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 / Cancer 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.

 

Crescent New Moon, July 28-31 – 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 new Summer of Love 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 year 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 ~ 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

 

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

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