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

 

GAIA Moon Magic Forecast ~ March 2014

~ photo eng.namonitore.ruThis is the month when everything changes.  All things Venus are renewed as our now bright shining Morning Star love goddess leaves her retrograde shadow loop and enters a new realm of creation (new love, new money, new body culture, new arts, new creative expression) beginning March 4. On this same day Jupiter, the other ‘great benefic,’ turns forward signaling an abundant outpouring of blessings for the world.  Jupiter's beneficent magic is strongest while in the degree of its turning forward from Feb 15 until March 24. Turning in the heavens is realized by turning on Earth; as above, so below. 3 times clockwise (Sunwise) clears the magic circle, 7 times clockwise round breaks all shadow spells and opens the channel to the higher worlds. The awakening of the great 2014 New Year time spirit is complete as Mardi Gras is celebrated on this Tuesday (Mardi) March 4.

Carnival celebration awakens the vital force of creation, “the dragon” of primal nature that given focus creates our world anew. The year dragon awakened in winter is young and trainable. The bigger the dragon awakened now and trained to purpose during Lent (starting Ash Wednesday March 5) the more creative energy is available and more good things become accomplished in the year. Old world traditions tell how the soul is joined with the vital creative force (chi) of Nature. Breath is key, breath is chi, primal energy is transmuted and channeled to purpose as we focus on the light of higher intention and breathe. This is simple, the real trick is to free the breath for which purpose we need yoga or other body culture to release body armor, the karma of our old world ways. And we need to dance!

Just as the Woman of Revelation and the High Priestess of Tarot have the Moon at their feet so Kwan Yin, the Chinese Bodhisattva of Compassion, appears serenely riding a dragon on a stormy sea. 2014 is the year of this emerging feminine power, the New Woman who calls forth the New King. Woman trains her dragon, then she leads the taming, training and transforming of the dragons of the world.

One of the most transformative (magical) times of the year is March 10-20 when the Sun is in the X of Cups "rainbow connection" decan (10 degree part) of Pisces. This time is for active dreaming - and for transforming whatever stands in way of dreams being realized. This is the time to catch the leprechaun that will lead us to the pot of gold.

In the old year of Saturn coming to an end (on 20 March 2014) our past life karma (including body armor) has been highlighted to be released. Releasing becomes a transforming as energy let go from old forms is channeled into new creation.The weeks before Spring Equinox are best for transforming the old into the new. Transformation (magic) is facilitated through shamanic practices that include vegetarian diet, fasting, sexual abstinence and wood ash applied to the brow to draw primal energy up the spine to open the higher chakras. These are keys to our magical ascension in this very special year.

Astral dragons are trained by focusing attention where we wish energy to go, to a dream or ideal, an intended purpose - or our true love’s soul.  Neither repressing awareness nor giving direct attention to primal energy we channel this powerful force of Nature to realize dreams and transform our world. Shadow patterns that impede our way transform as we focus on the light and breathe. 2014 will be a good year for all regardless, it will be far better for those who do the energy clearing and transforming work in this magic time.

At Spring Equinox (March 20) a new zodiacal year begins and we change from a year of Saturn with its challenges and travails to a year of Jupiter that is far more pleasantly disposed. The numinous year 2012 seeded a great transformation now under way from 2013 to 2016 through years ruled by Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and the Sun in turn. These planets and years evoke the 4 primary phases of alchemy: Saturn year 2013 (ending 20 Mar 2014) the year of blackening; Jupiter year 2014 the year of Albedo or whitening;  Mars year 2015, the year of Rubedo / reddening; and Sun year 2016, the year of the alchemical Gold.

The Saturn ruled year 2013 has brought to awareness all shadow patterns past to be transformed; Jupiter year 2014 brings to light all that is needed in response. 2013, the year of blackening, was symbolized by the Crow; 2014, the year of whitening and enlightening is the symbolized by the great Eagle come to free the world.

A New Venus rises now before the Sun blessing this New World. Venus rules the Libra third of Aquarius we entering now as we leave the old Piscean Age; Love is our guide in this new magic time. Venus also rules the higher mind, the realm of pure images that become beauty in the world. Breakthroughs in understanding occur now as new mythic symbols are activated bridging the way to a new high culture that flowers in the Spring of 2014. Revolutionary discoveries come through the arts (body arts included) as Venus illuminates our way. This is a great month for Morning Star gazing to help bring Love and Peace on Earth.

In this Year of the Horse 2014, the White Horse Avatar comes forth in a multitude of forms. These new Lights begin to appear throughout the world after March 4. This new consciousness becomes more fully manifest, following Spring Equinox when the old Year of Saturn comes to an end and the new Year of Jupiter begins.  Then the Dark Tower of Sauron (Saturn) falls and we witness the Return of the King (Jupiter); the Eagles come to free Middle Earth, a New Age begins.

 

Chalandra Marz / White Rabbit! Mar 1 – New Beginnings, Magic Is Afoot!

Say White Rabbit first thing today for luck throughout the month. The Rabbit in the Moon is our magical guide.  #1 days resonate with the Magician Tarot Key I. The Magician pulls another rabbit from his hat and this is the March Hare that brings the World Egg of the new creation to be.

Chalandra Marz is time to usher out the old and ring in the new. In Switzerland, costumed children parade through streets ringing bells and cracking whips while women beat pots with wooden spoons to chase out “the Boog,” Old Man Winter. Likewise, the Scots celebrate Whoopity Scoorie to drive out evil spirits and bless the land. There's magic afoot for letting go the old and opening to the new.

