global resurrection. This is the key cosmic pattern for our time, it is when a new psychic foundation is laid for a new age and a new divine order of the world.

Each zodiacal year is ruled by a planet. 2013 was ruled by Saturn, the planet of karma; 2014 is ruled by Jupiter, the ‘great benefic’ with the promise of prosperity and peace for all. 7 rays of light govern everything in the world. The planet Jupiter is 2nd ray “love-wisdom,” the ray of the Christ and of our Sun. It is the ruling ray of this creation. The ruler of Aquarius is Uranus, the inner or spiritual ruler is Jupiter. Jupiter and Venus are the planets that rule this new world.

It is predicted the new age will begin when all planets are well placed in the zodiac as they are becoming in this time. Jupiter is exalted now in Cancer and Venus will soon be exalted in Pisces (beginning April 5) where the love goddess is most happy to be. When the two “great benefics” Venus and Jupiter are well disposed, everybody prospers. In addition, the ringed giant planet Saturn is in a beneficial mutual reception with Pluto meaning they are in each other's signs so both are positively disposed. Neptune is in rulership in Pisces, Mercury in esoteric rulership in Aries and Mars in mutual relationship with the new planet Eris / Kore (aka Persephone) in Aries if it’s accepted that she rules Libra as is believed.       

2014 brings the shift of the Ages, a convergence of cycles and the flowering of new consciousness for this new time. Myths of past ages come to life. The new creation arises from the union of yin and yang at a higher turn of creation's spiral. This is a dyad creation; the double helix is the source of all life. God moves through equal partnerships; it takes two lasers to generate a hologram, two to create new life. The new creation will be born from a multitude of dyad communions in this new Renaissance Spring.

All have a special role in the new creation story. Everyone has a unique essence Carl Jung called the "osob" (os-ob). When the osob (or Aeon) becomes activated, it automatically attracts all that is needed to realize its purpose in the world. As each awakens to their true calling, that person attracts a suitable partner or partners with whom to realize their destiny. The coming together of these new partnerships and new communities is a key feature of this socially outgoing Jupiter year 2014.

The March 30 Aries New Moon begins the first lunar cycle of the new zodiacal year. The small lunar crescent on April 1 Eve marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year, the Jewish calendar year and start of the Cherokee Spring Festival. Seven days later at the 1st quarter Moon on April 7 begins the highlight of these celebrations: The Cherokee have their Spring New Fire Ceremony when the lighting of the sacred fire signals the beginning of a new creation. Likewise, the Hindu celebrate the birth of Ram, the fire god who begins a new cycle of time.

Everything prospers in the rising tide of this Renaissance Spring Moon. All new beginnings are favored now as a new creation comes to flower. As old patterns break, energy is set free for new creation. It is time to rethink our world, feel what is needed and affirm the ideal we wish to make real. Thoughts seeded in this Springtide Moon shape the future world to be.

 

White Rabbit / April Fool’s Day, Apr 1 – Be a Fool for Love

Say “White Rabbit” first thing today for luck throughout the month. The Magician pulls a rabbit from his hat and this is Eostre’s magic bunny that brings the “world egg” of all that is to be. This “egg” in seen in the Eostre’s Full Moon April 15. April is the month of Aphrodite, goddess of love and laughter. Everyone is a fool for love as Spring comes to flower. Pranks in good humor awaken the light-hearted spirit of Spring; joy frees hearts to love. Happy April Fool!

 

Crescent New Moon, Apr 1-5 – A Time to Sow

It's time to bring forward what we wish to be realized. Farmers plant seeds when the new lunar crescent appears, seeds become fertile on every level; all new beginnings are favored now. What is dreamed and initiated in this Renaissance Spring brings blessings in years to come. This Crescent New Moon in Aries with revolutionary Uranus signals a great awakening. Moon magic is strongest from Sunset to Moonset when the Moon is in the 7th House. Meditation now opens doorways, wishes take wing, prayers bring blessings for this lunar cycle and the coming year to be.

 

1st Quarter Moon, Apr 7-10 (begins 8:31 am gmt Apr 7) – Time to Choose  

This Moon is a scythe cutting across the sky, it's time to cut free trappings of the past and affirm our purpose moving forward. Sacred to the Druids, the 1st Quarter is pivotal in the cycle of creation. Choices made now are likely the right ones. Breathing deeply through the light of the crown frees energy flow up and down the spine to clear away old world shadows and power our dreams.

Each year at the Spring 1st Quarter Moon, the Hindu celebrate Rama Navami, while the Cherokee gather for their Spring New Fire Ceremony. Ram is the divine king who returns to annihilate evil. In the Cherokee view, a New Fire from “the elder fire above” is lit that will dispel the shadows of the old year and ignite the spirit of the new.

The Cherokee call themselves Tsali, 'the people of one fire' meaning one with the Sun 'the elder fire above'. The Cherokee say ‘every fire is a piece of the Sun’ and this is true both as to fuel source and, more occultly and wonderfully, because fire is fractal or holographic. Every candle flame is an entrance to the solar furnace. The transforming power of fire can be felt through morning Sun gazing or simple candle gazing. At the end of time (end of the Age), the devil is cast into a lake of fire; this is how we cast the devil (trappings of the old world) into the lake of fire.

Fire has a dual purpose: first purging and transforming outmoded patterns, then empowering what remains that is true. All hearts are one with this spirit fire, it is the pulse of new light and love that comes through this first Spring New Moon. Old world shadows are dispelled by the dawning of this new light. Fears individual and global are shed through celebration of this light within. The light of the soul, of Sol, will liberate all.