 

Dark of the Moon / Pisces New Moon,   Mar 1-2 – Go Within, Begin Again

The day before New Moon until Sunset the day following is for inner work to seed the new cycle; outer activity is well favored after the new crescent appears (Mar 2). Old Moon shadows give way as we connect with the light and breathe. The New Moon (3 am Mar 1) is a cosmic spring that flows freely as we slow down. This lunar cycle beginning with Venus square Mars brings out for clearing all past patterns that keep from love.

Nostradamus calls New Moon "the day of Diana, a time for silent rest. The New Moon is Alice’s cosmic rabbit hole, great wonders await our following the Moon Hare within. Here we can know what is and how to shape what is to be.

 

Crescent New Moon, Mar 2-6 – A Time to Sow

It's time to bring forward what we wish to be realized. Farmers plant seeds when the lunar crescent appears, seeds become fertile on every level; all new beginnings are favored now. 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 Moon and the Year to be. This Crescent New Moon in Aries with Uranus signals a great new awakening in the world.

 

Ash Wednesday, Mar 5 – Train Your Dragon!

At Noon on the first day of Lent, wood ash is put on the forehead to stimulate the brow chakra and draw vital energy up the spine. So the primal “dragon” awakened during Carnival and Mardi Gras (literally “the oil of Mars”) is raised and focused to realize our goals, hopes and dreams.

 

International Women’s Day, Mar 8 – Celebrate Woman

Women are honored with flowers today. The nature of a holiday is set by its decan constellation and Tarot card of the day. March 8 is in the Andromeda decan of Pisces. Andromeda is the Princess who attracts the hero Perseus to slay the sea dragon Cetus and set her free. By nature Andromeda is Persephone and her male counterpart is Perseus. Andromeda/Persephone is the New Woman awakening now. Her freedom is key; enlightened woman liberated frees the world.

Tarot Key VIII Strength (for Mar 8) depicts a Woman who tames wild forces of Nature symbolized by a Lion. She is flower crowned and flower girdled with an infinity sign over head. This is the goddess Cybele who has power to tame the wild forces of our psychic Nature. Tambourines, zills and belly dance are of the Cybele tradition. Cybele is the most important feminine archetype to reintegrate into our modern world says Joseph Campbell. It is Cybele who trains the young Dionysus (the new masculine) so he's no longer driven mad by wine (his passions). This myth teaches how to focus primal energy to soul purpose symbolized by infinity sign overhead. Hereby all dreams are realized.

 

1st Quarter Moon, Mar 8-11 (exact 8:27 am Mar 8) – A 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. 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 let go the old world and open to the new.

1st Quarter Moon with Aldeberan activates a galactic star gate through which flows energies of higher consciousness received by all who are open and ready for the new light. The Moon is a great magnifying mirror amplifying the influence of every planet and star she passes by. The most powerful cosmic influences channel through the lunar orb at the New Moon, the 1st Quarter, and Full.

Aldeberan is the bright star marking the illumined Eye of Taurus the Bull. One of the four ‘Guardians of Heaven,’Aldebaran is the ‘Watcher of the East.’ In Tarot Aldeberan is Key 12 the Hanged Man that is Odin suspended upside down from the World Tree. Odin sacrifices an eye to receive the mystery of the Runes. 'When thine eye becomes single thy body will be filled with light.' This is the illumination of the Hanged Man and of magnesium, his magic element (remember the Alchemy Bath: 1 cup Epsom salts, half cup baking soda, dash of salt - a great prescription for this Moon).

In Tolkien's cosmology Aldeberan is ruddy Borgil, the star that signals the rise of the hero Menelmekar (Orion) and the eminent demise of Sauron. The Dark Lord Sauron is the constellation of old world shadow that is being eliminated in this lunar cycle that leads us into Spring 2014, Sauron's defeat is nigh.

As the 1st Quarter Moon in Gemini sails over Orion we are empowered to clear away old world patterns of thought and belief that inhibit free expression. This is a time of decision, a time to cut away the old and affirm the new and true, this is how we free the soul and realize our purpose too.

“…when first Menelmacar strode up the sky and the blue fire of Helluin [Sirius] flickered in the mists above the borders of the world, in that hour the Children of the Earth awoke and burst into song” ~ JRR Tolkien, The Silmarillion, pg 45

 

Holi/Purim Full Moon, Mar 14-19 (1:08 pm 3/16) – Celebrate!

Each Full Moon brings revelation and opportunity for healing body, mind and soul. The Full Moon is a pitcher that pours out a healing elixir we just raise our cups to receive. Meditation, music making, dancing help open to the new light. Cosmic energies flow for 3 days following the Full Moon. Revelations come in dreams, chance encounters and flashes of inspiration. 

Purim (Mar 16) is a raucous Jewish celebration with masquerade and noise making to banish the dark lord Haman, the shadow of the old world. Likewise, Holi (Mar 16-17) is a light-hearted Spring festival that combines play (singing, drum-beating), with fire dance to “burn up the old year and usher in the new.” Happy Holi, Happy Spring!

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.

 

St Patrick’s Day, Mar 17 – Wear Green, Drum, Dance and Celebrate

“The wearing of the green” has its origin in the Green Man who dances in the Spring. People can be “crazy as a March hare” as Spring draws near and sap begins to rise. It’s time to chase out the old Mars (old year shadow) and bring in the new year spirit. Just as St Patrick drove snakes from Ireland with his drum, so we drum away the shadows of the past and dance in the New Spring.

 

Spring Equinox Gate of Inspiration, Mar 20-21 (5 pm gmt 3/20 - 5 pm gmt 3/21)

Muse Gates open every 40 days, 9 each year. Whatever inhibits energy flow comes before the Gate to be let go. This is a time to release tensions that hold outmoded ways of thinking and feeling. Breathe deeply and move freely (yoga, tai chi, dance) to shed the old and open to new possibilities, new inspiration and the new creative energies of Spring.

 

Spring Equinox, Mar 20-25 (exact 5:00 pm gmt 3/20) – Be Happy!

As sap flows up through plant stems to flowers, so the vital energy of Nature rises within us opening to bright new possibilities. “Be as happy as can be” today for happiness through the year. Persians call this No-Rooz, New Day or “sniff-the-breeze day.” It is a time for joy making, singing and dancing around bonfires. Making a joyful noise brings joy for the Year, whatever is in the beginning carries on to the end. This is our time to begin anew.

Spring Equinox is the first of the 8 Fire Festivals in the year, fire is key for energy clearing in these times. There is always more fire of war when the way of sacred fire is neglected. The more candles are lit, the more sacred fires burn, the fewer fires of war. Fire has a dual purpose, it purges and transforms outmoded patterns, then empowers what remains to be true.

 

Festival of Eostre / Lady Day, Mar 25 – Announcing the New Creation

Spring Equinox culminates with Lady Day, the Feast of Annunciation.

March 25th is also the Festival of Eostre, Anglo-Saxon goddess of Spring. Her magic rabbit, the “March Hare,” brings the “world egg” containing all that is to be in this new cycle. This “egg” will be seen in the Eostre’s Full Moon Apr 15.

 

3rd Quarter Moon, Mar 23-25 (exact 9:46 pm Mar 23) – 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, Mar 25- 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 dreams. See the wee crescent rising before the Sun.  Make a wish!

 

Dark of the Moon /Aries New Moon, Mar 29 - 31 – Go Within, Begin Anew

The day before New Moon until Sunset a day after is good for inner work to seed the new cycle; outer activity is favored after the new crescent appears (Mar 31). Old Moon shadows give way as we connect with the light and breathe. The New Moon (2:45 pm Mar 30) is a cosmic spring that flows freely as we slow down.

Nostradamus calls New Moon "the day of Diana, a time for silent rest." This lunar cycle brings forth the “white horse avatars” who appear in a multitude of forms. The New Moon is a psychic black hole and a source of new creation like Alice's rabbit hole. Wonders await our following the Moon Hare within. Here we can know what is and how to shape what is to be in this great New Zodiacal Year.

Years ebb and flow like an ocean tide. The new tide comes in with the Spring Equinox Moon rising to crest at the Summer Solstice Full Moon. At this first Spring New Moon we catch the new tide, we begin a new creation in which all have a speical part to play. In this Renaissance year 2014 we find our way.  

 

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 – FEBRUARY 2014

We begin to turn outward again awakening to new life as the spirit of Winter Carnival rises within us. It’s time to frolic, to dance and become as a child again. Each of us is a child of this magical New Year now becoming. The new spirit that entered  at Winter Solstice becomes conscious within us at Imbolc / Candlemas (Feb 1-4), the Winter Cross-Quarter. The  New Year time spirit quickens to awareness during Winter Carnival ending with Mardi Gras Mar 4, we have more time to party this year! Celebrating carnival awakens the vital force of Nature, ‘the dragon’ of primal energy that, trained to purpose, will create our world anew. Old world traditions tell how the soul can be united with the vital force (chi) of Nature. The year dragon awakened in winter is young and easily trainable. The bigger the dragon awakened in Carnival and trained to purpose during Lent the more creative energy is available for the year.

The Lunar New Year celebration culminates Feb 14-15 with the Lantern Festival Full Moon. Transcendent purpose is remembered now by facing north in meditation and focusing on the light of the North Star. This star is the pivot around which turns the mandala of creation. Meditation on the light and spirit of this star helps realize soul purpose and ancestral power. The North Star Polaris is a giant white star far more massive and brilliant than our Sun or most other stars in the sky. In Chinese mythology, Dou Mu is the Goddess of the North Star and mother of the Nine Celestial Sovereigns or North Star Spirits. She is the Taoist equivalent of the Buddhist bodhisattva Kuan Yin. Dou Mu is enlightened in heavenly mysteries, only she can move freely between the heavenly spheres. She is keeper of the book of life and death, those seeking longevity pray to her. In the view of the ancients, the world is shaped and reformed by prayers made at times and places of power. The growing Moon of the Lunar New Year is one of these great power times and the places of power are the points of high energy flow (high places, city centers) that connect with the soul of the world, the anima mundi Kou Mu who dwells at the North Pole with her great dragon Draco. 

This great Year of the Horse 2014 is when the White Horse Avatar comes forth in a multitude of forms. These new Lights appear throughout the world at the peak of the lunar new year celebration, the Feb 13-15 Lantern Festival Full Moon. Cycles of time are conscious in their own way, we are conscious through time. Each New Moon marks the birth of a new time spirit whose nature is defined by the pattern of the heavens at its inception. This Aquarius Moon cycle marks the birth of a Lunar New Year time spirit through which we all become conscious, and actualized, in an extraordinary new way. This is the year we realize our destiny; this is the year our dreams will be fulfilled.

Lovers are chosen on Valentine’s Day because it’s easier- and more enjoyable - to awaken and tame dragons in twos. Any two (or more) gathered to purpose can train their creative dragons and then the dragons of the world. Feb 14 is in third decan Aquarius which is Cetus the Sea Dragon, the monster that rises from the sea threatening to devour Andromeda. We’re in a Cetus the Sea Dragon zodiacal year until Spring Equinox 20 Mar 2014, it’s time to train up our dragons. This is the key to magical ascension in this time. Astral dragons are trained by focusing attention where we want the energy to go, to a wish or ideal, an intended purpose, the soul of the lover. Neither repressing awareness of primal energy nor giving it direct attention we train this force of Nature to realize dreams and transform our world. 