 

Ram Navami, Apr 8 – Initiation

The birth of fire god Ram is celebrated and the sacred reunion of Ram and the goddess Sita is re-enacted in Hindu temples. Ram is the divine king who returns to annihilate evil. Prayers made to the Sun at Sunrise are a common feature of this festival celebrating the renewal of the Sun in early Spring. It is believed that Ram fulfills the wishes of all who fast and pray this day.

 

Passover / Easter / Shamballa Full Moon Total Eclipse, Apr 13-17 – Celebrate!

Each Full Moon brings revelation and opportunity for healing body, mind and soul. The Full Moon (exact 7:42 am gmt 4/15) is a pitcher that pours out a healing elixir we raise our cups to receive. Meditation, music making, dancing help open to the new light. Enlightening cosmic energies flow for 3 days following each Full Moon. Revelations may come in dreams, chance encounters and flashes of inspiration.

An eclipse is Mother Nature’s most powerful editing tool: when an eclipse occurs above, things get eclipsed or eliminated here below, outmoded patterns are broken. As old patterns break energy is freed for new creation. A total eclipse of the Moon has a cleansing effect on the emotional body of the world. This lunar eclipse helps clear the way for the great shift in consciousness that comes Apr 22-24. Whatever two or more agree will come to be in this new time.

The goddess Eostre and her magic rabbit now bring the new “world egg” with all that is to be. Look up the next few evenings to see what the Moon Hare will bring.

Easter Sunday is always the first Sunday after the first Full Moon of Spring.

Passover (from Sunset Apr 14 for 8 days) is the time to cross “the Red Sea” from the old world to the new. The hours of Sunrise are ideal times for making changes in ourselves and in the world. This is the time to channel primal energy to soul purpose. All we need do is focus on the light of divine purpose and breathe.

The Shamballa Full Moon begins the 2-month “higher interlude,” the most creative period of the year. Shamballa is a mystic city and spiritual will center of the Earth.  A new spiritual consciousness is seeded to that will unfold its magic through the year. This Sun in Aries Full Moon powers our awakening into this new world.

Strange things happen at Full Moon when the lunar orb passes through the Earth's magnetotail. Then, for 5 days (2 days before and 2 after the Full Moon), solar plasma flows strongly through the Earth-Moon connection and the Moon becomes so charged electrically that Moon dust floats over the lunar surface. This is the science, the metaphysics is that solar prana and consciousness is drawn most strongly through the Earth - and through us - when the Moon is Full.

 

Easter Sunday, Apr 20 – Greet the Sun

Easter is the 1st Sunday following the 1st Full Moon after Spring Equinox.

The Spiritual Sun is reborn this Sunday at Sunrise following the 1st Spring reunion of the Sun and Moon. Meeting the Sun on Eostre’s Sunday is an ancient shamanic tradition. As the vital spirit of Spring rises to meet the solar light, we become conscious of who we are becoming in the new creation to be.

 

Earth Day, Apr 22 – Celebrate the New World

The Earth is alive and becoming conscious as we become aware of our global interconnectedness. A great cross is formed in the heavens today with Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto all in the 14th degrees of the cardinal signs. This Cardinal Cross marks a great expansion of collective consciousness and the foundation of a new global understanding that includes an effectual ecological conscientiousness. Also indicated is the coming to be of an egalitarian economic order that facilitates universal prosperity. This alignment is in effect for 3 days Apr 22-24.

 

3rd Quarter Moon, Apr 22-24 (exact 7:52 am gmt Feb 22) – Realizing Dreams

This Moon cuts away all that distracts from putting dreams into action. The 3rd Quarter Moon integrates new ideas into creative expression; it's time to follow our bliss and do what feels good in concert with the whole.

 

Balsamic Moon, Apr 25-28 – Make a Wish!

This is the Wishing Moon, a time to put wishes on the air. Also called the Witches Moon, it’s time to bring to mind those who need healing. Feeling invokes healing, the deeper we feel, the deeper we heal and the more Moon magic comes through the new lunar cycle. Moon shadows, old life patterns, go out with the waning tide. We just breathe in, breathe out and let go. As psychic shadows dissolve in the astral sea, chi is set free to realize our dreams. See the wee waning crescent rising before the Sun.  Make a wish!

 

Dark of the Moon /Taurus New Moon, Apr 28-30 – Follow the Light Within

The day before New Moon until Sunset the day after is ideal for energy work and meditation to clear way for the new cycle; outer activity is well favored in the days after the new lunar crescent appears on the evening of Apr 30. Old Moon shadows give way as we connect to the light divine within and breathe. The day of the New Moon (exact 6:14 am gmt Apr 29) is a cosmic spring that flows freely as we slow down. New Moon is the monthly reunion of Sun and Moon when a new pulse of divine light enters our world.

Nostradamus calls New Moon "the day of Diana, a time for silent rest." The New Moon is a magic portal, a source of new creation and a psychic black hole much like Alice's rabbit hole. Wonders await our following the Moon Hare within. The New Moon is an access point where can be read the akashic records of past events. Now we can know what has been, what is, and how to realize the best yet to be.

 

May Eve Gate of Inspiration, 10:20 am gmt Apr 30 - 10:20 am gmt May 1

A Muse Gate opens every 40 days, 9 each year. Whatever inhibits creative energy flow comes before the Gate to be let go. This is a time to release body tensions that hold outmoded ways of thinking and feeling. Breathe deeply and move freely (yoga, tai chi, dance) to shed the old and be present to the blessings of the new time. This is the night the fairies come out. Happy May Eve!

 

Steve Nelson is a professional astrologer who uses Tarot, name analysis, and traditional astrology to help clients understand personal myths and realize natural abilities. He can be reached at 704-375-3759 or email stevenelson@carolina.rr.com

 

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