The New Venus rises now before the Sun blessing this New World. Venus rules the Libra third of Aquarius we enter as we leave the old Piscean Age, she is, love is, our guide in this new time. Revolutionary insights come through the arts by way of  Venus who also rules the higher mind, the realm of pure images that become beauty in the world. Breakthroughs in understanding occur now as new mythic symbols are activated bridging the way to a new high culture that flowers in the Spring of 2014. 

One of the great events this month is the New Mercury in Aquarius cycle beginning  Feb 15. This will be an exceptionally creative and magically inventive  new 4-month cycle as Mercury is exalted, most powerful and happily engaged,  in Aquarius. Just before though Feb 6-12 Mercury is retrograde in Pisces, the wizard planet’s least favorite sign. Here though, in this time, there is a great melting down of the old world global mind set with all its trappings now highlighted to be released. Past world thought forms can be transmuted through yoga fire breath with candle gazing or may be dissolved in a magnesium (Epsom) salt alchemy bath. 

The year begins on many levels, 2014 is enlivened on the emotional feeling level in the growing Moon of the Lunar New Year Jan 30 - Feb 15. The New Year of the Horse celebration culminates with the Feb 13-16 Full Moon when the way is opened for the emergence of the White Horse Avatars . The Chinese Dragon chases a ball and this ball is the Full Moon. It is called the thunder ball as it creates spiraling winds and lightning storms we’ll see this year; the Ball is known as "the precious pearl," a symbol of the Moon.

Just as the Woman of Revelation and the High Priestess of Tarot have the Moon at their feet so Kwan Yin, the Chinese Bodhisattva of Compassion, appears serenely riding a dragon on a stormy sea. 2014 is the year of this emerging feminine power, New Woman who brings forth the New King. This is the year when we learn to tame our dragons, then we fly. And we train our dragons to realize those dreams we’ve known are meant to be.

All things Venus benefit personal and global transformation now. This includes metal copper and all things containing copper (turquoise, dark chocolate ...), roses and rose oil, apples, art, comedy, dance...All things Venus benefit personal and global transformation now. This includes metal copper and all things containing copper (turquoise, dark chocolate ...), roses and rose oil, apples, art, comedy, dance...

Every 2160 years a new zodiacal age begins and everything changes as new symbols and new myths come to life. As the Sun transits Aquarius this year Jan 19 - Feb 18, the mysteries of this great New Age become revealed. We enter the Age of Aquarius by way of the Libra decan where Venus rules; Venus is our magical guide into this new time. Now we come to know the part we will play, Morning Star Venus will show us the way. 

 

Imbolc / White Rabbit! Feb 1 – New Beginnings, Magic Is Afoot!

Say White Rabbit first thing today for luck throughout  the month. The Rabbit in the Moon is our magical guide. Imbolc (Gaelic “in the belly”) marks the first quickening of new life in the womb of Mother Earth.

 

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

It's time to bring forward what we wish to be realized. Farmers plant seeds when the lunar crescent appears, seeds become fertile on every level; all new beginnings are favored now. 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 Moon and the Year to be. This 1st New Moon of the New Year with New Venus and Balsamic Mercury invokes new love, lasting peace and prosperity for all.

 

Candlemas / Ground Hog Day, Feb 2-4 – Illumination

The New Year Spirit quickens to life through the fires of Candlemas or Imbolc, the festival that honors the Celtic goddess Brigid. The Candlemas cross-quarter point this year is 5:15 pm Feb 3 when the Moon will align with Uranus in Aries sparking a New Age. The Candlemas Hora extending through Feb 17 is when the new consciousness is seeded and the new avatars begin to awaken . Ground Hog Day derives from the Celtic custom of scrying the future by observing animal signs. Birds and burrowing animals are the messengers of this time.

 

1st Quarter Moon, Feb 6-9 (exact 2:22 pm Feb 6) – A 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. 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 let go the old world and open to the new. 1st Quarter Moon exalted in Taurus as Mercury goes retrograde (4:43 pm Feb 6) powers us to clear away old world thought forms (decision, decision!) and power our dreams.

 

Urania Gate of Inspiration, Feb 8-9 (3:45 pm 2/8- 3:45 pm 2/9) – Inspire!

A Muse Gate opens every 40 days, 9 each year. Whatever blocks creative flow comes before the Gate to be let go. This is a time to dissolve body tensions that hold outmoded ways of thinking and feeling. Breathe deeply and move freely (do yoga, tai chi, dance!) to shed the old and be present to the power and possibilities of the time. Urania brings new knowledge of the celestial bodies and the cycles of heaven important now. 

 

Lantern Festival Full Moon, Feb12-17 (6:53 pm 2/14) – Celebrate!

The Lunar New Year of the Horse festivities culminate with the lighting of lanterns for health and good fortune. In another mythic tradition, this Sun in Aquarius Full Moon represents the mystical Pool of Galadriel by which Gandalf is healed following his victorious battle with the Balrog dragon. All myths come to life in 2014 

Each Full Moon brings revelation and opportunities for healing body, mind and soul. The Full Moon is a pitcher that pours out a healing elixir we raise our cups to receive. Horses run free, this Full Moon opens awareness to new dimensions of freedom and creative selfhood. Cosmic energies flow for 3 days following the Full Moon. Meditation, deep breathing, music and dancing help open to receive. Revelations come in dreams, chance encounters, and flashes of inspiration. Stay tuned.                     

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 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.

 

Valentine’s Day, Feb 14-15 – Choose Your Partner, Find Your Circle

Birds choose their mates on this day and so do we. Valentine’s Day began as Lupercalia a pagan festival when lovers were chosen in a game of chance. Vital energy of Nature stirs anew and this energy is more easily channeled in twos (or more). Any two or more who together focus energy creatively may successfully channel this awakening force of Nature now. Why Feb 14? Tarot Key 14 Temperance is about training primal energy, it depicts the archangel Michael who conquers the dragon. Key 14 symbolizes the alchemy of  love; 14 becomes 5 the number of Venus, the goddess of love.

Feb 14 is in 3rd decan Aquarius which is Cetus the Sea Dragon that rises from the sea threatening to devour the young princess. Andromeda is saved by the hero Perseus who she marries and lives happily ever after. This is another Valentine’s Day story.

 

3rd Quarter Moon, Feb 22-25 (exact 12:15 pm 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, Feb 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 dreams. See the wee crescent rising before the Sun.  Make a wish!

 

New Mercury Stationary Direct, Feb 25-Mar 3 (exact 9 am Feb 28)

Mercury's magic is at its strongest while in the degree of its turning . This stationary direct degree (18+ Aquarius) is like the fulcrum of a lever, a point from which worlds are moved. Turning in the heavens is realized by turning on Earth; as above, so below. 3 times round sets the sacred circle. 7 times Sunwise (clockwise) at center clears Mercury's new magic channel and all goes wonderfully well. Communication lines clear and world changing new ideas come through as normally fast moving Mercury does his slow turn around. New Mercury brings a new cycle of thinking, communicating and commercial enterprise. This New Mercury is now visible as a very thin crescent rising before the Sun. Minds automatically reconfigure for the new cycle as Mercury reappears from its solar rendezvous. This is Mercury Prometheus bringing new fire, ideas never imagined, to mortal minds.

 

Dark of Moon/New Moon, Feb 28 - Mar 2 – Go Within, Begin Anew

The day before New Moon until Sunset a day after is good for inner work to seed the new cycle; outer activity is favored after the new crescent appears (Mar 2). Old Moon shadows give way as we connect with the light and breathe. The New Moon (3 am Mar 1) is a cosmic spring that flows freely as we slow down. Nostradamus calls New Moon "the day of Diana, a time for silent rest." This lunar cycle brings for the new avatars, the White Horse Avatars who appear in a multitude of forms. The New Moon is Alice’s cosmic rabbit hole, great wonders await our following the Moon Hare within. Here we can know what is and how to shape what is to be in this great New Year.

 

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 – JANUARY 2014

 

At midnight this New Year's Eve the 'great benefic' planet Jupiter is at the mid-heaven exalted in Cancer and conjunct the bright stars Sirius and Canopus opposite the Sun, Moon, Mercury and Pluto at the Nadir (bottom of the sky). All these planets, the Sun and Moon, are square (red line, 90 degree angle) Mars rising in Libra - and square revolutionary Uranus setting in Aries. The can-be-spiritual warrior Mars is positively empowered now being in mutual reception with the new planet Eris/Kore in Aries, a sign that Mars rules. 

Kore (aka Persephone) is the most beautiful of the goddesses in Greek mythology; she is a deeper vibration of Venus as Pluto is a deeper vibration of Mars. Pluto is given rulership of Scorpio, a sign formerly ruled by Mars, so Eris/Kore (at 21+ Aries) is the ruler of Libra where Venus has previously reigned. So Mars is in mutual reception, therefore strongly positioned (activated), along with the other planets in this New Year Grand Square.

Cardinal signs initiate, bring new beginnings. The Grand Square in cardinal signs at the turn of the year signifies a new transformative global alchemy, creative manifestation and Planetary Initiation. This Cardinal Grand Square invokes the Great Return, the Return of the King and Return of the Queen, Aeon Activation and the Great Aquarian Renaissance. This is the Year of the Horse (beginning Jan 30) that signals the rise of the long awaited White Horse Avatars.

A new Avatar or great world teacher comes every 500 years. In this time the avataric awakening comes through a group avatarship apropos to the Age of Aquarius. The White Horse Avatar, the Avatar of Synthesis, comes from beyond our plane of existence, from far beyond this solar system - like the comet Ison. According to the prophecies, this transcendent being descends to the level of the astral plane and from there focuses spiritual power through a magic triad formed by the Christ (our solar logos), the Earth’s Manu (a focusing power of divinity for humanity) and the 1st ray master Morya (source of the Agni Yoga teachings). Through this divine triangle many thousands (4400 or 144000) of avatars are initiated until the world achieves its great Initiation in 2014.

"The struggle between Ahriman, Darkness, and Ormazd, Light, has been going on in the world continually since the beginning of time. When the worst arrives and Ahriman will seem to have conquered the world and corrupted all mankind, then will appear the Saviour, Sosiosh. He will come seated upon a white horse and followed by an army of good genii equally mounted on milk-white steeds. And this we find faithfully copied in the Revelation: ‘I saw heaven opened, and beheld a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called faithful and true … And the armies which were in heaven followed upon white horses’ (Revelation xix.11, 14)." –pp 236-37, Isis Unveiled by H.P. Blavatsky.

The Great Year 2014 begins in an unusual way with a New Moon on New Year’s Day.  Creation begins at the level of thought. Thoughts seeded and cultivated in this New Year New Moon cycle Jan 1-30 determine what will be through the coming year. What we plant in our inner garden will flower through this new cycle of time. It will be a great year as this is a Year of Jupiter, the most powerful and fortunate of the planets.  As bright Jupiter shines on high this New Year’s Eve so Jupiter will rule the skies and bring a new flowering of the Earth in this new cycle of time.  Now it’s time to meet the new divine king, the rejuvenated Dionysus, smiling down on us at midnight this New Year’s Eve .

Saturn ruled 2013 has not been easy yet it has brought forth the best in all even while old karma and worst patterns of human nature have come out to be cleared. Great life challenges call forth the greatest powers of the soul. Saturn’s influence wanes toward Spring Equinox while the benefic power of Jupiter grows. Jupiter and the new Morning Star Venus (visible from Jan 15) bring peace and abundance for the world. Venus is seen rising before the Sun just as the star dust of comet ISON filters down to Earth. Now the seeds are sown for a great awakening and coming of the new avatars in Spring.

A New Venus Cycle begins every 19 months when Venus makes her solar rendezvous passing between Earth and Sun. This occurs on Jan 11. It is customary for women to withdraw from the world while Venus is gone from the sky for 8 days (Jan 7-13) while Venus goes in for her great makeover. The New Venus appears 4 days later (Jan 14) as the Morning Star. A great renewal occurs as Venus rises anew, Renaissance comes to Middle Earth. East coast dwellers will see Venus rising out of the ocean before the Sun. Boticelli's ‘Birth of Venus’ illustrates the beginning of every cycle of Venus when an angelic trinity (the Horae) come to clothe the New Venus as she rises fresh from the sea. In Hindu astrology, Venus is Lakshmi the goddess of wealth. Venus is identified with money and creative works. All things Venus benefit personal and global transformation in this time. These things include metal copper and all things containing copper (turquoise, chocolate ...), mugwort for dreaming, roses and rose oil, apples, art, comedy and dance.

This New Venus rising in Piscis Austrinis  / 3rd decan Capricorn signals the birth of a new era. This is the Golden Fish that drinks the luminous stream pouring from the urn of Aquarius, so making flesh the dreams and ideals of the Aquarian Age. This New Venus brings new divine grace, new beauty, new love, new artistry, creative abundance, and extraordinary new powers of the soul to restore divine order on Earth. 

Morning Star Venus rises now blessing this New World. Rising before the Sun, we awaken to the new magic of this time. A planet long shrouded in mystery, Venus will reveal many of her most wonderful secrets this year.  Connecting with the light of Morning Star Venus we receive blessings and illumination from the Goddess of Love. Love rules this new world.

Every 2160 years a new zodiacal age begins and everything changes as new symbols and new myths come to life. As the Sun transits Aquarius this year Jan 19 - Feb 18, the mysteries of this New Age will be revealed. We enter the Age of Aquarius by way of the Libra decan where Venus rules; Venus is our guide into this new time. Venus rising before the Sun just as the star dust of comet ISON arrives on Earth signals the birth of the New Age; now we come to know the part we will play. Morning Star Venus opens the way. 

 

New Year / New Moon Gate of Inspiration, Jan 1 – Begin Anew

The day before New Moon until Sunset the day after is ideal for inner work to dispel shadows past and seed the new cycle; outer activity is well favored after the new crescent appears on Thursday evening. Old Moon shadows give way as we connect with the light within and breathe deeply. The New Moon (6:14 am est Jan 1) is a magic spring that flows freely as we slow down. Nostradamus calls this "the day of Diana, a time for silent rest." The deeper we go in the dark of this New Moon, the brighter will shine the Light of this New Year. A ritual for deepening is to walk clockwise round and round a bowl of salt water. The New Moon is Alice’s cosmic rabbit hole, great wonders await our following the Moon Hare within. Here we can know what is and how to shape what is to be.

A Muse Gate opens every 40 days, 9 each year. Queen Cerridwen stirs her cauldron for a year and a day to prepare her brew of Inspiration. Nine maidens, the Muses, alternate their breaths to keep the fire burning beneath her cauldron. Polyhymnia is the muse of divine song; singing channels energy to create the world anew. Her Muse Gate opens at 12:40 pm gmt on Dec 31 and it will close at 6:40 pm gmt Jan 1 when the trailing edge of the Sun leaves the 11 degree Capricorn New Year Gate of Inspiration. It’s time to dissolve body tensions that hold outmoded ways of thinking and feeling. Breathe deeply, sing and move freely (dance!) to shed the old and open to the light of this great New Year. Say White Rabbit first thing today for luck throughout this month and year. The Moon Hare is our magic guide. Happy New Year!

Epiphany Eve /12th Night / Feast of Fools, Jan 5 – Time to Party!

Yuletide festivities culminate with the 12th Night “Feast of Fools” on the evening of Jan 5. This is a great night to party and it is ideal for exchanging gifts. The 12th Night celebration was banned during the late Middle Ages because it was found so effective for lampooning the established order of church and state. 12th Night is the best time for old world pattern breaking. A fun custom is to burn the Christmas tree now. The more merrymaking, the better the way is cleared for fresh new beginnings in this bright New Year.

 

Epiphany, Jan 6 – Expect a Miracle, Awakening

Epiphany celebrates 3 special events related to water: the birth of Jesus, baptism in the river Jordan and changing water to wine at the wedding feast of Cana. Epiphany also honors the 3 Kings who bring gifts for the new born child. The Egyptians celebrated the Korion or Festival of the Nile on this day when waters of the world are blessed with healing virtue. This is when Kore (Persephone) gives birth to the Aeon, the child spirit or zeitgeist of the New Year. An old cycle ends, a New World begins, everyone is born again.

The New Year time spirit (zeitgeist) seeded at Winter Solstice comes to creative expression through the 12 days of Yule culminating with Epiphany Jan 6. Yule means “wheel” and this wheel spins out from Winter Solstice, the 4 days Dec 21-24 when the Sun “stands still.” What was seeded in the dark of the unconscious at Solstice comes to light during Yule. These 12 days of Christmas or Yule are the zodiacal New Year in embryo from Aries Dec 26 to Pisces Jan 6. Dreams and omens of these 12 days portend what will be in the coming year. The New Year spirit or “zeitgeist” is fully formed by Jan 6, the last of the 12 spokes in the Wheel of Yule.

 

Crescent New Moon, Jan 2-6 – A Time to Sow

It's time to bring forward what we wish to be realized. Farmers plant seeds after the new crescent appears, seeds become fertile on every level, all new beginnings are favored. 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 Moon and the New Year to be.

 

1st Quarter Moon, Jan 7-10 (exact 10:39 pm Jan 7) – A Time to Choose

This Moon is like 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 Moon 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 year shadows and power New Year dreams.

 

Capricorn/Cancer Full Moon, Jan 13-17 (11:52 pm Jan 15) – Illumination

Each Full Moon brings revelation and opportunities for healing body, mind and soul. The Full Moon is a pitcher that pours out a healing elixir we raise our cups to receive. This Full Moon opens awareness to new dimensions of creative selfhood. Full Moon is most powerful in Cancer where the Moon rules, this Moon nurtures the best within.  And now, as Venus rises new, we come to know who we are and what is our role in this time. Great new technological discoveries are made that reshape the world to the benefit of all. Spiritual energies flow for 3 days following the Full Moon. Meditation, deep breathing, music and dancing help open to receive. Revelations come in dreams, chance encounters, and flashes of inspiration. Stay tuned.

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 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, Jan 24-26 (exact 12:20 am Jan 24) – 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, Jan 27-29 – 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 dreams. This Balsamic Moon is especially powerful as it comes just before the Lunar New Year when the world begins anew in the astral realm. See the wee crescent rising before the Sun with the New Venus.  Make a wish!

 

Dark of Moon/New Moon, Jan 29-31 – Go Within, Begin Anew

The day before New Moon until Sunset a day after is good for inner work to seed the new cycle; outer activity is favored after the new crescent appears (Friday evening). Old Moon shadows give way as we connect with the light and breathe. The New Moon (4:38 pm Jan 30) is a cosmic spring that flows freely as we slow down. Nostradamus calls New Moon "the day of Diana, a time for silent rest." The New Moon is Alice's rabbit hole, wonders await our following the Moon Hare within. Here we can know what is and how to help shape what’s to be. This New Moon begins the great Year of the Horse 2014 when the White Horse Avatar comes forth in a multitude of forms.

 

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 – DECEMBER 2013

 

 

The heavens are alive with the dance of the planets, Moon, Sun and stars. The Sun is the source of life and light, physical and divine, the Moon mediates the spiritual influences of the Sun for us to receive. The Sun is the ultimate power and yet, like the Queen in chess, the Moon has more freedom to move. The Moon is like a great magnifying mirror amplifying the influence of every planet and star she passes by. The most significant cosmic influences are those occurring at the New Moon as these are carried through the lunar cycle. The stars shape events in the world, the Moon weaves the story. At each New Moon a pulse of divine light energy from the Sun shines through the lunar prism to unfold its meaning and magic through the lunar cycle. The pattern of the heavens at the Dec 2 New Moon sets the course of what will unfold until the next New Moon (Jan 1). The new cycle will be out going, positively creative, highly social and enlightening as it begins in Sagittarius during the Hanukah Festival of Lights. This cycle is powerfully transformative and illuminating as it begins in Aquila the Eagle decan of this sign. Awakening, activation and ascension are keynotes of this new cycle of time. 

The Sagittarius lunar cycle brings a great new tide of creative energy, new hope and enlightenment that is most welcome following the trials and tribulations of the last “eclipsing Moon” cycle that started from the Nov 3 solar eclipse. When an eclipse occurs above, things are eclipsed / transformed here below. As old patterns break energy is set free for new creation. This past lunar cycle was about eclipsing and breaking down, the new cycle is all about breaking through and creating new. Energy flows where attention goes, wherever we set our gaze new creation will flower. The Druids built fires and beat drums after an eclipse to power on a new mythic story. The energy freed from old world patterns breaking flows into new creative works in the weeks and months that follow. Our world is being reborn.

Uranus stationary direct all this month (exact Dec 17) brings a radical progressive shift forward that picks up momentum in weeks and months to come. Uranus moving forward energizes and activates new creative inspirations in all people of the world. The power of Uranus channels through the Moon (these celestial bodies are in cyclic resonance) opening way to revolutionary changes and breakthrough discoveries. Progressive social change is promoted now as all the outer planets are moving forward. The world also benefits from the enhanced positive effect of benefic Jupiter as the king of planets is exalted in Cancer. Have you seen Jupiter lately? Look for the king of the planets rising in the east just as Venus sets in the west. This alignment of the great benefics as Saturn trines Jupiter and Mars trines Venus brings extraordinary creative flowering, abundance and love that is in stars for this Year of the Lovers 2013. We just focus on the light of Venus and breathe.

All that’s new gets seeded true as the Sun comes to its magic zero point this Winter Solstice Dec 21. The Druids call this day the Festival of Liberation and Day Out of Time. It’s our time to join with friends and celebrate the return of the Light. In this magical time the great comet Ison signals the awakening of the avatars for this new Aeon.  The love goddess Venus will still just be visible in the evening sky as she nears her solar rendezvous; catch her while you can and sing your heart song. Now as the Sun illumines the heart of the world, it is time to awaken the forces of love that will remake us whole. All is in harmonious accord at the close of the old year and this bodes well for the New. In this time of the great Sunseed comet Ison we all become the bright star that we are. The way is revealed through cosmic events with dynamic synchronicities that dance through us on many levels of being. We are One, we are Love, we will Peace, so it will Be. Happy Holidays!

 

Hanukkah / Advent Sunday / White Rabbit! Dec 1 – New Light / New Magic

The 8-day Festival of Lights (11/28-12/5) celebrates spiritual purification and the miracle of Light. 1st Advent Sunday Dec 1 also invokes the return of the light. The 4-candle advent wreath symbolizes the 4 elements of being to be purified for the Solstice rebirth. A candle is lit each week: east, south, west and north. First to purify mind (air/east), then will (fire), emotion (water) and body (earth). Midnight Christmas Eve a 5th candle is lit at center marking the rebirth of the light of love.

Say White Rabbit for luck through the month. #1 days belong to the Magician Tarot #1, Rabbit is our magic guide. New magic is afoot, make a wish!

 

Dark of the Moon / Sagittarius New Moon, Dec 1-3 – Illumination Within

The day before New Moon until Sunset the day after is good for inner work to dispel shadows past and seed the new lunar cycle; outer activity is favored after the new crescent appears. Old Moon shadows give way as we connect with the light and breathe. The New Moon (7:22 pm Dec 2) is a magic spring that flows freely as we slow down. Nostradamus calls this "the day of Diana, a time for silent rest." The deeper we go in the purifying dark of this Hanukkah New Moon the brighter will be the Light of the New Year. The New Moon is Alice’s cosmic rabbit hole, wonders await our following the Moon Hare within. Here we can know what is and how to shape what is to be.

 

Crescent New Moon, Dec 4-8 – A Time to Sow

It's time to bring forward what we wish to be realized. Farmers plant seeds when the new crescent appears, seeds become fertile on every level, all new beginnings are favored now. Sagittarius Moon with Evening Star Venus brings the blessings of  love and a more  abundant life. 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 Moon and the New Year to be.

One of the great magics that protects and guides the Hobbits in Lord of the Rings is the Phial of Galadriel, an ampoule that contains the “Light of Earendil” gathered  in Galadriel's silver scrying bowl. The elf queen Galadriel clears psychic shadows as polished silver, the metal of the Moon, clears astral shadows from our psyche. Galadriel is the Moon, Earendil is Venus; the magic Phial fills when Venus and the Moon appear together in the western sky Dec 4-6. Dec 6 is Saint Nicholas Day, Nicholas means “victory to the people.”

 

1st Quarter Moon, Dec 9-11 (exact 10:12 am Dec 9) – A Time to Choose

This Moon is like 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 Moon 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 astral shadows and power our dreams.

 

Gemini Full Moon, Dec 15-19 (exact 4:28 am Dec 17) – Illumination

Each Full Moon brings revelation and opportunities for healing body, mind and soul. This Sun in Sagittarius / Full Moon Gemini expands consciousness and communicates divine understanding. Enlightening spiritual energies flow for 3 days following the Full Moon. Meditation, deep breathing, music and dancing (go  caroling!) help open to receive. Revelations come in dreams, chance encounters, and flashes of inspiration. Stay tuned.

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 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.

 

Winter Solstice, Dec 21 (exact 12:11 pm) – Seeding the New Creation

All that’s new gets seeded true as the Sun comes to its magic zero point. The Druids call this day the Festival of Liberation and the Day Out of Time. It’s a time to celebrate and invoke the return of the Light, our Light, to recreate our world.

Today is when the Feathered Serpent flies according to Mayan prophecy, it is when we can fly free. Tarot Key 21 the World shows us how this can be. Dance is key to raising primal energy and opening the Solstice Gate of Ascension, dance sets souls free. The final key for the global awakening is the Sun’s alignment with the Galactic Center at Winter Solstice. The Mayans revere the galactic core as the divine being Hunab Ku. This great deity manifests on Earth as the god/goddess Itzamna-Ixchel or Whirling Rainbow whose shape is suggested by the spiral arms of the Milky Way. Sunwise circle dance (“carol” means circle dance song) aligns hearts with the heart of the world, the heart of the Sun and the heart of Hunab Ku.

Winter Solstice (the “still standing Sun”) continues for 3-4 days until the Sun moves northward again on Christmas Day.

 

Christmas Day, Dec 25 – Rebirth of Light and Love

Christmas is Dies Invictus Solis, ‘the Day of the Unconquerable Sun,’ when the Sun begins to move northward again following Winter Solstice. On this day the spiritual Light of the World, the Light of Love, is born anew. This Light manifests through the 12 days of Yule culminating on Epiphany Jan 6. Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ, the Egyptian Horus, Phrygian Attis and the Persean Mithras; all represent the Light of the Sun reborn on Earth at midnight on Christmas Eve.

 

3rd Quarter Moon, Dec 25-27 (exact 8:48 am Dec 25) – 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, Dec 28-31 – 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 more Moon magic comes through the new lunar cycle. Shadows before New Moon transform through deep breathing with attention to the light of the crown. Moon shadows, old life patterns, are let go on the waning tide. As shadows dissolve in the cosmic sea, chi is set free to power hopes and dreams. This Balsamic Moon is especially powerful as it comes just before New Year’s Day when the world begins anew. See the wee waning crescent rising before the Sun. 

 

New Year Gate of Inspiration, 8 am Dec 31- 8 am Jan 1 – Inspire, Be Inspired

A Muse Gate opens every 40 days, 9 each year. Cerridwen stirs her cauldron for a year and day to brew the “greal” of Inspiration. Nine maidens, the Muses, alternate their breaths to keep her magic fire burning. Polyhymnia is the muse of spiritual song, singing together channels the energy that recreates the world. Whatever blocks new 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 (do yoga, tai chi, dance) to shed the old and be present to the power and bright new possibilities of this time. Happy New Year!

 

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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